Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Vague To Do List

Those who know me, and probably even some who don't, know that one of my "claims to fame" at least in the world of those who know me on Ravelry is that I am very, very specific in goal setting and those I coach will tell you that I am even more specific on breaking goals down into tasks.

My weekly goal sheet for this week is ever so specific.  I have a list of how many rows I need to knit by the end of the week (broken down into the daily numbers!) and which patterns I am working on that will need my attention, along with which threads on Ravelry I am watching for testing input or KAL comments (more about that in a second) which is why when I made a post in the KAL that said my daily goal was to "Start a shawl, here is the start, so it is done, check!" everyone was shocked!

You can see it there on top of the blue knitting.

The truth is the day was a holiday, so my to-do list was very truncated!  I had all day to get the things on it done.

Back to the KAL comments.

During the Indie Designers Gift Along last November and December, I met some of the most amazing knitters and indie designers.  One of them, Evie Scott just released a cardigan pattern called Quill - go on click that link I will wait.....you back?  ok.

That pattern is so totally me that I had to get it right away and join the knit along!  Well as circumstance would have it, Evie, wanted some company in the moderators chairs so she invited me to join not just as a member, but a "housemate" if you will in the group.  She has offered to let me host my test knits there and we are having a great time cheering people on with the KAL.

Evie is obviously much better about yarnie contacts than I am, she talked Cascade Yarns into donating 12 skeins of yarn as the grand prize for the KAL!  (You might want to join the fun and get a chance at winning that!)

I have more than started my version of Quill, but, I am being good and sticking to my detailed to do list and she is sitting to one side, patiently waiting her turn while that shawl you saw the barest beginnings of gets worked on.

I am not the only "housemate" in the group though, Evie also extended an invitation to PJ Kaylor, the knitting genius behind Fiber Fabrications, who coincidentally just release a duo of patterns under the name Attack of the Killer Rabbits!*
photo courtesy of PJ Kaylor used with permission
I linked to one of the patterns there, but she offers a very generous discount if you buy both together!  (Doesn't her husband make the perfect model?)

That's all from needles today, what on yours?

~M

*Yes, she is a Monty Python Fan.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Silently on Sunday




Friday, February 17, 2017

In Which One Thing was Cast Off...

Do you remember last November when I was all excited about the Indie Gift Along on Ravelry and then took the entire month of December to knit other peoples designs?

Let me tell you, some of the people I met were "the best" that I have ever met and I think that we have formed life long relationships from chit chatting in the chat thread and trying out other peoples patterns for a month.

One of the people I met, who designs under the name Knitted in Switzerland ( go follow her on Instagram, or take a peak at her Ravelry Store) had a need for test knitters for some "Hubby Approved" socks.  While I might not have a hubby in need in socks, I do have two (mostly) adult now sons who always need socks so I raised my hand and in between some serious swatching and some serious knittng with linen I cast on and have now cast off one sock from her upcoming collection!

In other knitting news, the linen I have been playing with? Stage one is also off the needles, but that is a story for another day!

~M


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Almost a Shawl

Those of you who use Instagram have seen various teaser pictures of a linen shawl that I am knitting.  And, I am happy to say, it is almost a shawl now!

Almost, as in, once I finish this one there is a second sample to make, tech editing to do of the written pattern, photo's to take and edit, testing to be done...but I think...I think I like it!

Let me tell you I wasn't sure to start with.

I have worked with a linen blend exactly once in my knitting career, which spans decades!  To take the leap to work in 100% linen was a bit of a challenge and a bit of a learning curve, and you will get the whole story when the time is right.

For now, just know that I think this will be the perfect summer time shawl, and knit!  Linen is nice and cool on the hands when the weather is warm, no worries of it felting as you knit it!  It does take a leap of faith though to not only put the finished piece in the washing machine but to tell other knitters to do so.

When we get closer to release date I will tell you the whole story, and go through how I swatched and washed, and washed again...for now....

This weeks work in progress :

A Shawl.  She still needs an official name, but for once I have a couple of ideas!

What's on your needles?

~M


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another Suitcase, Another Ball of Yarn

I don't know why, but I have the song Another Suitcase, Another Hall running around in my head, I'm not going anywhere that I know of so there are no suitcases, but there are lots of balls of yarn in play at Chez Yarn Diet this week.

The problem is, not one of them is really at a point where I can talk to much about them!

There's some socks, another pair just entered "testing phase" and let me tell you, I either hit the sweet spot of when the post the testing call or there are a lot of knitters out there who like a mystery!  The socks are a secret for just a little bit longer, but, I don't really like putting out patterns that have only been tech edited and not tested...so no teaser photo, a "hush" order and I already technically have enough people testing it to make me happy!  (But the call is still open for a little while if you are interested!)

There's the first version of a linen shawl...there will be two.

And a pesky WIP that I set aside a while ago because I miscounted the edging rows I was working on and had to rip back some.

Hmmm, looks to me if I am digging through the UFO pile for things to keep me occupied I must be avoiding something.

You caught me, I am.

Sorry, too busy fixing knitting mistakes to actually finish up my tax return today!

What do you do to look busy when you want to procrastinate?

~M

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Vocal

Usually on Sunday I am quiet and just post a few pictures.

Not this Sunday!  Today has been all about talking, mostly to myself about why the IRS makes tax forms so danged hard to figure out.  Excuse me, where does royalty income go on the form?  (The income listed on 1099-Misc box 2 - Royalties....not box 3, I can find that...Not that I think that technically it is royalty income, it is the advance on royalty income......Yes, I know, find a tax accountant, but I should be smart enough to figure this out on my own!) Ok enough about my first world problems and taxes probably creeps a little too far over to political to be on a knitting blog anyway.

What I really wanted to tell you about was.....

Christmas 2016.

Yeah, I know a bit late for that, right?  But not really.  See this year I sent a bunch of my friends a Christmas Package with a card that read "I am dyeing for Christmas and now you are too!" and included a package of food colors, some bare Knit Picks Stroll and the hopes that they would have some fun with them. (Not all my friends got that particular package, those that already dyed yarn got other things, but I digress..hmmm seems I do that a lot around here!)

But anyhow...one of my friends, the incredibly creative mind behind Bad Cat Designs and such wonderous knitting books as New Heights in Lace Knitting and New Vintage Lace just recently published a blog post, free tutorial and pattern on Ravelry showing what she did with that present.  (Go ahead and snag the free pattern and tutorial, then dye yourself some yarn and have fun!)

My friend Sheila dyed some yarn to make her version of my Overgrowth Infinity Loop...her project can be seen here and it is all dyed with food colors!  Incredible, huh?

Apart from yelling at forms my weekend has been spent knitting quietly away with a new to me fiber.  Pretty soon I will tell you all about my adventures with it, what I have learned and hopefully show you a beautiful finished object...

Until then....what frustrated you this week?  And what worked out really well?

~M