Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stress Relief Knitting

We all know it (or at least understand the idea.) Guess what I've been doing a lot of?
I have this awesome hexipuff kit that I received in a Ravelry swap, and it fits perfectly in my cargo pocket. So of course, the thing goes everywhere with me. And waiting doesn't seem so long, either.
My only problem right now is, I'd much rather be working on a big project, like a sweater or lace shawl...but they almost require too much attention, and I might find myself more stressed by having to rip out & re-knit any mistakes. At least with a hexipuff, it's only about 15 yards of yarn.
Anyway, here is my awesome traveling hexipuff kit!

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The Final Countdown

I'm still getting used to typing on the screen; I learned to type so long ago that it feels weird to do something different.
Anyway, that isn't what this post is about.
It's about moving, and the insane amount of stress it brings.
Have you ever moved internationally? There are a lot of details that become critical if you don't address them quickly. Some are obvious, like passports and plane tickets. Others are important but get overlooked if you're not careful, like veterinary health certificates and properly sized kennels for your pets. And then, the detais when you land - vehicles and housing, and phones and banking.
I went to the clinic yesterday, and was quite surprised that my blood pressure wasn't higher.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Testing the new tablet...

Tim gave me an awesome gift today - a tablet! This isn't something I would buy myself, but so far I love it.
And, I'd like to get back to blogging again - I've been slacking on New posts for a very long time.
So here I am, testing out the bloggeroid app (since the regular blogger app isn't particularly fun to work with.) So far, I like it; I've accidentally hit the home button twice while typing, and both times I only lost the last two words typed. That's pretty good, to me.
I haven't yet tried bold or italics or strikethrough so we'll see if those managed to come through.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Two weeks in!

We are now two weeks into 2014!
Which means that my leave is up, and I went back to work this morning. Which involved a heartbreaking moment, in which I had to put my son back in his crib before heading upstairs to get ready. That wasn't the heartbreaking part, though.
When his arms turned into little vise grips, and he clutched at my neck with all his strength, and started sobbing in protest as if to say "No Mommy don't go!!" ...yeah, that part made me start to cry a little. And then I started to count how many days I have left before my obligation to Uncle Sam is up...(326, in case you were curious.)

But anyways.
I did manage to knit & crochet up a storm during my time at home (nap times are awesome for crafting!), and I can officially mark the book Pacific Knits as done, as I've now completed three patterns from it (which is actually one more than I require to consider it "done.")(Except I'm not actually "done," since I have a cousin who is expecting and I am totally knitting another sweater from this book as a shower gift.)(Plus I kind of really want to knit myself an Antler cardigan.)
Anyway, what exactly did I knit?
Well, I made the Campfire pullover for Clinton:
Not the greatest photo, I know. It's horribly over-exposed. But it's also the only photo he's let me get! This boy runs circles around me (and Tim. And the cats.)
But you can still see the lovely Fair Isle pattern (my first experience doing stranded colorwork! Woo-hoo!) and the awesome shawl collar that Tim dislikes so much. (I agree that this isn't a style I would buy in a store...but really, it looks so cute on him!)

Anyways, I know it's just morning in North America, but here in Japan it is getting very close to my bedtime, so I wish you all good-night!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Oenfpp

Meet Oenfpp, the One-Eyed, Non-horned, Flightless Purple People-eater.
My husband hates him. My son likes him. I think he's rather cute.
I might be a little attached to him, since he's the first amigurumi pattern I've improvised. I took Stacey Trock's Craftsy class on designing amigurumi monsters, and this was my first attempt.

And, because it's the new year and I like to share things, I've written out the pattern! So without further ado, here it is!

You will need:
Yarn – worsted weight, MC: approx. 100g/220yards/200m (I used Stitch Nation Washable Ewe in Currant. This yarn has been discontinued, but any worsted weight will do.)
small amount of white yarn for eye, small amount of black yarn for pupils and mouth
Hook – size G/4mm
Polyfil
Notions – stitch marker, scrap yarn for eyes and mouth

Skills needed: Magic circle, single crochet, single crochet 2 together
Abbreviations: sc : single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)

This pattern is worked continuously in-the-round, without joining.

