Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 31


Oops!! I have been missing here for a while now!  The new semester at work has been keeping me busy and I have not made the time to update my blog.  I have been working on several projects and have several finishes but I do not have pictures of everything yet.  I plan to get those done for next week and am going to try to be more regular on my posting here!

I finished a scarf for my niece for her birthday gift (back in the beginning of January).  I knit her Boom! and used some long gradient yarn that I dyed myself.  The design shows off the gradient nicely but I am not 100% happy with the dying I did.  Oh well, I'll try again and see what I create next!  My niece loved the scarf!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 25


Back for another week!!  I am keeping up with my Advent scarf and today completed Day 22 of the 28 days the pattern will be released on.  This is running four days longer than the "usual" Advent season.  Here are two pictures:

The first 14 days worth of knitting

Where the two orange markers are marks the end of Day 14
And I decided to cast on something else!  I am going to knit a little scarf for my niece for her birthday (January 5th).  I dyed the yarn myself - my first attempt at a long gradient.  It didn't quite turn out how I hoped, but it is still a good attempt!  I am knitting her Boom!  It is a nice. simple, mindless project and one that should show off the gradient!




I am going to be away over the holidays so I doubt I will post until January.  Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 24


Most of this week was spent busy with end of semester grading and other university things.  I did spend some time most days working on my Advent Scarf and so far I am up to date with it!!  I did fall a bit behind, but I was able to catch up on Friday!  So far I am really enjoying this knit!  Short and sweet post this week!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 23



Back for another week!!  I have worked on nothing but my Advent Scarf this past week.  Eight days completed now and I am enjoying it very much!!  I am also enjoying my Sampler Tea package.  So far I have sampled eight of the teas to correspond to the eight days of pattern pieces.  I also thought it would be fun to keep track of my thoughts on each of the teas I tried.  I know that I will never remember which ones I really liked and which ones I did not like so I though I should keep track!  I recently began keeping a Bullet journal in a Leuchtturm1917 dot grid book (I plan to write more about Bullet journaling in an upcoming post) and am keeping track there.  I use my Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen to write out my little notes about each tea.




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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NaBloPoMo 2016 Day 28


So I made it to the end of NaBloPoMo 2016 and managed to post 28 or the 30 days!!  I only missed two days and I consider the challenge a success!!  I did find that it is very difficult to keep up with blogging each and every day.  I found that several days I simply had a little bit of almost nothing posted just to be able to say I posted something!  I want to continue to post on a more regular basis but I doubt I will post every day unless I get into another challenge!  I really do need to get on track to posting at least once or twice a week though and hopefully this challenge has settled me into a nice routine of posting more often!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NaBloPoMo 2016 Day 27


I can't believe I completely forgot to post yesterday!!  Sigh.  But posting 28 out of 30 days is not too bad!!

On Sunday I began a mystery Advent Scarf.  It started a few days early so that we would not have as much knitting to do every day.  This way we have 30 rows to knit each day (and the rows are 47 stitches long).  The pattern is a mosaic design and so far I am really enjoying the knit!  The goal of the scarf is to give knitters a little break and some "me" time each day during this busy time of the year!  I usually try to do most of the knitting in the morning over a cup of tea before work, but sometimes (like today) I am knitting in the evening.  Either way - I am making a bit of down time to do something I enjoy!

Here is my progress so far over the three days:




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 22


Blocking is pure magic!!  I had two projects that needed blocking and made the time to get those done this past weekend.  One project - Celtic Myths Shawl - is a recent finish and did not languish long awaiting blocking to finish it off completely.  The second however has been waiting forever (or so it seems!)  For the past several years I have participated in an Advent Scarf Knit Along.  This December will be my fourth year!  Anyway, I finished the 2015 scarf back in December 2015 and have still not blocked it!  For shame!  Actually I did the same last year - I blocked my 2014 Advent Scarf in December 2015...  At least I am consistent!

So, blocking is magic!!  I use my colorful mats that I bought at Sam's Club and some T-pins and away I go!  I add a little Eucalan wool-wash to the water and let it soak for an hour or so.

Before

Soaking

Close up - before

After!

Before

Soaking

After!

In other news, my Coffee Cantata Socks have seen some growth in the past week!  Here is how they look now!  Again, thanks to everyone who encouraged me to continue knitting this project!  I appreciate the push!  Maybe these socks will be done before 2016 is done!!  At least I should have them done before the next round of Sock Madness begins in March 2017!  I need to free up my Addi Turbo Sock Rockets for more sock knitting!!



And I started an Advent Scarf this morning.  The pattern is being released four days early so that each day's clue is not too daunting!  The design is mosaic and I am eager to spend a little bit of time each and every morning knitting!  I will make a cup of tea and will work the pattern each morning.  I tried to buy an Advent calendar tea package (a different tea for the 24 days of Advent) but I was slow and missed out.  I ended up buying another tea sampler package and this one had 28 different flavors and types.  Bonus is that we will have the pattern coming out over 28 days instead of 24 and I will have just the right number of teabags to make it through!!  I am quite easy to please!!


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