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Thoughts and inspiration for the winter months coming up: Never deny sunshine that is trying to flood through your windows. Open up the blinds and welcome it in. Especially on cold days. Fill your life with color and texture. Laugh.

The other day.

Exert from my traveling journal:

Ripping out the “my so called scarf”.
How could I mess up this pattern?
How could I knit the wrong row on the wrong side?
It is totally recognizable as to which side is which!
My poor, poor laceweight alpaca.
It made horrible noises when ripping it out, like matted hair being brushed.

I turned to my husband in my distraught and muttered, “I am above this.”

Maggie Smith as Thetis from "Clash of the Titans"

Maggie Smith as Thetis

Which in turn caused a conversation including Maggie Smith, as Thetis from Clash of the Titans, cursing me for being so vain. Vain for knitting something for myself and humbling me for doing so.

So that is when I decided it was time to start my Wooly Wormhead Mystery KAL. I will show her how vain I can be!

Started: Friday 11.13.09, brim work 1×1 rib
Yarn: handspun using FatCatKnits fiber, turned out lovely
Needles: Two US2 circulars purchased from Knitpicks
Size: working size Medium

Mystery 'A' in its early stages

Today I get to face the rain. I really wish I had rain boots. (okay boots ordered! these ones will be arriving soon!)

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I have been keeping myself busy by spending loads of good quality time with my DH and going on tons of bike rides through the woods. Here are some things we encountered so far.

Some owls that live in the neighborhood. It is so cute to listen to them call back and forth to one another.

Here is the poor possum that we rescued from the trail. We took the poor guy in to Wildcare. The  employees said that a large animal, maybe a dog, got ahold of the possum and wounded him. He was frightened but I hope he knew we were trying to help out.

I got my Lendrum late April and have been spinning more than knitting these days. I haven’t taken as many photos as I should have during the spinning process but I am going to work on that. I have some recently spun setting twist at the moment so that will have to come later but here is what is hot on the wheel.

Fiber: Enchanted Hallow by FreckleFaceFibers

And this past Sunday I finished my first patchwork quilt pillow (is it patchwork or quilt? I am so new to this I’m not quite sure).

O, lastly and maybe leastly (since I feel this to be not my best)

FO! Haha…a hat. I ripped out my “Blue Schlump” to make this. I think it will have to be gifted to a child since it is a tad small. I do have to say that I loved knitting this hat and will definitely try again with the largest size and more repeats.

Pattern: Beaufort Hat [ravelink]

Spring has come and what does a girl do when the weather makes promises of warmer days. Well, knit more socks and maybe a beret or two, I say.

Nights are longer and Nature beckons to be indulged in. We have been walking a lot these days. IU campus is wonderful in early Spring sunlight. We grab a couple of honeydew bubbleteas from Chow Bar on Indiana and cross over to walk by the observatory.

I submitted a poem to fiore, the B-town literary magazine. I need to be more involved with my town because I love it so. I write all the time but just file it away in folders to be unread by eyes. I have for the longest time wanted to make a poetry zine to sell at Boxcar Books. Maybe this will be the year? 2009 was to hold a lot of promises. 2009 was to make life more fulfilling. That is what we agreed upon.

Pattern: Meret by Wooly Wormhead [ravelink]
Needles: US7
Yarn: Rainbow Wool by Yarn Bee; colorway Seastorm

I have all of this breathtaking yarn and need a sweater to claim it. Originally intended for the February Lady Sweater but I said, “Ya know,  I’m just not that into a lacy sweater right now.”  A tiny voice had then interjected my earwaves, “What about Owls? You looooove owls!” And I found myself nodding in agreement to this overseer that we sometimes refer to as a conscience.

As always I have a disturbing addiction to changing patterns. I could go on and on in detail how and why. But I won’t.

These are my mods. I want a cardigan instead of a pullover. I want a worsted instead of a bulky. I want 3/4 sleeves instead of full length. I want easy minimal shaping. I want to use hook and eye closures. I want a rib pattern that won’t pucker the fabric.

Pretty low demands, eh?

All I can think about now is button shopping. Fourty-four buttons, here I come!

No no no. Nothing is falling except snow.

Here is a new pattern! Had loads of fun designing and knitting on my snow day!

Pattern: London Ridge Beret – Ravelink’d!
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Solid in Grape, 1 skein
Needles: set of 5 US#6 dpn

I still have three patterns to write up, pdf, and get them ready for the world. The three troublemakers; Riphraph Mitts, Snowden, and Northwoods Lodge Mittens.

I guess I never gave updates really to the whole “tumor” issue. I am sorry I didn’t get around to it.
EVERYTHING is just FINE. No cancer cells to be heard of. Thanks again to everyone for all your kind comments and wishes. I believed they helped! It is nice to know people like you! (You know who you are..)

