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I’m down-and-out with a cold today – you know, it’s been at least a year since I’ve had one? I’m not sure if I was doing something right or if the universe just decided to cut me a break, but it was nice. So nice, I don’t even really mind being sick now. An extra day on the sofa was exactly what I needed.

Baby Yours has been finished for a while, but I haven’t posted because I decided to try a set of Saartje’s Booties to match.

Well.

This project has completely dominated me. I knit the first one just fine, and despite the seemlingly endless yarn ends (one bootie boasts EIGHT ends to weave in. EIGHT) the cuteness factor made it worthwhile. The second went very, very wrong. I blame it on all the bus-knitting, but I managed to leave out ten rows (TEN… in a pattern that’s only about 30 rows long to begin with). Once I finally finished fiddling with the little straps I looked down and realized this bootie would fit my pinky finger. Oops.

Luckily I had enough yarn to try again, so I cast on this morning and all was going well. I cast off, made the first sole seam, picked it up to compare it to the first one and… well, wouldn’t you know it. Despite being certain I’d followed the pattern correctly this time, it’s a full two rows longer than it’s mate. So either I did it wrong this time, or the first one was wrong all along. Gah! I suppose that’s a minimal difference, but I’m anal and it’s enough to make me throw in the towel.

I don’t want to knit a fourth bootie. I’m done.

Saarjes (Failed) Booties in Dream in Colour Smooshy

Saarje's (Failed) Booties

One thing to keep in mind while knitting: it’s supposed to be FUN.

The sweater, on the other hand, turned out quite cute and without many complaints. I think it could be a tad longer, but I sacrificed that in order to be anal about start/finish of the cable. I also think the buttonband should be wider – I’ll try to remember that next time I take on this project.

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Dream in Colour Smooshy in Petal Shower

Dream in Colour Smooshy in Petal Shower

Also, I think this pattern is so much cuter in pink than it was in the green I used last time.

Not sure what I’m up to next… I still have mittens, scarf and sweater to finish – but we’ll see. To be honest, life’s a little full right now, I might have to focus my attention elsewhere for a few weeks.

Well, clearly my attention already is elsewhere. So I might as well stop punishing the innocent yarn.

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Okay, so here’s the thing: I have some serious financial goals for this year.

Why do I mention this on my knitting blog? Because I’m thinking it’s time for me to make a resolution: to only stash-knit until the stash is gone.

… yes. That’s right. I said gone.

Really, this isn’t the most ridiculous thing in the world. Here’s a link to my stash as listed on Rav (which is 100% accurate). The issue isn’t a lack of good yarn. According to my stash page, I have 14 different yarns that will make 14 (or more) complete projects. Frankly, that should keep me busy for at least a year.

I think I will have two specific problems. First: a lack of variety. I have a lot of fingering weight, and I don’t knit socks. Second: a lack of flexibility. I’m an impulsive project-starter. It’ll be hard not to go out to purchase the yarn for some project I get excited about when I’m working my way through my third lace shawl (which is my plan for the fingering weight).

The thing is, financially speaking, my biggest obstacles aren’t big at all. It’s the leaky faucet problem. Ten dollars here, twenty dollars there… and next thing you know, I’m wondering why it’s so hard for me to contribute to my emergency fund or finally start that RRSP. I’m not complaining – I’m doing quite well. But with the shaky economy and all my pricey goals for the future, it’s time to buckle down. I don’t really buy a lot of yarn (14 stashed? 14?) but it’s one small area I can control. So I’m going to.

Stash: prepare thyself.

ps: the delicious Neapolitan baby sweater is almost finished. Stay tuned!

Do you have any idea how long it would have taken me to knit these?

Things I like about crochet:

1. It’s fast. Super duper fast.
2. Only one live stitch (less fear of dropping)
3. Much more bus-friendly (see #2)
4. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
5. Did I mention it’s fast?

Things I dislike about crochet:

1. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
2. … it looks quaint and grandma-ish?
3. No, seriously – I know there’s some pretty awesome, modern crochet out there. It’s something inside my head, the moment I notice the distinctive crochet stitches I just see afghans. It’s not the crochet, it’s me.

