And then there was one.

I’m not generally a strictly monogamous knitter but I also tend to not have oodles of projects on the needles, either. I tend to have a few projects and some socks at all times. This evening, I find myself with one and only one work-in-progress.

This solitude comes after a weekend of furious sock knitting. I’ve gotten into a lovely habit of getting up before anyone else and enjoying my morning coffee by the big window in our living room:

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This is becoming my favorite spot in the house. I worked like a mad woman on that sock and, even with getting all my errands done, finished it by lunch on Saturday.

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The yarn is Rainbows after Rain by Knitterly Things and was the March 2017 rainbow club colorway. For some reason, I knit these with a Fish Lips Kiss heel–something I haven’t done in ages. I like the heel itself, but for stripey socks I think I prefer the look of an afterthought heel.

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After these were done, I put a little work into my Half Moon Oracle, and that was my Sunday morning knit:

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I’m really enjoying this knit. The yarn, the textures, the color–it’s all lovely.

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I’ve now finished the sixth section and am ready to increase to–gulp!–582 stitches. That will be the last section and the border and then we’ll be binding off. I needed a break from the long rows last night though, so I broke out my New Year’s socks. These guys haven’t seen much love, but I put some time into them last night and then finished them up this morning in the very wee hours.

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This was pre-6 a.m. and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve been trying to commit to getting up when I wake up and taking advantage of that extra little bit of morning time. Today, that paid off!

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This is Bubbly by Nomadic Yarns. The base is her Brit Sock – a lovely and plump BFL/nylon blend. I got distracted by other fancies and they took almost three months to finish, but they are so pretty.

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With this finish, I only have the shawl on the needles. It’s a very strange feeling, only one project going. I really want to finish the shawl and have a fresh, new start to some projects. I’ve got my Madewell sweater swatched for and ready to cast on, plus some needle ajacent socks.

For now, Cosi and I are just going to snuggle up and knit the next loooong row.

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Happy making!

Cut your losses.

This week has been a study in patience. We had a lovely snowstorm here in Maryland, which meant a fair bit of time working in a house full of kids. In my free time, I started, ripped back, started again, and frogged a sweater.

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The sweater in question is my Sunset Highway pullover. When last we spoke, I had discovered that I had made an error and was planning to start over, which I did. I worked and worked on it and thought it was going fairly well.

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I love the colors, the mint and grey are perfection. A few rows past this, though, and I was getting increasingly suspicious of my floats. The floats in the mint yarn–carried in my left hand–were actually pretty good. The floats in the grey–carried in my right hand–were looking far too tight. I popped the yoke onto some waste yarn and sure enough, it was a puckery mess.

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And so, I decided that it’s time to frog. I don’t want to put all that time and yarn into something I’m not happy with. Probably time, also, to practice colorwork on a smaller project. I think some mittens are in my future.

For now though, I am really in the mood to knit a sweater. Perhaps something a bit simpler, single color. The other sweater in my make nine is the Madewell by Joji Locatelli. It’s a lovely, simple cardigan, knit top-down with raglan sleeves.

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The swatch is beautiful, if a little on the big side. I’m thinking about trying out a needle size down to see what the fabric is like. You know me, I apparently like to swatch 100 times.

Miraculously, with all this sweater knitting and unknitting, I’m still making progress on my socks. They’re humming right along–only a foot and a toe to go!

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I’m surprisingly happy to have decided to frog the Sunset Highway again. It was beginning to stress me out. Last night I was thinking that maybe colorwork isn’t for me and considering revising my make nine. But I used to be bad at knitting socks and I had never knit a sweater at all before a month ago and maybe I just need to practice.

Letting the sweater go with the resolution to get a bit of practice under my belt and revisit it felt good.  Cutting my losses and starting a new sweater that I feel more confident was just what I needed.

Happy making!

Arbitrary Goals.

I was watching the Stranded Podcast this weekend and the host, Amy, said something that really struck a chord with me.

I love setting arbitrary goals for myself!

I really love setting arbitrary goals in my making. The kind of goals that feel great to achieve but have no real or major consequences if you fail. You just revise and move on.

On Friday evening at supper, I remarked that my weekend goals were to a) finish the Eureka Cowl, b) finish the sock I had  going, and c) cast on my sweater. Kevin said that seemed like an awfully tall order. I said I planned to do an awfully lot of knitting over the weekend.

