Knit What You Want

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s #Socktober. And I have a self-imposed goal of four pair of socks this month. Which means I really want to finish like six pair. No one has told me this is a good goal, or a realistic goal; and nothing will happen to me if/when I do not achieve this goal. Some knitters feel pressure to make these goals. I really don’t. I’ve seen some knitters who had about seven pair of socks on the needles in anticipation of Socktober, which is awesome, and I do wish I had done that, but I also knit a shawl for me and an adorable baby sweater during September, and I’ll still get points for the socks I complete. I also started Philanthropy University last week, and realized I will be taking up to six concurrent classes, and that’s kinda silly with work, a spouse, dogs, trying to get back in shape and yes – knitting. But spouse, dogs, work and class come first. And to demonstrate how busy I am, I probably won’t link a lot of stuff in this post. My brain is fried, and it is only Monday (most assignments are due tomorrow).

In late September, I cast on a sock using some old stash yarn. It is commercial yarn, Sock Ease from Lion Brand. It’s a good, solid yarn, with a high nylon content, and pretty toothy, so the socks will last. It is also bright pink with cute stripes. And it’s been the bane of my stash for some time. I’ve tried to knit socks with it before, but they just were not happening. I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve frogged this yarn a few times (so it’s even toothier now).

I cast on a circular Addi Turbo 9″ with 56 stitches for a toe up sock (OK – I cast on 28 and increased to 56), using a 3×1 rib. I knit through the whole foot, turned the heel and while the thing looked super long, and it worked on my FLK template, it turned out to be WAY too small. I ripped back the OMG heel, and knit another inch or so, and did the heel. Now the sock was long enough, but the fact was that it was tight. It just didn’t fit. So I frogged the whole thing, decided it would become a pair of Crazy Monkey socks using the Spacious OMG heel.

That evening I went home and grabbed the lovely sock blank I recently purchased from Mothy and the Squid. It had been a busy and tiring week already, and I needed a #$%^#$^ rainbow. Holding the yarn was so wonderful. It was soft, smooth and round. It is 100% merino, so it has NO tooth. I cast on the Swirl E Socks, and started knitting. And I was happy. I cruised through the cuff and a pattern repeat in no time. I didn’t want to stop knitting, it was such a lovely yarn. Will it hold up as long as the yarn with nylon, probably not, but as a process knitter, I was having a great experience.

I am now on the foot of these socks, so it is time to cast on another project. I looked through my stash, and decided I wanted some stripes, and I knew I had striped yarn from my Simply Socks Club earlier this year. Before work this morning, I wound the yarn into two cakes, and I can’t wait to cast on Rack ‘Em Stack ‘Em or Whiz Bang which I think will be fun to knit and break up the stripes a bit. That or I’ll just do one at a time stockinette socks on 9″ circs, because I will know when to make changes based on having matching stripes. We’ll see what moves me.

I have a LOT of nice sock yarn in my stash. I also have a good amount of commercial workhorse sock yarn. Each serves it’s own purpose. While I have a goal of knitting through more of my stash (HA) this year, I don’t have to do it all at once, and I know there will be a sock pattern that calls for my cute pink stripes down the line. I knit as a hobby. I knit to unwind after a day at work, or rather than zoning out in front of the TV (somehow zoning out in front of sock knitting is somehow more appropriate?). I am a process knitter. I wear my socks, but if they are slightly imperfect, the odds of me pitching them are pretty low. I pretty much know along the way if they are not good enough to finish, and that’s why I am coming to terms with frogging things.

If you knit as a hobby, and not a job (if it is your job, I’d love to meet some of the folks who pay you what your time is worth!!), I feel you should knit with what you love. If that is commercial yarn, right on. I LOVED knitting my rainbow sweater out of an acrylic blend I knew would wash and wear well. I didn’t get snobby about the yarn. I have some Premiere Wool Free yarn that I love to work with, and it’s about $3.99 a ball. It is as pretty as the $30.00 sock yarn I buy off etsy. I like knitting bias shawls – I have like 20 of them. And I keep knitting them, because I like it. Knit what you like. Knit what you love. Just enjoy your knitting!

