Stash Dash 2.0

Start Date: 5/27 (Really, just after 1AM Eastern)

End Date: 8/21 (Really, almost 1AM Eastern the 22nd)

Here is a video TheKnitGirllls put together with this year’s rules, if you would like to view it!  🙂

 

For Your Ease Getting Around the Large NUMBER of projects I’m planning to do, I will include shortcuts to the different categories of items I will be doing:

  1. Shawls
  2. Socks
  3. Blankets
  4. Scarves
  5. Other  

FINAL Update 8/22:  It’s been a whirlwind Summer with all the projects I’ve been able to finish.  I haven’t made my 15K goal, but there’s always next year, right???  I have a total of 11, 858 Yards that I’ve completed this year, which is more than I did last year, so I can pretty much call this IMPROVED! 🙂

There was a bit of surprise Cast-On-Itus this summer, and a lack of finishing to blame for this failure, but I’m already looking forward to next year… As usual, you can click the links above to jump to each section! Hope you enjoy the pictures of each, as much as I enjoyed knitting on each item!

It’s been Real!  PEACE! -Silver-


 

Shawls: (a Total of 6,360 yards Predicted before the beginning of S.D.)  – Finished 13 Total.

My “Rainbow” Hitchhiker: Pattern is “Hitchhiker” by Martina Behm.  I  mean to do a ‘proper’ Hitchhiker with 42 points.  42 is the answer to all, according to the denizens of “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”  😉  I’m using the “Dear Diary” Color on Chroma from KnitPicks.

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Predicting 572 yards.

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Pre-StashDash marker: 41 points.

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Done. Total: 495 yards / 452.60 Meters

 

 

 

Started: 2/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 41 Points: 4/10

Completed: 5/27 @ 1:40.  The time matters, as it was the start of S.D. only 39 minutes before…  lol…  Don’t want to be accused of cheating…

 

The Doctor Is In!  🙂 : Pattern is “Yowza Weigh It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson in MissBabs – YozaWhattaSkein!  It’s going to be huge!  I don’t think I’ve even done 1/4 of the skein of yarn yet.  It’s all scrunched up on the needles.  Sorry, but it does look better in person! 🙂

Colorway: Tardish

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Predicting 560 Yards.

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End before S.D. 2.10 OZ left.

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Done. Total: 560 Yards / 512.06 Meters

Started: 3/14

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 2 ounces of yarn left: 5/23

Completed: 5/27 @4:07 AM.  Time is again important, due to when the start of Stash Dash was…

 

 

 

 

Doctor Bella: Pattern is “Bella” by Jumper CablesMissBabs – YozaWhattaSkein!  I’m in love with the color, and the odd shape of the pattern makes it worth the roll-y stockinette parts.  😉

Colorway: Tardish

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Predicting 560 Yards.

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Shawl at it’s stopping point before StashDash Begins.

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Done. Total: 500 Yards / 457.20 Meters

Started: 3/13

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 12 rotations of the pattern, then 3 rows of the edging: 3/28

Completed: 5/28

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Silver Ringing: Pattern is “Color Affection” by Veera Välimäki.  This is my first time using 3 different colors of MissBabs’ Yummy 2-Ply (Fingering weight) yarn.  First time doing short rows as well, so we’ll see how it goes!  🙂

Colors: 1) Deep Thoughts,  2) Oxidized Silver, and 3)  You Rang?

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1,200 Yards Predicted

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At the stopping point. Just the last one-color section left to go! 😉

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Done. Total: 645 Yards / 589.79 Meters

Started: 3/13

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Beginning of the edging.  Also known as “the third color by itself.” : 3/30

Completed: 5/30

 

 

 

 

My Magrathea: Pattern is “Magrathea” by Martina Behm.  Haven’t done to much yet, as I was waiting for my longer ChiaoGoo needles to come in the mail.  They’re here now, so I should get more rotations on this done soon-ish.  It’s also my first experience knitting right from a chart, so it will also be a bit slow-going.  Sometimes I may not be in the headspace for it, even though I’m still having fun with the pattern!  🙂  I’ve been using “Ol’ Blue Eyes” (a gradient set) from Leading Men Fiber Arts, their  Soliloquy base.  I LOVE how it’s working up right now and can’t wait to get back to it!  🙂

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650 Yards Predicted

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Right at the cusp of the Edging Charts. Perfect place to end before StashDash! 😉

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Done. Total: 657 Yards / 600.76 Meters

 

 

 

Started: 2/29

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = The beginning of the Edging Charts: 4/12

Completed: 6/2

 

 

Singing, 22point5 Times: Pattern is “22.5 Degrees” by Martina Behm.  I’ve obviously found a designer that speaks to my weird style.  This one gets it’s name from the angle of the triangle that is formed from the pattern.  I’ve never had so much with Geometry in my life, thanks to Martina!  🙂  I’m in LOVE with how the colors are working up with this pattern!

Colorway: Sing N’ The Blues Stripes by Kroy Socks

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Predicting 570 Yards

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Stopping Point! Sorry about the bunciness of the shawl. It’s scrunched up on the needles, as it’s out-grown the 40inch cable I have it on.

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Done. Total: 498 Yards / 455.37 Meters

Started: 3/20

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 48 Rotations of the Pattern: 4/25

Completed: 6/13

 

 

 

 

 

My BFF <3: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Yarn is Yowza by Miss Babs.  I started this with the intention of keeping it for myself.  When I found out a work friend lost her father, I wanted to make this for her instead.  I really hope she likes it!  It’s more than my wingspan, so it should hug her pretty well…

Colorway: BFF

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I absolutely LOVE the drape that is happening right now with this shawl! 😉 560 Yards For S.D.

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Started: 6/16

Completed: 6/21

 

Mad As A Progressive Hare: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Since I was giving the first to my friend, I wanted to keep one for myself.  LOVE this pattern! Using Miss Babs Yowza.

Colorway: Mad Hatter

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A Total of 560 Yards!

A Total of 560 Yards!

Started: 6/21

Completed: 7/19

 

 

Crazy Is As Crazy Does: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Using Miss Babs Yowza.

Colorway: Bat S**T Crazy

560 Yards Total!

560 Yards Total!

Started: 7/19

Completed: 8/15

 

Weighing Drunken Watermelons: Pattern is “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl” By Susan B. Anderson.

Colorway: Drunken Watermelon

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560 Total Yards!

560 Total Yards!

Started: 5/29

Completed: 8/4

 

Redemption Mother’s Day KAL: Pattern is  “Mother’s Day KAL” by J. L. Fleckenstein.  I’m using the Betty base by Lucky Violet Color Company.

Colors: Maleficient

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Got back to Chart 1.

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Started: 6/16

Completed: 7/25

 

Green Steam: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Madelintosh, Tosh DK.

Colorway: “Taurus”

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225 Total Yards. Obviously my cat Mario isn’t as impressed with this yardage count. See? He’s just sleeping… 😉

Started: 7/25

Completed: 7/27

 

Steam Run Amok!: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Magickal Miscellany’s DK base.

Colorway: “Amok! Amok! Amok!”

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350 Yards

Started: 6/16

Completed: 7/25

 

Socks: (a Total of 1,710 Yards Predicted before S.D) – 5 Total Finished.  I’ll say I finished 6, ’cause those black socks, man…

Girl of The 80s: The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls.  As if I needed a further reminder that I’m a girl born in the 80’s, this is it.  LOL.  The yarn is on the Thursday Base by Friday Studios.  I love the stripy nature of this yarn!  🙂

Colorway: “80s”

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Predicting 464 Yards

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Heels are waiting for the start of StashDash! 🙂

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Done. Totals: 348.6 Yards / 318.76 Meters.

 

 

 

 

Started: 10/13/15

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 4/1

Completed: 6/1

 

Carrie Loves The Blues: Pattern is “Blurred Lines” By Megan (of the Stockinette Zombies).  Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.

