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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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!

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.

Yarnbox Knitting Take 2

I was so disappointed in myself that I had to stop the pattern and frog it. I was crying the entire time I was ripping out the stitches that I slaved over for a week. However, I couldn’t fix the amount of problems that arose from me not paying attention to the pattern. I always ended up with one stitch too short regardless of the measures I took to fix it.

Memo to self: I don’t know better than the pattern!

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(The aftermath)

I did start working on it again though, and it’s going so much smoother already. I’m excited about it again.

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I think it looks way better than it did when I started originally.

Sometimes just frogging the yarn is so much better and easier than trying to fix any mixups. That’s something I had to learn the hard way when I first started knitting. Even though I have make a lot of mistakes, and I’ve frogged a lot of yarn, I still love this craft.

Yarnbox Knitting Progress

I was too excited about working with the yarn I got in the yarn box. So, after my chiropractor appointment I sat in my car while waiting till I was supposed to go to work and I started knitting.

Pardon the stupidly bright red scrub pants. So far I’m loving this yarn. It’s so light and flowing.

The pattern is definitely somewhere in the intermediate range. There are a large amount of concurrent increases and decreases. However, it’s fun and it turns out beautiful.

I’m almost done with the beginning part of this pattern. I love it. I think it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to finish it and see how it looks completed!

Yarnbox February!

I got the box last night but I was so tired by the time I got home from work that I didn’t even notice that my husband brought the box inside. So, I woke up this morning to a surprise.

It’s more beautiful than I thought it was going to be! I’m so excited.

This is the knitting pattern it came with.

And the crochet pattern. I’ll be using the knitting pattern for this yarn.

There’s a card that explains the yarn that they sent me. Already I’m in love with it. 100% superwash merino wool!

This is the yarn! I love this color and it’s super soft and smooth. It’s going to be so great to work with! Sport weight so not very thin but not thick either. Colorway is “Wild Keet”. I can’t wait to wind it up and start working with it!

I can’t wait for next month!