Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 34

Good evening!  Since it's back to school time...I'll be posting Tuesday evenings again, as I won't have time to post in the mornings....

Well looky there...could that be a new cast-on?  Why, yes, yes it is!  This is Multnomah by Kate Ray.  It has been in my queue forever....since Sam I Am was casting on, I decided to join her.

That is it...although the classroom is coming along....tomorrow I am in PD (professional development)  ALL DAY, so not sure if I'll work on my room....

After some mix-up, FINALLY got my blood drawn today - 8 vials!!!!!!!  She had to use two veins, as the first one dried up....So some nice bruises on my hands, because those were the only veins that popped (but not as big as last time! The last time, the entire top of my hand was bruised)

Oh also, we heard an AMAZING speaker at our convocation....Nelba Marquez-Greene, who lost her daughter Ana Grace in the Sandy Hook shooting....she has a non-profit now and partners with school.  We will be incorporating her Love Wins program in our building this year.  She came and spoke in our building today and is just wonderful.....

And lastly, the knitter, who lost her house in the flooding?  She has posted some updates on Twitter...I don't have a Twitter account, but posting a link to hers...there is a video of what her house looks like now...you can still buy a pattern, if you are so inclined!

So come along and join in...and please link back...thank you! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

YOP: Week 34

I haven't done much this week, but work on my classroom...This is what it looked like on Monday...
This was Wednesday
It's getting there, about 80% done....but I've had a complication....my arthritis in my hands flared up and my hands have been sore and swollen since Thursday...I still worked in my room on Friday, but I am sore...
This was this morning and you can see that my finger is still swollen a bit, so I have not been doing any crafting...I did start a bit this morning as I was watching the Olympic Men's marathon, but taking lots of breaks...I went to see a new doctor on Monday and I'm actually getting a series of tests done to see if there might be another issue...but since I was still on the antibiotics for the ear infection, I had to wait until I was over that. 

But on Saturday, I got to go see baby Lucy, I made the flower rattle and hats for her...
She was born a month early.  She is home and putting on weight...so cute!  And my friend and I went to a nearby park to do some Poke hunting...
She gave me my birthday gift...a custom pair of earrings...aren't they awesome?
I have some new yarn acquisitions, but will do a post next Saturday...I also rushed over to LB Art Yarns on etsy, as she is is putting her Walking Dead yarns on hiatus...so had to get the ones I'd been eyeing...

Have you heard about the devastating flooding?  Well you can help a fellow designer/knitter/crocheter out by buying one of her patterns...her house was flooded and she is trying to raise some money...Emily Ringelman...she is offering a coupon code to get 40% off. She's got some great sweater and hat patterns!  Pom-poms!

So that has been my week...teachers start back to school tomorrow, students next Monday.....

Completed Projects:
The Dork Socks (technically 2015) 12/31/15
Screw You Rainbows socks (1/6/16)
Quick Pink cowl (1/7/16)
Yoda (1/10/16)
Bulky Cowl (1/19/16)
Jacinta Capelet (2/28/16)   
 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (3/31/16)   Fortune's Shawlette (7/12/16)   Irish Oak (6/19//16)  2 baby hats (7/27/16) Baby Rattle (8/4/16) Edgy Carol (8/7/16)
Plastic Bag Holder (8/14/16)
 
Works In Progress:        WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)   Stopover KAL (2/7/16)
Raspberry Beret (4/21/16)
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)  
Meandering Top (5/20/16) 

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)  
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016)
Glenn Lives (2/1/16)
Live Long and Prosper (4/14/16)
Spring is in the Air (2/16/16)

  Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - on the decreases now
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16)
Reyna (May 3, 2016) 
Edgy Carol (2/14/2016)

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in 

 KAL/CALs:
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)  
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
 
