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Friday, May 26, 2017

(MKAL SPOILER) Joji's Mystery Wrap and Other Shawl Love

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Funny story about this picture is that I have really considered this myself. And I use circulars so double bonus of a garrote! Walking to a car in the dark by yourself is not for the faint of heart!

But in other news, next month is going to be super crazy so this weekend will hopefully be super crafty (which is relaxing for me). Lots of knitting, cross stitching and world of warcraft. 

I'm falling behind on the Joji Mystery Wrap by Joji Locatelli, but with the clues coming out every week (and me needing to pay attention to other HP Knitting/Crocheting House Cup Projects) it is just the way it is. But still loving my colors and the relaxing nature of the pattern, though I'm dreading a bit if there is kitchner stitch galore in the end... (yarn is knitpicks.com stroll tonal in raven, train station, frozen, pearlescent, and pacific).

Oy the endings! (Twist off "Oy the Poodles" from Gilmore Girls).

A Latte Can Happen, by Erica Jackofsky, is one of the projects that I knew would challenge me, and I admit I was a little intimidated because of the bad reviews. Problem number 1 was that it was so tight on my needles at first it was rather unpleasant to do, but it has become considerably easier. Next, I noticed that I was not doing the cables as charted... And I don't care because I agree with the way I'm doing them.. But I did message the designer about this.. 

I hope this photo is okay. Dark yarn is hard to get clearly with my cell phone. (yarn is from knitpicks.com in stroll tonal inverness)

It is nice to have a project you can carry around, and Dotted Rays by Stephen West has been that project for me. It is really a lovely project and though I'm not a huge fan of the yarn color, I think it will work nicely for this project and someone will hopefully enjoy it. (yarn is from celestial strings, colorway unknown, shufflesock)

In Other News:
   Life is life. There are good times and bad times. But I've made some very healthy steps towards being more social and developing a healthy community to support me. It's not always easy, I don't always know when to reach out or how to reach out. But I'm learning and that is a big step for me. 

  Next month is going to be crazy, with possibly two weekends I could be selling at, then it will slow down to once a month until the November/December I think. Yay for being a vendor!

   But, I have my cross stitch (with little progress the last week lol), always my knitting and this weekend a ton of crocheting (will try to take pictures to show off next week). Also I have my amazing and sweet daughters, they really are just the most amazing souls I have ever known. I hope I don't fail them as a mother.

 Step by step
Reaching out so tentatively
The floor trembles below.
They make it look
Just entirely too easy
But for me it's just a terror.
To reach out
With confidence 
And with assurance.
To feel deserving
This is the very problem
That my spirit is trying to resolve.
But with each breath
I take another step
And the floor firms up beneath.
With each step
My confidence grows
And my anxiety diminishes.
I do deserve
This feeling that is growing
To feel love in a community.
So step by step
I reach out more calmly
And the floor calms beneath my feet.

Be Well!

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!

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!