Zoom Zoom Knitting

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Well this has been an exciting few days here, I celebrated a birthday yesterday.  It’s not a big deal, another year, another number increase.  I am grateful for everyone in my life and helping me make a little more of a deal about it then I did.  But that’s enough of that for this post.  Lets get to what we all came here for.  Lets get to the knitting.  And yes there has been some good progress on that front lately.  I was able to finish Riverine, to be able to start something else.  But I did enjoy the knitting of Riverine, except for the mohair.  I think when I make another one of these, which might be some time away, I will substitute the first yarn for the mohair.  I already have a color picked out and will pick them up soonish.  But that’s nothing I’m going to be worrying about at this moment. That would be something for future me, when my knitterly insanity kicks in again.

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I still need to weave in the ends and block it a bit longer, but it’s quite lovely even in it’s unblocked state.  Hopefully it will block out nicely, but either way I think it will be nice when the weather is cooler.

 

But besides that long bit of knitting I am working on something a bit smaller.  Thankfully these baby items don’t take that long to knit, unless they’re a blanket, those seem to go on forever.  I was going to make a blanket along with what I’m going to be finishing today, but I decided against it.  I want to knit on something else very shortly and try out a pretty new yarn.  But for now just a shot from yesterday on the Baby Tea Leaves.  It’s quite adorable don’t you think?

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The final push

Well it has been some time since I last talked to you all, whoever you all are.  I have been working on the Riverine like a mad man.  I am on the very last stripe section, just using up the rest of the Silk Cloud yarn.  I will say that this has been a very interesting project, not because it is that interesting to make, but more interesting in it’s effect.  Only 3 skeins of yarn from Shibui, some knitting on the bias, and alternating those 3 skeins make an interesting scarf.  I’m really hoping that it will grow quite a bit, since it isn’t as long as I would like it.  But I’ll block it into submission soon enough.  Now that I’m coming to the end of that project I’m going to have to start looking at another.  I already have some of the yarn wound, granted it’s only 2 skeins, but I have the first ready to go for a baby gift.  I think this will be one of a few that I’m to be making.  Which thankfully baby items don’t take that long to make at all.  I’m going to try to make a size that the recipient can wear once the weather starts to cool down, or right away as well.  I haven’t decided on that quite yet, but I think the mother will be quite happy with it.  I did show her the pattern that I was thinking of and she thought it was adorable.  So a win on my part, but I knew she would like anything that I made for her.  With that in the wings I have to think about what I’m going to make after that, which I think I know what that is going to be as well.  I have so much that I want to knit, not to mention knitting on the things I was working on before the slump hit me.

 

But I am having a knit worthy friend ask if I would be willing to make a sweater for her.  I have no problem with doing it, I just need to know more.  Thankfully she doesn’t want it until December so that gives me some time to work on it.  And I think it’s going to be a worsted weight or thicker yarn, which means speedy knitting.  Hopefully we can get it figured out and I can get going on that.  Since I have the sweater bug still and I don’t want to make anything for me just yet, since I am still changing in size.  But I think in a few weeks I might just start making a seater for me.  Ih ave a few ideas to which I would work on first.  Most likely a worsted sweater since that would be a little quicker.  Except the one I really want to make is heavily cabled, so more time.  We shall see, but it is going to be all from stash, since it is too large for its space now.  I really need to pull out a knitting machine again and get some things quickly out of stash.  Maybe while I’m off for the next few days I’ll make some socks and sell them.  We will see, I have to knit through a little more of the silk cloud first.  I want this blocking tonight if I can.  No pictures today, I need to be knitting like the wind.

Frisky Yarn

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Yes I am still working on Riverine, yes it’s not the most interesting knitting, but it is knitting.  I will say that I am still quite happy with how it’s turning out, but the yarn had a different story.  The Silk Cloud is a mohair silk blend, so naturally it likes to stick to things, like the other yarn.  I’ve had it pull onto the other yarn as I am working it and then I have to think it back.  Not that bad to be honest, but it’s not great either.  Still it’s better when some how I got the silk cloud to go in front of the work for a stitch and then back and I knit the next row after.  I didn’t notice the error until I was getting ready to wrap the yarn up the side for the next set of rows.  So I went ahead, muttering under my breath how much of an idiot I felt like, and dropped the stitch and corrected that error.  But that all comes to the last bit of fun I had with knitting this so fart.  I have been working the silk cloud from the outside of the ball to avoid it tangling.  But what did it do anyways, that’s right it tangled.  But not with a single strand of the stuff, no it grabbed onto the little bit that was showing from the center and tangled wit that.  I was able to complete the wrong side row and clip the yarn, there was no way to save it.  So I had to rejoin, not the worst thing in the world, but I just hate sewing in ends.  But now that I know these tendencies I can go forth knitting as much as I have been.  I’m coming to the end, sorta, of this project and I am already getting ready for the next few.  Some of those will be baby knits, but others will not be.

