Mitered Squares!

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Well not surprisingly, I ended up getting bored with my last stash yarn project – the wool eater’s blanket.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love the pattern, the rounds were just getting way too long…and boring.  So I have retired that project permanently and decided to have a dig through my knitting library.  I came across one title that is all about squares, in fact it is called Knit to Be Square and has all sorts of patterns.   The pattern that I eventually ended up deciding upon was the pattern that first made me even decide to purchase the book – this lovely rainbow afghan made up of mitered squares.  Now, if I had been thinking about it, I probably could have just figured out how to knit this pattern without buying the book, but it was a bit of an impulsive decision several years ago.  In any case, it was a good thing that I found the book because I now have a new project to (hopefully) use up my stash up Vanna’s Choice yarns.  The colorways I’m using are mustard, terracotta, cranberry, scarlet, raspberry, sapphire, aqua, pea green, dusty green, wildberry, dusty purple, purple, and navy blue.

The colors do match quite well with those called for in the original pattern and the good thing about using the VC yarns is that it is worsted so the squares end up larger.  I have been exclusively knitting with skinny yarn (primarily sock) for the past few months so it was nice to knit with a thicker yarn that produces faster results.  Of course, I put on my “how can I make this project ‘better’ re: make myself crazy and likely not finish” hat and decided to widen the pattern.  I even knit the first row of squares adding more squares, but looking at it, I’m pretty sure that the finished blanket would end up being a behemoth so I’m going to rip back to the original pattern and go from there.  In addition to the eventual finished blanket being HUGE, I also considered that I would like end up buying more yarn to finish the blanket, thus completely defeating the purpose of the stash busting project in the first place!

So I’ve been just knitting away at my colorful squares!  There are going to be an insane number of ends to weave in so I should probably start on those sooner rather than later!

Etsy Shop Update Friday!

I was able to dye up some of the new yarns about a week ago, but with a friend visiting for the weekend, I wasn’t able to re-skein them and get them posted to my Etsy shop.  Well, I woke up with determination this morning (and Miss Emme decided to sleep a bit late this morning) so I was get pictures and get my lovelies up in the shop.  The majority of my yarns up to this point have been extremely saturated so I decided to go with a lighter method.  I’m really pleased with the skeins and have decided to make these part of a new collection that reminds me of watercolor paintings.  Without further ado, I give you ‘ocatarine’ and ‘aleger’

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Blocked.

I’m experiencing both a knitting and writer’s block.  The solution to each is to make myself take part in the activity that is eluding me.  So here is my attempt to push past writer’s block!

Miss Emme and I have been visiting lots of parks recently and found a perfect retreat to visit each day.  There are paths through wooded areas, open areas, and around a lake.  She seems to love being outdoors in her stroller and that suits me just fine because it may give me a chance to actually use my jogging stroller for it’s intended purpose.  For now we’ve been enjoying some super serious power walks!

While in the parks, I like to take some time to just relax and be outside so I find a bench and park myself and Miss Emme and stitch for a bit.  My time spent knitting in the park isn’t usually long though as Miss Emme typically won’t nap during our fast paced strolls because she likes to take in all of the sites!  I was previously having all sorts of issues with the best way to carry my supplies.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have a TON of bags-large, small, long, wide, zippered, handled, clutch-you name it, I have it!  Or so I thought.  Since the diaper bag has pretty much replaced my purse, I decided that I wanted a bag that wouldn’t be in the way so I went off in search of something that I could put around my wrist.

I didn’t have to look too far luckily and it was only a click away from an ad on one of the Ravelry pages I was visiting.  I was led to the Knotted Bag etsy shop and promptly fell in love with a bag that featured two of my favorite things – owls and cupcakes!  Thus my park knitting kit was born!  The project that I am carrying with me nowadays are my two-color mitered squares!  I’m off to work on my mitered squares to help me get over this knitter’s block!

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New Yarns in the Shop!

I believe that I will make Thursday the day I recap the yarns that I have dyed the previous week and have posted in my shop!.  I already know that next Thursday I won’t be able to post about the new yarns because The Yarny Cakes family is headed to visit some family cupcakes for the long weekend : )

But that shouldn’t be a reason to not start a blogging tradition, right?  Since I had a bit of a dyeing break over the weekend, I only have 3 offerings for the past week, but I am in love with each one!  My favorite is ‘calodemon’ though because I am a sucker for blue-greens (teal, turquoise, aqua, etc) paired with warm tones.

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New Yarny Cakes Yarns!

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Two blog posts in one day!  I am making up for lost blogging time tonight – enjoy!

It has been several days since I was able to dye any yarn and I am really missing my mason jars!  It has been a busy few days and Miss Emme and I have been out and about a lot during the days!  My primary dyeing also used to be in the mornings before Emme woke up, but she is beginning to go to sleep earlier so she is waking earlier.  This is a great developmental step though and means that I get to spend more time with Mr. YarnyCakes in the evenings!

Anyway, the last two colorways that I was able to dye are ‘kumatage’ and ‘pabouche’

‘Pabouche’ was a bit of a mistake, but a happy mistake!  There truly are no really bad mistakes with dyeing…except for maybe one that I pulled off last week in which I was dyeing greens and blues, but the jars still had some pink dye in them.  Whoops.  Still, it’s not the end of the world and it is so unique that it may find its way to my Etsy shop anyway!

I don’t see much yarn dyeing happening this weekend with all my family visiting, but I may be able to get a skein or two dyed tomorrow morning before company arrives…but I guess the floors need to be vacuumed. That’s a fiber lover’s problem right there – housework versus playing with yarn.

WIP Wednesday – a day late, as it were

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Well, Wednesday got away from me yesterday so I missed posting my WIP Wednesday post.  I am trying to get things ready for all of my family who will be visiting for my first mother’s day.  But no matter – here is the update today!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been moving full speed ahead on my log cabin blanket project.  I worked out more of the details of what I would like the finished blanket to contain and started to play around with colors.  As odd as it sounds, colors always seem to be where I get derailed with long-term, large scale projects.  Either there are too few colors, too many colors, I begin to doubt how the colors will look together, I introduce new colors and decide they don’t belong – the list could go on and on!

I’m determined now that I will proceed only with the colors I have chosen with the hope that I won’t end up derailed this time around!  I may throw a hexipuff or two in there if I hit a snag or need a change of scenery, but I’m hoping to turn over a new knitting leaf!  In terms of goals, I met the one I set for myself last week when I completed the rectangular log cabin square and also completed a mitered square (boy are those fun to knit!).  I’m going to continue with these two styles in different sizes and see where I end up!  The other thing that I really need to get in the habit of doing is weaving in ends as I go!  You’ll notice all of the little ends popping out in the picture above – weaving in ends has just always been my least favorite part.  It should be one of my favorite parts though because it signals the end in a piece/project, but just knitting is so much more fun!

Next week’s goal: One more log cabin square and one more mitered square