So this is just a thing now

The past few February’s over the years I’ve discovered has a distinct pattern when it comes to my productivity level. It’s nearly non-existent. I don’t know why February and I just can’t get along but, during this time of year I become extremely accident prone and stagnate. This year: I’ve burned myself (multiple times), cut myself (at least once), caught the flu (approx. three weeks in),  and messed up just about every piece of fiber and/or yarn that’s slipped through my fingers.

I just had to sit back/lay down and walk away from hoping to complete anything this month. Finally the latest gift-pile item is starting to finally come along.

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It will become as long as possible, then I’ll twist one end, and do a three needle bind-off to turn it into an infinity scarf-cowl that can also be pulled over the head and shoulders at the same time. I’d mentioned prior I had trouble with gauge, pattern, and winging the item. One day while watching a Taiwanese drama I saw a store bought (machine made) version similar to this and decided to go with that. It’s turning out great and I finally seem to be over the hump of not wanting to work on it.

After much fighting, frogging, regrouping, re-knitting, re-frogging of the yarn that has finally become Viajante it’s finally moving along well. I changed all the needle choices, the number of stitches before joining in the round, the increases used, and the decrease placement.

I’m finally happy.

While I was trying to overcome the funk I’ve found myself in; I cast on some remnant (scrap) socks in attempts to mindlessly knit peacefully since everything else was turning out wrong. Turns out, I like knitting on smaller needles (US0, US1, US1.5, etc.) I decided to do my best to use up all these odds and ends. I’m going to do a gusset heel (I’m winging it), I’m going to knit up the leg as high as possible, and a do a garter ribbing before binding off.

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Almost time to start the heel.

Have any of you noticed a certain time of year sets you back in your crafting endeavours?

Hit the bottom of the hill

I was on a roll this past month. I had looked at my Ravelry page, looked at what I had before me and realized something; I completed five projects last month in January alone!

OK actually I don’t know when I finished the washcloth but, since I didn’t add it to Ravelry until last month I went ahead and threw it into this past months completion. The hat went to it’s intended owner (it was a commissioned piece) The cowl and ear warmer/cowl is mine. And the hat and washcloth went into the bin for the mass gifts I’ll be giving once I’m finished.

So here’s were the trouble started: The beautiful shawl design I was working on was causing me problems and I just couldn’t figure out why. Others were completing the pattern and I couldn’t get past the body! Once I reached a certain point I was realizing my yarn (although very beautiful) wasn’t  playing so nice with the pattern for some reason. Initially I decided I would wing it and then follower the designers lace section once I reached that point.

Which worked out because I wanted to use more yarn than her pattern called for but, I still wasn’t happy and the yarn still wasn’t jellying for me. So I decided I would instead make another Viajante because I had enough yarn and it would finally be in the colors I would like. Having done the item twice before already.

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 But that posed problems also. Problems that I didn’t accept until I reached the point of knitting in the round. (I knew it wasn’t right but was ignoring it).

So after about the fourth (?) ripping back of this yarn (man that stuff holds up well) and several needles sizes smaller; I finally had the right tension for what I wanted.

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But I really haven’t picked it up since because, I’ve been working on the fourth recipient of the gifted plans. It’s been dragging because the pattern I picked I hated and my winging it had the same tension and/or gauge problem as the Viajante. So, today that hit the frog pond as well.

I think I’ve hit a slump honestly, but, I’m up for a challenge. Let’s see if I can finish this by Friday.

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This has seen so much progress. I might actually complete this by the end of this month.

With a bit of perspective

So, I was beating myself up just a bit. With all the recent purchases I felt I’d sort of stepped off the deep end of responsibilities hard. Me being me, forever needing data I did a bit of digging and came up with last years  (2015’s) stash photo around the time I stopped buying originally.

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I thought about sharing a photo which blocked out what I’d knit or even written on but, that’s not going to happen. I had set the goal of knitting 11,000+  yards within the 2016 year and I ended up knitting 12,000+ yards which is awesome. So after my recent stash purchases this is what I currently have total.

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It’s at a different angle and on a rainy day so the lighting sucks but, you can clearly see the yardage is a lot less than two years ago after purchasing all that I have. I’d say then, that I’m still doing well. A lot of this yarn will be gone in a few months, I have gifts to finish, three garments to make, a couple of planned shawls etc. Just about everything in my stash has a pattern idea attached to it.

On another note. I’ve been indulging my startitis and I presently have three different things on the needles.

This is a commissioned piece that I’d like to finish no later than Friday, but it’s been put down for a few days for this beauty

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And third up is a shawl that was driving me crazy until I decided to wing the bulk of the item instead of follow the pattern I was using.

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This will be awhile. But the other two shouldn’t take too long.