A Swift Kick

I’m human.  (Sure, sometimes I wish I was from Gallifrey, but that’s another story.)  I slip, I fall, I get back up.  And yes, more often than not, it takes me awhile to get to that last part.  Suffering with PSA (Psoriatic Arthritis), I sometimes forget that I do have to force myself to get up and get out on my days off.

So, this morning, I’m writing this post from the Valley Health Wellness Center, in Winchester VA. (No, this is NOT a paid endorsement.  I joined because I’m an employee of VH and the rates are great for what you get.)  I mean, I woke up and was out the door by 5:30 AM on my day off.  My last day of a six day stay-cation, might I add.  I met with an amazing aquatic trainer yesterday, who walked me through some exercises and showed me how to do a routine on my own.  I spent an hour in the therapy pool this morning, and while I’m sore, it is a good sore.  Trust me.

New routines can be hard.  Any kind of change can be difficult.  I can tell  you, that seems to be my current theme right now.  New workout routine, new day-job routine, and a new outlook every since my new medication finally started to kick in.  But just like that motivational poster with the kitten in the tree, I’m doing my best to ‘Hang In There.’

 

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The original motivational poster

 

Recent accomplishments aside, here’s what else I’ve up to in my six days off!

  • My husband and I recently celebrated my FIL getting remarried to an amazing woman, whom we think the world of.  I’ll post pictures of the wedding shawl on Friday.
  • I actually started knitting a pair of socks for myself! (GASP!)  I know, I know, it is about time.  I’m working on the ‘Herminoe Everyday Socks’, which has been living in my Ravelry queue for, maybe two years?
  • I’m all caught up on Mercy Street, The Walking Dead, and The Magicians.  If you haven’t seen any of these, I suggest them all.  There is something for everyone in these shows.
  • I celebrated my 34th birthday with friends, family, and good wine.  The Hubs and I took an overnight stay to Baltimore, where I not only had amazing hand-made pierogis, but also made my first wholesale order with Lovelyarns (more on this later in the week.)

So, what’s new with you?  I hope that you’re February is ending well, and you are killing it with your crafting, and your goals.  Don’t forget about our KAL for the ‘Talvel Cowl’, which is going on through the end of March!

 

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KAL & Yarn Giveaway

I’m really excited to announce that I am hosting a KAL for my new pattern, the ‘Talvel Cowl’.  If you are a member of ‘Ravelry’, you can join in on the fun HERE, as well as purchase the pattern.  You can also purchase the pattern in my Etsy Shop, as well as some lovely bulky weight yarn.

I hope that you’ll join in on the fun!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s cowls.

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Pattern Debute – ‘Talvel Cowl’

I’m so excited to announce that my first ‘real’ knitting pattern is finally live on Ravlery! This is my first paid pattern, and my first pattern to which I’m hosting a KAL.

 

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The beautiful Amanda, friend and knitter. 

The ‘Talvel Cowl’ is bulky weight cowl that combines rib stitch and cables.  It is a fairly quick knit.  You can block it to make the stitch pattern truly bloom, and not – and  have a close fitting garment for cold days.

One of the special things about this cowl is that it was inspired by a few people that I know that have dementia.  That is why $2 from every pattern sold will go directly to my local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Giving back is important to me, and this is a cause that I really believe in.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. Follow THIS LINK to get you there.  From the pattern page, you’ll find the link to the KAL.

I’m so excited, and I hope that you will enjoy the pattern as much as I do!

 

Etsy Shop Update – January

The shop update over at the Etsy store is live!  I’m really excited about the new colors that I’ve been working on.  Let me tell you all about them!

 

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I’m continuing to work with my new base of sock yarn, named ‘Tory’s Toes’.  Inspired by a good friend, this base has a tighter twist than my standard ‘IMC Sock’ base.  The above colorway is called, ‘Misty Mountain’. I love the layering of soft purples and pinks. There are two skeins available and ready to ship.

 

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Next up is an old favorite in my ‘IMC Sock’ base.  ‘Sunset Shimmer’ is one that I’ve had a lot of luck with, and one that everyone seems to really enjoy. Super soft, shades of orange, yellow, and pops of white and pink.  There are two skeins available and ready to ship.

 

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This one was a lot of fun to dye.  ‘Chocolate Covered Cherries’ is perfect for Valentines Day!  Dyed in my ‘IMC Sock’ base, there are shades of brown and red, with pops of white and pink.  This is a OOAK (one-of-a-kind) skein and there is only on available.

 

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Lastly, meet ‘Go Go Godzilla’!  Another great OOAK skein, in my ‘IMC Sock’ base, it has hues of green, black, purple, and white.  I really like this one!  There is one available.

 

I plan on trying to do a small shop update every month.  It is so much more manageable that way.  I reskein everything by hand, so while the process is a long one, I know that it is well worth it for you, my customer.  I don’t want you to have to deal with tangles while you are trying to wind your yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

FO Friday, And My Lack Of Spoons

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope that January is treating you all kindly.

 

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I’m hiding from the cold

 

First, let me apologize for my absence.  I have not been doing well in terms of pain and chronic illness.  For those of you who don’t know, I have a condition known as ‘Psoriatic Arthritis’.  You can read all about it HERE.  Anyone who lives with a chronic illness knows that some days are really great, others are okay, and some just plain blow.  So, I’ve been busy resting when I can,  because when you work a job that requires you to be on your feet for eight to twelve hours, and lift up to 80 lbs on your own.  Well, you get the picture. My doctor has me on a new medication, and so far, things are starting to look up!

There is this interesting idea that is called ‘Spoon Theory’. Basically you start your day with ‘X’ amount of spoons, and everything that you do requires a spoon.  The goal – get to the end of the day with at least one or two spoons left.  Christine Miserandino has a great explanation on her blog, ‘But You Don’t Look Sick’.

I have, however, been knitting my heart out!  I managed to crank out THREE Pussy(cat) Hats for the Womens March, that is happening this weekend.  I have to work, or you can bet I would be attending.

 

 

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I’ve started working on a wedding shawl, which needs to be blocked and ready to go by Valentine’s Day.  I need to hustle, seriously.  Thank goodness it is in worsted weight yarn! Add to the list finishing my hubby’s Christmas socks, and making some hats for our local homeless shelter.

What are you working on this week?  How many of you made Pussy Hats, or are attending that march?  I’d love to hear your stories!

Countdown To Christmas – Day 4

Oh, what a truly Wintery day we’re having here in the Shenandoah Valley.  We woke up this morning to some freezing rain … and ice covering everything!

 

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Well, that’s one way to wash my muddy rain boots!

So, today’s giveaway is going to be themed correctly.  For Day 4, I’m giving away a lovely pair of stitch markers from Maryanne at The Violet Valentine.  I’ve known Maryanne for almost ten or so years now, and she not only makes beautiful accessories, she also dyes her own yarn!

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How to enter : Comment below (or on my blog FB page) with your favorite way to spend a snow day!  I’ll choose a winner tonight after 8pm EST.

 

 

Countdown To Christmas – Day 2

Today, I’m excited to give away a free pattern of your choice from Allison O’Mahony! 

The awesome Allison is a talented knit ware designer, and was recently featured here on my blog.

Allison’s Ravelry page – http://www.ravelry.com/designers/allison-omahony

To enter, comment with your favorite holiday knitting pattern, or your favorite pattern to knit and gift.

The winner will be chosen tonight after 8pm EST.