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The Long And Winding Road

It has been a long and winding road that has brought me back to blogging.  I write blog posts in my head, but they never make it here.  Ravelry and food allergies has sucked up my blogging mojo. So I had a food allergy test last year and found out not only am I allergic to corn (knew this one) and dairy, but also wheat (I somewhat suspected this one), egg whites and oranges!  I really miss oranges 😦  It has made making quick and easy food a bit of a non-existent thing for me because corn and wheat is in everything!  So I have to make so much of what I eat down to the tiniest details like soup stock, chilli powder, bread etc…There are a lot more non-wheat options out there, but almost all of them have corn, dairy and/or eggs. Eating out is a crap shoot and most of the time I end up sick and in pain for a few days, so it’s not really work it.  I do feel fantastic now and have energy as well as no pain, migraines, brain fog, stomach issues etc…It may suck having to not eat the wonderful things your friends are eating, but the results are so worth it.

The needles are still flying.  I still need to block and take pictures of a lot of things I’ve had so far this year.  This is one of my favourites though.  Berrocco Remix is my new favourite yarn, since Rowan discontinued the best sheepless yarn ever, Calmer.  All those non-smoking and non-cat owning knitters you can send the Calmer that just still in your stash to me and I will gladly give it a good home as well as knit it up.  I thought I’d test Remix on a hat, since I have only started two sweaters with it!  I knit Ashley the Worsted out of one ball of Strawberry.  I only knit 3 chart repeats instead of 4, but I found the hat still to be a bit big 😦  I still love it and plan to make another hat out of Remix, but make sure to use much smaller needles and maybe even make a swatch to decide what needle to use.

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Recovering from a yarn attack!

I can’t believe it, but I’m  almost knitting monogamously on a project!  I say almost because I occasionally have picked up and done a few rounds on a pair of socks that I’m knitting for mini-me.  I’ve been working on this lovely cowl pattern Norway (The first pattern of International Year of the Scarf by designer Ilga Lega) It’s more like a fake Möbius infinity scarf that’s all really popular at the moment.  I’m using Rowan Calmer in Onyx as the main colour and Sweet Georgia Silk Taffy in Midnight Show for the CC.  I am in love!  I named my Norway, Norwegian Goth(rav project page link).  I was finished yesterday….really I was.  That was until I looked at the pattern properly!  I had written the pattern into a notebook since I am out of printer paper.  Some how I had missed the stripes between the dash and dot fair isle sections!  See here, notice something?

If you guessed no stripe section between the fair isle patterns, you are correct (here have a cookie)!  Here I thought I was ready to graft the two ends together after a week of lovely no-stress knitting.  *sigh* I thought about just leaving it as is and call it an added design feature, but after looking at it for a minute or two I decided I had to rip it back to the error and fix it.  Yes, I’m not kidding you I ripped back black yarn and picked up all the stitches without really any problems!  The knitting gods were with me despite the fact that I was sick with a bad sinus cold.  Oh did I mention I had a sinus headache from hell yesterday?  I can’t believe I pulled it off.  Here are pictures of my Norwegian Goth when I pulled out the needles, then after I had picked up all the stitches.

BEFORE

AFTER

See that little ball of silk that was all that I lost when I had to cut into the CC stripe since I had weaved in the end really well!  Not to bad, it could have been worse.  There was one small hiccup after picking up all the stitches somehow I had completely forgotten to make sure that I was at the beginning of the round before I started knitting away on the stripes.  Oops!  I managed to fool myself till I had finished all the stripe repeats and was about to start the fair isle pattern again.  I really looked at it and realized my mistake.  So last night I spend some more time tinking back to the beginning of the stripe pattern again.  After all that I was not going to take my chances ripping back again, I know when to play it safe!  Honestly while do so I really wasn’t that upset or angry at my knitting.  I was thinking how much I’ve enjoyed this project and that I get to spend some more time knitting on it.  I guess that’s what really soft Rowan Calmer and single ply silk will do to your head! Bonus is my fair isle technique has gotten better, if you look carefully you can actually tell the dashes are a bit bumpy, but the dots look lovely.

