Finished the Sweater!!!!!

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So yeah, consider this one completed. I actually finished it at 11 AM on 1 July 2018.

 

I really enjoyed knitting this Flax Sweater. While it took me some time due to the amount of yarn I had to use and other projects which got between myself and the knitting of the garment, I managed to get this done before a year was up. Only just but still. It fits perfectly too. Tin Can Knits design team really know their stuff and I highly recommend The Simple Collection pattern bundle for anyone who wants to learn to knit and/or who wants to knit a sweater.

 

Of all the Tin Can Knits patterns, this is the list of those sweaters I’d like to make the attempt at knitting at some point in the not too distant future:

Flax Light
Spotlight
1999
Harvest Cardigan
Prairie Fire
Lush
North Shore
Britannia

 

This is the list of shawls:

Estuary
Botany
Photosynthesis
Sunflower

 

This is the list of socks:

Seawall
Rye
Granola
Winding Way

 

This is the list of hats:

Precipitation
Prism
Gather
Apple Pie

 

This is the list of blankets:

Malt
Pop
Waffles

 

All of this is contingent upon my completion of my main goal for this year:

 

The Find Your Fade Shawl

 

This is one I’m not giving away. I previously gave all my former shawls to The Maternal Parental. However, if I’m putting weeks to months into this one…no, just no. I’m going to be selfish. Devil

 

I’d also like to finish knitting my two pairs of socks, Eris and Harmonia, I’m knitting on two circular needles. In addition to this, I would like to knit a baby Flax sweater as a sort of review of everything I’ve learned over the past ten months.

 

On the Crochet front, I would like to complete the Hobbes dolls I promised as gifts a lifetime ago it seems. I keep oscillating on who to give the last doll to. I may just keep it for myself. After all, I have wanted one and I keep putting off the making of mine for the benefit of others. Maybe it’s time I thought of my own needs and wants for a change. Ten to one, someone will tug at my heart strings and that doll will go flying out of this place.

 

I also have plans to make another Granny Square Blanket. I’m definitely going to do Granny’s A Square. However, I’m doing mine with an abundance of Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool. I only have about five skeins of Lion Brand’s and no money to burn at present. Plus, with my stance on using only natural fibers, I’m not likely to get the range of colors I want at an affordable price unless I dye them myself. Which I can do. It’s just that the expense of buying the yarn is also prohibitive unless I can get the yarn on super deep sale conditions.

 

I do have that remaining Wool of the Andes sweater wool sitting in my yarn bin. I also have one of the hanks  I dyed previously sitting in the yarn bin. In total, this brings my yarn cache for the blanket up to 3,382.5 yards of yarn. That includes 825 yards of Wool of the Andes, currently 232.5 yards of Redshift (my own solid color dye experiment), and 2,325 of Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool in the Natural colorway. I need around 4,360 yards of yarn for this to work, meaning I’ll need to get 977.5 more yards either dyed or repurposed for this monumental task.

 

So, this may, in fact, turn out to be a Frankenblanket. I’m just itching to do another one and complete it within a rational amount of time and this time I promise to weave in the ends. Plus, I love the pattern.

 

Assuming I decide not to go with the Frankenblanket, the numbers work out a bit differently. To ensure longevity in the crocheting, I’d need to dye two skeins per color which should give me an extra 2,150 yards of yarn to, I don’t know, make accessories? Give away? It’d be interesting to see.

 

However, for reasons of practicality, I think I will go with Frankenblanket for this particular project mainly due to the fact that I already have a bunch of wool at the ready. I was going to make a Frankensweater or something out of it but this is just as good and like with my first blanket, it’ll be a reminder of the projects I worked on, dyeing techniques I taught myself, etc.

 

I need to iron out more details such as which colors I’m using and in what combination. I want to be completely happy with my creation.

 

It has been a rather long day, to the point where this blog post had to be broken up into chunks. I’m going to eat dinner and then, try to get some rest.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

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Ridiculously Happy

First things first. I’m almost finished my Flax Sweater, Mir Ist Kalt.

 

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I am a little further along in the cuff but this is sleeve number one in the process of being knitted to completion. As I said in the title, I am ridiculously happy over this. It has been nearly a year since I started this wool sweater and I’ve had relationships fail, other projects peter out, trials, tribulations, ups and downs, but I have been steadfast in my goal of knitting this Flax sweater.

 

I am so enamored with Sweater knitting now that I want to make at least one a year.

 

Onto other things. I am again participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. This time, it will be for the month of July. I am going for fifty-thousand words added to my most recent NaNo endeavor and I’m hopeful that this time there will be no distractions. I love the story I’m writing and I’d really like to finish it.

