Hooray for getting things finished! I’m now in a weird lull – I have many WIPs that are not calling to me, and other projects I want to start but that requires the effort of gathering all the supplies. Hopefully sharing the latest finished items will get that mojo moving in the right direction!
First off, a new HeartCat amineko (the first one took a walkabout and was lost in the mail). Part of the reason I enjoy making these is how different each one is, even though I follow the same pattern and they are made with a similar intention. When I finished attaching the pieces of this one, I thought he could use a bowtie. And then I couldn’t get that idea out of my head. My gals at knittting agreed, a bowtie was the way to go. I used felt and a touch of white glue, so he’s still very kid safe. Another project for the marathon-of-warmth!
Next, what would have been a true Ravellenic Sweater success, had I started at the beginning of the Ravellenics, not half a week later. Still, a sweater made in under 2 weeks (sportweight! long sleeves!) is a success for me. The Beach Street Park sweater was a great pattern and I am considering making one for me. I adjusted the pattern a bit due to my gauge, so following a combination of numbers for the XS and M size resulted in a room sweater for the intended person (Zoe of the Good Karma Farm family, on the left), but also fit me with less ease (my selfie is not seamed or blocked, but you get the idea)
And then there were socks! These awesome stripey socks are my February Personal Sock club socks for the Stitch Addiction KAL. I really love them and their eye-searing Peep yellow and Peep pink. I am noticing a few things though – like, they fit and I’ll wear them, but I notice the toes skew a little bit when I wear them (maybe I need to find a toe that better fits my foot?) and do you see the slight rolls on the top of the foot? I think maybe they are slightly too big? My go-to for sock knitting has been US2 / 2.75mm so maybe I need to go down a size? Interesting. I don’t notice it when I’m wearing them (I have them on right now!) but it catches my eye in the photos.
Have you been happy with your FOs lately?
I didn’t get the chance to post last week because I was simply too busy keeping track of all my irons in the fire. I think I have a good handle on things, but still have to deal with the distractions like everyone does. Anyway, Hello March! It’s another Wednesday, so what am I working on?
My Peeps Socks – the February Personal Sock Club. I turned the heel over the weekend with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I worked my way through it much more quickly this time and still enjoyed it. Now that I’m on to the leg, I am finding that I don’t understand why anyone who makes toe-up socks makes a them with a leg at all because the temptation to just be done is strong? My usual go-to with socks is top-down and I like my socks to be 4-5″ before I start the heel. I am doing this on these as well, but man – once you get an inch past the heel I could have done the ribbing and been done with that! I will be working the cuff on these today and tomorrow and expect that they will be finished for Friday, yay! My daughter did pick out a bag for the March Personal Sock Club and it contains Canon Hand Dyes Self Striping, but I want to finish these first before casting those on. I feel way more confident about making toe-up socks two-at-a-time now!
I gave in to the temptation of the Loopy Ewe a few weeks back. I also had a credit burning a hole in my digital wallet. I picked two skeins of The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino in Grey Granite. My intention is to make a sockhead hat with it and enter it into this quarter’s challenge. A sockhead hat was never really on my radar, but I feel like lately I have seen a bunch across the different podcasts and I just want one. Should be good auto-pilot knitting. I have a lion’s mane of hair so I hope it looks ok. My dad used to tell me I looked good in hats, and I’ve heard similar things when I wear a baseball cap, but I can’t seem to find the right knit hat.
I finished up two knit-for-hire / sample knitting projects and they were sent on their way. One I’ll share on Friday, the other is under wraps for a bit until the pattern is released. Other things I’m working on? I’ve gone down a rabbit hole in thinking about stuff for my blog and sample knitting. I finished up my search engine course and have signed up to take a Google Analytics course, so I’m down that rabbit hole to improve my skills in that arena. There’s still 4-6 projects on assorted needles, only 1 of which I’ll be giving any attention to in the next few days, but that’s another post. How have you been?
I like when I get to a point in a project when I can count a reasonable amount of rows (or inches) until the end. My current sample knit for Plymouth is like that – I have another 10 rows plus an 8″ section to finish the knitting on that project. It’s auto-pilot knitting and does move quickly, I expect that I can have the knitting done by the end of the weekend and weave in the ends next week. The Good Karma Farm Ravellenics Sweater has the body portion done, so now it’s on to the sleeves (two at a time). Do you ever feel like you start knitting faster once you settle in to a project? I do, even though I’m pretty sure my knitting speed is consistent. My socks haven’t been touched since I posted about them, but now that school is session again I’ll be able to work on them when we wait for the bus.
