Friendship, Knitting, Talking, and Coffee

I don’t know about you, but I think there is nothing more refreshing than a Saturday spent knitting, eating, and talking with one of your closest friends. This past Saturday I drove down to Charleston West Virginia and met with my friend Alicia. She is actually one of the girls who taught me how to knit, and well I knew I needed this weekend, but I didn’t realize how much until I was driving home. Our day started out at the Capital Market in Charleston, it was the first time both of us had ever been there. It was a really fun place and we got to sit and catch up while we waited for the local yarn store to open. Next we went to the Kanawha City Yarn Company, we walked around and stared at the yarn forever. It was one of those times where we had the money to splurge, we had projects in mind, but we just couldn’t find something that stuck out to us. Right when we were about to leave it hit me, I was wanting to buy yarn to make the Grace cardigan from Jane Richmond, well they didn’t have enough of one colorway for it. Then I remembered that I had a skein of madelintosh colorway charcoal that I had purchased from there back in November and they had two other skeins of it so I purchased it and well it’s perfect!

Madelintosh colorway charcoal to make the Grace cardigan

Pretty soon after I picked out the charcoal yarn, Alicia started inquiring about the Strathcona pattern from Jane Richmond. I had first mentioned it to her early on in our shopping because I was planning on making it, and we were both looking at summer project yarn purchases, at first she said she wouldn’t wear a scarf during the summer, but by this point I had her worn down. So she started looking at yarn for that and well she found it and we decided to do a KAL together starting April 1. The yarn we picked out is really cool because it is made from recycled blue jeans, and well Alicia have the same color preferences so we ended up picking the same color.

Kollage Yarns Riveting colorway beach denim.

Kollage Yarns Riveting colorway beach denim.

After we left the yarn store we ate at Graziano’s Pizza which is on Capital st and is absolutely delicious. Then we moved on to Taylor Books, which is a locally owned book store and coffee shop. It has a wonderful environment, great coffee, and comfy seats. We ended up staying there for a good 4 and half to 5 hours just talking about knitting, yarn, school, God, relationships, work, and whatever else came to mind. We both got a lot of knitting done and I personally can’t wait to meet up again. She is just one of those friends who I know we will stay close, and though we may not see or talk to each other for months at a time when we get together it is like we were never a part. I am truly blessed to have a friend like her.

Us in Taylor books with our knitting and handmade project bags from our friend Betsy.

Us in Taylor books with our knitting and handmade project bags from our friend Betsy.

Overall it was a great day and it helped me to relax some. Also the knitting day got me working on my welted cowl as you can see it in the picture above and I actually finished it up last night, so whenever I can get someone to take good pictures of my finished objects on me I will have a post about all of my finished objects.

Also just recently I came across this song and I thought I would share it, I hope you enjoy!

At a loss for words

I would like to say that the reason I haven’t blogged for so long is because I have been super busy. I mean I have been busy, but not enough to really stop me from blogging. A lot has come up in the past week and a half, and it has given me a lot to think about and well when it comes to me also a lot to stress about. I think in a way my knitting the past week and a half has kind of personified my life. I’m making two hats neither of them for me and well I just don’t want to work on them, but I have to finish them. That relates to my life because with school I know I need to finish my grad degree, I mean heck I just started it and well you can’t do much with a BA in psychology without a masters so I need to stop dragging my feet with it.

Also I had to rip out one of those hats halfway through because I was being dumb and did it wrong, I have made that hat 6 other times and well I got to overly confident. Then on top of it you remember that really pretty cobalt blue tweed yarn from knitpicks I posted about, well I started my sweater that I planed to make with it and I was right on schedule to having it done in less than a week and I got the body done and it was too big! I had modified the waste shaping, but not enough and I screwed up with my modification on the arms and well I had to rip it out up to the arm pits! I CO 20 under each arm at the Raglan (so stupid I don’t know what I was thinking), I should have only did 10 and well the fitted look I was looking for I need to start my waist dec. earlier and do them more frequently, well I did and I’m almost finished with the body and I love it now. How that relates to my life is a long story but the main point of it is I thought I had plans all figured out and I think I may have to completely change my plans.

Another thing that has kept me from posting is that I was really hoping to get some good pictures taken of me wearing some of my new finished objects, so until I can get outside with someone to take some pictures these will have to suffice.

Here's my sweater I am working on.

Here’s my sweater I am working on.

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Here's the test knit hat I did for IvoryEve. I will have a complete post about this test knit when I have better pictures.

Here’s the test knit hat I did for IvoryEve. I will have a complete post about this test knit when I have better pictures.

It is called Hoarfrost, the pattern still isn't up yet, but it is a great hat. Plus I dyed the yarn myself, but this lighting really doesn't do it justice.

It is called Hoarfrost, the pattern still isn’t up yet, but it is a great hat. Plus I died the yarn myself, but this lighting really doesn’t do it justice.

Here's my finished cupido also known as my deja vu cowl

Here’s my finished cupido also known as my deja vu cowl

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Well I hope to have some good pictures of me wearing the finished projects up soon (the ones of my wearing them on ravelry are pretty bad). Also my KAL socks, I really haven’t worked on them, I got the first sock down to the heel, but I have been procrastinating starting the heel. I hope to have one sock done by this time next Sunday, then I will still have plenty of time to get the other one done. I also hope to have both hats and the sweater done as well this week. Here’s hoping my sites aren’t set too high.

What projects have you been putting of working on? Is there a certain aspect of different projects you hate doing? Have you had to rip out a sweater like I did?

Socks Socks Socks

Well a crazy thing has happened. The sock bug has bitten me and I can’ seem to put down any of the socks I am working on. As of right now I have 3 pairs that are on going. Almost all of them have a least one sock almost to the heel which is my least favorite part of the heel.

This sock I started in October and only in the new year did I really start working on it again which as you can see I have finished it and have started its mate.

This sock I started in October and only in the new year did I really start working on it again which as you can see I have finished it and have started its mate.

Here's the start of the other sock.

Here’s the start of the other sock.

Here's the pair that pair that I showed you awhile back, they are much further along. They are actually at the heel shaping and I really do like using the magic loop for making socks.

Here’s the pair that pair that I showed you awhile back, they are much further along. They are actually at the heel shaping and I really do like using the magic loop for making socks.

Now I just started this pair of socks yesterday and they are for the Business Causal KAL with celticcaston. I am really enjoying this project so far. Especially the cables.

Now I just started this pair of socks yesterday and they are for the Business Causal KAL with celticcaston. I am really enjoying this project so far. Especially the cables.

 

So far I am really enjoying the KAL. This is my first KAL, this is also the first time I have made socks that have a pattern not a formula. To top it all off this is my first pair of topic down socks and the first time I wont being doing the short heel rows for the heel. I am going to follow the pattern and do the heel it calls for. All in all it will be a totally different sock experience, but I am looking forward to it.

In other news, my deja vu cupido cowl and for the love of pink welted cowl are coming along nicely, but I still haven’t started the projects people have requested . Also I am doing my first test knit. I will have pictures and a post about the test knit some time soon.