WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I don’t have any finished objects this week, but I hope to have one finished next week. I’ve been getting a lot of knitting done, mostly because we live in a house with creaky floors and Audrey is refusing to sleep at nap time so I usually sit still so she doesn’t hear me moving and ask me for water or books or anything else. Sitting still is good for knitting. I suppose it could also be good for blogging if I ever got up the gumption to write more. Perhaps someday soon that will change, but for now I just knit.

I haven’t made much progress on the weather map socks.  I have finished the gusset, so that is some progress. I guess I haven’t been knitting around John much, and when I have I’ve picked up the stocking (what with the holiday season looming and all).

The socks for John, which I bought thinking was fingering weight Bears yarn is worsted yarn that screams Broncos orange instead of Bears orange. Hopefully John doesn’t notice. At least the socks are going quickly. It’s a simple pattern, and if I make them again I’m going to add a cable or a pattern or something because they are really boring to knit. It doesn’t help that I am a Packers fan and personally hate the Bears.

The stocking is progressing. I have high hopes for finishing this stocking before next week and casting on the next one. The only thing that might slow me down is the 800 million ends I’ll need to sew in. I’ll also be stitching a name on to the top where the large chunk of cream is. I find color work fiddley, and I’m not great at having the right tension. I love the color work design on this pattern, but I don’t love the heel directions. This is the third time I’ve made a stocking from this book and the third time I’ve ripped out what the directions say and just worked a short row heel with wraps and turns. The pattern calls for yarn overs instead and I can’t figure out how to knit them back in and have them look nice. I could look it up, I suppose, but I would rather just do what I know how to do and move on.

Any guesses on if I try the heel as written on the next stocking or if I go rouge with short row shaping?

 

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WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I finished my sport weight socks as expected. I will try to remember to post photos after they are blocked.

I’ve got three active projects this week. First up is a pair of Bears socks for John in worsted weight. They are going pretty fast. I’m only working on them when he isn’t around, as they are going to be a Christmas present for him.

When he is around and I am not up to working charts I’m making myself a pair of socks that is knitting up like a beautiful weather map. I love them.

I have made some good progress on the stocking this week. I would have more done, but my eye surgery set me back a couple of days. I hope to have a lot more progress done next week.

Have a great week!

WIP Wednesday

Ahhh….Wednesday. We’ve made it to the middle of the week. Here in Des Moines it actually feels like fall outside. We are getting close to being able to wear wool socks. John has been wearing his all week, but he works in a frigid office so wool socks are his norm.

This week I finished Elliot’s socks for Mary-Claire for Christmas. I feel OK posting them here because I love them so much I already sent her a picture. It would be a real shame if these socks got lost before Christmas (bwahahaha).

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I blocked my Wonder Woman Wrap. It is amazing. I used Malibrigo in Ravelry Red and Yarn Love Yarn in Saffron, so it is smooshy and fancy. I can’t wait to wear it. The problem is I don’t have many occasions to wear a superhero shawl. Oh well. I will look amazing every time I go to a movie that features Wonder Woman (Justice League comes out on November 17, so I don’t have to wait long).20170928_182419

I mentioned months ago that I am making Christmas stockings for my cousin’s boys because she gives me the most amazing hand me downs. Well, it is suddenly October so I really need to get going on those. Her mom flies to Virginia to visit her next week, and I don’t think I’ll be able to give her the stockings to deliver. Don’t you agree? This is the first stocking. I have a long way to go. Luckily she’s headed back out for Thanksgiving, so I should be able to get them done by then.20171004_192252

I’m also working on a pair of slipper socks for myself. They are not technically slippers. I’m just using a pattern for socks in DK or worsted. I spend most of the winter lazing about my house in socks. I thought a nice thick pair would be lovely. I’m using yarn a friend decided to purge from her stash. I thought it was DK, but I eventually found the label and it is sport. Ooops. Had I known that I would have looked for another pattern. They will be fine though. They knit up incredibly quickly. I might make a few pairs for myself to get me through the winter. I think they would work as real socks in Danskos or Uggs because those are a bit floppy on my feet to being with. 20171004_192346

So that’s where I’m at this week. I am not sure what I’ll get done in the next week. I assume I’ll finish the purple slipper socks and get some work done on the stockings. I’m having lens implants inserted tomorrow, so I might not be able to see well enough to knit for a few days. I might cast on something bulky in garter stitch – I could knit that even if I can’t see.

