Procrastiknitting

The only thing worse than looking for a job, is actually finding a job that fits and going through the interview process.  Ask me how I know?  UGH!  It’s the worst.  Had a telephone interview, it was successful enough to get me an on-site interview next week.

And so this week, I shall procrastiknit.   Let’s hope all that nonsense about knitting to soothe anxiety is true because positive affirmations and repeated platitudes aren’t helping!

I’m not normally an anxious person but as I get older, the magnitude of these events seems to amplify.  I’ve got a fair amount of prep work to do.  They expect a presentation of my work and my experience.  I’ve done the work.  I have the experience.  I even have PowerPoint.

The only thing I need to do now:  Procrastiknit.   It’s all part of the master plan.  Step One: a bit of quiet contemplative time to clear my head, focus my thoughts, refine my message.  Step Two:  Domination.  That’s how it works right?

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I will say, all this purple helps!  I’m loving my purple fade, even as it transitions into the grey section.  Sadly, no one at this job will give me bonus points for a kick ass fade.

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Yesterday’s procrastiknitting happened at a beautiful garden & historic site out in the ‘burbs.  It was a gorgeous, foggy day…my favorite kind.

It’s called Filoli, a name made up by the man who built the place, from the letters of his personal motto…”FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life.”

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And live the good life he did.  Mr. Bourn made his money in a gold mine.  That rug was bought from Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight house.   Fancy Schmancy doesn’t begin to cover it.

Of course, times change and now the property is owned and run by a historic trust, so that tapestry on the left was donated by a local needlepoint group.  It’s a lovely likeness of the clocktower.

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And, this glass exhibit in the reflecting pool…not a Chihuly but Chihuly inspired, no doubt.  And probably for sale.  We’ve all gotta pay the bills somehow…

and so with that, I will transition from procrastiblogging to procrastiknitting and maybe even a little bit of PowerPoint later on.


 

 

FO Friday – Quickie Blanket

 

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We’ve all been there.  Will you knit me a…?

No.

The answer is always NO.

Furthermore, ‘No.’ is a complete sentence.

 

If you protest, you’re off the list.  I used to drop people to the bottom of the list.  These days, I’m ruthless.  I do what I want.  There is no list.  There’s no possibility I’m going to knit for you.  The answer is just no.  I’ve gotten quite good at it.  There’s no need for me to explain how long it takes or how expensive yarn is.  I just say NO.  After all,

No.

is a complete sentence.

So…don’t ask me how this happened.  It might’ve been an out of body experience.  A fugue state perhaps?  All I know is I, for sure, 100% said no to a request of a blanket…ANOTHER blanket, even.

And yet, here it is.

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Against all odds, I knit a blanket for someone who asked.  Turns out, if you’re knitworthy, you’re knitworthy.

And, at the risk of encouraging copy cat requests, this was super simple.  Everything came together in just the right way.   Leftover yarn, big needles, no purling, fun stripes.  Poof!  Instant blanket.

While it is lovely to look at, it’s real beauty comes from it’s simplicity.  It’s four mitered squares, each worked from the corner in and then grafted together.  I weighed my yarn and divided in it into 4 equal lots, one for each square.

To work each square:  CO 2 sts.  Set up Row: KFB, place marker, KFB.  Row 1: Knit to 1 stitch before marker, KFB, slip marker, knit to last stitch, slip purlwise with yarn in front.  Repeat Row 1 until you run out of yarn.

Rather than bind off and then sew a seam, I kept my stitches live until all 4 squares were finished and grafted them together.

Easy Peasy…unless you hate grafting.  That’s a topic for another day though.  That’s not a Friday conversation!

Happy Weekend!  Hope you get some good knitting time in!


 

WIP Wednesday

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Another WIP Wednesday!  My Dragon Tail (aka Martina Behm’s Match & Move) is making pretty progress!  It’s nothing but purples from here so it’s only going to get better.  WOOooooo!

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I’ve got a quick project on the needles too…Baby leg warmers.

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They’re so cute and tiny.   I think I can get small, medium and large pairs from the yarn I’ve got.  Once I’ve gotten my instant gratification hit, it’ll be sweater time!

Kids are going back to school.  Sweater weather isn’t far behind!


 

WIP it Wednesday

Happy WIP Wednesday!  That’s so much better than thinking of it as Hump Day, especially when there’s new WIPs involved!

This week I’m all about new travel knitting.  Easy stitches and simple patterns are the name of the game.  And of course, a bit of stash busting.  I just love a pile of half balls.

First up, a quick mitered square baby blanket.  It’ll be done before I know it (largely because I don’t have enough yarn, I’m ignoring that though.)

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I weighed the yarn I did have and divided it up into four equal portions, one for each mitered square.  I’ve got almost 3 squares finished!  Gotta love size 7 needles.  These squares are practically knitting themselves.

