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Knitting Update, 8/9/17

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:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Socks – I pulled this out of hibernation since I had gotten a couple of socks finished last month.

St. Patrick’s Day Socks 
8/9/17

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.

Starting Point Shawl
8/9/17

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.

Rickke Hat
8/9/17

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.

cozy memory blanket
8/9/17

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.

crochet worm
8/9/17

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:

 

Secret Mandala Socks
8/9/17

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.

Central Park Socks
8/9/17

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

 

Knitting Tuesday, 2/28/17

 

Magenta/Gray socks

Last time –

magenta/gray socks 2/14/17

magenta/gray socks
2/14/17

Now:

magenta/gray socks Done! 2/28/17

magenta/gray socks
Done!
2/28/17

And they’re done!  yay!  I’m so excited.  Here they are pictured but have not yet been blocked.  I can’t help but wear them first.  Anyone else like that?  Just as a reminder, these were knitted with #1’s and I decreased every round.  I’ve since tweaked my personal sock preference and will continue to tweak until I find the perfect fit.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 2/14/17

Purple/gray socks
2/14/17

Purple/gray socks 2/28/17

Purple/gray socks
2/28/17

Now that the magenta socks are done, I’m working primarily on the purple socks.  Sock #1 – I’m working on the foot.  Sock #2 – I’m working on the heel flap.  I’m using #2 needles, a shorter heel flap and I’m decreasing every other round instead of every round.  So far, I like how these are looking better than the magenta socks.  I hope they fit better as well.  The magenta socks were a bit on the tight end but I believe that once I block them and use them a bit, they’ll loosen up.

Snowberry socks

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

Snowberry socks 2/28/17

Snowberry socks
2/28/17

These are for the girl and we are both loving the yarn!  They remind me of birthday cake ice cream from Baskin Robbins.  These are my purse knitting since it’s in the simple stages at the moment.  I’ve been carrying them in my purse and they are officially my “purse knitting”.  I love how far I’ve gotten on them.  The bulk of the work was done in the past week.

 

Kimono Sweater

My first sweater Kimono 2/14/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/14/2017

My first sweater Kimono 2/28/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/28/2017

That’s about 15″ high now and I need to knit it until it is about 27″.  I’ve got a long way to go especially since I’m doing about 5″ every 2 weeks.  This is a long term project but as long as I keep working on it each week I’m happy.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 2/14/17

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Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 2/7/17

magenta/gray socks
2/7/17

now:

magenta/gray socks 2/14/17

magenta/gray socks
2/14/17

I am loving the sock knitting right now.  I know last week my hands, wrists, arms, and elbows were hurting so I took a short break.  I still knit every day I just didn’t knit as much as I was knitting.  Even so, I am progressing nicely in all my projects.  For the magenta/gray socks I was able to get the decrease done and now I’m back to easy knitting until the toe.  For this project my decrease was done on every row.  I think it is too abrupt and on my purple socks I am decreasing every other round.  It takes a little more managing as I have to write down which row I’m on and what I’m doing but so far I’m loving it.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 2/7/17

Purple/gray socks
2/7/17

Purple/gray socks 2/14/17

Purple/gray socks
2/14/17

As you can see, I started the decrease on the left sock and the right sock only has a few more rows before I start the heel flap.

Snowberry socks

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

I progressed a little bit by putting a bit more rows on the left sock but it doesn’t look much different than this picture so I didn’t bother taking a new picture.  However I did want to say that the little progress was in no means my fault.  I bought another #2 hiya hiya sharps 9-inch circulars.  I love these for sock knitting and I only have 1 right now.  The sock on the right is on them.  So I bought another one to put the sock on the left.  I like knitting socks concurrently because it helps prevent the second sock syndrome (which is when you finish 1 sock but never the 2nd one because of boredom or just because).  Anyway, I got the set I ordered and started using it.  Within a couple of days I was not happy.  There was something wrong and the yarn kept snagging on the join between the cable and the needle.  I was not pleased.  I contacted the shop I purchased it from and I already sent it back to be returned but that’s another $$ in S&H that I had to spend.  Obviously they recommended sending it regular mail for 46 cents but I wanted to be able to track it.  That’s one reason I should buy my needles at the LYS.  Unfortunately my LYS didn’t have 9 inch circulars the last time I was there and I didn’t want to wait for their next shipment.  I think next time I’ll be more patient.

