Yarn It Up

I am REALLY looking forward to fall this year. I was totally a summer person until…I’m not sure. But, this year, I’m jonesin’ for fall. Maybe it’s a combination of back to school shopping, plans for fall cleaning (the kids’ room’s are disaster areas) and the purging of outgrown and worn through clothing. All of that brings on a can’t-wait-for-fall feeling.

So much so, I was digging around in yarn and pursuing my Ravelry queue. The desire to sew always starts to wane at this time of year. I hope to fight it in 2013. Maybe this is a good time to teach myself to work slowly through more complex projects. Things like perfecting fit and making pants(!!!).

But, for now, I’m dreaming of working with yarn. I wanted to start by getting back to Dimbala, which needs a new yarn choice.

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These two are calling out to me. The colors scream warmth and coziness and fall.   IMG_6016_medium2 IMG_6014_medium2 As pretty as the yarn I started with is, the texture and drape are all wrong for that pullover. Which sucks because I knit all of that twisted rib only to find that I hated the way the guage looked in stockinette stitch.

And then, this trifecta of Andi Satterland patterns are DEMANDING my attention.

Chuck

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Miette

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And a CROCHET MASTERPIECE, Elsa!!

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I’ve loved this pattern when I saw the sample on Andi’s blog. I have never crocheted anything larger than a hat, but I pulled the trigger on this purchase immediately. I mean, lookatit! Awesome!

I can’t sew away from home, and even though my commute to work is fairly short (at least my time on the train is) I might be able to squeeze something in during work breaks. And while reading the massive 819TzSEbmkL._SL1500_

Grandma & Grannies

Today was easier than I expected.
I am so grateful.
I was inspired to pull these out as I sat thinking of her.
She taught me to crochet a zillion years ago.

I haven’t added to these in a while. I’m still feeling the crochet call.
So, soon, there will be more.
Will I ever make a grand blanket like my grandma?
I don’t know, but I will enjoy thinking of her with each square that I add.

Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

I finished this little cutie a couple of weeks ago, just before my birthday. It was the start of my yearly fall/winter yarn frenzy. This is perhaps not the best accessory for me as I don’t really own (or enjoy wearing) many crew neck tops. This one was actually free. It was a part of a huge freecycle haul from a couple weeks ago.

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW
Pattern: Lulu* Loves Crochet Collar
Shirt: Mossimo from Target via Freecycle
Jeans: F21
Lippy: Makeup Forever in Moulin Rouge
(and assorted drug store eye makeup, lol)
Braids: Failed, brushed out pin curls :p
and Pink toenails just for kicks!

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

More pics here

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

*Lulu was one of my grandma’s nicknames. That’s where I got part of my original flickr username.

Isn’t it funny how things happen sometimes??

The Kindness of Crafty Friends

My annual karaoke knitting party was today. That means another handmade gift for me. This year’s gift was just as beautiful as years past! WILL YOU LOOK AT THIS!!

Knitting Group Gift Exchange Spoils!!!

Can you even stand it!

Knitting Group Gift Exchange Spoils!!!

Knitting Group Gift Exchange Spoils!!!

Knitting Group Gift Exchange Spoils!!!

This beautiful shawl was crocheted for me by Ms. Yarnydays from the Claudia Scarf Pattern.

I have to mention that Rima was my second match. When the choices were made, I was originally assigned to Tomo. You might not have noticed, but she’s gotten me twice already. She made both of the scarves I linked to above. I even joked that she might have me again this year. What are the odds that it came to pass?

I totally forgot to take a picture of my gift for Emily. I made this cowl for her. It was the knitting I was doing way back when. I feel so lucky to be included in the party and gift exchange, I don’t get to make it to the weekly meet-ups very often. Thanks for tolerating me, ladies!

PS- I’m wore one of my Frida tunics today!

Super Sized Doily

Super Sized Doily Begins
The beginning.

Super Sized Doily Floating
Floating.

Super Sized Doily Blocking
Blocking.

Super Sized Doily In Use
In use.
With (totally by accident) matching toenails.

Pattern: Large Hipster Doily
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, held double
Hook: Size K

For my next trick
Up Next: Tiny Patchwork Purses
Tiny Patchwork Purses.
Because I am experiencing garment sewing FAIL!