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt 
 
Projects In Mind: Gifts/Charity: 
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)
Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic
Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater (in magazine)
Car Coat (in magazine)
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf  
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl
Brush Creek Cowlette  
Watershed  
Waterkant
The Brownstitch gradient
Leftie
Bigger on the Inside
Oeste  
Out of Gas  
Sweet Potato Twist  
Nefertem  
Falling Bobbins 
Danielle Shawl  
The Doodler
 
Hats and Mitts
Lace Kelly (soakbox)
Isabeau Mitts 
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat   
Transitional Color Mitts
Almond Comfit
Lady Violet's Dinner Gauntlets  
Wurm  
Autumn in Garrison
Baa-ble Hat

Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
Wizard of Oz socks
Black Widow's Socks
August Pocus 
Waterkant 
Watermelon   
Monkey
Dalekamium   
Knit From Stash patterns
Dr. Who socks  
 

Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse Circular Felted Bag

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wrap-Up Friday

Good morning!  I thought I'd have a completed classroom to show you, but no...it's about 70% complete at this point....so that is where all my time was spent this week....and abso-freking-exhausted when I got home, so no crafting was done....

But over the weekend, I made a plastic bag holder for my mother-in-law...I was gifted one in a swap...so I looked at mine and at some online and then just made it up as I went along....
sorry for the crappy picture...it was dark before I decided I should get up and take a picture...It's made with Lily Sugar and Cream cotton....very tough on the hands!

What about you?  Any finishes?




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 33

Good morning!  Back to school, unpacking the classroom for me this week.....it's a long, hot job....

So I haven't worked on much....I made a plastic bag holder for my Mother-in-Law...I will post that on Friday....

Yesterday I put three more loops on my Porch Winkle...

And that's about all....

How about your this week? As always please link back...thank you...





Sunday, August 14, 2016

YOP: Week 33

Okay, so I had several questions on my last post....here goes...

Many people commented on my list....my list is not only Works in Progress, but also (WIM) Works in Mind...these are usually projects I have the pattern and the yarn already...I add to this list, but rarely subtract from it....

One of the reasons I keep this list, is I am trying to work on things that are ready.  I have wound many skeins of yarn, but then this happens....
Another question I had was how do I keep them all straight?  When I pick up a project that I haven't worked on in awhile...Post-its are my friend!
I also have been trying to be better at keeping notes in the project section of Ravelry...and I do have a stitch counter on my phone, but really I tend to use the Post-its the most...

How do I pick which one to work on?  Well, that really just depends on the day....I have a lot of sock projects, but I tend to put them aside when I get to the heel....so that's how they accumulate....lately I've been trying to work on the ones closest to a finish....but my Reyna is languishing, because I don't like doing the purl sides and all those SSK.....sometimes, it's just what do I feel like working on?  This is why I rarely work on things for other people...I don't want to be on anyone's deadline....and realistically, I am a procrastinator....this is my fun time, it shouldn't cause me stress....so I just go with whatever I feel like...even if it means like yesterday...the freakin HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR and I pick up my Stopover to work on....

So no finishes this week, but I did put a few stitches in several projects....
Stopover - I was following the pattern on my tablet, but had to print it out, because I was changing the arm counts a bit...
My Shelly Valentine...this one, I actually had no idea where I was in the pattern...I had to backtrack myself and figure it out...I have now put notes in Ravelry.
Meandering Top - This is in a magazine and I have post-its and notes written on the pattern....this I worked on quite a bit, but it's all short rows right now, so it doesn't look like I did much...
This started as a sock, so I just cast-on K2, P2...but I decided they would be AWESOME fingerless mitts, so kind of making it up as I go along...no notes for it, but it's pretty easy to read...I'm making them long....
This is one of those..OMG..everyone is doing it projects...this is the Carlos and Arne self stripe pattern yarn that was so hard to get for awhile....yeah, I should be doing the heel, but I just keep going round and round...I have another ball of this...
Raspberry Beret - At the beginning of the week, only the brim was done...I've worked a lot on this.  It's such gorgeous yarn!
My Glenn Lives socks...which I know is not happening, but I'd like them done for the new season...I have a skein of If Abe Dies, too....and I should get on those too :(
And my mindless cowl...just going around and around.....

