WIP Wednesday: Sock it to me

The past week flew, and I think it is because my knitting mojo is back. We are getting close on the dishcloth project, so knitting them is exciting again. Each time I finish one I wonder if it was the last one we need.  My crafternoon group is getting together again on Sunday to see where we are at, and with any luck I won’t have to knit 5 dishcloths next week.  I really should think of a way to celebrate finishing the project.

This week I finished Audrey’s socks. I love how they turned out. I’m probably going to make her another pair in a smaller size soon using the same Purl Soho Pattern.

I’m making my sister Meanest Mommy Knit’s School Pickup Line Socks. I  love the pattern – it really flies and it is easy to memorize. I just made a pair for myself in February and I’m actually excited to knit them again already. I highly recommend the pattern. I’m on the foot of the first sock, and hope to finish the first sock and have the leg started by next Wednesday.  I’m using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer. I’m usually a fan of Stroll, but the sparkle in this yarn is too subtle (which feels really weird to type). I feel like if you’re going to wear shiny socks they should really pop.

I have not touched the cardigan, and probably won’t. Or….I could make that my way to celebrate being done with dishcloths. When I’m done with dishcloths I’ll start to work on it again. Maybe.

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday – Toddler Socks

Happy Wednesday! It was a stormy afternoon here. We lost power for 3 hours here. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to post, as I’m really excited about the socks I’m working on and wanted to share them with you.

When Audrey and I were in Kansas City for our weekend away with friends I let her pick out some sock yarn. I’m finally getting around to using the yarn – Anzula Luxury Fibers Nebula in Garnet. I’m using Purl Soho’s Toddler Socks pattern, which I picked because it’s a simple sock. I’m using pink sparkly yarn, so I wanted the pattern to be basic. I’m making her to 4-5 year old size because she has big feet for a 2 1/2 year old and I don’t want to make her socks that don’t fit next winter (or only fit for one year). I’m fairly confident she will still like the yarn when they fit.

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Book for scale – without it the sock looks like a normal, adult sock

I have one sock done, and just about an inch of the leg done on the second sock. They are for little feet, so I expect the second sock to be done by next week.

I finished 5 dishcloths again this week. My group is meeting in a week and a half. I hope that we will have met our goal of one dishcloth for every apartment in the Des Moines YMCA Supportive Housing Campus. I plan to continue to knit one dishcloth a week so that there are always dishcloths for welcome baskets when people move in. After months of knitting at least 5 dishcloths a week one dishcloth will be a breeze.

I haven’t touched my cardigan. It has been in the upper 70s and 80s here, so knitting a big cardigan hasn’t really felt right. It might hibernate until winter. I haven’t decided. I’m not sure I can justify having two sweaters in hibernation, but the allure of putting it to the back of my closet and casting on a new sweater for one of the kids is incredibly tempting.

I’ve been feeling good about my knitting progress lately. I really hope that feeling continues. Being able to see the light at the end of the dishcloth tunnel has made such a difference. I can’t wait to start working through some of the goodies in my stash (said the woman who may have placed two yarn orders this week).

I hope you are feeling like you’re making knitting progress to!

WIP Wednesday: Progress

I made so much progress this week! I actually finished two pairs of socks! After several weeks of simultaneously working on many projects I decided enough was enough and finished my striped socks (I did a simple 3 x 2 rib).  I love how they turned out, and will be wearing them a lot once wool sock season starts again in (hopefully) six months.

I also finished my secret pair of black socks. I hadn’t mentioned them much because I wanted to surprise my dear friend Laura with them. I gave them to her tonight and she was thrilled. I used the Simple SKYP pattern (thank you for the recommendation, NothingButKnit). I loved the pattern, and will be using it again with another color of yarn.

I knew Laura would love black socks, but I didn’t know how hard it is to knit with black yarn. You can’t see it, and it made me feel about 97 squinting to see the stitches. At one point I dropped a stitch and had to use a miner’s head lamp to find the stitch to pick it up. My husband got a chuckle out of watching me knit with extra lighting.

I am still working on dishcloths, but I am a few days behind my goal due to my decision to finish the socks. I also shoved the cardigan to the side. I’ll be picking that up again now that I don’t have any socks on the needles.

