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In like a Lion, out like a…Lion?

I would apologize for not posting in a month but honestly… I have had way too much going on to blog. March has been a whirlwind of not only crazy unseasonal winter weather, but also activity! Right about the time we moved into our new house, we received some surprising news:

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There’s a baby D on the way! We are so excited, and nervous, and thrilled, and terrified. That contributed a lot to the lack of blogging. I was so sick and tired for the entire first trimester, that doing anything besides getting up, going to work, coming home and going to sleep was too taxing. Plus it’s hard to keep a secret like that when you have a blog. I mean, there wasn’t much I could talk about besides “looked at baby knitting. Was sick all day.” 

What’s new in knitting? Well, I started a baby sweater! This is the owlet pattern by Kate Davis. I needed an easy pattern to start out with, and I have wanted to knit an owls sweater for ages. This seemed like a great one to start with. I’m already binding off the neck, and only have to graft the sleeves, weave in ends, and block it.  This sweater will be done in no time!

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Oh, J’s 2013 birthday socks? I finally  finished them last week. They are done, ends woven in, and sitting on top of his dresser. I am so glad to have those done. I never want to look at that pattern again. 

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Other than that, not much going on. My full-time job has me working more than full-time right now, so any free time I have is spent doing homework for my graduate class, or trying to keep up with housework. I’m hoping now that I’m in the second trimester that I’ll be able to keep up with things a little better. In the meantime, I plan on spending the rest of this gloomy, rainy, sleety Sunday sitting on the couch with a hot mug of tea and some knitting to relax with. 

 

 

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And We’re Back!

Whoops, a month since my last post! It’s been crazy here, between moving, coming down with the flu, fieldwork picking up, and trying to keep up with bag orders, it’s been hard to find time to blog.

So, what has been going on besides that? Well, we got a little bit of snow the other week:

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We’ve moved into our new house, and now I have an entire room to craft in! My own personal space! I’m excited. There is still a lot of organizing to be done, but it’s to the point where it’s functional, and that’s good enough for now.

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My bags are now available at Little Owl Knit Shop! They have only been open for a month but already have an amazing selection of yarn, and a nice display of awesome project bags if I do say so myself.

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Josh’s birthday socks (for 2013) are *almost* done. I love the pattern, but the one thing I hate is knitting men’s socks toe up. The easy part gets done first, and then the rest just drags. Pictured is sock #1. Sock #2 is done up to the heel, and all that is left is the leg portion.

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And in non-crafting news, we have been geeking out lately with our newest game- Star Trek Catan. This version of Settlers of Catan is so much fun. Well, it would be a lot more fun if J didn’t kill me in every game we played.

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Hopefully things will be slowing down a bit over the next couple weeks, and I will be able to post more. I do want to post some of the new things showing up at Rock Solid Designs in the next month or so.

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New Pattern!

Hey everyone! It’s been crazy busy around here lately. Between fieldwork at my fulltime job, schoolwork, tutoring, and trying to get bags done for my home business, I have hardly had time to stop and think. I did get a chance to finish knitting the photo model for my new pattern though. Pictures were this weekend, and the pattern is now live on my website!

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Cozy lace legwarmers, just in time for fall! These are perfect for staying warm in the house, or walking around the neighborhood. The lace pattern keeps them interesting, but there is no shaping! Just drop down a needle size to make them smaller.

Because the lace pattern spirals around the leg, all shaping is done by changing needle sizes. I chose an alpaca/wool/silk blend for these, to provide delicacy and warmth. 

By request, I will also be expanding this to a sock pattern. Once the sock pattern has been test knit, I will update the legwarmer pattern to include both options.

The pattern is available for sale through the link above, or on Ravelry  

Now it’s back to sewing bags. Hopefully I’ll have the majority of the drawstring bags done today, leaving me with the box bags and needle rolls for the rest of October.

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Canning Achievement: Unlocked!

Growing up I was always aware that my grandmother did a variety of preserving different items, but it never really piqued my interest. As a kid, who cared if you canned it? Pickles were gross, and fruit was meant to be eaten right away! Canning seemed pointless and something I would never be interested in.

Enter 2012. It seems that when one begins to engage in rustic activities such as knitting, it slowly leads to more. From knitting came spinning, and from spinning came the desire to know where my food came from at a better depth than “the grocery store.” Sure, stuff from the store is fine, but I kept hearing stories about how home grown produce has so much more flavor, and was a much richer experience all around. I wanted to check this out. So, in the spring of 2012, we joined a CSA. Everything I heard was absolutely true. I never knew tomatoes actually had flavor! The ones from the store always felt like I was eating cardboard! On top of that, we got a variety of fruits and vegetables I have never heard of or tried, and learned that there are a number of items I really enjoy. $400 for 26 weeks was a great deal- we definitely got more than $15 worth of food in each box, and I think the added value of having items picked within the last 48-72 hours was worth it.

