- 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.
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!
I’m back again! Thanks for being so patient. We were out of town last Friday – Monday and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. Work is work and by Friday I finally felt like I was getting into a groove. I hope this feeling continues.
This week’s line up is:
#1 – continue to work on my Kimono… sorry no picture as it’s just a jumbled mess of yarn at the moment. I’m working on the right and left sleeve. The plan is to do a right side and wrong side on each sleeve every day.
#2 – Secret Project – machine sew the binding on (the front) and start the hand sewing part (the back).
#3 – August Socks for the Knitting Expat New York Sock Club. It’s called Central Park and I’m currently working on the foot. I like a foot with about 48 rows which means for a 4-row pattern I need to do 12 sets of that repeat. I’m currently working on the 6th row. It was hard to take a picture of this but there it is.
#4 – Cross Stitch – work a bit on Mama’s Bukid.
#5 – Starting Point Shawl – work a bit on this one. I like to do a front and back row a day but haven’t touched this project since our return on Monday. I worked on this project a lot while away so when I returned set it aside to give some love to the Kimono. I need to touch this again this weekend.
#6 – Maxwell Bag – the next step is to cut the rope to size for the handles.
And that’s the plan for today. We’ve got plans for this evening so I think these 5 projects will be plenty over the next few hours.
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.
Last time –
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week –
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
last week –
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.