Life Lately

Wow. A lot of living has taken place since I last blogged.  I constantly think of doing blog posts, but my thoughts never turn me into sitting down and typing one.  More life stuff has prompted me to get back into blogging regularly!

I’ll start off with a little bit of an FO parade! I’ll try to stick to only my favourites!

Kai-Mei Socks – from Sock Innovation by Cookie A

Yarn – Oh Loops! High Twist Sock in Boober Fraggle

Needle – 2.5mm/US1.5

Finished – Sept 24 2013

Kai-Mei Socks

These socks were quite fun to knit.  After the first repeat on the foot I totally understood how easy it truly was with also looking so intricate. Having worn these for a while now (I wear all of my handknit socks mostly at work wearing crocs, so I abuse them more than most people I’m sure), I think the leg of ribbing gets too baggy by the end of the day.

 

Strangling Vines Lace Scarf – free download on Ravelry

Yarn – Nova Sock Print

Needle – 3.5mm/US4

Finished – Oct 10 2013

Strangling Vines Lace Scarf

I worked on this poor scarf forever, seemingly getting nowhere.  It wasn’t until I had the brainy moment, that if I just work on it, it will eventually get done, that it finally got done. I think I finished the second half off in a couple of weeks.  It was my first attempt at blocking, which I think went well.  I ended up giving it to my sister for Christmas.

 

Owlie Sleep Set – all free downloads on Ravelry: Owlie Hat, Owlie Sleep Sack and Dreamy Baby Booties

Yarn – Malabrigo Rios in Bobby Blue

Needles – 4.omm/US6, 4.5mm/US7

Finished – Nov 14 2013

Sleep Sack

A girlfriend from work asked me to knit something for her baby.  I let her pick out patterns and told her how much yarn I would need. I was surprised when she bought Malabrigo, and I was super excited when I saw it!  This yarn feels like butter in your hands!  I loved knitting with it.  Now – for the objects, I modified the edge on the hat and sleep sack to be ribbing instead of the rolled stockinette edge.  I had to adjust the cast on numbers to account for the 2×2 ribbing for the sack and the 1×1 ribbing for the hat.  I finished all three things within 4 days! For some reason I can’t find he picture with all three.  Oh well…

 

Jaywalker Socks – Free download on Ravelry

Yarn – Twisted Limone Tangy Sock Yarn in Key Lime Pie

Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5

Finished – Dec 13 2013

Jaywalker Socks

I didn’t do any mods on the pattern and I cast on for the smaller size (76).  I can get them on my feet with a little bit of work and they feel fine on.  I’m not sure if I had knit the next size up if they would be too big in the leg.

 

Okay, now I’ve had enough of the FOs.  I’ll have to do more later! I’ve got a few WIPs right now as well.  I started a sweater for Alex on New Year’s Day – I have been slowly working on it.  It’s a bottom up in the round sweater with set in sleeves.  I’m about 12″ up the body and I need to be at 17″ to split for the sleeves.  I’m also working on a pair of socks, a giant shawl/wrap thing, and a ten stitch blanket.  All are at various stages of not being very far along.

I’ve recently come into a realization about my yarn stash, though.  I counted up how much I knit last year, and counted up how much yarn I have.  If I knit at the pace I kept last year, I have two years of knitting available to me.  I want to work on keeping my stash current and at an acceptable level to me.  I don’t want to purchase yarn that I will never use.  I am trying to use up a new yarn, then an older yarn.  The exceptions I have to this are my dishcloth cotton and acrylic stashes.  I thing both are good for whipping up quick gifts or just for quick mindless projects during long hauls of large boring work.  Anyways, since I have only been knitting for a couple of years, this isn’t much of a problem yet.  I’m knitting socks with the oldest yarn I have and it was only bought last April.  I want to maybe keep my stash to about the one year ahead mark, mostly buying with specific projects in mind.  Most of what I have is single skeins, which if its sock yarn, that’s a pair of socks. But, when it gets into the worsted, sport and DK, then it’s hat after hat after hat…then some mittens.  And don’t get me wrong, those are all perfectly good things to knit, but it’s not how I want to purchase my yarn anymore.  I have gotten into purchasing some gorgeous but expensive (to me) yarns and I want to be careful when I click buy.

