*crawls out of the cave that is called school, blinking into the sunlight wondering what happened while I was away*
Sadly, this is not the end of that. I have three weeks left of my 2013 Fall Semester here at Texas A&M. It may or may not be kicking my butt, but college does that to people. No getting around that.
That being said, I am most definitely NOT blog fading. That’s not happening, people!
I have lots of pictures and lots of stuff to talk about, its just finding the time to sit down and dedicate some time adding words to the pictures.
My knitting time hasn’t increased with my class time… but hasn’t decreased either. Though, I’ve now kicked into Christmas knitting full swing and thats all I’m working on at the moment, haha.
It was kind of a bummer this morning, in my 8:00am Shakespeare class, I pulled out my Christmas knitting bound and determined to figure out I was doing wrong with the pattern and why it wasn’t working.
That didn’t happen, haha. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the charts or whatever. I have no clue why… its just not clicking with my brain. So, I’m picking out something else, haha.
Which sounds terrible – I shouldn’t be giving up on a cabled scarf (yes. Its a scarf, haha) because its a scarf and its just cables and I could totally figure it out!
But my brain was completely dead this morning (like its been the past couple of weeks, haha) and I decided it probably wasn’t worth straining my mind even more to figure the pattern out. Its nothing wrong with the pattern though, its all my fault.
Life is too short to knit on things that frustrate you. Especially when you have to deal with lots of other frustrating things, like school, haha!
Got several BIG finished items that I can’t wait to show you guys! I just wanted to let everyone that I haven’t disappeared for forever, haha! I’m not sure how much I’ll get to blog over the next three weeks. But afterwards… hellooooo, Christmas break!
Happy Knitting, everyone!
I’m not blog fading! School has just been super intense. Only three more weeks till Christmas break!
I have a ton of pictures that are ready for posts, its just finding time to sit down and write about them, haha! Hopefully I’ll find some time within the next few days…
So, I couldn’t find the original version of this on Youtube, so if you click the link it’ll take you to Grooveshark (totally safe!) and it’ll play there. Go listen. Its an awesome song d^_^b
I picked Brickless by Martina Behm . Its perfect (as are all her patterns!) for variegated yarn.
Ever since Brickless came out, I really wanted to make one. Didn’t know what yarn I wanted to use, and didn’t really have the time to devote to finding the perfect skein, haha! But after a little thought about what to make with my Gynx skein, it became obvious what it needed to be.
So, either this past Thursday or Friday, I cast it on. Took the plunge and jumped on the knitterly band-wagon. I can’t say no to that knitterly band-wagon. Its just gotta happen.
This was the knitting that I brought with me on the RUF (Reformed University Fellowship!) Fall Conference that happened over the weekend. Best mindless knitting ever! The colors were (and still are!) making it continually interesting, then the different textures in the pattern. It was not boring, but simple enough to work on during the four messages that were given while we were there.
Going to Fall Conference was kind of a last minute decision, but holy cow, I’m so glad I went! It was so amazing! Lots of friends, chatting, hanging around, listening to really amazing and encouraging messages, worship with several RUF groups from other Texas colleges, knitting (obviously d^_^b) and just wonderfulness. Oh, and an epic dance party combined with the A&M vs Ole’Miss game, which led to a (rather stressful, haha!) win for us Aggies, which then led celebrating in all the traditional Aggie ways.
It was epic. I’m so glad I went – I can’t wait for Summer Conference and next year’s Fall Conference ;-P
a friend told me about this band last night… and I haven’t stopped listening to them since. They are *awesome*
Hat #3! Thus comes to an end of my hat-run. But, more hats are going on the needles. Its only October 11th! Think of all the hats that can be made between now and the 31st! More hats are coming.
This hat… ever since it was published, I’ve been wanting to make it. Like, really really really. But didn’t know exactly where I’d wear it or how… or whatever.
My brother and I went home last weekend, and my mom asked me what I wanted to do… and I had a random need to go to Joann’s and get the yarn for this hat. So we did! (We also got buttons, because… knitters always need more buttons ;-P)
We got home, I cast on immediately. Worked on it all afternoon/evening. It was the project of the day.
The novelty of this hat is quite epic. Just the idea, and then the construction. Making it was a blast!
So, behold! The hat of awesomeness!
Yes, that is a deer hat. Or a fox hat. It could be either one! Whatever you want it to be!