Making Difficult (Knitting) Decisions

We’ve all been there: staring at a project that had such good intentions. It was an AMAZING pattern, and the yarn was simply LOVELY…but for whatever reason, the end result, was just…UGH. Perhaps it was too variegated a project for the pattern, or maybe you took a break from the project (or put it in time out for clearly misbehaving), and when you came back, you had NO clue where you were (despite copious notes and the ability to read your knitting like a child’s book). Or maybe there is that one mistake, or your stitch counts are off by not one, but three stitches somewhere, and now the entire project is filled with bad mojo. I could go on and on….not that I have ever had any of these things happen…ever.

So here we face the difficult decision of what to do with these projects. If you have the space, you can trow them in the UFO bin for as long as you like. Like years. Add to that having many interchangeable needle tips and cords, and you don’t even have to put in waste yarn. Again, not that I know anything about this.

As of late, I have been in a cleaning and organizing mood. I mean, I am still a bit of a hoarder, and I’ll never be a minimalist, but I am trying! I would really like to know where everything is in my life, even if it’s not specifically organized in said place. From a family calendar on the refrigerator door – even though there are only two of us – to cleaning off my desk at work and procuring (read: stealing from another office) a lateral filing cabinet (note: they wanted to get rid of it, and failed to tell me that the file rails were broken, rendering the cabinet somewhat useless), I need a clearer picture of the goings on in my life.

I have magical standing files - for now!

I apparently have magical files that stand on their own…for now.

I’m still in the process of cleaning out the yarn room/office. There is a LOT of stuff, and not nearly enough bookshelf space, though I didn’t ADD any books in the move at all – I actually greatly reduced the number of books! Anyway, I have touched every knitting project, and decided to let a few of them be repurposed. OK – one to start.

The Blue Sunnyside must go. 

  • To start with, it’s the wrong yarn. It’s too variegated for the cables, and I guess there is some pooling on the back.
  • I stopped in the middle of the body, and I have NO idea where I am. Add to it being dark yarn, with simultaneous decreases and cables, and I really have NO idea.
  • I HATE sewing on buttons. That said, at least the button bands are incorporated into the main body knitting in this pattern.
  • I just don’t love it. I LOVE the pattern, and will gladly make it with a solid or tonal yarn in the future, but this is just an amateur mess.

I have already decided this will become a Mama Vertebrae to wear in the office. I have enough yarn to make two of them if I so desired, and I already own the pattern. There is NO detail in the vertebrae pattern (though plenty of creative knitters add cables or lace, or whatever), so the yarn can be showcased. Also, I’ll be finished with my second of three sweaters for the year, with my other Mama Vertebrae in fingering weight on the needles. I’ll also get three cables and at least one set of needle tips back!

Generally, I am more of a process than product knitter. I like to sit and knit while watching football or TV, listening to music, podcasts or an audiobook (I actually typed book on tape there, but those haven’t existed in over a decade). I don’t get overly emotionally attached to projects, so I don’t think it will hurt to pull out the sweater, so long as it doesn’t get too tangles, and the dogs don’t come parading through the knitting room and getting yarn stuck on their paws.

I have at least one other project – another sweater – sitting in timeout, and I’m hoping I can buckle down and finish the last piece on that – after Socktober. I’ve also been eyeing a finished shawl that I bound off too tightly, and I know I’ll never wear. I love the yarn, and see it becoming something simple like a Hitchhiker. But again, that’s after Socktober. Notice a theme?


IMG_2189[1]IMG_2191[1]Harper’s Rainbow is complete! A toddler’s raglan cardi with buttons (ugh) and a pocket (ugh seaming) that I was able to knit in under a week (with pretty solid knitting time), even with finishing procrastination. Now, how do I best share with friends that it’s not so polite to beg me to knit sweaters for your twins for free? I’m thinking about $45 per sweater and $50 if you want that darn pocket!


