FO Friday: Twofer

I have two finished objects to share today which is pretty remarkable, given my inability to focus on projects lately.

Campside

The first FO is a large shawl I made for a coworker who wears lots of clothing on this color palette and loves scarves.

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The pattern is a free one, Campside by Alicia Plummer. It starts with a stockinette section that’s followed by four sets of eyelet sections, each with fewer stitches between the eyelets than the previous section. It ends with ribbing which I really like the look of on a simple shawl. I blocked it gently and it still wound up huge, 56″ across and 25″ tall. My poor coworker can get eaten by the thing!

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I could not get my phone to take a picture accurately of the color, which is a heathery purple with lots of red in it. Regardless, I really love how it turned out and will certainly be making something using this pattern again.

Vestigial

The second FO is a pair of socks in a pattern I’ve not used before, Vestigial by Beata Jezek. While it’s a simple enough pattern to memorize, I did mess up a few times. I did them toe-up with a short row heel as I didn’t want to have to do any complicated counting.

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As usual, these took a month to knit because I got bored after the first sock. Maybe I should have two pairs of socks in rotation?

I’ll be back on Sunday with a review of the week which will have some other knitting content.

FO Friday: Twofer

WIP Wednesday 2017.1

One of my goals for 2017 – which, of course, I have yet to blog about at all – is to keep up with semi-regular WIP Wednesday posts, even if all I do is explain why I have nothing to show.

This week, I’ve got three WIPs, none of which I have color photos to share. We’ll pretend it’s to keep an air of mystery, not just because I wasn’t able to get the colors quite right when I took the photos last night, well after sunset.

My first WIP is a pair of socks I’m making for my mom. These aren’t active right this second but will be once I feel like knitting socks again, probably in a few days. I had knit several pairs in a row there and just needed a break.

While the yarn itself is not new to me – Miss Babs 2-Ply – the pattern is. It’s called Jeck and a free pattern from designer Regina Satta. I swear my mom chose the color herself, though I do find it hilarious it’s named Bat S**t Crazy. You can’t tell here, of course, but it’s a mixture of deep blue, green, and brown. Not at all what I would have picked for her, but it was her first pick of the four colors I offered.

The WIP I’m actively working is a hat for a coworker. I’ve made the pattern before (Roku by designer Olga Buraya-Kefelean) but never did take a good FO picture to share with you. Again, no color photo but you it’s a muted, sort of medium blue Ella Rae Classic Superwash.

I’m also working on my perpetual WIP, getting the house organized, but no one needs to see before/after photos of my straightened-up linen closet. (Right?)

What are you all working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 2017.1

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

I’ve been a little bit all over the place lately, when it comes to my knitting. I started and finished both a dress for Lizzie and a pair of socks for my mother-in-law since my last WIP Wednesday post. Then, I found myself with a sudden gap in knitting projects. I knew I could finally start my Grinchalong project but felt compelled to finish one of my older WIPs that would be quicker finishes. This meant restarting work on the socks which are now for my Aunt Tricia or that scarf I, well, have never showed here and only have an inch done on, so far.

I sort of started everything.

First was a basic hat for an unknown recipient. I started this on Monday night, when I suddenly found myself with nothing to knit. I just sort of grabbed the yarn from my stash, a semi-appropriate needle, and came back downstairs to start on it. It’s, well, very red. The pattern is The Favorite Knit Slouchy, the yarn good ‘ole Cascade 220.

Then, last night, I was in the mood to, well, not work on a bright red hat, so I got out the cotton for my Grinchalong. I bought all of the patterns – well, other than the free ones – that I’d posted about before and randomly chose to start Echo Strike. I got just past that first contrast stripe but am not sure I really like how it’s working out so far. I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the pattern or what.

So, yeah, that got put aside. And now I’m working on the Monkey socks again.

What are you guys working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

FO Friday: Sockalicious

I think I’ve mentioned that I got back into socks when we were in Germany. I’ll write more about that part of things in my posts about the trip, starting next week. But, I do want to share with you the three pairs I’ve finished lately.

German Monkeys

As you could guess, I made these while in Germany. More specifically, I made them from German sock yarn and needles bought while there. They were made in record time, just two weeks and I wasn’t even knitting on them that whole time. Of course, I was on vacation, away from the rigors of normal life and Lizzie keeping me from knitting…

(You can see all of the details here.)

