December Instagram Photo Challenge

Hi Knitting Friends,

I always try my best to excel at things that I work on knitwise. However, photographing yarn/projects isn’t one of my specialties. In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to jump into the ‘deep end’ to capture as many knit worthy photos based on #Knittingannie’s Instagram December Knitting photo challenge:

#Knittingannie Instagram Rules For Decemeber Photo Challenge:

I’m hosting a #knitting photo challenge this month!!! Winner will be chosen January 1st and will receive a prize with #yarn from @rijelviolet of Black Market Wool, spinning fiber from me and stitch markers I’ve made!!! To play along, repost this photo and tag each of your photos #knittinganniephotochallenge. Have fun and happy knitting!!! ❄⛄❄ #knit #knitter #photochallenge #wip #wool #fiberarts

Photo Credit: Instagram #Knittingannie

Photo Credit: Instagram #Knittingannie

3 Holiday Gift Ideas

Hi Knitting Friends,

In the spirit of giving, I mainly knit to gift others. The act of knitting gives me satisfaction and giving away the finished project is precious to me. I decided this year to make a conscious effort to knit several things to give away. I also felt that I should at least spoil myself with finding a couple of knit related gifts for myself. Here are some ideas that I thought I could share– both to remind myself of things I’ve wished for and to set a limit for my personal knit gifts.

1.   Blog Love (Free)– Tricksy Knitter

This blog I stumbled on today as I was looking at Fair Isle motivations. Tricksy Knitter, a website that helps you create fair isle motifs called knitting chartmaker. Perhaps I’m late to the ball, but I didn’t know that this existed. Thanks Pinterest. Tricksy Knitter has a win-win website presence with free and for-sale knit patterns. I am super thrilled to have found this.

2.   Book Obsession– Yokes By Kate Davies

I am soooo obsessed with Kate Davies Designs. I love social media because it connects you to a knit designers/crafters. I have her as one of my Instagram friends and I am always looking on Ravelry to see that latest color choices that knitters select to make KD designs. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about her newest book, Yokes a zillion times. And it is a potential present for myself. I love the style and color choices that Kate Davies makes. Next year on my bucket list, I want to make a fair isle yoked cardigan Cockatoo Brae . I am soo sure that one of the knitted goods will be a new addition to my wardrobe next year — for sure.

Buchanan and Foxglove designed by Kate Davies

Buchanan and Foxglove designed by Kate Davies

3.   Yarn of Course

I have a lot of yarns that I enjoy working with. In 2013, I was in love with Madelinetosh Yarns. I love me some merino. And of course this year was Quince and Co. Can you believe I found more than ‘6 skeins’ of Chickadee laying in my stash. My brain is on overdrive trying to figure out what I will use it for. I am proud to say that I have touched most of my skeins in my stash this year since I moved.

Quince & Co. (Finch, Chickadee, and Osprey)

Quince & Co. (Finch, Chickadee, and Osprey)

Turtlepurl Yarns

YES YES & YES… What better way to indulge in yarn than with self-striping sock yarn. I am itching to sink my heels into some of this fabulous color ways.

Photo Credit: 88stitchesyarnshop Instagram

Photo Credit: 88stitchesyarnshop Instagram

Tanis Fiber Arts

YES YES & YES…I feel in love with Tanis’ rich palette. The following photos are from Tanis’ Instagram account. This is all the motivation that I need to learn how to make socks.

Photo Credit: Tanis Fiber Arts

Photo Credit: Tanis Fiber Arts

Photo credit: Tanis Fiber Arts

Photo credit: Tanis Fiber Arts

So, Knitting Friends, what’s on your Wish list?

Gift-A-Long: Part 2

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I am soooo happy– finally a hat to fit my Sweetie. I have started on this massive ‘knitting initiative’. I have never really knit things for the holidays, but the Indie Design Gift-Along 2014 gave me a reason to start. I like the Gift-Along because it seems like a gift that keeps on giving. I enjoy knitting and I will admit that my heart feels joy whenever I receive compliments on my knitting. It has been five years since I first started and I can say that each year has gotten better. I have met so many cool knitters and learn so many different things. I will admit that cables still scare me and socks are on my to-do list. I can brag showing my first finished hat, Dreiecke by Shannon Cook. I used Malabrigo yarn– my favorite. I am planning on making another one.

