Mambo! That’s Fun to Say: A YOP Update

Top 9 from Global Gifts Short North

When I was writing about my happy places, I was remiss not to mention Global Gifts stores. That’s where I work, but I work from my home office now. However, I was a store manager for four years, and the store was my happy place. It smells like incense and coffee when you walk in, there is global music playing, everything is handmade, everyone is happy, and there’s chocolate. Lots of fair trade chocolate. It’s a little different now because of the pandemic. There are masks of course, and no coffee samples. We’re at limited capacity to ensure social distancing. And now when I visit I realize I’m another potential germ carrier. So I make my visits quick, and shop online and pick up. I miss being in store. I can’t wait for COVID to end.

And to make good on my resolution-ish to listen to more music, here’s one that reminds me of Global Gifts.

Year of Projects Update

I’m on Franca sleeve island.
Litmus cowl: purple is coming
I’m ready to start the raglan increasing on my Turtledove.
I may sew some PJ pants today with this flannel.

I may also lay out the wool for a new fiber art piece and dye some brown.

I do have another resolution-ish for 2021, and that’s to knit as much yarn as I purchase, at a minimum. So outgoing has to equal incoming, although ideally outgoing will exceed incoming. Since I’m signed up for two yarn clubs, that means I have to knit 24 skeins minimum. I also may have just stress bought a sweater quantity of Peace Fleece. I’ve wanted to knit a Peace Fleece sweater for several years, so I bit the bullet and did it.

Therefore, I’ve added a couple of things to my list:

Peace Fleece Ronan in Siberian Midnight (Ravelry link)

Malabrigo Brambleberry Rikke Hat – I bought this yarn when I was in OKC. I’m not 100% positive on the colorway name but it is berry-related. Or maybe it’s their Anniversario colorway?

I wear my Christmas Village Rikke Hat all the time, so I’m going to need a new color, and this matches my coat. I love this stretchy German Twist cast on. It’s my new thing. I also learned a new stretchy bind off for Franca.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my updated list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Today is our Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit at 1PM Eastern. If you are new and would like to join us by Skype, please DM your Skype ID to me on Instagram or Ravelry. So far, it’s been me, Sarah, Marilee, Liz, Kath, Bonny, and Laura. Our group is growing!

PS: JoJo loves Meep. Loves her to death with her murder claws.

Jingle All the Way

📸 Jolijn Copier Designs

Happy December 18: Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day! If you’ve never watched the film Elf, that means you answer the phone like this, “Buddy the Elf, What’s your favorite color?” Elf is a big favorite in our family. These socks are perfect Elf watching socks. Jingle All the Way pattern (Ravelry link)

Rikkemas Hat

I also have a Friday FO! I finished my Rikke Hat in Ramen Needles Christmas Village colorway.

Pattern is Rikke Hat (Ravelry link) I will probably make more of these. I’m also wearing my red Carbeth sweater. And it’s snowing! Festive!

Moondrake Yarn Advent Day 18: Late Bloomer

December 9 HoliDaily: Holiday Doodle Hat and Cowl

📸 Jamie Lomax

This hat and cowl set is super festive! I would wear the heck out of these, and they would be so fun to knit. I don’t have much in the way of Christmassy colored solid yarns, so maybe that’s something I should remedy. (Cowl Ravelry link) (Hat Ravelry link)

Finished Shetland Tweed Throw

No wonder JoJo loves this blanket so much. It’s wool, it’s squishy, and it matches her eyes! Yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft. Pattern is Hip to Be Square Blanket (Ravelry link). I still haven’t blocked it.

Here is my Wednesday WIP. I went ahead and started a Rikke Hat with my festive Ramen Needles Christmas Village yarn. It’s making me happy. And there’s just a hint of purple, so I can wear this hat with my purple coat! Not that I care about matching or anything. 🙄

Moondrake Yarn Advent Day 9. Can you see the purple speckles?

