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?

Well Begun Is Half Done

(I saw Saving Mr. Banks last week and really enjoyed it. It’s a very sweet movie and makes me want to rewatch Mary Poppins and read the book, which somehow I have never done!).

I intend to get quite a lot done in 2014. Among the usual of read more, continue sample knitting, try new things, etc here are the particulars:

1. Personal Sock Club – details in the next blog post! I’ve pulled from my sock stash yarns I would like to knit into socks, popped them into brown paper bags, and will pull one out at random!

2. Cross-stitch. I have become a collector of patterns from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – never got very far on the Woodland Sampler, Spring Sampler or Summer Sampler. I could not resist the Ireland pattern this year and have signed up for Once Upon A Time, the 2014 sampler (fairy tales!).

3. Last year I knit myself a sweater, and I really like it. Now that it’s all finished and I have worn it a few times I’m noticing a few things here and there that keep me from loving it. I want a sweater (or two) that I love.  I should be able to accomplish such a thing.

4. Marathon of Warmth. This is my biggie. I am not a runner (though I think every now and again I would like to be) and I’m not likely to get a marathon under my belt any time soon (I’ll be honest. I hate to sweat.). So, I’m going to try and knit (or crochet) a marathon’s worth of yarn for charity. I’m not doing this by myself. Betsy, aka theatreknitter, is the one who had the idea and I backed her up on it. I’ll share more details and links as I post about it. You could like us on Facebook to start? Our plan is to knit / crochet for assorted charities – first up is HatLoveKnits, we’re each planning to do hats for LGBT homeless teens. I have a few HeartCats lined up for a few special people, there’s always PatPatsHats, and we’ll be sharing other causes too.  Part of this also involves fundraising for the Closer To Free ride to benefit the Smilow Cancer Hospital.