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Constantly Knitting

Lately I’ve been knitting in every second of my spare time. My mom has requested some knit headbands for a couple of her antique shows this holiday season to put antique buttons and pins on, so I’ve been hard at work with those. Also a couple of my co-workers have asked me to make a few custom items for them. I really love making those small things. Instant gratification and then often I get to see the knitwear in use which means me happy. I’ve got so many knitting plans and a sweater to finish and *cough* secret gifts to make *cough* so when I’m not working or studying it’s been full on knitting mode.

I was browsing the Knitpicks website and I think I’ll be making one or two of these tiny little sweaters for our tree this year.

They’re way too cute and will add a nice personal touch to our tree. We were in Target a few weeks ago and saw some wreaths wrapped in yarn. I figured I could do one myself instead of paying $20 for one. Looks like I’m not the only one with this idea! I LOVE this one from The Pleated Poppy even though it’s not wrapped in yarn, it speaks to me. I’m going to have to plan out what I want to do and make it this week. Maybe one for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas. All of them are just gorgeous. I’m thinking we’re going to have a very yarn covered Christmas…

 

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New Sweater

On Monday I cast on for my third sweater, Schooly from Knitty by Stefanie Japel. I’ve wanted to make it since Knitty Deep Fall came out and went over a few choices for yarns to use. I decided to go with some ultra alpaca that I picked out at Magpie Yarn. I went over every color of ultra alpaca that Jane carries before we both agreed this burgundy color would be perfect. If the amount of yarn I’m using is any indication I’m about 2/5ths of the way through. It’s a nice easy knit that I really don’t have to pay attention too but I’m loving it so far. I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it when I’m done. Mmmm alpaca!

 

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The Lost Ball of Yarn

I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to find a lost ball of yarn. I know I have a lot of yarn but really? It’s just a simple ball of Kroy Sock Yarn I purchased a long time ago in very Halloween like colors. For years it sat in my sock yarn bins and at one point last winter I cast on for a pair of socks and was going to play around with making my own pattern. For some reason or another I ripped back to the toe and threw it in a bag. I failed however to throw that ball’s mate into the same bag and about three weeks ago when I pulled it out and decided to use it to knit up a pair of socks for Mike, I figured the other ball would turn up before I was done. Flash forward about two days when I started working on the cuff and figured I’d take a peek around. Not sock in my bins, not in my WIP bags, just nothing.

I just spent the past 45 minutes digging through every corner of my townhouse that has yarn, nothing. I wanted to finish the pair by Halloween but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.

However, the dig through the sock yarn bin has pulled up some beauties I’d forgotten about that will now be closer to the front of the line to knit. I’ve got another pair I’m working on for Mike so don’t feel too bad. He picked out the yarn for this particular pair right after he first moved in and that was almost a year ago so at least I’ll have those done for him before the year marker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took a nice late afternoon walk today (as nice as I could on my lunch break). It was nice and we enjoyed the sites and sounds of fall. I think we’re going to venture out to one of the haunted houses this weekend. Already mid-October. This season is going too quickly!

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Rain and Little Women

Today is a very rainy day here in Kentucky. I had class this morning and spent a couple of wet hours out at the dairy barn learning about raising heifers which included bottle feeding an adorable little calf who also wanted to chew on my knuckles. It’s my only class this semester and I’m really enjoying it. I love all of my animal science classes, (shocker, huh?) especially the production classes. I did the sheep production class two years ago and it was heaven getting to study sheep and it’s been one of my favorite classes to date. I also really liked the meat science class. I never expected to enjoy learning about meat processing and how to take a steer/hog/lamb from animal to plate but I learned a lot.

After all of that rain this afternoon and the running around earlier this morning to take Mike downtown to a job interview, the only thing I wanted to do was come home and knit and watch a movie. So I’m enjoying Little Women, making the Amy March slippers and watching the rain outside. I’m going to continue to enjoy the day, I hope you do the same!

