No second Sock Syndrome here!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and general holiday season. I love Christmas, but with a toddler, this year it was slightly stressful for me. We managed to only have a few ornament casualties and we didn’t put out presents until the evening of Christmas Eve. I finally finished knitting the second sock in the pair I was knitting. All that’s left is weaving ends. I think I may have to do that today.

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I haven’t been doing much other knitting lately because I have been letting life get in the way. Honestly my stress levels go up drastically when I don’t knit that it makes me not feel like knitting and then we end up in this vicious cycle that sadly doesn’t involve knitting. No worries, I have several projects being planned out right now. I did start knitting on the Bethel Woods Cardigan for mg hubby again this week. I am still not completely sure that I am comfortable with this while uneven number of stitches in a 2X2 rib, but whatever. I am hoping that I don’t end up with some weird seam trying to hide extra columns of stitches. The Lionbrand site says that the pattern is completely up to date and I haven’t found any other posts of people having an issue, so either they are making a different size that has even numbers of stitches or I’m just crazy. I’ll knit it like the pattern says but I am not going to like it! Lol! If I get it finished and it looks funky, I’m ripping it out and knitting it in one piece. I’ll update more on that as I make more progress. Hopefully it won’t involve ripping things out.
I am wanting to start spinning more, but I am running into issues with my wheel and children. I still haven’t fixed my wheel from the last time my child broke it (no permanent damage, just loosened the nut holding the actual part that turns the wheel) and now I watch another child during the day, so I can’t always be in one room and I don’t trust either of them near it, even though she is older. Right now it is hidden in my storage closet which the kids aren’t allowed to get in to. It makes me so sad to have it locked away, but I don’t want it broken more permanently. I need to work on my schedule so that I can work more on things that I want to work on.
Speaking on scheduling, I am spending a lot of my time trying to learn a new skill (non fiber arts related). I’m one of those people who want to do it all, but I have had to sit down and look at life realistically. If something were to happen to my husband or he decided that he wanted to retire one day, I’m not in a very good position to jump into a career. I don’t have a ton of formal schooling and while I have a lot of experience in data entry and customer service, It isn’t my first choice of ways to spend my life. I’d love to write, but I don’t think I have the drive to do that, at least not at this point in my life, although I will always write. It’s what I do. By the way, my blog should not be any indication of my writing style! Lol! So what I am trying to say is that my spare time is being pulled yet another direction, as I am doing a ton of independent studying right now. I am not planning on quitting knitting or blogging, but my progress and posts probably won’t likely be as often as I’d like. Who knows. Maybe I will surprise myself!
Now since today is Saturday, I am going to spend most of the day laying around knitting, so I better get to it!

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Nuts about Nutkins

A few weeks ago i purchased some lovely Spud & Chloë Fine in the Bumble color way. I have had my eyes on this particular yarn for a few weeks and was so excited when the time came that I was able to purchase. Rarely have I found a yarn that I obsess over as much as this yarn.

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I really prefer to have a project in mind before I buy yarn because then I cast on near immediately. I’m not a patient person when it comes to casting on. This time I agonized over which project I was going to make for just over a week. I finally settled on a pair of Nutkins. These are a cuff down sock. First things first. The cuff consists of a few rows knit, a purl row to turn the cuff, a few more knit rows, and then pick up stitches and knit with the live stitches to close the cuff. I typically use a knitted cast on for most things and occasionally a twisted German cast on, but this called for a long tail. I don’t like long tail cast on so much. But the first attempt, I tried it. I got through picking up some of the stitches when I decided that it wasn’t even looking to me. It was time for a crocheted
provisional cast on. Not my favorite method, but I love having nice evenly spaced live stitches rather than picking up stitches on a cast on edge.

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I am currently a few inches in and the pattern is a delight. It is one of those patterns where everything is just moved over one stitch within the repeats for 10 rows. It is very easy to see where you are in the pattern. The only thing I’m not crazy about on it is the first row of the pattern has a purl 1 and then a YO which creates a small hole. If I would have paid attention I would have made things extra snug on the first row, but I didn’t really notice it until I was a couple rows in. The rest of the row 1 repeats don’t do this the same way because of the shaping in the previous row. A slight gap, but not the same way. If I knit this pattern again, which I likely will, I will change that up, but as I’m already this far in the game, I’m not to worried about it. I also went down from the prescribed size US 1.5 (2.50) to a US 1 (2.25). I almost always knit on gauge with a pattern. So much so that I rarely knit a swatch first, except for sweaters, then always. I have noticed though that the last few socks I have knit don’t fit like I would like, despite knitting gauge on them. So I changed this up and knit a half size down. I think this was a wise decision.

Finished project pictures

Just a little update and some pictures. I know you are shocked, but I actually have a few pictures.

But first a quick update. College is definitely possibly in my not too distant future. I am nervous about money and having a newborn and all that, but I know what doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger. And this will be a good opportunity for me to give my child a better possible future yada yada yada. Nothing is in stone yet so I won’t rattle on too much about that.

So for the stuff you actually probably read my blog about (does anyone read this?): KNITTING!!! Let’s start with unfinished/unstarted projects and work our way up to the grand finale.

