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we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit – begin!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while — so much has been going on!  A family member recently passed away, I got a new job that I start at the beginning of August, my car is in the shop and might be unfixable, my mom and I went on vacation, and all of this plus some other big life stuff has got me really busy (not to mention overwhelmed, minus the vacation)!

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit slow with the crafting, but I did want to do a little update post on what I’m primarily working on now.  I have occasionally picked up my king-size chevron crochet blanket but I’ve been really excited about a knitting kit that the nice people at We Are Knitters were so kind as to send me for review: the Abruzzo Sweater kit!  Here’s some of my progress:

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

First off, let me say how grateful I am to them for letting me try out the Abruzzo Sweater kit because I really do love all of their yarn I’ve tried (and I’m not just saying that, I even used it for my free knitting pattern earlier this year, the Olympia Cowl), and I’d been wanting to try a pattern/kit for a while.  So thank you so much to We Are Knitters!

The photo above is the back side of the sweater.  It’s knit with the cotton yarn from WAK & their size 8 (5 mm) needles.  I’m making the size medium using the colors Salmon & Terracotta and I love both the yarn and how the colors are coming together!

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

There will be much more detail in the in-depth review that I will post about the kit once the sweater is complete, and I’ll continue to post progress here and on my Instagram (@notyouraveragecrochet).  If you’ve made this kit or any other kits from We Are Knitters (or even if you’ve just tried their yarn), let me know what you think in the comments!

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a slow start

2017 was all set to be productive and had gotten on a decent roll until I fractured a metacarpal in my right hand on Jan. 31.  They said 6-8 weeks was the healing time, and that’s over, and my hand feels normal.  Just a little pain if I hit it the wrong way on something hard (on accident, of course).  Of course that meant I had to take a break from pretty much everything for a little while, and I didn’t knit or crochet at all for over 2 months (with the exception of trying 1 time before I went to the doctor and found out the hand was fractured).

It’s been hard to get back going.  Ravelry hasn’t enthralled me as much or taken up nearly as much of my time, the projects sitting around haven’t been calling me to get to work.  I’ve bought yarn only once.

Finally the other day though a #widn tag on Instagram prompted me to drag myself out of my lethargy and actually DO something crafty.  I got to work more on my second Arlequin Shawl:

These Knit Pro Zing needles are awesome af for wool or stickier yarns (silk I’m sure would just slide right off).  I really want to get the new circular interchangeable set and the double point sets.  And I’m loving this pastel rainbow yarn from Devon Suns Yarns.  So gorgeous.

There’s crochet stuff to work on too, like my king size vintage pink chevron blanket, but I haven’t picked that back up yet.  Now that I know I’ll need to buy even more yarn and that it will take longer than I figured it has me a bit reluctant.

But at least I’ve got something started, and I wanna pick it up again tonight.  I’ll probably do a life update soon because, you know, life happens.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

giveaway winner & life without crafting

The winner has been notified & confirmed!  Congratulations to Meredith, the winner of my “Every Which Way Crochet Borders” giveaway!  I hope you love the book and get tons of use out of it!

If you’re disappointed that you didn’t win this go-round, subscribe to the blog so you can get notified of future giveaways!  I’ll also always announce my giveaways on my social media.

This is another bland post without photos because I have done absolutely NOTHING in the past month even closely related to crafting.  My fractured hand feels much better and while I can now go without wearing a brace (during the day, at least), I’ve been wary of trying to craft because I don’t want to strain anything from repetitive motion before stuff is really healed.  I should be grateful that I can finally open medicine bottles and write legibly, etc. but it is SO HARD not to be knitting or crocheting.

Strangely after 2 weeks of doing nothing I had no problem with going back to my Wing Chun class (during which the hand was broken); I just have to wear some secure hand wraps for a while and not use my right hand (which isn’t hard because there’s so much more to this style of kung fu than punching).  My classmates are aware and I trust them not to accidentally do any damage.

Surely I’ll be back to crafting soon — staying away is hard — but I think part of why I haven’t tried anything yet is because I know it’ll be really hard to take it easy and take breaks and stuff!  For now though, thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

ow.

