Shelter in Place: Day 126

Shelter in Place: Day 126.  Definitely had to check the calendar for that number.  I’m well beyond the point of counting anymore.  I’ve got a special treat to share today:  AKC!  Actual Knitting Content!  woooo

It’s happening, slowly.  Slow and steady wins the race!  And this is definitely a win!! The pattern is No. 10 by Lori Versace.  It’s perfect for stashbusting.  I started with just a few greens.

And now it’s grown into all the greens!  I think I only bought green yarn last year, so it’s all going according to plan.

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My green itch is really getting scratched.  I put it on waste yarn to check out the size.  I’ve theoretically got two stripes left.  I may only do one.  We’ll see how long it takes me to get it back on the needles.

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Just in case that takes forever, I’ve got a quick green hat on the needles.  (It’s gonna be a while before I run out of green yarns!)  The hat is another Tensfield.  I’m still loving the unique construction.  It’s a super fun knit and it looks great on.  It’s a perfect hat.

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All of the green knitting is perfect today!  I hope you’ve all got perfect knitting today too!  It’s a small part of the world right now but I’ll take it!


Also, stayed tuned for a format change.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while.  Might give it a go this week. I think it’s finally time! Anything is possible!


 

Shelter in Place: Day 70

Shelter in Place: Day 70, Happy Memorial Day!

There’s plenty of knitting going on, you’ll have to wait to see it though!  Today, it’s all about the cross stitch!  In the age of pandemic, instant gratification is king.  I love getting that hit of accomplishment and I want more.  Cue the cross stitch parade…

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I’ve been keeping busy!  :)  So much instant gratification!  It’s the best fix for when the Covid blues rears it’s ugly head!

Not only have I updated my Cross Stitch Gallery page, but my Etsy Shop is stocked and ready to ship!  Check it out!  And if you’ve got an idea, leave me a comment…Maybe I’ll stitch it up!  Inspiration is everywhere!


 

Shelter in Place: Day 43

Shelter in Place: Day 43

I’m finally getting around to working on my sweater sleeves!  Woohoo!  Sleeve one is nearly done!

The Bay Area shelter in place order has been extended through May.  It’s safe to say, I’ll have this finished before then! Maybe even time time to start another sweater…time to start thinking about it.

Of course, it’s likely I’ll get distracted. Still making ‘Wash Your Damn Hands’ for Etsy, pizza for my nephew and I’m attempting to make a felt patch too!  I’ve got all sorts of odd ball felt scraps.  I couldn’t possibly throw them away.  So many fun distractions.  A month left to work on them all.  I’m really motivated to get stuff done…right after a quick nap!

Hope you guys are hanging in there and making the most of this continued quarantine! :)

Shelter in Place: Day 37

Shelter in Place:  Day 37

I left the house today and immediately remembered why I like staying in:  the sun.  Ugh.  There was way too much nice day out there for me.  I’m happy to be back inside now, with the shade and my knitting.

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I had lots of quality knitting time this weekend.  I finished a second Tensfield hat.  Still loving this pattern!  It’s so inventive!  Really unlike anything else.  Doing some great stash busting too.

This second version, is Spud & Chloe Sweater.  Because, rainbows.  Obviously.

After getting my instant gratification fix, I cast on for something that’s going to take a bit longer, a Matchmaker Cowl.  Another Martina Behm pattern with a fun twist.  I haven’t gotten to the fun twist yet but I’m looking forward to it.

It’s been a nice soothing bit of garter stitch so far.  I love the colors and this yarn is another bit of deep stash!  It’s MadTosh DK from 2014.  The variegated color is ‘Knitting is Dead Sexy’…the exclusive tour color from Stephen & Steven’s 2014 Tour (as in Stephen West & Steven Be).   I’d say six years in deep stash is enough.  This yarn is happy to see the light of day!

