So, what have I been doing besides not being on my pc? Lots actually and here's what I got done fiber wise.....
Mostly, I was working on a birthday present and was 10 rows from the end when it went horribly wrong and I had to frog it. Here's the yarn all wrapped up again............
But I have decided that I'm taking weekends off to focus on what I want to do so yesterday I finished my socks and went to the library. I also ordered some supplies........
Addi Sock Rockets (Lace) circulars 40" for Sandra Paul's new sock pattern and tutorial here and also an excellent video and needle review exclusively on needles for knitting socks. She is very meticulous in everything she does so her reviews and patterns are top notch in my book! Thank you, Sandra!
I also ordered some sample packets of Soak so I could find out which scent I prefer, some red plastic sock blockers and a little book on organizing your stash. I got all this on The Loopy Ewe
which also sells fabric but I held back on that....for now!
I've organized all those notebooks I showed you 2 weeks ago and I'm all set for YOP 2016-17. I also went through Pinterest and Ravelry favorites and this week I need to narrow them down. What I am going to do is share my categories and the current project in each and maybe the next project. Just so I can ensure I have the materials. I have gotten down to nothing for stash and it's an expensive time of year....more like Christmas but I have to have materials for gifts, the repair of my porch and company coming. I am not going to plan for much more than that. My "project eyes" are always bigger than my budget and my time.
I have been printing off some patterns and putting them in plastic sleeves and I pretty much have my socks chosen for this year and some yarns ordered for those as I will ALWAYS have at least one pair of socks going at all times. I'd like to do 12 pair a year but that's probably not going to happen...not this year anyway.
Today, I ordered supplies from Deramores for my next crochet project, yarn needed to finish my Maybelle Blanket and a set of Knit-Pro carbon DPN's. I also ordered some sock yarn and was able to get some reasonable prices and free shipping. It is in my plans to make a pair of Christmas socks each year also and Dani over at Little Bobbins always has a Christmas Eve cast on for socks which will be nice too!
I came across something on Inside Number 23 podcasts called The Wardrobe Architect
where you craft a wardrobe based on who you are rather than what's in style at the moment. I have printed off the first few episodes and the exercises and there is a chatter group on the Ravelry Inside Number 23 group specifically devoted to the process and progress of The Wardrobe Architect. I have been wanting to fashion a new wardrobe for myself given my new body type and lifestyle since I've retired. Remember "the retirement uniform" I talked about? If you're a sewist you might be interested in this methodology and Katie, at Inside Number 23, is utilizing it to also coordinate not only what she sews but what yarns and patterns she buys to coordinate or compliment her wardrobe.
I have some other "projects" going but they are all presents at the moment so until my other supplies arrive I won't have much to show you but just wait!!!! I'm so excited to get some supplies! It is like Christmas around here! I should put up a tree!
BTW...June 20 is the summer solstice and also a strawberry moon! It only happens every 70 years when there is a full moon on the date of the solstice. It will be the first and last time I ever see it! LOL!
Have a great week! Don't forget to "round up" all your projects from this past YOP season to publish next week! Mine will be small but that's okay....I love this group!