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Monday, January 30, 2017

All the Baby Things! (And a Tiny Ugly Dog.. Err Fawn.. Err Dog..)

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   Sometimes, all we can do is the minimum because we are just that overwhelmed. That is what my weekend was like. With my renewed cancer scare, after being in remission for a year officially, and my husbands surgery this weekend.. Well, I was just done in this weekend.

  So Friday night I went grocery shopping and got what we needed for the weekend, then just relaxed over the weekend with my crafty self and my awesome kids. It's important, sometimes, to really give yourself space and time to be compassionate towards yourself.

  Knitting that got done:

Declan Seamless Baby Pullover by Danna Rachel was done in one skein of Berroco Comfort (100% acrylic) worsted weight yarn. It was a satisfying knit, and is slightly longer than the measurements from top to bottom, but that isn't a bad thing. I needed something quick, but with a little bit of a challenge (I despise picking up stitches around a neckline evenly hehe). Still, very happy with the result.

Reno Baby Hat by Marianna Mel was a very fun and quick knit for just the very newborn (my version was 0-3 months) and knit in Red Heart With Love yarn (aran weight). It was supposed to have been knit flat, but I just ignored that and did it magic loop style lol.



Tiny Ugly Dog... AKA was supposed to be a fawn. So I have this book called Mini Knitted Woodland, and it really is adorable. So this weekend, yesterday, I made an attempt at the fawn.. Which failed.. horribly. It was supposed to be standing, and it looked like a sitting dog, so I gave it a leash, crocheted ears, put a nose and eyes on it and called it a Tiny Ugly Dog. :P.
.... My 5 year old likes it..

Moving on:
   That's about it for finished, small, items. Still working on my double knitted scarf Yarn Quest 2017 by Tania Richter (OWL for those doing the Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup this term), and reached 50%, but cannot post until February 1st. :).

I also started a crocheted shrug called Canyon Shrug (free pattern through Lion Brand). Funny story about this project? I am using Lion Brand Heartland to make in in colorway Everglades (green). Soft wonderful yarn. The shrug looks great, but I did not realize that it was all in single crochet... Still working on it, but my awareness of this was a bit.. cursing haha. 36 inches of single crochet through the back loop. Well.. Good thing I have until the end of March, right?.


New Item in my Etsy shop:

  Do you know anyone looking for a pink hat? A green hat (environment)? A rainbow hat? I'm making rainbow hats, and have green and pink at the ready!  Here is the link: Kitty hats!


Be well!
Jen
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

And Life Keeps Marching On.. Kind of.

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Of all the things that I expected to write about, post-march, me having a doctors appointment in which concern is expressed for the lump growing under my jaw is the last thing I expected to write about.

  7 years ago this year, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I told my endocrinologist during last years appointment about this lump and she said it was nothing, but did not do a scan. She also did not tell me that there were traces of thyroid in my blood, and there shouldn't be.

  Speed up to todays physical and I mentioned it again, being worried that it may have grown a little, and he is just as alarmed and I am being scheduled for a CT. I leave the appointment, and freak out a little on the way to work.

  I cried, I screamed a little, I let myself panic a little. But I specifically gave myself space and compassion to feel what I needed to feel at that time. I am not convinced that it is cancer again, it may not be and I have no way to know. But it is important that we give ourselves the kindness and compassion to feel what we need to feel and let the storm of emotions pass.

  Now, I am able to focus again on my life and be more positive. I took that moment as it was, a needed vent of stress. I am still stressed out, but I am also a mom and I still have to work and deal with my husbands surgery next Friday. Life moves on.

And so does my knitting!:
SPOILERS!
  Kind of, since everyone doing the Yarn Quest 2017 - Heroes of Yarnia RPG MKAL by Tania Richter will have a slightly different scarf thanks to the roll of a set of dice, I do not feel too bad showing off some of my progress. Look at my seals!!!


 This is not even the entire scarf!! The story aspect is greatly enjoyed by my kids right now too.

I'm also trying to get cleared to make knitted breastforms for women who lose their breasts, these are free through awesomebreastforms.org (please share).


Making progress!