Saturday Schooled

I’m struggling with this CocoKnits shoulder construction method. It’s driving me cocoknits. She has a YouTube channel with some great videos and I thought I had it figured out. But (commence knitspeak) I had the right shoulder turned around and the neck edging was on the seam side after I joined it to the collar. I thought, no big deal, I’ll just rip back and knit it forward again. But that makes the knitting go in the wrong direction, which ordinarily wouldn’t matter, except when you have a S1K1 edging that you cannot match in that direction. So I’ve frogged all of the shoulder piece and will reknit. At least I know what I’m doing now. I’m going to eat some breakfast and try again.

So here’s a pic of my easy knitting. Isn’t it pretty?

Me Me May

Today is my birthday and I wasn’t feeling my current projects, so I cast on another blue hat. This one is Onion Organic Wool + Nettle in Denim, I think, or maybe it was Blue Jeans?

As you know, a blue hat is my favorite thing to knit. Doesn’t the nettle give the yarn a nice sheen and crisp stitch definition?

I’ve spent the day reading and knitting and listening to podcasts and trying not to work. It’s a blustery day out there, but we did get a walk in!

Favorite Make

Karen at nothingbutknit2 created a challenge for us to post about our favorite make. It can be anything: knitting, sewing, art, other craft…

This is tough for me because first I have to define what “favorite” means to me. Most enjoyable make? Most frequent use? Nicest to look at?

I’m pretty sure it’s my Birds of Blendon Hat. It’s my chart. I loved making it. It’s my first hat to grab. It’s soft and warm and fits my head well. It goes with everything.

My Twilight Paris Tunis Toujours Shawl is my second favorite. It’s the first thing I grab when I’m feeling a chill. It’s warm, soft, versatile, and my favorite colors. I dyed it! I can wear it wrapped around like a shawl (I often wear it tied in back) or I can wear it like a scarf with a jacket. It’s SE2SE yarn.

So I guess favorite for me means most frequently used. The shawl is a surprise to me because I don’t really think of myself as a wrap or shawl wearer. This changed for me once I started working from home.

I hope everyone is well. I have had a headache all weekend. Not much knitting going on here. Lots of reading, napping, and tisane drinking.

If you haven’t yet blogged about your favorite make, I hope you will do so!

Weekend Quizzaroo

(Image credit The Knitting Goddess)

Karen posted a sock quiz! I’m a notorious sock knitting eschewer but quizzes are great for personal development and blog fodder.

1. Do you knit/crochet socks?

I want to knit socks. I have knit socks. But generally, no, I don’t.

2. If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?

It doesn’t sound fun. I’m primarily a sweater and hat knitter.

3. What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?

I prefer toe up so I can make sure the foot fits well. I hate a baggy sock. I prefer fine yarn for socks but they sure do take a long time! I like a well-turned heel. I’ve never tried an afterthought heel. Are their more flaps than that? Double point needles for me.

4. Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?

Never! I am considering knitting a pair for Bob, though. It’s a lot of pressure.

5. Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?

If I can knit one more pair of socks (I’ve made two pair in my life so far) I could be happy the rest of my life never knitting them again. Or, who knows, I might knit another pair and enjoy them so much I will want to knit more! That’s my hope.

6. One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

For me it will need to be crazy hand painted colors or solid yarn with textured knitting. Wool plus silk (for strength) is my favorite fiber combo. Throw some cashmere in there and I’m hooked.

Well, that was fun and inspiring. Maybe I will cast on a pair of socks today.

February Frogs:

I’m pulling out the linen stitch cowl. It is taking too long and I am afraid I don’t have enough yarn for it. My Hogwarts yarn will make a great pair of clog socks though.

I’m pulling out this Bousta Beanie. It’s not happening.

Do you like my new photo prop? It’s Fair Trade and I picked it up at Pachamama Market when I was in Troy, OH for a work meeting.

I think one should feel good about frogging and this wool felt sunflower does the trick for me.

The new The Just Craft is up!