On the Needles – November 21, 2014

Every week, I tell myself to take pictures on Thursday during the day because the pictures I take inside on Friday morning, while it’s still dark outside, with the house lights on are horrible but, you can see enough I hope.

Carabe

Carabe

Back to the Carabe. The final navy stripe is almost finished and I think I’ll get the ribbing done and finish the body on this one today. I’m going to do the sleeves . . maybe over the weekend and the collar/button bands early next week and could have this one ready for a Thanksgiving Day delivery. Slim chance but that’s my goal.

Addie's Bobbly Bunch

Addie’s Bobbly Bunch

The second bobbly bunch is done and now it’s time to take this off and put it on waste yarn, then pick up around the neck to add the fronts so it was a good time to put it down and get back to the Carabe. It’s a fun little sweater to make!

Bobbly Bunch

If you’re not a knitter but want to be, or if you think sweaters are too hard for you, please keep reading!

This morning after Vince left, I knew I had not long to sit and knit. I had a few errands to run and Vince wasn’t going to be able to come home for lunch today so I was kinda hoping we could meet in town for lunch but that didn’t happen. I picked up Carabe to start knitting on it and my mind kept going back to Bobbly Bunch. Starting new projects is so much more fun than knitting on old projects. It’s especially fun with the new projects have new stitch patterns. I had read through the Bobbly Bunch pattern and knew I was going to have to do the provisional cast on. I’ve done it before but wanted to watch the recommended video just to be sure I remembered correctly. I thought to myself . . I will cast on and do a few rows and then I’ll get dressed and go run my errands.

Bobbly Bunch

Bobbly Bunch

This is such a neat pattern but I almost gave up. There’s nothing about that little bobbly that made sense at all to me. I read it and it seemed so wrong. I went to Ravelry and looked at the projects done by others. No one said the pattern was all wrong so . . the pattern must be right. Finally I said to myself . . stop trying to reason it out and just do what it says and yes, the pattern is right and it’s so cute! I couldn’t put it down! This is the back and as the piece grows, there are more little bobbly bunches lined up.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, which I love, and the color is Ravelry Red and it’s so gorgeous! Addie is going to be so cute with this sweater and matching hat.

Back to Carabe . . I cannot keep knitting on this til the Carabe is done.

Homemade Yarn Keeper

A lot of my knitting is done sitting in the sewing room with Boots. I learned quickly that yarn needs to be kept out of Boots’ reach. I bought several Chica yarn keepers.

Yarn Keeper

Yarn Keeper

I have several single keepers and this one double keeper. So long as I was in the house, I didn’t have to keep my yarn in a keeper . . til Rita discovered yarn cakes. It’s funny because she doesn’t bother most things. She’s past the chewing stage. She arrived house trained. But yarn is a temptation she cannot pass up. She doesn’t bother it when I’m sitting in the living room but when I get up, she starts looking for a ball of yarn and she barks at it and swats it and chases it and she will unravel a project and get the yarn wrapped around the table legs and everything else. So, all yarn that I’m using has to be in a yarn keeper of some sort.

This morning I was looking at ordering a couple more  yarn keepers and then I saw this on the bar:

Lid with Grommet

Lid with Grommet

It’s a Tatler lid with a grommet. This is the grommet we use for fermenting and this is what the setup is supposed to look like when used as intended!

Jar for Fermenting

Jar for Fermenting

But, this is what it looks like with a cake of yarn crammed down in that Mason jar and the yarn threaded through the grommet hole in the lid. 

Yarn in Jar

Yarn in Jar

That will keep Rita from destroying the yarn but I’m not so sure about a glass jar so I began looking around for something else I could use.

Yarn Containers

Yarn Containers

The easiest to empty was the coffee can so I dumped Vince’s coffee in a Mason jar. I had these grommets that I had bought for making some other kind of bags.

Eyelets

Eyelets

I punched a hole in the plastic coffee can lid and used one of the eyelets. That works!

Yarn Keeper

Yarn Keeper

Then I noticed this container. Plastic containers are not my favorites for storing food but they should work great for yarn!

Yarn Keepers

Yarn Keepers

The smaller one would probably be good for fingering weight yarn or smaller skeins. The worsted weight (Malabrigo Rios) was a bit crowded in the smaller container.

Now I have three new yarn keepers and it didn’t cost me a dime . . made from stuff I had around the house already.

Yarn Keepers

Yarn Keepers

Rita had already found all three of those skeins of yarn and kinda mutilated the cake but they should work ok.

And then Vince came home for lunch:

Vince: Why is there a hammer in the house?
Me: I was using it!
Vince: I don’t like it when you use a hammer or a screw driver. (I always screw something up!)
Me: Wait til you see what I made!
Vince: Is that my coffee can? Where’s my coffee?

Then I told him how much the storebought yarn keepers cost and showed him that I made three for nothing and he was happy again!  :)