- 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!
…And I continue my crafty plan for 2018 for knitting… I’m off at my quilt guild’s workshop today but I scheduled this yesterday to get my Crafty Plan posts up before it gets too late in the new year…
My daily crafting projects consist of my Knitting Expat sock of the month, then my Christmas 2017 sock that I’m almost done with. When that is done, my second project will be another sock. I haven’t had a lot of time to do more than that. To do 5 rounds on my sock it takes about 45 minutes. I’m not a very fast knitter and I think I’ll be working on speed this year. Each round is about 8 minutes. While I was on vacation I really liked having socks at various stages and I’m debating on whether I want to continue that. I find that the ribbing is the part where I can take it with me on the go wherever I’m at. The problem is that it’s only 20 rounds and I get through the ribbing pretty quickly. I don’t like the feeling of having a lot of projects on the needles. Normally I like to have one sock, one hat, one sweater, and possibly one cowl or poncho or shawl. It was fine while I was on vacation because I could work on each project every day and see progress. But now, I just do not have the time. So I need to figure something out. Right now, the Resfeber sock (Knitting Expat’s sock for January) and my Christmas sock is it. Then I’ll figure out what I want to work on when my Christmas sock is done.
I finally finished my kimono that I’ve been working on these last few months. This is my first sweater/cardigan/ jacket and I’m really happy with it. I still have to weave in the ends but I’ll do a bit at a time until it’s all done. I think I’m about halfway through at this point. It’s still pretty hot here in Southern California but the mornings are getting chilly and pretty soon I’ll be able to wear this. My next sweater I’m working on is a Harry Potter sweater for Kayla. I’m working on the back and I’m about 25 rows in. I’ll try to take more progress pictures and post them here for you to see.
~ happy crafting
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!
Yesterday was a very productive day. I was able to do the first 5 items on my crafty to do list and interspersed other non-crafty tasks within. Then we had a wonderful dinner catching up with friends we hadn’t seen since the beginning of summer.
Today will be a mixed day of getting ready for the upcoming week, crossing things off my crafty to do list and Game of Thrones.
Here’s today’s crafty list:
#1 – wash and fold new fabric
#2 – A Rainbow Garden – spend some time applique-ing the first set of pieces on. Here’s a picture from my Sunday stash post earlier today.
#3 – Maxwell Bag – I wasn’t able to do this task item yesterday so it’s closer to the top of the list today. The next steps are to cut the rope to size for the handles, cover it with soft and stable, make the fabric tube and cover the rope with the fabric tube. I want to get these tasks done before my next bag class this coming Saturday.
#4 – Starting Point Shawl – Yesterday, I was only able to do one front row. I’m in the section that does a lot of PTBL and KTBL (purl through the back look and knit through the back loop) and that takes a lot of concentration from me. I only have 1 row left in this section and then I can move onto the next color which is much easier. So today I want to do that last row and the next two rows in the new section. I also need to take a new picture.
#5 – secret project – hand sew the binding
#6 – Raining Cats and Dogs – spend some time hand quilting this project and apparently take a new picture. The last picture I have of this project was from last year.
#7 – Kimono – continue working on it. The plan is to do a right side and a wrong side on each sleeve every day. I hope by the time I make it out to knit night at my LYS, I’ve got the right sleeve done and I can concentrate on the left sleeve.
#8 – Cross Stitch – work more on Mama’s Bukid.
#9 – August socks – do a couple of the 4-row repeats. Yesterday I finished by 7th repeat so I need 5 repeats to do. At that point, I’ll try it on and hopefully, I can start on the toes this week.
#10 – And if I have time, pull out my pajama pants and get to the next step. To be honest, I do not think I’ll have the brain power to do this if I get to task #10. But I notice that if it’s on my to do list, I will get to it at some point.