WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday. I’ve been stuck at home with sick kids all week. That has led to lots of cuddles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and knitting.

I finished John’s Christmas socks. I just finished them about 10 minutes ago, and now I’m trying to figure out how I can get them blocked without him noticing. I think it will involve a warm sunny day and me not forgetting that I need to block them.

I finished the stocking I had been working on and started the second one. I am hoping that now that I’m done with John’s socks the stocking will fly. I think it will.

Once I finish the stocking my big project will be finishing the huge cardigan that I haven’t touched in months. After that I’ll make a sweater for Elliot.

I have only worked a few rows on the weather map socks this week. They look the same as last week so I didn’t bother taking a picture.

Have a great week!

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WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I finished my sport weight socks as expected. I will try to remember to post photos after they are blocked.

I’ve got three active projects this week. First up is a pair of Bears socks for John in worsted weight. They are going pretty fast. I’m only working on them when he isn’t around, as they are going to be a Christmas present for him.

When he is around and I am not up to working charts I’m making myself a pair of socks that is knitting up like a beautiful weather map. I love them.

I have made some good progress on the stocking this week. I would have more done, but my eye surgery set me back a couple of days. I hope to have a lot more progress done next week.

Have a great week!

WIP Wednesday

Ahhh….Wednesday. We’ve made it to the middle of the week. Here in Des Moines it actually feels like fall outside. We are getting close to being able to wear wool socks. John has been wearing his all week, but he works in a frigid office so wool socks are his norm.

This week I finished Elliot’s socks for Mary-Claire for Christmas. I feel OK posting them here because I love them so much I already sent her a picture. It would be a real shame if these socks got lost before Christmas (bwahahaha).

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I blocked my Wonder Woman Wrap. It is amazing. I used Malibrigo in Ravelry Red and Yarn Love Yarn in Saffron, so it is smooshy and fancy. I can’t wait to wear it. The problem is I don’t have many occasions to wear a superhero shawl. Oh well. I will look amazing every time I go to a movie that features Wonder Woman (Justice League comes out on November 17, so I don’t have to wait long).20170928_182419

I mentioned months ago that I am making Christmas stockings for my cousin’s boys because she gives me the most amazing hand me downs. Well, it is suddenly October so I really need to get going on those. Her mom flies to Virginia to visit her next week, and I don’t think I’ll be able to give her the stockings to deliver. Don’t you agree? This is the first stocking. I have a long way to go. Luckily she’s headed back out for Thanksgiving, so I should be able to get them done by then.20171004_192252

I’m also working on a pair of slipper socks for myself. They are not technically slippers. I’m just using a pattern for socks in DK or worsted. I spend most of the winter lazing about my house in socks. I thought a nice thick pair would be lovely. I’m using yarn a friend decided to purge from her stash. I thought it was DK, but I eventually found the label and it is sport. Ooops. Had I known that I would have looked for another pattern. They will be fine though. They knit up incredibly quickly. I might make a few pairs for myself to get me through the winter. I think they would work as real socks in Danskos or Uggs because those are a bit floppy on my feet to being with.¬†20171004_192346

So that’s where I’m at this week. I am not sure what I’ll get done in the next week. I assume I’ll finish the purple slipper socks and get some work done on the stockings. I’m having lens implants inserted tomorrow, so I might not be able to see well enough to knit for a few days. I might cast on something bulky in garter stitch – I could knit that even if I can’t see.

Have a lovely week! I hope you’re able to wear your wool socks soon.

WIP – Overwhelmed Addition

Happy Wednesday! I missed my regular Wednesday post last week because my site was down and my live in IT guy was riding his bike. I was planning on writing a catch up post all week, but I have been so busy it never happened. But I’m back at it now, and I have a lot of update you on.

My knitting needles finally arrived (3 months after being ordered), so I’m back to working on the owl sweater for Audrey. It is going very fast, which is a good thing because I’m afraid she will only be able to wear it this year. It is already the middle of August, so I really need to get going on the sweater if I’m going to finish it in time to convince my mom or sister to sew the buttons on for me by the time it gets cold. I hope to have the sweater finished and blocked by next week (this might be because I will see two possible button sewing helpers on Saturday).

The Wonder Woman Wrap is gorgeous, but sitting in a bag being ignored until I finish the sweater. I’m looking forward to picking it up again. I’m on the second yellow W. I’m nervous that I will run out of yarn, but I’ve weighed it and I should be OK. I want to quickly knit through that section to see if I’ll really make it. It will be a more relaxing project once I know I have the yarn to finish (or a very frustrating project if I need to decide if I’m going to splurge on another skein of yarn love yarn).

I’ve finished one self patterning sock for John, and should be able to get through the heel on the second sock before next week (if I manage to cast it on).

