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That was easy (kind of)…

So, as I said in my last post, I became proud owner of a 15″ Cricket Loom made my Schacht.

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I managed to make a very small scarf in very little time.

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I promptly raided my stash to make a second scarf. I’m still having some major issues though, so I’m really looking forward to the class I’m going to be attending on Saturday.

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For now though, I’m almost done that second scarf but I’m going to hold off on a third until I KNOW that I’m doing it right.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my Rockefeller. That’s still moving along, and it’s even gotten a few more stripes in it over the last couple days.

I also had a very promising job interview yesterday. I think it went well, I really hope it went well and I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying I get the job. It seems like a wonderful company and the people I met were absolutely lovely. All I can do now is wait and hope!

Lastly, my birthday is this Saturday and I’ve got a packed weekend. Not only because it’s my birthday but the boyfriend’s mother’s birthday is the day before mine, so we’re doing dinner with her as well. But first, dinner with my dad and Co on Friday night.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Harry Potter, Knitting, Shawls, Weaving

 

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It’s been a while!

Wow, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted!

I have good news though!

I decided that, “Yes, I was going to add a 5th strip to my Rockefeller.” And that’s just what I did.

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There’s was a fair amount of math involved and then some fudging, but I’m quite happy with the results. Adding that 5th stripe got it to exactly the length I was hoping it would be. Now the only thing is, I have to knit the wings! And those are going to take a while, and they are going to EAT yarn.I bought an extra skein of both the black and the yellow from my LYS and hopefully that’ll be enough that I get through the wings!

Now for something completely different. My LYS is starting to sell looms and I was able to get one!

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It’s a 15″ Cricket Loom from Schact. My project for this afternoon (besides starting the wings on my Rockefeller) is to get this thing put together. Everyone who’s done it has said it’s been a cinch so hopefully I’ll be able to do it no problem. Worst come to worst I have the boyfriend (who’s an engineer) give me a hand.

Wish me luck!

 

PS: I’m still on track for NaNoWriMo!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Knitting, Shawls, Weaving

 

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FO and a Quandary

FO first!

My rainbow socks are done!

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Not the best photo ever but they’re finally finished. These means, that though there’s still one day left in October, Socktober is over for me. I can’t knit a pair of socks in a day after all! These were a blast to knit. I actually went back an extended the first sock because it didn’t come high enough up my leg for my taste, but they’re done, they’ve been submitted to the contest that I was planning to submit them to and all’s well that ends well.

I do think I’m going to take a break from socks for a while. I did socks over the summer (Sock It To Summer), and I did 2 pairs of socks this month. Time for a break from socks. :) I will say though, these were lovely, the yarn was wonderful and the colors are bright and cheerful and overall I’m quite happy with them.

 

Now for the quandary.

I’m back to working on my Rockefeller shawl and I want to add a 5th stripe (it’s designed for 4), but I don’t think there’s enough room width-wise. To do a 5th stripe, I would have to add 33 stitches to increase the stripe length. The problem is that I would be left with one non-stripe stitch left between the two stripes on that row. I’ve seen people do a solid stripe all the way across instead but I’m not sure I want that.

So do I increase the stripes less (thus possibly having them look odd), or do I do one all the way across? Or do I even do the one stitch in between? I’m not sure…

Anyone have any ideas?

PS: Here’s the state of the Rockefeller right now:

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting, Shawls, Socks, Socktober

 

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Eve of Going Home

As the clock ticks later and later I’m still scanning away on a stack of family letters from the 1940s. The majority of them are from my great-grandmother to my grandfather when he was in the US Army in WWII. And most of the letters are from late 1945 and early 1946.

I love family history like this. For example, I found out that one of my great aunt’s used to address letters to her brother (my grandfather) as “Dear Stinky…”. You can’t make stuff up like that!

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Alas, for I could talk about my family for a long time. However, this is a knitting blog and I’m assuming that at the end of the day you’re here for the yarn, so without further ado, may I present a finished object!

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Okay, so the colors clash with my shirt, but that’s not the point! I finished the Honey Cowl that I’m doing as a sample for A Hundred Ravens this afternoon. The way the color pooled was really interesting. It just needs a good wash. I knitted a rather large amount of dog hair into this cowl while at my aunts house in Florida.

