Mitering

I had a desire to do some mitered squares. So, I looked up a pattern for a mitered blanket, barely read the pattern, figured I’d change it to a scarf, grabbed some handspun, and cast on.

There’s something not great that happens to me when I think I understand a pattern but don’t actually read it. I do things wrong. Then I redo them because I think I am smarter after the first failed attempt. And I stop, look at my work, and realize I am wrong again. So I rip back, and assume that in the third attempt I am again smarter for my practice, and so I rip back, start again, and fail for a fourth time.

So basically, this pattern has been kicking my butt for no reason other than the fact that I apparently have refused to READ THE PATTERN!

Once I began to read the pattern properly, I had all these tiny balls of yarn that were squares and I had to incorporate them back into my scarf. In doing so, often my gauge wouldn’t match the first attempt, so I’d get to the last few stitches and be out of yarn. So, then I’d rip back again, tighten up my tension, and start over. Some squares I did twice.

When I got that all “squared” away (see what I did there?) I had decided that 4 squares across would be a good width for a scarf. But, after building out a few blocks, I felt that this would be too wide and probably not long enough. So I ripped out the 4th row of squares. Then I had a bunch of tiny balls of yarn, again, and adding them back in would mess with the color placement. Either I didn’t add them in at all, or I rip another row or two out to fix the color placement. So I ripped, and I added back in.

And, then sometimes my gauge was off and I ran out of yarn.

What I am trying to say is the beginning of the scarf below is the knitting equivalent of an entire scarf.

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But I’m not bitter. And I am still knitting. Thank goodness I wasn’t weaving in ends as I went, right?

More Finished Objects

The knitting continues on in my life, and while I tend to feel it is going slow, when the blog is full of makeup talk it goes a bit faster than I expect.

I posted this project in progress and now it is done.

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It is almost as wide as it is long. That means it is not very long. I definitely could have eliminated about half the stitches in width and gotten a very nice scarf. And I may do that in the future with this pattern because it was a lot of fun. But with this one, I think I may just fold it in a triangle to use, it’s a serviceable shawlette that way and that ends up adding a lot of interesting color directions.

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Perfectly lovely!

So, that’s 56% of my yearly goal and another yarn knocked out of my stash. Not too shabby! My yarn, at the moment, sits at 109 stash entries though I am not positive how accurate that is right now. It is definitely close if not accurate. So, despite doing quite a bit of spinning there for a hot minute, the stash hasn’t grown out of proportion to what I am knitting.

A Little Knitting

When we headed to Louisiana, I started a new project. I wanted something that would take a nice long time, and I wanted something with an easy to memorize pattern. I ended up choosing the Holey Square Shawl pattern. Mostly stockinette interspersed with rows of deliberately created holes. I chose a handspun laceweight singles yarn to work with as I suspected that the rows of stockinette would be more pleasant with a little bit of color variety.

Upon our return, the obsession did not leave. I should have left this project for our next vacation as well, but I did not! I will have to find something else that is equally perfect vacation knitting. Because I am getting closer and closer to being done with this one.

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This is a very very wide shawl, and I suspect that it won’t be very long once it is done. Or rather, once I run out of yarn. It would have been wise to remove some of the width stitches. Maybe I will for a next one. But for this one, I think that the shawl will be easily worn doubled over into a triangle, and that should mix up the various colors as well.

I’ve enjoyed this rather boring knit quite a lot and it has served its purpose very well in my life. I plan to just keep plugging away at it until it is complete.

Back

So, Mr. Ink and I took a surprise trip. A surprise honeymoon you might even call it. Even we didn’t know we were taking it. You see, due to a family emergency last year, we had to cancel plane tickets to visit Boston. I thought I had a full year to use them up, I wasn’t paying attention. Turns out, when I called them to rebook for our July vacation, I needed to use them up by July 4. So, we quickly came up with a plan to take a little time off this month and see where it was we could go at the drop of a hat for under the amount of ticket we had to spend. The answer was New Orleans.

Now, I went to New Orleans once in my early 20s. Mr. Ink went there once, for his previous honeymoon. We decided we would indeed like to explore the city more. Then, we decided to see if any of our favorite bands were nearby during that time frame. Mr. Ink saw that The Bottle Rockets were playing there. Then, we looked more closely at their schedule and realized that they were playing at an outdoor free food and music festival in Baton Rouge the day before. With other bands we’d enjoy. So, instead of staying in New Orleans for the weekend, we rented a car and headed to Baton Rouge for the Bandito Festival. It was particularly interesting that The Bottle Rockets were the band we saw on our first date 6 years ago at the beginning of July.

While we are not typically t-shirt purchasers, we did think that this festival needed to be commemorated via t-shirt. We both got one.

The trip was delightful though very hot, which we expected. It was really nice to be together, by ourselves, doing all the things we wanted to be doing in the time frame we were comfortable with. We planned a few things, but mostly did the trip off the cuff. And it worked extremely well for us.

