Closing Ceremony

This afternoon was the closing ceremony party for the knitting Olympics organized by my one of my fellow local knitters.  I’ve referenced this event in my prior post.  There were so many wonderful projects submitted and the competition was fierce.  It was broken up into two categories – short track and long track.  My socks were in the short track category.  The table was filled with beautiful knitting after everyone arrived.

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Just shows how creative and unique each knitter is!!  The three judges arrived and had a tough task ahead of them.  While they examined all the entries we munched on cake, cookies and candy.  I contributed this fun giant cookie!

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After some long deliberations the judges were ready with their decision!  I was thrilled to receive the silver medal in short track.  Thus, making me a two time medalist!!  The organizer’s son makes amazing origami medals and I will be hanging this one with my last medal in my yarn room.

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Here are some close ups of some of the projects.

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This was the gold medal winner in short track and it had a matching hat!

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This is folded up but was the winner of the long track. It is the maple leaf shawl which can be found on Ravelry. It was amazing!!!

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Bronze medal winner in long track. Love the detail on the sleeve and throughout. This was actually a mossy green color so color in picture is a bit off.

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So much fun!!  I’ve now spent most of the evening trying to figure out what to take with me on my upcoming vacation.  It’s always so hard to chose a vacation project.  I decided to use some Noro a bunch of bought awhile back when it ended up in the sale bin.  Trying Echo Beach by Kieran Foley.  The Noro is nice and light and since I’m headed to the beach it seemed like a good pick!!

 

I Did It!!!

Wow!  I made it through my first Knit & Crochet blog week.  I managed 7 posts in 7 days and am pretty excited by that.  I want to thank http://www.eskimimimakes.com/ for organizing this whole adventure.  I was not sure what to expect but it was great.  I loved being challenged by the daily blog topics, I loved seeing all the new people reading my blog and I loved reading the blogs of others posting.

The last topic is to look forward and set goals for the coming year.  In early January I had a few work friends.  The three of us have worked together for a long time and offer support when our jobs are just too much.  We sat around my living room and talked about our passions that we would love to turn into more than hobbies.  I talked about knitting and blogging.  After that night I made it a point to blog on a more regular basis.

Then I stumbled across a post about Knit and Crochet blog week and it seemed to be a perfect fit. So when Knit and Crochet blog week rolls around next year I hope to be more proficient with my blogging skills.  I started expanding my horizons this week and want to continue.  I have some fun adventures planned which will give me lots of stories to blog about.  Hopefully in new and creative ways!  So keep reading and keep knitting!

Tools of the Trade

Today’s post is supposed to be about our favorite knitting tool.  For the non-knitters who read this blog you may wonder how many tools are involved in knitting and the answer would be many!  Besides the needles, there are stitch markers, measuring tapes, scissors, sewing needles and my personal favorite the yarn swift.  

I say that part in jest and part in all sincerity.  I’m not a mechanical girl by nature.  I work at a job where I can have other people deal with paper jams and broken printers so learning to use the yarn swift was quite daunting for me.  And the whole process has been the source of many laughs for my knitting group.  There is just something about how to get the yarn through the eye of ball winder that mystifies me everytime.  And, inevitably, at some point there is some sort of issue.

But I do love the yarn swift.  I love how beautiful it makes the skeins of yarn.  I love how easy it makes the balls of yarn (much more efficient than me, my knees and the couch).  It saves a lot of knot frustration.  I finally got my own swift, a birthday present and have now designed an entire craft room around it and I can swift whenever I want!

Tools of the Trade

Today’s post is supposed to be about our favorite knitting tool.  For the non-knitters who read this blog you may wonder how many tools are involved in knitting and the answer would be many!  Besides the needles, there are stitch markers, measuring tapes, scissors, sewing needles and my personal favorite the yarn swift.  

I say that part in jest and part in all sincerity.  I’m not a mechanical girl by nature.  I work at a job where I can have other people deal with paper jams and broken printers so learning to use the yarn swift was quite daunting for me.  And the whole process has been the source of many laughs for my knitting group.  There is just something about how to get the yarn through the eye of ball winder that mystifies me everytime.  And, inevitably, at some point there is some sort of issue.

But I do love the yarn swift.  I love how beautiful it makes the skeins of yarn.  I love how easy it makes the balls of yarn (much more efficient than me, my knees and the couch).  It saves a lot of knot frustration.  I finally got my own swift, a birthday present and have now designed an entire craft room around it and I can swift whenever I want!

