“That is so cool!”

It’s been rough. I’ve been ill (breathing, allergy, & misc issues abound). Today started rough (Internet provider issues galore). Mother Dear had an eye doctor check up this afternoon and so that’s when things began picking up. Conversation was free flowing and hilarious and as per usual nothing is better than people who understand your sarcastic dry humor.

One thing lead to another and I started conversing with majority of the patients and people who entered while I waited. A few of which turned out to be a mother with her 3 children (twin girls & a son). The girls could not have been more than 8-9 and their brother about 9-10.

The smaller of one of the twin girls happens to see I’m knitting on something.

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Further than this but forgot to take picture for blog post.

She exclaimed excitedly, “Woo, that’s so cool!” With all the fangirl squilly exuberance you can envision. Thus proceeds to attempt to get the attention of her other two siblings. The brother noticed first and he reiterates what she said followed by which the attention of the other twins attention and excitement. They demand mom’s attention with pokes, tugging, and points and she agrees with said cool acceptance factor.

It was such an awesome feeling and I’ve never had such a reaction while knitting in public. I couldn’t pass up an enabling opportunity. I forthwith proceeded to teach them all (the 3 kids) how to knit (they took turns on my sock) I gave them encouraging advice (messed up? Rip and redo) & I showed what that could eventually lead to with practice.

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Volando - test-knit by MozieMade on Ravelry

Afterwards I showed some of my projects on Ravelry.com and explained YouTube was a great learning tool. The young boy revealed is grandmother knitted and made things like sleeveless vest with a hood. I explained boys knit too and can even make their own yarn and dye it. With pictures as proof

It was such an awesome experience for me and I hope for them as well. After that wonderful time we went dollar store gem hunting. Few things I purchased

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The dog brush was used to test out my rolag making skills.

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And the washi like tape to do a bit of diy.

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Phone stand and speaker all in one.

How’d the rolag spin you may wonder?

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Used support spindle as a sampler

I’d say beautifully. Almost forgot. Look what I made last night

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First official project bag

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Change of plans

How do you use your Ravelry? The creators have done such an amazing job at making it customizable that you can use your standard notebook anyway you desire. Let’s go through some prompts.

Projects

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In general I use this for current wips and finished projects. I use to delete those I’ve frogged but I’ve since realized those sometimes are good to keep. I’ve started taking better notes on my individual projects page so it helps me to document notes in addition to when and why things went awry. I also use tags and tabs generously. I label according to year and item type (e.g. socks, shawls, cardigans)

Queue

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For me I use my queue page for projects I’d like to make/buy to make later. They are ordered based off what I’d envision working on next. Also there are as many notes as I can think of. I put in yarn/stash type, ideal cast on year, recipient, needle choice, premods, and in the case of library required books — title and page number of pattern.

Favorites

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I use this in regards to projects, patterns, and notes I admire, find inspiring or would like to remember. This includes designers.

Library

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Of course we store our valuables here. Patterns, books, kits, and magazines we’ve acquired. I use sets liberally (e.g. shawls, socks etc.)

I realized today however like we all do what I say I’ll knit I don’t get to fast enough but continue to add to the list. I’ve decided to restructure my game plan. Between ready queued items and frogged but not yet reknit (although I have the yarn) I have 18-20 items all ready to be knit.

I’ve decided to knit these items (ideally before the year is over) before I purchase another skein. Up next, socks.

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At least I can still knit

The downside to test knitting is that you can’t/aren’t suppose to share what you are working on until either it’s published or the designer gives the OK.

I have been knitting but I’ve been test knitting. One is done and I’m doing another of the same pattern in a different yarn because I ran into so many problems comprehending how straightforward it was only the change to a bigger weight yarn made it doable for me.

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This yarn minus this pattern

When it did click the pattern flew of the needles. After which the designer and I both agreed it would be nice to see it in my original yarn choice.

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So I’m working on it.

I also offered to test knit for a instagram[er] who was designing but didn’t plan to publish. My interest got her to change her mind and to use me first!

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That one is a fingerless mitts pattern that is beautifully simplistic. I looked forward to sharing.

Then I’m in the process of trying to get approved for a cardigan test knit since I decided to put my personal viajante on hold until I found enough of my ideal color choice.

In the meantime I will be using this

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For whatever cardigan I do decide on. Whether the test knit or

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We’ll see.

I’ve been ill. Lots of sore throat and low energy abounds. At least I can still knit.

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This helps also.

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2015 Cyber Monday ahead of schedule

I started thinking about my recent purchases. And I realized fiber related ones have been 4 in the past two months. Some books and singular patterns in February and yarn and needles in March and then my latest acquisition which arrived 2-3 hrs ago.

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It’s from aaronmakesstuff on etsy and instagram. He makes the most beautiful and high quality spinning related tools. His style is contingent on his latest interest and right now he’s enamored with color pencils.

Always wanting a support spindle I frequently looked at his shop updates. When this one came in I immediately wanted it. Mother Dear felt I had shopped enough and I should wait. And logically I couldn’t convince her that his stuff went fast and you weren’t guaranteed another like it later on. I was not happy and feared someone else would get it first.

Some other online non-fiber-related was done and I jumped at the chance to purchase this as well. I worried about shipping. Would it break in transit? Would arrive at a reasonable time? I personally don’t handle online shopping calmly. I become neroutic and fixated on the tracking updates.

Today it came and I made myself do house chores before I could play with it. Of course this was after making sure it arrived undamaged.

Finally I was able to test it out.

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I picked it up a lot quicker than I thought I would. Pre watching support spindle videos sure came in handy.

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This is more of the same spindle project and my hope is that if I spin majority of it at one time I’ll be finished pre ply before no time.

Besides it’s fun.

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