 

In the tradition of my NaNo experience, I have also posted a story to a site in anticipation of writing non-stop again. It is one of my older stories, started in 2007 and completed in 2015 after the worst case of Writer’s Block I’ve ever experienced. I cleaned it up a bit from the original finished product so that it would be accepted for publication on the site I submitted it to and it was accepted.

 

This is technically my second story on the site. I had  the first removed out of an abundance of caution over the possibility that the subject matter might have been divisive.

 

In other news, I am meeting a new friend today. So, the Agoraphobia is taking a good kick to the teeth and an uppercut to the jaw. I am hopeful that this new friendship will flourish as a result of our meeting. He seems like a nice person from our conversations. Only time and meeting can tell.

 

In a furtherance of pain for the Agoraphobia, I will be attending a concert at one of my local Libraries. A band called SandJoe Productions is performing tonight. I’ve never heard of them before but the fusion blend of Reggae and Jazz sounds like it’ll be a cool experience. I’m looking forward to this new experience.

 

Last but not least, I finally fixed my old Laptop. I’m currently installing updates until I can get an OS installation for it that’s more modern. I’m on the fence between keeping Windows and trying out Ubuntu. I will have to see what my options are.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Sorry, Not Sorry

I was unhappily knitting away yesterday morning when the dreaded doom of dread happened. I made a mistake in the lace portion of the knitting. Undaunted, I slowly tinked back my work and was doing fine with getting the stitches in proper accord. Once I got back to the missed Yarnover, I applied the stitch and began slowly advancing the pattern again. That’s when IT happened.

 

The yarn snapped on me. The yarn actually snapped on me.

 

By that point, nothing had slipped apart but, to be honest, the blanket, for me, had been a comedy of errors  and “soul” draining from the very beginning and that was the last straw. I decided to call it quits and inform the party waiting for it of my decision.

 

The overwhelming relief I felt at the snap of that yarn was palpable. I’m never going to allow myself to get tied down into a project like that again.

 

For the record, I like Lace knitting, or rather, I would like it under normal circumstances. These were most certainly not those times.

 

The first thing I did upon tossing that thing in the trash? Picked up my sweater, of course! Sleeve one has commenced. I’m following the pattern for my first time knitting a sweater but, in future, I may utilize the two at a time technique.

 

Today is actually the first day I’ve been predominantly migraine free for the first time in three days. I’m still a bit off but I’m not in any great mind numbing pain like I was before. Hopefully, this will foster a more positive experience in my knitting.

 

Despite this, I managed to maintain my German Language learning streak, albeit through an unintentional extended lesson via Duolingo for a total of thirty one days thus far. Someone may have taken several breaks between XP points gathering sessions due to the light on her phone being too bright to look at. Someone is about to, at 4:19 AM, do more German language practice right now. Party smile

 

On a completely different note, I’ve changed my mind regarding the Die Ärzte t-shirt. It’s a long story but I’m eternally grateful to a friend of mine for saving me so much money. Instead, I’ll save my money for something else.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

The Horror…

I’m back to posting on my Language Practice Blog. I would like to apologize in advance for my horrible translations of the German language. At the very least, I’ve gotten the essen/fressen thing down to memory. I won’t make that mistake again… Embarrassed smile

 

My reason for getting back into this is mainly due to the challenge set forth on Instagram for the month of May. A nice person who goes by the handle JoyofLanguages put a challenge out there to be seen using a language diary or be seen speaking/writing the language we’re learning. Since I’m giving German my best effort, I figured I’d join in on the fun. Things like this are better together rather than alone. Plus, there’s a degree of accountability with having to report every day. I’m less likely to slack off if I know someone is watching.

 

Speaking of…I need to get back on Duolingo. I sense a disturbance in the Force. My ranking is in jeopardy. I’ve awakened the sleeping giants by passing them in XP points and suddenly people who haven’t been on the site in weeks to months are coming back to reclaim their titles. The more the merrier says I. Party smile

 

About the only other thing I’m doing is knitting that blanket still. Thanks to the music of Die Ärzte, I’m a little over fifty percent done with it. I still need to get the remainder finished though, so it is back to the needles tonight and every night until I bind the stitches off. I am so sick of knitting pink acrylic yarn. Under normal circumstances, this is just yarn to me. Right now, in this project, this is a vile abomination. I’m just going to get lost in the music and relax my way to the finish line of this project.

 

Speaking of the Best Band in the World…I’m making it my mission to get at least one T-shirt of theirs before the end of twelve months. I’m going to scrounge and save every penny I get until I have enough to cover the Cost of Product, International Shipping, and the Customs fees from Germany to here. I love their music that much and I love that I’m picking up more German words as a result of listening to them.

