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Craziness

I almost stopped knitting in May. Finally, after a tumultuous year dealing with job hunting, family balance, and monetary issues, I have a new job. I started just after Labor Day. What an omen! I’m now an infant photographer.

Homage to those volunteers who knit infant hats for hospital newborns. I’ve seen some very nice ones lately in the hospital nursery.

As my paychecks come in, I’ve still not purchased any new yarny goodness. I think with my three lifetimes of SABLE, it is not necessary; AND with the multiple projects on the needles, it would be even more insane.

Over the month of November, I knit infant hats again for Save The Children, my fave non-profit. I got some fun into the plain jane pattern just because. Used up a lot of my lingering acrylics and fun yarns and they’re headed out to babies in need. It was a great impetus to get started again.

Finding time is now my issue. Making time is not hard but something else falls by the wayside in response to a fiber respite. I’m relearning balance with my new job and it’s been interesting. The baby birth rate boomed this Fall due to snowstorms last winter and the economy (you’ll just have to speculate as I did). Those reasons are the best I could come up with, and the nursery says Christmas won’t even slow down.

Thanks to those of you who’ve purchased my one and only pattern. I also had pics of some hats in a new Annie Modesitt book: 1000 Hats. Still have to order my copy though. Not one to deny multitasking, I have a fingerless glove project that is written but not formatted, so stay tuned. Just don’t hold your breath! It’s still crazy around here.

~Best to All and Happy Holly-Days!!! ♥

It’s Always Something

Sadly, it’s not knitting lately. Sorry fans, folks, mavens, lurkers. . . .

This IS a better year than last for many reasons though. I just haven’t been on the needles lately due to derailments in weather, important events, and unfortunate life issues. My FIL died last night. That’s the worst so we’ll be heading out in a few. I’ll take my knitting but don’t know if I’ll have any time or focus. 😦 Sad, and we’ve been ‘waiting’ and praying, but the inevitable happened.

Feb 6 Snomageddon begins

That’s the bad. The good is more of a silver lining after a long arduous and physical trial. If you’re on the East Coast (USA), you already know how much snow was dumped on us in February. My front yard had 48 inches after two back-to-back blizzards. Fortunately, I was up on it with groceries (tp, milk, bread, eggs, tp, milk) and we survived our twelve 24/7 days with the kiddos home, snowed in, and out of school. Shoveling was my mantra for the beginnings of each of the two storms. I got a great cardio workout and my torso felt it!

Still, no time to knit because I was catatonic on the sofa or taking long steam showers or sleeping! Then the laundry (dirty word).

The Olympics teased me on Ravelry.com since many of my ‘imaginary’ friends were competing in the Ravelympics. I’ve been secretly jealous but knew I couldn’t commit. I did seam two shoulders of a sweater that I tried to finish — two summers ago during those Ravelympics (hiding my haid in shame!) heeeeeee

I also SCORED some wollmeise at TLE, so my mojo is cheering for me. . . . . considering it a birthday gift to myself!

Atrium / Lobby Ceiling

The past weekend’s excuse was courtesy of my hubster. He treated me to a ski weekend in Scranton, PA at Sno Mountain and we stayed at the Lackawana Radison (an old but renovated train station).

Me & Hubster

I am now officially 29. and that’s a joke son. . . I’m living my second lifetime now and with strengthened torso and leg muscles (silver lining) from shoveling, we made it through two wonderful days of skiing.

Spa special 😉

Yes, I brought  my knitting, but did I knit? nope. 😉 I don’t think you would either if a jacuzzi was calling your name each evening with champagne and strawberries!! ♥  Well, only one night. We brought wine and had it solo on the second dip. . . . . and of course, we had to watch the skiing and snowboarding and curling (dig the norwegian pants!!). I claim my heritage but not their fashion sense. ;p

I hope you enjoyed this post – sans the knitting. I’m not neglecting it, I’m just on the gerbil wheel of Life Interrupted. Cast one on for me and I’ll be right there with you soon.

All the best-

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

What We CAN do

Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over but the spirit of giving of ourselves should never stop.

Case in point is the wonderful slideshow link following. . . My friend Sue is the owner of Lovely Yarns in Hampden in Baltimore City. She’s had the shop for several years and it’s a wonderful place to visit, sit & knit, or just hang out. Her clientele and friends decided to knit 500 hats and give them away! The recipient is a local school each year. Here’s the slide show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/500hatproject/show/

I did not participate – Just had to share and brag up my friend! Last year, I did knit several infant hats for Save the Children’s “Knit One Save One” campaign. It was fast, easy, used up stash, and very fulfilling.   http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2009/caps-KOSO.html

teeny beenies for newborns around the world

Thinking about doing something can give you warm fuzzies, but actually doing it, gives them to someone else! ♥

Knit on dudes & dudettes! ~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Neglected Home and Family. Turning Heels and Corners. Reinventing Self Again.

That’s a mouthful, but I never multi task just one thing. I’m bound and determined to finish the Water Rescue Socks that Natalia designed. It’s been over a year since starting and after the first one was done, I let it slide. Just turned the heel and am going to push through. There are other UFOs too that I hope to finish so I can start on a Sweater KAL with some friends this month on ravelry. I may not finish but the hope is there.

Turning heels and turning corners means I’ve resigned from my winery job. Too many hours added up. Not  much done around the homestead either. Hubby now has been employed for a few months, so I can release the angst of taking every available hour given. I just overdid it and should’ve known better but the rose colored glasses wouldn’t let me see. Blinded me actually.

