I've only been on the front page a few times, and it made me smile this morning when I saw that I'd made it with my Warbler Tabi.
The man-thing started his job hunt about three weeks ago, and has finally settled on a position. As of 1 Sept., he is gainfully employed! Woohoo! He'll be working in NYC, so we're going to have a hefty dose of madness while we work on getting this place fixed up and closed.
I've missed the city, and it'll be nice to be back. What I'm really looking forward to is the yarn!! So many places that have mill ends and mill-cost pricing. Total drool.
Oh, that and the cool weather. I freakin' hate Georgia summers.
Nice thing about anticipating cooler weather is the delight of knitting heavier winter stuff for us. I've cranked out two pairs of convertible mittens and get the magnets for the closures today. I may list a few pairs in my shop to see how they do, too.
I'm a nerd.
Now that we have that established, I'll disclose the fact that I'm a big Jim Henson nerd. Part of being a JH nerd means loving Fraggle Rock.
A few weeks ago, the entire DVD box set came up for deep, deep discount, and I decided that I had to buy it. I watch it while I exercise.
The last yarn order I made, I must admit, was inspired by the Fraggles, Gobo, namely. I have this sunny yellow yarn, but didn't have anything magenta-ish that was dark enough.
Now I do, and I'm almost finished with a pair of 'Gobo's Shirt' tabi. They're yellow with a magenta stripe around the instep.
So...dance your cares away...
A few months ago, I started a pair of fingerless gloves for my husband, ones with fingers just missing the tips. The pattern that I started with worked out well enough, but something about it didn't groove with how my brain works. The first glove turned out fine, a bit tight, but fine. The second I started last week (yes, that long inbetween!), and I just couldn't get it right.
So I went hunting for another pattern. I ended up taking a vintage pattern (knit flat) with ornate cabled cuffs and womens sizing and using that. Knitted in the round, without the cuffs, with entirely different sizing. It worked out quite well, so I'm working on the second now.
It seems like, as I've gotten more confident in my spatial skills and pattern drafting, that I've been more and more unable to use patterns as they are. There are always a few tweaks that I want to make, and I almost always end up creating something that's entirely different, except in concept. I've never changed a glove into a hat or anything that obscure. :)
I'd really like to return to the days where I could pick up a pattern and work from it. It was relaxing and...well, nice. Don't get me wrong, I love the problem solving, design process, and creation of something that's juuust right, but it'd be nice to try something new with the thinking cap off, again, and use someone else's knowledge and talent. I won't claim to have any mad design skills, but the busy body in me just can't leave a pattern alone!
I guess I've been psyching myself out for the holiday season, because the past few weeks have all been about making changes and progress towards being the best I can for the holidays.
Some of that includes:
I don't use twitter very often; but, when I do, it's usually clicking a share button on etsy or on a blog. I'm frequently too lazy to do much more than click, which made me realize that I'm probably limiting how often my blog posts get mentioned by not having a 'share' feature up front and at the ready.
So, I've been adding the share utility to the bottom of each of my posts. I've already got it set up to automatically add them to new posts, but it'll be slow, tedious work to go back through all of my posts and add them. Since some of my older articles get traffic, it's worth it.
For those of you not using blogger as your blog utility, check out AddThis. It's super easy peasy to set up, and you can even get info about your clicks.
Knitwear is a cool-weather thang. It just is, by nature, by assumption. It's now August, and I know the last thing on most people's minds is Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything 'holiday'.
Well, for most knitters, preparation for The Season started months ago. Ramping up on general shop listings, creating seasonal items, and moving back over to heavier knits and warm cuddly things. Yes. Knitting in August. Yes. Knitting when it's 105F outside. It really is a special kind of madness.
My family celebrates Chrismukkah (my mom's Jewish, my dad is secular Protestant), and I planned on creating stockings for a few couples. I started about a month and a half ago on this stocking, and finally sat down and knit it out today. It only took me about two hours, so I have no idea why I've put it off for so long. But there you have it.
As you can see, I changed tension after the cuff. I'm going to try fulling it a bit before I work on the embroidery (holly leaves and berries), but will have to rip it out, if it doesn't tighten up any more. I love it and plan on starting the second in a few hours.
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