That’s right. No socks on the needles. I know. It’s shocking.

This week I’m going to focus on dishcloths, the cardigan, and maybe starting some socks for Audrey. It feels wonderful to actually finish a project!

What are you knitting this week? Is there anything amazing I should be knitting?

WIP Wednesday: Dishcloth Vacation

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25 dishcloths done! I finished the 25th one on Friday and I have LOVED having more time to knit fun things. I made a lot of progress this week. I’m hoping I’m ready to dive back in to dishcloths when I start working on them again on Saturday. I’m going to try to knit another 25 before I take another vacation from them.

I am so close to finishing the left front panel of my cardigan. I thought it would be further along, but I was carried off in a sock fever.

I finally finished the terra cotta poop socks! I have had several people tell me they like the colors, but I can’t bring myself to gift hand knit acrylic/nylon socks. Hand knit socks should be lovely to wear, not hot and icky. I wore them today and confirmed that they to not breathe at all. They are really comfortable, so I’ll get over the sweaty feet issue and wear them around the house.

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I’m a big fan of Knit Picks Felici yarn. I love how the stripes work up. It is addictive to try to get to the next row. I started these socks on Monday, and they are flying. I’m almost done with the gusset. I’m going to have to remind myself how fast they are to knit when I restart them, because I’m about to frog this entire sock.
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Why? Because I thought I was so good at casting on I could start a sock while the kids ate lunch. I was wrong. I was distracted and cast on 60 stitches, not 65. I didn’t realize it until I was past the heel flap, so the sock is currently uneven. I can get the sock on, but it is too tight, so instead of just reworking the flap, turn, and gusset, I’m going to start over. I am going to have a nice glass of wine and tear it all out. I’m debating starting it again right away (after just one glass of wine – I don’t trust Wine Sarah to cast on socks) or just focusing on my cardigan.

Next week I hope to have completed 5 dishcloths, the never ending cardigan panel, and either restarted the striped socks or started a hat for Audrey that she picked out last weekend in Kansas City (more on that on Friday).

Have you ever made a dumb knitting mistake? How do you avoid making dumb mistakes?

 

WIP Wednesday: dishcloths galore

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I might be getting sick of dishcloths. I continue to make one a day, and every day I say I will stop when I finish that dishcloth. Then I decide I should just start the next days dishcloth. Then I just knit it for a little bit. Then I knit 1.75 dishcloths before I put down the cotton and pick up a project for me. I am close to 25 dishcloths, and when I get there I’m taking a week off from the dishcloth project to focus on knitting for myself.

I did get some work done on my Hermoine socks. I turned the second heel and started to work on the gusset. I hope to have it close to finished by next week. I’m probably going to knit a pair of self striping socks next, as I love knitting striped socks. I do not like the yarn I am using for my current socks, so I want to really love the yarn I use next. I don’t want to get so sick of socks that I burn myself out. The last time I did that I took a five year sock knitting hiatus.

I am about 1/3 of the way done with the left panel of my cardigan. It continues to be slow going, but I feel like I’m making progress. I thought it would fly because the yarn is bulky, but the moss stitch slows me down enough to counteract the huge yarn.

Next week I hope to be done with 25 dishcloths and focused on fun knitting. I would like to be close to the toe on my sock and on the first sleeve of my sweater. I would like to start having fun finished projects to share. I would also like to knit faster so I can get through my stash and buy new yarn without guilt.

WIP Wednesday: Ugly Socks

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This week is flying. How is it already Wednesday? I’ve made such little progress on my knitting I’m going to share a story about knitting to make up for the fact that I have so little to show this week.

Last Saturday I was at Cup of Joe, my usual coffee shop in Cedar Falls. It was crowded, so an older couple asked to share a table with me. I welcomed them and then got back to working on my sock. The man seemed very interested in knitting and asked me all about the time it takes and the cost of the yarn. He was surprised, as most non-knitters are, that knitting is such an expensive hobby. I was wearing a hand knit sweater and he asked how much the yarn was for the sweater. I shared that it was $200 (knitting is a hobby, it is entertainment, it is not cheaper than buying your clothes). He was surprised.

