I wish I could say I’ve been busy….

I know, I didn’t post yesterday. Oops. I didn’t do much. John was home from work so we went into Tampa to drop a check off at my bank and then to lunch. Then we wandered around the JoAnn’s there. I bought a wood button and some lining fabric for the SSP#1. John painted it gold for me since they asked for a gold closure and I haven’t found anything I’m in love with yet. I think this will work. We’ll know more once I get it finished.

After that we came home and he did some work in the garage. I sat out on the porch and listened to a couple of podcasts and worked on SSP#1 for a bit. My hands are still a bit too rough to do that. πŸ™ Not cool.

A little later my back started acting up so I sat in the wing back chair and barely did anything. John went and got dinner and after dinner I did work a bit on one of the holiday throws.

Slept okay last night but not great. So besides being tired I just have no motivation today. I researched a few things and did some cleaning and now have finished 1 of 3 skulls I need to make. I’ll get them done tonight so I can throw them in the wash with the towels.

Tomorrow I need to work on the other project that’s going to a contract crocheter on Saturday. I need to write the directions out so someone else understands them and do the second part of it. Ugh. Here’s hoping I have more motivation tomorrow.

Okay, off to get these other two skulls done.

Stitch Stirrer post – YARN!

This week’s Stitch Stirrer Post:

When you purchase yarn, do you have a project in mind, or do you buy on impluse and save the yarn to use whenever the need arises? All four of us revealed that we’re hoarders. Some more than others, but each of us have a pretty good stash of yarn growing all around us.

What about you? Are you a yarn hoarder, who buys on impluse just because the yarn was too lushious to put down? Or are you a practical yarnie who only buys what is needed for specific projects? Is there yarn bagged, boxed, stored, shelved all over your house? Or is it neatly piled away in as few storage containers as possible? Are you addicted, or can you quit at anytime? Inquiring crochet minds want to know!

It’s funny that this one should come up this week. I have in the past been known as a yarn hoarder. I have 6 Ziploc extra large Big Bags stuffed with yarn in my closet. Most of this is acrylic and Red Heart but I don’t get rid of it ’cause it’s great for Project Linus blankets. I have my “pretty” yarn stored somewhat neatly in an open bin in my studio. I also have a ton of “one skein” impulse buys stashed in another bin.

What started that? Well, when I first got back into crochet hard core I was working a job making more money than I ever had before. I had a roommate and was living in student apartments where everything was included so I really only had rent and groceries. Once my other bills were paid each month, I had a lot of disposable income. And I was finding that there were yarns out there other than acrylic. Oh, and then there’s the fact that my mom gave me a lawn garbage bag filled with her leftover stash (all acrylic).

During that time I had yarn stashed in drawers in the closet, bags hanging in a closet, and a small hope chest nearly filled with yarn. When I moved from Tampa back to Lakeland, my niece helped me move one day and told my dad that she was going to buy me yarn for Christmas. Daddy told her that I have enough yarn. After the day she helped me move the bulk of it, she told my dad, “Grandpa, you’re right, Aunt Tracie has too much yarn.” She was shocked when he told her that was only half of it. πŸ™‚

When I moved in with John I learned just how seriously out of control my yarn buying had gotten. Because when I lived in Lakeland, I had gotten another raise and would often go buy yarn to destress after work. And then I’d come home and toss the bag into my closet. When I started packing it was like Christmas ’cause I was finding all kinds of yarns I forgot I had. πŸ™‚

Moving here I made sure it was all organized. That’s why now I have stash yarn in the closet (separated by color and fiber…this is mostly acrylic, cotton, some wool, and then baby yarn and boucles) and “nice” yarn in the open shelves. I also slowed down my yarn purchases.

Previous to yesterday, my last major yarn purchases were specifically for charity work and then for a project I thought I might do. So while they don’t have a specific project in mind, I usually have a general idea.

Yesterday I got my gift certificate for my birthday and made sure that when I bought yarn, I bought it knowing what I was going to make. I bought yarn to make a convertible wrap and a sweater that I fell in love with from the latest issue of Crochet Today.

I would have to say though, that I am addicted to yarn. It took me 30 minutes yesterday to use that certificate. I had a huge rush the rest of the day knowing that there is yarn coming soon. πŸ™‚ I’m also trying to figure out what I need to do to have spending money in a few weeks when I go to the Orlando Needlework Show and am faced with fancy yarns!

This rambling post is brought to you by only 1/2 a cup of coffee this morning. πŸ™‚

Early birthdays rock!

The mail came today and as I pulled out a huge envelope, John asked, “What’s that honey?” in the tone that he knew exactly what it was. He told me the other day that I had a gift coming to me in an envelope with my name on it.

Well, it came.

The yarn diet is now over!

It is a gift certificate for $100 to Herrschners!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!

My rules for spending this certificate are:

1. I can only buy yarn that I will use for projects for me. No buying designing yarn, no buying gift yarn, no buying yarn for items for sale. They can only be projects for me.