This is Hertenvos by Stephen West out of his Dear Amsterdam collection. On Stephen West’s project page, he said that the word “Hertenvos” in Dutch means “deerfox”. Which I think is super cool and very suiting ;-P
I used Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. Super soft, bulkiest yarn ever, haha. Makes things go extremely fast d^_^b
I did use different needles, the US11 and US13 were making the hat too big. So, I used a US11 and US10.5. The ears are heavy enough that they don’t stand up, but I love it when they hang down. Plus, when it gets colder (yes, because its cold now! Yayyy!!) they’ll be amazing ear warmers; thanks to the super cool construction!
And its got a floppy pompom. I love those big, thick, puffy kind.. but the floppy ones are so cool too.
So yes. If you need some kind of really not-your-ordinary hat, this goes lickity-split!
Heres my next hat! I cast this on on October 1st, took it with me to school, then finished it on October 2nd. So, technically, this was my first hat ;-P
This is the Sugar Maple Hat by Katie Mack, which is a free pattern (wooo!). Its such a great pattern – its just a basic hat, with all the math done for you, haha! It also has so much room for modifying it and making it your own. Maybe a cable, a couple rows of lace or colorwork. You can use crazy colorful yarn and let it do all the work! Or you can use handspun (which is what I did) and bask in the glory of knitting with your own handspun.
This fiber I spun right before school started back up, and I spun it in about day, haha. The colorway name is Rose Tyler from Woolen Mills St. Yarns. Heres the blog post I wrote about it! . So, because of the colorway name, this is my Bad Wolf hat.
This was kind of a spontaneous project, haha! I was headed to my girl’s small group with the A&M RUF group, and didn’t have anything small that I really wanted to knit on. So, I grabbed this skein, caked it up in about 5 minutes (hallelujah for swifts!), grabbed the needles read the pattern, and left!
Its super simple, but that way the random striping can shine.
Another really amazing “cast on, knit a couple hours, bam! You’re done!” hat… Perfect for Christmas knitting!
Its October! What?! That means that Christmas knitting is well underway… or it *should* be, haha!
I haven’t started.
Which is kind of setting myself to frantically race against the clock (like always. I always seem to do that, haha!) to get something done before midnight of December 24th. That not working out, so I stay up till the wee hours of the morning of December 25th finishing and wrapping items. Then often times giving gifts still on the needles.
But its the thought that counts, right? Right!
What I’m hoping will help me is the Hat-A-Long KAL that Diane of the Knitabulls Podcast is doing (I know I’ve said this before, but her podcast is one of the bestest out there! Go watch it!!)
As of today, I’ve knit four hats. One of them is secret knitting, so I can’t show you guys just yet. But this is something to make knocking out Christmas knitting a little easier ;-P
Here’s hat #1! (these aren’t in any particular order, haha!)
This is Snowdrift by Alex Tinsley ! I’ve had this pattern for about 2 years, but never got around to knitting it. Why, I don’t know… its one of the best patterns ever! And I’m about to tell you why…
1) It uses up stash yarn super easily. Bam, there goes that languishing 100yds you had lying around. Bye bye!
2) its knit on size 10.5 needles. And on a 16″ cable, it goes even more quickly.
3) the yarn is pretty adaptable… but using the bulky like it recommends. it’s just the best.
4) if you put reasons 2 and 3 together, you get some pretty speedy knitting! I knit this hat in about 3.5 hours. Yep, that’s it. Cast it on during a class, left it… worked on it the whole car ride back to Houston (which is about an hour and 45 minutes ish) then did the last two decrease rows later that night. BAM!
If you’re looking for super quick knit… you need to knit this.
I used a little bit of my left over cake from my Long Sands cardigan. Its Cascade Eco Wool in the Gun Metal color.
More of my finished hats coming d^_^b
Yarn acquisition! An amazing acquisition, no doubt about that.
I ordered this from Gynx Yarns! Its on her Strong Sock base in the Spirited Away colorway. And holy cow! Its absolutely amazing! The picture in the shop looks epic, but in person? Its the best combination of every color!
Gynx Yarns is super awesome, I love to knit with it! Laura is super nice, and has a video podcast called the Dyer’s Notebook! Its definitely one of my favorites!
Definitely go check her yarns out, all her colors are absolutely gorgeous and the quality is epic!
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be making with this… I could get two small things… or who knows! I can’t wait to cast something on with it though – the colors are so amazing!