Missing my Blanketeers…

Usually Tuesday is Blanketeers day for me…but not today.

I won’t be seeing my dear Blanketeers for awhile because yesterday I started a new job. Yup, I am now among those of you that have real, actual, “I get to leave my home and interact with others” jobs.

I am very much going to miss my Tuesday friends though. They helped to keep me upbeat and in touch with living beings during my time away from the working world. It’s nice to belong to a group of such lovely people.


I took this a few weeks ago before showing Jessie the knit stitch.

For me, the best part about Blanketeers has been getting the opportunity to help others learn, and then watching them make beautiful handmade items that they share with others.

Recently, I got to sit down with my friend Jessie and quickly show her the knit stitch. I say quickly because she took off and started knitting her heart out with very little instruction. She’s really doing a great job! Most of the time, when you show someone how to knit for the first time, their gauge is all wonky with stitches that can go from super tight to super loose, leaving holes in their knitting.

Not Jessie though. Her gauge is really good for someone who hasn’t knit before.


I’m seriously impressed with Jessie’s skills.

I really hope I get the chance to meet up with her sometime soon so I can show her how to purl. I imagine it won’t take her very long, she appears to be a natural!

Now that I’ve landed in a new place, I’ll be doing other things for lunch on Tuesdays. Maybe I need to start bringing my knitting to work. I might get lucky and find some new fiber friends!


Wednesday afternoon yarn run…


This is what multitasking looks like.

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Labor Day Frogging

Hello again!

I took a little vacay from the blog over the long holiday weekend. Mostly because no one wants to frolic in the wool when it is 100+ degrees out and I’ve never really been one to knit poolside.

This also means that not much knitting gets done. Don’t get me wrong, I did knit. It just means that it is going to LOOK like I didn’t do much. Let me explain.

Sometime Sunday, I sat down and took a long hard look at my project. I fiddled with it, stretched it and tried to get a feeling of what it might look like blocked. I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like it. I wanted it to be a little more open. So I hopped on it and started to frog. I ripped the thing all the way back to the beginning, changed to bigger needles, and started over.


Trust me when I say, there are more completed rows here than before I frogged it.

I mean, we all could use a “do over” every once I awhile, right? (I’m going to try really hard not to over analyze the fact that I have had quite a few “do overs” recently.)

I think it looks fabulous now though! Starting over gave me the chance to tweak the edges. The pattern called for slipping the first stitch of each row, but I hadn’t done it. Now I am.


Pretty edges! Oh, and now you can see why I always make a copy of my pattern before I knit. I love making notes and writing all over!

Okay, enough knitting struggles for now…let’s talk about something more successful.

Yesterday was Blanketeers Tuesday! I didn’t work on any of my knitting, but for good reason…I was teaching! My friend Jessie had said she wanted to learn to knit, so I cast on for her and taught her the knit stitch. It wasn’t much work for me because she picked it up quickly and started flying through her stitches. I am hoping that next Tuesday I can show her purling (and maybe snap a picture or two so I can show you her progress). I am super proud of her!

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Blanketeers Thursday! 2/9/12

Friday, February 10th, 2012 | At the office, Blanketeers, FO's, Holiday, Random Craftiness | No Comments

In an attempt to get a jump on Valentine’s Day, I decided to do a little Valentine Day pattern testing.

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My yarn is escaping!

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My blue heart...

I did get a little done on the granny square blanket…it is growing…but I needed a distraction. This pattern is great for that sort of thing.

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Blanketeers Thursday! 1/26/12

Friday, January 27th, 2012 | blah blah blah, Blanketeers, crochet | No Comments

Blanketeers is chugging along. I am still getting squares from people and I am still in the process of crocheting them all together. Not everyone is working on the blanket though. Every once in awhile, someone will come by just to learn to knit or cro’…or maybe just sit and work on their own stuff.

Wendy brought some show ‘n’ tell this week. A Perry Bib!

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We had a discussion about knitting styles during our lunchtime stitch ‘n’n bitch too. Wendy loves to tease all of us for being “throwers” (English Style knitting) because she is the only one in the group that “picks” (Continental Style). Then she gasped when she noticed that I throw when I crochet too.

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Cro-in' and throwin'.

I can knit pretty fast as a thrower. I have my technique down to a science and my hand never has to leave my needle (or in this case, my hook). I know that if I threw like those folks you see on TV or in the movies, I would never get anything finished.


Blanketeers Thursday! 12/8/11

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | At the office, Blanketeers, charity | No Comments

Blanketeers has started meeting regularly, and while we are in a lull right now because the holidays are approaching, it doesn’t mean we aren’t working toward getting things done! I am still receiving plenty of squares from our other office and I have been attaching them to our second blanket here and there.

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Workin' on Blanket #2 (in between gift projects, of course)!

Things are slowly coming together. I imagine once all of our gift knitting is complete, I will be able to move full steam ahead on this. I plan on taking it home over the holiday so I can work on it. I still have that Tunisian Baby Blanket I am working on too.

Wendy has been working feverishly on all of her Christmas gifts (and so have I). She was just starting some fingerless mitts when I snapped this…

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Getting ready...

The office is starting to feel festive. I like it…


Blanketeers Thursday 12/1/11

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | At the office, Blanketeers | No Comments

Another Blanketeers Thursday. I don’t feel like I got much accomplished, but I am blaming my crazy holiday knitter brain for feeling that way. Honestly, I am really so into trying to get my holiday gifts done that I haven’t devoted much time to working on my charity stuff, even though I am desperate to get it done. Deadlines are the worst and there are only 24 more days until Christmas.

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Wendy's lovely sweater

We did have a little show and tell. Wendy finished a handspun sweater for her sister and Nancy has been crocheting like crazy since we got her into the group.

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A Purse!

Nancy actually made this purse with no pattern. We’re very proud of here. She also completed a scarf for Operation Gratitude! She’s a crocheting machine!


Blanketeers Thursday! 11/17/11

Friday, November 18th, 2011 | Blanketeers, fiber, spinning, weaving | No Comments

Wendy and I met with our folks for another Blanketeers Thursday. Work on our blanket has slowed a little because we are all in full swing trying to work on Christmas gifts. I am super late in starting my holiday knitting this year…and I am sure I will pay for it later.

I had intended to spend half my time working on my own stuff and half working on the blanket, but I ended up just working solely on the blanket and just showing off my new weaving stuff to people passing by.

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My weaving stuff...

We have some of the most fascinating conversations just chatting up the folks that stop by our area. This time we had a guy from upstairs talk to us all about raising chickens!

After chatting and watching Wendy do some spinning on her new “work” wheel, she pulled some fiber out to show everyone.

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How beautiful is this? It’s something called a “spinning bell” and she ordered it from Sheep Shed Studio. I can only imagine what yarn spun from this might look like. It’ll probably be gorgeously mottled! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Wendy said she is planning on visiting Sheep Shed in February…and I asked her to pick one up for me. I guess I had better start spinning down that stash!!

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Blanketeers Thursday! 11/10/11

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | At the office, Blanketeers, charity | No Comments

Wendy and I brought our wheels in this time to see if people would stop and talk to us about Blanketeers…

It worked.

We don’t really use our wheels for anything Blanketeers related, but it is a great way to get people to talk to us. People stop and ask questions about spinning and then we can tell them all about our group. We had some folks stop and start a silly discussion about trying to pitch the idea of a workplace bunny hutch. At the time it seemed like a pretty brilliant idea. Employees could go in and pet the bunnies for stress relief and, in turn, Wendy and I could collect their fluff for spinning. We haven’t figured out who would clean up the pellets yet though…and I guess someone would have to feed them…




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