How people found this blog

Every November I have a few thematic topics I like to post. Today I shall start with odd phrases that brought people here along with a commentary where appropriate.

First up is a language I don’t speak but google assures me that the phrase/word translates to

Dumbness inverter Buffy

I can’t even begin to offer an explanation as to why that person was directed here since I don’t speak or write the language in which the search was conducted.

Next up, we have:

  • girl with yarn I like this one, I am a girl, I have yarn. I hope I was what that person was looking for.
  • eight flame dragon I got nothing here, I suppose I must talk about dragons somewhere but not one with eight flames.
  • wordpress confessions of a book This leaves me wondering if someone is writing a book or hopes to read the book, what would said book confess about WordPress?
  • snob Well, searching the entire internet for one word, well, needle meet haystack.
  • crochet piggy slippers I can’t even begin to express with words how much I want to run this search to find piggy slippers.
  • ist of words that are good to put in wordle Really? Isn’t this supposed to be your own set of words? Why would you use words that belong to someone else?

And that’s about it since the rest of the searches were relevant to the topics I write about.

A sweater for me

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

In 14 days I will quietly celebrate my one year anniversary with my spinning wheel. I bought 2 pounds of inexpensive Shetland sheep fiber with the wheel so I could practice on something that I was not emotionally or financially attached to. The lovely woman who sold all of it to me informed me that 2 pounds was enough for a sweater. I quietly giggled and said, “Oh no, no sweater for me, too much work. I’m just going to make little things here and there-mittens, hat scarf and what-nots.” Then I sat at the wheel, 10 minutes a day for several months. I had enough yarn to make a hedgehog for Boo with a bit left over in yarn form and over 1.5 pounds in fiber form. A sweater was suddenly a real possibility because I didn’t want to try to come up with many uses for all that fiber. I took much of late winter/early spring off from spinning and picked it up again in the late spring. I made it a goal to finish spinning my yarn by mid-July and did. I also bought a little bit more fiber as a cushion in case I need more than I thought I needed. Good plan as the lovely woman who sold me that fiber out of a huge bag of it is finally out of it.
My poor yarn is quite over spun. I was so fearful that it would pull apart that I treadled like mad. I feel confident that my sweater will long out last me and I don’t plan on going away in the near future. I washed and whacked and swatched. I picked a needle size, tried it out and tried out two smaller sizes then tried the other two again. I went with my original size and started last weekend.
During the month of November every year there seem to be many -alongs to encourage people to push and accomplish goals. I participate in NaBloPoMo because I like to push myself to post interesting things every day for a month. Some people attempt to write a 175-page novel during the month, NaNoWriMo. Some try to knit an entire sweater in 30 days, NaKniSweMo. While I cast on in the last parts of October, after I started blogging for November, I set another unofficial goal of knitting my Shetland sweater in a month and reporting here at least once a week, Thursdays.

The pattern:
I am knitting # 263 Wrap Cardigan Top Down from Knitting Pure and Simple. As of the writing of this post, my sweater is the last sweater in the third row.

The yarn:

The progress:
I have 5.5 inches, almost to the row to divide out stitches for the sleeves.

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In which I forget a title

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

cozy_shawl_001

Here is the shawl I posted about last week. My husband likes to pick on me when he sees me knitting on it because I have ripped it out several times. He asks if I’ve ripped it out to which I show him my work rather than answer. The length speaks for itself. I have to say I believe this to be a simple lace pattern over an 8 row repeat, even though it’s knit in a heavier than lace-weight yarn. Once every two or so repeats, I end up having to rip out a few rows to figure out where I lost the stitch. (I never gain them, well, there was that one time . . . )

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In which I rationalize a knitting slump

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

My knitting is slow-going just now. I’ve been wrapped up sorting crafts and other boxes in the basement, collecting things for an upcoming baby, and gardening.

Almost off my needles is one baby blanket in mint green with teddy bears. I would like to make a plushy teddy bear in the same color to go with the blanket, time will tell.

Next up (maybe) is a ducky blanket much like the teddy bear, only soft yellow instead of green. I would also like to make a plushy ducky to go with the blanket. Not that they would be inseparable, just coordinating.

Still no photos to offer, still no finished Spring Chick, though I have made progress on it. I’m afraid the fiddly work upsets my elbow a bit and until I go back for more prolotherapy I’m avoiding fiddly.

