Category Archives: KAL

FINISHED!

It took me much longer than I wanted, but my Wurm is FINALLY FINISHED!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

wurm side wurm

I’m so glad I finished this in time for the cooler weather that is coming. Eventually. It’s Florida so I’ve got awhile still, to be honest.

And since this is done it’s time for me to finish the blanket and sweater I have on the needles! I’ll most likely cast on something small and portable as well. I don’t like taking large projects out and about with me. How about you? Let me know in the comments!

Manic Monday

I officially have 2 kids in school. Thing 2 started Pre-K last week. While this will theoretically give me more time to write this lovely blog (which I have missed) and knit, so far it’s just meant I’ve had lots of labeling to do. And sewing!

My little man is a brony, and proud of it. However, it’s very difficult to find boy-ish My Little Pony things for little guys. So I made him his very own boy MLP backpack. I found a small Converse backpack that was navy blue with yellow (which is his favorite color) accents:

And I found some patches on Amazon 

 to turn it into this:

And as you can see, it made for a very happy boy on his first day of school.

In Wurm news, I’m decreasing as we speak. (Ok, not really, but humor me here. I stopped decreasing to write. :D) Tomorrow there will be pics! Is yours done? Link in the comments so I can love on your project page!

Coming Out of the Dark

For the first time in two weeks I feel like myself. Nobody tells you that even once you have the appropriate medication to help you, you still can fall down. The important thing is to keep taking your meds until you can stand back up.

Now that I’m on my own two feet again, I realized how much I missed sharing my knitting with you all. A side effect of my ennui for the past two weeks has been that I haven’t knitted more than 2 or 3 rows on my Wurm. I hope everyone else has been knitting away, because I can’t wait to see what yours looks like.

I’m about halfway done now. I’m hoping that Florida actually gets some cold spells this year so I can wear all my fabulous new hats I’ve been knitting. I might even finish my sweater before next summer! (Ambitious, I know!)

If you are Wurm-ing along with me, post your pics or link your Rav project page in the comments! I want to go spread the love I’m feeling today with all of you who’ve waited so patiently for me!

Busy Weekend!

I had a busy weekend this weekend! In addition to my usual going to my Saturday morning knitting group and hanging out with friends and family on Saturday evening I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy Friday night (OMG SO GOOD) and went to a concert on Sunday!

We went and saw Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails in West Palm. I’d never seen Soundgarden live before and they were AWESOME. Nine Inch Nails was amazing, as always. I also managed to knit quite a bit since I was a passenger on the way! I got a few more repeats done and managed to not screw anything up for once!

NIN

The more I knit this the happier I am with this hat. Between the pattern and the yarn it’s coming out so cool! How’s your Wurm coming? Did you do anything awesome this weekend?

wurm mid

It’s Friday!

Yay! We made it through the week this week! No finished object post this week, since I had to frog and reknit a good portion of my hat. I am, however, super excited to be going to see Guardians of the Galaxy tonight (or as my friend Brenda called it “a documentary about a man and his raccoon”!) with my husband and a friend. Grown up time!

Guardians of the Galaxy and World of Warcraft collision! :)
Guardians of the Galaxy and World of Warcraft ! 🙂 And yes I DO use tree form when healing! 🙂

The nice thing about small projects like hats is they’re the perfect size to shove in your purse to knit on while the theater is playing all the commercials and stupid trivia that you will see approximately eleventy billion times before the good stuff (ie trailers and movie) start. Hopefully that will help me make up some more rows on my hat.

I haven’t forgotten about my sweater. It’s just resting for awhile. It’s SO HOT lately that the thought of having part of a sweater laying in my lap is unbearable. I accidentally froze the AC last night trying to cool off after baking banana bread with Thing 2!

He was so excited to wear his apron.
He was so excited to wear his apron.

Any big plans for your weekend? How’s your hat coming? Let me know in the comments!

Begin Again

Well, it took most of the afternoon and evening yesterday and two hours this morning, buy I managed to get back to the start of the body of the hat and begin again. I would be farther along, but while I have knit while participating in a 5K, I’m not brave enough to try it while at the gym.

I wasn't kidding, I knit most of a sock during this 5K!
I wasn’t kidding, I knit most of a sock during this 5K! Granted I walked it, but still!

