Knitting Planning

10,000,000 years ago, in the before times, back before I was a housewife, I worked at Nationwide Insurance. I loved my time there. I learned a lot. I made great friends. The coffee shop had amazing fountain Pepsi. It was a good time.

In my last job with Nationwide I worked as a business person on an Agile IT development line. If you don’t know what that means, just imagine me translating business speak to IT speak and IT speak to business speak. I was basically a nerd translator. It was awesome.

Every morning we would have a stand up meeting at our white boards. There were several large white boards forming a wall to differentiate our team space from other team spaces. On our boards we would keep track of all of the work we needed to do for a project, what we were working on for the next two weeks, what requirements were being written for, what was currently being developed, what was tested, and what was approved. It was a really easy way to keep track of the work. I liked being able to look at the board to see where we were.

I liked it so much I’ve decided to adapt it to my knitting planning for the year.

I created a list of things I want to knit this year. I have a list of my WIPs. I have a list of FOs. I’ve also included stretch goals (I would like to knit the Super Simple Summer Sweater, but I don’t really think I’ll get to it this year). I’ve listed my hibernating projects, because I like to believe if I see them on the board I might eventually pick them up again. I’ve started a list of yarn I want to try and yarn I need to buy to complete the projects on my to knit list. So far it has kept me focused on what I want to knit.

I’m finding more success with having the white board in my yarn room than I did with my knitting notebook last year.

Do you do anything to keep your knitting organized?

Sock It To Me Monday

I finished my socks. The yarns is Regia Pairfect, which is hard wearing and knits up beautifully.

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I started a new pair of socks. I’m using the January colorway from Knit Spin Farms little known holidays club. I’m knitting sport weight socks, which for me means using US 2.5 needles. My Knit Picks circular needles broke and my back up 2.5 needles have a wonky join so I’ve ordered new needles from Skein Shop (good prices and fast free shipping to the US). They arrive on Wednesday, so I won’t be working on my socks until then.

I hope you are getting a lot of knitting done.

WIP Wednesday

I have a few projects going at the moment. I am still spending most of my time in the recliner with my foot up knitting. It is not as delightful as it seems. I’m having a very hard time sitting still, but being up on my scooter leads to lots of pain, so I continue to sit.

Here’s what I’ve been working on.

John’s Blanket

I told my family that I would knit them anything they wanted this year. They each got to choose one project. John picked a blanket. I’m using sport weight merino that his parents brought back from Italy two years ago and Knit Picks Paragon, a merino, alpaca, silk blend. It’s not an exciting project to work on, but the yarn feels great. I am trying to knit one 50g ball a week on this blanket.

Outline Wrap

I’m using my Chromatic Yarns Advent calendar yarn to make an outline wrap. I’m knitting the colors in the order they were received. This project will look totally different after it is blocked. These are not my normal colors or the type of project I normally work on, but I am LOVING this.

Midas Hat

The Midas Hat (Ravelry link) is my current favorite hat pattern. Other than vanilla socks I rarely repeat a pattern. This will be the fourth Midas Hat I’ve made. I’m using yarn Bonny bought because it was purple but the photo was a lie and it isn’t purple so she sent it to me. I am not sure if this hat is for me yet. It might go to my sister because I think the blue speckles will go with the mittens I made her for Christmas.

I’m trying to keep myself to three projects, only because it’s cumbersome to have so many projects bags around my chair. I have so many yarns I want to knit with, so I might be casting on a fourth project today.

What are you working on?

Sock It To Me Monday

I’m all about mindless knitting right now. For me that means socks. I finished the pair I was working on when I last updated you on socks, but I have yet to take a picture of them. I also made Elliot a pair of tube socks. Kids grow fast, and tube socks will allow the socks to grow with him. I made Audrey tube socks too, but added ribbing to the top as she has narrower feet than Elliot.

I apologize for the quality of these photos. It is hard to get pictures of kids standing still, especially when you spend most of your waking time in a recliner with your ankle elevated.

I’m now working on a pair of socks for myself. I’m not making as much progress now, as I’m off prescription pain meds and lucid enough to recognize boredom.

How are your socks coming along?

FO Friday

I’m a week out from surgery on my ankle. The pain has improved, but I’m still stuck in a chair with my leg up most of the time. I’m not in a great head space, but at least the space around my head looks great.

I made an Iowa Hawkeye hat for myself by blending two patterns. I used leftover Beaverslide Dry Goods fingering weight yarn and size 2 (US) needles (size 3 for the colorwork). The hat isn’t blocked yet, but nothing is getting blocked around here until I can walk.

Thank you for all of your well wishes. I’m hoping to get back to blogging and reading soon. I’m so thankful for my Blogville Knitters friends. If you ever free at noon central standard time you should join our Skype call. I’ve made dear friends on the call and would love for you to join us.