In my Part 1 blogpost about the Gift-Along, I shared several pictures of potential knit projects. My cousin has an upcoming birthday party in two weeks so I am happy to announce that I found a perfect cowl for her as well as a nice beginner’s cable cowl project. Here are my other KAL projects:

Lucky No. 7 by Jenny Faifel

Windrow by Bristol Ivy

Filtering Daylight by Suvi Simola

Snow Ghost by Aimee Alexander

Gift-A-Long: Part 1

Hi Knitting Friends,

I am so happy that Ravelry exist. While looking at patterns for my family and friends, I stumbled upon a knitting blog called Dull Roar. Knit designer Alex Tinsley surprised me with her fabulous knit patterns. Also I would have never knew about the Gift-A-Long. As a knitter I try to do my diligence and share cool stuff to my knitting buddies. The details about the Gift-A-Long are listed by clicking on the Gift-A-Long icon below. The highlights about this cool Gift-A-Long is that over 300 designers have offered a small percentage off on specific patterns and in turn as you knit these knitted goodies you share your FO so that everyone can *drool* see the end produce.

Details of the Indie Gift-Along

The Ravelry Gift-Along begins Thursday, November 13th at 8 pm (US-EST) and runs through Wednesday December 31st at midnight (US-EST).  If you use the coupon code giftalong2014 between Thursday November 13th 8pm (US-EST) and Friday November 21 at 11:59 pm (US-EST), you’ll receive 25% off any of the patterns in this bundle!!

GAL14_logo-400If you click the icon above you will connect to the Gift-A-Long Forum and see more information about patterns, types of knit goods, descriptions of prizes. I love the fact that Ravelry becomes the gift that keeps on giving. I enjoy knitting and most times my knit items end up with a friend.

Below is some items that I am considering…

Group 1

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Potential Designers

White Shawl Swan by Toby Barna

Holden By Mindy Wilkes

Beeswax Cowl By Amy van de Laar

Leafy Greens By Shannon Squire

What are you looking at knitting?

Knitting is my weakness

Knitting…oh how I love thee.

Hello knitting friends,

I have been struggling for several weeks. Struggling to figure out what my next knit project will be. Don’t laugh (or at least not in my face) but I really feel a little anxious when I don’t have a challenging project on my needles. I am working diligently with my long term Kate Davies Funchal Moebius project. It’s a cool project to have on the train, but it’s growing like crazy.

Buchanan and Foxglove designed by Kate Davies

Buchanan and Foxglove designed by Kate Davies

For several weeks I have been eyeballing Kate Davies new Yoke book. I haven’t been able to think of anything else. Okay >>>>smiles<<<< I’m kidding again. Can I just say that I am in love. I love color work, it’s my life. So I will be charting new territory because I have never made a cardigan before. Those colors in Foxglove and Buchanan have just made my day.

Later

LYS Confessions

Good afternoon lovely knit friends,

I have been keeping a secret. One of my readers asked me about my local yarn shop (LYS). I felt sort of funny naming the store because I like my anonymity, but the more I visit my LYS the more comfortable I have become. I admit that I consider two stores as my LYS.

Looped Yarn Works, Washington, D.C.- this location is closest to my job. I considered this my first home aka LYS. because the employees are very welcoming and friendly. I can always count on getting some help or suggestions on yarns or pattern styles that I would like to try. Their shop is small, cozy, and surprisingly accommodates large crowds. Thursday nights are always lively. I always feel welcomed and always meet interesting people.

Cloverhill Yarn Shop, Catonsville, MD- this location is closest to my home. I considered this my second home because I live 20 minutes away. I enjoy the knitting environment. I have met so many people here. The owners are very welcoming. I feel like I am a part of a community when I come into the shop. They always have a big crowd for knit nights. They have a delicious yarn line called Tempting Ewe Yarns Inc.

So… my secret’s out. I support stores that feed my habit (i.e. lovely yarn and interesting people). Both places have so many great things and I can’t think of anything negative to say. I am a loyal supportive of small businesses. I can always count on getting the best advice for knitting techniques and finding the best masseuse or car repairer. I feel so relieve now that my secret is out :)

Undergrowth

Undergrowth pattern using Malabrigo

Knitting with the Silver Linings

Hello again,

Even though my blog hasn’t had a lot of action, it’s not because I lack things to talk about. Recently I realized that there are different types of knitters. The knitter who is plagued by ‘Startisis’ (compulsively starting projects, but rarely finishing). The knitter who completes one project at a time (i.e. rare individuals). Or the knitter who compulsively reads knit literature, modifies projects, and updates their blog several times a month. HAHAHAHA– I’m just kidding, I have only described and experienced traits of the ‘startisis’  and ‘monogamous’ knitter. Well…I thought my humor comes across well in my writing *shrugs shoulders*.

