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That April Busy Thing

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by

Spring 1/30 - Crocuses!

Hi, all. I realized tonight that I was in danger of having another week where all I managed to do was share weekend links and a knitalong post. And given how simple this week’s knitalong post was, that would be kinda sad.

So I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to, at the risk of boring you to tears. I’m not sure how to make the busy days of early April into a compelling read, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

I’ll tell you that Neil and I celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday and went out for Indian food, as we like to do.

And I can tell you that later in the week we have Eamonn’s birthday and a family party to plan (and clean, and shop) for.

And then there’s our taxes, which I told myself I would start in February, but which are still completely untouched. As usual.

Those are the ingredients of the Early April Busy Dance nearly every year, to be honest, but this year I’ve introduced a few new distractions, just for kicks. For instance, I’ve joined a gym, which is something I never thought I would do, but now it just feels like the natural next step in my get-healthier plan. I’ve been going there in the mornings and learning to use the equipment. It’s actually more fun than I expected. (She says, as she sips her homemade blueberry-lime-infused water, having completely cured herself of her well-documented Dr. Pepper addiction [woo hoo!!])

02 mix tapes

Oh! but the big distraction? The one that has engaged my attention when I should be cleaning the kitchen (or blogging. ahem.)? It’s incredibly silly, really. It’s totally something that could wait for a less busy time. And yet…

I’ve been taking all of my old mix tapes from the 90′s, and recreating the playlists in Google Music so that I can listen to them again.

I can’t even begin to express how utterly unimportant a task this is, and yet how completely engaging it has been. And I wish I could share these playlists with you – some of them are really quite good, if I do say so myself…

I have about 5 more to do (until I inevitably unearth others, that is) and then I can listen to these mixes at top volume while I scurry about the house getting ready for Eamonn’s party this weekend.

I’ll be back to the blog in full force definitely after the taxes are done, but I kind of hope it will be sooner than that. I miss this place when I neglect it for too long!

So, how are you all?

Everyday Cardigan KAL: the other sleeve

Posted April 1st, 2014 by

Everyday Cardigan KAL: the other sleeve

Ok, knitters, you would probably be well within your rights to be wagging a finger at me right now. This is the third week that I’ve spaced on the KAL post. What can I say? My weekends have been too full lately for blogging to even enter my mind. It’s not really a good excuse, but it’s the truth.

Luckily, the steps involved in this week’s portion of the KAL are exactly the same as the steps from last week.

Yep. Second verse, same as the first. Er, sleeve. Second sleeve.

Once you’re done with that second sleeve, give yourself a hearty pat on the back! The hardest part is done!

Next week, I’ll talk very briefly about finishing – weaving in ends, blocking, sewing on buttons, etc. and wrap up this little KAL adventure.

Weekend Favorites

Posted March 28th, 2014 by

Hellooooooo blog friends!
Things have been kind of quiet here this week. I’ve been focusing on a to-do list that didn’t involve much blogging time. In my spare moments, I’ve had two crochet projects going, and I’m looking forward to telling you about them next week.

There’s a lot of pink and gold in this week’s mosaic. Springy!

On Flickr

The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer!

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Weekend Favorites

1. Morning Smoothie, 2. Spring mood, 3. my first haiku, 4. Finally, it’s finished! Lots of photos and (hopefully) the questions answered on today’s blog post (in profile) #pgquilts, 5. bangle13c, 6. Easter is Coming!, 7. Untitled, 8. Summer of love, 9. New #LibertyofLondon from @purlsoho . Oh, the plans I have!, 10. new, 11. kitten needed. #nx30 #imagelogger @samsungcamera @samsungtweets, 12. It’s actually cold(ish) in SoCal. Stripes and polkas and striped polkas ;)

Around the Web

I spend some time each day, Monday through Thursday, sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.

Yarn

Fabric

Polymer Clay + other materials

Crafty Business

Have a great weekend!

Everyday Cardigan KAL: the first sleeve

Posted March 25th, 2014 by

25 knitting 01

I spent the weekend in Baltimore and completely forgot to write this week’s KAL post. What’s more, I didn’t remember that I’d forgotten until late Monday night. Oops. I hope you weren’t eagerly awaiting this installment, with nothing to keep your fingers busy!

At this point, the body of your sweater should be complete and off the needles. Now is the time to start in on the first sleeve. You’ll be taking the live stitches from the scrap yarn, putting them onto double-pointed needles, picking up a few extra stitches from the underarm area, and then knitting in the round until the sleeve is your preferred length.

It can be a challenge to move the sleeve stitches off of the waste yarn and back onto needles, so take your time with it. Try to distribute the stitches somewhat evenly between three of the needles and then use the fourth to pick up and knit the appropriate number of stitches at the underarm.

Move sleeve sts to dpns and pick up sts at underarm as written in the pattern PDF.

Video: Knit Sleeves by Knitting with EliZZZa
Video: Picking up stitches in your work by Knittinghelp.com

Once all of the stitches are safely onto needles, I tend to redistribute them before I start knitting. It’s not necessary, but I like things to be as even as possible.

Reset your row counter to 0.

Knit the first stitch, place a marker (so you don’t lose track of where the rounds begin) and knit the first round.

Work in stockinette stitch for 23 more rounds (24 total) then begin decreasing as follows: *k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1

Repeat decrease round from *, every 14th round, 4 times total (rounds 25, 39, 53, and 67).
After the last decrease round, consider redistributing the stitches on the needles. I like to have a multiple of 4 on each needle – it makes the cuff ribbing simpler later.
Continue in stockinette stitch until sleeve measures 16″.

Work 10 rounds in k2,p2 rib.
Bind off all sts.

Video: How to knit in the round with double-pointed needles by New Stitch a Day

Everyday Cardigan KAL: the first sleeve

And with that, the first sleeve is complete.

I think you can guess what next week will look like…

Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Weekend Favorites

Posted March 21st, 2014 by

Happy Spring! There are two crocuses in my front yard, and a handful of little green tips poking out of the dirt. And the snow is finally receding. I thought this day would never come, LOL!

On Flickr

The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer!

(follow me on flickr)

Weekend Favorites at Polka Dot Cottage

1. Seligenstadt, 2. Sunrise, 3. Spring baby quilt WIP, 4. My messy Studio, 5. auburn wave shawl, 6. Vintage Block Quilt Along, 7. Untitled, 8. Coffee at Bluebird Coffee Shop, 9. diy // homemade valentine cards to the girlfriends., 10. Untitled, 11. polymer clay succulent garden, 12. Red Doors

Around the Web

I spend some time each day, Monday through Thursday, sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.

Yarn

Fabric

Crafty biz

Recipes

I’ve started crocheting a poncho (twice! I changed my mind about color). I think it’ll be a fun Spring project. Go make something springy this weekend!

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