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Getting Back to Normal - Yarn Along Feb 26

yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!

It's been a long time since I did Yarn Along. Early November was my last Yarn Along post. It's a measure of just how crazy my life has been the last few months that I haven't been able to join with Ginny regularly for so long. That said, it's also a mark of how my life is returning to a bit of normality that I can sit down and join in for this week.

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This week I'm reading Creative Confidence by the Kelley brothers. These guys are masters at innovating and in this book they show you how to tap into your own creative potential. They believe that everyone is creative and that all we need to do is free ourselves from whatever keeps us from having creative confidence. I've been suffering a bit of a crisis of confidence lately. You can get rusty when you stop writing regularly even if just for a few weeks. It was difficult to get my writing routine back into working order, but I'm back.

It's nice to be knitting too. I'm still working on the Dahlia Cardigan.

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I think you can tell that I feel so much more at home in our new place than I did before. There's no landlord hovering over us, no bizarre layout to fight with to do laundry or cook food, no more boxes to move, junk to clean up.

In case you're wondering living with my mother in law has been a delight. Everyone is much happier, though my oldest occasionally expresses that he misses his own home, but I think that's because now he has an extra parent to make sure he behaves.

We are home.

Yarn Along Nov 11

yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!

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First off, congrats to Ginny on her new baby, who arrived just in time for Yarn Along last week. He seems like a hardy little fellow.

I love knitting the textured shawl, but I feel called to work on something different for a little extra flavor, like the Dahlia Cardigan. As for reading I picked up All Wound Up again. I love envy Stephanie's writing. I'm reading through it again to see what I can learn about being a better writer. Then I want to read more of Rachel Herron's work. 

We're enjoying our time together as a family. Enjoyed hanging out with friends over the weekend and hanging out with my mom. 2013 just keeps getting so out of hand it's becoming comical. I'm afraid that if I say any more I will be tempting fate. All I can do is smile and laugh and remember: it's just a ride.

Y A R N - It's How You Spell Relief

yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!

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Renny will be thrilled. I have pulled out the Mitered Cross blanket out of hibernation to finish weaving in ends and to fix the holes -yeah that's right- holes that have already appeared in this blanket. This is what happens when you put a blanket meant for the bedroom in the living room and your children use it for tents and picnics and cuddles. I'm sure that if I had actually finished this thing in a proper way and put it on our bed these holes may not have happened.

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Of course the holes pissed me off, and the peanut butter sandwich stains. I was so mad that I put this thing in a place where I didn't have to look at it. Then all this unemployment nonsense happened and suddenly the challenges of holey stained knitting paled in comparison to the challenges of a sudden lack of income.

Fixing this blanket brought me some much needed satisfaction. The crazy cliffs of uncertainty are a little more tolerable if I can make myself feel like I can control one aspect of my life. Suddenly darning a small hole in a blanket feels like a major achievement and in some ways it is. I don't care about the shame of the holes anymore. It's time to actually do something and distract myself from the things I can't control.

The holes are fixed and now I'm doing an icord edge for the blanket and finally wash and block this thing. Perhaps it's enough to clear the house of bad juju. Just thinking about it has me feeling upbeat.

As for reading this week, I'm once again indulging in the high-end celebrity gossip rag known as Vanity Fair. I have to remember to resubscribe. I've been enjoying getting this in the mailbox every month.

Hows your knitting and reading this week?

Anything Can Happen - Yarn Along

yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!

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This week the shock is wearing off and I'm having fun with the notion that with uncertainty anything can happen. For the last couple of weeks I've been terrified of this idea that I honestly don't know what we're doing for December. Not sure. Don't know and that's ok. It's been more fun to think of the possibilities, pretending that we sell everything and hang out in a different city, a different continent, a different state? Who knows. It's been my experience that when I start imagining these things that the more mundane options are the ones that carry through.

For instance, this morning I found a job posting for a production position at Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which would be a dream job for me, even at $10/hour. The job is outside of Portland and I'll be the first one to admit to you that I fantasize about living in Oregon. More trees, more rain, more knitting weather ;) However there aren't many jobs there for my husband and it would be highly unlikely that we would move there, but it's still nice to dream.

My knitting is still playing the nesting game. Out of a strange desire to stashbust I've been knitting a chair cover for my son's mini-poang chair. Some of you don't know what a poang chair is let alone a mini-poang chair. Here's a pic:

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It's that weird chair from ikea. We have a smaller version so our boys can cozy up and read books (or more usually have their time-outs), but silly me I shrunk the chair cover and discovered that I couldn't buy a replacement, so like any knitter worth his or her salt, I started knitting one.

As for reading, the Interweave Store is having an epic sale on digital downloads of their magazines -just $2/each! I bought 12 magazines, ending up with hundreds of knitting patterns -some from just the last three years including the Jane Austen issues for just $24 and I could download them instantly. Even though we are low on cash, this small purchase was enough to keep me entertained for weeks to come so it's worth it to me, a little bright light of joy.

Yarn Along October 23

yarnalong_gsheller_grayIt's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!

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With all these finished objects this week I felt compelled to cast on something entirely new and something I haven't knit in a long while: a fine laceweight shawl. I've been knitting shawls all year long, but those have all been fingering or worsted weight shawls. This is because it takes eons to finished a laceweight shawl. That last one I did back in 2007 took me a whole year to finish.

I had three motivations in casting on the Textured Shawl from this years knit wear. One, I have been eying this silk/wool blend laceweight yarn from Wool Candy in the evening colorway for months and had been waiting for the right project to come along. Two, I had just recently received the latest Try-It set from Knitters Pride of the Karbonz, Bamboo and Nova Cubix interchangeable knitting needles that I had ordered from Amazon. I needed a project to test the needles because all of the needles in the set were fine gauged. Thirdly, I thought maybe a project that required an extra bit of patience would help me be patient through the uncertainty of the coming weeks.

So far it seems to be working. I just cast on the Textured Shawl last weekend and even with some stumbling blocks I'm already quite a ways through the pattern. That's the deceiving thing about knitting lace: that first section goes by so fast that you believe that knitting it will be a quick breeze, forgetting the midway doldrums of endless rows of hundreds of stockinette stitches; long rows that take up entire television episodes to knit. I'm hoping that this shawl is not indicative of the weeks ahead as we wonder what kind of job we'll find.

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I love this blue. I think it's going to turn out beautifully.

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Stay tuned. Soon I'll be posting a review of the new interchangeable knitting needles from Knitters Pride. For now you can check our my past reviews here.

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angelafall2013smallI'm Angela. I'm an obsessed knitter.

Blogging about knitting since 2004.

 

What's going on now?

To sum up: husband has a job after two layoffs in 2013. Husband has been laid off for the fourth time in two years due to companies cancelling projects. I have two kids under the age of 5, we just moved in with my mother in law and I think I'm starting to get my mojo back. I've had writer's block for weeks. 

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