The going is slow on this not because of the gym, or the pattern, but because of the weather. I have had the worse sinus headaches all week and can only blame the weather. It finally rained this afternoon and I’m hoping that will make me feel better, so it’s FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Yes, most of my knitting is done at my computer desk. It's my command station!
Yes, most of my knitting is done at my computer desk. It’s my command station!

How is your wurm coming along? Any setbacks or has it been smooth sailing? I can’t wait to see your pics! Feel free to link to your Rav project page so I can go share the love.

 

Victory!

This weekend I managed to put aside my fears and got the brim done on my wurm! The pattern calls to pick up 1 stitch at a time from the cast on edge and knit it with the live stitches on the needle. I wanted to make sure that I picked up all 100 stitches (I’m knitting the medium size) and didn’t miss any.

So I thought about it and took a second before and picked up my 100 stitches from the cast on edge. Once I had them all on me second needle, I moved one stitch from the cast on edge to my working needle, then knit the two together and repeated until the entire brim was done. Like the picture below!

brim

 

I’m now cheerfully knitting away on the body! I’m not rushing, just knitting along and LOVING the gentle stripes this colorway is making. I have to say that I really do love this yarn. I think, though, that next time I knit this I’ll do as someone else noted and use a provisional cast on to make the knitting the brim together a bit easier.

How is your wurm coming along? Let me know!

Spring Term Ending

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup (HPKCHP) on Ravelry. It’s a friendly community who complete projects based on prompts from each of the classes mentioned in the Harry Potter universe. Today is the last day of the spring term and I’m racing to finish one last project to turn in. Fingers crossed for a Ravenclaw win this term!

I’m also getting down to the wire to finish my things for my current swap I’m participating in. I’ve knitted two items for my recipient and I still have a few things I want to make her. (Not naming what it is on the off chance she’s reading this post!) Swaps are so much fun and I love getting to know other people in a more personal way. (I promise to write a whole post on what I get when I get my package!)

So I’m going to keep knitting like the wind and do my best to finish the Ashwyn Beret tonight to turn it in and then wrap it up to go in my swap package. My wurm is slowly inching along. The sweater is currently languishing in the corner until I get some stuff caught up, and the baby blanket is getting a row here and there when I need something to do with my hands. How are your projects coming along? If you’re knitting a wurm, feel free to link to your project page so I can ooh and ahh over it, as it deserves! 🙂

Inch By Inch

When I begin any project that’s worked in the round, the cast on and first round are ALWAYS the most nerve-racking for me. I do  my best to be super careful and make sure there’s no twist. I despise having to frog 2 or 3 rows and cast on again just because I was in a hurry.

Yay! No twist!
Yay! No twist!

Happily, my little Wurm is just inching along. Cast on and first row were smooth sailing. This is going to be the perfect car/tv/dead in a raid project. Rows of stockinette with a few rows of reverse stockinette just to keep it interesting. My lace hat is also growing rapidly! Only 22 rows until it is ready to be bound off. I’m still debating on whether I should block it or not. I’m leaning toward yes, just because it IS a lace pattern and lace ALWAYS looks better after it’s been blocked. Mostly it depends on if I have a plate the correct size. How is your Wurm coming along? Did you get a twist? Did you work the cast on end in as you went so you have one less end to weave in? (Spoiler alert: I DID!) Let me know!

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Let’s Do The Wurm!

Today I dug out the yarn I’m using which is Baby Boom by Fiesta yarns in the colorway Pansies (a GORGEOUS purple that I got from The Loopy Ewe), printed out my pattern, grabbed an empty project bag from the bin, and wound my yarn.

Using my nifty swift is always fun

I got everything ready to go. I even took a picture of everything all together for my project page.

Artistic, no?
Artistic, no?

I was ready to settle down and cast on. But then I heard my weekend project. It was calling to me. Telling me how sad it was to be unfinished.

Knit me!
Knit me!

How can you say no, when a project looks at you like this? YOU CAN’T! So tomorrow will be the official casting on of my Wurm. If you are Wurming along with me it should be obvious that this is a very unstructured KAL. Feel free to talk about your progress, post pics, ask questions, or cheer me (and anyone else) on.

In the meantime, I’m going to spend some more quality time with this cutie:

Aww, it's so cute!
Aww, it’s so cute!