Tuesday, March 24, 2015

mindlessness

socks use to be my mindless knitting. something i could work on to occupy time as i multi-tasked.

lately, when i want a mindless project, i reach for my crochet blanket project ...

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i'm on my 14th hexagon.

i'm still i awe of how beautiful this blanket is --- i love the texture and color!

by the way, i finally decided on the fit of my juniper. it's blocked, and worn 3 days in a row !!!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

cooking & sewing

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see those 2 cans of condensed soup? apparently i can't read labels.

my recipe called for condensed cream of mushroom. i thought the soup looked kinda funny as i emptied the cream of chicken into the crockpot.

but, i didn't really think about it today until i was making my second batch, and the soup looked like it actually had mushrooms in it.

oops.

i'm using a recipe from one of my WW books, _slow cook it_. the recipe is on page 59. it's called "Double Mushroom-Smothered Pork Chops".

the version i made yesterday isn't exactly "double mushroom" since i used cream of chicken!

today's version should be spot on!

i just wanted to try something different for this week's meals. i also have some red potatoes roasting in the oven, and i need to chop up some celery.

yesterday was a sewing frenzy …

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i bought the fabrics in january, with the intention of sewing them much sooner than yesterday.

however, they are done! these are the same pennants i've sewn before from this tutorial.

they are soon to be shipped to another state for a friend's event.

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here's a couple of shots of the fabrics when i purchased them.

and here's what they look like (not the same fabric --- this is from another set i sewed awhile back) finished.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

aaaaahhhh … choooo !!!!!

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this is interfering with my 1) jobby-job that funds my fun and roof and 2) sleep and 3) crafting.

STUPID HARD CORE COLD PLAGUE SOMETHING TWICE OF THE YEAR NOW. SUCKS.

Monday, March 09, 2015

I'VE GOT IT !

remember the previous post --- well, i've got it!

i figured out the pattern for the crochet afghan.

and, it's really really really pretty!

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i took the pattern and yarn home … mom had already given it a "go". but she got stuck like i did.

the pattern doesn't have a chart. i love charts --- they make it easier to figure out where to put the hook when unsure.

however, i muddled through it.

and, i think i've got it (well enough).

what i've done so far … i've made 6 hexagons and 2 filler squares. i'm on my 7th hexagon. i'm thinking for the size blanket i want that i will need 30 hexagons.

i'm on my second skein of yarn (used up my first, and stole mom's skein). this yarn doesn't have dye lots. if i want to continue to work on this throughout the week, i'll have to find another skein or 2. OR, just work on other things until the weekend.

what i like about this --- the texture! and, it has a "join as you go" technique … which means, no sewing together parts. i'll have to weave in ends, but that's easy enough, especially if i do that as i finish my pieces.

the pattern is the Versailles Matelasse Afghan (click link!).


Sunday, March 01, 2015

I WANT THIS

…. this blanket.

it's crocheted.

i sent the pattern as a gift to my mom.

and i tried to test out a single motif tonight … (didn't work out … for me).

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however, i did decide on the yarn. though i prefer "vanna's choice" for this type of project, i found this shade of "simply soft" readily available …. in "autumn maize". it's very pretty!

tomorrow i will print out the pattern and give it a 'go'. i can do it. but there are way too many distractions lately (like, the last 6 months) …...




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

good knitting

good knitting is what happens when "the weather outside is frightful".

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it's still 21*, and still snowing. some of the highways are still gridlock, and there's hundreds of accidents in the area.

so, i'm at home. if the roads clear up later, i'll consider going to work. but for right now, it's smarter to stay inside.

besides, i have coffee, chili, netflix, heat, knitting, and peace & quiet. all good things!

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here's the current state of my juniper pullover.

i made some progress on the body, after ripping out all the kinky yarn the other day. i just weighed the yarn i ripped & washed, and it weighs about 41 grams. that's a lot of yarn. and time.

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here you can see the difference between the blocked part (upper) and the freshly knitted part (lower). and, that also illustrates one of the wonders of washing & blocking. the fabric really relaxes!

that said, this yarn experience has made me really want more of the hawthorne sock. and wouldn't you know, knitpicks has recently expanded that line and introduced kettle-dyed and sport weight multi.

i really would love a sweater's quantity of the kettle-dyed!

when i chose this yarn for my juniper, knitpicks only had the hawthorne sock in multi's. for my sweater, i chose a colorway that was more tonal than variegated. i really love this colorway (irvington), and if the kettle-dyed ones had been available, i'd still chosen the irvington.

but, next time i knit a sweater in fingering, and i actually shop for the yarn (instead of knit from stash), i'm going for the kettle-dye. it's $10.99/hank and 357 yards. any other yarn brand is going to cost at least twice as much. it's a really great value and high quality.

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on that note, i'm going back to my knitting before i find myself shopping online and checking out with paypal.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

back to normal

today is the first day in a loooong time (so it feels) that the weather is "normal". today, no coat, hat, or gloves. i even rode with the window down. there's still a bit of lingering ice however.

knitting-wise, i've been as productive as possible, while maintaining the enjoyment factor.

for starters, i feel like i've been knitting on this sweater forever!

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it's my juniper. and, i still love it … but if it doesn't behave, the love affair will be over soon.

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so … what i've done. i've knitted the body (top down) and the sleeves. i bound off the sleeves. an then i started the body from under arms.

and i was knitting with "kinky" yarn. after the sleeves, i joined the body in the round with yarn i had already knitted and blocked. and ripped.

the yarn was more kinky than fusilli. and, as i learned, you just cannot knit with kinky yarn and expect the kinks to straighten.

so, i had to rip.

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and the ripped yarn has been straightened.

and i'm back knitting with a new hank anyways.

HOWEVER, i've fallen in love again … apparently, knitpicks is now selling this yarn in  kettle-dyed !!!




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

sleet-day

i could say "snow day", but we really didn't get much snow. it started as snow, … a few flakes, and then it was all sleet & freezing rain.


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i woke up to white --- all ice. amazingly, a plow did come by this morning and scraped a single lane in the more traveled streets, but didn't scrape the street i actually park on.


i moved my truck out to the road, and used the dust pan to scrape the ice off the stairs. i should be "good to go" tomorrow. mostly.


so, what does one do on a sleet day? … KNIT!


this yarn was a valentine's gift from deb. it's pretty stuff! made by miss babs, the yarn is called "tarte".

it's a fingering wt. wool/nylon/tencel blend in a hefty 500 yard hank.


i quickly found a pattern, FuchsiaNouveau-petite, by romi, and cast on. and now, i have to set it aside as i really need to knit from the chart, and i'm out of ink on the printer. boo hiss.