Category Archives: Knitting

Too Many Projects and Not Enough Time.

Once again I have managed to spread myself just a little too thin.

How to budget my time to make the most of what I need to get done is a constant issue.

I have the projects that I need light and I need to pay attention to and then there is what I call the mindless knitting. That stuff that I can knit and not pay attention to.

I got an order for 2 lap blankets for next footy season here in Australia.

Grey Vest

knit vest — took me a bit to master the pattern but finally got it going. this is part of my knitting for an elderly lady. I don’t charge her much but she always has a challenge for me.





I started the Marly Bird knit along Garter Stitch Shawl. This is a me project. It’s a 4 row repeat and should work up pretty quick.  I’m using up yarn from the Marly Bird shawl knit along. That is another project I will do again.

Garter Stitch Shawl










I divide up my work time as I am watching shows or movies. Changing projects at the end of the show or movie. I get numb fingers if I am at this too long so I am always taking breaks between projects especially if I am having a full day of knit/crochet

Working on a Virus Shawl for the Crows Supporters Group to raffle off soon.

It’s time I get organized and find the priority in this mess



Kint Along With Marley Bird

This was a great pattern and Marley was wonderful in teaching.

I do like my shawl bigger so I added extra rows.

Doing the lace was new, I don’t do much just because I do find it kind of hard. The twist on this was you did your 2 together on the purl side. For me it was hard on my thumbs but it looks amazing and I will try the trick again. The lace actually pops by doing it on the wrong side.

I will make this again for sure but will give it my twist adding extra rows.

Thanks Marley

2 More Projects ready for delivery

The 1st is a knit lap blanket in wedding colors. All I had to work with was Instagram photos. I just knitting and did a pattern as I felt like it. Instead of joining at the ends, I joined when my yarn ran out, just for a change.








The Virus Shawl was already a work in progress but I decided to flip it and a gift in another direction. The first pink strip is in relation to cancer. Her hubby has had various cancer fights and won those. She also likes pink so that chose the soft rose color for the second strip.

Not Enough Time in the Day

There are so many great projects out there now and I can’t even begin to tell you want I want to do next.

I have way too much going as usual but I need to work out timing to work on things. I usually do it by project and program. At the end of the program I usually change projects but if I am close to finishing, I will try and keep going.

Because I have evening light issues, I work on the darker projects during the day. I keep it simple at night so I can enjoy watching telly and not have to pay too much attention to what I am working on.

I am falling back in the trap of stuff for everyone else and nothing for Phil and myself.  I have blankets started for both of us. It’s winter here in Australia and it gets cold. No wind chill to deal with just cold.

I need to get organized and see what needs to be the priority. A couple of things are wedding presents and will need done soon. Others are orders and a couple of surprise gifts.

I need to shop to get projects done but I need to find that discipline again to get things done before I start.



Post Birthday Thoughts

I wound up during this past week looking at what is in my stash. How much is there and what needs finished. I do have some stuff started for gifts but I need to also get better at finishing things.

5 point Star – in blue for my grandson

I still have Jake’s blanket to finish and gifts to some of the Crows who have or are getting married.

I was giving 3 big bags last year with unfinished blankets and I am not sure what to do.  Finish or frog them out, or  create my own?

Phil make sure he points out that I don’t do anything for us and maybe that is what this year is supposed to be.

Finish those works in progress and work on projects for us

It’s all up to me.

Giggles and Frustration

I challenge myself at least once a week to sit down with a Mikey video and learn a new pattern. Today was challenge day and I pulled up the video of the Heirloom Baby blanket. The pico’s round is the challenge but it is worth it. I even played yarn chicken on a round and won.

The frustration was the blanket and I had to rip it out and take a break, it was really frustrating but also I was not getting the spacing right and I had to give in. At some point I will go back with the video and give it another go but for now and only now, the pattern has won.

Yes, I Still Knit

20161118_105010Taking a page from a blogging mate of mine.

I have tried many times to get my Boise State blanket done, and to no avail I kept frogging it out and starting again.

Well, after seeing her blog on her rainbow blanket in garder stitch, I decided to go for it.

Seems like everything I am working on now is complex and I need to pay attention and count. I needed a bit of what I can “Mindless Knitting” something to work on at night watching and actually enjoying what I am watching.

I change colors when I feel like it or the ball changes color.

What’s On My Hooks and Needles

Way too much on the hooks and all right now, so I am trying to play catch up

I had to take 2 months off my right elbow strapped up thanks to arthritis, which as developed in both elbows.

The one order I had been working on  for 2 shawls and I have decided not to charge her. She is on a pension and is a wonderful little lady. (her favorite colors are red and blue)

20161111_105734I got inspired by everyone posting their Virus shawl pictures and I had to go for it myself. It took a little to get the pattern going but it is working. It took a little nerve to make this step but it is easier than it looks.





20161111_105130I also started a virus blanket. That one gave me a few fits and after frogging it out twice, I got it. Yea Me.






20161111_105617I have a simple knit shawl,  I had been looking for a triangular shawl with an easy increase and after translating from Italian, I managed the pattern.






20161111_105453My version of the Old Man of Storr her request was for red, she gave me some of her stash and it was what I found digging through.






img_20161107_203917I gave pooling a try and thanks to Mikey, I got it working.