I managed to break a bone in my hand.  I did not go to the doctor for 6 days because although my hand was quite swollen and bruised I thought I just pulled a muscle or sprained my wrist. I’ve never broken bones before, so I didn’t know what it would feel like/what to expect.  I decided though (after much urging from pretty much everyone) that since it is my right hand and I do so many activities with my hands that I should probably go get it checked out, because I would not want to mess up future knitting and crocheting, music playing, martial arts, calligraphy, etc.

The doctors did an X-ray and I could see where the metacarpal that connects to my pinky was messed up; a little chunk came completely off right at the base where it connects to my wrist. It was a little late then to do much about it other than wear a splint for a few days (I took good care of it for the first 6 days even though I didn’t think it was as bad as it turned out to be), and I’ve been wearing various braces and Ace bandages pretty much nonstop ever since.

How did I break a bone in my hand, you might ask?  Well, it was completely my fault; it was during a kung fu class and I threw a bad punch. Since I didn’t think it was serious though I finished the class, which probably wasn’t good for my hand.  I haven’t been back to class since because I needed to let my bone heal a little bit, and to be honest I am a little embarrassed. I will have to wear a brace during class for another few weeks at least and it will definitely get in the way, but my Sifu told me that I shouldn’t let it stop me from coming because we would find things that I could work on.  I think I am going to go tonight. I’m feeling a bit reclusive which is probably my anxiety and depression and I kind of just want to stay home, but I know that going to class again will be good for me. I’ll just have to be careful about my hand, that’s all.

Needless to say this means that I have not been doing a whole lot of knitting or crocheting. I did actually attempt to knit some on the third or fourth day before I went to the doctor, and while it didn’t exactly hurt it was slow and just wasn’t working. It’s been maddening not to be able to go to my kung fu class or to knit or crochet or practice calligraphy or play musical instruments. I’ve been sitting around the house doing a whole lot of TV watching and not much else. I don’t think I’m really even supposed to be typing so I’m using the dictation feature on my computer to put this text in, and I’ve been having to do the same at work with all of my paperwork, which has been frustrating.

Luckily, the doctor said that bones usually take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to heal, which is faster than I expected, although it still kind of sucks. He also said that it could potentially still feel bad for a while after that, but I’m not too worried about that. It doesn’t hurt at all when I’m just resting or even moving around, it just hurts when I try to use it to pick up stuff or open doors (occasionally I will forget that it is broken and start to do something like that, only to immediately stop).

So yeah, that’s what’s been going on with me. Sorry there weren’t any pictures in this post.  I will have a really good post up on Sunday however, which just might involve a giveaway, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

who doesn’t like matching hats (& a new blanket)?

Well, maybe some people don’t like matching stuff.  But for realsies guys this is just too cute.

I made my 8th Ribbed Waffle Hat out of the same We Are Knitters The Meriwool yarn that I used to make The Olympia Cowl, and it is so cozy!Ribbed Waffle Hat

Here they are together:

The Olympia Cowl

Really it was below freezing when I took that picture and I had wet hair because I didn’t have time to blow-dry it before work, and I didn’t even shiver or get goosebumps.  So warm.  Amazing.

OK so on to the crochet.  I’ve been wanting to do a blanket for ages and just couldn’t decide what I wanted, then I got some inspiration from Instagram and decided that I would make a giant chevron blanket to cover my king size bed, all in one color.  So I got 20 balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the colorway 255 Vintage Pink (100% acrylic, because really, how else could I ever afford to make a king size blanket?), which equals 4,020 yards.

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After looking at how far one ball got me, I’m thinking I may have undershot it a bit:

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I’ll probably need at least one more 10-pack (that’s one of the cool things about this yarn, you can get it in bulk from LoveKnitting and they have so many shades & more types of yarn to choose from).  It’s a good price for the yardage (trust me, I did lots of math comparing other cheap acrylic yarns), & it’s softer than Red Heart Classic/Super Saver yarn, which gives me callouses if I work with it too long.  It should also be hardwearing, which is good since I have a husband and 2 dogs.

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Aside from finishing this project I’ll probably try other types & colors of Paintbox Yarns.  If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

OK, well that’s all for today.  I’m gonna go start on the third ball of the blanket, get some dinner, & go to Wing Chun class later.  See you soon, thanks for stopping by!

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