WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! This week feels like it is flying. I think it is because Elliot is refusing to nap and the days go faster when I miss my down time at naps.

I started a new pair of socks on Monday. They are plain vanilla socks. As part of my yarn diet I’m trying to work in my old yarn instead of just using the new yarn that I buy. I realize there should not be an issue with LIFO inventory management of yarn, but it really bugs me.

I think that it bugs me because I know that years ago, when I was a new knitter, I bought a lot of crappy yarn. I am knitting socks on a rotation, one pair knit with nice yarn, one pair knit with cheap yarn. My goal is to eventually work through the craft store yarn. Sadly, I have a lot of cheap yarn to get through.

These socks are knit in Deborah Norville Serenity. There is nothing wrong with this yarn, it just isn’t the kind of yarn I prefer to work with. It does wear like iron though – I knit a pair of socks for myself in this yarn in 2010, they still look as good as new. I am thinking I’ll make these socks for Mary-Claire, unless she never responds to my text asking if she wants them. If she snubs me I’ll make them for my Aunt Kathy; she has small feet and loves hand knits.20190116_1338281787704851689566919.jpg

I’m also working away on the Hoarfrost shawl. I LOVE it. The pattern is knitting up springy and delightful. I am about 2/3 of the way through the garter pattern. I’m looking forward to getting to the lace, but I fear I won’t remember to order new printer ink before I get to the point where I need to print the pattern. If someone could text me tonight to remind me to place an order with Amazon that would be great. 20190116_133933-18657345082277061900.jpg

I think I’ll pull out the sweater that has been in hibernation since Christmas of 2014 soon. I think I’ll like it once it is done, and I think I have the patience for working on a project that takes 15 minutes each row.

What are you working on right now? If you are trying to reduce your stash this year, how is that going?

WIP Wednesday

I’m working away on my Wonder Woman socks. I just picked up the stitches for the gusset. Audrey starts swim lessons again tomorrow, so I’ll get lots of pool side knitting done on these. 20190109_1546319157151740137961019.jpgThe socks are far enough along I should start thinking about my next pair. I am thinking I’ll grab something that is already wound and ready to go, as I’m feeling kind of lazy. I am pretty sure I have some more self striping yarn in my stash that I will probably pull out, as I’m feeling stripes lately.

I haven’t touched my shawl this week. I have been on the go lately and haven’t had much time to sit down and knit. I’m not feeling that shawl right now, so I’m not spending my time on it. I think it might be because it’s a fingering weight shawl, and I like worsted weight shawls more.

Due to my shawl weight recognition, I decided to throw caution to the wind and cast on a second shawl in progress. I started Andrea Mowry’s Hoarfrost last night (side note, whenever I think about the name of the pattern I think Whore Frost and then I think that it would be a great title for a novel about a Victorian era sex worker strike, but I digress).

I’m using yarn that has been in my stash for well over a decade. I remember picking it up at a stash bash event thinking I would make myself a sweater. That never happened, although I did eventually make a sweater for Elliot from the yarn. I think I have enough yarn leftover for the shawl, but if I don’t I will either find gray yarn in my stash for the lace portion or frog a scarf I made for John from the same yarn about a decade ago. 20190109_1547562306218279510924228.jpg

As you can see, I just started this and haven’t made much progress. I need to print the pattern before I really get rolling on this. I’m using one of the new project bags my sister made me for Christmas. This one is perfect for large projects like a sweater or big worsted weight shawl.

This week I hope to finish my socks, start a new pair of socks, and try not to cast on a third shawl. I wish you luck in your knitting this week.

 

Garden Wool & Dye Advent Calendar

Now that we are a week into January it feels like a suitable time to tell you about the advent calendar I splurged on this year. This year Anastasia from Garden Wool & Dye put together an advent calendar. It was remarkably affordable – under $100. I jumped at the chance to celebrate the season with yarn.

It arrived just after Thanksgiving. It was difficult not to open it all at once. I love how it was packaged. All of the materials were  compostable, even the sparkly twine. I love how her dedication to being environmentally sustainable carries over to every detail.

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I loved having so many mini skeins to add to my blanket. On Christmas I opened a gorgeous skein of yarn in colors I would normally not pick for myself. It’s funny how sometimes what I would never pick out is exactly what I need. 20190107_1435445035523394922255786.jpg

I’m not sure what the yarn will become. I’m open to any suggestions you have.

I’ll be doing the advent calendar again next year. The price will be going up, but it will still be manageable.

