On the Needles, Friday, June 28, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done an “On the Needles” post.  Once spring hit my mind didn’t turn to knitting much.  But now that we’re in full-blown summer with it’s heat and afternoon thunderstorms I’m knitting more.  It’s something “non-electrical” that I can do while the storms pass through.

Of course, being me, I have not one, not two, but SEVERAL projects on the go at one time.  I’ll explain to the non-knitters why I do this as I post these pics.  I’m sure the knitters in the crowd out there already know why.  😉

First up let’s start with the oldest project on the needles, my Scandinavian sweater:

DSCN1089I’m still knitting away on this one.  Two more inches of body and I can start the 3″ ribbing, then move on to the sleeves.  This one rarely gets worked on in the summer.  First off it’s heavy and hot in my hands.  And as it’s a “no-brainer” knit with only 3 purl stitches on every round that are clearly marked with brass stitch markers.  I save this for evening conversations with DH.  I can knit and still carry on a conversation.

Then there’s my “Pooling Challenge” socks that didn’t pool:

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This has now become my summer travel project.  When DH and I run errands, or I might have to wait somewhere, I take this little project along.  It’s lightweight to carry, easy to knit (no pattern memory needed) and not hot to knit on if the a/c in anyplace is not as cool as I’d like.  My goal with this one is to use up every inch I can of the yarn to see exactly how tall of a sock I can get out of a skein of this brand yarn (KnitPicks Felici).

My Misty Meadow shawl is making really good progress (in my opinion):

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I’m now more than halfway through the lace edging pattern!  This is my “DH is watching something I don’t really care to watch” knitting project.  LOL  BUT it has to be something not too dramatic on the screen as it IS a lace pattern and it does require a minimum of concentration.  It required much more the first 3 or 4 repeats, but isn’t that always the way with knitting?

Then I have my new current projects.  My Summer Mystery Shawl from WPKnits:

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No progress on it until the next clue comes out, which I think is tomorrow.
And finally a very concentrated, I’m alone and need to mentally zone out of life project:

DSCN1091This has been an on again/off again/on again project!  It was a mystery, but the mystery is over now as I’m so late with it.  And I started it with a lace yarn, but didn’t like the gauge or the look of it.  So I ripped it out.  Then I purchased some solid blue fingering yarn and started again.  But the yarn was too fuzzy and hiding the lace pattern.  So I ripped it out.  I am now on my 3rd try, with the yarn I originally (before the laceweight) thought about using but then decided not to due to reviews I read on the yarn.  (KnitPicks Chroma).  And I am LOVING IT!  Yes, the variegated will obscure some of the lacework at first glance, but like an interesting quilt you need to take a first glance and then come back for a second look.  This yarn is just soft and fuzzy enough to be comfortable to work with, but not too fuzzy that I can’t see the lacework even before blocking.

So there’s LOTS on the needles here, and not much progress on any one thing.  But now you understand why I have so many different projects on the go at one time.  I mean who knows if today will be a talk to DH day, or an I’m all alone to concentrate day, or a run errands day, or what type of knitting may be best for the day!

Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!!!!  😉

Ready, set, POOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No, not the swimming type of pool, we aren’t quite ready for that here yet.  But rather a Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge.   Judy at Patchwork Times has issued a “Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge” and now that I FINALLY have my blue socks off the needles I’m ready to play along!

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The blue striped socks took forever and a day to finish, but that’s because I knit the legs extra long for warmth, and I also did a 2″ ribbing on the top rather than my normal 1″.  I can tell already I like the taller socks with the longer rib, but hopefully this next pair won’t take me “forever” to finish as well.

 

I chose this red/white/pink  yarn as I truly think it is going to pool the colors with the stitch count and size needles I use.  62 stitches on size 0 needles for the feet, 64 stitches on size 0 needles for the leg section so I get a nice 2×2 rib is my standard go-to vanilla sock pattern.  I really like the 2×2 rib, but those extra 2 stitches on the foot make socks just a wee bit too loose.  And for handknit socks, I have found if they’re knit too loose, they tend to wear quicker for me.

 

So, ready………………..

set…………………..

CAST ON!!!!!!!!!!!

 

On the Needles January 4, 2013

The first week in January!  It’s a New Year and time for lots of knitting and sewing and quilting!

This year I’ve committed myself to being more productive in my personal projects and so far it seems to be working.  No, this isn’t a resolution, as I started towards this in mid-December, but it is a lifestyle change.  One I hope will enhance the quality of life, after all that’s what it’s all about, right?

So what have I done lately?  Well, I finished my Zephyr Shawl:

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And then the crazy knitting began!  I’ve commited to making one dishcloth (minimum) a month this year.  At the end of the year I hope to have a dozen, although as easy and quick as they are it may only take me a couple months to meet my dozen goal.  For my first one I chose an extremely bright variegated yarn by Lily Cotton.  Hey, it was a dreary day and I needed bright!

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Then I continued on my latest pair of Plain Vanilla socks (i.e. no fancy work) using yarn from DEEP in my stash (Serenity Sock Yarn by Premier Yarns):

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Of course I haven’t finished those yet, but had to start my first shawl for my 12 Shawls Forever group (on Ravelry)!  And at the same time work a mystery with the Designs by Joji group (again on Ravelry):

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I went deep into my stash for this yarn as well, using Paton’s Kroy in Maroon and Red Heart Heart and Sole in Tequila Sunrise, then topped it off going not quite so deep for KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Barn Red.

But, did I stop there!!! Oh NO!!!!! I am also committed to making Nantucket Red (in blue for me) with my YOSS group (on Ravelry) and completing this cardigan in the MONTH OF JANUARY!!!!! (yes, I am as crazy as my prior madhouse post would lead one to believe).

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For this sweater I splurged and purchased yarn from KnitPicks, Gloss DK that’s a Merino/Silk blend.  It was a reasonable yarn for my first foray into knitting a patterned cardigan (not just an oversized cardigan) in more years than I want to remember.

 

So, I’ve jumped back in with both feet to the deep end of the kntting pool and am loving every minute of it.  Call me crazy or not, it just seems like the perfect thing to do on these long dark nights.