Anyways, the real reason I’m trying to start blogging again is I am hoping to use this space to track my Invisalign progress alongside with my knitting progress.  I am getting Invisalign braces right away and I did a lot of research on this process before I signed up to get this done, and I want to try to offer my side of things.  I have quite a bit of issues with my teeth and am really excited to get this all fixed up!   The main problem is with my family genetics.  Almost everyone in my family has some version of missing teeth.  As far as I can remember, I’m missing the most.  I never grew wisdom teeth.  I still have 4 baby teeth in my mouth (I’m 31 years old), and I’m missing my both of my lateral incisors on top.  That’s a grand total of 10 teeth that I will never have.  Because my canines got to grow in however they wanted, they are sideways.  My orthodontist is hoping to move my canines closer to my central incisors and to shape them to look like incisors.  He feels that this way I will have a more normal looking smile with gaps in the back.  That will set up for when the baby teeth finally do die I can get adult sized implants.  I hope to be able to get a copy of the video they make to show predicted progress!

I went for my x-rays, pictures, and scan today.  Nothing too crazy, just a panorex X-ray and one of my skull.  Pictures were of my face and side profile as well as a wide smile.  Also there were pictures with my gums pulled away looking up and down, my bite, and other various poses. The iTero scan was neat.  It blew air in while scanning, so it made my mouth quite dry.  Luckily we stopped for multiple breaks.

And now I wait.  My orthodontist will consult back and forth for a couple of weeks and then all my trays will be made.  I have an appointment for May 26 for my first set of trays.  That’s when I will know how long this will start to take!

 

..Phew, that’s a lot of writing! If you actually made it to the end of this, let me reward you with my newest obsession, Wollmeise!

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Antler Hats

I bought the book Pacific Knits by tincanknits a while ago because I thought the patterns were super cute! It took a few months for me to finally decide what I would cast on. I decided to make the Antler Hat in the baby size. I made it out of Knit Picks Brava in Cornflower. It went fairly fast and I also taught myself to cable without a cable needle – WAY EASIER TO CABLE!!! I was so proud of it and showed it to a few friends at work, who promptly ordered hats of their own. I agreed and then set off to knit more antler hats. What I learned is that knitting the same hat three times in a row is a pain in the ass. But I still like the pattern, and will probably knit more…just not right away!

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Granny Stripe Blanket

I finally finished my granny stripe blanket! It sat in my knitting basket for a really long time not being touched.  Once we moved, I was determined to get working on it!  I did a couple of stripes before I decided that I was done working on it.  It ended up with 50 stripes and then 7 border rounds.  I used a scallop edging on the last color round.  The blanket fits perfectly on a twin sized bed.  I think it will become a very well loved and used blanket in our home.  It’s a really good size for cuddling up under.

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FOs July 26

It’s Friday again, and I’ve got a few more FOs to show.  I only have three at the moment.  Hopefully starting next week I’ll be able to do a post for each FO again, as well as a WIP update.

FO 1 – Dean Street Hat – free on Ravelry

This hat is made from Knit Picks Brava Bulky yarn with size US10 needles.  I like this hat, but I realized that I don’t like the look of mock cables.  I would just rather do real cables.  This hat is big and soft and warm.

Finished July 4, 2013

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FO 2 – Basic Baby Hat – free pattern on Ravelry

I had some Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo that was left over from a pair of booties I made for my nephew.  I wanted to use the blue for the ribbing and then white for the rest…then I changed my mind and went with striping.  I think it turned out really nice, and since there’s 13 pregnant people at work right now, I know it will go to a good home!

Finished July 14, 2013

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FO 3 – Angee Socks – Sock Innovation by Cookie A (book purchase)

I have fallen in love with Cookie A sock patterns.  I ordered the book from my bookstore and impatiently waited 2 weeks for the book to come in…when I finally got home with my book, I almost cried – all the socks are charted.  I have never worked from a chart before, and was absolutely terrified!  I set the book aside for a couple of weeks and read the book cover to cover before I decided to give it a try.  I picked the Angee pattern because I thought the pattern looked the least scary and started.  I instantly screwed up the pattern repeats on the ribbing…ended up ripping it out a couple of times and put the sock in time out for a day or five.  When I was ready again, I came armed with stitch markers – five of them to be exact.  I placed a marker in between each pattern repeat and set forth from there.  It worked!  I am immensely proud of my ability to now read from charts!  I am still scared of charted cables, but I know I will get there eventually.  My awesome socks took me almost 2 months total to knit, but the second one only took me 16 days.  I love these socks!  I wore them to work and they are super comfy work socks!

