Quick Update

So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, and I realize that I probably don’t have a lot of followers. To the few who do check in from time to time, I thought I would post a brief update:

Big changes have happened recently, and that’s about as specific as I can get right now.

I have feelings of relief, excitement, freedom, uncertainty, and wavering confidence of what is to come.

And as spring approaches, I can feel that tiny seed of artistic creativity sprouting, and my old paint brushes and blank canvases are starting to call on me again.

Will I make it this time?
The best I can do is to try and see where my inspirations take me!


Knitting and joining seams at the same time

Here’s a technique I use when I knit double-sided blankets. Instead of knitting the sides separately, I knit the second side and attach it to the first as I go.

This is kind of an Intermediate level technique. Feel free to modify as needed.

To begin, knit one side of the blanket, the full length, binding off the end. You do not need to bind off, however, I find it makes a nicer, more consistent edge if you pick-up and knit along the bottom edge of the blanket to start the second side of the blanket.

Here’s where it can get tricky.

With the second right side facing, working into the edge of the wrong side of the first blanket, pick-up and slip a stitch onto the left needle:

K2tog (knit two together) and continue the right side of the second blanket to the end:

When you’ve reached the end of the row, turn, and pick up and knit a stitch on the edge of the right side of the first blanket, taking care to skip one row to allow for the row you just completed:

P2tog (purl two together), continue the row to the end:

Continue starting each row as above, remembering to skip a row when you pick up the stitch at the beginning of each row. (Confused? Sorry. If you have any questions, please post below and I will try my best to answer them.)

When you have reached your final row, you can now knit the blankets together and bind off the edge.

Slip a stitch from the first blanket onto the left needle. K2tog.

Slip another stitch onto the left needle. K2tog and pass the first stitch over the second stitch in the regular bind-off fashion.

Continue to the end of the row and bind off. Hide the end and you’re done!

My apologies for the inconsistency in the photos, as they were taken at different stages in different lighting.

A blurb on system implementation: what happened to the testing phase?

The following is an email I sent to someone I know regarding system implementation. This is currently happening in a major, well-known institution where he works.

The managers are learning that they do not know certain key processes, and all of the teams are under a lot of stress.

Even the smallest thing as changing the raw materials we use in a factory, are not being communicated to the workers who have to use these materials.

There is so much emphasis today in getting the job done, and getting it done fast. But where is the part where they get it done right?

The key step that’s forgotten in all system transitions is the testing and troubleshooting phase. A system should never go live until all major problems have been addressed – but, engineers and systems analysts forget that step, or they don’t think it’s important, and, in most cases, corporations don’t even think about the “what-if” situations when they want to implement new processes. All they see is “more efficiency for the future” without looking at whether or not the new process is compatible with the current one.

This is happening at [my workplace] too.

It’s frustrating when they think they know everything and don’t even consider taking input from employees who’ve worked the old system for decades… The planning process is the most crucial step in any system implementation: they teach this in schools to engineers, artists, project planners, managers, etc., but they fail to acknowledge the importance after the fact.

Rant over.

Shift work sucks…

I’ve moved from working a weekly AM/PM shift rotation to a steady night shift. Today is day two of this switch, and so far, it’s been ok. As I am most definitely NOT a morning person, and most of my creativity and productivity happens during the mid- to late-afternoons and evenings, I’m hoping this choice will provide a better work:life ratio for me.

I’m still working on that blanket, started the other side, will update with a picture soon.

And, as I sit here typing this out on my iPhone at 1:30 in the morning, I can feel my tired eyes straining and my body starting to follow.

Just over 5 hours to go.

Fashion Design as a Hobby?

I’m getting married!!!

That said, we are on a tight budget, and, since knitting (and fashion and art) is an addiction of mine, I’ve decided to make my own dress. It will incorporate knit pieces with sewn in pieces, some bead work, and maybe some embroidery (or I may even just knit the whole thing!) I have some ideas floating around in my head, need to start sketching them.

I’ll post snippets of the progress as it comes along… Stay tuned! 🙂


New beginnings….

It’s been a really long time since I’ve blogged anything.

I am now going to take this opportunity to use this site as a place to record the progress of various projects; whether it’s a sweater I’m knitting, or a portrait I’m painting, you’ll find either the progress or finished product here.

I may also post knitting patterns and tips I learn along the way.

Thanks for stopping by, and any feedback and questions are welcome!

Below is a snapshot of my current project: I’m taking an old afghan I had crocheted and knitting it into a new one.