August 20, 2014

Failure to Launch

Once upon a time, a lady started a knitting blog - and then one day, without so much as a fare thee well, her blog died.  The end.

The blog may have taken a back seat because of other things, but the knitting - among other things - did not.  I spent my summer exploring options to knitting.

For instance, I was 'fadoodling' around on YouTube and came across a few videos about making paper beads, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I found some old wrapping paper, you know, the good kind that doesn't rip when you cut it, and gave paper beads a try:

Not too shabby, and a nice break in the knitting action.  All I need to do is learn how to cut in a straight line so my beads will be the same size and poof! I'll have a new craft that'll last as long as my vision holds out.

I went to Wal-Mart one day and found myself in the craft aisle.  As I bypassed the acrylic yarns and the crochet cotton section, I came across some crafts for $1.00 or less.  I was with my friend Maria who can spend two hours trying to choose between two colors of the same yarn (true story!), and while she was in quiet contemplation I made my way to the cross stitch section and found two little kits for 97 cents.  Jackpot!  I found this:

So while everyone is spending a pretty penny on patterns from The Frosted Pumpkin, which costs a pretty penny and the pieces are rather large, I got to do some stitching on the cheap.  Yay me!  Now I know that I would never finish a big piece of stitching because I just don't have that big of a desire to do so.  Got that out of my system and I feel better about it.

Did you notice that there wasn't one blog post about my spinning for the Tour de Fleece?  I saved it for the Ravelry forum, but I did get some spinning done:

I love spinning.  I really do.

And I did some knitting too.  I made the Lavender Cardigan for my neighbor's daughter using Valley Yarns Goshen in the linen colorway:

The sweater was supposed to be for me, but the pattern is written for one size - and it's not my size.  However, anyone who knows math can upsize the sweater, but not me.  Even if I knew how to change stitches to inches, I would lie to myself about how 'round' I really am and I'd still have gotten it wrong.

And with the leftover yarn I made the Oaklet Shawl:

And there's more of that yarn around here, mercifully only a skein or two.  This shawl is going to charity.

There's way more that got made, and not blogged about, but I'm going to save that for the next post which will happen in a few days - not months.

For now, Miss Kitty and I are going to sign off and wish you all happy knitting.