3.10.2014

Year 3 of the Easter Sweater

I am so ridiculously excited about this sweater. Sureya is old enough to pick her own colors this year, and she chose the brightest pink Myra had in the store. I grabbed a bag of mixed coordinating colors wound into small cakes because she is now big enough to need two skeins of yarn to complete one sweater. I happened upon the pattern in Ravelry, and now that all my other (important) pending projects are complete, I get to start on this years Easter Sweater.
On the not so good side Sureya is sick with a hacking boogery cough, and that means I am spending a day at home with a medicated and slightly loopy two year old.
Also, my new labels finally arrived! I really do think they look fantastic, and it mostly makes up for the frustration I felt at the process for getting them. I ordered them through Etsy, but the seller was not the best with communicating and it ended up being almost three weeks to receive them due to an illness on the sellers end. She did compensate for the delay by throwing in a few extra and they of course arrived the day after I needed them (to attach to some freshly knit baby clothes)but all my next knits will have new labels
So, there you have it, off to restock the Kleenex box and make more baby tea.

2.10.2014

update, with pictures


Check it out, not even a month has gone by and I am already back-yay me! I finished the sweater on February 2nd, and Sureya debuted it during our family's annual Super Bowl party. EVERYONE pointed out that it wasn't Seahawks colored (or even tacky Broncos colors), but since I finished it before the game, I had time to sew in the seemingly endless ends and then pop it on her. The part I am totally leaving out is that the last two and a half rounds of the purple stripe on the left sleeve is an entirely different yarn in an entirely different color. Anyone that I pointed out to said they didn't notice until I pointed it out, but I knew it was there. There was just no way that I was going to go through the debacle of waiting for Knit Picks to send me one more ball of yarn when all I needed was about 4 yards. I stopped by A Dropped Stitch Yarns in Sequim on our way to Port Townsend on Saturday afternoon, talked out my conundrum with the surprisingly patient ("um, is your daughter running with knitting needles?!?")shop lady, and we narrowed it down to one lilac purple skein of Universal Yarns Worsted. I know, I put acrylic yarn blend into a wool sweater. Whatever. They promised it would wash the same, and after only one wash so far they weren't lying. (and I even added a picture of the crooked color-change line up the back of the sweater)


In other slightly un-related news, a dear dear friend of mine is battling Lyme disease and has currently got a page on GoFundMe to help raise funds for medical necessities. To know Matt is to love Matt, and once we talked out the tears we got to the grit of what's going on: his current antibiotic treatments run into the 1000's every month, the Lyme doctor that has been treating him is in Seattle (he lives in Arizona), and this particular disease is very unpredictable so he will feel normal for a few days, then be down and out for weeks. I don't expect everyone to donate, but at least look. This site is a wonderful way for humans to help other humans. Soon, I hope to have some more pictures to put here of Matt (and his steadfast girl Louisa) modeling their newest handknits- I whipped up a quick hat for Matt using more of the Swish Tonal in color Pacific, and Louisa is the lucky recipient of the Blue Angel shawl that just happens to coordinate beautifully with Matt's hat.

Until then, here is my first finished Olympics project-a quick and easy cup hugger made from some leftover Fancy Image fingering weight and Malabrigo Sock


1.16.2014

six months later....