Then again, that’s unfair. I don’t really think all crochet looks like afghans. I know some pretty awesome crocheters (is that a word?) that make some beautiful pieces. It’s just not really my style… yet ;-) However, if I liked the look of it more I would probably switch over exclusively.

These squares, though?

Definitely my cup of tea.

edited:  for clarity

Hello, my name is Katy and I’m a granny-square-a-holic.

I’m not even 100% sure I’m doing it right, but I don’t care because it looks okay. This is such a change for me, seeing as I’m a terribly neurotic perfectionist knitter. But if it looks okay, it can’t be wrong, right?

(Well… okay, the perfectionist in me wants to know if I AM doing it right… but, seeing as I’m already working on my fourth square, I probably wouldn’t fix it if I wasn’t.)

Any hookers out there reading? If so, let me know… and I’ll explain where I suspect I might be going wrong.

The knitting’s been a bit slow-going lately so I haven’t had much to write about. I really wish more people would sign the petition for a 26 hour day.

I was working on my Bird in Hand mittens tonight (which, due to two consecutive warm days, I’ve finally admitted will not be done in time to actually wear this season) but got a bit frustrated with how slow-going they are. In a moment of frustration, I decided to take a break, pick  up my crochet hook and give it a go.

Wow. Fun!

I successfully (I think?) taught myself single, double, and triple crochet. I made a cute little 2 row double crochet circle. I then tried to graduate to granny squares, but got a bit mixed up. Regardless, I had fun.

I’m suddenly hatching this ridiculous plan: Wouldn’t it be great to make a granny square afghan out of Malabrigo? Each time I’ve made a project with Malabrigo Worsted, I’ve ended up with quite a bit left over… I think I have 4 colourways and counting. I wonder how many squares I could get out of each colour? My guess is 2, or perhaps even 3? How many yards does one granny square take? How many colours would I need to make an afghan?

This could totally be a project that takes years to complete, as I gather more and more scraps of Malabrigo from various other projects. It would be soft and warm and smooshy and ALL MINE and I would love it. LOVE IT.

What do you think… am I nuts? Or would a Malabrigo granny square afghan be the coolest use of leftover scrap stash ever?

ETA:  OMG figured out the granny square and I’m in love. I will definitely get at least 2 or 3 from the amount I have of each colourway. That meas I have 8-12 squares in my stash basket already. And all the more motivation to knit with Malabrigo in the future…

So remember this post, in which I said I would never again knit a baby garment in fingering weight?

Well…

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Some might call me a flip-flopper. I prefer to think I’m willing to admit it when I’m wrong.

I forgot to mail the wee baby raglan cardigan. Again. Suddenly, I realized that by the time it arrived the nearly-ten-pound baby would be a month old and the likelihood of it fitting was as small as the sweater itself. If her parents liked it, I wouldn’t want them feeling badly about not being able to put her into my handiwork. If they were indifferent, I wouldn’t want it going to the thrift store without ever warming my newest relation. So, I decided to do damage control and cast on something new.

However, to prove I’m not a total flip-flopper, I couldn’t bear to go out and buy yet another skein of yarn, considering how much I acquired in January. Pawing through my stash basket, the only thing that stuck out as appropriate was this skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn:

Dream in Color Smooshy in Petal Shower

I genuinely can’t explain how obsessed I am with this colourway. It looks like deliciously melted Neapolitan ice cream. It’s pink but the brown makes it not too girly. I freaking heart this yarn, all right, and my newest little first-cousin-once-removed will be wearing it by month’s end if I kill myself in the process.

Well, maybe not kill. But I might damage my pinkie again.

The obvious choice was to try making Baby Yours again, and I’m enjoying it so much more this time around. It’s a billion times better in this colourway… probably because the check pattern reminds me of a waffle cone, adding to this whole ice cream image I’ve woven up in my imagination. I’m seriously obsessed.

So, it looks like you’re still going to have a lot of in progress photos for the next month, rather than FOs.

Sorry!

PS: I’ve been updating the new photography blog lots – go check it out!

