Finished My Second Sweater!

I’ve blocked it and it is currently drying out now. This is what it looked like when I first finished it though.

 

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It still looks more pink than the wine color it actually is. Oh well. I think it will actually fit the intended recipient too. Which is a positive. I would have been highly disappointed to do all that knitting only to have the item not fit. I started this sweater on 11 July and finished it today, 3 September. I think I can do better with the timing but other than that, no complaints.

 

Which brings me to the next item on my agenda. My hat, scarf, and gloves. You know, after buying the magazine which featured the pattern for this hat/scarf set, I actually had the nerve to get cold feet about knitting the Nomad Hat and Scarf? Then I thought to myself…what am I going to do with all this yarn I stashed away for the specific purpose of making this hat?

 

I am making the gloves first using the Men’s Convertible Gloves and Thumbs pattern by Steph Thomson for the sizing. With the right needle size, they fit my hands…well, like a glove. Having large hands makes it difficult for me to find a good pattern in women’s sizes, so I usually go for a men’s medium to large to compensate.

 

Anyway, this set of winter accoutrement is going to be very interesting. I’m starting the gloves off with mostly black but the fingers are going to be alternating colors with my standard black thumbs. The colors I’m using are Lion Brand’s Superwash Merino Cashmere in Green Tea, Wine, Black and Knit Picks in Wine Tasting. The hat will reflect this as best as I can manage but, as I have to hold the yarn double on larger needles, I don’t know how much yarn there will be to go around. The Lion Brand’s Superwash Merino Cashmere was discontinued years ago.

 

If I make a dog’s breakfast of it all, I’ll just frog the hat and reknit it as something more simple.

 

I made a little pledge to my good friend when telling him of my plans for the next few months. Once I get these two projects out of the way, I’m not going to knit for a while. Instead, I’m going to focus on my sewing skills. I’m really learning a lot from my studies but I feel as though my time is fragmented into too many segments for me to focus on any one thing for long enough to properly retain skills. So, I’m going to rework my schedule. Anything that hasn’t gotten my focus is getting eliminated. Anything I’m doing well enough in is getting more focus. So, German is going to get more time while other things will be replaced.

 

In the realm of the Aerogarden, I’ve eliminated the Basils and put the Spearmint in a cup to sit with the other potted plants. I’m really hoping that it’ll survive but if it doesn’t, I can always buy more seed and grow it in my windowsill. In place of the herbs, I am growing yellow tomatoes. They’re called Patio Choice Yellow and I’m looking forward to tasting them. They’ve got a forty-five day maturity rate.

 

Not much else is happening in my home. I’m listening to and liking a band that came up on a YouTube recommendation the other day. I’m hoping to get to see them in concert in November when they come to DC. It is rare for me to feel compelled to see someone in concert. They’re that good though.

 

My legs are swelling up like tree trunks but that’s not really good news or fun, so I won’t focus on that.

 

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go onto YouTube and watch Beginner’s Guide to Sewing. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Sunday Random Ramblings

So, having many other things on my plate and not a lot of time to get them accomplished, I decided to cast on for this baby sweater on 11 July 2018. In truth, I don’t think it’s going to fit the intended recipient but it has been cathartic knitting on this adorable little thing.

 

The pattern is the Flax Sweater from Tin Can Knits, I just omitted the garter stitch panels on the sleeves to speed up the knitting process. The yarn is Swish Worsted from Knit Picks in the colorway Bordeaux which reads as pinkish on my monitor for some reason. It is actually a purple/wine color.

 

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In the Aerogarden, I have three Basils and a Spearmint. I’m giving serious consideration to taking cuttings of these, letting them go to seed, growing them in my window or under a grow light and replacing them with edible flowers. They’re lovely plants and I enjoy the mint tea immensely but they’ve been in for ninety-two days now and there is a bit of Basil fatigue. I forgot how quickly hydroponically grown herbs grow despite regular cuttings.

 

I’m considering growing Nasturtiums as a replacement or something new that I haven’t grown before. At this point, I’m open to suggestions on what to grow.

 

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In other news, the leg/feet swelling finally has a diagnosis. Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Yay, not. I have to see a specialist for multiple visits to treat this issue. While I’m happy to finally know what’s causing all the problems, I am greatly disturbed at the prospect of surgery however minor upon my person. Yet, pain is the greater motivator and it hurts like everything when my lower extremities swell up. This diagnosis is in addition to the bilateral bonespur/Plantar Fasciitis issue. Don’t you wish you were me? *duck lips* AnnoyedSarcastic smile

 

Thankfully, one of the treatments is something I was already doing prior to the mega-swell up event from a few weeks ago. I will be resuming walking my eight plus miles five out of seven days a week within one week. Party smile

 

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

Facing Fears – Trying On A Different Hat

I have two things I’m reticent to face. Dating and self improvement. As an agoraphobic with a host of other issues, it has been difficult to do more than basic things to put me on the road to where I’d ideally like to be.

So, I’m going to face my fears. I have been approached by someone who is way beyond my capacity to imagine as a potential partner. Yet, they genuinely appear to be interested and, unlike normal, don’t seem to want to attempt taking advantage of myself or my situation.. Instead of running away from it, I’m going to run cautiously toward this and see what happens.

 

With regard to my own social and academic self-improvement, that’s a bit more problematic but the very least I can do is take the first steps towards clearing the way for me to further myself in this goal. As I examine the possible consequences of any action I take, I realize that what really is stopping me is fear. Fear of failure and of getting even worse in my conditions as a result of my own actions and in both instances that fear is prevalent and justified. In my particular case, a fear of destabilizing the calm and order I’ve managed to maintain for so long is also present and causes a blockage when I think on plans of the future. I want to move beyond this into a more productive and fertile phase. It’s quite a catch-22 to deal with. Yet, without risk, I won’t have the rewards I desire.

Plus, I have my own past history to consider. I slowly, with a little help from my friend, a Home Health Aid, and a lot of writing, worked myself out of being housebound agoraphobic after three years of isolation. That’s something to be proud of.

 

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

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

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