So I continue on this way, knitting flat, for a bit longer.  It’s the perfect Zoom knitting with friends…the new knit night.  Then the surprise bit to turn this flat piece into something round.  Looking ahead at the pattern, I see some binding off and then rejoining to knit flat again.  How does she even think of these things?  It’s never even occurred to me to knit a circular garment by only knitting flat.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Shelter in Place: Day 32

Shelter in Place:  Day 32

It’s FO Friday!  WOOO!  After a couple aimless weeks, my knitting mojo is coming back!  I’ve been wearing my new shawl all week.  I finished my first Tensfield hat too!

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This hat is super fun…it’s a no swatch necessary, any gauge you want pattern with an incredibly unique construction.  I love it.   The knitting starts with the striped chevron bit as a flat triangle.  You then join and through a series of short rows, create the crown shaping.

I color blocked the short row sections, for no particular reason but it gives you an idea of how the shaping is working.  The green block that’s off the left side was first.  Then, the large blue section across the back.  Finally, the small green section at the top right.  I’ll definitely be playing with this shaping more!  It’s a great pattern.  I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

I’m thinking rainbow stripes for the next one…

Pulled a few more projects out too…a scrappy pile for a shawl and some mini skeins to turn into a ‘quiet book’ for my nephew!  He’s currently loving books, so time to get going on that project.  I’ve been thinking about it since he was born!  Of course, I’ll probably change all of these plans before Monday but at least I’m having fun making piles today!

Have a fun weekend…or don’t.  No pressure.  You do you.  The last thing you need right now is some internet weirdo pressuring you into doing something you aren’t feeling, ya know??  :)

Shelter in Place: Day 31

Shelter in Place: Day 31

I’ve got a fun hat on the go today! A quick hit of instant gratification is just what I need.  Since the beginning of quarantine, I’ve been sort of shopping around for some new yarn…nothing exciting has jumped out at me though.  It’s not like I need yarn anyhow.

The urge to shop came back this week when my $1200 stimulus payment hit my bank account.  Every April 15th should involve the gov’t paying me!  I looked around at yarn again but still nothing.   I decided to browse my Ravelry Queue…there had to be a pattern that would get me jazzed.

Enter Martina Behm!  I picked a few of her patterns — she’s got a buy 3, get 10% discount so I went with two shawls (Areas and Matchmaker) and a hat (Tensfield).

Take a guess which one I cast on first?

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This is the beginning of the hat!  Yes, a hat, started with a big flat triangle.

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From here, you join as if to work in the round, but you still just knit flat.  It’s very creative.

It’s another unique design from Martina.  There’s already 1200 of these hats on Ravelry so I’m late to party, obviously.  I’m glad I finally got here though!  This is a lot of fun to knit.

Have I mentioned it’s a no swatch, any gauge will do design as well?  I love everything about this!  I haven’t finished my first one yet but I can say with certainty, it won’t be my last!  It was designed with self-striping yarn in mind so I added a few stripes myself.  Maybe the next one will be Knit Picks Chroma, I think I’ve got a skein tucked away…

Come back for FO Friday, tomorrow!  I’m pretty sure this will be done by then!

Shelter in Place: Day 29 – FO Tuesday!

Shelter in Place:  Day 29

I finally have an FO!  One that I don’t want to frog!  WOOO!

The pattern is Squish Factor by Astrid Ferrell aka DundeeKnits.

It was a fun stash buster!  I had a couple mini skeins and a few other half balls that all wanted to be together.  This shawl was the perfect choice a stash busting dream!  I wanted to do brioche, but not too much so these alternating bands were just what I needed!  And, it’s got the squish factor big time!  It didn’t disappoint on that front.  It’s light and airy.  I just want to squish and squish and squish.  I’m very pleased with the outcome.   And, it’ll be fun to repeat…I love mixing and matching all the odds & ends in my stash so this is sure to be repeated in my future!

My WIP Queue is nearly empty!  Time to start something new…or rather several somethings…

Shelter in Place: Day 19

Shelter in Place: Day 19

Current Mood:  Lucky to have only first-world, white-people problems.

