Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Fancy Frogging

I've tried to post a few times and have had a problem with my pictures working. But it seems to be ok now. We'll see.
I definitely seem to have the winter blahs again this year so I'm fighting it with bright knitting.
Although as you can see, there's been some frogging too. Poor little Skew sock was too tight. I've only knit the pattern as written but I tend to be a tight knitter so I have to consciously knit more loosely or they don't fit. I wasn't. I decided that most of the pattern would lend itself *fairly* easily to an increase of stitches so I'm knitting it with 80 stitches around instead of 72 now. I'll let you know if it helps.
It sure looks fancy all piled up with curly yarn though doesn't it? Very pretty. Almost made up for the fact that it needed to be frogged. Almost.
In the meantime, I will try to soak up the sunshine and reasonable weather when I can, and make it through the winter once more. The days are already getting longer so we are on the way.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Struggle is Real

Life is life and it comes and goes and twists and turns. But as Christmas nears and things seems so different, I'm finding myself super nostalgic for the way things used to be.
We used to have Christmases at our house when I was growing up. We didn't have a big house and my mom was a single mother so we didn't have a lot of money either. But all my aunts and uncles and cousins would come and we would have all these cookies my mom had spent weeks baking and all the cousins would play together and the adults would talk together and it was lovely.
I miss that. This year we won't see my aunts, uncles and cousins as they are all busy with their families. We barely have time with my mom, brother and niece because they're all busy with their own things and we have a Christmas with my husband's family to get to also. And I love that we're making new traditions but I'm missing the old ones too.
Days spent together, eventually getting on each other's nerves and eating too many sweets. But all that lovely time together. Playing games and staying up late and all the things that come with family.
Instead I'll knit my Christmas Sock and be thankful we have wonderful memories. Although I'm finding it really hard to pull Christmas together this year, I'm going to keep on trucking and remember that it isn't the gifts or the cookies that matter.
Yarn is "Santa Jess" on Will & Grace Sock by Sparktickes Dyes (not dyeing right now but hopefully we can convince her to come back. This yarn is so lovely). I'm just knitting a plain stockinette sock on size 1 (2.25 mm) needles.

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!