Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ending the Radio Silence

CaterpillarGreen Yarns Stacked Up

Hello Friends! Oh wow...has it really been well over a month since I last made a post around here? Yikes! How could I have let that happen? I'm going to assume poor time manage and non-existent planning on my part. The summer has passed by in a flash and I can honestly say that I spent the majority of my time trying to balance prepping and sewing for Fibrations with trying to keep the Munchkin both occupied and as close to having a so-called "normal" summer (re: not stuck indoors all day left to entertain himself because Mommy has to sew) as possible. This was not an easy task for me. Especially throughout the month of August, where I swear I spent most of the month living off of coffee fumes.

Anyhoo, before I get distracted by something shiny (oohh...look at all the new patterns that are "Hot Right Now" on Ravelry...), I'll get you all up to date on what has happened around here. Point form, of course! So here we go...

♥ Several people have been asking me about the teacher appreciation gifts that I had knit up for the Munchkin's kindergarten teachers. I had run out of time in knitting a third shawl and so one lucky teacher received my Follow Your Arrow shawl. I couldn't decide who should get what shawl so in the end I had let the Munchkin decide. All shawls were very well received and appreciated. Due to the sudden teacher's strike and school ending a week earlier than scheduled, it was a mad rush to get all the shawls blocked, wrapped up, and ready to be gifted. I didn't get the chance to do a proper photo shoot of all the shawls and I had about 10 minutes to snap quick pics of all three before I had to rush them to the school. So please excuse the crappy-ness of the following photos.

Swiped from my Instagram feed, photo taken during blocking process

I've always wanted to knit Spectra but knew that I would rarely, if ever, wear it. So, like the other shawls that I've knit for the Munchkin's school, this pattern was never high on the "to knit" list for myself but I took this gift knitting opportunity to finally get this pattern on my needles. This shawl was fun and incredibly easy to knit and memorize. After 2 wedges you can have the pattern down pat. It's that easy. Once you got going and started to see the colours play out, it was hard to put the project down because you just wanted to see what the next wedge was going to look like. When I got to the required amount of wedges needed to complete the pattern I noticed that I still had a ton of yarn leftover. So I decided to keep on knitting and that since this was for a kindergarten teacher and at the time the class was learning to count to 100 and had just celebrated their "100 days of kindergarten" I thought it was fitting to make the shawl 100 wedges long. I wish I had mentioned this little detail in the card to the teacher but because I was under such time constraints I didn't even think of it at the time.

Other than knitting more wedges than called for in the pattern, I didn't make any mods. If I were to knit this pattern again though, I think I would either shorten the border or extend the border edge of the wedges.

:: Shawl Details ::
Pattern: Spectra by Stephen West

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering
Colours: Pool Party and Black
Needles: Knit Picks Rainbow Wood Straight 14" Needles in 3.75mm (US 5)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Spectra :: A Pool Party


Viciously taken from my Instagram feed

Sadly the photo that I took of this shawl turned out to be pure crap and you really couldn't see any of the details. The colours within this yarn were so vibrant that both my camera and phone couldn't handle it. But if you really want to see it, I've posted the photo of the shawl in its entirety on my Flickr - which you can view here.

There really isn't much to say about this shawl that I didn't already say on my Ravelry project page (link below in the details). I discovered that I'm not really a fan of not knowing what I'm knitting and had to wait a few days after a clue was released so that I could see what others were knitting before I could pick and knit a clue. I finished the shawl within a matter of a week and a bit after the last clue was released but didn't get around to blocking it, so it sat unloved in a pile of FOs that were all waiting to be either blocked, have their ends woven in, or simply needed buttons sewn on. Maybe it was a good thing that I didn't block it immediately or else I wouldn't have had a shawl to gift! While the end knit turned out absolutely beautiful, I'm glad that it went to a loving and appreciative home as I don't think I would have ever worn it if it had stayed with me. The shape of the shawl (half circular) is one that I don't really wear so it would have most likely stayed in that FO pile collecting dust. And how wrong would it have been to let such beautiful yarn knit into a fabulous shawl be? 

Very.

:: Shawl Details ::
Pattern: Follow Your Arrow by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock
Colour: Pomegranate
Needles: Signature Needle Arts Fixed Circulars in 4mm (US 6)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Following My Arrow :: Mystery KAL ::


Another photo shamelessly ripped from my Instagram feed, and yes...that really IS bits of masking tape holding up the shawl

In case you didn't pick up on it with the first Daybreak that I had knit, I'll say it again: I absolutely LOVE knitting this pattern. It's so incredibly easy peasy and therapeutic, and if knit with a gradient or self-striping yarn the shawl will look insanely impressive with very minimal effort.

As with the first Daybreak I had knit the largest size since I had a lot of yarn to work with. I had also learned my lesson and went with a garter stitch border from the get-go rather than try to make the original border work and stop curling in on itself. Also like the first Daybreak, I had a hard time giving this one away. I think it's just so stunning. I still have a fair amount of Knit Picks Chroma in my stash that would look fabulous as a Daybreak, it's just a matter of finding the time to knit one for myself!

