Savvy Girls Podcast Review

*WARNING, this is a No Fiber Content Post, if you want Fiber Content, sorry.  I’ll try to post Fiber Content Later this Week or Next Week*

Okay, to start with I will state that I do not agree with most Liberal Leaning statements.  There are some things politically that I despair about, and some that I am cheering.  What those are, is nobody’s business because I do not like to discuss politics and hate hearing about them.  Mom really liked politics, but listening to her complaining about them all the time just killed my interest.

That being said, I started listening to this podcast from the oldest podcast I could access up to the newest.  In the beginning the chatting about trips, and little informative bits about the gerbil, sparrow, and Savvy Girl Melanie’s Mom were interesting.  Then there were bits about the wedding, Melanie’s sister knitted her own canopy for her Jewish Wedding, I was fascinated by that.  Then comes the political rantings, about how Trump stinks…blah, blah, blah.  She’s living most of the time in Canada when she isn’t traveling for her job.  I made it to Episode 172 and Tidbit 37, so 12 Tidbits and 18 Full episodes into the podcast.  Admittedly this takes me up tot February of 2017, so if you want to see if the political content dies down in more recent podcasts go for it.  As for me, I can actually listen to podcasts about people, knitting, and crochet, spinning, weaving, attending conferences, etc.  Not about travel troubles, political nonsense, birds, gerbils, etc.

If you like random information, travel, liberal politics, and general chatter podcasts then this is the podcast for you.  If you want to hear about knitting, have a more conservative bent (or just hate politics) and don’t want to hear about the Sparrow then you might want to try another podcast.

If someone chooses to bring this post to the attention of the creators of the Savvy Girl’s podcast I am fine with that. I chose to not post a review because A. I don’t want to get roasted on their podcast & B. I know that there are plenty of people that find this podcast charming and I do not want to bring down the rating for reviewing this on iTunes.

Remember to Live Life A Little More Abstract.

Sugarfina

I have a horrible philosophy about foods that I should not eat.  For background information, I am diabetic and should not be eating sugar in any form except on special occasions.  Yeah, I’m bad about that.  I’ve been having a bad time of it, and I know that I tend to eat my troubles away, but self awareness doesn’t equal a solution.  All of that to say, Sugarfina has some sugar free candies that I really wanted to try.  They also have Caffeinated Gummy Bears!  I am a caffeine hound, I drink 2-3 energy drinks a week (of course I work a 13 hour day one day then have to get up about 6am the next to get to work on time) and can often be seen sipping diet mountain dew.  I am trying to drink water as well as using Cirkul to add flavor and sometimes caffeine.  All of this to say, I placed an order at Sugarfina.

Next week is extended hours week (where the library will be staying open later than usual as well as having snacks and extra tutors to help students through the last week of classes at the community college I work for), so I will be bringing the caffeinated gummy bears in to share with my co-workers and student workers.  Since I received my package I tried the sugar free champagne gummies, very yummy, and brought in the three pack that I ordered.  It contained Prickly Pear gummies, Chocolate Pearls, and Rose flavored Gummies (part of a Mother’s day promotion).  I am very glad that I tried these, the pear gummies have a light flavor but a very gummy (not rubbery) texture to them.  The same with the rose gummies, light interesting flavor, good chew, nice finish.  I am so glad that I brought the chocolate pearls in to work.  I would have the entire container devoured like they were M&Ms.

Am I going to order from Sugarfina again?  Probably not unless they greatly expand their sugar free line, of if I hear of an international sweet that I cannot get elsewhere.  I am happy with what I received for the money, however this was one instance where I would rather have the experience of trying something new than really messing with my blood sugar on a regular basis.

About crafting, that thing I do when I’m not eating things I shouldn’t?  I’m 9 rows from being done with this section of the shawl, and I firmly believe that this is going to be the last section and the size is going to be whatever it turns out.  If it is only about 30 inches I’ll tell my sibling that it is a bed accent or a mandala for their wall, I’ll think of something.  Should it actually be between 40-60″ wide, yay!  I’ll tell them that it is a shawl/lap blanket and they can style it however they want to!  Since I will be seeing them two weeks from Tuesday this should turn out fantastic!

Until next time, Remember to Live Life A Little More Abstract!

Pi Shawl Take 1

I am using US size 7, 4.5mm, inter-changeable needles from Knit picks with a 16″ cord along with knit picks stroll tonal sock/fingering weight yarn in the blue yonder colorway.  I have chosen to use the basic pattern from the mybluprint class, shaping shawls 14 ways.  From there I have made a couple of modifications, essentially so I did not become too bored just straight knitting for 12+ rows.   The first photo illustrates how this kind of knitting does not look like anything until it is blocked, the second illustrates the magic loop cast on I hope that blocking will fix and the third illustrates some of the patterning I decided to place in the 48 rows before the next increase.

