Tedious Inventory #1 – Books & Magazines

Book Inventory

I’ve finished my first inventory task!  I picked the easiest task first with the knitting books and magazines. I’ve got them all in my Ravelry library.  When I started I thought I might have about 5 books and maybe half the magazines to add.  It turned out I needed to add about half the books and almost all the magazines.  That was 32 books, magazines, and patterns!

I’m glad I did this.  I love being able to search for patterns straight from the Ravelry library instead of going book by book. While I like getting pattern books for gifts I very rarely buy them myself.  I find inspiration from them but my favorite are the technique books.  After that the stitch dictionaries are very useful especially if I’m looking to modify a pattern.  Once I start writing more patterns I bet use those stitch dictionaries a lot more!

Until then the book I use the most is Cast On, Bind Off.  It’s a great reference book with simple clear instructions and pictures.  The cast on and bind offs are organized by type and features which really helps when I want to substitute for a different cast on or bind off.  Each set lets you know what type of projects they work well with and a picture of what the edging looks like with that cast on or bind off.  I really do use this book all the time.

I’m really excited for a new book out today, Increase, Decrease.  I hope it turns out as useful as Cast On, Bind Off!

Shawl Challenge

Despite my best intentions of going slow while getting back into knitting a shawl challenge has arisen!  My friend Laura is once again convinced that she will make herself a shawl.  I know this for the lie it is.  She will start one, rip it out, pick a new pattern, rip that one out, and continue on this track for … years.

How do I know this?  Let me name the reasons:

  1. She hates knitting with lace yarn
  2. She hates lace patterns
  3. She hates counting stitches (probably the reason for #2)
  4. No pattern is good enough for her yarn no matter what she says
  5. She’s making the shawl for herself and won’t feel any urgency
  6. She is always hot & would never wear the shawl anyway

So where is the challenge for me?  We need to get Laura to hand over the yarn and let me make her shawl.  I started a new Pinterest board with a few ideas. I’m almost certain this will just be my idea board after a few weeks regardless of Laura’s preferences but she’s welcome to contribute ideas.  Of course this Firmaments Lace Shawl is my favorite and it sure doesn’t look easy!

Silk Yarn


I’m up for the challenge, after all there is no time limit.  Let’s all visit Laura and comment to let her know I should get the yarn. It’s gorgeous and shouldn’t languish for any more years waiting for a project.  At least one person is on board already!

Blog Reboot – Knitting Again!

Hello everyone, it’s time to restart my blog! What better way to get started than a brand new look.  So here I am, new look and new location. Hope you found me!

I’ve been away a few years but never intended such a long abandonment of not only Single Stitch but knitting in general.  This year I need to regain my former knitting glory. In 2012 I was writing patterns (okay just two), attended Stitches, won a prize for Knit Pick’s Pinterest contest, started TKGA’s master knitter program, attempted my first sweater, and made awesome Christmas presents.  This year I had to look up how to cast on!  How embarrassing.

How am I going to make up for lost ground? Slow and steady; remember every journey begins with a single step *ahem* stitch.  First, pick a nice easy project.  Second, take on the tedious task to inventory and organize of all my yarn and knitting gear.  Wish me luck!

I Joined a Sock Club!

I finally joined a sock club!  I decided to join the Rockin’ Sock Club this year and the first shipment was sent out a few days ago.  Sadly it looks like I won’t get mine until Monday.  I’ve known for nearly a year that I wanted to join a sock club but they were all sold out last year!  I completely forgot about it and some of my other options were already sold out before I remembered to sign up.  Luckily I managed to find a good one that was still taking members.

I wanted to join a sock club for two main reasons: to force me to use other colors and to force me to use other sock techniques.  I have my favorite colors that I always buy and I really need to break out of that.  There could be some really great yarn that I’ve been missing out there.  I’ve also grown very comfortable with toe up socks using the fleegle heel.  I’d like to at least try some other techniques to see if I like them.

Here’s to hoping the sock club will help me find new colors and techniques!  I’ll let you know how it goes through out the year!!

(Very Late) Year-End Wrap Up

Alright so it’s time to wrap up 2012.  I wanted to do this weeks ago but my internet has not been cooperating at all.  I finally went out and bought a new router this weekend and finally my internet is back where it should be!

Last year I spent a total of $1,206.33 on my knitting with the breakdown available on my 2012 Knitting Costs page.  This was a lot lower than I expected.  I think the main reason is that I already had a decent size stash and didn’t end up buying as much yarn as I have in the past.  I also got a lot of Christmas presents for knitting supplies in 2011 that covered most of what I wanted.

I made eight Christmas presents and spent a total of 103 hours on them.  You can see them on all my 2012 Christmas Knitting page with all the code names linked to the actual gift.  I had quite a bit of fun with those code names so I think I’ll do the same thing this year.  The real question is if I’m going to try to pass the number of hours I spent!

The highlight of the year was going to my first knitting events at Stitches Midwest.  It was my first time taking classes instead of teaching myself!  I had a lot of fun and I’m sure I’ll be going again this year.  I also took a Natural Dye Workshop in Chicago.  I don’t know what I’ll do with this now that I’ve tried it but I’m glad to have the intro into the process.  I have a feeling that it will probably be another year or two before I pursue it much further.  I still have a lot of other knitting goals to hit first!

I do have some missed goals from last year that I’ll be having to make up in 2013! I started the TKGA Master Knitting program but sadly did not finish it. Luckily I have made my progress documented so I can pick it back up again! I also started my first sweater but that will also have to be finished this year as well.

Oops!! I almost forgot.  I also wrote my first two patterns last year: Infinity Drop Stitch Scarf and Basic Knee High Socks!  Plus I did my first two giveaways on this blog: Travelling Roses Scarf and the Beaded Cable Belt.  I did more than I thought last year!