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I apologize for my lateness

June 29, 2012

I appologize for my lateness in getting a post out to all of you. I really meant to get a post out sooner! But these past couple weeks have been complete and utter chaos! I feel like I have been in a café, in the essence that the smell of coffee is soothing and the caffeine gives me just enough energy to get through the day. Yet the atmosphere of the building, house ect is sticky and tattooed with the unfinished business that I need to complete that day. And by the time I get to the rest of the business that I need to do, I am either tired or too exhausted to care; or the day has already ended. Sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day!

To be honest because of this atmosphere, I have had very little time to knit. In fact, I am still working on the project I posted about last time (top down socks) oh and I started test knitting a shawl but had to withdraw because of health issues.. I asked the designer if I could still knit on it  and she has given me permission to keep knitting on the shawl (pictures to come soon!).   I hope to spend a little time (if not more) this weekend; on the casterfield, doing the favorite hobby that I love: Knitting!

And now to update you on Ayla’s condition. She had her week long of testing for Epilepsy done and has discovered that she in fact does not have Epilepsy or seizures. In fact the Epitologist has no idea why the Neurologist she was seeing put her on an anti-convulsent. However, they still have no idea why she is feeling the sensations in her head, and they have no idea what it could be. The doctor has increased her medication for anxiety in the hopes that it will help with the sensations. The doctor has also diagnosed her with migraines. And right now, Ayla has told me that until she gets used to the increase of her medication; that I still have “control” over the blog. So you will be stuck with me a little bit longer.

For now I am off to enjoy the rest of the day (well, enjoy what I can anyway :) ). And my thoughts and prayers go out to Ayla. May she return to her lovely blog soon!!!

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learning to knit toe up socks

June 8, 2012

Yesterday I was reading the very first posts of the yarn harlot’s blog to my friend Blaire. I got to the part where she (the yarnharlot) says that she is learning to knit toe up socks. Next thing I know I literally exclaim “If the yarnharlot can knit toe up socks, then so can I”.  My friend lightheartedly laughed and agreed with me by saying “Well if lots of people can knit them, why can’t you? I see no reason why you can’t. Go for it!!!”

Thus, the yarnharlot has inspired me to learn to knit toe up socks. So off I went searching youtube on how to start toe up socks. And each one I watched just confused me. it looked so fidly, and very hard to keep the stitches tight. Then I found the following video (below), and I hope it helps you. I know it helped clear up my confusion, and I am very excited to start! Next time I knit socks, they will be toe up!!

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What is Liz knitting on today

June 5, 2012

Well.. that is a long and (possibly) vapid subject. I tried numerous times to make a shibui sock yarn into a sock. I guess my yarn whispering skills are a tad rusty, because it took me awhile to figure it out. So yesterday, I casted on for the easygoing sock. So far THIS yarn looks like it wants to be a sock (it hasn’t given me ANY trouble at all *knock on wood*) I have more projects in mind but I think what I have to do is get a list started and when I knit that certain project on the list, I obviously cross it off.

My problem is on my ravelry page, I have one hundred seventy-eight projects qued. You read correctly. And it is very hard for me to just choose a few. But I am pretty sure I will persevere, I just have to put my mind to it, and hopefully complete the task I have given myself.

Oh! And before I forget, here are the pictures of Ayla’s completed seashells shawl (that she test knitted).

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Hello I am your new host

May 20, 2012

Dear Lovely knitters,

My name is Elizabeth (But people call me Liz). I am happily married, have 2 cats, and one beautiful girl (who is about to start school). My hobbies are vast but here are some of them:

* Reading

* Writing

* Listening to and composing music

* And of course Knitting!!!

I have inherited this blog from the original owner, she has had many medical issues and the doctors are still trying to figure out what exactly is wrong. Unfortunately she has a lot of stress and… chaos that keeps her from maintaining and posting. So she kindly asked me to take ownership. I humbly agreed and we can all hope that she is (one day) able to possess this blog once again.

She has asked me to inform you all that she finished the baby shower socks and is still working on the test shawl. She has also asked me to post a picture when the test knit is over. I shall honor her wishes and do so. Now for my works in progress. Right now I am working on a pair of my plain jane vanilla socks (The pattern I use, is Ayla’s plain jane vanilla socks with a tweak, I change the cast on stitches; more on that in a moment). I am also going to start making my first ever lace shawl, I am having a hard time choosing a pattern but I believe I will make Annis. But instead of making the nupps I will replace them with beads (I apologize to the people that like bobbles and nupps, but I do not).

Here is the “formula” I used to figure out how many stitches to cast on for the plain jane vanilla socks.

Take your gauge and multiply it by your ankle circumference

Take the number you receive from the top and multiply it by 0.9 or 0.8 (this results in 10 or 20% negative ease, which “helps” your sock stay up better.

The last step is to round up or down (as needed) to get the stitches needed to make your sock. If the stitch pattern is quite stretchy, you can cast on fewer; if it is rather stiff, one or two more won’t hurt.

Here are a couple of examples:

8 * 9 = 72

72 * 0.9 = 64.8 (round up to 65)

72 * 0.8 = 57.6 (round up to 58)

 

8 * 6 = 48

48 * 0.9 = 43.2 (round down to 43)

48 * 0.8 = 38.4 (round down to 38)

** If you already have a whole number just take away the decimal, this only applies to numbers that you round down.

I hope this helps you. Until next time, stay safe and warm and keep knitting :D

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Baby shower knitting

May 15, 2012

I have put the shawl that I am test knitting temporarily on hold (at least until Sunday). I have been invited to my sister in laws baby shower, and I need to make socks for her ASAP! If you don’t hear from me until next week, just know that I am knitting like a mad woman on baby socks.

To every member in my house:

Do not bother me unless you are broken, bleeding, or someone is on fire! IT is mandatory that I knit. Do not (under any circumstances) bother me while I am knitting! If I am not knitting (i.e. taking a short break) then you can bother me. But other then that, leave me alone. Do not make this woman grow the fangs of doom and glare at you.

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Its my birthday

May 14, 2012

Today marks the day that I was born, and on this very special day I am playing and spending time with my daughter (my beautiful angel) and I am (more then likely) going to knit later on tonight. And what will I be knitting on? Who knows. I might knit on a shawl, I might knit on a sock, it might have beads, but I haven’t figured out what I am going to knit. And I will let that be a surprise. Hope everyone’s day is going well. Until next time, I am going to sit on the chesterfield and look at the many patterns on ravelry and hopefully get inspired.

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It seems like forever

May 8, 2012

It seems like forever since I last posted, I have been having fun with my “medical journey” and have had some family issues come up that have kept me from posting. But here I am, alive and knitting like a mad women. I am (now) working on 2 shawls. One you have seen which is Kassandra and the other is a test knit called seashells. I wish I could show you a picture of that one, but until I have permission from the author to post a picture; you will unfortunately have to use your imagination (that or go on ravelry ((my rav id is ayla)) and look under red seashells.)

Usually I am not the type of knitter that works on one project at a time, but since the test knit has to be done and blocked by the end of may, I have a deadline to meet so sadly I must work on the seashells shawl until I get it done. But I am happy to say that I am almost done with the 4th repeat of chart B which means that I only have 4 repeats of chart D and 1 of chart E. So in essence you could say that I am (almost) half way. But I do have a question. I am making this shawl out of super wash wool, and having never blocked anything before; I am wondering if super wash wool can be blocked and how to do it. If you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions please leave them in the comments section. Until the next time I post, happy knitting, and stay warm and safe!

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