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Monday, January 19, 2015

Blog instead of Podcast - With Explanation and Updates

 Where you can find me:
Instagram: Tangledmania
Ravelry: Tangledmania
Ravelry Group: Tangledmania
Facebook: Tangledmania Blog
Youtube Channel: Tangledmania Podcasts

        Sorry, I know I promised a podcast every two weeks, but I ended up being in a lot of pain Saturday through today thanks to my jaw. I suffer from TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and it causes a lot of pain. On Saturday, I thought it was my ear and a possible infection but it resolved into focusing on tightening up my jaw pretty good, so I realized what it was. 

      For those of you that suffer from it very often, I'm sorry, I've been lucky enough that it only flairs up once or twice a year. And I am pretty sure that this flare-up has to do with me grinding my teeth in bed the past few weeks over my new job haha. A little more stressful than being home knitting and taking care of my daughters.


                
Project Update:
     Anywho, the Autumn's End Sweater is coming along and I especially wanted to pass on some FANTASTIC advice I received this past week, in terms of inches on the sweater. As you may know, the yarn I'm using for this sweater is from knitpicks.com and is called Andean Treasure, 100% baby alpaca.

   I adore alpaca and find it to be the warmest fiber for me to wear in my North Eastern location. Seriously, as comfy and warm as a sweater I've had. And Zibelineknits from ravelry sent me a message that I'm utterly grateful towards!! 

            "....as a dyer and knitter of alpaca, I have to say this before there’s a catastrophe: alpaca has ZERO elasticity. ZERO. So when you get that sweater wet, it is going to stretch in ways that won’t spring back when dry if you aren’t careful." 

"Just make sure you measure like crazy to make sure that you have exactly the dimensions that you want in all the right places before leaving it to dry flat, and it should come out alright."

           I did make sure to get permission from Zibelineknits to add her comments to my blog because I am every so grateful for them. They were helpful and insightful!

          That being said, I am almost done with the second sleeve, so will be finishing up the body and joining the sleeves to the body to finish up the sweaters. I am very excited. Another alpaca sweater! 

Yarn Eye-Candy:
   

       These skeins came from Celestial Strings last week, the orange with yellow splashes is the dk yarn I will be using to make the Wrapped In Leaves shawl at the end of the book. The other is Twinkle Toes in Unicorn Farts colorway (seriously haha). This shawl will be up for one of three giveaways that I will do once I finish knitting my way through the book. 

 Other Thoughts:
        I am sorry that I couldn't do the podcast but the pain is so bad it's hard to talk sometimes. The only thing I can take to relieve the pain is advil so I'm doing my best. 

      Finally, earlier today I had two visitors at my door claiming to be from a non-profit company meant to help us save on our national grid bill. All they needed to do was see our national grid bills. I had remembered hearing something about a scam of this sort, but wasn't sure where it was from. First of all, you do not ever have to give anyone your bill, and second of all, do not let strangers in your home.  I called the police soon after they left and they were picked up. They were very rude and said they would be back, so I made sure the local village police number is in my new cell.

Book Series Obsession:
    Now normally I am not a huge fan of mysteries. I have been known to jump to the end of the book just because I need to know. Seriously. But lately I've been reading Terri Reid's "Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery Series" and I'm in heaven. The gist of it is that Mary O'Reilly is a former Chicago cop, now a Private Investigator, whose main job is helping ghosts solve their murders so that they can pass on. These ghosts are not usually that scary but often really sad. I can read these at night without getting freaked out. So check them out!! There is a lot of them :D. 

Wrapping it Up:
    Do not forget to go to the ravelry group and join the giveaway that goes until January 30th. Let me know if you ever have suggestions on what I talk about. Keep yourself safe and content. Stay warm!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Autumn's End Update and Giveaway Update

Good evening!

