Frank’s Alright!!

Ever have a project that keeps giving you fits then all of a sudden you have an “Ah-HA” moment..??

Yeah…that’s been me with Frank, we’ve been fighting a bit lately.

I had yet another bad start….which I really thought was gonna be perfect until all of a sudden it wasn’t. UGH!! There may have been a few cuss words and some pulling of hair involved with the realization that it just wasn’t right….again. ::sigh::

So I sat down with pen and paper and started to sketch (yes, I know I should have done that FIRST) and found my shape…kinda like a pill box hat. Brilliant. It will give me that flat top look I’m looking for here. So Frank has taken on a slightly adapted pill box sorta shape… He’s gonna be just fine…cool even!! I can’t wait to finish him… So much so that I am kinda ticked off I actually have to work today!! But, I should have him done this weekend… Photo’s soon!!!!!

So, do you like my new look?? Decided it was time for a change. How about that glorious photo of my mitt pattern, Namaste’!?! The photo was taken by none other than the genius dyer of the yarn the mitts use!!! Go check out her site, Kama Suutra Fiber Arts…she does amazing things with color… Oh, and pick up a kit for the mitts while you’re at it!! ; )

Happy Weekend…do something spontaneous!!!

Get r’done.

Do you ever have days where you have things to do at work but you just can’t seem to make yourself do them…and you just end up shuffling papers around you desk all day in a vain attempt to actually get something done? (or at least appear too?)

Yeah…one of those days.  I have a stack on invoices on my desk that need to be entered and…..>yawn<

All day long I have been mentally knitting/designing a Frankenstein hat for my friend Erin.  You see, I have this mantra running through my head right now… >GOTTAGETITDONE  GOTTAGETITDONE  SCHOOLISSTARTNGSOON  GOTTAGETITDONE   MADEAPROMISE  GOTTAGETITDONE<

So, I’m gonna get r’ done.  I’ve had a few false starts, but now I think I have the gauge adjusted properly and away I go!!  I’m almost done with the top of the hat (the lid as I have been mentally calling it) and I’m getting ready to pick up stitches for the forehead/back of head.  It’s interesting trying to knit a cube to fit something round.  Here’s to hoping it will retain a bit of the cube-ness.  ::shrug::  We shall see.

I’m also still writing up the pattern for that damn vest (yes, now it’s become ‘that damn’ vest).  I’m struggling with making the shaping make sense in words.  I know what I mean…but…ugh…putting it all into words…  I may just let it go and see what the testers have to say…see what ACTUALLY needs to be refined and what I’m just being a bit mental about.  +

So…with two weeks and ½ day until school starts, my new goals:

-Get Frank hat knit, written (doing this as I go) and to testers

-Get vest pattern written and to testers (which really is ALMOST there)

-Finish crochet and knit traveling wrap groups (at least the shawls currently in my possession)

-Finish Limestone Shawl – FOR ME!!!!!!!!

That’s it. 

That is all I’m gonna try to fit into two weeks. 

I can do it. 

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I know I can. 

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But just in case, can you all cross your fingers for me???

I’ll leave you with a few shop teasers!!

     

What?? More than one sentence? Shut the front door!!

So…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted more than one line or so… What’s up, you ask?

Dye Update:

I haven’t dyed anything since January… Life has been super busy. I have set aside some time the last weekend of this month to dye up the remainder of my undyed yarn…and if I have time, some roving. After that, the dyeing will be on hiatus for a while…and/or happen very sporadically for a good chunk of months (see Life Update for reason). I will be trying to keep small crafty bits in the shop during the hiatus, just to keep things going. Look for stitch markers, jewelry, hair accessories and other little bits in the coming months.

Knitting Update:

Vest: The vest pattern is currently being written up (by me) albeit, slowly and will then be making its way into the hands of test knitters. I do not have a release date for it yet, but I will keep you updated. I would love to show you photo’s but that has to wait… What I can tell you it is a wonderful, simple-to-work, lots of bang for your buck multi-color slip stitch pattern. Love it!!

Frank Hat: My friend Erin, over at Fiberolio, has charged me with the task of writing a pattern for a Frankenstein-stlye topper, out of her lovely hand-spun yarn, due for release before Halloween…again, no date yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Personal Knitting: I’ve been working on a few things, but most of them are for other people…in that I am in two Traveling Shawl Groups right now (one knitting, one crochet) so that has been keeping me busy. I have also made a few baby items for a friend who is due to pop in August!! (Yay!! Baby!!! One that I can give back!! Double YAY!!) The shawl I mentioned a few posts ago has been patiently waiting for me to have the time to concentrate on it again…my mind has been jelly lately…and it’s a tough lace pattern. I am about to pull out Avery’s cardigan again, I’ve promised it to him by the time it gets cold enough to wear it and I plan on making good on that. (Keep your fingers crossed for me on that one!!)

Life Update:

So…what’s really up with me?? I’ve decided, after 20 years of dragging my feet, to go to Cosmetology school. I’ve looked into it several times since high school and just never done it…even tho I was pretty sure I’d be happy and be good at it. Now…now it the time! I took the plunge and got myself registered and enrolled and classes start August 22nd. For the next 20 months my life is gonna be INSANE. I will work full-time days and attend school Mon-Thurs, evenings. It will be worth it…I can feel it….but I can also feel the exhaustion that headed my way, as well. Wish me luck!! 

Speaking of going for it…is there anything that you’ve always wanted to do??????  GO FOR IT!!!!!