Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mid-blocking

So I decided to block the back after the armholes to make sure I was on track, no loosening up at all. 
Sometimes my gauge changes from swatch to garment, especially if I'm making a conscious effort to knit tighter than on the swatch. Though it's easier for me to be consistently more tight than loose, things can change. Everything is good - the yarn def seizes up with the wetting, so swatching and relying on your swatches gauge to calculate your rows required to meet the measurements is key!! 

The puppies had a good dig outside yesterday. 
 
It's mostly Petey, but Chica gets in there a bit to make sure that she isn't missing out on anything delicious! 
I had to give Petey a quick tubby because he had dirt packed into his nails and pads!
He is so much nicer to sleep with now 😊 he's also gotten over his habit of chewing on my bedding. He's still adorable in the morning; he senses when I'm awake, as opposed to going back to sleep, and he comes crawling up and licking on my face. Then when we get out of bed to go get Chica (who still gets crated because she is so guardy of her space that she growls when I move at night), he acts as if he hasn't been with me all night and jumps around like we've been apart. He's my boy and has my heart. 

I went out last night with work friends. I made a concious effort all day to make it a positive in my head and not talkyself out of it. That's kind of my go-to strategy - accept invites when they are days/weeks away, but find a way out at the last minute. And I truly believe that I will go, have fun, and I look forward to it the further away it is. 
But then it gets closer and I start stressing - mentally and physically. Even though I know and like these people and I interact with them on the daily, socializing with them is different. I felt physical symptoms from the anxiety and cancelling was just a text away, it was painfully tempting, but I battled my mind and put one foot in front of the other and just went. 
It took a few drinks to relax a bit and I allowed myself to be drawn into the group; I didn't rely on my phone or knitting as a coping mechanism (which was sorely tempting). I didn't beg off early (though a knitting deadline would've been legit). One of the ladies provided an amusing diversion, and we had a lovely night. 
I was deeply relieved to be home and stayed up later than I should've to decompress with the puppies and knitting, but I am proud of myself for just doing it. 

My rhubarb is coming along. 
 
I am looking forward to the first batch of rhubarb muffins! My mouth waters at the thought of it!! 

Okay - back at it before my mid-shift today! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best of Intentions

So I closed the last three nights at work, and I had taken pictures and fully intended to do a quick post each night in my break. 
But as things are wont to do when you've laid out a plan, it went awry. 
So now I'm writing up a post on my day off! It's not been a knitterly day - trip to see my dad and a sneak nap attack - but I've got a few quality hours ahead of me. 
 The 3rd swatch was the key. Still a stitch off, but I am making sure to knit snugly, and the row gauge is spot on, so I forged ahead.  
I made excellent progress! 
 

I signed up for the Joji Knits Starting Point MKA  - I am tingling with excitement to pick out yarn!! I am screen-shotting colourways that catch my eye, and I'll see what Julie brings to the Frolic  This may require a road trip out to The Needle Emporium though ... 
 
I don't really want to buy a pre-fab kit; I want something unique. 

I have been plagued by a relentless tension headache for the last couple of weeks that is radiating from my right neck/shoulder. I've tried all sorts to remedy it, all to no avail. I caved and went to see a professional yesterday, and I have found my new massage therapist!! Lindsay went hard and deep, and even though I knew I'd be feeling it today, it cured what ailed me for a day. Today the headache has come back a bit, and I hurt like I took a beating, but it's a start. I'll have to see her on a regular basis, and I'm adding a chiropractor to the mix. Gotta stay in fighting shape 😏

Ok - now that you're caught up, I must make more fabric! The Frolic is fast approaching, and I don't miss deadlines.  😃😃

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Next!

So I finished a Secret Project, and now I can blog what I'm knitting.  
I started knitting on Churchmouses new Sleeveless Slipove . Well, to be more accurate, I'm still swatching. 
 

The 1st one on 4mm needles was too small. The 2nd one one 4.5mm needles is too big. Le Grand Sigh. The 4mm swatch was on Signature needles, but I went to Aero's for the 4.5mm for a less sharp tip as the linen tends to split with a sharper tipped needle. I'm going to swatch again with 4.5mm Signatures and deal
with any splitting. 3rd  time's a charm, right?

