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?

 

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.

WIP Wednesday: 25/52

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I’m finally making progress on my socks. I’m three rows from finishing the gusset. I feel like after you finish the gusset of a sock the rest of it flies, so I’m hoping I’ll be done with these by next week.

I am heading out-of-town this weekend, so I might not get much knitting done. I am the driver, which means I’ll be missing out on car knitting. It’s a shame, because I’ll be in the car for over 8 hours. If I was able to knit and drive I would finish these socks easily.

I hope you are making good progress on your projects.

SYSKO Update

I’ve made a lot of progress on the scrap yarn shawl knock off this week. It is flying off the needles. I only have two colors to go. If I put my mind to it I could finish it this week.20180625_1325371250527243505298091.jpg

It was supposed to go from gray to pink to turmeric. I read my notes wrong and switched the colors. Mary-Claire said she didn’t mind the colors this way, so I am not tearing it back.

I love how this is turning out. It is so cozy, and I can see how it will add a nice bit of color to a dark wardrobe. I’m using a little over one skein per color. I’m considering making myself a wrap with the leftover yarn. I think I have some Wool of the Andes in my stash that would work with these colors. If I go with seven or eight colors instead of six I will have enough yarn without having to buy any.

Do you ever get so excited about a project you think you should make two?

SYSKO Update

I’ve been making lots of progress this week on the scrap yarn shawl knock off. After talking with Mary-Claire I’ve updated the dimensions to 43 inches X 32 inches. That means I cast on 121 stitches on size 15 needles. I’m working each stripe for 5 3/8 inches.

I’m already on the second color. 20180618_1314092381898100813536120.jpg

The row of stockinette in the midst of all of the garter stitch is by design. I don’t like how it looks when you switch colors in garter stitch. I think the change in landscape will add a nice bit of visual interest to the finished garment (that is my fancy way of saying it will keep it from looking like she is wearing an afghan).

I hope to be on the third color by next Monday. I might be even further than that, as I am having so much fun working on this I can’t bring myself to pick up my socks.