8 more inches of knitting on the body of their sweater
I think there is an expression somewhere that talks about how water won’t boil if you are watching it. It is a universal truth that when knitting somewhere from 5 to 10 inches that you over measure. You pull out the tape measure from your bag (everytime you think you have made a big dent towards your goal you measure) and notice that at most you have added another 1/2 inch to your project.
There is a heavy exhale with “That can’t be right it seems like more” you knit a little more put the project on timeout ad repeat the process a little bit later. I estimated this week that I did about 2 inches towards my goal on the skirt of my new sweater. I estimate that I am overdue to measure my progress in another 15 minute 😉
Cash Silk by Viola in the Seastorm colorway
I am slowly but surely working my way through the yarn for my Woodfords. It feels so great get to the point when you finish a skein and must wind another the next one. I am alternating skeins which I highly recommend when using this yarn and I am really enjoying the results.
The last couple of days I have been musing on my sweater and if it is ever going to be finished. I really seem to embrace the concept of the “glass half full” when I am knitting a sweater. I am about as pessimistic as one can get when I knit one. I am not complaining about complaining but I have just come to realize it as the “natural” state when I am working on a sweater project.
The other day I realized I had roughly used up 3 of the 13 skeins of yarn I have for my Woodfords that is less than the 30% complete… I think the expression a “Oh crap!” went through my head.
In the meantime while I have been SLOWLY knitting along I have also been buying craploads of yarn.. maybe from stress? Well anyways I digress the real lightbulb moment was when I realized that buying sweater quantities of yarn that you likely are not going to get a chance to knit anytime soon is the knitting equivalent to keeping your small size “goal” jeans around the house that you can’t fit in to. There is no logic in buying the yarn.. just like it is unlikely that one isn’t going to fit in to the jeans that are 2-3 sizes to small but are still in the closet… but is sure is fun to imaging the possibilities:)
Well, I finally pulled he trigger and launched my handgun hope on Etsy. It has been a long time in the making. I have really debated whether I do it or give my surplus of handspun to friends. There are so many elements of having this as a business that make me step out of my comfortzone: having to put oneself out there, pricing one’s work, opening myself and my hand spinning to feedback, and interfacing with customers.
While I spin yarn for pleasure I really considered all of the angles to pricing and consulted several people that I knew in the industry. The honest truth is that there are so many more variables with hand spinning an using “raw” fiber than other making activities. While it is easy to look at the time aspect there are other things such as the amount of dealing with the same amount of raw materials products that are of a different yardage and weight of yarn.
I have thought about certain aspects I am sure there are unexpected elements that I will encounter.
I think of this new venture as a growing exercise and am looking towards it with a great sense of curiosity.
I have so much appreciation for mothers now that I am one. Happy belated Mother’s day to all of you out there. You are miracle worker’s, cheerleaders, teachers, kind, and are there when the chips are down and there is nothing left to give. It can be a thankless job sometimes and a single day doesn’t seem like enough to convey how much they are appreciated.
The weather in Seattle held out and we got to to brunch and the local farmer’s market which was a lot of fun:
2ply in Spelling Bee from Nest Fiber
Today seems like as good as any to blog. I don’t have anything really exciting to report or new that needs to be shared, but I realized I have lapsed a bit in the frequency of blogging. There hasn’t been so much knitting time lately, which I expect to change soon, I have some WIPS and I have created a bit of a backlog on the yarn I have spinning that needs to be plied.
Crafting these days seems to be therapeutic, which is really nice when I can get sometime to actually do it. I finally broke down and bought a Hansen Minispinner last month. The good news is that I was receptive to one of my friends “selling” me on the entry level model. If you know me, you know I have a hard time going “on the cheap” or being “economical”. It is not that I am looking so spend money but I have a strong belief that you should enrich your life with things you will actually use. After the initial purchase there is nothing that has make me regret the entry level model, which really makes me smile.
So I guess I just should focus on all of the “Work in Progress“ projects. I did manage to make a tiny dent this weekend
Woodfords for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 8
It has been a long time since I did this…. so I guess it is time to check in and see how I am doing on my fiber related purchases and project. I liken this to weighing yourself after eating your Thanksgiving meal. It is not really fun….. but without the snapshot its difficult to tell where you are.
On the Needles:
Shepards Hoodie by Kate Davies
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doughtery
Grannystripe blanket Attic24
SQ. ofElsawool Cormo for Iliya
OrangeFlower Superwash Merino Aran
Gregoria Fibers ( a couple of skeins)
Frida Fuchs minis a gift from one of my BFFs
Must Stash Sheep self striping sock yarn
Viola Merino Lace (bought of destash)
Wound Up Fiber Arts MCN
SQ of Barrett Wool for Palmyre
Sunday Knits yarns from my Fibershare partner
Nanostitchlabs from my Fibershare partner
Gifted 6 skeins of handspun
Spun up 8 ounces of fiber
Crofthoose Hat by Ella Gordon
LowBrow hat by Thao Nguyen
Fern by Katy Tricot
Delta hat by Ella Austin
Escher by Ella Austin
Origami hat by Lori Versaci
I’h hopping that there is less in “acquistions” next time I do this exercise and more in the “finished” list.
3 patterns out of my Ravelry queue
I don’t know what your number is but I delude myself into thinking that if my Raverly queue is below 200 that I have sold control and am managing the patterns I want to knit reasonably well. Last September when I was at the Glamping with Plucky event several of my friends had a conversation about how big everyone’s rarely queue cold be and how we manage our wants and needs. I purposely put a lot of the patterns I want to knit in to the “favorites” to keep my “queue” number about 200. I have friends in the 15 range, 400, 2000, and 4000+ so it was clear to me that everyone has a different take on queue management.
With my Mad Hatter March challenge I am so close to hitting or getting below 200. It has me pretty excited. The nice things about knitting up a hat is how fast you can check them off your list. I think their is a nice pile of sweaters in my queue.. I’ll have to get creative how to knock those off my list, because the majority of them are adult sweaters.
Origami Top hat by Lori V. in Koneko Handspun
Stash seems to be a common knitter’s dilemma, and I know I have mentioned once or twice a couple of other areas that get neglected but add to the clutter (i.e the partial left over skeins that accumulate and the finished items that stack or hang neatly in your front closet). I am not sure I am being proactive on the front of trying to avoid more knitwear but it dawned on me this year that I could give a lot of my Mad Hatter March hats away to knit worth friends. There are a lot of you out there, but I can’t knit fast enough to give everyone a hat (If I could I totally would). I need to get better at more regularly culling through the finished objects and partial skeins to let go.
It is really hard to let things go…. I like many look at the amount of dollars and time that was spent knitting an item. and while you want to give thing away you have no idea if a person even a “knit worthy” person will cherish and use the gift that you knitted up, but I need to try because it is not going to get better if I don’t put some effort towards that front.
So in the meantime I have 3 of the 8-9 hats I am knitting slated for friends. I hope that a couple will be teacher’s gifts in about 7 months time and I plan on taking one of the hats to me with Shetland and Edinburgh in September.
In a few years time I am hoping that I can get courageous enough to let go and gift a crochet blanket, but I am so not there yet.
Oh, and I will finish this post with a R A V E about a new yarn I tried. I knit the Escher hat with BC Garn Semilla Organic( I know it is available at Fibre Space and LOOP London). I first hear about this on Michele Wang’s podcast and have had some in my stash for a while. OMG people I love this yarn. It is the perfect balance between “wooly” and “refined” I.bought the dk wight but hope to use more in the future.
Escher hat with a TOFT pompom from ButtonsButton in Vancouver, Canada