Intermission projects

There are projects that seem as though a snails pace would move faster. There are also projects (perhaps the same ones) that give your hands and wrists grief because of the small needle size used and all you want to do is work on something else in the meantime. I’ve gotten to that point in a version of the sweater Flax Light, which I have modified to be plain without the garter panels and done in a light sport weight rather than a sock weight. The sweater is for my daughter and she picked out the yarn and colors so it was quite difficult finding a pattern that would work well with 3 colors, color blocked. I can get through a good half hour to 45 minutes of working if it’s not too chilled from the air conditioning in the house, but the second my hands get cold my knuckles start locking up and I start fighting with my muscles and start popping/cracking my knuckles and rubbing my hands every half row or so.

Now I managed to get a break with an intermission/gratification project. My niece’s first birthday is around the corner and I’ve been wanting to make a summer dress for her to wear. I found a pattern for a simple yet cute cotton dress that was simple enough yet quick moving, and better yet-not on small needles! The pattern is Shades of Summer Dress, and again I like to modify things to be a bit more simplistic and faster going so I omitted the seed stitch panel.

The colors were hard to photograph and they’re a bit softer than this. I’m posting this today as the recipient is supposed to be recieving it today. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see her in it.

Advertisements

I did a thing

All my selfish wips aside, my daughter’s sweater too, has been placed on hold for a special wip for my niece’s first birthday. I knew it was coming but it still managed to sneak up on me. I have about a week and a half to finish and mail out my top secret project.
Now on to the thing. Last weekend there was a nationwide event to clear the shelters out of all animals and give them homes. We visited our local animal shelter and found a new member for our family.

This is Samwell, a very talkative, curious,  and lovable 4 month old kitten. He spent almost half his life in the shelter, and was one of the last cats to be adopted out Saturday.

Our dogs are still adjusting to this pint sized hissing machine.

But I think they will eventually get along, if Mancy quits trying to eat him that is.

Now to see if I can some knitting done while he’s occupied.

A finished sweater 

A little late but I finished my son’s birthday request.

Now I have to work on a sweater for my daughter. In the mean time, enjoy our many Pokémon Go breaks.

We’ve been enjoying getting out and exploring the depths of our older established neighborhood. If we could find more than Rattatas and Pidgeys we might be able to battle at a gym.

let me play catch up

The past few weeks have been financially breaking, in return has been emotionally tolling and most definitely not knit worthy. I don’t think I’ve done more than a dozen rows in the last 5 days. We replaced our HVAC system almost 2 weeks ago, it was at a lethal stage of trying to kill us if we turned the heat on this winter, as well as it was a constant 80+ degrees in the house consistently in over 90 degree weather. (it was also 20 years old which is ancient in HVAC years)  2 different outfits agreed that sucker had to go, and so did we.

That was nearly 2 weeks ago Friday. The following Monday I went to a lovely ShiBui yarn tasting at my lys. It was wonderful, finally found the perfect yarn for my Hitofude and was able to get that ordered. On my way home, nearly 2 miles from my house, a loud boom and pressure behind my pedals put me in new waters as my car committed suicide next to a conveniently placed gas station. I lost all power to use the gas and could barely push the brakes, and it was like the good ole days before power steering. I casually turned my hazards on and maneuvered my way to the gas station the best I could, and then I made the dreaded call to my hubby. (he swears I broke it on purpose)

After all that excitement, it turned out to be a broken timing belt that ruined my engine when it snapped. The joys of having an interference engine and not knowing if the prior owner kept things up to date. Sometimes you end up learning things the hard way. It would have cost me just as much to buy another car as it would to replace the engine, so the search began.

Car searches in the last 10 years have been made much easier with the internet. The last year or so, it seems like more and more people selling cars think themselves akin to dealers rather than private sellers. Pricing similarly but not offering the warranties or guaranties that the NADA pricing gets you with a car dealership. Of course this drove up the price of what used to be affordable cars, something I could have bought 3 years ago for $2000 they want nearly triple that with over 150,000 miles on it. I could have died laughing at the audacity of the nerve of some of these people. NADA is the National Automotive Dealership Association, they have a pricing guide book online, just like Kelly Blue Book and Kelly Black Book. Private sellers are in the same financial situation the buyers are, but some of them seem to think everyone is gullible for some reason not going to do their research.

