Mandatory “Is it fall yet?” post, and also relevant things

It’s a beautiful day here in Indy. It’s warm with a nice cool breeze, and the sun is out. I drove with the windows down. I wore a green dress. I bought a pumpkin chai. Is it fall now? But really, my wedding is next month, and I’m starting to freak out. Where has this year even gone?

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It’s hiding with the Q-Tips, Ma.

So I came across an interesting pattern the other day. I’ve been on the quest of a lifetime (or at the very least, the quest of a few good years) to find cables like this:

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I stopped in my local knitting shop and asked if the employees could point me in the right direction. I ended up with this pattern, for a hat. Not really what I wanted, but I’m like, eh I’ll give it a try. So I’ve got this print out, I’ve got my needles and some hella cool yarn, and I cast on and join in the round…. Except wait! This hat is worked flat! What? I’ve never, ever seen a hat worked flat. And I’ve also yet to find a reason as to why this is worked flat. Did Patons just not want to frighten people? Cables and working in the round, oh no!

Anyway, here’s my progress on this freaking-weird pattern so far:

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If anyone has an idea as to how to make cables like the ones above, I would really appreciate it.

Time Tracking and How I Use My ECLP

Since I haven’t been working, I noticed something strange: I couldn’t figure out what the heck I was spending my time on! I had a sneaking suspicion that I was playing more video games that I would admit to myself. So, for the month of July, I decided to use the awesome app/website Hours to track what I was doing. Honestly I didn’t really expect myself to stay with it all month, but I surprised myself. And you know what? I kind of love it.

Since I’m a pretty boring person, my main activities can be broken down into three categories: Gaming, Knitting and Reading. Note that the Gaming categoriesScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 3.36.57 PM only including PC/Handheld games, not mobile games (boy would I be in trouble if it did). The Hours website and app are so awesome. You can have multiple “tasks” in categories, so I can see how long it took me to read Stephen King’s It, for intance. Or, on a less productive day, how many hours I wasted playing Civ V.

Every week in my planner I keep track of what I’m reading, listening to, knitting and watching. I used my ECLP month view to write down my totals for each hobby/category at the end of every day. Then at the end of the month I can see how much time I wasted spent on every activity. It’s really not a perfect system, since I sometimes forget to start/stop categories. And one problem I have with the Hours system is that they don’t allow two timers to be run simultaneously. I solved this problem by only tracking the main activity I was doing at the time. So if I was knitting while waiting on my friends to take their turns in Civ V, I only tracked Civ V. I think this really skewed my knitting time, since I finished an entire freaking cowl in the time I was waiting for them, but it works.

Does anyone have some planner decorating tips they can share?

WIP Wednesday: Elijah Update

I finally finished the head correctly! It looks pretty good considering I’ve never stuffed anything before. I wish I had stuffed it a little fuller, though.

I got a little farther and started the body, but I think I started it too far forward and it looks a little off center. I’m hoping it looks alright after the ears are added on. I’ll post more pictures in my next update!

Yarn Dyeing Adventures

I accidentally went a really long time without posting anything. Oops.

I’ve been wanting to try dyeing my own yarn for a really long time, and I finally decided to take the dive last week and get the supplies. Thus Saturday night, my yarn dyeing adventure began.

My first problem is that the bare yarn I ordered did not come in a nice neat skein like literally every tutorial I read online. It wasn’t the first time that I’ve had to re-skein my own yarn, but it was definitely the most challenging. It took nearly 6 hours to undo the knot that had somehow been created from the time I unboxed the yarn to the time I was ready to dye it. In the mean time I grabbed another skein and threw it in the vinegar bath. I couldn’t really find much in the way of “Hey, you should use this much dye!”, so I decided to grab an unmeasured scoop of some of my Wilton’s gel and mix it in. I didn’t really know what I was doing (obviously) but the many tutorials of Pintrest promised that it was really hard to screw this up, so I wasn’t too worried.

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I have to say, I’m really happy with the results! There was pretty much no technique at all involved with this skein but I love the way it turned out. I decided to turn my first skein of hand dyed yarn into a hat and I’m so so so happy with it.

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After I finally untangled the first mess of yarn, I decided to try making a multicolor skein. In the spirit of upcoming Valentine’s Day I wanted to try pink and purple. Since I’ve only got red, yellow and blue food coloring I had to try and make my own purple. It didn’t turn how I wanted, but I don’t hate it. Now I’m second guessing my color choice because I honestly have no idea who is going to want a pink and purple item of any kind!

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Does anyone else dye their own yarn and have any suggestions? I really want to learn some cool techniques!

Attempting to motivate myself…

My stepsister recently had a baby. Well before the baby was born, I started on a baby blanket that I intended to finish before the due date. Of course, as is the story with so many projects, I got about 30% into the blanket and had to sit it aside for a while. Her son, Asher, was born in June. It is now the end of August and I haven’t finished the blanket.

I have quite a bit of guilt about this, so I’m picking up the project again with the intent of finishing it by the end of September. The pattern I’m using is the Chevron Baby Blanket from Ravelry. I love the way it looks so far, and I almost never use bright colors, so I’m actually pretty excited to be working on it again, for now. Can I finish it by the end of September?

My first post (yay!)

Even though I made this blog a while ago, I’m just now getting around to making my first post, heh. My new job has been taking up a lot of my time and I haven’t had much time for knitting lately, but I do have a few projects that I’m working on.

Slouchy Bubbles

The Slouchy Bubbles pattern can be downloaded for free on Ravelry. I’m really enjoying this pattern. As someone who hasn’t worked with cables very much (read: at all) in the past, this is a pretty easy introductory.