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Blue Gold
08 July 2016 @ 08:43 pm

Homes are changing, boxes packed, apartments emptied. I packed all the books. I lost count once I surpassed 20 boxes of books, because really, did I need to keep counting? I donated, a few shelves worth, and still the movers were all “so you like reading eh?” Though we did end up having a conversation about comics that was pretty fun.


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Knitting Goals


1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ still.  I’ve also started Cabeladabra and that is growing quickly. It is already about 8 inches. 


 


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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream – apparently it wasn’t that far fetched. Two pairs of socks done. 


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Spinning Goals


1. Learn supported spindling

2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 


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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta. 


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Sewing Goals 


1. Finish my Dress

2. Sew some new bag styles


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3. Learn some new skills

4. Sew more in general


Shop Goals



1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)

2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!

3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits

4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.


Life Things


1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads) – they were packed does that count

2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 

3. Donate some books

4. Pack

5. Move


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1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted

2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection

3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued

4. Stonecutter

5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril


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6. A chunky cowl

7. A heirloom lace shawl

8. Double my memories blanket

9. A mystery KAL

10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)

11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting

12. Christmas Ornaments – One done  and gifted 


 




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Blue Gold
04 July 2016 @ 09:08 am

Happy Fourth to my fellow celebrating Americans!


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It’s July, of course its sweater weather…somewhere not here. But to me it seems to be sweater knitting weather at the very least.  I have started to work on Cabeladabra and am making lightning progress it seems. Especially for only having been knitting on the sweater for two days.


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Quite a lot of  sweater, though I am knitting a couple more inches than the pattern calls for before starting the waist decreases, the joy of being nice and tall. But perhaps, I can finish this sweater and Royale in the next few weeks and make it so I’m back on track on the sweater plot for this year!




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Blue Gold
27 June 2016 @ 09:32 am

This Thursday will be the last day that the etsy shop will be open for the summer. It will be closed for all of July and part of August. This means that you only have a couple more days to get something, before I go on a moving break. The coupon code PACKING will be active until the shop is on vacation so say see you later with 20% off anything in stock.


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So this is me living out of boxes the next few weeks…with a few knitting and spinning projects to keep me company.  Moving after six years…a barrel of fun… I’ll just line up a few of these, and use them to get me thorough the nights.


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Blue Gold
09 June 2016 @ 09:40 pm

Or should that be four.  Another pair of socks done, and another pile of boxes packed.  So does this officially make me a sock knitter? I mean I’ve actually finished socks finally… These socks are also the Favorite sock pattern by Voolenvine. This time in Indigodragonfly in Beige.


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The box of sox is growing. And I have cast on yet another pair of socks. So clearly this is the time for socks. At least until I get back to my oft neglected Royale. But I suppose there is time for sweater knitting, you know when I unpack everything I own.


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Blue Gold
23 May 2016 @ 10:37 am

This month’s update is all about the zodiac. Progress markers and markers. Get your sign while they last. Also in anticipation of my move I’m holding a moving sale. Everything in the shop is 20% off with the code PACKING. Help me pack fewer things!


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This shop update is full of signs. All 12 signs as stitch marker sets and as solo progress markers.  So pick your sign or a few and  enjoy shopping.


I also finally found the perfect Prongs to create the Maraders as stitch markers.


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Also, a Fish and Cat set. One might even call it Catfishing…


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Restocking 


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I’ll be packing most of June so, the June update is a little up in the air. It will be either pretty early in the month, or just early July.




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Blue Gold
18 May 2016 @ 02:05 pm

So I’ve wanted to make myself a project bag for a while. For a few reasons; I want more project bags, I keep buying fabric, I want to sew more… See just a few reasons. But I got some very NYC themed fabric and decided to go for it.  The city skyline, and the ceiling of Grand Central Station.


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So I got to cutting, ironing, sewing, and all the steps in between to make a good project  bag. And as tends to be the way with a new project I got some good ideas on what worked, what didn’t and what I need to do in the next round.


