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 πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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Paying it forward.

Ever have that moment where you see people being giving and full of charity and you think “I am going to do the same thing!”? Well, if not then you have more self control than I do, lol. A friend of mine joined a pay it forward project in January and once I saw it I said “sign me up”. The rules were pretty simple, you say “I’m in” and they make you a handmade item and you get 5 people to join in and you make each of those 5 people a handmade item, and those 5 people each get 5 people to join and they make handmade items for them, and so on. You are supposed to have your items made and delivered by the end of 2014. I have made zero items for my five people. ZERO
I started on the first a few weeks ago, so maybe more like 0.5 πŸ™‚
So, my first PIF gift is a baby &child sophisticate. I bought the revised pattern but they do offer a free version of this pattern. I am knitting it with Universal yarn washable wool in color Aguae. I really like this yarn for kid knits. The wool in it allows me to block it while the acrylic/nylon in it allows it to be easy on a child’s skin and allows it to be washed. A huge plus for any garment that will come in contact with a tiny human.

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I just have to finish the collar and sew on the buttons and done!

After this just 4 more handmade items and I will be all paid forward πŸ˜‰

Not really a pay it forward, more of a shout out to an awesome Etsy store! Seans labels. I decided to add size labels to my hand knits and ended up ordering from this shop. Great quality labels, free shipping, fast shipping…I will order from this shop again. I was not paid or even asked to promote this shop. Just a great shop and I like to give props to people who go above and beyond when it comes to service and quality.

Well that’s about it knitters! Hope everyone has a great rest of the day! I will leave you with something fun:
Mine is Captivating Sock-tacular yarn πŸ™‚
What’s yours?

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I’ve been given an award

I logged on today ready to get my read on, when I see a notification that I had been nominated for an award. This was really shocking since I can’t believe people actually read what I write…type? So, to see that someone not only reads it but nominated me for an award, was really a day brightener.

The award I have been nominated for is the Liebster award. Apparently it is given to blogs that have less than 1,000 followers to help promote their blog.
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I really am honored!!I started this blog last summer as a way to discuss knitting and to connect with other knitters. I assumed I would post one or two entries and get bored, but once I started I couldn’t stop. I learn so much from the people I follow and have come to “know” so many interesting people. I get a little jolt of excitement seeing people stop by and read what I have to say. Such an interesting world the blog world is. I know my husband thanks you all for letting me get my knit talk on here instead of with him lol.

Big Thank You to Trish over at A Bunch of Everything!! Your blog is one of the first that I started following and have really enjoyed reading your posts. Your knitting is beautiful and I love the pictures of yarn you posts. Weird I know but I love looking at yarn, haha. I also want to thank you for introducing my to square needles! For this I will always be grateful πŸ™‚

 

Here are the rules:

*Thank the person who has nominated you and link back to their blog (by posting a link on yours).
*Copy and display the award in your blogpost (save the pink image above and upload it to your own post).
*Answer the 11 questions about yourself, which are given to you by the person who nominated you.
*Write 11 random facts about yourself.
*Nominate 5 – 11 blogs/bloggers that you feel deserve the award. They need to have less than 1000 followers.
*Think of 11 new questions for the bloggers you have nominated and write them in your post.
*Inform the selected bloggers that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and link back to your own post so that they can learn about it (if they don’t already about it) and so that they know what questions to answer.
My answers to the 11 questions:

1.Which do you prefer, Coffee or Tea:Β  Coffee

2.Which do you like better, Summer or WinterSummer

3.What is your favorite holiday Halloween

4.Which do you prefer, Mountains or Beach Beach, except I don’t like the ocean.

5.If you could go anywhere in the world for vacation, where would you go Hawaii

6.What kind of movies do you like I like all kinds of movies. Comedies are probably my favorite though.

7.What is your favorite dessert Cheesecake!!!

8.What is your favorite Olympic sport I have no idea lol. Not really into the Olympics.

9.Favorite thing to do KNIT!!!!

10.What is your favorite Disney character Not sure, Maybe Ariel or Belle. Ariel because mermaids are awesome and Belle because she has that AMAZING library

11.What is your favorite food Tacos. I could eat tacos everyday if my family would let me.

11 Random facts about me:

  1. I have 2 children and both are girls.
  2. I bake from scratch because I have convinced myself its healthier therefore I can eat more and not feel bad.
  3. I love going to the dentist.
  4. I had braces from ages 15-21, and it was horrible.
  5. I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who.
  6. I hate doing dishes!
  7. My favorite soda is mountain dew and I drink way too much of it.
  8. I could not live without my phone.
  9. I hate wearing shoes. This is a side effect of being raised in the south haha.
  10. I named my youngest child after a Fleetwood Mac song.
  11. I have been married for 7 years.

 

Blogs I nominate:

The 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. How many siblings do you have?
  2. What’s your favorite soda?
  3. Which do you like better cats or dogs?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What chore do you hate?
  7. Do you prefer indoors or outdoors?
  8. Which do you like better pool or ocean?
  9. What is your favorite time of day?
  10. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
  11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

 

Knitting, Snow and the big 0-2.(pic heavy)

SNOW

It has been a CRAZY week here in NC. We got a foot of snow!! Those who may not be aware, it NEVER snows in North Carolina. NEVER!!!! If we get anything it doesn’t stick and what does is gone within hours. So, this was a shock to us all. The kids had fun playing and the adults had fun sipping wine and staying indoors. Another thing you may not know about southerners, we don’t like the cold past age 12 πŸ™‚
Thankfully it’s started melting and will be back in the 70’s by mid week.

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KNITTING
Due to being stuck inside all week, I was able to get some knitting finished.
I completed the wool diaper cover that was for an order and blocked it. It turned out really well.

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This is what happens when you have to improvise blocking, haha. That is a can of hair spray and a bead holder. Just call me Macguyver πŸ™‚
I had started a Baby Sophisticate and didn’t like it so I bought the revised pattern and am redoing it. Much happier with the results.

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Ready to split it up for the sleeves and start the body.

BIG 0-2
Thing 2 turns 2 on Sunday!! How this happened, I have no idea. I can’t believe the tiny baby(well not that tiny, she was 8 pounds) that I have birth to is now a 2 year old toddler. This child is full of life and keeps me on my toes! She knows what she wants and goes after it, rules be damned. She is a lover and a fighter and everything in between. I see great things in this kids future. My rainbow baby is not quite a baby anymore 😦

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Happy 2nd Birthday Rhiannon Hope