That’s all there is to report! Some posts are like that, you know?
This weekend the hubs and I got the chance to have a mini-vacation. 24 hours away was a welcome change of pace. We drove up to Worcester (wuss-tah), MA to catch Alton Brown’s Edible Inevitable Tour with friends. Of course I brought my knitting, my Personal Sock Club – February Edition socks. These socks are plain vanilla toe-up style, but were perfect for working on during the show. We had pretty good seats (Row E, House Left) and the lighting was pretty good too. Lucky for me, my husband & friends were ok with me knitting during the show. I was also not the nerdiest person there with my knitting! I made really good progress. The photo of me with the Alton Brown poster was before the show started, and I think I have maybe half an inch or so to go before the heel turn!
We didn’t make into the audience group shot, but it’s still pretty cool!
I’ve started a new project, a true Ravellenics project to boot, as it needs to be done by the end of February! This cake is a new yarn from Good Karma Farm (3ply, sport-weight) that will be knit into a Beach Street Park sweater. I had some trouble getting the color right in the photo inside, so this picture is from outside in the snow waiting for the school bus, and it’s still off, but the setting is more appropriate. The yarn is gorgeous and soft, more purple-navy than it shows here. The Matryoshka Dolls are part of a magnet set that my parents brought me as a souvenir from when they went to St. Petersburg a few years ago.
Today is also a #TeamViolet Day – my niece is saying goodbye to the NG tube (yay), but to do that, she has to have a G-tube put it and an additional procedure, so she’s back in the hospital (boo). Lorelai and I went to visit a few weekends ago and had a great time. I’ve got another HeartCat in progress on my hook too.
We’re looking at another storm to dump on us tomorrow – if you’re in the path of it, stay warm!
Over the weekend, my daughter asked if I would show her how to knit. We have been reading Annie and the Swiss Cheese scarf for months now, and she received a Hello Kitty Scarf Kit for Christmas. Ok, why not? So we sat down and I cast on for her. The first row I knit while holding her hands and she said the little rhyme: “In through the front door, once around back, peek through the window, and off jumps Jack”. Then we sat knee-to-knee while she worked, so I was close by if she needed help, and to be a mirror image for her to look at the motions. I’m left handed, and I knit that way too (my stitches start on the right and move to the left), but we seem to have managed ok. I am quite proud of her, she has really stuck with it! She knit on Sunday afternoon and later that evening while the Super Bowl was on. Monday was a snow day / no school, and after I told her there was no school, she said “Oh good, now I can stay home and knit!” She picked it up again yesterday too, and has already asked me when I’ll be knitting today (another snow day). Reading the Swiss Cheese Scarf book has been a huge plus, as it shows that your first project can be full of mistakes and loops, and it emphasizes that knitting is hard and takes a long time and a lot of practice. I have to say though, for a beginner knitting kit, the yarn (some acrylic with glittery strands) is terrible to knit with. It is so splitty. I’ll be offering her some other yarn to practice with, but only if she wants to try something else – she’s determined to make this scarf.
I have been working on a sample knit; it’s big and squishy and I will be sad to send this one back. The Cody Cardi has gotten some attention, and I have cast on a new pair of socks. My personal sock club for February was a skein of Dyelectable Yarns “Peeps” self-striping. I decided to try these toe-up with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, plain vanilla. They are super bright and obnoxious, so of course I love them.
Dachshunds need sweaters. Seriously, this little dog, with his short coat, is like a heat-seeking missile. He’ll sleep in front of the heat vent in the kitchen that blows warm air, loves a good nap in a sun puddle, and especially loves a seat on your lap under a big blanket. But, when I put a sweater on Jackson, he shakes. It’s worse than shivers, it’s like he is being punished, and I’m just trying to help him stay warm. When I first made his neckwarmer, it was more of a joke, but he didn’t shake! So, he wears his neckwarmer pretty much daily from November through March, since 2008. He could use a new one, so when I came across the Triangle Cowl for Tiny Creatures it seemed like a great idea. The yarn is mystery stash – I think it’s from Farmhouse Yarns. I cast on fewer stitches and knit for a length of 15″, then sewed the ends together. Perfect. I like how the yarn started to pool in stripes too. Pretty nice for a quickie project!