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Not Doing Much Today.

I was hoping to finish my yarnbox shawl today since I’ll be getting another box either Monday or Tuesday. However, I woke up with a kink in my neck so bad I can’t move. So, needless to say I’m not doing anything today.

Hubby is out for the night at his buddies house so I get a chance to watch movies that he hates. Lol.

I’ve been doing some research on new projects and have found a virus stitch afgan pattern that I find interesting. I’m going to need about 6-8 skeins so I might mix and match some Caron cakes. I just have to figure out what colorways to mix. Or maybe mix and match Bernat Pops or the Premier Sweet Rolls that I just bought. 

This also gives me the opportunity to catch up on my blog. I’ve been surprised by the amount of readers that have visited my site in the last few weeks. It’s truly humbling. So I’d like to say thank you to my readers, all of you in the US and overseas. I’m happy to have you here. Thank you!

Happy knitting!

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Working On My WIP’s

Today is the day I try to scratch some WIP’S off my list. I put aside too many projects so I need to get some of them finished.

I finally finished a cardigan that I’ve been working on for a month or so now.

And now I get to work on other projects while wearing this. It’s so warm I love it.

Next up is getting the temperature blanket up to date.

This week I’ll be back out on the road so I’ll bring my yarnbox shawl with to work on.

I bought some more yarn. This time I had to go online and buy it. There was a great sale at yarnsupply.com so I got some Premier Sweet Rolls. They should be here Friday. I can’t wait.

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Cookies!

Today is a slow day for me. A very lazy day with not much to do. So I decided to crack open a cookbook an make some cookies. So I grab the book that is the guide book to my spirit animal. “Eat Like a Gilmore” by Kristi Carlson.

I decided to make the rocky road cookies. They looked good in the show and they sounded good today so why not.

The recipe calls for the cookie sheets to be lined with parchment paper. Well, I didn’t have that at first, and I barely had aluminum foil. Absolutely needed parchment paper… The first batch was a little rockier than I had anticipated. They stuck to the foil.

So, I then sent my husband to the store to get parchment paper. They started to look better after that. Now that I’m making cookies from the book it’s time to watch some Gilmore Girls an knit. I have to get caught up on my temperature blanket and finish my shawl from my yarn box.

Dinner tonight is one of my favorite foods. It’s something my mom used to make especially when it was cold out. Tomato soup and dumplings. A great way to end a great day!

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Adventures From the Road

My job keeps me pretty busy. We’re on the road 5 days a week and sometimes that means spending nights in hotels.

Last night was one of those nights. We made a quick run to Walmart after work and much to my dismay they didn’t have any Bernat Pops in this walmart. Sad face.

However, I did get some magazines and so I spent the rest of my night looking at new patterns and tracking the temperatures for the past month for the temperature blanket that I should get up to date on.

I didn’t want to go to sleep because I wanted to find new patterns and things to do with the new yarn I got.

I still need to work on getting the spare bedroom done up for my craft room. All on all its going to be a busy weekend.

Happy knitting!

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Bernat Pop!

So excited to announce that I’m now the proud owner of 12 more cakes of yarn.

I’m so excited. With as much yarn as I have I really should be ashamed. Let’s be very clear, I’m not, but I should be.

It’s so soft. I just have to figure out what I want to do with it.

I need to work on finding the perfect pattern for it. Ravelry here I come!

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Working Hard

Well. It’s a super windy day in central North Dakota. In some parts of the state the roads are closed due to high winds and blowing snow. Lucky for me I was able to get some grocery shopping done so hubby and I have some food.

So what is a girl to do? I’m working on some of my unfinished projects. I put down my basket weave blanket a while ago and haven’t really picked it back up, until now. I’m trying to get the 30 or so skeins of yarn for this blanket gone so I can buy more different yarn.

Speaking of. Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with finding new yarn and a while ago Bernat brand yarn came out with their own cake similar to Caron Cakes. It’s called the Bernat Pop. My friend just texted me to tell me that they are officially at the Walmart in town. I’M SO EXCITED!!! I’m not going to drive 10 miles in this ugly weather to get the yarn but I might if I have the ability tomorrow. I have enough money to drop on this. I can’t wait to add Bernat Pop to my stash.

I also managed to talk my husband into letting me use one of the spare bedrooms into a kind of office/ arts & crafts room. I’ll be able to have a space dedicated to knitting and crochet, this blog, and anything else I happen to want to use it for. I’ll get a desk and a ton of storage space for my projects. And a printer to print off any patterns I find. I can’t wait to get that up and running. Good things are in my future.

Happy Knitting!

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Things I Wish I Knew

When I started knitting I was very young and didn’t know anything and it was very frustrating, and to top it off I didn’t have all the resources we do now like Ravelry and Youtube. We’re so lucky to have these now!
There are a few blogs that go over what they wish they knew when they started knitting and crocheting. So I wanted to make my own list.

  1. Learn to read patterns!
    I wish I learned how to read patterns and shorthand sooner. There were so many projects I wish I could have made but I never learned to read patterns until just a couple years ago. I felt like a total moron when I finally figured it out.
  2. Frogging yarn is NOT failure!
    Frogging (ripping out) your projects is not failure. Sometimes it’s better to frog and start over than to continue on. It is disappointing, especially if you put a lot of time and energy into the project. I’ve cried over pulling my project apart before. I know I will again. But, I promise, it is NOT ever a failure.
  3. Sometimes it is more stress than relief.
    This kinda goes along with number 2. Learning a new stitch or trying to complete a project by a certain date is stressful. Trying to explain to your family, friends, and coworkers why this is so much fun after you spent the last 30 minutes swearing at your project is stressful. All the stress is worth it. When you finally get the stitch down or finish the project is becomes worth all of the stress.
  4. Pintrest is a dangerous place.
    This is more humorous than serious. I, personally, spend way too much time on this site. This is the reason why I have so many WIPs. It is one of the best sites to find new stitches or new project ideas. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with way too much on your plate at one time. With that being said though, it’s one of my favorite sites.
  5. Youtube is a great resource.
    I have learned more new stitches from Youtube than any other site. There are tons and tons of tutorials to help with your crochet and knitting projects. Also, tons of CAL and KAL (crochet along and knit along respectively).
  6. Get involved in the community.
    You’ll find tons of places from Ravelry to The Crochet Crowd to talk to fellow fiber artists. We love to talk and help as much as we can. There are free patterns and you might find a get together near you where you’d be able to go and actually meet people who have the same interests you do.

Anyone have anything they would like to add? Please comment what you wish you knew when you were learning to knit or crochet.