Batten down your knitting!

Everyone has been freaking out here, watching the news for info on Stormagheddon 2013. Here’s hoping it isn’t as bad as they’re saying. Not really in the mood for tornado force winds, ya know?  So far it has just been really muggy – hot and sticky – with a lot of heat lightening. 

If you are in the path of this, stay safe!

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Yes, I have been under a rock.

Here I am, crawling out of lurk-dom to finally get off my butt and post something. I have much updates though so at least this will be halfway interesting. 

Major news item #1:  Queen size blanket is done! I actually finished this up a couple weeks ago – and did a little fist pump cheer in the middle of a cafe. I got a pic of the final stitch, along with a close up of the border, but I was so excited to have it finished that I handed it off with a final picture. Doh! 

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I really like the way the edging turned out.

 

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Germs, stitches, and knitting lying down.

Another week – another stitch (or twelve dozen).

WIP bedspread

I’m having trouble finding places to stretch this thing out on. I don’t have a queen-size bed, so I’ve had to go by internet research.

The blanket is almost put together. I just have two more sections, and then I need to decide on a border. ._.  I like it. I really do. But I will be happy to cross this one off the list. My biggest (literally) crochet accomplishment.

I am interested in hearing from other fiberistas on this. What is the biggest thing you’ve tackled? What were your thoughts on it? Did you have a sense of accomplishment, relief, giddiness, or something else?

I guess I’m a little maudlin on the subject right now because I’ve been sick for a few days. I’ve missed work from both jobs and lost almost five pounds already. If it weren’t for the illness and general cruddy feeling, this would be a great quickie diet. In my more lucid moments when I really didn’t feel like moving but couldn’t stand not doing something, I grabbed whatever needles were close and some scrap yarn and knit a few rows of .. not really sure what. Not something I recommend when you’re at the stage where you fall asleep on a dime, or a knitting needle. I’m feeling better now though. Lots of tea and rest mean I can be mobile for up to twenty minutes without getting dizzy. Progress! It also means that I can sit up and knit. Much safer. 🙂

ON A SIDE NOTE  After delving into this blog-thingy, I think I’ve learned a little more and become proficient in hitting the Publish button. Can I say that after only three posts and a handful of comments? Oh well. I’m going to anyway. I’ve linked my FB account and Pinterest successfully (I think). Later on I will look into themes and more customizing. And if anyone has any suggestions, I’d be happy to here them.

A cure for tired hands?

Wow this has been a busy week Stitches!

I’m close to finishing a large (read: Queen sized – what was I thinking?!) blanket made up of 4, 8, and 16 inch squares. I really like the way it looks and it’s been fun trying out new stitches and making patterns of my own but now I’m just ready to put the final snip to it. I’ve crammed as much hook-time into my days as possible and my hands are sore!

My alter-ego works on a computer all day, and that combined with the fact that I usually have something yarn-like on my person at all times means that I get carpal flare ups a lot. With this last big push to complete the blanket, I can’t really put the hooks down at the moment. I know I’m not the only yarnie to have this problem so I will put it out there…

What do you do get over hook-cramped hands?  A massage sounds like a great idea but right now time and money are not cooperating. Any thoughts?

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(one more square down!)

 

Do you do what your yarn tells you to?

Hello and welcome to my first blog post. 

My name is Jenny and one of my many life long obsessions is – yarn. Doesn’t matter what kind, where it’s from, or who made it. I have always been fascinated by the possibilities contained in those twisted up bits of fiber. Those lovely loops have been my best friend, my worst enemy, and my closest confidant for more years than I can count. 

I first started with one lonely little crochet hook and my Aunt trying to show me a shell stitch. Since then I have learned to read patterns (both written and diagram), experimented with fibers, and developed things on my own – which is to say that I was probably practicing on some stitch or other, totally messed it up and decided it looked good. Hey – that’s what Freeform is for, right?

I am boosting my on-line presence mainly because I hope to hear from more like-minded Yarnies and share some great fiber tid-bits. Be patient with me here – while I do know my way around a stitch, blogging is new to me, so expect a learning curve. 

Until next time – Stitch like you mean it!