In The Pink

Happy August!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 | blah blah blah, etsy, fiber, handspun, shawl, spinning, WIP | No Comments
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Here is that size comparison photo. It’s my completed In The Pink shawl on top of my Celestarium.

Here I am, writing first thing on on a Saturday morning from my bed while my husband shows me pictures of corgis. If I had a cup of coffee, I would feel like a real writer, but that requires actual movement. Who brings the coffee to all those writers who take pictures of their laptops while snug in their beds? My husband doesn’t even know how to use my coffee maker and my kids are out of town.

I meant to blog yesterday, but the day got away from me. I was pretty productive, but in a non-fiber way. Sometimes your hands need a break and honestly, I needed one. I haven’t been a good spinner, taking breaks when I should…and that last bobbin was a real slog for me.

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My Bunny Butt Fiber and a bobbin of blue and purple Red Fish Dye Works Camel/Silk.

How do I fix that situation? By starting another bobbin, of course! This time I am justifying it by spinning it thicker than the previous two bobbins. Plus, it’s Loki fiber from my good friend David at Octarine Fibers…so I can’t wait to see how it spins up!

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Loki fluff!

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Everything is going slowly…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 | blah blah blah, blocking, FO's, knitting, shawl | No Comments
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Celestarium. It’s quite large.

Crafting seems to have slowed for me. I can’t seem to stay in one place long enough to work on anything for a decent length of time. This is partly due to the kids being away. There are movies to see, parties to attend, and socializing to do!

I did, however, get the ends woven in on my In The Pink and Celestarium (Celestial Ruin) shawls. I even set a little time aside today to try and take some pictures. I kept getting interrupted by the drywall guy and having to walk next door to supervise…so I just started getting silly.

Trust me when I say this shawl is really lovely. It’s large too. I had blocked it to 52 inches in diameter, which means it is still a good size even when folded in half. I am looking forward to starting the Southern Skies Shawl at some point, but I have a few things to finish first.

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How creepy is this?

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Holiday Madness!

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 | blah blah blah, cowl, FO's, Holiday, knitting, shawl | No Comments

I was determined.

Sometimes the holidays will do that to you. You have an excuse to set hard and fast deadlines to finish things that probably don’t HAVE to be finished…but the holiday is upon you, so you do it anyway.

For me, I had finished all of my Christmas crafting (even the things that weren’t being gifted until early January) and I started to get the itch. The itch that screams at you “Cast on ALL THE THINGS!” So I had a discussion with myself.

“Stacy, it’s Christmas! You have 3 projects in hibernation and a shawl that has pretty much kicked your brain in it’s ass. What the hell?”

“But there is so much stash yarn to knit! You don’t know when your knitters want to cast on the Celestarium…and surely you need some mindless, easy knitting to shove in your purse. Come on’…you know you wanna…”

“Fine.”

As you can see, it’s easy to talk me into things. My one stipulation was that I had to finish something first. Hell, this Christmas the boys made an executive decision that we were having pizza for dinner…so the way I see it… I had plenty of time on my hands that I would have spent preparing a Christmas feast that now could be devoted to cuddling with the kids and knitting my damn brains out.

So I did.

I can't feel my hands, but that's okay...cause I pwned this!

I can’t feel my hands, but that’s okay…cause I pwned this!

11 p.m. Christmas Day, I finished. Hooray!

And almost immediately I dove in the stash and when I came up for air, I was clutching this:

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Lorna’s Laces Douglas Fir and some Araucania.

They told me that they want to be a Howlcat…and they will be.

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We all do this…right?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 | blah blah blah, knitting, shawl, UGH!, WIP | No Comments

All of us knitters have done this at some point or another (at least this is what I tell myself to feel better).

To make it easier for the uneducated or unaware, here is a diagram:

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Gaze upon the wonder that is my ipad screen grab!

Imagine this…It’s 1:30 in the morning. I’ve just spent 2 hours working on my “In the Pink” shawl.

I had already completed the center spiral and both wings and had started working through steps 1-5 of the diagram above. Of course, when you get to this point in the middle of the night, I imagine most people would just stop and continue later. Not me though. Nope. I am the person that keeps going. I am the person that keeps going to the point where I am dropping stitches, questioning the pattern, and having to tink back step 6…twice.

What in the hell was I thinking? I really don’t know. I guess I was telling myself “If I can just get done with step 6, then I’m totally golden. I’ll be in the home stretch!” That statement is not entirely true, of course, because that edging takes up about half of yarn called for on this project.

There is a silver lining, however. After tinking back and losing stitches, I think I am back on track. I am about half way through step 6…and while I would love to take a picture and show off the sweet ass progress I made while in a state a sleep deprived psychosis, I cannot. My cable needle is too short to to be able to spread out the project and photograph it properly. I promise I will get back to it soon though…just not in the middle of the night.

 

 

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What CAN I talk about?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 | knitting, shawl, WIP | No Comments

As a sometimes-blogger-type-person, I really struggle with what it is I can say. When you are working on super-secret stuff you can’t reveal yet, it makes it difficult to find things to talk about. Do people think I am just sitting at home watching tele and stress eating? Maybe I am off wandering somewhere? Maybe I cease to exist?

Luckily, I am hardly monogamous when it comes to my projects. I have plenty all yarn love to go around. If I need to take a break from one, I have another to fall back on.

I was working on my Loki socks, but the stripes were starting to get frustrating. We decided to take a little time away from each other. It was then I decided to start knitting a shawl. I need more shawls in my life anyway.

In The Pink…or in this case, The Aurora

I had this yarn patiently sitting in my stash for YEARS. It’s Wabi Sabi Tallulah Sock in Aurora Borealis. It seemed the perfect yarn for this swirly vortex section of the shawl. It practically screamed at me to knit it. Kismet.

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