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On a rainy Saturday morning….iKnit

Hello my Fiber Friends,

It was Saturday morning, it’s raining, it’s cold soooo I ran in the kitchen made me a cup of oatmeal, grabbed my knitting and hit the sofa! That’s how I do a lazy Saturday round these parts.

You may or may not know that I travel to Brookly EVERYDAY on the trains/subway and boy oh boy I am easily doing a 12 hour day. SOOOO that takes away from my knitting time. Who has time for that?billcosbyI know I sure don’t! In my last post I told you all I finally went to Purl Soho and as a result I am working on the City Cape using the recommended yarn Alpaca Pure. Ok, ok, OKAY, YES it’s a little expensive, BUT and there is always a but…this is for me :) The one who makes her way back n forth to Brooklyn everyday..braving the crowds in Penn Station and let’s not add the subway IMG_0517*giggles* Yea I blew the budget but OMG it felt like sex, (so here you ask, why is she always referring to sex? Can’t she think of anything else to use as reference? and the answer is I can but I WON’T hahahahahahahaha) Anyway back to the reason I am writing this post. Wait..oh yea my current project *sits up straight and gets serious*

IMG_0620Last weekend my Angela came for a visit because she wanted to go to Loopy Mango (I taught here to knit so look out world) and since Purl Soho was right around the corner, we went for a visit. I had just posted the link to the City Cape on my Facebook page and everyone agreed it should be made. NOW, I have always wanted to visit Purl Soho so here we go….I got in there and they had a sample of the Cape, look at God (don’t cha love Orange is the New Black?)

IMG_0747Anyway I put it on and that was it….I HAD to have one in THAT exact yarn…so fast forward to this weekend…and my long days, so no time to knit, right? Ha!! When GG is determined, she finds a way…I have been knitting every chance I get, on the train platform, on the subway, while my students are on a 15 minute break..I said EVERY minute, didn’t I?

IMG_0748That bag? Yeah that baby is from Fringe & Co...go get you one.

I even did a swatch, which I NEVER do. Meera would be proud of me, but I figured since I splurged I may as well make sure it’s right.

IMG_0687I am a little over 9 inches into the project and I am in love. The slipped stitches are just what you need for this NOT to be boring. This yarn generates a stitch definition that is making me look at MY knitting and say well DAYUM, you are good girl. I mean my skills are improving, but this yarn is making me look like I know what I am doing.

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I am about to cast off for the armholes and the keep on trucking. I am so enjoying this project AND this yarn. Lord it feels so good. I mean I even sleep with it, well I sleep with all my yarn..hence the title of the blog. hahahahahahaahahahaa.

I will leave you with a few more pics of where I am currently and what the outcome should look like

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and of course I will come back with the finished project.

 

Knit on..

GG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy I love yarn Day!

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I should have the day off. Why must I work on this HOLIDAY? I want to just go from yarn store to yarn store and touch alllll the yarn! I mean one should have time to enjoy what you love!
I wonder if my boss will recognize this as a holiday?

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Speaking of yarn stores, I finally got to PurlSoho! Talking about life imitating your dreams, it was EVERYTHING I expected! All the pretty colors, all the different fibers oh the sheer joy of it all!

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IMG_0629.JPG I even got to try on the city cape which is on my needles right now!!

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So because I have to work until 9pm tonight! Please go out and play with some yarn.

P.S. Every chance I get I will be knitting today. Wait, that’s normal…..oh never mind

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When life and well Apple get in the way of knitting

So it’s like a week since I knit or purl, yes you read it right! I have not knit in 7 whole days.

Why? Well I am a new commuter and because of that my days are like 13 hours long. Therefore, if I sit still I pass all the way out. Then, there was my other obsession….the new iPhone was released and well of course I had to have it IMG_0019.JPG

I mean one must be able to clearly see Ravelry right? And who doesn’t want the best pic of their hard handmade work? Listen it’s even easier to blog from this phone, so there. I ran home from work to play with Goldy <—-what I call my phone and slept all day today.

So the plan for tomorrow is to get a few rows done and get back in the flow of things. I mean I should be able to swoon over Goldy and knit too, right?

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Why I Knit….

You all know I love to knit, and ultimately we knit to create. I learned to knit probably 4 or 5 years ago at this point..but in 2012 is when GGmadeit was born, it’s when I began knitting to save my life, it’s when I began knitting to avoid my fears, its when knitting became my therapy.

I woke up to a post on Instagram that rocked me to tears. Because it is Thursday we must THROWBACK in the form of pictures, so a friend posted a pic in one of my first sold pieces. She went on to “tell a story” and that story should be titled “Why I Knit..by Gaye Glasspie”

She said “I have a story to tell about this scarf/hat thing. Lol. The person who made this is so special to me. She started knitting at a time when everything was going wrong. She could have given up but we encouraged her her to pursue her gifts, talents and passions. She lost a lot during that period, but she has gained so much since then. She is a true testament to the power of faith, prayer and perseverance. This was my first piece from ggmadeit and I rock it proudly every winter….”

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I am truly blessed to have some wonderful people in my life. Melanie, I love you girl!! You helped me decide on colors, patterns and even gave me my baby Yarnae IMG_5413 yes my mannequin has a name! lol! She made me laugh when I wanted to cry and prayed when I COULDN’T stop crying. I love this chic and this is one of the many reasons why.

I can’t explain how knitting has and continues to keep me from falling apart. When I tell you EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG DID! Woo wee, just thinking about it makes my eyes leak. I thank God for my yarn, as it is definitely the string that holds me together.

When life presents a challenge..KNIT

GG

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That time when…

I left home with my project and no yarn ;/

So let me paint this picture. I went to bed at a decent time, I woke up before the alarm went off, I mean I thought I overslept…I was so ready for my day. The train was on time, I got a seat without an issue. I get comfortable and I pull out my WIP and that is when I noticed my problem. I have enough yarn to knit 1, maybe 2 rows? Ain’t nobody got time for that! What was I thinking?

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I know I have shared that knitting centers me, it’s my happy place, right? So having a yarn shortage is so NOT a good thing for me. I mean I am a trainer, I have to be professional..I NEED to be centered to do that.

I mean it when I say yarn is the string that holds me together.  I am currently falling apart and its only 10:27AMScreen Shot 2014-06-01 at 10.48.54 PM

I figured it out!!!!

Guys remember I asked how UFO’s were born? Well I know the answer…it happens when you stumble across a pattern on Pinterest and you run to Ravelry to search for the pattern; and fall in love.

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Then you order the said pattern complete with the yarn to start/finish the project. All of which arrives at your door less than 2 days later. O-o

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I so want to put down what I am doing (the snowdrift infinity cowl) and start this very simple yet striking wrap! OMG if I could just knit faster. But I have been a good girl and I am still plucking away at my cowl. 

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When all is fails…..#iKnit

As I approached the train station before the sun and begun to feel, well annoyed. I grabbed my WIP and worked a row or two and Pow! Instant better. So I got to thinking, what other normal life events lead to knitting?

1. Because the sun rises #iKnit
2. Because I popped a button on my sweater, while the grubby man on the subway is watching #iKnit
3. Because I read that Hello Kitty is NOT a kitty?? #iKnit slowly..she has whiskers though O-o
4. Because the battery on my phone died #iKnit
5. Because I have $3 in my pocket and I’m hungry #iKnit
6. Because I missed train after running down the stairs #iKnit while breathing deeply
7. Because Football season is back! #iKnit
8. Because I have all this dayum yarn so of course #iKnit
9. Because I’m single #iKnit, wait is that why I am single? #iWonder
10. Because it’s the last weekend of the summer #iKnit