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!

 

Simmer Socks

Happy Monday! I used nap time to finish my skimmer socks. I love how they turned out. They were such a fast knit (once my 40 inch size 0s arrived) and they don’t use much yarn.

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I have not tested them out in shoes yet, so I do not know if they will get sucked down into shoes. The feel snug though, so I think they will stay up. Even if they don’t they are a great way to get the comfort of a hand knit socks in the heat of the summer. I might just call them summer slippers and wear them constantly around the house.

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I am not off to refinish the socks, because there is a bit of a weird pokey bit on the toe and I want to sew that in. I should have done that before I told you about them, but I was too excited and wanted to share them right away.

WIP Wednesday: 27/52

Happy Wednesday! I have so much to update you on this week. It is hard to believe that last week I only had one pair of socks on the needles.

I was so excited to finish my margarita socks I jumped right in to a new pair of socks. This time I went with Skimmer Socks Revisited, I want socks that don’t show when I wear Chucks. I really hope they won’t get sucked down into my shoe, a common occurrence with purchased no-show socks. I am almost done with the first sock – I just need to add the top rib. I would have finished it by now, but I don’t have a 40 inch size 0 needle in my possession. I ordered one and it should get here later this week. Once it arrives I should be able to finish the sock in less than an hour. 20180711_134001358162342786589286.jpg

Because I’m stuck until the new needles get her I cast on a pair of simple 3×2 rib socks for John. I’m using Yarn Geek Fibers Super-Geek in the Grace Hopper colorway (you might remember it from the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival post). I love how these socks are knitting up. I think John will get a lot of use out of them. I’ve made a lot of progress on them as they are so easy to pick up when the kids are playing. I got about an inch done at the library today. It was enough knitting to make me think I should take the kids to play there more often.20180711_1120522941539894652484688.jpg

I’m not just knitting socks. Inspired by the Knitting Monk podcast where he talks about finding the opportunity in what you have, I dug into my stash and found some yarn I bought last year when a local yarn shop was closing. I was in a mad buying frenzy because the yarn was half off (HALF OFF! THEY WERE PRACTICALLY GIVING IT AWAY!!!!). I picked up some Ella Rae DK Merino Superwash in colors I thought would make a nice cardigan for Audrey or Elliot. I was searching for patterns on Ravelry with the yardage I had and I realized I could make a sweater for myself.

I cast on a Caramel sweater a few days ago. I didn’t swatch it. I am just going to knit until it is about four inches long and measure gauge then. If it doesn’t work I’ll tear it out. I didn’t want to wait to get started on the sweater.

The rows are long, so it is not good for knitting until after bed time. I’m very excited about this sweater as it is colors I never would have picked for myself – grape purple and mantis green. I think it will look great over my gray t-shirt centric wardrobe.20180711_134041964113775808401576.jpg

Working on the cardigan also makes me feel good about my yarn diet. If I weren’t on a yarn diet this yarn would have languished in a tote in my basement for 10 years until I decided to donate it. Because I am buying less yarn I’m more likely to work with what I have.

I hope I have a lot of progress to show you next week. Have a great week – I hope you get to start a fun new project too.