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In Your Dreams

I’m pretty sure I am the most tired person in the world right now. Yes. That’s a real thing and you can’t convince me that it’s not. I feel like I’m about to fall asleep on my keyboard right now. On my lunch break. At noon. -_-

Most nights, I settle in around 7pm or 8pm, making myself comfortable on our big squishy couch with my little wiener dogs, my latest knitting project, my love, and a good TV show…. and in about an hour I’m watching the TV show play out on the back of my eye lids. It’s just how I roll. I wake up early with lots of energy (yes, I am the dreaded morning person) and I’m out like a light before 10pm every evening.

Last night however, I was determined to get a project done and so I stayed up until 2 in the morning finishing a District 12 Cowl for a young woman in South Carolina. I probably would not have done that if this wasn’t my second attempt on the project. The first was much too large for her. So I ended deconstructing it and making it smaller.. It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but I’m hoping she will love it.

And I’ve learned a very valuable lesson…. No more all nighters for me.

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Penny knows what’s up. Sleep little puppers, sleep.

โค Theresa

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Lightweight District 12

The original District 12 is definitely NOT lightweight. I love it, but yeah… not lightweight. lol

I love a challenge, so when I was approached about creating a lightweight version of the very cozy WOOL sweater cowl, the District 12, I thought sure! I can do that. Why not?

So I grabbed my trusty pattern that I purchased several years ago. There are no instructions on how to alter the pattern AND my pattern is so old that I can no longer find it online. So I was on my own if I wanted to adjust it. It seemed like it might be easy to adjust the size by simply using a different type of yarn and adding a few stitches to adjust for the gauge.

I got about half way through my pattern and it looked like everything was going my way. The herringbone stitch was turning out beautifully, the customer loved the grey hues of the yarn, the yarn was soft and breathable. It was looking good and I was pretty damn proud of myself.

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Looking good!

BUT THEN… I got into the home stretch and realized my beautiful masterpiece that I was so proud of was turning out a larger than I anticipated. No problem. I’ll just decrease more often, right?

WRONG.

The cowl still seemed to turn out rather large, I thought. I don’t want this cowl to hang off the customer – all frumpy like. I want it to sit nicely on her, just like the original. Maybe I’m just being too hard on myself? Maybe this lightweight version is going to be perfect for her. Maybe the largeness will make it more cozy. What do you think? Does it look frumpy or perfect?
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Either way, it was a good lesson in making alterations to projects.

โค

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Making All the Things… Except Socks

My February socks are STILL not done. It’s kind of hilarious at this point. Last night, Jen sent me a text asking me to remind her of our pattern choice for April socks. I laughed out loud and said, “You pick. I’m still on February.”

It’s really not my fault. You know how when you start a challenge like knit one pair of socks a month, but then you decide to darn a pair of socks for a family member, learn how to cross stitch, improve your crochet skills and sign up for two shows all while managing a full time career that requires a lot of emotional/mental energy and some odd weekend and night hours? Yeeaaaah.

AND I still made time for myself, my partner and our families, my friends and my home. There were birthdays and holidays and visiting relatives from out of town. Socks…. became secondary.

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Celebrated my Granny’s 84th birthday with my family!

On the plus side, I’ve finished a cross stitch project for the very first time. Yassss!!! I used thisย Subversive Cross Stitch book that I borrowed from a friend. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the finished product, yet. Keep it? It seems like a project I should give to someone else as a gift.

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Love how this turned out – even if it is teeny tiny. Next, I’m learning how to adjust the size of my cross stitch projects.

I also managed to crochet a halter top. It’s really small, so it doesn’t fit me and I have no idea if it’s comfortable or sits correctly on an actual human, but I made it! I have a friend who said she’s willing to model it, so I just need to make some time to connect with her….

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Teeny tiny halter top. So adorable.

Those socks are never getting done are they? ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Peace. โค

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Sock Saga Continues

img_5608It’s 5 days into March and my February socks are mocking me.

