knitting when I can…

I thought once school started life would slow down a bit. Turns out I was wrong, with driving her to and from school, plus the birthday parties, the girl guides and play dates it seems life got busier. I’m slowly finding my way though, and a new routine is forming in our household to accommodate the new schedule. Knitting is finding its way in, even its only 15 minutes here or there but, I’m learning to use my time wisely and efficiently. I’m very thankful the mini-he still naps because when he’s fast asleep and the mini-me is away at school. I put my audiobooks on, knit my heart out and really really enjoy just being alone for an hour or so.

What’s on my needles

Right now I still working on the rainbow sampler baby blanket. I am on square 7 and back to the colour yellow.

This particular pattern took me a bit to catch on to, its not a difficult pattern but, it does require some concentration. After,, frogging my work 3 or 4 times I finally got the hang of it and am now very much enjoying the beauty of the stitches.

The Bucket List

Project “Knit up the yarn stash” is still very much under way. I’m managing to assign 3 or 4 skeins a night with a  pattern and due date and a place in my ravelry queue.

I’m quickly realizing I’m going to need another tub, not because I need more yarn storage but, simply because I want to sort  out the project into two main categories, weekday knitting ( inventory for my etsy shop) and weekend knitting (projects for myself and my family). This way it keeps things a little neater and accessible.

What I’m listening to


I’m a big fan of podcasts and one of favorites right now is Happier by Gretchen Rubin. It’s about..well.. being happier. Its a fun. quirky podcast hosted by author Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth. Together they share lots of ideas on how to make our lives easier,funner and happier! The podcasts about 30 mins in length and I always find myself smiling after I listen. Its great for a distraction while I’m cleaning the house. In a nut shell it just makes me happy.

Thanks for reading!


Not much on my needles this weekend…

I’ll admit it..I didn’t do alot of knitting this past weekend. About 2 hours total for the whole weekend. I thought I was getting sick but, it appears I was wrong ( hopefully). The first sign of a cold for me is my skin dries out.  Its kinda weird but, my hands, nose and cheeks become so dry they almost start to crack. I’ll be perfectly fine one day and then the next wake up with extremely dry skin, then the day after thay, I will have a full blown cold or flu.

All of Saturday and Sunday I felt ran down, I had really dry skin, it felt like my throat was on the verge of being sore and then poof it all went away. I feel completely fine today.

It wasn’t a wasted weekend though, I did make some progress on desiging my boot cuff pattern .

I have finished one boot cuff and although its a very simple design, it is  exactly what i was envisioning. I wanted to show off the yarn, not the stitches.

I’m not crazy about the circumference of this boot cuff though. I personally feel its a little loose for my calves. I tend to wear leggings alot and I just would prefer something tighter. I have re-written the pattern slightly and am knitting a smaller version to see if that fits a bit better. I do know not everyone is like me though, so I was thinking of offering a small/med size and a larger size in the pattern. I know most boot cuffs are one size fits all but, I wanted to add options for those who may want a looser fit.

So what do you think, should I stick with the “average” size or should I go with different sizes in my boot cuff design? Comment and let know!

Thanks for reading!


My favorite patterns from Ravelry this week.

My absolute favorite part of day is when I get to sit down at my computer, go on ravelry and search for patterns that will use up my stash.

Every night I grab 2 or 3 skeins of yarn and just search and search until I find THE perfect pattern. Since, I’ve been doing this every night for the past week, I figured I’d share what i’ve found. I have to say “shopping” from my own stash is seriously inspiring. I dare you to try it.

first up, a pattern by one my favorite knitter’s Staci Perry.

Learn to knit your first scarf.

It’s not my first scarf but, this will be awesome stash buster and I will be using Cascade 220 super-wash wool in fall colours ( yellow, orange, red)

Camp out fingerless mitts by tante ehm

I’ll be using the suggested yarn, noro silk garden. These will be knit for myself because, I really really want to have a pair of finger less mitts this fall.

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Elizabeth is another one of my favorite knitters. I’ll be using some baby yarn, called cotton tots for this jacket.

Round Baskets by lily n’ sugar cream

I have a lot of cotton yarn and i plan use a whole bunch of it up on these cute baskets.

Well there you have it, some of my favorite patterns from this week!

Thank you so much for reading!


When I grow up I want to be a designer…of knitting patterns….

I’ve been feeling the craving to design some new patterns lately. And by lately I mean, the whole last year, I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with something.

