Knitting Disaster 2013

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Alpaca-wool. Svenska: Alpackaull

Alpaca-wool. Svenska: Alpackaull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A knitting
disaster has befallen me! Last night I had a quarter of a scarf
finished for a present for Christmas. This morning I have a quarter
of a partially eaten scarf and gnawed bits throughout the rest
of yarn thanks to my adorable puppy, Willie.

 

Willie didn’t get
to sleep in the bedroom with me and Carlos last night. Willie is
getting pretty big now and we only have a smallish queen sized bed as
it is. Willie likes to sleep either on top of Carlos or between me
and Carlos with his head on my arm or shoulder. Normally, when
Willie and I cuddle, his butt is at the curve of my feet and his head
is at my chest – I am 4′ 11”. Willie is a BIG puppy.

 

Anyway, the last
thing I had with me last night was the knitting and he wanted to play
with the string as I was working on said scarf. There were several
“no’s” and “no can has” comments while I was working on said
scarf. Sad-but-hopeful brown eyes would look up at me and I would
pet him and he would forget about the yarn and lay down beside me
before his attention would get caught by the yarn again. Repeat
sequence.

 

When we went to
bed last night I put the knitting in the recliner, which is where it
usually goes, and is left alone. Last night this was not so.

 

The yarn is
salvageable, but not good enough – now – for use in making a
present. There is also no back-up yarn because I had ordered the
yarn I was using.

 

Maybe I can find
some yarn to make fingerless mitts at the very least!

 

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Dang It!

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A picture of a scarf being knitted on single p...

A picture of a scarf being knitted on single point needles out of homespun yarn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have literally run out of yarn for my scarf.  My significant other was trying to get me to frog part on said scarf and then to bind off as needed.

That is well and good and a suggestion I would gladly have taken except for just how close I am to having the scarf completed.  Tonight I just couldn’t do any frogging because of that.  Tomorrow is another day, of course, but today I just feel as if I have run out of yarn.  Hopefully the yarn I ordered will come in soon.

I also need to make myself, and some others, a set of fingerless mitts.  I can’t find any of the ones I have made myself and I am really interested in trying a different pattern.  It doesn’t have to be uber hard, it just needs to be different.  Maybe I could practice with cables….

Christmas is SO Close!

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"Twist" in spun yarns or ropes is of...

“Twist” in spun yarns or ropes is often labeled S-twist or S-laid (for left-handed twist) and Z-twist or Z-laid (for right-handed twist), due to the respective left and right of the central sections of those two letters. To visually determine the handedness of the twist of a rope/yarn/etc, sight down a length of it; the direction of the twists as they progress away from you, left or right, reveals their handedness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am knitting like mad on personal projects as well as Christmas gifts.  Plus, I am waiting on yarn to come in for varied and interesting reasons.

It is wonderful being able to take time out in the day to knit.  The act of creativity is marvelous, especially since you can see it right away.  Writing is not quite so instantaneous as far as seeing the results of your handiwork because sometimes you have to trash the thing and start all over again.  Of course, I am not saying this ever happens in knitting!  No!  Never!

Ahem….

Taking a break from a lot of work to do a few things, like updating this blog while visions of yarn dance madly through my imagination!

 

Settling in to Knit

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Comparison of a hank of yarn and the ball made...

Comparison of a hank of yarn and the ball made from it. Lavender silk, and slightly shiny. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been months since I have posted anything to the knitting blog. Usually knitting helps with all upheavals in life, but sometimes the upheavals and changes can knock the wind out of any knitter. Only recently have I located some yarn that actually speaks to me and is encouraging my fingers and mind to come together to create something pretty. This time the creativity is just for myself – the silly little scarf I planned for myself back in February 2011. Yeah, it’s sad isn’t it.

 

A lot has happened between then and now. We lost the house. We had to move literally at a moment’s notice, with two dogs. We had to make a home out of a completely unknown place. The wind got knocked out of me and it affected my writing and my knitting. My two great joys.

 

Things have settled down some and I am feeling a little more alive and stronger than I have felt in a while spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and even physically to a point. This right hand of mine does not like me all the time, but, with breaks, I can still knit and be happy.

 

The scarf is progressing. The first phase of it is almost finished. Not only this, but I have even ordered some yarn to crank out a Christmas present for Big Daddy. There are also plans for finishing up some projects as well as new ones.

 

Life is slowly coming back to order, and knitting is helping with that.

 

Happy knitting all!