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Spring is Coming!!!!

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I finished the pair of socks I had been working on in my previous post.

I had used Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather from KnitPicks for this particular pair of socks.

I came to the conclusion I have more than enough KnitPicks yarn for socks and shawls, and I really need to knit up what I already have. I really want to see my stash of sock yarn and shawl yarn decrease and my finished personal projects increase.

With that being said I did pick up some yarn yesterday at My local Joann fabric and craft superstore, for a project I am going to be working on once I get the projects I have in the works complete.

I am also wanting to get back to working on projects for babies and children in need. I have taken more than a year off already to work on personal projects, that I want to finish up using the yarn I have out that I purchased for personal projects and get back to making things for little ones who need warm clothes. It may be a bit before I start another sweater, but it is definitely still a project that is near and dear to my heart.

I started another pair of socks this morning, I am using one of the pink Stroll yarns I had ordered during the month of February beings that it was on sale.

Beings that Spring is right around the corner, we are starting to get the periodic nice day, which I am looking forward to. I have a couple pairs of socks that I would like to get washed and hang out on the line to dry.

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Finished #70th Sweater

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Today I finally finished the sweater I started last year. 

I finished this size 8 sweater in which I used a Caron one pound skein of yarn in deep violet as well as some sunflower of the same brand. 

 

This sweater is special I many ways, it is the 70th sweater that I have completed. It also is the last sweater I needed to get 14 sweaters of each of the 5 sizes. I am excited that I now have even numbers of each size, and can start knitting up sets of sweaters.  

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Finally made some progress

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It’s been a while since I have done a sweater update. I have been so busy since Thanksgiving that my current world vision knit for kids sweater has seriously been sitting for months, and barely been touched. 

Today I was helping one of the other ladies from church who has recently started knitting sweaters with her current sweater. It reminded me why I knit sweaters for children and what I am passionate about, which is helping others. Whether that is helping children in need or helping someone learn to do something I know how to do, and being able to sit down with them and walk through the process with them so they understand it. 

I had gone for a drive out in the country yesterday, and anyone who knows me can tell you, for most of the past decade all I have wanted is to live in a small town in the middle of nowhere yet I ended up back in the big city after college. While I was out driving, God was dealing with me. That for now anyway my purpose and mission is here in this city that I have spent most of my life not being able to stand. I began to understand the role I am to play here, and the life I am supposed to lead. That includes helping people and building relationships with people. 

I spent some time this afternoon after I got back from church working on my sweater, and I have made a fair amount of progress. I am definitely ready to get it done, so I don’t have it sitting for more months. I am also really trying to get back to having only two knitting projects in the works, I currently have 4 in progress. 

  

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Knitting A Lot

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I have been making progress on my projects this weekend. 

Yesterday the power was out for 8 hours, so besides going and getting food, about all I could do was knit and listen to music. I also spent most of this afternoon knitting as well.

  I am working on getting a chunky, thick scarf knit up at the moment. It is currently (as of writing this post), 68 inches long. I am almost done with the second skein of yarn and have one more skein to use to finish it up. At this point it really doesn’t get cold enough where I live, to really use it. I am looking to find a new job and move somewhere where I would use it, and all my other hand knit winter woolen goods on a regular basis. 

I spent most of the weekend working on knitting my Knit for Kids sweater for World Vision. I got the body of the sweater done. I knit the back and front together, using a stitch marker in the middle the. Knit the sleeves separately. I am to the point where I can cast on the sleeves on the front. I have the hard and longest part of this sweater done. This particular sweater is a size 8. I am using red heart super saver yarn in fall colors.  

 Knitting, yarn and all that goes along with the craft is something I am passionate about. I love it. I am totally intrigued by the whole process from raising and caring for the sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals raised for their wool, to the sheering, or fiber collection as it is shed from the animal. The whole process of cleaning it, carding it, and spinning it to be sold to people like me who knit it up into cute winter wear. It all fascinates me, and if I ever had the opportunity I would love to be more involved in the process, rather than just the consumer. 

