Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I am Remembering to Measure this Time


It was not so very long ago that I knit a 10 foot wrap. That wasn't my intention. I was trying to make a wrap that would adequately fit my 5'1" frame. But somehow "10 skeins of Noro is plenty for a wrap" imperceptibly transformed into "don't stop knitting until you run out of yarn."  All was not lost, since it was simple (and a wee bit painful) to rip out a few feet of knitting. 

I am trying to learn from my mistakes. Four feet of scarf, and continuing. 

Today, it is all about the measuring. 



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The First Taste is Free

I completed only a small amount of knitting last night at Knittervention, but that was by design.  I had another mission: to create a new knitter.  "I have needles and yarn, all you need to bring is yourself," and to my delight, she came.  I started off easy: cast on a few stitches for her, then taught the knit stitch.  At first, she said she felt like a newborn deer trying to walk, very awkward.  A few rows later, she was getting the hang of it.  I was on hand to correct any minor problems.  As she gained confidence and lost awkwardness, her tension improved. 

After two hours, I sent her off with the homework assignment to practice a little, and next time, we would learn the purl stitch. 

Today, it is all about the teaching. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

I Needn't Have Worried


There is a risk to buying discontinued yarn at a great clearance price:  Will I have enough yarn?  What happens if I run out of yarn. (Admittedly, this is also a fear with regularly priced foreign purchased yarn.  Cough, Fuchsia Wave, cough. )

So when I found the perfect yarn for my brother's Smittens, I bought all that they had. Four pink, three gray, two black, and a couple variegated pink and blue skeins, just because they were pretty. 


I worried for nothing. One mitten finished, and I only used half a skein of yarn. So, even though the male half of the Smittens will be larger, I will still have plenty of yarn. 

Today, it is all about the yarn relief. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Coolest Knitting Group

We had a muggle guest at Knittervention. Someone brought her tween/teenage daughter, and she won first place, second place, and an honorable mention for the most mind boggling comments of the night. 

Regarding her lack of sociability with the group. "I just don't fit in with the cool knitting crowd."  I mentally examined her tone for sarcasm, but I really don't think she was being sarcastic. I think she really did want to be home playing video games. 

"Can we go home now? I'm hungry."  
"We are in an eating establishment. Order some food."

As for me, I just sat quietly and plugged away at my Elegant Ensemble scarf. Actually, I finished the skein, so I had to switch to a mitten. And I had to remember where I had stashed my stash.  (successfully located in my mothers basement last night) so the scarf goes on. 

Today, it is all about the cool comments. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Bad Day Turns Good

Yesterday wasn't REALLY a bad day. Not for me, at least. (Can't speak for my client.). I had a full-day Termination of Parental Rights trial. It was a long day. And a high stress day. But it ended with new yarn, and that is s good way to end any day. 

New, luscious, super soft and silky yarn. In fact, one of them was half silk. My fingers are just itching to pull out the needles and start knitting. Except that I already have soooo many things I am working on. If I get above 20 works in progress again, it will really get embarrassing. 

Maybe. I mean, is someone going to report me to the knitting police? Is there some sort of project maximum law of which I am not aware? Aren't I just doing my part to help the economy?

Someone stop me. Soon. Before I start another shawl. 

Today, is it is all about the new. 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Well, ok, I will buy yarn if I have to

Almost a year ago, my sweetie bought me a yarn winder and swift from KnitPicks, and it came with a $30 gift certificate for yarn. I didn't immediately use it, because I had so much other great yarn waiting on me in the stash. 

Fast forward to the present. He kindly reminded me that it might have an expiration date. Sure enough, one year expiration. Well, even though I do still have great yarn waiting for me in the stash, I bought yarn today. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. 

It was quite the hardship.  I'm sure I will be filled with regret when the box of fiber goodness arrives.  

Today, it if all about the forced shopping.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Scarf Falsity

Scarves are deceptive. The first project of so many beginning knitters, scarves have a reputation for being easy. But I came to the realization last night, that reputation is deceptive. Scarves are not a small bit of knitting. They are larger than they appear.  Like a size 0 supermodel that hasn't eaten a solid meal in a year, the skinniness masks the total mass generated by long  length. 

I have been diligently working on the scarf portion of the Elegant Ensemble, and am nowhere near finished. I am halfway through the second skein, and have not even reached the halfway mark. I have used almost as much yarn as two mitts and the ear warmer, altogether. 

Today, it is all about the deceptions.