FO, WIP and Other Ramblings

Hello All! Once again, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged. I’ve been slowly healing from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome issues and am at about 90% right now. I haven’t been working on my socks because of the tiny needles; however I have been working with DK weight and larger needles…slowly, ever so slowly.

I’ve been listening to a lot of knitting podcasts on YouTube lately and one that I’ve come to adore is Milk Shed Blog. It’s like listening to your best friend talk for about an hour or so about topics you adore. I’ve joined in for an annual project where you use 1 skein of yarn for one project each month throughout 2016. I have a ton of single skeins and this project is perfect for digging into my stash! I’ve been using the hashtag #1year12skeins12projects on Instagram and Twitter.

I shared the January project, which were my Quick Socks. February’s FO is the Honeycomb fingerless gloves / mitts pattern from Tin Can Knits. I received the pattern for free when they were doing their 12 days of Christmas giveaways. Can I tell you? I am in love with this pattern! I’ve never knitted mitts before…I always thought they were too scary. However, when you find the perfect yarn to go with the perfect pattern, it’s easy, peasy! Thumb gusset? Check! M1R, M1L? Check! I love learning techniques that are new to me.

Ravelled Here: Honeycomb

Started and Finished: 2/9/2016-2/18/2016 (Would have been easily a quick project; however I was going slowly due to my nerve issues)

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the color Arco Iris

Needles Used: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) using Magic Loop

Each mitt used 26 grams of yarn and I think they turned out beautiful! Take a look and let me know if you agree 🙂 You can click on each picture to make them larger.

While waiting for March to roll around, I decided to join in on a KAL that Stef from Milk Shed Blog and Jules from Diary of a Yarn Snob Podcast are hosting. BTW, I love Julie too 🙂 It is called the 3 Color Cowl Along and runs through March 31, 2016. You have plenty of time to join in if you wish! Just go to their Group pages in Ravelry (I’ve linked with their names) and join in the chatter.

The pattern is called 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli and is for purchase. Instead of fingering weight yarn, I’m using Madeline Tosh DK and Madeleine Tosh Merino DK. Color A = Curiosity, Color B = Sugar Plum, Color C = Mourning Dove. I’m documenting my progress on Ravelry and you can see the notes about changes I’ve made here. It’s a lot of fun and super easy. It’s my first time using more than one color in a project and I love the way they are coming together. Here’s my progress!

Here are links out to Stef and Julie podcasts. Show them some love by subscribing. I’ve gotten into so many lately that I think it deserves it’s own post, so stay tuned for that!

Hopefully I will be back to my sock knitting soon and I still have a couple more WIP’s that have been languishing since last year that I need to get back to.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hello blogging world and friends! Have you been wondering where my posts have been lately? Before I get into my socks, here’s the story.

I finally finished my never ending Cables and Lace Shawlette Test project. Towards the end I started feeling a lot of pain in my wrist and elbow on the right hand side. My pinky finger was totally numb and my ring finger was half numb. Some days I could barely bend my hand and had difficulty holding onto a glass or opening a passenger side car door. I soldiered on because I knew I had a deadline (stupid me should have just let the designer know); however had to stop knitting for 2 1/2 weeks after that to rest and heal.

My real life job consists of being on the computer all day, so I restricted all personal computer use and knitting. I also bought a wrist brace and elbow brace to wear at night to stop my arm from curling up during sleep, as well as alternating heat and ice. It’s a condition I dealt with a long time ago, so I knew exactly what I needed to do. It’s called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and deals with the ulnar nerve. Sort of like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but on the other side of the hand. I’ve also been doing the exercises I was given at that time to stretch the ulnar nerve and help it heal. It’s slowly getting better and it was driving me crazy not to knit, so I’ve started back slowly.

I haven’t done too much on my socks because of the teeny, tiny needles; however I have made some progress! When last we spoke of my Hermione’s Everyday Socks, I was 4 pattern repeats (of 4 rows) into the instep. When I started it again, I picked up where I left off, not realizing I had forgotten to mark a row on the pattern 😦 I got to 10 pattern repeats before I realized that something was wrong. D’oh! I had to tink back all 40 rows and start that section again. I’m now back to 10 pattern repeats and almost to the toe.

Another question I had in my last point dealt with knowing when to stop the pattern repeats and start the toe decreases. I did a little research and found out that the toe decreases actually add about 2 inches. So with me, I will need to stop the pattern repeats right around the mark where my big toe starts.

So, that’s where I am with my sock! How about you? Anything good on your needles lately?

I’m still not sure if my fellow sock knitters are back on the Thursday Sock Knit-A-Long schedule as of yet; however if you want to join us in knitting socks, link up and check out what Maggie, Hannah and Alex are doing over on their blogs!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

PS…the next sock post really will be all about the socks 🙂 You can click on the images below to make them bigger.