nodding my head in agreement

nodding my head in agreement

I am almost done with the Cincinnati fan scarf and the next one is Pittsburgh.  I think I’ve been to all the places these scarves represent: I’ve been to Green Bay – was at a wedding reception a stone’s throw away from the stadium where the Packers play. I have family in Baltimore and we’ve been to Cincinnati for baseball – I am almost sure we’ve been to Cleveland but I couldn’t tell you why or when. It may be Columbus. And we’ve been to Pittsburgh.

I even started the Detroit – think we spent the night there on the way to Canada. Glad I did, the blue I picked isn’t going to work but I have a large skein from the trip to Herrschners and I am going to use that.fanscarves Here’s a very bad photo of the three that are already done. I gave thought to going outside and doing it up well but then I thought again and this is the one you get.

There’s snow out there and even though it’s melting it isn’t gone and I just wasn’t feeling that. But there will be better pics coming. Trust me, they are really nice looking scarves.

When I was at JoAnn, I also purchased another bamboo handled crochet hook. I’m obsessed – what, you didn’t know?

There is a custom order for a throw made of homespun. I have two – maybe three – of the skeins in the color they want. Hopefully, there will be a third downstairs and I can see how far that gets me before I have to go out and get more. I love shopping from the stash – means a better profit margin.

Because I had to take three skeins from the bins to do the fan scarves that are coming up, I decided to consolidate yarn into bins instead of leaving them half empty, I moved yarn around and I came up with an empty bin. That means I can move it downstairs and put the yarn in the living room into the bin. This is the third time I’ve done this. Somehow I feel this is a good thing though I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Don’t want to think too much about it. It’s how I get into trouble.

 

Word..

Word..

I am on to the third Fan scarf and I am still having fun so that’s a good thing. I asked Mr. Honey to check out the first two and he rubbed them, declared one was more squishy than the other and said they were big. I cannot tell if he meant they were too big or just big enough – even after asking I am unsure what he means. I am not going to fall for it. I am not going to try and see what he means. This is a man who won’t wear a visor because it looks girly even though he wears a visor that will look almost identical from a distance and up close has a Mickey Mouse on it. This is the guy that wears the scarf from my coat – a girly coat – and think it’s fine. He doesn’t get to say a questionable ‘it’s big’ and get a reaction out of me. I personally imagine the people wearing the scarves to be at outdoor football games where it is cold – except Tampa Bay, Miami and Phoenix – and will want a squishy scarf that’s ‘big’.

I will photograph the scarves one day. In the meantime, I am taking photos of other items like this one:  hoodedscarfalmond1The hooded scarf. It looks better on her head. We are going to have a return to winter next week. This could come in handy for someone – but they need to purchase it.

I am fascinated by the brioche stitch. It’s pretty basic. here is a brioche tutorial in just a few steps:

1. Cast on an even number of stitches. They say you need to cast on loosely – maybe even using two needles to cast on. I have yet to run into why this is necessary – I just cast on and no earthquakes have happened. At least not in my area. This could be one of those things like the episode on the Twilight Zone where nothing happens to me but something happens to someone that I know somewhere else. If that’s the case, sorry whoever you are, but the rebel in me must find release.

2. Yarn over and slip the first stitch as if to purl.

3. Knit the next stitch.

4. Repeat those two stitches.

On the second row, you will YO and slip purl wise and then knit the next stitch and YO together to make one stitch. Oh, now I see why they say the set up row is different!

That’s it. On the first scarf I pit a two stitch selvedge on either end and didn’t like that too much. The second scarf has a one stitch selvedge and this current scarf is commando – going without the selvedge and I like it best. It looks like big ass stockinette without a purl stitch in sight – thanks to slipping as if to purl. If you slip knit wise, you won’t orientate the stitch properly and it won’t work.

A really ambitious beginner can handle it. I love the bang you get for the work and the buck. Because I am using two colors, I can get two scarves out of those two skeins which is really good considering they are ‘big’ and the squish comes from stitches being doubled.. Half the stitches are doubled on each row.