I'm without internet service at the mo ... it's been failing all week, but I haven't been home long enough to deal with it. Bell is coming today, between 8-12 (when in the history of "we'll be there between 8-12", have they ever shown up at 8??) to rectify the issue. 
I have 7gb of data on my phone, so that's alright. I spent the better part of yesterday at work (Dairy Queen) using the free wifi to do work that I could've been doing at home. Between that knitting time and the Rock lacrosse game Friday night, I did get a sock finished! 
 
A better result for me than for The Rock 😏

Awaiting test results - my foot has swollen to painful proportions! 
It's been off and on swollen, and will continue to be from the break, and the left foot has always been prone to swelling, but it's been actually downright painful lately. X-ray and blood work have been done ... hopefully it's just something that will self-correct sooner than later. 

My rhubarb is budding!!  
I am giddy with anticipation for it to grow to harvesting size; I really do need to plant more. 

Okay ... back to the needles - I got gauge to match!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Almost done

I am done the collar!!! Wow. It is nice and stretchy, so mission accomplished. It got to be quite zen and relaxing, but I'm still quite pleased to be at the end of it.  
Now for the seams ...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Knitting Done!!

Early post today since I'm closing at work tonight. 

I got the knitting done and now it's on to a 409 st sewn bind off. It's an effective bind off for maintaining the garter stitch and stretch for a cardigan front. 
 
I'll be at this for awhile. Did I mention that there are 409 stitches to bind off? 
Then there's the seaming. I love finishing. I love finishing. I love finishing. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Collar, The Progress

Just a quick post with progress pics. 
The bottom edging is continuous, it was definitely worth the re-do!!  
 The German short row shaping is easy and great for garter stitch.   I'm making notes on the pattern issues and will pass them along to the designer when I'm done. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Collar, part le deux

Well damn. 
All along the body, we were merrily slipping the last st, wyif. It creates a lovely loose edge. 
When I was knitting the collar, I was merrily knitting, slipping the first stitch, as is my general custom for a slipped stitch edge. The patten didn't indicate otherwise, and it would've been all just fine until they call for a slipped edge stitch in the 1st manner starting with the short row shaping. 
 
I am torn between ripping out a solid 1/2 day's work, and correcting the pattern to reflect a continuous slipped edge style, or continuing to slip the 1st stitch thus having the entire collar section the same, yet different from the body. GAH!!!! 
Yeah, you know what I'm gonna do. I am who I am, and cannot do otherwise. 
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Collar

The belly button is much better!! Swelling is gone, scanning from the hives is healed and the piercing has healed over, leaving me sad, but it is what it is. 

I finished knitting the last sleeve on the Rainbow in the  Gorge!!!
A couple of the colours finished with not much to spare, but no colour section had to be fudged. 
  
I went on the the collar straight away rather than seaming since my sewing kit was not to hand. And I'm leaving the blocking until after because it's just so freakin' big!!!
 
391 sts ... long rows, but I've got tomorrow off and with my laundry and errands done today, a storm in the offing, I'm totally set for progress!! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oops

For the longest time, I've not used polysporin, not even a little. I have several antibiotic allergies, I try not to use any antibiotic anything unless truly necessary. 
My belly button piercing had not been truly healing. I used the recommended Spectro wash, then after changing the jewelry out so it would lay more flat, it improved, but still was not dry healed. I've been catching it on boxes at work and decided that maybe a touch of polysporin would do the trick. 
No. No it didn't. Just two days of  sparse application had my poor belly button swollen, hivey, and itchy nearly beyond bearing. I had to take the piercing out altogether. 
I'm not posting pictures - it wasn't pretty. 
Two days of diligent, light cleansing with a sterile sodium chloride solution, diligent drying, and prayer (to the old gods and the new) has me not wanting to run around naked so a shirt doesn't touch my belly. 
Sadly, my piercing grew over with astonishing quickness! My tongue piercing can be out for days, but my belly heals in the blink of an eye. I'll not be re-doing it. I will find other things to poke holes in. 

