Calm waters

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I finished my open waters shawl, with some edits. Well mainly I didn’t want to buy another skeins to get the full repeats of the pattern. So I was short by 14 rows, give or take. So I decided to get in a similar point in the pattern and start to bind off. Keep in mind this was at 5am, I was already mostly through the bind off so all of the thinking was done the night before. So I finished fairly quickly, wove in ends, and now it is blocking, waiting for cooler weather. We got another heat wave here, not too high at least, the highest being 90F. The mornings are still brisk but not conducive to wearing anything with wool or cashmere. So it’ll wait for next week when it should be closer to fall weather here.  Which Can I just blocked it yesterday, it has been waiting since Monday to be blocked. It’s mostly dry now, so I’ll be able to wear it next week since it will be cooler then.

Speaking of finishing I also completed my Slide socks on Saturday. Even with my big feet I was able to get them done fairly quickly. It’s a neat looking pattern, though some of the instructions seemed a little weird to me and I had to double check myself. Some were so off that I decided to go with my inner knitting expert and it turned out alright, like making the stitch count odd and then decreasing to an even number of stitches, probably just an error or was intentional. But I did not follow those instructions. But now that these are done, I think I need to cast on some more socks but what will I knit next. I did consider casting on a pair of plain socks in the new yarn I got. But I decided that should wait a little bit, I need to work on some socks for gifts. I think it is time that I work out of Knit. Sock. Love. and make some socks for my mom. She has been wearing the skews that I made out of handmaiden casbah a lot, so I think she needs more socks.
Speaking of completed, no I did not finish my Viajante yet, but I did finally start the second ball.  It is not the fastest thing in the world, but it makes for some pretty nice easy knitting. I will say I will be glad to have it done so I can work on other things.  The next things have been prepared and are ready to go, I just need the needles off of this project. Apologies I have not posted last week, haven’t had enough energy to get myself to write, get pictures, and such.  Doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but things happen and I just don’t have the time sometimes.  I’m still working out a posting schedule so I can get these posts up regularly.  For now, no photos, those will wait for the next blog.

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Back up Plans

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Remember last time I talked to you that I was hoping that I didn’t need to get another skein of yarn?  I was determined to make it work with just the two skeins that I have and not have to blend different dye lots,  years apart?  I was so determined to make it work and finally I came to the realization, I was going to not have enough.  I had to look over the pattern again and I made an error there as well.  I thought the pattern said to repeat the last 32 rows 32 times, but what it really said was repeat these last 32 rows 8 times.  So I was saved there, almost complete with repeat 6 would mean I would have 2 more to go.  I looked at the floppy ball of yarn that I have left, it was not enough.  Only for maybe this repeat and a half, the bind off, and that’s it.  I would be playing yarn chicken the whole time and I didn’t want that.  I tried it on, while it was on the needles and remembered it will change size when blocked.  Even then I knew it was not going to be enough to get this done.  So I went to Eat.Sleep.Knit and found they had 8 skeins of the yarn I would need and I know their photos are pretty accurate.  So I ordered a skein and it arrived really quickly, I ripped open the package and looked at the skien.  It was defiantly matching their picture and it was going to be fairly obvious.  I’m going to blend the skein with the remaining bits I have from the second skein.  I think it will still look good, but I wish I had done something else so I would not have had to do this.  It is still looking quite good, the yarn looks more blue then it actually is.  It is lighter in the grey and has a little more blue, but it is going to be a decent match.

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While I waited for the yarn I knew I needed another project to fill the void and something that wouldn’t take too long.  I grabbed a skein of sock yarn from stash and needles and got to work.  I started a pair of Slide Socks out of The Fiber Seed Sprout in Rainbow in the dark.  In two days I had the first sock, Friday was that day.  So then yesterday I started the next one.  I’ll probably have that done this week as well, I’m finding a lot of knitting time, which is nice.  Though it’s cooling down here, besides the fires north of me.  So I am looking at bulky sweaters and have picked out yarn from stash and a pattern.  That will be started once the socks and my Open Waters Shawl is complete.  Then Viajante will give it’s needles to another project that I think I found to be perfect for a yarn that I have.  We will just have to wait an see on that.