That was a normal knitter to non-knitter cost discussion. What happened next was not. What happened next was so odd I wish I had been prepared with a better response. He asked “Does your husband know how much you spend on yarn?” I responded in the affirmative. He said “That is nice of him to let you spend that much on yarn.” He then followed up with “Do you work outside of the home?” I said no. He said “Then it is extra nice of him to let you spend that much on yarn.”

I sat there stunned. How do you respond to such an antiquated, sexist comment?

Anyhoo. Happy International Women’s Day.

This week I’ve been working on a few projects. I don’t have a l lot of passion for any of the projects at the moment, so I’ve been doing things like reading and cleaning instead.

I’m about halfway done with the right panel of the cocoon cardigan. I’m starting to get into the groove on this one, but it requires me to pay attention to where I’m at, so I can’t knit it while the kids are awake.

I started on a pair of black socks and promptly discovered why people don’t knit socks with black yarn. I can only work on them in bright light in pants that are not black, lest my vision goes the way of Mary Igalls. I’ll share more about those socks in a few weeks, if I can bring myself to work on them again.

About one day into the black sock vision loss debacle I cast on a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks with some Berroco Comfort Sock. I changed the ribbing to 2 x 2. I could tell you that I made the change because Elizabeth Zimmerman says that 2 x 2 ribbing is the stretchiest, but really I changed the ribbing because the yarn is the color of terra cotta poop and the yarn is 50% nylon 50% acrylic which makes me want to fly through the socks and a 1 x 1 rib would make me poke my eyes out with my knitting needles.

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How did I end up with this yarn? It was given to me by Ivy when she destashed. When I accused her of buying poop colored yarn she assured me that it was given to her by her aunt when she destashed. Her aunt had received it from someone else who was destashing. I’m the fourth person in possession of this yarn, and the only one cheap enough to make socks with it.

I’m not sure about the acrylic/nylon blend. I’m usually a natural fibers snob. I like some nylon in my socks, but my feet start to sweat just thinking about a 50% nylon content. Neither fiber is exactly breathable.

I’m continuing to knit these because I’ve convinced myself that they will be good around the house socks. I’ve come to terms with the colorway by convincing myself that it is an homage to late 80s Aztec sweaters.

If I hate the color and yarn so much, why am I making socks with it? Quite simply it was the first sock yarn I saw when I looked at my stash. I have enough sock yarn in my stash to make about 20 more pairs of socks, so when I’m done with this pair I can make a luscious pair with Lorna’s Laces, Malibrigo, or Madeline Tosh. I will deserve it.

I hope I’m on the second sock next week and on the left panel of my cardigan. I’m looking forward to starting a project I adore soon.

I hope you were more productive than me this week!

WIP Wednesday

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I have gotten an obscene amount of knitting done this week. I got a lot of work done on my cardigan – I was able to bind off the back a few days ago and started on the front right panel. I also finished my Pick Up Line socks last Friday and started a new pair as soon as I wove in the ends.

The yarn I am using (Knit Picks Felici Pinata) is self striping. I prefer basic socks when I’m knitting with self striping yarn. Normally I rock at 3 x 1 rib, but this time I tried a 3 x 2 rib as recommended by a prolific sock knitting friend. The 3 x 2 rib is flying. I think I found my new mindless sock.

I’m not using a pattern, I just cast on 65 stitches on size one needles. I’m really bad at remembering how to turn a heel, so I just grabbed a random pattern from my library to look up how many stitches to knit before you turn.

I’m probably going to finish the toe tonight.

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I have never knit a pair of socks this quickly, but it has been a weird week around here. Both kids have been sick so they have been sleeping more than usual, which increases my knitting time. We’ve also been staying home because they are sick, and I can usually get a lot done while they play. John picked up food poisoning yesterday, so instead of going into our room to pick up my nighttime knitting (the cocoon cardigan) I just worked on the socks last night.  I’ve also been ignoring things like dusting or cooking because I really want to get to the next stripe. And then the next stripe. And then the next stripe. It’s the just one more row issue to the extreme.

What’s next on my needles? A really boring, plain yarn that I’m not overly fond of. I need something that will slow me down. I am going to follow NothingButKnit‘s advice and try the Simple Skyp Socks. I’m going to be travelling this weekend, and it looks like the perfect pattern to pass the time in the car.

Have you ever flown through a project? What was it?