Finished July 17, 2013

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Next week, I hope to have my Granny Stripe completed!! I’ve made some alterations on it since I last blogged about it, but I’m keeping it secret until it’s done.

5 more FOs – July 19

Well, I am officially horrible at blogging!

Alex and I have now moved into our new house.  Since June 2012, it has been crazy.  In June 2012, Alex got a new job and moved 3 hours away.  He moved twice within a month.  We got married in September, sold the house in October, and I made the official move with the stuff and the dogs into an apartment in November.  I started my new job in November.  We finally saved up enough money for the down payment for our new house, found our dream home… and moved in June 2013.  It is so nice to have all of our stuff back and have the space we so desperately craved!  Our crazy roller coaster year is officially over!!! We finally feel settled for the first time in what feels like forever.   Now that we have an office again, it will be so much easier to keep up with blogging (I hope)!

Here’s 5 more FOs that have been completed this year:

1 – Ballband Dishcloth – free on Ravelry

I made this out of Bernat Handicrafter cotton.  I really hated this giant ball of the swimming pool colorway and finally decided to do it in.  It took me a few repeats to figure out the pattern…I thought I knew what I was doing, but I just wasn’t reading properly.

Finished May 1, 2013

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2 – Aviatrix Hat – free on Ravelry

This is one of the first baby hats I ever fell in love with on Ravelry, and it took me forever to actually make it!  It was super easy to do and only took me a  few days…which probably works out to maybe 6 hours of knitting time.  I don’t have a particular baby that I knit this for, so it’s sitting in my gift bin. I still need to find a button for it, though.

Finished May 6, 2013

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3  – Three Dishcloths – free on Ravelry

This is the official last of the giant handicrafter ball! The green one is made from Knit Picks Dishie, which I like much better.

Finished May 30, 2013

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4 – Leafy Washcloths – free on Ravelry

These are super cute and I made both leaves.  They are on the small side, so one is a coaster and the other is under  a plant in the kitchen.

Finished June 2, 2013

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5 – Ripple Hand Towel – free on Ravelry

This was really fun to make and I managed to memorize the pattern very easily.

Finished June 24, 2013

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Well, there you go!  I said five, and that’s what you got.  I actually have more, but I need to save some for next week.  I have next Friday off too, so hopefully I’ll be able to put together another FO show for you!  I’m not too far behind anymore..

2013 FOs

I realize that I haven’t posted any finished objects this year, and it’s the middle of May! So let’s do a parade of stuff that I’ve completed! I have managed to squeeze in some knitting time while adjusting to the demands of my new job, and I’m actually able to knit at work sometimes. Sometimes meaning only on night shifts when the unit isn’t crazy.

1 – Baldwin the Bathroom Monster – book purchase

I bought Rebecca Danger’s book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters and made me a Baldwin!  He’s so cute and cuddly.  I was originally afraid of the process and the assembly, but it wasn’t too bad.

Finished Jan 25, 2013

Baldwin the Bathroom Monster

 

2 – Toothy Joe the Mailbox Monster – book purchase

Once I finished Baldwin, Alex decided he wanted a monster too!  He picked Toothy Joe.

Finished Feb 24, 2013

Toothy Joe

 

3 and 4 – Lucky 7 Hat  – free on Ravelry

I had a skein of Knit Picks Swish in Gypsy that I wanted to use for a hat for myself.  I finally found this pattern and I loved it!  I ended up making it too small, and instead of ripping it out and starting again, I gave it to my mom and made a different color for myself and made it bigger.

Red hat finished Feb 28, 2013. Blue hat finished March 24, 2013

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5 – Dapperly Dashing Scarf – free on Ravelry

This pattern is cute and really shows off the tonal quality of the yarn.  I found it to be a quick knit when I put my mind to it. The pattern also includes a matching hat.