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My LYS got in a new yarn, I remember telling you about that in the last post.  Which yes I have been bad and have not been taking photos or posting that much.  There has not been that much exciting going on here, but I digress.  The yarn is from Schoppel-Wolle and if you know who they are you know they make some nice yarns.  This one is the Zauberball Cotton in Color 2338, which is so descriptive.  If you have not seen this yarn yet it is a 100% Organic Cotton fingering weight.  When I saw them at my LYS I knew that I needed to make something out of it.  So I had to put down my knitting needles and browse my queue to see what I wanted.  I found a few things but I thought they wouldn’t show off the yarn and pattern at the same time.  So I kept going, browsing even deeper into Ravelry, going into the massive library of patterns.  Then I remembered a pattern that would work well for this yarn, so I found it.  I looked at what others had used to make it and sure enough Zauberball was one of the yarns used.  Not the cotton variety, but still would show what I could expect.  Then I turned to the knitting group and showed them the yarn and the pattern.  They all said that it would be perfect and one really wants to see it knit up right this second.  I am not going to do that, because the whole monogamy knitting has gotten hold of me again.  But it will definitely be on my needles very shortly.

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And finally for this lets talk about the stash and UFO’s.  After doing a deep cleaning yesterday I got to see a lot more of the stash then I have seen in a while.  Mind you most of it fits in it’s designated bins, but some still doesn’t fit.  I keep saying this, but right now I really mean it I am not going to buy anymore yarn for a while.  The only exception is to complete a project or if I need to make something for a gift and I do not have the right yarn for the job.  But I pulled out the bin of sweater quantities yesterday (which by the way, is not all of it, there are some tosh and other quantities that are not there), but I discovered yarns that I forgot about.  Also these yarns are not in my stash on Ravelry, I’m going to have to do another session of photos and uploads coming soon.  But I got to see some lovely yarns that I have that I need to knit.  Some of them are geared towards more summer time and I think I need to up those into the knitting queue soon.  I also pulled out a bunch of UFOs that have been languishing for quite some time.  Some of those were sweaters started a while ago but put away for some reason.  Now that I have been shrinking a bit these sweaters would not fit me anymore.  Some of them I would want to knit again or knit into something else.  Others I just don’t want to deal with anymore, but I have made a pile of projects that will be frogged.  I know a lot of you would gasp at that and rightfully so if you saw some of the items.  I have a sweater that just needs the ends sewn in, a body compete with the seams complete, a tank top that I made that I don’t particularly like, some shawls and failed designs.  Well they’re not failed, I just don’t want to make them anymore to be honest and they aren’t something I think would work out.  But there is a lot of frogging that I will be doing in the upcoming days, I’m not going to enjoy some of it.  Especially when it comes to removing seams and unwinding sweaters that were alternated with two skeins of yarn.  But for now i’m going to work on my Riverine and think about the next bit of knitting I will be doing.

Sweater Fever

Again I am still knitting on the same project as I talked about in the last post. It’s going quite a lot quicker then I anticipated. I had plenty of Pebble to get through the first portion of the pattern.  Then I needed to switch to the Silk Cloud, which I wasn’t sure I was going to like knitting with or not.  Fuzzy yarns like that and me don’t necessarily get along that well and this one is just the same with me.  Though it’s not as bad as I thought that it would be, but it’s still not my favorite yarn to work with.  The effect that I’m getting with it is quite nice and  I can see why it was chosen for this pattern.  When I make another one, which yes I am planning on making another, I will still use what they ask for.  Maybe I’ll substitute two skeins of Pebble instead, but that is for future me to decide.

 

I will say I did have some interesting bits with the Silk Cloud when I first started working with it.  The first is it likes to stick to the Cima yarn quite a lot.  I mean after the first chunk of the Cloud I worked with the Cima and I noticed something odd when I was getting ready to work the next row.  The Silk Cloud ended up getting pulled in front of a stitch and back around to the back, so I just dropped that stitch and freed the yarn.  But then I would eventually be knitting and it would find itself doubled with the other yarn.  So I have been holding them separately when I am knitting.  It seems to be helping, but the Silk Cloud is a bit of a slower knitting yarn for me.  Which doesn’t bug me too much, but it is a little bit.  I like to bust through these simple patterns and the yarn is slowing me down.  Maybe bugging me a little bit is more of an understatement, it does bug me.  But not enough to get me to never use this yarn in this pattern again.  We will see if I still like it when it is all done and blocked.  I’m hoping by next week I can work on some other things because this project will be done.  And trust me I have a line of other things that I need to work on.  Gifts for some people and a new yarn that came in this week at my LYS.  I have a pattern picked out and it’s a great yarn for summer.  What that is you’ll just have to wait and see.  Pictures coming soon.