I haven’t touched much else this week, outside of the Rainbow. But as soon as I finished that, I did cast on the Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula from KnittingPipeline. I’m participating in the sKnitALong15 hosted by the In A sKnit gals. Wild Goose is a great pattern that knits up super fast in mostly garter stitch. Paula uses yarn weight as well as written instructions, and for once, my weight and stitch count were right on! #winning


I also cast on a pair of socks to keep me occupied, and prepping for Socktober. This Lion Brand SockEase has been sitting in my stash for YEARS, and it needed to become socks, after a few failed attempts. I’m knitting these on a 9″ Addi Turbo size 0, seeing how my hands like it. I’m still not sure. I’m doing a simple 3×1 rib for the ENTIRE sock – even the whole foot, just to make it extra stretchy. That’s not how I usually do things – usually the bottom of the foot remains stockinette, but I wanted these to be completely mindless, so I didn’t want a secondary stitch marker at all.


#sKnitALong is the focus this week. It ends September 30, so I only have 8 more days to complete this shawl. I’m about 50% through, and working my way towards 300 stitches, so it is now fewer, longer rows until the bind off. I imagine I’ll have it complete by Saturday evening.

#Socktober – I’ve made myself a pledge that I’ll only buy one (OK – maybe two) skeins for Socktober. I have my eye on Rebel Without a Rainbow from Lollipop Yarns, and that’s it! We’ll see how the bank account looks this week! I have a bigger goal of knitting down my sock yarn stash so I can binge at Stitches West 2016. I have been seeing the hauls some folks made at Stitches South, and I cannot imagine having that budget! But if I save now…


I’m still running, but mostly on the weekends, thanks in part to lovely and hot late summer weather here in Denver. I threw together 11 miles this weekend, and I’m hoping I can get out twice during the week for an additional 6 – 8 miles. I know that when I am able to run in the mornings, I have much more energy and get stuff done!



Knit Picks Needles! I have loved these needles for years – basically once I graduated from aluminum straight needles. They are affordable, comfortable and pretty. When I started listening to podcasts a few years ago, I tried a few other brands of needles – ChiaGoo, Hiya Hiya and Knitters Pride Karbonz. I like them all, for different projects. But this summer I spent a lot of time knitting on deadline, and holding needles for extended periods. Using steel needles started to hurt my hands, and even my Karbonz felt stiff when I cast on the Wild Goose with them. My Knit Picks Caspian needles are sharp (they will dull down with use, as they are wood), flexible in my hands, and pretty. When I was prepping for Socktober, I realized I don’t have enough 32″ needles, which I find to be the perfect length for two at a time socks. I can use 24″ needles, but there’s not much extra cable, and that can get annoying, 40″ cables are far too long.  I ordered two pair of 32″ Size 0 and one pair of 32″ size 1, and had them at my house in about 4 days for about $20. You can’t go wrong there!

Taking Stock

I’m back! You know, I hate long blog posts, and yet I just wrote one. Oh well, read it or not. Scroll down to some headings for what I’m working on (you know, headings – like sections of a podcast I may someday actually produce…).

The ADDCrafter family was on the move this summer. I can’t say it was necessarily a good move, but I think we are through a lot of the rough stuff, and I’m getting to the important stuff – unpacking the craft cave! During the move, I realized that I have a lot of stuff. Like, a lot. Like all the boxes were mine, outside of professional journals and sports collectibles that belong to the man. The new craft cave shares the office desk, and the knitting room now shares my dresser. The knitting room has awesome light, my favorite sofa and an ottoman for the pups, while the craft cave shares the big desk, desk chair and an overstuffed chair and all of my crafting supplies. I could have put the desk in with the sofa, and gone back to a pure knitting room, but this worked out well as it is the most comfortable place to knit, and Larry Dog isn’t tempted by shelves of yarn. As you can guess, the master bedroom is a lot smaller in our new place, and my giant dresser and mirror kinda overtook the room, so I claimed the guest bedroom instead. One thing that is larger is the back yard. The dogs are in heaven, with big mature trees and squirrels to chase!

