Planning to live without yarn

Hi all,

I keep meaning to write and then I don’t take pictures and the word on the street is blogs need pictures.  I may have to just write without photos sometimes since I think I’ll need the writing outlet over the next several weeks and taking pictures may be more than I can remember on a given day.

My family and I are moving back to Arizona.  We have so much stuff to pack and we’re all overwhelmed, honestly.  I knew that my yarn and knitting books would be relatively easy to pack, so I started there.  First, though, I had to decide what NOT to pack because a couple of months without knitting is just a bad idea.

I decided I needed to roughly plan on 6 months worth of knitting.  I won’t be without my stuff for that long (one month is the most, really), but I figured that many plans would give me some choice and definitely be enough.

DSCF1793Starting from the upper left corner and going clockwise:

Hermione’s Everyday Socks in Fireball Sockease
Cat’s Paw scarf in Heritage Paints
(in that white and red sheep bag) two skeins of grey worsted wool to maybe be a scarf to donate?
A backup skein of sock yarn in case all the other is used up
This blue ball is hoping to be a Hitchhiker scarf
Lorna’s Laces in “Zombie BBQ” for socks for me
Some light sportweight yarn that might become a Baktus
My Tulle shawl in progress
(n the center) green socks in progress

Earlier this week I thought I was getting kind of fed up with socks and fingering weight yarn, but I haven’t committed to a pattern for the grey yarn, so I continue to just make socks.

I can put all those projects in a reasonably sized tote bag.  I’ve also crammed in there my main sock knitting book, all of my needles, and a “tool” bag with scissors, needle gauge, stitch markers and other useful bits.

Now if I could just get motivated to pack more stuff.  Ugh.


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Tape and paint

Picking colors is a problem for me. I know what I like and what I don’t like, but I struggle choosing where to begin and what colors can be used together. I rely on copying existing combinations where possible.

We’ve been in this house since 2013, and many of the walls still have just the builder’s flat paint. We painted our kitchen last year. We are painting my “office” space now.

We do get samples (and they are worth it for me who loves something in the swatch but hates it on the wall). It took 6 options to pick one. Today I started taping and got a little carried away. The walls on either side of that entryway are going to be painted. They don’t need to be taped. Thankfully painters tape is designed to come off easily.

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Weekend Whereabouts

One of the many things I enjoy about knitting is how portable it can be.  So many things that I knit have simple stitch patterns or areas of plain stockinette stitch so they’re easy to knit on the go.  I knit plain vanilla socks, hats or cowls with repeating patterns, scarves in simple rib stitches, etc.  When I have to do something more complicated, I use loads of stitch markers so that if (when!) I make a mistake I can more easily track what went wrong and where it happened.

The two projects I’m actively working on right now are good for out of the house, and so they went out of the house with me this weekend.  On Saturday, I met up with some knitting friends at a local cafe and worked on a pair of socks.  IMG_20180217_162113982.jpg

That’s my mason jar with the blue top.  It’s an insert from Cuppow that turns a mason jar (to be specific, mine is a Classico spaghetti sauce jar) into sippy type cup.  They are also used for coffee/hot drink cups.  I’m using Lion Brand Sockease to knit a pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks from the toe up.

On Sunday, DH and I went out for dinner without the kids (we invited them – they wanted to stay home).  I had my Sockhead cowl in my purse with me.  I’m knitting that out of Jawoll Magic Degrade and am enjoying the stripes.  There was live music at a local restaurant and we enjoyed that even if it meant we had to shout at each other (or lean in very close) in order to be heard.  I’m nearly done with the cowl – I think I have under an inch of the final ribbing to do.


What do you like to knit out of the house (if you ever do knit out of the house)?


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Good idea/bad idea

I don’t know if this will be a recurring topic.  Maybe that will depend on how the year shakes out.

Good idea: yesterday I decided to learn a new-to-me cast on.  It’s the German Twisted Cast On, and I learned via a video posted by Jimmy Beans Wool.  Note: I have no affiliation with JBW and won’t earn a dime if you click on either of those links.  It’s similar in execution to the classic long tail cast on in that it uses that “sling shot” positioning for the yarn, but has some different swoopy/twisty bits.  But yay for learning new things, right?