Not going to apologize this time! We moved, I changed jobs, Sureya changed daycares (twice)and my laptop officially gave up the ghost sometime in September. I bought myself a new computer for Christmas and had some time to actually update you all, and now that I spent the last twenty minutes attempting to sign into my blogger account (damn you google+)I have decided to go to bed. But here's a shoddy cell phone picture of my most awesome on the needles project, made with Swish Tonal and Swish Worsted from Knit Picks.
I finally decided it was time to knit Sureya a sweater that would fit her for longer than a season. I chose to do stripes, and about four gray stripes in realized there was no way I had enough of the yarn to finish the sweater. I placed another order for two more balls of the Swish Worsted (Dove) on Knit Picks and their lovely "Your item has shipped" email told me it would be delivered on January 15th. Until January 15th, when the shipping tracker suddenly switched to "anticipated arrival: N/A". What that tells me is they were overly ambitious in thinking they could get anything from Ohio to the forests of the Olympic Peninsula in one week. So for now, I am at a stall. I knit until there was only two inches of yarn left so I have something to attach the next ball: oh, the horror, I am not even going to match dye lots! It's just the ribbing at the bottom, and I am pretty sure the crooked color changes up the back of the sweater will be more horrifying in the long run.
Over the past few months I have knit mittens. Lots of mittens. Like ridiculous amounts of mittens to replace the mittens that Sureya manages to lose everytime she leaves the house. And then every seasoned knitter and well-versed parent pointed out that I needed to add a cord to run up the sleeves and keep the two hands connected. Duh. As if I hadn't thought of that with each smallish mitten I made, and promptly decided I just wanted to see her wear them once. And one time on her hands is all she needs to lose them. I am pretty sure the neighbors cat (pictured below) has been collecting mittens out of our yard and carrying them back to his winter nest.
I can't only blame Sureya for all the mitten knitting. I saw the great pattern on Knitty for these Spatterdash fingerless mittens, and had some yarn to make them in my stash. I made a pair for myself minus all the buttons, which I love. And then a co-worker at my new job saw them, and asked me to make two more pairs for her daughters for Christmas gifts. Sure, no problem, it was a great pattern, albeit one that I will never knit again. There are parts of the pattern now emblazoned in my memory and making three pairs on such small needles was tedious and made me hate knitting for a minute. However,the new job came with lots of training, where I sit alongside dozens of other new employees for weeks on end learning how to do things the way they need to be done, and since we can't be trusted to do anything on our own yet, my idle hands needed to be occupied.
I also kicked out the Blue Angel scarf (which is gorgeous but way too small for my ample physique) this adorable purple cable hat, and a matched set of Santa-ish hats for me and the little one.

Okay, for reals, good night. Someone has to get up, make the coffee, chase the toddler, and go to work in the morning, and I'm pretty sure I drew the short straw.

8.15.2013

we moved!

all this ignoring the blog is completely due to me interviewing and then landing a new job! I finished working in Olympia on Friday, moved to Port Angeles, WA on Saturday, and I start working for the state tomorrow. Being the overachiever that I am, I decided to take on two of the most stressful life events in one week- changing jobs, and moving. I wouldn't be able to do all of this without my awesome family to help us out-packing, loading and driving the UHaul, babysitting Sureya until I can find a daycare, bringing us freshly baked bread and freshly caught salmon, etc, etc, and the list goes on. My knitting has come to a screeching halt, with just the beginning of my Craftsy knitalong Blue Angel Shawl on the needles. Half of my yarn, projects, and books are still in boxes because we moved into an old (1928) house with absolutely NO CLOSET SPACE, but as soon as we have some money in the bank we are hitting IKEA up for some storage solutions. Sooner or later I will be able to get back to the knitting thing, and maybe find some other knitters in the area- so far the nearest yarn store is the next town over!

6.01.2013

Yay summer!

I know it isn't technically summer yet, but the sun is shining, it's June, and I am feeling particularly optimistic about everything in general. I am just ending an extended knitting hiatus, frogged the bejeezus out of about five works-in-progress and am starting fresh. That super cute flower petal hat from the previous post was my undoing, literally, and I pulled it apart and started knitting the Victorian Lace Baby Shrug instead. It was a weird funk, an inability to pick up my needles and want to knit so I just didn't touch my yarn for weeks. Now that that's all over, I am suddenly inspired to make all sorts of new things and even went so far as to sign up for a Mystery Knit Along on Craftsy! The designer is Stefanie Japel, and since I have kind of been internet stalking her for the last 8 years and like most of what she creates, I thought it would be a fun way to complete a project.
I don't have any pictures to share at this point because my laptop will only function in safe mode (I am debating paying for hard disk repair, or buying a new tablet), but I did knit that previously pictured WSU Cougar yarn into some golf club covers for my brother- which he loved.
Happy almost-Summer!