2. I need to try to buy things that are harder for me to get at JoAnn’s or Michael’s. Not all of it, but if it’s a choice between something I can pick up down the road and something I can only get through the catalog, I need to get it through the catalog.

3. I want to buy yarn with a project in mind. Stash yarn just sits and ends up getting used for other things.

So….I will spend this afternoon marking some things in the catalog, and then going online to update my wishlist on their site and then tomorrow make decisions. πŸ™‚

For the record, I really do love this guy. πŸ˜€

ETA (2:53pm): It took me about 30 minutes but I ended up getting the yarn I needed for 2 projects that I really really wanted to make. Oh, and some stitch markers to finish out the gift cert. πŸ™‚ So now I’ll have birthday yarn by my birthday and then another sweater and a wrap for me! πŸ™‚

To rip or not to rip, that is the question

Last night while working away on the front of the cabled sweater, I decided to stop and measure. This is important because from the hem to the point of the divide should be 14″ (I added a bit on the back, so this is where I get this measurement in case anyone is following along and notices that’s not the measurement for the medium sweater). While I have it on my lap and I’m looking at my center front repeats, I notice that something looks off. With cables it is easy to forget where you are in the repeat. It’s sometimes hard to find the rows. Especially when you’re having really indepth conversations while working on it.

So I stop talking and start sticking my fingers into the cable to count rows. And there it is. The reason why it’s looking funny. The very first center cable has an extra row. That’s why it looks weird. That’s why the first one is larger than the rest.

Now, I will give John a lot of credit here. Either he saw the look of absolute irritation on my face or he smelled the sulfur in the air from my mood shifting abruptly, but either way, he looked at me and said, “What’s wrong?”

“This first cable is wrong.”

“The first one? So you’d have to rip back all the way?”

“Yep.” I think at this point my teeth started grinding. I know I was not paying attention to anything else at that point. All I could see was this cable in the center of my sweater being WRONG.

“Honestly, I think it looks okay. You could just leave it.” I think at this point he actually moved away on the sofa. Probably the sulfur in the air. We were watching a show about the Apocalypse and I was likely about to bring it on. The cats even ran away at this point.

“Hrm, I don’t know.”

“It’s fine, it’s a design element.” πŸ™‚ Good man.

So, I decided since it was nearly bedtime that I would put it away and not think about it overnight. Yeah, that didn’t work either, but I did put it away. I even got up this morning and cleaned out the fridge and freezer and did the dishes and wiped down the counters and took out the trash. All in an attempt to try to not think about this &*^%$ sweater.

The lazy crocheter in me says to leave it. He’s right, no one will notice and if they do, they’re looking at my sweater too closely.

The professional (okay, associate professional according to the CGOA) in me says that if I want to prove that cables can be successfully done in crochet, I need to make sure I do them successfully. Ugh. So, during Car Talk this morning I will very likely be ripping this back. What makes it worse is that I just changed skeins of yarn. Oh well. I will do the right thing and rip back 4.5 repeats of a 6 row repeat. Thankfully this does go quickly.

I need to get coffee first. Then I can do this. It’s the right thing to do, right?

At least something got accomplished

Besides vacuuming the main living room and washing the cats’ blanket, I also got some crochet done. This took a while because I just have absolutely no motivation today. I did finally finish the stitching for a lanyard for John and I’m going to be submitting it to the Crochet Pattern a Day calendar. It’s blocking right now before it gets put together. πŸ™‚ Pics to be taken tomorrow and the whole thing mailed off. I may be offering it for free on my website (gotta see if I’m able to do that). I need to type up the other patterns I’ve done and get them on the website. I’m really bad about typing up patterns correctly. My notes are not readable by anyone other than me most of the time. πŸ™ Oh well.

I’m now listening to a crochet podcast: The Crochet Side. This is a new podcast and it’s pretty danged cool. Brianna is great to listen to and it feels like sitting and chatting with a friend. I wish her well in her future podcasts! And she’s a fellow Floridian, so that’s cool. πŸ™‚

Now I need to work on a few other items. The thread that I worked with for the lanyard hurt my finger, though. What’s worse is that due to the issues with the cortisone cream and such, I couldn’t feel that I was doing anything to my finger. But I did. Oops. Guess that means no working on my SSP#1 anytime today. Blah.

I may work on some broomstick lace. I need to develop a lesson for that since it’s been requested. πŸ™‚ Gonna go do that now until John gets home. Later…

New student and cooler weather

Last night I went and inducted another member into the wonderful club of crocheters. πŸ™‚ She did really well! We got through chains and single crochet and now she has homework until we meet again. She is to look for a pattern she wants to make that fits into certain parameters that I gave her (needs to have a picture, needs to be out of either worsted or sport weight yarn, needs to be out of acrylic, wool, or cotton or blends, no fancy yarns right now, and rated easy to advanced beginner) and continue to work on singles. I showed her half double and double, but I wanted her to get the motions and all that down with the singles first. If she can do the single crochet without thinking about it, she should be able to understand half double and double. πŸ™‚ She did say, “Wow, this is pretty relaxing.” πŸ™‚ Yay!