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But I did get some new yarn in that was not for a WIP.  I told my knitting group when  I got a full time job I would order some yarn from a New Zealand dyer.  Well that time came and we all placed an order together.  I finally picked it up on Friday and I am so excited to start something with them.  One might need to be started sooner rather then later, since it is Halloween themed.  That yarn is Stray Cat Sock Yarn on Etsy and one of the knitters is from New Zealand so she had worked with the yarn before.  So it was well vetted and a few of them already have that yarn in their stashes as well.  I picked up three skeins, one in Revolution, Denim & Dandelions, and All Hallow’s Eve.  Aren’t they pretty?  I’m going to have to knit faster now.

Also I am working on getting a more concise blog schedule going soon, so hopefully you’ll see more of my knitting and other textile shenanigans.  Oh and I’m considering starting a podcast, would anyone be interested in that?

Warp issues

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I know that is has been a while, I’m still figuring out the new posting schedule for the blog.  But there has been some crafting going on here and I did promise I would tell you about the woes of the weaving that I have been working on so here it goes.  Once I got the warp board from a friend of mind, who was gracious enough to let me borrow it, I calculated the amount of yarn needed.  I then wound the correct number onto the board and got to work.  I made my little single color bundles and then it was time to do indirect warping on the loom.  This was the first time that I had done this so I was a little nervous.  It eded up being alright, a lot of petting and thwacking the yarn, but that worked out mostly.  But When I was threading the first heddle I found that one of the bundles was one end short, so I quickly wound the needed yarn and attached it.  That was no big deal, but the aligning of the threads and not being able to comb through them took a long time.  So I am going along, aligning the threads, listening to music, when I notice something odd.  One of the warp threads broke, starting at me.  It looked at me and I looked at it.  I started to mutter some bad words and put the loom away for that night.

 

A few days later I got the courage to fix the warp that was on the loom already, so I grabbed the extra yarn (and yes I know I’m using yarn and thread, bear with me it’s a 22/2 yarn) pulled enough off to get the warp fixed.  Tied a weavers knot and started winding the rest of the warp on.  Well what I was using as the guard for the warp was construction paper that I have.  Well it was not wide enough and so I had to use two pieces next to each other and I guessed how much I would need.  I was completely wrong and so I had to cut more of the paper to get it wind on all of the way.  But then it was slanted and not winding properly so I had to fix that as well.  Then it was time to tie up the warp to the front of the loom.  I had to pit it down again because I wasn’t sure how long it would take and all of these weird bits made me a little unmotivated.  But then I did tie it on one way, started the header and decided it was not good enough.  The warp was not behaving right, so then I took it out and re-tied it, slimming down the number of threads that made up each tie up.  Then I was finally able to weave, but the weird thing is that now the warp is tight except for a few spots when I switch to the down shed.  Even though when everything is neutral it is all tensioned properly.  So I don’t care enough to fix it and besides this is a test run for these towels, so I’m just going to work around it.  I’ve done a little bit of the weaving after work, just to make some progress on it.  So far it is all going fairly well, with some weird spots ,but I’m working around it.  Hopefully these are worth the effort, which I have heard that they are.

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Knitting wise is not going that much better.   My Open Waters Shawl went through the first ball of yarn already, only 3 repeats into the main section which means I have about 29 more to go.  I knew I was going to be a little close, but now I’m doubting the yarn and my decision to use a U.S. 3 needle.  I checked to see if there is a place that sells the same yarn and color way and fortunately I did find some.  It’s my backup just n case there is not enough yarn to make the size right, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.  I’m really hoping that I do’t need to get more yarn to complete this project, especially since the dye lots will be completely off.  But in the even that I do need to get another skein I can blend it in and make it look intentional.  This is the back up plan I have had to do before and it has worked fairly well then.  I’m just hoping I don’t need to do it again.  Viajante is going well however, just about done with the first skein of Madelinetosh Prairie, which means I’m getting a lot closer to being done with the whole thing.  I will not  be making another one of these again, at least for a long, long time.  I won’t say I’ll never make another one of these (that bit me in the butt before) so I will just say for a long time.  I want to make so many other things and use up some of the stash, for sure the next thing will be a sweater and some socks.  I think that will be good.

