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Goals for the rest of 2015

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Now that I have gifts taken care of, I figure that it is time to really figure out what I want to get done in the way of charity knitting for this year.

This year I will complete five sweaters, including the one I am currently working on. I will also use up the balls of yarn I have sitting on my floor, as well as what is left over from the sweaters I knit this year, for hats for children in India.

I am currently working on a size ten sweater. I am working to cumulatively have the same number of each size sweater made. I will need to make one more size 6 sweater, two size 8 sweaters and one more size 10 sweater (in addition to the one I am currently working on) to have fourteen of each size of sweater. From there I want to go to making sets (a sweater of each size), and keep my sweater totals the same across the board.

I have several good size balls of yarn sitting around that are really too small for sweaters, but work great for making hats, which is what I plan to use them for. I am wanting to get them used up and made into something that will be sent to children living in poverty.

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Last Sweater for the Year

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Yesterday I finished sewing up a size 6 sweater that I have been working on for the past month or so. For this sweater I used a Caron One Pound Skein of yarn in Jonquil. Weird name for a color, I know, but that’s what it is called.

I wanted something easy to work on as well as a more complicated project I have going. Beings that it was the project I could just pick up and work on, I worked on it more, thus completing it, while the more complicated lace project just sits. That I have to change as I need to get it done before Christmas. It is hard at the same time now that I am working full time and all I want to do when I get home is watch some vlogs and catch up on shows on Hulu and veg out.

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It was nice to be productive while being busy and not as inclined as I have been at times to throw myself full force into knitting. This year has been a year where I have taken time to take care of my own needs, and I have still knit. I have just taken the time to explore other interests shoe also had 2 different jobs at different points in the year.

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Getting as much done as I can

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For the last few days, I have been trying to get as much done as I can before I begin my new job. I still have most of a skein of the fishermen’s wool that I am letting sit for a bit, so I can focus on getting my mom’s Christmas gift before Christmas. I also have a knit for kids sweater in progress, so that I can have 7 sweaters done this year, bringing my cumulative sweater count to 65.

While my new job has nothing to do with knitting, or what I went to college for, I am excited for it. It is a step in the right direction, for gaining much needed paid work experience, resume building, getting my college loans paid off, and for the potential for other doors to be opened down the road.

I am glad that I got my friend’s Christmas gift completed here a month or two ago. It is one less thing for me to try to get done before Christmas with going to work as well.

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Finding what Motivates You (Project of the Week

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This week’s Project of the Week is a size 8 sweater, using red heart super saver yarn in Grey Heather, as well as Natura Ultra-Aire sparkly light pink and a small skein of an unknown brand (that is not a brand I have worked with before, due to texture and the size of the skein) of hot pink. Around Valentine’s day, i was working on finishing up the size 10 I was previously working on, and had come across a red heart yarn giveaway via Facebook. The picture that was included had three skeins of yarn, one grey, one darker pink and one in a lighter pink. I was like “I like that color combination, that would make a cute sweater”, so then I was like “I have the grey, but I am going to have to go to the craft store at some point and pick up two pinks that are the same shade of pink, one is just darker than the other”, then I was was like “why not just go look in the buckets of yarn that are sitting in the next room that have been given to me, and see if there are two pinks that go together that will fill out the two pinks and grey sweater”. Fortunately, I found a lighter pink and a darker pink that go together, to put with my grey, and voila, the colors for the sweater were picked out. 

I am currently working on the body of this sweater, and I am having fun making the stripes different sizes and putting the colors in different orders. I must say that this sweater is shaping up to be a really cute sweater, and one of my favorites. While they are all pretty in their own way, there are some that I like better than others, and that I think turn out cuter than others. This one is going down as one of the favorites I have had in a long while. I also love that I am able to use more of my creative juices with this sweater, which makes it more fun. I love putting colors together that you may not put together, but turn out super cute, and then mixing up how I do it, to keep it interesting. Being creative is a huge part of who I am, and these sweaters are a creative outlet for me. 

Knitting sweaters and hats for kids in need is what I love to do, it was my life for a good two and a half years, and even though I don’t have much time to devote to it as I did while I was unemployed, It is still on my mind a lot, about as much as planning another outdoor adventure. 

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Winter Storm is good for Projects

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Late last week, the area I live in began to see some winter weather that we only see every few years. It lasted through the weekend, which meant that I didn’t leave the house from the time I got home from work and stopping at the grocery store on friday, until I went out yesterday before heading to work. 

Being cooped up inside was good for working on my knit for kids sweater. I got the front sleeves completed, as well as the back sleeves started. 

This sweater is taking longer than I had anticipated, but considering that I go to work four days a week, I am okay with that, and I will get it done when I get it done. 

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Project of the Week: July 31st, 2013

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This week’s Project of the Week is a size 8 sweater for World Vision’s Knit for Kids Project. For this sweater I am using a skein of Caron One Pound yarn in Sunflower and a bit of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Shocking Pink in the front sleeves.

I really like the texture of the Caron One Pound skeins of yarn, they are thicker and softer than the Red Heart yarn, yet cost more, at the store where I typically buy my yarn. As for the Red Heart yarn I am using, I love the color, but it is a thinner rougher skein of yarn. I know I mentioned last week that it is hit and miss with the texture of Red Heart yarn, and this skein is a “miss”.

Today has been overcast pretty much all day. It feels more like Mid – September than the end of July. But that is fine by me, I prefer the cooler weather with overcast skies. It makes for  better knitting weather.

Beings as I got the front sleeves started yesterday, I have been working on the sleeves today, and I am working toward getting the done today, we’ll see how I do on accomplishing that, as I would like to have this project done this week.

I have also been thinking about projects for the near future and what yarn I want to use for what sizes. I am thinking about once I get this sweater done making a size 6 sweater, so that I will finally made at least 10 of each size.

Those of you who have “liked” my Facebook Page, and have been following my blog for any length of time, will have figured out, is that I have been making a lot more of the bigger sizes because I had knit up a ton, well not a ton, but primarily a bunch of size 4 sweaters tailed by size 2 sweaters, and I have been working on getting an equal amount of each size knit up, so that there is not this huge disparity between how many of the smaller sizes I have knit up and how many of the bigger sizes I have knit up. Honestly if I were to have another disparity between the sizes, I would prefer it to be that I had way more size 8’s and size 10’s than size 2’s and size 4’s. The smaller sizes are fun because they knit up quickly, and use less yarn, which is why I had made so many of them in the beginning, but as I have gotten older, it has dawned on me that there are older and bigger kids, that really need sweaters too. I also wonder how many people do knit up primarily the smaller sizes because they are quick, easy and cute.

I also took a little time to update the pictures of the sweaters from 2011 and 2012 on my Facebook page, so they are labelled with the size and the date they were completed.

That’s all for this week’s, Project of the Week update. Thanks for reading my Posts, and if you haven’t “Liked” my Facebook page, and you have a Facebook account, I’d greatly appreciate getting more likes on my page. Thanks!