Overdue Update

Well, Heeeeeelllo!

It’s been a while.  I’ve been busy.  Work, eh?  Takes up all the best hours of the day!  Never fear though…there has still been knitting!  No time to talk about knitting but still time for knitting!  I’ve finished up a bunch of projects too!

Like my Striped Esjan!  It’s awesome.  I’m glad I finally made one!  It’s inspired me to put more holes in my knitting for years now!   The ends aren’t woven and it’s not blocked yet but that has not stopped me from wearing it.  It’s an older WestKnits design.  The big swiss cheese holes have always attracted me to this shawl.  All the increases to create those holes resulted in nearly 1200 stitches in the final rows!  The bind off took an entire day but I’m super stoked to have finished it.  It’s fun to wear.

There’s also my latest nephew knit!  Another sweater for the little man…it’s just a top down raglan with a few stripes for interest.  Hopefully he’ll get plenty of cozy time from it!

The kid is growing like a weed so I had to knit this yarn up quick before he outgrew the 3 skeins I bought!  The yarn is from Swan’s Island’s ecowash collection.  Don’t be fooled by that convenient name, that also sounds like it might be better for the environment than superwash.  This yarn, while listed as washable, is not machine dryable which, for me, negates the whole purpose of being washable.  It behaves like superwash, in that it grows upon washing.  So…poooooooooh.  I should have read the label closer.  As much as I dislike superwash, it’s the way to go for kids clothes.

It’s gonna be a while before I start the next nephew sweater.  It’s going to be a Mini Sunset Highway for his first birthday.  It’s going to be incredibly adorable.  I can’t wait to see him wear it.   But for now it’s on the backburner.  I’m shelving all knitting until May.  That sounds drastic but…

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I’ve been accepted into another street fair, the Bayview Mercantile, April 28th, in San Francisco, at All Good Pizza in the Bayview neighborhood.  Let’s face it, they had me at pizza!  So, no knitting for the next couple weeks while I prep some new cross stitch hoops for the event!

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Luckily, it’s kind of addictive and I’m not upset at this self-imposed ban on knitting.  I have cross stitch ideas faster than I can stitch them so a month long cross stitch binge is just what I need!   My crafty Mom is getting in on the action too..she sent me a big package full of hand dyed aida to stitch on!  The colors are so fun!  I especially love the rainbow stripes!

I love a good pop culture reference.  I still have lots of song lyrics, movie quotes and of course, Game of Thrones quotes on the drawing board…I’m curious about what you’d like to see too!  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Work in Progress Thursday

‘What have you been up to?’ is such a generic question.  It’s in line with ‘How are you?’…it’s hard for me to be anything but dismissive, when faced with such questions.   I haven’t been at work at all week.  I don’t know what I’ve been doing.  Am I supposed to actually stop and think about it and then recount all the things I’ve done this week?  Funemployment is different every day and remembering is hard work, okay?

Thank goodness for the iPhone…how else would I know what I’ve done?  Photo stream to the rescue!  I don’t have to remember what I’ve done…there’s pictures of lots of it!

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And, that’s not all…My Dragon Fade shawl is finished!  Mostly…I’ve still got a few ends left to weave but I’ve been wearing it anyhow!  Pics tomorrow!  It’s gorgeous…I love it!


 

Shop Update!

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Happy Fall!  I’ve stocked up with lots of new hats for the season!

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Happy Shopping!

Shipping is going to be delayed while I’m in Rhinebeck at the NYState Sheep & Wool Festival!  To make up for it, I’m offering free shipping for the next two weeks, just use coupon code ‘Libra’ at checkout!

Orders placed Friday, October 14th through Wednesday, October 19th will be shipped Thursday October 20th!

FO Friday – The Landmark Series

I have a list of knitting ideas, it’s not short.  It’s pretty much knit all the things.  Everything is always on the list.  I can’t help it…I have big plans (at least when it comes to knitting!)  The list is so long, it’s a miracle anything gets done.  Winnowing down the list is a task that causes paralysis when faced with it’s sheer enormity.

Unless, of course, you keep in mind, it’s just knitting.  There are no knitting police.  I can do anything I want, including re-order the list at will. Twice a day if necessary.

What’s the point?  Early this week, roughly Monday, I had an Idea.  It got added to the list with little fanfare.  There’s so much on the list, I often forget large parts of it.  This idea though, it had legs!  It started marching itself right up the list.  It glommed on to the Hat Binge already in progress.  Smart move.  It made friends with the lonely Surface Crochet idea, a sweet thing to do.  The lynch pin though, parking itself right next to Mom’s Hand Dyed yarn.

 

Suddenly, there I was, knitting hats on the bus.  This is indeed Mom’s yarn.  It came to me balled up so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the colors.  Turns out it spirals beautifully!  Some people hate this effect but not me, I love it!  Especially for this project — The San Francisco Landmark Series!  It reminds me of the fog rolling in!  I love the fog so this makes me happy!

The finishing touch is a local landmark done in surface crochet!  It’s a fiddly technique but I’m happy with my execution.  My art skills leave something to be desired though.

First, we’ve got Sutro Tower!  It’s a 977 ft antenna on the highest peak in San Francisco.  It’s generally considered to be ugly.  San Franciscans have traditionally hated it but I think the times have changed.  It’s a thing the locals (or those who strive to be local) love now.  Anyone can love the Golden Gate Bridge, after all.  Takes a true aficionado to love Sutro Tower!

I’m okay with it.  I’m even pretty pleased with my version of it!

My Golden Gate Bridge, on the other hand, needs a bit of work.  ggbinprogress

That is not recognizable as the Golden Gate Bridge.  It needs to be wider and just bigger in general.  After finishing the ‘Hat’ Hat, I intentionally went for a small motif.  Not a great choice.  The Golden Gate Bridge is not a trivial little thing.  It can’t be reduced to a little patch.

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I know what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like, after all.  I can do better!  I’m happy with one success and one work in progress though.  It’s still only Friday morning, I’ve got time.  This idea has grown leaps and bounds already.  It’s not as though I’ve run out of yarn!  Ha!


Now for shameless, self-promotion!

I’ve updated the shop!   Check it out here…FogKnits on Etsy!

You’ll find Sutro Tower, the Hat Hat and a few more beauties! There’s going to be a shawl update next week!

Thanks for looking!

Making Hay

In a surprise to no one, it turns out, having a real job takes up all your time?!?  My brief stint in cryogenics last fall was not a real job.  I still had time to complain about not having time.  My new job is a real job.  There is no time for complaining.  I have too much to do!  I find myself quickly becoming one of those people who gets out of bed early to get things done before work?!  Who am I?  Surely not an early riser?!

All the little bits & pieces add up into a lot of productivity though!  Couple minutes on the bus, couple minutes at lunch, a few minutes in the morning…I’m getting shit done!

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A finished slouchy hat–cashmere and silk–delicious!!

Another silly cat hat!  Rocky needed to be bribed with treats!

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An instant gratification baby hat, that also satisfied my ridiculous need to buy novelty yarns on sale!  I could. NOT. resist!

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And of course an Etsy update to go with it all!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, it turns out the laundry doesn’t wash itself in my absence and the cat still has not learned how to grocery shop??  I’ll be off adulting if you need me!