Location, Location, Location

I have many favorite places to knit. I can be a homebody or a traveling knit “tramp”. But, I’d say the majority of my knitting is done right where I sit at this very minute, right in front of the computer. Why do I knit so much in front of the computer. Well, there are a variety of reasons. First, our computer is in our main upstairs living room, which has really turned into the baby playroom. There are only 3 places to sit in this room and the computer chair is the most comfy chair. So that is where I sit most of the time. That way, if baby is sleeping, I can peruse the internet and/or watch tv.

I used to do more “out and about” knitting. There was a time when my knitting went everywhere with me. Well, being a SAHM now, the baby is usually the only thing that comes with me all the time. Sometimes, if I have an appointment and therefore a babysitter, I will take a project with me. I get comments sometimes, but not really all that often. If we are going on a drive and I am not the one driving, I will take a project too. I have to, I HATE being in a car and the knitting at least makes it bearable. Knitting is like that though, it makes even the worst things bearable for me. It’s my therapy.

What…you mean I don’t know everything?

Seriously, there are things to learn yet? Really?? Oh darn. Just kidding! It’s true, I don’t know everything. Knitting, for me, is much like life. There are things that I should get around to learning sooner or later. There aren’t many things that I haven’t tackled in knitting.  But, there are a few things that I have not gone diving headlong into yet.  For instance, socks, I have not knit a pair of socks. I get all the techniques. I get the concepts. I just have not done it yet. I have knit tons of baby booties, however,  not one pair of full sized adult socks. I really have not been intrigued by socks until recently.  I really never saw myself knitting socks. Then, I moved back to North Dakota and I realized how hard it was to find decent socks. Oh sure, there are socks at Walmart. But, um, I don’t like them. So, perhaps I should start knitting socks so that I don’t have to subject myself to Walmart socks. So maybe you guys could help me. I have resigned myself to taking part of my yarn budget this month and buying all the necessary needles and items needed to knit a pair of socks. Could all of you fine folks suggest me a good starting point as far as a pattern goes? I don’t necessarily need it to be a plain sock. I am pretty good at figuring things out. But, how about a good “go to” first sock pattern. Thanks!

Joining Knit and Crochet Blog Week

So, I am a little late to the party but I am joining up for the Knit and Crochet Blog week held by the Blog Hub group from Ravelry. I feel sort of weird because I just found out two days ago that this group existed! eesh. Well, all this means that I will be posting all week!  All week we are supposed to answer prompts put forth by the members of the Blog Hub. Today, we are to post about our favorite knitter/designer. Well, I have a great many influences but one of my favorite favorite designers is Jared Flood. I have knit a great many of his patterns and I have enjoyed every single one of them. It’s really hard for me to put into words what it is that I love so much about his design, but I guess I just really love his style and how his patterns read.

Another favorite is a friend of mine on Ravelry. Ninaknits of ravelry is absolutely fantastic.  Her designs amaze me and without her, I doubt I would have even decided to dip my feet into design. I have heard her, on occasion say that everyone has an inner designer. Well, I took that to heart and I haven’t looked back. 

I will have a design to show you later this week. It’s in Spud and Chloe Sweater. Well, actually I have two designs to show you. I am writing up the patterns right now! Then, I will need testers!

Phoebe in the City!

Unlike previous posts, I actually have something to show you this week. It is my previous design, The Phoebe Hat, in her latest set of clothes, Knit Picks City Tweed HW. The Phoebe Hat was accepted as a part of the Independent Designer Program at Knit Picks. I must say, I LOVE it in the City Tweed.  Here is the link for the pattern page.

The Phoebe Hat in Knit Picks City Tweed HW

I have been hard at work putting together several things.  Next week, I should have a glimpse at another design that I have in the works. I have several, but this prototype is completely finished and ready to be sent to a model. It is a baby/toddler hat pattern and I would have my adorable baby model it. But, I am not sure in the future that he would appreciate a picture of him in a flowered hat. Yep, It’s for little girls!  Don’t worry though, I have plenty more little boy/unisex patterns up my sleeve. I actually designed this latest hat with my nieces in mind. They are 2 1/2, adorable and absolutely girly, so I will have to knit one for each of them.

