Wooly Mastadon Creates: Episode 8

Finally, after a bit of silence on this space, we have another episode of the Wooly Mastadon Creates podcast. This month I wasn’t quite as prolific with my FOs and WIPs but I have a few things to share. Don’t forget the mini adventures! Show notes as follows:

  • FOs: None 😦
  •  WIPs:
  • Upcoming Cast-ons
  • Stash Enhancement/Wool Piggery: None 😦
  • Non-Knit Loves
    • Skinny Taste One & Done by Gina Homolka
    • We bought a new couch!
    • Water bottles…
  • Life Lately
    • Mother’s Day excursion to Copper Harbor
    • Walking more, getting into nature
    • Crazy life and work balance

~Stay Inspired

Yet Another Pair of Socks

Toe-Up Socks: Wooly Mastadon

I have cast on another pair of socks! Well, you technically knew that from past posts but the 9″ circular needles are in use once again as I knit myself some more socks. Over this past winter I have fallen more in love with hand-knit socks than ever before and have this urge to knit even more. Thus socks are always and probably will always be on the needles and as soon as I finish one pair I start another.

The socks I cast on this time are once again on the 9″ circular needles US size 0 (2.00mm). The yarn is Red Heart, Heart and Sole in the Lakehouse colorway. I had gotten this yarn on clearance a few years ago and decided to knit it up before it started languishing in the stash.

These socks are knitting up quite nicely and I have really enjoyed the process and the knowledge that I will soon have another pair of warm socks to keep my feet cozy in our what seems to be unending winter. Don’t mind me while I go work on these some more! Until next time!

~Stay Inspired

Wooly Mastadon Creates: Episode 7

Honestly, I have been so excited to film this months episode of the Wooly Mastadon Creates Podcast and share it with you all. My finish-all-the-things mojo was back and I have several FOs to share along with stash enhancement and a lot of other goodies from our vacation this past March. Grab a snack and a big mug of your favorite beverage because this month is a long episode but I don’t think it will disappoint. Show notes as follows:

  • FOs :
    • Vistoire by Emily Ringelman
      • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Blackberry colorway
      • Needles: US size 6 (4mm) and US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
    • 9″ Circ Socks
      • Yarn: ONline Supersocke 4-Fach Street Color
      • Needles: US size 0 (2mm) 9″ circulars
    • Justin’s Hat
      • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in the Neon Stripes colorway
      • Needles: US size 6 (4.00mm)
  •  WIPs:
  • Upcoming Cast-ons
  • Stash Enhancement/Wool Piggery
    • Patons Kroy Sock: Blue Raspberry colorway
    • Hedgehog Fibres: Twist Sock base, one each in the colorways Fly and Anime
    • A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co: Purr Kitty Purr base in the colorway The Wizard
    • Two 2 oz bits of Opulent Fiber roving
    • Inkel Loom and Warping Board
  • Non-Knit Loves
    • Books! Dune, Arabian Nights, and Winnie the Pooh
    • Board Games! Ticket to Ride, Sushi Go Party, etc
    • Tote bags galore
    • Mazie’s very own Wooly Mastadon
    • Makeup – Colourpop, Morphe, etc
    • Cacti
  • Life Lately
    • A much needed Vacation!
    • Fiberama sale
    • Spring?! Maybe?!

~Stay Inspired

A Vacation Yarn Haul

Vacation Stash Enhancement: Wooly Mastadon

As promised in my last post today I’m sharing a yarn haul. I know, I know, it’s been a while since I have bought yarn and I must say it was so much fun to finally spend the money I had been saving on some amazing yarn on vacation. Just around two weeks ago now (has it really been that long!?) my husband and I went on a much needed vacation to Madison, Wisconsin. We went there to meet up with some friends and get away from the world for a bit. We definitely succeeded and had so much fun that we didn’t want to leave. Alas, we are back in the real world but at least I have some treasures to remember the trip from.