I have also been playing along with the Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup this month (like crazy) and most of what I have made are hats, maybe next month are squares. :)

Here is a cute picture my two little fairies helped me take, they were holding the sword haha.
I took apart my temperature blanket.. because it is ridiculously wide and I changed my mind on that haha. Of course, now I may take it apart because I worry it is too short width-wise... I'm doomed.. And really behind.



Soon to come! I got my hands on some yak mix yarn!!! :)

Be Well!!
Jen
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crazier Than Usual: Women's March Prep

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This weekend was crazy. I was so worried about getting my Metro Card in time (they did come yesterday), my tshirt still has not been shipped (waiting for campaign to end??.. Does that mean I won't be able to wear it on Saturday?...), and of course I was checking to make sure that I was all set to be on my bus haha. As well as the fact that I had a stomach bug, and so did my 5 year old.

Knit with Lion Brand Heartland - Denali color

   To make sure that I didn't freak out, I knitted four and a half of my Cabled Kitty Hats. These are my pattern (published 2 years ago) that I have put up for free with the code PUSSYMARCH until Saturday night. This pattern has been downloaded for free over 3700 times and I am thrilled!! I hope to see pictures of my kitty hat all over the country during the marches this Saturday!

Knit with Caron Cakes - Faerie Cake color
 
 
  I am in absolute heaven that I will be marching, and I will be marching for my daughters who are so proud of me for going. This is a time for standing up for what you believe in, for not going quietly into the night because Trump won, even after all of the things that he has said and did. I will not stay quiet, and this is my small way of staying active.
 
   If you are reading this and getting angry because you voted for Trump and believe that I should step into line, please do me a favor. For one week, listen to your local public radio station. Just listen and take it in. Please.
 
  To those of you marching. Be safe, be kind, no violence, no name-calling and be respectful. Let's make this the biggest march in the country since the civil rights era and lets make it peaceful.
 
Be well!
Jen
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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Sockhead is FINISHED!!

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Knitting news:

  This hat was sooo boring. The only reason why I survived it was that the yarn is BEAUTIFUL (and the name, rainbow unicorn farts, was hilarious)!

  A sparkly rainbow yarn, I had absolutely no idea that it would knit up into stripes perfectly for the Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure. The yarn is from Celestial Strings and is very soft.

In other fantastic news, I did finish two bunnies! And no, I will never make these again. Not my favorite things to make and I'm not a huge fan of making stuffies, to be honest. They are done and that is THAT.

 
I did start Bonnie's Wish by Erica Jackowsky in worsted weight Berroco Vintage from Webs. Now, I had started this ages ago as part of a mkal with Erica's group and ran out of yarn, this happens sometimes with her patterns so make sure you have more than enough yarn for yourself. I adore her patterns, but I'm pretty sure she is a tighter knitter than I am haha.


I just adore these cables and look forward to doing them again. These were in dk weight, but this time I am using worsted weight yarn and a size 7 US (4.5mm) needles so it will be nice and big (perfect for winters up here in upstate NY).

In other news:
 
    My oldest daughter (9 year old) played the sick card today.. And I fell for it. I had to be late for work anyway to mail the bunnies and I just have to stick to my guns from now on. No vomiting, no fever? Go to school... It's just that if she really was sick and I sent her to school I work an hour away.. Well, it will work out, I will figure out this parenting thing one day at a time with my awesome daughters.

  The weekend was fairly relaxing, once the bunnies got out of the way. (What an odd turn of phrase). I'm reading two main books right now: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick; and the Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Mayer.

The first, by Barbara Demick, is a biographical journey with a few North Koreans who lived in North Korea during the famine of the 1990's and who appear to have fled the country at some point afterward, it is hard to tell presently. But the book is very well-written and touching, as well as frustrating and insightful as to how individuals and a group of people can follow blindly.

The second, by Shannon Mayer, is an urban fantasy series that revolves around the main character, Rylee Adamson. Her adventures take her through werewolves, witches, unicorns, dragons, vampires and demons. It is a ride that is worth taking, though watch out for the zombies.

Have a fantastic week and keep on crafting!