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Light at the end

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Sometimes you are just ready for a project to be completed and you work on it for longer then you anticipated. Maybe you decide almost near the end that you need another skein of yarn so that you can finish the size you wanted. Then you think well I have enough yarn for the larger size, so let’s do that. And then halfway through it you find out that you don’t have enough to complete the pattern as written. So you decide to cut out a color and bind off. That’s exactly what happened with my Dotted Rays shawl, I ended it early on the larger size, ending with the charcoal.  Wove the ends in as quickly as I could and even a week later I still have not blocked it.  It look pretty good as it is, but I know blocking will make it even better.  With that off the needles it was time to turn my attention over to another project.  With more then one project on the needles I get a little antsy, but I’ll be ok with having the two that I decided on.  The first is my Viajante, which I have had languishing for a little while now.  It’s not that I don’t like the yarn or the pattern, both are excellent.  It’s just the long amount of stockinette that I have ahead of me I’m not looking forward to.  But I will say it’s perfect mindless knitting or traffic knitting (yes fully stopped) and just I can’t think knitting too.  I did a bit of work on it after completing my Dotted Rays, probably a good 4″ or so, but it is hard to say.  I will say that for how autopilot this is and for how little I work on it, it is making some nice progress.  Maybe sometime before the end of the year I will have this done, but that might not happen.  Stay tuned for that.

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The second project is a new one that I have been looking at for a while.  I was going to buy the book it was in, but I decided to wait and I’m glad that I did.  It became a downloadable PDF on ravelry and so I bought that pattern (and 4 more, can’t blame me for getting one pattern free, I was weak).  Then I had to figure out what I was going to make it out of.  I decided to stash dive and pulled out two skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Rain Water.  So with yarn wound, needles in hand, and pattern at the ready I cast on.  I first tried one of the patterns I bought thinking that it was borderline that it would work with the yarn.  It didn’t work, the time and effort to get the pattern was wasted on the yarn.  Even though it probably would have been fine, but I wanted to do something else.  Remember that pattern that I wanted?  I decided that it would be perfect for the yarn and I was right.  Once it was cast on I just knit and knit, until the pattern was appearing on the needles.  It is perfect for the yarn in almost every way.  I decide to knit it out of a sport weight even though the pattern wants a fingering.  And I’m using a needle size one smaller then I would normally,  but I think the pattern and yarn will make a nice fabric once it is blocked.  That pattern if you are wondering is the Open Waters Shawl and it is so much fun to make.  I brought it along with me to my first day at a new job, oh I forgot to mention that, but it’s not important for this blog.  I knit on it when I could, in the morning on breaks, and have been enjoying it immensely.  I still want to knit with some of the Apple Tree Knits yarn that I have, but I have not decided which one I will work on first.  I think for that I will need my U.S. 4s which are currently in my viajante.  So once that is done I can decide then what I want to knit next.  For now I’m going to rock these two projects until they are done.  That might be a while though, since time available to knit has gone down quite a bit.  But there are no complaints there, I’ll knit when I can.

