30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 3

Yesterday I talked about my current WIP’s…those that are actively being worked on. Today’s question jumps off of yesterday’s by asking:

Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Doesn’t everyone? Okay, maybe not everyone does…especially those that are monogamous knitters. I’ve got three that have been hibernating for a long time and I would dearly love to get at least one of them back in the current status pile. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

Chunky Blanket by Lynne Knowlton (free pattern)

I first saw this blanket on another blog and fell in love with it. I ordered the super bulky yarn and the humongous needles, as I didn’t have either on hand. I started out with 3 strands held together and size US 50 needles. Let me tell you, it was rough! It was way too bulky to work with and was hurting my hands and arms. I experimented a little and finally went down to one strand of yarn and size US 19 needles. That made it a little easier; however I think I was a little disenchanted. This was started on April 20, 2015…which was only a couple of months after I really started knitting, so maybe if I picked it up again now it would seem much easier than it did back then. For now, it lives in a drawer and the 50 bazillion balls of yarn are in a clear tote mocking me for taking up so much room for such a long time.

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Bernat Really Big yarn in the color Morocco

Folded Squares Cardigan by Purl Soho (free pattern)

I was so excited when I saw this pattern. One of my knitter friends from our Thursday Knitting Group Meetup knit this and showed it off during our Show and Tell session. All of us tried it on and it was fabulous. I immediately looked up the pattern and got to planning. I knew that I didn’t have enough yarn for it and definitely didn’t want to spend a gazillion dollars on the Purl Soho yarn, so off to Knit Picks I went. I think they were having a sale at the time and I purchased the Comfy Sport in the color Planetarium for a really good deal. I can’t quite capture the color on camera; however it is a beautiful blue that I think will be neutral enough to go with just about everything. The only thing I don’t like is that it is fuzzing inside my project bag. I hope that is not a harbinger of things to come. I started this on September 24, 2015 so it’s been almost a year since I cast on…and this is the one that I really, really want to complete. It would be so perfect for fall!

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30 Garter Ridges

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder (free pattern)

I have one of these socks complete and the other is about 10 rows into the cuff. I adore the yarn and was having such fun with the pattern. Why did I put them down and start another pair of socks instead? I started this project on September 26th and put it down for a long time for Christmas gift knitting. When I picked it back up in January of this year, I must have forgotten to mark a row complete on my pattern. I messed up the pattern in the foot section and have been debating for a long time about whether to just frog it and start over. Or to frog to where it was messed up; however I did that twice and still couldn’t get back on pattern. Indecision has kept me wavering and so this sits in its little project bag with a pair of my size US 1’s. Maybe, someday, I’ll pick it up again.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hey All! I missed last week’s post because I was sick as a dog. I actually thought it was Wednesday and was planning a great post in my head when I realized it was 9pm on Thursday night…much too late to be writing a blog post. Especially when you are sick. It was a really bad cold and is lingering on a little; however I am feeling much better than I did. What did I do in between coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose? I knit socks!

Once again, I entered a KAL…this one is Harry Potter themed (#23HarryPotterKAL) and the deadline is April 30th. Everybody and their mother are doing Hermione’s Everyday Socks, so I decided to do the Shelves Upon Shelves pattern also by Erica Lueder. Since I started so late in the KAL, I wanted to try knitting the socks Two at a Time (TAAT). I really love knitting TAAT and will do this for all socks in the future.

The only thing that was difficult to figure out was the picking up of the heel flap stitches to complete the gusset. I had to take one sock off and put it on DPNs, complete the gusset on one sock, then move it to DPNs and complete the gusset on the other sock. Once they were both back on the needles, I got the bright idea to actually try the socks on. What a brilliant idea! Guess what? They wouldn’t go over my heel. Yep, you heard that right. I should have been trying them on as I went. I even tried them on my neighbor and they wouldn’t go over her foot either.

So what did I do? I frogged them. All that work down the drain. As I was frogging, I kept trying on the sock. The only time it fit over my heel was when I was back to the ribbing. Lesson learned…always try on your sock at various points in your knitting. Don’t be a dummy like me! And BTW, I also got 10 rows into my second Hermione’s EveryDay Sock; however I have put it on hold for now.

Ravelled Here: Shelves Upon Shelves

Needles: US 2 (2 – 24″ circulars)

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the color Wizard

New Techniques: Two at at Time

Status: Frogged

I know that Hannah at unsophisticated+jejune has her sock post up for this week! Go check out her progress!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

What a tale of woe I have to weave today. It began when I put down my Hermione’s Everyday Socks in October of last year to work on grief knitting, which then turned into Christmas knitting, which then turned into test knitting, which then turned into ulnar nerve problems, which then turned into…you get the picture.

The good news is that I have one sock finally complete. So, I have a HO (Half Finished Object). The bad news is that it’s totally off pattern from where I stopped last year. I remember telling you how I had messed up the pattern and meticulously tinked back to where I had started. Well, this time it really caught me unaware as I didn’t notice until I was 8 rows into the toe decreases. Boo…hiss! I had a dilemma on my hands. Tink back again? Or just continue and finish the darn sock. You can see below what I decided to do, justifying that these are for me and no one, except my husband ,will see the foot of the sock. It fits perfectly and I learned the kitchener stitch, so that’s good news.

