WIP Wednesday: Actual Progress!

After visiting with my PT, my wrist has been doing loads better and I’ve actually been able to knit regularly for the past few days!IMG_9169

That means that I have a few more inches on the Minetta Cardi and although I won’t catch up to my speed-knitting momma, I might actually have this sweater done sometime this year (hopefully sooner rather than later! I’ve got designs on the backburners waiting for some free hands!)IMG_9172

This picture was taken a few days back, so the sweater is longer now, but it was exciting to finally get to try this puppy on and see how it’s going to fit. Looking at these photos, I realize I probably could have gone down a size but having some positive ease will allow it to layer better with the clothes in my closet.

What are you knitting this week? Tell me everything!

Fun Mail Day

The other week, my friend (and enabler) Linda sent me a link to Paradise Fiber’s Madeline Tosh sale and I totally caved. After a few emails back and forth about what was actually in stock and what my options were after ordering, I settled on the Cosmic Wonderdust colorway (I’d originally ordered the Holi Festival, but the inventory count was incorrect).IMG_9192

The yarn arrived yesterday and, needless to say, I’m thrilled with it! I can’t wait to turn this into an awesome top. I’m not exactly sure which top it’ll be, I’ll probably end up designing my own thing, but I promise to share the progress with you!

What are you excited about this week? Have you splurged on yarn lately?

What Happened to the Past Week?

Where did the time go?! I can’t believe I didn’t get a chance to post last week, I’m sorry folks!

I guess part of it is that I’ve been super busy at the cafe but I also hadn’t made a ton of progress on the sweater until recently. If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you probably know that I have begun to have wrist issues that have escalated lately.  The truth is, I haven’t been able to knit more than a row or two a day, max, before I started getting pain bad enough to prevent me from knitting altogether for at least a week.

Sad, ain’t it?IMG_9180

I’ve been knitting since I was 9 and I used to engage in marathon knitting sessions – cranking out a sweater in a week or two! New FO’s every week, projects just flying off the needles!

A few years ago is when all the pain started and over the years it’s just gotten worse and worse and worse. Long story slightly shorter, I saw a Physical Therapist last week to see if it was, in fact, Carpal Tunnel like I believed it to be.

We don’t believe it’s fully Carpal Tunnel – she thinks that my Uller nerve might be getting pinched somewhere between the base of my neck and my wrist. I’ve got a slew of exercises to do to loosen up my shoulders, open my chest and get that nerve relaxed and it does seem to be working! I’m excited to be getting back to my normal pace which also means that updates on this here blog will be more frequent and (hopefully) more interesting!

Have you ever had an injury that prevented you from doing something you loved? How did you handle it?

WIP Wednesday: Milestone Reached

As many a knitter knows, flying time can be excellent knitting time. Although I can’t currently knit as often as I used to, and only for short periods of time, having many hours on planes did (finally) allow me to reach that silly sleeve divide.IMG_0931

Behold. An underarm.

A beautiful thing, ain’t it?IMG_8477

It always seems like those last rows before the sleeve divide are never-ending. What with all those stitches you’re still increasing, all the shaping and growing of the sweater. That divide is still like magic and I love it everytime. IMG_8476

Now, I’ve still got a long ways to go on this cardigan, my momma is whizzing along on hers, at this rate, I’ll catch up sometime next year haha!

What are you working on this week?

A Weekend Adventure

IMG_8313This past weekend was one for the record books.IMG_7988

After more than a month of planning and lots of secretive plans, my brothers and I, with some massive help from our aunt, were able to visit Virginia and surprise my entire family with a surprise family reunion/birthday(s) celebration!IMG_8111

This was the first time I’ve been to Virginia in over ten (probably more than fifteen!) years and it was gorgeous.  So lush and green, not humid yet and the weather, although grey the first day, beautifully sunny the rest of the time.IMG_8125

Amidst mass quantities of food and beverages, we managed to squeeze in beach time, Williamsburg and side-splitting laughter.IMG_8225

A hefty dose of family time does wonders for the heart and soul, I highly recommend you go get yourself some!IMG_8390

How often do you see your family? What are your favorite things to do with them?

WIP Wednesday: I May Never Get There

I swear this sweater seems never ending. At this point, may just be a sleeve-less poncho!IMG_0908

I kid, I know it’s going to get to the sleeve divide (and soon). If I had more time and wrist to dedicate to it, I’d be there already! Sadly, neither of those things are on my side currently.  I do believe I’m only 2 or 3 rows from the underarm though….fingers crossed!IMG_0909

My momma is whizzing along on hers, she’s a few inches past the divide already and it’s looking great!DSCN3403

What are you working on this week?

My First Yarn Bowl!

A week and a half ago my mister and I went to one of those paint-your-own ceramic places (Into the Fire in Arvada, specifically) and I (obviously) chose to paint a yarn bowl!IMG_0823

I’ve never had a yarn bowl before but I’ve always lusted after them. It was the clear choice when looking at all the white, unpainted, creativity-inducing pieces.IMG_0825

It’s always so neat to see the before and after colors of these projects, don’t you think? This bowl is so big, it’s got three of those spiral yarn pass-through things! (probably a technical term). I painted in the inside and outside in a white speckled color and then added all the polka dots. IMG_7847

I completely love how it turned out and, as a knitter, you know I love how one-of-a-kind it is!  IMG_7844

Do you use a yarn bowl? Where’d you get it?