3.16.2013

Mostly Fancy projects

Even though I haven't been coming here to share I went on a mini shopping spree at Fancy Image Yarns TWICE in the last month, and am happily plugging away at several super cute projects. I even managed to finish a few, all made with Fancy Image Yarn and all adorable! With the exception of Ryu's blue hat {which was made with an unlabeled yarn I received at Christmas}, all of these projects have (or will have) that signature soft and colorful Myra touch. Knitting an Easter Sweater for Sureya using Fancy Image yarn is on year two of becoming a tradition, and this time I picked a color that I thought might be difficult to match to a dress until Fate(a.k.a. Adrian) sent me more hand-me-down clothes from Savannah that just happened to include a dress in the perfect shade of bright purply fuschia. I love it when real life catches up with knit life! Here's some quick pictures of works in progress:

So, obviously the sweater still needs to be blocked and I still need to knit that WSU Cougar colored yarn up into something, but this is a lot of hours of meetings, trainings, and stolen-after-Sureya-falls-asleep time represented.The gray hombre hat/sock combo is for the next Thetford-baby-to-be, due sometime next month for my sister-in-law Alicia and brother Nate. The socks-I'm honestly not so sure about the socks, Myra had overdyed some patterned sock yarn and I wanted to give it a try. That collection of pastel colors on top of a sideways pattern, well that is actually the hat I am currently knitting for Sureya, the Flore Hat from KnitWhits. Myra allowed me to put together the colors in my own sampler pack of her DK yarn, and even though I have already had to unknit it once I am still hopeful and really do like the pattern!
Until next time

2.06.2013

60 weeks, and moms birthday!

guess what? I have internet again! Thanks to the graciousness of Century Link, I qualify for an internet basics program that is affordable ($15/month) but not the quickest(1.5kb)-who cares, I have INTERNET again! The technician was kind of awesome because I thought my service wasn't being hooked up until Saturday, but he happened to call this afternoon right after we got home to say he was in the area and had some time to get our line going-Thank you Mike! Now it's time to do all the overdue updates, etc...

In knitting news, I made an awesome Valentine hat for Sureya- awesome because she actually will keep it on her head. I figured out the trick: earflaps and long braided ties (gives her something to hold onto, and there is no hat brim stretched across her ears). I used some leftover Haikoo Simpliworsted and Vicki Howell Sheepish yarn, with some slightly off centered hearts banding the body. Now that she is a "big girl" she picks out most of the clothes she wears and consistently chooses this hat as her official topper!

As an early-Valentine/super-late-Christmas/super-super-late-Birthday present for my sister Jenni, I made this cute buttoned headband. I wasn't quite sure of what to make for someone who could just as well crochet whatever she wanted, so I stalked her Pinterest likes until I noticed a trend- she had liked a lot of KNIT headbands! Voila, the super simple lace headband from Rewind Knits & Crochet. I used leftover Mountain Colors yarn in subtle rainbow shades, and it looks even better in person than what you can see in these pictures.
(please ignore my intense photo-face, I hate taking my own picture!)


We had a small round of uber-cold weather around the Northwest at the beginning of January, and in the midst of attempting to take a picture of a deer while out on a walk, I realized that I had to take my gloves off due to that whole conductivity issue. I went to four local stores to see if anyone was selling conductive thread that I could simply weave into existing fingertips, but alas the only option is online. Since I don't own a decent pair of fingerless gloves, I decided to treat myself to a handknit (double pun) for myself. I usually veer towards blue and green shades, but as I was walking down the yarn aisle in JoAnn (I am on a budget here, people!)this great orangish/reddish sunset colored yarn caught my eye. I dismissively said to myself "ahh, love these colors", then continued on towards my usual fallback colors, only to decide that I totally needed to bring the brightness and shock even myself with new hues for my suffering winter wardrobe. Here you have them, in a made-it-up-as-I-knit travelling cable pattern. The yarn is one of the Red Heart Boutique yarns, I can't remember which one, maybe Eclipse?



And now we get to my title-Today is not only the 26th anniversary of my darling mums 29th birthday (she's really 55, people, but no one knows that by looking at her), but also marks 60 weeks of Sureya! Sixty weeks, eight hours, 48 minutes (and counting) of loving that little girl to the moon and back! It's heartwarming to think that my mom once counted my days and weeks of life, too, now that I get to be awed and inspired by my own daughter. Thanks mom, for always believing and always being!
(she might make nasty comments for using a hottub picture, but this is the most recent pic of the two of them together!)



Now that I have wasted an hour of my sleeping-baby-mom-time, I feel slightly better about my neglected blog and hope that both you and I will be back sooner rather than later for an update.

P.S.:
If you are on Craftsy, considering giving a 'heart' to Sureya's hat that I entered into their Valentine Contest! The project with the most hearts by Valentines Day wins a free Craftsy class! Thanks!