Colorway: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”

Blurred Lines Sock #1

Blurred Lines Sock #1

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2nd Toe as it stands now…

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Started: 5/22

Completed: 7/7

 

 

Lia Loves The Rainbow: Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.

Colorway: “Raise The Roof”

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Aren’t They Pretty? First sock done, second with the heel.

Started: 6/9

Completed: 6/22

 

Salan Loves All of The Patterning: Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Patons Kroy.

Colorway: “Sunset Stripes”

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Just a Toe, for now…

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Started: 6/21

Completed: 6/8

 

Socks For Marc N’ (The Hubby): The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls.  His uh… Yule present that I haven’t finished yet.  He understands, I think… ;(  They’re knitting up almost black, so I can’t do much with it in one go before I get bored (and perhaps, I go a bit crazy).  Kroy socks.

Color: Gentry Grey

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Predicting 332 Yards

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To the Stopping Point. 🙂 FINALLY!

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Started: 9/16/15

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 5/11

Completed: 8/8

 

Blankets: (a Total of 11,360 Yards Predicted before S.D.)

Nothing completed.

Scarves: (a Total of 1,850 Yards Predicted before S.D.)

Nothing completed here either! I’m such a failure…  But, there’s always next year, right?

Other:

Dolled Up In Teal: The pattern is “Hush Hush” By Libby Baker.  I wanted to make something special for first garment.  It’s looking good so far! 🙂  Using Red Heart, Comfort Sport.

Color: Turquoise

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Predicting 1,716 Yards

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Started: 1/4

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Up to the straps: NA.  Didn’t make any change since I first premiered this project.  So mad at myself, but there it is…  5/25, I’m calling it good until I get it back in the rotation during S.D.

Completed: 8/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanket For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making this 144 sts wide for a Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Ombre”

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About Half-way into the decreases, I can finally spread out the stitches on the needles. 400 Total Yards.  Unfortunately, I never got a finished photo… Deadlines…

Started: 5/26

Completed: 7/20

 

Washcloths For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making two for a Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Ombre”

2 Totaling 120 Yards. Never got a FO picture of this one either...

2 Totaling 120 Yards. Never got a FO picture of this one either…

Started: 7/20

Completed: 7/29

 

Milo For Older: Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson.  Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker’s eldest daughter, so she can match the new baby.

Colorway: “Baby Pink”

300 Yards. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

300 Yards. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

Started: 7/20

Completed: 7/31

 

Milo For Baby: Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson.  Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Pink”

185 Yards

185 Yards

Started: 6/23

Completed: 6/28

 

 

Previous Updates Notes:

Update 7/8:  Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks.  Worked on a few Other things as well.  I have also updated the Shawls section with a few other plans for WIPs.  They’re quick knits, so they may also get done while S.D. is going on….  As of Today, I have 5,441 Yards / 4,975.25 Meters already finished.

Update 6/22:  Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks, and a few Shawls.  I have decided to condense the blog entry to the categories you see above, and I will let you know which sections I’ve updated every week or so….  I’ve re-organized everything by date of completion/how much I have left to finish.  I’ve also added any other projects I’m thinking of finishing before the end of the Summer.  The Other section has grown a bit as well.  As of Today, I have 4,264 Yards / 3,899.002 Meters already finished.

Update 5/30:  Since last time, I’ve finished a pair of Socks, and a few Shawls, so you know which sections to go to….  Today, I have 3,206 Yards / 2,931.566 Meters already finished.

Update 5/30: I’ve started casting things off, so that’s the biggest news of this update.  Shawls got finished the most, but I’m sure the other categories will be updated soon-ly…  I’ve also included a 6th section.  Stuff that I didn’t allow for when I was making my crazy plans for Stash Dash originally, but I’m still planning on including in my meterage.  I’ve also gotten rid of the link to my knitmeter.  Reason?  The dumb link wasn’t updating like it should.  So, when I do my updates up top here, I’ll just tell you what I’m up to in total yards/meters.  And yes, I’ll give both as a record.  Today, I have 1,555 Yards / 1,421.86 Meters already finished.

Update 5/25: The last few days before Stash Dash begins.  I’ve decided that the pre-S.D. points will end tonight.  I’m updating everything with pictures so you can see how far I’ve gotten.  Wish me luck on the rest of my crazy journey!  🙂

Update 5/17: Another quick update today.  I’ve been working on a few things since the last time I posted.  Two have been updated under the Shawls section.  The Socks section has been updated as well.  I’m adding the Mother’s Day KAL shawl that I started to this list.  I have another repeat of the pattern to go before I’m done.  I’ve also added a blanket (the Blanket section) that I’ve started for a Client, who wants it by the start of June.  May not finish it by the beginning of Stash Dash, but I’ll update it as I go along.

Update 4/25: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section.  Wanted to tell you about it almost immediately, but as I finished that point at about 3AM after a long work weekend, I wanted sleep more.  Sorry…  Hopefully, I’ll have another stopping point finished by Wednesday.  We’ll see how that goes…

I also have a Mother’s Day KAL I need to start the 29th, and a sock KAL I need to finish before then too, so we’ll see which pretty wins out…

With this update, I’m adding the date I got to the stopping point on each of my projects so that you know what parts I’m up to.  So if you check out the other sections, if you want to know.  If you don’t, I’m not going to be mad… 😉  I’m also including new pictures for all the project changes I’ve been making, as well as updates that I’ve been wanting to make for a bit.  IE: project names after receiving new yarn colors, etc…

I also found out that the Tetris blanket won’t count if I’m just seaming the pieces together.  I think I can make it work.  Wasn’t really thrilled with the boarder as I had written in the pattern, anyway.  So I’m going to do a border, kind of 10-stitch style and put that into the pattern for those that want to try this second way. (more detail about that once it’s complete…)

Update 4/11: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section.  I also did a bit of changing in the “Blankets” section.  Just click on the links above, and you’ll be able to see the changes for yourself!  🙂

Update 4/4: Just a quick update under my “Shawls” section.  I finally got the yarn I needed for the remaining shawls for Stashdash.  SOO… This means that I was able to get them started!  🙂  I also got to a few more of my “stopping points” before Stashdash starts.  One is under my “Socks” section.  Click the link above, if you just want to jump to them!

Update 3/29: Just added the colors I’m using in each project, a few updated pictures (as I got to the stopping point on a few), as well as a new shawl.  What can I say?  I’m addicted to them!  🙂

Update 3/21:  Hello Fans!  I think I have the plan in place.  It will seem like a lot, but it is what it is….  A challenge to myself.  I’m challenging myself to do 21,366 yards during StashDash this year.  If you were wondering, that translates to 18.96K of yarn.  To do this, however, I need to do a bit of prep-work.  To this end, I have already cast on all but 2 of the shawls I’m planning on doing.  Hell, all of the projects I’m planning on challenging myself with have been recently started in anticipation of the goal I’ve set myself, or have been sitting on the needles for a longer time than I originally planned on them being.  So, what you see following will be the list of what I’m planning on challenging myself with as well as in-progress photos (or finished dates when StashDash comes about).  Wish me luck!

Hello to my awesome readers!  I have decided to participate in Stash Dash with TheKnitGirllls again this year.  Stash dash will start 5/27 this year and end 8/15.   I’m planning on 15K, but we’ll see how it goes.  I’m still in the planning stages.  I’ll update you here when I know exactly what my game-plan is official.  I have some time to plot and plan, after all…  – Silver, 3/14 –

Videos I Recommend

Hi everyone!  If you’ve been to www.silversknittedtreats.com recently, you’ll have noticed that a section on our front page titled “Videos We Recommend” is now missing from it.  My business partners and I have come to realize that it is taking up space that we could put to better use, especially during the End-Of-Year rush.  Instead of it taking up space there, I have decided to start a new Series here.  Just in case you were missing  it!  🙂

 

 

Just a bit of context.  This first video was created by a wonderful individual who summed up many knitter’s attitudes toward our craft.  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

P.S. Check out the podcasts that are featured.  These ladies and gents are really entertaining and wonderful people.

