I’ve had a busy week with knitting! I finished another hat, this one for myself. I’m happy to be done with hats for now.
The pattern is Sitka Spruce from Tin Can Knits. I like the look of it, but I found the stitching a little fiddley. I don’t know if that is because it was a difficult knit or because I have a cold making it hard to concentrate. I suspect it is the latter.
Now that I’m done with the hat I’m making a pair of matching mittens. I hope to finish the mittens quickly and move on to a sweater for Elliot.A note on the yarn I’m using for this: yes, it is that bright. I don’t know why I bought fluorescent green yarn, but I think it is safe to assume I was either buying yarn on-line after two glasses of wine or it looked less bright on the website. I don’t hate the color, but I would normally not pick it. I keep losing hats, so I’m using this yarn (if I’m going to lose another hat I don’t want it to be made from yarn I adore).
Greetings from Iowa, the land that reelected a white supremacist yesterday. I am appalled with the results of that race. I am thankful that the three other house seats in Iowa went to candidates that embrace diversity.
I’ve been stress knitting (and eating) over the election this week. I’m on the last repeat of the Nightshift shawl. I love this pattern. It’s pretty mindless knitting, but it is incredibly beautiful. It is fun to knit and it will be fun to wear. When I saw the pattern I knew that I had to make it. I would not be surprised if I make another one to give away. It is so much fun to knit I would like to make it twice.
I hope you got some good knitting in this week!
Happy Halloween! It’s spooky how much knitting I’ve completed this week.
I blocked my Zadie Sweater. The bottom is rolling a bit. As I was knitting it I thought there wasn’t enough garter to keep it from rolling. I was right. I should have listened to my gut and adjusted the pattern. Other than that, I like the sweater a lot. It’s cozy and casual. I will wear it a lot.I finished the gusset on the first sock of my current sock project. These are slow going, but when I actually pick them up to work on them they go fast. Funny how that works.The project that I can’t stop working on this week is Nightshift by Andrea Mowry. I find mosaic color work addictive. Most of the yarn I’m using is leftover from Mary-Claire’s Scrap Yarn Shawl Knock Off. As I knit the shawl I’m thinking about her, which makes knitting it even more delightful. I’m suffering from the delusion that often comes with shawls that grow wider as you knit them – I think I’ll be able to finish this in a week. I know that is unlikely, but I can dream.
In non-knitting news, last night was Beggar’s Night in Des Moines. Des Moines has a weird tradition where kids trick or treat the night before Halloween. I did not grow up with the tradition and find it annoying, because it makes Halloween a bit of a let down for the kids. Stupid tradition or not, the kids were excited to trick or treat. I hope you get a spooky amount of knitting done this week too!
Happy Wednesday! It has been a busy week for me, made worse by my obsession with finishing my sweater. All I’ve wanted to do is work on the sweater. Not because I love knitting it, but because I just wanted to be done.
Thankfully my obsession paid off, as I finished my sweater yesterday. The Yarn Blabber is right, when you are monogamous with a project it really flies. The sweater is badly in need of a good blocking, but I can tell it is going to be a nice wardrobe addition. I’ll post better pictures after blocking. As you can tell I was so excited I didn’t even get out of my bunnies riding bikes pajamas to take the photos (I’m super fancy).
I started working on a new hat for the kids once I was done with the sweater. I’m making both kids Little Boxes Beanies to match John’s. Elliot insists on wearing his “Daddy hat” all summer, so I wanted to make him a hat like Daddy’s for winter. I have enough yarn to make two kids hats, so I’m just going to make two to avoid any potential fighting (trust me, it’s easier that way). I hope to finish both of the hats this week, as when I’m finished with them I can cast on a new shawl for myself.
After I finish the hats it is back to having socks as a travel project. I turned the heel on my first Up All Night sock earlier this week, so I am making some progress on them. I fear I might be a bit burnt out on socks at the moment.
Do you ever need a break from knitting your favorite thing to knit?
I continue to plug away at the two projects I’m actively working on. I am very excited that all I have left to do on the stockings is add a loop for hanging and duplicate stitch on names and years. I despise duplicate stitch, so I’m putting off doing it. I will get it done by next Monday night, as I will be able to give them to my friend at book club. I finished the body of the sweater and I’ve moved on to the first sleeve. I just finished the increases and only have 5 inches to go until I’m done with it.
These sleeves are so easy to knit. They have limited shaping, so I have been working on them while the kids eat. If I don’t finish this sleeve tonight I’ll be taking it with me to work on while Audrey’s at swim lessons tomorrow. Maybe. I might use the time to continue reading The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, as it is incredible and I can’t put it down. In fact, this blog entry might be shorter than normal so I can go read it.
I hope you are moving along on your knitting too.
I did not get as much knitting done this week. I made some progress on the stocking. I was halfway through the heel earlier this afternoon before I had to tear it out. I’ll try it again tomorrow. I think I need a break from it before I attempt the heel again.In positive knitting news, I’m almost done with the body of the sweater. I have three inches to go before I start on the sleeves. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this sweater. I am on track to have it finished by Thanksgiving.I hope I’ll be done with the stocking by next Wednesday. Once I am done with the stockings I’ll probably start a hat for Elliot for travel knitting/incredibly sick of working on the sweater knitting.