KCBW: The Last Two Days

Day 6: “Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but
which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the
future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your
mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft?”

When I knit the ducky baby blanket for a friend’s new baby, I thought it would be really cute to knit  these booties:

 (photo shamelessly filched from the pattern)

So I bought some pretty yellow merino, got my needles ready, printed out the pattern and started. I really should’ve read the pattern thoroughly before beginning, because if I had, I would have known that this was absolutely chock full of techniques I’d never used before. I don’t know Judy’s magic cast on, I don’t know Turkish cast on (despite actually having lived in Turkey, so obviously I felt like a total dummy), and the part about the applied i cord with the crochet hook… I put the yarn down and the needles back in the drawer. If I was going to attempt a project with all sorts of new techniques, I was definitely not giving it away as a gift. I do really want to try knitting these one day, but it’ll be for my own little one, so I can put them on her/him every single day and enjoy looking at them!

Day 7:”Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely
to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or
whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself
with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those
needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks
to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of
knitter.”

I knit everywhere- home,transit, in public, wherever. Let me tell you. (With apologies to Dr. Suess)

Would you knit, here or there?

I do knit, here or there.
I like to knit everywhere!

Would you knit in a house?
Would you knit with a mouse?

I do knit in a house.
I would knit with a mouse.
I do knit
here or there,
I like to knit everywhere.

Would you knit little socks?
Would you knit them with a fox?

Yes to socks!
And sure, with a fox!
I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.
I do knit
here or there,
I like to knit everywhere.

Would you? Could you? in a car?
Knit sweaters, hats, and scarves?

I would and do knit in a car,
sweaters, hats, mitts and scarves!

You might like to knit in a tree?

In a tree?
Absolutely!
I’ll knit socks, with a fox.
I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.

I do knit
here or there,

I like to knit everywhere.

A train! A train!

Could you, would you
on a train?

Heck yes on a train! And in a tree!
And in the car- you will see!
I’ll knit socks, with a fox.

I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.

I do knit
here or there,

I like to knit everywhere.

Say!In the dark?
Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

Absolutely, in the dark!

in the car at night, I use a book light!

Would you, could you,
in the rain?

Well, probably not in the rain, 
that would be a major pain.
But I would in the dark, and on a train, 
in a car, and in a tree. 
I’m crazy about knitting, can’t you see?
I knit in the house, I like to knit socks,
I knit in the house, with yarns that rock. 
I will knit here or there-
I knit absolutely everywhere!

Could you, would you,
with a goat?

Their fleece I love-
those cashmere goats!

Would you, could you,
on a boat?

I would indeed, on a boat.
with the yarn from cashmere goats!
I would in the dark, and on a train, 

in a car, and in a tree. 
I’m crazy about knitting, can’t you see?
I knit in the house, I like to knit socks,
I knit in the house, with yarns that rock. 
I will knit here or there-
I knit absolutely everywhere!

KCBW: And Now for Something Completely Different

“experimental blogging day: to try and push your creativity in blogging to
the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you
create.”

So I thought I’d do my first-ever video blog post! It’s on how to wear a caplet, since I’ve had some comments on caplet FOs in the past saying that people aren’t really sure how to wear them. This is how I wear them. I wasn’t in front of a mirror at all, so this is what I would consider to be ‘real life’ caplet application. I don’t know about you, but I don’t look in the mirror every time I adjust my clothes or put a coat on.
***UPDATE: Some of you have commented on caplet vs. capelet. There is no difference, I just refer to it as a caplet, because to me, they seem more like the knitted cap of a mushroom than anything resembling a cape. Personal preference only.

I was nervous- this really was something completely different for me! I think next time I’ll use an HD camera or something, because this is grainy city. Definitely a learning experience!

KCBW: Where Are They Now?

“Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be
something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to
another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent
off to charity.”

I enjoy knitting gifts, so I actually give away quite a few of my knits. Below are the items I knit in 2010 that were given as gifts to friends and family:

gifts 
There is one item though that has had a slight red wine mishap:
Reading Hoodie 
What kills me is that this was probably the most labour intensive knit I’ve ever made. it’s a longer style pullover, plus long sleeve, plus a full hood… on small needles. I must have spilled some red wine on me, didn’t notice, and then (oh, the worst!) put it away for the winter and didn’t notice until I pulled it back out again in the fall. So it’s really sunk in there, right on the stockinette portion so there is no missing it. I’ve washed and treated it, but it’s not budging. I’m thinking that since it was knit with undyed wool to begin with, I’ll dye it a new colour. I was looking at the dyes on Knitpicks, and they have quite a few beautiful colours… any suggestions?

Yarn Store Review: Sweet Yarns

I was recently in my hometown of Sudbury, Ontario (and those of you who follow
my Twitter already saw a photo of G and I at the big Nickel!), and was
please to find out that they have a brand spanking new yarn shops,
called Sweet Yarns. They don’t have a website, but their facebook page is great, and often lists discounts and class info.

I’m
going to make a bit of a generalization and say that it’s hard for
small yarn shops in suburban areas heavily populated by big box chains
such as Walmart, Michaels, etc. People get in the habit of just picking
up yarns where they are also buying paper towels and forget about
supporting the local and independent businesses. But Sweet yarns has
done a g rat job of distinguishing itself- Paulina, the owner, only
stocks yarns that are not carried by the big box stores, and has lots of
knitter faves, like Berroco, Malabrigo, Debbie Bliss, and Rowan
yarns. She also has lots of great classes, and the atmosphere is totally
the kind where you can bring your knitting, pull up a chair, and hang
out for a bit. I’m so happy to see Sudbury get a great LYS! I’ll be popping in every time I’m back home, for sure.

I have no idea why I have that horrible look on my face- I think I was confused as to what that gentleman was knitting. turns out, it’s an oversized Christmas stocking! Getting a huge jump on your holiday knitting- now that’s clever.

My mom is a huge supporter of my knitting- she would
love it if I could just stay at home and knit her a whole new wardrobe,
all the time. But we did pick up some yarn for a new cardigan for her, and what will be these legwarmers for me.

KCBW: Yarn Wrangling

Day 3 Question: 
“How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to
answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many
levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am
personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever
locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are
organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether
that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display
of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash
pages on Ravelry.”

There was a time, about two years ago, where I bought a bunch of freezer sized ziplock bags, hauled all my skeins of yarn from their various hiding places, and entered all their details in an excel spreadsheet. Then I put them in the big ziplock bags, stood on them (make shift vacuum seal!) and zipped them shut. They were then stacked neatly in an armoire. 

Screenshot of a portion of the original spreadsheet

But I’ve been in almost every one of those bags by now, and I’ve definitely added substantially to my stash since then, and it’s all a hodge-podge mess again. I have yarn tucked away in my closet, in drawers, in boxes under the bed, and even have loose skeins running amok in my folded sweaters. And I didn’t keep up with my yarn spreadsheet. none of the yarn below is in the spreadsheet, and that’s just some of what I bought in 2010:

yarn

Confession: I thought the spreadsheet would be an awesome tool for when I was at work thinking about knitting- if you walk by the screen, it totally looks like I’m doing work! What is nice about looking at this old screenshot is I did indeed use some of the above yarns for their intended projects.  As for Ravelry, I use my project queue as a place to keep notes of certain yarns I’m intending to use.