FO – The Almost Lost Washcloth

Hi All!

Now that the Olympic Knitathon, hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life, is over and the prize winners announced, I am pleased to let you know that I won the Artistic Impression prize. This is the very first time I have ever won a knitting prize and I am tickled pink!

I wanted to knit a washcloth to go with some homemade soap I purchased for a very special friends birthday. After searching around Ravelry, I found a stunning free pattern and had the perfect neutral yarn in my stash. Even though I was hurting from my cubital tunnel syndrome, I still managed to pull this off in one day. That’s how easy it is. Here are the lovely details:

Ravelled Here: The Almost Lost Washcloth

Started & Finished: 8/12/16

Needles Used: US 8 (5.0 mm)

Yarn: Peaches & Creme Solids in the color Ecru

Modifications: Provisional Cast On and Kitchener Stitch Grafting

I found out after I finished that there is a different technique to use with Kitchener stitch for a garter pattern. You can obviously see where it was grafted together and the next time I make this, I will use the proper method. Here are some pics showing how I did it. You can roll over each image to see the text.

Here’s the pretty and my prize of Madelinetosh Sock in the color Neon Peach (it was hard to photograph because of the neon and looks more pink here…in real life, the peach is more pronounced):

In other news, I’m still not knitting and trying to heal. I wish it would hurry up because I have big plans and want to finish my current WIPs. I have talked to another blog friend about blogging about the books I’m reading, so you may see some of that soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s Usually All About the Socks

Hi All! I wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth. I mentioned in my last sock post that I woke up the Monday after the Olympics started with cubital tunnel syndrome, after getting such a stellar start on my Trillian Shawl. I’ve been wearing an arm brace and elbow brace while I’m sleeping and it always feels so much better in the morning. Then I work all day on the computer and I’m back to pain and numbness in the evening. I think I may need to start wearing them all day. This is seriously cutting into my stress relief!

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Isn’t this pretty?

Yesterday, I really wanted to work on my socks so I would have SOMETHING to post about today. I knitted exactly two whole rows. My wrist / hand said “No way! You are not knitting again until I say so!” Wow. Yippee. Can you feel the enthusiasm? I went out to my knitting group today and managed three rows on my shawl. Then the wrist / hand duplicated its thoughts from yesterday. It was good to get to see the girls again and chatter though, so totally worth the drive!

So, here I am…with the Sock KAL over…the Olympic Knitathon over…and little to show for my efforts. This makes me sad because I was so excited about both of them. Although, I did sneak in a little something which I’ll tell you about in another post 🙂

Although I have not been able to knit, two of my fellow sock knitters have amazing accomplishments on their socks this week. Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and be wowed and amazed at what they are doing!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

I hope and pray that I will heal soon so I can get back to my stress relief and join my knitting buddies!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Thursday: It’s NOT All About the Socks

Hi All! Another Thursday has rolled around and as you can see by my blog post title, today is NOT all about the socks. I’ve gotten a measly three rows finished since last week, as you can see from my progress keeper. Just a reminder that this is the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson.

What happened? Well, I was planning on knitting more; however after all the sock knitting of the week before and not switching to another project, my cubital tunnel syndrome started kicking in again. I thought I could fight through it and cast on a new pattern Friday of last week. It’s for the Olympic Knitathon that is being hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life. I recently purchased some yarn from Miss Babs called Yowza – Whatta Skein, in a light worsted weight, and was dyeing (pun intended) to knit with it. The color is called Beachglass and is so soothing and beautiful to look at and touch. Look at this yarn baby! It’s humongous! I wanted to cuddle it and snuggle it and keep it with me all the time.

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The pattern I chose is Trillian by Martina Behm. I did fantastic on Friday and knit 50 rows of the pattern. Did I tell you how squishy and mushy and just delightful this yarn is? Oh, yes! It’s a dream to work with. And the pattern itself is super easy. Just what I needed to be able to knit and watch the Olympics.

