Friday, January 23, 2015

On the Needles - 1/23/15

Before I show you what's on the needles, I'll show you what's been on and off the needles since last week.

First, I finished the Ariosa cowl. Love the Hosta Blue colorway. This was submitted for the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon - Chunky KAL.

Wednesday I cast on and 5 hours later finished the Tyson Hat using the same yarn as the cowl above. This was submitted for the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon Headgear KAL.

Blue Sand is still on the needles. I finally finished the short rows. Next up is the pocket openings and hem. I found out last weekend that they discontinued the Bloomsbury (blue) colorway that I'm using, so I ordered 2 skeins just in case I need more.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

On the Needles - 1/16/15

Blue Sand it coming along nicely. I ended up using both contrast colors in the last contrast section. It looks alright but in hindsight, I'm thinking it would have looked better with one stripe of the main color before and after the blue to make it stand out more. I'm not ripping so it's staying the way it is. I have a couple more rows before the short row section starts, so I took a little break from this. Once I start the short rows, I will need to be focused with no hubby or doggie interruptions.

So for mindless knitting, I cast on the Ariosa Broken Rib Cowl using Madelinetosh Chunky yarn in Hosta Blue. Only 6.5 inches left to go. Very easy pattern - easy to memorize. This will qualify for the Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon - Chunky KAL.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

On the Needles - 1/9/15

There now are three stripes on my Blue Sand. I have one more row to knit and then I can change back to Dust Bowl for the next stripe.

I don't know where my brain is at lately, but I had to rip back the cast on because I used the wrong color and needle size. Now I just realized I mixed up the two contrast colors. I only have one skein of the Bloomsbury (blue) so I won't have enough for another sections plus sleeves. So rather than ordering more yarn, now I'm thinking of using both contrast colors for the last section to make blues stripes. Hopefully it won't look too weird.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Yarn Report - 1/2/15

I really wanted to be good, but that dang ESK yarnathon was too much to resist for this competitive girl. Early yesterday they still had power boosts on the same yarns (which I really liked) as last year so I placed an order. In the past, I never really paid attention to the power boost yarns because they usually are only on the heavyweight yarns. Lately I've been more interested in the worsted and chunky yarn to knit hats and scarves. Of course, now they have the new power boost yarns up and there are some good ones listed. Help.

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On the Needles - 1/2/15

Yesterday I cast on the BlueSand cardigan. I am knitting the Raglan-Saddle shoulder version. Yarn is Madelinetosh Sport in Dust Bowl (main color), Gossamer (contrast color #1 - in the photo), and Bloomsbury (contrast color #2).

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2015 Goals

Happy New Year! Some of these goals have been carried over from 2014.
  • Knitting:
    • Knit from Ravelry queue. The ESK yarnathon KALs should help with this since most of the yarn was bought from ESK for the projects in my queue.
    • Knit with "X" brand yarn before buying more to see if I like it.
    • Knit (use/destash) at least 10,000 yards
    • Limit Ravelry time to 1 hour or less per day
  • Quilting:
    • Organize the sewing room - right now piled full of boxes with yarn or overflow from other rooms
    • Get in the sewing room and sew a couple days each month
    • Finish Washington Medallion quilt top
  • Reading:
    • Read at least 30 books
  • Health:
    • Get back on track - cut back on soda and sweets, get back to smaller portions.
    • Get back to exercising 3-5 hours a week.
    • Get my sleep schedule back to normal.
Wishing you the best in 2015!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Goals - How Did I Do?

Below are the goals I posted on January 1st this year. This year has been such a whirlwind, I don't think I ever looked back at this throughout the year to evaluate how I was doing.  Some items will be carried over to 2015.
  • Knitting:
    • Only order yarn when I'm ready to swatch or start for a new project. I started out the year good, but the second half was a major fail.
    • Knit with yarn other than Madelinetosh. Success! 1 of my 17 projects this year was knit with Madelinetosh.
    • Knit with older stash. Fail. The first couple projects were with older stash but the rest was new yarn bought for that specific project so at least it was used right after I bought it.
    • Knit from Ravelry queue. Another fail. I think 3 of the 17 projects had been in my queue prior to the beginning of the year. This was partially due to Camp Loopy, ESK challenges, and Loopy Academy project requirements. This year should be better.
    • Do not order more of other brand yarn until I've knit with it to see if I like it. I did pretty good with this, although there is room for improvement.
    • Knit (use/destash) at least 11,000 yards. I was close - ended up using 9,621.
  • Quilting: - FAIL, no quilting at all
    • Finish Washington Medallion quilt top
    • Quilt at least 1 top
  • Reading: - Success - read 37 books
    • Read more, both kindle and paper
  • Health: FAIL - definitely a priority for 2015
    • Cut back on soda and cake/cookies/ice cream
    • Get back to smaller portions
    • Continue exercising