Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh, Mondays!

Knitting Basket

I'm not a fan of Mondays.  I don't get "the case of the Mondays" or anything like that.  I just don't like Mondays.  I'm not sure if it's because Mondays means the weekend is over, or that it signifies that I need to get my butt into gear, stop slacking off, and get back into the work game.  It's so easy to let things slide over the weekends - routines, bed times, and just time in general.  Maybe that's why it's so hard for me to get back into the daily routine of life?  I'm SO not a morning person.  At all.  And maybe that's another reason why Mondays are just so hard for me.  I actually have to wake up at the crack of dawn and get the day, and basically the week, going.


Seriously.  Can I just crawl back into bed??  And take my knitting and a pot of coffee with me?  No?  Fiiiine.  Because of that, you're going to get a post of randomness.  That's my compromise.  Take it or leave it.

♥ Super late Friday night I managed to finish one of the not-so-secret secret projects!!  YAY!!  I'm extremely happy with the whole project and can't wait to get it blocked and ready to donate to the kiddo's school.  I had Instagrammed that I was having second thoughts about giving the finished knit away because not only was it a fun and satisfying knit, but the colourway that I had used turned out gorgeous.  I promise that I'll blog about the FO sometime next month.

♥ You bet I had cast on a new project the second I had bound off that last one!  I've got a lengthy list of knits I want to knit up, there's not a minute to waste!  Again, I've already Instagrammed the yarn I'm using and there's a progress photo up as well (from this morning!).

♥ Because someone will ask, I've cast on a Daybreak shawl using Knit Picks Chroma.  I think I'm the last knitter on Earth to knit one up!  Right now I'm all about the easy knits that utilizes yarn with long colour repeats to turn the knit into a more complicated looking project (especially to those that don't knit...HA!).  I'm thoroughly enjoying the pattern, which is a really good thing since I plan on knitting a few more - for both myself and for gifting.

♥ With the Daybreak shawl, I'm testing out a pair of new-to-me needles - the Knitter's Pride Karbonz fixed circular needles.  Has anyone else used these needles before?  What do you think about them?

♥ I've barely touched the fabulous Unikitty socks.  I think I've knit maybe a few stitches here and there all weekend.  A little enough each day to honestly say that I've been sock knitting on a daily basis.

♥ As you know (or maybe not, but now you do) I like to always have a pair of socks, a shawl, and a cardigan or pullover (sometimes both!) on the needles at all times.  Yeah, I'm definitely not a monogamous knitter!  But lately, as in the last few months, I've been horribly slacking in the cardigan department.  It's not from the lack of patterns that I want to knit either, more like I'm in the need of instant gratification projects like socks, whereas cardigans  take me a month to knit up at a leisure pace.  I think I need to remedy this.

♥ The one cardigan that I've had on the brain for months now: the BlueSand cardigan.  I'm just dying to cast on but I'm waiting on some yarn before I can start.  What's that?  Did I buy more yarn?  Technically, yes.  But it's to supplement what I'll be using from stash.  So that doesn't count, right?  I've got yarn in the stash to use as the main colour, but need yarn for the contrasting stripes.  I suppose I could use stash for that, but then that will mean breaking up sweater quantities and really, who does that??  That will just cause more problems and means more yarn buying in the end.  Might as well nip that issue in the bud from the start.  Yeah...

♥ In Etsy shop news: I'm s.l.o.w.l.y getting through the pile of cut fabric that I've cut out weeks ago.  I don't like to do one giant shop update, cause for some reason that just stresses me out, so I've been updating as the bags are made.  I'm hoping the next few days will mean a lot of bags will be sewn and ready to go!  In the meantime, just a forewarning to those waiting for new bags to pop up in the shop: Canada Post has increased their shipping prices again, and so I've had to update my shipping as well.  Orders to the US and International have definitely been affected by this, and I have yet to see how it will be for within Canada on the large bags.  Sorry guys!!  This is totally out of my hands!!

What have you been working on this past weekend?  I just realized that Easter is this coming weekend, I guess I better have a conversation with the *ahem* Easter Bunny as to what's going on...and I guess I better plan out some Easter related activities and treats!

Ok, speaking of activities and project bags, I better jet and see if I can get at least one seam sewn today!  I really wish I could cart my sewing machine outside so that I can enjoy the beautiful sunshine that we've had all weekend long here on the island.  And I think I need to (constantly) tell myself to put the knitting down and get sewing!!  Ack!  

♥ Happy Crafty Monday! ♥


  1. Last year I got the knitter's pride karbonz US1.5 circulars in 32". I don't usually use needles that size but these are a dream to work with... They are light but sturdy and flexible. I think you'll enjoy working with them. Btw: I love your blog :)

    1. Thank you so much for reading my blog! :)

      I have to say that these needles quite surprise me - they're not grippy like wood needles, but not as slick as metal. They're kind of in the middle, which I think would be perfect for those who don't like the grippy-ness of wood, but hate the feeling of metal. And I seriously cannot get over just how light they are!! I thought I felt light needles before, but not like these!

  2. The first pair of Karbonz I tried broke the first time I used them - from the reaction I got at the Beehive when I returned them, it sounds like I wasn't the first to have this problem! I love them in theory, but the reality of the join is really tricky.

    1. That's so interesting!! What size did you get? I always had the impression that the carbon fiber was quite strong and so would make for a needle that was harder to break?

      I have to admit that the first time I tried these needles they were a pair of 2.25mm/US 1 that I had bought online (this was before Beehive got them in) and the joins weren't smooth at all. This current pair, the joins are great and smooth. I think these needles are definitely the kind that you have to check out in person and make sure for yourself that they are smooth.


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