Technical Tuesday: The Nuts and Bolts

This technical Tuesday is not going to be as technical in a knitting sense. As you might have noticed, last week I completely lost track of time and managed not to do any posts. I wasn’t heading into the office on Wednesday, so I definitely forgot to write my posts until Wednesday because I thought it was the weekend. Then I just would have had Thursday’s post up, but at that point it seemed a little pointless as Thursday is my off-topic day.

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The latest self striping sock I dyed for Halloween. Colour name: Witches Britches.

Every January I re-assess the blog, what I am writing, when I am writing etc; I am going to be doing that again this January. I do this to keep up with my needs and what is working for me at that point in time. The past two months have been so crazy busy that I am going to take the rest of November and December to go back and just post when I feel like it.
Schedules are great and I am definitely a fan, but when you’re too dependent on the schedule sometimes content starts to feel too planned. I am going to take some of the time I would be writing and put that time into knitting. Then WRITE ABOUT it! It probably won’t be a whole lot at first, but I do have some fun things still planned. I’ve been sent a product to review, so that will be coming up very soon. I’m currently still testing it out!

What’s going on Wednesday

What is going on indeed? There has been so much happening in the past couple weeks I feel like I can hardly keep up! Unfortunately that doesn’t mean there has been a whole lot of knitting going on. I’ve done a few rows on my Grandmother’s sweater… sleeves. I’ve also been steadily plugging away on the second sock of The Warped Porch colour-way.

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This self-striping colour-way is named after my friend Lisa, or the Queen, as many know her. She gave me the colour combinations and I put them together. It’s really bright; poke you in the nose bright, but really, which one of my colours isn’t?

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The June newsletter went out Monday morning announcing this new colour-way, I thought I should probably include it here to, just in case. The black and white photo was really cruel, but I will admit to feeling terribly clever with myself afterwards. How to fill a post with photos when you are working on secret projects!? Well, everything isn’t a secret, just the colour. BAM! Inspiration!
I mentioned in the newsletter that there are still a few hanks of Psychedelic Onyx (the black and rainbow) self-striping sock yarn, so if you’re in the market the shop is here.

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We are also getting ready to get our dyeing game on. There are quite a few shows in the fall and it will work best if we start the dyeing now! This also means I have to pick out my samples for the next shows. Hmmmm what do I need an excuse to knit. That is possibly the downside to working in an industry you love… there isn’t a lot of time to actually participate in the thing you love.
I’m thinking about taking a weekend away sometime. I have dreams of nothing but tourist traps and knitting in the evenings before bed. I am pulling at the end of the chain trying to escape into vacation-time daydreams. What helps you focus?

Sweaters, Socks and Setbacks

Miracle of miracles Wednesday has come again! This week is going entirely, really, very not well; so I am glad we’re over the halfway point. On a positive note, this week is my blogging week for KNITmuch. I’ve done five articles for them about Red Heart’s new yarn Scrubby. It’s made special for dish cloths and is ah-mazing, head on over to check out those posts.

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This week I managed to finally finish Paul’s Socks of a Different Colour! Yaaaaay! It’s nice to have them off my pate and get into something new. Of course by something new, I mean continue working on my Grandmother’s Sweater! I am on the last sleeve. I am actually scared to start working on the body again, but, maybe I’ve built it up in my mind as really tedious and hard work? Right? Right?
I think having all the sleeves done will help to motivate me into getting the second back and both fonts done. There are four pieces to each sweater, total of eight for both, if four sleeves are done and one back that means I’m more than half way? Right?!

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I’ve written before about how I keep a pair of socks in the car to knit on, and I had an interesting surprise when I went to knit them yesterday. One of my dpn’s was broken in half! I had thought one of them felt a little bendy as I was knitting with them, but that could have been a figment of my imagination. I probably kicked it or dropped something on it at some point.

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I usually align all my needles parallel to each other to prevent things like this from happening, but I guess something got jostled in the bag. Luckily I usually only use four needles but they come in packs of five or six. There are a couple spares floating around.
Hopefully next week I’ll be able to show you some updated progress on my Grandmother’s sweater! I need to have this one off my mind! If you haven’t heard about it in a while, keep me honest and BUG ME ABOUT IT!!! This sweater is going down!

Much More Knitting!

