Thanks for All The Fish

Okay, so not the fish. Thanks so much for the support I received on my last post, I was concerned about sharing my personal journey and I appreciate the positive reaction to my journey.

I am absolutely adoring the new sock pattern from Paper Daisy Creations as well as the Knit Along for her Anne of Green Gables Sock Patterns.

It has taken me so much longer to create these socks than so many on the Knit Along, however I am having a ton of fun working on it. I believe that it has taken me about four hours to finish three repeats of the pattern which is really only about 24 rows. However I’ve also had to check the pattern a ton to check on whether I’m doing it right or not, so I’m good with my slow knitting journey. I’m also not sure if I’m ever going to do the second sock, however I’m going to be happy if I finish one of each of the socks in the 4 pattern set. Actually, I’m going to be happy if I finish one sock though I’m aiming for 4. I’m going to work on the heel flap later today, and hopefully I can get this completed by Thursday when the next pattern comes out.

This is going to be a nice short post, if you Celebrate Easter then I hope you have a Happy Easter for He Is Risen. If not, then I hope you had an amazing weekend and that your week brings you joy!

Remember to Live Life A Little More Abstract.

Plans Change

About that belt, well…I’ve decided it really is not going to work. Right now in my weight loss journey I am at a bit of a crossroad, heavy enough that it does not make sense for me to buy things; yet, the things that I own do not fit well at all. To this end I have decided to start working on some half modifications for pieces that I already own. This means pulling out the Dread Machine and learning how to operate my sewing machine again. Despite the nickname my Singer basic machine has been behaving very well this go round. I managed to sew up the inside seams of a pair of pants so that they fit my legs while still leaving room for my ‘Apron’. The Apron is the skin and fat in my stomach region that overhang my hips. When I reach my goal weight, another 50 pounds to go, I should be able to prove that skin reduction surgery is medically needed. This is another reason why I cannot see investing too much in a new wardrobe at this point. I did attempt purchasing a girdle to help with posture and back support, however that only succeeds in pushing my apron down making it more pronounced. Due to these circumstances I have decided to forgo shape wear until I am closer to my final size. I do want to clarify, I am not doing this because I am embarrassed or ashamed of being Fat. There are more fat people in America than there are skinny people, and I firmly believe that almost everyone can carry themselves with beauty and dignity. Many fat people exercise and eat less than their skinny counterparts, they simply have medical conditions or metabolisms that do not allow them to process food in the same way. Some people, like me, simply ingested more calories than they burned. My reasons for starting this weight loss journey are to improve my overall health and well being (hopefully I can get off of my Diabetes medication for a few years, as I age Diabetes will naturally worsen).

Enough heavy topics, did you see what I did there? While I had my sewing machine out I decided to hem some projects I had woven. Unfortunately I had green thread in my machine and could not bring myself to change it while the machine was behaving. So some white projects now have green hemming thread, and I used the clips that I already had on a project so I think I hemmed it upside down. Oh well, when I clipped the threads I like how the project turned out anyway.

The Piece is relatively skinny, though the colors are amazing and I love how the patterns turned out. I believe this was supposed to be a hand towel, however I am not sure if I am going to use it as such.

There has been progress made on my granny square project, the Icelandic Wool has been crocheted in to a square. It is the definition of what people hate about wool garments, coarse and a bit scratchy. However I know that it will be long lasting and hard wearing. If I were to weave cloth for a jacket or an outer garment that would have no contact with my skin this is the wool I would use. I wonder how it would look as a Victorian Style Walking Skirt like Bernadette Banner made? They are not intended to come in contact with anything other than the outside world and petticoats. Unfortunately my spinning and weaving skills are not up to that challenge quite yet, and my sewing skill is no where near good enough for something that complicated. I do like the idea of that as an aspirational project, so hopefully sometime in the future.

Grey Icelandic Wool crocheted into a granny square.