It is not lost on me that a photo would be great. The good thing about digital writing is that when I take the photo I can upload right into this post. If I remember I made this post. Which is not a given.

It’s Saturday and there are things to do. I am going to start one of the hat orders I have so I can keep my interest in the fan scarves. It’s windy so there might not be photos today. Tomorrow, I will be with the knit group at a little cafe.

Hope your weekend is fun..knit on!

from cafepress.com

from cafepress.com

I have chosen another project to binge on The last project was the Eden Cap and I made about 40 of those and of the 34 sales I’ve had in the shop almost half were Eden Caps.

Means I have to make more Eden caps – they’re great for spring.

But the shop cannot leave on Eden Caps alone and so I chose the next thing and I’ve already completed the first one which may end up being photographed today.

The Fan Scarf. I did some brioche knitting – just the basic stitch and because I have to be me – I didn’t cast on the way they said to and when I started the second scarf, I forgot how they did the base row and just did what I wanted.Turned out fine. I have a book on brioche and I read the instructions for that, I also have an episode from Knitting Daily or Knitty Gritty Redux as it’s called in the Knitsville Cafe – and watched the You Tube video that’s linked above and all three of them said the same thing: the base row is unique and it’s the only time you’ll be doing the row that way.

Beats me – cuz it sure looked like I did every row that way. Anyhoo..

I really enjoy brioche because of the results. I love the cushy, thick fabric that also is super soft and I say that using traditional Red Heart for the scarf. And somehow knit math works in my favor. The scarves are two colors and I was knitting in blocks of five inches – that should say for a scarf of 60 inches I would have 12 blocks. Each block when individually measured is five inches so when I measure at 11 blocks just because I wanted to – I came up with 70 inches. Checked it several times – came out like that each time. Knit math – working for me. Loved how it worked because I don’t want an even number of blocks, I want there to be more of one color than the other. I know this can open up a discussion about the socio-political comment I am making about yarn but I’m willing to take the chance. I don’t think Al Sharpton will be showing up at my door any time soon.

I know, too, that I am setting myself up for insanity. I don’t think I minded making the Eden Caps one after another because they are pretty quick off the hook. But making 40 scarves might make me just north of bonkers when being just south of bonkers leaves me on the normal side of the scale.

Am I going to make it through? The goal is to make Fan scarf in the colors of pro football teams. There are 32 of them. It took a couple of days to make the scarf – not the only thing I worked on and still that didn’t go slowly but still.

I predict there may a time or two that Mr. Honey will find me in the corner muttering the slight difference in color between the Falcons and the Cardinals.

Let’s see how this goes.

I did some photos yesterday, among them was this granny square scarf. Every time I see it, I think it would look great on some little girl.grannyscarfpinkvari1 I am defining little girl as someone who would not think of themselves as a little girl. I think of the girls next door who are eleven and eight. But I think a full grown woman can rock it.

I have two hat orders – a pixie an a rasta – so I will get started on those and continue with the second fan scarf – I really like it because I am using purple and black. I want to see how that plays out. I’m thinking it’s going to look really nice. Hopefully it will photograph true.

More photography today as well, I think I got four of five things done yesterday which is pretty good. Maybe I will get into a spring routine.

Yeah, that was funny even to my ears.

Indeed!

Indeed!

I was outside this morning and I didn’t wear a jacket. It’s not like it’s really warm – it’s in the mid 40’s – but I’ve been known to wear just a jacket in the mid 30’s, so this is good for me.

I have started photographing the items I have in the inventory. Some will go to the shop while others will find themselves in the direct sale.bohocowlsunflower1

Say Hello to the Boho Drop Stitch Cowl. What makes it boho? The boucle yarn that goes through some of the stitching. I currently have another drop stitch cowl on the needles without the boucle so it’s not a boho cowl – just a drop stitch cowl. We can’t all be boho; someone has to stand up for tradition.

