Thursday, April 25

Finished in 2013, Part II: Toast

The second little stash busting project of the year was this pair of Toast arm warmers.    When I chose this project I had very specific requirements:  no complicated shaping or patterning to keep track of, no tiny needles, no dpns, and stashbust! yarn.   It provided three out of four; I used dpns but luckily they wasn’t as fiddly as I remembered them being.

toast armwarmers
It is very difficult to take a photo of your own forearm. Especially in poor lighting.  
See them here on Ravelry.

I know these arm warmers are sort of funny things.  Like, why not just go put on a long sleeve shirt?   Sometimes just my arms are a little chilly.  Or I’m lazy.  Whatever.   But these have the great ability to cover part of my hands while typing but not causing the weird palm sweating thing I get with fingerless gloves or wrist warmers with thumbs.   Love them!

This yarn (Berroco Uxbridge Tweed) had been in my stash even longer than the Barefoot, something like 10 or 11 years.  It is some of the first “real” yarn I ever purchased.    It had been discontinued and since I loved the texture, I bought up all I could find. Most was used to make hats for gifts years ago.   I saved two balls of blue and one purple one for myself to use once I found the right pattern.    I decided this would be perfect. Something I could wear and enjoy frequently but not be subjected to a lot of wear and tear.    They were easy and provided a quick sense of accomplishment.  A total win!

Wednesday, April 24

Finished in 2013, Part I: The Hitchhiker Scarf

It's only April and I am set to surpass the amount of projects finished in 2012.

I’m totally hooked again.

First,  the Hitchhiker scarf:
Hitchhiker Scarf

I  plan on taking a better photo if the sun ever comes out.
See the details here on Ravelry.

I used a skein of Mountain Colors Barefoot sock yarn that I have been hoarding for at least 8 years. 

Did I mention that 2013 is the year of stashbusting?  I have more than enough yarn to keep my busy.
Since I wanted to use up every bit of yarn possible, I am a little disappointed that my scarf doesn’t have 42 points – and therefore not technically a "hitchhiker scarf" .  Still, it is soft and warm and fun.  And finished. Yay!

Tuesday, April 16

Knits from 2012

This post is going to be very short, considering the title.   I started and finished a total of two whole knitting projects last year.  I also did a little (very little) spinning.

I did finish some sewing projects, and did a ton of work in Photoshop for Project Life. (I have gone from totally not getting the point of digital scrapbooking to being completely addicted.)   Most of my accomplishments are in digital format – but I have printed a few photo books.    I have done a lot of art journal type canvases in PSE; it’s very cathartic for me – without a huge mess to clean up at the end!  I may share some here eventually.

Anyway, back to the knitting.   I made myself a super easy, color changing scarf using Knit Picks Chroma:
Rainbow Scarf

Most recently I made my Dad a thin, soft, ribbed hat for his birthday in October.   I was worried about his temporarily bald head being chilly.  Luckily his new chemo doesn’t affect hair follicles and it is growing back.   He still likes the hat, though. :)   The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy Sock.

Dad's hat

The spinning was accomplished during the “Tour de Fleece” last summer.   I honestly don’t remember any details of these.  The last photo in the collage is the fiber I wanted to spin to reach my goal.  Ha!
TdF 2012

I have also been eyeing my wheel again lately.   It feels so good to feel better.   Like my synapses are firing again, and the fog is lifting.    I can’t wait for spring to finally arrive.

Saturday, April 13

2013 already?

I find it very difficult to believe that it is already the middle of April, 2013. Also that it has been over a year since I have written here.

 Lately I have felt the urge to write and share again, which has been not surprisingly in conjunction with my desire to do fiber arts again. So much has changed since I last shared - but a lot is the same, too. There were times over the last year that I wished I hadn't stopped posting, since a little support from online friends would have been wonderful. But it felt so strange to jump back in and try to explain myself that I never did.

 I will be doing some catch-up posts as the mood strikes, as well as sharing new knitting (yay!) and my usual summer garden/house projects. I am also planning on giving this blog a facelift. Thank you to anyone reading this, and I promise to be back soon!

  Some tidbits from the last 16 months:

 1) It feels like our house is never going to be done.
 2) Our pets are happy and healthy.
3) We are healthy and … sometimes happy.
 4) Cancer sucks.
 5) I have writing a knitting pattern.
6) I am expanding my veggie garden from the 3 - 4x4 beds I had last year.
7) I have seedlings growing in our laundry room.
8) The weather has been awful so far this spring.
 9) Work is work. Some good days, some terrible days.
 10) Being an adult is a rip-off. Now that I can eat all of the cookies I want, I know I shouldn’t.
 11) You can’t ever go back again. Appreciate it now.
 12) F*ck Cancer. My dad has already beaten the odds. This time now is a bonus we are so thankful for.