WIP Wednesday: 28/52

Happy Wednesday!

I’m making progress on John’s socks. I’ll be turning the heel the next time I pick them up. I’m doing a 3×2 rib, which is pretty mindless. The yarn is pretty though, so they feel like they are going fast.20180718_1311592136061709944270993.jpg

The sweater still appears to be cursed. I pulled it out to take a photo of it and pulled about a dozen stitches off the needle. I was able to pick them all up, but it made me panic. I’m starting to worry I’ll run out of yarn. I have enough according to the pattern, but I didn’t swatch so I could be off significantly. I’ve decided if I run out I’m going to do a block of charcoal below the stripes and I’ll be happy with it. It will be fine. I swear. 20180718_1315135617852470646930310.jpg

As cursed as the sweater appears to be, I love it. I enjoy working on it. The colors and the stripes make me happy. It is slow going (oh boy, those rows are getting long, and I still have 30 more rows of increases to do). I keep reminding myself how short the rows will seem once I put the sleeves on waste yarn. I’m also reminded that set in sleeve sweaters seem to knit up much faster.

What are you working on this week?

 

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.

20180716_2104536568580154304113297.jpg

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.

Simmer Socks

Happy Monday! I used nap time to finish my skimmer socks. I love how they turned out. They were such a fast knit (once my 40 inch size 0s arrived) and they don’t use much yarn.

20180716_145240459648588187277311.jpg

I have not tested them out in shoes yet, so I do not know if they will get sucked down into shoes. The feel snug though, so I think they will stay up. Even if they don’t they are a great way to get the comfort of a hand knit socks in the heat of the summer. I might just call them summer slippers and wear them constantly around the house.

20180716_1453068108563664947634435.jpg

I am not off to refinish the socks, because there is a bit of a weird pokey bit on the toe and I want to sew that in. I should have done that before I told you about them, but I was too excited and wanted to share them right away.

WIP Wednesday: 27/52

Happy Wednesday! I have so much to update you on this week. It is hard to believe that last week I only had one pair of socks on the needles.

I was so excited to finish my margarita socks I jumped right in to a new pair of socks. This time I went with Skimmer Socks Revisited, I want socks that don’t show when I wear Chucks. I really hope they won’t get sucked down into my shoe, a common occurrence with purchased no-show socks. I am almost done with the first sock – I just need to add the top rib. I would have finished it by now, but I don’t have a 40 inch size 0 needle in my possession. I ordered one and it should get here later this week. Once it arrives I should be able to finish the sock in less than an hour. 20180711_134001358162342786589286.jpg

Because I’m stuck until the new needles get her I cast on a pair of simple 3×2 rib socks for John. I’m using Yarn Geek Fibers Super-Geek in the Grace Hopper colorway (you might remember it from the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival post). I love how these socks are knitting up. I think John will get a lot of use out of them. I’ve made a lot of progress on them as they are so easy to pick up when the kids are playing. I got about an inch done at the library today. It was enough knitting to make me think I should take the kids to play there more often.20180711_1120522941539894652484688.jpg

I’m not just knitting socks. Inspired by the Knitting Monk podcast where he talks about finding the opportunity in what you have, I dug into my stash and found some yarn I bought last year when a local yarn shop was closing. I was in a mad buying frenzy because the yarn was half off (HALF OFF! THEY WERE PRACTICALLY GIVING IT AWAY!!!!). I picked up some Ella Rae DK Merino Superwash in colors I thought would make a nice cardigan for Audrey or Elliot. I was searching for patterns on Ravelry with the yardage I had and I realized I could make a sweater for myself.

I cast on a Caramel sweater a few days ago. I didn’t swatch it. I am just going to knit until it is about four inches long and measure gauge then. If it doesn’t work I’ll tear it out. I didn’t want to wait to get started on the sweater.

The rows are long, so it is not good for knitting until after bed time. I’m very excited about this sweater as it is colors I never would have picked for myself – grape purple and mantis green. I think it will look great over my gray t-shirt centric wardrobe.20180711_134041964113775808401576.jpg

Working on the cardigan also makes me feel good about my yarn diet. If I weren’t on a yarn diet this yarn would have languished in a tote in my basement for 10 years until I decided to donate it. Because I am buying less yarn I’m more likely to work with what I have.

I hope I have a lot of progress to show you next week. Have a great week – I hope you get to start a fun new project too.

SYSKO Update: It’s done!

I finished the scrap yarn shawl knock off! I love how it turned out. It’s incredibly warm and cozy. I was so excited I took pictures when the house was covered in every toy from the play kitchen, trucks, and books. Please ignore my floor.

I will probably be making one of these for myself. When I do, I will be casting on 100 stitches instead of 110. I think shorter sleeves would suit me as my kids leave most surfaces in my house sticky and I don’t want to drag a sleeve through muck.

I had a lot of fun working with Mary-Claire to determine what she wanted and picking the color order. I loved creating the pattern and using my knitting skills to build a basic wrap on my own. It was very rewarding.

Knitting Trick Gone Wrong

Are there things in knitting you always have to look up? After over a decade on the needles (I like how that makes it sound like my knitting is a dark, drug related problem) I have allotted brain space to most abbreviations and concepts.

The one exception is M1R and M1L. I almost always have to look them up. I never remember which one is which. A few months ago I learned a phrase to help me remember: I LEFT the FRONT door open, I’ll be RIGHT BACK. That phrase has helped me remember right and left increases for months.

The problem is, I just looked it up and Twist Collective is the only source I found that has you knit through the front of the loop for a left increase and the back of the loop for the right increase. Craftsy, Purl Soho, and Tin Can Knits all say it is the opposite. It turns out my handy phrase is wrong.

I’m trying to decide if knowing it is wrong is enough. I might be able to say the phrase and know I should do the opposite. I could also try to come up with a new phrase. Do you have any advice for remembering how to make one right and make one left?

For the non-knitting readers who have no idea what I’ve been saying for the past four paragraphs, here is a picture of my kids playing at Union Park. They are too small for this park, but the don’t believe it.