WIP Wednesday: 17/52

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been getting a lot of knitting done this week, yet I still haven’t finished the second sock for John. I’m getting close to the heel though. We went to see Infinity War last night, and I discovered I can knit socks in a dark theater. I was able to get about three inches of leg done during the movie.

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I have been obsessively working on my scrap yarn blanket. I finished weaving in the ends and I’ve started the applied i cord. I have never added an i cord edging before, and it has quickly become a favorite technique. It is really giving the blanket a finished look. I’m a little over a quarter done with the i cord. I hope to finish it before my next trip home to visit my parents, as I would like to use my mom’s clothesline to block it.

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I managed to finish my hat last week too. It’s the Gretel Tam by Ysolda Teague. I’ve made it at least four times. The cables just make me so happy.

I’m not planning to cast on any other projects until the blanket is done….unless I finish the socks. A person should always have a pair of socks on the needles for on the go knitting.

What are you working on this week?

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Finished Object – Diamond Girl Hat

I finished my new hat last night. I soaked it in wool wash and blocked it on a balloon over night. This morning I was happy to discover that it had dried enough to wear. I love it when I don’t have to wait a few days to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

The pattern is Diamond Girl by Lane Wilkins. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I love the look of the lace, but I do not like how she has you close up the hat at the crown. It looks a little wonky to me.

The yarn is South Dakota Yarn Co. and I love it. It is naturally dyed with spinach and copper (My favorite leafy green! My favorite statue medium!). The wool is from sheep that were raised sustainably in Minnesota. The yarn was a little crunchy, which lots of vegetative material in it. I don’t mind that, as I like thinking about where my yarn came from while I’m knitting with it. A little bit of VM reminds me of the sheep out enjoying the pasture. The yarn blocked beautifully, and softened up significantly.

I love the hat. I’m currently sitting at my dining room table wearing it. I do not anticipate taking it off any time soon.

Have a great weekend!

 

WIP Wednesday: 12/52

Happy Wednesday. It’s going to be 60 this afternoon, so it feels like spring is actually here. It’s not the weather that is feeling springy, so is my knitting. All of my projects are small – I’m not in the mood for a big, bulky project.

My knit while the kids play project is a pair of socks for Audrey. I’m about one inch from starting the toe on the first sock. These go fast when I actually take the time to work on them. They are just really boring, so I avoid working on them at all costs.20180328_1310381146532628.jpg

This is my first time working with this yarn, Sandnes Garn Sisu, and I like it. The yarn feels like it will hold up well, which is good, because I fully intend for both kids to eventually wear these socks. I love the color. It is such a bright blue, both kids seem happy with it.

I’m also making a hat for myself out of the South Dakota Yarn Co. I picked up at Fiberpalooza. The pattern, Diamond Girl, looks great with the yarn. I am using sport weight instead of DK weight, which will be good for a spring hat. I love how the hat is knitting up, but I am reminded why I haven’t knit lace in five years – you actually have to think about it. I’m not used to thinking about my knitting. 20180328_1311581281478462.jpg

In addition to the two real projects I’m working on, I’ve started keeping a dishcloth on the needles in the fruit bowl on my dining room table. Why? Because toddlers eat for a really long time. Each meal lasts about an hour. That makes for a lot of sitting at the table encouraging them to eat or be done with the meal. I’ve made two and a half dishcloths with this new technique over the past week. That is even more impressive when you realize I was gone for three days last week. I plan to keep a dishcloth going until I’ve replenished our dishcloth drawer (all of our dishcloths seemed to get holes at the same time).

Overall I’m not in much of a knitting mood lately. Or a reading mood. You would think I would be getting a lot of cleaning and organizing done, but you would be wrong. I’m mostly sitting around trying to figure out what to do with my downtime.

What do you like to do when you aren’t knitting?

WIP Wednesday: 9/52

It feels like I’ve accomplished a lot of knitting this week. I finished two projects, my St. Patrick’s Day socks and the birthday party hat. It has been a long time since I have felt like I’ve accomplished a lot with my knitting.

The hat is the favorite knit slouchy by Jamie Sande. It is the third time I’ve made this hat, and it won’t be the last. It’s really easy, and you end up with a hat that is fashionable. Often what I like to knit and what is hip are two totally different things, but in this case they actually intersect.20180303_193845(0)1053835290.jpg

I made that hat for my friend’s birthday party. She put the hat on after she opened it and wore it for the rest of the night. I love it when it is clear that my knitted gift is appreciated.

