- My April Socks
- Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
My March socks:
My March socks:
I still have a few pattern repeats to complete on the foot before I can start the toe. MyPOA for this week is to finish these socks this week and as long as I keep working on these every day that should happen.
As you know from my POA post, I finished the cuffs. Yay! I am loving this sweater and I can’t wait to be finished. I plan to mattress stitch the sleeves and sides together and then finish up the neck part. Depending on how the neck part goes, I’m hoping this will be finished this week? Okay, maybe that’s dreaming so it will probably be more like a couple of weeks.
I haven’t made as much progress on my cowl as I’d like but a bit of progress is better than none at all. 🙂
Here’s an update on my current set of priority knitting projects. Last month, I finished 2 projects on my knitting priority list.
My February socks:
and my Martine Hat:
I have 3 priority projects that I work on each day and I think 3 projects is a good number for me. I can generally do a little bit every day on each project. I know if I was monogamous I would get a lot done on one project and do it faster but I get bored working that long on one project. So I get a bit done on each and I don’t get bored. Right now those projects are:
I have prioritized 3 projects to work on each day because I have a lot of knitting WIPs and I want to get them done. I’m not very good at working on one project at a time so I try to do a little bit every day on 3 main projects. The socks is my number one project as I’m part of a KAL (Knit A Long) and need to get the pairs of socks done within the month to enter it in a drawing. But like I said I don’t have the wherewithal to work on just the socks so I know where I should be at each week of the month in order for me to be finished by month end. The sweater doesn’t have a deadline but I want to get it done as I’m going to be making a Weasley sweater for each of us (my family). I have this insane idea of taking our holiday pictures in our Weasley sweaters. I think it will be so cute and the hubby is willing to go along with it. I do not think that I’ll get it done for this Christmas but I’m hoping that it will be done in the next few Christmas’. Anyway, so I need to keep working a bit on these each day and one day they will be done. The cowl is the same in that I do not have a deadline other than I want to get it done and pushing it to #3 on my priority list means that it will get worked on regularly and it will be done one day soon.
While cleaning my craft table I decided to do my daily task of knitting 5 rounds for my Resfeber socks. And while I was doing that, watched the newest episode of The Crazy Sock Lady on YouTube. And while I was doing that, she mentioned how she was using her Row One minis for scrappy socks. You guys… a lightbulb went on in my head and I decided I needed to start one as well. I’ve got 4 months of these minis. One is in my cozy memory blanket project bag. And the other 3 are just hanging out waiting for me to use it. In addition, I just bought the Addi FlexiFlips and was dying to try them out! So instead of cleaning my floor, I casted on one sock and did about 3 rounds before I got control of myself again.
The yarn is from Twisted Owl Fiber Studio which I received in my October, 2017 Row One Subscription. I picked this one because the minis are 5 grams and felt that these little minis – mini of the minis if you will – are perfect for scrappy socks. I’m planning to keep going until I use up the mini and then switching out to another mini but I’m not sure how long 5 grams will go on a sock. I do want them to be scrappy so if it goes too long I may switch it out after a few rounds. At this point, I’d like both socks to be different but if I ended up switching the mini out before I use it, I may just put whatever I don’t use on the next sock and it will be a bit more matchy matchy. On to my next task for the day…
I just made plans with a girlfriend to have dinner at OO-Kook, our favorite Korean BBQ spot in KoreaTown, so now I’ve got to get my sh*t together. 🙂 I’ve got a couple of errands to run and I do need to give my Luna some love. As a reminder, Luna is my beloved sewing machine. The big one that stays at home as opposed to my little Bernina that travels with me or Lola, my featherweight.
Have fun friends!
Another pair of socks finished for the month! This is part of Mina Philips of the Knitting Expat Podcast’s New York Sock Club. The last pattern will be released on 9/1 and I’m happy to have gotten these socks finished and off the needles by the end of the month. I haven’t chosen the yarn for the next sock yet. I’ll wait until I see the pattern before I do so. I learned through this experience that some pattens work with striping sock yarn or speckled yarn or more tonal yarn so when I see the pattern that’s when I’ll figure out the yarn.