 

Here is a list of the Podcasters Mentioned:

Mel – Formally of Single-Handed Knits.  She is With Mel now.

Aimee & Darren – KnittingInCircles

Heather – Fiberista Files

Fiona – A Down Under Yarn

 

These are a few videos of the fastest knitters & crocheters I’ve ever seen:

 

 

Knitting in the Audio Blooms

Now that you are aware of my recent obsession with Audible (and by association, audiobooks), I thought it time to mention some of the lovely stories I have been enjoying while knitting my a$$ off.

1) “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Universe” by Douglas Adams.  Hitchiker   I heard about this book from Laura and LaLa.  If any one asks, the answer is 42.   😉 It’s read by Stephen Fry, which made me even happier to read it.  He’s one of the best English comedians.  He even had a show with Hugh Laurie (House) at one time.  I’ve loved him ever since I found that out and started watching some of his other works.

2) The “Cafferty and Quinn” Series by Heather Graham.  These books tell the tale of a couple who deal with crazy Supernatural objects that have weird powers.  It’s funny how fast I listened to them.  The characters are dynamic and the inanimate objects Graham chooses are pretty awesome.  Sometimes the power of the object is only in the antagonist’s mind, but that makes the stories that much better!  So far, there are three books in this series.  I can’t wait for more!

          A) “Let the Dead Sleep”   sleep

          B) “Waking the Dead”   waking

         C) “The Dead Play On”   play

3) “Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics” by John Tamny.    econ   This one is actually a Business studies-related get, actually.  This book is pretty awesome.  The author introduces Pop Culture and relates it to the world of Economics.  It sounds dry, but it isn’t.

4) “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler.  yes   You know, the funny lady from SNL…  🙂  She’s even funny when writing about herself and her experiences.

5) Are two books written by Ellen DeGeneres.  She’s just funny as all get-out.  I absolutely love her show, so getting her books on audio was a must!

         A) “Seriously…I’m Kidding”   kidding

         B) “The Funny Thing Is…”   funny

6) “The Blossom Street” Series by Debbie Macomber.  I’m currently in the process of reading through this series.  If you see random updates, it will be this section that you will need to come to first.  Just so you know…  I’ll probably just update the series as I go.  The whole series revolves around the women (and some men) living on Blossom Street in Seattle, WA.  The author has her own yarn shop and does a lot of pattern creating to go around these books!  I don’t know she can run that, write often on a blog, and write books with such vivid characters that one can’t help loving and wanting to get to know better.  If you want to know the author better, here is her website.  The following are the books in that series, and a brief synopsis of each:

A) “The Shop on Blossom Street”  1is about Lydia, who is the shop owner.  We learn about her knitting shop, and her relationships with three other women who come into the shop for knitting lessons.  Friendships start to form and each of Macomber’s characters are introduced and show off their full potentials for love.

B) In “A Good Yarn,”  2we learn more about Lydia and her relationship with her sister and her sister’s family.  Lydia faces some heartache in love and life.  Her second knitting class also become her friends and confidantes.

This is definitely a good YARN of a tale…    😉     (Sorry, I had to do it…)

C) “Susannah’s Garden”   3  tells the tale of Susannah, who learns many secrets of her past while dealing with her mother’s illness.  There is a lot of drama when her daughter comes to visit, but that’s what makes this story so special.  We see the story of a woman who is recently part of the ‘sandwich’ generation.  She must care for a daughter who is just into her college years, as well as her Mother who started showing signs of Alzheimer’s upon the death of her husband.  We see the decisions she must make, even when they are not the most popular of decision for any of the parties involved.  I have to admit, I cried a few times.  Trust me, that’s a testament to how wonderfully this book is written!

D) “Back on Blossom Street”  4   tells the tale of Susannah’s employee Colette who recently finds herself pregnant by her ex-boss.  We see the trials and tribulations she must deal with.  We are also brought on the whirlwind journey that is created by the wedding by one of our first group of characters (Alix).  A shawl knitting class creates another group of friends for Lydia, shop owner.

Edited 7/22:

E) “Twenty Wishes”  5   premiers a group of widows who got together for a party.  This party resulted in wine drinking, bubble popping, and the women making a list of 20 things that they want to get out of their lives.  There are stories of each of these widows finding a little something in their daily lives that they find exciting or that will bring them back to life.  This includes a young girl needing a new mother, and new loves of a mother-daughter team of widows.

F) “Summer on Blossom Street” 6   is the story of 3 individuals who “Knit to Quit” in another of Lydia’s classes.  We see the first couple of male knitters, which shows the world that men DO knit as well.  There is Candyman Hutch, Phoebe, and Alix is back for her 3rd class.  Not to give much else away, here we see another adoption, new love interest, and another new baby…

Edited 8/10:

G) “Hannah’s List” 7   is the story of a widower (Michael who receives a letter from his wife Hannah, one year posthumous.  She insists that he start dating again, and even gave him a list of 3 names to try out (Winter Adams – her cousin, Leanne Lancaster – Her Oncology nurse, and Macy Roth – A model and free spirit Hannah had met and liked).  Although he believed it too soon to date after her death, he does his best to honor Hannah’s last request.  This book centers on the relationships he forms with all three on the way to a more romantic one with Macy.  As long as you’re not a robot, you will find yourself going “Aww!”  MANY times through the course of this book.  If you get in to the characters and story as much as I do, I suggest a handful of tissues to be placed near you.  A good read!  I highly recommend it!

H) “A Turn in the Road” 8   is the story of 3 women who head out on a road trip together.  Bethanne, Ruth, and Annie Hamlin leave Seattle driving cross-country to Ruth’s 50 year Reunion in Florida.  They do get in a bit of trouble with their car, in Vegas, and a few other places.  They meet Max, Rooster, and a few other Bikers along the way.  Max and Bethanne end up falling in love, to her ex-husband, and ex-mother-in-law’s belief to the contrary.  Ruth re-unites with a high school sweetheart, which is pretty cool!  I’m all about being in love with your High School sweetheart, even years later.  I mean, come on.  EE is my high school sweetheart!

I) “Starting Now” 9   is the story of Libby Morgan’s journey from lawyer without a home life, to a woman who can balance both a home life and her career.  She meets a wonderful Doctor who works his way into her heart, and shows her that her career cannot be the end-all that it was at the beginning of her story.  We groan when she gets kicked down at the beginning of the story and had to re-adjust her life.  We smile when she starts to fall in love.  We cheer when she finally gets the job she wants, and cry when that job almost causes her the love of her life.  It’s a rollercoaster of a novel, that I enjoyed riding!  I think you will too!  🙂

Edited: 8/17

J) “Blossom Street Brides”  10   is the story of Lauren and John “Rooster” Wayne, and their loving journey.  In this book, we are re-acquainted with many of the characters we have met over the course of this series.  We learn more about Bethanne and Max’s relationship, as they deal with more of her ex’s shenanigans.  We learn about the depth of Lydia and Brad’s love for their son and daughter as they deal with their adopted daughter’s nightmares.  There is also a mysterious person leaving baskets of yarn, needles, and a message for people to “knit me.”  The kicker?  That the yarn had come from Lydia’s shop, and Lydia has no idea who was doing it!  🙂  I do, but you’ll have to read the book to find out who done it…

Others: “Christmas Letters” 2.5   is technically part of this series, yet most lists do not have it on it.  I’ll include it here, where it belongs!  🙂  I’ll tell you more once I finish reading through it!  🙂

Edited: 8/27

This book included many of the characters from Blossom Street, but I believe it was meant to standalone.  But I’m not sure I’m really the best judge of what is and what isn’t constituted as part of a series.  We’ll just go with it…  Either way, this book tells us the story of a young lady who finds love with a man she starts off despising.  The best relationships seem to start that way, huh?

 

Hope I gave you some ideas!  Till I come back, Happy Knitting, and Happy Reading!  -Silver-

The Month Of Kirby

Good Morning everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that everyone at Silver’s Knitted Treats is excited to announce a new Charity Event.  If you don’t know Satoru Iwata, don’t feel bad.  Unless you’re big into the Kirby series.  If you are and still don’t know, then shame on you!  😉  JK. For the entire month of August, Mercury will be knitting Kirby plushies in memory of Satoru Iwata – the CEO and President of Nintendo, who passed away from bile duct cancer on July 11th.  $19 from every $20 plushie will go directly to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in Mr. Iwata’s honor.  For more details, including how to order your own, check out our new page:   http://www.silversknittedtreats.com/kirby-donation-drive Trust me!  These little guys are SUPER cute.  You’ll want one for your own.  While you’re on a Kirby-get, you will be giving to charity.  So it’s a win-win!   🙂

Now You’re Just Talking CRAZY PANTS! – Maybe not… 5K it is!

Hello everyone!  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve had an update here.  Suffice to say, I’ve been busy.  I have to apologize to those that want to see the progress on the Tetris Blanket.  I have none other than a few more pieces sewn together.  That’s fine, for RIGHT NOW…  I have plans for you yet, blanket.  Believe you, me!

If you aren’t a member of The KnitGirllls Army, why aren’t you?  Since I’ve started to watch those ladies, I find myself wanting to try more and more new things.  I’ve tried lace weights, extra-sparkly yarns, lace designs, and many many more firsts for me with my knitting.

Starting today (May 22nd, as of 12:01AM EDT) and going until 11:59PM on August 14th, yours truly will be participating in my first KnitGirllls Stash Dash.  I have a goal of 5K.  When I was making my plans last night, I kept thinking that I was talking crazy.  My plans allow for up to 8,091 meters of yarn to be knit in that time frame.  I hope to get every one of those meters done, but I know myself.  There will be times where I don’t hit my goals with this thing…   If I get 5K, I’ll be happy.  If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be posting updates and pictures here.  I’ll also be using #stashdash2015 on Twitter and Instagram.  The good news, is as long as you complete or bind off the project during this time frame, the yardage counts.  This makes it a bit easier for me, as I have a few new blankets to make for a few clients.  If I counted everything I’m REALLY want to finish, then I WILL be talking “CRAZY PANTS.”

Here are my goals:

1) Purple Hogwarts Express Shawl – 570 yards

Done: As of 8PM 5/22.

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2) Tetris Blanket – 3,094 yards

3) Yellow Brick Road Shawl – 510 yards

Done: As of 3:25 AM 6/3

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4) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Girl – 1,275 yards

Done: As of 3:34AM EDT 7/6.

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5) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Boy – 1,275 yards

Done: As of 10:45PM EDT 7/20.

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6) Stripy Scarf – 364 yards

Done: 3AM EDT 7/24.

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7) Crayon Baby Blanket – 1,199 yards

Done: 7/29 11:00PM EDT.

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8) Blue Blanket (for a friend) – 1,622.5 yards

 

Items I didn’t plan for, but am counting toward Stash Dash, either way:

1) A headband in TNT Purple

Done: Started and Finished by 5:30PM EDT 6/4

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A Quick 100 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

2) A Fall-colored Hat for my site.

Done: Started before Stashdash sometime.  Finished 6/9.  REALLY early, while I was working on my paper for a class.

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A Quick 118 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Baby Pink Swirl Hat

Done: 7/6 9:16PM.  112 Yards.

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4) Baby Pink Hat

Done: 7/7 1AM.  112 Yards.

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5) Baby Purple Hat

Done: 7/7 1:15PM.  120 yards.

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6) Baby Rib in Purple

Done: 7/8 1AM.  120 yards.

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7) My second attempt @ the TNT Headbands.  112 sts.

Done: 7/10.  60 yards.

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8) Baby Blue Swirl Hat

Done: 7/21.   2:50PM.  112 yards.

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9) Baby Green Swirl Hat

Done: 7/22.   1:20AM.  112 yards.

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10) Baby Green Hat

Done: 7/22.  2PM.  12 yards.

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11) Baby Blue Hat

Done: 7/23.  1:10 AM.  120 yards

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12) My Last version of the headbands for #TeamTim #IronmanCanada2015!  Pictures will follow, once I get them from the Recipient.  Like a dunce, I forgot to take my own photos.  (update:  I got them!  🙂 )

Done: 7/21.  60 yards.

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13) The Creamsicle Yellow Brick Road that I made for myself.  It’s right that the shawl I make for myself comes up to a 765 yards.  Forgive the shadows…  Our chandelier gets in our way every time I try to take decent pictures…

Done: 10PM EDT 7/28

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New note, 7/20:  I had hoped to have a total of 8,949.50 total yards (or 8183.42 meters), before any hats that I would make in this timeframe as well.  Currently, I’m shy 1,094.1 off my 5K.  🙂  Getting there…

Note 7/22:  Strike through for my planning session was something I changed today, based on the fact that I have more than enough yardage for my 5K without them, besides the fact that I realize I will NEVER get them done before the end of #stashdash2015.

Note 728: With this last 765 yards, I have completed my 5K!  YAY!  Now to keep finishing things, because I have THAT MUCH on the needles right now…

Post StashDash2015 goal Items:  I have a few, just because I’ve been in a “Finish It” kind of mood…

Here are the items I finished that won’t really be counting toward my StashDash2015 totals (as I only set the goal at 5K…), but I still finished during that time:

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker's baby basket.  In Purple, to match the Mother's décor for her new daughter...

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker’s baby basket. In Purple, to match the Mother’s décor for her new daughter…

Purple and pink washcloths for a baby girl!  Pink cause it's traditional, and purple to match the mother's décor for her baby... 4 in all.

Purple and pink washcloths for a baby girl! Pink cause it’s traditional, and purple to match the mother’s décor for her baby… 4 in all.

Had do get you a close up of the outside border.  It's SOOOO fancy!  ;)  This is the purple one, if you can't see it...

Had do get you a close up of the outside border. It’s SOOOO fancy! 😉 This is the purple one, if you can’t see it…

Had do get you a close up of the outside border.  It's SOOOO fancy!  ;)  This is the blue one, if you can't see the color right...

Had do get you a close up of the outside border. It’s SOOOO fancy! 😉 This is the blue one, if you can’t see the color right…

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker's baby basket.  Blue, to match the mother's décor for her new baby boy...

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker’s baby basket. Blue, to match the mother’s décor for her new baby boy…

Green and Blue washcloths for a baby boy!  Blue cause it's traditional, and green as a coordinated color... 4 in all.

Green and Blue washcloths for a baby boy! Blue cause it’s traditional, and green as a coordinated color… 4 in all.

Okay!  Uncle!  I’m calling it.  I may have until Friday, but I think I’ve gone enough over my goal for one year.  I’ll have to up it to 10K, as I think I knit enough…  LOL…

Here is my final totals for StashDash2015 everyone!  Hope all my fellow knitters had as much fun with it as I did!  Happy Knitting All!

– Silver –

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Here is where you’ll see my #stashdash2015 totals!

It’s Not Just A Distraction…

Hi all!  I was told recently that I haven’t been talking much about anything other than knitting recently.  So I wrote a lot about soccer during the Women’s World Cup in order to prove her wrong.  But I suppose she brings up a valid point.  This blog was originally supposed to be about the written words that are (sometimes) floating around in my head.  To be fair, though…  I haven’t really written a story in quite a bit.  I’ve been caught up in the stories others have written.  They have caught my attention just as much as my knitting projects have.