Regia Socks

Kayla's Regia sock 2/7/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/7/17

Kayla's Regia sock 2/14/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/14/17

I frogged the first sock from the last picture and with my hiya hiya order came #2 hiya hiya sharps on a 32 inch circular.  I now have 16″ and 24″ which are two needles I’m not sure I’ll be using again.  But we’ll see.  The 32 inch circular works well putting two socks on the needles.  It feels slower than doing one at a time concurrently as there is a lot of yarn managing.  But, I am enjoying the process so far.  We’ll see if it continues.  I’m not entirely sure how I’ll be doing the heel and other stuff on 1 cable at the same time but we’ll see.  I think I may have to take them off and do them on separate needles concurrently.  If that is the case, I’ll need to either get more #2 9 inch circs, or use the 16 and 24 inch circs.  We’ll see. 🙂

 

Kimono Sweater

last week –

My first sweater Kimono 2/7/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/7/2017

My first sweater Kimono 2/14/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/14/2017

It’s about 10 inches now.  I’m enjoying this.  The color is grayed out above but you can see how much I’ve done from last week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 2/7/17

 

Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

Now –

magenta/gray socks 2/7/17

magenta/gray socks
2/7/17

I am progressing pretty nicely on my socks.  I’ve got the heel flap and I turned the heel on sock #2.  Now I just need to do the decrease.  Since that will take a little effort I will work on the foot part of sock #1.  I like how it is looking and I like knitting it.  But I’m knitting so much that my hands, wrists, and elbows are starting to hurt.  So, I need to slow down on my knitting.  I’m hoping I don’t have to stop completely but can just do a bit at a time.  I find that sock knitting is really hard on my hands because I’m gripping the needles so tightly.  So I’m going to try knitting on other projects and see if that helps.

Kimono Sweater

last week –

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017

Now –

My first sweater Kimono 2/7/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/7/2017

I am supposed to do this stitch for about 5 inches but I am fine with it being at 4 inches.  I started the next part and I’m enjoying this project.

Here are updates on my other sock projects.  It’s been a few weeks since I last posted pictures and I’ve actually been working on them a bit at a time.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 1/17/17

Purple/gray socks
1/17/17

Purple/gray socks 2/7/17

Purple/gray socks
2/7/17

I turned the heel for sock #1 and I’m working on the leg for sock #2.  Right now sock #2 is my easy knitting that I pull out just to work a bit on each day.  It doesn’t require much thought.

Snowberry socks 1/17/17

Snowberry socks
1/17/17

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

I really like this yarn.  It’s so soft and I love knitting on it.  The problem is I only have 1 hiya hiya sharp #2 9inch circulars and the sock on the right is using it.  The sock on the left is using hiya hiya sharp #2 -24inch circs.  It’s not fun knitting on these.  I ordered another 9 inch circ and as soon as it gets here I’ll be replacing the needles on the left.

And I started another sock project.  This one is actually for the girl but I started it so she could just knit and purl to her heart’s content and not worry about getting it started.

Kayla's Regia sock 2/7/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/7/17

This is using Regia’s self striping yarn and Kayla and I are loving it.  This is on hiya hiya sharp #2 – 16 inch circs.  Of all the needles I’ve tried, I love hiya hiya sharps #2 on the 9 inch circulars.  I do want to try magic loop at some point so I think I will be able to use the 16 inch and the 24 inch at some point.  I did order myself 32 inch circs also.  I’m not sure if I will like it as I did fingerless mitts on magic loop and I didn’t enjoy knitting those.  But that was a couple of years ago so I’ll try it again and see how it goes.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 1/31/17

Pink/blue socks …

Last week –

1/24/17

1/24/17

Pink/Blue Socks My Second Pair 1/31/17

Pink/Blue Socks
My Second Pair
1/31/17

All the ends are weaved in and I’m wearing them now! woot!  I love them.  These are technically my second pair of socks.  The first were these:

My First Socks 11/2/2016

My First Socks
11/2/2016

I gave them to my mother when she came to visit me last November.  They were practice socks.  The yarn was just some yarn I had lying around.  It’s much bigger than sock yarn and I used  #7 DPNs.  They were bamboo DPNs and I can’t remember the company.  Probably Clover as I didn’t want to spend money on this at that time in case I wouldn’t take to it and just used whatever I had on hand.  Now that I’ve finished my second pair and working on my 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the same time, I’m loving the sock knitting.  I’m just doing plain vanilla socks as taught by Lucy Neatby in her Craftsy class, My First Socks.  I’m learning how to modify the socks so that they fit me best.  Those first purple socks were too big.  The second pink/blue socks I just finished are still a little too big.

Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/24/17

magenta/gray socks
1/24/17

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

I have about 1.5 inches left on the second sock before I start turning the heel.  I’m a slow sock knitter.  I would love to knit a pair of socks a month.  I hope I get there someday.  But I’m happy to be where I am right now as those first socks took me forever!  I believe 6+  months. I wasn’t really keeping track back then and I didn’t knit as much as I do now so it really isn’t a good comparison.  However I am faster and I hope that I get better as I go along.  I did discover this past week that the yarn I have been using is not Malabrigo.  lol.  I have a few skeins of Malabrigo and this colorway matches closely with one of the Malabrigo skeins I have.  But it is not.  Rather the yarn I’m using here is Crock-O-Dye sock yarn color #224.

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017

And I started on my first sweater.  I’m still at the very early stages and I can only knit a couple of rows a day.  I do not have a lot of time so I just do a bit when I can.  My local yarn shop has knit night tonight and every Tuesday. I’m hoping to attend and work on this project each week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 1/24/17

Pink/blue socks …

Last week –

pink/blue socks 1/17/17

pink/blue socks
1/17/17

Now –

1/24/17

1/24/17

Sorry the lighting is bad.  The toes have been grafted but I still need to weave in ends.  I tried to get them done for this post but apparently I hate weaving in ends.  I got through half of one sock. Next time I’m going to weave in throughout the project and not wait until the end.

Pink/Gray Malabrigo socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/17/17

magenta/gray socks
1/17/17

magenta/gray socks 1/24/17

magenta/gray socks
1/24/17

I got a lot of progress done and I decided to start on the second sock so that I don’t get second sock syndrome.  I love how these are knitting up.

I do not have much progress on the other knitting projects so we can touch base with them next week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Women’s March

womens-march-la

Just a quick post before I head over to the Women’s March this morning.  I’ll be there with my daughter and a friend.  I’m just a bit excited as I haven’t been to a march/rally in years and never with my daughter.  This will be a new experience for us.

In crafty news, knitting continues to be my go to craft on a day to day basis.  I’ve worked on the boy’s hat while waiting in the car for various reasons.  I’ve worked on my magenta/gray socks.  And I am currently trying to get gauge on a sweater.  My focus this weekend will be my pink/blue socks:

pink/blue socks 1/17/17

pink/blue socks
1/17/17

This is how they looked last Tuesday.   All I need to do is graft those toes together and then it will be done.

In addition, I want to make project bags.  I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile as I’ve been seeing so many cute project bags lately.  I’ve been watching a lot of you-tube shows about knitting and quilting lately.  I’m drooling over those project bags.  I don’t want to spend $20-$40 since I know I have the fabric and supplies to make them myself.  Zippers scare me though so I’m going to start with a drawstring bag.  I made one years ago… and I found a picture…

1st Drawstring Bag

1st Drawstring Bag – 10/2013

I figure I’ll start with these and move on to the zippered bags at some point.  I am planning on doing some this weekend.

On the quilty end of things, I was able to get the inner top to Celtic Solstice complete.  After it was all pieced, I noticed a few of the blocks (block A) turned the wrong way.  It’s not hugely noticeable and I’m not going to rip to turn them the right way.  This weekend my plan is to take a picture of it and work on the border.  It looks like there are supposed to be 3 borders and one of them is a pieced border of chevron units.  I believe that we’ve already put together those chevrons in a previous step (I really hope so!  If not, I’ll be doing something different.)

