imageWhat I’m Working On
My husband and I just returned from taking our younger son to college which is the same college his older brother is attending. Before we left on the trip, I was thinking that I would have time this fall to make blankets for each of my boys for their dorm beds. When I saw my older son’s “house” that he lives in this year, there was a couch on the porch and a knitted Log Cabin blanket piled on it. Squeal! Now I have another purpose – to crochet one or more blankets for the posterity of the House. Since the house is full of artistic students, I’m already thinking about a colorful zig zag pattern. First, to finish the navy and white (school colors) blanket for the oldest. I love goals. They make me work faster!

My second project goal is my Shibui Cowl that has been getting put aside as I work on samples for my fall classes and other various necessary knitting. (I facilitate our Dream Club at the store and I always start the new project so I can help members begin at our monthly meeting.) Knitting with the Staccato and Silk Cloud is always divine and since I love all of Shibui’s yarns, I have a few projects in my yarn stash ready and waiting. Mix No. 14 is a fabulously soft scarf that I made as a store sample and now I must have it for myself; just need to decide which colors to use. The anticipation is as pleasing as the making.

What I’m Reading
On our 12 day trip, I began and finished (an amazing feat for me!) a book that I read on my iPad with my Kindle app. The Day of the Triffids had me on the edge of my seat and I love that it was written in 1951. It seems like the creator of The Walking Dead read the same book. I watched about 1-1/2 seasons of TWD and then I abandoned it. Are they going to go on killing zombies forever? Seems like an uphill battle that I do not want to be part of.

More excitement! Margaret Atwood is coming to Phoenix to speak about climate change and her dystopian trilogy. In anticipation of attending this event, I am re-reading Oryx and Crake and will then tackle The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam to finish. I plan to be ready to understand every reference she makes to these books. Again, a goal of November-something spurs me to make time to read!

Pet Peeves
On my list of things to do is getting my magazine subscriptions in order. There are so many that I receive and love to collect, and sometimes read! Where the question comes in is the way my postal carrier treats my magazines. We have a traditional mailbox in the front of the house and usually my magazines arrive in decent shape as they are taken out of the ample sized mailbox. But now and again, something happens to them on the way there and they are crumpled, crinkled, and torn and I am just not happy about that! I like paying the subscription rate and not having to worry about when the next issue is out, but having my magazines in good condition is important to me, too. I will be pondering.

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Knitter, we have a problem.

by Cathy on July 29, 2014

Starting to see the beautiful pattern. And no holes.
Starting to see the beautiful pattern. And no holes.

So, I’m knitting on this Shibui cowl, so excited to be using this super soft yarn, and suddenly, I notice that my M1s are making holes. And I do not want holes in this pattern. I simply want increases. After some examination, I realize that I need to unknit a few rounds (of 260 stitches!) but be smart, I’m thinking. What will I do to stop the problem from happening again?

I try increasing with a standard M1R and I think this is too tight. So, I don’t know what I’m going to do but I can’t live with it the way it is. So, I unknit. I don’t mind unknitting because I am fairly quick at it, but three rounds of 260 sts each is a lot of unknitting. I did a bit at a time so I wouldn’t get frustrated. Then, I went ahead and knitted on.

Lifting the bar definitely ended up working because the bar was so loose and that was the real problem. I just couldn’t tighten up my stitches enough. My solution was to lift the bar for all M1s on one round, then do a backward thumb increase (as the pattern calls for) on every other round. This has solved the problem of gaping holes. There is a small hole here and there but I can live with that. I don’t want it to be too tight.

And now I am blissfully knitting in the round again, working on the second repeat of Rounds 1-18. I do love how this is knitting up.

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Shibui On My Mind

July 22, 2014

I’m knitting with a super soft yarn combination and I’m so excited about it. One strand of Shibui Staccato and one strand of Silk Cloud in Ivory held together are making up the most beautiful and fun-to-make cowl. Recently, I became part of the Shibui Spark program and I’m lucky enough to be knitting this […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #4

April 8, 2014

Oh me! Oh knitting! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless faces of the failed, Of sweaters fill’d with errors, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more error prone than I, and who more knitterly?) Of needles that vainly crave the stitches, of the sweaters mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #3

April 5, 2014

Two yarns I pulled from upon shelf And sorry I could not purchase both And be one knitter, long I stood And thought about what I might make With the skein I held in left Then took the other, just as fair, And having perhaps a better claim Because it was bright and wanted wear; […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #2

April 3, 2014

A swath of Yellow led the eye Unto a Purple thread Whose soft inhabitants to be Surpasses in my head If hue the silence contradict Or shade presume to show In that low corner of the Shelf Impossible to know. Original poem by Emily Dickinson

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Poetry Month

April 1, 2014

In honor of Poetry Month, the month of April, I will be posting poems that I have rewritten with a yarn theme. Enjoy! so much depends upon a red yarn skein spun with wool and cashmere waiting in the back Original poem by William Carlos Williams

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Your Summer is My Winter

July 25, 2012

What’s the best thing about waking up to 80 degrees and 42 percent humidity? Air conditioning! Grateful is merely the first thing you feel when you consider air conditioning. We could not live without it here in Phoenix – no way, no how. There is barely covered parking at major shopping centers, which shocked me […]

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How I Learned to Love Red Heart

April 22, 2012

Is it wrong to hate a yarn? Doesn’t every yarn have something to offer? Eyelash yarn was once cool. I knitted a few long eyelash scarves in my day. I’ve even seen it used effectively as an accent in a felted purse. And that popcorn yarn can be crocheted into an interesting necklace/scarf that makes […]

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