Now back to working on the socks I had going before I started the cowl!

Packing is done (except for what I need in the morning), and I’m spending the rest of the evening scanning the letters my aunt got from my great-aunt. Scanning takes a long time!

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That’s what’s going home with me! Yes I can zip the suitcase closed quite easily – clothing compacts after all. The pile of clothes is what I’m going to be wearing tomorrow. The red bag and the pink bag are my carry on’s. I didn’t bring a lot of stuff with me, but I did severely over-estimate the amount of knitting I could do in a week and brought WAY to much yarn with me. Better to have to much than not enough!

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting

 

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Florida and Yarn Tourism

As of about 2pm yesterday afternoon, I’ve been in Florida. It’s great to get away and visit family but also to just hang out with everyone I know down here and just relax. I’m here until next Thursday (the 23rd) and I’m flying home on that day. Hopefully the trip home is better than the trip down!

The trip yesterday was horrible. I had a stopover in Baltimore and I was there for an hour longer than planned and then it took twice as long as it should have to get from Baltimore to Ft. Lauderdale. And all because of hurricane Gonzolo. Fun times.
Now for the yarn tourism part… I love my local store. I really truly do. There’s a great community, great people, great yarn choice, helpful people always around, I’ve made a ton of friends… (and no, they didn’t pay me to say any of that), but I’m in Florida and I’ve never been to a yarn shop down here. I know they exist but I’ve never been to one. So tomorrow afternoon, after lunch, we’re heading to a store that’s about 15 minutes from my aunts house to have a gander. I’ll let you know if there’s anything interesting!
For now though, knitting!
I worked on a sock that I had started on Tuesday. Got an inch or so done. The yarn is White Birch Fiber Arts in the “Nothing Says Screw You Like A Rainbow” colorway. It’s an 80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon blend that’s just lovely.
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I’ve also been chugging away at a Honey Cowl I have on the needles.

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It’s coming along nicely and it should be done fairly quickly. :)
As for other Florida things… there was a lovely sunset last night.
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Look at those colors! My camera didn’t do it justice at all.
But I’m planning to enjoy my time here and knit up a storm while relaxing.
PS: There’s a little lizard in my room! I’m not too worried about him, he’ll eat any spiders that come around, so he’s totally cool.
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PPS: Please excuse the formatting issues. WordPress is being a poopy-head tonight. :(
 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting, Socks, Socktober

 

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Stiches East Final Day – Review

Well, it’s over. A long weekend, a very long weekend, but even though I worked hard and I’m still sore, I had a blast.

The market was open from 10-4 and even though it was 2 hours shorter than the previous day, it was just as tiring.

They day started off absolutely gorgeous. There was fog everywhere but there was just enough that you knew it was there but it wasn’t blinding. Have I mentioned how much I love fog? Anyways, here’s a picture of the fog from our hotel window.

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We then headed to the booth and got everything set up for the days show.

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It was pretty busy, I attempted to take a panorama of the market. I’m not sure it went well. It’s from the back where the concessions stand was.

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Then, it closed and it was time to pack up.

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We got to drive into the building again! Look at all the cars! It was controlled chaos to load out everyone. Finally at just after 7 we pulled out of the building and were on our way home.

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Like I said at the start of this post. I had a great time. I may be tired and sore and a little slow in moving, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was an absolute blast and everyone was just great.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting

 

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Stitches East Day 2 Review

Yesterday was fun in a “holy crap I’m tired but that was amazing” kind of way.

We started off in the morning with organizing yarn and making labels. We got more yarn in the afternoon but I forgot to take pictures of it. :(

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Can you believe there was already a line forming to get in when we arrived before the market opened? Some people are dedicated, wow!

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I used all the buttons I’d gotten the day before and blinged out the apron I was wearing while working the register.

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There was a new sign for some of our pretty yarn:

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And then the day was over. I was so surprised that it went as fast as it did. I think I don’t realize how long the day was because I was enjoying myself so immensely Though I will say, I think my poor feet are quite aware of how long the day was.

Did you know there’s a dinosaur on the roof of the science center? I saw it as we were going to dinner! It’s so cool.

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This morning we gotta pack ourselves up and get out of the hotel room. The markets open 10-4 then we have to pack up all the yarn and break down the displays before driving home. It’s going to be quite the day!

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting

 

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