  Well, it just turned evening where I am, and for the first time in two weeks I feel like I can sit down and write a blog post, but I do not have enough for a podcast. I will be taping a podcast, with better video, next weekend. From now on, the schedule will be every two weeks.

 Where you can find me:
Instagram: Tangledmania
Ravelry: Tangledmania
Ravelry Group: Tangledmania
Facebook: Tangledmania Blog
Youtube Channel: Tangledmania Podcasts

Podcast Comment:
This past week, I received a thumbs down rating on my podcast and I do not mind getting that, what bothers me is that no one commented why. If it was the video, I'm sorry, I know the room was too dark and the video seemed to be on with the audio, but seemed fuzzy in some way. I'm going to attempt to use my new videocam. If you have a comment on the podcast, please feel free to comment in the blog show notes or on the video in youtube so that I can improve!

Autumn's End Knitting:
  On to blog business. I have been making great progress on the sweater, when I can. With my new job I have much less time to knit than I used too, but not going to night classes is a huge relief! But I believed that I had finished the body of my Autumn's End sweater up to the armpits. For my size, it was supposed to be 15 3/4 inches long. 
   But while setting this out for pictures today I realized that maybe I should add another inch. The questions falls on where do you measure this sweater? The lace will relax a great deal after soaking and blocking. I'm using Andean Treasure yarn which is 100% baby alpaca by KnitPicks.com and it is really a complete joy to work with. Keeps my hands nice and comfy warm, and boy we've had some cold days recently. 

    But measuring on the table, after sitting it on the table during this picture taking session and I worried that I was at 15 inches and not 15 3/4 inches. It's not a big deal, I will just put it back on my circular needles if I need too. I'll see how I'm doing with amount of yarn and measurements after I finish both the sleeves.

   Speaking of sleeves. :D

   So I meant to do them two at a time magic loop, but when I cast them on at work, away from resources such as youtube and during a luncheon with the knitting group at my new work place (WIN!! Love those ladies and I am soo excited to find an active group that meets once a week!!!). So instead I settled for one at a time. 

   What I did do was the bottom is a garter stitch and I did all five rows of garter stitch and THEN joined in the round. I have a nice long tail so I can sew the split together, if I feel like it. I'm actually kind of liking the effect. But the sleeve is quick work.

   One more update on this sweater is to show you how you can use a small needle and thread a contrasting colored yarn along the circular needle cord, then take off the circular needle cord and it is saved! I suggest doing this with acrylic vs another natural fiber to prevent any type of felting, because life happens. :D Here is a picture I took of the top body of the sweater and where the acrylic yarn is threaded through. 
   A note on alpaca yarn, yes it does have that halo of hair. But it's sooo soft!

Giveaway Info:
Lastly, if you go to the ravelry group I referenced above, there is a giveaway going on that I will pull randomly from the end of this month. You need to be a member of the group in order to win, so go join, introduce yourself (if you feel like it, not an entry requirement lol), and say hi!

Be well and see you next week!! Stay warm!!

Jen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tangledmania Podcast 4: Short and Sweet with Kitty Bumps



Where you can find me:
Instagram: Tangledmania
Ravelry: Tangledmania
Ravelry Group: Tangledmania
Facebook: Tangledmania Blog
Youtube Channel: Tangledmania Podcasts

Works in Progress:
Autumn's End by Alana Dakos
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
      These were actually my Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Sock Cast-on fun.
St. Brigid by Alice Starmore
To be cast on: Mrs. Hugh's Refusal by Phyll Lagerman

Finished Objects (FO's):
Impression Vest  by Meghan Jones

Yarns:
Nighttiming Sock Yarn from MIRLA Fiber Arts
Andean Treasure
Serenity Sock, Premier Yarns

Giveaway on Ravelry, must be a member of the group to win: Tangledmania Podcast and Blog Group

Next podcast will be over the weekend in two weeks, so around January 17-18 and the giveaway will be pulled on January 31st and announced that weekend :D. Be well!!