We went out to look at a PT Cruiser, it was an 06 with less than 90,000 miles on it. They wanted $4000 for it, and that was higher than the pristine condition KBB for dealership sales was. Out of curiosity we went to see it, because pictures can be deceiving. Boy were they ever. Carfax claimed ZERO accidents, had major fender damage on the drivers side, and someone had tried to repaint the damage on the grill, and it was missing pins so when you drove it there was a horrible thumping sound where the fender was loose on the driver’s side. The interior had cigarette burns, stab marks and wreaked of smoke. The rear view mirror needed to be replaced as it was so damaged you couldn’t see out of it. The muffler needed to be replaced, paint was cracked and chipping, minor dings and dents everywhere. Overall it was neglected and in P.O.S. status, nowhere near good, let alone like new. We gave the guy a lowball offer and he said he had more people coming to look at it but might consider it if nobody made an offer. There was a ton of other work I knew it was going to need and it just didn’t fit the bill.

When you live in a smaller city with a financially disproportionate population, it makes it more difficult to find what you are looking for. Eventually we ended up having to borrow money and expand our price range to get something newer with a warranty, and that dropped just in time for my birthday.

Saturday was crazy. We went out for a celebratory lunch for my son and I’s birthday. While there I received a phone call from a long time family friend, who may as well be family. He visited with his puppy and took the short people for rides in his semi. We eventually made it to our birthday party a few hours late. Enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. It was a great weekend spent reminiscing and just plain laid-back. Things are finally getting back into a routine, so hopefully I won’t have any more major upsets before tax time.

Now it’s time to grab the kids and go on an adventure with the Pokemon Go app that just came out!

Never ending knitting

I picked up some yarn at my lys and couple weeks back and got to work on my Jarvis sweater. It took 10 days from start to finish, and has been one of the quickest, easiest, fun knits I’ve done so far. The yarn I used was Cestari, which was a blend of cotton/silk/wool. It had a bit of vm in it that I picked out as I knit. It’s a very well made wool, enough so that I went back to my lys and picked up another sweaters worth of yarn.

image

image

image

image

image

The process was exciting, as it is my first official finished sweater for me. Now that I’m finished, I have a promised sweater for my daughter to get to work on, but not before my son’s last minute birthday request for a sweater is completed. (Birthday 7/2, same as mine and one heck of a time constraint)
I’m pretty sure I have plenty of knitting, including a couple of shawls that have been on the back burner, to last until school starts again.

A short blurb

The kids have been out of school for a couple of weeks. Keeping them busy and out of trouble has been the bigger focus lately. They play nicely for a while and then the claws come out of nowhere and everything comes to a halt. We’ve played lots of board games and hid in the air conditioning because of our 90°+ weather. We’ve even had a couple of water gun fights. Slowly but surely things are coming together for next weekends yard sale.

I’ve started a new project.(mainly in avoidance of others) It’s my first personal sweater, using the pattern Jarvis. I found a gorgeous blend of cotton/wool/silk for it at my lys and have had the damnedest time trying to photograph it.

image

The color is a grayish blue with a hint of green.

image

I was hoping to make some progress on it today, but my hvac decided to crap out and it’s been too hot to even think of picking up my knitting. The hvac is fixed now but we are still waiting for the house to cool down, as the average temperature inside is around 80° at the moment. I can’t wait for things to readjust and get back to knitting.

A finished object and relaxation

It’s been a while for me since I’ve posted, at least that’s my inner guilted monologue speaking. It’s been a bit of chaos here between hurrying through a project, cleaning and prepping for a holiday weekend with my in-laws just to end up sick.

Thursday I bound off the Aisling shawl I made for my mother in law. I ended up having to buy another skein of yarn as I ran out the last 12-18 inches from the end of the cabled border. Which probably ended up eating another 35 yards or so of the second skein. I stayed up late finishing and blocking the shawl as my in-laws were due the following evening. My blocking wires came in the day before and saved my night. Instead of spending an hour pinning, it was only about 15 minutes and I ran out of foam blocks to attatch them to, so my creativity was pushed a bit for nearly midnight.

image

The results looked better than the heinous blocking job.

image

I’m seriously contemplating another, if only for myself. It’s over 6 feet wide and just the right amount of light weight and breathable for being in the summer air conditioning. If only it didn’t feel like an eternity finishing it.

image

Last night I cast on Daydreamer, which is the first shawl in the Wanderlust Knits 2016 Collection. I’ve been eyeballing the vivid summer colors everywhere, and the strawberry-kiwi combination was something that I have been thinking of for a shawl for a bit. I found two brilliant shades of Malabrigo Sock that go together incredibly well, that I couldn’t resist making this shawl with them. I may have to wait on making progress on this for a bit because I still have to finish my Danse Macabre, as it’s been on the back burner so I could finish the Aisling.

I’m Jamie, and I’m a knitaholic, my favorite hobbies are buying yarn and falling into the glorious black hole that is Ravelry and loading myself up on more projects than I’ll ever finish.