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.

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Updates on a Busy Life

After vowing to post more frequently I haven’t. What a surprise. I guess once a month is more often than once every six months. But hey, a lot has been going on. We moved to Indy. I knitted a thing. That’s a lot, right?

So yeah, Indianapolis. It’s nothing like when I lived in Phoenix, but I missed the city life. Indy is strange because it has a city feel and a country feel at the same time. We are driving down a road next to huge buildings, then a mile later we are in a corn field. I don’t dislike it. I could do with a little less corn, though.

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Kennedy loves the new house

One thing I like about being here is that there is always somewhere to go. In Evansville, everything was closed between 6 and 8 pm. You weren’t supposed to go to parks and trails after sunset. But here, downtown is well lit. It probably goes without saying that Pokemon Go is taking over downtown Indy. I love it. I think I’ll make friends soon.

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Kennedy met a twin at the canal!

I’ve been knitting a lot lately, too. I bought a cowl pattern like two years ago that I loved – it was actually the first pattern I ever spent money on. I started the cowl then promptly lost track of the project. Lately I had the urge to finish it but I couldn’t find the bag I stuck it in with all the moving. Any excuse to buy more yarn, amiright? Of course, shortly after I started the new cowl I found the old one! After finishing up the second one I started, I dragged the old one out again. They’ve got different feels and I can’t decide which one I like more.

Any knitters in the Indy area need a new friend? Cause I’m free all the time.

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!

Knitting Problems and Other Stuff

 

Hot damn I’ve been gone a while! I’m not working right now so I think I’ll try to blog like twice a week. If anything interesting happens, that is.

Did anyone else preorder their Erin Condren Life Planner this month? I got one last year and I loved it. I upgraded to the rose gold spiral binding because rose gold. It will match my rose gold iPhone and Apple Watch. I definitely don’t spoil myself at all!

Last year I got the new (at the time) horizontal layout. I really regretted it even though I’ve only ever used horizontal layout planners in the past. So this year I got the vertical layout! I feel like that’s one of the features that makes ECLP special. Does anyone make their own stickers? I’ve been wanting to do that for a while but I can’t figure out what kind of sticker paper I need to buy!

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I got this one. Except it doesn’t say AB CORTES. Is that even a name?

Unfortunately my Spring and Summer so far have held very little knitting. I’m trying to make up for it by actually paying for a pattern and make an amigurumi for the first time. I bought this really cute pattern I found on Ravelry (as always!) but I’m still stuck on the head. I’ve had to frog it over five times and I’m starting to get depressed with it. I just can’t seem to end up with the correct number of stitches after the first row of decreases. I swear I’m paying really close attention to the pattern. I’m about to start it again – and hopefully for the last time. I’ll track my progress on here. It’ll give me something to blog about for once.

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!

Knitting for free – and why it sucks

My Nana has been after me to make her a scarf for a while now. And by “a while” what I really mean is ever since I started knitting. I love my Nana. Really, I do. But the friends and family discount is fairly played.

I spent basically the whole first year I was knitting making scarves (and hats, once I learned how) for my friends and family members. I did this either completely free of charge or only charging for the supplies. I did this for a few reasons: 1. My skill level was such that I didn’t feel comfortable charging for items, 2. I didn’t want to end up with a lot of practice scarves and hats and not know what to do with them all, 3. My needle inventory grew very quickly since other people were buying them.

My future mother-in-law wearing a headband that I made for her, free of charge.
My future mother-in-law wearing a headband that I made for her, free of charge.

Once I started getting better, I wanted to make things to actually sell. By this time I had spent a lot of my own money buying yarn (admit it, what knitter isn’t a yarn hoarder?) and I wanted a return on my investment. And I wanted to start knitting items that I wanted to make, not items that my mom constantly sent me on Pinterest.

I’m not a very fast knitter, it takes a long time for me to make a single item. Trying to build up an inventory of items to sell is very hard when people are constantly asking for me to make them things. It usually ends up with me bogged down with requests, and feeling too burnt out to work on anything at all. And so I lose all interest in knitting for a while.

Socks for my Nana. Free of charge, of course.
Socks for my Nana. Free of charge, of course.

But knitting is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding hobby for me. I hate that feeling of guilt I get when I’m browsing Ravelry or looking at yarn and someone inevitably says “Where’s the scarf you were going to make for me?”

One of my first hats - and one of the first items I was ever able to sell!
One of my first hats – and one of the first items I was ever able to sell!

A hobby shouldn’t make you feel guilty. I really want to encourage new knitters to do the opposite of what I did. Don’t let friends and family make you feel like you should be making them things for free. Make what you want for who you want, when you want. Keep knitting enjoyable. Give handmade items for Christmas and birthdays instead of on demand. And for the love of your sanity, charge for your items. You’ll thank yourself in the future.

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?