Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cold Sheeping: The Halfway Point

Look at me blogging THREE times in one year.  Oh how times have changed.  I'm more on Rav and Instagram these days but I will keep my blog going.

I'm loving cold sheeping.  It's a challenge sometimes but overall I'm enjoying the challenge. 

Must admit that a friend gifted me some yarn during a stash cleanse. This included some super spiff yarn.  I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to knit with this fabu yarn.

Other then a few patterns I've spent very little on knitting so far this year.  My stash has provided yarn, entertainment and an opportunity to use what I have.

I plan on continuing the cold sheep until further notice.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Goodbye Grandma J

Both of the very special women who taught me to knit are now passed. Mom back in the summer of 97 and now Grandma J.

Grandma J was 95, it was her time. 

I'm so incredibly sad.

I knitting related news I have her needle stash, which I love. The straights are displayed in the kitchen.  I also have some of her yarn stash.  Maybe it is time to dip into that special stash a bit in celebration of her life fully lived.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cold Sheeping 2015

I've decided to Cold Sheep this year.  I have fabulous stash. This year I'm going to focus on knitting from stash instead of adding to stash. 

Of course there can be the occasional exception.  I need to buy a few more skeins of WOTA to finish the Hermione Cardigan for E. 

Otherwise Cold Sheep for me, at least for now.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


FYI. I joined Instagram this year.  It's fun. 

2014 Knitting Year in Review

Hello and Goodbye to 2014.

Let's run down my FO's shall we?

4 shawls, two Stephen West designs, love his funky design sense.

7 hats.

5 Hedgies, including one Extra Special Hedgie for the Ravellenic Games.  The political ridiculousness in Sochi dampened the usual Olympic joy.  So I knitted a Rainbow Hedgie for Educational purposes.  Hedgie turned out super cute and educational.  You can see the short row sections in the back quite nicely. 

Ravellenic Rainbowllenic Rainbow Construction Educational Funtimes Hedgie

7 dishcloths knitted on handmade wooden straights for an online buddy.  Her Grandfather made the needles and she gifted them to me.  I realized that I tend to drop, more like throw, my needle when I'm done with a row. This is not a big deal when using circs but it is annoying when using straights.

4 bricks for the  Secular Coalition of America.

1 lap blanket using the massive Palette stash.

1 pair of super complicated kilt hose for the husband. I'd not knitted socks in two years.  This was my most challenging pair of socks to date.  One month and a day of knitting.

1 Weasley sweater for the son, it turned out huge, but he continues to grow so no worries.

I am so close to being done with a Hermione Cardigan for daughter, but it is not getting done in 2014.

That brings us to a grand total of 30 finished projects in 2014.  Hooray for me!  Looking back I'm focusing on more complex knitting.  The kilt hose were ridiculous but I got them finished. The Hermione Cardigan I'm currently working on had a crazy stranded yoke.

I continue to knit for me by my rules.  Knitting brings me comfort and a creative outlet.

Goals for 2015

Dare I even think about cold sheeping?  I have a great little stash. I'm thinking it is time to knit down the stash a bit.

I plan to continue to challenge my skill set and try new techniques.

Knitting will continue to be something for me. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hello, old friend

Oh knit blog you are so neglected.

I could have sworn I did a 2013 Year in Review but apparently I did not.

I completed 23 projects in 2013 including one massive fingering weight garter stitch blanket, six sweaters, four hats, one cowl, one pair of mittens, four shawls, four toys, and two dishcloths.

This was a massive undertaking for me. I found Homage to a Square blocks I liked online and then attempted to recreate them as close as I could manage in Knit Picks Palette.  I'm in love with the blanket.  Oh and the squares are in chronological order in which Albers painted them starting with 1951 in the top left and 1969 in the bottom right.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Ravellenic Games Medal Ceremony

Behold Rainbow Construction Educational Funtimes Hedgie  He turned out fabulous. I'm so pleased with this project.  You can see the short row sections on the back.  So educational, so fun, so colorful.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ravellenic Games

Time Machine time.

Venture back with to 2006.  The Yarn Harlot had a vision. A vision of a Knitting Olympics to coincide with the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Tracy was still alive. 

I knit her Shedir.

I miss Tracy.  I miss her so very, very much.

Fast forward to 2008 I knitted a pair of Monkey Socks. Ravely started the Ravelympics . Yarn Harlot did not host a Knitting Olympics since it was the Summer Olympics.  Decent pair of socks. I'm not much of a sock knitter but I completed the challenge. I knitted for Team Mine, Team, Ohio, Team Obama, and Team Tardis.

Onward to 2010.  I knit a pair of Twilight Mitts.  I even won a skein of yarn from The Yarn Harlot's stash in that Knitting Olympics.  I still have the yarn. It has a place of honor in my stash. Someday I'll knit with that yarn but not now. I also participated in the Ravelympics. At this point the Ravelympics had grown in size and complexity.  I knit for teamgk2.

Has it only been two years since 2012 when I knit Three Ravellenic Hedgies? Summer again.  Participated on Ravelry.  I knitted for TeamG2K2012.

Each year I challenged but did not seek to overextend myself.  I've enjoyed the games.

Time Machine back to Present Day!

WTeverlastingF is going on over on Ravelry?  Casey continues to have to deal with non code monkey related drama.  The man is a saint.  

I'm not going to even pretend I have any idea of what went down behind the scenes for this year's Ravellenic Games group to become the Formerly Ravellenic Games group, as of 1/10/2014.  I've been following along in the Sherlock group.   Even before this latest event I knew I'd be participating in the Sherlock group created RAINBOWLLENICS CHALLENGE.   I don't know what I'm knitting exactly yet but I know I'm knitting something Rainbow.  It's going to be stash Palette or I might go wild and buy some Bernat Mosaic in the Rainbow colorway.  We shall see.

No matter what happens with the mechanics of the Ravelry group I'm knitting for the Rainbowllenics Challenge.  Personally I'd like to see the rules relaxed for the Ravellenic Games and go back to something more akin to Yarn Harlot's first games. Fewer rules for events and basically following Wheaton's Law, Don't be a dick.  Again, we shall see.

In the meantime I have my next knitting project to arrange. I'm between projects.  (gasp) I have a blog to ignore. Oy!  Most importantly I have a family to love.