WIP Wednesday

It is suddenly super hot here again, which makes it hard to reach for knitting. It is our local fall festival this weekend, and temps will be in the 90s. It sure doesn’t feel like fall. We’ve been outside a lot, but I have managed to make some knitting progress.

I have 12 rows left on my Wonder Woman Wrap. That’s about 4 hours of work. Because the rows take so long I’m concerned I’m going to get sick of it and throw it in a bag in my closet alongside my retirement cardigan. As a preventative measure I’m only doing three rows a day, so I never get totally disgusted with it. If all goes well next week I’ll tell you how happy I am to be done with it. The rows take a long time and it is garter, so it gets mind-numbingly tedious, but it is gorgeous and I really do love it.

My socks are moving along, slowly. I’m currently on the heel flap of the second sock. I think I’m going to try some DK slipper socks next. I’ve never made DK socks before, so I’m starting to look for a pattern. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Wish me luck in getting my wrap done, please.

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WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I was able to get a lot of knitting in this weekend.

I finished my Halloween socks. I love how they look, but they are a little loose. I cast on a new pair of Felici socks for myself a few days ago and went down a needle size. I’m hope having a pair in each size will help me decide what size I should use for plain vanilla socks.

I finished all of the yellow on the Wonder Woman Wrap. I can’t wait to get started on the next section, but it will have to wait until I have the time to sit down and knit for a couple of hours straight. It is a short row section. Short rows, like turning the heel and picking up the gusset on the sock, are easier for me to do in one sitting.

I hope to start working on the cardigan again soon. It’s in the low 70s today, which means cardigan weather is fast approaching.

I hope you get lots of knitting done this weekend!

 

WIP Wednesday

It’s Wednesday already. I don’t know where the week went, but I know for sure it did not go into seaming my cocoon cardigan or working on my Wonder Woman Wrap. I didn’t pick them up once this week. I’ve been so busy at night that by the time I sit down to knit I don’t have the focus for any project that takes 15 minutes to finish a row. This weekend things should slow down for us, and I’m hoping that means a return to being able to focus on knitting.

I have been knitting, just not all of my projects. I finished John’s socks. He was too excited to wait for me to block them, so I have no pictures of the finished socks yet.

I started a pair of Halloween socks for myself using Knit Picks Felici in Witches Brew. I love them. I’m currently on the gusset of the second sock. Felici always seems to knit up faster than any other sock yarn (even when I’m not ignoring most of my other projects).

Have a great week. I hope you accomplish all you hope to this week.

 

Wednesday Update

Happy Wednesday! I had a productive week. I finished the owl sweater. Audrey is a big fan.20170820_085741

I love the owl pocket. It was supposed to have feet, but I thought they looked silly so I skipped them. I also skipped the white felt behind the buttons.20170818_215415

Overall I’m happy with the sweater. I found the pattern in Knit Simple magazine, and it was very simple. If I were to knit it again I would do the increases as M1R and M1L instead of just kfb. I think it will get lots of love from Audrey this year and Elliot next year.20170819_194343

I have about 5 inches to go on my second sock for John. I love the yarn – self patterning yarn keeps me knitting. I love seeing what the next section will be. I don’t like how the flame looking section knit up differently between each sock. That is the only area that is different though, and it will be covered by pants most of the time.¬†wp-1503509205893

I haven’t put much work into my Wonder Woman Wrap this week. It’s at the point where the rows take so long to finish it is a commitment to pick up and knit a row. I’m hoping I sit down for long enough tonight to finish a pattern repeat or two.

Once I finish the Wonder Woman Wrap I think I will start a sweater for Elliot. When I finish John’s socks (hopefully this week) I’m going to start a pair of Halloween socks for myself. Fall will be here soon and I want to get a few things done before it hits.

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!

Simple SKYP Socks

I enjoyed knitting the Simple SKYP Socks for Laura so much I decided to make my own pair. These flew off the needles, probably because I used size 2 needles instead of my usual size 1 for socks.

I always start my socks at the same part of the yarn colorway repeat, but I decided to live on the edge and not worry about that. This was a good pair to try that with, as I didn’t love the colorway to begin with. Even if their mismatched repeats bother me I would be more bothered by the 70s afghan portion.

After knitting these socks I have confirmed that I much prefer matching socks. I still like these though, the yarn is smooshy and they have a nice halo.

I need to branch out from making socks as they are getting kind of boring. I keep making them because I have a large sock yarn stash and they are so easy to pick up when I have 5 minutes to knit.

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?