Can’t Put It Down


Ever get into such a knitting fervor that you can’t put your project down? Like you are so determined to get to the end of a project you will forgo going to the bathroom, nourishing your body, or doing any of those other things on your never ending “to do list?” That is how I felt yesterday. I was in the groove. . This project was suppose to serve as an in between project as I waited for my new sweater yarn to arrive. Yet, that more and more I knitted the more I got into what was developing. Part of the excitement is that I saw a project on Pinterest and I couldn’t find a pattern for it. So I decided to trial and error it and see what happened. Well lucky for me great things happened and it is looking good. I also am using size 13 needles and super bulky yarn so it is a quick knit.

Well the downer is today is Monday and I have to work. No more focusing on my fiber for 8 straight hours. Allegedly, I have to make an impact on the young minds of the future (haha). I don’t know how well that will go.  All I can think about is  my lunch break  so that I can pick up my needles and bang out another 3-4 rows. Is this bad? Do I need some sort of intervention? I am feeling the Monday blues and only knitting will cure them.

Choosing a Sweater Pattern


6:00 pm last night:

I am at a standstill in terms of a knitting project. I just can’t make a choice. The positive is that I have widdled it down to …SWEATER! The negative is that I have about 5 patterns in my queue (not that bad right?). How is a girl to decide? Is there an app for this?

7:30 AM the next day:
After mulling this over I created a little rubric to knock out some of the choices. First I will present you with my queue options (all patterns are located on Ravelry):
1) Eyelet yoke sweater by Courtney Spainhower
2) Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont
3) Elsie by Deb Hoss
4) Miette by Andi Satterlund
5) On the beach by Isabell Kraemer

My Pattern Selection Rubric:
1) Time it will take: Let’s be real, I am starting the sweater making a little late (it’s mid-October already?!). In saying this I can’t pick a project that is going to take months and months. At the rate I have been knitting lately I will be luck if I finish by December.  That knocks out things that require lots of seam sewing, tons of cable or lace sections, patterns where I will have to recalculate quite a bit, and anything that has an intended yarn weight under DK.
Pattern (s) Knocked out: On the beach- It requires sport weight and too much math  and Elsie- knocked out just for now. There looks like a lot of sewing involved

2) How often will I wear it?: After working many hours on something I want to be able to get some serious wear out of it. This being said a simple pullover or cardigan would be my best bet for right now. This way I can wear it with several pieces of my wardrobe.
Pattern (s) Knocked out: Pixelated Pullover- I LOVE this sweater, but I could only wear this every so often (aka not a staple wardrobe piece).

3) Fit: I have a atypical body shape. I am super petite (under 5′) with a short torso and a muscular build. Therefore, I really don’t like to pick patterns that are boxy or drapey.

Pattern(s) Knocked out: None. All the remaining patterns seem like I can adjust if needed.

So it is down to two Miette and Eyelet Yoke Sweater. Maybe I can just use Eney, Meeny, Miney, Moe…

How do you choose patterns to make?

Easy Halloween Decoration



Halloween is only 2.5 weeks away. Check out my Snapguide to make this easy Tin Can Black Cat to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Level: Easy (children may need assistance as hot glue is involved)

Materials: black paint, foam shapes, pipe cleaner, hot glue gun, tin can, sharpie.

Time: 35 minutes (accounting for paint drying time)

Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was fun filled!

It was Fleet Week in San Francisco. Think  sailors, tanks, and lots of airplanes. We took in the Blue Angels  airshow where the fighter jet pilots performed amazing stunts.  I don’t know how these pilots do it. I certainly do not have the guts to aim a vehicle straight for the ground going 200+ miles per hours while spinning! I knew they had done these stunts a 100 times, however, I still felt super nervous something was going to go wrong.

On Sunday a group of us headed to Sonoma to do some wine tasting. The weather and scenery were gorgeous. We visited Cline Cellars, Jaccuzi Winery, and Mayo Family Winery. Cline Cellars continues to be one of my favorites. The staff are friendly, the grounds are beautiful, and the wine is superb. If you go try the Ancient Vines wine :).

Since we were having so much fun a very tiny amount of crafting occurred. Hopefully I will get some knitting done this week. Enjoy your day!