Despite the long weekend, I don’t get as much done on the blanket as I hoped. After thanksgiving we pulled the Christmas decorations out. My mom passed away last year and this is my second Christmas without her. I have so much Christmas decorations given by her, made by her and inherited from her. It would be impossible to post them all, so I’m going to share a few favorites. I am floored at how beautiful the stockings and pillow are. She had no idea how truly talented she was.
I really wanted to post every Sunday when restarting this blog but I forgot one fact, I knit mostly blankets. Here I am posting about the same old blanket which isn’t half way done. That’s with me knitting like crazy plus chunky yarn. So here I am, with my blanket, getting closer to the half way point.
It’s another week on and I’m on my sixth skein of yarn with the maxi-cosi blanket. I drastically under ordered yarn for this project but luckily Knitpicks is having a sale on Wool of the Andes bulky in this color. I also picked up brown yarn for the next blanket. The blanket is no longer confused for a scarf but I have a long, long way to go.
In case you haven’t figured it out, I spend quite a bit of time knitting blankets. Big blankets, small blankets, they are familiar and useful here in South Florida. I want to knit my kids things and they’d fry in wool sweaters.
I knit the last few blankets in inexpensive acrylic yarn and I’m not happy with the quality or the outcome. My cables in the pink blanket look terrible.
I purchased 11 skeins of Knitpicks wool of the Andes superwash – which will be not even close to enough yarn 😭. Nobody tell the husband what that actually costs. I usually use a seed stitch or blocks but I really like this pattern on Ravelry for the Maxi Cosi Blanket. It’s a simple pattern which I find easier with big blankets.
So far it’s easy and looks great.
Living in Florida has not helped my knitting will power. I’ve found that I’ve lost all motivation to knit more than socks and blankets. More so blankets. It doesn’t help that I seem to be consummately busy which makes focusing on complicated patterns more difficult. I have not posted in several years and I’ve been averaging a blanket a year. So here we go again.
I did make a Baby Dress two years ago. This is my go-to pattern for new baby girls. This is the second (maybe third?) dress I’ve made. The bottom is a pain but it looks gorgeous.
I’ve been knitting basic basket weave blankets.
One was a baby blanket for the kid pictured above. I guess I didn’t take a picture of it.
The second was a queen size blanket made of Bernat Cotton – which is more comfortable in Florida.
I knit the majority of this during a time of personal emotional turmoil. For about two weeks, I would knit row and row in a fury trying not to think. We survived and it’s not easy focusing on a 350 stitch row one after another.
I started blanket number two a few months ago with the intention of giving it to baby above – which I decided against because all of a sudden we don’t have enough blankets in our home. It’s the same pattern but flecked with pink and purpose instead of green and orangish. This one fits a twin size bed easily and I finished it 1 year from the date I finished the queen size blanket (thanks TimeHop App!).
So, it has been about six months since I posted, probably a little more. This last year has been one of the most stressful of my life. I survived and came out the other side. Yay. I must be very busy knitting and spinning, right? Nope. I have been going nonstop for the last month and I’m wondering why. I’m taking advanced accounting classes, tutoring, exercising (because these past six stressful months have added at least fifteen pounds to my belly) and trying to cook dinner a few times a week.
In the past six months, I have:
bought a loom and learned to weave
bought a dehydrator so I can make my own fruit rollups
shuffled yarn so many times I can’t even count
convinced the cats to stop stealing my yarn never mind, the cat is playing with my yarn right now
applied to the master’s program for accounting and taxation
decided to do a PhD program in Accounting if anyone will accept me
Obviously, life is busy and that doesn’t include the crazy activities that I won’t post publicly. From now on, I will try to post every Monday. These posts may be knitting or yarn related or they may involve cooking, baking, dehydrating, general crafts or
chasing cats around the apartment (changed my mind, no cat posts allowed on knitwerks).
For this week, here is a picture of my very old tia rigged heddle loom that works like a charm and has made me want a room sized loom as soon as I win the lottery.
