Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Knitting Updates!

It's time for a knitting update! And more general updates as well, I suppose.

So I started this sweater, Tempting Fate, last December. I knew it was knitted in a tube so I put in decreases, but they were not nearly enough! I had to start over in the smallest size AND add decreases and it generally fits now. I'm ready to start the sleeves, but for some reason I don't have DPNs in that size - or if I did I lost them.

Via Professor Fonz
In the meantime I was ready to begin another sweater, the Sherlock Lives cardigan, but I realized I was missing needles there too, argh. So I ordered a huge batch of needles and now I officially have every kind I can imagine... until I'm ready to start my next project, I'm sure. And then some will go missing or somehow get broken. Maybe a cat will chew on them.

But for now I think I'm ready and I'm excited to make start/finish both of those projects!

Speaking of knitting, I shared with you a few weeks ago that I was taping knitting lessons to put online. I launched basic lessons and I promised that I would have knitting videos soon. Due to quite a few personal crises in my life, videos have been slow in coming - but I have one almost finished (for the basketweave cozy) and I'm filming another this weekend for the XO cable cozy - I'll have free videos up soon on how to do a basic cable, cast off, and weaving in the ends.

I made a little trailer for my two videos so check them out if you're interested. These two cozies are what I usually teach in my private lessons around town so feel free to skip it if you're a regular knitter. :-) (Unless you want to collaborate or something- then by all means, drop me a line!)

If you want to follow along with me in the video and make one or both of the cozies I made, I'm running a promotion wherein if you sign up for my knitting newsletter, you can get one (your choice!) delivered to your inbox as soon as it's ready. I'm running the promotion until July 1 so sign up if you want! I have more details about the promotion and the videos here.

This isn't exactly knitting related, but NYC has a Mermaid Parade every year and I'm determined to go this year. Anyone in the area want to go? I think I want to sew a costume, and in typical fashion, I want it to be costume-y but still acceptable to wear every day. Any ideas? I want to be a mermaid, but maybe I should try something else, like an octopus! But a fancy octopus that goes into the office occasionally. ;-) Is anyone else going or have you gone before?

And finally, on a more personal note, I've mentioned that I've had a lot of problems happening in my life with those around me. I felt wildly confused and wasn't sure where to go for the longest time and doctors weren't super helpful. Luckily I finally confided in my parents and of course my parents have all of the answers. (Don't you hate when that happens?) While things aren't better, I feel like I have a much better grasp on the situation and I can finally see which way is up. While I'm not the one with the problem exactly, I've learned how much I've been affected by taking care of someone who is sick so I'm also working on that. The BEST news about all of this is that I've been rather discontent about parts of my life for awhile and I feel like I'm stripping away every layer and starting over. So far it's much more difficult than I ever thought it would be, but I know that it's worth it and I'm looking forward to the future. I know I thanked you guys last time, but I really do appreciate your comments, thoughts, and good vibes. It means so much to me.

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