Do you do yarn advent calendars? Are you mini skein obsessed too?

Another Reason to Read Blogs

I love reading blogs. I like feeling connected to other people with similar interests around the world. I’ve learned about new recipes to try, which lap desk I should get, knitting patterns to look at, and yarns to try all through blog posts.

Today I learned that I should keep better track of projects I’ve knit for the kids and put away. Today I was reading Bonny’s post about her recent cast ons. One of the yarns looked very familiar.

It was the same yarn and colorway I used for a sweater for Audrey two years ago.

I made the sweater big, so I could pull it out when she was around four. I had totally forgotten about it until I read Bonny’s post today.

I read the post. I searched for the sweater. I made Audrey try it on. It fits.

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Please note this is a forced smile and she is faking it only so she can go back to watching Chuggington. Elliot’s cool guy pose, however, is totally unstaged.

If I wasn’t a person who reads blogs I never would have read Bonny’s post. I would have discovered the sweater too late for Audrey to wear. I don’t think it will fit her next winter.

I am thankful for all of my readers, but today I’m especially thankful for the blogger readers. Thank you for taking the time to share part of your life. Thank you for creating such a great sense of community. Thank you for continuing to write, especially since people seem to be leaping to shorter and faker forms of social media. I appreciate you. You make my life happier and more enjoyable.

Through bloggers I’ve been reminded to search for a sweater. I’ve received knitting advice for a persnickety sock project. I’ve learned which trashy romance novels are worth picking up. I’ve learned more things that I can link to in one post without looking like a weirdo. I’ve found a group of people who are nerdy about the same things I’m nerdy about. I’ve found people I care about. I found a blog tribe (although, to be fair, most of them would probably roll their eyes upon hearing that term, which is one of the things I like about them).

I hope all of the bloggers in my life continue to write. I also hope that more people start to blog. It’s a great way to get to know people. It’s also a hand way to be reminded of sweaters that you forgot you knit.

WIP Wednesday

I’m hopelessly devoted to my current sock project. I can’t decide if it looks more like a Wonder Woman sock or Ernie’s sweater. Either way, I’m pretty sure this is going to be my new favorite pair of socks. The yarn is Biscotte Yarns Bis-Sock and the colorway is Princesse et les 7 mailles.

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Let me explain how much I love this yarn: while writing this post I organized a KAL with my friend Jess to make the Green Bay Packers socks. I was on the website to look up the colorway and ended up in a knit-a-long. That has never happened to me before. Don’t worry, I’ll post pictures when the yarn arrives (I can hear your sigh of relief from here).

I’ve also worked on my shawl this week, just not enough to bother showing you a new picture of it.

In 2018 I was a busy knitter. I completed 41 projects, 21 more than my goal at the start of the year.

December 29, 2018
December 22, 2018
December 18, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 4, 2018
November 15, 2018
November 13, 2018
October 27, 2018
October 23, 2018
October 15, 2018
September 24, 2018
August 23, 2018
August 12, 2018
July 16, 2018
July 6, 2018
June 12, 2018
May 23, 2018
May 13, 2018
April 28, 2018
April 10, 2018
April 2, 2018
April 2, 2018
March 29, 2018
March 21, 2018
March 15, 2018
March 13, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 8, 2018
February 17, 2018
February 9, 2018
February 6, 2018
January 30, 2018
January 28, 2018
January 3, 2018

I hope to slow down my knitting this year and continue to work through my stash. Last year I implemented a yarn diet. I only allowed myself to buy 100 g of yarn for every 500 g knit. I knit 8300 g last year and bought 1660 g of yarn. It felt amazing to work though so much of my stash. I found that I didn’t have guilt when I brought yarn into the house¬† (or, you know, ordered it mid blog post because I got so excited about Biscotte Yarns’ selection) because I knew I had earned it (please note that John doesn’t mind that I buy yarn, yarn guilt comes from me alone).

I still have a significant stash to work through. I would eventually only have yarn in my house that I will knit within the year. We don’t have a lot of space in our house, and my yarn is overwhelming me.

This year I’ll be doing the yarn diet again, this time allowing 100 g in for every 300 g out. I keep track of my yarn diet with a spreadsheet on Google docs, because that is what a stay at home mom with an MBA does for fun. If you are starting a yarn diet yourself and would like a copy of the spreadsheet just let me know and I’ll send a copy your way.

I hope you are enjoying this first week in the new year and getting some knitting done.