First up, I finished the cowl.

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This is the Eureka Cowl, by Jessica Gore. I knit it out of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the postcard colorway. I absolutely adore the yarn and the pattern, I can’t wait to wear this one. I was very gentle in the blocking, but I may need to pin out that point next time. This little cowl is a great shape, it looks like you’re wearing a triangle shawl bandana style, but with a simple back that fits well.

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That’s one weekend goal down. Speaking of goals (arbitrary or not), this is also another of my Make Nine projects for the year. And with the addition of mauve to my color palate, it’s definitely a simple and cozy addition to my wardrobe architect project.

The next order of business was that sock. My sock mojo has not been running very high, so I made a plan to knit down to the heel on Saturday so that I could just run with the foot during D&D on Sunday. Luckily, D&D was very intense and my stress knitting enabled me to finish the sock late Sunday night.

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That leaves the sweater cast on. I was derailed in my sweater plans with the need of swatching again. This left me some time do something else so as I mentioned the other day, I finished the next brioche section on my Half Moon Oracle.

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This really is squishy and lovely. On to last night. I decided to go ahead and at least cast on the sweater. It went so quickly that I dove into the colorwork, head first.

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I love the yarn and the colors so much! This wasn’t quite the weekend, but hey, it was arbitrary anyway, right?

I have, of course, now discovered that I did the short rows wrong. I’m ripping out the whole thing and starting over from scratch. I’m really not very pleased with the cast on I used–long tail–and may go up a needle size for the ribbing. I also think this a great opportunity to do a better job with the colorwork, it’s a bit puckery and I want to work on that. Chalk it up to experience, right?

All in all, I’ll call it a success. I’ve now managed to cast on the second sock and do the frogging on the sweater. Now to come up with my next set of arbitrary goals.

Happy making!

Weekend WIP Roundup

It’s been quite a while since we had a proper WIP roundup. I don’t really have very much on the needles at them moment, which is a miracle in and of itself. I’m feeling a bit lazy this fine Sunday afternoon, so let’s just look at some pretty WIPs.

First up, my New Year’s Eve Socks:

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Bubbly, Nomadic Yarns

I have no motivation to finish these. I love them and the yarn, but I am constantly distracted by my other stripey socks. This is the latest rainbow iteration:

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Rainbows after Rain, Knitterly Things

My sock mojo is actually pretty low at the moment. I want to cast on all the sweaters and shawls and other big projects. I’ve gotten started by doing a little swatching for my next big cast on, Sunset Highway:

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Half Naked, Baerenwolle

I went up a needle size and am a quarter stitch off per inch. I think I’m just going to go down a pattern size and go with it. While the swatch dried I picked back up a languising WIP. My Half Moon Oracle, which, holy smokes, I am in love! I’m kind of feeling like putting a lot of work into this beauty:

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Princess Bride, Marilyn, Tropical Vintage, Swift Yarns

I really want to finish everything and cast on all new things tomorrow. Or maybe just cast on new things tomorrow. I did have a finish yesterday, it’s blocking now…

I think I’ll make a cup of coffee and at least finish the brioche section on the Oracle. That will give me some time to figure out what to knit next.

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Happy making!

Did someone say mauve?

I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure what color mauve is. Pink? Purple? Grey? Taupe? The answer to all those questions seems to be yes. Whatever color it is, I am into it.

I think–I hope–it’s a good color for me. In my wardrobe architect project I selected blush and peach and coral and hot pink, but I believe we’re going to need to officially add mauve to the mix. Mauve seems the embodiment of feminine and cozy. I am full steam ahead into some delightfully mauve-y goodness.

The first order of business is my Coastal Walk. It’s all finished and lovely.

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It was a fairly quick knit. I puttered about on it here and there, working up the lace section. The garter border, which comprises about half of the shawl, only took me about a day of knitting to finish. The pattern is Coastal Walk, by Joji Locatelli. As usual, her patterns are impeccably written, easy to follow, and a joy to work up. My only modification was to stop after 3 full garter rows at the end of the border. I was afraid of running out of yarn, but I probably could have gotten another row or two done.

