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Tavern knitting

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What do you do if folks suggest you don’t bring your knitting to a party at a bar because it isn’t socially acceptable and (for once) you actually take their advice?

You wing it!

My friend Jessie was having a birthday party at a local tavern and many of the folks in attendance were artists. In typical fashion, there was a lot of napkin doodles. As for me, I’ve never really considered myself someone who could draw well, so I did what I do best…I grabbed my Nintendo DS stylus, borrowed a stylus from a new friend, ripped up a napkin, and started knitting it.

I did rip a hole in it to start, but after a while, I started to get the hang of it.

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Knitting at work…

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 | At the office, blah blah blah | No Comments

The new knit group is headed in the right direction. I have three new knitters right now who are practicing their knit knit stitch (with learning the purl stitch coming soon) and doing a great job! We’ve also had quite a few people stop in to say that they would like to drop in because they have learned to knit, but not purl…and a few who would just like a refresher or help with finishing projects.

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Check out what Maria has done so far! Talk about the perfect variegated yarn for October…

I got the chance to show my new knitting friends my own horror story knitting too. Dropping stitches down seven rows? Sure…no problem! I hope I didn’t freak them out. I did finally get it sorted out.

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UGH!

I’m not sure whether we will collectively get as much lunch time knitting done this week. A few of us are taking part in a scary movie marathon…and you can’t get much knitting done in the dark.

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Drive -by blogging

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Time for a little drive-by blogging. Really, I’m hoping I can post this while sitting here on the street.

I know, I have been neglecting my blog a little bit since starting work. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get done all the things I would like to. I make do though. I bring crafting to work. I bust out tasks while marathoning Supernatural (I’m caught up for those of you wondering – David).

But that’s not the point of this post. I have news…
It has begun.

How many weeks do you think it would take for someone to, not only settle into a new job, but also form a knitting club?
For me, it’s three.

Yes, today is the day…and it’s official…I have a brand new knitting circle at the new day job! Hooray! And guess what? They are all new to knitting! I get to teach. They are all super excited…and so am I!

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Clearly this was unplanned…

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 | blah blah blah, Miscellaneous, shawl, UFO's, UGH!, Video Blog | No Comments

I hadn’t really thought I would do a video blog today…but I was here…and bored.

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Monday morning craft attack.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | blah blah blah, crochet, knitting, sewing, shawl, UFO's, yarn | No Comments

Where do I even begin?

It’s Monday morning, and in an order to pull off that whole faking it thing (see previous post), I need to hit the ground running. Funny enough, the only mojo I seem to have gotten back is in the knitting department. I have crocheting and sewing that needs to be jettisoned though…and soon. I need to try and reclaim my living room.

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The sewing part.

Knitting mojo, it’s a funny thing. I guess it only really took me completing that quick and dirty Jayne hat to help me get it back. I’ve been looking at my pattern collection and stash to see what I can use. I would love to start working on making the stash smaller again. I was also inspired while having coffee with Dana last week. She was knitting this really cool looking shawl called Nightlock. I had always wanted to knit a Danish style shawl. I really like the idea that the ends are long enough to tie behind ones back, saving you from having to have a shawl pin with you. So I grabbed my newly stashed Oink Pigments yarn and purchased the Nightlock pattern.

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Danish Tie Back Shawls.

So I began my shawl…and as of this writing I am about halfway done. I worked on it last night, even though the AC is out at our place and it has been rather warm lately here in sunny SoCal. It was almost too hot to knit…*almost*.

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Named for reasons only known to me.

So, now that the blog is done, it’s time to get my crap together and attack my sewing project head on…with breaks for lunch and crochet. It is going to be a very busy day!

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Have I lost it?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | blah blah blah, knitting, UFO's, UGH! | No Comments

Thinking of knitting has me feeling blah and I am starting to wonder if I may have lost my knitting mojo. I mean, it wouldn’t be the *worst* thing to happen to me. Everyone needs a break, right?

Honestly, I have plenty of other things I could be doing. As a matter of fact, I was just chatting with my mom yesterday about how I have three crochet projects on the hooks…and I was just approached to do a custom job for a friend. I have plenty of sewing I could do…or wrangling pattern testers…or editing patterns.

I’ve done nothing. More importantly, I don’t *want* to do anything. I’ve spent two whole days just staring at yarn (or in some cases, a computer screen). It’s making me slightly twitchy.

Whenever I think I want to keep my hands busy, I start going to the last places I should be in my head. I think about my hibernating WIP’s (my Amy Pond lace scarf or my Mountain View Cardigan), my unfinished spinning, or I get the overwhelming urge to warp my loom…and we all know that would be a slippery slope.

I try to look on the bright side. One of my “babies” is nearly done cooking. Now, if I could get over my fear of the unknown and put it out there for public consumption. It’s still early in the day…I still have plenty of time to get super productive doing the things that actually *need* to get done.

