Fall…

I’m one of those people that hits the fall slump. The weather gets nice before it’s too cold or rainy, and I can’t justify sitting around working inside. I end up looking at my projects with disdain. Lately I have just lost my motivation.  I have tried to cast on the second glove for a project more times than I can literally count. (But I did finish the first one!)

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I spent 2 and 1/2 hours working with it, getting it to a point where I was joining a picot edge. And I flubbed it. I ripped it out. Frogged it. It’s sitting on my table. An angry, lazy, unmotivated reminder, as the crisp fall air and sunlight wafts in to remind me that soon it will be too late to procrastinate.

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I managed to make a hat that was almost the right size. Started a shirt and a pair of socks and finished the first direwolf on my hubby’s Winter is Coming dk scarf. Little progress, I know. I’m more into mindless work at the moment.

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We have decided to, and I know this is not fiber arts related (but it’s a cause close to my heart as its a hereditary issue in my family), participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

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For those of you who have no idea what that is,  Food Allergy Research & Education or F.A.R.E. has started the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way of raising awareness and providing alternatives to candy on Halloween to kids with food allergies. My daughter has several food allergies,  as do I,  and several other family  members. It wasn’t until my daughter had her first reaction and we had to start separating candy, reading wrappers, and double checking everything she brought home with a fine toothed comb, that we realised how much she and other kids like her were missing out, and that it was just plain silly to hand out candy with so many kids having allergies, diabetes,  gluten sensitivities, and other digestive or autoimmune related problems involving foods.

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Toys are much more fun than candy and last longer too… at least I hope so!

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So what kind of exciting Halloween plans do you have?

Next on the Needles- T-shirt Yarn!

Hands down the best tutorial I have seen for making t shirt yarn!

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TshirtyarnA pile of unwanted t-shirts has recently become a basket of t-shirt yarn.  I have grand visions of a beautiful oval t-shirt rug flying off my needles sometime soon.

There’s a particularly sweet teenager in my life who enjoys making videos that put together a video tutorial for me on how to turn an old t-shirt into yarn!  It’s linked below.  I’m pretty sure my KitKat (the kitty) steals the show, though.  🙂

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Several frogs and delays of sorts

I had a few projects for Christmas started, frogging already as a pattern wasn’t clear and the designer had taken too long bothering to get back (they haven’t).

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I was rather bitter as I was finally ok with taking on a long term massive cable work project. So now I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve ripped it and started to look for more patterns.

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I started a strange project the other day. (Minus the orange yarn)

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More pictures to come when I have a sunny day and get it all shaped out. More crocheting and less knitting than normal. Must be unmotivated! lol

Little things

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Using up some ugly potluck handspun in a random repeating crocheted pattern just to get it out of my stash. Sometimes a project needs to be made to get out of the stash pile.

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I had some leftover Malabrigo handspun and revamped my headset for my phone.
Little project to keep me busy. I’m currently on bed rest for a random knee injury, which of course makes me want to do everything but knit, crochet or sit down. The weather is getting more tolerable and the days shorter. I only wish we had more hours of sunlight.

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New design in the works

I’m so excited! I’ve been locked away playing with numbers and figuring out how to convert math into a fair isle cowl. Second of all, I’m pretty damned ambitious and in need of a skilled mentor. Know anyone you can point me in the direction of? Or the very least a cheat sheet for getting the amount of stitches for the repeating pattern using the yarn gauge and making the numbers divisible multiple ways? Cause this lady is bad at math. So here is a sneak peak at whats in the works:

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