Let’s pretend the huge cardigan that still needs to be seamed doesn’t exist, OK?.

I’m feeling overwhelmed about all of my in flight projects. I think it is because Elliot is on a mission to go to the ER with a head injury, so I’m not able to knit as much as I was able to before he was so climbing everything. I’m hoping that even with significantly reduced knitting time I’m able to make some progress this week. Winter is coming, I can’t ignore the cardigan forever.

Have a great week!

WIP Wednesday

I would really like summer to slow down a bit. It feels like I was just writing my WIP post last week. I am not looking forward to being stuck inside this winter, but this week has been so hot we have been stuck inside a few days.

This week I finished my first watermelon sock. As you can see, they look good enough to eat. I usually make tall socks, but opted for a short sock. I’m pretty happy with them, I think I would go crazy if I had to knit that much stockinette without a pattern.

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I’m still waiting on my knitting needles, so Audrey’s sweater is still hibernating. The cocoon cardigan continues to hibernate as well (I can’t bring myself to touch it when there is a heat advisory outside). My retirement cardigan is still tucked away in my closet waiting for me to find motivation to pull it out.

I’ve never had this many projects on the needles before. So what should I do? Cast on a Wonder Woman Wrap, obviously. I started two days ago and I’m making very slow progress. I think I’ll be working on this project for a long time. I got a few rows in while the kids napped yesterday, but usually it will be my evening project if I’m not watching a show that needs concentration. It feels good to be starting a new large project that I actually enjoy.

Next week I hope to get to the yellow in the Wonder Woman wrap and to the heel of the second watermelon sock. I hope you are able to resist the siren call of a new project before you finish a work in progress. Have a great week!

WIP Wednesday

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I’ve been knitting more than I expected. Audrey hasn’t been napping, so I’ve been spending nap time sitting as quietly as possible in hopes that the quiet will lull her to sleep. I haven’t had luck with that yet, but I have been productive with knitting.

Currently I have a pair of Simple SKYP socks in progress. I just sewed in the ends on sock one and plan to cast on sock two later this evening. It looks like I’m using two clashing balls of yarn for these socks, but it is actually one ball of Chroma in Confetti, a colorway I wouldn’t have picked out. The leg looks like a 70s afghan and the foot looks like it was inspired by a My Little Pony. ¬†Despite the colors I kind of love this sock. It’s super cozy and colorful, two traits I like in socks. I’m going to live on the edge when I start the second sock – I’m not going to find the spot in the color repeat where I started the first sock. I always make my socks matching, but I’ve decided to go a little crazy with this pair. I’ll let you know next week how I’m feeling about it.

I haven’t gotten the cardigan out to seam this week because I’ve been busy in the evenings. I’m trying to be more social instead of staying at home drinking tea and watching HGTV alone. Don’t worry – by the time it is cold enough to wear the cardigan and cozy Chroma socks I will have finished both and I’ll be back to watching HGTV and sipping tea in my pajamas by 7:30 pm.

Have you been busy knitting? Do you usually make your socks match? What do you make, other than socks, that are mindless enough to pick up and put down several times throughout the day?

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! John and I are headed to a movie tonight, so I am writing this update earlier in the day than usual. It feels weird to write when the sun is still up.

This week I got much more progress done than I anticipated. I actually finished Audrey’s socks. Socks for a 2-year-old are such a quick knit I regret not making her socks before now. I hated the yarn in the skein, but love how it knit up.

After I finished Audrey’s socks I started on a slouchy sparkly hat for my sister Kathleen and a pair of socks for John.

I’m almost done with the hat. I hated how the yarn looked in the skein, and questioned using it, but I really like how it looks knit. Maybe the phrase should be don’t judge a yarn by its skein instead of don’t judge a book by its cover.

I’ve only finished about 3/4 of an inch of John’s socks. I had about an inch and a half done before I made him try them on for the second time because I just kept feeling there was something off. He said they fit, but he really had to work to put them on. I gave him a lecture about sock fit (what can I say, I’m super helpful), frogged it, and started again. I’m working with Regia for the first time, and I really like the yarn. It feels rugged, which will be perfect for him.

The biggest news on the knitting front is the cardigan. I actually finished the second sleeve. Now I need to seam it and pick up the collar and bottom ribbing. Every night that I’m home (not often this week) I plan to work on it for an hour. I think that if I put a time limit on it I’ll be more likely to work on it. It’s such a big, clunky project I think I would avoid it if I knew I was going to work on it all night.

I’m debating casting on a pair of Simply SKYP socks for me in some Knit Picks Chroma. I think it would be good to have a project in my car in case an emergency knitting situation arises. My concern is that I would just knit on those socks, make no progress on my cardigan, and not start to make the next sweater in queue for Audrey until she is too big for it. Sigh. The life of a knitter is so hard.

Have a great week!