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A lesson I learned in knitting

READ THE PATTERN GG!! BEFORE YOU BEGIN! UGH!!

So I just finished a baby romper and hat and it took me 2 1/2 weeks to finish it because I didn’t read it first. Because I am always so eager to start the next project. I just dive right in..SMH I bet I won’t do that again. This project took me so long for no good reason. I will do better

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What could I have avoided if I had read the pattern first? Is that your question? Well here is the answer….

  1. Running to the yarn store for buttons. I mean I look at the picture and some part  of my mind saw buttons, but did I pay attention or make a conscious decision what type of buttons I would use? NOPE ! Delay #1IMG_6774
  2. Running to the yarn store for help. This was a commissioned project so the pressure to get it right was tremendous and because of that I absolutely should have thoroughly read the pattern. Did I? NOPE, I just knit my way right to the bump in the road, so to speak and couldn’t get over it to save my life…to the knit store I ran. Of course I was distracted by all of the beautiful yarn. Delay #2IMG_6751
  3. Running to Michaels to find ribbon. So yea about that picture on the front of the pattern. The one I looked at every day for almost 3 weeks. The one that clearly showed the bonnet with the RIBBON..yea THAT picture. The picture that I didn’t pay attention to, is the reason I was so running into the yarn store before they closed so I could ship it out. #hotmess Delay #3IMG_7010

I wasted so much time by not preparing properly, I will always read the pattern first from this day forward. I mean the I am pretty happy with the end result, but it absolutely could have been done sooner. IMG_7020

Another thing I didn’t do was measure the yarn..wait I can’t take the blame for that part, the pattern didn’t say how much was required. So I was truly playing yarn chicken. This yarn I received in a Yarnbox like 2 years ago. It is Fyberspates vivacious which is 100% super wash merino. The color which I couldn’t capture properly, is called Blue Lagoon. I am so very happy that I was able to use it and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous little lady wearing it.

I can’t be the only one that needed this lesson, can I? Do you guys read the entire pattern before you start knitting? Do I have and “just jump in” knitters on here? I guess this comes from being self taught.

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

The gift that keeps on giving: YARN

This yarn was given to me, so I give it to you in this fabulous shawl, designed by Taiga Hilliard and photographed by Patty McGuire.

Ok I am so sure you all are tired of me and these patterns. This is the last one for a bit, I think. So Taiga Hilliard+Tjockt yarn+PattyMcGuire= THIS

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Introducing Martta the Merino from Tjockt presented to you in Agate Beach, another pattern from Taiga Hilliard designs.  So you all remember the video when I got mail and almost cried on camera? Well I had to make something that was worthy of that beautiful yarn. I wanted to be able to display it in such a way that you all would understand. Come on yarn lovers…ya’ll know what I am trying to say. So when Taiga asked me to test and this is the first one I made, by the way….I had NO decisions to make. I would without doubt use this beautiful yarn. The smile on my face says it all.

Now for those that knit, you know a pattern and yarn have to vibe..they have to play nice in the sandbox….well this was love at first site…the yarn overs and this yarn on my us19s was music, it was like watching folks make out in public…you want to look away but you can’t; yes THAT!! AND then insert Patty McGuire…my God! I couldn’t have planned a better way to say thank you to Maria from TJockt! Let me stop talking and let you look.

Wait the details:

the pattern is here–>http://www.ravelry.com/projects/sweetdrk1/agate-beach

the yarn you can get here –>http://www.tjockt.com/products.html?id=45/216

need to have pics taken?–>http://pattymacphotos.com

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Mega Tilt: a new pattern from Taiga Hilliard

So….about that self talk. What do you tell yourself? I know I am ALWAYS saying what I can’t do..I swear I try not to do that but it’s a habit that is hard to break. Even after I get tons of love on something I made. When I first started knitting I would spend hours looking at photographs and think my stuff could never look like that. HA!  LOOK…..

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Yes another pattern from Taiga Hilliard Designs I will test for her any day because she gets the importance of chunky. She gets that it can be jazzy and not plain. She gets that it can be lace or textured, she just gets my chunky loving self. This beauty is another quick satisfying knit photographed by the one and only Patty McGuire. She is my new BFF, she made me and my shawl look fabulous!! and I love her for it! The pattern is called Mega Tilt and can be found here  My yarn of choice was Madelinetosh ASAP again in the color Reindeer. I can’t say enough about this yarn..you need to get some ASAP pun intended 🙂

If you like instant gratification, like I do, you owe it to yourself to check out Taiga, I promise you won’t regret it.

