On a limb

I thought that once March wrapped up, we might be able to start April off on the right foot. Well, I may as well have started April off with a visit to the Ministry of Silly Walks because holy chickens, it has been a whirlwind of activity and not all of it is great. You’re here for the fiber projects, and what I have to share today is part of a new HeartCat. This one is a birthday present that I think might be a belated gift by the time it is done, but I will pres on. In the photo you can see one arm of the HeartCat, my painted fingernails (such a rarity, but a fun distraction), and my new specially commissioned project bag! Amanda, of SewKnitPicky and Knot a Podcast was so great to work with me for this bag. I love it! Little kitties and a heart zipper pull – perfect, as this bag is intended for HeartCat projects.

Socks, a scarf, a kit and a book

I finished Stitches last week and enjoyed it, though I was left wanting a bit more. Lucky for me, my mom brought Help, Thanks, Wow to borrow (which I gave to her at Christmas). I have yet to start it; maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a few pages today. I’ve also been reading class material on website development, which will help me at work. And I’m finally going to be taking nutmegknitter to it’s very own dot-com! Exciting stuff!

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In the last week I have knit on my March Socks and a crochet scarf. The heels are turned on the socks, so now it’s a matter of deciding how tall I want the legs to be. There is a strong temptation to make these socks shortie-style just to be done with them. On the other hand, the yarn is an MCN blend and I don’t want to stop knitting with it. The crochet scarf is a challenge project for Team Stitchosaurs and the eatsleepknit Yarn Marathon.

It has been a long while since I joined any sort of yarn club or bought any themed kits, but I did treat myself last week. From the Stockinette Zombies podcast I learned about Little Skein on etsy, when she did a custom kit focused around the Extra Yarn book. This latest kit is focused on the children’s book “I Love You as Much”. We used to read this to my daughter and she would act out the parts with her dad (adorable!) and we’ve been reading it to my son and when I tell him I love him to the moon and back when I put him to bed, he replies with “and across the river”. So I stalked the update and purchased it. I have to say, I am completely sold and would buy any other kit that Anne creates. The are on par with the kits I had bought in the past from WoolGirl. Not only is the bag well made, but everything in the kit so nicely fits the theme – the yarn, the pattern, the stitch markers, the candy…. I love it! I am already putting the bag to good use and it is holding a new project, bunny-themed of course. I have one leg done, but I think holding the yarn doubled was not a smart choice as the fabric is too stiff. So I don’t really have much to show you there.

Tiny Stitches

This week I picked up Stitches, by Anne Lamott. I was first introduced to her writing freshman year of college with Bird by Bird, a book that I think of often and really should reread. (I think it was a social justice class. I also read Amazing Grace in that class which was phenomenal.) I can’t quite put my finger on why I like her style, but I do. Have you read her work? This book takes a look at how we deal when life gets all out of whack – the big awful events, the daily frustrations, and everything inbetween. It’s not light, with references to things like Sandy Hook and sick children, but I’m able to enjoy a few words here and there.

(thank you pinterest, for allowing me another method in which to catch all the quotes that catch me!)

I’ve been knitting on my March socks, and though they may be plain vanilla socks, they are a merino-cashmere-nylon blend and stripey and it’s nice to be in a world where such a wonderful thing also exists! I’m on to the stockinette section of my sockhead hat. No modifications, I’m knitting to the pattern, so I’ve still got quite a ways to go on that. It is soothing and I love love love this speckling in the yarn – the pops of magenta here and navy there make me take notice of the beauty of the stitches again and again. Also, this yarn would be so awesome as a HeartCat I think!

March is roaring in

I didn’t get the chance to post last week because I was simply too busy keeping track of all my irons in the fire. I think I have a good handle on things, but still have to deal with the distractions like everyone does. Anyway, Hello March! It’s another Wednesday, so what am I working on?