As a knitter I am constantly finding ways to complicate things. Like signing up for knitting a sock each month for a year (which I know I won’t do because deadlines give me the geebies), taking a simple pattern and plugging in tons of cables and lace to turn it into the pattern of mass destruction or never having the right tools to complete a task that then takes three times as long to do. I never learn my lesson and instantly regret blurting out my commitments.

I haven’t finished the Cobblestone Pullover yet…but instead have casted on for…the February Lady, a beret, a pair of mitts, a pair of socks, some handspinning, a baby sweater, some other baby paraphernalia, plus others that I have forgotten but they are in the travel bag somewhere. Knitter ADD (KADD) is striking everywhere.

I am at the point of setting up alters to bring in good concentration vibes that hopefully I can remember and complete:

house cleaning and organizing
finishing up loose end projects
dropping off recycling
dropping off donations
signing up for more photo storage on Flickr

Real life gets in the way of creativity and I need to find a happy medium between the two.

Snowed in? Knit up this dimple textured bulky hat and quick! Made on size US11 circulars and has an easy to remember pattern sequence.

PATTERN COMING SOON!

Hark!

It has been a while since updating my little window here. I left you all with fearfullness, worries, stagnant place of being, tired…all of those things. I was in a pit of despair. Not where you would like to spend a holiday. No way indeed! Time had passed, has passed, things are UP! Clouds have parted and doorways have been opened. Okay, enough with the mush mush.

OBAMA has won, Bryan has made it through surgery and has been checked for cancer with NEGATIVE results and Autumn is here! What could be better?

I have been knitting hats like crazy. Trying to keep the craniums happy. Itching to knit new Christmas stockings (because we are actually going to have a “mantle” to place them on this year) and finally bought the correct size needle to start knitting the sleeves of Bry’s Cobblestone Pullover (by Jared Flood).

KNITTING SPINNING AND LAUGHING AGAIN!

Took a walk this evening and was able to capture some snapshots along the way..

in order above: top left-the lyra hat, top right-blue slump, bottom left-koolhaas, bottom right-greyfell peeking thru the spinning wheel

and the CHIPMUNK OF NIHM!

So much has happened since the last post. On September 16, 2008 we found out that my DH has a tumor in his colon and that the doctor wants to do surgery immediately. We are seeing another doctor (an actual surgeon and part of the cancer team at the hospital). Times are rough here.  I am out of work so we only have one income to pay all the bills and believe me we are scraping by. Things are stressed because we don’t know any final outcomes whether there is cancer in there or not. Waiting is the hardest part of knowing. This past week has been hell. We live the day trying not to worry and ignoring the situation but still it is there poking at our stomachs letting us know it isn’t going away.

Seven years ago he went in for a colonoscopy and they found two polyps and an ulcer. They gave him medication in the form of cream but did not mention to him to come back in to get the polyps removed. This year we called the same clinic to make an appointment with them. They had no record of him having a colonoscopy done but record of an anesthesia given plus the medication cream. Strange. We were confused, upset, throwing blames but nothing could be done.

In hopes to raise some money I set up my first Etsy (saibhriot.etsy.com) shop ever.

I have been wanting to do this for over a year and just haven’t had the courage to. We need money…I make art and knit. I can make money. I mentioned on Etsy that the money is being raised for medical bills during this time. I somewhat feel that people don’t really want to hear this or they might think it to be used as a sale pitch and I don’t want them to feel like that. I am only being honest in what I am doing. It is hard to even get noticed on Etsy without proper advertisement and I am not one to go around and brag and advertise much.

To try to keep my mind off things and yet still on things, I began knitting my DH a sweater. With every stitch there is a tiny prayer. With every row there is hope and love. I chose to knit the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood.

I do have a finished project and also one being offered as either a pattern or handmade good on my Etsy site.

The Wood and Berry Cowl

and fingers…and my whole bloody hand! I don’t wear gloves while dyeing. A lovely specimen from Orata which has undergone a transformation. Said to be silk..how awesome! Pamper my head with silk! I am knitting the Apres-Ski Kerchief from Handknit Holidays with this lovely stuff. I can’t wait to finish it so I can break it in while hiking and finding Letterboxes.

Update: I got the art bug again!! This time my loverly women adorn/sprout their fiber addictions! Hopefully I can finish it up and make some prints, correspondence sets, etc. for Etsy!! I need to get my shop going. I am happy with this breakthrough!

In the Click

Rust Bunny Hops
5%teal

Miss March Matinee
25%teal

Callum's Kaftan
50%teal

Calico Rock Cardigan
60%teal

River Rapid Socks
50%teal

Felix Cardigan
15%teal

Finis

2010

Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat


2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Liesl
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Koolhaas
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
Owlets
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Snowden
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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