Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FO: SlipStripeSpiral Socks


Pattern: SlipStripeSpiral by Mylene Pijpers
Yarn: Left over Berroco Sox and Knit Picks Stroll
Needles: Addi Sock Rockets US 1 2.25mm
Start: 3/3/16
Finish: 4/2/16

This was the first Sock Madness 10 pattern to work to be eligible to get on a team.  I did not finish in time, but I did make it onto the Cheerleading Team, meaning I will still get all the patterns and be able to knit along, just not compete for prizes.  I am fine with that, because the breakneck speed of the competition is a little much for me, LOL!

This is a great pattern, I wasn't too sure about it when I saw it, but it turned out to not be fiddly at all.  The colors are worked as a spiral, so there are no floats, just one round in the MC and then drop that and pick up the CC and continue working in the round.  The slip stitch pattern gives it a great texture and made the socks fun to work.  

The toe is the Personal Footprints toe by Cat Bordhi, its very different, but pretty cool.  The heel is the Sweet Tomato Heel by Cat Bordhi and its worked in short row wedges, I wasn't sure how it was going to fit, but it worked out quite well.

Initially I couldn't figure out what colors to work, so I used the left over 1/4 balls from the Berroco Sox that I had already knit a pair of socks out of previously (so if this didn't work I didn't "waste" yarn) and paired it with a single ball of navy Knit Picks Stroll I had in my stash.  I am very happy with the color combo!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Exploring other things ...

I've been trying to add some other crafts to my repertoire.  Before I became obsessed with knitting, spinning and the fibery goodness I did paper crafts.  I worked with pencils, ink and papers.  I've made holiday cards in the past (I'd like to do that again this year) - I don't send them to everyone, I make about a dozen and send them to those I know will appreciate the handwork.

So ... a while back (a year I think) I picked up a book and some Zentangle supplies - which is really just micron pens, pencil and artist tiles and viola!


This is my first official Zentangle on a tile - I've dabbled in a sketchbook, but this one is an actual Zentangle.  Its a meditative art form that is very relaxing - since you are using repetitive patterns and there's really no wrong way to do it.  You can color them too of course, but I do like the simplicity in tools and materials.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
I'm not quite sure what "almost anyone" there means, LOL!  Perhaps there is a wrong way to do it!

I found the most delightful concoction recently - I am TERRIBLE at drinking water and I drink coffee, or soda or alcohol ... all very dehydrating things.  Then I wonder (I don't actually, I am aware) why I have muscle cramps and repetitive muscle motion injuries ... 


This is cucumber, lime, strawberry and mint leaves.  I tried lemon water before, but I wasn't a huge fan, this is more my style.  It gives it enough flavor that I feel like I am drinking something, but its not those water flavor things that contain dye - dye is for yarn ... not for eating!

The weather has been lovely here and we kept wondering when the local seafood/ice cream place would open up.  My hubby drives by it every day and I told him to keep his eyes peeled ... they're open and we got some fried clams today ... they even have live entertainment while you are waiting for your order!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sophie's Universe CAL Clue 4


Finished Clue 4 of Sophie's Universe CAL today with the optional flowers.  I'm surprised that I retained the crochet stitches since I haven't touched this in a few months or more (I don't really know, Clue 3 was completed a year ago).  At this point, the only thing I have to review are standing stitches - used in lieu of joining yarn with a sl stitch and chaining sts, its seamless and looks just like the other stitches.  

I am very pleased with it - BUT - I remembered quickly why it sits for a while ... a few hours into work this afternoon my wrist/hand started to hurt and I was wondering what I did.  Did I whack it off the counter, did I bend it back the wrong way?!?!  Oh yeah ... I crocheted a lot this morning before work ...

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Organizing the needles ...

I've been organizing some things lately ... I decided to dive into the needle stash ...  it was a mess to say the least.  It was housed in a shallow drawer.  There were loose needles, interchangeables still on cables, fixed circs and all manner of things in this drawer ...


I pulled everything out and sorted by cable  length.  I put my interchangeable set in the nice silk roll designed for such a thing and put the extra cables in a nice little fabric baggie.  I have empty sleeves, but I am pretty sure those are all on WIPs.