Over the last two weeks I have managed to find most of my sock yarn, and now I’m trying to organize it, while I unpack boxes of books and other things (so overrated, those books on work topics – can’t I give that shelf space to yarn or knitting books?). I have basically organized the sock yarn (I donated most of my heavier weight yarns I rarely use), found my numerous project bags and nearly every one of my WIPS. Only one is still missing – and I love the bag from KnitPop more than the replaceable project. I hope it turns up eventually.


It’s now time time take stock of what I have, what I love, and what I actually want to knit.  I know some people LOVE doing this part – organizing is their thing. It’s not mine. I mean, I am organized but I am not a minimalist. I always have stuff. My work desk is covered in files and water bottles and pens – lots and lots of fountain pens. My craft cave is the same way – project bags and buckets of notions are “organized” on the floor in front of my yarn stash.  I definitely feel some anxiety when I lay everything out in front of me. I feel a bit like a hoarder (OK – maybe a lot), and feel some genuine regret around some purchases (I’m not the best on my personal budget at times). Then there is the loveliness I completely forgot I own. A bit of a treasure hunt. Don’t even get me started on my needles. I’m hoping for some organization for them, eventually.

So this week is about taking stock. Maybe matching up some yarn with some projects, and ideally getting the craft cave set up as a place of respite and work – especially seeing as I am supposed to work from home tomorrow.


#Winning (off the needles)

  • Line Break – this was my third piece for Camp Loopy 2015 – 800 or more yards. I had grand plans for a Mama Vertebrae, but when I didn’t cast on until around August 9, I knew there was no way I would be able to complete a fingering weight sweater with a day job. So I put that in hibernation and started Line Break with the remaining two skeins of Cascade Heritage Silk. I wasn’t sure I loved how this was knitting up – the Heritage Silk is lovely and super soft, but it seemed to pill, and I wasn’t sure the shape was going to be a good one for me. The final verdict is that this bigger shawl is a HIT! I wore it to work and to a luncheon and received non-stop compliments on it, and it kept me warm in AC, which is a big thing for me. I’ve worn it with skinny jeans and a black sheath dress, and the charcoal grey goes with everything, and can be dressed up or down. For a 10 day intermittent knit that was pretty mindless, I definitely suggest this pattern!

#Working (on the needles)

  • Little Miss Rainbow – I was sitting around on Sunday, about to cast on some socks for #socktober when I realized my friends’ daughter is celebrating her birthday next Saturday, and I promised a rainbow sweater. I had all I needed, I just forgot to cast it on. Thankfully, children’s raglan sweaters are quick and easy. I am using Wool Ease from Lion Brand, along with their Bonbons for the color pops. I was going to order from KnitPicks, but when I realized that both yarns are 80% acrylic, it was easier to just pick up the yarn from Jo-Ann by my house. It took one football game to get through most of the body, and I should be able to get through the rest and at least one sleeve tonight. If I end up with a little extra time, I will probably make a little hat to match.Little Miss Rainbow in progress
  • Saturn’s Rings – OMGEEEEE – I LOVE this pattern from VeryBusyMonkey. I have been eyeing it for what feels like forever, and finally just bought it. I’m knitting it with Madeline Tosh Twist Light in the Care colorway. When I got the yarn some time ago, I didn’t love the colors for me…until I saw it knit up in Saturn’s Rings. Like many folks, I had to rip out and start the pattern a few times, not because of designer error, but because I was underwhelmed by my own knitting. One section has elongated right twists, and my yarnovers were a little goofy, so I went with a size 13 needle instead. It probably looks 98% the same as when I did the ERT, but that 2% makes me 76% happier.Saturn's Rings Shawl
  • Waiting Room Ziggy – One day this summer when I had a physician’s appointment, I realized I had NO knitting with me. I was the last appointment of the day at a giant practice, so I knew they would be running late. I left work a few minutes early and picked up some inexpensive DK and a crochet hook to get to work on a ziggy. The appointment was pretty much on time, so I didn’t make much progress, but this will now be my “car project,” so I always have something on me – since I switched to the man’s old car, I haven’t had any needlework in my car!
  • Rainbow Stash – I picked this yarn up three years ago at Yarn Along the Rockies, and it’s languished in my stash  ever since. I love the drop stitch scarf, despite having to use “Baleen” long straight needles because of the slippery yarn, this is a fantastic knit. Unfortunately, the project itself got stuffed under my favorite chair and was lost until the move.
  • Mama Charcoal – This was supposed to be my final Camp Loopy project, but as mentioned above, that didn’t happen. This is now slow and go knitting, and I have to order two more skeins of Cascade from The Loopy Ewe, hoping I can find close to the same dye lot. We’ll see. If I have to frog, I’m only about 25% in, and I’m ok with losing it, but I see a trip to Ft. Collins in two weeks – I’ll sell the man on an anniversary trip, but it will really be a yarn buying trip with some brewery hopping.
  • Belly Busting Vanilla Socks – First of all, if you have not seen PeepalooFields amazing yarns, get on that. Right now. Just click the link and go visit her store. I’ll wait. She makes amazing yarns, and I’m happy to say she is local to me. I have been hoarding this yarn for a bit, and cast on these socks twice after I finished my first Camp Loopy 2015 project. Then came the second project and the move, and now, I’m just waiting for #socktober to finish them up, so I’m playing by the rules. I can’t wait for October 1 to finish up these cuffs!Belly Bustin' Vanilla Socks

