That’s probably true of most knitters. The observation has been made more than once that knitting and cats go together. I’m starting another hat after scarcely finishing one. I spent some time picking the cat hair out of it only to notice that more was getting caught in it. I looked down at my shirt to find that Keaton had left abundant evidence of his presence in my life.
This hat will be like the one I just finished, in that it will be made of acrylic and will go in the box for the local police officers. This time however, I’m going to use a cast on method taught to me by my dear friend Kit. Instead of measuring and remeasuring and obsessively casting on over and over again I’m going to use yarn from the other end of the ball.
I’m always irritated during the first row of a hat, but the cleverness of Kit, who has dog hair in her knitting instead, has made this one that much easier.
Does anyone else work on more than one craft project at a time, on the same day? Or is it just me?
This week I’ve crocheted on an old project, started and frogged a new project, fiddled with a few blog posts, taken and edited pictures, and I’ve knit a several rows on a hat I. I’ve got some glass beads sitting on my craft table that have been turned into stitch markers and/or bracelet charms. I’ve made ornaments for my Halloween tree. I have
dozens of a few new projects that I want to start Right. The. Hell. Now. I have may or may not have printed simple Halloween coloring pages off the internet and colored them. Oh, and I want to read the Spin Off magazines that I brought home from Barnes and Noble.
Most of the days of this week have been like this. Is this an over abundance of creativity, a problem with commitment, or a heavy dose of being scatter brained?
One of those things sounds better than the other two.
A couple of weeks ago, I questioned if I would ever be able to cast on for a hat just once and be satisfied with the length of the tail left over.
It took me many cast ons to get this hat going. I even got to the end of the first row when I started to question the pattern. It called for 102 stitches for the large size of hat and this seemed perfectly reasonable until I got to the end of the row and didn’t have enough stitches to complete the 2×2 rib that I was doing. I was then super annoyed at the designer for asking for 102 stitches when that clearly wouldn’t work for a 2×2 rib pattern. I was just about to leave a comment about it when I happened to re-read the pattern, as one does, or should, when I noticed that the pattern is not, in fact, a 2×2, it’s a 2×1.
I ripped it all out, cast on 100 stitches and proceeded with the normal hat that I carry around in my memory.
There is an answer to the cast on conundrum. It’s a very nice answer taught to me by my friend Kit, who is an extremely knowledgeable and accomplished knitter. I’m not positive she hasn’t sold her soul to accomplish such proficiency. It’s to not measure for a tail at all, you just use a second strand of yarn either from another ball or from the other end of the skein. It’s just that I’m stubborn. I had already wound the falling-apart skein into a nice, neat ball and didn’t want to rewind it into something else. Like a super useful and handy yarn cake.
The hat has made it to the crown,
without being thrown,
ready for the decreases,
until the knitting ceases.
Halloween soap for all the sinks in the house
Awful tasting but delightful smelling candy corn that goes into a glass pumpkin. Candy corn is a decoration in this house, not an edible treat.
Other seasonally appropriate treats.
Decorations for the holiday tree. Old and new.
Hand-made ornaments for the tree.
I ordered glass beads to make stitch markers or bracelet charms and they arrived in the tiniest little ziplock bags I’ve ever seen!
Other decorations waiting to be deployed.
I think I’m ready.
I might be getting back into spinning. Mind you, I was never truly into spinning. I purchased a spindle and some fiber in September of 2010, dabbled a little bit, purchased a book or five (complete with videos) and received a Kromski wheel as a gift from my mother in 2011. I dabbled a little bit more and partially filled a couple of bobbins. Then the crafty part of my brain jumped into other things. However, spinning would occasionally wander in and out of my thoughts. I watched the lovely and accomplished efforts of my fibery friends with longing. My spinning wheel was always in easy reach but remained untouched, gathering dust. My spinning stash continued to grow, slowly, but I still hadn’t spun in the few years after acquiring the spindle and wheel.
During my afternoon at the fiber arts fair, I gave in to the temptation of another spindle and have been spinning little bits each day on both spindles. Each time I start I have to let the fiber unwind a little in order to remember which direction I need to turn the spindle but I think I’m getting a little better at it each day.
I suppose I should try out my wheel next. It has been sitting there in my
dining craft room oh, so patiently ever since we moved to the new house.
I’m not sure why I didn’t take any pictures, but a couple of weeks ago I spent an afternoon sitting with my friends (and doing a little shopping) at the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair. It’s a lovely fair with vendors lining the arena of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park & Event Center. Some days you just need to be surrounded by like minded individuals. Here, I was surrounded by knitters, crocheters, spinners, and walls upon walls of fiber of all kinds. It was glorious. My friend Elizabeth let us sit with her in her booth. She makes the most beautiful spindles. I had been thinking about obtaining one of her creations for a while and had made up my mind that I was going to buy one of her kates. I may or may not have also come home with another spindle.
It was hard to choose from all the gorgeous pieces but I eventually decided on these beauties.
I came home with this gorgeous pile of skeins is from Greenwood Fiberworks. I think it wants to be a shawl.
I was feeling so crafty when I got home that I just had to create something. I was a little too unsure of my spinning skills to try and spin something so I made stitch markers.
The next Tuesday, I dug some fiber out of my stash and packed it into my knitting bag along with my first spindle and headed off to Knit Night. Elizabeth got me started on the new spindle and I’ve been spinning a tiny bit on both spindles most days ever since.
It’s not a secret that I love school supplies. And it’s not just a rationalization for buying these school supplies that I say knitters need mpens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and notebooks. But what about tape?
Well, tape is useful for repairing the ball bands that fall apart.
It is also useful for getting the cat hair off the yarn and the project.
Because expecting the cat to stay away from the knitter, yarn, and project is asking for way too much.
See what I did there? I totally
rationalized justified the need for me to buy that little orange tape dispenser.
Oh, when the oldest boy needed a pencil sharpener? Bestill my heart.
Today this is what my desk looks like.
I’m not sure why I thought this was blog-worthy, but here it is. I always have several projects going on at once. The dishcloth is a housewarming gift for a friend who just bought a house. The cross stitch is one I’ve had going on for years and I just gout out again because the spirit of Halloween crafting has wrought upon me. The real mess is under the desk and on the
dining room craft room table behind me.
I finally got the first watch cap to a point where I like to think it is going well. There is a stitch or two that is out of place but I think I’m going to try to ignore that.
Who am I kidding? There’s no way I could ignore it. I let the column of stitches unravel and hooked it back up with a crochet hook
When you add hugs, kisses, a pony, and flowers to your hubby’s shopping list:
I wonder if I’ll ever be able to get the length of the tail for a long-tail cast on just right on the first try.