Now for the ‘traumatic portion’ of my knitting experience. I have been working on a yarn project called the Brown-Eyed Susan by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper. It has taken me one year to complete it. It is a two color shawl, but has a lace ruffle. I have asked several knitting friends and wrote online in the Project Forum requesting someone to provide clear explanations for this knitted project. The knit project has caused me to curse profusely (which only happens while watching football). Last weekend I went to my LYS and I was so out of sorts that one knitter told me that I could modify the pattern and use a quick yarn-over/knit border. I’ve tried to talk myself into doing it this way, but I feel too much guilt. The lace boarder was the only thing that enticed me to start the project in the first place.

I want to share a ‘silver lining’ experience. During my recent move (i.e. ahhmmm eight months ago), I managed to arrange my yarn stash and books in my office. The office room is normally closed because one of my furbabies gets too frisky when left unattended. I am almost finish with a Quince & Co. pattern, but I needed to use the third skein of yarn I purchased weeks ago. I had a momentary lapse of memory. I forgot where I put the third skein. Luckily, I went back into the office and found it sitting on top of the book shelf. I am soooo relieved. I can’t wait until this project gets done so that I can submit it to the 12in2014 Ravelry group. I won a prize for my project last month. I never thought I was one for being motivated by prizes, but surprisingly when it comes to knitting– I can be persuaded. So the ‘silver lining’ for me is that not only have I saved money by recovering a skein– I also get a chance to start planning to make socks.

Knitting and Constipation

Hello Knit Buddies,

I had a busy week, but I made sure to fit in some serious knitting time. Since I jumped back on the knitting hub, my motivation has increased. I am now working on two large projects that include color work and learning new stitches. I went to my LYS for the weekly SnB and I was definitely Bitchin’ I have been working on Brown-Eyed Susan for over a year. I initially chose the pattern based on using Neighborhood Fibers (local yarn). I promise the owners of the LYS thought I was on the crazy train. ALERT– I was grateful for the hands on help from both owners. I equate my experience of learning t2l (twist 2 stitches left) as being more cumbersome than having constipation. As an old saying goes ‘Perhaps your pain might be excruciating to one, but may seem painless to another’.

I  am so major about my experience that I had my knitting neighbor film the stitches on my phone. Unfortunately, I uploaded my iPhone pictures to my laptop and erased the film. So now it lives in my iPhone program. I selected the option to share (i.e. email) and realized that iPhone does not share video. I’m happy at the film. Here’s hoping for some muscle memory and no reliance on constipation.

Brown-Eyed Susan-- yarn: Neighborhood Fibers Co.

Brown-Eyed Susan– yarn: Neighborhood Fibers Co.

 

 

 

Hello Again — Good news

Hello dear knitting buddies,

It seems that life has taken such a challenging turn for the past six months. It has been six months since I’ve knitted anything. Most of it had to do with anxiety and lack of motivation. I realized that knitting for me was a way to alleviate stress. I realize that everyone goes through challenging patches every now and again. I’m just lucky that I have a supportive network of friends and a healthy hobby– knitting. My first project that I chose, Bee Leaf, Half Pi Shawl won a knit pattern prize from the 12 and 2014 Ravelry group. Each month knitters/crocheters submit completed projects and users can like projects of their choice. I feel so honored to be chosen.

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LYS Weekend

I had a great weekend. I ended up at my LYS for a few hours. I am working on my Nikoline socks and I got lots of compliments for the progress that I am making. One lady was surprised that I am working on new socks and with color work. I told her that I already knew how to do color work and that I prefer challenges while knitting. I didn’t want to make lace socks because I am not that confident in my abilities to keep up with the increase and decreases.

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On a lighter note, a cool thing happened to me earlier last week. I like to buy a magazine, but I wasn’t in love enough with the newest Knitscene Accessories. I found only two patterns that I was interested in. I finally broke down and bought the magazine because I bought the yarn for one pattern. But through my move to the new place I was unable to locate where I put the magazine. On last Thursday I got an email for magazines on sell in Interweave and I took a chance that they would actually include the Knitscene that I needed. $2.99 for the digital copy of the magazine was the best thing I have purchased. Now I have a project that can distract me while knitting socks.

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