Slow but Steady

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Knitting has been happening, not very fast, but happening none the less.  I have been making some small progress on a new pattern, Riverine.  It’s knit out of three different bases of Shibui yarn.  It’s quite an easy pattern, but still very entertaining none the less.  I get to play with texture and how the color changes from each base.  For some reason it makes me very happy.  But I am not going to complain, it’s getting me out of my slump, slowly but surely.  I can also attribute it to listing to some knitting podcasts too, which is good because it’s keeping me inspired.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not that much progress but again I’ll take it because this is more knitting then I did during the slump.  Well I think I’m going to go back to the knitting, I would take more photos but the battery in the camera died.  And the light box doesn’t have a port to use, I’ll take some more photos later.

One Round

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I think that this is a sign that the slump is on the way out.  Today I actually pulled out my knitting from the bag.  I didn’t just look at it longingly and feel the fabric, no I did actually pull it out and did something productive.  I put the needles in my hands, grabbed the yarn, and then proceeded to knit one round.  It felt so good to have needles and yarn in my hands making something for the first time in a while.  This simple round of plain knitting on the Viajante made me feel so much better.  But it is still a bit far off from where I was before the slump happened.  Though I will be looking at my knitting again more later and hopefully I can do a little bit more of it.  
I’ve also been looking through my favorites and queue again to get some inspriation to start something.  I am going to try to get projects lined up for when the slump is gone and the projects start falling off of the needles.  Which should be helpful in getting me out of the slump.  Fast forward to Friday in which was knit night at my LYS.  I went even though I really have not been knitting that much/at all.  I went and had a lovely time, looking at others knitting and all of the yarn that the shop has to offer.  I looked at a lot of yarn while I was there and I think I am on the way out of the slump even more.  I bought one more skein of Apple Tree Knits yarn, which is lovely and I have a pattern picked for it.  The other is three skeins of shibui yarn for a Riverine which a few knitters around the table are making.  The shop has had a sample of one for a few weeks now and I keep thinking about making one.  But the color I wanted they only have 2 of the trio that is required, which would mean I would need to order the last skein from somewhere else.  So I didn’t buy that color before and did not now either.  What I did end up with is a color that is very me and delicious.  The color for all three skeins is Bordeaux, which is a lovely deep burgandy much like a fine wine.  

The skeins are wound, I have the pattern printed, and the needles are at the ready.  I think that I’m going to cast this on right now and start knitting.  Though I’m not looking forward to the mohair, but I think I’ll be just fine.  Mojo is coming back thankfully and hopefully I’ll be going through projects left and right.  But I will need to track down some of the sweaters I have not finished and proceed to rip them out.  They are now too big, so I will rip them out and start a new one in it’s place, once my body stops shrinking.  Again we fast forward to right now, I have knit the first few rows of the pattern.  This is more knitting then I have done in the past 2 weeks, so I count the 8 rows to be a big deal.  I’m still a little unsure about how it is looking at it’s current gauge, but I think it will be just fine.  

Oh and I did fall down more on the Apple Tree Knits, I picked up a skein of Ice Queen.  I have many plans for all of my Apple Tree yarn.  More on that later, I am going to work a bit more on my new project.  

Fight the slump

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I’m still in the slump lets make that clear, nothing has been going on in the textile part of my life.  With all of this extra time you would think that I would be doing a lot more other productive things.  Well that’s only part of the story, I mean don’t get me wrong I am doing some productive things.  But the amount of time I am being unproductive is much larger then productive time.  I am not sure how much longer I can go along just watching movies without knitting or spinning or weaving.  I am not sure what is going on, don’t get me wrong I am looking at patterns on Ravlery and my stash as well.  I am taking a hard look at my stash and trying to figure out what yarn I really want to keep and which I don’t.  Don’t get me wrong I am not giving up on anything, I just think that I need to be a little more organized and restrained with the stash.  
With so much time on my hands I am looking at other things as well.  I am taking some time to clean up, figure out what I want to do that will fulfill my time.  What that is right now I have no idea.  Again I think that I will have nothing to put up for photos today as well.  I’m hoping that this slump goes away soon, its starting to get a little concerning.  I’ll feel my yarn and knitting, sit there and sigh.  I keep wondering if this is what other non-knitters do, not be productive with their free time.  Of course there is nothing wrong with this, if this is what brings you joy that’s for you, not for me.  I am going a little crazy not working on anything, I mean yes I could force the slump away by pulling out my knitting.  But I think I am going to have to figure otu what I will work on.  Oh wait there in lies the problem again, I have no clue.  I think I’ll stare at the wall again, it looks like my favorite program is on, light moving across as the sun sets.  