Have a lovely week! I hope you’re able to wear your wool socks soon.

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I missed last week, so there is a lot to update you on.

I finished the Sonora Sunset socks and the Wonder Woman Wrap. I haven’t blocked either. Tomorrow looks to be sunny, so I hope to get that done.

The only thing I’m actively working on is a pair of socks for Elliot to give Mary-Claire for Christmas. I’m using the simple SKYP pattern and knitting with Hawthorn hand painted in a colorway she picked out.  I had to make a run to Kansas City last week, so I was able to get a lot of knitting done in the car. I hope to finish the socks soon and then cast on the DK weight socks I was thinking about two weeks ago.

I have a 17 month old on my lap who is randomly pushing buttons on the keyboard, so I’m going to leave it here. What should I knit after the socks? I need inspiration!

 

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I was able to get a lot of knitting in this weekend.

I finished my Halloween socks. I love how they look, but they are a little loose. I cast on a new pair of Felici socks for myself a few days ago and went down a needle size. I’m hope having a pair in each size will help me decide what size I should use for plain vanilla socks.

I finished all of the yellow on the Wonder Woman Wrap. I can’t wait to get started on the next section, but it will have to wait until I have the time to sit down and knit for a couple of hours straight. It is a short row section. Short rows, like turning the heel and picking up the gusset on the sock, are easier for me to do in one sitting.

I hope to start working on the cardigan again soon. It’s in the low 70s today, which means cardigan weather is fast approaching.

I hope you get lots of knitting done this weekend!

 

WIP Wednesday

It’s Wednesday already. I don’t know where the week went, but I know for sure it did not go into seaming my cocoon cardigan or working on my Wonder Woman Wrap. I didn’t pick them up once this week. I’ve been so busy at night that by the time I sit down to knit I don’t have the focus for any project that takes 15 minutes to finish a row. This weekend things should slow down for us, and I’m hoping that means a return to being able to focus on knitting.

I have been knitting, just not all of my projects. I finished John’s socks. He was too excited to wait for me to block them, so I have no pictures of the finished socks yet.

I started a pair of Halloween socks for myself using Knit Picks Felici in Witches Brew. I love them. I’m currently on the gusset of the second sock. Felici always seems to knit up faster than any other sock yarn (even when I’m not ignoring most of my other projects).

Have a great week. I hope you accomplish all you hope to this week.

 

Wednesday Update

Happy Wednesday! I had a productive week. I finished the owl sweater. Audrey is a big fan.20170820_085741

I love the owl pocket. It was supposed to have feet, but I thought they looked silly so I skipped them. I also skipped the white felt behind the buttons.20170818_215415

Overall I’m happy with the sweater. I found the pattern in Knit Simple magazine, and it was very simple. If I were to knit it again I would do the increases as M1R and M1L instead of just kfb. I think it will get lots of love from Audrey this year and Elliot next year.20170819_194343

I have about 5 inches to go on my second sock for John. I love the yarn – self patterning yarn keeps me knitting. I love seeing what the next section will be. I don’t like how the flame looking section knit up differently between each sock. That is the only area that is different though, and it will be covered by pants most of the time. wp-1503509205893

I haven’t put much work into my Wonder Woman Wrap this week. It’s at the point where the rows take so long to finish it is a commitment to pick up and knit a row. I’m hoping I sit down for long enough tonight to finish a pattern repeat or two.

Once I finish the Wonder Woman Wrap I think I will start a sweater for Elliot. When I finish John’s socks (hopefully this week) I’m going to start a pair of Halloween socks for myself. Fall will be here soon and I want to get a few things done before it hits.

Have a great week!