I actually haven’t done too much with Pinterest this week. All in all, I’ve been too busy and too under the weather to be all that creative.
However, I have been drinking green drinks for exactly one month now. I’d love to say I feel great but see statement above. Between school, work and home stresses, I don’t think there are any vegetables that would fix my stresses. I am down six pounds overall and my appetite has decreased dramatically.
Secondly, I sewed up the summer skirt above. I found a lovely fabric in JoAnn’s and did this in one night. My sewing isn’t so great, but my crooked lines are barely noticeable. I can’t wait to try this again. It was very easy to follow.
It is week two of the Pinterest reporting challenge. This is my way of proving that surfing Pinterest is not complete waste of time. It is a great source of crafting and money-saving ideas.
1. Tshirt Skirt: I love this idea. I did it with four shirts altogether. I do have to say my sewing is not great. I had a hard time finding the elastic thread and finally found it at Joanns. I had to buy 2 XL shirts in order to make sure the length would be appropriate.
2. Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Ball Jar. This worked surprisingly well. I cooked it for twenty minutes and spooned it into jars, added water, brown sugar and maple sugar. These may have actually been over cooked by the time I ate them, but they were still delicious.
3. Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener: I don’t use fabric softener at all because I don’t like the waste and the chemicals. This is great though. The rosemary mint conditioner is all natural. Everything smells awesome.
From the first time I saw this post, I was fascinated. It seemed simple enough. http://sewlikemymom.com/the-shirt-skirt/
Take a man’s shirt, xl or larger, cut the sleeves off and using elastic, sew several lengths around.
Thursday I stopped by Goodwill. My Goodwill is too expensive. The shirt cost $5 but it was striped and I loved it. I spent all of Thursday searching for my elastic. I did tear apart my house. I did not find it.
Friday morning, I leave my house early so I can get to Wal-Mart to pick up the elastic. I shut my car door and realized that I left my keys in the ignition. Long story short – it took a slim jim to open my car. No- Wal-Mart did not have my elastic.
Friday night. I decided my sickness, canker sores, and cold sore were a sign I should relax. So I tried. But I couldn’t resist. I’m not showing my sewing because it was that bad. I don’t know if I’ll ever wear it outside but I can’t wait to try again.
Okay, so I am a Pinterest addict at this point. Rather than spend hours at a time wasting the day away scanning Pinterest ideas, I have decided to use it as a tool and to report my findings. I hope to do this weekly but no promises.
Steal cut oats on the go: I just cooked them up and I’ll report to you after I eat them.
Homemade Biore Pore Strips: I used gelatin and half and half (it was the only dairy product in the house). It worked great the first time. The second time it congealed too fast. I would follow the directions closely and let it dry thoroughly. Wonderful trick!
Newspaper nails: Completely failed. I tried on a few different nails and finally gave up and continued on to marbleized nails.
Marbleized Nails: Also failed miserably but that may be my fault. Do NOT use plastic containers. Nail polish eats right through them. This is too messy for my tastes.
So, I am a little more than half way through with my blue sky shrug. I really do love this pattern. It is so simple to follow but it is taking more time than I would like to finish it. I thought I had less yarn than I do and I’m already wondering what to do with the leftover homespun. Of course, I’m not as thin as the model below, but I’m looking forward to wearing this. Here in Florida, alpaca is used sparingly. Today is cold and my cats are continually sitting on my work in progress.
This weekend has been especially lazy. I have zero motivation. I’m even having trouble getting enough energy to surf through pinterest. I did manage to finish my chocolate homespun yarn. I bought the batt at the Florida Fiber In back in September but haven’t really had time to sit and spin it until recently. I tried to create a thicker yarn this time and it worked. I used the navajo plying technique to create a three ply and I can’t wait to use it. I’m not sure for what yet, since I don’t have that much.
Finally, I started a bobbin of what will become my cotton candy yarn. I also bought this at the Florida Fiber In back in September. I’m going to pair it with a gorgeous hot pink. I’m thinking socks for this two ply yarn.