So for the past couple of weeks, I have been training to be a customer service associate at Dominos. my lateness in my weekly posts (by about three weeks) comes from my inability to actually sit down at my desk and collect my thoughts. When I get home from work, the first thing I do is fall asleep and nothing else. Any spare moment I get I use to clean, do homework, and if I can truly spare it, knit. I really do not enjoy knitting rushed. If I can only afford to knit for 2 minutes, there is really no point. I managed to get a few rounds into my Artichoke Socks, getting the second sock to the decrease in the gussets. Now that I have a job and a steady income, I am very excited to the knitted goodies I can make now. I spent hours perusing over Etsy and independent yarn dyers/spinners. I am also looking at some knitting accessories, such as project bags, sock blockers, etc. If you know of any good places, send me a holler. Unfortunately, that is all I have for today, hopefully next week I will have some progress pictures to post for y’all, but in the meantime….
I have a very severe case of writer’s block for today’s post. I have absolutely nothing to write about the pictures that I have ready for today nor do I have any interest in brainstorming. Today’s pictures include one finished project and one work in progress. I do not see myself as the blogger who just posts pictures of their knitting with no background or story behind it, but there is a first time for everything I guess.
First, I have a very cute cropped tank top to show off. I have admired these tops forever, but could only find crochet ones. As I do not crochet, making these said tops was proving to be very difficult. It wasn’t until that I stumbled along this pattern that I finally got a chance to knit my dream top. Alas, I did not keep this project, I made it as a ‘test-run’ for my friend Amanda, who I love to knit for, for an upcoming music festival here down in SoFlo.
I also have something for WIPs. I’ve made some progress on my Artichoke Socks. They’ve been my school knitting as the pattern was super super easy to memorize. I’m up to the gusset on both socks. I tried out a plain stockinette heel for the first time, we’ll see how it goes.
In other non knitting-related news, my job acceptance at Dominos Pizza is really, truly a reality. My dreams of having a steady yarn-buying income have finally come true. I start on Monday and couldn’t be more excited.
P.S. This was a great example of dramatic irony, as most of you would have realized that my writer’s block magically unblocked itself as you read this, but I did not until I typed up my usual closing. Funny how the mind works.
Do you ever knit something, realizing that you will most likely only wear for two days out of a year because of where you live? Most likely not, considering most sane knitters come from seasonal places. It is a good thing that I am a process knitter, it’s about the journey and not the destination after all, but it kind of sucks that I knit myself a beautiful wool shawl that I can only wear those two weeks in January where it drops to 40 degrees F. I finished my Sunlight Shawl during my winter guard championships on Saturday, and if you do not know what winter guard is, here is a great definition for this great sport.
Getting home from SFWGA championships was killer. We were scheduled to arrive back at school at 10:30pm, but by many ridiculous events, my car got back to my county at 12:20am. We didn’t have enough cars to take back my teammates (it was prom night), our car battery died, major traffic on the way back, just ugh. To top it all off, I was stuck in a 15 inch truck, laying side by side with my 5’3 instructor, thankfully we are both petite or I would have died. I had a great season though, and I bought this beautiful mini rifle as a decoration/memory. You can watch our show here (I’m the one with the bangs)
On Sunday, I blocked my sunlight shawl and was just mesmerized by how much it grew. I suck at taking pictures before I block anything but oh well I try my best.
I started the Artichoke Socks. My last socks, I was scared that they would come out too big, these I am scared that they will come out too small. Oh how the tables have turned.
I think I will change my postings from 3x weekly to 1x. I have way much more to update about and it gives me time for my other ventures.
P.S. I got a job!! At Dominos!!
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”
bonjour mes petits croissants!
I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. I spent mine in Disney at the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. It was such a blast but the other Disney water park is way better in my opinion. We spent Easter Sunday in Downtown Disney just walking around until it was time to take the four hour drive home.
Last thing I wrote about was not having anything on the needles,thankfully, that has changed. I started the Sunlight Shawl this last Tuesday. I was hoping to just write about it when it was done but I did not want to wait that long to make another post. I am actually just one “pattern repeat” away from starting the picot bind off. I was knitting away at it during my school break, and watching lots of Lost episodes in between (I am finally on season 6!), and making quick progress.
