Saturday, January 16, 2010

Knit-out 2010 Mall of America

Okay a big what the heck.  I have only been knitting for 3 years but in those three years I was able to partake in the Knit out at the mall of america twice.  I have been teaching some friends how to knit and making new friends who knit and that is all that I talk about.  After getting 6 of my newly knitting friends pumped up about the event I find out that it is not happening this year.  Every other craft has a big event why do we loose ours.  I know that the turn outs have been a success so its not like the interest isn't there.  I would even bet that attendee's would pay for the event.  I know that the mall isn't the best venue and it was very spread out but for it to only run for 4 years.  Totally not fair.  If i was organized enough I would figure out how to set up a knit-out but i know it would involve a-lot of people.  But I am just so bummed out.  And its not like I need or want anymore yarn but it was so inspiring to see all the people who love the craft and all the different ages.  Oh and the fashion show.  I even got to get up on stage and show off a few things that I made.  Well we just have to hope that enough people will complain and they will bring it back.  Maybe we can get the Glitter Knitter to get something together.  I was just thinking of my best memory and it was the knit out 2 years ago.  I had just started knitting while pregnant and all i could do was sit in my bed knit and watch tv.  At that time there were 3 knitting shows on.  I soon became an avid watcher of Knitty Gritty.  At the knit out I got to meet Vicki Howell.  I was almost star struck.  I felt like such a little school girl but it was so cool.  But come to think about it we have lost our knitting shows and now the knit out.  What's next?  Lambs pride?  UHG.  well i think i have vented enough.   

Friday, January 15, 2010

Meaning of the kerchief

Many women who knit start a project to help them get through something that they are experiencing.  I knew that my recent pregnancy was not going to end happily.  I went to the emergency room expecting to get answers to why my pregnancy hormones were not rising properly.  I took with me my needles and some yarn and decided to start a kerchief.  A quick enough project to keep my mind off waiting for answers.  I started the kerchief in the ER.  I was half done by the time we got any answers.  The results were possibly an eptopic pregnancy, or a standard miscarriage.  Reguardless there was no way that this would develope to a full term pregnancy.  We decided to treat it as an ectopic and seek treatment for it.  I worked on the kerchief whenever i started to feel sad about my pregnancy.  I had my appointment today to see if the treatment was a success.  I have started to miscarry today and i finished up my kerchief except for weaving in the loose ends.  I feel that finishing the kercheif has helped in my ability to accept my loss.  I was pregnant but there was never a formation of a baby.  It has been hard on me but it has also made me appreciate my almost 3 year old even more.  I had a miscarriage before him and am thankful that Joseph is a happy, healthy and lovable child.  I feel someone has been watching over me even with the losses to make sure I have healthy children.  We will try again and hope we will be blessed with another healthy child.  But until we can try again I have my knitting to comfort the sad times and a crazy almost 3 year old to make me laugh when i cry.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Working on a new purse

Well my kercheif is not complete yet but i am working on a purse that is knitting up really fast. I will probably make a few of them and sell them on my etsy page.  The bag I am working on is from the newest Interweaves magazine winter 2009. Page 72 The art lace bag.  It is kniting increadably fast and i think i could whip up  couple in a week.   I will post the link when I put it on my etsy page.  will post more later.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Finishing up kerchief

I am on the last side of my kerchief.  Should get it finished by tonight before knit-lit.  Figuring out what I could make that would knit up fast and could sell on my etsy page.  I might start from the beginning of one of my "one skein wonders" books and knit everything.  that would surely use up my stash in a hurry.  So I am announcing a contest/giveaway.  I am looking to get 50 followers within a month.  Refer people to my blog, watch my blog, and cheer me on to keep going.  Three of my lucky readers will receive something handknit from me.  Could be a bag, wristwarmers, or a scarf.  All you have to do is help me get 50 readers by the 15th of February.  Winners will be messaged by the 16th of February.  Happy knitting.  I will be updating my yarn total by the end of the week.  I think I am doing quite well.  Just need to keep motivated.

Monday, January 11, 2010

I am still around.

I applogize for not being around and updating for a while.  Life has been hectek but i have been knitting.  I am still working on finishing some of the christmas gifts that i didn't get done.  Still working on my dad's vest.  I just need to finish the collar.  Will be doing a count soon on how many balls of yarn i have left.  I feel like I have made a pretty big dent in it.  For recent news I just recently suffered an ectopic pregnancy.  Spent 10 hours in the emergency room.  Frustrating but we will get through it.  I am going to make a few changes to the site.  As I am knitting I will be reviewing the patterns or the books that I am using and the yarn.  That way I can look back and have references.  As soon as i get the christmas gifts done i will start up the pattern reviews and blogging everyday.  I might start now though.  Just to keep my mind clear.  Right now i am knitting for myself out of "Hattitude" book "Peaceful"  It is a cable edge kercheif.  I am using Lorna's laces shepherd sock yarn in brick.  It is knitting up great.  It will have alot of stretch to it but the stitches look great and the yarn will not fray or pill.  The only complaint i have of the pattern is in the directions for the edging in row seven it says.  Row 7: purl. Bind off all sts loosely knitwise.  not sure what to do.  Very confusing so i just went with my gut and bound off knitwise assuming that it just meant to work it on a purl row.  This is my project to help me get my mind off of my loss and i will probably be wearing it before I even know if the pregnancy has ended or not.  Happy knitting and see you tomorrow.  Tomorrow I will be announcing a special giveaway.