The past couple of weeks (4 to be exact), I have been doing a lot of reading fluff or Sci-fi books.  Just today, I finished the second Betrayedbook in the Transformed series by Stacy Claflin.  She is a new-to-me author that I recently discovered.  I actually found out about this series from an anthology of 13 Paranormal books P13 (Titled “The Paranormal 13”) that I downloaded for free.  I’m still not too sure I want to continue with the series, as I have enough on my Kindle to read.  I also realize that there’s not much that held my interest until the last couple of chapters.  However, that may have been my own fault, as I didn’t sit down to read more than one chapter at a time.  Usually that doesn’t bother me, but the storyline was actually pretty good.  It’s about a new Vampire girl who finds that her royal parents have been keeping her in the dark about more than just her Vampire heritage.  The first followed her transformation from a human to a Vampire, and the silly love triangle she finds herself in…  The second continues the second theme, as she finds out that her Royal parents have been lying to her, and she ends up rebelling in a very interesting way.  I think I may want to continue with the story, to see if that rebellion is leading where I think it is.  Who knows, right?  I may end up enjoying it more than I think I will…

Also in this category, I have been reading many more titles.  But the ones I mentioned above are the ones that have stood out.  I have SOO many loaded on my Kindle right now, that I don’t even know if I remember when I downloaded them.  I’m something of a Bibliophile (a collector of books and the written word), if you will!  I wanted ya’ll to know that…

I’ve also been reading many books that cannot be described as fluff or Sci-fi…  They are books that have been instrumental in the day-to-day of my craft and Silver’s Knitted Treats.   Business Planning CO BO Plan as You Go  If you can’t read the titles, they are “Business Plans for Dummies” by Paul Tiffany, Steven D. Peterson,  “Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods: Find the best start and finish for every knitting project”  by Leslie Ann Bestor and “The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan” by Tim Berry.  I have only just begun to read these three, but I do believe that I will learn more about my art, and I cannot wait!  🙂

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I’ve also been listening to a quite a few books through Audible.  If you haven’t heard, Audible is Amazon’s audiobook website.  I’m freaking obsessed with listening to great stories on my kindle while I’ve been working on the many projects I’ve been working on for Stash Dash.  I’ll actually be discussing this topic in a future post, so please stay tuned!  🙂 I want to do a better revue for these wonderful books, where they won’t get stuck in a large body of text and bore you…  😉

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Also to keep with the theme of doing something else while I’m working on projects, I have also been watching a lot of TV Series repeats and movies that I have in my Amazon Library.  Mostly because it’s easier to use one machine for everything.  The other, is because I’ve been on a buying spree of these wonderful gems over the past few years and thought it time I re-visited them while I knit my ass off…  Let’s see, besides catching up with the KnitGirllls, knittingincircles, and in a sKnit podcasts, I have also been watching

1) Seasons 1-7 of Gilmore Girls.  Oy with the Poodles already!  Babette Ate Oatmeal!

2) Season 1 of Supernatural.  I will watch more, but that’s how far I’ve gotten.

3) Magic Mike again, in anticipation of the new movie release.

4) Abduction with Taylor Lautner.  Need I say more?

5) One For the Money.  I love the books.  Only the second time I’ve seen the movie!

6) Kate and Leopold.  For the 6th time, at least.   Where I come from the meal is the result of reflection and study. Menus are prepared in advance, timed to perfection. It is said that without the culinary arts, the crudeness of reality would be unbearable. 

7) Wolverine.  I have a thing for Hugh Jackman, as you can see…  🙂

8) Rock of Ages (for the 3rd time)

9) and Stargate (for at least the 10th time.  6th time this year, actually…)

 

Till next time, dear reader!  -Silver-

Test Knitters Needed

Hey everyone!  I’m about to roll into the testing phase for the Tetris blanket.  I was wondering if anyone wants in.  Please PM me on Ravelry (or here).  I appreciate the help.  Here is what you will need:

“182 yards per color for the pieces (14, if you use 2 per), then the grey will need 182 for the border pieces. Then the Black you will use 364 yards.”

 

Thanks in advance!  -Silver-

Quick Update on Tetris Blanket

I have just a quick few notes on the next blanket I’m working on.  I have a few pieces off a Tetris Game-Board that I have been slowly working on.  It’s taking me some time to complete.  What you’re seeing below will be updated every time I have a few pieces completed.  You will see it supersede any other posts I may make until the project is done.  I have started to think that if I report what kind of progress I’ve been making, then the person who’s paying me to do this blanket can get a glimpse into the project as a whole.  If you feel like you’ve see this post before, I’m sure you have.  Just scroll down to see the last thing I’ve completed on it.

Here Is The Game-Board I’m working on creating with all these pieces:

Worst Tetris Game

 

6 of 6 Square Pieces Complete (12/4):
Done On: 11/16
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Done on: 11/20
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Done On: 12/4

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7 of 7 Line Pieces Complete: (2/3)

Done On: 2/2

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Done On: 2/3

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6 of 6 Orange L Pieces Complete: (2/5)

Done On: 2/3

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Done On: 2/4

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Done On: 2/5

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6 of 6 Purple L Pieces Complete: (2/5)

Done On: 2/5

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6 of 6 T Pieces Complete: (2/9)

Done On: 2/5

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Done On: 2/6

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Done On: 2/7

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Done On: 2/8

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Done On: 2/9

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5 of 5 Red Z Pieces Complete: (2/15)

Done On: 2/9

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Done On: 2/11

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Done On: 2/12

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Done On: 2/13

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Done On: 2/15

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6 of 6 Green Z Pieces Complete: (?)

Done On: 2/15

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Done On: 2/17

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Done On: 2/23

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Done On: 2/24

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Done On: 2/25

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Done On: 2/27

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Note on 3/29:

All of these smaller pieces weren’t done on any particular date.  I’ll try to add them all as I go.

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Here is how the pieces look laid out so far.

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Just have the larger black pieces and the grey boarder pieces to make.  Then I’ll be sewing them all up together.  I hope this will be a good week to finish the remainder of the pieces.  Wish me luck!  🙂

 

Update 4/30:

All the pieces are now complete.  Just starting to stitch them all together.  Hopefully Mario will leave the pieces alone and not try to bat them off the counter while I’m working on them…  There’s no guarantee, though.  Here is what each black piece looks like.  Just be aware that the pieces aren’t necessarily in order of how they are laid out…:

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And the Edge Pieces:

The first two are the Grey Bottom pieces.  The third is the Darker Grey Side pieces.

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I’ll have to block these out severely before attaching them to the blanket.  Right now, they look a bit… curly… to attach to the blanket properly… 😦  If you see, I had to pull it apart so you can see the stitches…

 

I HAD wanted to be done with the blanket today, instead of just starting to seam them together today, but other things caught my attention.  If you know me, you know that I get distracted by new pretties pretty easily.  I have to say a big “I’m sorry this has been taking too long!” and “I’m sorry I’ve been bad at keeping this updated!” to the friend who I have been working on this project for.  I’m just grateful for your patience.  There may be something a bit extra for you in the package, once I finally get it sent off….  I’ll e-mail you when I’m sending it off, don’t worry.  😉 – Silver –

Finito!