Vacation Stash Enhancement: Wooly Mastadon

When in Madison my one request of my friends while shopping was that we stop at some sort of store that sells yarn so I could pick up some sock yarn to knit my husband a pair of socks. I assumed that we would just stop at a Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or JoAnns and was more than happy for that as I am the only knitter in the bunch. Well, my friend absolutely made my day when she said she had a better idea and we all went to Wisconsin Craft Market in Madison. It is a craft store which covers all kinds of art and craft interests but the biggest draw was that in my friends words they had “good wool yarn”. I wasn’t sure if she knew how far the rabbit hole of wool I have actually gone down and was looking forward to maybe Cascade or Lion Brand. But no, my friends, this store carries indie dyers! My eyes lit up as I disappeared down the isles of indie dyed yarns I have only seen online and have wanted to get my hands on for years. This store has a treasure trove of dyers and we will be sure to go back on our next visit to Madison. With that I will share my stash.

Vacation Stash Enhancement: Wooly Mastadon

First of all I want to share the most exciting purchase: two skeins of Hedgehog Fibres! I have always loved the colorways of this dyer and drool over their Instagram account daily. Thus I purchased two colors which I hope to knit into one amazing two color shawl.  Both skeins are in the Twist Sock base, one each in the colorways Fly and Anime. The pops of neon are amazing and I am still in shock that I finally own some of this yarn.

Vacation Stash Enhancement: Wooly Mastadon

The other exciting purchase of the day was one skein of yarn from A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co. I have not heard of this yarn but loved this dyers sense of color so I picked up a skein. The yarn is in what I think is the Purr Kitty Purr base in the color The Wizard. I love this color and am seriously thinking of knitting a Sockhead Slouch Hat out of this so I can have it with me all the time!

Vacation Stash Enhancement: Wooly Mastadon

You are all probably wondering what become of my husband’s socks? Well my last stash enhancement of this trip was two skeins of Patons Kroy Socks in the Blue Raspberry colorway. My husband picked this yarn out himself amid all the splendors and hard wearing sock yarns of what is Madison Craft Market so I went with it, even if it isn’t an indie dyer. I will admit I love the colors in this yarn so the socks will be so fun to knit.

Well, that is all the yarn I purchased on this trip. I specify this with all the ‘yarn’ I purchased because I did end up getting some other goodies as well. Perhaps I will share those on here soon and if not here on my next podcast! With that, what shawl shall I knit the Hedgehog into? I need ideas!

~Stay Inspired

FO: 9″ Circular Socks

9" Circular Socks: Wooly Mastadon

That’s right! I finally finished my 9″ circular socks. I think I have found a rhythm for knitting on 9″ circular needles and have already cast on another pair of socks with these needles which surprised even myself. These were a joy to knit once getting past the learning curve although I will be the first to say that I have not yet mastered the 9″ needle phenomenon.

9" Circular Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Anyway, here are the stats to this beautiful pair of socks. These were yet another pair of toe-up socks from my standard sock recipe of 64 stitches with a forethought-afterthought heel. Knit on US size 0 (2.00mm) 9″ circular needles these socks are indeed a tighter gauge but I love the feel of the fabric and fit. The yarn is ONline Supersocke 4-fach in Street Color. Unfortunately the sock yarn label was all in German which normally isn’t a problem for me to figure out but this label had me stumped, thus the lack of information in colorway. Even with that I loved the result and these socks will get a lot of wear.

Like I mentioned earlier I have cast on another pair of socks on the 9″ circulars which I will share soon but I must say this method is quite enjoyable. Can I even say addicting? With that I will be back with more fun soon. My husband and I went on a much needed vacation this last week and came away with some fun memories and I brought back a nice haul of yarn so watch for that. Until next time!

~Stay Inspired

What Should I Cast On?

What Should I Knit?: Wooly Mastadon

That’s right. Sadly I just don’t know what to cast on next. The only projects I have on the needles currently are my socks, Vistoire sweater (which I am on the second sleeve of) and a shawl design. That urge to cast on all the new projects is definitely nearby and this time around I want to indulge but have no idea where to start. My Ravelry Queue is quite large and always growing and I always see new things that beg to be cast on. This time around I want to stick to two criteria: I need to knit from stash and it needs to be a pattern in my queue or one that I already own elsewhere (magazine/book/etc). Here are some things I’ve been looking at.

