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.
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.
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?
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. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m a day late this week. I forgot that yesterday was Wednesday. Christmas has my days all messed up. John is off of work this week, so it feels like a perpetual weekend.
I’m working away on my Up All Night socks. I would have finished them had I not decided to make my MIL some slippers.
I’m taking advantage of John being home by drinking coffee, knitting, and watching knitting blogs. It is an luxurious way to spend a morning.
I’m using my new lap desk, which has greatly improved my working in bed. A few months ago Rachelle blogged about hers. I immediately added it to my wish list (if you can’t trust the opinion of a fellow knitting blogger who can you trust?). I’m hoping it motivates me to get more writing done.
I picked up my shawl last night and knit a few rows on it. I thought that I made a mistake and had to tink back 2 rows. It turns out I hadn’t forgotten the decrease, which I didn’t see until I got all the way back to it. That shawl might be the death of me.
I had the same problem when I knit the vanilla latte socks – easy patterns that require minimal thought mess me up because I am used to knitting things with no thought or intense concentration – never middle ground knitting. Minimal attention throws me all off.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and may the new year bring fabulous knitting projects.
This week I feel like I haven’t made much knitting progress. I feel like I have been running around trying to get things done for Christmas and haven’t taken time to knit. On Sunday I didn’t knit one stitch. That is incredibly unusual.
I’m making progress on my socks. I will have to pick up the pace if I’m going to wear them more than once before Christmas.
The Project Peace cowl is moving along. I’m not going to do all of the repeats of the small triangles that are called for, as I’m making it for Audrey not an adult. The pattern calls for an i cord bind off, but I think I’m going to skip it. I do love how an i cord bind off looks, but I’m knitting this in a heavier weight than called for. I think the cowl has enough heft without the i cord.
I haven’t touched my shawl this week. I love the shawl, but I have a hard time reaching for it when I sit down to knit. I think that is because I’m alternating skeins, which makes it less mindless than I’m in the mood for.
Happy Wednesday! Good news on the sweater front: the buttons don’t look as bad when the sweater is on. That is great news, as I have reached my limit for button sewing for the year.
I finished the first Up All Night sock in the Elliot colorway. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this pair (when I eventually finish them, probably months from now).
I took the advice from your comments, and started candy cane socks. I love how fast self striping yarn works up. The socks are looking a little more Waldo than peppermint, but that is fine with me.
I also started the Project Peace 2018 cowl. Project Peace runs until December 21, ending on World-Wide Knit for Peace Day. I love the idea of the project. I don’t love the pattern. It just isn’t something I want to wear. The pattern calls for sport weight, but I’m knitting it with DK from my stash without any adjustments. I didn’t do a gauge swatch – it’s a cowl, what is the worst that will happen?
I’m thinking about casting on a bulky weight hat. I’m meeting my brother at the Kansas City Zoo this weekend. I think that if he will hang out at the zoo with me when it is below freezing he deserves a hat. Just because he deserves one might not be enough to get me working on it however, it all depends on how the rest of the week goes.