The past couple weeks have been so insanely busy I’ve felt like I was neglecting my knitting. Not only that, but I really didn’t have too much to tell you about the past few Wednesday’s! I did some work on the next self striping sock I am going to release next month and I even had time to work on the second sock for the set I am doing for Paul.

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I am giving the photo in black and white because I want the colours to be something of a surprise! I’ve been hard at work in the dye lab coming up with new and exciting things. The best part about experimenting is the mistakes you make! Sometimes you have something specific in your mind and you set out to accomplish that task, but you accidentally create something so much better than your first thought! It’s a constant learning process and I really enjoy it!

05 20 2015 Socks-2

Now, have I got a story about Paul’s second sock! This sock keeps trying to wander off on it’s own. The past weekend was Victoria Day and, therefore, a long weekend. My parents always have fireworks out on their farm, so we went down for the weekend to hang out with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. I was sitting outside, next to the fire pit, knitting along on the socks. When the time came for fireworks everyone moved their lawn chairs over to the field to watch. At this point I set my knitting bag, with the socks, needles and yarn, on my lap. I didn’t knit during the fireworks because dropping stitches is just going to happen way too often when you violently jump at loud sounds.
After the fireworks, everyone moved their chairs back over to the fire pit. I stood up and followed suit completely forgetting the fabric, knitting bag on my lap. Through my thick sweater I didn’t notice it fall to the ground. At this point I was totally wiped out and ready to sleep, so I immediately made my way to bed. The next morning I had some problems finding my knitting. Re-tracing my steps I realized I must have left it outside and went out to get the poor damp, dew-soaked knitting bag. It was a sorry sight and looked at me reproachfully as I brought it back in the house, but after I left it in a warm place for a few hours, it was good as new… okay maybe not ‘new’, but dry at the very least.

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This was the most spectacular episode of this knitting running away from me, but certainly not the only one. I dropped it in the laneway of a friend’s house when I was walking in and failed to notice it fall. Luckily I am constantly knitting and instantly noticed it’s absence. Once again at my parents place, I tossed it in a corner with my purse when my mom needed something and couldn’t find it when I went back. It turned out to be behind the bag beside my purse, but that was only after I had spent a good 10 minutes going ‘I KNOW I threw it into this corner. I REMEMBER IT!!!’
I am really close to being done this sock, but I am going to have to keep an eye on it. If the current chain of events continues who knows where I will end up leaving it?!

Knitting… Not Working

This past week as been so crazy busy I hardly know what to talk about. We are going to be starting a knitting club at work, which is really exciting! I am in the process of writing my next article for Addicted to Sock Knitting and writing something new!

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New knitting club at work! Believe it or not, I was totally not the one who inspired this! There were a couple ladies who were thinking it would be nice to get a social group together, but they didn’t knit. An email was sent out to another knitter to see if she would be willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn, but her schedule was a bit uncertain and she referred the email to me.

Paul Socks May 13 2015

I think this is a great idea because no matter what kind of job you have, there are stresses involved with it. Just 20 minutes of knitting lowers your heart rate and blood pressure; helps clear your mind and bring on a meditative state. Okay, okay, unless you’re doing something extremely complicated, like short rows or incredibly intricate lace work.

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Growing a knitting community is never a bad thing either! I find a lot of the bigger knitting gatherings are too far of a drive. I’ve found a couple in Guelph or Toronto, which are both a 45-minute drive for me… on a good day; with traffic that could be up to an hour, maybe more. I have no doubt there are more knitting groups in the area, it’s just a matter of finding them! Then of course… making time to go!

With the next issue coming up fast, I am all over Addicted to Sock Knitting. This eZine is packed full of everything you need to know for socks! My love for all things sock knitting is not subtle or small, so you can imagine me drooling over all the amazing photos in their facebook group. It makes me want to run out right now and buy yarn… and by run out and buy yarn I mean on Etsy.

Rainbow and Snippet May 13 2015

There are going to be a couple posts, by me, to the new blog KNITmuch. This blog is coming soon and I can’t wait! There is going to be a lot of great content happening over there! Check out their facebook page as well, around January there are some photos of Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2015 and some yarn stores!
Just from looking at the photos from VKL I instantly wish I could go back, unfortunately I am going to be missing this year’s VKL Chicago. It is happening the first weekend in October when we are vending at Knit Social in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out some of the BC knitting stores though! It is my first trip there and I am going to make the most of it!!!!!