YOP Update Jan 26.15

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It’s amazing sometimes how quickly the weeks go. I didn’t even notice that I missed posting last week until Wednesday! And really that was probably okay because my knitting stalled a little bit and there wasn’t a whole lot of progress to report. I know it’s hard to believe but sometimes other things do actually interfere with you ability to knitting for any substantial length of time.

Saving the world from a global pandemic for example might have gotten in the way. Saving the world from a global pandemic 13 times certainly got in the way. But, you will be happy to know that with the help of my husband and a few close friends we did in fact save the world more often than we allowed it to succumb whatever illness was spreading like wild fire. It is an excellent board game but I can’t play it and knit at the same time.

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We’ve also been having fun experimenting with our new food processor. There are about a million reasons why you shouldn’t knit and try to run a food processor at the same time and really I don’t think they need listing. Imagining fibre tufted cucumber soup dripping from the ceiling is enough of a reason. I really think this might be one of the few activities in which having your knitting around is downright inappropriate.

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Even with all the world saving and food processing there has been some progress on the list! My first of four scheduled pairs of Lumberjacks are off the needles. These are going to my BIL for Christmas and they are boxed and bagged and ready to go.

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Next Iced is well on its way to being complete. I am hoping that by next week this one will be off the list. No pictures yet. ¬†It’s still all bunched up on the needles.

I still haven’t blocked 64 Crayons, but here’s a sneak peek.

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Overall, it’s been a great couple of weeks.

Redacted YOP List

WIPs:
1. Iced – Almost finished!!
2. 64 crayons Finished Jan 2015
3. Vincent price socks – should be much closer than they are.
4. 10 more squares for Nordic Holiday

Not WIPs:
1. Lumberjack X4 first pair finished Jan 20. Three to go.
2. Baby gift for the April baby
3. Socks X3 – patterns currently unknown

I hope you all have a wonderful fibre filled week! Cheers ūüôā


Fibre and Paper Jan 21.15

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The Fibre
I’ve decided that it’s time to break the spinning wheel out of its corner¬†that it’s been sitting in since the end of November. This beautiful fibre was bought for me at Rhinebeck an2015/01/img_2638.jpgd I did manage to un-braid it! So first I have to finish drafting it and then get it on the wheel. Wish me luck. My spinning always seems to suffer the agony of being neglected.

 

 

 

 

The Paper,
While it is true that I am still reading the Lies of Locke Lamora, and still loving it, I have briefly put it aside to finish The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This post apocalyptic novel is a tale of the survival of a father and his young son that is simultaneously filled with enduring acts of love and downright brutal heartbThe-roadreak and suffering.  The rather abrupt writing style in the novel does add to the overall bleakness of the world in which the two main characters reside.  Fortunately, in this case, a novel without a single wasted word works well.  I think that an overly descriptive narrative would actually detract from the feel of the book and the fast and oddly intimate relationship that you form with the father and son.
While I am not certain that I would recommend this novel,  I can say that it is incredibly compelling.

 

 

 

 

For more great Wednesday stuff check out the Yarn Along at Ginny’s and KCCO at Frontierdreams.

 


FO Friday

My new favourite shawl! Finished just before Christmas. I was thinking of giving it to my MIL, but my Hubby insisted I keep it for myself. I am really happy he did.

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Pattern:  Cladonia

Yarn: Austerman step classic

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For more Friday knitting check out Creative Friday, and Fiber Arts Friday.

 


It’s Barely Even a WIP

Nine rounds. I made it nine whole rounds before these were tossed aside. I don’t even know why these were tossed aside.

I love the yarn. Love it. The pattern is going to be awesome when it’s done. These socks are completely me. A little lacy. A little gothy. An awesome colour. These are me.

But for some reason I started and stopped and then left them alone for way too long. Indecision? Knitting polygamy at it finest? Commitment issues? The moon and the stars weren’t aligned in a way that encouraged finishing? (Let’s go with the last one. That covers a lot of ground for all of us)!

Whatever the reason these are the next on the WIP list too be finished. I only have a pair of socks minus nine rounds to go.

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Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight fingering

Pattern: Vincent Price’s Happy Place

For more great Wednesday stuff check out the Yarn Along at Ginny’s.

 


YOP Update Jan 11.2015

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This should have been posted yesterday. The plan was to have this posted on time, yesterday. The plan, as I had envisioned it in my head, was to return from our modern day hunting/gathering excursion (better known as grocery shopping), do about twenty minutes of printing work related stuff and then write and post this. Instead, three minutes into my printing, the printer decided to throw a tantrum that could rival a two year old. First, it ate the paper and wouldn’t share with me. Then, when I finally forced it to spit the paper out it spent the next two hours sulking like am insolent little brat and wouldn’t do anything else until it was cleaned from top to bottom. Needless to say, by the end of that I had called the printer many, many, many provocative names and was more or less finished with electronics for the day. After that I buried myself in my knitting where it was warm and safe.

