Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The End of a Play, and Reaching the End of a Sweater

I'm back! I wasn't planning on being absent from the blog, but I got so busy with the play that I decided I needed to stop worrying about some things for the weekend. The play went so well, I am so pleased with the show we put on, and I am so proud to have been a part of such a great cast and production. As much as I love doing theater, I'm glad to have a bit of a break before the summer musical starts.

In between naps and rehearsals and performances, I managed to finish the back to my Easy A, get the shoulders seamed, applied the i-cord collar, and knit all of the first sleeve. With a whole week left in the Easy A-long, I'm right on schedule.

All my patterns and collections are 25% off with code "Mystic" through February 28th to help offset my dog's vet bills!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Look Who's Home!

Thank you all for your good wishes and thoughts for Mystic! The little guy is back home and seems to be recovering well- he's demanding lots of snuggles and belly rubs, and thinks we're not feeding him enough, and sleeping a lot. The sale to help with his vet bills is still going on- 25% off with code "Mystic," and many, many thanks to everyone who's helped out already.

It's production week for the play I'm in, which means all the craziness of the last few weeks is going to be magnified. Tonight we're doing Q2Q, which basically means going from each tech cue to the next to make sure all our lights and sound effects will happen in the right place. Then we have three dress rehearsals, and the show over the weekend.

My Easy A is in a good place right now- I have about three inches left on the back, then the icord collar and sleeves. The nature of Q2Q means I'll almost definitely be able to finish the back tonight. Once the body is finished, I'll have to do a little yardage math to figure out if my plan for the sleeves will work, so I'll need to remember to bring a backup project to rehearsal tonight as well.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sale for Mystic

Mystic, my snuggle bum, my faithful knitting companion, is currently in the animal hospital with pancreatitis. He's started showing some signs of improvement, and we should be able to bring him home this weekend, but we were definitely not expecting this.

To help with his vet bills, all my patterns and collections are 25% off with the code "Mystic" through the rest of February. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

More Stripes

Well, that right there is about 40% of the back of my Easy A and I'm pretty pleased with myself. Play rehearsals have ramped up this week, and we're running the show pretty much every night. It's hard to believe that next week is tech and production, but here we are!

When I haven't been at work or at play rehearsal, I've been reading Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, and it's absolutely delightful. I love medical history, and this book is really entertaining, and it's been just the thing to give me a break from the play.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Pattern: Pilstam

I've had the idea for this hat floating around in my head for ages, and I'm so happy to finally be wearing it around!

Pilstam is a slouchy beanie featuring a fun bobbled cable pattern. Knit in a bright color, this is a fun, standout knit, or it can be knit in a more subtle tone for a classic winter look.

Cable pattern has both charts and written instructions.

Pilstam is live on Ravelry and is $1 off all week!

Linking up with Yarn Along and Crafting On

Friday, February 2, 2018

On to the Back

Yes, that is exactly what that looks like. Yesterday at lunch I bound off the front of my Easy A-long sweater and I managed to cast on and get a couple back rows done before bed last night. It's a very exciting accomplishment for me, and I am very happy with this progress.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. The next two weeks are going to be crazy busy with the play ramping up, and I could definitely use a couple of quiet days before that happens. I do have one pattern that's almost ready to release, and a couple others in different stages, but I'm not going to pressure myself to get anything done this weekend. If it happens, fantastic, but if it doesn't, then I clearly will have needed the recharging time.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Slow Moving

Are you all sick of seeing this yet? I know I'm struggling with ways to photograph it that feel interesting. Fortunately, I have just three more inches left on this sweater front. It worked out that each green-pink stripe is one inch, which makes measuring super easy.

I've been struggling a bit with this sweater, and I don't really know why. I love the stripes - they're perfect potato chip knitting - and I can't wait to have this finished sweater in my wardrobe. I'm probably just tired in general. The library eats up my daytime hours, and I'm in the middle of production on this play, which eats up most of my free time, and when I have time to myself in the evenings, I just want to snuggle the dogs and recharge. So anything that can't get knit during lunch and rehearsals isn't getting knit, and my progress is really slow.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Half a Sock

My Easy A front is still a few inches away from being finished, but we're doing a run of the whole play tonight, and I'm hoping to get it finished at rehearsal. Yesterday I wanted something more portable to bring to choir, and I pulled my Darjeeling socks out of my WIP bag.

Longtime readers will probably recognize this project, as it's been a WIP since 2012 (making these my oldest active WIP), and I've had plenty of setbacks along the way. When Darjeeling last appeared on the blog, I was getting ready to frog it for the third(?) time, and modify it for my preferred construction. Yesterday I finished the leg and the heel, and I'm about halfway through the gusset decreases now.

I'm still as charmed as ever by this yarn and the stitch pattern. and I really can't wait to have this pair finished and on my feet. I'm definitely not the prolific sock knitter I was in college, so I'm not even going to pretend these will be finished anytime soon, but it feels great to reach the halfway point on this sock and not have major issues.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, January 26, 2018

Weekend Plans

I feel like I've been "almost finished" with the front of my Easy A all week. I'm constantly reminding myself that just because this knits up quickly doesn't mean that it knits up instantaneously. There's about six inches left in the front, which is really only a couple hours of knitting, so I'm sitting pretty good.

This weekend we really need to finish getting all our xmas stuff packed up, and I also have an absolute mountain of library books that I need to get through. It'll be a miracle if I can finish just one over the weekend, but I'm going to try. I also have to be off-book for play practice after the weekend, so I'll be spending lots of lovely quality time with my script over the next few days.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Snow Days and Sweaters

I didn't mean to skip posting on Monday, but we had a fantastic blizzard and I really just needed to snuggle up with the dogs and a cup of coffee. You understand, don't you? I think we got about 12 inches, but it's hard to tell with all the drifting. It was really gross out for a couple days, but now we're settling into our new winter wonderland.

We're in the fourth week of the Easy A-long and I'm starting to feel the need to play catch-up! I'm a little more than halfway done my front, which is a hair behind where I'd like to be. Initially I figured that the eight-and-a-half week KAL would be split into three weeks each for the front and back, then a week each for the sleeves and the last few days for seaming and blocking, but clearly I'm not quite there. Still, I have more than enough time to make up for being distracted by my yellow hat and legwarmers, and I really am looking forward to having a new sweater in the next five weeks.