There are two more projects I am working on. The first is my second crocheted sock to make a pair out of this yarn. I do not have a photo. I am changing the pattern quite a bit so this sock should fit better. In addition to making a faux ribbed cuff, I am carrying along a very thin elastic thread with the yarn to give the cuff some elasticity. I find working with the elastic thread to be a bit of a misery, it is so thin and tiny it is easy to lose, yet it is also difficult to make sure I am not stretching it too much while working it. This sock is going to be cuff-down with a heel flap and gusset for the actual heel portion. I am mostly making this one up as I go, since I know what I want the end product to look like. I am not so secretly hoping that I will have enough of this color of yarn to make a sock to match this one, however I will be alright if that is not the case.

Paper Daisy Creations is releasing a set of four sock patterns based on the Anne of Green Gables book. A friend of hers is having a read along while she runs a knit along. I purchased the set of patterns, $5 for 4 sock patterns is nothing to sneeze at, and plan on casting on the sock when the pattern drops on Thursday. The first sock is a toe up with differently colored toes and heels. Since I have a mini skein from one of the pattern sponsors I plan on using that for the toes and heels. I have never read Anne of Green Gables so that should be interesting as well. Hopefully I can actually bring myself to knit these socks, I have an unfortunate tendency to allow socks to intimidate me.

That is all of the crafty content I have for this week. My garden has not progressed any further and is likely stalled until the end of May when planting season for Western NY begins.

Do not settle for the mundane and, Live Life a Little More Abstract.

Learning, Living and Good News

Every day is a new adventure and brings some kind of change. Over the past week I have had a lot of changes brought into my life, the biggest of which has to be my new Full-Time Job. I will be starting January 4th, 2021 as a full-time librarian in a public library. I am really looking forward to the new challenges and adventures this will bring! I have also started Nutrisystem and in 4 weeks I am down about 12 pounds, so I hope these trends continuse.

Okay, back to crafting. I discovered that I really enjoy double sided knitting, the rhythm and challenge is fascinating, I also discovered that the double sided shawl I want to knit involves me casting on about 300 pairs of stitches…that might wait until the new year. I did finish my sheep sampler from the class, and I hope to make a pouch using the double sided techniques in the near future.

I have finished my knitted wrist cuff and added it to the finished object thread for GAL2020. This little lacy cuff turned out very well, I added sheep buttons. I am using it on my left wrist partially because I like to keep the joint warm to increase flexibility, partially because I like to cover up the scar a little bit, and partially because I hope to remember to charge my apple watch so that I can start wearing it on my left wrist again.

Black and grey knitted piece with a scalloped edge.

I did manage to add another cable to my knitted cowl as well as a few more rows onto my skirt. The photos for these projects are below. For my kids knits I have started the mitered square pullover in an infant size, finger’s crossed I can get most of it done this weekend.

Since I do not have any family coming into town, COVID among other reasons, and all of my holiday shopping is done, I am ready to spend the next two weeks finishing up my work and knitting. Hopefully I will get some spinning and weaving done as well. I cannot believe that I am starting a whole new chapter in my life in 2021, wish me luck!

Eliminate those straight lines and Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!

December Has Been Busy

If I keep this up I am going to have to start calling this a bi-weekly blog, oh no! December has been very busy with my crafting as well as my work. I did manage to finish the two projects from last post, I love how the headband looks although it is a bit tall for my head and the Dumpster fire ornament has been such a huge hit among my colleagues.

I have also started another three projects for the Independent Designers Gift Along 2020, a cowl, a wrist cuff, as well as a knitted skirt. Okay, so I do not really believe I am going to Finish the skirt in the next three weeks, however I really enjoy it as a semi mindless knitting pattern and look forward to wearing it when I am done.

In theory I am also going to knit a pair of baby socks, a baby cardigan and a shawl. Do You think I can do it??? Yeah, I don’t either. However I do think I am going to get the cowl, wrist warmer, and Either socks or tiny cardi done before the end of the year. This has been a difficult year for everyone, there has been much death and destruction. I hope that we have learned lessons as well as new skills through this terror. I will have a much more philosophical post closer to the end of the year, I promise, along with what I hope will be good news. Today for Vogue Knitting Live I am going to be attending a class on how to learn Double Knitting, there are several shawl patterns with reversible Celtic patterns on them that I would love to create. Keep your fingers crossed for me and Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!