Sunday, April 3, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: My Knitting and Crochet Time


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Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

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My typical knitting/crochet time. I really don't think I ever have a typical time. I'm always crafting in the same room as my family, so I usually am knitting/crocheting over one knee while Anna sits on the other to watch her movies. I don't mind her having food while she is in my lap with my fiber work as long as it's a solid food (ABSOLUTELY no applesauce). Crumbs shake out easily and definitely wash out. If she is food free, she usually holds one of my balls of yarn (read that as "grasps it tightly to her chest as a lovely and squeals every time I unravel a little to keep working"). I do not, however, let her touch anything that is natural fiber other than cotton. She can hug my cotton and my acrylics. I try to keep the better fibers as clean as I can since they have to be hand-washed.

We have animals, but they are absolutely not allowed near my yarns. I do not enjoy picking stray dog or cat hairs out of my yarn as I am working, and I swear that my animals are like that white Himalayan cat in the commercial who sneezes and sheds all her hair immediately all over the room. Especially my chow.

Other than that, there really isn't a typical time. There is always some background noise (movies, video game music and battle sounds, music, children beating on toys, dogs barking at squirrels, etc), but the background noise is never the same. I'm not always sitting in the same chair, and sometimes, I'm not even sitting. I've been known to shove my ball of yarn in my waist apron pocket and stand in front of the heater as I crochet. I've also placed it on a spare knitting needle shoved into the small hole between my side table drawer and the drawer frame so that it can roll off freely as I am working on the bed in my "lazy knitter" position.

I have also had times where Anna has crawled in the box with my yarns as I was working and loved all the balls of yarn. Every day is different.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: Something To Aspire To


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Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.

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I actually have several techniques and projects that intimidate me at the moment, but which I fully intend to be able to at least grasp the concept of before the end of 2011. Well, maybe not one, simply because I do not have the supplies to practice that type of project yet, so it may rollover into 2012. The three skills/projects are cables, socks, and lace.

Cables are close to being tamed. I understand how to do them, and I've memorized the videos that show you how to move the stitches over the others or remove them and pull the other stitches forward; I have just yet to try it. I do not have any patterns that I feel confident enough to try that have cables in them. I have been wanting to swatch some cables just to practice at it, but I'm not sure if a specific stitch count is needed, and I'm not 100% sure how to do the mirrored image of the cable (gotta keep it symmetrical). Cables, however, are the closest to being mastered.

Socks are just an "I want to make my own" project because I like funky colored clothes and toe socks and such, and white or gray socks from Walmart are super boring. I swear, the odder the sock, the more I like it. I have a pair of fuzzy "Cat in the Hat" socks that are in rainbow colors. My daughter loves them as well. I also go through store-bought socks very quickly. Like as in most don't go a week without getting a hole in them somewhere or having the elastic in the leg break and unravel. I'm murder on socks. And to be honest, my husband and kids aren't much better. I do probably need a few supplies to make socks, like smaller dpns, sock blockers, sock yarn (yes, I don't even own proper sock yarn, but that will be getting remedied in just a few weeks.), but learning to knit socks is on my to-do list for this year. Maybe when things pick up, I'll be able to start learning this summer.

Lace....ah lace. The bane of my existence. I love it. It is the most beautiful form of knitting/crochet that I have ever seen, and for the life of me, I can't figure it out. All I ever get is knots. And if I do figure it out, I end up losing count and dropping stitches because it does take a lot of attention to make sure you don't miss anything and I also have at least one child trying to sit in my lap, give me a toy, or crying because she can't walk and chew gum at the same time and has fallen...again. (Oh yes, Anna has inherited my wonderful coordination. She has fallen three times already today and it's only a little after 8 am...)

But those are my three goals for this year to learn. I know I'll figure out cables here soon. Socks will come as they come. Lace will probably continue to elude me for another year.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: Mix It Up


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