My Peeps Socks – the February Personal Sock Club. I turned the heel over the weekend with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I worked my way through it much more quickly this time and still enjoyed it. Now that I’m on to the leg, I am finding that I don’t understand why anyone who makes toe-up socks makes a them with a leg at all because the temptation to just be done is strong? My usual go-to with socks is top-down and I like my socks to be 4-5″ before I start the heel. I am doing this on these as well, but man – once you get an inch past the heel I could have done the ribbing and been done with that! I will be working the cuff on these today and tomorrow and expect that they will be finished for Friday, yay! My daughter did pick out a bag for the March Personal Sock Club and it contains Canon Hand Dyes Self Striping, but I want to finish these first before casting those on. I feel way more confident about making toe-up socks two-at-a-time now!

I gave in to the temptation of the Loopy Ewe a few weeks back. I also had a credit burning a hole in my digital wallet. I picked two skeins of The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino in Grey Granite. My intention is to make a sockhead hat with it and enter it into this quarter’s challenge. A sockhead hat was never really on my radar, but I feel like lately I have seen a bunch across the different podcasts and I just want one. Should be good auto-pilot knitting. I have a lion’s mane of hair so I hope it looks ok. My dad used to tell me I looked good in hats, and I’ve heard similar things when I wear a baseball cap, but I can’t seem to find the right knit hat.

I finished up two knit-for-hire / sample knitting projects and they were sent on their way. One I’ll share on Friday, the other is under wraps for a bit until the pattern is released. Other things I’m working on? I’ve gone down a rabbit hole in thinking about stuff for my blog and sample knitting. I finished up my search engine course and have signed up to take a Google Analytics course, so I’m down that rabbit hole to improve my skills in that arena. There’s still 4-6 projects on assorted needles, only 1 of which I’ll be giving any attention to in the next few days, but that’s another post. How have you been?

Pushing On, Gaining Speed

Feb 19 in progressI like when I get to a point in a project when I can count a reasonable amount of rows (or inches) until the end. My current sample knit for Plymouth is like that – I have another 10 rows plus an 8″ section to finish the knitting on that project. It’s auto-pilot knitting and does move quickly, I expect that I can have the knitting done by the end of the weekend and weave in the ends next week.  The Good Karma Farm Ravellenics Sweater has the body portion done, so now it’s on to the sleeves (two at a time). Do you ever feel like you start knitting faster once you settle in to a project? I do, even though I’m pretty sure my knitting speed is consistent. My socks haven’t been touched since I posted about them, but now that school is session again I’ll be able to work on them when we wait for the bus.

That’s all there is to report! Some posts are like that, you know?

Not out of place

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This weekend the hubs and I got the chance to have a mini-vacation. 24 hours away was a welcome change of pace. We drove up to Worcester (wuss-tah), MA to catch Alton Brown’s Edible Inevitable Tour with friends. Of course I brought my knitting, my Personal Sock Club – February Edition socks. These socks are plain vanilla toe-up style, but were perfect for working on during the show. We had pretty good seats (Row E, House Left) and the lighting was pretty good too. Lucky for me, my husband & friends were ok with me knitting during the show. I was also not the nerdiest person there with my knitting! I made really good progress. The photo of me with the Alton Brown poster was before the show started, and I think I have maybe half an inch or so to go before the heel turn!

We didn’t make into the audience group shot, but it’s still pretty cool!

In Progress

Yarn in snow with Matryoshka dollsI’ve started a new project, a true Ravellenics project to boot, as it needs to be done by the end of February! This cake is a new yarn from Good Karma Farm (3ply, sport-weight) that will be knit into a Beach Street Park sweater. I had some trouble getting the color right in the photo inside, so this picture is from outside in the snow waiting for the school bus, and it’s still off, but the setting is more appropriate. The yarn is gorgeous and soft, more purple-navy than it shows here. The Matryoshka Dolls are part of a magnet set that my parents brought me as a souvenir from when they went to St. Petersburg a few years ago.

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Today is also a #TeamViolet Day – my niece is saying goodbye to the NG tube (yay), but to do that, she has to have a G-tube put it and an additional procedure, so she’s back in the hospital (boo). Lorelai and I went to visit a few weekends ago and had a great time. I’ve got another HeartCat in progress on my hook too.

We’re looking at another storm to dump on us tomorrow – if you’re in the path of it, stay warm!