I’ve been extremely busy with school seeing as there is only two months left, a blessing and a curse. Is there a scientifically proven reason why sophomores like me need to take 4-5 standardized tests on top of their finals? I have to take the AP test for U.S History; the EOC for US History, Biology, and Geometry; AND the new standardized test for English in Florida, the FSA. Child Abuse or not? You decide… I am so extremely busy that I need to schedule these posts in so I’ll actually do them. Writing about the things you love to do shouldn’t be a chore. Good thing for my Lilly Pulitzer planner, it keeps me organized to some extent.
I am so happy that it is finally April, because it is by far my favorite month. I love spring, even though spring in Florida is basically just a cooler summer but i digress. This is the last week of my winter guard season, our championships is this Saturday, the 11th, and after that I am free till August.
I have also been getting some requests to knit some bra tops for an upcoming music festival, and considering I am only halfway through with my summer workshop fund, I might take this offer up? What have you guys been knitting lately? Let me know in the comments!
à la prochaine, (till next time!)
Hello everybody, and welcome to another rambling post about how much knitting has taken over my life. It’s been a very very very busy week….
I finished my socks, doing the kitchener stitch from an AP US History lecture on Bill Clinton to a discussion on Lion fish destroying the coast of Florida in English. I found it amusing how I pretty much had a photo shoot using the wooden surface of my desk. My teacher was not amused. One of the socks came out more of a *brighter* purple then the other. The one on the left had a way darker tone, even though they came from the same skein….weird.
My mom’s birthday was last Thursday, and she LOVED her shawl. She happily posed with it, I tricked her into thinking I was taking a picture of her but really it was all about the shawl. I really want to knit another one of these, and highly recommend this pattern to anyone staring off with shawls.
I have no works in progress. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I have no idea what t knit next and I am freaking out. I’m thinking of starting the geek-a-long blanket from 2014 but I want some instant gratification, not something that would take a long time to finish. ya feel? My queue is all socks, but I just made socks and want something new! I would make leg warmers, but my winter guard season ends in two weeks, and I won’t be dancing till next year december. it isn’t worth it.
What I’m Watching:
I’m on the 5th season of Lost, and in my opinion that is 5 seasons too long for a show that ends with the worst plot twist in the world :[. I googled the end of the show and ugh no bye.
After I finish Lost, I am probably going to start watching House of Cards and Bates Motel.
Let me know if you have and idea on what I should knit next…
Alas, another week, another project.
When I took up knitting once again after a far too long hiatus, caused by the stress of starting high school, I made a simple pair of leg warmers. These leg warmers were a secret santa gift, for a girl on my guard. Now, these leg warmers were simple, and the girl did not even wear them to practice once!! I was not offended as they should have been once size fits all, but really, what could fit in huge thighs like she had? No offense…
Now on my guard, we have this tradition where a senior or junior gets their own little freshman or sophomore to mentor, and we call them our ‘twos’ Now me being a sophomore, I got this amazing “big sister” named Amanda, who was a senior and a great dancer. She LOVED those leg warmers and wished that i had chosen her as my secret santa so she could have them. Since the girl who got the coveted leg warmers did not appreciate my long hours knitting those sob’s ( sons of bitches)
I decided to knit some leg warmers for someone who would truly appreciate them. Amanda chose the yarn (Lion Brand Heartland in Great Smoky Mountains) and I got to choose the pattern.Thus, I knit this beautiful pattern by tinyowlknits, called some cloudy day.
I took me a month exactly to finish these bad boys, and I know they will be loved for a very long time. She will wear them to practice and I will get to answer all praises with a ” hell yeah I made those!”
I have never made two socks at a time. I have always just finished one sock, got second sock syndrome and then finished the second sock a couple of weeks later. This time however, I had the perfect amount of needles (9) to make two socks to save some time and drudgery.
But then something happened, I lost one of the needles. It was okay and I handled the situation as best as I could. I simply moved the instep to one needle instead of two. A couple hours later, I found the needle in my hair where I occasionally put it and went back to knitting with 5 needles to one sock.
Then I lost it again.
I went back to this situation, but never found the needle again. So I did the same thing as the last time, and decided just to do it back and forth between the socks so I could always work with 5 needles at a time. Until I lost ANOTHER needle….
I decided I can’t knit a sock with 4 needles. It’s hard to try on and it’s a pain to knit the instep. So I chose to get a piece of scrap yarn and put the whole instep of the other sock and vice versa to finish these socks (which are almost done)
Next time, I’m using a cable needle… You can’t lose the other half as easily!