Friday, October 20, 2017

Isn't It Supposed to Make Things Easier?

Just popping in to let you know I haven't forgotten you.
Our router died at home and that means I have very limited access to the internet since all of my devices connect via wifi so I haven't been able to be on the blog or Ravelry much.
I am getting lots of knitting done though so I hope to be back soon when we figure out our technology issues. I swear it was invented to make things easier and sometimes it does but when you're troubleshooting and fixing, it's so much worse!

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Rare Selfie

I find it interesting that all the trees are turning beautiful colors and yet the sky is so gray and dark lately that I haven't been able to get any decent pictures of knitting.
I'm working away on my purse socks and have also started a couple of new things (more on that another day) but I just can't seem to get any decent pictures.
We had a few hours of sunlight one afternoon this week but I was busy with other things and didn't get my pictures taken so you'll have to make do with just my random musings.
It's Friday and I'm grateful. I have been stressed and overworked this week trying to get some of the treasurer work caught up at my job. Have I mentioned here that I took over the treasurer work? I started that in February and most of the time, it isn't too big of a deal but over the last couple of months a few random questions came up and I was so stressed over figuring them out. I really wanted everything resolved by the end of the year (because it has to be) and it was making me crazy. Doing the books for a church is pretty complicated actually. In some ways it's like balancing a checkbook but there are all these accounts. And there's an account where the money goes in and then another number to draw the money out again and they have to be connected together. Not something you want to think about if you don't have to. Trust me. Anyway, I stayed late yesterday and got all of that caught up so I feel so relieved today to only have my usual Friday tasks that I feel like dancing in the streets!
Instead I'll probably go home and knit. That's my modus operandi for a Friday evening. Relax at home, grateful for the end of the work-week.
I ran all my errands earlier this week too so all I have to do is go home today.
Since I don't have any pictures of knitting to share instead I will share a rare selfie I took in the bathroom at work this morning.
Yes, I'm wearing a non-knitted scarf. But it's cute! I'm not usually one for a selfie but I thought it was fun as this is the first time I'm wearing this scarf. It may be acrylic but it's cozy.
Have a great weekend friends.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Half Done

I've been working away on my projects and I feel like I'm just not getting anywhere. 
I've got one finished purse sock.
One finished marl sock.
And a bobbin full of singles.
I was looking over these projects and thinking about all the work I've put in and it occurred to me. They're all half done. The reason it feels like I haven't made any progress is because I'm only  halfway through 3 different projects. 
All the work I've put in has been split, meaning nothing has that fun feeling of a finished object yet. I've cast on the second Marled sock.
Cast on the second purse sock.
And I'll be starting the plying on my singles soon. So I'm definitely making good progress but since I've been dividing my focus, it feels like I'm not getting anywhere. You know the expression "Well begun is half done"? That's what seems to be going on here. 
So, I guess I just need to keep going until I finish something and it will break that feeling of lack-of-progress. 
I should probably not mention the other project I cast on. That won't help with the half done feeling.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Blame the Sock

Monday night was Knit Night. It was also Labor Day so I was off work. I couldn't seem to get it together enough to get ready earlier in the day but I was getting ready to go and I knew I wanted to bring my Skew socks to work on since they were at a fairly easy part (done with the heel and decreases and ready to begin the short rows for the leg). That also means that I might be able to finish them at Knit Night so I wanted to bring something else, My purse sock just didn't seem to be enough. But I also wanted to get going and I didn't want to take the time to wind yarn so I just tossed some that was wound in my knitting bag and off I went.
Interesting story though. Our Knit Nights are a fixed date but not day. So, the 4th of each month we meet at our Caribou, regardless of the day of the week. The 19th we meet at our local Panera, regardless of the day of the week. That way, even if you have something every week on a certain day, sometimes you can make it to knit night. They two don't fall on the same day of the week in a month either. It seems to work well for us. 
Anyway, we meet at Caribou at 6:30. Only this time we were early. Probably 7 of us were there by 6 and were knitting and chatting (as we do) in the conference room that we reserve for a fee. At 7:05 they come in and tell us they're closed. Normally Caribou is open until 10 and 11 on weekends so it had to be due to the holiday right? But there were no signs or indications that they closed at 7 and there were lots of people in the main area too. So why did they close so early? And it pretty much isn't right for them to charge us the room rental fee for an hour when we wanted it for several hours. Shady! A few of us decided we didn't want to quit knitting though so we went down the road to Starbucks and kept on knitting. 
At least that way I made some progress.
I did finish the Skew socks, aren't they pretty? There's just something about this pattern. It's addictive. I can (and have) knit it over and over. As a matter of fact, this is the first time in months I haven't had a pair on the needles and I am feeling the pull to cast on some more. 
In the meantime, look how pretty they are! I love the heels when they're on my feet but they don't look like much laid flat do they? These are knit from Knitterly Things Vesper in Bride of Socktober Spooktacular. This is the merino Nylon base that's a little thicker so it's easier for me to knit this pattern on larger needles than I knit her other bases. On her 100% Superwash Merino yarn that's really fine, I knit on 0s. I haven't actually knit with the Merino Nylon that's thinner yet but it's similar to the 100% Superwash Merino in thickness so I will knit it on 0s too probably. (I haven't knit it yet but I have several skeins in the stash already.) I knit this pattern on 2s since the slanted knitting fits more snug than straight knitting because of the bias. So what yarn did I throw into my knitting bag before I left?
A couple of skeins that are kind of the polar opposite of the Vesper yarn. Rustic, more sheepish and toned-down colors. There's something pretty compelling about their tweedy nature though.
I finished the gusset decreases on the first sock today. It's flying by! That may also be why my house is a wreck, I spent way more time knitting than tidying this week. 
I didn't actually start them at knit night though. By the time I finished the Skew socks it was late enough that I didn't want to start anything new. So I just knit my purse socks for a bit.
I cast these on after I got home. I actually started them toe-up thinking that I could use more yarn since it's 2 skeins. But I didn't like the fabric I was making so I went down a needle size to 1s and I'm liking them much better. I also abandoned the toe-up plan. I just don't like toe-up as well and I don't know why I keep deluding myself into thinking I will use more of the yarn. If I knit the leg too long it will just be an awkward length that will scrunch down anyway (unless they're knee high and I don't have *that* much yarn). So I've knit most of a sock since Tuesday. Yes, I'm totally blaming the messy house on the sock. Definitely its fault.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Finishing Continues