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Paris Mittens

I saw these mittens last night, went to bed thinking about them and then gave in this morning when I woke up. They’re just way too cute to leave sitting in my Ravelry queue. Thankfully I have the yarn and needles on hand and can cast on for them later today. Hopefully it will make the week go faster!

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What’s In My Queue – September

I’m so excited that fall is almost here! Fall is hands down my favorite season and I want to try to make the most of it this year. From Keeneland, to Boyd’s Orchards, to trails of terror, I want to enjoy it! Best part of fall is the cooler weather which means I can bring my hand knits back out and wear wool socks again without dying of heat stroke. There are a couple of things I would like to knit this season and calling them out on here is going to make me more accountable to actually DO them.

First off is the Gaptastic cowl by Jen Geigly, I’ve got some green Cascade Eco+ that has been in my stash for a long long time and would be perfect for this.

I’m loving this cozy shawl from Jared Flood, it may be more winter than fall but I could see myself using it for almost three seasons inside the house. I’ve also been dying for an excuse to try his new Loft yarn.

 The geek comes out! I love Doctor Who and this Bigger on the Inside shawl by Kate Atherley looks like so much fun. I have the perfect skein of blue Wollmeise that is a cross between Tardis and UK blue and is something I would love to wear this fall. It may have to move to the #1 spot on my Ravelry queue, especially with the new season that just came out.

Other patterns I’m considering making this fall: Afternoon Tea, Shetland Triangle, and since I already bought the yarn for it, Big Herringbone Cowl

 

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Cream and Sugar Cowl



Lately I’ve been feeling the need for a quick project that’s somewhat mindless. I had the Cream and Sugar Cowl  in my queue and pattern library for sometime and really had been looking for the right yarn to cast on. I purchased a lovely skein that I’d been coveting for months from Woolgirl a few years ago, and had wound it few months ago and finally pulled it out and cast on Friday. It was well worth the wait. I’m loving the pattern and the feel of the wool cashmere blend as I’m knitting with it. Definitely not the right time of the year to wear it as it’s been over 100 degrees every day this week, but it’s nice to nice sitting in the AC at home.

Definitely hope it cools down somewhat in the next day or so. It would be nice to go outside or some rain would work since everything is very brown and dead here.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Busy Week

I love being busy but with school, work, and running to Cincinnati for Mike’s biometrics, it’s been a long one already! Looking forward to getting a full three days off next week to enjoy the holiday. Right now I’m enjoying a tea latte and doing some laundry, before running off to work. I picked up an adorable cup and saucer last month at Coffee Times last month. It’s quickly become my mug of choice when I want tea, although I like alternating it with a hand thrown mug I bought a few years ago at the Woodland Art Festival. The teapot is also a find from Coffee Times. 

I know we’re into the second week but I’m still trying to decide which yarn to use for the WendyKnits’ shawl. I think by the time I chose the yarn, the whole event is going to be over!

Hope you all have a great Thursday!

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Knitting Update

Anyone participating in the WendyKnits Summer Solstice Knit Along?! This is my second year (out of two!) and last year I knit my shawl out a beautiful Socks that Rock color called Happy Go Lucky. I have the first part of the pattern but I’ve yet to decide what I’m actually going to knit it out of. I’m slacking this year due to a project of my own I’ve been working on. Once I had it under control, I’ll pick a yarn and cast on.

Right now I’m also working on the Tosh Purse. It’s worked up in cute little triangles and is perfect for stopping and starting when necessary. I’m doing it in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Limited Edition Silent Night and I just love how it’s coming out so far.

I’m planning on cranking out a lot of knits this summer! I’m really enjoying a couple of the things I’ve been working on that I’ve designed myself and I can’t wait to share them with the rest of the world. Since I don’t have any knitting photos ready to share, I’ll leave you with a glimpse of our froyo date from the other night.