The power was out this morning; I didn't get to make my habitual morning coffee. I made due with what was at hand and didn't starve.  
Knitting progress had been a bit slow. I think my body wanted extra rest to fight off this minor wretchedness. And yet I persist and have something to show for my efforts. 
 
I'm learning new things at work; I love the challenges!! 
I'm putting my foot massager (the Homedics one, not Craig) to good use! I don't know how I didn't think to invest in one of these sooner. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ticket to ride

I finished the back section and have cast on to move on to the left front; back to long 342 stitch rows! 
Colours #14 & #15 are so close in tone as to be nearly indistinguishable!! They are the most subtle shift in the entire sweater. I checked, double-checked, and triple-checked that I had changed balls!! 
The more blue stripe at the right is #16 and the actual centre back. 
 
This puts me past 1/2 way on the sweater part, so I will knit those long rows with the end much closer in sight. 

I have a new passport!!!! 
My previous one had expired and it was in my married name. I don't know why I put off getting another one; maybe because I don't have a deep sense of wanderlust, I love just being home. But Craig and I have talked about a few places to venture to and his patience and understanding of my homebody-ness made making this first step rather less stressful and daunting than it may have been. 
I have no immediate plans to go anywhere, but now when time and finances allow, I can go where my heart desires. Maybe a Stitches event ... anyone need help at a booth?

Everything else is rather status quo, which I like. Work and family are doing well, Craig and I are adjusting to a more traditional though changeable work schedule. My sleep pattern has sorted out and I wake up feeling rested. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Green Day

I mentioned yesterday how subtle the greens are. Here is a close up of the twisted stitch patterning along the waist. You can see gradient quality of the greens here!! Frabjous is aces at this. 
 
I left the pic sideways as this is how the garment will be worn. 342 stitches per row makes for rather slow visible progress, but it's coming along!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A day late

I just knit until I was too tired, then it was the next day and I didn't want to lose a day knitting waiting for the sleeve to block, so I blocked it this morning before work.
  
I took a bit to get going on this piece. I was ultra aware of the gauge - I am normally quite tight in my rows, which would be problematic with this construction as the rows are counted and accuracy is crucial. Julie specifically said to go up a needle size, so I was worried about being too loose. 
It is almost spot on, the stitch gauge is a twitchy but loose, but the length is on target, so I'm not displeased. 
The puppies were steadfast companions.  
 Yes, Petey is sitting on his sisters head a in fine brotherly tradition.

WHMIS training after work this afternoon, so I'm just getting settled in to knit now. I'll get a couple of hours in, so all is not lost! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blur

I just finished two 60-hour weeks at DQ. It's been intense and chaotic at times, but satisfying. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges and look forward to going to work! 
I am finally getting some real progress made on Rainbow in the Gorge. 
 Not a great picture, but you get a sense of the colour flow. It's a cuff-to-cuff construction. Not my fave, but in this instance it is perfect for showcasing the colour changes to full effect. I'll try to block it out a bit tonight and take a more impressive picture for tomorrow. 
Today I Pokémoned with my friend Jess (a perfect start to a day off!! We got caught up on all the things and I made a good start on my Gen 2 Pokémon), then ran around on a mission to find tortilla holders for work. We can't have our tortillas getting crunchy edges and DQ doesn't have a specific assigned container for this. 
It doesn't seem like it should be such a difficult task to find an 8" interior diameter container with a lid, and yet it was a challenge. But I wasn't leaving south Barrie empty handed!! I finally found what I needed at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I have to admit that that store intimidates me. I always just go to the front desk and ask for help to find what I need. 
Whilst on my mission, I found this gem! 
  
Blissful!! Especially after the long hours on my feet, this device makes my knitting spot all that much more enticing. 
My tulips have climaxed and I am in awe on the daily with the vibrancy of the colours and the delicate, frilly edges.  I am inspired to sort out a tulip bed this fall!! 
 
