Friday, March 25, 2011

FO: Blue Balls

Pattern: Oh Balls!
Yarn: Red Heart Kids in blue

Margaret's birthday party is tomorrow and her party's theme is "blue." These are going to be something the toddlers can play with and then take home as party favors. I really despise party favors that you throw away once you go home (like little plastic tops), so I'm hoping these won't fall in that category.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reclaiming Yarn

A couple of years ago I knit a sock that wouldn't fit anyone. Frustrated with it, I hid it away deep in a bag of yarn.

But the yarn was so lovely that I couldn't let that go away forever.

So last week, I got it out,

Frogged it,

Soaked it,

and hung it to dry.

Now it is kink-free and ready to use!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Another pic of the shawl. I've made a lot of progress! It's going slowly now, though. Each row takes about 15 minutes.


Remember I mentioned Talents of Sisters last week? Well, I decided to make a few of my Tropical Bath Fish to sell through them and yesterday they sold! Yay!

I already have a request for another set! I finished up that yarn, so I have to go down to the store some time and get more! With the sale of my fish, Talents of Sisters has raised enough money to buy a latrine for girls! Yay!

I want to knit things for Talents of Sisters, but also knit some things for myself, so I think my goal will be to knit 2 projects a month to sell on their etsy site. And now I need to cast on for some socks for my mom!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Yay for knitting podcasts! I got a smartphone in January and suddenly having an mp3 player with me all the time has opened my life to the realm of podcasts!

One of the fun aspects is listening to a podcast and recognizing the names of a few local yarn stores. Stash and Burn is local like that and that's cool.

These are the few I'm enjoying right now, in alphabetical order. Many are knitting-related, but not all. It's pretty obvious which ones are knitting-related.

Cast On
KIPing It Real
Knitmoregirl's Podcast
The Manic Purl Podcast
Mormon Matters
Mormon Stories
The Pixar Podcast
The Round Table
Stash and Burn
Sticks & String
Subway Knits

I'm not the sort of person who goes back and listens to every episode ever- I listen to the most recent 2-3 and then just jump in there. The only exception is the Mormon Stories podcast because I think the issues there are interesting and I am learning a lot from that one.

If anyone has any recommendations of more knitting podcasts, let me know! They only update every week or less and I between running 3 days a week and knitting in the afternoons, and listening to podcasts while driving and doing dishes, I run out of things to listen to!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

FO: Entrelac Mitts

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Noro Silver Thaw

I made these to go with the entrelac hat to be sold at the silent auction last Saturday. And they sold! So I no longer have these, which is sad, but the money is going to a good cause.

When I did that hat, I knew I wanted to make matching fingerless mittens, but none of the patterns on Ravelry spoke to me- I had these in my head and I couldn't find them! So I needed to knit them. And as I knit them, I took notes so another pattern should show up on Ravelry soon-ish. I'm going to need to re-knit them off my notes because I'm not sure if I really am the perfect note-taker I like to think I am.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Talents of Sisters

(x-posted at the bee in your bonnet)

It's International Women's Day again! Party on, my sisters!

Last night Margaret and McKay "hid" from me and I creeped up to tickle Margaret. When I came into sight, Margaret hid behind her eyes as I crawled up to tickle her. Her defense, "Mommy, we're girls!" or in other wards, "Don't get me, we're on the same team!" She's right, I know. We are girls and we all are on the same team. I always add that we love girls AND boys and Margaret will tell me during the day, "We're missing a boy!" referring to Daddy.

But yes, we're girls. We're on the same team. Let's not fall over ourselves in fighting amongst ourselves.

There are some great events in the city today, but I can't really get involved with those sorts of things at this point in my life. Kids and all.

So today I'm going to don some purple and spend some time being a girl. And I'm going to finish up my first donation to Talents of Sisters. (Sorry I haven't gotten the stuff to you yet, Courtney!)

Talents of Sisters is a non-profit etsy collective and store and it's making its debut today on International Women's Day. After reading Half the Sky and wanting to get involved in the movement, Courtney wanted to get involved in helping girls and women secure money for education, safety, health care, etc. But like many of us, she's a mom who doesn't really have the ability to give up weeks and months at a time to go travel and physically be with and help the women worldwide.