 

It is currently 86F in my locale. Too warm too soon. I could really do with one of those freak snow storms. Ha ha. Just kidding, people. Relax.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

So Yeah…Change Is Good

After years…nay almost decades being KaliTime Camaralzman, I have finally made a change for uniformity in my online life. I’ve been slow bleeding the IchbineineTomate KTC handle into my different accounts across the web for some time now. If it has been a changeable thing, I’ve been changing it. I guess I’m just outgrowing the handle of KaliTime.

 

I will still respond to it if you call me by that handle but for all intents and purposes, I’m now IchbineineTomate KTC or “Tomate” as some like to call me.

 

I kind of figured the big Mega Cherry Tomato in my hand gave it away? If you think this is bad, consider that I have to redo all my YouTube videos. Crying face

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Nothing more to say about it really.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Not Much But More Than I Thought

Due to a combination of recent health issues and a tremendous lack of personal time in my life, I do not believe that I’ll achieve my goal set forth for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I will do my best and write as much as I can but at this point I do not believe that I’ll cross the threshold I set out to cross within the timeframe allotted.

 

Rather than run myself ragged trying to do all the things, I’m going to focus on a few specifics which need to take priority. So, if you hear from me even less than usual lately, that’s why.

 

I am determined to pick up where I left off at the next Camp NaNoWriMo event later in the Summer.

 

Aside from that, only a few things are happening here.

 

I’m just living on soup, Duolingo German, as well as the music of Die Ärzte, and Farin Urlaub Racing Team. I’m almost at the point where I know the lyrics to some of the songs. I’m happy about that.

 

To be honest, probably sixty percent of the words I’ve listened to over the past ten days have been German. I might consider switching my profile language preferences to German to get me to use my linguistic translation capabilities more.

 

I’m considering becoming a vegetarian again. Between the fact that I do actually get ill from eating some forms of animal product to the fact that there is a health benefit to being a vegetarian for me to the rising cost of food prices in the supermarket, I’m definitely looking into this one. This time, I’m going to do my research and find the appropriate methods for me to do so.

 

I’m dyeing yarn now as a hobby. This is part pain reliever/part stress reliever and it works on both fronts. Thus far, I’ve managed (with the help of the Maternal Parental on two of the four ounce dyes) three hanks and one cake of four ounce yarn in Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool, in addition to the two cakes of four ounce yarn I dyed previously. I’ve also dyed a hank of Cascade 220 Superwash and a hank of Red Heart’s Heart and Sole Sock yarn.

 

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Cascade 220 Superwash

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Red Heart’s Heart & Sole

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

 

 

The end result of the four ounce dyes will be a sweater. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the Cascade and the sock yarn.

 

 

Starting next week (I hope!) there will  be Basil and Spearmint in the Aerogarden. The tomatoes are making me sneeze entirely too much to hang around for much longer. Plus, they’re coming to the end of their cycle. I got another good crop of tomatoes off of them but it is time for them to go.

 

 

The Basil I’ll be growing will be Genovese, Cinnamon, and Lettuce Leaf. In addition to this, I’ll be growing Spearmint. I really have missed growing it and look forward to having it in my room again. I’m also going to attempt growing Lemongrass again. Hopefully, it will thrive with the hot summers we tend to get nowadays even in my window.

 

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Testing My Balance

I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to knitting and crocheting, I’m not stretching myself nearly enough for what I know my capabilities could be.

One example of this is Continental Knitting. I have been meaning to switch over for years but have always found some excuse as to why I needed to knit English style.

No more excuses.

The next knitting project I start will be done Continental or will not be done at all. I’m going to make sure it is something repetitive and simple so I don’t frustrate myself too much but I need to get the practice in so I can properly adjust my tension.

 

I have a few contenders in the running. In no particular order:

 

  1. Rye by Tin Can Knits
  2. 198 yrds of Heaven by Christy Verity
  3. Easy Brioche Baby Blanket by Yay for Yarn Patterns
  4. Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe

 

Of course, all of this is coming after Camp NaNoWriMo and after the completion of my sweater and socks.

 

However, first I must get past this baby blanket. I’m going to knit on it every day from now until the 31st of March, for no less than four hours per day, until it is completed. This will be quite an entertainment as I’ll have just woken up during the wee hours of the morning when working with knitting needles…near my eyes. Surprised smile

 

That’s about it really. Nothing much else has been happening aside from my twin tomato plants developing sentience and demanding to be fed.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow