Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WiP Wednesday: Volume 3 Issue 12

What a week! Things have been crazy. I have started projects, frogged projects and given up on projects. I have not picked up the needles since last Wednesday's check in, alas no progress photos today. I am sad too.

This week (since Monday) I have been working on getting my space "family presentable". In just over a week, my sister & her family will be visiting and I thought it would be nice if I cleaned. So I am working on that. A little each night, otherwise I throw everything in a closet in a fit of frustration!

I am still looking for the most suitable replacement for Google Reader. I did breakdown today and read my feed on Reader. That counts as a work in progress right?

I have picked up a few patterns that I am eager to cast on, but feel I really need to complete something before I cast on something new.

Since I am a bit ahead of my cleaning schedule, I am planning on sitting down tonight and working on another Tin Kitchen square. That sounds like so much more fun than dusting my bookcases!

I hope you are all having a very progress filled week. Let me know what you are working on in the comments below.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The One with the Unnerving Change

So many things are changing. Just last week, Friday maybe, I clicked on my Google Reader button and was met with a notice that they were shutting Reader down. WHAT?!?! You are shutting down Reader?!?! But, but, but how will I read my blogs?

I thought perhaps I was the only one using Google Reader and that was why they were doing it. Because apparently they don’t know who I am and that I am to be treated like a Queen. But that doesn’t seem to hold true. At least the part about me being the only one to use Reader. I am quite certain they don’t know who I am…

There were some links floating around about alternatives to Reader. And so I have been trying a few things out. Feedly was my first test. I don’t like the layout and I don’t like the fact that the posts never go away like they do with Google Reader. You can’t just mark one as “read”, you have to mark the entire page. Sure it is easy to share a post and save it for later. And my twitter feed is on the side. But it is not Google Reader. And I haven’t found a “Skip” button like on GR. Grrrrrrrrr

I tried Bloglovin and am still trying to figure that out. Perhaps it is better suited on the iOS system and not on the Internet. I haven’t downloaded it yet.

I don’t know if Mr. Reader is going to work when GR goes away or not. I am not sure how anything is going to work. I don’t even want to use GR right now because I think it will make it that much harder when it does go away. I am just trying to find a good solution.

It’s weird because usually I don’t mind change. But this is actually quite unnerving.

Are you having trouble with the demise of Google Reader? Have you found a suitable alternative? Please let me know. I am three steps away from needing a supply of paper bags.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WiP Wednesday: Volume 3 Issue 11

This week has been so crazy I sort of forgot it was Wednesday until I sat down tonight & turned on hockey only for it to be NBC NHL Rivalry Night. Oops!

I do have some works with a little bit of progress. I have had to put some things on hold. Namely the Winding River Cowl. And to be perfectly honest I don't think I will be picking that back up. the yarn for some lovely baby items.

Speaking of baby, our family recently, as in two days ago, found out that there are twins on the way (a boy and a girl). Actually they are due in three weeks! A panic I am in.

So...first up this is what is on my needles right this minute

Doesn't look like much yet, but it is an Aviatrix using some Cascade 220 Superwash. I have never knit this before, no idea why. It is shaped by short rows and then I am assuming there is some sort of pickup or grafting as it calls for a provisional cast on.

Before news of impending twinage, I was happily enjoying knitting these...

The Tin Kitchen Blanket squares. I am using some Knit Picks Shine Sport in Green Apple and

White. Loving it. So much fun. I tweeted that it seems a bit oxy-moronic to knit a square in the round. This is how addictions start.

And speaking of addictions...

I eeked out one measly hexagon.

I definitely have the motivation. I have put school work on hold until after the first week of April. I have put all other knitting aside. I am hoping these babies like their comfy home right now and give me time to get something done for them.

What are you working on? Do you have a quick-go-to baby knit? Please let me know! I am desperate!

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Saturday Share: March 9, 2012

I'm cutting it close to the wire for Saturday! Well I still have just under three hours MST.

On Sunday, while watching The Following on DVR, I knit this up

This is the garter version of the Leafy Washcloth by Megan Goodacre. I used Lion Cotton in Evergreen and a US 8 needle. I got most of the concave to block out. I could have been a little more aggressive with blocking.

This works up so quickly and is so easy to nail down the pattern. I love patterns that decrease down!

On Monday, while watching hockey, Dallas & The Following, I knit up this

Yep! The stockinette version of the same cloth. I used Lion Cotton again, only this time in Avocado. I think I like this version more because of the stem and it isn't quite as fat as the garter version. I have nothing against fat, Cooper and I are card carrying members of that society, I just prefer the bit more leafy shaped version better. Plus it blocked out a bit better.

I think I might need to rethink my US 8 selection for cloths. I might need to go to a US 7. I am just not getting the "tightness" I would like.

Both of the yarns were scraps that I have. I am doing my best to use scraps and cotton I already have. I have so much cotton that I don't need to buy any...probably ever!

Again, fun, quick knits that are great for a spring swap with the trees beginning to bud or a fall swap with falling leaves. I think working these up in a variegating fall or tonal color would be fun.

When the stockinette version was wet and blocking, it had the prettiest tonal coloring to it. It was sad to see that that didn't stay. Not that I expected it to, but oh it would have been pretty.

I hope your Saturday was full of sun and fun! We had a lovely blue Montana Big Sky with a bitter wind, but it is always lovely to see that gorgeous blue sky!

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Friday Favorites: Volume 1 Issue 9

T.G.I.F am I right? I can't complain too much, this week wasn't so bad. But it is always nice to get to that quitting time mark on a Friday and know that you don't have to get up early and wear heels (not that I really wear heels all that much). What's not nice is that I lose an hour of my weekend due to Daylight Savings Time. They really should have that start at say 3:00 p.m. on Friday, or better yet, Monday! Not in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

But, I am not here to beat to death the saga of Daylight Savings. I am here to share my favorite...


I figure since I spend so much of my down time on my iPad and now iPhone that I could share with you some of my go to apps.

First is Instagram. I love this app so much. I love peeking into the lives of others and what is great is that there is a huge variety of people and groups out there on IG. The Penguins post regular photos from warm ups and practices, as do the New York Rangers. Different celebrities also have Instagram accounts and you can see what they are up to. I love taking a little mid-morning or late afternoon (you never know how a day will go) break and catching up.

Tweetbot is the best twitter app there is. Hands down, the best. The thing I love the most is that you get a preview of a picture in a post so you can decide if you want to view it full screen or not. I wish the online twitter would figure this out. I am on twitter during just about every Penguins game & on their off nights. I actually have it open on my iPad next to me right now because Colorado is playing Chicago & it is 4-1 Avs. And since Chicago has not had a regulation loss this season...well it's kind of big news.

I have to tell you that at first I thought twitter was stupid, but then I got an account and started following people and now I just love it. There is nothing that feels better than making a comment and having it retweeted. Well there are a ton of things better than that, but that is at the top in twitterland.

I use Google Reader as my RSS reader of choice for blogs and the mobile version leaves something to be desired. I searched for an app and finally found Mr. Reader. He is awesome. He has the no-frills stripped down Reader version, but with just a touch, you are looking at the web version. I love it. He even allows you to follow links easily. If there is a better app out there, I would love to know what it is! Because this guy is tops in my book.

I found Catch Notes through genius I believe. I am not 100% on that. It is great. I think it is very similar to Evernote (which I also have). I have not really taken the time to figure either app out fully, but right now this is my go to notes & lists app.

What are your favorite apps? I am strictly IOS, especially since my iPhone is my first smartphone! But share your favorite Droid or IOS apps. I think you can find most apps on either platform now.

I hope your Friday went the way you wanted and that your weekend (whenever it is) is filled with all the things you love and none of the things you don't!

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

WiP Wednesday: Volume 3 Issue 10

March is upon us and I am tentatively doing at KAL for March. So I do have some progress made on that....

...some, not much. This is something like eight rows. Maybe ten. It is the Winding River Cowl and is a 2x2 rib that is so boring I zoned out at one point and had to be "awakened". Yeah. I thought it would be fun because I thought A) it was knit in-the-round. It is not, it is knit flat and then bound off with a three-needle-bind-off. B) would go fast. It is not going fast at all. C) was a cable pattern. Technically it is, but there are two cable crossings in the 28 row pattern. TWO!

I can't be 100% that I will finish this at all in March because....well because it is so freaking boring to knit at this point. I am not a huge fan of rib to begin with, it's fine for an edge on a hat or sweater (not that I knit a lot of sweaters or any for that matter), but a whole "scarf" of it? Blech.

So in the mean time, I worked up a few more hexagons

I sort of play this game with my scrap balls of cotton. I am convinced when rolling them and holding them that there is more than enough for a hexagon and then the pattern and crocheting mock me when it gets close to the end that there is not going to be enough. Lately I have been winning, but I am expecting to lose big here soon.

I actually worked on another couple of things, sort of a two part project that is COMPLETE! I plan on sharing that on Saturday. But that is why more of the KAL cowl is not done. I needed some oopmf in my life and knitting on that "project" worked for me. I would have given a sneak peak but they are on the blocking boards. Yeah, I blocked something. Can you believe that? I hate blocking because I don't think I do it right.

I am itching to cast on something new, but I know I can't. This next week I want to work on the bear because it was supposed to be a Christmas present and then when that didn't happen it was changed to a birthday present. Birthday is in 29 days. Yep. Might be a Christmas gift yet!

