Speaking of…

Remember my Slow Progress sweater? The Veronika Cardi? I still can’t look at that project page without falling for the moody grey tones and the thought of snuggling down into a bunch of cocooning wool.

But the reality remains that I live in Santa Barbara (whoa is me) where the weather doesn’t cooperate that much for snuggling into cocoons, plus, the style is not terribly suited to my frame. Still, years later, that pattern haunted me and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Enter the incomparable Paige Miller, owner extraordinaire of Frame & Fiber in Point Pleasant, NJ. She, herself, can’t knit every single shop sample. Bingo. She sent me yarn. She sent me a pattern. I set up my project page and got to work. Despite my initial difficulties, and it was ALL user error, the pattern is pretty straightforward and ingenious in its construction/making up. Plus, I got to practice Mattress Stitch, which sounds scary but isn’t, and really looks amazing when you get it right.

My husband wondered why I would knit an entire sweater without pay (dude, I’m getting Moonstone Dyeworks yarn!!! in payment. Something else I’ve been wanting to try.) and I couldn’t explain the ITCH in my brain for this sweater. Plus, someone else paid for the yarn. And there was no real completion date. So all the yays and, other than my “learning experience” with reading the pattern instead of skimming, few of the negatives.

Life Stuff

Been dealing with parenting, illness, parenting, you get the picture. So while I have been crafting, mostly knitting, it’s slow progress and more “mental health” knitting than project knitting.

On the plus side, dealing with a kid with anxieties, we’ve been getting to school early on Fridays and our awesome ceramics teacher has let this Mama play with clay!

Slow Progress

After a devastating mis-start on the sample knit for Frame & Fiber where I kept telling myself the “patterning” would start any row, only to finally realize that my brain saw the knit, knit, knit, purl and translated it to stockinette. Argh! I had to pull out a lot.

That’s not supposed to be stockinette.

Then, temps in Santa Babara were running in the 90s. In October. Ugh.

But back on track! The color is most like the one on the right. A mossy green from Cascade. Here’s hoping the Veronika Cardi gets finished this year.

CreativeBug

I make a concentrated effort to be positive online. But this company has shaken me. I signed up for a free trial membership. And a month before my free trial ended, they charged me.

I tried to take it up with PayPal. No go.

I tried taking it up with CreativeBug. I used their form letter. No answer after a few days. I emailed. And again. And a third time. I Tweeted. And I Facebooked. No answers.

Don’t sign up for CreativeBug. They have some cute classes, but honestly, I never did use one and I, literally, paid for it.

Oh no! No no no.

Over the summer I finished my Campside Shawl. And I loved it. Love the color, loved the eyelets. Loved loved loved.

Unfortunately, the yarn was given to me. And it wasn’t superwash. But I’d repeatedly heard “You need heat and friction to felt something.” And the shawl got soaked and smelled terrible. So I put it in the wash. You see where this is going.

Wahhh!

Need to find new, superwash, dk yarn.