The Dark Dark Days Have Ended!

a half-finished sock on my lap in the car.

The saddest month of the year is the month surrounding winter solstice. Why? Because it’s so dark that I can’t knit when it’s my turn to ride in the carpool. πŸ™

So happy that the sun is starting to peek over the hills when I ride to and from work!

But, of course, it’s not bright enough to take beautiful, blog-worthy photos. I’m sure my hoardes of readers will forgive me πŸ˜‰

(P.S. – found dpns that are the same size as my rosewood! So glad I didn’t clean out my knitting stash when I went through that Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up phase!)

Icing on the Cake!

So, here I am, trying to knit a little on my day off while I watch some BBC drama. (Call the Midwife, if you were wondering, which has both babies AND lovely knitwear.)

I got up to take my quiche out of the oven, and pop back down onto the sofa… and I head a CRACK.

pretty lovely needles... broken

I KNOW I’m not fat enough to break the couch (yet) so I get up, turn around… and I’ve sat on my needles. My lovely rosewood needles that I got inΒ  after a wonderful lunch at my favorite crepe restaurant.

They’re not going to be repaired, and I’m not going to have the money to go off buying rosewood needles anytime soon… so Dan’s socks will have to go even slower. Frustrating for both of us. He, because he wants his socks, and I because I wanted to finish these and start another pair by the end of the month when I go to Ireland for work.

I’m Knitting! Just slowly.

Socks, with cat tax

We’re ending the year with a visit from Ash, some calm stockinette socks, and a very bad flu. Christmas was great, but whatever it was hit me like a freight train on Tuesday, and I’ve been taking it easy since.

Hope everyone’s holiday has been great!

Yarn Winding Woes – What else is new?

Since I finished my mermaid tail blanket, it’s only right to start another project, right? I’ve hard two skeins of Spud and Chloe Stripey fine in my stash from who knows where and when, because I never stashed them on Ravelry.

Anyway, I got out my trusty cake winder and swift last night and plopped the first skein on. I instantly knew I was going to have problems.

This little loop on my swift isn't supposed to be sticking out like this

That loopy thing is NOT supposed to be there.

Anyway, I wound on fearlessly… and ended up REALLY tangled.

Here you can see a mad yarn vomit on my swift.

Dan was watching TV, and laughing at me every time he looked over. What a fun night. 😐

But, I muddled through and now I have two little cakes of yarn to make some socks with!

Two cakes ready to go!

Not sure if I’ll like them, because the FO’s of this colorway on Ravelry are not my cup of tea. The word “hideous pooling” was used. You can see what I’m talking about yourself here. But as long as Dan likes them, that’s the goal, right? πŸ™‚

Finished my Mermaid Tail!

Here's me in the tail on the couch.

All done! I got Dan to snap a picture of me on the couch – honestly, it’s a bit hard to take a selfie of something like this.

Hooray! It’s been nice to finish something, honestly, because everything has been going so slow. Hands, get better soon! πŸ™

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket for Children and Teens, by Angie Hartley. I made the largest size from this pattern instead of the adult one because I’m little. It fits 5’1″ me perfectly!

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Solid in Antique Rose, 9.6 skeins. I have half a skein left over for the scrap jar.

Made as part of a knit along with my two friends from college, Ash and Alysia!

 

A Pretty Pink Progress Post

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated it. Dan and I went to his aunt’s near Augusta to have dinner with his Dad’s family, and it was a lot less hectic than the 4-5 dinners we go to when we’re back home. Plus I don’t feel like I overate! Win-win.

Money has been kind of tight, with the wedding and the holidays coming up, so I’ve been stressed. Dan convinced me to drop $6 on carnations at the grocery store, though, and I’m happy I did. Their bit of pink brightens up the apartment.

pink carnations from the grocery store

Another bright spot is that I am (very slowly) making progress on my WiPs! My mermaid tail is ready to finish!

my mermaid tail laid out on the floor, ready for the last step

I also am getting a knack for making coffee filter flowers, which are going to be the backdrop to the stage at the wedding. Here is my bin of them:

My growing pile of coffee filter flowers, with bonus curious cat

They take up way less space when you keep them krinkled up, so that’s what I’m doing until it’s time to string them together.

