Complete and Utter Failure

Ever spend an entire day on one project, make a mistake, and realize that entire thing needs to be scrapped?  Yeah, that was my Sunday.

I was working on a piece of a baby sweater, and totally forgot to bind off on part of the sleeves for the one side.  It’s in yarn, too, that’s nearly impossible to take off what I had bound off and rip out.  As a result, an entire day’s work ended up in complete and utter failure.

Eh, at least I have enough yarn to start over and still complete the project.  And I did start over.

When I realized that what I had done couldn’t be saved, I actually laughed.  What else was I going to do?  A few years ago when I started knitting, I probably would have broke down into tears, but I probably still would have started again.

What have I learned between my knitting beginnings and now?  Failure is a part of the process.  It’s going to happen, you deal with it, and start over.  And make sure you pay extra special attention to the pattern this time.  Yes.

My advice to you?  Don’t let failure get you down.  As I said, it a part of what we do as crafters, and it’s going to happen.  Just start over and keep trying!

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I know I keep on going on and on about The Wrap Up, Lancaster! Project’s fundraising giveaway, The Big WUL Giveaway, but it does end at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, Eastern Standard Time. We will gladly ship certain items to winners located outside the Lancaster, PA, USA area, and there’s plenty of great stuff that we can do that with!

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Washcloth KAL/CAL: Week 3

It’s week 3 of the Washcloth KAL/CAL!  How are yours coming along?

I finished the washcloth above at the end of last week, and am weaving in the ends on another.  The washcloth featured here is actually being put to good use today.  I’m using it as a warm compress on my left eye.  I think I have pink eye.  Bleh.

The warm water on the cloth on my eye feels good, and is much better than using a paper towel which would be my next option if I didn’t have the washcloth.  I’m glad I do.

How are yours coming along?  Anyone out there knitting along with me?  I would love to see your work.  Let me know in the comments, or put post on the Facebook page.

Let’s move on to something else for the time being.

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The Big WUL Giveaway!

Recently, The Wrap, UP Lancaster! Project started a blog over at wrapuplancaster.org!  To celebrate and to raise some funds, we are having a fundraiser/giveaway.  Get all the cool details here on how to enter!

And….see our fabulous prizes you could win here and here!  Some of them are good only for the local Lancaster, PA area, but there are some great things that could be shipped just about anywhere, like yarn, t-shirts, and tote bags.  Enter!

Also, WUL founder, Angelia Reed, is being honored as the Emerald Foundation’s Hometown Hero tonight at this evening’s Lancaster Barnstormers game.  She is throwing out the first pitch!  Go, Angelia!

Check back here early next week for the details on how WUL’s big night at the ballgame went.  Woo hoo!  Go, ‘Stormers!

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day: Me!

World Wide Knit in Public Day was a great day for me.  I spent it on the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA!  As you can see at the top of the post, I did get to knit on the beach.

I had a great day.  My DH and I went there with my my mom, grandfather, and a pile of cousins and aunts and uncles.  We piled into three cars, set up on the beach, enjoyed each others company, and had lots of laughs.  The weather was great, too.  Not a cloud in the sky!

After we all showered and cleaned up, we hit the boardwalk for dinner and shopping.  With the breeze coming off the ocean, it was quite chilly, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the lovely evening.

The boardwalk at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA in the evening.

 

We also went to one of the amusement parks on the boardwalk .  My Aunt Karen had a pile of tickets.  My cousin Carl and his daughter Ariel, who is a very well-behaved two year old, had a great time on the carousel.

Carl and Ariel on the carousel at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA.

 

Believe it or not, my mom loves rides.  She and some of my cousins decided to ride the swinging pendulum pirate ship ride there.  Here she smiling after she disembarked the ship.

My mom after the pirate ship ride at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA.

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2016 was a fantastic day.  I hope you had a good one, and I would love to hear about your day knitting in public in the comments!

World Wide Knit In Public Day 2016

Tomorrow, June 18, is World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP Day)!  Check your local yarn stores, or this website to see if there are WWKIP Day events near you.

I will be knitting in public tomorrow, but I’m not going to tell you where just yet. It’s cool place, I will tell you that much.

I’d love to hear about where you are going to be knitting for WWKIP Day.  Let me know in the comments or tell me about it over on Facebook.

Want to do some good for WWKIP Day?

Head on over to The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project site and see how you can help us out and win some cool stuff for yourself in the process in The Big WUL Giveaway!  We could use a hand in renting storage and office spaces.  Your generosity would be appreciated!

 

Washcloth KAL/CAL: Week 2

I got one washcloth done for week two of the Washcloth KAL/CAL.  I am working on another one during my work breaks.  Washcloths are turning out to be a nice, steady project that I can get a lot done in a few minutes, and therefore are perfect for quick knitting!

I donated this particular cloth, along with the others I’ve made so far, to The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project‘s Things to Sell Bin that is taken to different craft shows, such as the past one at the Millersville Community Church’s Family Fun Day this past Saturday on June 11, 2016.

Unfortunately, we didn’t sell anything, but we got the word out, and some volunteers!  Spreading the world about WUL is important, too.  Below is a shot of our lovely tables at the event.

WUL Tables at Millersville Community Church's Family Fun Day on June 11, 2016.

Speaking of WUL…..

We now have a shiny new blog over at https://wrapuplancaster.org!  There’s not much on it, but we’re working on getting more content up every day.

Besides that, we have now have a mailing list, where you can sign up to be informed about events, where the scarf bombings will be, and other non-spammy information.  Even if you aren’t in the area, I encourage you to sign up!

And, lastly, and probably the most important item, is we need funds.  We are in desperate need of storage space and an office.  Please head over to the GoFundMe page to donate!

So, that’s the news your can use for today in my knitting world. I’d love to hear about how your washcloths are coming along!

Millersville Community Church Family Fun Day

Angelia and I will be at the Millersville Community Church Family Fun Day tomorrow, June 11, representing the The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project.  We’ll be there selling cool items, taking donations, and spreading the word about the project.

It’s supposed to be a hot day tomorrow with thunderstorms, but those aren’t supposed to happen until later in the day, so come on out and have some fun!

We need your help!

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project does still need your help, financially.  The project is growing, and funds are needed for an office space and storage.  Angelia is also working hard to make the project a 501(c) charity organization!

So, how can you help??

Head on over the project’s GoFundMe page and make a donation and help spread the word.  Simple enough!  Even in you aren’t in the Lancaster area and want to help us out, a donation is a great way to support our efforts.  Anyone can donate!

 

 

Washcloth KAL/CAL: Week One

How is your washcloth knitting or crocheting coming along?  I completed three over the weekend.  They are show above in the featured image.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to knit these!  I’d love to see what you’re working on for the KAL/CAL, too.

As I was starting to work on these on Friday, I was racking my brain trying to remember if I had any washcloth booklets around that I could use.  Aha!  I recalled one that I had bought for $.25 at the Art of Recycle a few month ago.  Yay!

Cover of Leisure Arts' Kitchen Bright Discloths

If you want your own copy, you can still get this on Amazon.

So, that’s where I am with my washcloth knitting.  I’m actually working on the cloth labeled #1 on the front cover here.  The green and purple one was done using this pattern, but I want to see how it looks in a multicolored yarn, too, so that’s what on my needles right now.