Ten is the magic number

Last night I got the knitting itch. I have a pair of socks on the needles and a cardigan, but neither are what I want. Both require constant attention and focus, neither will allow me to zone out and just…. relax.

I rummaged through my stash and found a leftover skein of Ice Yarns’ Magic Light in the rainbow colorway, not enough to do much else with. I have quite a few stragglers like that just sitting around collecting dust. Then I remembered the Ten Stitch Blanket and knew immediately that it would be the perfect no brainer to use up leftover yarn, and allowing me to make a blanket/bed cover for the coming fall and winter. I don’t care much for any particular color combination, the crazier the better actually!

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I started last night and this is what I have so far. 4.5mm needles with a DK weight yarn is working out well! I don’t particularly care for the ridges on the other side because of the color differences in this yarn, but I like that the blanket can work both ways. I already memorized the pattern after the first double corner and it’s been a breeze from here on. I struggled a little with picking up the stitches the first two turns because I wasn’t sure which leg to snatch and knit into, but I quickly found one that I can continue to work consistently throughout the rest of the blanket.

I have some more Magic Light yarn laying around somewhere. Love the color changes and I will try to make these the center of the blanket for as long as possible!

*nibble nibble*

The Christmas cards I sent out earlier this month have been trickling in with all my friends, and two small gifts I sent along arrived today! I’m very stoked that both recipients are happy with it. Although I should probably say three recipients. 😉

1390619_1203218103039775_57815231788020909_nThe first good news I got this morning was from my friend Shannon whom I knit a Jayne Hat for.

New hat, pretty cunning don’t you think? Woman walks down the street in that hat, people know she’s not afraid of anything.

Damn Straight.

Sanne look what showed up this morning! omg its super nice and it fits great. ty so much!

It was a bit of a challenge to knit this one. There are licensing issues that make it hard for people to sell these, and patterns are quite varied and inconsistent. I did my best ‘freehanding’ this. It turned out a little big, but my friend doesn’t mind it. She prefers it that way over being too snug! I’m just glad I was able to give her a Christmas gift that made her happy. 🙂

The second good news came in the shape of a video posted on Facebook. Meet Mr. Truffle! He’s a guinea pig belonging to my friend Kim. He has quite a tragic backstory which you can read about here. Fear not, for he now lives happily with a very knowledgeable and generously kind owner! My friend knows a lot about piggies, so a few months ago I asked her: can piggies have knitted blankets to sleep on?

She wasn’t sure how that would work out with this little clumsy nails, but we agreed that a 100% cotton yarn would be safe for him in case of curious nibbles. I told her that if she found during supervision that the blanket wasn’t suitable, she could reuse it for something else or donate it, no big deal. Thus I set to knit a very simple garter blanket. And I mean very simple, it’s just a basic patch estimate to proper measurement for Mr. Truffle, but simple seemed like the best option!

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Mr. Truffle didn’t waste much time before he inspected the blanket, sniffing each stitch individually shortly before taking a big powernap! My friend was very kind to take a video of the first time the Truffler found his new blankie. There appear to be no issues with his feetsies getting caught and he seems to like it a lot! This absolutely made my day and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to knit for this little guy. ❤

Mission: Failed

My intention was to ship the package out by the 14th. It was my quest! Unfortunately, I ran into a few bumps in the road with my health.

I had a major breakdown a couple of days ago because little things that happened bottled up. I assumed I was overreacting with the things that bugged me. In the end, I just broke down bawling and told him how I felt.

Needless to say that consumed immense amounts of energy. I was too tired to knit much, nevermind tackle the last sprint on this project!

So I’ve concluded that Saturday (and the night following it into Sunday) I’m going to finish up sewing all the apples, stalks and leaves onto the scarf, then wash that and the socks on Sunday morning so it has a day to dry. Then I’ll be packing everything up Sunday evening and shipping it off on Monday!

I have 3 apples sewn on, 1 complete with stalk and leaf. That leaves 5 apples to finish completely, and then I’m done!

A disturbance in the force

This is by far my biggest knitting project yet. The first time I used these stitch patterns and got ‘creative’ with colors and texture.

It started out as an Applejack scarf.

Since then it has taken on a life of its own and started growing exceptionally fast. Now it’s mutated into a cross between a blanket and a scarf, which I’ve affectionately dubbed a scarfie for my boyfriend.

I have 8 rows left to knit on the yellow lining. And then I almost dropped a stitch without realizing.

Let me repeat that: I almost dropped a stitch without realizing.

To some of you this may mean very little. Perhaps you are skilled enough to fix this without losing your mind. Perhaps you don’t know how significant a dropped stitch is.

I almost cried.

I’m super thankful I’ve grown enough in the last half a year to know how to fix a dropped stitch when caught in time by using a crochet needle. If I hadn’t, I don’t even know what I would have done with the approximate 1,000 yards of yarn that went into this thing.