Be well!
Jen
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Chaotic Knitting

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Updates:
  I have been trying to make the blog easier on the eyes over the last year by making the font large, today I widened the space the blog takes up on a regular webpage. If there are any points of suggestions, please always feel you can email them to me at tangledmania@gmail.com or comment.

  Something I considered doing, briefly, was adding a donation button to this blog. This was a hard thought to have because I despise asking for help. When I am depressed, I actually have a lot of trouble reaching out to my friends and letting them know I need some friend time. When I need money, it is physically painful to ask for it.

  This year, besides doing the Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup, I am hoping to also design more and have a few ideas in my head for rectangle shawls that use a great deal of fingering weight. Hopefully my designs will bring in some other cash. I also do have my etsy shop open with finished knitted items.

  Do not get me wrong, I actually do work full time and am a mom as soon as I get home, though my kids cuddle with me while I'm knitting or crocheting haha.

  But money is tight, and etsy sales are really low so the idea of a donation button popped around my head. But what could I give back?

  To make this blog more than just me blabbing about what is going on, I am going to try to expand it to include a page on mental health resources and blog posts, free patterns that I have found and am obsessed with, reviews of indie dyers (if I can afford to continue that), and much more.


Knitting Fun:
 Knitting wise, I am having fun with my double knitting, having finished the first clue of the Yarn Quest 2017 MKAL (woot!), the next clue comes out on Sunday.

 The knitpicks.com stroll yarn is lovely (merlot heather and dove heather tweed), and the tweedy aspect of the lighter color gives it a fun depth.

Yes... this will be a bunny. :P
Other knitting speed fun that I am doing, my own fault, is two rabbits. One is completely done (cream and black) and the other is almost done (brown and cream) EXCEPT for sewing on ears and feet. The ears are stumping me because I don't want the seam to be too obvious and as they fold over at the bottom, I am having trouble with it...

But it shall be conquered!! And shipped on Saturday or early Monday to my good friend Sylvia who ordered them. They shall be with her by her requested date gosh darn it!! :). The second bunny will also help me out by being part of a Quidditch speed round on ravelry.com (yes, nerd that I am).

In other news:
   The week is almost over, weekend is coming and I will be doing my best to not be shy and take my drop spindle and some roving to a meeting of the local spinning guild. I have never attended one of their monthly meetings before and am a little nervous, but this is a big attempt at me trying to be social with local folks!!

  Wish me luck!! :)

Be Well (and warm!)
Jen
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nerdy Knitting (Warning: MKAL Spoilers)

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There has never been a time when I have been afraid to say "Yes, I am a nerd/geek/dork and proud." Because I am. To me, it means that my mind can work in different ways and finds all sorts of things interesting. The imagination is a valuable tool and it is a stress reliever!

Something I have never experienced, is the fun of being Sorted by the Sorting Hat in the Ravelry group Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup. But last month, I actually caught the sign-ups to be sorted and last week I was sorted into Gryffindor!!

Since I planned on knitting and crocheting A LOT (as per usual) I simply have been spending the past week (or maybe four days) planning and double knitting.


My double knitting obsession is the above (what I've finished thus far of clue 1), which is the Yarn Quest 2017 MKAL by Tania Richter (amazing double knitting designer/artist that she is). This has just started, so if you are interested, check it out!.


I also finished the Leaf Hat, which is a fingering weight hat knit mostly in ribbing. The yarn is knitpicks.com stroll tonal tweed, Oyster and Flagstone Heather. Such soft yarn!!


I was very relieved to finish that hat! It freed up a project bag so that I could carry around a new project (while it is still portable, that is).

Have you ever heard of a temperature afghan? I know that on my Facebook page I have shared information on this (LINK), but what I am doing is a little different. Instead, I am doing a crocheted granny stitch, because to be honest, doing single crochet would drive me mad..

The pattern for the crocheted granny stitch afghan is in UK terms so let me take a moment to explain what that is.
1) dc (uk)=sc (us)
2) tr (uk)=dc (us

Phew right?

All of that gorgeous yarn is knitpicks.com brava worsted, just 1.99 a skein! 100% acrylic and very soft (and washable).


This is what my youngest daughter wants me to make her this weekend. I'm in trouble haha.

Be well!
Jen
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