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Where there’s a warp

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Well this past week (give or take a few days) has been quite challenging when it comes to knitting or fiber in general. We had a pretty impressive heat wave that left a lot of us just melted into a puddle on the floor.  Excessive heat warnings every day, not wanting to go anywhere that did not have AC, and making sure to stay cool and hydrated were just a few things that went on here.  Of course this is nothing compared to the fires, hurricanes, and everything else going on, but I can only talk and write about my textile experience.  It was very hot for a few days, when 97 degrees feels cool and you get excited for that, you know it was blistering hot.  The max temperature we had here was 116 degrees, of course this is all in Fahrenheit, or 47 Celsius for anyone that uses metric.  I don’t have AC here at home, which means the parentals and I had to sweat it out when we were not at work.  On top of that my car had AC about 5 years ago, until it broke and I haven’t wanted to spend the money to fix it.  Well let me tell you I would have paid it immediately when that weather hit, putting the car even in the sun for an hour made it so hot I couldn’t grip the steering wheel for longer then a few seconds.  I couldn’t sit in it during rush hour(s) traffic (yes I mean hours, it lasts from about 3:30 until 6:30ish here, it’s intense), because I would be so drenched in sweat.  The last thing I wanted to do was put anything fiber related into my lap and work on it.  Even though my Dotted Rays is out of Cotton, that would still be something on my lap.

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With few options in terms of knitting, meaning no options because of this whole monogamous knitting thing, I had to turn to something else.  Weaving and spinning were the only two options I had left and I opted to complete the project that I had on the loom for a while.  Just a simple plain weave scarf out of yarn that I purchased at the Black Squirrel.  It’s a quite lovely DK weight yarn that worked out pretty well into weaving if I do say so myself.  Within a few hours split between a few days I was able to get the entire thing woven.  Then I had to work on the fringe, which in 97F degree weather is still a challenge, so I did a little bit of it.  I waited for the weather to cool down a little more, which meant in the morning later that week.  But with all of that fringe done, washed and trimmed up, I needed to pick something else to work on.

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Well I did buy yarn to make some nice kitchen towels earlier, but I didn’t have a warping board to do it.  Thankfully one of my knitting friends was gracious enough to lend me hers and so I got to work winding 9 little bundles of yarn to be the warp for the towels.  I’ll have to leave the saga for you all for later, it’s pretty good.  But here is the yarn that I bought for my birthday, not a lot but a good little bit.  More shibui to make another riverine, but no mohair.  And another ball of Apple Tree Knits in the murderous color way, which I have a fondness for.  Back to the loom for a little bit, I need to get some better progress on that done.

Little Squeals

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One of the best compliments a knitter can receive by those who do not knit, is when they squeal and jump with glee.  Usually when something is small and adorable, people can’t help but think it’s cute.  The baby tea leaves is small, has a good color, pretty good buttons, and is for a baby.  I think it nailed it on the head, especially when the recipient mother was excited and saying things like, “it’s so adorable” or, “she is going to look so cute in this.”  Even some other friends/coworkers came up and started making adorable sounds and squeals when they saw it.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and that it’s going to be well loved and used.  That’s always the hope for a knitter.

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Now onto other knitting things and even a bit of weaving.  I know I have not talked that much about weaving on here, but I’m going to be going full force with it for a bit, since I have the time.  Since I’ll be starting a new full time job in the next few weeks I have about that amount of time to get things done before I don’t have that much free time.  With that in mind on Friday I took a trip up to Custom Hand Weavers, the only weaving shop left in the area.  The shop has been there for longer then I have been knitting (which is 13 years) and is run by the sweetest woman.  She was very kind and gave me a lot of ideas of what I can weave.  While there I picked up some 22/2 Cottolin to make dish towels.  I’m going to be making the ones out of “Inventive Weaving” by Syne Mitchell, using two 12 dent heddles.  They will be three colors and I think a good introduction into weaving with more then one heddle.  If you’re unfamiliar with looms the heddles I’m referring to are the ones that give the rigid heddle loom it’s name.  The piece that the yarn goes through is the heddle and these are stationary, set at specific intervals to give different “gauges.”  Big looms are usually measured in shafts, which can be equated to the heddles on the rigid heddle, not exactly but similar enough.  At least this is all to my understanding, I’m still new at weaving.  To make a finer fabric, you need of course thinner yarn, but you also need a loom that can handle that gauge of yarn/fabric.  A floor loom with multiple shafts can make complicated and very fine fabrics.  A rigid heddle can do it, but you just need more heddles to accomplish this.  Well for me the two 12 dents will make a nice thin fabric, but the Cottolin is a 60/40 Cotton/Linen blend which will give it strength, good water absorption and dissipation, and should last a while.  But I ran into a snag when I got home, which I knew might happen.  To make the towels I needed a long warp (the yarn that goes from you to the back of the loom) and I can’t directly warp the yarn onto my loom as it is.  I just don’t have the space needed to be able to do this.  That is unless I went a little crazy and blocked access to part of the house for an hour or so.

