Some Much Needed Progress

After the frustration the other night of knitting the wrong repeat, I finally managed to tink back all four rows I had done incorrectly. Now, four rows doesn’t sound like that much, until you consider that those rows are each about 4 foot wide.

So once all the un-knitting was complete, I managed to move forward again and get a few repeats done.

I decided to lay out the big, purple, monster of a blanket to see how far along I really am. I was pleasantly surprised.

The length is about 24 inches now. I figure it will be roughly 60 inches long so I want to call this “almost half way”.

Sorry about the dark picture, I took this in my bedroom around midnight.

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Doing the Unthinkable

So I am, after a year of avoiding them, knitting a sock. Nothing fancy, just a plain old stockinette sock. I am not big on wearing socks (I’m more of a barefoot girl) so I planned to give this sock (so ever produce its mate) to my mom. She’s a knitter and constantly cold so she seemed like the ideal person to appreciate a sock knit from handspun yarn.

Unfortunately, this sock is seeming… rather large. My mom is a skinny, short little thing and so her ankles and feet are fairly thin. This sock is big enough around, somehow, that it would be pretty saggy on her.

The good news is that I have big feet and ankles (I blame my sturdy, Czech ancestry) so they will fit me. Now that I’m on to knitting the foot I even slipped it on to test it and it really does fit me well. But that means I have to knit the foot long enough to accommodate my US size 10 foot. Not a huge issue, right?

Here’s my concern… sock number two. With how large sock one will be… I didn’t really consider the amount of yarn left over to create the second sock. It really might not be enough and, given the handspun nature, I can’t get any more.

I intend to weight sock one when it’s complete and then weight my remaining yarn to see how it will pan out. It may be fine. Maybe that ball of yarn is wound tighter than it looks and the smallish sized ball holds a deceptive amount of yarn. It’s totally possible. I’m tempted to weight the sock now but that would include the needles and not all of the required yarn so it wouldn’t be accurate.

I won’t lie, if this falls through… it might be what ruins me for knitting socks forever…

Not Everything I Do Goes Wrong

I swear!

While I’ve had a million issues with all my new projects I’m attempting to start with fancy yarns, I’ve also been working on a very simple baby cardigan in a very nice acrylic/wool blend. I haven’t posted much about it because it’s intended to be a gift and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. But I’ve accomplished the collar, chest, and most of one sleeve so I am moving right along. The pattern is Buttons Cardigan #606 by Cabin Fever. I made one little flub on the collar because I thought I knew better than the pattern (I don’t) but nothing major. This project has gone surprisingly well (knock on wood).

I’ll share the sample photo because my project is going to be very different looking.

Hmm…

So I started a project tonight and, after casting on 450 stitches (it’s a scarf knit lengthwise) and then completing the first row (so 900 stitches), I went to look back at how the first row had turned out and something hit me. The scarf is done in linen stitch. Other than the texture of the stitch and some fringe, it’s just a plain old rectangular scarf. I was planning to knit it in black and bronze. Here’s the issue though; knitting a texture based project in black is like coloring on white paper with a white crayon. You can work and work and work, but you’re not going to see results. The black is just too dark to show the fine texture of the linen stitch in fingering weight yarn. Which is really disappointing because the pattern is lovely and I adore the yarn I picked out but, after row one, I stood there in the shower and had to really consider whether it’s even worth continuing. I mean, why do a pattern that is all about the gorgeous texture if you can’t see it?

I love the pattern so much that it’s probably worth saving for later (I never make a pattern twice). Plus I think I love it because the examples are bright and colorful and this one wouldn’t be that.

But I put 900 stitches into this already and I really have to think about whether I want to rip it out and start something new.

The pattern in question is the Kiogu Linen Stitch Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.

I’m going to need to think about this one some more. And look at some other patterns so see what would work better for my yarn.

Isn’t it lovely?

A Bit Crazy

So last night I wound up some beautiful new yarn (Classy with Cashmere in Happy Forest) and was just about to cast on when… I had a needle snafu. For some reason my needle tip wouldn’t screw onto the cord. I have the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable set and I absolutely love them. However, I think I must have overtightened the connection and stripped the threading.

Somehow, this was my only set of size 7 circulars so I wasn’t able to start the hat. “No problem”, I thought. “I’ll just zip out tomorrow to get another.” Well, it didn’t work out that way. My local yarn shop was out of the size 7’s and, with the time I got off work, I wasn’t able to make it to Fort Worth to make it to the shop that had them.

So I had to sit there and think about what I wanted to do. I could run by the nearest crafting mega-store and buy a set of needles to cast on with and then switch to the Dreamz once I could. I realized it was pretty silly I couldn’t wait one or two days to get the replacement needle I need before starting the project. It’s not as though I don’t have plenty of other things I could be working on. I still need to do that second Knit Night Glove. I have a little baby blanket on the needles and a scarf.

So, for once, I’m forcing myself to practice a little knitting self control and actually waiting to get the needle I want before starting the new hat. I can abandon those projects again on Friday..

In the meantime, I’m working on the Dandy Scarf in Handmaiden Yarn’s Maiden Hair color Peridot. I will say, this is a really sumptuous yarn, and the pattern is nice and simple. I haven’t really gotten into this project, in spite of those two things, but I hope that will change.

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