What are you working on this week. Let me know and link me up so I can see (if you have a blog or through Ravelry if you are a Raveler.)

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Saturday Share: March 2, 2013

I mentioned in my WiP Wednesday post that there was a new local yarn store. Stitches opened in September and mostly runs on word of mouth. I made my first trip last Saturday as it was one of the Saturdays they were open.

The selection is nice. It is small, but it is all good quality yarn at fair prices. I didn't have a specific project in mind, I was mostly just checking it out, getting a feel for it. I knew I would be back though. I knew that I would be making a purchase or several!

I went back on Wednesday afternoon to pickup this set of DPNs

The Harmony 6" set from Knit Picks. It sold for the KP online price and had the added benefit that I didn't have to wait for the postman to bring it.

I also picked up the supplies for their March KAL

(Needle and bag were already mine).

I have been wanting to knit with the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, but never had a specific product or yardage amount in mind. The Winding River Cowl is the perfect yarn for it. Karolee had a sample knit up in a dark brown colorway of the baby cashmerino. I knew I wanted something light and soft in color and this lilac called to me straightaway. I am excited to cast on this weekend and get started. I plan on featuring it in WiP Wednesday posts as well as a Saturday Share later in the month. I need to have the finished cowl to the store by March 30th to be included in a drawing for a gift certificate.

I look forward to picking up some Mountain Colors yarn from Stitches as well. She has some gorgeous colorways. I am just looking for the perfect project.

It is very exciting to have our very own LYS. The closest ones were a minimum of an 90 minute drive away. I hope more knitters come out of the woodwork and support this hidden treasure.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Friday Favorites: Volume 1 Issue 8

Welcome to March! I love starting the month with a clean slate. For my first March Friday Favorites post, I am looking at some of my favorite "non-traditional" art. So many things are art, but it use to be that you thought about paintings as art or photography. And they were usually large pieces on canvases or sculptures chiseled out of clay or stone.

I have some photographs that I love and perhaps one day will share. We have some lovely paintings and numerous treasured figurines and such. But today I wanted to focus on some of my more "unusual" pieces from different materials.

Onto the art shall we?
I have to start with my two "feature" pieces in the collage photo

First is this penguin that was drawn by my youngest nephew and then embroidered & quilted by my sister. They are framed in floating frames and hang opposite my bed. I recently redid my bedroom in yellow and gray and I adore the fabrics she chose. But I must say I adore the "drawing" the most.

My oldest nephew got in on the action too (I am not sure they had a choice...) and drew this bird. I am not sure what kind of bird it is, but I know it is some kind and he can name it in an instant. He is really into birds and does an excellent job at drawing them and naming them.

When I was younger drew a "Welcome Friends" sign that is awful, but still hangs in the kitchen. I always thought my mom was trying to spare my feelings by hanging it. Once I became an auntie and received my first artwork from the boys I knew how special these items are. I still wish that welcome friends picture met the shredder, but I get it.

In 2011, we went to a bazaar over the Thanksgiving weekend and there was a pottery booth that had some amazing pieces. The entire family took part in the art and the daughter and sculpted these monsters. I purchased one for a Monster Swap I was in and received this one as a gift. He did lose part of his tentacle, but he is duel sided or two-faced. I love the grumpy look and it matches my mood more times than not.

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted some more "zen" artwork and sought out some Buddha posters that I framed. We were browsing a local florist/gift shop and I found this stone painting of a serene blue Buddha and knew I had to have it. I have moved on from the Buddha artwork in my living room, but this remains. It is so peaceful and just makes me feel calm and centered.

I've had this piece for a while now and I just love it. My sister had gifted my mom with a leaf and it is just the coolest thing. Mom searched out the artist and bought a few leaves for gifts. I find them super cool with just a touch of creepiness. 

And finally...

I have two tattoos and I would have shown both if I didn't need a good leg shaving to feature the other one. Sorry it is kind of fuzzy, it is hard to take a picture upside down. And excuse how horribly old my feet look. I am going with the fact that I was fresh out of the shower and had contorted my foot at a weird angle.

I've had this tattoo for almost six years I believe. Five or six, but I think six. I was looking for another tattoo and knew I wanted it on my foot (if only I had known the amount of pain involved in that location decision). I was thinking of a dragonfly, but then I saw this flourish dragon head and knew that it was meant to be. Yes, it hurt. Tattoos always hurt, it is a needle embedding ink into your skin, it hurts. The "pain" comes into play with your level of tolerance. I had an extremely high tolerance with my first tattoo. It is big and it is on my inner calf. There is fat and muscle and it isn't that bad. On your foot there is nothing but a thin layer of skin and some bone and it hurts. If you want something bad enough...

I love all my art, but these are some of my fun, special and unusual pieces.

What kind of art do you have around your house? Do you collect one type or are you an eclectic collector?