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Things are okay in San Francisco, so far they’re only attributing 8 deaths to coronavirus.  Our medical facilities aren’t overwhelmed.  (Fingers crossed the same is true for our medical professionals.)  Our grocery stores had a rough start but they’re getting systems in place to help control the chaos.  The internet hasn’t succumbed to the high traffic it’s seeing.  Things are changing daily.  We need to be flexible and understanding but San Francisco is doing ok, all things considered.

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My perspective is skewed though.  I went to work this week.  It was nice.  It definitely felt like cheating.  There were only two of us there so it was quiet.  We had some important work to do and you don’t work in the lab alone.  Buddy system, for the win!  It was nice to have a whole building to walk around in.  It was nice to have something else to focus on.  I got a lot done.  It definitely helped me to have a change of pace and space.  I haven’t enjoyed going to work that much in a long time.  Perspective is everything!

It’ll probably take us most of next week to finish our tasks at work.  Gotta say, I don’t hate that.  I feel like another month of shelter in place will be okay for me after that.  I know it’s rough for people who haven’t gotten a break like this though.   I hope everyone finds something to recharge them, in their own way.

I’ve always felt like, even when bad things happen to me, they happen in good ways.  The one time, in nearly 20 years of street parking, my car got broken into the windows weren’t smashed and nothing was stolen, that sort of thing.  This is no exception.  I feel pretty lucky.  It does make me aware though, not everyone is in the same place.  I don’t want to trivialize what other people are going through but hey, wanna talk about knitting?  I’ve got a funny lesson to share today!

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The lesson is this:  Boobs and balls need different types of sacks!

I finished my Zaftig inspired bra last night.  It’s not good news.  It’s bound for the frog pond shortly.  The parts I improvised worked out okay.  The fatal flaw is the part where I followed the pattern.

The designer writes “The surprise here is that Zaftig! is actually two of my men’s Thong-th-thong  pouches turned upside down and knitted onto one midriff band!”  Turns out, that is a bad idea.  The gathers created by the short row shaping are too lumpy and weird.  I can see how a thong, especially one containing balls, needs to gather and exert some control.  Boobs don’t need that though.

Had I read the notes on Ravelry, I would have saved myself the trouble too.  Others reported the same issues.  I think this is a case where using the recommended yarn would have been a good idea too.  The suggested yarn is Cascade Fixation, a cotton/spandex blend.  It’s a really fun stretchy yarn.  I think that stretch would conform to a boob in a far more pleasing manner.  Live and learn.  I, also, learned that I didn’t really want a bra anyhow.  I want a garment, maybe it’s more of a cami, or a tank.  I’m thinking I shouldn’t have strayed from my original plan, the Ripple Bralette.

I’m thinking it’s time I get back to my sweater but first, a nap!  Hope you guys are all getting the self-care you need, too!  Do what you gotta do and take care of yourself!

 

Shelter in Place: Day 11

Shelter in Place:  Day 11

Current Mood:  Undecided

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Why do I even bother making plans?  Last you heard…I was going to turn that skein of Cosmic Wonder Dust into a Ripple Bralette.  Needless to say, that’s not even remotely close to what is happening.  I’m sure you longtime readers could have predicted this!

I second guessed myself over gauge.  I always go down minimum 2 needle sizes to get gauge.  The Ripple Bralette has suggested needle sizes of 2 + 4 so I was looking at 0 + 2.  Rather than deal with that crap, I switched my yarn to worsted.  If I was switching gauge & yarn entirely, might as well switch patterns too.

Zaftig, an old Knitty pattern, seemed like a nice alternative.  Especially because it’s a modification of the Th-Th-Thong pattern, which I’ve already made.   (One day I’ll find those photos and it’ll be worth the effort.)   Thinking back, this may even be the pattern I first learned short rows for.   The idea is, one short row pouch = banana hammock, two short row pouches = over the shoulder boulder holder.

So I started knitting.

