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A moment to talk about my WIP’s

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now. Most of the stuff I’m working on is in an attempt to de-stash my collection in anticipation of moving. I hate the idea but I don’t have much in the line of options. I have a stupid amount of yarn and it’s not all fancy yarn. I’m talking about 12 of the big 18 gallon totes full of yarn. I’m looking into those ziplock vacuum bags to see if I can condense some of it. I think I’m going to sell my wire cube storage system for the yarn because I don’t think I’m going to need it when I move.

Anyway, back to the projects. I’m making a boom shawl for one of my friends. I’m using Caron Cakes yarn in the Bumbleberry colorway. I really love how quick it’s working up. I got the pattern on Ravelry. I can’t believe how quick it knits. I think my friend is really going to love it. I think it will be a very warm shawl.

I’m also making a scarf for another one of my friends. I’m using Caron Cakes in the Berries and Cream colorway. I wanted to make him something a little more masculine. I showed him the yarn I was planning of using and he loved the blues and greys together. It has a very nice cable to it. It’s a lot of work but I love how it’s turning out so far.

I think I’m going to make a wrap for myself. Probably with Caron Cakes as well. I have a lot of that yarn. Might as well use it on something. I’m saving the good hand-dyed stuff for special projects. Everything else I don’t feel bad about making random projects with. I just hope I can get some of this yarn used.

So, this begs this question. Does anyone else have a yarn stash so big it likely exceeds your life expectancy?

Happy knitting!

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I just can’t get it together. Sorry.

This was supposed to be posted yesterday but I had a complete brain fart and was completely exhausted last night after work.

There’s been a lot going on in my life lately and recently it’s been getting to the point that I’m debating moving back home. It’s not for lack of trying in North Dakota, Alaska is just home and I’ve been missing it so much. I tried to make a home here and it’s like I just don’t fit. So, I think it’s time that I go back to Alaska.

I’m still working on my projects. I got my supervisor’s baby blanket done finally. Seeing as how she’s a little past due. I got it done about a week before she was due. I’m still working as a phlebotomist and I got promoted to assistant supervisor. So all things considered that seems to be going well. We got the date for our company Christmas party. I  don’t really want to go. I’ve never had a good time at these things and I’d rather just sit at home with my dog, a glass of wine, and m knitting. I’d be so much happier.

I’ve been watching a lot of Big Bang Theory while I work on my projects. However, I recently got into the show The Ranch. It’s so funny. With Christmas coming up soon I’ve been spending more and more time alone. This time of year is year is hard on me. My mom always loved Christmas and now that she’s gone it’s not fun or happy. It’s painful and I’m not sure how I’ve gotten through the last two years. I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time. I don’t know any other way. Hopefully, with any luck, the next few weeks will go by quickly and without event. I’ll just concentrate on my knitting.

Happy Knitting!

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Knitting in espionage

While looking online, trying to find something I could post for Story Saturday, I came across a story about knitting. During World War I and II, knitting, embroidery and the like were used as an espionage tactic to send messages to soldiers. For the purpose of this post I will be concentrating on knitting.

Knitters spent hours knitting messages about the activities and chatter of opposing forces. This information was invaluable and changed the course of the war.

Morse Code was most predominantly used as it raised less suspicion that using a predetermined code and cypher. This allowed people to pass important information to the resistance under the guise of making warm hats, scarves, and even whole sweaters for soldiers. However, some knitters used a binary code systems using knit and purl stitches in place of ones and zeros.

These knitters changed the course of history by using their talent in a very unique way. I’m excited that the craft that I love has a long rich history with people who risked everything to help others. I find it very inspiring.

You can read the full article here:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/knitting-spies-wwi-wwii

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WIP’s and Chains Excite Me.

I have a lot of WIP’s right now.

It started with a scarf, that I still haven’t finished.

My kitten was helping by distracting me from my knitting. I still love her though.

I’m still working on my temperature blanket. We’ve been having some unusually warm weather and so I’ve been able to put a few colors into play.

And while I was in bismarck this last Saturday, I stopped by Michael’s and picked up some Caron cakes.

Now I’m working on a loom knit blanket. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

That’s all for now. Happy knitting.