We are predicted to get storms tonight, so I thought I better take advantage of the day and photo some of my spring flowers before they get beat up.
I had to rip back to the arm pits and recalculate things. I managed to tinker around until I came up with the idea to add a single crochet boarder to the front edges (which will be a zipper closure). I like the look and think it will actually turn out better, not so plain.
I think one of the nicest benefits of knitting is clearing the mind. There is nothing like trying to figure out a lace pattern, color work, or making a pattern up, that takes all of your thoughts of the random and chucks it out.
Maybe that is why I feel the need to knit, after an especially stressful day. Sometimes I will tell my coworkers. Just need to knit. Unconsciously does our bodies/minds know that we need to detach and just be?
Total immersion in the fiber, feel, motion and then being in the present moment.
I haven't picked up my baby blanket and now I have at least 3 to make. EEEEEEE....due all around the same time. Good thing I have gone through all of my baby yarns and know what I have now. I need to get with it and make a plan.
If you haven't heard of these knitting needles they are great! I have some and recently ran across this review at Knitter's Review online. I love to buy knitting needles, as I found out during my sewing/yarn room spring fling. I now have an entire flight bag full of needles. I need to get them all out and organize them. I'll put that on my list of things to do.
Yes I'm still trying to get organized. Here is some interesting blogs if you are de-cluttering along with me.
Yes less is more.....
I have enjoyed decluttering my sewing room so much, I have surprised myself. Now I often just go in to set and be peaceful. I am trying to find a color for the walls and decorating.
The room "feels" so much better now. I have become interested in Feng shui,
One of the basics of Feng Shui is that everything should be kept in its place. Keep areas clear of clutter. Cluttered spaces will trap and slow down chi but will also give you a subconscious weighted down feeling. It sounds simple enough and it is! Clear off your desk, file those papers, go through that stack of books, etc. It will feel like a weight was lifted off your shoulders and you will find that you can think more clearly as there is less subconscious worries about needing to "get to that someday" - get to it today so you can move on!
Check out some Feng Shui here!
With that said, check out Lime and Violet's podcast Episode 52: What's in YOUR Dumpster? I was listening to this as I was walking my dogs. Yes my neighbors already think I am the crazy dog lady (crazy cat lady lives down the street), You too will laugh.
Coming along slowly on the Hoodie.
You know your hubby is sweet when he will hold all yarn products for pic's, during a basketball game.
Here is the body, knit in one piece to the arms, bottom up. I am going to join the arms and make a saddle shoulder. All of that plain knitting sounded like a good idea but makes me a dull girl.
ut at least an inch before joining to the body, Oh and since I thought I was making it flat when I started and then switched to the EZ method, I will sew up the arms, so I can join them in-the-round to the body.
Pictures to follow.
I have been investigating the EZ "Afterthought Pocket" the instructions are rather confusing. Has anyone used this method? It involves cutting one stitch on each side of the sweater.
My goal is to have this done, by the end of the basketball games.
Duke falls to W. Virginia, on the edge of our seats, meanwhile I am knitting quickly on the body of my Hoodie, which I am knitting with some yarn I bought online at HandpaintedYarn.com. I bought 8 skeins of a yarn called Odds N Ends, a (Beautiful Merino Bulky 6 ply hand dyed yarn. Incredibly soft pure merino wool, ideal to use next to the skin and on baby clothing.Yardage: 165 yards per skein.
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch with needle size 10 or 11.) According to the website.
Purdue loses to Xavier, Boo hoo, my brother's school. I am inching along, sleeves done, I am planning on joining these to the body, a la Elizabeth Zimmerman's method. The Seamless Raglan Sweater. And hopefully will be able to find a appropriate zipper for the front.
West Virginia 73, Duke 67, I am trying to decide if I will have enough yarn for a Hood?, If not I think I can just do a k1, p1 simple collar. If I have to choose between a hood and pockets, hmm.......I think pockets will win.
UNLV 42, KU 53, Think I will switch to my jewelry bag for a while....and maybe a few snacks.
OK, it is getting better, I let myself go to Lowe's to look at rugs, paint etc...just to cheer myself up.
Still at it.
And for those of you that are wondering, no (thank goodness) the rest of my house does not look like this. This had become where all of the flotsam and jetsam ended up. Oh yeah the parrot is ecstatic!!
After a mass emptying of all drawers, closets, bags, etc.. of my sewing, Internet, yoga room, I have a big, big mess, after a overwhelming panic attack, I set off to the library, (need to save my money for more stash, paint, and I suspect maybe a few beers).
Here is the books I choose:
Unclutter your Home, Unclutter Your life by Christopher Lowell Looks pretty and he promises that there are Seven Layers of Organization. Hummmmm, only 7? OK
1000 Best quick and easy organizing secrets by Jamie Novak I like this, promises to be quick and easy. LOL
The complete Idiot's Guide to Decluttering We will see....
Uncluttering Your Space by Ann T. Sullivan Nice neat pictures on the front.
So if you are organizationally challenged like me, come along on a scary trip, I will try and let you know if any of these books helped me. Or I just "closed the door".
Thanks to Jo at Blissed out Knitting
for giving me this!! How cool.
I'm going to pass it along to:
1.Marie at Knitted Gems
I think you have gotten this before, your great. Now don't let your head swell up, you won't be able to wear your knitted hats.
2 & 3. Lynn and her Mum at Colorjoy, two great gals. Check out her patterns, she has a new purse pattern I am drooling over. (The ZigBag)
4. The Knitting blog by Mr. Puffy the Dog I fell in love with Mr. Puffy and the knitting blog is great.
5. Paul at The Quilter she knits also. Lovely quilts, and use of color. Plus I want to live in her house.
6. Robbyn at The Yarnpath, check her blog out, I love her patterns, and she has a on line knitting chatter on Sat nights!
7. Joyful abode, Yummy stuff, organization, all kinds of good things.
8. A Crafty Vegan, this pretty much say's it all.
9. Lazy Vegan Knits, knitting and crochet.
10. Woolybuns the title alone makes my day. You and your bunnies..
Thanks to all for your input and inspirations that you send forth....