Talk about a 180

My last post I talked about how I have not knit anything this year.  I've done a 180.  Now I have finished one pair of fingerless gloves for my Grandma, one pair of tube socks for my daughter, ripped a shawl for my Grandma twice (started with a new pattern each time) and only have the border left (3rd times a charm right?!) and I knit the Drizzle hat.  I also pulled out the Owlet sweater I had hibernating because if I finished in the size I was knitting it would be way too tight for Miss A.  And the best part?  I'm almost done with the Sweater the Never Ends.

This sweater has a few names - the Sweater that Never Ends, the death of me, the $^%$*#()@# but mostly Hubby's Sweater.  I started this sweater in 2012.  Yes.  Over 3 years.  Granted a majority of the time has been spent in UFO bin.  I have finally finished the whole body.  I've knit the sleeves and now am half-way done with the hood.  I cannot tell you how much a relief this is to me, getting so close.  And now there is no way I will put it back into hibernation, because I can taste the finish line!  So far my year of "Finish What I Start" is well on it's way.  I've ripped one sweater, have another one I plan to rip and as soon as I'm done with Hub's then I'm finishing another for me.  That one will be quick and painless.  Then I plan to cast on!  I've been waiting patiently to cast on what I consider a "real" sweater.

So, in hindsight, I have one piece of advice for you all.  Never, and I mean never, knit a man size Large of an all stockinette stitch cardigan.  Flat stockinette the whole way through.  Guys, the only reason this sweater took so long; pure boredom.  Don't do it.  Just don't.


Such a Funk

I have not knit anything since the year started.  This makes me sad.  And I think it's because everything I'm working on is at a point where it needs concentration and I've been so busy I haven't wanted to think about anything!  They all need brain power right now!

Case and point.  I had a movie night with the Mr. last night and finally picked something up.  It was a simple hat at the decrease point.  I started the decrease, read the directions and thought "that doesn't sound like how the pattern looks" but went with it.  Forever later the decreases looked like I was making a giraffe neck warmer, not a hat, and I went back to the pattern.  Turns out the pattern said the exact right thing and I just read it wrong!  At no time did I think "i should reread that, it sounds wrong".  Nope, I just went with it and ended up pulling out about 4 inches.  What a pain.  So the little bit of knitting done has now been ripped.

Other aspects of this year are in fact going well.  I've hit day 17 of my 30 day Yoga Challenge. Erin Motz is amazing!!  I feel great!  I've lost 8 lbs. I'm less stressed.  I have more energy.  And I've started doing more workouts as well (Jillian Micheals Yoga Inferno was yesterday).  You would think with all that said I would not be in the knitting predicament I am.  Oh well. Hopefully my next post will have more knitting!


The Roaring 20s

Seems to be the common theme this year.  I'm loving a new tv show, all thanks to enablers on Ravelry of course.  If you haven't checked out Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries please do it!  If you love the crime shows, or the historical fiction I promise you will enjoy it.  It is set in Australia (also filmed and aired in Australia) and about a very smart, witty, rich and sexy female detective and all of her escapades.  There is a continual attraction between her and the local inspector. And there are several other characters who play very well off each other.  The wittiness in the show is great.  It has just the right balance of sex, seriousness, mystery and humor.  I can't get enough.  Catch it on Netflix.

The other of course is Downton Abbey.  Season 5 is about to start and I have been bitten by the bug.  I've heard its better than the last season and I have been so intrigued by the actions of Lady Mary and can't seem to stop wondering about what will happen to her this year!!  They are entering the 20's, the decade of jazz,  short hair and amazing fashion.  Will Lady Mary be partaking in the festivities of a flapper girl?  Doubtful but I also think she's full of surprises.

If you are just as excited about Downton as I am, please come join us for the annual DA Swap or in the Subway Knits group on Ravelry!  Still a little time to sign up!


Finish What You Start

I looked over my projects that I finished in 2014.  I thought I had done so much knitting and I still believe that to be true but I obviously didn't actually finish enough projects.  There are such a measly few and small ones too!  I'm going to be more determined to finish projects in the next year!  And one of them WILL be a sweater!  To go along with the Knitmore Girls Idea of a theme instead of a resolution, mine with be Finish What You Start.

Projects of 2014

That's not all.  There will also be a fiber diet in 2015.  No purchasing any yarn in 2015.  NONE.  Of course there has to be an exception right?  Every diet has to have a cheat right?  My only exception is "if" I run out of sweater quantities of yarn.  Considering I have enough for about 5 sweaters or garments of the sort I don't think it will be an issue but a girl can dream of a year of sweaters right?  Oh wait, that was supposed to be 2014!!!  

My 5 resolutions from last year:
1. I've already started!  Bought the Crochet Lab Craftsy class in their Black Friday sale.  Started learninv to crochet today!
2.  Knit at least 3 pairs of socks this year for myself (really because I need more wool socks)
3. Read just as much as I did last year, if not more.  13 books in 2013.  Maybe I will strive for 14 in 2014.
4. Run a 5k.
5. Last be certainly not least, finish an adult size sweater.  Whether it is one that is started or a new one I don't care.  I just need to finish!!

 Completely the first right away.  Never finished the rest.  I'll stick to a theme this year thank you very much....


Boy oh Boy

Where has the time gone!  I literally haven't posted anything since I've moved into this house.  That has been a whole four months!  1/3 of the year has gone by without posting (and I've already been in this house for a whole 1/3 of a year?! No way!)

Oddly enough my life has been happier here, but also much more stressful.  More to do.  More time with my little one and me, which means challenges in itself.  We've already had more people come visit than the whole time we lived in Kansas.  Crazy huh?  Like they say "location, location".  We've also gone to visit family 3 times and will be doing that again in a few days.   And I've started a new endeavor - Jamberry Nail Wrap Consultant.  If that interests you at all e-mail me!  

But I think I can say with confidence I'm back.  And the knitting has not lagged, even if I've totally slacked on posting about it.  I have a few new yarns I've worked with, I went to Rhinebeck (oh yeah I Did!) and I'm starting a year without yarn purchases!!  I've almost finished my husbands never-ending sweater which may very well be the death of me.

Oh yeah, last week I turned 30!!  And my birthday sucked.  Big time.  Just putting that out there.  It had nothing to do with the age either.  And my daughter turns THREE in a little over two weeks.  That's the one I can't believe the most.  Three years old.  And acts like a 5 year old.  Seriously though- her mannerisms, her vocal, her ability to recognize letters already, her height and her attitude.  I swear.  My current 2 yr old has acted older for the whole year.  People seriously never believe she's 2.  She's already wiping our kisses off.  I thought I had at least 7 more years before that happened!  Where has my baby girl went?

Well glad to check in.  I am in fact still alive and kicking.  Just busy as can be it seems.  But I haven't disappeared and I sure hope some of my readers have stuck around.  Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!