Now, I’m stuck on second sock syndrome. I desperately want to have a full pair of finished socks made from gorgeous sock yarn. I cast on and completed three rows on March 27th. Have I touched it since then? No. I really need to get out of my own head and just get on with it. I’m having a case of…well, I knit one…oh, look at all the other pretty things out there to knit. I’m even looking at other sock patterns! Yep, that just about covers it.

Some of our sock club buddies are offline for now; however do go and check out Hannah cause she’s rocking her socks, just like me!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! It’s time for another sock post…yeah, I know. It’s shocking for me too. I didn’t think I’d have anything to post about today; however after reading my dear friend Hannah’s sock post (I’ll link below), I was reminded that even a little progress is progress.

You may (or not) remember my Hermione’s EveryDay Socks. They have been languishing for FOREVER. I started the first sock in September of last year; so yes, that was 6 months ago. Eek! I was finally able to pick up my first sock today and start working on it. When we last spoke of these socks, I was 10 pattern repeats into the foot. I needed to knit to the end of my foot, stopping right before my big toe. I am proud to say that I have now reached that point with 17 pattern repeats (of four rows)! So, yes, I’m finally starting the toe! Are you as excited as I am? Let’s have a party 🙂

I’m excited to learn the Kitchener Stitch and have lined up some YouTube videos to help. Once all that’s finished, I need to still knit the next one…boo, hiss. The next pair I make are going to either be made in tandem or TAAT (Two At A Time).

I know that Maggie and Alex are currently taking a break from blogging; however Hannah is kicking butt on her beautiful, striped socks! 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!

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.

Almost finished!

Thursday Knit-A-Sock-Along: Week 9

It’s Thursday and you know what that means? We are back to our regularly scheduled blog post about socks. Yes, socks! What? You haven’t jumped on the band wagon for one of the coolest things in the world to knit? I went from being afraid of them (eek DPNs!) to loving the construction and learning new techniques (to me). Plus, there are just so many awesome sock patterns out there! C’mon…it’s not scary at all. I promise! I eventually want to be able to replace all my socks with hand knitted socks. I’ve got one pair down and who knows how many to go 🙂

To give a little background (if you haven’t read my other blog posts), I am currently working on the Hermione’s Everyday Socks, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn in the color Spectrum and two US 1 – 2.25 mm circular needles.

When we last talked about my sock, I only had 9 pattern repeats completed of the leg section. Guess where I am now? Give up? I’m almost finished!!! With one sock…I still have to make the second 🙂 I am currently 4 pattern repeats (of 4 rows) into the instep and it looks like I may have about 8-10 more pattern repeats to get to where I need to be for the toe decreases. I’ll let you know when I finish. I’ve also learned how to make my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. Super cool! Now I feel like I can conquer the world!

This is my first time making top down socks and I have to say that I really like the toe-up versions better (at least for now); if only to know where I need to stop in the pattern before the toe decreases. The pattern doesn’t tell you…just continue knitting until you have reached your desired length. Well, how do I know when I’ve reached my desired length? How long is the toe supposed to be? More research needs to be done.

I have some fellow bloggers to thank for inspiring posts on starting socks. They are Alex, Hannah and Maggie. They are also working on socks, amongst other things and we are participating in a knit-a-sock-along. Want to join us? Just link up on your next sock post! Until next time…

Happy Knitting!

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Look at that Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset! I’m so proud of myself 🙂

Thursday Knit-a-Sock-Along: Week 7

So, I bet you’ve been waiting with bated breath for me to reveal the next sock pattern I’m knitting…haven’t you? In my last Sock post, I had three different patterns in mind and it was a hard decision to make. It all came down to the yarn I had in my stash and which one was calling out to me.

Drum roll please….Hermione’s Everyday Socks won out! It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and I had the perfect yarn for it. It’s Madeline Tosh Sock in the color Spectrum. Can you think of anything more perfect for a Harry Potter inspired sock? I don’t know if you remember but the Spectrum Splasher was a rocket invented by the Weasley’s. There’s also the Harry Potter Spectrum Song. It’s a gorgeous blend of blues, aquas, purples and greens. The color is scrumptious! I wound it up into two even cakes, each weighing 58 grams.

I am knitting for the first time with two size US 1 – 2.25 mm 24″ (60 cm) circular knitting needles. I was amazed that I had no size 1’s in my knitting needle stash (except for DPNs) and wanted to knit exactly as the pattern specified. I purchased the ChiaGoo Lace needles and boy, are they tiny! I’ve noticed my stitches have a tendency to fall off the needles when I’m moving from one set to the next and have to be very careful to not lose them. So far, I’m loving them; however these may take me awhile to make because of the teeny, tiny needles.

I used a long tail cast on and have completed the cuff, which was a 1×1 rib for 20 rows. I forgot to knit one row after the cuff and have completed 3 pattern repeats of 4 rows for the leg. It’s coming along swimmingly. I hope to learn from the pattern notes left by others (actually that’s how I figured out I missed that first knit row) and youtube videos for my very first heel, heel turn, gusset, and all those other sock knitting terms.

Have you started your socks yet? If not, join me and my fellow knit-a-sock-along knitters, Hannah, Maggie and Alex! Until next time…

Happy Knitting!

Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn in Spectrum

Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn in Spectrum

Cuff Completed

Cuff Completed

Leg section

3 pattern repeats of four rows finished for the leg