I might make a tutorial, if I can get a day with good light to take photos! It’s been dark an dreary. JT the cat has been very clingy, half because of the weather and half because he sprained his little kitty paw yesterday while we were gone πŸ™ No break, but he’s walking with a limp. He doesn’t cry when we touch or squeeze it so we’re taking a wait and see approach.

Knitting Away!

“Where’d Alyssa go? Oh, she must be busy with her wedding planning, and stuff.”
Actually, I’m not, really! Wedding planning is going really smoothly. I’m immersing myself in work, working out, eating clean, and knitting really, REALLY slowly.
Oh, and watching TV while the cat lies on me πŸ™‚
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If I have any knitting progress, I’ll update you! There’s just not much to see lately. Sorry!

My (Long) Weekend Project Was a Success!

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I now have a widdle baby sweater with a widdle shawl collar! I can’t get over how adorable this is.

The only thing I need to do is weave in the very last end. So I’m going to count this as done!

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I’m a LITTLE worried about the sizing though. How big are baby arms? Beacuse this thing fits around my wrist…

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Oh well… she can grow into it πŸ™‚

Another 16 in 2016 project done! πŸ™‚ I really have to get it in gear if I want to finish the list though… πŸ™

  1. Knit something for charity.
  2. Knit something just for yourself.
  3. Knit something you can finish in a weekend. Then spend the weekend working on it!
  4. Knit something that’s been in your queue forever. (Can be a Ravelry queue or just something you’ve been wanting to try.)
  5. Knit something and then yarn bomb somewhere! (Be sure to get permission. I’m going to do something on my own property.)
  6. Knit something that uses a technique you’ve never done before.
  7. Knit something silly. (There are so many possibilities!)
  8. Knit something to give to someone as a thank-you. Everyone has someone that they can thank for something!
  9. Knit something useful.
  10. Knit something that uses a vintage pattern. 
  11. Knit something that uses game knitting
  12. Knit something from a pattern you tried before but gave up on. I have a lot of these!
  13. Knit something from a pattern that you tried before and loved. I have some of these…
  14. Knit something that uses indie yarn.
  15. Knit something with someone else (through a knit along, mystery knit, etc.)
  16. Knit something from a pattern that you buy. Spend money on a book, magazine, or independent pattern!

Weekend Knit

This summer has not been very good for knitting for me.
One, it has been just two darn hot and humid to do ANYTHING, so most activities have been kaboshed for just trying to keep the house presentable.
Two, my two projects have been just dragging on and on.  I gave away the needles for the Hue Shift Afghan to one of the knitters at the nursing home, because she needed to make a gauge swatch and I will set myself on fire to keep someone warm. My knit along – Part of my 16 in 2016 – has been a little disappointing…
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It’s supposed to be a mermaid tail blanket, but it’s not SNUGGLY enough. I purposefully made a child’s large, because I’m small, but I still don’t like it. With the fact that they are selling for $20 online… it just feels like a waste of time. But it’s really close to being finished, which will be nice.
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So, in true knitter fashion, I’m picking up a totally new project. One of the supervisor’s at work is having his first grandchild in October, so why not make a baby sweater? They’re fun, easy, and I can finish it in a weekend with no problem – especially this weekend, which was a game night, a party, another game night, and then MORE dungeons and dragons. Not to mention we have to drive to all these social activities, so there’s knitting time there, too.
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If all goes well, I’ll have another project Monday to show you. Wish me luck!

A Project Diversion

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Sometimes you get pulled into knitting things for people. Usually I can resist, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the folks at my knitting circle. They are so nice, and mean so well… and well they’re really persistent.
Here’s how the conversation went:
Her: “Oh I’d like to knit my new great grand-daughter a baby blanket. Do you have a pattern for that?”
Me: “Sure! Here’s a really easy one!”
Her: “Oh lovely! Here are the needles and yarn! Can you start it for me?”
Me: “Ok! It’s a really easy pattern.”
Next week
“Oh, this is so tough, my hands just aren’t the way they were when I was younger. Can you show me again?”
“Sure!”
Next week
“Hey, I noticed you haven’t really worked on your baby blanket. Everything ok?”
“Oh, it’s just your work looks so much better than mine! Can you work on it today?”
“Sure!”
Next week
“Again? Listen, is it ok if I take this home and work on it?”
And now I have this pretty thing.  Made with Red Heart! Hopefully the new owner likes it.
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