The problem is I never had any inspiration. all my other patterns came to me rather effortlessly. I just bring out some yarn to play around with and next thing you know I have knit a tutu, or a slouch hat, or some boot cuffs.

Well, the inspiration has been gone for a while. And the more I try to come up with something the harder it became.  However, the past few months I decided To just let it all go. I gave up to trying figure it out.

Then, of course,  it happened, I became inspired…last night while I was going through my stash I found the next design project.

It uses one my favorite yarns (sirdar crofter chunky ) and this yarn has a wonder fair isle colorway to it. Because this yarn is busier, the pattern I’m designing  will be simple. Actually, really simple. Its not a ground breaking design at all, but, I’m okay with that. It’s more about showing off the yarn then the design. And I’ve I’m going to using its simple design to my advantage.

My master plan, is to knit a few boot cuffs and fine tune the sizing and pattern. Once, its ready I will put out a call for test knitters . Then after the pattern has been checked for errors I will publishing it as a free pattern .  It will be available on my blog, on my website and as free pdf download on ravelry. Then soon after that is all done, I will be releasing a Youtube version as well. This is where I will demonstrate knitting the pattern and make it a sort of boot cuff tutorial. It will be great for beginner knitters and those who prefer visual instructions.

The best part of all of this, once my sample pairs are knit they will be going up for sale on my Etsy shop, after I keep a pair for myself, that is.

Overall, I’m feeling like I’m back in the groove and ready to design some new patterns!

 What I’m listening to

Speaking of design, I’ve been listening to Steve jobs biography (on my iPhone haha).  And I find his story is very inspiring. Wether you love or hate apple, his work ethic and determination is something to be admired. I’m not gonna lie, the book make him sounds like a bit of a jerk. But, depsite his short comings, He was able to come full circle and was able to help create the very device I’m holding in my hands. The moral of the story is never give up!

Anyway, It’s finally that time of my day where the mini’s are sleeping and I can to put one of my many  audio books on and grab my needles! I’ve got some knitting to do.

Thanks so much for reading!


When in doubt…Remember why you started…

I can be really a really focused and goal orientated person. I can be a self-starter and I love learning new things, Especially about knitting. Every once and while though, I get in a slump. I start to doubt my goals and my ability to achieve them. I start thinking ” Why am I even doing this?” ” Why on earth would I blog about knitting ?” ” who makes a bucket list about knitting,?? I must be crazy”. Then it tail spins and ,I start focusing on what I haven’t done, instead of what I have accomplished. I’ve come a long way from where I started but, I tend to forget that sometimes.

Logically,I know this type of thinking is pointless and it seems to happen when i’m hungry or tired. so after I get some sleep and food and then take a deep breath , I really start to remember why I even started in this first place. I love knitting so much, that I want to shout it from the roof tops. Since, nobody does that anymore , I’ll just blog about it instead. If I could knit all day, I would. There is something so fulfilling to me to see something I created being worn and loved. I feel like knitting is that thing I can do whenever, and  stitch by stitch I can make something actually useful. and hopefully beautiful.

I didn’t seek out knitting, it found me and boy, am I ever glad it did.

“…knitters just can’t watch TV without doing something else. Knitters just can’t wait in line, knitters just can’t sit waiting at the doctor’s office. Knitters need knitting to add a layer of interest in other, less constructive ways.”
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

My audio book of choice

I love to read but, it can prove difficult to knit and read at the same time. It’s really annoying to have to put down my needles just to turn a page. This is why I love audiobooks. I thought I would start sharing what i’m listening to, as I ten to read a ton of self development books.

Right now, I’m listening to “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. This is an old old book. I think from the 1930s. It’s basically about how you can achieve anything you want, if you are in the right mind set. It talks a lot about how to achieve your goals step by step, and essentially create the life you’ve always wanted. I’ve listened to this book 5 or 6 times. Its one of my absolute favorites. It inspires me every time i listen to it to keep on moving forward with my dreams.

What’s on my needles

The baby blanket is still on my needles. In the past two weeks I’ve gotten only 1.5 squares knit up. Which means my total squares completed in up to 5.5 out of 12. My goal this week is  to have 4 squares completed by this Friday. That would mean next week I would have 3 left , 1 day for sewing and 1 day for the boarder, which potentially means this baby blanket could be done by next friday! Exciting!!