#PlaysWellWithOthers – knitalongs, contests and the like

  • SingleSkeinSeptember – I don’t know who “owns” this event, but it is pretty self explanatory…a single skein project, knit in September. My hope is to do a Wild Goose Shawlette by Paul Emons Fuessle, using a REALLY old skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Pilgrim’s Progress. I was tempted to use some grey gradient, but I have a few too many grey shawls as it is.
  • SknitALong – the lovely ladies from the In A sKnit podcast are up to their annual fall KAL, this year featuring two great shawls. I’m not going to deny I am double dipping with #SingleSkeinSeptember and doing the WIld Goose for this. I was inspired by the KAL, for the record – I had no idea about SSS, until I saw some random tag on Instagram! To be eligible for this KAL, you must be a member of the In a sKnit group on Ravelry, knit either the Wild Goose Shawlette or the Virgie Clay Shawl by September 30th and post a picture of your FO in the group thread on Ravelry. Simple enough, right?
  • Pigskin Party KAL – this BIG KAL is hosted by Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast, and is pretty epic! I’m not going to even try to explain it here – she’s got it all detailed out on her website and her Ravelry group. The basics are that it runs ALL FOOTBALL SEASON LONG, and has extra contests all along the way. With my ADD, I’m not really good with points, and tracking, and chatting and things, but I do have to recommend this great KAL as a way to get started and finished with your holiday knitting AND win some great prizes along the way, even if you don’t enter every contest!
  • SOCKTOBER – yes – I know I’m shouting, I like to shout! (h/t to The English Beat there) – but this is MY kinda KAL. Hosted by the Carolina Fiber Girls, this is the KAL where you have an excuse to buy all the project bags, try all the new lovely yarn, use all the stitch markers and KNIT ALL THE SOCKS! You get it. Basically, spend October knitting socks. WIPs count, and you can find all the rules over at the Carolina Fiber Girls website and on their Ravelry board. I’ll be going into more detail on this as I prep for it, but seeing as it is a few weeks away, it may motivate me to blog more often!

#OnTheWagon – Running and Fitness and Stuff

As some of you know, I am a recovering running coach. I coached for more than a decade, from 10K to full marathons. And then I quit. Just stopped doing it. I run occasionally for fun, but it wasn’t very fun, so I just stopped. I switched over to weights and basic cardio, but I recently decided it was time to start running again. After a few recent adventures (one where I totally forgot that if you leave the property of a certain lake, you have to pay to get back in, or go around and add two miles of uphill and a mile distance to your run), I decided to do a 10K on Sunday. I was going to take it slow, and just use it as a training run.

