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Knitting is more than just a hobby.

Hello my fellow knitters, and anyone else who finds knitting blogs interesting!

Where to begin. That is a task in and of itself. I am currently working on an 8 strand cable scarf (pictured below), and a size 10 sweater for World Vision Knit for Kids sweater. For not having a lot of time to knit, my sweater is knitting up super quick. I have about 3 more inches to go in the body before I do the front sleeves. It is crazy how quick this sweater is knitting up for me, with working full time, and of late full time and then some.

I spent the last hour or so working on updating my knitting spreadsheets that I have going on my computer. I added the columns and formulas I needed for this year. I also did columns and formulas for 2016 – 2020. Beings that it is now almost May, and i had yet to make the columns up for this year, I decided that I might as well just do it through 2020 and be done with that for the next six years.

Knitting is totally my creative outlet. It more than makes up for the mundaneness and lack of creativity I have in my day job.

I have been spending a lot of time this past week watching YouTube videos about knitting, and looking up patterns, as I want to get better, and be able to knit more complex patterns. I tried knitting socks once and gave up while trying to turn the heel. I want to give it another try, and really try this time.

I also have a couple skeins of lace weight yarn in my stash to make another leaf lace wrap/scarf for myself. Now that I have the baby blankets for my cousin and his wife done (I just need to get them shipped), I will have more time to work on projects that I want to work on. I know I have talked about it in the past, about having a personal project and a charity project in the works at the same time, and that is the case 95% of the time. I rarely only have one project in the works these days.

Beings that I have a size 10 sweater in the works, it is nice to have a smaller project to work on, when I only have a few minutes to knit, before I start work, or I don’t feel like working on as big of a project when I am tired after working 10 hours. I would love to be able to get paid to spend time working on projects, blogging about them, as well as craft store adventures and hauls.

IMG_1244Over the next few months, as I get some of my own stashed yarns knit into fantastic projects, and as next fall gets closer I am going to get out more, and go track down the locally owned craft stores here in Portland, and buy some yarn from them and write reviews on the shops, and the yarn for you guys. If my goal to be a better knitting blogger is going to ever come to fruition, I am going to start having to do the work myself. I can’t afford to jump in to it full time, and just make it my career, but I am starting somewhere here and now. I am making this goal happen.

For those of you who read and follow me for my charity knitting projects, rest assured that those are going nowhere fast, and will continue to be an integral part of my blog, and pictures and so on and so forth. I am just wanting to increase my skills and create so much more in the way of fall and winter accessories that are not only cute, but very practical.

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Project of the Week: July 24th 2013

Hi Everyone!

Today on Project of the Week the project I am working on is a Child Size Hat for a child in India.

Back in 2007, a group of ladies from the church I go to began knitting hats for those in India who had heard the message that my church preaches, and were in the process of becoming a part of our church, and setting up a branch in the area they were in (and all that entails with their own government, and then meeting the requirements set by the church in order to be affiliated with said church). Since that first shipment of hats, there has been at least two more shipments of hats made, one of which I was involved with making hats for. Since the last shipment was made around Thanksgiving time here in the States (late November), I have made some hats in between making sweaters, with yarn left over from the sweater or that I have had in my basket of yarn for hats that I have stuck yarn that is not enough to make a sweater out of, or is not the right weight of yarn for a sweater, so that I can get it used up into something productive to help a child in need. Since the last shipment of hats, I have just been putting the hats that I have knit up aside, and saving them for the next time there is a request/need for hats in India. I do not know when that will be, but I want to have as many as I possibly can knit up and ready to go, so that I can help keep more heads warm, and help meet a goal for hats if there is one.

This morning I finished up a child size hat, using Red Heart Yarn in Shocking Pink and Bon Bon Print, and the rest of the day I have spend knitting one up using what is left of the second skein of Caron One Pound yarn in Permission, and I will be putting Red Heart yarn in Aruba Sea and Real Teal with it for the second hat I have been working on today. The Permission, Aruba Sea and Real Teal I am using for my hat, are all balls that were left over from sweaters.

What I like about Red Heart yarn:

  • Great Variety of Colors
  • 100% Acrylic – it is sturdy and holds up well for knitting projects for kids
  • Its made in the USA
  • It is affordable, which is awesome
  • I have not had much of a problem with the fibers splitting on me
  • Even though it is acrylic, it knits up to be a warm garment, which is important
  • Consistent colors, can buy yarn at two different points in time, months or even years apart and they match.

What I don’t like about Red Heart yarn:

  • It is hit and miss for getting a “soft” skein of yarn

What I like about Caron One Pound skeins of yarn:

  • Made in the USA
  • Thicker and Soft
  • Doesn’t split very easy
  • 100% Acrylic so it is durable
  • The fact that you do get 16 onces in one skein, so depending on what kind of project I am working on, I would be able to make an entire larger project out of one skein of yarn

What I don’t Like about Caron One Pound skeins of yarn

  • Limited Color Selection
  • Not as affordable as buying the solid colors of Red Heart, where I normally buy my yarn I can get three skeins of the seven ounce solid Red Heart Yarn for the same price as a one pound skein of this yarn.
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Project of the Week Series

Hi Everyone!

It may just be me, but some of my posts seem a bit random, and all over the place. Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, but I am aiming toward getting some flow and continuity to my blog.

As of today, I am going to be starting a series of weekly blog posts, that I am aiming to publish each Wednesday, entitled “Project of the Week” where I talk about the project I have spent that particular Wednesday working on.

I am starting this series in part, because there are days when I want to write a post, but don’t know what exactly I should write about. This way I will have at least one post a week about something that I am working on, to keep you, my readers in the loop about what is going on behind the screen.

In each blog post, you can expect for me to talk about what project I am working on, the size I am making, the yarn I am using, what I like/don’t like about the yarn I am working with, and anything else that comes to mind that I want to mention about the project.

Stay Tuned for this week’s Project of the Week, which I will be writing here in a bit!