Sunday, January 24, 2016

Emerging from the Darkness

I know many of us fade into the woodwork after the hustle and bustle (and STRESS) of the holiday season.  I call it "going dark" and it happens to me every year.  Actually, darkness begins to fall on me right after Thanksgiving.  I have recognized it as self-imposed stress over trying to meet everyone's expectations for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.  This year, that, combined with a full-time job that just didn't slow down at all over the holidays, and I've just wanted to crawl into a cave and hibernate since New Year's Day.

BUT...I got to spend a long weekend with my best friend and her husband at Pensacola Beach last week, and this week we had record snowfall in the Nashville area (essentially closing down the city).  I've had some quality down-time and finally feel rested.  I even picked up the knitting needles and made some small projects.

1 hat for me (that's sand in Florida, not snow in Tennessee):

2 dog sweaters this weekend:

Tina, the Tiny Terror of Tennessee (she's always cold)

Sammy, the Super Model

1 small chemo cap to send to Vanderbilt (in progress):

And, as soon as I (a) find my long cables for my interchangeable needles or (b) can make it to my favorite LYS, Ewe & Company, to buy the needles I need, I am going to cast on the Boxy.  I've loved this pattern since I first laid eyes on it.  I have some Cascade Heritage Handpaint sock yarn in shades of red that I think will be gorgeous in this.

I even brought Grazynka out of hibernation.  Would you just look at all of that unspun fiber?

Today, I feel like a light has come on.  My perspective has changed, and I'm ready to accomplish some things.  First on the list - the mountain of laundry.

See you soon.  I'll leave the light on.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saving My Sanity

For the 5th night in a row, I'm sitting here listening to the incessant barking of my neighbor's dog.  She usually tunes up around 9:00 and keeps going until long after I go to bed.  It wouldn't bother me so much if she did it in her own yard, but she's in my front yard, just beyond the reach of the front porch light.  She's a sweet dog, in the daylight, but after dark, she turns into a hellhound who will NOT SHUT UP!

What to do?  What to do?  Maybe a little therapeutic sock-knitting is in order.  I've been working on my second pair of Fruit Stripes Gum (pattern by Leah Oakley at Haus of Yarn in Nashville) socks in the Gumballs colorway by The Color Wheel yarn company.  I came across this yarn at last year's Fiber in the Boro, a fall fiber festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The Color Wheel had dyed colorway especially for Haus of Yarn to be used to make this pattern.  I think the bright stripes are perfect for the diamond effect of the pattern.  I'm really enjoying each color transition.

The first pair of these socks I made on smaller needles (maybe US 1.5's?) and they turned out pretty tight.  These I'm making on US 3's and they're a little bigger than I'd like.  The yarn is superwash but I think I'll try a hot water wash when I'm done to see if they shrink to a better it.

If all else fails, maybe they'll make a pretty muzzle for the dastardly dog that is STILL BARKING IN MY FRONT YARD!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blogfading, podfading, but never knitfading

Hey!  Anyone still out there?  I know I have podfaded since last fall, and blogfaded since last February, but things were just spinning out of control and I had to let something go. I hope to pick up the podcast again, but it will be awhile, so I thought I'd put up a blogpost. 
While I've been away, I've been knitting and knitting and knitting!  Here are a few things, as most never get around to being photographed and posted to Ravelry (although I am always on Facebook -- an addiction about as bad as my fiber addiction).  Here are a few projects:
This is the Frisson made from Frolicking Feet sock yarn by Done Roving. The colorway is Apple Pickin. Not my typical color choices -- greens and golds - but I'm very happy with the result.
Been working up some socks (again, totally out of character for me) -- here are a few (but, yes, I made more):

I decided to do a KAL, which I've only tried once before.  This is the Maggie Fangmann's 2015 Afghan KAL.  I really enjoyed January.  I'm finding February quite a challenge.  My cabling is so tight, I'm not sure it will block out.  Might be reworking February, but I'm going to plow ahead for now.

Finally, having been iced-in for most of the last week, I did some deep stash-diving and surfaced with this Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in the Firecracker colorway that I had purchased at Stitches South three years ago.  I cast on the  Starshower cowl and am on the last section as of today.  I'm hoping to finish this weekend and get it blocked.  

So, no worries.  I haven't lost my passion for all things fiber.  I did lose my mojo during November and December, but don't we all lose it a bit with all the holiday prep?  Anyway...hope to talk to you soon.