The knitting bucket list

Yesterday I talked about how i was going to be really focusing on my going through my stash and giving every ball of yarn an assignment. Today, that process was officially started. I grabbed two balls of yarn, sat down at computer and went to work. With Ravelry opened on my computer, I searched for the ball of yarn in my stash ( i previously added every ball of yarn I own to Ravelry). Then I searched for a pattern that used the yarn I chose. Once, I picked a pattern ( 45 mins later) I filled out an index card with the project name, the purpose of the project ie. etsy, designing, customer order, what the pattern is called, its due date and yarn name.

This info was also added in to Ravelry , I then queued the pattern, so once this whole process is all done, I can just look at my Ravelry Queue and I will know what project comes next, go to my yarn tub, find the matching bag of yarn and then I’m on my way. I\m thinking this could actually work and finally get my stash all knit up!

Thanks so much for reading and following me on my knitting journey!

Please feel free to comment and let me know what’s on your needles, what your reading or just to say hi! I love reading everyone’s comments!


Getting Back on Track

The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur. You may already know that the mini-me has started kindergarten. Where I live, they have a program, where the first week of school the kindergartners only go for 1 hour each day. Then the second week of school is half days, and now, we are at the third week which mean she is now in school, 5 days a week for 8 hours a day, The idea is that they get use to being in school slowly and it allows them to adjust to the new environment and routine. It’s a  great program, and it has made the transition from pre-school to kindergarten easy and tear-free but, the downside is that  it has thrown my daily routine out of whack.

All the sudden I have time to do stuff. And I want to fill that time with everything from house hold duties ( blah!) to website building. blogging and of course, knitting.

Getting back on track is proving a little harder then I thought but, I’m finding my way slowly and surely.

Since my blogging has been sporadic at best, let me catch you up on what I’ve done this past week.

On my needles:

This weekend I decided enough was enough and I starting knitting myself a new pair of slippers. ( yup, I totally broke my no new projects rule). Its a classic checkerboard slipper pattern, and i’m using colours that I wouldn’t normally wear. However, I’m trying to use up my stash and sadly, I am out of hot pink. So blue and green it is.

The pattern is nice and easy but, does require colour changing so, you do need to be okay with switching yarns. It easy enough to knit while watching tv but,challenging enough I don’t fall asleep while knitting it.

I’m excited to get this slipper sewen up and then knit it a mate. I’m thinking these will be some cozy slippers and my feet will be toasty warm by the end of next weekend.

Bucket list

As mentioned above, I’m focusing on knitting through my stash and I’m focusing on finishing all my WIPS.

I’ll be spending some time this week, going through my stash AGAIN, and assign each ball of yarn a job ( a pattern) and then strategically knit through the patterns, But, first I need to get through those projects already started.

I’ve been contemplating doing this for some time and the idea came from my household budget. When I do up the budget for the month I give every dollar a name. I spend all the money on paper first and then divide up what goes where once its pay day. (yup, I listen to Dave Ramsey, before anyone asks.) So, one night while I was listening to Dave’s podcasts, I decided I should do this with my yarn. Give every ball of yarn a name. Knit it all up on paper and then strategically knit through my stash.

Another way to think of is that I have this really big goal ( knitting through my stash) and I’m just breaking it down in to bite size projects, Could be a complete disaster or it could really work… only time will tell.

I’ll be going more into detail with this plan of attack later on in the week so, stay tuned!

I’ll leave you with some raverly pattern inspiration and don’t forget to keep coming back to read all about my knitting adventures.

One day I want to knit….

The Guapa Cowl infinity scarf by Anne B. Hanssen.


Thanks for reading!


school nights and shawls.

 This week I have obsession with shawls. I’m a little bit cold, a lot bit tired, Who knew having a kindergartener was so exhausting. The first week of school is brutal! Because of the adjustment to my routine there’s been zero time to knit. All I want to do is curl up on the couch, put a good movie on, and be wrapped up in a cozy shawl. All while knitting away, of course. But, its a school night and morning comes too soon. There will be no movie night tonight. So, I will live through Ravelry once again and drift off to sleep dreaming of knitting these shawl patterns.

Drachenfels By Melaine Berg


Campside by Alicia Plummer


Mexico by Veronika Jobe


RittenhouseTown Wrap by Jocelyn Tunney


Briar Rose Yoga Wrap by Heather Lodinsky


I know why they call it the unforgettable shawl…

My unforgettable shawl is all finished! Whoo hoo!! This project turned out way better than I thought it would. It was fast, it was easy and it turned out beautifully.

