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Monday, December 22, 2014

Tangledmania Podcast 3: Start With Thank You, End With Crochet Tips

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Autumn's End by Alana Dakos
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Impression Vest  by Meghan Jones

Glaciation by Josh Ryks



Etsy Shops:

Happy Holidays everyone, and thank you so much for stopping back and watching. Be well and keep your head up!! Watch to the end for my three favorite pieces of advice to give to crocheter's who want to learn how to knit, as I was a crocheter first so I know where you are coming from!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Checking In and My Knitting Round Robin

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Good evening! Over the past few week, so much has been going on. I landed a new job (SQUEE!!), that starts on December 29th, and became ill in the midst of all the paperwork and running around for family doctor appointments. Life still goes on, right? It was interesting jumping up and down after the phone call offering me the position and feeling so sick to my stomach haha.

   I'm so excited about the new job and cast on a new project, now that I've finished the Glaciation Shawl by Josh Ryks. So all that is left on my knitting round robin would be:

  1. Autumn's End Sweater  by Alana Dakos
  2.  #27 Leaf Blanket by Inge Spungen
  3. Bonnie's Wish MKAL by Erica Jackofsky
  4. Vanilla Toe-up Socks for my husband by no one in particular :D
  5. Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
  6. and Impression Vest by Meghan Jones (for my new job)
Phew that's a lot.. Probably mainly working on the Impression Vest and the Leaf Blanket. Was hoping to get the Leaf Blanket finished by Christmas Day for my mother but the large leaves are hurting my hands, so I don't think it's going to happen, and I find that very frustrating.

   Because of being ill, the podcast was not recorded and the goal is for recording to occur on Monday, so hopefully that occurs without a hitch. After that I will have to find a new location and time to record as I cannot record in the middle of the day on a Wednesday since I will be at work all day haha. 

    The Autumn's End sweater is coming along beautifully. Almost done with the section that is the waist section. 

   The Leaf Blanket is coming along, it's a diamond shaped afghan with leaves knitted in relief of purl stitches, so I am on the decreasing end. I'm knitting this with Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Heathers and two size 10.5US, 6.5mm needles. 

   The Impression Vest is the only other project I've been working on and it's coming along beautifully. I'm using Plymouth Encore Tweed worsted weight yarn on size 7 and 8 needles (4.5 and 5 mm) in the vest and I just adore tweedy yarn :D. 


  So many people are sick, experiencing loss, remembering grief, and having a hard time during the holiday season so make sure that you know, people do care, just have to find the right people to reach out too. Keep your chin up and stitch on!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sweater Pattern Favorites

It looks like I'm getting into a rhythm with my blog and podcast. Blog on the weekend once, podcast on Wednesday. Not a bad rhythm!

Some regular housekeeping.
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I've been brainstorming, still a giveaway that I will be hosting, and have finally decided on a Ravelry pattern giveaway of $7 or less. The details will be relayed on my podcast this week on how to enter and what the rules are!

Sweater Favorites:
 I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorite patterns, so this section will have two. One that I've completed and one that I want to complete.
  The one that I have completed and that I loved was from Interweave Knits Magazine, Winter 2014. It is the L'Acadie Cardigan by Bristol Ivy who also has a blog called Where the Red-Winged Black Bird Flies

   This is an awesome sweater, and a very simple cable pattern that is easy to follow. A great pattern for relative beginner to cables who wants to venture into sweaters with cables! :D The yarn I used was Berroco Comfort, worsted weight, and it was nice to use and has been pilling, but not too badly so it's nice and comfy. With winter coming on, I've layered it with my alpaca sweater from New England Knits called Augusta Cardigan, which was my first knitted sweater ever. 
   Funny story about that, I screwed up the cables in front of the sweater and instead of going back, since I was done with the sweater, I just said forget it and I've lived with it ever since. Good thing it was for me as I was my own guinea pig haha. Just goes to show, that if it's for you, and you can live with it, leave it alone. And no one has every said anything about it.

One that I want to do is from the Vogue Knitting Magazine, Fall 2014, called #22 Vibrant Colorwork Pullover by Marie Wallin. This is a pattern that I would really like to attempt in 2015 because it's so lovely and it's colorwork! Who doesn't enjoy a bit of colorwork for a challenge! :D

These are just a few of my favorites, my list in Ravelry is out of control, but these are my current "woot's" lol. 

Short Blog Wrap-up
  The podcast will have a stash enhancement fun, review of the latest Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits magazines as well as details on how to get into my giveaway. Knit on people and keep your chins up! "Winter is Coming!"


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Podcast 2: Being Silly

Show Notes

  Some misspoken words and phrases, but all in all some good silly fun.

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Autumn's End sweater, designed by Alana Dakos aka Nevernotknitting on instagram and ravelry
Basic Cables Can Be Fun by Joe D'Angio
Glaciation by Josh Ryks

Cat's Eye Cowl by Gretchen Tracy
Basic Toddler Hats by Lauren Estes

Swish DK (knitpicks) I am using colorway Rainforest Heather

Stash Enhancement:
MIRLA Fiber Arts found on Facebook and on Etsy
  Sun Salutation in superwash wool (75%)/nylon (25%) fingering, 434 yards
  Nighttiming in superwash wool (75%)/nylon (25%) fingering, 434 yards

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Casting on: Autumn's End

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you enjoyed my first podcast, and there will be more to come, I'm sure because I had a really fun time doing it (aside from technological stuff). It's fun being in front of a camera with the chance to just sound-off and chat.

