The last few weeks have been a bit on the rough side as far as migraines are concerned, so crafting has not been as often as I would like, but it has not been a total dry spell. I have set aside my shawl for now because I keep messing up. After much debate, I ripped back to the lifeline. I got another row or two done and realized I was off a stitch again, so its in time out until it can learn to behave itself. My yarn order came in, but I had to wait until I could purchase a set of needles. I went through every single needle in my house and not one was a size 4. Every single project that I have lined up uses a size 4 except for socks. This called for a trip to my LYS. It ended up being a girls day because I have created a monster. The best kind of monster. I have been teaching my boyfriend’s daughter to knit. She is doing very well and has pretty much mastered casting on. She got a ball of pretty yarn and I got some yarn and needles.
After our shopping trip, I cast on my Bigger on the Inside. I realized that I have a problem. Naturally I turned on Doctor Who to watch while I was knitting, but then I looked down and noticed that I was also wearing a Doctor Who shirt. Like my monster, it is a good problem to have so I am not complaining. I am enjoying this knit so far. I read ahead and realized that there will be a ton of stitches picked up. I am not a fan of picking up stitches but it isn’t enough to deter me from knitting this. I probably should cast on a “mindless” knitting project as well for days like today when my head hurts pretty bad. I just can’t thing real well like this. Charts and migraines or extreme ice pick headaches (like today) are not friends.
Besides knitting, I decided to finally sew a weighted blanket for my son. My boyfriend was watching tv in bed the other night and his pillows were on my legs. The weight made me fall asleep almost instantly so I think it would help my kiddo. The front will be Star Wars and the back will be Batman. His choice. I purchased the beads and got started on it. I was so excited. I had it all planned out but when I started sewing, my machine wouldn’t quit breaking the thread. I made adjustments but it still wasn’t right. It was either too loose or it was so tight that it would snap after about a quarter inch. I got frustrated and put it away. I am not strong enough at sewing to be able to fix it without doing a lot of brushing up on skills but its not a good time to mess with it when I am already mad and cussing my machine. I have about 4 project bags that I want to make as well. I found some Hufflepuff fabric for my newest knitter and I need to make it.
One other bit of news, we got a new family member! His name is Hank. He is a golden retriever Saint Bernard mix. Hank is the sweetest, fluffiest, snuggly pup ever. He is an excellent addition to our family. He is so soft, sweet, and cute. I have my work cut out for me as far as socializing and walking on a leash are concerned. He is a timid pup, but since he may end up outweighing me someday, he has to learn to do well and be able to be controlled. We all love Hank. Except Rosie. She tolerates him.
2017 was a year of socks for me. While I did not knit a year’s worth, that is pretty much all that I knit. 2018 will be a different story. I have several projects lined up. I am currently knitting on my Renewal that has been hanging out in my yarn bag while I have been knitting socks. There was a bar of soap in my knitting bag too, so it smells like soap. I can’t be the only person who has put strange things in their knitting bags, right?
Naturally the last row that I knit was off a stitch. I counted several times in a sleep deprived state and finally went back the next day and found where I was off and only had to tink back a handful of stitches! I have knit a few rows since and will be knitting on it again after I am done with this blog post.
I made a yarn purchase this weekend. I may have gone a bit crazy. It literally took me more than 24 hours to finalize the order, but it is done. I have quite a few items on my knitting agenda. There is the Morvarch by Lucy Hague, then Seashore by Isabell Kraemer, and Bigger on the inside by Kate Atherley. I have a few other things planned, but I haven’t made all my decisions yet. I purchased a few skeins of sock yarn as well so I am sure that there will be more sock knitting in my future. I am incredibly sad though. I had my heart set on a top and purchased the yarn for it. When I went to buy the pattern, I found out that it is not sold separately and I should have purchased the book at the same time. I just can’t justify spending more money and shipping for a book when I only want one pattern so I changed to Morvarch. I found another sweater that I am completely in love with, Nested by Alicia Plummer, but I just can’t justify spending more money on yarn right now. Lesson learned. Double check pattern availability before purchasing yarn for a project. It took me a whole other day to decide if I was going to spend another $20+ for a book that I only really want one pattern out of. I love knitting books so it wouldn’t have been a terrible thing, but I have other things I need to spend money on.
A happy thing happened. I was looking to see if I have any purple yarn to knit a friend at work a pair of fingerless mitts and while I don’t have anything purple, I did find two cones of lace weight that I forgot I had! So I will be planning something out of it very soon. I like little surprises like finding yarn I forgot that I had. I have to figure out yardage and then I will look to see what I can make out of it so I will update on it later and will hopefully have some pretty new yarn pictures as well.
It has finally happened! The Paired for Life socks for Dustin are finished. I know that a week isn’t really that long of a time to knit a pair of socks, but when I don’t have as much time to put into knitting, it feels like an eternity. This pattern was not overly difficult. I was a little unsure at first on what was happening with the ribbing. I ended up having to write it out and do math to make sure I was doing it right. After the first row, it was a snap and turned out looking very nice. Overall I am very happy with the pattern and the socks. He seemed very pleased to get them. In fact as soon as the ends were woven on the first one, it was on his foot! Makes me happy.
Currently Dustin’s socks are ankle length. I am thinking that after I finish the current chart repeat I will do two more before starting the cuff, but I will try them on him again when I finish the next repeat.