In other good news, Patterns are posted on the patter page. I wish I could figure out how to nest the pages. You know, have a list of patterns and then you choose which one you want and it takes you to another page just for that pattern.  LOL, I am not so savvy with the website.  I am trying, but bleh.  So, if anyone wants to explain to me how to nest pages, I am all ears as I have no idea what I am doing.

Ooooh exciting!

I still cannot show you my design, but for good reason.  I am designing a piece of baby/toddler clothing and while it did not get accepted for what I submitted it for, it did get accepted for something else. So, I can’t really show it to you yet despite that I will be changing it somewhat. I also have another exciting opportunity, but I don’t want to let that cat out of the bag quite yet, but news on that should come very very soon. I am really excited on both fronts.

I was reading on ravelry the other day and someone posted about how their designer brain works faster than their fingers knit. I was just thinking of this yesterday as I was sketching. I have maybe…20 sketches from the past two weeks. Now, there is no way I can get those knit up nearly as fast. Every time I peruse stitch books, I get a new idea and sometimes ideas just come to me without the stitch books.  I already have 6 active design projects.

On another point, you may notice a new tab. I am putting up a pattern page.  It’s not ready to go yet, but I really really hope to get to it by the end of the weekend. It shouldn’t be too hard right? I want to have them link back to ravelry. I am also in line to get my designer profile accessible to people outside of ravelry.

I don’t really have too much to show you aside from a few stash enhancements. I have made it much further on my Macro Lace Cardigan. It’s my nightime knitting. I am almost done with the lace panel. Yay!

Tosh Merino Light-Amber Trinket

Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveller- What Cheer

Funny story about this Little Traveller. I ordered it on accident. I meant to order Traveller. Well, I got it and decided that I would sell it on ravelry. Well, then I decided that it was really soft and buttery and thought maybe I should exchange it for Traveller. Well, then I decided I wanted to make a Honeybee Cardigan(long version) and so I ordered one more skein so that I would have enough. Yes, I have a hard time making up my mind sometimes.

I Got Nuttin’

Well, I still have no new design  projects that I can show you, yet. But, I have gotten about halfway through the lace portion of my Macro Lace Cardigan in the ever so rare Malabrigo Worsted Christmas Green.

Macro Lace Cardigan progress

I am really liking the look of the lace and of course the Mal Worsted is so dreamy soft. There is a reason that I love it so much. And yeah, I can deal with the pilling. It’s not that big of a deal to me. That’s what pill shavers and such are for.

I have to start another sweater/top item too. This is special though. I started a tradition last year. I knitted my mother a February Lady Sweater for my mom’s birthday. She LOVED it. It was tough because I had to choose a yarn she wouldn’t felt or ruin in some way. I picked Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster Monochrome. It’s a LOVELY colorway. I should buy some more of that yarn as I really liked working with it. But, I haven’t gotten around to it. It’s not like I need more yarn mind you. I just want more! heh. Anyways. I have to find a project for my mom. I was thinking something more spring/summery, but I don’t know for sure. I have it narrowed down to about 10 choices. I would really like to knit her a Slinky Ribs or a Jewel from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I want to knit both of those for myself too and my daughter wants a Slinky Ribs too. I just got the Custom Knits book and I LOVE it. I have been on a big book kick lately. I have a few stitch dictionaries coming too. There are about 5 more books that I’d love to get right now. But, I want to give myself some time to go over the one’s I have recently purchased first.

And finally, I did more stash enhancing this weekend, however none of it is here yet. So, I will leave you with this:

Arkham in Sanguine Gryphon in Traveller

This is Arkham in Traveller by the Sanguine Gryphon and it is absolutely wonderful!  Before the spring colorways disappear, I must procure a sweater’s quantity. I must. I am such a sucker for grays.