On a personal note… more bad news this week.  It seems like every time I feel like we’re leveling out and may even have a bit of calm something else happens.  I guess in the true sense of things, it’s not really bad.  We have our health.  We have each other.  I have my sewing machine and my fabric. 🙂  and now my yarn.  I did have to say no to a request my quilt guild made of me.  I felt bad to have to say no but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to help them.  I really have to say no more often.  I started my gratitude journal again.  A year or so ago I was posting a gratitude post every day and at some point it fizzled out.  But since I’ve been going through this negative period right now I felt like I needed to jot down things I’m grateful for.  Unlike before where I was doing this at the end of the day, I actually am writing my gratitudes as I see them.  That way by the end of the day I have a list of things to reflect upon and be grateful for.  It is helping.  I’m also not posting them online.  Maybe I will, I don’t know.  I just started a few days ago and I’m keeping things real simple for now.   Thanks for everyone who reached out with positive words via comments or emails.  They help also!

Well, on to the march!  I can’t wait to see all the pussy hats!  (btw, I really hate that word.  It makes me cringe.  But that’s what their being called.  At least it’s easier to write than to say!)

~happy marching, ladies!

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 1/17/17

While on hiatus, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting.  It’s been easy to pick up and just start and then put it down until the next time I get the chance to knit.  I’ve started a few more projects and I thought it would be cool to show the sock projects I’ve been working on.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted pictures on my knitting.  And I’m very into socks right now.  I’ve got 4 started in various degrees of finishing.

pink/blue socks 1/17/17

pink/blue socks
1/17/17

This is almost finished.  I need to graft the toes on the second sock and weave in all the ends.  I’ve got a mini hole in the first one that I need to close up.  Then these will be done.  As you can see, the second one is much better than the first.  I ventured off and used multiple colors because I didn’t have enough of either yarn to do a pair of just one color.  So I decided to mix it up.  And I had just enough for these two!  What’s great is that that’s 2 mini balls of yarn used! 🙂  woohoo!

magenta/gray socks 1/17/17

magenta/gray socks
1/17/17

In this sock, I’m working on knitting the foot.  Since it’s straight stockinette, this is in my purse for those moments when I’m out and about.  It’s great to do while waiting in line, waiting in the car for kids or hanging out with friends.  I find it soothing when I’ve got knitting in my purse waiting for downtime.  This is Malabrigo yarn I bought in Florida and started the ribbing while I was there.  I have the label somewhere but I can’t find it right now.  The pattern is from a Craftsy class, My First Socks with Lucy Neatby.  I’m just doing all my socks with this pattern until I feel comfortable and can do them in my sleep.  I’m knitting these on #1 – Chiaogoo’s 9 inch circulars.  I’m not certain I love them yet.  I find that I have to push the yarn through.   I was watching the grocery girl’s podcast and one of the ladies mentioned that it takes time for these to warm up and once they do the yarn will glide more smoothly.  We’ll see how it goes.

Purple/gray socks 1/17/17

Purple/gray socks
1/17/17

I bought this purple/gray yarn from Florida too and it’s also Malabrigo.  I’m working on the heel and it sits at home because I still need to kind of concentrate while I’m working on the heel.  I’m knitting these on the #2 Chiaogoo 9 inch circulars and I recently bought #2DPNs from my local yarn shop.  The DPNs are Knitter’s Pride.  I just started using those and I like them but the tips are not as sharp as my knitpick’s DPNs.

Snowberry socks 1/17/17

Snowberry socks
1/17/17

And finally, I just started the ribbing on this one.  I love the yarn!  It’s Mountain Colors Crazy Foot in “Snowberry”.  I love how it feels to knit the yarn. 🙂  I’m also using the #2 Chiaogoo 9 inch circular.  That’s my sock knitting right now.  These are all for me and my girl.  We’ve got similar size feet so we can share.  My ankles are bigger so once I get an idea of what works for me, I’ll have to figure out how to adjust the pattern for her.  Then I’ll make one for my boy and maybe one for the hubby.  I’m not sure he’ll actually wear it so I don’t want to make it until I’m ready to make it. 🙂  I just casted on another hat for Jacob but I don’t love the yarn so we’ll see how long that takes me.  I don’t love it because it feels scratchy.  I’m not sure where I bought it but I had 2 skeins in my yarn stash and I must have purchased it with a project in mind but I do not remember which pattern.

Even though I’ve got 4 sock projects and a hat project going on, I still want to start working on a shawl.  I know the shawl will take a long time so I want to get started and do a row or so a week or a day depending on my mood. :()  if the yarn shop was not closed today I have the strong urge of heading over there to get started on one. 🙂  Luckily they are closed.  Hopefully the urge is not so strong tomorrow, when they are open.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

My knitting adventure

Today is mi madre’s birthday.  So Happy Birthday to her today!

