WIP Wednesday

I’ve decided to start casting on with wild abandon. I still have three pairs of mittens I will be casting on and finishing before Christmas. I’m highly motivated to get all of the knitting done.

I’ve knit 3 or 4 rows on my cardigan this week. I really like the cardigan, and I think I’ll wear it a lot. I just don’t feel like knitting it right now (hence, casting on all the projects). My goal is to have this sweater done by Christmas.

My socks are moving right along. I’m on the gusset of the second sock. I hope to finish these this week. Once I cast them off I’ll cast on a pair of socks for John. I probably won’t work on them until after Christmas, but it is always a good idea to have socks on the needles.

I started a Double Rib Toddler Hat for Mary-Claire’s baby. I love this hat because it actually stayed on my kids heads. I do not love the join on these needles, so I will probably be putting off working on this.

I’m having a hard time not working on the Sockhead Cowl that I started yesterday. I’m surprised by how purple it is, I was really expecting more blue. When I finish my socks this will probably become my grab and go project.

I’m also working in my Darwinian Evolution cowl. This is really fun to knit because you see the pattern evolve. It is like knitting a self striping sock. I should keep this in my car as emergency knitting, but I will probably keep it in my knitting basket because I really like looking at it.

I hope to finish at least one project this week. I also hope to get two pairs of mittens cast on. I have so much knitting I want to do, but first I must finish project bags for the Weekender finishers.

I hope you have a great week and finish all of your WIPs.

Blocked Sweater

I finished The Gift baby cardigan while I was away on my crafting weekend. I think I should have blocked it more aggressively, but I was feeling lazy. I’m heading to Cedar Falls next week, and my mom has already agreed to find buttons in her stash and sew them on for me.

I’ve used finishing this sweater as an excuse to cast on all sorts of other projects. I’ve decided to just have a dozen WIPs so I can knit whatever I feel like in the moment.

What Should I Make?

I have several projects on the needles. I have even more I need to get started on. And yet…..

Yarn Geek makes the prettiest yarn.

I have one skein of Yarn Geek in the Dr. Nancy Grace Roman colorway. She is known as Mother of the Hubble and the yarn looks a lot like the Milky Way in the hank, and more purple in the cake. It is sparkly and delightful.

I had been planning on making a hitchhiker, which my friend assures me is OK to make with one normal skein instead of the 1 1/2 skein used in the pattern. But now I’m thinking a sockhead cowl would be a better use for it.

What do you think I should make? What do you like to make when you have a stunning skein of fingering weight yarn? I usually make socks, but I think I should branch out.

48 Hours of Crafting

On Friday afternoon my sister Kathleen, her best friend Amy, and I headed 3 hours south to Kansas City for a weekend of crafting. We brought a lot of stuff.

We got a lot of crafting done on Friday night, partying hard until almost 10:30. The next day we were well rested and ready to knit/crochet/make cards/scrapbook. We were also ready to be more social.

Kirsten (BFF who lives in St. Louis) arrived with Luke. He is such a good baby she was able to get some knitting done.

Bonny from BonnyKnits met up with us too. We had never met in real life. If you are like me, when you are reading blogs you think “oh gosh, I could totally be friends with this person in real life.” I was really nervous to meet her, because what if she was not at all fun and it was really awkward? But the good news is she is a total delight and now we are friends in real life. Now I want to meet more of my blogging buddies, because meeting Bonny was so great.

Bonny took Kirsten and I to her favorite yarn store. If she ever invites you to Yarn Social do not go unless you want to buy all of the things. It is the best yarn store I’ve ever been to in my decade of perusing yarn shops. It is filled with indie dyers and small labels. I wanted to buy it all. If I win the lottery I’m going back to Yarn Social and spending $1000.

I ended up buying a skein of hue loco yarn in the colorway High Five. I’ll make beautiful yarn with it someday. I also picked up two stickers. They are already on my laptop. I bought a rainbow yarn ball sheep pin and a #wip pin (because I’m a WIP).

This morning we squeezed in a bit more crafting before hitting the road. We will be having a crafting weekend again. Maybe you will want to head to the Midwest to join us….if we don’t get together in the winter.

A Q&A: Odd Things About Me

40 odd things about me . . . join in with a comment or a post on your blog.

1. Do you like mustard? Yes. I’ll even use it as a dip.
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? No carbonation for me.
3. Ever traveled to another country? Yes, Spain, Ireland, France, Scotland, Mexico, Canada
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? Vodka. Tequila if I’m in the mood for a margarita.
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food: pizza
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes, ever since I moved into a haunted house.
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Coffee with half and half.
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Nope
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Summer
11. Favorite hobby? Knitting. Baking is a close second.
12. Tattoos? Yes.
13. Do you wear glasses? Not since I had implant surgery.
14. Phobia? Depth
15. Nickname? SJ
16. Three drinks you drink?  Water, coffee, tea
17. Biggest Downfall? I don’t know.
18. Rain or Snow? Snow
19. Piercings? Ears, but holes have closed up.
20. Age? 42
21. Taken or Single? Married. Can we agree that taken is an antiquated term?
22. How long taken or single? married 7 years
23. Kids? 2
24. Favorite color? Teal
25. Employed? No
26. Can you whistle? Ish.
27. Where were you born? Cedar Falls
28. Brothers or Sisters? 2 sisters, 1 brother
29. Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates. Endless pun possibilities .
30. Surgeries? Lens Implant, Wisdom Teeth removal.
31. Religious? No
32. Shower or Bath? Shower
33. Like gambling? No
34. Are You Loyal? Yes
35. Broken bones? No
36. How many tv’s in your house? 2
37. Worst pain ever? Labor
38. Do you like to dance? With my kids or when no one is watching.
39. Are your parents still alive? Yes
40. Do you like camping? Theoretically. I would like it better with a bed.

Thank you NothingButKnit for posting this. It was fun to fill it out.