When you look for the silver lining…

When you look for the silver lining…

DSCF2433, originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

An army of these beauties greeted my morning yesterday as I was heading off to work.

I have completed my first week of work and I really love it. There is a lot to learn, but I feel energized and excited to learn it all!

In case you are wondering what I am doing, I am spending my work hours at my veterinarian’s office… working where I have spent lots of time over the years and I absolutely love it.

On the knitting front, I have cast on a sweater from the latest Knitty and the weather was nice and cooperated with my efforts with a lovely cool down and relief from the recent and prolonged Triple H weather we have been experiencing! I have the body of the sweater done, and have started on the sleeves. I expect to have it done long before I need it to ward of the crisp chill of autumn.

I also have one last hurrah of summer to finish with this little number from Knitty as well. Moreover, this one has the added benefit of no sleeves, so I expect to complete my Emmaline shortly and I will cast on later today!

Have a great Tuesday everyone! Get out there and do something you enjoy doing!!

When Hemlock is the cure for what ails you…

When Hemlock is the cure for what ails you…

After what seemed like a series of knitting failures, it sure is nice to be able to share with you all a knitting success.

I started Jared Flood’s Hemlock Ring Blanket some months ago and after making a series of mistakes knitting in the dark sitting in patients rooms, I had put it away and you know what they say about “out of sight”…

Well, I pulled it back out in May, frogged it and began again.

It now resides in its new home with my friend StevoFC and he loves it.

He took most of these lovely photos so that I could share them with you all.

Thanks for making my Hemlock Ring shine, Steve.

In which there is actual knitting content!

In which there is actual knitting content!

Fire-y Hemlock Ring , originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

Please do not fall over from shock Gentle Reader, but on my knitting blog I present to you some actual knitting content!

I have finished Jared Flood’s Hemlock Ring Blanket and I am in love!
After a rough start, I frogged her and started again last month.

The second time is definitely the charm.

Once I solved the “bind off dilemma” and had her off the needles, I gave her a nice relaxing soak in a little Soak, pressed out all the excess water, and then I vigorously blocked her…with over 250 pins.

Binding off was truly a knitters challenge, I ended up with just a minuscule fraction of yarn left and truly could not have gone much longer at all. Knitty-Math truly can save your soul!

I will post some more pictures this week after she is gifted to her recipient.

Oh, and “the cat” has a name which shall be revealed shortly. I am working on trying to get a good photo of her for you all!

Waterloo

Waterloo

I have found my Knitter’s Waterloo much to my chagrin.

I am admitting defeat, waving the white flag, throwing in the towel – or shawl as maybe the case in this instance.

I have cast on and now frogged for the third and last time Knitty’s Annis.

My heart hurts and my pride stings.

The nupps were not my downfall, my fiber choice was.

Sea Silk just is not my friend. Gauge was not my friend in this piece either, as I could not maintain a consistent gauge with the Sea Silk.

I am in awe of knitters like Amy Singer who can knit amazing creations with Sea Silk.

I love how the yarn looks…the color way is gorgeous. I hate how it feels in my hands as I knit it. I hate how it feels knitted up.

The reality is simple this I am a wool girl. I love how it feels, I love how it smells, and more importantly, I know what it is going to do when I knit it.

So much for a breezy summer knit gracing my needles this summer.

Thoughts on Yarn.

Thoughts on Yarn.

I’ve always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I’ll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life. ~Karen Allen

I honestly can admit that in the past 10 years since I have been knitting there have been more days than not that yarn has consumed my thoughts.

Recently though, the yarn thought process has taken on a completely new meaning.

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