Numbers Ahead*

*Part II of Year of Me
Summer of George – Seinfeld reference

Earlier this year when I decided to make this a year focused on making and keeping things for myself I felt—odd. I had this persistent feeling of guilt for actually having the audacity to want something for myself that I made with my own hands. My desire went against this inner belief that being “selfish” (if you will) was somehow wrong.

As the year progressed however, I noticed a few things that helped this feeling to gradually ease, become easier to tell people making request of me no, and to finally bask in having something for myself. Interestingly enough, this didn’t eliminate nor diminish the number of projects I made for others but, increased it by one. So a few stats:


This is 2015 gifted items as you can see last year I made eight of them.

In comparison this years gifted items


increased by size (K2’s vest) and complexity (the colorwork tablet cover & K2’s vest). O, and by one additional item.

Now, when it comes to selfish knitting. Last year without having this self-imposed determination I made


eight projects for myself. I know only seven are showing but, one pair of socks weren’t tagged so I had to tag them after I took the picture.

But, this year having that goal


I’ve already completed thirteen projects and I’m working on number fourteen. Why does this matter? I have a bad habit of once I complete a project originally intended for me, someone will say they want it and I’ll give it to them feeling I’m being selfish if I don’t. As to where this year I learned not to do that, especially with items I made with myself in mind and really wanted to keep. Now I did give up yarns and projects I originally intended for myself but decided I’d LOVE to gift. (Instead of being pressured to gift I did so of my own accord.)

I also had written a post that discussed my yearly yardage goals and plans during the first and subsequent year of my self-imposed yarn/fiber buying hiatus. Here’s how I’m doing on that front. So I originally calculated my stash yardage at approx. 18,987.7yds (as of February 2016). I was aiming to knit about 11,749yds yearly to deplete my approximate total. This number was derived from last years data on my account. See linked post for more details.^

I didn’t think I’d make this goal but, not only did I exceed my number of projects hoped for in comparison to last years numbers. (From 16 to 24.) As long as I complete Hope For (Make a Wish) by the end of December my yardage totals will be approx. 11,244yds ( data) / approx. 11,996yds ( data) of course factoring in things for numbers being adjusted once I actually complete the project.

If all goes well I might have time to actually complete some secret knitting I’ve had in the works before the years over too.

P.S. this yarn is so hard to get an accurate picture of the color.

P.P.S. But it’s still beautiful.

Sans but not for long

I did it; it’s done! After four months and twelve days I finished a project that’s actually taken nearly two years to do. First I had to dye the fiber


Once I was satisfied with all the colors I was going to use for one project I then started spinning said fiber. And while the spinning alone took a year, it’s a time I would not trade for I learned wonderful, valuable new skills in the process. I learned how to spin on supported spindles. I learned how to blend the fiber in a way that I was satisfied with the resulting color blending. I learned how to make proper fauxlags which made a lot of things easier in the process.


And I finally was able to pick a pattern that after a series of research and changes I thought would highlight the yarn at it’s best. It’s so serendipitous that when I went to cast on I had a yarn break that resulted in me using just a tad of the light-blue hank. For some reason (gut feeling) I switched to the bluish-purple since that was the smallest of the 5 hanks and what resulted was a nice blend that was a smack in the face with the deeper of the two colors.

As the shawl grew it grew quickly. I was zipping through the body of it so fast I for a brief moment that I could complete it in under a two month period. Next after bluish-purple came the remainder of the light-blue hank, followed by the lighter of the bluish-green. What followed was the darker of the bluish-green in which I discovered a difference in the yarn textures. This lead to me realizing that the fibers I spun on my heavier spindles (Purple Turk, Tipsy Elle, & Reliable Beauty) came out denser and thicker than the rest.

And finally the last of the 5 hanks; green. It came out to be the lightest, fluffiest, and strongest of the 5 hanks. My best spin of the lot. Ironically enough it had been spun on Penny which is the support spindle I find the most difficult to control. With this new information I learned a lot.


I learned that because I like thinner weight yarns (fingering, lace, cobweb, thread) to spin said types I must use my support spindles for the results I want. But, plying on the heavier spindles makes the plying experience move quickly.

I learned that although I made a lot of mistakes, although the beading drove me up the wall in the end, although I need to take better close up shots. I am beyond pleased with the final results of this item.