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I was pretty skeptical at this point.  I decided to press on anyhow.  At this point, I’ve knit my two short row pouches.  The Zaftig pattern calls for them to be joined to a knit band in succession.   At this point, it’s also worth mentioning the suggested yarn for this pattern is Cascade Fixation, a stretchy yarn with a bit of spandex in it.  My yarn is 100% wool, completely different, not stretchy the way Fixation is.   This made me question the gauge calculations for the rest of the band.  Rather than worry about that, I decided to join my pouches with a vertical band instead.  I’ll have more precise control this way, and hopefully get the best fit.

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Rather than worry about that, I decided to join my boob pouches with a vertical band.  There should be no question about the fit this way.  I’ll have plenty of opportunities to measure as I knit and work until it’s long enough and no more. I decided on a wide seed stitch band.  Wide enough to stay put and balanced so it won’t roll.

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At this point, I’m mostly doubting that crotch pouches and boob pouches are so easily interchangeable.   And, since I make all my decisions on the fly, I’m wondering if I have enough of this yarn to get me where I need to be.   We’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m skeptical but still pressing onward.

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I haven’t frogged this cowl yet, either.  I keep thinking maybe if I look at it longer, these colors will grow on me.  Or maybe if I add more colors, the ones that clash now will, suddenly, start to work harmoniously together.  Maybe??

Or maybe I just need to start something else as my easy, obviously it’s going to work project.  It’s Friday and Friday’s are for casting on, after all!

Anything to distract from the reality of the world, right now.  I’m very thankful that dithering over did I pick the right color yarn is the worst of my worries right now.  I hope everyone out there in knitlandia is as lucky.  Stay safe, folks!

 

 

Shelter in Place: Day 8

Shelter in Place: Day 8

Current Mood:  A little ranty.

Shit is getting real outside.  I went out for a walk early this morning before the masses descended upon the sidewalk.  This was the first thing I saw out the door.  Right in front of my building.  Right in front of my car.   It was the only one of the block though.

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I gotta say, if only one car on the block is going to get broken into, I don’t mind if it’s the most expensive vehicle out there.  That will most definitely never be my car.  Also, this is a Tesla.  How the fuck do you street park a Tesla?  I see this particular car on the block all the time.  It’s one of two Tesla’s on the block, actually.  They clearly live in the neighborhood but still, shouldn’t you be parking that thing in your garage??  Leave the street parking to those of us slumming it in our gas guzzlers.

Then I went down the street a bit and saw this…

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Hit the tree, took down a sign on a thick post and left lots (most?) of the bumper scattered down the street.   Seeing these things, it’s no wonder that this is what’s become of local businesses…

At least the guy with the plywood supply and the neat stencil will be making a few bucks!  The playgrounds have all been closed…

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And since we’re doing all of this to flatten the curve but no one is showing us any curves, I’ve taken it upon myself to track & chart the local data they’re providing us.  Of course, the testing issues make all the data suspect but it’s what we’ve got.

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You don’t have to be a math major to know that’s not a flat curve.  It could certainly be worse, so fingers crossed.

As if all that wasn’t enough, I may have made a very poor color decision with my cowl.

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The yarn is Zombie Yarns, Monster.  It came as a set, 4 half skeins of DK weight yarn.  They’re okay together in that they are all bright saturated colors.  They belong in the same palate.  I’m just not sure they all belong in the same project.  We’ll see.  I’m not convinced the transition from green & purple to blue & white was a good idea but mini skeins only go so far…and I’m not ready to rip it out (yet).

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Here’s a potentially good thing.  I pulled some Pashmina in Cosmic Wonder Dust from the stash.  I’m going to knit a Ripple Bralette out of it.  If I’m going to spend the next couple weeks in lounge wear, cashmere boobs need to happen.  I haven’t cast anything on in 48 hours…I’m due.

And here’s a good giggle…someone has written a hat pattern to knit a coronavirus has!  LOL!  Find it on Ravelry HERE! It’s worth a click!