So far, everything I’ve shot is new and will be going into the shop. Haven’t run across anything for the direct sale yet. Yes, I might be stalling. What if no one wants anything I put up?

I have to take the shot. It doesn’t cost me anything because I will be posting on social media – so even one or two sales will have a great impact.In the meantime, I have some spring and summer knitting to get to.

Always something.

The evening finds me back at choir rehearsal for Easter which is coming pretty quick.

My afternoon has laundry in it – no, you can’t have it, this life is mine.

My finger and I are through with therapy and visits to the Orthopedic Surgeon who spends less than 3 minutes with me and then charges me $280.00 to tell me my finger is swollen.

For the record, it is still swollen and there is still some pain and it’s at 90% of capacity.The therapist and doctor think I can take it the rest of the way by myself if I do the home exercises they thought I’ve been doing all along. The last hold out to complete recovery is the point of the dislocation. It is still stiff there so I can’t bring the tip of the middle finger to the palm – like making a claw hand and it takes some time and exercise to get it loosened enough to touch the palm if I am just folding my fingers over. What a great coincidence that these are two of the exercises they gave me to do.

So I will be doing them because it frustrates me to no end that I cannot get the finger to work like it did before I dislocated it. I was a little short sighted because I made sure I was knitting the day after I hurt it and was working splint and all. Crochet hurt like a son of a gun but I kept going. I thought the magic properties of knitting and crochet would be enough to bring it back to full strength. And there is still that chance because the one thing in knitting that requires the use of that particular joint is the long tail cast on and I am still having a problem with it so part of my exercise will be to simulate the cast on with hopes of getting it back without the pain and stiffness.

Like the shawl? It’s from here and it took me a little bit to get it just right waveshawlsunflower3because I had to modify something to get it to work for me. The designer and I have a different idea on what it means to crochet several stitches together and since it is her pattern, I had to comply to her definition – though it took me several tries to find it.

Turns out, it was a pretty enjoyable crochet.

I had a lot more written but my computer burped and lost a lot of it. No big deal.

There’s much to do: a hat and two prayer shawl orders, putting together a direct sale and doing some writing and pattern writing.

Rumor has it spring is on the way. We’ll see if it’s just talk.

 

 

i'm distracted by my own stash

i’m distracted by my own stash

This is another one of those times when I tell myself to just start over and try and get it right this time. My competitive nature is at war with my leisure nature and the two have not found how to live in balance. One takes over then the other and they undo all the good the other has done.

It’s crazy on my planet.

I am running out of time and it is just getting to me. I need to make my mark – whatever that means – all I know is right now, my mark feels something like stain. And I can’t think of any scenario where making a stain is desirable.

I got started on the reboot by cleaning off the top of the printer. This is a big deal. There was a lot on top of the printer: books, papers that I don’t need, empty potato chip bags (the single serve not the the family size) and now all that’s on top is a small stack of blank paper, two small notebooks and a novel. It doesn’t make you cringe to look at it.

This is how a mark starts.

My bud, Bri of Ghostface Knitter fame, is moving back to Denver. Bri is my spirit animal and I know that we will be friends forever but I was hoping she would be available for viewing a lot longer. Lucky for me, my brother lives in Denver and Bri is an adventuress so she would travel from her part of Denver suburbs to my brother’s part of Denver suburbs. I think it’s a whopping 16 miles. But Denver is kind of strange – that 15 miles can take an hour to navigate.

She’s worth a couple of hours. We will so have to Skype.

Knitsville is also getting the reboot and there is a scarf done in knit 1 purl 2 and 21 stitches on size 9 needles that is getting attention. It’s being done in I love this Yarn in this color and I am really surprised how much I like the color. I have three skeins of it – don’t know what I thought I was going to do with it – but the scarf will be one skein and if it doesn’t come out long enough to be a scarf, the ends will be joined and it will become a cowl and then I am going to do a matching hat in the same knit 1, purl 2. I will just have to do a tad amount of designing.