I’ve never really understood shawls. I know lots of people who go crazy for them ( like my Mom) but, I have always thought “aw that’s so pretty but, I’m not a shawl person.” Then I wrapped this shawl around me and all I have to say is Mom! I get your obsession now.

I need to make myself a shawl ASAP. Maybe that’s what I’ll make myself as a reward for finishing all my projects. My very own shawl. Then as my mini-me says I can be “just like Anna” (from Frozen). Hey! I know! I can make the mini-me a shawl too. Frozen inspired of course. Ooh she would be go nuts!

Only problem is I like this idea so much, I actually don’t want to finish all my other projects now. I just want to make shawls. I MUST try and be strong though. I must repeat to myself… I WILL NOT CAST ON. I WILL NOT CAST ON,  I know I have a bunch more to go, which is why I have to keep my eye on the prize. A new shawl pattern.

So what’s left to knit?

  1. baby sandals (very close to being done)
  2. slouchy hat
  3. dish cloths
  4. baby blanket 1
  5. baby blanket 2
  6. baby blanket 3
  7. dr who scarf
  8. dr who afghan.

and that’s just off the top of my head… argh.. Maybe I can at least order the yarn for the shawls. Or on second thought, I better not tempt myself. I’ll just dream about it. I really do only have myself to blame. I shouldn’t have started so many projects!!!

Looks like its time to knit my butt off!

Wish me luck!

if you would like to info on the pattern to this shawl please see my previous post by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!


I did it…With a little help from a friend!

Last week I posted about a blanket I was knitting. I was stuck on a square and I just could understand how to complete the pattern properly. So, I reached out to you guys to help me understand the directions.

Well, I\m very happy to report that I got just what I needed.  A massive thank you to Talya from Duck and Cover. She took the time to figure out the pattern and re-write clearer instructions. You can read her blog post about it here. The humorous instructions had me laughing out loud and wishing all patterns were written like this.
I did manage to finish my square with one minor mishap.. In all my excitement in FINALLY understanding what the pattern was calling for, I missed two rows. I never even noticed until I was taking pictures of it this afternoon. I’ll probably end up re-knitting it. Or maybe not. I’m not sure…I’m going to sleep on it and then decide on how much it actually annoys me. It is sort of obvious. Can you spot where I screwed up?

Again a big big thanks to Talya. You saved my sanity.  I will be working the next few square this week ( hopefully with no trouble).and I cannot wait to see the final project.

Thanks so much for reading!


Help!! I have no idea what I’m doing…

I’ve been knitting this baby blanket. It’s a sampler afghan from red heart. I’m trying to use up yarn stash and work through all the projects I already have on the go. Blankets are a great stash buster.

This project has been a blast so far. I love samplers blanket. I’m not a huge fan of arylic yarn but, I have bunch I’m trying to knit through.

By the end of last week I had three 10″ squares done.  This will be a rainbow blanket. Yellow, orange, pink in the first row. Purple, blue, green in the second row. The I will repeat row 1 & 2 again. The blanket should be approx. 30″ by 40″. I’m thinking I will finish it off with a grey boarder.

Like I said, all was going great… Then yeaterday I started the purple square.

The #4 pattern name is daisy chain. It’s so pretty. Normally, I can totally speak knitting lingo and read a pattern fairly well. But, this pattern makes me feel like I have no clue what I am doing. It involves wrapping the yarn a bunch of times over the needle then slipping stitches. It sort of makes sense but, I am beyond confused and fustrated.

It has taken me two days (approx. 6 hours of knitting) to get to row 20. I’m 99 percent sure I’m doing it wrong. It totally does not look like the picture.

So, I’m left with two choices since, I will not allow myself to give up.

  1. Just keep knitting. Ripping it out and try again till I get it right.
  2. Move on to the next square and leave this crazy pattern till last.

I’m leaving towards option two. My brain hurts from trying to figure this out. However, if any of my blog readers have tried this pattern or are willing to take a look at and can explain it to me, that would amazing! I’ve already been on ravelry and YouTube with zero luck. I’m so stumped!

 The pattern


What I’m doing  

I believe my problem lies in the slipping of the stitches but, that’s just a guess.

The pattern is available as free download here.

I’m on square #4 on page 3. Its called daisy chain.

Like I said, any help would be greatly appericated. You can email or comment on this post.

Thanks for reading!!


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