Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Avoiding Stagnation

I didn't get much time to knit this week, and I definitely didn't read. Where does this time go and why can't I be a kid again so I can kill my days reading? Alright, I'm done whining.

I did add 22 rows, which is about an inch. And while an inch doesn't sound like much, if I multiply 22 rows by 65 stitches, I actually did 1430 stitches this week. Which sounds way more impressive than an inch!

I don't have many projects planned for the year. I have two baby gifts to make, one of which is in the photo above. I plan to make a cabled sweater for my husband this year, steek it, and put a zipper, but I've got a bit of research to do before I begin that. Otherwise, not many projects. My big goal this year is not knitting related. I'm going to learn how to play treble clef on cello. I've attempted to before and haven't been successful but if you never challenge yourself, you get stuck in a rut and mentally it's hard to get out.

Linking up with Yarn Along today.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

More Baby Gifts

I casted on for the Little Jockey Wrap yesterday for another baby gift, which will go to another expectant co-worker. It is actually the second time I've started one of these sweaters but the first time I tried it, I was trying to make it larger than the pattern is written and did not have enough of my chosen yarn. I ended up frogging that one. This time I'm following the pattern.

I am working my way through "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," by Edgar Allen Poe. It is the only novel he wrote. It is very interesting and tragic. The main character stows away on a ship his friend is employed on. Eventually there is a mutiny and a shipwreck and they find themselves, at one point, on a ship that is about to capsize, surrounded by sharks, and starving from lack of food and water. The things they come up with on order to survive become very extreme, the more desperate they become. When I actually find time to read, it is very gripping.

Linking up with Yarn Along.


Monday, December 19, 2016

FO: Christmas Dragon

I finished the baby gift for my coworker on Saturday night. I'm not overly satisfied with how much stuffing you can see through the stitches in the head but overall, I think he turned out alright.







I had a lot of festive props to pose him with at work! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Yarn Review Monday 32: Vijay Fibers Serenade and Grandioso

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn: Vijay Fibers Serenade (variegated skein) and Grandioso (green skein)

328 yards, 299.9 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 100% Eri silk (both skeins)



The Project: Viewfinder Cowl by Tin Can Knits

What I liked: Beautiful stitch definition. The silk is very soft, luxurious and light. It tolerated my frogging like a champ too. It didn't fuzz when I re knit the same few stitches a couple times over (I had dropped a couple stitches and had to down to the problem a couple times. I didn't fix it right the first time). I've worn this cowl quite a bit since I finished it and the yarn isn't pilling. (I'm not sure if that is an issue specific to wool and acrylic though.) This yarn had also endured my small kids pulling on it like it never even happened. My Viewfinder has really beautiful drape.

What I didn't like: There is little to complain about. I was pretty mad when I found a knot in my skein of Serenade (the variegated yarn). If you've read my review of the Vanna's Choice you know how much rage I get when I find knots in my yarn. Especially expensive yarns like this. So when I found one, I was pretty mad. But that is my only complaint.

Affordability:  I bought my skeins on sale for $60 total. They are usually $35-45/skein depending on whether it is solid vs variegated.

Rating: I think this yarn is beautiful, albeit way out of my usual budget. That knot though... I just don't know how normal that is for this yarn. 4/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again when I have the chance.


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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Half a Dragon

I made half of a dragon this week! All I have left is half a wing, the spine down his back, and his 4 legs.

Tarragon the Gentle Dragon pattern link


There are a handful of my co-workers expecting babies in the next few months. The one this will go to  the one due around Christmas. We don't know if she's having a boy or girl but seriously, who doesn't want a Christmas dragon? I love this pattern. I've made it twice before. It is free from Ravelry.

Doing a lot of listening to the kids reading. Which is surprisingly more exciting than my own selfish reading. Otherwise we are all getting exciting for Christmas and anticipating holidays with our families.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Viewfinder

My Viewfinder is complete. I pinned it to my blocking board at 11:30pm last night and I am so happy with it.
Blocking

The baby was helping me knit on Sunday...

It is light and airy. It is much bigger than I expected and that's great! Enjoy the photos!



Linking up with Yarn Along.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Silk and Jewel Tones

Yet again, I not only forgot to post a yarn review last Monday, I also forgot to do a project update! Sorry everyone!

I posted two yarn reviews this Monday to compensate.

Here is the progress on my Viewfinder cowl. I promise, I've actually been working on it since my last update. I think I could probably finish it this week if I really wanted to. I am so happy I saved this yarn for over a year. I love the jewel tones. Working with silk yarn for the first time has been fun.

Keeping it short and sweet, and linking up with yarn along.