Monthly Archives: September 2013

Yarn Crawl: Day 2

I continued the Yarn crawl today. I visited 2 more of the 13 shops, bringing my total up to 5 shops in 2 days. Only 8 more to go!!

I started my day off at Tangles knitting on Main. The shop was a pain in the rear to find first off!! Even my GPS had problems pin pointing exactly where it was. I saw it by chance. I was at a stop sign and saw the words Yarn Shop on the side of a brick building. Oy!! Once I found it, I parked, went in and was blown away by all the funky displays and random knits all around. They seem to be very into the unique and anything out of the norm which I really love. It was great to just walk around and see what can be knit.  I also got some nice goodies. A stitch marker, measuring tape, Apiece of the scarf pattern and a bag of knitting scraps. At first I was all “WTH are you giving me a baggy of your ends for, lady?” (thought it,didn’t say it) She explained they are giving them out for people to throw out in their yarn or put out somewhere for birds to use the scraps for their nests. Then I was all “What a neat idea! My kids will love doing that!!” (said that, didn’t just think it)

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This is how I found it!

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That whole thing was knit!! How cool!!

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My second stop for the day was my normal LYS Cottage Yarn. This is where I shop normally and where 90% of my stash has been purchased. It was great to go in to a place that I was familiar with and that felt “home” like when I walked in. It was great to be greeted by people who I recognize and who recognize me. They also were excited to see Thing 2 awake for once. I typically wear her on my back and she naps while I shop. Today she was ready to crawl 🙂 They did a scavenger hunt. That was a fun. It had a list of questions and you had to go around and find the answers. Most I knew off the top of my head but a couple I had to go find the answers. One question asked “Name 3 brands of yarn sold at the Cottage.(Hint:If you don’t know the answer off the top of your head, you are most likely the friend that got dragged along)”  I was cracking up at that.

I didn’t take many pics at the cottage since I was doing the hunt.

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I also made a pit stop to buy Vicious her birthday gifts(some of them). I can’t believe she will be 6 in 2 days!!

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Here are some pictures of my “swag” and the pink train button I mentioned in yesterdays post.

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How cute is that train?

Yarn Crawl: Day 1

I had the most amazing day! The annual Yarn crawl kicked off this weekend and I spent the day going to various yarn shops and checking out the what-have-yous.  In case you don’t know what a yarn crawl is, it is where you go to all the local yarn stores in your area and they give you a “passport” to stamp. Each store you go to will stamp it and if you visit 11 out of 13 stores you can be entered to win one of several drawings. I visited 3 today. Here is a link that tells you more.

I started off by visiting The Yarn Shop by Rainy day creations. They gave me my passport and the first piece of a Mystery scarf pattern. I was in awe at all the pretty yarns they offer. They are really into spinning. It was neat to see all these huge spinning wheels all over and tons of roving hanging on the walls.

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I want to make this!! It was hanging in the yarn shop and it is a free pattern on Ravelry. I need to go find it.

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Beautiful yarn!!

After I left The Yarn Shop I headed to my next stop. Charlotte Yarn! This may be my new favorite LYS. It is a bit of a trek for me but they are my kid of store. They catered more towards kid knits and had tons of baby booties and mittens on display. It was really neat to see the different personalities of each Yarn store. I had no idea what a small bubble I had been living in only going to one yarn store ever(it is on the crawl but I haven’t went to it yet). They also gave out stitch markers as a free gift for stopping in and they handed over the second piece to the Mystery scarf pattern. Will I ever make this scarf probably not but I like having the pattern either way 🙂

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Baby sweaters and an Angry bird hat!!

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Pretty,pretty yarn!!

I also found a pink train button for Thing 2! She loves trains but all you can find are blue or red so I was stoked to find a pink one. I will post a pic in the upcoming days since it is in the other room and I don’t plan on moving just to photograph a button.