There’s also a  rasta hat that’s an smallheartscranberry1order and some dishcloths to be made. I’ve also started retaking pictures of the hearts to go into the shop – the irony of Valentine’s Day being passed is not lost on me. This is why it’s a stain and not a mark.

I am going downstairs and I am going to bundle myself up for a short walk in this really cold weather before I get to work. I am taking Mr. Honey to my therapy session today because he has told me how the therapist should be working my fingers and I think someone with his vast knowledge should tell her himself.

I have no doubt he will not do that. The big thing will be stopping him from playing with the tools I use like they’re toys.

Onward to the mark!

 

 

Knit fast...die warm

Knit fast…die warm

I have added another item to the pile and I did try taking a photo in front of the picture window and I didn’t like it. The background doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t feel like find another background and somehow putting it up. I would much rather take the shots outside and I will do that in really cold weather and take a few shots. I like the sunshine all around me.

I should also point out that though the fanfan cap cap can certainly be worn like a slouch, it is more of a cap. Which means when I take the real photos, I have to take it both ways to show how flexible it can be.

I finished a drop stitch cowl using discontinued boucle yarn from Yarn Bee called Artistry.  I do like the drop stitch and the small amount of boucle adds a little boho chic. I have a good amount of the yarn in different colors. It’s fun and I want to make it last so I am using it with other yarns.

The drop stitch cowl was also pretty easy so there will be ore of them coming.

I have three orders (two from designbcb and one from knit360five.) The one from Knit360five is three sales so that’s a nice thing. I am still not making my very low threshold and I am looking into new ways to get the shops out there.

I just got the bill from my surgery. I was there at about 10 in the morning and left before 4. I was out for about 1 hour from the time they wheeled me into the OR until I woke up. And the cost for this minor surgery was $17,000. I said it before and will say it again: healthcare should be free.

I also worked out three days in a row and today was my day off from working out. Get back to it tomorrow and looking forward to it.

I am going to call it an early night. I have an order on the needles and the thought of doing another 3×3 rib scarf and since I want to finish early, I have to start early which means bed again by midnight.

This is what constitutes a thrill in my life. No, no don’t envy me. You can have it, too, if you want it.

 

 

 

well...actually...

well…actually…

I could go downstairs and take a photo of the huge pile (70+) items that make up my completed projects pile but that would just be fun for one of us and whether that’s you or me, that’s just not worth the effort.

But if I did take a photo of it, you would see some new things that need only a warm and non-windy day to be photographed and some of them placed in the shop. I don’t delude myself that all of them will be photographed when that said day arrives. But some of them will. I look forward to that day as I really do need some new blood in the shop. I have just four open orders and Mama needs some income. Fresh blood may supply it.

My latest thing is scarves. This scarf particularly.ribbedscarf I have knit two ribbed scarves; one in caffe latte and the other in sunflower. I have a third scarf started but that’s using some boucle yarn that’s been in the stash for probably six or seven years. It will be a limited edition scarf as the yarn isn’t made any more.

I am also contemplating how to make an indoor photo station using the natural light in the picture window in the living room. I should probably get a winter setup.

I still haven’t started socks, though I am certain to run into a sock pattern sometime within the next few weeks and that will change. As of right now, the scarves and the sideline fan caps that I’m making are taking up the time and the mind.

The finger continues to heal. The therapy is great and the pain goes more than comes. I still don’t have full use of it but I can do the long tail cast on without yelping too much so that’s better.

Remember a while back when I gave Mr. Honey a visor I never wore because his was wearing out and he wouldn’t wear it because Mickey Mouse was on it and that wasn’t manly? He bought me a coat for my birthday and this is perhaps the coolest (and warmest) coat I’ve ever had. It has a heavy fleece lining that I can wear alone and if I wear the outer jacket alone it’s like a really good windbreaker and put them together and it’s thermal warming at it’s best. It also came with a plaid scarf. A purple, black and grey kind of scarf that I think is cute but I don’t much do scarves. It is, however, clearly a feminine scarf.

