WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It finally feels like winter around here, so I have been daydreaming about casting on new, warmer, knitting projects. I’ve managed to hold off for now. I still have a lot of knitting to do before Christmas so I need to stay on track.

20171206_155431.jpgLet’s start with John’s Christmas socks. They have been sitting in my knitting bag since I started the heel yesterday. Why? Because I discovered that I dropped a stitch back at the end of the ribbing. I’m so annoyed I can’t even look at it. I hope I can face it tomorrow, because I really need to get moving on it if I’m going to finish them by Christmas.

I finished the socks for my Mom, but I haven’t blocked them yet. I love them. I hope she does too.

In addition to John’s socks I’m working on a few dishcloths for myself. Mine are starting to wear out, so I would like to have a few made before I have to throw out my old ones. I’m also working on a pair of monkey socks. I was going to make them for a friend, but she has narrow feet and the socks look like they would be too loose on her. So I’m going to keep them. I think.

I hope your Christmas knitting is going well!

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WIP Wednesday

Wow. I have been really bad about blogging lately. I have been knitting, but I have been busy with holiday prep so I keep forgetting to write. Let me fill you in.

I finished my weather pattern socks. I love them. They are cheery and look like the weather map of a severe thunderstorm on a summer day.20171117_122253.jpg

I’ve been working on my Christmas socks for my mom too. I’m using the Simple SKYP pattern that I can’t get enough of. It’s more interesting than a simple rib and they seem to fly of the needles. I hope to have these done by next week. The socks are really a green/teal color (Madeline Tosh Cousteau), but this yarn does not photograph well without natural light (and I live in a cave).

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I’m also working on my second pair of Christmas socks for John. He appreciates hand knit socks so much, I love making them for him. I should be able to finish these in time for Christmas. He doesn’t know I’m making them, so I can only knit on them when he’s at work or I’m out of the house.20171129_193257.jpg

So as you can see, I have been knitting. I even managed to sew a seam on the cardigan that summer forgot (you totally forgot I was knitting a cardigan, didn’t you?). My progress has been slowed significantly by my thumb – it is cracking on my right hand where I hold the yarn. I have been knitting with a band-aid or a finger cot for the past month. It makes it so I can knit, but I can’t knit as much as I would like.

I hope you’re doing well and your Christmas knitting is progressing!

WIP Wednesday

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Every week I’m surprised how fast we get to Wednesday. I don’t know where this year is going, but I would like it to slow down. It is almost time to decorate for Christmas. I’m happy to report that the stockings are done. They will be handed off to my aunt for her to deliver them to my cousin later this week. I need to get them blocked before then. I need to get on that, but I really hate blocking so I’m procrastinating as long as possible.

I’m still working on the weather map socks. They are moving along slowly. Very slowly. I finally turned the heel on the second sock. I hope to have them completed by the end of the week. I have plans for those needles.

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I told my Mom I would make her socks for Christmas, so I would like to get started on them. Especially because I’ll see her next week and I have never written down how l knit her socks before I start the toe. I want to knit them far enough for her to try on so I can make her a good fitting sock. I’ll be writing down her foot length so I won’t have to measure the socks on her feet the next time I make her a pair.

After I finish her socks I’m going to make a pair of felted slippers for my mother-in-law. I make her a pair almost every year, and she wears them out almost every year. It is so nice to make someone something and know that it gets used. A lot.

When I finish the socks and the slippers I’m done with Christmas knitting. I’m excited to have a goal that I can accomplish without stressful end of December knitting.

I am hoping to go through my stash and pull out what I will never knit with. I’m planning a stash bash with my crafternoon group. Whatever isn’t taken I’ll donate. I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of yarn in my stash and I think it will be freeing to let go of it. Please note that I am not counting sock yarn as stash because that will eventually be made into socks, so I’m not going to stress about that.

What are you knitting for Christmas? Do you ever get weighed down by your stash?

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday. I’ve been stuck at home with sick kids all week. That has led to lots of cuddles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and knitting.

I finished John’s Christmas socks. I just finished them about 10 minutes ago, and now I’m trying to figure out how I can get them blocked without him noticing. I think it will involve a warm sunny day and me not forgetting that I need to block them.

I finished the stocking I had been working on and started the second one. I am hoping that now that I’m done with John’s socks the stocking will fly. I think it will.

Once I finish the stocking my big project will be finishing the huge cardigan that I haven’t touched in months. After that I’ll make a sweater for Elliot.

I have only worked a few rows on the weather map socks this week. They look the same as last week so I didn’t bother taking a picture.

Have a great week!

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?

 

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.