Yeah, right. I ran. Faster than I should have. But I felt pretty good. At the 10K turn around (there were 10 milers and half marathoners going forward), I realized I was the 7th woman overall. And I REALLY wanted to be top 5 women. So I tried. But the longest distance I had slogged through was 5.8 miles, and that was the day that I had no cash to pay to take the shorter run (oops), so I was not into it. Could I keep up my 8:00/mile pace for one and a half miles? The honest answer: NOPE. No way, Not even happening. I did pass one other female, so I got 6th in the women and 11th overall. I'm Number Three, I'm Number Three

I was listed as a 50-59 year old in the males, and actually took first place in that division. The Man would have been fourth if I had accepted that (and he really was third and deserved his medal), so I told the organizers that I actually am a 40-49 year old woman, and that I didn’t win that age division. I, like the man, ended up third in my division, so that was still pretty cool, and the winner of my division won the whole race for the women, so I’ll take that. For fat and out of shape, 11th and 3rd isn’t half bad! That said, I’m not telling ANYONE about that race, so that next year it is still kinda small!

#ShamelessCommerce (things I love)

IMG_2152[1]I’ll keep this simple. Right now I’m LOVING my Notable Gnome Lotion Bar in Butt Naked. I picked this up on a trip to San Antonio at the end of July, and I should have bought several of them. She distributes throughout Texas, and she does go to the DFW FiberFest, but I plan to stock up on her stuff from her site as holiday gifts. I’ve tried a few lotion bars, and I’ve not really liked many of them. I LOVE Notable Gnome – go check it out!

My ADD Crafting Spoiled – By Traffic!

So many of my podcast acquaintances are major multi-crafters. They not only knit and or crochet, but do a ton of other stuff, like spin, sew or weave. I have thought about getting involved with each of these crafts, but I’ve not yet taken to one in particular.


I taught myself to sew back in the late 80s. And I mean totally taught myself. This was long before You Tube or Craftsy, or any of that stuff. I bought a small Brother machine, read the instructions, and as most teenagers do, fearlessly just started seaming stuff together. I made a big blanket for my then-boyfriend (and by blanket, I mean some big squares sewn together with some batting between – this was NOT quilting), and I had a lock on drawstring barrel bags, one of which I still have today. Not exactly practical except for something like a change of clothes after soccer practice, but cure all the same. Then I went to college and all that, and I have NO idea what even happened to that machine. Like most of my stuff I left at my mom’s, I am sure someone got it for a steal at Goodwill.

I took a great little sewing class over at Fabric Bliss in Denver last year. The intro class included sewing a tote bag, and I have a thing for bags. Mine was particularly adorable – see below. The next class was on boxy bags, like sock project bags, and I had every intention of taking it, but my schedule just didn’t allow me to do so before the end of the year.


Here’s the thing about sewing – it requires precision. You have to measure, cut and sew ON THE LINES, and be pretty accurate. It requires patience. To get a glance inside my personality, you should know I don’t do things like outline blog posts, or make talking points before I give a speech. I just go with the flow. Precision and patience just are not my forte. Also, sewing requires space and a whole lotta tools. Not just good scissors, but a marking board, and an iron (seriously – an iron?), and accessories.

Needless to say, sewing and I don’t have a future. I’ll just buy your project bags off etsy, so keep up the great work!


Then there’s spinning. That seems really cool. Make your own yarn! And with all the podcasters talking about how much they are able to spin, it seems fun and actually sort of easy with practice.

