Adventures Using Stitch Markers

April 29th, 2016 No comments

Stitch Markers. I may be biased towards them since I do make them. But the truth is there are a lot of moments when a stitch marker was a saving grace. How you may ask?  Come into my parlor…

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At first, when I started knitting, I used stitch markers only when the pattern called for it and only how the pattern called for it to be used. There were some additional uses I picked up quickly and some that were magical discoveries in a project much later than it should have been.  So fellow knitters what secrets of stitch markers have you discovered?  Here are a few of mine.

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  • The first time I realized you could use stitch markers for counting when casting on an obscene number of stitches…cast on 43439 stitches you say…
  • Lace – markers have saved me from many a mistake before it would have been ripping back the afore mentioned 43439 stitches
  • End of round marker
  • Progress marker – especially for that period where you knit and knit and the yarn gets smaller but the project doesn’t seem to get any bigger
  • Oh six charts that you alternate  within the same row of the project – matches markers to chart
  • Never forget to do those first/last three stitches on the end of a shawl- every time I think I don’t need those markers – 40 rows later, wait wasn’t there a garter edging?
  • That moment when as a stitch marker maker you are away from home and have no stitch markers. You may just laugh at yourself and use yarn scraps. And that random marker that was in the bottom of the bag.

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Slow Growing Royale

April 27th, 2016 No comments

Slowly knitting my way through Royale. I have started the decreases, and Im seeing the cables take shape. I’m looking forward to this sweater taking shape.

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Alternating every two rows seems to be working in my favor.  The colors are working well together. I’m getting the hang of the cables and the charts, and am starting to believe this sweater will be finished before it falls victim to my wandering project eye. I have attempted to stop myself by starting to pack the yarn.

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I haven’t sealed the box so I don’t know how adequate it will be. But one can hope. And this project is attention grabbing when I actually remember to take it out ;).

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April Shop Update

April 25th, 2016 No comments

A smaller update this month but there are some new notions pouches for your shopping pleasure.  Pac Man, Doctor Banner, Spider Man and Star Trek TOS.

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So if you want to carry some notions in geeky style there are a few more options waiting for you.

In stitch markers we have the four elements. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in stitch markers.

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And two sets that are tied together. Whose side are you on.  Team Cap or Team Iron Man.

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Quarterly Update

April 8th, 2016 No comments

Time seems to be flying, and plans are changing, but I’m still as usual mindful of my goals in general and am a bit surprised to see that I have been making progress even if it doesn’t always feel like I am giving enough time to my crafting life.

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But general life is also changing so i’m adding to the goals.  I’m moving this summer, so that’s a big thing that has to be planned and organized.  Especially as a crafter.  There are a lot of things to pack and move. Have I mentioned I have a lot of books? I mean a lot of books.

 

Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ right now. 

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream –I have joined the box of sox kal in a hope for additional motivation. 

Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 

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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta. 

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Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles
3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!
3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits
4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.

 

Life Things

1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads)
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

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1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection
3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter
5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril

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6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket
9. A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting
12. Christmas Ornaments

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More Sweaters…

March 30th, 2016 No comments

Well we know I have a sweater plot for the year. I may be falling behind since I have just cast on my first new sweater of the year. Bayside while finished in January has been on the needles a long time. Well this past weekend was the end of Gauge and Tension. I have been able to go to the pop up/weekend yarn store a few times. And there was always something great there.

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I left with six skeins of  Skeinny Dipping  yarn in Un-Teal We Meet Again.  So about 1200 yards to get another sweater made. And a Single skein of the G+T cormo, that I am pondering pairing with a  skein of blue for a Waiting For Rain shawl.  I have to make my way through Royale before casting on another sweater. I say now…

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K1G2 CanCon KAL

March 29th, 2016 No comments

The Knit 1 Geek 2 podcast is hosting a CanCon (Canadian Content) KAL, knit a Canadian designers pattern and/or use a Canadian based yarn.  You can read the full details here.  I’ve decided to start Royale and get going at my attempt at six sweaters this year. The pattern actually has you knit the sleeves of the sweater first, but for some reason every time I put the project down, I made another error. So I decided to start the body.

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We’ll see if that was a terrible plan. But so far it is going well.  I’m hoping that once I get used to the charts it will be easier to go back to the sleeves. Not to mention alternating three skeins is a lot less painful across 190 stitches than across 40 or so.  So my first sweater this year is in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Worsted in Studio North.

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I also seem to be in bit a of a red mood. I am  knitting the Wildes Meer shawl in some Hedghog Fibers in Sin.  Kristin of Voolenvine Yarns is hosting a knit along.

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Shop Update: The Name Game!

March 28th, 2016 1 comment

This month’s shop update is brought to you by a smattering of silly names. Thanks to everyone who told me to go wild with the silly names. Let’s start with:

 

Do You Even Spin Bro?

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And then there was the trailer that started it all. 

Underoos: Peter Parker

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I’ve started a mythology collection, it will be full of gods, monsters, stories, etc.  I’ve started with my long held favorites the Greek gods but we will be traveling the world and time.

First up are Three Greek Kings and To The Fairest

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Ice Cream Season: Rainbow and Neapolitan 

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Dinglehopper anyone? 

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Golden RainbowDark Side of the Rainbow,  & Rain to Rainbows

 

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Marvel’s First Family & I Heard You Are Starting a Franchise 

 

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Done!

February 24th, 2016 4 comments

The baby blanket is done. And it is massive.  It has been gifted to the parents along with a matching onesie because really why not? I’m quite proud of not running out of yarn at any point!  Near the end there I started to worry. The plan to make a matching sweater was put aside due to time and, yarn constraints.  Though this was finished way before my last baby blanket of the morning of the event fame.

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It was finished a whole four days before the event.  And as for the matching gift?

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Well he needed a uniform too, of course. Now up to the next baby items, and then my start-itis is twitching. I plan to start Royale by Glenna C. once the last of the baby gifts are done. That likely won’t be before March but I really want to knit a few sweaters, or a lot of sweaters.

Small Shop Update

February 22nd, 2016 Comments off

You go away for a weekend and your blogging schedule gets thrown all out of order. Well I have a few things to share  but let’s start with the most recent. The February shop update is live.  It’s a small one I realize, I’ve spent the weeks after VKL in a pre-crafting state, plotting and placing orders. But I think you will all enjoy these future plots.  Now to the current plots.

The Potions Master Collection

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Spring Showers & Flowers 

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Maritime Markers in Standard and House Sock

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Bump In the Night Stitch Markers 

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Space Invaders notions Pouch

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For things that have been requested. The Seven Years at Hogwarts collections including the DADA – Teachers collection will start coming back in March.  I have been ordering the parts needed for all 7 years and once a few sets are complete they will be back in the shop.  The same is true with the individual doctor’s collections.  Anything else you guys want to see back, or for the first time, feel free to ask, as always. I love chatting ideas.

Rainbow-along

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off

So the Rainbow-along hosted by the Suburban Stitcher started yesterday. It wasn’t really all that hard for me to decide to jump in. I really like rainbow yarn and have spun up a lot of it.  I have chosen one of the skeins of rainbow handspun that I have, a skein of Madeline Tosh merino Light in Magic, and a skein of Witch Candy Yarn’s in Light bright.

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All of these yarns, and a few more in my stash say rainbow to me. Its fun how the rainbow can still come out in a variety of ways. I think the first on my needles will be the light bright.

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I want to make the Vertigo Mitts out of this and I think it will look awesome with the pops of color. I also may have found my plane knitting for this weekend. Now to find the needles. Steps I suppose. Small steps.

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