Sometimes I’m counterproductive

I’ve counted. I’ve been doing that a lot more lately when it comes to seeing how many days in reality it takes me to knit something rather than the duration required to mark it complete. I think I first started doing this after Viajante. Not entirely sure why other than I wanted a better idea of how long it took me to make something if I don’t put it down.

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Rose City Rollers

These were started on the 15th. Things haven’t been so great for me so after nearly completing the first sock down to the toe and then finishing the heel on the second I stopped knitting.

I stopped everything.

I have yet to pick back up Emeraude, or Deep Blue Seas which is unfortunate because they both have progressed nicely. If like me you are keeping count. Emeraude has been knit on for a total of 17days and it’s at the second row of the second repeat of the lace section. It really has great potential to finish quickly. It’s just me that’s the reason for the delays.

Deep Blue Seas?

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Has 770yds and 3 skeins plied, dried, & hanked. With so much yardage already I have a better understanding of just how much of it I’ve already lost. I think around 300yds.

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206yds of lace weight

Did not lose any yardage here.

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260yds of lace weight

Lost about 100yds here

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304yds of lace weight

Lost about 200+yds here.

All that’s left is the sky like blue

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And the green

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I don’t know why I do that. But in checking out my progress this year I am way ahead of where I was last year. Last year I only did 1690yds of knitting. This year including the incomplete Emeraude I’ve done 9660yds already. Finished 11 out of my 12 intended projects goal of finished items.

So yes, I’ve slowed down but, I’m so far ahead of last year it doesn’t even matter.

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It’s not really done

until a beauty shot emerges.

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Morning Dew

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Not that I don’t normally but, I had picked up my reading habit to the point I finished three 300+ page books in a night and a morning. I hadn’t done that one in quite a while. But as one can imagine committing so much free time to this pursuit resulted in other things being left by the way side.

Knitting stopped.

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Emeraude

Spinning stopped.

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Plying didn’t officially get underway.

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206yds of lace weight yarn
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260yds of lace weight yarn

So I had to return the books that had been getting all my attention to actually get done much needed things.

Mother Dear made me feel bad saying Emeraude should have been finished. I had to explain to her that although it’s been on the needles since May 12th, I’ve only picked it up to knit on it 14 days now. Considering it’s size and it being my first cardigan for myself, its progress in that length of time (actual knitting time) I didn’t think was bad.

Of course that made me pick it up with a new determined effort. Who knows maybe I can finish it before mid-August.

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Forgot to mention

I’ve mentioned enough about the past few weeks to give an indication of my recent setbacks. June was rough. June hurt. June took me prisoner and showed no mercy. It could not past fast enough for me.

But, during such various difficulties these past few weeks two surprising and heartwarming things occured. I won 2 seperate contest that was going on in the 12 in 12 months group on Ravelry. In each I got to choose several patterns up to a certain amount. 

One contest prize was meant to be yarn but, I’m not one willing to give my address to non-businesses online. The prize giver was kind enough to do patterns instead.

Here’s what I got:

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By Hanna Maciejewska
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By Sara Stevens
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By Joji Locatelli
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By Joji Locatelli
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By Meiju K-P
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By Veera Valimaki

It’s going to be a wonderful year to come next year.

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I think I might have a problem

I enjoy receiving packages. I enjoy (even though I know it’s coming) the thrill of opening the package and seeing what’s inside. This year has been way more of that than I’m use to and I really need to slow down a bit. But I can’t say I’m displeased with my “gifts”.

While working on Emeraude

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I noticed a snagging issue when it came to sliding the yarn over the swivel portion of the cable. It wasn’t horribly bad but, I could easily see myself becoming annoyed in future with it. It had already been quite a while since I purchased the needles and extra 60″ cables that I feared I couldn’t get a replacement cable. But I contacted Sue from Great Yarn Company and she handled things beautifully.

I just got the replacement cable and unlike the original it came with lifeline holes. Because they are phasing out the old cables (the one I had) they said I could keep it and do what I wanted with it. Which was nice and unexpected.

Added bonus today was a custom order I asked to be made early last month. Marilyn and Ken from Silly Salmon Designs are awesome! I had attempted two custom orders prior but, ended up finding other things in their shop that I loved (Penny & Flaming Elder).

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Finally I went ahead with a custom bowl and a reserved in shop spindle until everything was ready. It arrived in pristine condition.

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Ken did an excellent job implementing what I wanted in a spindle bowl. Pricing was very reasonable and shipping could only have been improved if it had been over nighted.

I finally took a proper shot of my finished Morning Dew shawl.

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Everything is going relatively well. I had a minor needle injury

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which I felt would heal best if I put knitting aside for a bit.

So I spun to occupy my hands.

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I was going to wait until all of Deep Blue Seas was complete before plying but, I’m rethinking that. Unwinding my spindles have been a bit problematic.

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Wasted yarn

I’ve lost quite a bit. No doubt around 100yds of yarn. But I’m trying to tell myself it’s a learning curve thing. If I lose anymore from tangles I might cry. I tried to save it but, I could so easily see myself never getting it untangled and having it constantly break apart and not at all be worth the effort. So I threw a huge chunk away already.

This is what I’ve been up to the past few days.

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