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Saturday was a bust because I realized that I had forgotten to do one of the increases four rows back (out of the four rows I knit on Saturday) and it was super noticeable. So, I tinked back and put it down for the day. Plus, we went to pick up our wine shipments at three different wineries, did some wine tasting and then shared a bottle of wine with some sushi. Who can knit after all that?

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Sunday was a little more productive and I got to 90 rows completed! Oh, that lovely yarn. Don’t you want to just cuddle up with it? If you’ve never tried it, you must!

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And then I woke up Monday morning, with pain shooting up my arm and numb pinkie / ring fingers on my right hand. And I had to work on a computer all day. I haven’t been able to knit a single stitch since that time 😦 So, although I wanted to knit on my socks and my shawl, nothing is happening until I heal. And that is my story for this past week folks. How was your week?

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. See below for my fellow Thursday Sock Knitters! We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong.

Alex – alexandknits (currently on break, but will be back soon!)

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Dear Mom…I miss you…love you more

How can two years have already passed since you left this world? I still remember making that very difficult decision, to let you decide that you were ready to go. I wanted to try everything to save you; however you were so tired of being in pain and were ready to be with Grandma and all who have passed on before. I remember sitting with you in that hospice room, surrounded with love by family and last visits from friends. I remember telling you over and over that it was okay to let go and that I would be okay. I remember holding your hand with Ashley and counting down your breaths each minute. I remember losing it so very badly when you took your last breath and then telling you that I was not okay and wanted you back. I remember the support from family and friends as we laid you to rest. I remember having to get back to the business of living without you.

Even though it’s been two years, I still haven’t been able to watch the video of you telling me that you love me, over and over. I remember it being a game between us. Me: I love you. You: I love you too. Me: I love you more. You: No, I love you more. Me: I love you even more. You: I love you to the moon and back. It was our special way of saying hello and good-bye each time we were together.

So much has happened in that time and I still want to pick up the phone, send you a Card, visit with you and talk…laugh, cry…do the things we used to do. I see little messages from time to time and that comforts me. I love finding old cards and letters because they make me feel close to you. I still dream about you and am able to talk to you that way and send prayers to you in heaven. I know that you still watch over me, making sure I’m okay. And I want you to know that I am okay. I take things day by day and it gets easier with time. It’s special occasions that are the hardest. I dread Mother’s Day every year…I get so emotional. The day you passed, your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas…all have emotional attachments that I am learning to live with and try to remember you with happy thoughts…always wishing you were still here.

So with that, I want you to know that I miss you, Mom! I love you more. I love you all the way to Heaven and know that you are saying it back to me. I love you to the moon and back.

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! Another Thursday has rolled around it it’s time to talk about the socks! As you probably already know, I am currently working on the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I have been able to work on them exclusively since Sunday of this week, as I finished my baby cardigan on Saturday. Everything went into the mail to my niece on Monday and I can’t wait to see what she thinks.

I didn’t want to start any new projects until the start of the Olympic Knitathon that is being hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life, so it really has been all about the socks this week. All the details are included in the link and it starts tomorrow if you want to join in. I still haven’t decided on the yarn or pattern, so I need to get a move on! (Alex, I just noticed that we are participating in different games for the Olympics…now I understand why you were confused by one of my comments 🙂 )

I wish I could say that I have finished socks…I find that I tend to slow down when knitting socks. My speed isn’t there yet; however I know the more I practice, the better it will get. It took me 60 rows of stockinette to get to the 6 inch length for the leg (I was at 36 rows in the last post). I inserted the waste yarn and have knit 7 rows of the foot. I need to get to 2-3 inches past the waste yarn before I go back and work the heel and estimate that will be approximately 29 more rows.

You can see from the pictures below, the waste yarn for the afterthought heel (isn’t that pretty yarn?) and how much progress I have made since the last blog post with the progress keeper. Not too shabby!

 

There is a KAL for the pattern and I’m loving all the finished projects. You can check out the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry to see more! And don’t forget to tag your projects on all the social medias as #SOSkal.

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. See below for my fellow Thursday Sock Knitters! We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong.

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!