I really should get to the little pile of yarn amassing in my living room. Maybe I can give myself a bit of a break because I am not casting on left and right… but I do have some yarny commitments that I need to knit though.
I need to think of it as a knitventure and just power though it after all I do get to do my favorite thing: knit.
I did some cleaning this weekend and it got me thinking about notions and tools that I use. I am always on the lookout for something that can help me knit more effectively and efficiently. Here are a couple of my current favorites:
Walker bags: I like to use these for my notions. The mesh exterior that I have makes it easy to find my stitch markers and snips and darning needles. I like the ones that are flat on the bottom so that I can keep them on a little side table while I am knitting.
Sirka counter: There are so many different kind of counters on the markets these days, but I have found when I knit a sweater this is my preferred tool. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but after the learning curve I can’t imagine knitting a sweater without one. It helps me keep track my project when I am working increases/decreases at the same time (which makes shaping so much easier at least for me).
Okay.. I have been pretty(really) bad on the non-knitting front so I feel there is no need to disclose my bad/poor behavior.
It is a non knitting related post. Okay, I just blew it because I just mentioned knitting. Over the past week we were prepping for our 10 year anniversary. I really try to live in the moment so I haven’t thought about everything that has happened over the 10 years with my husband. So I was happily surprised when he showed me a slideshow he had put together on a new laptop he gifted me with (I was surprised about that too). I was deeply touched to see and remember things I haven’t thought about in a long time.
I think it must be love because seeing all of the memories prekid and with my daughter, got me to agree to go hiking this weekend:) I am hoping I don’t sprain my ankle.
But regarless of if I do I know that I will have a lot of gratitude in my heart for spending time with my hubby and the family we have created.
I do like to “collect: yarn, but it is a little known fact that I like to burn through stash or my Raverly queue also. I am quite excited that in participating in a recent KAL I am getting to burn thought stash and work through some of the items in my queue. There is just something so gratifying as marking the stash all used or crossing items off one’s queue.
I have already worked through one skein of Koigu Bulky, cracked into 1.25 left over balls of Plucky Sweater and hoping to work though some discontinued Plucky Cashmere as well.. WOOT! WOOT! All aboard the stash busting train.
Buying yarn can get a little nutty but having it delivered is a whole different story. You should have seen me today, stressed out from UPS (they delivered late). I skipped lunch so I could run home at 4 PM to intercept a couple of boxes before my husband came home. I lucked out and missed him but then ended up dumping them in the trunk of my car until I got off work, checked the skeins for a golden ticket in my work parking lot, and I am now plotting on how to get them back in my house and safely packed away until I knit them up.
On another note.. I bought the Plucky Knitter’s Princess Phone in 3 different color ways ( oh my goodness this yellow is amazing and I am not even a yellow person).
For me it is always exciting to cast on and cast off a project. It doesn’t matter how easy or hard the project is I always feel good about it. So I am having a bit of trouble enjoying that I just need to keep knitting… with no end in sight. I have the seed stitch wrap and I cast on a Quick Silver.
Okay I probably could cast off my sweater if I stopped procrastinating.. but where’s the fun in that?
2 skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Lace in the Boo Knits KAL
It feels good to make progress so I was thrilled when I was able to finish the Arlo(by Michele Wang) for my daughter. I love it and she seems happy. She really understands how much I love knitting so every time I have something on the needles she asks”Is that for me?” There has been some guilt in not finishing this earlier, but I have gotten in to rotation knitting.
It is hard to buckle down and finish things. I just need to do the sleeves and ribbing ( and weave in 1 million ends) on my Freshly Fallen(by Amy Miller) but instead I am working on my Ombre wrap(by Purl Soho). This is going to be something that takes a LONG ASS time. Infact I think that might even be an understatement. Several of my knitting friends think I am completely nuts for doing it (Because it is 1600 yards of seedstitch). Seedstitch is not bad when you have to do a little of it but this is a little nuts…maybe it would be less so if I was a picker, but I am a thrower.
Oh and I cast on a shawl I am going to knit too…(because why not?)Well before I get tempted to cast on another project I better stop and celebrate my victories.
I finished Arlo and Licquorice(by Lioness Arts aka Dani Sunshine.