When lightning strike(s)

it’s not always a bad thing.
Let’s rewind the tape to a few weeks ago when I checked my Ravelry and found a note from Taiga Hilliard, a designer I just happen to love and if you don’t know who she is you can see her fabulous designs here . So because we are connected on Instagram she knows I am a fat fiber lover and reached out to see if I would be interested in testing some patterns for her. I was all…you mean lil ole me?

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Guess who had some A S A P just sitting in a project bag waiting to be great. That would be me!

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So I printed out a copy of the pattern, wound my yarn and got started…well I tried to get started but that day was a long one IMG_6180I swear my heart was in the right place but listen here….the level of my fatigue has not been described and I literally fell asleep before I could cast on, but no fear..it’s super bulky yarn on US19 needles. I started it on Friday evening and finished up at the laundromat the next morning

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Yes I kid you not when I say #sheknitsallthetime so I get home and I put it on the blocking mat, because I had another one to do…I can’t wait to show them all…but patience my loves..they are coming. So the pattern, can you do it? Absolutely…the pattern is called Lightning Strike and if you can knit, purl and yarn over…you are good. I think Taiga did a great job with the pattern as it is written and charted, so whichever tickles your fancy…you can do this. The pattern is listed here go show some love and add it to your favorites please. Don’t you just love the edging? I know you do because yea: CUTE!

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So about that Lighting striking thing…well it just so happens that I would be attending my family reunion in VA and the one and only Patty McGuire happens to live exactly where I would be….POW!! Can you say photoshoot? What are the odds, my time was short but I had to make it happen.  Listen, you saw the pics of my Spring Fever in this post here this woman is AMAZING with that lens. Check out her website and see for yourself.  It was damn near 100 degrees, but I was cool as a cucumber because she made me feel comfortable. When she showed me the proofs, I was close to tears. Just overwhelmed with pride. I mean I was all like is that me? I knit that? If you let me tell it I am still a new knitter, it was just an all around WOW!! Ok let me show you what I mean….


Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire
Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Thank you all for reading and your feedback. I love the comments and I read each and every one. AND know this if I can do it so can you…one stitch at a time.

P.S. I will be adding more pics to this post as the become available. I was a bad girl and posted them before they were finished 😏 what I was excited to show you guys! Lol

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

She must knit….

I am so serious when I say that, she MUST knit or…well it’s not pretty. As you all know, last weekend I finished my shades of gray poncho and didn’t have the next project prepared, that’s ok right? WRONG!  From now on I will have the next project ready and set to go because….

 

That’s me at work without a project 😳 talking about cranky? Woo weee I am no fun to be with if I can’t click my knitting sticks! The issue was, work! I am blessed but it was taking up my knitting prep time! Lol! I needed to wind the yarn or start something with yarn that was wound already. Insert the 100% silk yarn from Risoni. It’s called The Loom and I picked it up during the Wool Walk here in NJ.  

 

So I decided I would do a basic shawl and realized I needed help figuring out how to make the tails longer. I wanted some wrap time with the ends and I wasn’t sure how often I should increase. I also needed to know if I should increase every row or every other row; on both sides or just one. I had questions, 🙋🏾

 

Thank Goodness for the knitting community. I asked for help and they ran to the rescue. The yarn has these areas where it’s thicker and that I adore, that gives it character in my opinion. 

 

I held the yarn double and used a US15 needle and I still need to block it. It is done and I think I could have made the body wider, but for my attempt at winging it, I think I did good.  The large needles gives it an appearance of lace without actually doing that. I will block it and take more pics to see if it gives me more real estate. 

    

What are you all working on today? 

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG
 

Hashtag Makesomething..

I must knit, ALL THE TIME! I know you all can relate. Because I swear as soon as I finish a project it’s on to the next. I mean like immediately 😳 I went to hangout with my girlfriend and she has one of them fancy swifter/winder  things, so I got my yarn together for the next project.   

I have enough Nice & Knit left to make another Spring Fever. My Shelbey wants one but not as wide so I will start on that after my poncho. 

Remember this?  

 

I am making one in Black and Grey. I don’t have any handmade items in black or grey, so I am eager. It calls for a provisional cast on 👀 why does that intimidate me? That is why I opted for this headband. It was quick and it’s cute AND it didn’t have any techniques that make me pause

  

 

This Poncho was an exclusive design for Do Ewe Knit? For the NJ woolwalk and it will be my first time using yarn from Three Irish Girls. It’s DK weight and calls for a US6, I can do that.  The pattern is called Foot Loose and Fancy Free Poncho  by Brenda Castiel. As always I will keep you all updated on my progress.  I am anxious to see how that textured section is created.   