But we quickly had a problem: We couldn’t eat it all fast enough! Last year was upsetting because we did end up wasting so much. It was a lot of food, and while we were attempting to eat healthier, we just couldn’t eat all of it. This year we signed up to split the CSA with my parents, but it was still more food than we could eat in a reasonable amount of time. So then what do you do?

That’s when I remembered my grandmother’s canning, and wondered how much of our produce I could do that for. Turns out, almost all of it! Our CSA does a few days a summer where we can pick as much of a certain item as we want at a low or no cost. This seemed like a great opportunity to start! When J’s parents were visiting this past month, we took everyone out for peach picking. $13 for a half bushel, and that half bushel held a LOT of peaches. I bought some pint size canning jars and decided to dive right in!

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Unfortunately, I seem to have lost the first photo I took of the set-up prior to canning. I would also like to point out that this was the second canning event- I had already done a case of pint jars, and needed to finish up the peaches. So this was just the last of the peaches from the picking. I have already given 2 jars to my parents, and 2 to some friends. There is no way we would eat half a bushel of peaches ourselves, canned or not!

When I wasn’t canning yesterday, I was doing some knitting. Doesn’t this look like the perfect Saturday morning, right here?

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It would have been a lot more relaxing if the purpose hadn’t been to do a final troubleshoot on a pattern I’ve been working on. I plan on releasing it next week, but I need to make sure the pattern works 100% the way it is supposed to before publishing. So far it’s only been tiny mistakes, but in doing this I need to focus solely on my knitting.

So that’s my weekend: knitting, canning, coffee, oh and bonfires. Everything about my weekend shouts “it’s fall!” and I love it. 

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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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Time Flies

I am so behind on updating this thing, it isn’t even funny. Life has just been hectic lately, and keeping up with everything is just impossible. I will try and recap all that has been going on in my knitting life though.

The Mechanicsburg Knitting Group is doing well- we have new people joining every month, and they are all such great women. I look forward to those weekly get togethers! I am worried we may need to relocate though- we are currently meeting at a Panera, but if the group gets too much larger, I am afraid we may cause a bit of a disturbance. I can’t really think of anyplace else that would work for these meetings though. There aren’t a lot of places that like people sitting around for a few hours socializing (even though almost all of us at least buy a drink there).

Project-wise, I finished the Log Cabin socks, and they are now waiting to be mailed out. I cast on the Riding to Avalon sweater, and am about 6″ into it. It is going well, and the Malabrigo silky merino is a good yarn for it- not too thick or heavy.

The Cardigan for Arwen is coming along too. The right side is now over halfway done, with half the sleeve knit. I just needed to finish the sleeve, and do the hood. It will be so nice to finish this after over a year!

Finally, the current project of Pride. The Marine Boy is a huge Ohio State fan (whereas my family is all die-hard Penn State fans) and wanted an Ohio State hat. Now first of all, going into any yarn store in central PA to buy scarlet and grey yarn? HA. But, I did (although the colors are off a bit. I showed him!) and I knit him the O-H-I-O hat pattern from Tuscan Grove. I added one repeat going around, since he has a bit of a large head, and because it was my first attempt at colorwork and I knew it was going to be knit pretty tight. I finished it in just 10 days (pretty sure that is a record for me) and gave it to him in time for him to go wear it to the OSU/Wisconsin game this weekend.

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And, just because I think he’s pretty adorable in the hat, here’s another one:

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I think that is all for now. I am starting to get holiday knitting lined up, which is going to consist of a Penn State version of the hat for my brother, mittens for my grandmother, and hopefully a new sweater vest for me, with the yarn I bought!

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We interrupt this silence to bring you a post

Sorry to be absent for so long- about a month and a half ago I picked up a lot of fieldwork and have only been home about two nights a week. Add traveling to Ohio almost every weekend for wedding activities, and that means little knitting time, let alone blogging time.
There was some progress on my knitting though. I finished one blackrose sock. I have not cast on for the second yet (I get distracted easily) but I love the pattern!

I am still working on my Cardigan for Arwen-I am maybe 1/5 of the way done the right half. I love the pattern and the sweater, I just get bored so easily that working on it doesn’t happen. (I am a bit of a knitting skank. I jump around a lot).

I am also halfway done a pair of Log Cabin socks for a friend in Texas. It is knit in a 50/50 alpaca wool, so while that is not good for texas, it is great for when he is out doing fieldwork in Washington. I have started the second sock of this and am already through the first set of cables. I like the pattern, it is easy to memorize and execute. I may make a pair for myself soon.

And, for good measure, some of the pictures from the wedding!
My closest friend from high school married her high school sweetheart this past weekend. It was a lovely wedding inside the gorgeous St. Mary’s Chapel in downtown Dayton. I could not be happier for the two of them. they are a wonderful couple and I sincerely wish them the best, and am honored to have been included in their special day. So, congratulations Mr. and Mrs. John Ross!

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