I’m supposed to go up north tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with the norcal family but me and the kiddos are not feeling well at all.  I’m not sure we’re going to make it but we’ll see how we feel tomorrow.

Besides that, finally, here are the pictures of what I’ve been doing while I was gone!

Short socks 11/22/2016

Short socks
11/22/2016

This is the first sock and I’ve got the second sock started.  I plan to continue with the pink up until the toe and will do the toe part in blue.  I do not have much of the blue left so I had to start the second sock to make sure I had enough for two socks.

Here are my first socks that I finished a few weeks ago:

My First Socks 11/2/2016

My First Socks
11/2/2016

I don’t think I ever got around to posting a picture.  These are my first ever socks so please don’t judge them too harshly.  The girl loved them and took them with her on her trip.  She said that they were warm and perfect for the colder weather of the East coast.  When she returned I ended up gifting them to my mom who absolutely loved them.  I love my family. 🙂

Another sock project 11/22/2016

Another sock project
11/22/2016

This is the yarn I got from our Florida/Georgia/South Carolina trip last June.  I actually got further along than this while we were in Colorado but it was too small for me and when I got home had the girl try it on.  It ended up being too small for her too so I ripped ripped ripped and started all over again.  The picture is not great and I couldn’t get the camera to focus properly.  Here’s another picture and hopefully you can see the colors better:

Sock project 11/22/2016

Sock project
11/22/2016

Purple is my favorite color and I’m loving how the gray, dark purple, and pinky purple all blend together nice and stripey.  I’m enjoying knitting these up as I go along.

I am also working on an infinity scarf but that’s in the car and I’m too lazy to go out and grab it for a picture.  It’s my car knitting when I go out in the morning and warm the car up for 10 minutes before I take the kiddos to school or while I’m waiting for them after school.  It’s slow but that’s okay.  Every bit at a time helps me move forward.  Otherwise I’d just be sitting there irritated that I have to wait for them. 🙂

Clipper Beanie 11/18/16

Clipper Beanie
11/18/16

And I posted this picture last Sunday of the Clipper Beanie. But it’s not blocked yet.  I really do not know how I’m supposed to do that with a hat.  I figured it out with a shawl or flat object but I do not know how to do it with a hat or sock.  Is it okay to just spray water on it and leave it flat to dry?   For those knitters out there, please help.  I’m a new knitter and really confused about this.

Have a great quilty or knitty day!

~Melanie

My knitting adventure

I started knitting again…

Here’s how my sock looks like now:

my right sock 10/8/2016

my right sock
10/2/2016

My first sock project

… I realized after I was working on this project that I need to document how I modified the pattern to fit my feet.  I started with the Craftsy “My First Socks” with Lucy Neatby.  But once I got past the heel I realized that I needed to modify the sock pattern. I have small feet (5-5.5 shoe size) with wide chunky feet and calves.  I will need this write up as I do more socks.  Especially if I want to do the second sock.

Anyway, I didn’t start documenting it until after I got past the heel so it’s really a draft until I do another and can document better next time.  Here goes –

Remember… this starts after the heel… Lucy, the instructor in the class said to decrease every other or every round.  I found that it was decreasing too much, too quickly.   I’m also using really thick yarn and size 9 needles my first time around.  I think its supposed to make these knit up easier and faster for the first time sock knitter.  So… this may all change when I switch to proper sock yarn and use the right size needles.  I started with DPNs and later switched to circulars to make it easier.

  1. Round – decrease – k, ssk, k rest of the way (total 11 stitches on DPN), knit all for 10 stitches for the bottom of my foot, decrease – knit until the last 3 stitches, k2o, k (total 11 stitches on DPN), top of foot – knit all for 12 stitches.
  2. Round – knit all around
  3. Round – decrease
  4. Round – knit all around
  5. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  6. Round – knit all around
  7. Round – knit all around
  8. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  9. Round – decrease
  10. Round – knit all around
  11. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  12. Round – knit all around
  13. Round – knit all around -switched to circulars.
  14. Round – knit all around
  15. Round – knit all around
  16. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  17. Round – decrease
  18. Round – knit all around
  19. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  20. Round – knit all around
  21. Round – decrease

Have a great quilty Saturday!

~Melanie