While not related to knitting, I have been slowly collecting scrapbook pieces here and there hoping to finish my (our) wedding scrapbook before our second anniversary or at the very least the arrival of Little One. I may be ready now.

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Threaden Thursday

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

I haven’t posted anything knitting related in a while so here’s what’s on and off my needles in 2009?

  • I made a pair of slippers for Granny, peach and white. But I failed to take pictures. I’m sure Granny will show if you ask nicely.
  • I am working on my R2D2 plushy bot, slowly. Much like the R2D2 beanie, I am knitting in the round, intarsia style. I am sort of making the pattern up as I go. I purchased a collector R2D2 and opened the package. I’ll wait for the collective gasp to settle. I then measured in centimeters and graphed according to how large the final product should be. I’m probably about 5-10% into the project. I picked up some nice plastic bobbins, in Traverse City a few months ago, to make this project easier than the beanie. There’s a nice Ben Franklin with reasonable prices.
  • I found a cute chick and egg pattern on a knitting site that I frequent. It’s an Alan Dart pattern, available on his site for free as of today. I don’t understand the difference between decrease by working two together and k2tog, so I’ve decided to make it up as I go. I’m probably about 5% of the way through this one.
  • I have ten or so squares from a swap I participated in to collect blocks to make a blanket. I don’t know if I’ll participate in another swap, it was a lot of work to hostess this and it wore me out.

I have no photos to offer, check back next week and I might have a pic or two.

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Christmas Knitting Update 4

This week’s progress: 29 fish for a total of 90 fish completed at this time.

Fish Joining the Fishbowl
29 fish: 2 truffle heather (brownish-purple), 7 soft blue (oops), 5 red, 6 light country peach, 6 bone (khaki), 3 chocolate brown

Previous Fish
61 fish: 2 red from stash, 6 orange from stash, 5 yellow from stash, 1 chocolate brown from stash, 1 purple from stash, 6 cream/off-white from stash, 6 watermelon pink, 6 limelight green, 6 lemonade yellow, 6 dark sage green, 6 forest floor green, 6 mango orange-yellow, and 4 truffle heather (brownish-purple).

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Happy Thanksgiving

While many recent events in the USA cause me great concern, I still have plenty of things for which I am thankful. I have wonderful a family, I have friends, my husband has a good job, I can afford to have three kitties and a doggie who help to pass the time, I have life and much more. I hope you have taken time some time this year to reflect on the people in your life for whom you are thankful.

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Christmas Knitting Update 3

Fish count Friday?

It’s still not Friday, but it is time for a fish update. As previously stated, this post is protected until after Christmas so the recipient won’t accidentally spoil his surprise.

This week’s progress: 29 fish for a total of 61 fish completed at this time, not quite the halfway point, which concerns me. I needed to be at least halfway through the fish making process by now. I need to find my muse earlier in the year or choose quicker knits. On the brighter side, I have the fish pattern memorized and I almost doubled my total. After 52 fish one would hope so.

New Fish (29)
1 more limelight green, 6 lemonade yellow, 6 dark sage green, 6 forest floor green, 6 mango orange-yellow, and 4 truffle heather (brownish-purple)

Previous Fish (32)
2 red from stash, 6 orange from stash, 5 yellow from stash, 1 chocolate brown from stash, 1 purple from stash, 6 cream/off-white from stash, 6 watermelon pink, 5 limelight green.

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when public add tags: tessellate, fish, blanket

If you give a girl some yarn

(a la Laura Numeroff style)

If you give a girl some yarn, she might stare at you questioningly, then ask for a pattern to make.
If you give a girl a pattern, she will most definitely ask for needles or a hook.
If you give a girl some needles or a hook, she might need instructions (to learn how to knit/crochet).
If you give a girl instructions, she may ask about videos to better understand the technique.
If you give a girl the url to videos, she’ll see others working on interesting projects and will ask if there are free patterns online.
If you give a girl pattern urls, she’s bound to discover a podcast or two about yarn and ask for an mp3 player.
If you give a girl an mp3 player, she’ll download podcasts and is bound to learn about a famous yarnie site. She’ll ask for an invite.
If you give a girl an invite to said site, she’ll probably ask for more yarn.
If you give a girl some yarn . . .

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