   There are only four days left on the MIRLA Fiber Arts Kickstarter, so please donate if you can and let's keep her in business!! Here is a sample of her yarn, such loveliness!!

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Autumn's End sweater, designed by Alana Dakos aka Nevernotknitting on instagram and ravelry

Andean Treasure in Aurora Heather

Swatching is essential for sweaters!
   Sweaters really are one of the few knitted items that I strongly suggest folks take the time to check gauge and make a swatch. I have been so excited to jump ahead and start a sweater project before and more often than not, I have regretted it.
    The pattern calls for size 7US, 4.5mm needles but I knit loosely so this is the swatch that gave me the gauge I needed for this sweater, which ended up being size 6US, 4.0mm needles.

Casting on fun!
     (I am not going into specific details, such as cast on numbers and such, because this pattern is not free, out of respect for Alana and her designs.)
  If you're casting on with me (and come chat in the ravelry Autumn's End chat if you are), you may have noticed that the instructions say to use the long-tail cast on and we cast on a great deal of stitches. And I was thinking about how I can do this without the conundrum of having too long a tail or not a long enough tail to complete all the stitches. So, I did some research after I did the swatch and What I found with my research is the suggestion to use two balls of yarn to cast on, and I thought it was brilliant. No, I have not done a long-tail cast on with two balls before. :D.

   Guide with pictures: You can find a fantastic guide to this on another blog called Coco Knits, with pictures and all! So that is what I used and it worked brilliantly. I have 3 tails which has been interesting haha, but otherwise it really does make me happy and may be my new go-to for long-tail and a high number of cast on stitches.

    Preview: I've been working at it and truly love it. With the yarn color I'm using, it's almost like ferns in the forest, which is really lovely. And the yarn is so soft. I joked with my husband that I was responsible for them selling out in that color, since knitpicks.com did sell out in the Aurora Heather colorway last week haha. I hope you know that I am absolutely not serious about that. :P
  This is pinned out so that you could see the pattern a little, but once the sweater is done, soaked and blocked out, the lace features will really show.

S2KP2: I do have one more thing to show you, it is for the S2KP2 in the pattern. I was doing it wrong for the longest time and now I'm finally doing it right, in time for this project. What you want is for the center stitch to line up.

Be well, folks and keep your chins up and your hands busy :D. Another podcast will be coming this Wednesday, I hope. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tangledmania Podcast Episode 1

Wow that was odd, well, here are the show notes!
  Sorry for the slightly fuzzy picture, will work on getting a good webcam for xmas. :P

Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos
On Ravelry: Botanical Knits
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Basic Cables Can Be Fun by Joe D'Angio
#27 Leaf Blanket by Inge Spungen


Podcast Loves:

Awesome shops:


Be sure that you keep passing word around about the MIRLA Fiber Arts Kickstarter! I meant to talk about it in my podcast but forgot and then I do not know, yet, how to join videos. So here is the other video. Sorry Jinny!! And say hi to my youngest daughter! :D

Thank you for watching!! Be Well!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fighting Depressive Symptoms

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This will not be one of those blog-posts in which I am going to be stating my works in progress, or showing my finished objects. Instead, this is a little blurb about today.

   Today was a gray, cloudy, and sleepy day. 

   Problem number one, I didn't sleep so well last night and problem number two, I have a job interview tomorrow. The reason why number two is a problem is because I truly need a job and not having one is both petrifying and stressful, so I'm very stressed out that I will not get the job that my family needs me to get so badly.

   What did I do? I could have just sat there and stared at the television and cried. Goodness knows there are days where I've done that. Heck, I lost several months of my life to a couch and depression when I was 19. But I did self care.

  1. I did take a morning nap with my 3 year old on the couch. This is okay because I was exhausted and it was cuddle time.
  2. When I was awake, I kept my hands busy and knitted. I also made sure to post on instagram my posts for the two fun December instagram events I'm doing (follow me, Tangledmania). 
  3. I did not let myself binge eat in the slightest, which lends me towards eating less, but I make up for it and I'm not skinny so it won't kill me for one day. 
  4. I told my husband briefly on the phone that I was upset and what about (guilt for being unemployed). It always helps to reach out, even though when you are in that state of mind, so little will relieve the despair of the moment, but it passes.
  5. And right now, I'm blogging about my symptoms, and explaining what I did. 
  The reason these are healthy and helpful for me is because they gave me compassion for myself. They also helped me focus on something else, such as knitting, which broke repetitive thought processes. Writing about it here, helped me think it through and logically and as I finish writing this paragraph, I actually do feel better. 

  I'm putting off doing my first podcast until I receive some yarn to show off, but I have so much to talk about, so I'm really excited and nervous. 

  Here's to hoping you had a fun Thanksgiving in the USA, a wonderful weekend for everyone else and that everyone keeps their chin up when they can, and hug themselves inside when they can't during this holiday season. Be well!

Jen Riley