Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

Things don’t always work out as planned

Doesn’t that suck? You get so excited about trying different things and then you realize that your attempt, while a valiant one, was just a waste of time. Or, if you’re the optimistic type, it’s “a learning experience”.

First, my container garden: I was able to harvest some beans! Great!! Hurray!!! … except that I only got 1 ounce from all the plants and all the weeks that I invested in it. That’s not even enough to make a meal for my baby boy!
Can you get beans from container gardening?
Should you bother with it?
Not unless you are willing to fill a bedroom with many, many containers.
Lesson learned – wait until you have a yard
Resolution – planted carrots after I pulled up all of dried out bean plants. I figured it’s a root vegetable, it will grow down, so I might actually be able to get enough to add to a salad

Second, my submission to the craft fair: met the on-line entry deadline! Great!! Hurray!! …except that I thought I would have to take the shawl in a day or two before the actual fair started. The reality is that I had to hand in the knitted garment a week before the fair so that it could be judged in its category. D’oh!
Have I submitted an item into a craft competition?
Technically yes.
Should I bother taking the shawl to be displayed even if it can’t be judged?
It’s better than nothing
Lesson learned – put deadlines on your Google calendar with reminders
Resolution – called the person in charge of the committee and was told that I was too late, items were judged the following day, but that I should enter again next year

Sucks! Oh well, got no one to blame but myself.

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Crochet Intarsia

Over the past few days I have been trying to figure out a new crochet technique: intarsia. I’ve done knitted intarsia before, it’s been challenging but fun – my greatest knitting accomplishment to date is an intarsia alphabet baby blanket for my niece.

I found some great tutorial videos on YouTube (if you need help with this technique I recommend Crochet Ever After’s Channel), but I must admit, I am not liking the way crochet intarsia looks. Unlike knitted Intarsia, when you crochet a square the first and last stitch are always off, not on top of the other, so it looks lopsided.

The project I want to make is a 1Up Mushroom (free on Ravelry), another project for the Super Mario Theme Nursery. I think what I am going to do is knit the colorwork in garter stitch (so that it stays reversable) and then crochet the border. Hopefully, the crochet chart will translate well into knitting. We’ll see how that works out.

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Knitting Entry into Fiber Fair – CHECK!!!

BOOM!!! I have just completed another of my New Year’s Resolution and submitted my knitted shawl into a fair competition!! I’m so excited, I could just fill this blog post with just a bunch of exclamation points!!!! The fair is at the end of the month, so we’ll see how it goes. ūüôā

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Fresh Off The Needles: Cashmere Tie

I just finished knitting the tie that my hubby requested as his first father’s day gift. ¬†(Ugh, I am terrible with deadlines!) ¬†There is no one more knitworthy in my life than him. ¬†He sees how much time and effort I put into the things I make. ¬†He enjoys and takes good care of the knitwear I gift to him (I’m surprised his socks are still holding up!). ¬†And unlike the dog and the baby, who have no idea as to what is going on, he appreciates the handmade items. ¬†So when he asked for a knitted tie, I was so happy to oblige him that I busted out the fancy cashmere yarn to fulfill his request. ¬† ¬†All he asked was that the tie be a solid color so he could easily pair it with his striped work shirts.

The pattern is a free Ravelry download called Father’s Day Necktie by Mary C. Gildersleeve. ¬†The yarn is Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply in a light sage green color. ¬†The pattern called for a worsted weight, so I did an extra pattern repeat to add width to the tie and repeated it 25 times before starting the decrease. ¬†By the time I got to the end of the tie, I just made my own decreases and casted off – I had the pattern memorized and was too excited to cast off to go looking for the proper way that the designer ended. ¬†In the end the hubby loves it and I am excited that I have enough of this luxurious yarn left over to make something for myself!! Here is how it came out:


PS: Did you know that some designer brand cashmere ties can sell for over $200!? ¬†So don’t feel bad if you have to splurge on the yarn, you’re getting a very good deal!

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Icelandic wool


A friend of mine just got back from a trip to Iceland and was kind enough to buy me a beautiful book with traditional patterns and enough yarn to make one of the sweaters! I am so excited!! I cannot wait to get to get started on this project, but I am going to wait until I finish the sweater I currently have on my needles.image


Another project I’ve started today was my stash organization. ¬†I got these shelves free from Craigslist so that I can empty out my craft closet. ¬†My apartment complex promised to install a washer and dryer in my hall closet back in April, since it’s now September I don’t think it’s actually going to happen, but I am still going to to organize my stash. ¬†The easiest first step I already did was move all of my library to the bottom two right shelves. ¬†I also gave up some precious real-estate on the bottom left shelf for our collection of cookbooks. ¬†Here is the before photo, I will post an after photo once I figure out how I plan to organize it. ¬†¬†image

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