Life is Getting in the Way

I am getting so behind in my knitting.  I don’t like it at all.  I’ve had a sinus infection for a couple of weeks. It was better for a few days after I went to the doctor but then it came back.  I’ll have to make another appointment this week.

Today when I woke up I was so excited.  It was the first morning all week I didn’t have a headache.  I was going to get knitting done today.  Then I sat up.  Ouch.  I guess 3 hours of leaf cleanup hurts the next day.  Now, of course, you might think.  How could it not.  I mean last year I was sore for days.  The thing is that I got this: Toro Electric Blower/Vacuum.

It’s awesome.  Not as awesome as it says it is, but I still love it.  Compared to last year cleaning up my yard was so much easier.  I thought I was exhausted because, well, I’d had yogurt and a piece of apple pie to eat.  That was it.  I guess holding this vacuum and emptying the bag is more work than I thought.  So now my arms, legs, and back hurt and I don’t want to knit again.

Knitting is Changing My Favorite Season

I think knitting has changed my favorite season.  For years I’ve loved late spring all the way through August.  Somehow knitting is changing my favorite season to fall.  It makes no sense.  I have fall allergies, I hate the cold, and I miss the sunlight.

Last week I was leaving for work in the dark and coming home during sunset. With daylight saving time now I’m leaving for work at sunrise and coming home in the dark.  How much more depressing could it get? Okay so technically it is still light outside when I leave work but it’s dark by the time I get home so close enough.

But … all of a sudden these knit hats, glove, scarves, sweaters, and more start coming out.  How can I hate fall when I get to see all these different designs and try and figure out how they were done?  I’ve always preferred fall clothing even before I started knitting so maybe that left the door open.  Somehow this year I just can’t stop noticing all the knitting.

I’ve only been knitting a few years, how else is it going to take over my life?

Simple Stripes Baby Hat

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Baby – Pink PoodleLoops & Threads Impeccable – Black

Loops & Threads Impeccable – Soft Rose

Yarn Weight: Worsted
Needles: Size 5 DPN
Measurements:  14″ circumference and 5″ height
Pattern Location: Simple Strips Baby Hat
Time Spent: 4 hours
Dates: 11/3/2011 – 11/6/2011

This is the first baby hat I made for my sister, Cindy.  She will get quite a few for Christmas.  She’s starting a photography business and wants an assortment of baby hats to use as props.  Lucky for her these are usually pretty simple and fast hats that I can throw in between my larger projects.  It also doesn’t use much yarn so she will get quite a few of hats if I have enough time.

The only complaint I have is that I choose acrylic yarns because they are cheaper (so I could get more colors) and easier care which is good for her.  I miss wool.  I love knitting with wool so much more than anything else.  I also prefer knitting with lighter weight so maybe I’m not being fair to the acrylic.

Qbert Hat

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette: Almond (30/50 g ball)Knit Picks Stroll: Merlot Heather (30/50 g ball)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Size 3 DPN
Measurements: 22″ circumference and 8.5″ height
Pattern Location: Raverly Semi-Swedish Hat (modified)
Time Spent: 12 hours
Dates: 10/30/2011 – 11/3/2011

I call this the Qbert hat because every time I see the cube pattern all I can think of is playing Qbert when I was a kid.  This hat is intended for my dad as a Christmas present.  I’ve been having a bit of a love-hate relationship with it.

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Broccus Gloves

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette

  • Iris Heather (30/50 g ball)
  • White (20/50g ball)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Size 1 & 2 DPN
Measurements: 8″ wrist circumference and 10″ wrist to middle finger tip
Pattern Location: Broccus Gloves Pattern
Time Spent: 30 hours
Dates: 10/20/2011 – 10/29/2011

I’ve wanted to learn both fair isle and how to knit gloves for a while.  I decided both at once should be interesting so I bought this pattern from Knit Picks.  I really enjoyed knitting these and finished sooner than I would have otherwise.

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