It’s really just a palate cleanser while I pondered my next shawl, which started with a pile of oddballs.  At first it’s just throwing yarn in a pile.

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Over the course of a few days, it gradually figures out a color scheme.

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And then the fine tuning begins.  Colors are added and subtracted.  More stash is pulled out from the depths.  I start to wind up new skeins.

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I really love where these colors ended up!  I think I’ve found the perfect progression for a fade!  It’s a bit of a dragon in my mind.  A splash of green for the tail, then fading purple through the body, up into a grey head.  I love it!!

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Yes, this is going to be fun and it’s garter stitch!  Wooo!  The pattern is Match & Move from Martina Behm (of Hitchhiker fame).  The ultimate result is a triangle, worked sideways.  I’m excited to really get this one under way!


 

WIP Wednesday

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After months of threatening, my next sweater is, finally, on the needles!  It doesn’t look like much yet but it’s gonna be perfect!  I can say this with authority because it’s a nearly identical copy of my last sweater.

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The pattern is Vivido by Carol Feller.  It’ll be my fourth one.  It’s a cardigan with raglan shaping and a shallow v-neck.  Nothing fancy, just a sweater that is comfortable and looks good.  It’s easy knitting and easy math when doing gauge conversions.  I really couldn’t ask for more.  Unless maybe someone wants to knit it for me?  :)

As for the yarn, I’m keeping the same stripes (Noro Rainbow Roll) but changing the main color (unspun Icelandic Plutolopi) from brown to navy blue.  I’m actually expecting it to be significantly different.  You never know what’s going to happen with Noro stripes, after all.  I can’t wait to see it develop…the ‘stripes make you knit faster’ phenomenon has definitely kicked in!  I’m making good progress.

Of course, I am easily distracted and this also fell onto my needles yesterday…

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It’s been 3 months since I knit a Hitchhiker.  It’s definitely time for another one!  This is my 15th Hitchhiker, one of nearly 30,000 on Ravelry.  I assume you already know how awesome this pattern is but in case you don’t…it’s awesome.  There are literally 29,670 Hitchhiker projects on Ravelry.  Imagine the people who don’t maintain Rav Notebook pages?!?  There could be 50,000 Hitchhikers in the world!  It’s amazing!  That’s just how perfect it is.

Here’s the pitch, just in case you need it…

It’s garter stitch, gotta love no purls!  The pattern is committed to memory easily.  It’s perfect for difficult yarn…that variegated skein you just couldn’t resist but turns into a horrible nightmare every time you attempt to knit with it.  The Hitchhiker’s continually growing rows in combination with the garter stitch tame those hard to use yarns.  From horrible pooling and clown barf to lovely scarf in no time at all.  And, perhaps most important, it’s easy to wear and always looks great.

Be warned though:  this is knitter’s crack.  You will be hooked.  Once is not enough.  The addiction is real.  ;)

 

 

FO Saturday – Baby’s First Blankie

My third and final FO of the week…Baby’s First Blankie!  The yarn is Goshen, from Valley Yarns, a cotton/tencel/silk blend, perfect for a summer baby.

I didn’t follow a pattern, just knit some stockinette stripes and threw on a garter stitch border.  It went according to plan until…

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…I read the yarn label.  They’ve labeled this yarn as hand wash.  PSHAW!  These kinds of things make me a little crazy.  I can imagine how they rationalize that choice but c’mon let’s attempt to live in reality.  It’s a cotton baby blanket?!?! I just threw it in wash.  Blankets need to be washable.  I did, at least, put it in a garment bag.

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I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, I’m playing Barbies, shopping the stash for a selection of neutrals.   I’m thinking Black Panther Wrap…

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FO Friday – Dotted Grays

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My Dotted Grays is done!

This shawl flew off the needles!  The pattern is Stephen West’s Dotted Rays, one of my favorites.  I think this is my fourth one (and it won’t be the last).

The yarn is from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s a self striping yarn that employs ‘shawl striping’ which means the stripes are different lengths rather than a classic stripe where the stripes are all the same length.   Check out my recent Hydrogen Shawl to see another example of shawl stripes.

Unfortunately, I thought this was classic stripes when I started knitting, meaning it doesn’t matter which end you start from.  Turns out, it was shawl stripes and I essentially knit it ‘backwards’.   Whatever, I like it this way, especially because it’s different.

I’m not even upset by the lack of color.   I’ve got one more skein from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s called Fade to Yellow.

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I’m not sure what to do with it just yet.  It’s gotta be something I can knit in the dark though.  I need a new movie theater project stat!  Bill Murray and I are going to see Groundhogs Day this afternoon!!  Talk about FriYAY! Woooo!