Friday, April 28, 2017

ProcrastiKNITing


Since you are probably wondering where I came up with the word "pocrastikniting" I will tell you. I found the word on a reusable tote bag from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, which I now own and use to hold one of my current three and a half knitting projects.

Back in February, I had mentioned that I had gotten a free skein of a really pretty variegated green yarn that I wanted to use for a project. The project that I was going to use the yarn for was another baby blanket since I was almost done with the yellow blanket that I had started working on again. Of course when I went to go find more of the variegated yarn I couldn't find it. So I had to go with a different yarn. The yarn that I am using for the baby blanket is a pretty green called "Quicken Clove." And the brand is Patons Beehive Baby: Chunky. I found the yarn at Jo-Ann Fabric.

When I went to go check out I saw that Jo-Ann Fabric was selling reusable tote bags as a way to go green. There were several different patterns, one of them being knitting related. The bags were sold in two sizes, small ($1.59) and large ($1.99). Even though I didn't get one then I kept them in mind because I knew that I would probably be back to get more yarn. At the library across the street from my house, there is a cafe inside and on Wednesdays there is a group of ladies that meets from 9-12 in the morning and 5-8 in the evenings and anyone is invited to bring their knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and spinning. And two or three of the ladies have some of the tote bags from Jo-Ann Fabric.

After a while, I reached the end of the third skein of yarn that I had gotten for the baby blanket, which meant that I needed to get more yarn. Last week I finally went back to Jo-Ann Fabric to get two more skeins of yarn so that I could start working on the baby blanket again. While I was waiting to make my purchase I decided to get one of the smaller tote bags. The bag that I got says:

"ProcrastiKNITing: [proh-kras-ti-nit-ing] verb 1: to defer all other activities besides knitting."

Since I am a knitter I knew that it was my kind of bag. Right now I am using it to carry around the baby blanket since it is the right size for it.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday


Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

- PHIL 2:8-9

taken by me



"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death."
- J. R. R. Tolkien



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Double Corners


Remember back in September of 2015 when I shared a post about a ball of scrap yarn that I had started? Well it has grown bigger since then and I started using it for another knitting project. The knitting project that I am working on at the moment is another blanket. Instead of being the traditional style where you work back and forth in rows, the blanket is made in the shape of a square. The pattern I am using is called Ten Stitch Blanket.

Taken by me
As you have probably already guessed, I found the pattern on Pinterest. I found the pattern a while ago and had printed it out to give it a try, but I go stuck on how you create the first half of the mitered corner so I just gave up. I forget when I found it but I found a video on Youtube that gives good instructions on how to do the mitered corners and joining along the sides.

Even though I found the pattern on Pinterest it is on Ravelry, which has a lot of patterns for knitters and crocheters. Speaking of crocheting, even though I don't do it, there is a crochet version of the Ten Stitch Blanket and you can find it on Pinterest if you are interested in making this blanket.

About a week or so ago I was looking for another blanket pattern to try, since I was pausing in the progress of the baby blanket that I had started working on back in February because I need to get more yarn for it. So like usual I went on Pinterest and started looking for a pattern to use and I came across the Ten Stitch Blanket pattern and decided to try it again. Since I watched the tutorial video several times I was able to understand the pattern better and I have been working on it since then. The picture *points* is one of the mitered corners that I did the other day and I like ow it turned out, because it perfectly shows the color change in the yarns that I am using and the corner turned out perfect.

What I like about this pattern is that is super easy to do and you don't have to worry about stopping in the middle of a row if you have to stop and do something. Another thing that I like about this blanket is that you can use any size needle that you want, I am using a size 6 straight needle, and you can use straight, circular, or double pointed needles depending on what your preference is. The same goes for the yarn and what type you use for making the blanket. Since I typically use worsted yarn I had a lot of odds and ends laying around which I used to created the large yarn ball I am using to make the blanket. When it is finished the blanket will be a variety of color. This is the practice blanket and I plan on using this pattern in the future using one color or coordinating colors.

(the name came about because at the beginning of the pattern you have to knit two mitered corners)