Completed Projects:
The Dork Socks (technically 2015) 12/31/15
Screw You Rainbows socks (1/6/16)
Quick Pink cowl (1/7/16)
Yoda (1/10/16)
Bulky Cowl (1/19/16)
Jacinta Capelet (2/28/16)   
 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (3/31/16)  
Fortune's Shawlette (7/12/16)  
Irish Oak (6/19//16) 
2 baby hats (7/27/16)
Baby Rattle (8/4/16)
Edgy Carol (8/7/16)

Works In Progress:       
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)


Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15)
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)  
Stopover KAL (2/7/16)
Raspberry Beret (4/21/16)
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)  

Meandering Top (5/20/16) 

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)  
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016)
Glenn Lives (2/1/16)
Live Long and Prosper (4/14/16)
Spring is in the Air (2/16/16)

  Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - on the decreases now
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16)
Reyna (May 3, 2016) 
Edgy Carol (2/14/2016)

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in 

 KAL/CALs:
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)  
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
 
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt 
 
Projects In Mind: Gifts/Charity: 
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)
Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic
Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater (in magazine)
Car Coat (in magazine)
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf  
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl
Brush Creek Cowlette  
Watershed  
Waterkant
The Brownstitch gradient
Leftie
Bigger on the Inside
Oeste  
Out of Gas  
Sweet Potato Twist  
Nefertem  
Falling Bobbins 
Danielle Shawl  
The Doodler
 
Hats and Mitts
Lace Kelly (soakbox)
Isabeau Mitts 
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat   
Transitional Color Mitts
Almond Comfit
Lady Violet's Dinner Gauntlets  
Wurm  
Autumn in Garrison
Baa-ble Hat

Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
Wizard of Oz socks
Black Widow's Socks

August Pocus
Waterkant 

Watermelon 
Monkey

Dalekamium 
Knit From Stash patterns

Dr. Who socks
 
Bags:

Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse Circular Felted Bag

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stash Acquisition Saturday

I know, I know...I've said it several times.....but when there is a good deal, I need to POUNCE!

So I found out that a LYS is closing.  It is about an hour from me, but has some delicious yarns....so I had to take a pop up there to see what was left.....

I had a couple things I was looking for...since working with the Sweet Georgia Cashluxe and IN LOVE with it, I was hoping she might have some...and she did...

The top is charcoal and the bottom autumn flame....they may be worked up together...

My cousin has asked me to make her daughter and her skull caps...so I needed some pink and grey, hopefully in cotton.  They live in Texas....

I just fell in love with these colors...
These are going to be some kind of fingerless mitts....

And some Zen Yarn Garden in Appletini and French Vanilla...again the colors...probably a cowl....

Another cousin just had a baby boy after many years of trying and she asked for a blanket...They live in Florida, so was looking for something cool and won't be too heavy.  Plus it's superwash.

I went to Knit Night at my local yarn shop...I don't go every week and she had this kit on sale for more than 50% off!  She only had these colors left, but it'll look great with blue jeans...
And then I received my yarn clubs from Mad Color....
From "A Galaxy Far, Far Away" is Boba Fett? BOBA FETT?!?  The Hubs says it looks Christmas-y, which I guess it does...

And from BAMF is Hermione...
So pretty!

It's funny, I see so many people doing Stash Downs and things like that...I am Stash Upping....the Hubs calls it my "retirement fund"  As when I retire, I may not have the disposable income and I'll have a large stash to use....(although retirement isn't for another 15 or so years)

So, do you want to play along?  Please link back...thanks!










Friday, August 12, 2016

wrap Up Friday

Good morning!  I'm in a hurry...I do have something finished, but did not block it...so am going to wait....here's the link if you have something....