I am waiting for some needles to open up so I can start another pair of socks. I don’t even love knitting socks that much but I love how fast they go. I have a couple different pairs that I have in mind to knit. Yarns anyway, not so much patterns. I need to get to looking for patterns for them. The first I actually have the yarn for, Trekking in a lovely neon yellow and orange and green? Something like that. And I need to knit some socks for my mom. I am thinking pink, but that is as far as I have gotten on those. I also have some super secret designing plans in the works. Ok they aren’t that super secret, but I am not ready to announce them until they are a little more in the works than what they are right now. I know basically what I want but I am having some difficulty figuring out exactly how to make it become a reality. I have some ideas but I haven’t gotten to play with them yet. My focus has been elsewhere.

Actually in progress, I have the Hermione Everyday Socks. I am still not 100% fond of the yarn I am using (Knitpicks Stoll Handpaint in Cartoon) but now that I

have completed one sock and cast on the second sock, it looks ok. Just not exactly the colors I was looking for. It is no fault of the yarn, just not what I want. I don’t exactly understand SSS. I find finishing the first sock kind of like hitting a checkpoint in a video game. It is satisfying in the fact that I have an entire sock completed, but I still get the joy of moving on to the second and having something already planned for the needles next. I am pretty much a monogamous knitter, so I rarely have more than one or two projects going. I like to have an easy project and one that requires more brain power so I can knit in just about any situation so the second sock sometimes gets on my nerves when I am ready to start a new project, but I just can’t leave an orphaned sock! I have two feet and I don’t want one to be walking around fully clothed and the other to be naked! I am so ready to start on some different socks, but I just can’t say no to the second sock. I got my second sock cast on last night and several rows of the cuff knitted. I am not going to put a goal time on this really but I would like to be done with it in the next couple of weeks. I have found when I have something sit for a while I tend to frog it in the end anyway, so if I don’t complete the pair sooner than later, they won’t get done! I will be casting on something else before too long though.

The Bitterroot shawl is done. It is beautiful. I ran out of blocking pins so I didn’t get to block it near as aggressively as I wanted but I will next time. It is still lovely! And I have pictures! I am very please with this shawl. It was fun to knit and it came out looking rather nice!

Ready for its close up:

The entire (almost) view:

Herringbone sock update

So I have decided to frog the herringbone rib sock. I love the pattern, but I just don’t like the yarn with it. I hadn’t touched the sock in a while because of this. I picked it up yesterday and finished the heel. I started the gusset today and I messed up. I just don’t care because I just don’t like this yarn with it. I did take a picture of how far I got. The pattern is a pleasure to work, just not in this yarn. Besides it doesn’t show off the stitch pattern, I am not real fond of working with this particular yarn one size 1 needles and with a pattern. It will be used for a vanilla sock later. I am going to see if I have some handspun that will work guage wise. I have a pretty pink that I think I will try.

Busy sock

The herringbone sock that I am knitting is driving me nuts. I don’t know what I am going to do about it. I don’t really have any other yarn that I think would work for this sock but I am really enjoying the pattern. I wish I had knit Jim’s socks in this pattern. That yarn would have been awesome with it. Oh well. I like his socks either way, I just wish I had bought more of the Lanaloft yarn.

Spinning and Shingles

I was crocheting (YIKES!) on March 18, when I noticed that I had a really bad itch. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I was tired anyway so I put down the crocheting and went to see what the problem was. I had the beginnings of a nasty rash. I didn’t know what it was at first. It burned. It itched. It hurt. My muscles hurt. I had shingles. Over the next 3 or 4 days, it spread all the way around the left side of my body. We had to go pick up my stepson from the airport that following Saturday and I was miserable. I hated that the whole week that he was here I didn’t feel well, but it kind of worked out for the best because I was so tired and my back hurt so bad from the shingles that I couldn’t sit up to spin all week. It took me a little more than a week to spin an entire bobbin. We have had some issues come up lately that have stressed me out and I think that was probably what caused the shingles. Three weeks later, I am almost completely cleared up, but I still haven’t done much spinning in the last three weeks. I have had other projects I have been working on. I knit a pair of socks for my husband this weekend. He started night shift this week so he had Saturday and Sunday off so that we could get on a different sleep schedule. Since I don’t have to be up during the day, I guess I am going to “work” nights as well. Anyway to keep me up on Friday night, I started a sock. I got through the heel on Friday night. Saturday I finished the first sock and cast on the second sock. I finally finished the second sock on Sunday. Apparently this got me in trouble. Saturday evening Jim asked me why this was his first pair of socks if it didn’t take very long to knit. Oops. I have a feeling that this will mean that I will have many more socks to knit for him! Not that this will be bad, but it will definitely keep me busy. Especially with all of the other things that he wants me to knit for him. I have some very lovely fiber that a friend gifted me that is waiting to be spun, but I just haven’t felt up to spinning much the last couple weeks. I am planning on spinning a lot this week since I am going to be on nights now. I am more productive late in the evenings, but only when I have evenings to myself. I find it difficult to spin with my husband around. No real reason other than I feel like when he is around and I am spinning, I am not spending as much time with him as I would like to be. I guess because I am not giving him my undivided attention.