Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yarn Haul November 2016

This month I've kind of gone wild with buying more sashay yarn to make ruffle scarves with for the Christmas holiday to give as gifts to family and friends... I'm truly hoping with all the things I'm already making to give as Christmas gifts and also doing plenty of other things between now and the end of the year that I have enough time to make more ruffle scarves to give as stocking stuffers!

So, here's a list of yarn I've added to my collection:

5 skeins of Fashion Plus Mill-End Assortment Sashay Yarn in red and silver metallic from Joann Fabric & Craft Stores
2 skeins of Red Heart Sashay Boutique Yarn in Mambo
2 skeins of Red Heart Sashay Boutique Yarn in Jive
2 skeins of Red Heart Sashay Boutique Yarn in Tango

Share below in the comments section, which skeins of yarn you've added to your stash this month!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Minimum Stitches To Fit On A Circular Needle Chart

Yay! I was so excited to find the above information in chart form to have on hand when knitting with circular knitting needles.

I haven't put the above information provided in the Minimum Stitches To Fit On A Circular Needle Chart to the test, but it will be helpful/useful when knitting without a pattern.

I hope you find it useful as well. Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I Love To See that Young People Are Into Knitting!

I wanted to learn how to knit off and on for years. I'm not even sure now what prompted my initial interest in learning how to knit or how even how old I was when I first became interested in knitting as a potential hobby. I'd guess that I first became interested in knitting as a teenager and it's been decades since I was a teenager!

I didn't start learning how to knit until I was 44 years old, almost 45 years old... Better late than never. I am so glad that I did take up knitting as a hobby. I am now addicted to knitting and growing my yarn stash. I am having so much fun learning new knitting stitches, making new things, and the wonderfully creative and relaxing process of knitting itself.

Of course, I wish I'd learned how to knit in my teens and be an expert knitter by now. But alas, I am living in the present and am currently making up for lost time now.

As a side note though, it is always fun and kind of exciting to learn that the younger generation is becoming awesome knitters and carrying on the knitting tradition. I read an online article about a high school student who is already an expert knitter! The article is titled Junior Marissa Olin finds passion in knitting by Lexi Flipse from the Mill Valley News. Marissa Olin's knitting is absolutely incredible. Click on the above link to see a couple of the things that Marissa Olin has made through knitting.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

I've Become Addicted to Crocheting Ruffle Scarves!!

I have completed crocheting my third ruffle scarf to date. These scarves are fast, fun, and easy to make as quick gifts to give to that special someone in your life.

Because ruffle scarves are so cute and easy to make, I've recently purchased a total of fourteen skeins of sashay yarn. I am busily working on crocheting ruffle scarves to give as Christmas and/or birthday gifts for friends and family this year. 

I've newly discovered that I can crochet two ruffle scarves per skein of sashay yarn, which is a wonderful deal since I've purchased all of my skeins of ruffle yarn on sale!
Red and Silver Ruffle Scarf

The latest ruffle scarf I've made is red in color with metallic silver trim, which will be a perfect colorway to wear during the upcoming holiday season. I am planning to give this particular ruffle scarf to my paternal grandmother as one of her gifts for Christmas this year.

For some reason, the ruffle scarf looks more like raspberry red in the photograph I took of it instead of looking true red. I am not sure why that is the case, but at least you have a general idea of what the ruffle scarf looks like now that it is completed.

So, have you knitted or crocheted a ruffle scarf before? How did it turn out? And do you love wearing your ruffle scarf? I definitely know I like wearing my ruffle scarf.

Monday, November 7, 2016

What Are You Knitting Or Crocheting These Days?

I am knitting a new to me project for my mom for Christmas this year. I am knitting my mom Red Heart's Cozy Shrug, which is an easy knitting pattern with Red Heart Grande Yarn in the Apricot colorway.

Red Heart's Cozy Shrug call for US Size 15 circular, 29-inch knitting needles. One uses the knitting needles as straight needles to make the garter stitch before beginning to knit the rib stitch in the round. I can't wait to see how the finished project turns out. I have 2.5 balls of Red Heart Grande Yarn left to use. So, I'm halfway finished with this project now and am working on the ribbing.

My only major complaint is that I am finding my right arm, right wrist, right hand and fingers turn sore and achy very quickly from working with such large knitting needles and heavy weight yarn. I have to take frequent breaks and also take a couple of days off from knitting when working on this project.

I also think the 29-inch circular knitting needles called for in this pattern are too short in length to accommodate all the stitches for this project while working in the round. I would go for a longer length in the future should I decide to make this pattern again in the future for myself or others.

Here's What My Cozy Shrug Looks Like So Far!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Just Learned The Cable Cast-On Method For Knitting!!

I've only cast-on using the long tail method in the past. But I am interested in knitting a pattern that calls for using the cable cast-on method. After watching the above video I discovered on YouTube, I can see where using the cable cast-on method would be ideal to use when casting on 200+ stitches. It doesn't look like one would have to estimate the tail length for 200+ stitches and wonder if they've guessed the correct length based on the number of stitches they need to cast on for a project.

I look forward to trying out the cable cast-on method in the future!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Can Knitting Teach Us to Be Better Parents?

I am not a parent by choice. But do respect and admire those that are parents and do an exceptional job at being a parent.

I have come across a very well written and thought provoking article from the New York Times titled What Knitting Can Teach Us About Parenting by Perri Klass, M. D. that is written for not only parents, but us non-parents as well. In the article, Perii Klass, M. D. writes the following:
So I could draw the obvious conclusion here, which all you knitters (and crocheters) will probably have leapt to long ago: Is it possible that knitting makes us nicer (knicer?) while child rearing makes us crankier and more critical? 
There’s an awful lot of public shaming that goes on around being a parent, and I’m not just talking online — or even in the doctor’s office.
And when you’re out in the world with a small child, you know people are looking at you, and you know some of it isn’t kindly. Some parents are so apologetic about their babies’ potential for acting like babies on flights that they hand out goody bags to their fellow passengers in hope of averting adult anger and disapproval. But you remember that terrible trip when your own child was screaming on the plane much more distinctly than the many trips when it was someone else’s kid.
Most of us writhe inside when a child acts up in a restaurant, but we don’t really expect the parents to go table to table murmuring, “She’s usually great in restaurants, and that’s why we came so early and we chose this place because it is so clearly not a fancy place where people might come for romantic dinners.”
Tantrums in the toy store — been there. Noise at the library, meltdown in the mall, you name it.
Of course, since I am not a parent, I dread being anywhere in public where a young child has a major meltdown/tantrum, especially in a restaurant, movie theater, on an airplane or train, etc. But you learn to deal with the situation the best you can. In most cases, it isn't the child's fault they are acting up and the parents are doing the best they can to deal with the situation.

The take away for me from reading the entire article is that parents shouldn't fear/feel shame taking their children in public because they worry about their children having meltdowns/tantrums. It's going to happen at some point, right? It's just a rite of passage. 

And for the rest of us, please refrain from negative comments or sour faces at the poor parents having to deal with the meltdowns/tantrums at that moment.