Now back to bifocals when reading charts! and. . . looking for what’s next. Perhaps the circus. heeeee. I’m calling myself (as some have called me in the past) Rennaisance Woman. It’s fitting as I’ve done just about everything under the sun and still plan to continue trying new and wonderful things. Getting the mojo on soon I hope to go out for another adventure. This time – with balance.

Hugs to all and keep knitting!

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Variation of a pattern and the challenges I’ve caused for myself

I told you earlier I had knitter’s ADD (KADD)!

summer_2009_smallA few weeks ago, I was in Borders just browsing and couldn’t help but look at what was on the knitting mag rack. Knitter’s magazine #95, Summer 09 was shouting out ‘Buy Me! Buy Me!’

My ears are attuned to all things yarny and knitterly. ;D I sat at the back with a coffee shake and browsed from cover to cover but kept coming back to the pink caplet on the front cover. Purchased the mag. Done.

I just HAD to try it. The pattern was wonderful, but PINK? not. I decided to raid my stash and discover if I could use something up. After all, I”ve got to go into the next karmic level to use it all. I found some great variagated wool that I believe Mom gave me, and also some great teal yarn. . . . which turned out to be orlon. Selection made. Done.

The colors worked so well together I couldn’t not use them together to make the guage worDSCF7849k. The pattern called for Super Bulky. My challenge had begun. Blending NOT pink yarns of different fibers. Done.

Now, having KADD, there were no longer any circulars available and I didn’t want to drive out just for that. I found my US 13 straights and made a mental note to get something off the needles (yeah right) or purchase what I needed later for the shoulders portion of the pattern. Done.

Not one to follow exactly all of the pattern all of the time, I decided to add another cable. I thought I could use the coverage! I’m not that big, but the length needed to be just a titsch longer. . . Done.

I figured out the charting and got about 12 inches knit. Wow, love how fast a larger needle makes the progress appear! I’ve picked up and set down several times in between other projects. It’s a fun one. I’m not ready to figure out the shoulders. Have to graft the base first whenever I complete it: 44″ circumference may take awhile. But have theorized a potential color/yarn change for the shoulders as well as a split collar I can use a shawl pin on too. Still processing those ideas, so NOT done. . . . yet.

On to ravelry.com to post my project on my personal project pages. What? The pattern was so new, no one had written up a page for reference. I decided to do as requested and quoted the magazine’s descriptions and specifications, but left the photo blank. Afterall, the picture was from the magazine, and mine was not pink! But, Pattern reference: Done.

DSCF7847Just the other day (July 20) I got a message in my ravelry mail that they wanted to use one of my progress pics for the photo on the main pattern page! WHOOT. That’s so cool. I”m hitting landmarks this year. ;D

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hott-pink-shrug

Can you say – crazy? I say designer. But making beauty out of knots has always been fun for me. I’ll keep you posted. My challenges keep me hopping but life could be very vanilla otherwise. ♥ Maybe by sometime in September or October I can repost and officially say: DONE!

Keep on knitting dudes/dudettes.

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Tis Better to Gift than to Receive

mitt  malabrigo lime

mitt malabrigo lime

After lingering on Etsy during these warmer months, I made a well designated decision to gift two pair of fingerless gloves to some lifelong friends. One is my college roommate (not the dorm, but several rentals) and the other is her husband.

Jay

Jay

 

 

 

We reconnected with Jay at least when he drove through with his son on the way to a Summer stint with the Student Conservation Corps.

many finger tubes

many finger tubes

I wouldn’t knit a boyfriend a sweater unless it was LOVE, but fingerless gloves for a couple of great friends, that’s worth doing. 😉 I can always make more, and my selling record has been good – if the item has been seasonal. Working on more for the Fall as well as hopefully getting more off the ground that I’ve planned in other venues. Jay said they would certainly use them.
Hemp Hands

Hemp Hands

 

It doesn’t matter the hardships now. My sense of giving has not diminished and in many ways that is a gift in itself. ♥

Now, if I could just clone myself!

30 Rounds

This is progress! I’m getting through a petal pattern by Ysolda called Rose Red. Of course, I’m calling mine Rose Black. Can you see why?30 rows It’s a commission that I said I would do for a friend. I’m not a beret person and she is – big time! She also said she’d like it in black but she cannot define the stitches as well without color, so thus the request. It’s a pretty pattern. I am also designing some fingerless mitts to be knit in the same yarn to match. They are designed, and one is complete. I just need to finish the other, write up the pattern for posting, and finish this beret to send. Not too much to ask one would think. . . . . after 5 months. Eeeeeek.

The best news off the needles – pun intended – is that my clapotis is DONE!!!! I have some casual pics but forgot to have my hubby take one with my wedding guest attire. clapotis 2Clapotis 1Maybe I’ll have to pose again in the correct clothing. Maybe not. . . . It was a beach wedding and very windy! The clap took from Jan 1 to May 14 – with weaving in of ends and steam blocking on May 16. I’ll consider the earlier date the final. 😉

Now, to boogie through this beret and on to finish the large size of the Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap that I’ve been promising. I have one excited pattern purchaser who is busy knitting away and will update me with her progress. I’d love to hear from any others, as I will diligently post any findings on the errata page here.

Azalea at homeBTW, I’m a fast knitter when not encumbered by LIFE! It’s been a busy Spring with schools, events, surprises, and involvement in several venues. I hope to balance out by June. Only time will tell. . . . . . . . and on to round 31.