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Dear Knitting,

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 | blah blah blah, knitting, UFO's | No Comments

I really miss you. It’s been just over a week since I have been able to sit down and enjoy your company. I know I have things going on…I got sick…got relatives in town…I’ve been here and there and everywhere. I haven’t made a single trip to the yarn shop…and I am still upset that I can’t take you Disneyland!

(Who woulda thunk it? Those beautiful needles you so gracefully adorn are considered to be weapons.)

I just don’t know when I am going to get to spend time with you again. There has been such craziness and drama happening in my life. I know I normally share it all with you, but this time I just haven’t been able to reach you.

Trust me when I say I am trying to clear out space on my calendar for you and I to visit with each other. I would really like to get you finished. I have a new KAL coming this summer and I intend to wear you while I work on that.

With Love,
Me

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My Hanna Pullover...

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...Ready for Sleeves

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Blogging on the run!

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 | blah blah blah, knitting, socks | 3 Comments

So, here I sit at Detroit Metro Airport, kinda bored. There is no large TV here at my gate, so I have no idea what’s going on in the world. What I do know is that I only have a 30 minute layover in Atlanta, and I hope I don’t miss my flight because I have to go back to work in the morning.

At least I have my sweater to keep me warm, knitting to work on while on the plane, and snacks and coffee to keep me happy because I wont have time to grab dinner.

My knee socks are progressing nicely. I’ve started my calf increases last night and am about half way through them. They will look so cute once their done and as long as I don’t run out of yarn.

Well, off I go to explore the airport. We’ll see how this post turns out. If it works, this will be my very first post from my iPhone!

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How Stacy got her groove back…

Well, as most of you can see, I have been pretty absent for awhile. My problem has been a big one.

The “powers that be” decided to steal my mojo.

For a girl who does something crafty every day (and I mean that…literally EVERY DAY), dealing with a creative slump is tough. I went though all sorts of phases. There was denial and mourning and letting go. I figure, why force something that isn’t there right? Maybe it was all the stuff I did before my slump that burned me out. All those projects *I didn’t post here*. I couldn’t bring myself to even take pictures of the garments I finished before this loss of creativity. I had no desire to knit.

Before you start thinking, “But Stacy, you have plenty of other hobbies. Why not work on something else?” The answer is: “I just couldn’t”.

All this happened at the height of Tour De Fleece, which turned out to be an epic fail for me. I finished NOTHING. I was so excited about starting, but I fizzled out quick. I had no desire to spin.

No knitting, no spinning. I had done a few sewing projects pre-slump. But even though my sewing machine is still sitting on my dining room table…it looks cold and lifeless.

My husband suggested our trip to Comic Con might help jump start things. It didn’t. A couple trips to the my local LYS had me sitting in a chair watching everyone else knit. How. Freaking. Sad.

So I waited, and waited, and waited some more. For what seemed like an eternity, I did nothing.

But then something happened…

It started with a request to knit for the shop. It’s a pattern I don’t care for particulary, but I decided to take it on anyway. I decided I was gonna force myself to soldier on through whatever this is I am going through. Then I was watching Being Human and decided I was going to try and sew this:

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Annie

I started sketching right away. Hey, it wasn’t knitting, but it was *something*.

Then it got even better! I went to Stitch ‘N Pitch 2010 on Friday night. The Dodgers v. The Nationals. There was a big pre-game sale at my LYS (Unwind). I was there two minutes and zero’d in on the Madeline Tosh Merino Light. The Fjord colorway. I snatched up the 4 skeins that were left and carried them around for very little time before I walked up to pay for them. 4 skeins of yarn with no project…but I knew they were destined to be something awesome.

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I got as far as Dodger Stadium before deciding what that yarn was destined to be. I met a lovely lady in line for a Dodger Dog that was wearing the most amazing sweater. I made a point to ask her about the pattern name twice and texted it to myself. Pas De Valse.

So now, I am excited about knitting again. I can’t wait to get started on my sweater. Thank goodness!

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Stitch ‘N’ Pitch 2009!

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 | blah blah blah, Field Trip | No Comments

I had heard the stories around the shop, and to be honest, I think the Friday Night Knitting group started at a Stitch ‘n’ Pitch a few years back. Of course, that wasn’t how I had gotten acquainted with everyone…

It was an interesting time. I brought knitting and spinning, but I can’t say I got much done. We found out that a reporter from NPR was going to be on the bus with us. He interviewed a few of the ladies in the back of the shop while Penny and I watched, but I got a chance to be interviewed on the way to the bus. Of course I was in full on spinning mode because I had started Tour De Fleece already and so I gave my take on how I think spinning has given me a better appreciation for yarn and knitting or something like that. 

 

Me and my friends

Me and my friends

 

 

The game was blowout, but that didn’t matter. I got a free Namaste KnitTube and I got to get myself a Dodger Dog…and I got to look around at all these people in the section next to us that looked at us sideways because they couldn’t figure out why there was a whole section of men and women knitting at a baseball game. Don’t get me wrong….I love it when people look at me all confused.

 

Me and my dog....

Me and my dog....

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