:: Shawl Details ::
Pattern: Daybreak by Stephen West
Yarns: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering and Stroll Sock
Colours: Atlantis and Dove Heather
Needles: Knitter's Pride Karbonz Fixed Circulars in 3.5mm (US 4)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Atlantis Daybreak


♥ Things have been a little hectic around here due to the fact that school has yet to start up and so I've got the Munchkin hanging out here during the afternoons still (and trust when I say I'm not cut out for the homeschooling bit...I give major kudos to those of you who homeschool full time as I can barely get my kidlet to sit through one so-called lesson!). For those who don't like in BC, there's currently a teachers strike happening that started the last week of the last school year. I won't get into the details, but if you're really curious about it I'm sure a quick Google-fu will send you in the right direction for more info.

♥ I've also been asked how Stash Dash worked out for me. Well...I didn't win Stash Dash (and no, there were no prizes or even pressure to finish...just encouragement to knit, knit, knit!!). I only managed to knit up half of the 5k required, coming in at a measly 2770m and finishing 3 pairs of socks, 2 shawls, and 1 baby set consisting of a hat and bootie socks. I'm not at all discouraged by my results and definitely have plans to do Stash Dash again next year!

♥ As for the Socks With Sarah KAL, I'm still plugging away on the sock knitting but not as vigorously as I was at the beginning of the year. I've just cast on my 8th pair of socks for the KAL (10th for the year, YAY!!) which isn't so bad considering that we're not even halfway through September yet. I'm pretty pleased with this progress and can see myself getting back on the sock knitting speed train once all these baby knits are off my needles.

♥ Baby knits. 2014 has been the year in which everyone I know has either had a baby or announced their pending arrival of their bundle of joy. Now that I'm not spending every waking moment sewing I'm trying to catch up on my baby knits. Luckily baby knits are small and quick. Sadly, I won't be posting any of those knits on the blog for fear that recipients might see (even though I honestly don't think a single one of them reads this blog), but I have and will be Instagramming it!

Surprise! Also ripped from my Instagram feed :: My Fibrations booth with Rebecca of Nook.

Fibrations was a great success! A HUGE thank you to all who came and visited my booth to either say hello and/or to purchase a bag, or one of the surprisingly (well, surprising to me) popular plastic notions cases that I had in stock (for markets only, sorry online peeps!). And a MASSIVE thank you to my friend Rebecca of Nook. for helping me out all day long in my booth! I couldn't have made it through the day without her!! Thanks Rebecca!!

♥ Now that Fibrations is over I'm (VERY) slowly updating the shop with the bags that I still have in stock. It's amazing just how time consuming taking product photos and editing them is - especially when you don't realize until after the photo session that the camera strap was in the corner of every.single.photo! Blast! So please bare with me as I slowly update the shop!

♥ Updating the shop also means that I will not be vending at Knit City this year. I'm truly sad faced about this. The date for Knit City is a little on the earlier side of October this year and due to several factors, I wasn't sure if I would be able to sew up enough stock and take part as a vendor. In the end I decided that I didn't want to fully commit just to find out that I couldn't make it. But as it turns out, I will be able to go as a customer! So I won't be missing out completely!

♥ Before I forget, the yarns pictured in the photo at the very top of this post are all CaterpillarGreen Yarns. I won the top 2 skeins in the Fibrations Twoonie Fundraising Raffle (that's Concrete and Tulips in the new merino/silk SHAWL self-striping base and the lovely blue, grey, and charcoal is Skyline in the BFL sock base) and I purchased the bottom skein (Spectrum in BFL sock). Aren't they just the loveliest??


Ok, I do have more things to mention but I've got kitchen and chauffeur Mommy duties to attend to. But stay tuned...I've got an Obsessions list to post...'til then...

Happy Knitting!!


10 comments:

  1. Good to know someone won something great in the raffle! I was in the same boat as you with teacher gifts, frantically blocking the night before what turned out to be the last day of school, but they were very much appreciated. This year it seemed especially important to give the teachers yarn-y hugs :)

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    1. Yes!! It was definitely very important to give out these yarn-y hugs this year! I felt bad as a lot of parents didn't have the chance to get a year end present, but I was lucky to have warm weather on my side otherwise I too would have been gift-less

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  2. Ok i have tried to comment like three times and not sure what i'm doing wrong, so if three comments show up I apoligize.
    Yah for Knit City, can't believe its almost here already.
    I'll be volunteering all weekend, and have been working on the volunteer schedule all week. So excited :)
    Glad you can still make it.

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    1. Haha, no worries Laura! I find trying to leave comments via smartphone or tablet is always shady. I hope to see you at Knit City!!

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  3. so many lovelies! I couldn't imagine binding off all those stitches. Good on ya! lucky ass teachers.

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    1. Thanks Hannah!! :) The bind offs weren't as bad as I thought they would be...I'm just glad I didn't pick anything that involved a picot BO!!

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  4. No knit city, boo. I was totally looking forward to purchasing some bags without having to pay that horrid shipping fee!

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    1. Sorry Nicole!! I know what you mean about the shipping though! With that said, I've been finding that I've been refunding at least $1-2 for within Canada shipping (on the small box bags at least). Here's hoping I can make it to next year's event!

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  5. lol I laughed at your 'yes that really is masking tape caption'

    Just call it cream washi tape!

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    1. Hahaha, I know some people are quite the eagle eyes when it comes to details. I thought I might as well acknowledge that I did a knitterly cardinal sin of putting masking tape on a hand knit! :P But I like your idea of "cream washi tape". I'm definitely storing that one away for later!! ;)

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