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Sprucing up the website

I’ve realized that I’ve been more active on Instagram and Pinterest lately, and I wanted to share some of those images and photos with you. It’s been a while since I made some additions and changes, and it felt like a great time (more than a year since the last update) to spruce things up a bit. I’ve added some more windows into my life on the sidebar over there.

I have a ton of photos of Tina Tuna, which I love sharing because she is so wonderful. I’ve also been really into weaving, and have gotten myself a nice rigid heddle loom.

FRIDAY NIGHT IS VERY EXCITING FOR ME.

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In other news, I’ve sort of begun writing things down more regularly, but have been hesitant to post them publicly. I feel like I am still starting to get back into the idea of blogging, and recently, I’ve just felt like I’ve had a more clear direction of where I want to go and where I want to be. I’ll try and get things sorted and see if I can start posting things again in a more sensible way.

The Perks of Making Your Own Clothing

One of my favourite things ever about knitting is that I can re-do a lot of my old projects. Because I know how it’s constructed, I’m able to adjust. “Frogging” is a term for when you unravel a garment, I think because the yarn makes a funny “rrrrrrbbbbbb” sound when you yank on it.

Some people may hate the idea of frogging a project, but I’m kind of okay with it. For example, this bad boy was a cardigan I made a few years back:

Amiga

It was one of the first sweaters I had tried with a seed stitch, along with a few other modifications. It was a great sweater to learn on.

I had also splurged a little on the yarn and bought my first handful of SweetGeorgia Yarn’s Superwash Worsted. I still recall walking into the yarn store for the first time and feeling so excited to purchase “legit yarn.”

But every time I wore it, part of the neck and shoulders didn’t sit right. Perhaps I had modified it too much, or I had missed a few structural elements, but it kept sliding off my shoulders.

I researched all the ways I could possibly fix this; including reinforcing the back neck with single crochet stitches, as well as lining the edges with thicker hemming. I even thought about just knitting the cardigan shut and turning it into a pullover.

In the end, I realized that I was beginning to hate wearing this sweater as much as I had enjoyed making it.

And the very cool thing I realized is that I could just start over.

I didn’t have to give it away to some poor sod who would have to deal with the shitty construction. I didn’t have to feel bad and stuff it in the back of my closet. Best of all, I didn’t need to throw it away.

Another thing to note is the quality of this yarn. Because of my little splurge, the yarn itself held strong over the years, even after a few trips to the washing machine. It didn’t break apart when I frogged it, and neither did the colours really change.

It was like I went yarn shopping inside my closet and found a new addition to my stash.

Awesome, right?!

I Was in a Room Full of Warm People and Yarn

Guys, I totally had a blast going to Knit City this year. I was unable to attend last year, but I’m so glad I was able to make it this time around.

The second Trung dropped me off and I saw that THERE WAS A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH STAND outside in the parking lot, I knew it was going to be a good day. And then I got inside and there were Girl Guide Cookies. Oh man.

Beautiful yarns and fibrework, wonderfully warm people and just the most positive ambiance. I don’t want to say “energy” because that sounds really annoying. Maybe it was because it was a knitting thing, too, but the Croatian Cultural Centre that weekend just had this awesome toasty blanket-by-the-fireplace kind of feel to it.

Actually, yeah, that was probably because it was a knitting thing.

It was so inspiring to see everyone walking around in their sweaters.

I recognized a ton from my Ravelry queue and favourites, and it was so cool to see the same patterns on different people. A garment totally changes with the smallest of nuances. Even though it comes from a single pattern, it always, always comes out differently for everyone. That’s what I love so much about knitting. You really never know how it will turn out.

You know it.
You know it.

I also was lucky enough to sign up for a class with Kate Atherley, who is adoraballs. I love that her background is in mathematics and that she is able to bring that nerdiness into her knitting.

It’s a great example of integrating all sorts of divergent things into a big ball of what you love. You find the common themes and threads and fantastic things happen.

It was tough not to blow all my cash on… everything in there. But I went with Jane and she held me down a few times, which is a good thing.

It’s important to have a good wingman/yarn-partner/hand-slapper when you go to these things.

Awesome shirt
Awesome shirt

I went home right away and organized my Ravelry queue. Now I have three projects cast on, and the only thing stopping me is that I don’t have enough needles. Holy shit.

Indigodragonfly's booth felt like a really colourful cloud you want to jump on. I held back.
Indigodragonfly’s booth felt like a really colourful cloud you want to jump on. I held back.
The Cascadia line-up
The Cascadia line-up

Fiona and Amanda had done an amazing job with Knit City. I am so excited for the next one. Next year I shall be strutting around in my own hand-made sweater.

Dudes I totally saw that poncho and the Peasy sweater on Ravelry.
Dudes I’ve totally seen that poncho and the Peasy sweater on Ravelry.