Body:

Round 1: Using MC and magic circle, 6sc and join to work in round. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each stitch (12)
Round 3: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next stitch] around (18)
Round 4: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches] around (24)
Round 5: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches] around (30)
Round 6: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches] around (36)
Round 7: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches] around (42)
Round 8: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches] around (48)
Round 9: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches] around (54)
Round 10-18: Sc in each stitch (54)
Round 19: [sc2tog, sc in next 7 stitches] around (48)
Round 20: [sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches] around (42)
Round 21: [sc2tog, sc in next 5 stitches] around (36)
Round 22: [sc2tog, sc in next 4 stitches] around (30)
Round 23: sc in each stitch (30)
Round 24: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches] around (36)
Round 25: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches] around (42)
Round 26: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches] around (48)
Round 27: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches] around (54)
Round 28-36: sc in each stitch (54)
Round 37: [sc2tog, sc in next 7 stitches] around (48)
Round 38: [sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches] around (42)
Round 39: [sc2tog, sc in next 5 stitches] around (36)
Round 40: [sc2tog, sc in next 4 stitches] around (30)
Round 41: sc in each stitch (30)
Round 42: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches] around (36)
Round 43: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches] around (42)
Round 44: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches] around (48)
Round 45: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches] around (54)
Round 46-55: sc in each stitch (54)
Round 56: [sc2tog, sc in next 7 stitches] around (48)
Round 57: [sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches] around (42)
Round 58: [sc2tog, sc in next 5 stitches] around (36)
Round 59: [sc2tog, sc in next 4 stitches] around (30)
Round 60: [sc2tog, sc in next 3 stitches] around (24)

Stuff with polyfil.

Round 61: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches] around (18)
Round 62: [sc2tog, sc in next stitch] around (12)
Round 63: sc2tog around (6)
Break yarn and thread through all 6 stitches, pull tight and fasten off.


Arms:

Round 1: Using MC and magic circle, 6sc and join to work in the round. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each stitch (12)
Round 3: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next stitch] around (18)
Round 4: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches] around (24)
Round 5-22: sc in each stitch (24)
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Stuff arms with small amount of polyfil and sew to body.

Eye:

Round 1: Using white yarn and magic circle, 6sc and join to work in the round. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each stitch (12)
Round 3: [2sc in first stitch, sc in next stitch] around (18)
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Using black yarn, embroider pupil (or use a safety eye if you prefer)
Sew eye to body.

Mouth: Using scrap yarn, embroider mouth as desired.

And enjoy! Oenfpp makes an awesome bookshelf guardian, couch buddy, or just add to your monster menagerie!

This pattern is also available as a Ravelry download.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's December What? (weekend wind-up)

It's a bit late to be posting a Weekend Wind-up, but here I am anyway.

Today was the last day to ship to/from a Fleet Post Office and be sure that your package will arrive in time for Christmas.

Momma, I am sorry, I did not get yours out in time.

But I did manage to get all the hand-knit goodies for my 6(!) nieces & nephews in the post today.
I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I don't think any of them read this blog, so here's a little peek anyway:








I hope that 1) these fit and 2) they are liked. I will even be happy with one of the two.
Oh, and those pretty hats in the middle? Both of those came from Pacific Knits, which means that this particular book can be marked as "Complete" in my little project.
(What project? The one I decided to take on a few months ago, described in this post. I'm rather terrible about updating, though - really need to work on that!)

Of course...I might have totally added a few more patterns since then. The count is up to 1091. More to come on that.

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beekeeper's Obsession

So, I started knitting these:
And they are every bit as addicting as knitters on Ravelry lead you to believe.

In case you aren't familiar with hexipuffs, I invite you to check them out.

I decided to use the handy-dandy calculator to figure out how many hexipuffs I would need to make a twin-sized quilt. I figured, if I continually knit these for the next 17 years (which shouldn't be too hard), I should have enough to make a quilt for Clinton to take with him to college.
A 40"x80" quilt (which would just cover the top of an extra-long twin bed, which is standard-issue dorm furniture) will take 547 puffs.
There are five already made. In order to finish by my son's 18th birthday, I will need to knit approximately 32 each year. That's more or less 3 each month.
I think I can handle that.

Oh, but wait...we plan on having another baby (or two). And of course I'll need to make puffy quilts for them, as well. That's another 1094 hexipuffs. If I want to have them all completed at the same time, (and just keep the ones for my not-yet-conceived babies tucked away safe and sound until they graduate from high school,) I'll need to knit approximately 96 per year, or 8 per month. That's two per week.
I might still be able to do this, since I always have knitting with me at work for my breaks.

Hey, did I mention that I've had this pattern sitting in my library for a while? I can mark this one as completed :)