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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!!! ♥

Peek-a-boo Progress

Here’s where I am on my Texas Toasty Drops sweater. . . .

 

 

 

It’s such a nice feel. No wonder I have no trouble picking it up. I’m on the increase/decrease shaping now. Drops is not the easiest to understand but I’m figuring it out. They write like the old patterns and one needs to be constantly aware of where in the pattern a button hole must be placed, or how many inches / centimeters have been knit. Keeps me on my toes!

~antsinthepantsAnne™

Out With The Old In With The New

There comes a time when one must regear. The mojo really kicks in and the same old same old is just not good enough. I’ve had it. I mean, The time came! Maybe it was due to daylight savings time and giving me that extra hour? Hmmm. Just thought of that one. . . . but I really think it had more to do with finally getting an exhaust fan installed in our only bathroom. 😉

 Anyway. Non-sequetors aside . . . My master bedroom has needed storage AND completion since we moved in 17.7 years ago. The carpet and paint were new then. They are not now. The arrangement changed once from the bed on one wall to another. This time, I’ve wrapped my head around how it really would work best, and the bed will now be on a different wall altogether.

I guess working, raising kids, tending home and hearth, and working, raising kids, laundry, working, raising kids . . . . . didn’t give me much time to consider the Interior Design of my personal abode. AND this was once my profession!!! A sad state of affairs for one so young. heeeee. Oh, did I mention dimentia from raising kids? . . . .

I’m debating showing you any of the sorted (sordid) mess, but maybe just the great amount of paper recycling I’ve amassed for next Tuesday’s pick up!! Yikes. I feel like the hermit who stacked WSJ’s up to the ceiling in all rooms. Nope, just kid papers, PTA stuff, Church stuff, magazines, and old mail I thought I’d get back to. . . . nothing important. Thus the mega amount of grocery sacks!!

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mucho recyclo

The before pics of the room may be forthcoming later — but only after I’ve finished. It’s just too embarassing! The paper goes to the back porch tonight to make room in our kitchen. We’ve gotta eat!

Also (now for the knitting portion), I’ve disembarked (removed from the needles but not yet frogged) one of my knitting projects that had been languishing on an extrodinarily long set of circular needles for an extrodinarily LONG amount of time. It’s in an extra large ziplock now awaiting sentancing.

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methinks . . . no more acrylic . . .

I thought I liked the colors. It IS in my personal pattern and has been a necessary project so I can test-fit another size for addendum to my loyal (so far) fans. I just kept getting snagged — on the partial acrylic fiber made-into-chain-stitch yarn doubled-with-a-boucle. . . . it seemed like an adventure I’d wanted to take on. The color IS good and would be a nice casual blue-jean match. The darn thing just wasn’t working for me. It took me 10 months to figure this out! I guess I am a natural fibers snob. Hmmmph

Nibble Nibble

Nibble Nibble

What if, I thought just yesterday, I made it in WOLLEMEISE???? For any of you who have not heard of this covetous fiber, you can just forget I said anything. . . . more for me on the next sneak up! But what a difference!! I’ve whipped through about an inch of over 500 stitches – about 8 rows, just today. I’m in love. I may finish tomorrow! My cat loves it too – the wool fiend, Twister, aptly named for her tail; but l like that her fetish is twists of wool too.

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Gettin down wit da wollemeise

I’m using ‘Pillars of Fire’ as my choice of colorway. I had one skein and it will be just enough for my size Large pattern. For those of you wondering out there in ‘When is she ever going to post erratta or addendums’ land, I’ve added 48 MCO (moebius cast on stitches) which means a total of 96 in moebius land. I’ve also been writing on post-its with some minor clarifications and notes. I think the pattern is pretty sound as is, but tweaks will probably be added.

Posted I will keep you (channeling Yoda) with my bedroom and IPMW (that’s my pattern for sale up there and the co-actor of this performance) progress. I think they will both snowball and I’ll be into paint buckets and onto new needles by Turkey Day! I’ll probably be into more mischief too. There’s just no telling and one needs to use up ALL the mojo quickly just in case it decides to go to the Caymans without notice.

Now on to dinner and warming up some New England Clam Chowder! Knit on dudes and dudettes and cancel that mojo’s passport!!!  Calling the hubster now for a pick up of my fave libation. . . .

Fave libation

Easy on the eyes & stomach!

~ants(back)inthepantsAnne™

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.

~antsinthepantsAnne™

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.