Weekend Magic

Hi Knit Friends,

Lately, the weather has been the pits, but thank goodness we finally got sunshine today. I enjoyed time with my dear friend Kris** whose sweet dog Taco is the best.

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Taco is so hyper, but is generous with his kisses. He loves human food too. He was great company as Kris and I sat on her deck knitting socks. It’s so much fun to spend time with friends that have similar knit preferences. Kris has amazing skills with altering patterns. This is my least likable thing to do in knitting. I also got a chance to see and hold her chicken. 

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Between entertaining her dogs and helping with minor yarn work >> I had an enjoyable Saturday. I also managed to work on  a tan. It’s sad I haven’t had enough sun so when it finally shows up I tan super easy. I’m sure I should take a before and after picture for my upcoming beach trip.

I’m still working on my Lilli Pilli and the color combinations are finally growing on me. It’s definitely been a labor of love and probably something I’ll give away as the colors aren’t in my wheel house. No pictures today of the project, but coming soon.

Hello May… sock heel stats?

Hi Knit Friends,

It’s early May and I have yet to see the sun. It doesn’t even feel like Summer. I was cold wearing capris with my Birkenstock sandals yesterday. If it wasn’t for a planned short trip to the beach next week I think I’d try hyphenating until the sun comes out. My knits have been busy. I am working away at some nice socks and lovely Tempting Ewe Yarn (Winter Thistle).

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Spinning Wheel by Corrine Walcher

I’m making this for a friend who says she has fat feet with a size 8. I got all the way to turning the heel and decreasing, but don’t want to start the foot length until she tries it on. I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with socks. And double trouble because I have a yarn dealer. I’m going to start the other sock until I get my human person to try on the almost completed sock. Knit friends, what methods do you use to measure feet when your intended person is miles away?

Socks WIP Updates:

Hundred acres (left) started 8-29-15

Wanderer socks (right) started 3-13-16

Concerns: both are toe-up and will require me to start from scratch as my knitting notes are lost (at least for 100 acres).

 

#MADMAY Ready?

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Hi Knit Friends,

Everyone knows how much of a Madelinetosh (stalker) lover I profess to be. If I had a choice to snuggle with a yarn brand, Madelinetosh is one of my top 5 yarns. The different yarn bases are so irresistible. The colorways are so beautiful and it’s the only yarn lot that prefects the grey spectrum. I’m not a complete yarn snob…I’m about quality and aesthetics. Do you know what #Madmay represents? Madmay is the anniversary celebration of Madelinetosh. IF only I lived closer to Fort Worth, Texas. On Ravelry there are several designers who are selling knitting patterns at a small discount. This makes me super happy. I am on a YARN diet, but I still allow myself to buy patterns and knit notions. Check out/Join Madelinetosh Lover’s Ravelry group for details. Thanks to group moderator [JoJo] graciously created a MadMay logo for me.

Here are some of the items I want purchase:

MadMay 2016 Road map– links for Knitalong with nice prizes.

I’m going to try KnitterGems to get some much needed stitchmarkers with labels.

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Here are some potential MadMay pattern options.

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Photo credit: based on Ravelry pictures

Top (left to right in appearance)

  1. Fractured Fairy Tale (mitts) by Mary Annarella
  2. Corbusier socks by Sarah Jordan
  3. Garberas hat (yellow) by Anna Rauf
  4. Lil & Love by Julie Partie
  5. Ceciliana by Lisa Hannes
  6. Sleeping Cedars by Melissa Schaschwary
  7. Comfort of Lines by Melissa Schaschwary (see below)

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Beyhive Persuasion

Hello Knit friends,

Please let me start off by saying that I love how social media keeps all of us busy. I am not a celebrity news junkie, but I love reading “sarcastic-saturated” commentary. I haven’t watched #Lemonade videos yet, but I keep finding articles and blogs. I’m trying to convince me why I should. I’ve never been a Beyonce fan, nothing against her (I just have other priorities). Knitting and reading my kindle has been my love affair aside from work. Here is a list of some articles (some serious, some playfull) ENJOY.

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Photo credit: found on Instagram

Lemonade is Sweet tea by Awesomely Luvvie

Beyonce’s Lemonade by Ijeoma Oluo (The Guardian)

Lemonade at the table by Melissa Harris-Perry (Elle)

10 thought about Bey’s Lemonade by Panama Jackson (Very Smart Brothas)

Lemonade is Bittersweet like me by  Ashleigh Shackelford (Wear Your Voice)

Lemonade- Revelation of Spirit? by Carrie Battan (New Yorker)

Woman behind the Lemonade poetry by John Kennedy

African Spirituality in Lemonade by Ama McKinley (Huffpost Black Voices)

 

 

 

Purple Moods

Dear Knit Friends,

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Photo credit: http://www.queerty.com

This is a sad time of many of us. When we lose a person who has the capacity to communicate emotions about the craziness of life through musical instruments and facial expressions. Who walks in a room and can command a space. Prince is and will always be a icon. It makes me sad inside…maybe even moodier than when we lost Michael Jackson. I will not pretend to know all things Prince. Many in my family and friends mourn this untimely death of a beautiful spirit. He represented so much more. His legacy is epic and will be like a drop in a pond to transcend time.  Below are article shared among my friend group. Please feel free to comment and contribute to this link.

