Five Happy Things

  

  1. Embroidery scissors. I have loved these little bird scissors ever since I was small, watching my mom use them to snip threads after doing repairs on my stuffed animals. They were her Gram’s before that. I smile every time I use them! 
  2. Beginning again. I cast on another doll dress in a different color combination. Fun pattern but even more fun making someone else happy. 
  3. Acceptance. I have come to accept that my goal of 400 charity knits by the time I turn 40 is not realistically going to happen. Of course I will continue working toward my goal of 400 charity knits and be happy that I am doing what I can to keep others warm … it just may not happen until I have been 40 for a bit, or even 41. 
  4. Tasty reminder. Elderberry jam on toast. A special treat that reminds me of a recent trip to see family. 
  5. Vacation planning. We just made plans for a vacation later in the year. I can’t wait! Now what knitting will I pack? 

What is on your happy list this week?

Best stitches~
KJ

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Five Happy Things

1. I found this super easy pattern for slippers to knit for 400 by 40. I have been knitting up the child size in an unlabeled brown yarn kicking around my stash. Bonus: stash busting! 

photo by Bowside Knits

2. Snowshoeing! So much fun! We took a day trip to find snow and it was such an amazing day.  I can’t wait to go back!

photo by Bowside Knits

 
3. This zippered bag (perfect for holding some knitting notions) that looks like a library date due card. I worked in a library through a good chunk of high school. Check out their website for other great literary-based gifts. Bonus: they donate a bit to charity for each purchase.  

photo by Bowside Knits

  

4. This hat used up the ends of two skeins and it was super quick and easy. Another hat to donate for 400 by 40. 


5.  Music. Thanks to my awesome husband I now have music (a radio) in the kitchen and it brightens up every day. 

Hope you are having a lovely week!

Best stitches~

KJ

Count Update

June Update photo by Bowside Knits

June Update
photo by Bowside Knits

It has been a while since I’ve updated you on my 400 by 40 knit count. Not to worry, my needles are still clicking!

I am up to 33 knits (and who doesn’t love a good palindrome?).

Mock Rib and Eyelet Hats photo by Bowside Knits

Mock Rib and Eyelet Hats
photo by Bowside Knits

These newborn Mock Rib and Eyelet Hats were so fun and quick to knit up. These were done a while ago and never made it into a post. The yarn is Lion Brand Cotton-ease.

Ribsy  Photo by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

These three hats were of my own creation knit in Cascade 220 Paint, I believe.

Mini Thermal Vest Photo by Bowside Knits

Mini Thermal Vest
Photo by Bowside Knits

This Mini Thermal Vest was a great knit. I used a ball of Cascade Ecological that I had rolling around. The pattern gives 3 different sizes, all with a 100 stitch cast on. It is quick and easy and I will add the pattern to my Knit Again folder.

Not-So-Slouchy and Not-a-Knocker Photo by Bowside Knits

Not-So-Slouchy and Not-a-Knocker
Photo by Bowside Knits

I still can’t get enough of the soft, squishy Cascade Lana Grande. I knit this variation of my Not-So-Slouchy hat (left) and the other hat I am, for the moment, calling Not-a-Knocker (it broke up a long string of Knitted Knocker knitting). I also knit 3 more Knitted Knockers and am still loving what a well-written pattern it is.

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend. Happy Father’s Day!

Best stitches~

KJ

400 by 40 running total: 33

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

12 Knitted Knockers

16 hats

2 socks

1 vest

 

The beginning is the end

Beach by Bowside Knits

Photo by Bowside Knits

In trying to knit 400 items for charity by age 40 (just over 2.5 years away) I have come across several wooly roadblocks, the largest being what I call “decision paralysis.” What yarn, what pattern, what needles?? And so time passes and I haven’t knit and the clock is ticking on my personal challenge, not to mention I get a little grumpy when I am not knitting (I was once told, “Let’s make sure you ALWAYS have something on the needles.” So true!).

When faced with a daunting challenge, even one of my own making, I can end up like that WIP at the bottom of your work basket that has sat idle for months (or years … I won’t tell). Until this week, when I had an epiphany of sorts. I’m not done with the first project until I have cast on the next project and started knitting. Using this technique I knit 4 Knockers and started a hat in just 4 days. If I only have time to cast off, I wait until I have time to cast off and start knitting the next project. This forces a decision and breaks the “decision paralysis!”

Do you have any tips or tricks to stay on task when knitting a large number of objects (Christmas comes to mind).

Best stitches~

KJ

400 by 40 running total: 20

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

9 Knitted Knockers

7 hats

2 socks

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …

Mushroom? photo by Bowside Knits

Mushroom?
photo by Bowside Knits

A mushroom? Denial was strong with each stitch of this hat. I just couldn’t accept that this was not going to be my favorite hat. I really wanted to like it, I really did, but it didn’t turn out at all like I envisioned. It is thick and warm and looks much! better on a head than on its own, but suffice it to say … this will not be knit again.

 

400 by 40 running total: 16

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

7 hats

2 socks

Welcome Spring!

Not-So-Slouchy Hat photo by Bowside Knits

Not-So-Slouchy Hat
photo by Bowside Knits

Yesterday I cast off my first hat, the Not-So-Slouchy Hat (super-easy pattern coming soon) in the lovely Cascade Lana Grande. It is so fluffy and soft, it was delightful to work with. It also makes a perfect pompom. We have been busy welcoming Spring here, making some brightly colored pompoms for decorating, as well as crafting a Spring wreath for the front door.

Have a beautiful week!

Best stitches~

KJ

400 by 40 running total: 15

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

6 hats (my own design)

2 socks

The Mysterious Stash

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about my yarn stash, modest though it is, and how I am trying to do some serious stash-busting with my 400 by 40 project. I know nearly every knitter has a stash but do we really set out to have a stockpile of yarn? I certainly didn’t. I live just 2 miles from a gorgeous yarn store that I would visit daily if at all practical. Just the presence of all of that yarn with its infinite possibilities calms me. Why would I need to keep a stash of yarn at home?

Personally, my stash grew of having more ambition than time. Not yet done with one project but shopping around for the next. Nearly every skein, cake, or ball of yarn was brought into my home with a purpose, a project, in mind. I know some knitters can’t resist a skein of gorgeous yarn and so will buy a little here and a little there without yet knowing its project destiny.

Then there is the minimalist knitter who only has yarn for their current work-in-progress. I don’t think this could ever be me but by the end of 400 by 40 I hope to be down to yarn for just a couple of projects.

I’m curious, did your stash grow through project over-planning like mine or is it more a collection of yarns you just couldn’t resist? Do you display it or hide it? Or are you the illusive minimalist knitter with only the yarn for your current project?

Best stitches~
KJ

400 by 40 running total: 14

(Note: Each item I knit will count as one, even if it would typically be used as a pair. For example, a pair of mittens will count as two items.)

2 pogies

5 Knitted Knockers

5 hats

2 socks