Coffee… check. Keys… check. Project bag… double check.
Back pack…. Back pack….? BACK PACK?….
This is NOT good…. The other morning I was running around the house looking for my sons’ back pack. Upon remembering that it was on top of my bed, I swung my body around and flew towards the bed. Ouch! I bumped my leg up against the foot board. That smarts… Wellllll my friends, it was a little bit more than that. I felt a little (just a little) weight on my thigh and realized that my canvas project bag was stuck to it.
Yep, that’s right… STUCK to my leg. Surrealistically, I pulled it out and realized that I had just stuck punctured myself with the knitting needles, sized US 9, that were in my bag. Yep, there is a hole in the bag, but not big enough to show in a picture and not very big, either… which sort of tells me that it didn’t go in too far. At the time, I didn’t have a chance to even look at it. I thought that if the blood wasn’t gushing out, it was okay (not so)… apparently, the fat on my leg plugged the hole up for just enough time to get my son off to school… wow, I’m Super Mommie! As soon as I got home, I rushed into the bathroom and took a peek. Looked okay and there was some blood. I poured some hydrogen peroxide over it and nothing happened. No white bubbles… I guess that was a good sign. Must have shown that my knitting needles didn’t have any germs on them. I threw a band-aid on there and was good to go for the rest of the day. My last tetanus shot was a few years ago, so I knew I didn’t need to get that.
Wow. The whole idea of having that happen. I really can’t even remember the details of that moment. I am thinking it only went in about half an inch. I figure that was deep enough for me to feel the resistance when I pulled it out, yet not deep enough to penetrate down to the muscle, though, I did feel sore for a couple of days, and still just enough to know that it happened. You know, just a couple of minutes before this happened, I was thinking that I “could” put those needle tips on those very same needles as I had an extra idle pair laying around. I didn’t want to go an look for them because I was in such a rush… and I had never made it a practice to use them before, but had gotten them in a swap. A few weeks ago, I cracked open the bag and used the other set… which is probably why I didn’t get stuck more than once! Ah, what lesson can we learn from this?
I’ve got to apologize to my readers for not posting more often, but things are more busy now than before Gabe went off to school. I’ll never be able to commit to writing on a more regular schedule… well, unless somebody decides to pay me for it… ha..ha.. One thing that has been keeping me busy is the distribution of the motherload, from-the-mother-land, of yarn from my MIL’s house. She has recently moved down to Florida, and we’ve been cleaning out her house. DH found a literal truckload of yarn in the attic… and is STILL finding it here and there. I was totally surprised because my MIL never talked about her stash, though knowing that I had one and that I’m an avid knitter and crocheter… and all out crafter. I was totally shocked that she had so much of it. I knew that she did do some crochet work back in the day… around the 70’s, but I also knew that she was not currently working with yarn. Well, let me tell you… or better yet, let me show you:
Moving along. Here are a couple of updates on projects that I’ve completed… Well, the most recent are the three (four) shawls I’ve done for some home bound parishioners. All patterns were free and a pleasure to work and very easy. One is a simple lace pattern that I was very happy to find. Also, almost forgot the first one I made, the Angel Wings Shawl by Julee Reeves…
Love this pattern. Next time I want to make it larger; which is very easy to do. Just keep going. This is on my Ravelry projects page as are all my projects. Ravelry? Check out article in Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.
Please note that the Easy Crocheted shawl and the Easy Knitted Shawl patterns on the Lion Brand site are both the same pattern, one crocheted and the other knitted. Sorry, no pics on these yet.
- Herringbone Neck Warmer
- Red Fuzzy Cowl
- Blue Caterpiller Cowl
- Softest Neck Warmer Ev-A
I am happy to report that I have started all planned projects and they have at least a few rows a piece started.
The Herringbone stitch is so tight and slow going for me, so I feel that I have a handicap right here. I have about 5 rows done and knitting it on size US 13 straight needles. Jumped over to the “Red Fuzzy Cowl” and had a couple of starts and stops with this one. The red Caron Bliss yarn is SOOOO, so soft, but a little hard to work with… so put that down after just a couple of rows to move on to the next project, “Softest Neck Warmer Ev-A” and I’m happy to report that this has gotten off to a good start, after a lot of false ones. This project was originally going to be one of two Herringbone Neck Warmers, but it was not working out. I had combined Wool of the Andes in Blue Bonnet with Caron Bliss in Peacock… such a beautiful combination and the blues in these two yarns just BELONG together. Alas, stitch definition was lost in the fuzziness of the Bliss and because it’s such a time consuming stitch, I had to give it up for this project and adapted a regular stockinette stitch to the pattern… Is this cheating? Not sure, but all changes were made before the start of the games, and I deleted the original pattern, to say that it’s not any pattern. Oh, and I plan on making my own buttons for both neck warmers.
Oh… I am remiss. I just realized that I’ve not started my Blue Caterpiller Cowl yet. I originally wanted to use home spun yarn, but looks like I won’t be able to do that. I am still searching for yarn to use with this. The pattern is called Abstract Caterpiller Cowl… and this is a RAVELRY link to the page, so those of you not on ravelry probably will not be able to access it. Sorry about that but it looks like its a free Ravelry download and a file and not a link.
