WIP Wednesday: 2/52

Shall we discuss how little knitting I’ve accomplished this week? It is pathetic. We’ve all been sick, and my knitting has barely been touched. I even went over 24 hours without picking up the needles once. That hasn’t happened since Elliot was a newborn.

Because of my lack of knitting I don’t have much to update you on. I am working on the leg of John’s second sock. It hasn’t progressed enough to bother taking a picture of it.
The only think I really accomplished this week was blocking Kirsten’s hat. I love it. I would probably steal it and make her another one if the color worked for me at all. I am now dreaming about splurging on some soft gray yarn for myself. I have enough navy yarn in my stash to make one for myself, but that won’t stop me from daydreaming about a gray hat.

I hope to have all sorts of progress to share with you next week. Have a great one!

 

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WIP Wednesday 1/52

Happy Wednesday! I didn’t write a WIP post last week because I was in the haze of Christmas vacation. John was off for over a week and I had no idea what day it was until yesterday when he went back to work. I did make some progress over the past two weeks, just not as much as I would have liked.

Kirsten’s hat is coming along, and will be done by next week. It will probably be done tonight, barring any unforeseen events (deciding I would rather read instead of knit).

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What can I say about this hat? I love the pattern. The cables are so fun to knit. I adore this yarn, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima. The colorway is cotton candy, and I love the color changes in the soft pink. It is not my usual color selection, and it has been really fun to work with something new.

 

I finished one of John’s socks. I have not felt like knitting socks at all, so these have been pretty slow going.20180103_190737_001.jpg

I’m still working on my sock yarn blanket, and it is finally wide enough. Now it is just a matter of making it long enough. Before the end of the year I should be able to finish the blanket and add an i cord binding. As soon as I finish the blanket I’ll be starting another one. It is my favorite knitting project ever. I love it.

Have a great week! I hope you are making progress on your projects.

WIP Wednesday – Christmas Knitting Extravaganza

Christmas is less than a week away, yet my Christmas knitting is more than a week from being finished. I have decided to just finish up what I can and call it good.

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I finally blocked my Mom’s Christmas socks. I love how they turned out. I’m worried they will be a little big for her. If they are I suppose I could just make her a new pair and keep these for myself. 20171220_125110.jpgI finished John’s socks. I like how they turned out. I think he’ll be very excited to have a brand new pair of socks. He loves hand knit socks, which makes it easy to make them for him. There’s nothing worse than knitting something for someone and not having them appreciate it.20171220_125242.jpgI am slowly making progress on my Monkey socks. The second pair of socks I ever made were Monkey socks, and I haven’t made them sense. I don’t know why – the pattern is easy to memorize and it goes quickly. I haven’t been working on them much because I realized I had more Christmas knitting that had to be done. I’m even less likely to pick them up now because the last time I put them in the project bag I pulled the needle off of 1/4 of the stitches, so I have to fix them before I can knit again. Spoiler alert: this might be my new forgotten project. I should just put the project bag in the same tote bag as the cardigan that time forgot and put them both in a closet.20171220_125257.jpg

My mother-in-law loves felt slippers, so I make her a pair every year for Christmas. I finished knitting these yesterday. I haven’t felted them yet, so I still consider them a work in progress. Fun fact: I hate felting. It smells and it is time-consuming. Next year I might switch to slippers I don’t have to felt.20171220_125319.jpg

I’m making a replacement beret for Kirsten. She lost the raspberry beret I made her a few years ago. I couldn’t find any nice, bright yarn at the yarn shop in the 5 minutes I had before it closed, but I did find this Manos in Cotton Candy. I love the color and the squishiness of it.20171220_125402.jpg

Last week after I finished John’s socks I decided I would try to knit him another pair. That was a crazy idea. I didn’t consider that I had other knitting to do. I didn’t think about the fact that I can’t knit them when he is around and he was here all weekend and had Monday off. I forgot that we have plans many nights this week. So he might get these for Valentine’s Day. Or I might wrap them up as is and tell him they are coming.

What should I do with John’s in progress socks? Are you ready for Christmas?

 

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

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.