Update on the car situation – I was able to connect with the service manager of the shop that needed to “release” my car to the shop that’s actually doing the repair and he said he was going to call the extended warranty after our conversation and do so. Then the extended warranty is supposed to call the repair shop and authorize the repair. All in all – I’m not supposed to pay for the repair! woot! I called the repair shop to give them an update and that was the last I heard. Hopefully, everything is being worked on and I will get a call at some point today letting me know that my car is ready. I have 2 appointments today. One of which I will definitely not go because it’s just too far. I’ll just stay home and get some work done. The other appointment is more reasonable but I’m not sure it will work out time wise. We’ll see how it all goes. I’ve got a lot of work to do and I need the time to do it. Waiting around for a driver to take me around is a waste of time for me.
~Happy knitting and crafting!
It’s been awhile since I posted pics of all my knitting WIPs. For detailed information on my knitting projects, find me on Ravelry.com. I am Mellies1000Needlz. But here are the projects I’m actively working on this past week:
2. Starting Point Shawl – On one-half I’ve finished the first and second clue. On the second half, I’m almost done with the first clue.
3. I pulled the Rickke Hat out of hibernation. I’m not fond of the yarn and I am avoiding this project. But I want to finish it up and give it to its intended recipient this Christmas. I think the yarn is fine to wear but not to knit. I am trying to do a bit each week. We’ll see how far along I am in October and I’ll probably move this to top of the list until I get it done.
4. Since I have extra sock yarn now that I’m knitting up socks, I needed something to do with it. I started with this cozy memory blanket but at 16 stitches per side, they’re tiny and do not use up much yarn. I think the next one I’ll do will be doubled in size to use up more yarn.
5. With any extra sock yarn, I’m putting them into a crochet scrappy blanket. I just chained 200 and I’m doing single chains on the first row. If I get bored of the single chain I may alternate it with double chain rows. I’m not sure yet and I’m okay with however it ends up. Right now, it’s just a crochet worm.
6. I started the St. Patty’s socks back in March and I was knitting socks one at a time then. Now I knit them 2 at a time. I felt like I needed to cast on a second sock and put them on the needles to get 2 at a time socks. I thought it would be perfect to use a sock blank since I can only knit socks from sock blanks one at a time. Here’s my Secret Mandala socks:
Here’s how the sock blank looked like before I started knitting:
7. And finally, my Central Park Socks by Mina Philipps of the Knitting Expat podcast.
You can find details of this project on Ravelry. A few weeks ago, Kathleen Mary asked what Ravelry was and I thought I’d take a moment to explain in detail. Unless you are a knitter or crocheter, you probably aren’t aware of it. Ravelry is a website – ravelry.com – and I can be found on it as mellies1000needlz. It’s where knitters and crocheters gather. I think spinners and dyers too?.. In a nutshell, we can post projects, find/buy/keep patterns, manage the yarn stash, etc. I’m relatively new so I don’t use it as extensively as it could be used. I watch a bunch of knitting podcasts and it seems that having a Ravelry group is a must have for knitting podcasts. It’s a way to take part more actively in the community. I enjoy the project pages as I can keep my project, who its for, the needles I use, the yarn I use, with the pattern and add any notes I want to add without fear of losing it. This is especially useful with socks as I haven’t yet found my sock recipe and I’m still tweaking it with every new sock I make. In addition, you can search and find different patterns. You buy them and keep it in your library for whenever you are ready to use the pattern. I would like all my yarn to eventually be listed on the site. I have a stash, it’s not as big as some people’s and it definitely not as big as my fabric stash. But it’s overflowing the small basket I had originally assigned to contain my yarn. I’m trying to knit as fast as I can (I’m a really slow knitter) and use up what I’ve got but I keep buying more yarn. I’ve already bought yarn from all the indie dyers I wanted to buy yarn from so the buying is slowing down.
Anyway, I’ve been participating in the Knitting Expat podcasts “New York Sock Club” and this month she released the Union Square sock. It was a bit challenging for me and it took me awhile to get the right side pattern look right. I was able to get the left side looking beautiful but I had to rip the right side a few times before I figured out what I was supposed to be doing. I love the yarn and how it is knitting up. I’ve just finished the heel for both socks so tomorrow I’ll work on the next step.