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From Prince’s words. photo credit: Addicted to Prince Nelson Rogers Nelson FB group https://www.facebook.com/loversofprincerogersnelson4/?fref=photo

 

Additional links:

The Undefeated (by Kelley L. Carter)– https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-undefeated/pop-life/1687932538125425

Questlove’s favorite Prince story- https://youtu.be/WfhoI6iX5ng

Scott Wood***– https://scottwoodsmakeslists.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/prince-little-weird-black-boy-gods/

Awesomely Luvie – http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2016/04/prince-petty.html 

Minnesota Public Radio– http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/04/22/hear-princes-catalogue-starting-at-6-pm-friday

IBT- Prince and Copyright issues- http://www.ibtimes.com/how-prince-fought-music-industry-internet-career-fraught-legal-battles-control-2358163#discussion

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Photo credit: http://www.soundspike.com

Yarn Diets & Market Day

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Good morning Knit Friends,

It is soooo early in the morning, any time before 10am is too early for me. I had an eventual weekend. You know the weekends where exciting things happen back to back and you feel like you need a break from the weekend you had for double rest? I don’t have children so I certainly should have been okay, but alas it must mean I am getting old as my energy levels are fluctuating. I am super excited to announce that I finished and photographed (one) knit projects. This is a rare occurrence as my normal MO is to finish and take a poor photo with bad lighting. Normally it takes me one month to do finishing tasks with a decent photo.

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MarigoldJen dyed yarns was delicious to knit with. The 80/20 merino/nylon blend is perfect for  my go-to sock yarn. Durability trumps colorway whenever I seek to purchase yarn. The worst thing about sock knitting is when sock reach their expiration date. I’m determined to make handmade socks last and making cashmere-free socks works best for me.

Market day at Cloverhill Yarn Shop is one of my favorite things. Each year I bring my stash of wayward yarn. I brought 2 medium sized bags and left with 3 skeins. I made $75 and took home some swapped yarn. This is the best way to start a year diet. I think 6 month; mid-year yarn diets are most effective and realistic for me. I tried doing a year long yarn diet and only lasted for 8 months. Knit friends, what works best for you?

I ate so much this past weekend that I’ve gone to bed without dinner last night. I went to Foundering Farmers on last Saturday to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I was happy to get a reservation and it still took us 15 mins to getting seating. The food was delicious. Anytime you can get cornbread as an appetizer it’s always “win-win.” I’m not used to having cornbread with actually corn kernels cooked into the bread. The bread was moist with a hint of sweetness. The honey butter was home churned. I really wanted to devour the entire dish, but saved it for home as I ate my Avocado Bacon Cheese burger (sorry no pics).

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#knitpalpitations Thursday

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Hi Knit Friends,

It seems that April has been full of ups and downs in my knitwise world. I think that I’ve handled my polygamous knitting gracefully. I met two project deadlines on time with some time to spare. I am currently fighting with the yarn…not the yarn’s fault (mine). My anticipation for finishing has caused me to make silly mistakes. The photo above shows how I decrease the vanilla socks differently. This has to be skills >> or at least the universe’s idea of telling me that learning 2AAT socks is on the horizon. The red circles above show how I inverted the decrease stitches so the left sock is perfectly finished, but the right sock (in photo) shows the stitches have been inverted. I can put my finger in the seams on the right sock to show that these are absolutely wrong.

What do you do when you forget a technique or don’t write notes to remind you where to go back? I admit to being lazy, but these socks are samples so I have to make them perfect. I dug into my archive of patterns to find the best instructions to decrease cuff-down socks. I always loose track of how to place my needles when I start the final toe decreases once I make the sock length 1.5 inches shorter than the shoe size.

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Rose City Rollers have the best quick reference for making ’rounded’ or ‘squared’ toes. I am a visual learner and the instructions for Rose City Rollers are the best when I’m in a pinch. I like how the instructions include a picture of how the 4 dpns are set-up to keep track of the decrease sequence. I used Vanilla Sock Latte pattern for Marigoldjen Springtime colorway socks. These semi-stripe socks were a beauty to work with. I have to triage the first sock that I knit because the length of the cuff is ‘longer’ than the length of the sock. I have to rework the sock so that the cuff/sock length ratio is balanced? Knit friends, how do you determine cuff/sock length ratio? I despise short cuffs for my big feet, but my sister loves making short cuffs for her size 6 feet. I’m working on my inventory for the upcoming Yarn Market Day at my LYS. Here’s a mashup of my impressive 2016 sock yarn purchases.

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Vesper Sock yarn w/ nylon- Sesame Cha Cha

Tempting Ewe Yarns- Bill Nye 

Tough Love SweetGeorgia yarn – Blood Orange

Marigoldjen Yarns -Sidewalk Chalk

Dragonfly Fibers sock- Orchid Thief