Newt’s Niffler Amigurumi by Emma Scanga is absolutely adorable and so close to the little guy in the movies! This is a must crochet pattern.You probably guessed this would make the list. It’s Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan. I have the yarn, and have wanted to knit this for ages. Shall I cast on?Of course this shawl would have to make this list. The day this shawl hit Knitty I knew it had to become a reality. It’s the Bigger on the Inside shawl by Kate Atherley and its absolutely genious. Doctor Who lovers unite! Did I mention I’ve had the yarn for ages for this…You all know how much I loved knitting the Underwing Mitts. Well, Erica Heusser’s Wishmaker Mitts are a must knit after those. This captivating design would have me not wanting to put these down. She has so many designs available and they are all amazing. I also want to knit her Peaceable Mitts. But which one to cast on?

Of course there has to be a nice lace project in here. The Summer Dreamer shawl by Kalruh Hudson is amazingly beautiful. The different lace patterns mix together perfectly and make me want to search my stash for just the right colors

This is only a small portion of my some 385 and counting queued patterns on Ravelry. We won’t mention the library of hard copy patterns I have overtaking our apartment…sorry Justin! What do you think I should cast on?

~Stay Inspired

Wooly Mastadon Creates Podcast: Episode 6

Another month and yet another episode of the Wooly Mastadon Creates Podcast. This time around it is on the slimmer side but that’s okay as I share progress on some WIPs that I am proud of. There’s quite of bit of rambling this week so grab your tea and have a seat for this episode. Show notes are as follows:

  • FOs : Unfortunately none this week
  •  WIPs:
    • 9″ Circ Socks
      • Yarn: ONline Supersocke 4-Fach Street Color
      • Needles: US size 0 (2mm) 9″ circulars
    • Vistoire by Emily Ringelman
      • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Blackberry colorway
      • Needles: US size 6 (4mm) and US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
    • Possible Shawl Design
      • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Delft Heather colorway
      • Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm)
  • Upcoming Cast-ons
  • Non-Knit Loves
    • Baking and searching through actual cookbooks
    • My Wooly Mastadon Mascot!
    • Yoga with an actual yoga mat
  • Life Lately
    • We’re going on vacation!
    • It’s still cold and the storms are interesting
    • Fiberama and demo ideas for knitting and crochet

~Stay Inspired

An Ode to a Sweater

Sweater Knitting: Wooly Mastadon

I guess it’s that time of year but all I want to do is stay at home cozy under an afghan with my knitting. Perhaps it’s because of the cold weather and intense snowstorms. Perhaps it’s because it is a comfy safe haven from the crazy world. Those are all true but also consider this, I love knitting on my most current sweater project, the Vistoire by Emily Ringelman. I must say that I’ve never had this much sweater knitting mojo before in my life and it’s awesome!

Thus far the pattern has been simple and a joy to follow. The cable pattern is simple but holds your attention for only a short span of the row and the top down construction makes it perfect for fitting it to your body. In fact, I have completed the body and moved onto the sleeves. Thus far I have knit this sweater according to pattern but have one mod in mind. It may be crazy but I am seriously considering extending the sleeve length and adding thumb-holes. My absolute favorite sweaters and hoodies have that added feature and I feel like even though it doesn’t always fit the style of the sweater it fits me and my lifestyle and I think it has to come to be.

Thanks to the most recent snowstorm we endured over the past week that took us several days to dig out of I had plenty of knitting time on my hands and I was happy to sit and knit on this sweater. As I look outside on the snowbanks that are beyond a reasonable height and dream of  day when we have not run out of space to put that frozen white fluff falling from the sky I keep on knitting, enjoying the process and also dreaming of wearing the finished object. Here’s to hoping that in the next month or two I may have a completed sweater. Perhaps I’ll even have a completed sweater in time for a 30 degree day. Who knows?

