Monthly Archives: February 2013

Actual Knitting Content

It’s been a while since I’ve posted knitting content. Honestly, It’s been a while since I’ve knit.  Between work, grad school, and trying to get Rock Solid Designs up and running and semi-viable as a company, I have barely had a second to relax!  This post will be a review of knitting I have completed over the past two months. 

Remember the Viper Pilot socks I was working on for J? Yeah. After 3 attempts and two different needles sizes, I gave up and told him I was keeping them for myself. I couldn’t handle ripping half a sock out a third time. That’s just demoralizing. So, here is the first sock of my new pair:

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Not the best pictures, but you get the idea. At least the sock fits someone now. But because I love J oh so much…I promised I would still knit him the sock. So we went digging through my stash, and found a yarn that would work better with a larger needle size. These are coming along quite nicely.

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Here is the start of his sock. Going along much smoother, thank goodness. I like the color of this yarn. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s a subtle gradient from dark blue to dark green-blue. 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to get a sweater knit before winter ends, but it doesn’t look like it will get done. I haven’t even worked on this since Christmas. I LOVE this sweater, and I LOVE this yarn. It’s an Opulent Raglan knit with Madtosh DK yarn. I wish I had more time to work on this, because it’s done nothing wrong. It deserves to be loved.

 

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Hopefully I will have time to work on her once spring break starts for my classes next week. 

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Keeping Busy

It’s been pretty busy here lately. I’ve been working on building up some inventory for the yoga bags to sell at a local studio, plus easing in to making other types of bags and purses as they are ordered. This has sadly left very little time for much else. I have been slowly working on J’s birthday socks from LAST year. I haven’t even thought about birthday socks for this year yet. I’m just trying to make it through the next few weeks with my sanity in tact! 

I was hoping to post progress photos of my knitting, but I was running around all day teaching classes and mailing packages, that I missed the good daylight. I’ll get photos and post them tomorrow, so you can see that I have actually gotten SOMETHING done with yarn.

Last week I ran a contest- once my facebook page reached 35 likes, I gave away a handmade wallet. This pattern was absolutely adorable, and so easy to follow. I really wish I could have kept it for myself. Alas, it was not meant to be, and it was mailed off to the winner this past Thursday. 

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Owl Wallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wrapped up a drawstring project bag for an internet friend. The fabric is one I bought two years ago when I visited J in Okinawa. It’s absolutely beautiful, but I’ve been hesitant to do anything with the fabric because what if I try something, and it doesn’t live up to the awesomeness of the fabric or the memories it holds?! 

I think this bag lived up to the fabric. I love the coordination of the drawstring and lining color- it matches the flowers scattered through the pattern. This fabric was a joy to work with. In fact, I’m thinking of making a matching purse. 

 

 

DSC02037My mother also recently gave me her serger on “long-term loan.” I am finally going to take the time this weekend to learn how to use it. I’m excited- while the items I make are nice as-is, being able to serge the seams/hems will add a nice professional touch to everything. Plus I’m going to attempt a pair of jeans here soon, and it would be great to finish the edges off on those.  I’m running a contest on the facebook page- name the serger, and be entered to win 20% off a purchase from my business! It can be anything I make- yoga bags, purses, wallets, or drawstring bags. 

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