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.

Off the Needles: Grace Hopper Socks

The kids and I are headed up to Cedar Falls for a few days later this morning. I know John will miss us, so I wanted to leave him with something to make his afternoon better: fresh off the needles socks.20180813_1021351857550536698080672.jpg

Pardon the photo taken in direct sunlight. The yarn really looks closer to what was pictured in my post from last Wednesday. The yarn is the Grace Hopper colorway from Yarn Geek Fibers. The yarn was beautiful to work with, and I’m happy that I have another skein of her yarn in my stash.

I’m going to see what life is like without a pair of socks on my needles. I always have a pair in progress, but so far my shawl is so easy I can pick it up and put it down just like socks.

I hope your week starts with a completed project too. Even if I accomplish nothing for the rest of the week I’ll still feel like I did something.

 

WIP Wednesday: 31/52

I am having such a good knitting week. I think I’m still riding high from getting the back up yarn for my sweater with the same dye lot as the yarn I’ve been working with.

I managed to get a few more stripes done on my sweater this week. I have not been making as much progress lately, as I have actually had a social life in the evenings. 20180808_1356488293482035834169711.jpg

I still adore the sweater, and hope to get lots of work done on it next week. That might be hard though, as shawl knitting is a little addictive. All I work on at naps is my shawl, but it has only been a few days of work, so it looks like I just started it. I’m working with a needle that has a very twisted and stiff cord, which is annoying and slows me down. I have another needle of the same size, but I’m using that for my sweater.20180808_1356124190412273447203204.jpg

The socks are coming along. I have a little over an inch to work before I start the toe of the second sock. If I only had two projects on the needles instead of three I would probably be done with them by the end of the week. I am only working on these while the kids play or eat. They are easy to pick up and put down without much thought. I love how these look. It’s the first pair of 3×2 rib socks I’ve made for John. I love how 3×2 socks fit, and I’m hoping he feels the same way. 20180808_1355263962098577663273185.jpg

I hope you are getting some good knitting done this week.

Garden Wool & Dye Knit Along

I’m doing a knit along through September with Garden Wool & Dye on Ravelry. The only requirement is to use Garden Wool & Dye yarn. I was going to make socks in the light wash denim colorway, as I’m always making socks.  I really like the yarn, but I started thinking that I wouldn’t love it as socks. Denim colored socks with jeans just seemed a little too Canadian tuxedo to me.

A few days ago I noticed the Study Hall Shawl on Raverly. Since then I can’t stop thinking about it. I decided it would be a great thing to make for the knit-a-long. Admittedly, it is an odd selection as I do not wear shawls. Maybe this one will change my mind.

I have a beautiful pink from Garden Wool & Dye to go with the light wash denim yarn.20180805_1942475039818185124328470.jpg

I do think my swift was revolting against the thought of me making a shawl.20180805_1951312206151228842140501.jpgBut I fixed that problem with pretty duct tape. 20180805_1953215345038638804023996.jpg

Now I have the yarn ready to go. I just need to get to the library to print off the pattern and I’m ready to go.

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Should I be starting a shawl when I have socks and a sweater on the needles? No, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and today that is a shawl in colors I never wear.

 

Sweater Love

I am solidly in love with the Caramel sweater.20180721_15215327345291891763419.jpg

I’m growing more concerned that I will run out of yarn. I might check on Ravelry to see if anyone has some of the same dye lot that they are willing to sell.

I bought a 60 inch cord for my interchangeable needles so I didn’t have to bother with linking two shorter cords together. I always find the join of the needles fiddly and I suspect it slows me down. It should be easier now that I have new cord.

Earlier when I picked up the sweater to work on it I realized that about 20 stitches had slipped off the needles. I’ve never had that problem before, but it has happened several times with this project. I’m not sure if the sweater is cursed (it probably is) or if I should be more careful when putting the sweater away.

My plans for tonight are to do nothing but work on this sweater. I really hope that happens.

Sweater Trouble

Have you ever wondered if a project were cursed? I’m starting to think that about my Caramel sweater.

Last night I headed to knit night, excited to get to work on the sweater. I couldn’t finish a row before the biggest knot I have ever encountered in a yarn cake slowed me down. It took about 45 minutes for me to untangle the mess and finish the row. It was frustrating.

After that row I changed colors. I was almost to the end of the row when I discovered a weak spot in the yarn.20180717_1352529042863302674257766.jpg

Now I’m trying to decide if I should just cut the yarn and keep going or tink back to the beginning of the row and start fresh so there are fewer ends. I normally would make a decision and get to work completing the project, but for some reason I can’t decide. What would you do?

In positive news, my friend Beth brought me a bunch of leftover fingering weight for me to use in my blanket. I was getting really low on fingering weight scraps, so it was especially wonderful to receive.

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I’m planning on making a decision on the sweater soon and getting on with it. It won’t matter much either way, but for some reason I feel blocked by this decision. Luckily I still have to knit my daily square, so I can use that time to mull my options over.