Knit on my fiber friends… Knit on 

~GG

Spring Fever UPDATE

I have been knitting my tail off. I am currently at the halfway mark. I am on stripe 12 out of 24. I am so very in love 😍 I kid you not, I will so be the crazy lady with the wrap on in the summer. Believe me, I tell you no lies 😋 

I found a hole last night and had to pull out a bit to fix it. I tried just dropping down to that point but not so much. When I tell you every idle moment I knit. I can’t wait until it’s done. 

   
     

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

I got Spring Fever

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 7.21.55 AM this beauty is a part of the new collection from Plucky Knitter that I mentioned a few post ago.(photo credit:Pluckyknitter) It’s called Spring Fever and yes yes yes, I got!! You also know that I didn’t have the Plucky yarn ;/ so I  am using the Nice & Knit that I purchased (probably shouldn’t have, but you only live once right?) from Do Ewe Knit? Well it was time to cast on a new project because I need my knitting to get through mother’s day :/ RIP Mommy! So I pulled out the winder…I need an automatic one, because listen here O-o but I got it done and was able to cast on before I had to go to bed. Yes I said “had” because like a kid with a new toy, I wanted to stay up and knit. Damn being a responsible adult. LOL!

IMG_5087 IMG_5085these are the colors that I would have NEVER put together, thank goodness for yarn store owners like Karen…she knows what I like and when I tell you these colors together are just rich! My goodness. Of course I started with the orange 😛

IMG_5089 and went from there. You guys know I love a larger gauge but this works. This pattern calls for fingering weight and a US8, it is so doable. Can we talk about the material that is coming off these needles….can we just have a praise break? Thank you Jesus for creating animals that generate this fiber! Amen, Amen and Amen again. Ok back to the matter at hand.

IMG_5100 the pattern calls for 8 colors and it repeats each color 3 times, so a generous wrap/shawl/scarf thingy is what I will end up enjoying. When I tell you the sheer joy I experience with each color change..my goodness I can’t stop, won’t stop knitting. The anticipation of what the next color will do to the overall project is like a rush I can’t explain. IMG_5110

With each color change I can hear Stephen & Steven talk about colors and how there are no rules. If you like em, use em! They also said you have to have a pop of color and I can admit that the hot pink was so out of place in my eye…but baby look at how it just works

IMG_5114 (1)Yes that will be me..the fool walking around with a wrap on in the summer time…YUP as soon as this puppy is done..is it so WORN!!

So about this yarn..yea it’s from Nice & Knit which is run by 2 sisters Kara & Katie..they are my new BFF (best fiber friends) the fingering weight yarn is 100% super wash Merino wool and you get 490 yard per skein and the colors are just yummy. Okay you get what I am trying to tell you, I need to get a few more rows in before I have to leave the house.

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

Preparation is key..right?

Well that is what “they” say..whoever “they” are, lol! The other day my Shelbey and I went to Ikea to get her some new bed linens. She was kind enough to get her mommy a new set too. She is such a good soul :p

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As you all know orange is a color that I like a little bit. As you can I did NOT get an orange duvet but I did want orange accents. So I picked up a 36×36 pillow and decided I would knit a cover.  NOW, I instantly thought I can just find a pattern on Ravelry right? WRONG and only because of the dimensions. I found plenty of patterns but not one for my sized pillow.

I found a site that helped with the math. You know that math that determines how many inches you want and how you determine the cast on number? The same math I should have done with my Helix striped cowl, you know what I am talking about right? The site I used can be found here it’s a blog called Knitting with Karma and the post is FABULOUS! The formula is inches x stitches per inch = cast on number.  I already know I need 36 inches I just had to figure out the stitches per inch, which meant, *insert horror film music* SWATCHING LOL what? You know I am the founding member of #teamlazyashell and the VP of #justletmeknit so that whole knitting of the baby square business is not for me, BUT I did it! Hell I had to, the label didn’t tell me..hahahahahaahahahaha. WHAT?? if it’s on the damn label NO I am not doing a swatch. They know what they are talking about.  Besides I was being a big girl knitter this time around damn it. So I wound my hank into a cake and got started.

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The yarn, are you drooling? I know right…I got it from Vogue Knitting Live and it is called Fedderbrook Farm SUPER FLUFFY chunk. TUH, I had to get it! It’s bulky and it’s orange. SOLD! I did 2 swatches O-o yup you read it right..I did it twice. I am all mature and stuff! I used a us17 & 19 and the result was 2.5 stitches per inch on the smaller and 2 stitches per inch on the bigger needle. This is where you grab your phone to do the math 36 x 2.5 =90  or 36 x 2 = 72 and that is your cast on number. NOW can one of you tell me WHY I had been avoiding this? Not hard at all. They even give you the formula to determine the number of rows too: inches x rows per inch = #of rows. This post gives you tons of formulas so check it out!

I casted on and I feel good, but then I am like wait, do I have enough yarn? O_O

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Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

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