Cast on 8 stitches using Magic Loop *hope that blocks out*
Knit one row, doubled stitches to 16, knit three more rows. On row 6, doubled stitches to 32 using double yarn overs, knit six more rows
On row 14, doubled stitches to 64 using double yarn overs, knit rows 15-26 (12 rows)
On row 27 doubled stitches to about 128 using double yarn overs, then knit rows 28-39, did k2tog, yo, across shawl before knitting rows 41-51
On row 52 I did double yarn overs to double stitches
53-57 knit, on the second of these rounds I placed a marker after 9 and then every 14 to create pattern repeats, the last marker should be different since it delineates the beginning of the row.
SKPO- Slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over
58-k2, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k3 *k7 yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k3 repeat from * until back to starting marker
59- Knit all
60- k3, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k2 *K8, yo skpo, yo, skpo, k3 Repeat from * until row end
61 Knit all
61- k4, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k1, *k9, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k3, repeat from * until row end
62 Knit all
63- K5, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, *K10, yo, skpo, yo, skpo
64-66 Knit all
67- k 12, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k7 *K3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k7 repeat from *
68- Knit all
69- K11, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k8 *K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo Repeat from *
70 Knit all
71- k10, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k9 *k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k9 Repeat from *
72- knit all
73 k9, *k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo k10 repeat from *
74-76 knit all

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77 was supposed to be a straight repeat of this pattern but I messed that up and liked the effect.
77- k2, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, yo, k3 *k2, yo, skpo, yo, skpo k 10 (to end of pattern repeat) Repeat from *

This is where I am now, but the rest of the pattern should be as follows:
78 knit all
79- k3, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k2 *k3, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k to next marker then repeat from *
80 Knit all
81- k4 yo, skpo, yo, skpo, yo, k1 *k4, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k to next marker repeat from *
82 Knit all
83 k5, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, *k5, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, knit to next marker repeat from *
84-86 Knit all
87 Knit 12, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k7 *k12, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo (should be at next stitch marker) repeat from *
88- Knit all
89 k11, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k8 *k11, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k to marker, repeat from *
90 Knit all
91- k10 k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k9 *k10 k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k to marker repeat from *
92 K all
93- k9, *k9, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, knit to marker repat from *
94-97- Knit all
***At this point I will need to evaluate if I have enough yarn to justify another double yarn over increase since the next batch is supposed to be 512 stitches for 96 rows***

Until next time, remember to live life A Little More Abstract.

Easter Crafting

Hello All, I hope that Easter went well for you.

I had a nice and quiet time, you would think that this means I accomplished a lot of crafting however that is not really the case.  I managed to create a sample for a craft I will be teaching in June, and worked toward the craft I will be teaching in July at a library I do not work at.  I also managed to create the two cement samples for the public library I do work at.  My first cement craft was a resounding success and I hope that the second in a couple of weeks will be equally popular.  I found out that while I was turned down for the full-time job the two candidates they wanted to interview further backed out so the job will be posted again.  I have already applied for the second posting, though I have also sent my resume into other opportunities as well.  Enough about work!

The end of May my Sibling and I are taking a trip, yay!  A few days before hand is my sibling’s birthday and I have made them a few shower poufs as well as a surprise!  I’m trying to figure out how to tell my sibling that if they do not like my surprise to just tell me so that it does not get shoved in a closet or something.  Some people claim that it has taken them 4-11 months to knit a similar project up, mine has taken about a week and I hope to block it by Friday or Saturday?  I’m not sure if that says I made it too small, I’m a fast knitter, I used big yarn or what.  However, as long as I have it bagged and ready to go by the trip I’m happy.  No pictures or anything to spoil the surprise in case my sibling actually reads this blog.  So secret knitting, listening to podcasts, trying to get ready for the trip, applying for jobs, and podcasting is my life right now.  I’ll tell more when I can, until then Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!

Another Week Bites the Dust

I cannot for the life of me figure out where the first quarter of this year has gone.  IMG_2310My first Blossom Sock Pattern in Baker Street colors by Knitpicks is complete!  It is great!  I mean, I need to lengthen the flat part of the heel flap, not decrease as much around the ankle portion and make a bit more of the edging on the second sock, but it is great!  Okay, so I’m still learning how to make socks.  But whatever, the next one will be better and I will keep going after that.

