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Watch for a post coming shortly with lots of juicy information.

It’s true, really! I’m almost done with my K.I.S.S. I have a WIP (that’s Work In Progress for the uninitiated) picture to prove it – at least at the point it was two weeks ago. I should be able to bind it off in the next day or so and then block it next week. Click the photo to see it larger and in more detail.

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I realized today that I hadn’t shared the gift I bought myself back in August when I was up north. I bought this silver pendant made by my silversmith friend; I need to buy a proper chain for it but I’ve been wanting to wear it so I had to settle for what I could find around the house. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? 365:89

Time to go work on my K.I.S.S. 🙂

I will post the list of winners later today. Thank you for your patience!

Yep. It’s back. I’m making a cowl/scarf from a pattern called K.I.S.S. , click here to order it.

The photo below is my progress from the other day, I’m much farther than that now, but no time to take a picture – I’m packing for a little trip up north. I’m looking forward to knitting on the way…perhaps a progress shot as we’re cruising down the freeway will appear here next week. You’ll have to swing back here to find out, won’t you?

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Special shout-out to Kitten With A Whiplash:

Watch your mailbox, post card will be coming your way from the shore. 🙂

TTFN, everyone.

I’m not in a very good mood so what better to do than to post an entry. Maybe it will put me in a better mood. Never mind why I’m in the mood, let’s just try to ignore it because I have a sweet story to tell.

So there’s this girl and she’s a knitter. She knows better than to make a ‘boyfriend sweater’ because we all know that’s a curse in the knitting world. It’s the fastest way to his butt jumping into his car – through the window, no less –  and hightailing it away. Forever.

But what about the boy who makes a sweater for his girlfriend?

This isn’t any ordinary male knitter. No. Not at all. In fact, when he decided to knit this sweater for his girlfriend, he didn’t know HOW to knit. Not one itty bitty stitch. Stockinette?  Mmm… no. Ribbing? What’s that? Increase stitches? Huh? Decrease stitches? Sorry?? Never had he cast on any stitches and certainly, never bound them off.

The woman at the store he went into to find out information on how to knit said sweater, was indeed shocked herself. No way was he going to learn how to knit and make a sweater in the short amount of time he said he wanted it done.  Perhaps he should make something less challenging, maybe a scarf? No. He wanted to make that sweater.

He signs up for classes but doesn’t want to wait until the first class, he wants instructions on how to knit so he can get started. By the time he gets to class he’s ready to learn how read the pattern for the sweater he picked out.

Knitting Dude had that sweater done in three weeks. Three weeks. Twenty one days. Five hundred seventy six hours. You know he slept some of that time, he ate, he lived his life AND he knit a sweater in that time.

You know what else was incredible about this story? He made it out of Noro. Yep, he may be a babe in the woods for knitting, but he’s a Yarn Snob.

I want one of him.

By the way, it’s been 6 or 7 months now for this couple since he made that sweater and they’re still together.

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Which means I have time now to do some of the things I’ve been wanting to do, but couldn’t because I had to study instead. Like make my quilt using the fabrics I blogged about here.  Or work on the stained glass project that I cut the glass out for last fall (it’s a fish!). Or catch up on emails, reading, knitting. Oh man, knitting. I miss knitting.

I have a sock that I finished knitting last fall but don’t remember what size needles I used, because for some unknown reason the needles aren’t in the project bag with the single sock. Yarny Old Kim gave me the yarn as a gift that I blogged about here, and it’s beautiful – I’ll figure out the needle issue because I really want a pair, not a single sock, darn it.

I’m also going to finally start the sweater I bought the yarn for more than a year ago. I blogged about that here. Actually, there isn’t much info there other than the yarn picture itself, but the sweater will be a fair isle one. The good thing is that I’ve lost weight so I can make the smaller size – yeah!

The last five months have been quite stressful but now it’s time to try and relax a little and enjoy life for a time. But also during the last month and a half, some very cool and positive things have happened. As each event transpired, I would briefly wonder why. Seriously – I can’t figure out why these good things keep happening to me. I know we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but I don’t think I’ve done anything special to deserve these things. So I went to the bookstore last week and found a book that I think is helping me to understand what’s happening. Maybe what the author is talking about isn’t the real reason these things have been happening, but since I can’t prove it isn’t, I’m willing to keep reading the book to find out more.

The book I bought is called The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra. As I’ve been reading the book I’ve come to realize that being more open and willing to try new things, no matter how hard, is so good for you. I’ve definitely become a stronger person emotionally over the past year and a half, and I’m no longer quite as shy as I used to be. In fact, I feel quite bold most of the time. I don’t know where that came from but it’s definitely there.

To this day, I still can’t believe I started a 40 credit program during one of the most stressful times of my life – I had just been laid off after 25 years at my job, my husband’s cancer had returned and he was considered terminal. But it was the right thing to do, I know it was. To this day I know I chose the right program, I feel it in my gut, and Frank always said he thought it was right too. Each time I would leave for school for a test, he would tell me to go to war and get that A! So I did.

Then this year at the end of February, he passed away and for the briefest moment I wanted to stop school, only a microsecond mind you, because it was so difficult to do my homework, go to school and also grieve for Frank. But I knew he would have been profoundly disappointed in me if I had quit, so I didn’t. To this day I have an A average for the program, so my perseverance has paid off. And by the way, lest one thinks community college is easy, you’re wrong. Especially when you aren’t willing to settle for less than an A.

Maybe I’ve developed some new-found determination over time. I don’t know. But what I do know, is that sometime last year I must have figured out that to sit back and let life rule me is not an option, I’m the one in charge.

Just watch me soar.


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