No, really. They are laughing at me. They are beautiful and soft and delicate and very, very …. unfinished.ย I have yet to turn the heel. As a matter of fact, I have yet to even APPROACH the heel. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

For those of you who do not make socks, turning the heel is the hardest part of knitting socks and it’s also the marker by which people define just how close to finished they are. If you’ve turned the heel, that means you are well on your way to completing your socks and sliding them onto your feet to keep your toes warm and cozy. Mmm. This is the point at which is becomes clear that you are making socks and not gloves or wrist warmers. Again. I am not even close to turning the heel. Luckily, I’m pretty sure Jen is also behind on her socks. So there is still hope to beat her!

I keep hearing that January lasted a year, but February was over in the blink of an eye and March came out of no where. I’d have to say that is exactly how I felt about this winter. Amid the chaos of the holidays, we bought a house at the end of December and decided to gut it. I have never owned a home and I am certainly not handy. This has been a crazy experience for me. I’m learning a lot about renovating a home. Mostly I’m learning what not to do by examples left beyond by the previous owners.

So, life has been a bit crazy and I have decided that I am not procrastinating on my socks. I am prioritizing! Which is way more respectable, right?

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January Socks Done!

I finally finished my January socks and am now on to February! Thank goodness. I can’t let Jen best me in the sock challenge. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m still trying to decide if I should gift my socks or save them all for myself…

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I’m really excited about February socks. I’m using a very simple but beautiful faux cable pattern. I made a pair of socks with this pattern for myself last year. And then lost them on a road trip. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’m excited to use this pattern again. It’s so beautiful. However this pair may end up being a gift.

What projects are you working on?

Peace.

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Lessons In Patience

On Friday, I taught some of my co-workers how to knit as part of our half day staff retreat/meeting.

Wow. What a reminder that knitting truly is a test of your patience, a talent and some serious dexterity skills.

I had four people in my knitting class. And I learned that teaching someone to knit is really hard! Explaining how to hold the yarn (I knit contentinal) and how to go through the stitches is actually super difficult. I need to watch some lessons on how to teach lesson!!!

I must have done something right though! Everyone in my “class” learned how to cast on and got their first row of garter stitch going. We’re planning to meet up during our lunch hour next Friday for a second lesson.

I’m so excited to share my love of knitting with other people. ๐Ÿ’• I’m thinking about doing some YouTube videos on how to knit for my site. What do you think? Go for it?

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New House, New Socks

I’m making slight progress on my January socks. I should finish them before the end of the month if I manage my time right (like knit instead of playing Horizon Zero Dawn every free moment I have… But it’s so good!) I’m not too sad about the slow pace though because Rox and I are making great progress on the house we bought over Christmas.

We’ve taken on a fixer upper of a home to say the least. We are gutting it. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It’s an intimidating job and I have ZERO experience in home renovation. I mean zero. I have lived in apartment after apartment. Every day that we work on the house I learn something new – about housing or about how to manage my anxiety about the house. All of this work is legit overwhelmimg. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But all the evenings we come home completely exhausted will be worth it in the end. The house will be exactly what we want it to be. I will be able to wake up and go for a walk in the woods on our property with our little daschund and I’ll have a new pair of socks to kick back and relax in at night.

Peace.

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Sock Challenge!

Jen (my PYC second half) has challenged me to a once a month sock making challenge.

Oh lordy. Socks take like 20 hours. A pair a month? I don’t know about this! Well… it’s a good excuse to make something for myself AND to buy new sock yarn. ๐Ÿ˜†

I’m ahead of the game with a pair of crazy colored socks that I started making for myself around Christmas. I’m using yarn I bought on the trip Jen and I took to Toronto. I don’t remember the brand but it’s soft and adorable and knitting up really nicely.

I love it so much.

Jen and I went to our favorite localย bar and got our first “business meeting” of the year in. We talked about potential models for our products, craft markets, new products (including whimsical BLANKETS!) and of course, gossiped.

I’m excited for 2018!

Wish me luck on this damn sock challenge. ๐Ÿ˜˜