Monthly Archives: March 2014

How Chasity got her groove back

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a fab weekend. I spent the weekend attempting to find my knitting mojo. I *think* I may have found it or at least some version of it. I talked about losing it in my last post. I know that there will be lulls in knitting but I have orders(that have been paid for) that need to be filled, so now is not the Time.

I did decide to take a break and try my hand at a couple other ventures. I was hoping that this would give me the break I obviously needed and still get me back in the swing. A power nap for knitting if you will.
So up first, I made stitch markers.

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This was actually a fun craft. I did have to employ my husbands help to crimp the beads but other than that it was all my craft.

Next up, I spent my weekend trying and executing a few new recipes. No pics or really anything to say on that, so let’s move on haha.

I did accomplish a little knitting. I made a baby cocoon. These things are apparently all the rage with the new hip mommies wanting super cute newborn pictures. I had seen them used in newborn pic but had never attempted to make one. It’s a big hat! That’s all. Just a giant hat you stuff your baby in. Super quick and it set my knitting groove back in gear.

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I have decide that I will be taking my time. No more rushing from one project to the next. I am now working in a baby infinity scarf.(I had no idea they were a thing either) Hopefully I will have this finished quickly and mailed out soon.

Last up for the day…I joined a knitting Photo-a-day contest with Knitters Pride. Hop over to Instagram and check it out!

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I would love to see what everyone comes up with each day.

That’s all for today Knitwits! Happy knitting!!

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Where’s my mojo?

I have lost my knitting Mojo. It is gone. I am knitting at a snails pace these days. Actually I think the pace at which I knit lately is insulting to snails. This is especially bad since I have orders I have to fill! BLAH!!

I have finished a couple things though. Four to be exact. They each took all of 15 minutes to complete. See, sad. If it takes more than a few minutes I am just not getting it done!! Oh me and my instant gratification needs. Hopefully I can start cranking out some FOs soon.

I was clicking along pretty nicely in a hat but realized the color was off and had to have to have the right yarn ordered. So I am currently waiting on my LYS to let me know when that is in. Maybe that will knock my rear in gear. Hmm…

Here are a few pics of my measly 4 items I have finished this week.

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This was my first attempt at knitting with beads. Not to bad. It did take some trial and error to get the letters to face the correct way.

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It’s an owl incase you can’t tell 🙂

That’s it!
One last thing before go. I was sitting in my den last night, when Vicious comes in and hands me a sticker and says “Mom, I found this sticker in a book. It made me think of you.”

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Until next time. Happy knitting.

Let’s talk about socks

For those that are new around here, I joined a Year long KAL hosted by KnittingSarah, to knit socks. The concept is simple, knit either a row, an entire sock or anything in between everyday for a year. I am a row or two kind of girl and haven’t complete many socks.
Well, a few weeks ago I decided to actually complete another pair of socks! I grabbed my needles and yarn and set off to make socks. I made A sock. Yep, one sock. Then decided I hated it and didn’t make the match.

The problem was the fit. And the holes!! Oh, the holes!!! First off I have huge feet. I wear a size 9 and they are wide. Cute, huh? 🙂
Second up, I tried toe-up socks for the first time and the wedge toe increases made holes all along the toe. For these reasons I couldn’t live with this sock. So, I set off with larger size needles (I went from a size2 to a size 4) and a thin worsted weight yarn and started making socks I liked.
What I learned during this process is that toe-up socks work best(for me) using the magic loop method. This really did make a world of difference.
Those that are scared of magic loop, don’t be!! It is actually very simple and so much quicker than DPNs.

My first problem was the toe. It was very narrow the way the pattern I was using had it. I used Judy’s Magic cast on and it said to CO 10(5 per needle). This made a very pointy toe. So I changed it. I cast on 16(8 per needle) and began to work the wedge.
Now the original pattern had me doing the wedge increases by KFB on the first and last stitch on each needle. This made holes. I hate holes. No matter how tight or loose I tried to knit, it still had holes. After some trial and error I figured out a good increase that eliminated that problem. Instead of KFB, I increased by K1,m1, knit to 1 before the end,m1,k1(repeat for second needle) then knit a row even in between until I had 40 sts(20 per needle).
This really made a nice toe.

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From there it was pretty basic. I knit even until I got to the heel.
Another plus of magic loop, so easy to try on socks while you knit them!
Once I got to the heel I did the sweet tomato heel. I have to say, this is my favorite heel! I don’t care for typical short rows, again due to holes. This eliminates holes and makes a nice round heel. I highly recommend this technique for a toe-up sock.

Now, the problem I am having is finding a bind-off I like. I tried a regular bind-off and it’s very tight. I then attempted the interlocking bind off and while it’s very stretchy, it doesn’t look very neat. I guess a bit more practice may change that. Hmm…

What bind-off do you like for toe-up socks?

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You may be asking yourself “What is up with that yarn?” Well, I have no idea lol. It was variegated in places, striped in others and had no real rhyme or reason to it. It was good practice yarn though haha.