So, the contest has officially come to a close as of this moment.  Here are the real answers.  I’ll be announcing the winner as soon as I have gotten in touch with the individuals.  Hope everyone did well!  🙂

My 10 Favorite Project Titles of all Time:

  1. The Power of Three Times Three – Bacon Style
    1. This was actually a cowl that I created using multiples of 3. 3 of a ribbed pattern on each edge, and multiples of three for the middle stockinette section. DSC07185
  2. It’s ALL about that Treble!
    1. This was actually 1 of 2 washcloths that I made for my brother this past Christmas. It features a very prominent part of both of our music careers, the Treble Clef. I happened to be listening to Meghan Trainor ‘s “All About that Base” and there was a line in there (“no treble”) that got my attention while I was thinking of names for this project. The pattern is called “Treble Clef Knit Dishcloth” by Lisa Millan. Here’s what it ended up looking like:DSC06970
  3. I’ve killed it. Oh! Everything I touch gets ruined”
    1. Plain and simple. Charlie Brown and his infamous tree from the Christmas special that airs every year. I wanted to grab a quote from that classic cartoon to represent this Project Title. What do you think? Did it come out awesome, or what?  DSC06868
  4. I want Candy
    1. This one got it’s name simply from the colorway I used on this hat. It was Candy Print. Isn’t it… sweet?DSC05047
  5. Meow
    1. A cat hat I made for myself for Halloween on year. I’ve since made several others to give to children’s charities. For my first dabbling in something other than a simple hat, I think it came out pretty awesome!DSC03971
  6. I always wanted to make a mudpie!
    1. This one was also is based on the colorway I chose for this hat. It is the Mud Pie colorway.DSC05745
  7. Chicka Cherry Cola Hat
    1. The colorway I chose was “Cherry Cola Print.” This project title was based on that, as well as the song “Cherry Cola” by Savage Garden.DSC05329
  8. Smooth Criminal
    1. This one was another hybrid of song title (you know the one I’m talking about…) and the Smoothie colorway I used for the hat. It is a song that you can’t help singing, right?DSC05747
  9. Be The Cure
    1. This simple washcloth created by Lisa Millan has the words “Be The Cure” on it. This particular example, I made with a gradient pink yarn that when I purchased the skeins, some of the money went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.Be The CureA - Pink
  10. Fangs For The Introduction!
    1. This is another pattern written by the talented Lisa Millan called “Fangs Knit Dishcloth.” I made this in the Pumpkin colorway, around the time we were rolling out our first Halloween Line for Silver’s Knitted Treats.Fangs - Orange

 

I hoped you liked these projects as much as I liked working on them.  I’ll be back soon with the winners’ announcement!  🙂 -Silver-

300 Bite The Dust

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that while I haven’t been blogging about the projects I’ve been working on, or even stuff going on in my neck of the woods, that I haven’t been thinking of ya’ll and what I should talk about next.

I’ve been on the hunt for my 300th project on Ravelry.  If you don’t know, it’s basically a place where I log all of my projects and yarn-ey goodness.  You can also describe Ravelry, as a place to buy/sell yarn, and a place for knitters & crocheters like myself and my business partners to get together and share all of our wonderful projects.  As I needed to show you proof that I’m finally there, I have included a screenshot of what is called my Project Page there on Ravelry.  I’m sorry for the quality of the picture.  It is the best I can do, without having to export the entirety of my Project Page, which I thought would be boring to ya’ll.

300th Project

If you are either a knitter/crocheter, and would like to connect with me, I am Silverluna2112.  I love getting new friend requests and I like to think I’m a good at getting back to you quickly.  Seeing as I’m on Ravelry most days for hours, just looking at the pretty patterns and yarn people have been using for them, there’s a pretty fair bet that I’ll be there.  Come on by, send me a message.  I promise, I don’t bite…..  Hard….   (JK) 🙂

You won’t be able to see it from my project page, but I’m working on a hat made out of one of the yarns I bought from Friday Studios.  It’s called Vampire Bill.  Vampire Bill For BlogYou may or not be able to see some of the witty titles I try to use in my project names, depending on the yarn colorway or even the pattern name I was using to create each project.  This 300th project is called “My Vampriss Hat.”  Cool, huh?

I was just searching through some of my projects, and I thought I would list a few of my favorite project names.  See if you can guess what kind of pattern each one is based on those names!  If you give up and need the answers, I will be posting the answers in a future post.  Post your guesses in the comments below, if you want to play along.  There might be something in it for the person who guess all 10 correctly…    I’ll post my answers on the 31st of March, so you have plenty of time to post a response.  Good Luck to those who will be giving it a try!  – Silver-

 

 

My 10 Favorite Project Titles of all Time:

  1. The Power of Three Times Three – Bacon Style
  2. It’s ALL about that Treble!
  3. I’ve killed it. Oh! Everything I touch gets ruined”
  4. I want Candy
  5. Meow
  6. I always wanted to make a mudpie!
  7. Chicka Cherry Cola Hat
  8. Smooth Criminal (and now, you can’t stop singing it in your head, huh?)
  9. Be The Cure
  10. Fangs For The Introduction!

Just A Few Yarn-ey Thoughts…

Hi everyone!  I’ve been having a lot of stuff floating through my head as of late as to the nature of my business and my craft.  It seems to me, that knitted items (and even other crafted items) aren’t as appreciated as they should be.  Especially hand-knit items.  When someone gives you a knitted present for the Holidays, don’t groan (or flinch).  Think of me.  Or think of the individual that made the item for you.  Knitting isn’t as easy as you think it is, even for those that have been knitting most to all of their lives.  It’s something that you need to practice, even up until the day you die.

I’m going to say something not many knitters will be willing to admit.  Yarn is expensive.  Depending on the yarn company and who you buy from a single skein of yarn can range from $3 (for a few yards of yarn, which will not make much, to be honest) up until $45 a skein (sock weight).  This difference comes into play quite a bit.  The yarn you purchase from Wal-mart (starting at the $3 a skein/ball of yarn up to $12, for over a thousand yards) or any big boxed store (Michaels, A.C. Moore, JoAnne’s, etc)  is a large company’s yarn (mostly Red Heart and Lion’s Brand, which is really not a big selection of all of the yarn companies out there) so they can afford to dye, spin, and wind the yarn for you at a bulk discount.  They have machines that do all the work, so not many hands get involved in the process.  To me, this process seems…sterile.

Indie dyers (or local yarn spinners, dyers, etc) do not have that luxury (or money) of buying in their supplies in bulk, and do everything by hand.  This takes their loving care, time and effort to create their wonderful yarns.  When you knit with their yarns, you can tell that they care about the product they are selling.  For example, here are several examples of wonderful Indy Dyers that I have recently purchased from.

From Friday Studios, I just purchased two skeins of yarn at $33 each.  This wonderful little company has so many different types of yarn and in many different colors that it’s hard not to fall in love with them.  I bought the  Vampire Bill For BlogVampire Bill Self-Striping colorway, as well as the 80s Pic For Blog80s Self-Striping colorway.  Here are some of the stats on the yarn.  “100g / 3.5 oz425 m / 465 y , 75% Super-Wash Wool, 25% Polyamide, 4ply Fingering.”  To get a glimpse of the size of each, each ball of these yarns will get you 1 pair of socks, depending on how big you need to make them.  I saw an add for the Vampire Bill colorway on Ravelry (a site where I have all of my projects listed), and immediately went to grab it.  On the way to check out, I saw the 80’s colorway.  If you know me in person, you’ll know that I LOVE purples (besides the fact that I was born in the 80s and this color just SCREAMS 80s)!  Both had to be mine, cause duh!  They’re both awesome.  I know people who have knit with the second skein and couldn’t stop raving about how soft the yarn is, as well as how cool this dyer is.  I’ll do a review when it comes in.  Believe you, me…

 

I have also bought from SheepyTimeKnits.  I have bought both the  Twilight Pic for BlogTwilight and  Ruby Slippers Pic for blogRuby Slippers colorways of their “All Your Base” line of yarns.  Each skein was $24.  The yarn is a 3 ply superwash merino yarn.  490 yards/100g.  To all you “muggles” out there, this means that these are also meant to be socks as well.  They are super soft and can be washed and worn around the house.  You can even make shawls out of them (although you may need several skeins).  See, aren’t those two SOOOOO pretty?  I saw them, and said “You WILL be mine!”