So now, although I am sans any projects on the needles. That won’t be for much longer…


Clear indication

Well it’s that tine again. A time where knitting during the warmer months is starting to pay off. There are various ways we as individuals notice the change. Whether it be fallen leaves or their changing colors, the number of hand knits one needs to put on at any given time etc. For me, just how long in relation to the items size it takes to dry while blocking makes the weather change evident.

During hotter months I can lay an item (shawl usually) that’s nearly as big as my queen size bed down mid-morning and it be completely dry by the time I’m ready to lay in bed that evening. Now however, I’ve been blocking wrist sleeves/cuffs since yesterday afternoon and they are still sopping wet. (They are the size of my palm.)

Good thing I had a few other projects to keep me occupied during the interm. M.D.s tab cover is finally done. It is my first colorwork project. So wonky tension and visiblity of the secondary color at times in spots it out not be is evident. 

I am very pleased with this because I ripped this case out no less than four times trying to pick up the basics of how to twist the strands without ending up with a pile of tangled yarn. I of course had to get tensioning right because the first time I successfully completed the cover I couldn’t fit the tablet into it. 

I am also pleased because I came up with the tulip design myself. It’s based off my stitch and row gauge and a quick sketch of a knit shaped graph on regular lined paper. (All this means is I’m getting better at my planning and designing attempts.)

After finally resolving my phone and computer issues, I wanted to treat myself to a quick knit. Therein I knit my version of a earbud pouch for my latest earbuds. I was planning to use an already existing pattern but, didn’t care for the way it was written/worded (it sounded unnecessarily complicated.) So instead, I just made the item similar to how I would socks.

I cast on 20sts using Judy’s Magic Cast-On

Alternated increase rounds with plain knit rounds (using rli and lli on the first and last stitches on each needle (I used magic loop method while knitting) this resulted in a 4st increase).

Once I reached approx. 40sts I knit straight for about 5 rounds.

Then I reversed my knitting. I decreased 4sts every alternate round (k2tog & ssk on the first 2st and last 2sts on each needle).

I decreased down to about 20-24sts and then started the ribbing.

For the ribbing I k2tbl and purled 2 around.

After 5 rounds I used Jeny’s Suprisingly Stretch Bind-Off for the finish.

Came out looking identical to the pattern I was going to use and no need to fiddle with a Kitchener stitch and a sewing needle. This way I think you should also be able to modify the pattern per your yarn weight and needle size. I recommend a needle at least one size smaller than your yarn’s recommended gauge.

I used Knit Picks Galileo (a sport weight yarn) and used a US2-2.75mm needle. 

On an additional note of good news. Lucidity is 10.5 rows away from completed. Ideally I’d like to have this finished tomorrow so I can block it and allow plenty of time for it to dry before the weekend wherein I’d like to potentially wear it but, we’ll see how that turns out.

Confirmation of plans

I am surprisingly pleased to admit that I’ve actually been working on Lucidity here lately. I guess that brief love affair with my Celestial Blossom hat was just the thing I needed to re-ignite my knitting drive.


I realized after snapping photos of me modeling the hat, it appears as if I have a tattoo. ( I don’t it’s a birth mark and the subject of many past conversations). And although I’ve been back and forth waffling about this grandiose idea of beads, beads, and more beads. So much so it’s resulted in me actively avoiding Lucidity for more than a 2 month stretch in accumulative days.


I can say seeing the affect in a nearly completed state has me rethinking my rethink ( I know it’s confusing me too.)


All in all the insanity is just what Lucidity has shaped up to be but, when somewhere around row 20 of the border I realized I don’t quite have 1,000 stitches (Yeah I know, shocked me too. Upside: by now it should be over 1,000.) I kicked into gear (or out of the way—depends on how you see it) a threshold cap I didn’t realized I’d unconsciously placed upon myself.

I had been avoiding Lucidity because I felt like it was more than a thousand stitches and growing and I mentally chickened out of the seemingly overwhelming task of the planned endeavour. But, when I realized I wasn’t at my perceived stitch limitations I have been more active in recent days in trying to get it done.

Now knowing better I’m on row 23 (?) and things are looking a lot better. For instance, my numbers in each of the four sections are finally starting to add up which for a minute there they did not. (Remember I mentioned this was an experimental shawl after so many number errors because, no one in their right mind goes back all those stitches of k2tog, ssk, & yo’s not to mention with the additional placements of beads. Nope, not gonna’ happen.) I am perfectly content living with my number-discrepancy shawl.