~Stay Inspired

When “Can’t” is a Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Yarn: Wooly Mastadon

Odd title, I know, but today’s post is going to be a little different. I haven’t done a thought post in a long time and as the past few weeks have progressed it is high time. I’ve been thinking about the word “can’t,” such a small word but with such large consequences. It is one I don’t often visit with my crafting and creative endeavors, a word I strive not to use. However, in recent weeks I have started using it, and it struck me at how it can truly be a self fulfilling prophesy.

The thing is, I’ve tried to go after life with the idea that if I don’t know something I can try to learn it. When it came to crafting I would just dive in head first and find out if I liked a type of project or not, and I rarely failed. It perhaps wasn’t the best thing ever but it also wasn’t the worst. With work I just did things and if I didn’t know how something works I asked questions, I found help to learn so I could be self sufficient. Being able to handle things on my own has always been a point of pride for me.

Then the word “can’t” came along. I’ll be honest, it all started during getting back into my fitness routine except I decided to take things more seriously. For the past year I’ve been relatively inactive. It started when my Mom passed away and then just spiraled into nothing at all. I felt terrible and honestly missed being somewhat active. I hadn’t been doing much but it had been something. I would ride an exercise bike, stretch, and walk my puppy around the neighborhood. All but taking the puppy for walks ended and even now that is less as she lives with my Dad (and is spoiled beyond belief. I miss her but it’s perfect). Being a plus-sized woman I have prided myself in always being able to keep pace with others and do just about everything my smaller and more fit friends do. Well, December rolled around and I felt winded at the top of the stairs at work. That was it! This simply could not continue, so I took actions to start working more activity and exercise into my routine.

This time around the bike wasn’t an option so I started searching for things I could do in our small apartment that would still be meaningful and would help me feel stronger and more like myself. I found YouTube videos on a whim and would attempt to do what the more fit and very experienced trainers were doing. I would pick things that were clearly not at my ability level yet and that nasty word started to slip out…”can’t”. Finally two weeks ago it ended in me sitting on the bed crying because I just wasn’t going to get this. I felt I had finally met my match and feeling better would never come. My husband immediately stepped in and helped me realize that perhaps I wasn’t able to do those things now but with time I maybe could. He comforted me and got me to try again, even that day. Together we found a routine I could master and feel confident with and honestly I have been excited for that part of my day now. That has never happened before.

Now, I won’t share any “transformation” posts on here because I’m putting this out here now, there probably won’t be one. I’ve learned that my body type tends to be towards the chunky side, or fluffy as my husband calls it. However, I won’t settle for being a bit chunky and feeling miserable. I won’t settle for falling for “can’t.”

“Can’t” is a word that creeps in and slowly makes you believe things won’t get better. I refuse to let that be true. With time I’ll have a routine and being relatively healthy will come back into the equation. As I build that routine I will be sure to keep “can’t” out of that equation. With that, I leave you. If you have read this far you are amazing!

~Stay Inspired

Wooly Mastadon Creates Podcast: Episode 5

It’s the beginning of February and that means it’s time for another podcast. This month is a tad shorter but I still managed to fill lots of time rambling about life lately. I’ll be sharing a big FO along with knitting and non-knitting projects alike. Enjoy! Show notes as follows:

  • FOs :
  • WIPs:
    • 9″ Circ Socks
      • Yarn: ONline Supersocke 4-Fach Street Color
      • Needles: US size 0 (2mm) 9″ circulars
    • Vistoire by Emily Ringelman
      • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Blackberry colorway
      • Needles: US size 6 (4mm) and US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
    • Possible Shawl Design
      • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Delft Heather colorway
      • Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm)
  • Upcoming Cast-ons
  • Non-Knit Loves
    • Watercolor experiments
    • Getting back into graphic design!!!
    • Keeping the houseplants alive…
  • Life Lately

Another episode in the books. Enjoy!

~Stay Inspired