Just a quick post before bed to give you a peek at what I’ve been up to…

First, I never did post a proper finished photo of the Raglan Baby Cardigan I was working on. It turned out cute, but it’s very, very small. Doesn’t help that my cousin had a nine pound baby – I’m not sure it’s going to fit! But I’m going to mail it anyway because, well, why not?

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

I suppose it would have helped if I’d actually gotten it in the mail two weeks ago.

After I finished up the sweater, and the thumbs on the Fetchings, I cast on a pair of Those Mitts by Leslie Friend. I just wanted a simple mitt with a thumb gusset, as that was the one pattern feature I felt was lacking on the Fetchings. Well, it turned out to be lacking here as well… I modified the pattern quite a bit in order to get the sort of gusset I was hoping for (following the curve of the thumb all the way down to the wrist). Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to figure that out.

I’m gifting these ones as well, but I’m dying to make myself something in the same colourway. Gorgeous.

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

But of course, I couldn’t simply finish these ones. No, something far more complicated was calling me…

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert.

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

Bird in Hand in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

And so now, I have to go.

I have some knitting to do.

Remember the pay-it-forward game I mentioned in my gift post?

Well, with my first recipient in mind, I decided to turn a ridiculously pretty skein of Malabrigo into a pair of Fetchings.

Pattern:  Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Velvet Grapes

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Velvet Grapes

I had a lot of fun with this pattern, and the only modification I made was to double the amount of cable repeats at both the wrist (from 3 to 6, for length) and the knuckles (from 1 to 2, for look). It was a fast, easy project and all those little cable knots are so cute – I really understand why 10,000+ people on Ravelry have made these little mitts. I really only had one complaint, and that’s the thumb: why no thumb gusset? It would be so much more comfortable.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

The yarn ended up pooling in a really cool way. Excuse the poor photo, but it’s for illustrative purposes only:

Spiral pooling

Spiral pooling

I’m not sure Malabrigo is the best choice for this pattern – I think the stitch definition could be much better. But they’ll be very cozy so I think it was worth that sacrifice. Ravelry project page is here.

Now I just need to block them and put them in the mail! One down, five to go :)

I’ve been busy!

I’m working away at the 9-5, starting up a new business venture (sssh), taking photography, trying to be a good fiance/friend/sister/daughter/granddaughter… I never feel like I have enough time, but there’s nothing I’m willing to give up. So knitting/blogging aren’t taking the number one position right now, but I’m trying!

I’ve finished the socks, and the baby sweater, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts and another on the needles. I’m working on the scarf, and I’m desperate to start my lace shawl project… and I haven’t had the time to photograph anything.

I was also hoping to start video blogging, just for the fun of it… but I can’t seem to get my computer to recognize my camera. This might be a little beyond my techno-skills. We’ll see.

The point is… stay tuned. There will be much more to see in the coming weeks.

It’s pretty hard to render me speechless, but I definitely fumbled for words upon receiving this beautiful gift tonight.

Eeee! I love surprises! Isnt it beautiful?

Eeee! I love surprises! Isn't it beautiful?

This seriously made my weekend.

A while back I participated in this little pay-it-forward type of game on Facebook. Someone offered to make something for the first five people that responded to their note. I responded, and then turned around and offered to do the same for five others, per the rules of the game.

The gift can be anything you want, as long as you make it yourself, and as long as you make it with the recipient specifically in mind. Of course, my gifts will be knitted – duh. I have the first one finished and the second on the way. I’m so excited to send them!

But one lovely lady offered a trade rather than a pay-it-forward, which was totally fine in my books. Imagine my surprise when she beat me to the punch! And with a teething baby to care for, to boot. I’m beyond impressed. Seriously, look at this work!

Travelling Fern Lace Scarf (I think?) - click for pattern page

Travelling Fern Lace Scarf (I think?) - click for pattern page

I’m thrilled. And, do you want to hear the best part? She’s in Vancouver visiting from Montreal, and couldn’t get out to deliver it, so her husband was kind enough to drive over and give it to me. Her husband who also knits/crochets. What a catch, eh?

Thanks, Rachael!