And instead of stuffing it all back in the drawer, it all  found a new home.


I now have a better grasp on what I have - which is almost a set for anything ... but I am sure the very next thing I go to cast on, I will not have the perfect needle set/length for, LOL!

Now I hope to update Ravelry projects with ndls, and put them back when done and keep this organized!

Next ... on to the DPNs ...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

FO: Peacock's Tale


Pattern: The Peacock's Tale by Nim Teasdale
Yarn: Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine
Needles: US 6 4.0mm and US 8 5.0mm (US 11 to bind off)
Start Date: January 17, 2016
Finish Date: February 27, 2016

This is a phenomenal pattern.  The charts flow excellently into each other, the stitch patterns are easy to memorize and follow from the previous rows by eye.  It is adjustable, so you can repeat each chart as many times as you want and there's a variation on the edging if you want.  The beading slowed it down a bit (and actually I did most of the knitting in 2 weeks).


Watching the shawl go from rumpled mess to beautifully blocked was amazing! 


I do need to invest in some more blocking mats though, I kept having to shift them around since this wasn't a usual shape.  I either got it right or just gave up and it came out OK - I'm not sure which actually occurred, LOL!



Friday, January 29, 2016

Mirabel Pattern & KAL!!!


I am so excited to introduce my new pattern!

Mirabel is available on Ravelry or you can purchase a kit.

KAL starts 2/15/16, however, if you have yarn and are ready to cast on, you can do so at any time!

Coupon Code for KAL for 50% off Mirabel KAL pattern ONLY good until 2/15/16.

Kits are available in four colorways from Morning Bright Yarns (if you purchase a kit, do NOT purchase the pattern, you will receive a coupon code to download it for free).

Join the fun over on the Delusional Knitter Designs group!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year in Review


2015 Review

I accomplished quite a bit in 2015.  The above collage doesn't even have everything in it!  

Here's a quick breakdown of the crafting:
  • Clearly you can see 2015 was the year for stuffies!
  • I participated in 2 very cool swaps - had fun making up packages for recipients and received some great packages myself!
  • I participated in the Danger group Traveling Monsters.
  • I spun only a little, but I got pretty good at supported spinning and I learned ply on the fly on the Turkish Spindle and even made a video tutorial.
  • I started Sophie's Universe and learned a ton of crochet.
  • I passed Level 1 of the Knitting Guild Association Master Hand Knitting Program.
  • I released 4 knitting patterns!  I came up with a logo and new pattern template for my designs.



In life, I was hired at another department (911 Police Dispatcher) and make more money and its an easier and more pleasant place to work all around.  I really do like my job and its the first one in my life (even at the other dept.) that I've never come home and complained about.  


I purchased a new (to me) truck. That's bigger, has leather interior and everything WORKS (like heat and 4-wheel drive - which no longer worked in my old one, which also had an anti-freeze and gas leak and the bed was rotting off and ... and ... the problem list went on and on).  


Although I loved it dearly and it never left me stranded - it was time for it to go to that big junk yard in the sky.  RIP little black beast.


I got to see my sister Jess who was up from Florida (my dad retired a few years ago and the girls are much younger than me and they moved down with my dad and step mom).


And later in the year I got to see my sister Ashley who was up from Florida!


I got to see one of my childhood favorite movies enhanced and on the big screen.


And I met the author of the book and got my book signed.


My best friend, Nikoh, had to have 5 teeth removed.  We adopted him when he was 7 months old - he's now 7 years old.  He's always had bad teeth and they were starting to become an issue with him not eating and obviously bothered and in pain.  He recovered wonderfully and he's (only a little) more of a pain in the butt than he always was.  He's a very smart cat and gets into EVERYTHING ... including opening the bathroom door while the bathroom is occupied .. by me.  I understand the oral issues - I myself had a seriously degraded  molar that required a root canal earlier in the year and my front tooth broke and needed to be fixed up a few weeks ago.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Angela has completed her goal of reading 26 books in 2015!
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I finally got back to one of my passions on a regular basis - READING!  I read a ton this year.  It also helped that I got the new job - where I can actually read at work because its not such a crazy, busy place.  

There were of course trials and tribulations this year as well ... but let's not talk about those!  On to 2016!!!