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.

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FO Friday

Hello Friday! I am very excited to share this project this week. It’s an amineko / crochet cat friend – around here we affectionately refer to them as “HeartCats”. This is a custom project, specially requested for a new baby who is also facing some heart issues. As before, I used Plymouth Sockotta held doubled. I like this yarn because the colors are great but also the blend (cotton / wool / nylon) is soft yet sturdy and washable (key for any baby / kid item) and not fuzzy. I found out this yarn was discontinued, so I’m currently keeping my eye on sales and destashes to stock up. I posted to the Plymouth’s Facebook page and did get a response, which was quite nice. They have another sock yarn, Sakkie, that I might try, but I’m hesitant only because of the mohair content.  Pretty stuff.  I also finished a sample knit this week – for Plymouth actually! – but I sent it back without getting a picture of the finished object. That was a laceweight scarf – it turned out beautiful and was nice enough to knit with but confirmed for me that I am not a lace knitter.  How about another amineko picture instead?

Of Classes, Cats and Dogs

Wip Wednesday 1-15This week I have been working on the Cody Cardigan, a specially requested HeartCat, a pair of socks, and the Once Upon a Time Sampler. I like having a variety of projects as it stretches my hand muscles in different ways and keeps my attention. I am expecting to get moving on a few other projects over the next few days, I just can’t resist. The Cody Cardigan has to be kept in a zippered project bag for now as Jackson has gone after the yarn twice. I usually don’t have this issue with any other yarn (wool, alpaca or mohair) and I haven’t noticed any eau du doggie (even when the swatch was wet), but I’m not going to question Jackson’s nose. I’ve just finished the second buttonhole row and have finished one ball of yarn. I am pleased with how this project is working up, but it is very fuzzy and, no surprise, sheds. A few too many inhaled fibers is my sign to take a break from the knitting.  The HeartCat is in the finishing stages and I’ll be sharing him in more detail on Friday. The little bag the HeartCat is in is from GirlCaveBags; I love the shape and it is just the right size. This was also the bag I used to hold Violet’s HeartCat, so I figure there is good juju with it. I do have an inkling to have a HeartCat specific project bag made (by myself or someone else) with Japanese fabric. I started looking on etsy and pinterest and that’s a whole other rabbit-hole.

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WIP Wednesday- Pollen edition

I have so many projects going on right now and I can’t share any of them! It is a mix of custom requested projects, gift items, and test/samples – all under wraps for the time being.  I really wanted to share something this week, so I started something new. (Who’s surprised? No one who reads this blog for any length of time.  Yeah.) I have dealt with seasonal allergies forever! My dad was a family practitioner, so that was my informal diagnosis from when I was a kid. I have noticed that my allergies have changed a bit over the years – I used to get them guaranteed twice a year – in early September / middle of Spring.  The last few years it seems to be a once a year annoyance, around the middle to end of May. My casual investigation to discover the predominant pollen leads me  to oak and birch tree pollen as the culprits. I have had the Pollen Count pattern in my queue for ages, so I decided to work out the aggression with which I want to rub my itchy eyes and crochet this little guy. Maybe if he’s cute I’ll be less annoyed?

Pollen in progress but once I put eyes on it I think it wants to be something else. #crochet #amigurumi

Anyway, I’m at the point where you add the face before decreasing. I placed the eyes to check the position and then was distracted having to work on something else. For several hours this little guy has been watching me. That has to be the downside of making amigurumi, right? And now I’m thinking I don’t know if this little project really wants to be a pollen grain. He sort of looks like the right shape for a coffee cup.  Or a mouse.  Something.  So, you might see a pollen grain or something else here on Friday.

Side note. In a manner similar to weeds, I find pollen so interesting! This itty-bitty bit of fluff, essentially, harmless to my body but my body thinks it’s bad and makes me sneeze / cough / have itchy-watery eyes to just Get. It. Out! When I was in graduate school, most of my research involved Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and looking at particulate matter (tiny airborne stuff) on Oak leaves. I found a lot of pollen among the other stuff I was looking for – like these! Funny that I spent all that time studying oak leaves and now the oak may be partly to blame for my misery this week!

May your week be sneeze free! Looks like we’re switching from cool spring temperatures to hazy, hot, and humid!

FO Friday

Eventually I will have finished knit projects to share! In the end, I have decided to add two more flowers to the cactus that I shared on Wednesday. I am very excited to have finished a blood drop! I have been meaning to give blood for a long while – I wanted to make it a more regular habit, but then along came Nate, so that put a hold on those plans for a while.  Anyway, this weekend I’ll be donating a pint at a local drive.  I think I will bring along this little guy too! He is worked up in a chunky Lion Brand acrylic and is 6 inches tall.  I would love to make one each time I make a donation – he would be super cute in a sock weight too!

Blood drop

Have a great weekend!

FO Friday – One Owl

Owl Amigurumi

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty happy it’s Friday. I do not have a lot to show this week even though I am working on so many projects! This little owl (the pattern is here) is on his way to a new home out in Oregon because he was made for a swap.  I held two yarns together (Brown Rowan Calmer & Filatura di Crosa Fancy Tempo) and I love how they look together. I just might make another one for me, because really, he’s that cute and quick!

My other FO for the week is probably still going to be a WIP for many weeks to come – I have finally decided to make the jump from nutmegknitter.blogspot.com to nutmegknitter.wordpress.com, so please, follow this blog! I am trying to add the finishing touches and links and update my blog links where ever they where.  I’ve also been taking a closer look at other WP blogs for inspiration – have you seen something neat or fun or do you have a great tip for WP blogs? I would love to hear about them!

Here’s to a great weekend.  My heart goes out to everyone in the Boston area.  As Clara Parkes tweeted this morning, “Never before have I felt such a collective holding of breath here in New England.” It’s like we woke up to some sort of action movie or episode of 24.  I have tried to distract myself from the news, but it’s only possible if you unplug, so that is my plan for the weekend!