Oh!! I got more pretty yarn!!! Since my original Sweet Spot afghan  I have been wanting to do another Three Irish Girls strip. I have started another afghan, and I wanted to only use new Indie yarns, but Three Irish Girls is a fave of mine, their colour sense just calls to me. When I saw new colourways posted, I contacted Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs and when Bobbi Jo placed their next order, this became my Valentines gift to myself, and the opening of it was my reward for a particularly long couple of days at work. I'm not sure if Mister Snow (top, speckle), or Winter Birch will work into the afghan strip, but they spoke to me nonetheless. 
 


Okay ... back to the work of my heart and soul. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mail!

I've got mail, great mail to be specific!! 
  
Inside the box was lovely skein of the limited run colourway From the Ashes.  

From Teefury was my grab bag order. Even though I was hoping for another Dr Who shirt, I love the shirts that I received.
 

 The Hamilton Raise a Glass shirt is an incorrect size, so I'm not sure if they'll send another the same or if I can still hope for a Dr Who. 

I had purchased a vase of tulip bulbs by Bloomaker last week from Costco, and the bud are peeking up!!
Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, so this live bouquet is going to give me a great deal of pleasure. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

New Adventure

My knitting game has been off the past few days. I've started training at the new Dairy Queen Angus.  A 5 minute walk to work is going to be awesome!! 
Trying to adjust my sleep cycle back to a traditional day-walkers has been the challenge. I wake up in the wee hours and can't get back to sleep. I've never been one to get up when I can't sleep; I lay in bed and read on my Kobo. Upside is I've been getting a lot of reading in and am off to a great start on my 50 book pledge. I would really like to upgrade to the new Kobo Aura One  especially for the reduced blue light option, but it's not an inexpensive tool. So I will read my Kobo Glo to its last word, postponing a new investment as long as possible. 
I did my first swatch on 3.5mm interchangeable circular Marblz and it is a bit loose, stitch and row, even before blocking. I'm swatching now on 3.25mm lace Addis  It's measuring much better. I'm hoping to block them out tonight. 
 I just went to take a picture of them and the 2nd swatch is done too! Clearly my life is a bit of a blur ... I'll block them out before work today. 

My socks have stalled just past the heel. 
I do miss the knitting time that I had at ALP, but every job has trade offs. I think that in balance, Dairy Queen will be a forward move and I'm excited for this new challenge!

Craig is happy too. He has been supportive of my job options and choices, but it is easier to be on a similar work schedule. I'll be working evenings and weekends again, but short of one of us winning a large lottery, it's never going to be perfect. 
He surprised me with a singe rose when he picked me up after training on Saturday. 
 I love when he does this; it's so sweet; not over the top, just sentimental enough. 
The puppies greeted me thusly Friday morning:
 I know!!! Fortunately they just had at the pom pond; the hat itself is undamaged. I say "they", but I know that it was Petey. And he showed no remorse of shame at all, despite my clear displeasure. Those eyes though; I can't stay cross at him for long. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rainbow Prep

 I have wound, weighed, and bagged the first 3 colours for the Rainbow in the Gorge sweater by Sarah Keller. I also wound the last colour to use for swatching as it's a collar colour.  
 I barely got started on the swatch, but a start is a start. 
I finished my Neon Dove socks last night and have cast on a new pair! 
 
They don't quite match; it was close and I considered cutting off the few rows worth of grey to make the match, but I just couldn't do it!! Lol.  
I'm going to take advantage of this paid knitting time while I have it!! 
 
Ok ... 1/2 hour of knitting before I have to prep for work. Gonna get some swatching done!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Socktastic!!

I hate waiting for people to make decisions so that I can make decisions. It does my head in - my sleep goes for a dive, I am tense all over. Fortunately my canine and human support system is strong, and I have much knitting to fall into. 
Socks are moving right along! I am loving these big time ❤❤ 
  










I normally don't work on them at home, but I'm waiting for a pattern to knit up a frabjous fibers so fond of rainbows kit
I have been knitting so much on my little 2.5mm Signature needles that I have worked a painful cut/groove into the tip of my finger.  I still love that stiletto tip though. 
I finished Amanda's messy bun hat  I love it; I'm sure that she will too!  
Thanks to Woolly Wormhead for an excellent free pattern.