This has been on my radar for a few years. When Knit Picks first came out with their drop spindles and some videos, it looked SO easy. Then there’s the Instragram enabling, where people seem to be able to sit and spin (on a drop spindle) at their kids’ swim meets. I could totally do that. I ordered a learn to spin kit from Hilltop Cloud, and patiently awaited its arrival from the UK. I told my foodie friends on Facebook that they may grow their own herbs, but I was going to spin my own yarn.

learn to spin

#fail. I tried a few times. I watched a zillion videos. I tried and tried, and I was not great at it. OK – I sucked. I know, I know – practice 15 minutes a day to get better. But that’s 15 minutes I could be knitting, so the box remains in the craft cave. Many people say that spindle is much harder than spinning on a wheel, and a part of me that says I could totally do that, but the other part of me thinks that the hundreds of dollars I’d spend on a wheel could be spent on vacation at Stitches. Or on beer on the beach. Next….


So this was it. Weaving! I could start small with a super low investment, and I could make some cool tartan scarves and stuff. One of my favorite local yarn shops, The Recycled Lamb, has a huge weaving selection and a ton of classes. Done. This was going to be my new craft.

I started trolling for a simple 10 -15″ loom – the Cricket Loom, so I could just try it out. I used to bead and weave in high school (gosh, I really was crafty), but I never really got into weaving. When I lived in Phoenix, the mother of one of my clients was a Navajo weaver, and I always wanted to be able to create something a fraction as beautiful as her art.

Score – I found a Cricket Loom on Craigslist for $60. Less than half of retail, and it was just up the road in Ft. Collins. I was off work early on Friday, so it would be easy for me to head up there – a quick 45 minute drive – and back, and still have time to make dinner and the like.

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Except there was traffic. For the entire 40 miles on northbound I-25. One teeny, tiny accident, but loads of traffic. And I didn’t have the number of the seller – she had mine, but she hadn’t sent me hers. We were supposed to meet between 4 and 4:45 pm. Traffic had finally opened up at 3:50, when she called. She decided she couldn’t wait, and if I could be there by 4:00, she could wait, but no longer. So I pushed it faster. And she left. Right as I pulled into where we were supposed to meet, she called me and told me she had left and I could come back the next day for it. It was 4:06.

I took it as a sign from the crafting universe. I wasn’t meant to spend that money on a loom.

Traffic was even worse going home, and the normal hour drive took nearly twice as long. And I was annoyed.  I spent part of that money on pizza for dinner, and another part on a new Vera Bradley handbag from the outlet. Dang it, Universe!

Knitting and Crochet

And so….for now, I really am not so much of an ADD Crafter. I knit. Upon occasion, I crochet. I don’t even cast on that many simultaneous projects, because I get anxious around them!

That said, I did just learn about the Xyron Sticker Maker, and I may go down that rabbit hole for a bit. I’m so obsessed with my Erin Condren (affiliate link) planner, and learning I can make stickers so easily could be a slightly dangerous thing. And I can’t wait….stay tuned!


I’m rather impressed by folks who can have 7, 15, or heck – even 30 WIPs. Having several projects going simultaneously makes me anxious. I know that sounds silly, but we all have different, random, and often silly triggers, no?

The other day I had three pair of socks, two shawls, one scarf, and (technically) two sweaters on my needles. I also wanted to cast on one or two additional shawls. Then I realized I have a goal of 15 pair of socks in 2015, it is nearly mid-February, and I have completed none. Zero. Zilch. I can usually tear through a pair of socks in 10 days or so. I also had wanted to finish my Brickless shawl for Valentine’s Day, and I was maybe 30% in, and the yarn cake looked like I hadn’t knit 50 yards!


This wasn’t an inspiring feeling at all. It was somewhat overwhelming. I feel less inspired to work on any of the projects when there are so many in progress. Part of it is my ADD – where I just look at things and can get overwhelmed. That’s definitely not the feeling I want in knitting!

So I resisted the urge to cast on all the things, and focused on getting a few off the needles.

First of all, I had to finish my vanilla socks. IMG_1281.JPGMade from some really old stash yarn, they are cute, but the colors really don’t do much for me. The pinkish-red is kinda gross. But they are a super simple knit, and I only had the leg to do, so it was an easy knit. Except for the darn 1×1 ribbing on the cuff.  I also had to get them off the needles because my white project bag REALLY needed a bath – I mean, who uses a white project bag for car knitting- where you throw the bag on the floor when not using it. In Colorado. In the winter. Duh.