 

With that in mind I’m going to need to get a warping board, which will allow me to get a longer warp and allow for future projects as well.  However, I’m not ready to pick one up until I can figure out which one I would like and decide how big I want it to be.  They come in a range of maximum warp lengths.  I can buy ones that are 4.5 yards, but they aren’t going to be good if I wanted to make longer items.  But I think 4.5 yards or 162″ would be a fine place to start.  It would also be smaller which is a concern for me since I don’t have the much space to store anything right now.  I’ll weigh my pros and cons and pick one up soon.  But I’m going to have to get back into the weaving grove, so I’m going to work more on the scarf I have on the loom right now.  Maybe even warp up another project and then I’ll start the towels.  I did get some more yarn Friday as well, but you will just have to wait and see it.

Going strong

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It’s been a busy week here, which is a good thing. But even with it busy I’ve had a lot of time to knit and get other things done. I’ve been knitting a lot more then I have recently which is good. Finding little times and big times to knit, which all adds up. Remember that baby tea leaves I was making last time? Well that is complete now, just needs the buttons which I need to get still. But it’s blocked and knitting done. Ends are woven, but still need trimming. But that’s a quick bit to get done.

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Those needles I was using on the baby tea leaves didn’t get a chance to cool down. They went directly into a new project, dotted rays. That is being knit out of some nice cottton, which is quite interesting because I’m not a cotton fan. I like the fabric, I’m just not very happy with knitting with it.  This on is an exception for me.  For some reason, cottons do not have any give when you knit with this one, but the one I chose does.  Some other things I noticed so far is that I do not split the yarn as often as I would another cotton.  On top of that I do not get knitting fatigue in my hands when I’m working with this yarn.  With all of that I would call it a win win.  That yarn I am referring to is Zauberball Cotton by Schoppel (link is to my LYS online shop, if anyone is interested in this yarn) which is 100% organic cotton.  At 462 Yards in a fingering weight  for the price, it is a great value.  I think I might have to pick up more of it at some point soon and do some light sweaters or tank tops.

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I am quite pleased with how this is turning out so far.  The pattern I think was a perfect choice for the very long color repeats that this yarn offers.  Even though the rows are getting quite long right now and it is definitely not as speedy to work on, I can see the light at the end of the skein.  A big bright red end of the skein to be precise, I might not have enough yarn to complete the pattern as written, but that is ok.  I knew this going in and I figured a slightly smaller scarf would be good with me.  With this coming to the end soon I have to start thinking about what I want to work on next.  I have a few ideas of what I want to make, some sweaters and shawls and the like.  But for me to do some of those I need my U.S. 4 needles, which are in two projects right now.  Those are the same two projects that I was working on when I got into my slump a few weeks ago.  I think I’m going to try to get one of those done so I can use those needles for something else.   But if I do choose something that needs attention I can’t necessarily knit on it when I can’t give it my attention, I will need to knit something else as well.  Something that is more autopilot knitting related, so I’m thinking I will cast on a pair of simple vanilla socks for myself.  I mean I have plenty of sock yarn to be able to do this, but I’ll have to start stash diving to see what I want to work on first.  For now, I’ll have time to figure that out as I continue short rowing my way to the end of this project.

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.