Bad idea: I decided to do this while casting on 160 stitches for the Sockhead Cowl by BohoKnits.  Also bad?  Doing it with this green yarn from my stash where the ball started with a very dark green section.  Furtherly bad?  Doing it at night.  We have “daylight” lightbulbs thru most of the house, but they’re not the same as actual daylight.  I mean, maybe they would be if I had them lighting up all of my windows plus overhead.  Who knows.
But, I did it.  Or at least I think I did.  It looks correct in that it’s a functional cast on and I was able to complete the first round of ribbing just fine (and if my count is off, it’s off by a multiple of 4 since the 2×2 ribbing worked out).


Even the picture is “not good” since I took it last night on my kitchen table (under a daylight light fixture).  But yeah.

So clearly I learned two things: the German twisted cast on AND that I shouldn’t take pictures of fingering weight dark yarn in the evening.

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Yarn Along: January 2018


That was my knitting yesterday.  I was working on a Pup Tent hat (still in progress) in some, I think, Lamb’s Pride yarn.  I was reading Little Fires Everywhere.  I’ve finished the book and haven’t started anything new yet.  I took a stack of books back to the library, but that particular location is closed to patrons right now.

The library has been going thru a major renovation and I was asked to come in this morning and help with the final push.  My morning looked mostly like this:
I was putting rfid and some other kind of tag on the children’s DVDs.  First I had to magnetically open all the cases with this thing that I had to slide all of the DVDs thru, one at a time.  I did the whole rack first, and averaged about 5 minutes per shelf.  Not bad.

Putting those tags/stickers on was much slower.  A square sticker had to go on the right reverse side of the cover art slip.  Then, see those circular stickers?  You peel off the outer ring (like a donut, leaving the “donut hole” behind), and put that over the existing white sticker at the center of the DVD.  That process took, on average, 30 minutes per shelf.  And there isn’t a way to make it much more efficient.  I worked with other volunteers and some employees and had fun conversations while we all did this nearly mindless task.  I’m going back tomorrow (the library is supposed to reopen on Friday!).  I really hope other people finished the DVDs.

I’m returning to the blog with help from Ginny’s Yarn Along (now monthly rather than weekly):

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I’ve been doing the bulk of my knitting out of the house in the past several months.  It means I’ve been doing mostly mindless knitting that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.  I have a pair of socks that are “stalled” because I need to turn heels and I can’t do those out of the house.


Instead, I’ve been working on this 1×1 ribbed scarf out of 2 colors of Lion Brand Amazing (wildflowers and constellation).  My instagram page is currently boring since this is the only thing I’ve been posting about (the location varies, but the project doesn’t).

This picture is from the hockey rink.  I had to be there early with Thing 1, so I brought a book, my knitting, and some tea and set myself up on one of the tables. I have paper and pencil there, too, because I’m reading Bad Feminist for a book group and I have things I want to remember for discussion or comment.

Some parts of this scarf are dull, color-wise.  The bit in this picture, though, is really fun with almost a rainbow quality.

I really need to turn those sock heels.  This scarf is 45 inches/114.3 centimeters already which means I’m over half-way done.  While I have enough yarn to make another one (and another one, and probably another one), I’d like to get some other things done. Oh wait – my friends over at The Crafty Hive are doing a hat knit along with prizes!  That’s what’s next, then.  Do you have a favorite hat pattern?  Worsted yarn or finer, please and thank you.


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Long time, yada yada

I could offer you reasons and excuses for my absence, but it basically boils down to apathy and being distracted.  I feel down the hole of Instagram and its instant microblogging and ignored wordpress.  I want to be writing more so I need to get back into the routine.

I’m currently working on a no-frills 1×1 ribbed scarf out of two colors of Lion Brand Amazing and it’s perfect for car/meeting/waiting room knitting.  I have some socks in progress that need heels done and I need to plot out time to do that.

How are things with you?

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