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Hello? Is anyone still here? …..Anyone?
Yikes… I’m rather surprised to realize that it’s been about 8 months since I’ve updated this blog (time flies!). But, almost as sad, is that even if I did update these past few months, I wouldn’t really have much to write about. I haven’t gotten very many crafty projects completed since my last update.
After tax-time, my husband and I moved into another place which proved to be a larger undertaking than expected (despite the fact that we were only moving about half a mile!). Then summer brought with it convention season and comics shows, and I was busy trying to get some new work projects off the ground. Then my favorite LYS, A Mano Yarn Center, sadly closed. It was here that I used to get most of my knitting done, and once it closed I didn’t have as much of an excuse or drive to set time apart for knitting. (There is something to be said about knitting in company).
I did have some small victories. I completed another pair of socks – my most complex pair yet. Yes, the Rogue Roses from the 2nd shipment of the Rockin’ Sock Club.
They, like most of my projects, took me longer to complete than expected, but thanks to the two-at-a-time method of knitting on one circular, both socks were eventually completed at the same time, and I gifted them to my mom as a belated birthday gift.
I feared they would be too small, but she tried them on and they seemed to fit well (as long as she wasn’t fibbing and her circulation wasn’t really being cut off!). Sock sizing is something I’m still figuring out, but I figure I’ll get better with more practice!
Besides these socks, I didn’t complete anything else the rest of the year except a super-quick Noro scarf and armwarmers (the latter is actually my first completed project of 2010!).
Completing these reminded me of how much I’ve missed knitting these past few months and, even though work is about to pick up again, I hope to carve out some time to return to crafting. Which shouldn’t be too hard because my brother got me a lovely set of Knitpicks’ Harmony Wood interchangeable needles for Christmas, and my husband signed me up for the Rockin’ Sock Club again. (Of course, he didn’t know I only completed 1.5 pairs of socks from last year’s shipments, so obviously I have a LOT of catching up to!)
Let’s hope 2010 is a year of success in creative ventures (and blogging!). My personal goal, as always, is to learn more techniques and knit more socks, and convince my husband he likes to receive knitted things! (I’m still waiting for the day he actually asks me to knit something for him, rather than me forcing woolly things upon him! 😛 ) In fact, he’s lately started wearing only red socks, so maybe that’s a sign! Haha 😀
They say March is in like a lion, out like a lamb, but this year, for me, February was all lion.
The entire month I had something going on, so I’ve felt a little disconnected from my precious internets and have been trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs!
The reason for my absence? Well, as I mentioned previously, we had a friend visiting and my husband’s gallery show. Then, the week after that, my husband’s mom and dad came to visit and we spent the week showing them around LA. Then, following that I went snowboarding for a week with some friends. I felted my mohawk hat and rather liked how it turned out, so I was excited to wear it on the slopes…
I wore it the first day of snowboarding and it kept me nice and toasty (as well as visible!) and I received lots of compliments on the slopes. But, after falling and hitting my head, I ended up buying a helmet for the remainder of my trip. As a novice snowboarder I fall A LOT, so I’m glad I switched to a helmet even if it meant I couldn’t make as much use of my knitted hat… oh well!
I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to get as much knitting done as I would have liked, but I did work on my Jaywalkers a fair bit during my snowboarding trip (they’re almost done!).
I also FINALLY finished my husband’s socks… I swear it felt like they would never end! They’re so big… even too big for my large sock blockers. You can see where I had to change the yarn to a new ball… one of the toes looks like it’s been left out in the sun!
But the most important thing is, my husband likes the socks and they fit him! I’m already looking forward to making him another pair!
Pattern: Mr.Pitt’s Socks (aka Dad Socks) by Kaitlyn Wong
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rocks Medium Weight in Beryl
Size 1 Needles
There they are, my first socks of 2009! I better get crackalackin’ on some more!
So, it’s been a little over a week since I’ve posted, but it feels like forever because I have hardly had any time to work on my various knitting projects! My husband and I barely got any sleep during the week leading up to his show – there was so much to do and we were up until 4 am or later every night! The show itself was a great success, and to celebrate we spent the weekend in Vegas with a friend. I brought some projects along and worked a little during the car trip, but the rest of the time I too busy enjoying Vegas, and was in charge of driving back. Vegas was fun, though… our room on the 53rd floor had a great view of the strip, we ate at a delicious (but expensive) buffet, saw Blue Man Group, and I won $50 at roulette on my first go. But I stopped right after that, which seemed to surprise the guy manning the table. I did have fun losing some dollars on the 1 cent slot machines (next to the old ladies… I guess I’m not what you would call a high-stakes gambler, myself!). It was a good time overall, but I was happy to return home to some normalcy and knitting time.
I haven’t made much progress on my husband’s socks or my jaywalkers, but I could hardly wait to cast on for my Rockin’ Sock Club socks: Queen of Beads. I’ve heard of some people having problems with knotted or slubby yarn so I took my time when winding the ball… and didn’t see anything. (Phew!)Before I could dive in, I just had to take some more pics:
I’ll post progress pics later… but let me say the tubular cast on is amazing!! I’m knitting the socks one at a time on a teeny-tiny circ. Which, on one hand, is nice and convenient… but it’s almost TOO small… it kind of strains my hands…
I’m going snowboarding in a couple weeks, and since I don’t really have a warm winter hat, I decided to make one. I whipped up a Thorpe hat with some colorful Burly Spun by Brown Sheep. It was a quick project, but the final result isn’t quite as snug as I woud like, though I can tell it will be warm!
I then decided to do another hat that’s been on my queue for a long time… The Punk isn’t Dead Mohawk hat. Another quick knit and this one fits perfectly. It’s supposed to be felted in order to make the mohawk more fuzzy, but I didn’t want the cap itself to shrink. So I’m gonna hand-felt the fringe. Here’s some pics pre-felting:
Well, that’s it for now. I need to get some socks done….
I finally received my first shipment from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club! I thought the wait was going to drive me crazy…after hearing about people from Japan, Canada, and everywhere in-between getting their packages I seriously began to stalk my mailman. When it comes to mail I am not a patient person!
Luckily, the contents of the package were well worth the wait. Check out all the goodies! In addition to the luscious yarn; a keychain, sticker, button, mini skein, dyer’s notes, and binder pages for keeping notes. And, of course, the pattern, Queen of Beads, which looks super complex but I’m excited to attempt, nonetheless!
And beads! LeGasp! Color me intimidated. I’ve never worked with beads before but I do love learning new skills so I’m ready to give it a shot. I neglected to take a close up pic of my beads but they are a lovely iridescent teal color.
But the most wonderful thing is the yarn itself… blue is one of my favorite colors and this yarn is gorgeous. It’s dark yet vibrant and is swirled with turquoise and teal. Looking at it makes me think of water rolling and tumbling…
I’m excited to get started but unfortunately this is a crazy week for me. We have a guest staying with us next week so I’ve been cleaning the house and moving crap into storage and I’m been frantically helping my husband prepare for his 1st gallery show which opens next week. The socks may have to wait….(we’ll see how long that lasts!)