WIP Wednesday: 36/52

Do you ever get to the point with a project where you just want it done? That’s where I’m at with the sweater. I know I’m going to love it. I know I will wear it a lot. I’m just sick of working on it. 20180912_1641441213270568361292031.jpg

I’m getting there. I should be able to finish the first sleeve this week. If all goes well I’ll finish the second sleeve next week. I would have made more progress this week, but I could not stand to look at the ends hanging loose any longer and sewed them all in. I was going to try waiting to weave in ends until I blocked the sweater, but I don’t think I will ever have the patience to do that.

I managed to stay away from the sock most of the week. I only have an inch to go until the heel. It will probably take me months to finish these. I have all sorts of knitting that I want to do when I finish my sweater, none of which is socks. 20180912_1640338355456867042896113.jpg

Both kids staged a nap revolt today, so I’m hoping they fall asleep early so I can get a lot of knitting done. Wish me luck.

WIP Wednesday: 35/52

Happy Wednesday! It has been raining for almost a week here in Des Moines. So far we have a dry basement. I love knitting in the rain. It feels so cozy to be working with yarn on a dreary day. It really should have been a productive week for me, but it really wasn’t.

I’m still working on the body of my sweater. I have about six rows of ribbing to go, then it is on to the sleeves. I hope I get there soon, as it is getting harder and harder to convince myself to pick it up and work on rows of ribbing that take 15 minutes to complete.20180905_1754052655345397164946333.jpg

I would be on the sleeves by now, but I decided to start a pair of socks for travel knitting. I shouldn’t be working on the socks at home, but I’m picking them up and working on them. The yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorn in the Eliot colorway. The pattern is Up All Night Socks by Meanest Mommy Knits. It is an appropriate combination, as our Elliot was a horrible sleeper as a newborn and was up all night often. I love the pattern because it looks complicated but it is not. It’s easy to memorize, and I can take it with me to knit anywhere and not have a problem. It even went with me to knit night at the bar on Monday and I could still knit it after a pineapple moscow mule. 20180905_1755164322834742152348703.jpg

Please wish me luck finishing the body of my sweater. I’m ready to move on to the sleeves.

Off the Needles: Grace Hopper Socks

The kids and I are headed up to Cedar Falls for a few days later this morning. I know John will miss us, so I wanted to leave him with something to make his afternoon better: fresh off the needles socks.20180813_1021351857550536698080672.jpg

Pardon the photo taken in direct sunlight. The yarn really looks closer to what was pictured in my post from last Wednesday. The yarn is the Grace Hopper colorway from Yarn Geek Fibers. The yarn was beautiful to work with, and I’m happy that I have another skein of her yarn in my stash.

I’m going to see what life is like without a pair of socks on my needles. I always have a pair in progress, but so far my shawl is so easy I can pick it up and put it down just like socks.

I hope your week starts with a completed project too. Even if I accomplish nothing for the rest of the week I’ll still feel like I did something.

 

WIP Wednesday: 31/52

I am having such a good knitting week. I think I’m still riding high from getting the back up yarn for my sweater with the same dye lot as the yarn I’ve been working with.

I managed to get a few more stripes done on my sweater this week. I have not been making as much progress lately, as I have actually had a social life in the evenings. 20180808_1356488293482035834169711.jpg

I still adore the sweater, and hope to get lots of work done on it next week. That might be hard though, as shawl knitting is a little addictive. All I work on at naps is my shawl, but it has only been a few days of work, so it looks like I just started it. I’m working with a needle that has a very twisted and stiff cord, which is annoying and slows me down. I have another needle of the same size, but I’m using that for my sweater.20180808_1356124190412273447203204.jpg

The socks are coming along. I have a little over an inch to work before I start the toe of the second sock. If I only had two projects on the needles instead of three I would probably be done with them by the end of the week. I am only working on these while the kids play or eat. They are easy to pick up and put down without much thought. I love how these look. It’s the first pair of 3×2 rib socks I’ve made for John. I love how 3×2 socks fit, and I’m hoping he feels the same way. 20180808_1355263962098577663273185.jpg

I hope you are getting some good knitting done this week.

WIP Wednesday: 30/52

Happy Wednesday! I have been picking up my knitting here and there, but haven’t made much progress this week. That’s OK. I’m sure there will be days this winter where I don’t leave the house and all I do is knit.

I did make some good progress on John’s socks. I started the second sock on Sunday and I’ve been making slow progress since then.20180801_1351395795045383939667449.jpg

I split the sleeves off of the body of my sweater and was able to try it on. I love how it looks.20180730_2148294566653632423759175.jpgI decided to do 3 more increase rows (a stripe’s worth) than the pattern called for. I also cast on four stitches under the sleeves. I don’t like tight-fitting sleeves, and the addition of 10 total stitches on the arms will allow for my baggy t-shirts to fit with ease. I also opted to go with stockinette under the arms instead of the P1, K2, P1 called for in the pattern.

I no longer fear running out of yarn. I bought two skeins of the purple. I don’t expect the dye lot to match, but I’m hoping it will be close enough I can use it for the sleeves and no one will notice. I will probably end up with lots of extra yarn now, but I’m sure I’ll find a good use for it.

The sweater continues to take longer than I anticipated. I’ve knit a DK sweater on size 6s before, but for some reason this one feels like it is taking so much longer than that one did. I blame the purl rows.

Have a great week! I hope you accomplish all of your knitting goals.

WIP Wednesday: 29/52

Happy Wednesday! I am happy to share my Wednesday progress this week. It has been a busy week, just not so much on the knitting front.

My sweater is moving along slowly. It continues to slip off the needles, but that is giving me great practice at picking up fallen stitches. I absolutely love the sweater. I messaged someone on Ravelry with the same yarn in her stash to see if she had the same dye lot. She hasn’t responded yet. I’m giving it a week and then I’m going to give up and order more yarn. It is not likely to match exactly, but I’m hoping if I use it for the sleeves it won’t be noticeable. If you have ever used yarn of different dye lots in a project like that please let me know how it worked out. I could do a contrasting gray bit at the bottom, but I’m loving the green and purple so much I don’t want to change the look unless using a different dye lot would be disastrous. 20180725_1317036894880449559528673.jpg

John’s socks are also moving along slowly. I’m almost done with the gusset on the first sock. I have a reason for not making much progress on these – I’m in Cedar Falls for three days this week and then camping all weekend so I wanted to knit ahead on my daily squares. That meant most of my mindless knitting this week was spent working on the blanket.20180725_1316113481391757280771561.jpg

I’m now off to get some knitting done while the kids nap. Wish me luck!