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This Is What I Was Doing Yesterday

Mr. KwK decided he needed a bigger computer monitor yesterday. Which meant I got his old monitor (which is not that old) and spent most of yesterday cleaning off my desk, rearranging it, and setting up my new “command center”! I’m pretty pleased with it, if I do say so myself!

 

This is where not only these posts are made, it's also where the vast majority of my knitting occurs. :)
This is where not only these posts are made, it’s also where the vast majority of my knitting occurs. 🙂

So I now have light as well as two gorgeous monitors to work with. Which means I can have Rav up in one window and my current pattern in another! 😀

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’ll see you on Monday with Wurm project updates! Want more pics? Follow me on Instagram!

Rainy Days

It’s been a rainy day here at KwK Central. And with good reason, as we’ve got our first named tropical storm of the season just off the coast.

Rainy days, generally speaking, make me go into hyper cleaning mode. So today has been spent cleaning the Things bedroom and doing laundry. Thing 2 even helped out some, which is a huge deal for him. (Usually he’ll pick up two items and then complain about being tired. Four year olds, man.)

So, while nothing has been knit so far today, since I’ve gotten more cleaning done today than I have all week I feel no guilt in declaring the rest of the day a knit day.

Really, an overcast gloomy day is the perfect kind of day to marathon a show on Netflix and knit until your stomach reminds you that man cannot live on knit alone. So that’s precisely what I plan on doing until the rest of the day! 🙂

Playing with Stash

I took some time today to update my Ravelry stash page. Generally I stay on top of adding in new yarns and taking their pictures as I get them. Over the weekend, though, I was gifted some new yarn and when I went to add it this morning I found 2 OTHER skeins that were hiding on my desk! (Which means it’s time for another desk cleaning, ugh)

I also went through and moved all my mostly used up yarns to the “Used” section of my stash page. I didn’t know until recently that even if you mark a project as having used an entire skein of yarn, it will still show up in your stash list as having “0 remaining”, lol.

I currently have 120 yarns stashed. That’s a lot of yarn. 30.80 miles according my Ravelry generated Excel spreadsheet. (Well, it’s 54, 213 yds, which I then converted to miles. BUT CLOSE ENOUGH, RIGHT?!) Wow. That’s a lot of yarn. And I have so many plans for lots of it. And the skeins that I don’t have plans for right now just haven’t told me what they want to be yet, is all.

The only bummer is that I have 2 skeins of yarn that I have NO IDEA what colorway they are. I know they are from a Walking Dead inspired yarn club dyed by Bohemia Fibers, but that’s all I’ve got. Pretty sure it’s DK weight yarn, but it could be worsted (they are close, after all)  and one I MIGHT have figured out by poking around Ravelry.

I think this is “The Rocker is a Walker”, but I might be wrong.  

This one, however, I am stumped on.

The top one wants to be a hat or a cowl. Not sure which yet. The bottom one is keeping mum for now. However, if anyone knows WHAT colorways these are, PLEASE tell me. I’d be ever so grateful! 🙂

The Scraps

This is my scrap drawer. (And bonus Rupert!) Not much, right? Yeah, until you open it and see what’s inside. See this?
That is every partial skein or leftover bit of yarn I’ve worked with. Ever. As you can see some of them are mostly full while some are not more than a few dozen yards.
Why have I kept them all? Because you never know. In addition to the obvious uses (darning, colorwork, scrap blankets) they’re perfect for when a pattern calls for you to put live stitches on waste yarn.
I’ll be honest, though, that’s not why I’ve kept them all. I’ve kept them because. Yeah, it doesn’t go any farther than that. I’ll do a purge of all the old stuff I’ll never use (which is a nice way to make room for new stuff that I WILL use) and get to the drawer and my brain does this:
What craft supplies do you hold onto for no apparent reason? Have an awesome pattern that I can use on any of the non-sockweight yarn? Let me know! 🙂
In other news the shawl is going swimmingly and I’m really loving the way the whole thing is coming out. I was afraid that with the short color repeats the lace would get lost, but it’s just not so! The sweater is also moving at a sweater-like pace, but I’m in a straight stitch patch which makes it perfect tv knitting! (Or, you know, death in WoW knitting. Not that I would do that, or anything.)
Rupert is currently informing me that he is starving and I’ve never fed him in his whole life, so I guess I’ll go take care of that before I pick the shawl back up. (These things don’t knit themselves, although sometimes I wish they would!)

Yarn Snobs

Yarn snob – noun – someone who is insulting to others just because they choose to use a yarn that is inexpensive (i.e. acrylic)

Yarn snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And species. In fact, the biggest yarn snobs I personally know are my cats! I can make anything I want to out of acrylic or dishcloth cotton and the cats will ignore it. I can leave it laying on a table and nothing. The MINUTE I craft with animal fiber (and ESPECIALLY alpaca) the cats are SO INTERESTED in what I’m doing.

This is Rupert. Don’t let the look fool you, as he’s the biggest offender. (And please ignore the craft desk behind him. Remember the post on cleaning? Yeah, that was pre-cleaning)

Portrait of a yarn snob

So far in his 5 years on Earth this cat has eaten part of a 100% alpaca shawl, part of a wool cowl, and attempted to steal 3 DIFFERENT ENTIRE SKEINS of yarn. One of which was bigger than his head and he managed to nab off the desk in less than 30 seconds. The brat.
Don’t let yarn snobs make you feel bad. There is a time and a place for every yarn in existence. And the beauty of so many options is you never have to work with a yarn you don’t like! So enjoy your yarn choices and learn from my mistakes. Never leave alpaca or wool WIPs where your cats can eat them!

Cleaning Day!

Today was a cleaning day, which is usually bad for my knitting progress, but GREAT for my knitting process. Knitting, like most other crafts, leaves lots of bits hanging around. Ball bands, yarn ends, copies of your pattern, empty project bag, needles, notion pouches, and darning needles all end up scattered around my desk. Keeping them to hand is great when I’m in the middle of my project, but it’s hard for me to concentrate when the bits and bobs from my last project are mocking me while I’m trying to work on my new project.

It feels great to have everything put in its place and have a neat and clean desk. Y’know, for the day or so that’ll last for, lol! And the cats are much happier, too! It makes it much easier for them to go from floor to windowsill. 🙂