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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„¢

Explorations

 Christopher Columbus was not the first ‘European’ on our American soils. I’m convinced. I believe the History Channel’s query into the St. Claire’s visitations to Nova Scotia and further South regions. I believe their explanations about Bjarni Herjólfsson then later, Leif Erikson and his expeditions to ‘Vinland’ which turned out to be a departure from their ‘home’ base in Nova Scotia or Labrador. I am after all a half-blood Norwegian, so must support my Viking brothers / ancestors! (Uff Da)

I too have had visits to a base camp with excursions outward to explore and discover. My first pattern, the Infinity Peacock Moebius Wrap was a compilation of my experience with a lace shawl, a Cat Bordi felted moebius bowl, and a knitter’s stitch dictionary. I love trying new things and sometimes the spark of combination makes something work – mostly beginners luck . . . . with just a shake of experience.

However, after the thrill of victory wears off, the continued effort to hone the craft continues. I’m trying to become a knitting designer of sorts. I’m not going to a design school, although I’ve had training architecturally and in business. I’m discovering the craft from the inside out. I’m relearning what I’ve taught myself (since I was about 4 or 5 years old). There is no school, but there are an abundance of classes, retreats, LYSs, books, online sources, and my favorite: http://www.ravelry.com. I’ve mostly relied on the last four. I have yet to take a knitting class or attend a stitch-and-bitch (knit night) but am game once I set aside the juggling act I call a family.

My current angst is that of an explorer run aground. I am working on sizing for my IPMW mentioned above. Since I have little experience as a pattern converter, I decided to do my own footwork. Just because. It’s the explorer and unpuzzler in me.

I ‘explored’ the adjustment of cast-on stitches with a guesstimate. Utilizing Cat Bordi seemed like plagurizing since her moebius works are so famous. I wanted this to be my own design and avoid any shades of copyright violations. Even doing simple math was difficult with guage due to the doubled nature of the moebius knit. I bow to Cat for her amazing fortitude to figure out what to do and how to do it! Nevertheless, I boldly went where many have gone before and blindly guessed the cast on.

unsoaked and unblocked

I completed my IPMW for the size Large. I tried it on. Two of me could have fit inside prior to soaking and blocking. I’m a medium and had planned for a friend to fit and model. What had I done?!!! Two months (granted, not continuous) of knitting gone awry! Well, at least I knew that just one skein of covetous wollmeise would work for an extra large! 😉 I decided to soak and block anyway to see how it affected the fit.

Stay tuned . . . . . Will it block out to fit? Will she have to undo the entire skein and reknit it? Holy cat hair Batman! What will she do????? ACK!!!! 😉

Stay tuned . . . . . She may find a way, she may devine the muse, she may commit hari kari (never), but she won’t give up! Step by step, crawl by crawl, stretch by stretch, yearning by yearning . . . . . this is getting sick.

Just come back and see. I’ll have to carve a marker like the St. Claires did or leave behind some earthenware as Leif and his clan did to prove my prowess —- or tom-foolery.

Don’t worry. I have to come back. I’m aground and need the deep waters!

Happy New Year and First FO of the year

Yes, I’ve completed my belated Christmas prezzie for a friend. It’s the only knitted gift I made this year. I’m busy waiting (oxymoron – remember Jumbo Shrimp?) for it to dry after it’s luxury first soaking! Then wrapping and presenting. I have no doubt my friend will like it. I want one for myself now. Perhaps a different colorway – just because.

My ravelry page for the project has over 600 hits now! I’m sure many of you were curious as to how it knit up. I loved the color changes. I didn’t like the lace weight but dealt with it and persevered the cramped hands (at times) for the final wonderful product. It was worth finishing.

Now, on to finish a few very important projects that have been too long on the needles. I’m focusing on wraps and sweaters this winter. The Winter Olympics are not far off. I hope to have at least two of the four or five completed by the time the torch is extinguished. It’s a goal at least. ♥

After that (probably during – I’m incurable), I plan to cast on several socks I want to do as well as other small quick projects. Oh, and there is the felting that I still haven’t done for some booties, bags, moebius bowl, and a small purse. Maybe 2010 will be the year to finish what I’ve left undone. Sure would feel good! I think I’ve created my first resolution. . . let’s see if this time I can keep it!

Good luck with all of your own projects – whether knitted or not! But, don’t tie yourself up in knots if you don’t cross the finish line on them all! Just enjoy what you’re doing.