List Mania

Something A Bit Different It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. 

So, that was yesterday’s assignment.  I’m a day behind but decided this would be a post of lists (I’m a huge fan of lists…).

Yarn Stores I’ve been to (and usually dragged some poor person traveling with me)

  1. Hill Country Weavers – Austin, TX
  2. Wild Yarns – Denver, CO
  3. KnitWitz – Jacksonville, FL
  4. Stitch DC – Washington, DC
  5. Purl Soho – NYC
  6. Knitty City – NYC
  7. Knit Witz – Key West, FL
  8. Avant Apres – Montpelier, France
  9. Churchmouse Yarns & Tea – Bainbridge Island, WA
  10. So Much Yarn – Seattle, WA
  11. Seaside Yarns, Juneau, AK

Fiber Festivals I’ve Attended

  1. Great Lakes Fiber Festival – Wooster, OH
  2. Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet
  3. Knitter’s Fantasy – Youngstown, OH
  4. Fiber Expo – Ann Arbor, MI

Can’t wait to add to both lists!

A Study of Color

Today’s assignment is to write about color.  What a wonderful topic!  If you were to ask me what colors of yarn I gravitate towards I would say purples, pinks, greens and I love variegated yarns of any color.  I think my love for variegated comes from my inability to commit to one whole color (and most likely my Libra trait of general indecision…).

Now, what colors have I actually knit with over the past year?  I just bought a new camera and my phone is a year old so any pictures of my knitting for the past year are on my phone so I went through and here’s what I came up with.

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Not bad!!!  There are a lot of pinks and purples in there.  I do enjoy the colors of fall and tend towards beiges and browns for neutrals.  I realized that when I went to pick out a shawl to wear with something black.  Put that on the list of things to knit…  

Now the scary part!  Compare all this to my stash.  When I moved two years ago in my home and was single I decided to devote an entire room to my stash, because why not??  It’s all my space, I don’t have to share with anyone!!  The nice (or bad) thing about this is I can see it all, all the time.  Some days it calls my name and some days it just taunts me.

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I would definitely identify this as my stash!  But I think we all tend to fall into color ruts.  I know in our knitting group who is going to choose the blue and who is going to choose the orange/red.  Maybe the next time I start a new project I will remember this and choose something new!

 

An info what???

I knew when I started Knitting and Crochet Blog week that this day was going to kill me.  I’m not a visual learner (I always use the written directions with lace and not the graph).  I do enjoy infographics – pie charts, graphs, etc. are all very fun to look at, but to create???

All day I was keeping this topic in the back of my head trying to come up with something to put into a graph form.  I scanned other blogs taking part of blog week but then that graph stuck in my head so I had to stop so I could come up with something original.

Over lunch I e-mailed my friend about setting up a time to continue working on our summer trip.  We are taking a group of young adults on a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Lourdes.  There is much to do.  That’s when it hit me.  This blog combines my love for travel with my love for knitting (and if anyone out there knows how I can combine those things and make money let me know!).  My infograph would involve the process of choosing the perfect travel project!

I came home and researched some free infograph sites.  I found this site http://infogr.am/beta/.  It has tons of cool things you can create and so I did, with my very limited knowledge.  I was pleased with my final project, while I could not quite perfect the pyramid shape, it still looked cool.

So, here it is!

<div style=”width:550px;border-top:1px solid #acacac;padding-top:3px;font-family:Arial;font-size:10px;text-align:center;”><a target=”_blank” href=”//infogr.am/The-Perfect-Travel-Project” style=”color:#acacac;text-decoration:none;”>The Perfect Travel Project</a> | <a style=”color:#acacac;text-decoration:none;” href=”//infogr.am” target=”_blank”>Infographics</a></div>

Ok, so the hidden part of this challenge is trying to figure out how to link and embed images and while I know my way around a computer I’m no genius.  I did the only thing I knew how to do, I took a picture of my screen.  So, here it is for real!!

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For the last five years my travel project of choice has been the Barn Raising Quilt (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/barn-raising-quilt).  Yes, five year if you are curious read my post “This yarn is like my student loans”  It meets every requirement I have – small, portable, easily picked up/put down/requires little yarn and no need to read a pattern.  One day I will finish it and then I will need my infograph to help me chose a new project.