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Fall is Coming!

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Fall is in the air! The mornings are crisp and the afternoons hot. The air is starting to smell different, and I am getting excited!

I recently invested in more fall colored yarn for knit for kids sweaters. Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors, the scents, the decorations, being able to pull out my long sleeve shirts, my jackets and my hand knit scarves. 

Since I started working full time at my job, I haven’t been able to post like I was able to when I was unemployed. I am thankful for the income, but also miss challenging myself to have content on here 5 days a week. I also liked the challenge of seeing what I could get done in a week to have something to post about. 

I am hoping that with the changing of the seasons, I will use more time on my days off (when it is pouring down rain) knitting and making progress on projects. 

This past week I finished a size 10 sweater which is for sure up in my Facebook page, and I started a size 8 sweater, using all red heart super saver yarn in fall colors. I will list the colors when I write about the finished project.  I am between 1/3 and 1/2 way done with the body of this sweater. I am loving how it is shaping up. I keep thinking “The ’70’s called and want their sweater back”. 

 

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A knitter’s Weekend

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This weekend was a productive weekend. I got errands ran on Friday, which included some yarn shopping. 

I spent most the rest of my weekend cooking, baking, and knitting. Besides going on Adventures, I like balancing my weekends between adventure weekends and knitting weekends. I am now due for another adventure weekend soon, as I have had two amazing knitting weekends in a row. 

While knitting weekends often include errands, cooking and baking, I am able to fit in a fair amount of knitting amid the other tasks in the three days I have off. 

This weekend I made progress on the falling leaves wrap I am working on as well as the knit for kids sweater I am working on. Tonight I got the front sleeves finished and cast off. Now I just need to tuck in ends and then do the back sleeves. I am making good progress on both projects. 

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Finishing projects!

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A couple days ago i cast off my second sweater of the year. I made a size 6 sweater using red heart super tweed yarn in Pinkberry. 

For this sweater I used a braided cable design for the front. I like to use knit patterns when I use a solid or single variegated yarn to differentiate the front from the back. 

I have only completed two sweaters this year due to having other projects and working full time, I do what I can while I have the time to do so. 

This year I also got my excel spreadsheet set up so that it is ready to go through the year 2020, so it will be one less thing for me to have to do annually. I also keep a hard copy of my list of sweaters with the year they were knit, the size and colors used. In my spread sheet I have a tab for sizes by year, and a page of colors used by size, as well as a page that I have set up that I input the number of each size knit by year and it calculates feet, yards, Miles, ounces, and pounds used. It is really interesting to see the numbers broken out for how much each sweater uses. While I am not much of a math person, but when it comes to knitting that becomes irrelevant and with tools such as a calculator and using, in my case, an open office spreadsheet (which is similar to Microsoft Excel) helps me stay organized and keep track of what I have done.   

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Starting Now

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I have begun knitting more hand knit items for myself for this next winter. 

I started another falling leaves wrap for myself using Patons Lace yarn in mystic teal. I also have a pair of fingerless gloves I am finishing up as well as a knit for kids sweater I have nearly finished. 

I am super excited that fall is right around the corner. Another month and a half until September is here and all the little kiddies go back to school, then the weather starts to cool off, the rain comes back, then it is Canadian Thanksgiving (it is the same day as American Columbus Day), the leaves start to turn and fall off the trees as it progressively gets cooler and rainier, and then it is our thanksgiving, and it is the best time of the year. I love the way the air smells, and gets crisper. I love being able to pull out my hats, gloves and scarves.    

 

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First sweater of the year completed!

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2015 has been a busy year so far for me with all the personal project I have been working on as well as the baby blankets for my cousin’s baby that is due in June (which is right around the corner). I finally got my first knit for kids sweater of the year completed.

I made a size 10 using Red Heart yarn in Light Sage, Buff and a cranberry colored yarn that I am pretty sure is a red heart year, or something similar. 

I don’t really know how long it took me to knit this one up, I want to say it took me a couple of months at least.