I've been continuing to work on current projects in the hope of finishing some things up before the new month starts and the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup term. 
I finished my Citron and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. This is knit in the Lettuce color of Malabrigo Lace yarn. 
I mostly found it frustrating to work on because the yarn was so fine and easy to split that I couldn't work on it while reading because I had to make sure I wasn't losing stitches. I had to pay close attention while watching TV too. I do think it's lovely though and soft so it will be nice as the weather cools to wrap it around my neck. 
I did weave in the ends but I haven't blocked it and I likely won't for now but will just wear it as is.
I also finished a pair of socks. These are knit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. This is the only skein of Socks that Rock lightweight that I had and I put off knitting with it for a long time because I just wasn't thrilled with the way it worked up. There was something about the yellow, green and brown that didn't appeal to me. I've been knitting with lots of fine yarns too so it was a little odd for me to knit with a thicker yarn but it was fun and fast. These are knit in the Monkey pattern but without purls. I don't think the experience with this yarn will stop me from purchasing more in the future  since it comes in such beautiful colors.
I'm itching to start about 6 new things though. Not the least of which are these two lovely skeins that I got to knit the Wonder Woman Wrap. It's really hard to wait until the end of the month, even though I have plenty of projects on the needles that are still waiting for my attention. 
Here's hoping I can hold off! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August Buzz

Things have gotten wild around here again. I did manage to finish my Citron but I have yet to weave in ends or block it.
I've been travelling every weekend and therefore trying desperately to keep up on the housework and other things during the week, meaning my brain hasn't had any down-time lately to even think of a blog post.
But I signed up for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC) again and it begins September 1 so I am hoping to finish up a couple quick projects yet and then be ready for a cast on party on September 1!
Basically I'm looking forward to things slowing down this fall. I feel like I've been buzzing around like a bee and I'm ready for some hunker down and knit time.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Sock stories

Socks are some of my favorite projects to knit. They're useful, small and portable and usually pretty simple since I have a basic pattern memorized.
I almost always have a sock in my purse and can take it out and knit a few rounds if I have down-time or I'm waiting for something. As a matter of fact, I try not to go anywhere without my knitting because it gives me a lot of patience for things like waiting.
Well, I recently finished some socks.

These are the Sweet Summer Sky socks knit from Vesper Sock Yarn in Sweet Summer Sky. I started them in mid-May to take with on our road trip to Shepherd's Harvest Festival and I finished them in either late June or early July. They were just purse socks and so had no deadline or anything so I mostly ignored them and just knit them when I had a minute. Since it was the Tour de Fleece and I had several other projects on the needles, I decided against starting any new socks when I finished these. I actually felt a little bit burned out on knitting socks and I had so many projects on the needles, I didn't want to start anything new. So instead I stuck my Wolkig cowl in my purse and away I went.
Well, after a few weeks of having that in my purse I found that I wasn't taking it out to work on, even when I had a minute because I didn't want to. I guess a cowl isn't as fun of a purse project as socks?
Last weekend my husband was gone and I was home alone with our pets and decided I wanted to knit some socks again. Except, why should I start some new socks when I knew I had some around that hadn't been finished. So I went digging around and came up with my Vesper Holiday Celebrate! socks. These were being knit in the Skew pattern and the first sock was finished, the second one started. What a silly time to put them down and ignore them.
After an evening (and then a bit more) working on them, they were done.

I still really love this pattern. They're a bit fiddly to knit because you do have to pay attention for almost the whole sock.

But just about the time you can take it anymore, you whack on the ribbing at the top and slip them on.

That's when it all becomes clear. They are completely, totally worth it! I just love the way they fit. They are snug to my foot, but not too snug and even in shoes that are slippery inside, that tend to make my socks slide down, these do not slide down. They stay exactly in place until I take them off. Love them!
Of course I was so inspired by the fact that I am now adding 2 new pairs of socks to my sock drawer and my love of these Skew socks, I decided to dig out another pair of Skew socks waiting to be finished. These required a little bit more work, having only one sock partly done. But I've finished the first and cast on the second now so they're making good progress.
Maybe I'll have another pair to share next week.