Ambitious Packing

We are heading out-of-town tomorrow for a graduation party. My lovely niece is graduating from high school. I’m excited we will be able to help her celebrate. I’m also excited about the three hours I will spend in the car knitting on the way home on Sunday (John called dibs as the passenger tomorrow).

When I travel I tend to pack knitting projects like I’m going to a silent retreat alone for a week. I pack way too many projects.

For this trip I’m trying to stick to only bringing one pair of socks. Realistically I know I won’t have that much time to knit. That isn’t stopping me from thinking about throwing the yarn for the scrap yarn shawl knockoff and fingerless mitts. Or maybe some extra sock yarn, just in case.

I have a problem. An overly ambitious knitter packing problem. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this affliction.


WIP Wednesday: 20/52

I’ve made great progress on my Felici socks. I am worried they are a smidge small. I think I’ve had that scare with Felici on a 3×2 rib before and they blocked out fine. I’m hoping that happens again. If it doesn’t I’ll give them to my Aunt who loves hand knit socks. It will all work out in the end.


I’m so close to being finished I have already pulled out the yarn for my next pair of socks. I’m using La Jolla in Tequila Sunset. I’ve never used their yarn before and I’m excited to try it. I’m not sure which pattern I’ll be using. I would like something like the Simple SKYP sock pattern, but not that one as I’ve made it a lot in the past year. If you have any suggestions please send them my way.

I hope to have more than one project on the needles by next week. I think two projects at once is a comfortable place to be.


I had a hard time coming up with a topic to write about today.

I could write about how Elliot has taken to climbing the learning tower and throwing toys to the floor. Even metal toys. Our floor has new scratches in it.

I could write about how I realized my borrowed digital copy of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime is due in three days and I really need to finish it. I cannot begin to explain how interesting that book is, so finishing it won’t be a problem if I can find the time.

I could write about how Audrey now says “Mama, I’m sick of you” and “Mommy I don’t like you.” It breaks my heart. I responded to her with words I remember my Mom saying to me, so I sent my mom a text to apologize for being a jerk.

I could write about the cute things that happened today, like Audrey saying maybe we would see R2D2s at the Kansas City Zoo and Elliot attempting to blow bubbles.20180517_170926883889581.jpg

But instead I’ll just show you my finished sock, because I am not up to a long, thoughtful post today.

I messed up the decreases on the toe. It turns out decreasing while pushing kids on the swings doesn’t work as well as I would have hoped. I decreased on rows that I should have decreased on twice on the top of the sock. I decided it worked and I’m not going to tear it out. It’s still comfortable.20180517_19043658301587.jpg

I hope you had a wonderful Thursday.

WIP Wednesday: 19/52

Happy Wednesday! I’m only aware of the day because I keep checking the calendar. I’m still thrown off from our camping weekend.

I’m slowly making progress on the applied I Cord on my blanket. I finished the third side yesterday. It is so big it takes me a while to locate the yarn and find a good way to hold the blanket. If I’m sitting down for less than a half hour it doesn’t seem worth it to pick up.

I cast on socks before I headed down to Missouri last week. I’m using Felici in the Stone Harbor colorway. Felici continues to be the fastest sock yarn I’ve ever worked with. I’m already done with the gusset on the first sock.


Over the next week I hope to finish this sock and start the second one. I also hope to finish the applied i cord on the blanket. Once I’m done with the blanket I’m going to start my sister’s Christmas present (I like to stay on top of holiday knitting).

WIP Wednesday: 18 of 52

Happy Wednesday! I feel like I’m treading water with my knitting instead of getting anywhere. I’m still working on John’s socks. I am through the gusset now, but making slow progress on the foot.


I’m over halfway done with the applied i cord on my blanket. It goes quickly when I have time to pick it up. I am still thrilled with how it looks.

I need to come to terms with not knitting as much during the warmer weather. I think I’ll be OK with it once I’m done with the socks.

I hope you are getting lots of knitting done.

**Insert expletive here**

Audrey is currently enrolled in swim lessons that meet on Thursday mornings at the Y. It is a lovely break for me – she swims, Elliot is in the learn and play center, and I sit on the side of the pool knitting. It’s about as close to vacation knitting as I get these days.

This morning I made good progress. I have one row to go until I start the heel flap on John’s second sock. I was knitting that last row when I felt something funny – the needle breaking.


I’m incredibly annoyed. The needles were my favorite – Lykke Driftwood. They were a Christmas gift from this year. I can’t believe they only lasted four months. I was also at the point where I was making good progress on the sock. I am afraid changing needles will stop all of my sock momentum.

I ordered a new pair of Driftwood needles (I love them enough to give them another shot) and a pair of Chiaogoo needles (I keep hearing wonderful things about them). I’m going to dig out my old Knit Picks needles to use until the new ones arrive. It is to be determined if I actually knit with them or just transfer the stitches to the new needle.

Has this ever happened to you?