The weather is starting to cool. Right now it’s 70 degrees outside. Granted, it’s going to get up to 80 today, but I’ll take what I can right now. πŸ™‚ I have about 8″ more to do on the front of my sweater before doing the split for the neckline. I really think I can finish this by my birthday and definitely in time for the Orlando Needlework Show. I want to wear it there to show off cables done in crochet. πŸ™‚

I’m getting a lot of feedback on the cabled items from the last post in Ravelry. I’m loving it. I’m also giddy at how many of my projects have been favorited. It’s the whole “they really like me” moment. πŸ™‚

Oh, and an interesting update on my hands. Right now everything feels really soft and smooth. Things that shouldn’t be soft and smooth feel that way. That tells me that I’ve done something stupid with that cortisone cream. My hands are also kinda peeling and on those points, I can feel other textures. John also says that my hands are a lot rougher than normal. Oh well, it could be worse. Could be that everything I touch could feel rough. I’m gonna go work on the SSP#1 today since hopefully I won’t feel how rough it is. πŸ™‚

Okay, off to get work done. Have a happy Friday, y’all!

Cables cables cables!

I love cables in crochet. I love that it’s super easy to achieve a wonderful look. The Dec 06/Jan 07 issue of Crochet Today had a bunch of cable things. Back when it came out I started on the sweater in it. I remember working on it while teaching John to crochet at our crochet meetings. And then summer hit and it was just too hot to work on it anymore. So into a bin it went.

Over the weekend I resurrected it. I also finally took a photo of the scarf I made from the same issue. It’s out of a nice tan color that will blend lovely with my chocolate brown wool coat (if it ever gets cold…grumble80degreesinOctobergrumble).

Anyway, without further ado….cables in crochet!

My scarf (this one is not part of the challenge, sorry, it’s my own personal scarf):

A wide shot of my sweater so you can see the color (the closeups don’t show the pretty dark rose heather color):

Celtic Bobbles:

3 Post cable pattern:

Tuscan Cable (runs the center of the back and front):

Back of sweater:

Okay, time to get to work. I have a lesson tonight so I need to finish a couple of swatches, go through my lesson plan (since my individual lessons differ from how JoAnn’s wants me to teach), and gather some pattern books to show her. I am looking forward to it. I also want to go ahead and get my 1 commission done. πŸ™‚

Battle time

We ordered pizza tonight and while we were getting the pizza from the delivery gal, a huge moth got in. Now, a few years ago, this wouldn’t have bothered me. Only now……

….now I have WOOL.

I scurried and gathered any wool that was in the living room and put it in the studio and stuffed a towel under the door.

I told John I’d take the soft air pellet gun to the moth if I had to, but someone better get the damned moth out of this house.

So he had some fun and shot at it with the air gun. Hit it a few times and it just sat there.

Now? He’s snatching it from the wall with the Dyson (“It’s the only thing that will reach and not smear it on the wall”). Why? Because he loves me and he understands the way of the yarn.

The report?

“He came to a tragic end. I bet this wasn’t in his little moth plans of ‘How you going out, man?'” Behold the Great White Moth Hunter. πŸ™‚

Is it any wonder I love this man?

Doing better today so time to get to work

My hands are still a bit pink and dry. At least they’re not stinging and throbbing. Never again with the stress ball. Ugh.

I have a payment on a commission piece so I need to work on that. That may be what I do today along with samples for my lesson on Thursday night. My hands are still a little rough so I don’t feel like dragging rough fibers across them (which if I worked on SSP#1 I would have to).

I need to head out to the bank in a bit and deposit my teaching check. I should likely move my bank to somewhere closer, but it’s not too bad. Typically I can hit the shared branch when I’m out in Brandon, but I have no real reason to be out there this week. Oh well.

Tomorrow I will lose a day as I need to go out to my parents’ house and help with remodeling. My hands just weren’t up to it today. πŸ™‚

Okay, I’m off to go get some stuff done. Just wanted to let everyone know I’m okay.

What else is there to do?

Today has sucked huge. With my hands still all stingy and throbbing off and on (even with hydrocortisone cream and Tylenol), I have not gotten much done.

Well, I did take a nice nap thanks to the Benedryl I took earlier today.

Other than that, I’ve tried to crochet (not easy to do right now). I tried knitting a scarf on the size 35 needles I picked up to use for Broomstick Lace. That wasn’t working well either.

Part of it is that I’m wearing one of my wristwarmers (well, the only one I’ve made so far) because it covers the palm of my right hand so I can crochet without getting cortisone cream on my yarn/hook/etc. But, it makes it hard to hold the hook like I normally do.

I’m also exhausted. I can’t stay focused or wide awake enough to want to work on anything. This has got to clear up soon. I have to do samples for my lesson with DJ on Thursday. I’m supposed to go to my parents’ house tomorrow to help with some remodeling. Ugh.

Okay, I’m going to go try to get the other wristwarmer done (since my right hand isn’t as stingy as my left hand). John should be home soon and then I’ll need to make dinner.

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