Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cast On, Cast Off

I know that Wednesday's are for Works In Progress, but I am going to give you the teaser photo for the finished object first...details coming on Friday...and then talk about the latest thing to jump on my needles!

Socks!

Two of them!

Just about a perfect match on the stripes, and this time around I didn't even try to match them.



For the past few years my ex-MIL has been sending me yarn.  The first time it was one ball of some cheap acrylic, so I cast on a few stitches and knit a dropped stitch pattern into and sent it back to her.  The second year, a slightly larger quantity of a slightly better quality acrylic, same deal.  Over time, as she is getting the yarn back as something, her choices have started including natural fibers and larger quantities.  Last year she got back an entire sweater!

It hit me the other day I have not knit anything with Christmas 2015's yarn and I have to mail it across the country.

A win of a pattern code during the Indie Gift Along gave me an excuse to get a new shawl pattern, from a new to me designer.  Travessia by Clarice Gnomes
 
 I put her on the needles today.  Now if I can just stay off the Chat Forum long enough to actually knit her, I will be golden!

~M

PS, in real life news............I want my McGyver Badge!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Silently on Sunday





~M

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Finished Object Friday - No Saturday!

No, you do not need to check your calendar or your work schedule, today is indeed Saturday and I did not post my finished Arundale Vest on Friday.  (Bad Blogger!)

I got a bit side tracked, and I going to send you there too!

The new issue of Knotions went live today!  I'm not in this one, hmmm I seem to be saying that a lot recently, in fact ever since it went to publishing monthly!  But that doesn't mean that my love for the online magazine has faded in the least!  Or my appreciation for the editor.

I might have created a small list of things I want to knit...like this, which I think would look fabulous in an Unplanned Peacock Yarn (just saying!)  and this which would be great for using up some bulky yarn that you have in your stash.

There are a lot more there, but those two caught my eye immediately and got added to my never ending list of things I want to knit, now!  (Must Knit All the Things!)

But on my needles and from my needles....

Arundale Vest in Fall Colors.

Before Thanksgiving Knit Picks had their Big Sale and at first I said I was underwhelmed with it, but as it turns out I ended up placing not one, not two, but three orders!  I knew the sale was coming and had squirreled away some funds from designing etc to pay for them, and even with three orders came in (just) under budget.  Part of what I got for that budget was some Wool of the Andes Sport in (dollar deal!) Brown Sugar, Caution and Orange.  (yes, yes, if you know me you know that orange is my least favorite color, but it was a dollar!  So I got 5.  Other people like orange!)

I think, and please don't tell me that I am wrong, those special dollar deal colorways go really well together in this finished object....

And, as crumpets are the official food of the Gift A Long, and required for an official Gift A Long finished object photo......

And now, I am all about some socks!






~M

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Can't stop

Oh my gosh, the 2016 Indie Designer Gift Along is so much fun, that I wish I had time to stop and chat with you...but I don't.

I am almost finished the vest.

Socks have been cast on.

TOB borrowed my camera to take pictures of tree frogs sitting on the sliding glass door ...

And I really don't have time to do anything with pictures of any of the above because, that chat thread runs at a million miles an hour..and I have knitting to do ....and garbage to put out....and dishes to wash......

Oh for an extra set or two of arms!

Follow the fun on Ravelry, or Instagram, it's the best you are getting today!

~M

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Silent Night







Best of my Instagram.

~M

Friday, November 25, 2016

Knitting and Crumpets

A couple of days in and the Indie Designer Gift A Long is going great guns!

As of my typing this there are 89 Finished Objects and a whole lot of chat shenanigans going on in the Chat, Chat, Chat! thread.

Noteworthy events....crumpets have been declared the official snack of the gift-a-long, but one of the mods has been dubbed "a crumpet short of a gift-a-long."

After a hard day of cooking, eating and knitting, followed by a day of mostly knitting and reading a fast moving, non-stop thread, I am exhausted!  (To follow my knitting progress for the day check out my Instagram!)*

Note to self, all this talk of crumpets has made me hungry...maybe I can find some at the store.

~M

*Too much knitting to do to move pictures from my phone to my computer, but you can see it all unfolding there.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful

Today is American Thanksgiving.  I hope, that no matter where you are, that you take a moment to be thankful for all the things we take for granted all year long.


It does seem kind of sad that most people only set aside one day a year to be thankful.  A couple of online groups that I belong to have a regularly scheduled Thankful Thursday - like a WIP Wednesday or FO Friday, and I might have to adopt that strategy, because really I have so much to be thankful for!

Like what?

So much that I couldn't possibly list it all, and I have been thinking about it for days now, what things that I am thankful for that I would share today.  So along with the usual of food, shelter and the ability to take care of myself, here are a few of the highlights.

Knitting designers that challenge my skills!

Test Knitters who knit my designs!

An editor who gave me the confidence to submit not just to her online magazine but to calls for submissions for books and other publications.

Ravelry and everyone on there for giving me inspiration, a selling platform, a place to hang out with "like minded people".

Multiple yarn companies for making sure my bank balance didn't get too high!  LOL

But most of all...I am thankful for these guys!

I am thankful they put up with the requests for modeled shots of knitwear, when the weather is too hot or too cold.  I am thankful that they all have opinions which, while sometimes different than mine,  are well thought out and can be defended during our dinner debates.  I am thankful that each one has a love of making and creating things, be that drawings or jewelry, scarves or socks.  I am thankful that they encourage each other, and me, to follow dreams and when any of us thinks that something we do isn't good enough that they are there to say that they think we are!

And lastly, I am thankful for the people who like my patterns enough to knit them and share their projects so I can see!

Happy Thanksgiving!  What are you thankful for?

~M