More w.i.p.s… Minimal progress

I think I’ve hit a lazy wall. I’ve had lots of opportunities to work and I’d rather sit around and watch t.v. or stare at my phone.
I’ve spent the last week running around rather batty and haven’t had a lot of relaxing time, but plenty of waiting room-work on your knitting-time. Mentally I’m trying to make excuses, but I’m just not on a deadline or have anything to push me to a goal, so I’m slacking. Starting multiple projects. Looking at them all in disdain. I know I’ll frog a few in a month or so. The question is which ones?
Usually the ones I start off the most enthusiastic about.

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I started a pair of socks off of a KAL that was done in December. The instructions were vague and there’s way too much going on in the paper that I may frog and find a new pattern.
I love the Madeline Tosh Hope color way. I want epic socks, not boring. I’m not a long sock fan, and I don’t really wear socks, so if I’m going to make them, they better be pretty darn eye catching. So off into the basket of fate they go, until I have the patience and a migraine free day to deal with horribly written instructions.

I’m currently working on a tote bag I’m going to full and use as my knitting tote. I’m using a pattern for a leftover scrap bag to make it.

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The color is a bit off in the picture, I found some clearance wool at my lys and loved the peachy/mango color.
I have a few other top secret projects I’m working on, but when its time for those I’ll share.

I’m preparing for a minor surgery, and waiting to see how long that will put me out of commission. Hopefully, all will go smoothly, and l will be back to normal in no time. So much going on, so little time. Now to get back to knitting with my beloved couch potatoes…

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DAMKAL 2015

I’ve joined my first MKAL, and choose the Downton Abbey 2015 MKAL. (Dubbed Edith’s Secret) Jimmy Bean’s Wool carries the kits and there is still time to catch up, as express shipping is included up until 1/21 I believe.

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I picked Grand Street Ink as my opposing color and my MC.
I’m super thrilled with how it is turning out so far. I’ve never participated in any sort or M/KAL before, and the anticipation is really pushing me to get excited for the weekend.

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So a lot of ladies who had originally joined and bought the kits made comments about it looking similar to the Outlander shawl, and have forgone finishing it, which has discouraged quite a few, as well as it being a plain garter stitch. I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I certainly confirmed my excitement when I saw people choosing solids over variegateds as their mc’s and found the look quite facisnating and unlike most shawls that are currently popular. The variegated main colored shawls tend to look swirled with the single color “stripe” every huge chunk of rows. Either way, it is exciting and fun, gossiping and seeing progress. I can’t wait to find another!

Update for sock progress….

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Sooooo close… and playing yarn chicken at this point.

Alright, back to slowly getting the sock together, found out I have super horrible farsightedness and that’s why I’m so blind with my knitting…. New glasses should be in soon, and hopefully that’ll knock the migraines down and I’ll be back to top form in no time. Fingers crossed.

Bittersweet

Well. Where to start. This last week and a half has been filled with gloom.I lost a good friend and my grandmother. I started thinking about a particular project that I had started working on about 2 years ago when we moved in temporarily with my mom and step dad while buying a house and our stuff was in storage. I had bought some yarn at a local craft store and had started a mindless blanket that my mom had complemented, but I had thought nothing more of until now. I hadn’t finished it until now either because the move was chaotic, and it got shoved in a bag and forgotten. So of course, my brain started mentally hunting for the project before I actually found it. I finished it new years day and brought it over yesterday before they got back. I’m really not good with conveying my emotions and having them come off right, so I wrote a letter and had my sister put it on their bed.

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As I was finishing the blanket it brought back many memories and was kind of a bittersweet tribute. I can only hope that my mom finds it as comforting.

I’ve been trying to get some projects going but really haven’t had much drive, and understandably so.
I did manage to fiddle around with a wonderful icord making device, the Embellish Knit! I started converting some old acrylic into a huge icord ball to weave with when my Texsolv re-arrives…. That was a snafu in and of itself. (Ordered 5 yards, received 5 feet)

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Since I’ve converted the front area to my office/yarn cave I’ve needed random oddball things. One being a magnetic/cork board. I wanted to make my own magnets and they were cheaper to do so, so with help from the children last night we made a few from buttons and a few knick knacks.

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My daughter made me yarn ball with a w.i.p. 🙂
I have managed to finish sock 1 for the hubby and it fits! Bravely I did it without measuring his foot and ran with the instructions and reincforcment threads and now second sock syndrome is staring me down.

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It’s been dreary and rainy and I’ve been too busy adding patterns to my queue to work on it, that’s my excuse.

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Making random things with the Embellish Knit is more fun any ways. The kids are still home on break and its been hard keeping them entertained so a lot of the projects I’ve been eyeballing have been back-burnered. Laceweight knitting shall have to wait until later.

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I shall leave you with a portrait my daughter made of me.