So, besides the amount of money you would be spending on yarn, you would also be spending a lot of time working on the item you knit.  It takes almost TOO much time to do some of these knitted items that you see on Pinterest, etc.  If I got paid by the hour that I work on my knitting projects, I’d be a RICH woman!  If you give that the minimum wage here in CT is $9.19 times the amount of hours I’ve been putting in this past week, it stands to reason that if I were to sell that item (or five projects, as this week’s case may be) and be paid for my time then people would freak!  Let me lay out my week in terms of what I was able to finish and how long it took me to do that.  This way you can get a glimpse into my world.  Then tell me $20 for a hand-knit hat with several colors (especially since I needed to buy multiple skeins of yarn) is too much…

 

Okay.  Since Monday the 19th, I have worked on a total of six projects.  I have worked on a white Basketweave Baby Blanket for a client, a blue lap blanket with 5 different color skeins of yarn for another client, a Holiday Stocking in the Ruby Slippers colorway, two hats for the donations (that I’m running behind on, BTW) for AGDQ2015, a simple cowl for myself, and the start of a Hogwarts Express shawl, also for myself.  For the sake of this post, I’m not going to be counting the latter, as I’ve had to start and Frog (rip the work out and start over) several times and just decided to put it off for a bit.  But that is a total of an hour I spent on it.  The times you’ll be seeing do not include the time I had to take out to sleep, work (even part-time), and do homework for a class.

Monday the 19th: (a schoolwork day, to boot)

I started my knitting day at roughly 2:10, and ended at 3:46.  I was working on the white Basketweave Blanket pretty heavily.  In that timeframe, I did 4 rows in total.  Each row of that pattern has approximately 246 stitches across.  So if you add all that together, in an hour and a half, I did 984 stitches.  This approximately 11 stitches every minute.  This sounds fast to you, as you don’t know, but I knit pretty slow.  Especially when it comes to a highly patterned row, where I have to count each and every stitch.  The pattern calls for 6 stitches and 4 stitches.  Depending on the row, it could be 6 purl stitches and 4 knit stitches, or 6 knit stitches and 4 purl stitches.  So you REALLY have to pay attention to the pattern.

The good news, is that I actually got a chance to finish the project that very night (as it was due the following day to a client).  I took a quick break to eat and start looking through my homework assignment.  Then I got sidetracked into knitting some more.  From 4:39 to 6:30, I finished up the pattern (3 rows), then did the last 3 rows in knit stitch only to create a boarder on the top.  I also do a double-count row to make sure that I get the same number of stitches that I started off with.  With a blanket, having the same number over the course of the project is pretty key.  It means you didn’t mess up anywhere.  So, yay for that!  🙂  I also include my bind-off row as a complete row.  So, this makes a total of 8 rows I did in that time frame of roughly 2 hours.  That’s 1,968 total stitches.  That’s about 16 stitches every minute.  (So, here’s the starting proof that I knit faster than I purl…)

That makes a total of 1.5+2.09 = 3.59 hours.  At $9.19 an hour, I could have made myself $32.99.  Now, consider that that particular blanket had a grand total of 226 rows.  Total of 55,596 stitches.  13.5 average/minute.  Total time: 69 hours  X $9.19/hr = $634.11.  So, to be fair to the time that it took me to make the blanket, it would cost you $634.11.  With the yarn I chose for the project, (Lion’s Brand, Pound of Love) retailing at $11.69 a skein (and I only used about 1/2, your grand total for the project would have been $639.96.

So, now that I’ve done the math on all of that, you might be thinking “but don’t you sell baby blankets at $40 at pop on your Website?”  Why yes, yes I do.  I for-go a lot of the price of time for the potential yarn/shipping costs.  I could charge a whole lot more, but I don’t.  Just keep that in mind.  Like many knitters, I honestly enjoy the process and the look on my Recipient’s face more than everything.  It makes all the work that I do worthwhile.

DSC07158 DSC07164 Here are some pictures of the blanket!  Hope you like it!  🙂

 

Tuesday the 20th: (which is a work day for me.  I work at 4, most week days that I don’t have class…)

At 3:30 until 5:21 AM I worked on 2 rows of the Blue blanket.  Had to rip back 1st row, as I’m a dunce and didn’t realize what row in the pattern I was on.  Before work I did a quick row (1:27 to 1:54) in Shaded Blue.  While in the parking lot at work, I actually cast on the cowl.  I don’t have a record of when I worked on it, though.  This is why I’m not adding it into the total time I spent knitting.  I’m sorry if that confuses anyone.

When I got home from work, I did a quick measure of my work before starting back up to work.  It’s always good to know how long you lap blankets are.  Sometimes I make a blanket only 45 inches long.  Before heading into the last 1 1/2 stripes I had left to do in my pattern.  It was up to 43.5 at this point, which was fine.  As LaLa of The KnitGirllls would say, “It’ll work out.  It’ll be fine.”  🙂

After doing a quick check,  I did two rows of the more complicated rows which help make up the majority of the Roman Stitch that this pattern is made of.  This took me from 10:13 to 11:03.   Then I did 3 rows (1 all knit, 1 all purl, 1 all knit) more rows, which took me until midnight.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 3 hours and 13 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $28.48

Total Number of Stitches: 240 stitches/row X 5 rows = 1,200 stitches total.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged:  Just over 6 stitches per minute.

 

Wednesday, January 21st: (Another Work Day for me)
Between 12:03 and 12:23AM I did a row.  Then I got distracted by prep for homework due Thursday nights.  Then I picked up the blanket again between 3 and 3:38AM I did the 2 Rows of the Roman Stitch part of the pattern.  I like to take breaks between the Roman Stitch and the rest of the pattern to break it up, and so you can see how freaking long it takes me to do 1 by 1 ribbing (kitting 1 stitch, then purling the next, and repeating until I get to the end of the row).  But it also helps that at the end of this particular point, I was changing colors from Royal blue to Shaded Blue.  From 4:30 to 5:40AM I spent doing 4 rows.  I got sick of working on the blanket, just because that’s who I am.  I can’t be monogamous with any piece of knitting for too long.  This is why I always have between 4-5 projects actively on the needles at one given time…

At work I did a few rows of the cowl, but can’t remember the exact number.  Sorry.

Between 5:45 and 6 PM, I cast on a Stocking in the Ruby Slippers colorway that I mentioned above, as well as the first purl row, just to keep the cast-on stitches together while I put it down.  I think I got home from work that night and just boogied on my homework assignments until I got bored with that too.  All of my classes are online, so I use the computer a lot, and sometimes my head hurts from being on the computer so long…

Total Time Spent Knitting: 2 hours and 23 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $21.90

Total Number of Stitches: 240 stitches/row X 7 rows (on the blanket) + 96 stitches/row X 2 rows (on the stocking) = 1,872 stitches total.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged:  13 stitches

 

Thursday, January 22nd: (Day off from work, but Homework Day)
From 3:15 to 6:40 AM I did 2 rows of the Roman Stitch.  Then I went to bed, because it was SUPER Super late.  Then I woke up just before noon, and worked from 12 noon to 12 AM almost straight through, with some homework spread throughout.  I actually worked from Row 7 to the end of the Shaded Blue stripe and up to the 4th Row of the Navy.  This was a total of 15 rows.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 15 hours and 25 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $140.15

Total Number of Stitches: 240 stitches/row X 17 rows = 4,080 stitches total.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged:  Just over 4 stitches per minute

 

Friday, January 23rd: (Another work day)
From 1:43 to 3:06 AM, I worked on 4 rows.  I think I stopped because I got distracted by something shiny…. Or maybe a FB game…. Who knows.   Most probably, I was working on the Cowl again.  But again, like I mentioned before, since I’m not too sure, I’m not going to count it in my counts.  Sorry if it confuses you again…

Between 4:14 an 4:54 I did the Roman stitch rows, as well as 4 more rows.  Then I went to bed, as I had to work in the morning, so I couldn’t spend TOO much more time awake.  After work I hung out and knit while EE finished his stream.  From 10:40 until 11:37 I did 3 rows on the blanket, then passed out.  I have to work early Saturday mornings, and I don’t want to be dead on  my feed for a 9 1/2 hour shift…  (Just a word of advice I’m passing on to you, if you must know)

Total Time Spent Knitting: 3 hours

Amount I Would Have Earned: $27.57

Total Number of Stitches: 240 stitches/row X  11 rows = 2,640 stitches total.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: About 15 stitches.