Though, I did trek to the library (sewing machine is now working, so of course the printer broke) to print out patterns for Sorbetto, the Bombshell Dress, sailor shorts and a scallop detail skirt. All of that taping together sounds like fun….

Getting and Giving

I recently co-organized a Twilight swap on Ravelry that was a huge success! I ‘hang out’ with that group the most and I liked everyone so much I really wanted to swap with them. I loved putting together my partner’s package and I really loved seeing all of the creativity that went into the other memeber’s packages. My partner, Meg,  was particularly gifted in that department.

Ravelry Twilight Swap package

I took many terrible photos with my old camera that don’t do her efforts justice. I loved everything she included! She labeled everything and filled the box with candy and vampy red paper ;D

My knitting group exchanged secret santa gifts this week. I made this scarf for Tracy:

Purple Cash Scarf

It’s my first FO of 2009! Click the pic for yarn info.

And Emily, who I had never even meet when she chose my name, made me these!!!!

Swap gifts rock!!

I love them! The color is perfect and so is the fit. Receiving this gift made me so happy I’ve decided to swap more. I joined the Sit n Knit Quickie Mitten Swap and I think I’ll hunt for more!

Starting the Thankful train

I’ve been feeling especially thankful lately. For big things and small things. 

My children are healthy and happy enough to be a huge pain in my ass ;)

My husband is awesome and would find a way for me to walk on the moon if I wanted to.

My grandfather had a seizure this week but seems to be fine despite it. I don’t really talk about the general bad health of both sets of my grandparents. Mostly cause I don’t think they would approve :D. The internets are bad business as far as they’re concerned. My grandfathers are only doing so, so on their best days. But, I’m thankful that they’re holding, for the most part, and not getting worse.

I’m also thankful for a mini parade of useful finished objects. Which is the most relavant thankful thing in this post ;D

After finishing my ruffly scarf I crocheted this hat to match it

KISS Beanie

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Then I got a bug to make another lengthwise scarf. I started the JERS with this yarn first. It was not so pretty :( The ruffle was particularly ugly as it consisted of several unflattering color changes. It wasn’t so pretty as this scarf at first, either. But blocking mellowed out the colors nicely.

I just wanna love ya Noro, Tied

Then I made this hat to coordinate with it. My sister told me that I can’t call it a match because there’s no black on the scarf. 

Silky Combo Hat, CU

Now, I’m working on a hat for Son#1 to be followed by a scarf and mittens.

Then the boy twin needs a set too.

Then mittens for Missy and the girl twin.

I have to move fast. I’m trying to out run my mojo. If he takes off, the kids will be stuck with store bought acrylic yuckiness.

I better put on my running shoes. :)

Stitches by the dollar

I recently answered an ad posted by a local art gallery. They were looking for hand knits to sell alongside the artwork displayed. I corresponded with the owner who liked my work based on the photos I sent her. We met in person and she told me of her plan to expand her gallery to include functional art (like knitwear) and smaller art pieces than what she currently offered. 

We discussed what she would like to display, giving me the option to create what I wanted to. We set a tentative deadline for the end of the month. I wrote a schedule, researched prices and got started cranking out hats and working on dolls.

And then I realized just how hard it is to stitch for the dollars.

 
Stitching for Dollars

 1. Noro Hat, top, 2. Pea Green Earflap, back, 3. Simply Red Beret, 4. Doll in progress

 

I would be happy not to touch my needles (or hooks) for at least a week. But if I did my schedule would be thrown off. Also, I still have design projects giving me a fit and a hat for my sister and the steek sweater that I’m dying to chop and Petal still needs sleeves and the the kids need hats and I need to sleep and clean my house and do laundry. You get the idea. 

I think I could continue to push myself if I had any kind of guarantee for success. After putting so much work into sewing last year to have very few flea market sales and even fewer on etsy, I’m being realistic when I say all the work could be fruitless. Add that to my (many) unsuccessful attempts to find part time work, more writing contest BS and the general knocking around involved with caring for four children and it all adds up to be too much. 

But, I like to honor my word. So, I will work down the list I made and continue having fun experimenting with free form knitting and crocheting. Once my shelf is stocked at the end of the month I’ll have to wait and see, which is always the hardest part.