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My knitting world has been quiet

I honestly haven’t done much knitting the past 6 months. Between moving and starting a new jobs (twice >_>), there hasn’t been a ton of time.

I did, however, recently finish a hat for my step-father that turned out looking pretty good:

Modeling a hat I knit for my step-father.

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The only other knitting thing going on as of late is starting a new new scarf for my mother since her old one was lost. Also have plans to start projects for my sister and future brother-in-law so hopefully I can get these all wrapped up before the holidays.

Hope everyone out there in the world is doing well!

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I’m still alive!

Hi friends! I am indeed still alive and still working on projects here and there.

Knitting and crocheting have taken a bit of back seat for the past year. I’ve spent most of the past year and a half working on my first novel. It’s all written (yay!) and now I’m working on editing it. My goal is to have it ready to self-publish by the end of the year so I’ve been very excited about that.

Now, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped knitting and crocheting entirely. In the past 6 or so months, I’ve crocheted 3 blankets and a dish towel and I’ve knit an infinity scarf for my sister. I’m also working on another mushroom blanket like the one I made my partner a few years ago and my sister has asked me to knit her some yoga socks so I still have a few projects on my plate.

Infinity scarf

A picture of me wearing the infinity scarf. I love the color of it!

Granny square blanket

Granny square blanket

Foxy baby afghan dark

Foxy baby afghan dark. I frickin LOVE how the colors turned out in this one! I’m very much considering trying this color combo (but swapping the black for a charcoal gray) on a scarf.

Foxy baby afghan bright

Foxy baby afghan bright – the second baby afghan.

Foxy baby afghans

Foxy baby afghans – they were crocheted at the same time for a friend who is expecting twins in September. They have been designing the nursery for the babies with foxes and that has given some awesome color combinations.

I’m really happy with how all of the projects have turned out and I can see that my skills are definitely improving over time. Practice really does make perfect.

At some point I will attempt to take pictures of the mushroom blanket as I’m working on it. But for now, I leave you with a musical number that fits the title of this post:

I’m on Etsy now :)

So I’ve been threatening it for a while and I’ve finally started my own store on Etsy! I figured that I have a few things around from testing out pattern ideas that actually did turn out so I might as well give it a try. I still have to post 2 hats and finish off a scarf to post 🙂

I know this is a short post and it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I will try to write a proper post soon.

If you would like to check out my Etsy store, you can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OhMisterKnitter

Hi Friends and Follower!

So after a roughly six month hiatus from not doing too much knitting, I have started working on some projects again. It’s been quite nice to relax and knit something.

I did a lot of rush knitting the last 3 months of last year so I needed a bit of a break. The break has given me time to focus on some writing and that has gone amazingly. I’ve always wanted to write a novel and I’m getting close to that dream happening 🙂

Despite not doing too much in the way of knitting so far this year, I’ve actually done a few of my goals:

  • Use only yarn from my stash*
  • Organized my stash because it was a horrible mess and taking over my office with boxes
  • This might not count as a new technique, but working on my first shawl

* I have bought some new yarn BUT it was with a gift certificate that I received as a birthday present back in January.

Well, I know that this is a short post and I don’t have any pictures of what I’m currently working on. However, I did feel that I needed to post something to let you all know that I am still alive and I didn’t abandon my blog, I just took a break for a while.

2013 Knitting Resolutions

I don’t really like the idea of creating new years resolutions, but I think it’ll be fun to do some knitting related resolutions. So here are my knitting resolutions for 2013:

  • Only use yarn currently in my stash and don’t buy anymore until it’s gone (or I’m doing a very specific project for a gift)
  • Organize my yarn stash a lot better so I can find things when I’m looking for them
  • Learn how to dye yarn
  • Learn at least one new knitting technique
  • Learn at least one new crochet technique
  • Only knit baby gifts for people I know really well
  • Attempt to sell some things I’ve made online that I’m likely not going to use myself or for a gift

I realized when trying to start organizing my stash, that I have managed to acquire quite a bit of yarn. I think my ADHD kicks in a little when I see it and go, “OOO PRETTY COLORS!” As for organizing my stash, I need to figure out exactly how I want to do that. I’m a little hyper organized at times so it’s surprising that I have yet to fully organize it.

