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Stress-knitting

Long time, no post!

I, like many knitters, tend to knit faster when I am experiencing strong emotions. I zoom through projects while watching action flicks, and stress-knit at the speed of light.

I present as evidence:

Photo on 2014-02-01 at 20.50 #2
(for the record: this sock is knit at about 8 stitches to the inch)

I had a job interview in Maine yesterday. It was stressful and fun and scary and VERY exciting. I brought this simple sock along for the plane ride, de-stressing, etc. On Thursday afternoon, I was in the middle of the gusset increases – at around the bright green stripe in the middle of the foot. I cast off today. Most of that sock you see right there was done within 48 hours.

I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever knit a sock that big and that fast. Lesson learned: never underestimate the power of stress knitting!

Pattern: super-basic toe-up sock recipe with a wedge toe and slip stitch heel.
Yarn: Jawoll Magic. I. Love. This. Yarn.

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Random Monday

  1. It snowed last night and was under 30 degrees Fahrenheit all day so I haven’t left the apartment yet today.
  2. I have, however, had a very productive day in my PJs.
  3. If it weren’t so darned cold, I would be well on my way to falling in love with the lovely city of Madison, WI.
  4. I went to a gourmet cheese shop yesterday. It was divine. The charming and handsome sales clerks must have either tried to hit on us or thought we were an adorable lesbian couple. Either way, the end result was a million free samples of delicious cheese.
  5. My most excellent photographer, Emmie, sent me the cream of the crop from last week’s photo shoot in preparation of the opening of my Etsy shop. Would you like a sneak peak? Of course you would.

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The Cold North

I made it safely to the home of my dear friend in Wisconsin. It was a very long trip and it is very cold here, but that’s okay because I used that very long trip to knit a warm hat for myself:

warm hat

(I am sorry for the terrible quality photo)

Pattern is my own design. The brim is a super bulky navy/pale blue 2ply in a simple feather-and-fan lace, which I did until I ran out of yarn, and the rest is straight stockinette in a bulky dark gray. It’s delightfully thick and warm, and kind of tight on my head so it feels like a warm head hug.

I noticed as I was packing for this trip that I didn’t have any warm hats. So, being a knitter, I packed yarn and some needles and before long I’d figured out a hat.

I started knitting this hat on the flight to Cleveland and finished sewing it up on the train from the airport to the bus stop in Chicago. Just in time, too, because Chicago was SO COLD.

I am extremely happy to have this warm hat now that I’m in the frozen north, and also very happy that I’m a knitter and could make something so beautiful, comfortable, and functional for myself on such short notice. What do the muggles do when they’re cold and hat-less?

FO Friday

More cute tiny sweaters!!

more tiny sweaters

In other news, I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my darling friend in Wisconsin. Blogging might be spotty but I’ll try very hard to say hello regularly!

Oops

I’m leaving on Saturday for a trip to Wisconsin to visit my darling friend, and I just realized that I don’t have a warm winter hat.

Oops.

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Good thing I’m a knitter.

WIP Wednesday

Still trucking along on the black sock:

WIP Wed black sock

And look! Another tiny sweater! This one’s sparkly ๐Ÿ™‚

WIP Wed glitter sweater

 

I spent a good chunk of today doing a photo shoot for my upcoming Etsy shop opening. I’m so incredibly excited to be getting closer to opening! Pictures (and shop details) to come, when my fabulous photographer Emmie gets them all edited ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweater Buffering…

Knitting done

knitting done sweater

Steeking done

steeking done sweater

Weaving in ends done

endless ends

Fixing gaping armpit holes done

gaping hole closeup

Washing done

washing sweater

Blocking?

blocking sweater

Not dry yet.