I spend all of today knitting on my Norwegian Goth while waiting in doctor’s offices since Mini-me has three appts. in a row!  Good thing that two of them were in the same office and I had brought my knitting.  I had a chat with another person about knitting, but this is a long post today.  I’ll save it for another day.  Here’s a picture of my progress so far, I just have some more repeats of the fair isle pattern, some stripes then the grafting together of the two ends to do.  I can’t wait to wear this infinity scarf, since we’ve been through a lot together and we both need some snuggle time!

Perk me up

So I haven’t really signed up for a lot of swaps lately, mainly just little ones like Reducio Sock Swap.  So I’ve decided to join two, one being the Starbucks and Yarn Swap mmmm coffee and a Christmas Swap.  They both need more participates so come out and play!

Another project that I didn’t mention last post was my Milkweed Shawl.  The yarn BMFA Luscious Silk is a sport weight instead of fingering plus it’s got 360 yards so I’m a little worried that it might not work out.  The colour of this yummy yarn is absolutely lovely, it’s a rich red honey colour which the colourway name of Oregon Red Clover Honey is the perfect fit.  Not a colour I’d normally fall in love with and I meant to gift it to mini-me since she is in love with yellows lately (especially since they go well with her other fav colour purple).  Thing is it may never really get to her since I am smitten.  The photo below doesn’t give this yarn justice.

Milkweed WIP (top down trianglar garter st. shawl)

Milkweed WIP (top down trianglar garter st. shawl)

Belated Thank you to my Secret Pal Pam!!

So I got a package from my secret pal and I’ve been meaning to post a public thank you for a while.  I’m so sorry that it’s taken me so long, but thank you Pam everything is lovely.  I’d brag on and on about the wonderful package that she sent me with loads of awesome yarn plus a beautiful print of a black lab, pretty buttons, cookie cutters including a teapot shaped one! and more but it would be better for me to just show you the pictures.  I’d go into more details but I’m sick with a horrible cold, it’s so bad in fact I can’t knit, due to the fact that I have to blow my nose every minute or so.  Meh!  I hope that this cold clears up soon because I have lots of knitting to work on and some pretty new yarn to try out.  Thank you Pam and I promise it won’t take me a long time to post about the last package you said was on it’s way.  To my downstream pal, you know who you are your package and the lovely Koigu is being delayed due to this cold from H-E-doublehockeysticks has got me bed or at least house-ridden.

I almost forgot those wonderful cards are made Pam with her own photography, so gorgeous!  Also the candles smell divine, but I can’t be in the same room with them meh I really hope my other allergies get better before the seasonal allergies start!  Thanks Pam for the great package and for being a fantastic secret pal and good luck with your schoolwork.

My 2 year blogiversary and a contest!

So I’ve been craft blogging for two years now (thanks for the comment and reminder Teena from Toronto)! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I decided to stop torturing my LJ friends with many crochet posts. Then I learnt how to knit last year and haven’t stopped since. It’s like when I found how much I loved reading in Grade 3 after a few years of struggling to learning and ate up every book i could get my hands on and still am!

It’s been a good mail week. I got my long awaiting book The Eclectic Sole and some bags from stuckin illinois’s etsy store. I love her bags and her store is temporarily closed, but you can purchase her bags elsewhere info in her profile on etsy. I also got my order from ScaryMerry inside the lay see (lucky red envelope) are the cutest fortune cookie markers. I tried to take a picture of them but couldn’t get a good enough shot of the markers to do them justice.
picture of The Eclectic Sole and sock bags made by stuckinillinois

Since my 30th birthday is on Friday I thought I’d post the Birthday/Blogoversary Contest. So Marsha of First Things First, gave gifted mathoms on her birthday to her readers and I love the idea of giving gifts on your special day. Tolkien’s hobbits gave friends and family gifts(mathoms)on their birthday. Now these gifts that I will be offering in the contest are some books I’m going to destash and hope that they can be found a good home and a very cool kit. Here’s are some pictures


