WIP Wednesday: 37/52

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been knitting away this week, making progress on most projects. I haven’t touched my sock project at all. It feels weird to not be working on socks, but I’m just not feeling them.

I’m getting so close on my sweater. I’m actually to the point where I’m excited to be working on it because I’m so close to having a new sweater for fall. I just need to finish up the second sleeve.20180919_1242287837708890853937678.jpg

I started a stocking last week and made a 10 rows a day goal. I’ve been sticking pretty close to that, with the exception of yesterday when I did 10 rows and the heel. Doing 10 rows a day is perfect for me, as I don’t love colorwork and this breaks the project out. 20180919_1238243756778440712550706.jpgThis is the fifth stocking I’ve made from this collection. It is the first time I’ve made the heel as written without any issues. It was actually pretty simple and now I’m wondering why I ever had trouble with it. Has that ever happened to you?

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.

WIP Wednesday: 34/52

Now that I’ve finished the Study Hall Shawl I’m back to working on my caramel sweater. It’s amazing how much progress you can make when you only have one project on the needles.

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Never ask my husband to take pictures of your knitting.

I hope to be on the sleeves by next week. I’m done with the green stripe and have about 25 rows to go until I bind off. I’m going to have a lot of ends to sew in. I know I could carry the yarn between stripes, but I think this will be a floppy front cardigan and it would really bother me to see the carried yarn. So I will just deal with ends.

After days in the 90s we are down to the 70s. It feels wonderful. The kids and I spent as much time outside as we could today. We walked with friends to a park and stopped for lunch on a patio on our way home. It is perfect out. I hope this weather sticks around.

 

WIP Wednesday: 33/52

I spent another week ignoring my sweater and working away on my Study Hall Shawl. I’m getting close to finishing it. It is now at the point where it is very difficult to photograph because the fabric is larger than the needles, so I can’t give you a good picture of it.20180822_1326301335615502415072281.jpg

I love the shawl, but I have had a couple of issues with it. Please note that the issues don’t actually bother me, which I assume is because this shawl is so much fun to knit.

The first issue is the yarn: I am using two 100 g skeins of Garden Wool & Dye Company yarn. The yardage 437 yards – 23 yards shorter than the yarn called for in the pattern. The 23 yards make a difference – I do not have enough pink for the final stripe and bind off. I might run out of the blue, so I’ll have to end the shawl early. I should have enough for three full basketweave sections, so it won’t look awkward.

The second issue is reading the chart. I blame this fully on taking cold medicine. The chart is clear. It is standard. It is not a funky chart. Yet I totally misread it and in the sanquar check sections am purling and knitting in the wrong spot on the wrong side of the shawl. I like how it looks though, so it doesn’t bother me.

With any luck I’ll finish the shawl and have it blocked before the end of the week. As soon as that happens it is back to the sweater. I might start a pair of socks too.

Or, instead of knitting, I’ll get around to picking the tomatoes that are suddenly abundant on our volunteer grape tomato plant. 20180822_1327321510331404899824685.jpg

I hope you had a productive week!

WIP Wednesday: 32/52

Happy Wednesday! The kids and I are back in Des Moines. I packed both the sweater and the shawl for our trip to Cedar Falls, but I never picked up the sweater. That’s really the theme of my week. I love the sweater, but it is never what I want to be working on.

I am completely addicted to working on the Study Hall Shawl. It is a very easy pattern. The colorwork is done with slipped stitches, so you are only working with one color on each row. That makes it easy enough for me to knit while my kids play. 20180815_123818617347542577181328.jpg

I’m surprised at how fast this is knitting up and how easy it is. It is to be determined if I pick up my sweater again before I finish the shawl. I’ll let you know next Wednesday.