On a much happier note, there was progress! First, 64 Crayons is finished! I even wove in all the ends!!! (Ed. Note: ¬†This is a big deal. I’m not allowed to speak of ends, on pain of pain. ¬†It might have been in the wedding vows. ¬†I will say she’s gifted out pairs of socks that still have their ends out. ¬†Only to other knitters, mind you. ¬†But still.) ¬†It still needs to be blocked, which is a bit of a logistical nightmare, so no glamour shots yet. Next, the first of eight Lumberjack socks is off the needles so I’m half way through the first pair! Overall, it was a good week.

Redacted YOP List

WIPs:
1. Iced – one sleeve and collar to go!
2. 64 crayons Finished Jan 2015
3. Vincent price socks – should be much closer than they are.
4. 10 more squares for Nordic Holiday

Not WIPs:
1. Lumberjack X4
2. Baby gift for the April baby
3. Socks X3 – patterns currently unknown

I hope you all have a wonderful fibre filled week! Cheers ūüôā


A Post About Socks and Log Driving

This is going to be a very Canadian post. It is still about knitting, but it has a very Canadian feel about it today.

First, it’s bloody cold here. I realize that it gets cold everywhere in the winter, and that most people can say that their winters are also bloody cold. Cold is certainly relative to the person who is saying it and I would never deny anyone that statement. But, here today, in the grip of a winter that finally decided to stay, it’s -23 C when you factor in the wind chill. According to the Internet that is -9.4F. And while we are certainly not the coldest place in Canada right now, I can and will say it’s cold. We are in fact in a Canadian winter and the myths and legends are true. We freeze.

Secondly, I have started another pair of Lumberjack socks. These ones are for my Brother in law and will be part of his Christmas gift. I admit that there is nothing overly Canadian happening here, unless you count that I am using Tanis Yarn, which is Canadian and a pattern that is also written by Canadians.

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However, here’s the part that makes these very Canadian today. Any time I am working on these and not distracted by a movie or a TV show or chatting with the hubby, the only (and I do mean the only) thing that goes through my head is The Log Drivers Waltz.¬†(It is actually animated, just get past the black and white scene first). ¬†Canadians of a certain age will no doubt know exactly what I’m talking about. This little short would come on in between TV shows in place of commercials on the CBC sometimes, and by a very early age we all knew the words or at least the tune. ¬†Now as adults, we will sometimes bond over this little Canadian Film industry short. ¬†It’s happen more than once when a group of us will burst into song, often to the befuddled looks of the non-knowing. ¬†And that’s what I think of when I work on these socks.

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So there it is. ¬†I’m freezing my arse off in Canadian Winter, knitting with Canadian yarn, making a pattern created by Canadians, and I have the most Canadian of all short films as an earworm. ¬†(Ed. Note – The Sweater might be more Canadian but we disqualify it because we were forced to watch it in school.) This is my very Canadian day.

Pattern: Lumberjack


Fibre & Paper Jan 7.15

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The Fibre

Made almost entirely from odds and ends of other balls, this fun little blanket is near completion and the first on my list of WIPS to finish. (It is actually almost finished. I just want to have a big reveal later don’t have any recent pictures).

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I bought almost no new balls for this blanket.  Maybe 4?  The rest were from bits of Noro I had kicking around and a bag of ends, (okay, a huge bag of ends,) from my knitting guru.  I think that they were left over from a couple of lizard ridge blankets and a log cabin.

The pattern is 64 crayons and the yarn is mostly Kuryeon  with some Silk Garden tossed in for good measure.

The Paper
It’s taken me a long time to get into this book. Not because it isn’t fantastic. Not because it doesn’t grab you from the very first sentence. No, it’s because we lent the book to one of our friends and now it is out somewhere in the void ethereal and we have no idea if it will ever come home. Fortunately, we have other friends who have the book, and one of them found their copy and was kind enough to pass it on to me. I would like to point out that the Hubby read this multiple times before it went missing, so I knew it worth reading.

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Think Oliver Twist meets Robin Hood and that would be close. Fantastically written with a story that will hook you by the end of the first paragraph and characters that you really want to know more about, I am enjoying ever word. I also can understand why a completely different friend, who’s copy of the book also went missing, claims this is her favourite book of all time.
So I guess the moral here is it’s a great read that you should never, ever, lend out.

For more great Wednesday stuff check out the Yarn Along at Ginny’s.


Really Late to the Party

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So I’m a little late to the party.¬† Okay really late to the party.¬† Okay,¬† late enough that the party started, everyone has already eaten all the food, drunk all the wine, and have gone way past the hangovers and moved on the clean up.¬†¬† But I’m here now and at least I can plan the next party. With that in mind my current list will be rather redacted compared to a normal list as I am six months late.

Redacted YOP List

WIPs:
1. Iced – one sleeve and collar to go!
2. 64 crayons – so close. So very close.
3. Vincent price socks – should be much closer than they are.
4. 10 more squares for Nordic Holiday

Not WIPs:
1. Lumberjack X4
2. Baby gift for the April baby
3. Socks X3 – patterns currently unknown

So that’s it. Far more reasonable than normal. I think this is growth of a sort.

I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone else.

Have a great fibre filled week!


