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Neglect or Abuse?

I’m not sure if I am abusing my blog privileges or if I’m merely neglectful.

It’s funny that I started a blog in order to help me manage those intermittent and overwhelming urges to write, but then rarely even make an appearance here. There’s the Fridays with Frost posts: I do enjoy doing that (when I can remember that its Friday), but hardly original. I’m not entirely sure when I got so completely distracted or whatever it is.

I suppose that the least I can do at this point is show off share the projects that I completed during the holidays.

The cabled wristlets and headbands that I made for my youngest step-daughter.


The hat and mittens that I made for my grandson.



Pattern links are as follows (these are all on Ravelry and may require login):

Cable Headband
Wrist Warmers
Minion Hat

The mittens were a basic knit mitten and embellished by me, based on what I learned from the hat pattern.

So that’s one of the many things that I’ve been up to lately, more sharing to come later.


The End?

…and so NaNoWriMo 2012 has reached its conclusion and I still have the same 735 words with which I started. Ah, well…until next year then. Or maybe summer camp again. That has been the most successful for me. In any case, it’s never really over because there is always the next time. Now on to other things. Like those other two novels that I need to work on, or Christmas knitting.

Since I’ve finally made progress on the afghan that’s been sitting around for years, plus I’ve finished all the knitted/crocheted scarves for my classroom,  maybe I can get to making something for my own children. I haven’t picked out any patterns yet, but I was thinking some headbands would be nice for the girls. Also I found some fun soaps for the geek in your life (both of my boys fall into this category; we can talk about why another time). Digital Soaps is a fun little Etsy Shop that makes soaps for gamers. I can knit up some wash cloths to go with them and voila, great gifts!

Fridays with Frost #4

A Late Walk

When I go up through the mowing field,
The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.

And when I come to the garden ground,
The whir of sober birds
Up from the tangle of withered weeds
Is sadder than any words

A tree beside the wall stands bare,
But a leaf that lingered brown,
Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought,
Comes softly rattling down.

I end not far from my going forth
By picking the faded blue
Of the last remaining aster flower
To carry again to you.

Robert Frost

Gotta love some Frost.

Meanwhile, my CampNaNo novel has reached a whopping 902 words. Okay, yeah, I’m a little behind. Also I’m still working on wrestling that WIP for the Ravellenic Games.

This weekend will be a challenge though, with all of this, plus a 4 hour class at a state park (2 hours away) on Saturday and my son’s 18th birthday party on Sunday.

Happy Knitting/Writing!!

Ignorance is Bliss!

Things have been a little complicated over on my favorite site, Ravelry. It is hard to stay out of the drama. I want to be positive and just let the whole thing go, but it just isn’t as easy as that. I’m still trying though. It seems as if those who don’t yet know about the letter are the happiest.

On a brighter note, for anyone who knits or crochets out there who doesn’t already belong, the link above should take you to the Ravelry login/register page. This really is a great group of people.

Happy Knitting 🙂

Promises Kept

Knit Tie

"The" Knit Tie, finally uploaded.

 As promised, a picture of the knit tie. Another co-worker saw it and wanted one as well, but for now I’m back to working on the blanket. The hot pink one that I mentioned before. BTW – March is national crochet month and for all you Ravelry members there is a party going on.

Knit Tie

A co-worker had mentioned that he really wanted a knit tie, and I told him that it would be pretty easy to make one. We didn’t really get into the details at the time though. One, because we were working and there was a “situation,” and two, because I often make comments like that and then promptly forget. It can be important for people to follow up with me on things, as I won’t often take the initiative to do so myself. Right, wrong or indifferent, it is who I am. My co-worker doesn’t mention this again for a while, and when he does it’s because the poor guy bought one online only to get it and realize that it was way too small to wear. He was very sad about it. So, I offered to make the tie, and this time followed up a day or two later to get his height and color preference. Then I bought the yarn. I didn’t start right away due to working on the aforementioned afghan, but eventually the circumstances dictated that I get started (I left my other supplies in the hubby’s car and he wasn’t going to be home for the day).

I decided to wing it on the pattern because none of the free patterns that I came across were quite right. There was a really nice looking knit tie pattern that was perfect, but it was $5, and I’m cheap. After much trial and error on the start, I have finally completed the tie. I will post pics soon, but sadly I have to load them from another computer. (That’s a long story that no one wants to hear.)

Meanwhile, the pattern is a simple garter stitch. I’m not much of a pattern writer, and don’t keep good notes but I’m willing to share for anyone who wants to give it a try.

Finished Tie measures 59″ 


  • Yarn – Worsted Weight
  • Knitting Needles – 14″, size 2
  • Yarn needle or Crochet Hood for finishing

Using a long-tail cast on, cast on 2 stitches. 

  • Row 1 and all odd rows, knit across
  • Row 2 and all even rows, increase 2 stitches evenly across work until 14 stitches
  • Row 13, knit across
  • Row 14, increase 3 stitches evenly across work
  • Row 15, knit across
  • Row 16, decrease 2 stitches
  • Knit 4 rows, then decrease two more stitches
  • Knit 6 rows, then decrease two stitches (Repeat this row until 11 stitches remain)
  • Knit until work measures 25″
  • Decrease 2 stitches
  • Knit 4 rows and decrease 2 more stitches (Repeat once leaving 7 stitches)
  • Knit to 58″
  • Decrease 2 stitches every other row until 3 stitches remain
  • On last row, slip the first stitch, knit two together, then pass the slipped stitch over leaving one stitch
  • Tie off, and sew in ends

It may look more complicated than it is, but I assure you that its super simple. As proof, note that I did not even use any knitting abbreviations in the pattern, and the increases and decreases can be done any way that you prefer.

Happy Knitting 😀

Quick Update.

My home internet is back up and running after having to do without for the last year! Whoohooo!! 😀 This will make it much easier to get pictures up, and get some of my other accounts updated.

As for the shawl that I have been diligently struggling with, I have come to terms with less than perfection, and now it seems to be moving along much better. With only two weeks until the wedding though, I’m only hoping that I can finish.

My writing has continued to be postponed since I cannot give it the time it needs right now, but Maia is far from forgotten. In fact she is constantly in the background whispering new ideas, and I think that this time off that I have taken from the story may actually turn out to be productive in a sense.

My critiques are catching up quite nicely. I started out the new year way behind in my group, but I have (sporadically) been able to dedicate some time to this group and I am nearly caught up enough to submit my own manuscript. Too bad I haven’t anything worth submitting now. Ah, well, not to worry. By the end of spring, I imagine my fantasy novel will have taken back over my life, and will be near its end.

Happy Knitting!!!