Just another manic Monday

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Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! It was sunny and warm here and I enjoyed every second of it. What I didn’t care for was the dang time change!! Anyone struggling because of the lost hour?
I know I am. I overslept today, so Vicious was late for school. Since she is so anal about being on time and things being perfect, this did not go over well. *ugh* On the bright side, since it is Monday, Thing 2 has school so I am now able to relax for a bit.

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This describes my day, haha 🙂

Now on to what’s important…Knitting
I have a horrible case of start-itis lately. I have so many projects that I have started, half way completed, then started something else. I was able to finish one hat this weekend and deliver it to it’s forever home.

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Next up I started another pair of socks. I am attempting to teach myself toe-up magic loop and after several tries I think I finally have the hang of it.

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Just the toe right now but it is going pretty quickly.
Now you may be asking, “what happened to the last pair of socks you were making?” I didn’t like them and so I ripped them out and started these. The issue I had with my last pair of toe up socks was they had holes in them. I did Judy’s magic cast on and a wedge toe. To do the wedge toe you KFB into the first and last stitch on each needle. Well, this made holes in my sock no matter how tight I tried to knit. So, now I am using the M1 method in between the first and second stitch on each needle and the last two stitches on every needle. Now, no holes and a much better shape for the toe.

I also started a shirt for Vicious. I went into my LYS and saw a sample of the prettiest pullover and knew that I had to make it. It is the Berry Blossom Pullover from Universal Yarn. It is in the new Ebook Bamboo Pop kids. You can purchase it from the Universal Yarn site.

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This photo is Copyright Universal yarn.

That’s all knitters and friends. Hope you all enjoy your week! Here’s a little diddyy to get you through the day 🙂

Oh, the things you learn

Today was a day of discovery. Useless discovery, but discovery none the less.
I went to my LYS today to pick up some needles and chat with the ladies working there. While I was paying they got a phone call from someone saying she had an Afghan that needed fixing and if there was a CERTIFIED MASTER KNITTER available to help!! Now, I know what you’re thinking. You are thinking “Wait, what? Is that really a thing?” Well, yes it apparently is! I also thought and asked that question while they were relaying this story.
Apparently you can join The Knitters Guild Association(also a real thing, I had no idea) and then take a test to become a Certified Master Knitter!!
OMG, wow!!
What can you do once you get certified, you may be wondering. Well friends, I will tell you….
NOTHING
Nothing at all!! You pay a truck load of money, knit a bunch of swatches they tell you, get them judged and critiqued, and if you pass you get a pin and a certificate and can write “Master knitter” on a business card. It is basically a useless title that says “I knit good”.
There are only about 300 CMK in the world. You know why? 1)the test is crazy hard and 2) Who wants to take a test(takes like a year to finish all the parts) so they can say they knit well?

So, sorry followers, I will never be able to put “Master Knitter” on my business cards. *sigh* Don’t these people know that instead of paying hundreds of dollars for useless titles they could use that money to buy yarn!!

Am I the only person that was unaware of this?

What I’ve been up to

I finally finished the Baby and Child sophisticate!!! It turned out so cute!!

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Seriously, how stinking cute are those buttons!! I knit this in the 12month size and it was a super quick knit once I actually sat down and worked on it. I plan to make several more of these for my kiddos and for some friends.

Next on my knit to-do list was learn to knit a toe-up sock. I went onto Ravelry and found a pattern and set to work. I used the Basic toe up sock pattern. This pattern was very easy to follow and the socks turned out great. I used Universal yarns Bamboo pop in color Pastel swirl. I LOVE this yarn!!!
I did have trouble figuring out the cast on but I watched this video and got the hang of it rather quickly. I think toe up is my new fave way to knit socks.
My next new technique was the sweet tomato heel. It is a type Of short row heel that doesn’t have wraps. Wait..short rows without wraps you say? YES!! Short rows without wraps!! I loved this heel. No snags or holes from picking up those dang wraps. Just a nice smooth, well fit heel. I used this video to figure out the heel and can’t wait to knit another pair of these socks.

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I started my next PIF project this weekend also. Yes, I know I have all year but I just HAVE to get them done. It is really bothering me lol. I decided for the next one I would make a highway hat! I saw a picture of one and knew I had to make it. So, since I was too lazy to find a pattern and it looked fairly easy, I grabbed a bunch of yarn in colors I thought would work and did this…

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I order car buttons to sew onto the “road” to add detail. Can’t wait for those to arrive and ship off PIF #2.

Last but not least, I started and restarted a slouchy hat for an order. I have no idea what was wrong with this hat but it did not want to be told what to do. I kept finding holes or the yarn wouldn’t tighten properly or the tension would go all wonky in spots for no reason. It was really irritating! By the 5th time ripping it out and starting over, I decided to double strand it and that seems to be doing the trick. I do not want to rip this hat again. It’s already one step away from going into a time out.

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That’s about it for now. Hope everyone has a happy Monday.

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