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Happy Wednesday! Good news on the sweater front: the buttons don’t look as bad when the sweater is on. That is great news, as I have reached my limit for button sewing for the year. 

I finished the first Up All Night sock in the Elliot colorway. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this pair (when I eventually finish them, probably months from now).

I took the advice from your comments, and started candy cane socks. I love how fast self striping yarn works up. The socks are looking a little more Waldo than peppermint, but that is fine with me.

I also started the Project Peace 2018 cowl. Project Peace runs until December 21, ending on World-Wide Knit for Peace Day. I love the idea of the project. I don’t love the pattern. It just isn’t something I want to wear. The pattern calls for sport weight, but I’m knitting it with DK from my stash without any adjustments. I didn’t do a gauge swatch – it’s a cowl, what is the worst that will happen?

I’m thinking about casting on a bulky weight hat. I’m meeting my brother at the Kansas City Zoo this weekend. I think that if he will hang out at the zoo with me when it is below freezing he deserves a hat. Just because he deserves one might not be enough to get me working on it however, it all depends on how the rest of the week goes.

Have a great week! I hope you are productive!

Button Trouble

I finished Elliot’s sweater a couple of days ago. I waited patiently for the buttons to arrive. I found the perfect buttons from GloriaPatre Spin N Knit. The buttons were shipped off soon after I placed the order, I just had to wait for shipping from Canada.

Today was the day! The buttons arrived and I sewed them on. The timing was ideal, as I’m taking the kids to get their pictures taken tomorrow.

There’s only one problem.

Now that the buttons are here I realize that they are too small. I made an emergency run to JoAnn’s tonight. I left disappointed when I was not able to find toggle buttons that worked with the sweater. 

I just ordered longer buttons from GloriaPatre Spin N Knit. I hope they are here before Christmas, as I would like Elliot to have a Christmas sweater with the right size of buttons. 

As for photos tomorrow, I’m going to go with the too small buttons. I think it should stay shut, and it will look nice with what Audrey is wearing.

Do you have a button resource that you recommend?

Elf Hats

It’s amazing how much knitting a person can get done when they are watching the Hawkeye game.20181111_0845223324469343946049205.jpgThe elf hats were nice and quick, and now I’m back to knitting with natural fibers. I’m about to cast on a hat because I lost my Gretel Tam again. I am going to start a Sitka Spruce hat from Tin Can Knits as soon as I sit down to knit again. Hopefully I don’t lose or felt this hat.

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Happy Halloween! It’s spooky how much knitting I’ve completed this week.

I blocked my Zadie Sweater. The bottom is rolling a bit. As I was knitting it I thought there wasn’t enough garter to keep it from rolling. I was right. I should have listened to my gut and adjusted the pattern. Other than that, I like the sweater a lot. It’s cozy and casual. I will wear it a lot.20181031_1345391764708635149838383.jpgI finished the gusset on the first sock of my current sock project. These are slow going, but when I actually pick them up to work on them they go fast. Funny how that works.20181031_1329258385867915150015255.jpgThe project that I can’t stop working on this week is Nightshift by Andrea Mowry. I find mosaic color work addictive. Most of the yarn I’m using is leftover from Mary-Claire’s Scrap Yarn Shawl Knock Off. As I knit the shawl I’m thinking about her, which makes knitting it even more delightful. I’m suffering from the delusion that often comes with shawls that grow wider as you knit them – I think I’ll be able to finish this in a week. I know that is unlikely, but I can dream.20181031_1330364299201495249290190.jpg

In non-knitting news, last night was Beggar’s Night in Des Moines. Des Moines has a weird tradition where kids trick or treat the night before Halloween. I did not grow up with the tradition and find it annoying, because it makes Halloween a bit of a let down for the kids. Stupid tradition or not, the kids were excited to trick or treat. 20181030_1805092335573696556768027.jpgI hope you get a spooky amount of knitting done this week too!

New Hats

I finished the Little Boxes hats for Audrey and Elliot yesterday. They both love having a hat that matches Daddy’s.20181028_1151397766422218341926674.jpg

I didn’t adapt the pattern much. I did not adjust the number of cast on stitches. The hat is stretch enough it works in the adult size, and this way they will be able to wear them for several years. I reduced the number of pattern repeats by 1/3. 20181028_1151425638508863825725659.jpg

I hope that there isn’t much need for warm wool hats for another month, but it is the end of October and this is Iowa, so we will probably need them before too long.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I’m now off to watch football and drink tea and knit obsessively.

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I finished the stockings! I forgot to take a picture of them before they went home with my friend, but trust me, they looked great. I was able to give them to her at book club, which was at my house this month. I was too distracted to remember to take a picture because I was so proud of myself for putting this cheese plate together all from things I had on hand. Elliot napped late, so I wasn’t able to get to the grocery store for my usual cheese plate supplies.20181015_1921234068834081513450873.jpgI’m about halfway through my second sleeve. I hoped I would be further along by now, but I have been on the go too much to knit. I didn’t even take pictures of the sweater this week, so I’m going to post a bunch of pictures from our orchard trip this morning instead. My mom met us at the orchard, which was a nice treat for us.

I hope to be done with the sleeves next week. I promise I’ll take some pictures of my knitting before then.