Saturday, March 24, 2018

There's Not Enough Time!

There's not enough time!  It's something I say to my boyfriend at least a few times a day.  Before it was that there wasn't enough time to sleep or be cozy.  Since I've gotten back to my yarny crafts, it's been about not having enough time to knit or crochet. 

Right now I'm working on the heel on the Bumblebee sock.  I decided to use black yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners called Licorice I think.  The ballband only has numbers on it.  It's their Signature 4-ply.  I decided to just bite the bullet and do the heel before I finish the foot of the sock on the 9" circular.  I want to make sure the heel is actually 2", which is what I estimate it to be.  I'm not sure if I will ever do afterthought heels again.  They seem to be a pain in the ass.  I enjoy being able to just knit an easy sock tube, but doing the heels seems like an unnecessary burden.  Maybe it's just because I've never knit socks for Dan before and I'm not 100% sure they will fit.  Maybe a second pair, where I'm more confident that I'm knitting the right size, will be easier. 

My other major project this week has been the crocheted afghan, Peaceful Easy Blanket.  I decided to just do random stripes with the yarn as I get sick of looking at the same color.  I found the pink Ombre yarn at Joann's the other day, so right now that's the color I'm working on.  The blanket is going to be plenty long enough but I'm not sure it's going to be wide enough, so I might need to add some thick border crochet to make it a foot or so wider.  I have Caron One Pound in white that I can use for that.

Speaking of buying yarn, I got an unexpected chunk of change this week, so on my day off from work I went to a different Walmart and bought all the Bernat Pop! and Mandala yarns that I didn't already have.  So I have one cake of each color I could find.  I also got a pack of Boye Ergonomic crochet hooks so that I know I now have every size in an ergo handle.  The pack was under $25 for all 12 sizes, when I have paid $6.99-$8.99 for each one that I got in the past.  I also went to Joann's and got that skein of Ombre and 4 pounds of Caron yarn - 2 in a bright turquoise and 2 in white.  I also got 3 project bags with knit & crochet sayings on them.  Those were on clearance.  There were good coupons so that didn't put in as much of a dent in my wallet as usual.  I think the pounds of yarn came in under $5.50 each.  I walked out of Michaels without buying anything, since I'd been there a few days ago and got a few cupcakes and a yarn container, nothing else was jumping out at me. 

Now, in case you were concerned about all the acrylic cheap yarn I'm buying, don't fret.  I haven't given up on the wool yarns in my stash.  I'm just afraid to wash them, so it's not really my go-to.  I got rubber tiles to block on, and a couple pack of Dritz T-pins. I've been stalling on blocking the Scania shawl I made for J.  So yesterday I filled a bucket with water and soaked the shawl.  I immediately remembered that god-awful wet wool smell that I haven't smelled since I stopped felting about 13 years ago.  I set out the flooring tiles and pinned out the shawl and set a fan on the floor to increase airflow.  Then waited.  And waited.  And waited.  By the time I woke up this morning, I checked and it was nearly dry.  I think I'll wait until I get home from work tonight to unpin it. 

I finished knitting the final body part of J's monster momma.  I stitched up the pockets, now I just need to stuff & sew on the arms & legs and send it off with the shawl for J, and the socks for C. 

My 15 year old daughter has decided to knit, so we Skyped the other night while we tried to get her cast on for a scarf out of Mandala yarn.  We spent an hour, she didn't get the 40 stitches cast on.  Hopefully once we're cast on, the knitting can start and some muscle memory can start taking over.  I'm knitting a scarf out of the same yarn/colorway and needle size along with her.  It's Mandala Gnome yarn - a bright rainbow.

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