My last stop for the day was The Fibre studio. They were not really my style of knitting but they had beautiful hand dyed yarn all over. They tend to knit scarves and shawls, I am more of a hat and mitten kind of knitwit. I did end up staying there the longest of any of my stops. I loved looking at all the gorgeous shawls and found a super cute hat pattern/sample that I plan to make for Thing 2.  It is called the anemone hat and is a Ravelry pattern. They had one done up in a multi color yarn and it was so fraking cute!! I spent the rest of the time talking with the lady who works there about Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Buffy. I may shop there just to get my geek fix in. I didn’t take any pictures of the yarn since I was caught up in chit chatting with everyone there.

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My ultimate goal is to hit all 13 stores by weeks end. I am shooting for 2 stores a day, possible more if I can fit it in some how. I will post my Day 2 adventures tomorrow evening. Now I am exhausted from all the fun I had fondling fiber.

MKAL and Potty training

It is that time every mother/father/legal guardian/day care teacher dreads… Potty training!!! Thing 2 is 19 months old now and since I plan to have her potty trained by the time she turns 2 in February, I have to start now. Vicious was the easiest kid to train, but I do not think it will be that easy this time around.

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The potty is a little pervy looking to me. See the eyes, what are they looking at?

Anyway I figure it is the perfect time since I have a MKAL starting in 2 days. I can sit on my stool in the bathroom with Thing 2 and knit dishcloths. I knit a hat while training Vicious. Can’t wait to see what the first pattern is!!

This is how I block

With the weather changing and everyone back in school, I have been getting a lot of orders for hats. Got To keep those heads warm going in and out of school. So I have spent a lot of time in my kitchen blocking said hats. I have decided I will reveal the method I use, like it is a national secret or something, in case others have blocking needs but lack blocking technique.

First I knit something. Blocking only works with natural fibers(wool,cotton, bamboo). For this instructional post I am using a pumpkin hat knit with 100% wool Cascade 220 color pumpkin.

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After I have it finished and all the ends hidden I set up for the blocking.
I get a large bowl, I used to use my punch bowl but since it is now home to my FO, I use a huge stainless steel mixing bowl. I then grab a large fluffy towel, my wool wash and warm water.

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I normally use no scent regular baby wash and add a teaspoon per gallon of water but I purchased no rinse wool wash and I really like it. It is lavender scented so it made my kitchen smell great and I didn’t have to rinse anything so that Is a plus.

I fill the bowl with very warm(not hot) water, about a gallon of water. Hot water will felt your piece so make sure it is more like bath water and less like boiling water. I add a teaspoon of the wool wash to the water and swish it around.

CAREFULLY put the FO in the water and push it until it is submerged and wet all over. DO NOT swish the item, agitate the item, scrunch the item, any thing that will compress the fibers. You will felt it! You can not unfelt!! Be careful.
I let my hat sit in the water for 20 minutes to make sure the stitches have released and it is ready to be manipulated into shape.

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I then remove the item from the water and put it on a towel. Careful not to stretch the piece. Do not wring the water out.

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Fold the towel around the item and then roll it up like a burrito.

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I then put it on the floor and stomp on the towel to get the water out of the item. And it’s a fun way to get out aggression.

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Unfold the towel and take it item out. If it still feels super wet get a dry towel and repeat the fold and stomp process.

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Lots of water came out!!

After that I put it on my hat stand thingy and shape it the way I want it and allow it to air dry over night.

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That’s it! Easy peasy.

My models

I love seeing my FO being used. It really makes me feel great to know that the things I work so hard on are not just being thrown in a drawer somewhere. So here are a few pictures of some of my projects being “modeled”.

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Pooh bear new born prop. How cute is she?

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Just look at that tush!!!

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Same baby but older and wearing the infamous pumpkin hat!

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Mouse hat!! The first one I made.

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Another mouse hat!!

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Pink spingish hat. This one is neat since this is the second child to wear this hat! I don’t have a pic of the original owner but I love that it is still being used by new babies!

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Jester hat!! Adorable!!

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Old pic of Thing 2 rocking her booties I made her.

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I made her this whole outfit to come home in from the hospital but since she was enormous none of it fit except the booties.

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Thing 2 rocking her “knitty Titty”. Love these hats.