Regardless, I am incredibly pleased. As I’ve mentioned, this is a great knit. The lace is easy to knit but beautiful and the texture of a DK weight shawl is unbeatable. The yarn is listed as a sport weight, but I feel like it’s closer to a light DK. This is Traipse Sport from Tuskenknits–I don’t believe she carries the base anymore. The colorway is Belle Starr and is utterly perfect. The subtle tonality, the soft and sweet speckles–gorgeous.

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Coastal Walk

 

After I finished this shawl and my socks and cast on the next pair of socks, I needed something else. Something new and exciting and fun. Something that won’t take forever since I have two trips coming in the next month. Something like a cowl.

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Enter the Eureka Cowl, a pattern by Jessica Gore. I saw this cowl knit up on Inside Number 23 and just knew that I would need to cast it on as soon as possible. I managed to snag a bit of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter off of Ravelry destash, this is the Postcard colorway. I had a lot of motivation to knit this cowl in this yarn. Firstly, it’s beautiful. The yarn and pattern combination are just stellar. Second, I wanted to try out Shelter with a low investment project. I’m eyeing several quite large projects with this yarn which will be a big commitment in the yarn budget. I wanted to make sure I love the yarn before I go down that path. The good news is, I do love it so far. It’s positively gorgeous.

By the way, Coastal Walk and the Eureka Cowl are two of my Make Nine projects for the year. It feels good to really be moving on my goals.

In other mauve news… it’s leaking into my ready to wear wardrobe too.

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#workselfie

I’ve got a mauve sweater planned for this year as well, but it will probably be a bit before I start that. I’m dying to cast on the Sunset Highway. At this point, I think I’ll live through it’s lack of mauve.

Happy making!

Missing link.

Looking over my most recent blog posts tonight, I realized something. I never posted about my fourth pair of socks! I feel bad for them that they were so terribly overlooked, they are some of my favorites. I’ll keep this brief, but I’m a sucker for completeness.

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The yarn is Jawbreaker by Barenwolle on her BAERfoot base. This yarn is probably my favorite for knitting socks. They turn out so squishy and perfect and the color, oh the color! Vicky has an impeccable color sense–from the subtle to the wild. I love it all!

I did have one teeny snafu. Late at night, playing D&D, I managed to get a bit of yarn in my coffee. I knit it right into the heel, and I’m not sorry. It does crack me up a bit.

Anyway, these were pair #2 in my light box o’socks and pair #4 for 2018.

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Happy making!

What was I thinking?

Oh sure, I’ll just hop on a plane for the busiest work week of my entire year and come home with an FO or two. Yep, that’s the plan. Boy, what was I thinking? Last week in L.A. I, of course, had nearly zero knitting time.

On the plane ride there, I managed to finish the first sock in my Boombox socks.

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I thought I was really rocking at that point, I just knew that I’d have the next one done in no time. And then work started happening, over and over and over. Sunday through Tuesday were a whirlwind of bell to bell at the convention center. After that, I did manage to settle into a bit of a routine with some early morning knitting and a bit of fun mixed in here and there.

By the time I got to the airport to head home, I had knit the cuff of my second sock. I did do a bit of knitting on the plane but actually slept quite a lot. I don’t generally sleep on planes but this time I couldn’t help myself.

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And so, I landed in Maryland with nothing but a HO to my name. I thought I’d finish up my socks over the weekend but somehow I managed to get full on obsessed with my Coastal Walk. I knit and knit and knit on it. Every minute not doing laundry or taking jet-lag naps was spent on that garter border. And then…

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I stayed up too late Sunday night but bound off this beauty. It’s nearly done blocking now, so I’ll write about it later. With the shawl off the needles, I turned back to the socks. I’d gotten down the gusset on the plane, so it was pretty quick work to get these all wrapped up. I adore how they came out. My gauge on the first sock is a fraction of a stitch bigger, which is odd, but they still fit.

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The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock, their BFL/nylon base, in the Boombox colorway. This yarn is just dreamy for socks.

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This color is just great. It’s probably one of my brightest for my light box o’sox, but it’s super fun. This is pair #3 in the light box and pair #5 for the year. Trucking right along!

Although I finished nothing on the trip, it feels good to get home, get settled in, and get some things off the needles. I’ve got another pair of socks to get too, my make nine to keep moving with, and sweaters on the brain. So much knitting and so little time!

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Happy making!