On the needles (and longarm)

Although I may not get a chance until late tonight to link this to the Patchwork Times “On the Needles” post for the day, I thought I’d take a few minutes and share with you what I’m working on currently.  I’m not even sure all of these are in the “projects” listing in the sidebar that really needs to be completed; but they’re my current knitting projects.

 

First up, the never ending socks!  Why am I calling them that?  Because I decided to knit each skein to the end (or close to it) and they’re much longer than I normally make my socks and seem to be taking forever.  Perhaps because, while I know they’ll wear like iron, I’m not particularly keen on the color combination.  Yes, these are the SAME socks I attempted to finish for the pooling challenge way back when.  But I’m almost done now:

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I’m also currently working on a shawl for my mom (photos are okay since there’s no surprise there, she got to pick the yarn).  This pic doesn’t do justice to the color, but I needed to use the flash so the pattern could be seen.  I’m using the Zephyr Shawl pattern (one of my favorites) and the yarn is actually a deep denim blue, very dark, almost a black blue from a distance:

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My last project “on the needles” are swatches!  Simple little swatches.  LOL  I’ll be taking a finishing class later this month on seaming knitted projects together and our homework before the class is to knit several swatches.  Makes sense, you can’t learn to seam knitted pieces without having knitted pieces to seam in class!  So it’s a boring little mindless take with me project:

DSCN1253So are you asking why a person who learned to knit as a teenager and has been knitting steadily since the late 1980’s would be taking a finishing class?  Well, it’s because I truly believe a person can always learn a tip or trick or another way to do something that might result in a nicer end product.  And since I rarely do sweaters, in part due to seaming the pieces together and in part due to getting gauge, I thought this might be a good class to improve my skills.

 

On the longarm this week is a large, really large, Christmas quilt for a customer.  The customer requested a freehand holly meander for the background, then custom work in the piecing.  I’m on my 3rd day now of holly fill and getting better at it with every new holly leaf.  It’s not a feather, but there is a rhythm to it, or would be if certain things didn’t interrupt me, but then again, life here is never boring so disruptions exist!  😉

 

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That’s what’s on the needles at my house (and on the longarm too).  What’s on the needles at your house today?

 

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!!!!!!  😉

On the Needles March 22, 2013

Another weekend starting and it’s time for an “On the Needles” post.  I’m really enjoying this as I can track my progress on my projects easily.

 

This week I’m far enough along in my Top Down Icelandic sweater that I think I’m going to quit working the body, add on the sleeves and then continue the body.  That way I’ll be sure to have enough yarn for both sleeves the length I want and the body can continue on until I’m close to out of yarn or feel it’s long enough.

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And I’ve made some progress on my Misty Meadow Mystery KAL.  I’m hoping that the final clue (to be released on March 29th will be a lace border for this, but right now it’s still moving along in basic stripes.

Mystery-Meadow-Clue-3-doneNo matter what the final clue is, I hope it’s going to out of the lighter green as I’m almost out of this skein of the dark contrast color!

 

My final show for this post is of some actual BLOCKING being done.   I have a terrible habit of postponing the blocking part and on so many knitted items it’s a definite necessary.  You can see here what my Sunset Shawl looked like pre-blocking.  It had curled under edges and didn’t hang pretty at all.  But now that it’s in the blocking stages I can see the pattern more clearly, including how the ruffle is going to lay, and I LOVE IT!

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I was going to leave this post with a gratuitous puppy pic, but they were a bundle of energy this morning, all blurs of motion……

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Looking for more “On the Needles” posts, stop on over at Patchwork Times  later today and check out what other yarn people have done this week.  And maybe get in on her Pooling Challenge!  I’ve already got my yarn picked for that one, I just need to finish up the socks that are on the needles right now (and were not shown today as there has been NO progress on them at all).