But what can she do? Craft. What do I do? Knit. So she came up with the Talents of Sisters and is hoping that individuals and Relief Societies will contribute homemade goods to sell through etsy and earn money to donate to the organizations and groups who can be out there where we can't. If you already have an etsy shop, you can sell items with the "Talents of Sisters" tag. If you don't, the item can be posted in a group shop. What can you donate? Anything you might sell on etsy! I'm probably going to go with the knitting, but if you sew or sculpt or paint or carve or make jewelry or whatever instead, then do that!

So this International Women's Day, that's what I'm up to. I hope many of you can join in and get your friends involved as well. Our Relief Society will be reading Half the Sky this year and I'm hoping to get our quilt group and knitting group in on this! I'm really excited about this!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Quilt Block

I am NOT a quilter. I already have one expensive hobby; I don't need two! But here's my block for the quilt group I'm in. Luckily other people have quilt frames and space, so I don't have to have all the equipment!

What's cool about our group is that you keep track of your hours quilting and then when there's a finished quilt, your hours turn into raffle tickets and there's a raffle for the finished quilt! The more you quilt, the more chances you have to win. And your hours carry over quilt to quilt, so if you don't win one quilt, you have better chances when the next quilt is done. I hope that over the years, I'll get to nab a quilt or two.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Charlie Brown Hat Pattern

Ever since making this hat 3 years ago, I've had a couple of requests for the pattern. I've finally made it up! Apologies to the people who've waited so long for this!

A couple of notes that I mention in the pattern: this pattern is in beta. I made the hat 3 years ago and actually got rid of the hat last year when I was decluttering before our move. Don't worry- it went to a good home! But that means that when writing this pattern, I was going off of memory. Luckily I knew where my chart was! I have not re-knit this pattern, so specifics like gauge are up in the air at the moment. I will knit this hat later this spring and re-write the pattern based on that and get better photos at that time. I will also announce when this pattern is out of beta and update the pdf at that time.

The pdf of the pattern is here and also on my sidebar. I'm heading over to Ravelry right now to put it up there.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

My First Spit Splice

Isaac was sleeping. I was doing something in the kitchen and Margaret was in the living room. Then I heard a little voice.

"Mommy! I cut it!"

My mind went straight to my lace shawl that I left on the couch. You know, that shawl I vowed not to get down while they kids were awake because I didn't want them messing up where I was or breaking the delicate lace weight yarn? Yes, that one.

I did take time to consider that maybe she just cut her hair. After all, she had just watched me cut McKay's hair last week.

So I went to the living room. It's the lace shawl. Luckily it's just the yarn leading up to the shawl and not the shawl itself.

Phew! Of course Margaret was really proud of this. I didn't want her cutting my yarn in the future though, so I told her that it's not good to cut Mommy's yarn and Mommy is sad for the yarn. This put her in tears. I knew it would because she's a very sensitive child and saying I'm sad broke her heart. I sat down and nursed her and told her that I love her and I knew she thought I'd be happy that she cut my yarn for me- she was being helpful! I told her she could watch me fix it.

But now I didn't know how to splice it. At Stitches West, I had talked to the lace knitting guild about Russian splicing, but with this yarn, I didn't want to attempt it because I don't think I have a needle small and share enough for that.

Then there's spit splicing. That could work since it's 100% wool. But I've tried spit splicing before and I didn't succeed.

So I go to youtube. I search Ravelry for advice. And I decide on the fateful spit splicing.

I unspun the ends and put them together, showed Margaret that I put them in my mouth and felted them together in my hands.

And it looked great- like there wasn't a problem at all.

I finished the row and put it up. I learned my lesson and rededicated myself to keeping that project up and out of the way.

In other news- I'm pretty much done with writing the pattern I mentioned Monday I just need to format it so it looks pretty. I also don't have the FO of the pattern anymore, so it probably needs a test knit, but I don't have time for that right now. I'm going to make it available later this week as a "pattern in progress." And then later this spring I'll knit it up and get nice finished photos for it.

I'm almost done with my first fingerless mitt to match that entrelac hat. I'm writing down notes so I can make up a pattern for that as well. I'm hoping I have enough yarn to make the second. I didn't like any of the patterns of entrelac mitts on Ravelry and this has a fairly unique construction for the thumb. I hope that people like it.

Also, check out Talents of Sisters. I've never been one to sell items on etsy (too much work to deal with taxes and all!) but I'm going to be a regular contributor to that store since I don't have to do the work! Thanks, Courtney!