Finished April 2, 2013

Dapperly Dashing Scarf

 

6 – Just Yer Basic Sport Sock – free on Ravelry

I got the urge to knit socks!  I’ve always been intimidated by socks, so I found a basic sock pattern to try out my skillz! It was easier than I thought. I knit them on sport weight yarn, so they’re nice and thick.  They don’t fit the best, but they’re my first pair!

Finished April 24, 2013

Socks!

7 – Growing Leaves Cowl – free on Ravelry

This is knit with bulky weight yarn, and knits up super fast. I think I only took two days of a few hours each to finish this! I’ve worn it hiking a couple of times, and I love it!

Finished April 27, 2013

 

Growing Leaves Cowl

I haven’t forgotten!

Sorry it’s been so long! I really haven’t forgotten, just life has become so busy! I work so much, and have so few days off that when I’m at home, I don’t have much energy to do anything. I have, however, been knitting! I have totally abandoned my granny stripe for the moment, though. I’ve knitted a couple of stuffed toys and a hat. I have too many projects on the needles too. I usually only like having one or two projects on the go, but right now, I have 5. 5?!?!? Yeah. Kinda crazy of me. I frogged my Marywarmers that I have been working on since February 2012. I decided that overall I didn’t like the look of the increases and decreases (my own bad knitting, not the pattern). I decided on a lacy scarf that will be so pretty! I guess I forgot that I hate knitting scarves and I had already started one for Alex.  Alex then got mad at me for knitting his scarf and that I should make something for myself.  So I casted on and finished a hat – which turned out to small, so I started a bigger one for me.  And then, I decided I wanted mittens too….so yeah.  I went a little ADHD there, and I don’t know what to do about it.  Sometimes I work on one thing a day, but then other days, I work on everything.  It’s mind boggling to me. And I think I sound a bit rambly – Here’s a list of my WIPs:

1 – Granny Stripe Blanket

Status: On hold. I haven’t worked on this bad boy since January.  I tried to force myself to do a row two weeks ago and I just finished it today.  I’m tired of working on this, so it’s just gonna hang out until I find my mojo back.  It’s got 48 stripes and is 46% finished.  I still want to finish this monster, and make it queen bed sized, but it might be a while in time out.  I don’t even have any recent pictures of it!

2 – Strangling Vines Lace Scarf  (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles: US4

Yarn: Nova Sock Print Fingering

Status: Slowly progressing.  It comes with me to work on night shifts and I work on it when I have time.  This might take me a while to complete. It will need a good hard blocking once I’m done (which I’ve never done before) and it will be heavenly!

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3 – Dapperly Dashing Scarf (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles: US10

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal Worsted in Deep Waters

Status: Chugging away at this one.  It doesn’t travel to work with me because it’s on straight needles, and I don’t want to bring those in to work.

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4 – Power Pop Mittens (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles: US8

Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Worsted in Folklore (remnants from another project)

Status: Slow as well.  The pattern calls for DK yarn and US4 needles, but I wanted bigger mittens, so I used worsted yarn and size US8 needles.  This was more of a test because I didn’t want to use my Knit Picks Swish until I had the sizing right, but now I kind of like the crazy barfy yarn I’m using.  It’s definitely not a great yarn to show off the neat pattern, but I don’t mind. I apparently don’t have a picture of this right now.

 

5 – Lucky 7 Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles: US7

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Gulfstream

Status: My favorite project on the go right now! I made the Lucky 7 Hat in Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Gypsy and I followed it exactly as the pattern.  It unfortunately was way too short and also too tight.  I gave it to my mom, and decided to knit a second one for me!  This one I casted on 108 stitches instead of 84, and knit 30 rows of ribbing for the brim instead of 23.  I think I will also knit in 8 cable crosses instead of 7.  I really liked the gauge, so I stuck with the US7 needle size.  It’s so smooshy and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!

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So yeah, this is all the stuff I have on the go right now!  Hopefully I won’t cast on anything new until these are all done, but I don’t know when my knitting ADHD will kick in!

Soonly I’ll show off a few FOs that I’ve been too lazy to post!