knitting, life, sweater, Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday: Back in gear

I’m joining in with Carole’s Three on Thursday. I fell off the Thursday writing wagon (and every other day, too, for a while!) and am now getting back in the habit.

  1. I’m giving this little blog a kickstart with some more regular posting. I hope you all come back and visit my little corner of the internet again soon. I am planning a range of posts – knitting, quilting, general crafting, mom life, and reading/book reviews!
  2. I’m desperate to start a So Faded Pint Sized sweater and even have the yarn picked out. But I’m afraid to start it, because I don’t want to stall momentum on the Flower Power dress. It would be easy for the excitement of the fade to overpower the miles of pink stockinette.
  3. This week has felt like a farewell tour to summer – last dips in the pools, last sweltering temperatures, and a last hoorah for our favorite summer clothes. It’s been fun to have what feels like a bonus week of summer. But I love fall the most, so I’m OK with summer leaving us, which seems from the forecast to start from today!
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4th of July wrap-up

I really love the 4th of July. I don’t really remember being that into it until we moved back to America from England, and I really appreciated what America was all about and the opportunities it provides.

It became even a little more special after Mr Snips became a citizen. And my heart did a little skippy beat when we started out for a bike ride yesterday and he stuck an American flag into BK’s little trailer, and we whizzed off through the cornfields to the park.

20140705-230323-83003339.jpgAnd I was never really that into cornfields until we moved back either. But considering I grew up in one (really), I don’t think it’s surprising that it feels like home. And nothing fills me up quite like green cornfields, bright blue sky and a red barn, like this one we passed on our bike ride.
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Growing up, Indiana often felt too repressive, small, not quite interesting enough. But going away and coming back, I’ve realized it’s a really nice place to live. Of course, the number one thing Indiana has going for it is that my family lives here – but there are other things. It’s got a nice capital city, but it’s not too big or overpowering. It’s affordable. It’s safe. It has open spaces. It has views like this:
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Sure, we’re a little backwards about a lot of things, and certainly no one would accuse us of being progressive, but we’re generally a kind, friendly people just doing our best.

And we’re just one of 50 states doing the best we can, still trying to hold on to the American dream, and figure out how we can contribute in this land of opportunity.

This 4th of July, I thought a lot about how lucky my little family is. That we’ve been able to make our home in the USA, and we have a wonderful place to live and grow.

 

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Spring knitting fever

Just last week, I was thinking how I had hardly any desire to knit. Readjusting to a full-time job outside of the home has been draining, and I find myself staring mindlessly at the TV as soon as BK is asleep. I hardly ever watch TV without multitasking – usually it’s knitting, but sometimes it’s looking up cute things to buy BK online or talking to Mr Snips or reading a book and occasionally looking up. This staring like a zombie thing is new to me. But it’s literally all I have the mind power for after the day is done.

But on Saturday, something snapped in me. And I caught spring knitting fever badly. I blame it on the soccer.

Indy Eleven Inaugural Game
Indy Eleven’s Inaugural Game

You see, Mr Snips and I are passionately supporting our new pro team in Indianapolis, the Indy Eleven. Since we are a half-British household, it is required that we follow football/soccer. And while we watch EPL at home, there is something great about having access to live games close by. Back in pre-baby days, we’d travel to Columbus, Ohio once a year to catch a Columbus Crew and make a weekend of it. Now with BK, it’s lovely to have the grandparents watch her and go to a local game more frequently. So far, we’ve been to the first two home games. And while the team appeared to be in a bit of a slump during part of the game, I started browsing the crowd (as I tend to do). Checking out handbags to see if I like them, making mental notes of styles I like and want to look out for in the store – those kinds of things. Since it’s gotten pretty warm, I wasn’t really looking to scout a knitted project, but the evening chill had brought out a few light jackets. And then I saw it two rows in front of me, a perfect lightweight effortless cardigan. And I wanted it. And wanted to knit it. Badly.

I can’t decide what is most like it. After a quick Ravelry search, I think it’s like the Effortless Cardigan, but without the ribbing, in that the primary characteristic is that it’s longer in front. If you know of any other patterns in this vein, let me know! I’m dying to get one made in some kind of cotton-y something for a spring/summer/fall evening thing to throw on for these evening football games.

And then. Then I received a baby shower invitation. And it’s for a boy. So I mentally went through the boy patterns I considered for BK before I knew she was a girl. After some thought, I’m pretty sure it’s going to have to be a Gramps cardigan. But which one (cables or sweet elbow patches?) But then I wonder if I should go for a classic hooded cardigan, because I found those so nice to put on BK in lieu of a coat? My mom has a great little unisex pattern that only has one seam on the hood that would be beautiful – but I can’t seem to locate it on Ravelry.

Then… I was thinking that I bought a short-sleeved quantity of Ultra Pima in a lovely bright blue in 2012 for a Gemini. It was going to be my traveling project for our visit to England, but I was having such a great time at the Olympics and Harry Potter and such that very little got done. I also found a weird spot at the very beginning of the project and decided to unravel everything. So it may be time to resurrect that project!

And of course, I’m still working on my happy, bright pink socks to work on. I’m blaming the knitting fever on spring and looking at these beauties in my yard!Yellow tulip Pink tulip

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FO: Summer flower socks

I’m not ready to share my troubles with my Doctor Who-related knitting yet, but I am ready to share a lovely finished object – socks!

Remember when I showed you this cool sock blank?

Flower art yarn panel

And remember how I didn’t like the first socks I started with?

Well, I ripped back and went for the most basic, plain sock possible.

Summer flower socks

And I really love how they turned out. They are almost identical, because it was a double stranded sock blank.

Summer flower socks side view

But let me tell you a little secret. I made them a bit too short in the foot. But that doesn’t make them uncomfortable, and when they’re in my shoe, no one will know. So once it’s winter, I’ll be tucking these warm woolies into my boots and going for a walk.

The other super bonus of this is that I have more than half of the sock blank left – which means I can make another pair! What’s left is primarily red, so they will look totally different than this beautiful pair.

The happy, sunny color of these make me feel soooo happy. It’s just a shame I’ll have to wait until it is no longer 102 degrees (today’s balmy temperature here in Indiana!) to wear them.

 

 

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What does this want to be?

I bought this beautiful art yarn panel last summer.

Flower art yarn panel

It called to me from the yarn shop. I resisted a couple of times, but finally caved. This has been marinating in my stash since then.

During my knitting ennui, I thought these bright colors would cheer me up, bring inspiration and knit up into some beautiful socks.

I picked out a pattern I had used for this same yarn before (A Good Yarn, dyed by my friend Mary Ann). I cast on for a medium, since that’s what I thought I made before, without pulling out the first pair to double check. You see where this is going, right?

I wasn’t loving the pattern with this yarn, but in an effort to continue knitting at all costs – since it had taken me ages to decide on a project I thought I wanted to do – I continued to the heel flap.

Sock in progress

And when I was almost done with that, I tried it on. It is way too big. I should have cast on for the small.

So now, with the combination of the pattern/yarn not playing well together, and the sock not being the right size, I have decided to frog it all.

But that means I could make anything out of this yarn now – not just socks! I know I don’t want to make a shawl (I don’t wear them), but other than that, the sky is the limit. This yarn is too pretty to be wasted on something I don’t love… so I’m shopping for suggestions. What should this be?