So the books are

  • Modern Classics by Louisa Harding
  • Felted Crochet by Jane Davis
  • Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi
  • and Knitscene Spring 2007 ( have an extra copy)

As for the kit it’s the Baby Bobbi Bear kit. It comes with two hanks of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton in Nut and the Baby Bobbi Bear pattern. So leave a comment here and let me know what books you are interested in and I’ll put your name in the draw. You can get your name in the draw more times if someone comments that you told them about the contest. I’ll add names till the end of June then I’ll draw a name for each book and the kit. Good luck! Edited June 14 3:50pm PST Thanks Michelle (blogless from South Africa) for bring up the whole shipping issue to foreign countries and costs. I forgot all about mentioning this, sorry everyone. For the time stated of this edit the contest will only be for those in North America. I apologize for not mentioning this earlier and I will honour anyone who put their name in to the cut off person who is Bean. PS don’t forget to tell me if someone told you about my contest (unless it was my Raverly post on the CLF group) share the love and they get their name in again for referring you! Happy Knitting everyone and Good Luck!

PS remember blogspot bloggers wordpress doesn’t show your info like blogspot does when you are logged in, so don’t forget to enter in your blog if you want it to be shown. Also if someone’s post sent you here and you enter be kind and let me know that that person referred you because they get entered again! I noticed some clicks from such posts but no comments telling me about referrals, remember play fair!

Nothing like new stuff

So the mailman brought me some new yarn, I’m trying out SWTC’s soysilk and also have some more yummy Tilli Tomas silk with sequins called disco lights in colourways Amercian Beauty ( beautiful red) and Olive. I also picked up two knit books, One-Skein Wonders Edited by Judith Durant, Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting by Melissa Leapman and Interweave Knits Winter 2006 edition. So many projects so little time!! When I charge my battery for my digital cam I’ll post some yarn porn pics.

Oooo another really excited stash enhancement is coming my way via USPS! I ordered SWTC’s TOFUtsies sock yarn from Kpixie and some size 2 dpns. I may not be able to wear them and knitting them up might iritate my allergies but I couldn’t resist! I got the colourways: 720 Sweep You Off Your Feet, 719 Best Foot Forward and 736 Under Foot. TOFUtsie is 50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% Cotton/2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells and has antibacterial properties)

Stash Enhancement for the Allergy-impaired

Being allergic to animal hair yarns takes away a lot of the nice luxury yarns, especially the nicely priced baby alpaca that I’ve been drooling over at Elann. I’m not really found of acrylics because the plasticy sound it makes when rubbing against itself makes me cringe. There are some lovely acrylic and synthetics out there, for example Lang Yarn’s Cora is so buttery soft and I really like Red Heart’s Soft Touch acrylic yarn. So that leaves me with fewer yarn options, I have found some “natural” yarns that I can use.

One of my favourites is silk, it can get expensive though; however it is a fantastic luxury yarn for those with allergies. My bejeweled scarf is being made from mulberry silk. I also have a beautiful ball of Como Seta from Ram Yarns that was giving to me by my awesome LJ secret pal, Smacked Knitless. Since I’ve been oogling Stephanie Jepel’s Simple Knitted Bodice before I could knit, which isn’t that long but hey I couldn’t crochet it so I learned to knit I decided that since I have some money to spend I’d give it a go! I purchased Kpixie.com’s kit in Olive and it’s Tilla Thomas silk yarns so I can actually knit it and use it. This makes me very happy! I think since I’m still a very new knitter I’m going to work on a few easy sweater projects before I tackle this because the yarn is very pricey.

There are some others that I’ve been wanting to try like soysilk and bamboo yarns. I have some that will be coming soon to my stash once my postman brings them to me are SWTC‘s Oasis in Chocolate and Harvest Green and Phoenix in Perplexed, which are their soysilk yarns in sportweight and worsted weight. I want to try out their 100% bamboo yarn as well; however due to the mass amounts of stash enhancing I have done in the last week I’ll have to wait!