On to my next project……the Sweet Sweater (SS).
Well, the Sweet Sweater is a crocheted object and the pattern is not really a pattern, per se. It’s more of a formula to get you started making a top-down sweater, then leaves a lot of the designing to the crocheter. This is what I love about it. Gauge is really important. You are setting your own gauge by choosing the yarn and size hook you want to work with, but once you make a swatch, which is essential, you need an accurate gauge. Row gauge is not really important here because you are working from the top down, and you decide how long you want the sweater, midriff, hip length, tunic? You decide. But the stitches per inch gauge is really important.
Anyway, my gauge came out to 3 stitches per inch, working with a US-K hook on Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Lavender. This is for Team Red Heart, and so it must be Red Heart yarn. Originally, I wanted to use Red Heart Soft, but I could not find the colors I wanted to work with, and that bummed me out… so at the last minute I turned to my stash and this is what I found. Since it’s worsted/aran, I decided to make a larger pull over or cardigan… though I really don’t need to decide until I get to the point where the V-neck is closed. When I get to that point, either I close it, and it becomes a pull over; OR I don’t close and continue to work back and forth and it becomes a cardigan.
So, I managed to get a minds eye picture of what stitches I wanted to use, do swatches, calculate the formula, in what took the better part of the afternoon…. in between interacting with my kiddie. Then really got into the beginning of it. I completed about ten rows when I noticed that two rows back, I placed an increasing shell in the wrong stitch. I was so, so tempted to just leave it and move on, but it was eating at me so I ripped back two rows to the offending shell and fixed the mistake, then continued. I spent the evening crocheting while watching the Horse Whisperer… not the best since there is a lot of suspense and must be seen by-the-eyeball scenes, but I managed since this was not my first viewing….. whew. Today my crochet group is getting together for our monthly meeting and I’ll have the day to work on my Ravelympics projects…. woo hoo!
No pictures yet, but soon… once I get enough on all my projects to be worth taking pics.
Oops, I’ve gotta run… don’t want to be late!
Okay the holidays are officially over. What’s a girl to do? No more deadlines to meet for half a dozen gifts…. well, I am still working on my Harry Potter scarf for our nephew, but it’s almost done, and I feel no pressure. Just a few more stripes (yeah, I said that over a month ago!)
What’s on the needhookles? (needles, hooks)
I am still working on my Comfy Shoulder Shrug, from Creative Knitting, Sept. 2007. I can’t seem to get a picture from the internet, but here is what I had in December. I really love these colors and texture of the pattern. If you can’t figure it out, this is one of the sleeves. You knit your way up the arm, around the back, and down the other arm. I’m stoked because this is my first “real” garment, for me.
Here is where I’m at today:
I’ve got one whole arm done, and a bit started on the back. What really has me bummed is the very noticeable color change when I went to the second skein. The colors are not as dark, or intense as when I first started out. Because I added stitches to bot sides of the arm, I am guessing, is the reason that you can see some pooling of the colors… but I really like that. I’ll have to get over the color change, though, because I’m not about to frog this and start over. Plus, it’s something that I cannot correct because both of these skeins lost their labels long ago. Red Heart is not supposed to have dye lots, but I heard they are having a hard time with it now, and they DO have dye lots for some of their yarns.
I just started a Christmas Afghan for next year. I am thinking about gifting it to someone, but I’ll see. I really love this for myself, too. (Isn’t that always the way?) This is a free pattern that looks like squares of holly leaves. Here is my first completed square. You need 70 of them… whew! I thought I’d be safe starting it from now.
Oh, on a side note, this pattern looks like it was designed with Red Heart Super Saver in mind. Why do I say that? I’m so glad you asked…. It’s because all of the names of the colors match Red Heart Super Saver colors: Burgundy, Hunter Green, Soft White, Cherry Red, Paddy Green, and Soft Navy.
Okay, so lets finally get to the shameful public display of crochet. So, I attended a bridal shower today. You know how you can get antsy while the bride is opening her gifts? Well, before that could happen to me, I pulled out my burgundy RH yarn and started 8-10 squares for the x-mas afghan. Pretty simple. I didn’t want to have six skeins of yarn with me, so I decided to make the start up color. Oh, and I did manage to snap off some pics of the shower……Pretty decent. Then tonight, I was unexpectedly invited out for coffee at a local diner with my neighbor. As soon as I sat down, I pulled out my crochet and whipped out 8 more. Woo hoo… I’m on my way! Sure I got the usual questions of “what ARE you doing?”… “oh, what are you making,” etc. That part is fun and I get to answer a lot of questions and casually also tell them that it’s SO easy and that they can do it, too. That’s normally when the conversations ends because nobody really seems interested enough to take the next step. I can’t blame them, though, because it took me a long time to get over my fear of more sophisticated than what I was doing, like scarves and unattached granny squares, destined for nowhere.
KNIT IT UP!