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I also finished my St. Patrick’s Day socks. I used Born in a Barn Fiber Arts yarn, which is some of my favorite yarn I have ever worked with. I’m excited to go to Fiberpalooza again in a couple of weeks, as I get to check out her stuff again. I was playing around with my own design when I was knitting them, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I am thinking about writing up the pattern.

My goal for the week was to finish the hat and the socks before I started on Elliot’s cardigan again. I thought I would a sleeve knit by now, but that hasn’t happened. Because I have to keep track of the decreases on the sleeves it isn’t something I want to work on when I’m knitting with others or when the kids are awake.
I started two new projects this week. Both projects are good for knitting when hanging out with friends.

I’m making a cowl out of super bulky yarn. My sister recently told me she wanted a cowl, so when I discovered some super bulky in my stash I decided to make her one. I did not consult her on the pattern or the yarn. She might hate it. That is OK, because if I’m being honest, I just want to have a project that helps me burn through 100 g of yarn very quickly. Fiberpalooza is only a few weeks away, and I would like to earn as much yarn as possible (I’m taking my yarn diet very seriously this year).

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I also started a pair of kind of vanilla socks. They are vanilla socks, but with a small rib detail so they aren’t quite so boring to knit. I am using Felici, which always seems to knit up quickly. There is something about self striping yarn – it makes me keep going and going to see what the next stripe will bring. I love it.

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I always have a pair of socks on the needles, and I’ve developed a plan for this year when approaching socks. I am going to alternate between indie dyers and cheaper sock yarn. I have enough in my stash that I should be able to get through this year without buying more (even though I’m totally going to buy more when my yarn diet allows for it). I would love to knit exclusively with indie dyers, but my budget does not allow for it. I think knitting every other pair with extra fancy yarn will be a nice treat. I imagine it will also get me to slow down and enjoy the fancy yarn and quickly knit through the mass-produced yarn. I look forward to seeing if my hypothesis holds true.

For the next week I’m hoping to finish Elliot’s sweater. I would like to finish the cowl too. If I’m really lucky I’ll also finish a sock. That is a lot of knitting though, so I might be setting unattainable knitting goals for the week. What do you hope to knit this week?

WIP Wednesday: 6/52

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been busy knitting this week.

I’m actually making progress on the cocoon sweater. I bound off the bottom ribbing yesterday. I have yet to pick up the 192 stitches for the collar. I’m not looking forward to doing that. I don’t mind picking up 80 stitches or even 100, but 192 is intimidating. It isn’t mindless knitting – you actually have to think when you pick up that many stitches. I’m going to do it tonight because John is going to a movie. I will have plenty of time for quiet concentration once the kids go to bed. Honestly, I might celebrate picking up the collar with some hot chocolate or a glass of wine and a bubble bath. I feel like I will have earned it after picking up all of the stitches.
I am done with the first monkey sock and about halfway through the leg of the second. I should have that sock done by next Wednesday. My plan is to not cast on any additional projects until I’m done with that sock. We will see how that goes.

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I couldn’t help myself last week and I cast on a slouchy navy hat.  I decided to bang out a The Favorite Knit Slouchy hat. The pattern calls for a thin worsted weight, but I went with a thick worsted because that is what I had in my stash and I knew I wanted an extra toasty hat. I love it. It is like my head is getting a hug.

My plan for knitting this week is to spend 15 minutes each day on the collar of the cardigan. It will probably take me about a month more if I’m knitting on it every day. If my thumbs ever heal completely I’ll spend more time on it, but until they are healthy the acrylic yarn really bothers them.

Once I finish the monkey socks I’m going to cast on a pair of St. Patrick’s Day socks. I’m probably going to do a very simple pattern on them. Maybe SKYP or School Pickup Line Socks. I haven’t decided yet. I am using sparkly green yarn I picked up last year in Winterset at the Heartland Fibers Fiberpalooza. If I’m going to buy any yarn there this year I need to knit with at least some of my yarn from last year. The festival is on St. Patrick’s Day this year, so I thought it was only right that I use that yarn.

What are you planning to cast on next?