Have My First 2012 Ravellenic Games Medal

So maybe my knitting friends will understand this….(because hubby did the ole eye-rolling when I told him): “I was just called to the Ravellenic Games podium to accept my Baby Dressage award.

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I received this award because I was able to completely finish a baby sweater.

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Go over to http://www.ravelry.com to see all of the lovely knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning projects in the Ravellenic Games.

I still have several more venues to complete….Toy Toss, etc. So stay tuned!!

TTFN!

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Knitting For The Gold

Now that the Summer Games have started many knitters, crocheters, and spinners are watching while they work on their own competitive projects. We call it the Ravellenic Games. The purpose is to challenge yourself in your craft.

Thus far, I am working on a small baby cardigan.

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I do love those bright colors!

What I am hoping to achieve is to learn more on sweater construction so I can knit sweaters that I can wear with pride. So wish me luck!!!

TTFN!

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my heroes. I love that she enjoyed and even encouraged knitting!

TTFN!

Knitting Fairy Wings

Have you ever purchased a yarn just because it looked so pretty?  That’s how I ended up with my pink/white/blue Zauberball.

But I had no clue as to what to do with it … until recently.  I saw on Ravelry a Wingspan Shawl and shazam! There it was.

It’s a very easy short-row pattern that is all garter stitch so you can knit while watching TV.

The colorway I purchased was very feminine-looking, so I am calling my shawl “FairyWings.”

I can’t wait to finish it.

TTFN!

I’m BAAACK!

 

I’m baaaack! Well,, I have to admit I don’t have much to report on my knitting resolutions.

Here they are…updated.

  1. Before June 1, learn a new technique – knitting with beads. STARTED A NEW SHAWL (AEOLIAN) WITH BEADS.
  2. In the Summer, participate in the 2012 Ravelympics games. WILL BE TEAM CAPTAIN FOR TEAM EVANSVILLE AND PARTICIPATING WITH TEAM CINDY KNITTERS 
  3. Knit from my stash yarn one project a month. NOT CURRENTLY DOING THIS. PLAN TO START.
  4. Knit one item from my WIP, current kit projects (not listed on my Ravelry project page), or hibernating projects every other month. HAVE FROGGED SEVERAL PROJECTS, I GUESS THAT COUNTS.
  5. Teach someone else to knit and continue to encourage all knitters, new and experienced! AM ENCOURAGING SEVERAL NEW KNITTERS IN MY WEEKLY STITCH N BITCH MEETING
  6. Knit a pair of socks every other month. NOT CURRENTLY DOING.
  7. Knit 4 items (once a quarter) for charity projects (i.e. newborn caps, prayer
    1. shawls, etc.). NOT CURRENTLY DOING THIS
  8. Take pictures and put my yarn stash on Ravelry to help me keep organized. AM DOING THIS SLOWLY!

So there you have it. My update. I do hope to update more often here.

TTFN!

My 2012 Knitting Resolutions

Please pardon me, dear readers, for not blogging much the last few months. I was quite busy with Christmas knitting (will post pictures soon) and, of course, the “job that pays for the yarn that keeps Cindy knitting and sane!”

So, without further ado, here are my very own 2012 Knitting Resolutions:

  1. Before June 1, learn a new technique – knitting with beads.
  2. In the Summer, participate in the 2012 Ravelympics games.
  3. Knit from my stash yarn one project a month.
  4. Knit one item from my WIP, current kit projects (not listed on my Ravelry project page), or hibernating projects every other month.
  5. Teach someone else to knit and continue to encourage all knitters, new and experienced!
  6. Knit a pair of socks every other month.
  7. Knit 4 items (once a quarter) for charity projects (i.e. newborn caps, prayer shawls, etc.).
  8. Take pictures and put my yarn stash on Ravelry to help me keep organized.

So there are my 2012 resolutions. While I belong to several groups of “12 in 2012,” I don’t think that I want to plan to knit 12 of anything for this year. If it happens anyway, it will be a lucky coincidence!

So, dear reader, do you have any knitting resolutions? Feel free to share with me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year, as well.

TTFN!

I Love Yarn Day – October 14, 2011

Some Ideas for today (or tomorrow)

  • Write a new yarn pattern
  • Check out Ravelry, a special “Facebook” just for knitters and crocheters
  • Go to a yarn festival or shop
  • Organize a yarn bombing. (Yarn bombingyarnbombingyarnstormingguerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk.)
  • Teach someone to knit or crochet
  • Do something for charity
  • Wear a knitted or crocheted item
  • Give a gift of yarn
  • Take your yarn to work day
  • Host a yarn-a-bration party
  • Knit, crochet and craft in public

TTFN!

Sometimes the Yarn Fools Ya!

A while back, practically everyone I knew was raving about Noro Yarn. They loved the colors, loved how it knit, etc. So, I bought some. But I just didn’t like the “feel” of it. It seemed scratchy to me…and the colors were fine, but I’d seen other yarns with bright colors so that wasn’t quite the big deal to me. There it lay in my stash for a long time.

Until I came across the Revontuli-Huivi Northern Lights Pattern on Ravelry. The projects that others’ had knitted with this pattern simply blew me away. I HAD to knit it. So, I took out the Noro and began.

Wow! I was amazed. After blocking, the yarn was less scratchy. The colors worked out well and, I just gotta tell you…sometimes the Yarn fools ya! See the picture below (taken before the corn has been harvested!).

TTFN!

Some Completed Items

Haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d just post some pictures of some completed items. Enjoy!

Baby Christening Shawl/Blanket

Andrea's Clapotis

Market Bags - making a bunch of these for gifts

TTFN!

Where Seldom Is Heard A Discouraging Word

I was reading One Skein Wonderwoman’s blog  the other day and she noted how a clerk at a Michael’s store discouraged her from trying more challenging knitting for a while. It got me to thinking about all of those nay-sayers who belittle other crafters.

I had a similar experience as Cindy the One Skein Wonderwoman. Mine was with the owner of a now-defunct yarn shop. As a young bride with not much money, I stopped in her shop to purchase yarn but it all seemed so expensive and I said so. Her response was: “If you can’t afford my yarns, you probably shouldn’t knit.” I was flabbergasted and a little embarrassed so I left.

Then there are the “knitter police,” who take it upon themselves to tell others, “You’re not knitting correctly!” Don’t forget the “yarn snobs,” who wrinkle their noses in disdain for any yarn that’s not 100% natural fibers! And for crocheter’s, there are the “knitting nazis” who tell them that they are bad for crocheting and not knitting.

I don’t know why folks feel the need to be so nasty, but I try not to let them discourage me. That’s why, when I run across those who ask me, as I am busy KIPing, “What are you crocheting?” I simply tell them I am knitting and explain my project. I feel it’s my duty to educate those who may not be aware of the difference.

By the way, I never did go back to that shop. At that time, I did not have Ravelry or the internet, so I did not know anyone around me who was knitting. But I did have Mary Maxim. I made many nice garments with her yarn and my skills grew and grew.

So, don’t let those discouraging words bring you down, cowboy! Here’s to your skies not being cloudy all day!!!

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus  Home, home on the range,Where the deer and the antelope play; Where seldom is heard a discouraging word And the skies are not cloudy all day.

TTFN!