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The finished bag was quite roomy it could hold the the sock I was working on in Witch Candy Yarn, a finished sock, one of my notions pouches, a pen, and a bottle of Aleve that also got tossed in there. I felt like I could fit a second skein in there for a two color project. My newest project is also living in the bag.


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Yep another pair of socks!




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Blue Gold
17 May 2016 @ 05:16 pm

This past week was the annual Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival.  I think this is the fourth year I have gone.  A bus is organized every year, and drives from near  Grand Central to  Hallockville. So this year we headed out, for a day for fiber, wine, and some great info on natural dyeing. *Buys Avocados.


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Its a small festival, but I always seem to discover a new to me dyer, or vendor at the show. And heading across the street for lunch at the vineyard, is a fun tradition. The bus even gives us coupons for a tasting, if we want to hop across the street. Who doesn’t want a glass of wine or four after petting sheep.


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The festival seemed a little smaller this year, but that didn’t really seem to stop me from picking up some yarn, fiber, fabric, and wine…


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Some shepherdess salve from Long Island Livestock, Fiddle knits yarn, and some Groovy Hue Fibers.




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Blue Gold
16 May 2016 @ 09:52 am

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The box of sox kal started on Jan 1 with a goal to knit 12 pairs of socks over the course of the year and while I never  expected to make 12 pairs of socks, and still don’t, I’m quite pleased with finishing my first ever pair of socks.


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Apparently, all i needed was a simple sock pattern and time.  I do have a lot, a lot of yarn left  so that is something to keep in mind but hey a pair of wearable socks. I’m telling myself that I don’t need to cast on another pair of socks yet. But I kinda want to. We’ll see what side wins out. I mean I have a sweater to finish. Among other things…


I suppose its time to get some sock blockers…




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Blue Gold
13 May 2016 @ 01:23 pm

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Look at that, knitting right at right field at Yankees Stadium.  Now the miracle wasn’t the game (the Yankees lost) but what I was knitting. That right there was a  sock.  the Favorite Sock pattern by Voolenvine. It is a basic sock pattern, that I chose as I was planning to knit while watching Civil War.


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I have finished the first sock. Other than Christmas stockings and that one failed way too too big, Christmas sock for my dad, I actually haven’t finished a sock ever! Yep, 8 years as a knitter but socks are what are beyond me! I’ve started the second sock and I have the bus ride tomorrow to the LIFFF so I have a few hours of sock knitting to and from the fair.


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So it looks like I will have my first pair of socks! Maybe, We’ll see what happens when Sunday arrives but I am quite hopeful! I may finally conquer socks.




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Blue Gold
29 April 2016 @ 11:31 am

Stitch Markers. I may be biased towards them since I do make them. But the truth is there are a lot of moments when a stitch marker was a saving grace. How you may ask?  Come into my parlor…


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At first, when I started knitting, I used stitch markers only when the pattern called for it and only how the pattern called for it to be used. There were some additional uses I picked up quickly and some that were magical discoveries in a project much later than it should have been.  So fellow knitters what secrets of stitch markers have you discovered?  Here are a few of mine.


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  • The first time I realized you could use stitch markers for counting when casting on an obscene number of stitches…cast on 43439 stitches you say…

  • Lace – markers have saved me from many a mistake before it would have been ripping back the afore mentioned 43439 stitches

  • End of round marker

  • Progress marker – especially for that period where you knit and knit and the yarn gets smaller but the project doesn’t seem to get any bigger

  • Oh six charts that you alternate  within the same row of the project – matches markers to chart

  • Never forget to do those first/last three stitches on the end of a shawl- every time I think I don’t need those markers – 40 rows later, wait wasn’t there a garter edging?

  • That moment when as a stitch marker maker you are away from home and have no stitch markers. You may just laugh at yourself and use yarn scraps. And that random marker that was in the bottom of the bag.


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