 

Saturday, January 24th: (As I mentioned, a pretty long work day for me)
As I was getting ready for work, probably about 30 minutes, tops, I worked on 1 row on the stocking.  It was an increase row to flush out the rest of the foot of the stocking.  That usually takes me twice the amount of time…  Then I went to work.  In the parking lot, I did a few rows of the Cowl.  Not sure of the exact number, as we had some snow on the roads, and I wanted to get there an hour earlier, just in case the roads were bad (guess what?  They weren’t!)  Supervisor let us in earlier, so I only had time to knit 30 minutes.  Since I had a lunch, I knit the entire hour.  Did a good amount of work, but I can’t remember the exact number of rows, as I was just winging it until I started to run out of yarn on the ball.
I got home an hung out with EE a bit before starting the remainder of the blanket, which was 7 rows if you include the cast off row as an actual row.  For the sake of this post, I will.  This was between 9:09 and 11:40PM.  Since I had to work again in the morning, I took some photos (those of which I will be sharing with you, of course!)

Total Time Spent Knitting: 4 hours and 52 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $41.51

Total Number of Stitches: 240 stitches/row X 7 rows + 1 (144 stitches) row on the stocking=  1,824 stitches total.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: 10 stitches

 

Here is the Blue Blanket I finished.  It is 240 stitches across, with 62 rows total.  The top picture was of EE modeling the blanket’s length.  Finished Width: 78 inches (6 1/2 feet).  Finished Height: 57 inches (4 3/4 feet).

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Predicted Total Stitches: 14,880

Predicted Time Taken: 1,190.4 total hours, based on my average counts over the past week and how much I worked on the blanket while I was at AGDQ.

Predicted Total Before Materials, based on work: $10,939.78.  5 Skeins of Yarn (used 1/2 of each) are $10 each.  I would charge $25 total for materials, even though they were $50 all told.

Charged: $130 only, because the materials screamed to me.  But that is actually my standard rate for a lap blanket with several colors.  Pretty cool, huh?

 

Sunday, January 25th: (Another work day)
Before I headed to work, I did 2 rows on my stocking between 7:45 and 8:20AM.  While I was in the parking lot at work, I also did a few rows on the cowl.  Again, not sure of the exact number, as I was mostly concerned with shoving my breakfast down my gullet before my Supervisor showed up to unlock the building.  (Yeah, we have to wait, unless we want the alarms to go off, and the cops to show up…)

DSC07184 DSC07185Most of the work on the cowl that I did on Sunday was once I got home, however.  From 6 to 7 PM, I did 6 complete rows and the cast off row.  This was a total of 7 rows.

From 7:30 to midnight, I was hard at work on the AGDQ2015 hat #2 that I was running late with.  All in all, I did 15 rows.  A far bit of that work was the Letters in the pattern.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 6 Hours and 5 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $64.33

Total Number of Stitches: 144 stitches/row X 2 Rows (Stocking) + 96 stitches/row X 15 Rows (AGDQ Hat) + 102 stitches/row X 7 rows = 2,442 total stitches.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: About 7 stitches.

 

Monday, January 26th: (Dual day off.  Snow storm start & Homework day)
Since I had gone to bed earlier than I normally do, my body woke me right after 10, so I started my knitting day at 10:40.  I did a marathon knitting session on the stocking (10 Rows) which went until 2:19.  I pretty much peeked my head out of my knitting for food and to bug EE, who was also working from home.

DSC07191 DSC07192 Then I switched gears over to the AGDQ hat.  I did 15 rows from 2:30 to 6:10 PM, which lead me to the end of the pattern section.  At that point, I started getting ready to do the remaining homework for the week done, and the last rows that would cast off the hat.  I normally don’t count those rows, as it does tend to vary depending on the size of the hat, needles, and yarn I’m using.  But I do know I cast it off at 8PM after working on it for an hour.  At that point, I went to do my homework full-time at that point.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 8 hours and 32 minutes

Amount I Would Have Earned: $76.43

Total Number of Stitches: 144 stitches/row X 10 Rows (Stocking) + 96 stitches/row X 15 Rows (AGDQ Hat) = 2,880 total stitches.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: About 6.

 

Tuesday, January 27th: (Day off)
I don’t know if you had heard, but here in CT, we got some snow.  Instead of us being on the roads, the Governor put a driving ban on all of the state at 9PM Monday night until early Wednesday so that the snow drivers could do their thing.  The day ended up being pretty relaxed and sleepy.  I’m going to say that I was knitting from 12 noon to 12AM, even though I think half of that time I spent half falling asleep over the needles.  I did 17 rows on the toe (144 stitches each row) and 20 rows of the toe decreases.  It was a bunch of counting and re-counting.  It looks pretty, though… (total= 2440) 2448+2440=4888

Total Time Spent Knitting: 12 hours

Amount I Would Have Earned: $110.28

Total Number of Stitches: 4,888

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: About 7

 

Wednesday, January 28th: (Back to work for me)
From 12 to 2AM, I did 4 rows of the stocking to finish the decrease rows.  I think I got sucked into a FB game at this point.  Then I took myself back out of it around 4:30 to try to cast on the Hogwarts Express Shawl.  Ripped back several times, and got frustrated and threw the ball of yarn and needles to the side at 5 AM.  Between 5 an 5:20AM, I cast on AGDQ Hat #3.  I did the Cast on, double count, double yarned rows (where I double up on yarn, in an attempt to hide on the waste yarn and weave in my ends).   I went to work, got home and watched EE stream.  Tried the cast on again and failed.  Got frustrated and then went back to playing more FB games.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 3 hours

Amount I Would Have Earned: $27.57

Total Number of Stitches: 392 + 96 sts/row (AGDQ hat) X 3 rows = 680 total stitches.

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: 4

 

Thursday, January 29th: (Homework day)
Since I was up late, I thought that I would do 10 rows on the Stocking.  Each row is now down to 96 stitches until I get to the top.  I worked from 2 to 4 AM, then went to bed since I was dragging ass at that point.  I got up that morning and started this post while I was working on some homework.

Total Time Spent Knitting: 2 hours

Amount I Would Have Earned: $18.38

Total Number of Stitches: 960

Stitches Per Minute I Averaged: 8

 

So you can see, I keep track of a lot of different things when I knit, just so I can see how far I’ve gotten.  I joke sometimes with my friends and co-workers that I’m not a speedrunner, but I’m a Speed Knitter.  I’m not there officially yet, but I hope to be there some day…

Anyway, my whole point with this post, was to show you that if someone makes you a knitted item for the Holidays, take some time to appreciate the fact that they love you enough that they made you something with their own two hands.  What with the cost of yarn, needles, other supplies, and the time spent knitting that item for you.

…It’s not easy being addicted to knitting…  😉

Cheers, and thanks for reading all of the way through to the end of this rambling post.  If you comment below or on our FB page with your opinion (no matter what it is, I won’t be mad if you don’t agree with me), you will get $5 off your next order on any order I make for you.

 

Alright.  It’s almost 5AM here.  I have to get to bed.  Thanks for listening!  -Silver-