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Monday, May 15, 2017

Knitting with Startitis (Joji Mystery Wrap Spoilers)

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The past few weeks have been pretty crazy, and my knitting (or lack of focus there-in) has really reflected that. My ability to stay on one project has pretty much taken a vacation (crafting ADD). 


To name just a few items, I have a knitted duck that I am almost finished with, just need to stuff the head and sew it all together (the beak has me nervous...). There is also a mystery knit a long (more about this in a minute), a Steven West pattern (apparently I love his patterns lol), and a vest that I started a year ago. 


I don't believe that I have ever done a pattern by Joji Locatelli, but I jumped on board with this Joji Mystery Wrap because the spirit (and startitis) moved me to add another WIP (work in progress) to my pile.


All of the yarn is from knitpicks.com and are stroll tonal colors. 1) Pearlescent, 2) Pacific, 3) Frozen, 4) Train Station, and 5) Raven. 

Seriously loving Pacific and Frozen together....


I am adoring walking around with Steven West's Dotted Rays shawl on my needles, fairly easy to work and a fun way to use this yarn up, when I was truly baffled on what to use it for. It's just not my cup of tea... The yarn is from Celestial Strings and is fingering weight... but I'm not sure of the color..





Finally, I've been working on this Vest called Tracery (designed by Kathleen Sperling) since last summer. Fairisle is not my strong suit, so this project has been both intimidating (instruction-wise) and challenging (getting those floats long enough). Hopefully it will block out enough to fit! Yarn is from knitpicks.com, Chroma fingering in black and avalon colors.
Stress has really thrown my crafting for a loop. And my blog writing, hence no post last week. I've been going to my new church, Unitarian Universalist, and finding great comfort with the kind and welcoming folks in Oneonta. Really very grateful to have found them and I look forward to continuing to go. 

So craft on, my good friends.
Craft on when you're sad,
Craft on when you're happy.
Push the needle through,
Grasp that crochet hook lightly,
Click those knitting needles together.
But craft on and make the world beautiful.

Be Well!
Jen
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Little of This, A Little of That... Literally!

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  Yup, I know, it's been a while. My husband was in excruciating back pain and the family was in panic mode to try and get him help and relief. Luckily he isn't in as bad pain, and getting ready to get some super relief from his normal every-day pain that he suffers through.

   Did my crafting stop during this time? NOPE! In fact, one craft that I found particularly helpful during this time was the cross stitch project that I have started from Heaven and Earth Designs called Mother and Child, which reminds me so much of me and my kids. I love the soothing colors in it. This is what it will look like eventually,






And the first page, upper left hand corner with the flowers, looks like this so far.


I am using Q-snaps (new for me) and had a lap stand but really do not need it with the size this is, one hand in front and one hand in back holds it beautifully. Yay for counted cross stitch!!!

Next project I've been working on has been a custom request of Steven West's Vertice Unite. It's all done!!!! This was a surprisingly enjoyable knit, the different sections came together as it grew perfectly. I highly recommend this project.


The Harry Potter House Cup for Knitters/Crocheters has started on ravelry, hope you got sorted. Go Gryffindor!!!


  My OWL was approved and I cast it on Monday, it will be the Latte Can Happen Shawl by Erica Jackofsky (and this shawl was controversial, and I don't want to hear it lol). Using knitpicks.com stroll tonal in Inverness.


Knitwise, I also started a yellow duck (my youngest daughter will steal this I am sure) for Charms class, and so far that pattern is just wonderful! Called Rubber Ducks by Nicky Fijalkowski, I am using knitpicks.com brava worsted for this project.
  Doesn't look like much yet, does it? :) Need to sew it up and stuff it tonight. Then on to the head, wings and beak. Pondered adding feet... *Quack!*

Finally, I decided to have some fun with beads, and made up this "necklace/bracelet" of some type. I used wire and crimps for the first time, and it was actually a lot of fun, though I shouldn't have done it on my lap haha. Lots of jasper (2 types) and fossil agate. LOVE it.





This weekend is my monthly guild meeting, and there will be a bucket auction. So I thought, sure, let's do this. So the goal is to make a few perfect sets of snagless stitch markers, maybe a knitting book and a skein of yarn to donate. We shall see how far I get haha. Best laid plans, right?

My hair is now purple/blue and will be dyed that permanently this Saturday. Sunday I also have church, as I am joining a Unitarian Universalist Church and have never felt so at home. My oldest loves it too!! I need community so feel so blessed to have found them.

It seems like this Spring is turning out to be super busy, so go forth and may the Fourth Be With You (Star Wars Fun)! Anyone else going to see the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this weekend?? :)

Be Well!
Jen
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Smoothies, Knitting and Webs Tent Sale Anticipation!

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Mental Health-wise:
To be honest, I haven't quite recovered from having to rearrange my life goals to fit what is now realistic so that I can support my family. A big adjustment that is taking time, it can be hard to drop dreams that you thought were reasonable.

Food-wise:
  In other worlds, I tried to make a banana strawberry smoothie this past Tuesday! :) Pinterest has all these ideas for smoothies and one suggested that you could just screw on a mason jar to your blender. This is completely true, by the way but there are two problems.

1) I cut up the strawberries and bananas and left them in the jar to freeze (in the jar...). So when it came time to blend it I added some milk, screwed it on the blender.. and nada.. The frozen food would not budge. So I had to let it thaw a little (and in my anger walking away was best at that time haha).

2) Came back and everything was moving okay, so I blended it. Oh it looked soo good! And then I tried to unscrew it... But the glass and the plastic did not let me unscrew it.. So I left for knitting night, very peeved. It did unscrew when I got back from knitting night.

Knitting-wise:
  The weekend started fun, I made fantastic progress on the Vertices Unite shawl by Steven West. About 18 rows left in section 5 and then just section 6 to go, which is not very large. Honestly, the person who asked me to make this for them has been a joy to work with, and so has this shawl. The instructions are exactly correct. The picture is just after I had started section 4.

  Planning on taking this Friday off and trying to get away and relax a little. Sit down and plan everything again. Goals are important, and even if it is as simple as learning to read tarot professionally, and finish a novel or 2-4 :), something to focus on is very important.

In the meantime, anyone else planning on heading to the Webs Tent Sale next month?! May 20-21 and my knitting group is heading out on the 21st! (Super excited.. need to plan what I want to buy as soon as the sales come out!).

Be Well!
Jen
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