For knitting socks, well that has stalled.  I have my gauge swatch for the sock yarn I got in March’s knitcrate and I am pretty good on row gauge, but on stitch gauge…well I’m an inch off on a 3 inch swatch.  So, I’m thinking that I need to go up a size, more stitches in the inches.  However, I am also using Flexi-Flip needles and at over $20 a set of three I am not that certain I want to knit socks that badly.  I barely purchased the first set, and thought that would be it for a while.  It will be a little while before I decide if I am going to go for it, or work on something else.  Until then, I do have some other projects I am working on.

My Morrigan shawl, okay, so it is now going to be a Boneyard Shawl based on the pattern from Stephen West.  As it happens, when I rip something out five times before I have gotten through the first row of the second of four repeats of a chart I give up on a pattern.  I know, two weeks of knitting and you’re giving up, pfft.  The pattern is probably great for people that have knitted lace before, can follow half of a chart and repeat it, and know how many times a chart should be repeated (off the cuff) when doing the second round.  Since there were 14 stitches to the repeat and there were 28 rows to the chart, but the repeat was repeated on either side of the shawl, this should have meant that the repeat was twice on either side of the shawl…so I’m not sure why I was about 10 stitches away from repeating it three times on either side of the chart, and then I gave up.

The Boneyard pattern is much simpler, very pretty, and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out in my laceweight yarn.

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Above, please find the set up and 12 more rows.  it doesn’t look like much, but with an increase of 4 stitches every two rows it will grow quite quickly.  This pattern is a formula, but I do plan on getting into some slightly more complex lace shortly.

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Finally, I have the first of the two shower puffs in my sibling’s chosen colorway.  I love how it turned out and I am looking forward to getting the second one done.

Until the next time we speak, Happy Easter and remember to live a life A Little More Abstract.

Week of Progress

I did not complete any of my projects this week, however I did ensure that I completed a few rows on all of my currently active projects.

My Morrigan Shawl actually fared the worst of all of my current projects, simply because I am not certain that I am working the pattern correctly therefore I am not working on it too quickly.  At present I am also wondering if my second repeat of the pattern is going to be very confusing because I will have the number of stitches at the end of the pattern but I will be starting with the….nevermind.  I just reread the instructions and finally understand what I am supposed to be doing.  It’s a good thing I have not completed the chart even once.  I think that I am going to take some serious time and write out the entire pattern stitch by stitch then follow that.  It’s a Frogging Time!

IMG_2301.JPGMy shower poufs have fared better, I completed a third pouf.  I also crocheted a washcloth from the remains of the second skein, as well as receiving the new colors for more poufs.  I have started on my fourth pouf, this time in the correct colorway.

IMG_2292.JPGThe project that I have made the most progress on, not that it shows a lot, is my Sherlock Socks.  Since I am now using the correct gauge, and a pattern with much smaller stitches, this is taking quite a bit of time.  I am actually quite pleased with how much time these socks are taking.  They seem to be resulting in a much tighter fabric that should last me a very long time.  I have already started on the first toe of the first sock in the correct colorway for my sibling’s socks.  It is fortunate that this new pattern is an ankle sock, so that the foot is the largest part, once I turn the heel there should not be too much more to do.

Knitting socks is the bane of my existence, but I will not be deterred.  I had previously purchased 2.5mm Flexi-flips, this is a US size 1, but it is sometimes called 1.5.  I am currently using these needles to create a gauge swatch for a very nice ankle socks pattern.  The gauge is supposed to be 3 inches over 30 rows and 24 stitches knit in the round.  Since a gauge swatch seemed to be a good idea, they actually advise using 2.25 needles, I decided to cast on 48 stitches and work 40 rows.  This means that when I lay the round piece flat it should be 3 inches wide and about 4 inches tall giving me some room to make my actual measurements.

IMG_2291.JPGIf I get gauge then I will be golden, if my results are too large then I will have to decide if I am going to buy the smaller needles.  Should my results be too small then I will have to decide if the difference is worth buying larger needles.  So far I have discovered that I am, at present, not to a knitting skill level where I can do the traveling stitch trick I heard of where you slide the last stitch of the previous needle onto the new working needle so as to ensure that any inconsistencies are never on the same stitch and are less noticeable.  This is supposed to prevent visible ladders.  Instead I must be twisting the stitch or working it incorrectly each time as my first 10 rows have this spiral of weird stitches going up in two places.  If I were working DPNs (Double Pointed Needles) this would have been in three places.  The next 10 rows I skipped this, I am simply making sure to tug the first stitch on each needle very tightly to prevent ladders.  I like the results so far.