(Finally Finished) Mercury Socks

These were the socks I last worked on…and didn’t finish. After I got back home, I had to get them finished. These will eventually get sent on to my cousin for her birthday. I’d point you to my Rav project page for these to get the details but I never wound up writing down the yarn I used so I’ll just link to the pattern page.

Lizzie’s Everyday Socks

I’ve never made Lizzie socks and she kept asking me to make her a pair when she saw me working on finishing up the ones for my cousin. I chose the Hermoine’s Everyday Socks pattern because it was easy but also would show off the tonal nature of the yarn I was using.

(You can see all of the details here.)

FO Friday: Sockalicious

WIP Wednesday : Déjà Vu

My knitting seems to constantly repeat itself. This past week is the perfect example. Last week, I was so hopeful. My sweater for myself was going well and I had started on a dress for Lizzie. But, as I pointed out in our chat over coffee just the next day, the sweater doesn’t fit and I started a hat. (The hat is now an FO so it’ll show up here later. Or not at all as it’s, well, a basic ribbed hat.) And I haven’t felt like working on Lizzie’s dress which I feel guilty about but I’ll get over it.

That’s my pattern: Make lots of progress on a sweater, then it screeches to a halt. Start something boring and basic then finish it. Then make something that’s a bit more exciting but nothing too out of my comfort zone.

Alas, that’s exactly what’s happened. My only current WIP actively being worked is a pair of Monkey socks for my mother-in-law. I made her a pair of socks several years ago and she still wears them all the time, falling apart as they are.

These are very comfortable knitting. It’s a pattern I’ve made a handful of times, in a yarn I’ve used many times, as well (NFC Studio Sock). Great watching-TV-with-Lizzie knitting or riding-in-the-car knitting or even my-computer-takes-too-long-to-log-in knitting.

Déjà vu ain’t always a bad thing.

WIP Wednesday : Déjà Vu

Knitting FO: D-Man Socks for the T-Man

I finally managed to finish a knitting project! I started this awhile back for a friend of the family facing some difficult times and was hoping to have them done for him in mid-November but, yeah, didn’t happen. I was great about getting the first sock done but quickly fizzled out on the second. Second Sock Syndrome strikes again. I’ve got to learn to leave the very last part of a sock for a new day, as I’ll still have enough energy that same day to start on the second one. Once I’ve got the toe done, I can usually force myself to continue working on the second sock.

Thankfully, I was able to use the holiday break to pick up and finish that second sock, casting off justtt before we headed from my parents’ house to St Augustine – great because I finished it, not so great as I didn’t think to bring another project along and the car ride and quiet evenings in the hotel room would have been perfect for knitting.

The pattern was easily memorized after a bit and produced a nice textured fabric. I know he’s going to like the finished project as his dad already showed him the photos of the first sock. I’m going to toss them in the mail sometime next week – or whenever I can make it to the post office – as I’m not sure when we’ll be seeing his parents again. At least I got them finished when it’s still very much winter so he’ll get plenty of use out of them in the coming months.

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Pattern: D-Man by Karen S. Lauger (Rav link – free pattern!)

Size made: 72 stitches total – or size M

Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply (100% merino)

Amount used: about 90% of one hank (so 360ish yards)

Project Started: 28 October 2014

Project Completed: 28 December 2014

Modifications: None really, other than doing them toe up. I started with 16 stitches via magic cast on, worked my way up to the required 36, did 6 pattern repeats to produce a sock for a men’s size 10 foot, did a slipped stitch heel (which I had to redo on the first sock after I forgot to actually slip every other stitch, 5 pattern repeats for the leg, then 8 rows of 1×1 ribbing before binding off.

Knitting FO: D-Man Socks for the T-Man

Semi-Finished

It’s Saturday and Matt took Squirms with him to the farmer’s market, so you’d think I had tons of time and inspiration to write. And I do – just, it’s nothing that’s complete in any sort of way that I can post it. Instead, I bring you an update on my current WIP.

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It’s the socks I started ten or so days ago. The pattern is pretty simple, just knits and purls but it took until I got to the heel (these were done toe-up) to actually memorize it. And I was good and started the second sock right away, so I didn’t put it off. Because, as we all know, second of anything takes lots of motivation to complete.

Semi-Finished