Yarn Stash

Not sure if I posted this picture (or one similar to this) before, but I was looking through my picture gallery and came across this one.

My Guy and I were going through my stash, maybe a year ago or so, and wanted to artfully arrange my yarn stash and knitting needles.  It was a fun exercise.  I donated a whole bunch of yarn after this photo shoot – mostly Red Heart and other acrylic yarns.

This de-stashing also made me realize that I’ve turned into a bit of a yarn snob.  Not hardcore, but enough that I cringe when I touch a 100% acrylic yarn.  I’m not proud of this, but it’s the truth.  I’ve come to appreciate the finer quality yarns, which usually translates to the more expensive yarns.  I’ve always had expensive taste, but sometimes this gets in the way of a project getting underway.  If I can’t afford the good stuff, I don’t really want to knit.  And I love to knit.  I don’t like to think of myself as pretentious, but maybe I am.  At least a little bit.

On the current knitting front, not much going on.  As I’m writing this, it’s 89 degrees in my 3rd floor apartment, and I can’t for the life of me pick up my current project.  It’s just too hot to work with alpaca.  It’s too hot to do much of anything.  So, I’m writing this just to write and to let you know I’m doing fine.  Hot as hell, but fine.


Damn you, Harry Potter!

I’m sad to report that not much knitting is getting done.  And it’s all due to that damn Harry Potter!  My Guy and My Boy are majorly into video games, at times much to my dismay.  Well, my husband thought it would be fun for me to get in on the action and he bought Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4.  So much fun!  So much so, that I’m officially addicted to it, having spent at least 15 hours playing it over the last 5 days.  I just can’t help myself.  Little Lego Harry and little Lego Hermione and little Lego Ron are just irresistible.  It’s going to be the end of me!

Like I said, not much knitting happening, but I’ll soon post a pic of how far I’ve gotten with the circular scarf.


Miracle Grow

Ok, so I didn’t grow them.  And, some may say that calling them a “miracle” is blasphemy.  But these flowers STILL look great and I got them on my birthday.  April 1st.  Yes, I’m an April Fool’s baby, but that’s besides the point.  The point is, I got them on April 1st, and look at the amazing condition they’re in!!  I’ve never had flowers last on me this long, but with some water changes and a little pruning of the dead stuff, they’re still going strong.  Amazing!

In knitting news, there’s not much to tell.  My alpaca circular scarf isn’t going as planned:  I’ve ripped it out maybe 5 times while trying to find the perfect pattern.  So I’ve put my needles down for a bit.  Hoping to find some inspiration soon.  I’ll post pics once there’s something worth seeing.


Shout Out to All My Peeps Around the World

Just noticed on my blogger stats that I’ve had a page view from New Zealand.  Pretty exciting.  I’ve also had people from Ukraine, Canada, the UK and China.  VERY exciting!  Not sure if they like my blog or just happened across my blog from some random search, but either way, I’m happy my words have been viewed by so many.  Thanks all for checking me out!

In other blogging news, one of the most popular keyword searches for my blog seems to be the knitted jock strap.  Wow!  I had no idea!  So, even though I blasted the knitted jock strap idea, I guess there’s a high demand for them.  Kudos to you and your creative knitting.

[Post originally published 4/19/2012.]

4/20/2012:  I’d like to add that the above-mentioned stats are representative of the last week.  I’ve also had page views in Germany, Russia, Israel, India, Japan and Malaysia.  I’d like to give a shout out to all those folks as well!


Knitting Attention Deficit Disorder

Just yesterday I wrote about starting a new project and how psyched and motivated I was.  And then it went out the window.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited about the circular scarf and working with that gorgeous yarn, but I just wasn’t at all pleased with the way it was turning out.  I used a ridge stitch that was ok, but working it up, decided that it was all wrong. 

This happens to me often.  I was just telling My Guy that I LOVE to create, but it needs to turn out the way I envision it, or I’m not happy.  I create mainly through knitting, and I most certainly enjoy the act of knitting (or crocheting, or painting), but I also really enjoy having a finished project.  When my project seems wonky, or misshapen, or just plain ugly, it makes me sad.  And I’m compelled to rip it out.

So, in the past 24 hours, I’ve worked on a project, ripped it out and used the same yarn to start something new.  I’ve also started a new project.  AND I’ve started working on an old project that I completely forgot about.  In 24 hours!!

RIGHT: I ripped out the few inches I had knit for the circular scarf.  I’m starting to work up a cabled fabric that I’m confident I’ll be MUCH happier with.

LEFT: I found this project laying amidst the other forgotten WIPs and was inspired to pick it up again.  It’s going to be a circular scarf - it’s a trend that I absolutely love.

BACK: I started this project using the yarn I spun from my drop spindle.  LOVE the colors.  I have in mind a little wallet or change purse for this one.

So, long story short, I’m up to my ears in projects, and I’m loving it.  I’m back, baby!


It’s Been A While…

It’s funny how I can be chugging along, doing my blog thing, when suddenly I drop off the face of the earth, at least where my blog is concerned.  Life gets in the way, time is lacking as well as my motivation, and my blog is the first thing to go.  Knitting, I’ve noticed, is a close second.

But I’m back and feeling motivated, and I’ve started a new knitting project.  I’m working on one of those long circular scarves, the ones that you can wrap around and around.  It’s slow going, and it’s probably going to take a while, but at least I’m working on a project, and it feels good.  Forgot how much I love knitting and how much I’ve missed it.

I’m working with Alpaca Gems Yarn, hand dyed, by New Era Fiber (www.newerafiber.com).  It’s one of the things I picked up at Stitches Midwest 2011.  It’s super soft to work with and I LOVE the color.

As a side note, My Cat decided he’d make a great present.  Just add tissue paper.