I love knitting toe up socks because I don’t worry about running out of yarn. This is the first time that I have knit a pattern with more than a 4 row repeat. Even though I don’t have to worry if I am going to run out of yarn in the same way, I have to plan it out enough that I can start the cuff at the end of a chart repeat. Paired for Life is a 43 row chart repeat. I am really enjoying this pattern, but the next socks that I knit will be a plain vanilla pair of socks. While I don’t find cables to be particularly difficult, they are time consuming for me. Luckily I enjoy knitting so time consuming isn’t a problem per se but I also enjoy having a finished project and am itching to start my next project. I am hoping to finish them before Sunday.
The weather was perfect today. It was seventy something degrees and sunny. I wish I could have spent all day knitting. Darn work and having to pay bills. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job and I like having bills paid, but some days I just have other things I’d rather do. At least I will be going in to work a bit late tomorrow so that I can enjoy the assembly at my son’s school first thing in the morning.
I have almost made it to the heel! I have probably 3 more rows until I get there. I may try to get them in tonight. Work is definitely getting in the way of my knitting, but I suppose the bills have to get paid and I don’t hate my job so it will just have to be in the way a bit. I have high hopes that I will be done with a heel or two tomorrow.
I have been watching Broadchurch again while knitting and listening to all sorts of podcasts while at work, mostly homesteading, but some knitting as well. I am ready to plant my garden. I hope that my pups don’t eat everything. Fingers crossed.
I have been knitting quite a bit the last two days and have made a good amount of progress. There was some tinking that had to happen yesterday thanks to a dropped stitch, but we are back on track now! I have discovered that the lighting in our living room is just not enough for me to see to knit with dark, thin yarn so I have stayed in the bedroom all day, hanging out in bed with Netflix on my iPad. Today I managed to finish watching the last several episodes of Fuller House and 2.5 episodes of Broadchurch season 3. I feel like I have been very antisocial with my family today, but I am trying very hard to get these socks finished as soon as possible. I am about an inch away from starting the heels so I am getting there. The thing that I really enjoy about doing socks two at a time is that progress happens slowly, but they will both be finished when I get done. No worries about second sock syndrome! This pattern is working up very beautifully. I love knitting cables. Since tomorrow is Monday, I will be back at work and not making near as much progress. I am going to try to get as much as I can done though.
I got sidetracked with looking at different projects that I would like to do in the future. I have a bunch of sock yarn leftovers that I want to make into something. I haven’t decided exactly what that will be yet, but I am keeping my eyes open. My next project will probably be a brioche scarf or cowl. I have never tried brioche before so I am excited about trying something new. I may cast on another pair of socks, too. I have two more colors of sock yarn waiting to be socks in the closet. One may end up being another pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. I am wearing the pair that I knit back in 2011 today and they fit my feet so nicely. I may just have to knit one of the many other socks that I have in my Ravelry queue. I need more hours in the day to knit all the things that I would like to knit. Decisions are hard sometimes.
I am kind of a fuddy-duddy when it comes to watching most anything on TV so I didn’t watch the opening ceremony. I will flip to the games occasionally, but mostly I won’t watch much of the Olympic. Netflix and Amazon Prime are a whole other ballgame. I guess being able to binge watch a show makes it more enjoyable for me. I will definitely be binge watching some shows while I am participating.
Last night’s knitting took place lounging on the bed while BF sat in the big round chair in our room while watching Ancient Aliens on History. I realized that even on the stockinette parts, I am having a difficult time not looking while knitting with this yarn. It isn’t super splitty, but it is definitely not the least splitty yarn I’ve ever used. I may have to keep the binge watching to shows that I have already seen or things I can mostly listen to.
I am working on a pair of socks for my sweet BF. After much debate on the pattern choice and a few false starts, I settled on Paired for Life by Elke Alexius. It is a lovely pattern with simple cables. The design is beautiful but simple. I didn’t want anything too intricate since this will be his first pair of knit socks so I don’t know how well he will like them. I understand that not everyone enjoys wearing hand knit socks. I myself can only wear them when it is cold out or around the house. My feet get hot very easy so the nice thick socks tend to be a bit much when it is warm out. I am knitting these two at a time and they are a toe up sock pattern. I have never done two at a time with toe up. I thought it was going to be a little more difficult and fiddly than it turned out to be. I think that I will probably be knitting most of my socks this way from now on. I have not yet decided on the heel that I am going to use. My favorite is the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist but I don’t know if I want to use that or something else for these. I have some time to think about it. Decisions are hard. I think I just need to knit more socks so I can choose different ways. A choose your own adventure for socks if you will.
This particular yarn is Stroll Tonal in the Orbit color way. Like I said earlier, it can be a tad splitty. I like it despite that, but I don’t know that I will get it again for anything other than plain socks. The colors are gorgeous though. I need to do some serious stash enhancing but money and storage space are both limited at this point in the game. I may need to go take a trip to LYS to find something else that I like. I am all for buying from individuals or my LYS whenever I can.
I managed to finish the toes and knit two rows of the foot last night. It isn’t much but I got a late start on knitting and I only had a handful of rows on the toes done to begin with. I would like to be to the heel by the end of the weekend. I am not making promises though. I need to really think more about what a second project will be in case I somehow manage to finish these with enough time to spare for a second project, but decisions are hard.
Well enough typing. I have some knitting that is calling my name!