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Old pictures of Vicious modeling a monster hat and a head band!

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Not anything I made but here is a picture of Vicious making my Pom poms. Child labor at its best 🙂

Now off to finish up the hat I am working on and start on a diaper cover!

Helps if you know…

…Where the patterns come from. 

I just realized I never credited the creator of the Pumpkin hat pattern. Now while I all but re-wrote the pattern for the first hat I made, I followed it very closely for the second. 

I used Pumpkin Hat by: Jill Albert Allen.  You can also find it on her blog Living My Simple Life.

 

I really like the pattern and the viney thingy really sets it apart from other hats I have seen. 

 

First day of Fall

Happy First Day of Fall, y’all!!

I spent the day being super busy then super lazy.

We got new couches today, so we spent the first part of the day moving furniture out and bringing furniture in. But now we have a matching couch and love seat, and I a happy girl. Plus the new couch is way better to lay and knit on.

Once we were done with moving furniture we spent the the afternoon outside with the kidlets enjoying the beautiful weather.
The high for today is/was 74 degrees which in NC is actually cold for this time of the year but I love this weather.

Clear skies and trees rustling makes for a great relaxing afternoon.

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This was my view. Ahh, nice.

I worked on another pumpkin hat while out there. Just have to do the color change and off it goes to be with its new owner. An (almost) 1 year old little dude. Can’t wait to see pictures of him wearing it. That’s my favorite part of knitting, seeing the item in use.

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Now to go enjoy the rest of the day and finish up the hat.

Here it is

My knitting area. I stole the idea for this post from Mistine over at Crazy Purls.

Now just to let you know I had all my knitting supplies in our spare bedroom but once Thing 2 was born I had to do the grown up thing and let her have a room. That would of been fun to explain to people. “We have to have the crib in the kitchen since my yarn has the bedroom”. Wouldn’t of went over well so the knitting stuff now lives in my room in a much smaller area. Here it is:

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Yep the top of my dresser is now home to my knitting stuff.

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Most lives on this side.

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My FO’s live in here. Yes, it is a punch bowl! And let me tell you all the cool kids put their FO’s in punch bowls. Proven fact, look it up. Ok it’s not a fact and you can’t look it up but it should be 🙂

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Then there are my bins of things. Lets see what’s in them…

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In the yellow bin is my labels. Care labels and personalized labels, labels that can be written on and my rainbow decals. The rainbow decals are special. I sew these into everything I make for Thing 2. They say that the baby after miscarriage or still birth is called your Rainbow Baby. Well after years of infertility and 9 miscarriage I have Thing 2 and she gets rainbows sewn into everything I make for her.

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The pink box has thread.

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The bottom bin has my buttons. I LOVE buttons, can you tell?

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Little bins of “It’s a boy” tags and butterfly buttons. Have I mentions I love buttons?

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Then I have all my knitting books and patterns on the end with my jars of DPN’s and straight needles as “book ends”.

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Circulars live on the wall next to my dresser above my yarn bin.

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My yarn bin. My stash is much smaller then it used to be due to downsizing the area. The cracks in bin are from Thing 2 thinking it is a stair and standing on it to steal my needles.

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See?

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The other side of my dresser has the hat stand I use take pics with and some random baby pictures of Vicious and Thing 2.

That’s about it. Here are some random pics of my yarn.

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KAL

I just joined my second KAL but the first one I will actually do.

I joined one over the summer to make a shawl and quickly realized I am not the shawl making type. I believe I did the first 2 weeks and then ripped it out and made a hat. I have zero follow through for large projects. I always say I am going to knit up these amazing scarves or shawls and it never happens. One day I will learn my lesson and stick to hats and mittens.

Anyway, I joined a holiday KAL to knit dish cloths. Dish cloths I finish. Since I plan to give out cloths for gifts this seemed like the perfect KAL for me.

It is The Yarn Attics “Holiday Dish cloth Mystery KAL” . She plans to release 3 patterns a week for 4 weeks. 12 patterns in all.

She has the materials listed and I have most of what is needed already, so I am basically set to begin come October 1st.

🙂