The Mega Slump

We all have those times in our lives where we just can not, for the life of us, work on something that we want to do.  Whether it’s a knitting project that is exciting, spinning, weaving, or anything else that you may do that is crafty, we all face the same thing.  There will be times in which we just can’t get ourselves to do any of it.  For some reason we get blocked or just for some reason you can’t.  Even though it’s calling to you, telling you that it would be fun to work on it, you just give it a vacant stare.  You think, well I could work on you and get closer to a finished object, or I could just stare at this wall.  Well the wall looks pretty interesting today, maybe I will do that.  And then after starting at the wall I can just stare at my computer screen, even if it’s not on.  Or maybe I’ll just play some video games or watch endless YouTube videos.  Whatever else you choose to do instead of your crafting is up to you, but it’s also something we all will face at some point.

 

Well I am currently in a  large slump, it’s fairly big at this point.  I pull out my knitting and it just sits there.  The spinning wheel tells me that I should make some progress on my spinning for Tour de Fleece.  The loom says I’ll make a quick woven scarf if it’s just pulled out and worked on.  All of them are calling to me and I did not give in.  My creative bug is gone, me desire to work on anything textile is gone.  This is the largest slump that I have been on, all crafting has come to a halt.  I’ve been trying to get myself to work on it and then I think oh look shiny.  I keep going to other things and ignoring other things.  Well there’s not much I can do about it, thankfully it will go away at some point.  How long that will be, I don’t know.  For now I’ll just sit in the corner and watch the ceiling.  That’ll be fun…

Showing the warp 

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I think I’m on a weaving kick a little bit. I’ve prepared the math for the next 2 projects that will be going on the loom. I think we discussed that in the last blog, but I have done the math for the weaving that I will be doing. The first of those is using that wonderful DK that I bought up at The Black Squirrel a few weeks ago. It even has a recipient when it’s all done, my mother. She saw the color and was enthralled with it. Even though she has a lot of knit scarves and shawls, there are little to no woven items. So that is no problem, with the warp calculated I direct warped the loom. Then we were talking and she was interested in how the loom was set up, so I didn’t do the rest of the setup. I showed her how the loom is set up to get it ready to weave. She watched and asked questions and said, “that’s way too much setup.” I said yes the setup, like in machine knitting, or sewing, takes a while but the actual act of weaving doesn’t take too long. So I shredded the warp, tied it onto the front, and started the waste bit of weaving. I showed her how the basic weaving works and how the fabric is made.  She was interested but I don’t think she is going to be weaving any time soon.  But it was quite interesting to have her interested in a fiber craft, that wasn’t about the finished item.  So that was quite a surprise for me.

 

Weaving is going well I have about 5 inches woven, but I honestly haven’t been working on it that much.  Knitting has come to a slight stand still because I’m just doing all kinds of things right now.  Oh and it’s Tour de Fleece, which I haven’t been doing any spinning for.  I might do a little more weaving and spinning today, once I get some of my knitting done for the day. Time to get back to it, no pictures today, not enough progress to show. 

Warp Drive Engage

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The weaving is going splendidly.  I finished the scarf that has been on the loom for months now.  It feels so good to get this off of the loom.  I wish I had made it a little longer, since it’s not the longest scarf.  But the width is good, next time I’m going to make it a little narrower.

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The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy Sock in the color Zombie Reunion.  Quite a nice bit of yarn, but I made a few mistakes when I wove this.  I didn’t get the length I want and the hem I did on the top and bottom wasn’t tight enough.  But overall it’s a nice pattern, but I don’t think that I would do this one again.  But the pickup stick pattern was a nice exercise in learning new skills on the loom.

 

With that being done I have already planned the next two things I am going to weave.  One is going to be a nice long and decently wide scarf out of the Machete Shoppe Dirty DK in Purrmaid.  I already did the calculations for the project and I think I’ll have plenty for it.

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The next will be a super wide and long scarf out of the hand dyed bamboo cotton yarn.  But  I need to actually warp up the loom first.  I’m thinking I’m going to need to get a warping mill, direct warping is nice.  However with the restrictions I have on space makes it a little difficult.  I’ll start looking into that while I get ready to warp up the loom.