Yarn Along

It’s Wednesday, so I’m linking up with Small Thing’s Yarn Along.

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This week I’m:

Knitting: this is my second attempt at the lovely Blom shawl by the always inspiring Mandarines. This time I’m trying both lace charts and life lines (which is running scrap yarn (in this case the white) through your work every few rows so that in case you make a mistake and have to rip out several rows, you have your knitting saved and ready for you at a point you know is error free.) The latter should make the former easier.

Reading: I think I want to make Papa’s Healing Cozy from Soulemama‘s Handmade Home. I’ve been slowly collecting her books as they show up at my local used book shop. I usually have a rice heating bag within reach, so this would be useful.

Listening: There’s a new episode of PomCast, yay! This is probably my favorite podcast, hosted by the lovely Sophie and Lydia, as a spin off from Pom Pom magazine. They always make yarn and knitting entertaining, and have fantastic guests. Plus, I have a bit too much fun saying pom pom with a British accent.

On the Kindle: The Immortal Circus by A.R.Kahler. I’m not far enough into it to really have an opinion, but I’m intrigued.

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An extra picture today to show my adorable photo bomber, Echo. Yep, I one of those photographers who take a hundred photos from different angles and positions and keep two.

Last of August

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Miss Mess’s new favorite question is “is it a fall day yet?” We are ready now. She has her sweater, and a hat, my sweater is on the needles, as are a tot sized pair of mittens (complete with mitten strings because I wanted to learn to use my spool knitter.)

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We are both dreaming of falling leave, picking apples, and pumpkin pie. She is talking about Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving with her cousins, and I am ready to be cozy in handknits.

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But even as we look forward to the seasons changings, I’m trying to figure out where this big girl came from. We have her open house at preschool tomorrow, and I’m not sure how that’s possible. She is so ready though, and I am comforting myself with the thought that it’s still only two days a week, and only three hours at that. I’m hoping to use the time helping my mom out with her book keeping and knitting at the Panera just across the street (there’s not enough time to go home and back.) Wish us luck!

Yarn Along

I’m loving Ginny’s Yarn Along

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Knitting: a Shaun the Sheep hat for Miss Mess. I’m almost done with the color work, but still need to watch some tutorials on how to do decreases with double knitting.

Reading: I’m brushing up on my fiber basics with Clara Park’s The Knitter’s Book of Wool, a much appreciated gift from my dad.

Listening: Woolful is back after a short break, and I’m thrilled.

On the kindle: more K.M. Shea, now I’m enjoying her take on King Arthur.

What are you doing?

Yarn Along

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Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along again.

Reading: I’m working on making Miss Mes some school clothes. She is starting two days a week preschool this year, and I’m bouncing between being terrified and thrilled. Sewing helps, and so I’m browsing through Wear Stitch Play and Weekend Sewing for ideas and patterns.

On the Kindle: I’ve fallen for K. M. Shea’s fairy tell rewrites, and her newest, Puss In Boots, is no different. Sweet and simple, but with fun twists, they are a quick but entertaining read. They are also in the Kindle Unlimited library, which is wonderful.

Knitting: I’m a little over halfway through with Miss Mess’s fall sweater, Bitty Birchbark and am loving both the pattern and the yarn. It will be very light weight as its knit loosely from a mostly cotton yarn, but will be great for the transitions of fall.

Listening: I’ve just found A Playful Days’s podcast and am working my way through the archives happily. With plenty of knitting and crafting chatter, making inspiration, and just life moments, they are hitting the spot of lightness I seem to be craving lately.

Then Again, Maybe Not

So, I probably brought this on myself, mentioning how easy double knitting was. I’m normally not very bothered by mistakes in my knitting, but I had a bunch here, and the stark contrast between the yarns made them rather hard to hide.

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So I took a deep breath and ripped it out to my second row. As I was picking up stitches back up, I realized I had picked up a stitch on my first row that was probably causing a lot of my troubles. So I watched a few more videos, including one on fixing mistakes in double knitting that would have been very helpful before i ripped out. I think I have a much better idea on how to read my knitting now, so that’s another benefit. I’m a process knitter anyways (instead lf a product knitter) so this really didn’t bother me too much.
Thirty minutes outside with yarn while Miss Mess played happily in the dirt really couldn’t be misspent truthfully. At least it not fabric, and can’t easily be redone without buying more.

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Joining Ginny’s yarn along again today.

When the knitting gets tough, I tend to stitch with well read books that don’t really need a lot of thought, even when I’m not knitting, because the knitting tends to stick in my mind. Timeline is one such classic.

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Im working on a hat for Miss Mess, supposedly for Christmas, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait that long. I’m pretty sure double knitting is magic, by the way. I was very dubious, but it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. I’m using Quince and Co’s Chickadee and love it, it’s soft and springy, but feels like it will be long wearing too.

Podcasts aren’t really apart of the yarn along, but they are mainly what I listen to while I knit or sew. I’m currently working through Jane Eyre with Craft Lit and really enjoying it.

Sour Patch

Last year a wonderful friend and I made matching Sour Patch tops of our daughters. Despite the miles, we managed to get them wearing them together when I visited Columbia. And even though it had been a year since we had seen each other, things just clicked back. It was a wonderful week, and this top has always reminded me of those happy times, as well as my friends in Tallahassee.

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This year, I was very sad to find that the dress only just barely fit as a shirt due to unexpectedly large growth spurts over the winter. I continued to pull it out of the dresser because she loved the colors, and I loved everything it represented, even as it got shorter and shorter. Then as a complete surprise, this showed up in the mail!

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My truly amazing friend sent me yarn to make the next size up! And a bag of big sour patch kids because we were knitting a bigger sour patch for our kids. It could not come at a better time, or have made me feel anymore loved

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I cast on immediately, and finally finished just last week. She loves it, and I have a whole new year to dwell on the happiness friendship brings. For it is with friends, even long distance friends that we see the measure of ourselves, or at least I do. I tend to struggle with self worth, but I see deep friendships crossing years and a thousand miles, and I know that I am doing something right.

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I have yet to get a non blurry picture of her wearing it, but I’m ok with that. She spends her days twirling, running, moving, and living.

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ravelry links for last year’s dress and this year’s dress.

Special Delivery

The yarn first of my Christmas Knitting projects has come in!

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Super simple, but I can’t wait. Shannon had loved Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time for a while now, and when she saw a trailer for the movie at her grandparents’ house she about lost it. The next day, I saw this pattern and it went right into my knitting queue. Last Monday, the husbandman offered me a yarny bribe if I would go to the doctors office by myself (I like to have him there to help make sure I don’t miss directions or forget questions) It was far too good of an opportunity to miss.

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So I went to my appointment and in the waiting room, bought two skeins of Quince and Co’s Chickadee. I’ve been wanting to try working with this yarn for the longest time. It showed up in my mailbox yesterday!

Of course I didn’t realize it was double knitting until after I had bought both the yarn and pattern, but it’s always a good to try new things, right? And it can’t be that hard, right? Please just tell me it’s so.

Knitting Help

Quick question to those who knit. What am I doing wrong? I have this giant stitch right before I purl after cabling. (Its a six stitch forward cable if that helps.) It’s not every cable, or even every row, but it’s bothering me none the less. I would love some advice.

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For inquiring minds, its the Northward pattern by Tincan Knits for Miss Mess. She picked out this bright pink Ariana yarn at our local yarn shop, The Red Thread, and asked for a hat. How can I turn that down?