Done. I actually wove in all then ends and got them washed last night. They came out pretty cute, and the yarn bloomed up.


Next was the Brickless. I bought some pink yarnIMG_1275.JPG and was in love with it at the store. Then I realized it had a ton of orange in it, and while knitting, it felt like lace weight (it was nowhere near lace, but it just felt that way). Add to it the fact that I had to frog the whole thing because I forgot to be a leftie (SSK rather than K2Tog) on the lace portion, and I was less than inspired. But it is a Valentine’s Day knit, so I had to finish it.

IMG_1285.JPGI went from slogging through this knit – so sure that I was going to have to add another repeat to it, in order to use all my yarn, to playing yarn chicken. I actually brought my scale downstairs last night and weighed the yarn after each lace repeat. I knew I wasn’t going to have enough for the final pattern repeat, but I did as much as I could of it, and cast off with about 10 yards to spare. For a knit I wasn’t loving, I think I like how it turned out. I really have to block it – this soft yarn doesn’t hold any shape, so it will be interesting to see what it looks like – it definitely wasn’t the best yarn/pattern pairing.

Right now, I think it looks lovely on my middle dog, Veruca Salt.


Once I finished my Vanilla Socks, I packaged up a new pair. This one would be either vanilla or slipped stitch using my The Lemonade Shop Stormy Day. And then I looked at the stack of project bags on my floor. There were quite a few. And while I could have cast on and started some toes, I decided to focus on my current projects instead. I mean, how many pair of socks does one need concurrently?

The goal of this week is to get at least one pair of socks off the needles (I’m looking at you, Avalanche), so I can cast on Another Door Opens, and ideally those Stormy Day socks!

Meanwhile, it’s back to work, where I also have several half-finished projects and need some inspiration to finish those as well! No pressure or anything.


Good Lord, I Am Boring

Like so many other folks, I put some 2015 goals on paper a few weeks ago. They are totally benign, like do a Half Ironman Tri, and declutter the house. And of course, the majority of them were about knitting.

One of those knitting goals is to start a podcast. Like Jen over at Commuter Knitter, I find myself talking to podcasters while I listen in the car. As if they can hear me. Also, I like to hear myself talk. Clearly.

Today I took the baby step of downloading a podcast and mixing app for my phone. I figure I can practice for a while, knowing I use a lot of speech crutches. I mean, I have a lot to say, I know I do.

Newsflash: I am boring. Really, really boring. And talking about myself is hard. Really, really hard. Did I mention I’m boring? Seriously.

So in the mean time, I’ll work on updating the blog, and I’ll keep talking to myself while I sit in traffic on the way home, and perhaps I’ll learn to be a little bit better of a verbal story teller. Baby steps, right?


The last week has been a tough week.

The man lost a good friend, and then one of his former MLB players, only one year his senior, passed away yesterday, way too young.

Today marks the second anniversary of my nephew’s suicide.

And today, I met my friend’s mother. As a guest in our shelter.  (more…)

Fear and Loss

The man hasn’t been feeling well as of late. We first thought it was his gallbladder. He lost about 30 pounds pretty quickly during our 90 Day Challenge, and that can bring on gallbladder troubles.  After lots of tests and trips to specialists, it isn’t his gallbladder, but they don’t know what it is.



Sometimes (Albeit Rarely), It’s Not About Me

Me in 1991 and 2013

Me in 1991 and 2013

Every time I set foot on my private high school campus, I suffer a major panic attack. Not for any real reason. I mean high school sucks for everyone. We’re goofy adolescents, and there’s seemingly unlimited drama.

I had some great friends in high school, and I still keep in touch with a few of them – the ones I want. That’s what Facebook is for, right? There were about 44 people in my graduating class, and I keep in touch with about 4 of them. For the rest of the class, I really have no feelings.

Except for total panic. (more…)

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