I definitely want to learn how to dye yarn at some point so I can just create exactly the colors I’m looking for. I think this one won’t happen until I actually use up most of my stash because I would need to get dye and base yarn for dying.

I’m not sure exactly what knitting and crochet techniques I’d like to learn, I’m just always up for learning something new. Perhaps for knitting I can learn more about binding off and sock knitting. Crochet I’d like to learn better in general. I can easily rock out a granny square, but I haven’t done much else.

So I know that the cutting back on baby gifts seems mean, but they are really time consuming. I’ve also had a few people pretty much say to me that they are expecting one and it really rubbed me the wrong way.

As for the last one, there is no sense in those things sitting around if someone else might like them 🙂

The secret fiber project revealed!

First things first, to those who celebrate any of the following: Merry Chirstmas, Happy Festivas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Yule a little late (and if I missed one, happy that as well)! It’s a busy time of year and I can’t believe in a few short days it will be 2013 and then I’ll be 27 shortly after that.

I know that I’ve been a bad blogger, but it’s for good reason. I had to do a lot of work on my secret project and a gift project. I also updated my Chevron Hat pattern for worsted weight yarn (the original was for bulky).

So my secret project has been in the works for quite a while and it was a project for my partner. Somehow in the several months I worked on it, he never caught me. Here are a few pics of the final product (that still needs to be added to).

Finished main part of the 1-UP blanket

Someone was excited to open a surprise gift

I need to add at least 4 rows to it to make it a bit longer. I think I’ll be adding 8 rows. This blanket was inspired by some Googling and I landed on PaisleyJade’s blog post. One day when I lose my mind, I want to make one that is the poison mushroom for me.

Poison mushroom

The other project that I was working on was a scarf for a Christmas gift for my aunt. I didn’t want to post any pictures sooner because I wanted it to be a surprise. It’s the Heide Mountain scarf and it turned out really well. The pattern was easy to knit and I would definitely use it again.

Close up to see the pattern

Kind of blurry, but you can still see the pattern

Blah, another blurry one that is half rolled up

It even looks pretty rolled up. If I had a round box to put it in, I totally would’ve wrapped it like this.

And a matching Chevron Hat (loose version):

Chevron Hat (loose version)

This version of the Chevron hat not only has been update for worsted weight yarn, but it also has variations for the brim as well as a loose and cloche version.

Butch is comfortable enough with his masculinity to wear a woman’s hat and model the cloche version of the Chevron Hat…and Shelia’s head is too small anyhow.

So it’s been a post full of photos and you’ve hopefully made it this far.

My knitting plans for 2013 are:

  • Type up some more of my patterns to share
  • Learn some new knitting skills
  • Get ohmisterknitter.com up and running
  • Hopefully start on my K25 project…which at this point I’ll have to rename (I have one in mind)
  • Try to blog at a very minimum once a month, but twice if I can
  • I might try throwing in some more Work In Progress Wednesday and Finished Project Friday posts

Last but certainly not least, have a happy, safe, and healthy new year!

I am Number 4, part 2

I know, I’m a bad knitting blogger that hasn’t blogged in quite a while. I’ve been pretty slow about knitting lately and trying to work on one project at a time and haven’t been taking too many photos because a lot of them are prototypes. Also, one of the projects is the secret project. Yes, I’m still working on the secret project.

One project that I did finish somewhat recently is my Doctor Who 4th Doctor scarf for my Halloween costume. It was a ton of work but was totally worth it in the end.

The finished 4th Doctor scarf.

The finished 4th Doctor scarf.

Currently, I’m working mainly on a scarf for my aunt for a holiday gift (I’ll post pictures after it’s finished and blocked). I’m also spending some time on the secret project but will post a pic when that’s done.

Well, I know it’s a short post, but that’s all for now.

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