Mohair

You’re pretty. You’re soft. You have a beautiful, fuzzy halo after you’re knit.
But I will not miss working with you when this shawl is done.
Or the wee fuzzies that float into my nose and mouth.
Mohair, you are beautiful and touchable, but you’re a pain in the neck.

Busy Season

Fall is my favorite season but it also tends to be the busiest. In the month of October I have a wedding to attend and will most likely be hosting two parties at my house. November is when we usually go to the Texas Renaissance Festival and then there’s Thanksgiving.

In addition to the regular activities that keep me busy as the weather cools, I have given myself a number of goals for the upcoming months.

  1. Finish the Promise Me shawl

 

I started this on the 18th of this month with the goal to finish it before October 1st so I can started number two on the list.

2. Morticia MKAL

I’m going to be knitting a big, beaded lace shawl throughout the month of October. The final clue is released the 22nd and I would love to have it done for our Samhain party on the 26th, but we’ll see.

3. National Novel Writing Month

This will be my first time participating in this activity in November. I won’t be starting from scratch, instead I intend to work on a story idea I started back two years ago but gave up on after only about 30 pages.

Also, in November, I need to knit a hat for my coworker that requested one.

4. Wrap Cardigan

This is a goal I just came up with, but I’d like to knit this cardigan so that I can wear it at Yule.

5. Finish Cuddly Blanket

I have about a foot worth of blanket knit so far, but I am happily letting it hibernate while I work on more pressing projects. I would like to get this one done by January, since it is the coldest time of the year.

 

* Clicking any of the pictures will take you to the page for that pattern or event.

Not Cheating, I Swear

Some new yarn came in from Sundara. Now, I know I said I was going on a yarn diet, but I promise I’m not cheating since I technically ordered this before the start of my diet.

This is their Sport Merino Two base in Summer Shadows, Morning Light, and End of Summer. I really liked that the inspiration for these colors was the art of Monet. Tis collection was Sundara’s August colors.

I don’t just love the three colors together like I thought I would, but I think that once I knit with them, they’ll blend a little bit better.

I am planning to make the Color Affection shawl (aka the shawl everyone and their mother on Ravelry has knit). I think the narrowness of the stripes will work well with these colors together. At least, I hope so.

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New Knitting Spot

I got new couches this week! I am so ready to be rid of my old sofas. They were do worn out and dirty. The love seat had the corners eaten off by the dog. They needed to go. The new furniture has a chaise style end so this has given me a new spot for knitting and reading. I already love it. I have been there, propped up, for hours this week. The only thing missing is a table on that end of the couch for a drink and some notions.

This coming weekend I plan to paint the living room green. My old couches were green so I am missing the pop of color.

Nola got her own new couch as well to encourage her to stay off the couches. It has already been a challenge and I have gotten a number of pitiful looks and sighs.

SInce things were feeling new and fresh, I decided to change up some of my accessories as well. The buffet table below got the pictures changed out and the wood foxes are new.

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Everything and Nothing

I have been in a very peculiar mood lately. I have been in the mood to start endless new projects, yet have very little desire to actually work on them. This lead to having about 5 barely-begun WIPS on the side of my bed the other night. I mean really, I was sleeping with so much yarn it is a wonder I never woke up wrapped in a yarn cocoon.

I have been having this same issue with books. I keep checking out books, hoping something will spark my interest. The last book I actually read was terrible. I have started the next book I’m reviewing and have made some progress on it. However, there are several other books that I’m interested in that I keep moving from one reading location, to the other. These poor books are stuck in endless transit between the nightstand and coffee table, yet haven’t been opened.

I blame my almost a solid week of headaches on this weird state I’m in. Sadly, I can’t seem to get rid of those or shake this odd feeling.

Texas is finally about to see a little burst of “fall weather” (meaning it will be 85 instead of 100 degrees) and we should get some rain, so maybe that will help wake me up a little bit.

I cast on (yet another) new project last night. This is the Promise Me shawl by Boo Knits. In keeping with my Yarn Diet, I actually dug into the stash and pulled out a few balls of the lovely Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry to use.  This is my first foray into lace knitting and I am actually doing to to train for the Boo Knits Morticia Mystery Knit Along that I plan to do in October. The creator of the Boo patterns suggested trying the Promise Me pattern before attempting the MKAL if you’re unfamiliar with lace. I’m hoping the mystery element will bolster my confidence and convince me that I really am capable of knitting lace if I just focus. However, this training requires me to knit an entire lace shawl between now and October 1st so I can start the MKAL.

This will also be my very first time using beads in my knitting. I really hope I’m not getting in over my head here…

My yarn and beads

My yarn and beads

Some progress

Some progress

Yarn Diet and 10k

For the last six months or so, I have been on a major yarn-buying binge (as is obvious from my posts about yarn purchases). However, during that time I haven’t been a very prolific knitter. I have knit. I have finished several smaller things, but I haven’t made a dent in my yarn stash.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have been doing the Yarnathon (mentioned here, here. here, and here)over at Eat.Sleep.Knit. With my last purchase, I finally made it to the 10k mark. That means I have purchased at least 10,936 yards of yarn just from Eat.Sleep.Knit. I can pretty easily say I haven’t knit anywhere near that much. That means my yarn closet is overflowing with unused yarn, just ripe with potential. Yet, I keep ignoring it to go on to new things and buy more and more yarn.

So I decided, it’s time for a yarn diet. This seems like a pretty good time to do so. I’m on an actual food diet (and down 9lbs already, thank you very much) so I should continue that restraint in other aspects of my life. Plus, that means that I can use yarn as weight-loss rewards.

In an effort to assess how overwhelming my stash really is, I finally got around to putting it all on Ravelry, I also went through and added all of the projects I have planned (that I could remember at that exact moment) to my queue. All in all, I have about 40 stashed yarns (there’s still a couple new purchases to add I think) and 15 queued projects. Maybe that’s not so bad after all… Granted, several are larger, time consuming projects, but I haven’t exceeded what I can accomplish in my lifetime, yet.

Some of my newest purchases:

Numma Numma – The Usual in Cupcakes – no project planned yet

Madelinetosh – Lace in Oxblood – for my Morticia MKAL

Knitwhits Handpaints – Freia Ombre Fingering in Nightshade – my theory is to make a pair of really tall socks that will show off the color changes.

Ombre

Ombre

Tosh LAce

Tosh LAce

The Usual

The Usual

Finished Project: Knit Night Gloves

Well, I finished the first of the Knit Night Gloves back in February and I only just now got over Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Glove in this case) and finished the second. It turns out the cure was to finish one slipper and be so desperate to avoid doing the matching slipper that I would work on this long-dormant project.

I had one snag… I decided to stay up incredibly late last night to finish the glove, in spite of my migraine. So, there I sat at 3 a.m., pounding migraine, hurriedly finishing this glove while watching The White Queen. I have now learned that early morning hours plus a headache does not equal the best pattern reading. I took “repeat for rows 3-5” to be “repeat 5 times”. So, the second cuff turned out a couple rows longer than on the first glove. I think I’ve basically decided that I can live with the mistake because I honestly don’t want to tink back the entire bind off edge and two rows of stitches. Also, I made these gloves and the matching hat because I bought the yarn on a very special vacation to New Orleans and really wanted to use it up. I’m not much on wearing hats or gloves (especially fingerless ones), but the memories from that vacation make the yarn too precious to give away, so I will most likely end up keeping them and not actually wearing them. Basically what I’m saying is, it really doesn’t matter that they don’t match.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Zarzamora and the pattern is Knit Night Gloves. 

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This picture doesn’t do the pretty color justice