Chunky Cardi Progress

The cardi is almost done…

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I’m working on the sleeves, and then will need to seam it all together.  (The middle part above is the back; the left and right “flaps” will be the front of the cardigan,  joined by a continuation of the green ribbing all around the front and neck. The round areas are where I will seam the sleeves onto it. I am loving chunky yarn, although the one I chose is a bit more dense than I’d prefer… but I think it will be a nice, dense cardigan. :)

Now to get link happy:

On  a whim, I looked up a blogger who hugely inspired me when I really got into knitting–Parikha Mehta–who had a beautiful asthetic to her knitting blog.  Unsurprisingly, she now is a photographer and has another beautiful blog. She is spearheading a photo movement called “Wherever I Am With You”… yup, from the song “Home”, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  What commercial has this song not been in?  It was on repeat in our house (and car) last summer…

Anyway, Parikha’s created a collaboration between photographers to take a monthly photo of themselves with their kids to show them someday that “they were there too.” How cute is this?  I am loving this idea. And after scrolling through the many photos posted, I am homornal, and my teary eyes prove it… :)

I am guilty of not being in photos, too–I’m not much of a “selfie” fan, but I’d love to have more photos taken both of R & I with the girls, just doing what we love to do. Real-life lifestyle shots, not posed.  We’re not good at doing this–which is funny, because all I remember growing up was my dad with a camera or video camera in hand. It annoyed me at the time (sorry dad!) but now am I grateful to look back on those memories.  Look at these photos, and you will want to just scoop your kiddos up and click click click.

PS. Does anyone else think the gal who sings “Home” sounds like Scout Finch as an adult…? I think this every single time I hear it.

Extra Yarn :: On the Needles

Every so often, we find a total gem at the library.  This is the one we found this week:

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Okay, so I was way more excited about this than Olivia or Natalie were, but they do like the story and the fact that they can relate since they know my yarn stash well! The illustrations are soo.cute and simple; I love the colorful yarn in a dreary b&w land. And that this little girl is a knitter extraordinaire with a magical box of endless yarn.  (Read an interview with the illustrator here, Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Jon Klassen.)

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But what I may love the most about this book is how crisp the stockinette stitch is on every page. Isn’t it lovely?  When you learn how to knit, and begin recognizing stitches on everyday clothes and blankets, it’s an exciting thing. I remember when I learned this stitch, and became a bit obsessed with it… still am, obviously….

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Anyway. Just had to share with you. Not only have we been reading this lately, but it’s inspired me to get my own needles out and get knitting… Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m hoping to finish this week:

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It’s a chunky cardigan for a special little someone on the way–he is due this week, so I better get on it! More soon, including pattern sources. Happy knitting!

Knitting Needle Card

Inventory1Don’t know what knitting needles you have while you’re out and about, and see a good sale? Fear not–just make a little inventory card for your wallet. (This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a looong.time… so happy I finally sat down and printed one up!)

While the girls were watching Daniel Tiger this morning, and I was admiring his accurately-knit sweater, I decided to finally go through my knitting needles–a small, but easy organization project that will hopefully spur on more this week.  I now have one jar for double pointed needles, one jar for straight needles, and a small container for all circulars. Dunzo.

After jotting down all sizes on a notecard, I just typed it up, printed it out, and fit it onto a piece of cardstock the size of a business card. (I used Eras Light ITC, size 12 and 8.)

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The great thing is that I mostly finished before the show was over. I just had to build a fort to keep the kidlets entertained while I laminated it with packing tape (look at that lovely line!)   I’ve tried using Ravelry’s inventory sheet, and even though it’s online and easy to update, I’m a tactile person to the core… so this should work a bit better for me, even if I have to reprint it with updates now and then.

I made one for my wallet, and one for my notions bag–so the next time I’m standing in front of a clearance bin at a cute little knitting shop….

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Booyah.