~antsinthepantsAnne

A Rare Day in Multi-tasking Land

Yesterday eclipsed my largest daily amount of progress on knitted projects. I don’t count my stitches or rows or number of do-overs / tinking. But, after seeing a Facebook status from a knitting/dying friend asking what everyone’s average stitch count per day is, I sat back and thought, “Hey! Yesterday I did more than ever before !” Timely. 😉

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Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap

On my own pattern in the Large size that I’ve planned to finish by Turkey day, I completed the 2nd of three sections. I’m on the home stretch. It’s over 500 stitches per row in a moebius loop (never ending!!). Per my previous post, you’ll note that the other yarn I’d been knitting was not magic, and was not inspiring, and was just NOT. I’m flying through and you can see my progress on my ravelry.com project page. I’m 34me there, and here’s the link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/34Me/infinity-peacocks-moebius-wrap-2

Recently too, within the past two weeks, I helped another knitter friend destash (yes, I was enabled) so she could pay a kitteh vet bill. We’ve become very close online – some may feel that’s weird, but we chat quite a bit and yes, we’ve become good friends. One day, we WILL meet IRL (in real life).

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colorway: flan

I ‘rescued’ 1500 yards of Texas Toasty in Flan from her. Luscious and so soft. She even sent me cardigan patterns! I had searched too while waiting for USPS to deliver the goods and found a great Drops pattern that I’d decided I liked best, even after review of the freebies sent. I’ll reserve one of those – or two – for later.

When the yarny goodness arrived, I’d set it aside thinking it would one day be a great cardigan; much like many other stash items in my SABLE. That’s on the verge of three lifetimes at present.

I’d also wound two of the three skeins. Still swiftless, I just sit cross legged and hand wind. I love the feel and having the drape of the skein on my knees is just like a warm hug. The entire process is very cathartic.

Last night, while watching Sci-Fi channel (I’m a maven but cannot let my hands be idle), I knit away on my IPMW. Dinner break and kiddo pick-ups were minor but necessary interruptions but I got a rhythm. And it was good.

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I got guage!

The Flan balls were in my line of sight, and I began to wonder if I should. . . . . I found the circular needles in the correct size, and knitted a guage swatch. I made guage the first try! I’m saving it for perpetuity . . . or at least until I need that bit for seaming. . . It may be close!  Not deterred by the 12 or so projects still on needles (yes, really), I pulled a new ball and started casting on the 264 stitches to start the ribbing. One d0-over later and the correct amount of yarn tail, I had success and began the K2P2 ribs.

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Future Cardigan in Flan

I probably knit 5000 stitches in all yesterday, and not one was wasted or rushed or disliked. It was all about the great balancing act of remaining active and interested! I love this craft. ♥

Today however is a new day and many other things on my plate. Here’s hoping you get as  much or more done on your list so your knitting time gets into your schedule too!

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

I’m IN

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Noveau Intarsia Baby Cap

At least, according to the email I received from Annie Modesitt, I am ‘IN’ her new 1000 Fabulous Hats book! It’s being compiled to be published as we speak. I entered several pillbox style knitted baby/kiddo caps that I”d knitted over the years.

The one here is brand spankin’ new and I designed it ‘specially for this. Because I could. 😉

It’s unblocked and a rushed photo session to meed the summer deadline, but it’s still a fine cotton hat.

I’m getting the pattern written up and kinks out of it so you can make it too. It will be my second for sale here and on Ravelry.com so stay tuned. I’m excited!!!

Any suggestions on a pattern price? I was thinking $4 or $5 as a download, but would love to hear some input. Hey, it’s only my second pattern for sale, and other than my own research on other patterns for sale, those of you who may be interested could help me out! Comments welcomed.

~Anne

Time again. . . .

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit still and knit. This past month has been all about refocusing and getting back into a groove. Any groove. Knitting is beginning to save me, and focus my thoughts.

The socks I’m finishing were started as a test knit for a friend, Natalia Marek at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/antimony-designs. She calls them Water Rescue Socks.

almost finished!

almost finished!

The yarn is from Mountain Colors Bearfoot and is a lovely multi colored skein. I love the autumn colors it bears. Some, when seen in good light seem to accent and stand out.

I’m planning to finish some WIPs and UFOs while I’m figuring out my next Life step. This is probably a good strategy as it will keep me focused and on task with goals and landmarks as I finish each one. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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„¢