2014 Finished With a Warm Hands

My last FO of 2014 were a lovely new pair of fingerless gloves.¬† I knit them while in my SIL’S new house and secretly prayed the whole time that I could finish them even more quickly than I did because that was a chilly house!

Have you ever tried knitting with frigid fingers? I do not recommend it.¬† My well-practiced fingers became slow and sluggish, and that familiar rhythm of index finger and thumb working together got very confusing.¬† (Don’t even talk to me about sleeping, or worse, having to time getting out of the shower just after the heat came on.¬† Let me tell you, you only messed that last one up once!) ¬†But for all my current whinging we did have a great time, and I did get a lot of knitting finished.¬† And even better, not a single family member ever complains about the amount of knitting I do, ¬†because they all know if they want the knits, they need to let me do the work.¬†¬† (I do, however have to have a little chat with my BIL about how much wine is too much wine to bring a knitter if you don’t want to watch them have to rip out work the next day while simultaneously cussing and openly weeping.)

But, I did have my last finish while I was there.  These little gloves were a test knit and you can find them here.

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These are fast and simple and I love how the cabling runs up the side of each glove instead of the middle.¬† Half a skein of sock yarn and these puppies are ready to rock.¬† The hardest part of these gloves was dealing with the house dog, Daisy, who generally reminds me of Eeyore. (If Eeyore had a glue sniffing problem.) She’s a laid back dog, except¬†if there is yarn in the house. ¬†Because the only thing yarn is for is a place her keep her snout warm.¬† So half the time I was chasing the dog out of my skein and the other half the time she was sneezing in the yarn so I was cleaning the yarn.¬† FUN!!!!!!!!

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Anyway, somehow despite the cold and the dog and the ridiculous amounts of food, I finished the gloves. They were worth finishing ūüôā

Pattern: Dunloe
Yarn:  indigodragonfly  Bright lights big city busy highway slow unicorn


Somehow I Knew it Would be Socks

It’s been a while. A long while. There were times in the last few months that I thought about writing again, that little nagging voice in the back corner¬† of my brain urging me back to the keyboard. But in all truth, I just wasn’t that inspired. I have been knitting, but the groove wasn’t there.¬† So I waited.¬† I felt a little guilty when people would ask me when I was going to write again and was flattered when they told me that they missed my blog.¬† But I waited, knowing that at some point that light would go on and things would click and I would type and words would flow.¬† And really, because it’s me, I should have known it would be socks.¬† Socks would bring me back to the fold.¬† Socks would be my downfall.

I didn’t know it would be these socks when I started them on Saturday.¬† But by the time I was finished the first one yesterday, (Yes that would be Monday.¬† And yes you did read that right. I knit a whole sock in just over a day), I knew.¬† I thought about taking pictures of hourly progress, but I would have had to put the socks down and that wasn’t going to happen.¬† But let tell you, these socks are freaking magnificent!!!!

So without further adieu, allow my to introduce you to Lumberjack

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I love these and since they are made with a heavier gage yarn, the knit up super, crazy fast. Four episodes of Nightvale Radio and the leg was finished. That’s just over an hour. Hour and a half maybe. And I was staring, actually gawking, at the fact that I was a mere three rows away from the heel. Also, I sort of think that these might be the cutest damn, (really autocorrect? I am a grown woman! Yes I mean damn and not dam! I don’t want to make dam socks! What fibre would you even use for that)? Socks that I have made in a super long time. Another huge plus, all that ribbing makes them super flexible with the sizing and if you’re like me and have a sock recipient that has slightly different size feet, these are super awesome.

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I will agree with the husband though. Not everybody will get these socks. Non fibre people will likely look at them and shake their heads. You made work socks? The same socks you can get by the bag full for pennies? I sort of envision the whole exchange going down like a Nature of Things special voiced over by Morgan Freeman.
“Note how the sock recipient proudly displays his socks for the non fibre person to admire. This is akin to a plumage display by a peacock and serves two very important purposes. First, it allows the wild knitter’s work to be on display thus allowing her or him to have fibre dominance over the situation. Secondly, it shows the world that the recipient has already been claimed by a knitter and therefore if any other knitter wishes to enter this territory permission must be requested and granted. Watch how the wild knitter answers with confidence, his or hers eye narrowing ever so slightly, “why yes. I did make those.” An astute observer will note the fleeting look of supremacy on the wild fibre person. And as it always happens, the non fibre person sheepishly nods and agrees before slowly backing away. And the wild knitter and the sock recipient smile at each other knowing a secret that the scientific community has yet to decipher”.

And we do. We know the secret. We know that hand knit socks will always be better than store bought socks. We know that these knit up super fast and that they weren’t mass produced by some exploited laborer stuck in crappy working conditions so we could have 25 cent socks that last two months before looking like they were attacked by the mother of all moths. We know that love makes socks warmer. I know that these socks are awesome, and now, so do you.

Because I know that people will be curious, the yarn is Tanis Fibre arts yellow label in sand and poppy. And yes there is only one sock right now. The second looks like this.

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But, I have no fear. It will be finished later today.