I’ll have more photos from the trip in upcoming blog posts. But, we did return home quite late Tuesday evening, and picked up our dogs on Wednesday. Lizzie went to her regular sitter’s home, and Rose went to her foster family home. They were both very well cared for, and I didn’t worry about them a bit. But I did miss them and I was very happy to have them home again!

And, one more dog photo, here’s one of Rose playing with one of her foster brothers.

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She was so so tired when she got home after a few days of hanging with her foster pack. It was very sweet how sleepy she was. I am wondering how long that’ll last! We shall see.

The night before we left for our vacation, I finished up and soaked my 10-stitch throw. The day we left, I was able to use our bed to block it. So, I finally get to feature it here!

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It turned out rather pretty! I am glad that it is done and now lives on the yellow recliner I made it to accent.

And, with this project, I am at 53% of my goal of 40 projects this year. That’s over half in the first half of the year, and with more started as well! I am feeling fairly confident that I’ll be able to meet this goal this year, even if I slack off and spin regularly. (As if that’s really slacking off!)

My goal of under 100 stashed yarns is looking a bit less achievable at the moment, and that is in part due to the slacking off and spinning. I currently have 110 yarns listed but that’s been a relatively static situation lately due to incoming yarns being created. And I have a suspicion a few may be hiding in my stash that aren’t listed on Ravelry, ones which I picked up from Miss Marja’s handspun stash. But, I am still working at it!

The remainder of the week and next week I’ll try to highlight a few photos and activities from our trip interspersed with my regular posting as well. It’s the end of the month this weekend which has a tendency to clog up quite a few days worth of posting, but I am sure that spacing out our trip posts won’t be a huge problem.

Finishing and Garden

I have a finished object! And another one really close to being done, though I don’t anticipate actually finishing that one until next week.

The scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun is complete.

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The colors here are a little more saturated in the photo than they are in real life. In reality, there’s a muted nature to the colors. This is because I took the photo early this morning and the world was still quite rainy, since it rained all yesterday afternoon.

Speaking of rain, I had taken the dogs out and noticed that the first lily of the season was blooming! So, I took the dogs back in and then headed back out with my phone to grab a photo.

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Isn’t she a stunner?!?! I don’t even remember planting this one. That happens to me often, I forget what lilies I actually planted and every year they are a beautiful surprise. I do want to add to my collection though, I need to find something unusual this year for the lily garden.

That’s it from me! Hope everyone is having a great week!

 

Some Spinning

I finished up this spinning project before the weekend began, and got the skein washed and dried over the weekend.

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This is 525 yards of 2-ply yarn, and it’s quite pretty! I look forward to making something with it someday.

I am going to be taking a quick break from my 3 color challenge as this week and next is very busy. I am thinking that maybe I’ll get those posts up over a 2 week period. But, I am not going to push it.

That’s about it from me for now. Have a great week!

Reboot Weekend

It seems clear that Mr. Ink and I are both quite exhausted. While we have gotten quite a lot accomplished this weekend, we’ve struggled to motivate in general. And, each accomplishment is peppered by exhaustion and naps. Miss Butterfly came home for 24 hours before heading back to camp, so we did all the camp laundry and repack. We got some errands run and grocery shopping done. Dogs made it to the dog park. The lawn has been mowed and trimmed. Basic household weekend chores have been done. And, the detail planning for an upcoming trip was worked on. But it’s been tough to even get to those things. I’ve felt a bit foggy all weekend.

Much of our issues seem to be work-related stresses which we can’t really do much about. Except for taking time to relax on the weekend. I finished up a bit of spinning but haven’t really been eager to start more. So I’ve mostly been knitting.

I am still working on the 10 stitch throw out of handspun. Trouble is, I ran out of the yellow and purple handspun I was using. I wanted the throw to be larger, and I knew I had a similar color in my handspun stash. The one I added in is from a batt and it’s a 2 ply instead of a 3 ply, but it’s reasonably similar in yarn weight. A little thicker overall, but I am hoping it will be ok. The batt had the exact same purple color, the exact same yellow color, but also a lighter yellow and a lot more white. And speckles of fun colors. I tried to blend it by doing an every other row situation, but that turned out rather striped. The outside of the throw will be lighter but I am hoping it’ll end up blending nicely and looking ok.

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You can see the striped area at the top of the photo. But, after that, it seems like it’s blending in pretty well. In throw form, it shouldn’t be too noticeable I don’t think.

I am close to being done with my work project, a scarf, it should be done this week. I’ve got 3 christmas stockings to make this year and the yarn for them just came in. So, this week is for beginning the christmas stocking work.

Since I am too foggy to figure out what more to write, here we are at the end of this blog post! Hope everyone is having a lovely, and less foggy weekend.