He’s been wearing it. Proudly. Boldly even. It has taken the place of the scarf I knit not for him that he commandeered. That has be more than a little irritated that the handmade, thick, warm scarf has been replaced by a mass produced, scarf that goes on a woman’s coat.

Maybe the plaid is manly.

dogDo you like how I did that? Welcomed you back, right in the title, like you’re the one that’s been gone? I’m sure there’s a psychological term for that kind of thing – and I am sure it wouldn’t go my way so just give it to me, will ya?

The finger is still swollen as heck but the therapy is going well and I believe I am back up to knitting speed with it.

There’s snow everywhere. I went outside for the first time since the storm and the snow was halfway up my body. That in itself doesn’t mean anything because I have no height to begin with. But it came up to Mr. Honey’s knees and he’s all legs. I am going to have to brave the elements again today to go to the bank and pick up some meds.

Speaking of meds, I had surgery a few weeks back to clear out some stuff in the lady parts. It was a sign of cancer and my gynecologist wanted to get rid of it because it shouldn’t have been there and also check to make sure the evil C wasn’t setting up house.

The pathology came back and I braved the frozen tundra to go out to the office to get the news that everything is clear: no cancer, no precancerous, all clear. So, of course, last night, I had some spotting – go figure. Watching it though.

Knitsville is also under snow but there are orders to keep the natives busy. There was also an inventory of items in stock and after discarding some back to the rip this project out and use the yarn for something else pile, there are about 70 items that can be photographed and sold in the shops or at a craft show.

That’s a good thing and gives me ideas.

Currently on the needles: an eyelet rasta, a 3×3 hat and a new hat made from  this yarn. I must like it because I had two skeins and just ordered two more. I had started making an entrelac scarf with it and changed over to the hat. I like it in entrelac and that could make a comeback.

Socks are still on my mind. More so because I don’t have a pair that matches – I can’t even find two of the hospital socks that I love and think are worth a trip to the hospital just to get. I actually had the thought of buying some (gasp!) when I remembered I have sock yarn and even if I didn’t, I have made that one sock I made from worsted weight so it’s possible to do that and I can make a pair of socks and have a pair that matched. the beautiful Kevia has this book and it’s been on my mind as well. I am dreaming of a nice pair of slouchy socks. I love slouchy socks – a hangover from my tennis playing days. I may have to break down and make socks – I promise to resist going over to the dark side of sock knitting and knit them from need and not become one of those obsessive sock knitters. I don’t understand them.

There’s no avoiding it any longer, I must do some work and go outside into nature.

Good to see you again. Don’t be a stranger. (I did it again; did you notice?)

 

da-da-dadada

da-da-dadada

Happy New Year! I thought I would start the new year off with a dislocated finger! It’s on my left hand, middle finger. It won’t bend and it’s still swollen but I feel better about chances for a complete recovery. It was a really rude looking dislocation. I would show you but it’s not for the squeamish.

It happened on a Monday night and I was back knitting like a champ yesterday. There is still pain and discomfort but I am nothing if not a trooper.

I have orders to get out and I have a special order to make 30 pom-poms in light blue which requires me to purchase a big hunk of blue yarn. I am hoping the store has Caron by the Pound in light blue sitting on the shelf waiting for me to come by and make it into 30 3 inch pom-poms.

I also need to get a skein of Fiesta Homespun to go with the other two skeins because I have to knit a prayer shawl and a black hooded scarf to crochet is also on my list of things to do today.

And I have to go do this shopping before the storm Mr. Honey thinks is coming hits.

I also issued a challenge to myself to get an entire afghan done for the family party in three weeks. I had the bright idea of making an afghan and raffling it off to a family member. (The arrogance of thinking they will even want one!)

I have two squares made – this is going to be quite fun with a broken wing. OK, dislocated wing. But now that I have put it out in the atmosphere, I must make it so.

Nothing like a challenge for the new year. I don’t even want to tempt fate by saying something stupid like ‘it can’t get worse.’ So, I won’t say it.

Hopefully fate has a sense of humor.