IMG_2302The final current project that I have going is the Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply shawl that I am making up as I go along.  I have decided on the feathers and fans pattern for the rest of the green section, I hope to complete 4 repeats of the 4 row pattern for a fairly distinctive effect.  As this is slightly stretched out you can begin to see the feather and fans effect of the stitches.  I love how this is turning out!

Until next time, remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!

 

 

Crafting Palooza!

I have about a week and a half off of my most time-consuming job.  It is a contract job, so I will still get paid the same (some of my colleagues took a vacation in January and I filled in so now they are working over this school-break and I get time off).  I will be filling in some of that time picking up extra hours at my public library job, it works out because my supervisor was having trouble with that schedule, but it will still be fewer hours than I normally work.  What will I do with all of that free time?  Clean the house, I don’t think so.  Do some work outside?  Maybe Wednesday when it is supposed to be over 50 and I have the day off.  Will I craft?  YES! All the Crafts!

I have actually taken advantage of the couple of days I had completely off of work to run the dishwasher a couple of times, cook some curry, run a couple of loads of clothes and finish a couple of my projects.  I also asked my sibling (Transgendered, I use neutral terms, I’m not mad at them the way most people think I am when I use the word ‘sibling’) if they would use a crochet shower pouf  if I made a couple out of cotton so that they were washable, the pattern is linked.  I received an enthusiastic yes, they use the plastic kind that you have to throw away right now, and a request for a colorway I do not own.  Their birthday is six weeks away, and I am fairly certain they do not read my blog, and so I let them think that they would be getting a pouf in the color of my choice from what I already own.  I have crocheted two already so that I knew how the pattern worked (plus it is dead simple) and figured out how I would like to construct them.  It turns out I can get two from one ball of Dishy from Knitpicks, and if I fold them over instead of stacking the layers it creates a very puffy pouf, as you can easily see in this photo.  I have also started a third from a new ball, my sibling has housemates and I think if I crochet through my stash I can have poufs for everyone.

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So, what my sibling doesn’t know, is that I also ordered two balls of dishie in the colorway that they requested from Knitpicks.  Of course, they also had some grab bags of sock yarn (two for the price of one) and a couple of sock yarns in Their preferred colorway as well as an offer of a free ball of knitpicks new yarn line Snuggle Puff, which is a cotton nylon blend intended for baby things and other fluffy patterns.  I am trying to not purchase yarn unless I have a pattern already picked out for it, however I have a new sock pattern and if I can manage a pair of socks (or four, if the pattern is as easy as it looks) then I will be quite happy with my Birthday present to my lovely sibling.

I did finish a couple of projects, namely my first Sherlock Square (love it!) and my first quarter Jimmy Beans project, the crochet pillow/floor pouf.  The pouf is a bit lumpy since I closed it off and overstuffed it.  I did have to purchase 4 extra skeins of the Scheepjes yarn, but I have leftovers of that.  I will have to decide if I am going to find a project for them or if I will keep them for possible repairs to the pouf. At present I plan on using the pouf for somewhere that my Cat can sit on while I am working in the detached garage/studio my handyman is working on fixing up.

I had planned on making a flower motif on the top, but quickly changed my mind when I realized that the motif might mean that the cat would not sit on it.  I have also made some progress on the throw together shawl I started using the Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply yarn I purchased.

IMG_2281The photo really doesn’t show things off too well, but since it is lace I don’t think it will look like much until it is blocked.  I finished the first piece of blue and added in 4 rows of black, it is a simple pattern where I knit the three end stitches and do the yarn overs to create the crescent shape then I did a yarn over knit two together all the way across, purled back (in the appropriate increase pattern for the edge).  I did those two rows twice then I started the green yarn and I have completed 4 rows of knit on one side purl on the other.  It is going to take some time since the yarn is so fine, but this will give me time to decide if I want to try some more patterning in the regular sections or just in the black  and brown bands in between.  Which brings up another point.  I do not have nearly enough black for that to be the only transition color between, however I have a ton of brown.  I believe I will us the black at the top of the shawl until it runs out then switch to brown for the rest. I cannot believe I almost forgot a project!

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This is the Morrigan Shawl by Hedgehog Fibers knit in Madelinetosh Prairie in the Aura colorway.  I obtained the yarn at a considerable discount from Jimmy Beans Wool Wool Watchers.  I am not positive I am doing this correctly, however I am enjoying it considerably.  This is simply the ‘set up’ chart, at the writing of this post I have completed row 10 of the repeating chart.  There are 28 rows to that chart and it is to be repeated 4 times before the edging chart is started so I am just starting this pattern but I love it anyway.

So that is all of the projects I am working on right now.  If I get as much as I hope accomplished then there will be a mid-week update, if not then remember to Live a Life a Little More Abstract until next week!