My Virtual Sanity

Have you ever felt the need to share your thoughts with virtual strangers just so you can pretend that you have adult conversations during the day? Well, that's what I'm about to do. Be prepaired for my life as a stay at home, obsessive knitter, and my attempts to stay connected with the rest of the world.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

One Skein Snuggle Scarf

There have been very few yarns in my life that I have adored so much that I simply MUST knit it NOW, but this spearmint handspun is one of them. It is so soft and lofty, and lovely that it just makes me itch to grab some needles. The only problem is that I only had 138 yrds of it. What does one do with a single skein of yummy yarn? Make a scarf :D

I present to you the One Skein Snuggle Scarf!

This scarf is is worked with a 4 stitch double knit edging. The edging is particularly snuggly and cozy next to the skin. It may curl during knitting, but lays quite flat after blocking. A pretty frog closure keeps the scarf securely in place without the need for a knot, and adds a touch of elegance. The very basic stitch pattern is designed to show off your lovely yarn, not distract from it.

Yarn: 1 skein of to die for, absolutely MUST knit now, worsted weight yarn.
Needles: Size 7 (or size needed to create a fabric you love)
1 pretty frog type closure

Cast on 30 stitches loosely.
Row 1: (K1, Sl1) twice, (K1, P1) 11 times, (K1, Sl1) twice.
Row 2: (K1, Sl1) twice, (P1, K1) 11 times, (K1, Sl1) twice.
Repeat rows 1 & 2, 4 more times. (10 rows of seed stitch boarder)

Body 1: (K1, Sl1) twice, K22, (K1, Sl1) twice.
Body 2: (K1, Sl1) twice, P22, (K1, Sl1) twice.
Repeat body rows until piece measures about 36" or until you are afraid you won't have enough yarn left for the other seed stitch boarder.

Repeat rows 1 & 2, 5 times more.
Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.

After blocking, drape scarf elegantly around your neck like you want to wear it and mark where the frog closure should hold it closed. Sew on Frog closure and snuggle up!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

I can't stop casting on!

I have really been trying to finish things before I start new projects. I really want to start another pair of slippers (the wool is staring at me from my desk right now) as well as some baby BSJ sweaters but I have resisted. I cold NOT ignore my luscious green Merino silk handspun yarn though. I spun it up during General Conference on Sunday and it is so soft and lofty and lovely that I am seriously reconsidering my preferance for combed top over carded bats. So, it somehow made it onto my needles...It is a very simple scarf and when I'm done if I like the results enough I'll post the pattern. Well, maybe even if I don't like it as At the moment, it is still rolling more than I had intended. Apparently double knit boarders don't keep it as straight as I had hoped.

I'm thinking of adding some clear seed beads to that seed stitch end, but I'll decide that when I'm done.Incidentally, if anyone has any suggestions where my size 7 Knitpicks options tips are, I'd greatly appreciate it....

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Monday, October 08, 2007

We're expecting TWINS!

I had my ultrasound today for the new pregnancy. I have been pretty complacent with this one. After all, after having 3 children, I should know what's going on, right?

Well, as the technician was measuring all of the body parts she moved over just slightly and went down along the spine. "See, here's a head" she said. I looked at the picture and said "But wasn't the baby's head up there?" I said pointing in the direction that she had just come down the spine. Sure enough, there were 2 heads there. And 2 spines, and 2 hearts, and 4 feet.... I can't believe it.

It's one of those fleeting thoughts that cross your mind as you go in. "I wonder if it's twins" but you never actually expect it to be!

I was feeling totally prepared before. I had done this 3 times before. I know how to handle a new baby, but I'm not sure how to handle 2 new babies... How exactly does one breastfeed 2 babies?

Both babies seem quite proud to be boys, since they flashed us a number of times and made it QUITE obvious that they are boys. This will bring our family from 3 kids to 5, with 4 boys and one girl. Poor Shaya is destined to be the only girl it appears.

I suppose on the bright side, DH really thought this should be the last one, but I had reservations. I felt that I might want 1 more and wasn't ready to take perminent action yet. I guess that the Lord can find compromise anywhere. We will end up with 5 kids and I won't have to worry about morning sickness again.. yea!

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Look actual knitting!

I've got 3 active projects going right now and keep itching to cast on more. I am being good, though, until I finish at least the 2 that are at least 50% done.

I am on the second sleeve of my cardigan Rogue. It is so close to being done that I can taste it, but can't seem to focus on it enough to ACTUALLY finish.

The second main project is the Knitting Needle bag from Knitting Daily. This is a KAL for the knitting parent's yahoo group. I only had 2 balls of lambs pride worsted that I wanted to use for the bag, so I plan to make some modifications. I'm using the worsted weight yarn doubled on size 9 needles. I plan to knit each side with 1 ball. Because the side I have already finished is only 7" tall instead of the 9" stated in the pattern, I plan to add a sturdy fabric bottom and then normal purse straps. I wasn't fond of the garter stitch straps anyway.

I joined the Yarnographers group on Ravelry and have been working on my photography. It is amazing what the photos can look like when you don't just throw it on the floor and call that a

Tell me, which of these 3 pictures do you like best?I think at the moment I'm a bit partial to the top one. I like how the 2 needles run parallel to each other. I also like the contrast of the super shiny knitpicks needles in there.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Well, it's been a while hasn't it?

I admit, I've been neglectful. I will not apologise. We found out this summer that we are expecting our 4th child, and what with being pregnant, trying not to be burried in mount washmore (laundry) The Twice Sheared Sheep, and maybe hoping to actually knit, the blog has taken a back seat. Well, there's that and the fact that my sidebar is hopelessly out of date and I just don't want to take the time to fix it. I got onto Ravelry a few weeks ago and spent A LOT of time uploading pics and project info. I must say that having the blog for specific details has been nice.

So, for today's post, which is in no way ment to catch everyone up, I have a cautionary picture:
Many of you know that I have a lot of yarn hanging around the house. Most of it is in hanks, and most of it won't stay here. It is destined for new homes through ebay. I wash every single hank after winding it, and then spin out the water in my washing machine before hanging it up to dry. Well, this is what happens when you accidentally set the washing machine to WASH the yarn instead of to spin. That lovely rug like object used to be 3 skeins of gray merino laceweight and 1 skein of my own 3ply handspun Merino Silk. *sigh* as far as I can tell it is un-salvageable. I'm thinking of sticking some eyes in there and calling it a pet.

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