YOP week 12

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I am losing track of the weeks ūüėõ

I didn’t knit last week. ¬†I had my monthly Church ladies meeting on Tuesday, and other things throughout the week. ¬†Tyler is being a social butterfly during this senior year and it feels as if I am constantly running around. ¬†I know this is a blessing, or at least will seem like one when he is no longer around to chauffeur but for now I haven’t felt as if I had time to get myself into the knitting groove. ¬†Still I ¬†had done quite a bit by end of last Sunday and worked a few rows into the past few days. ¬†Picture:

 

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My favorite part of the pattern is that XO portion right over the ribbing but the crown decreases, which you really cannot get a feel for in the picture above are also clever. ¬†My knitting is a bit uneven and I am at that part where I am considering moving to dpns. ¬†For some reason I cannot find my 16″ circulars and have been working with a 24″ circular. ¬†I even purchased some Aero 3.25 mm 16″ long circulars last a couple of weeks ago and wouldn’t you know it but they are 3 mm. ¬†Anyway my knitting is fairly stretched out at this point and it is either dpn–which I have no issue using at all–or using a different brand of needles which means different needle material. ¬†I would probably buy some bamboo needles since I like bamboo.

 

Many years ago, when I lived with the ex, he gifted me with the $ to purchase a complete set of needles, dpn, circlular in 16 & 24″, and I pretty much got rid of all the other brands I had which makes not finding my Aero/Inox/Bernat needle in the appropriate size after all this time annoying. ¬†I know the place of origin has changed numerous times over the years so I assume my good ol grays may not be the same good ol grays available nowadays.

 

I think this may also be part of the reason I haven’t knit much. I am rambling now :-/

 

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Tea–YOP Week 11 post

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It seems as if the only times I post is for YOP.  Mainly because I have been good about staying on track with my highly mutable list. Woo hoo

I finally finished the My Cup of Tea Socks. ¬†I guess I shouldn’t say finally but it basically took me a week to sit down and graft together the last toe so yeah not too inspired to finish. ¬†The yarn was purchased on Etsy from Hedgehog fibres in 2009 so deep stash being used up here. ¬†I am going to end up giving them to Tyler and here he is modeling the socks:

My Cup of Tea socks

My Cup of Tea socks

 

The yarn was darker and glossier pre-knitting and washing.  The water was pretty green when I dunked them in for the washing and I suspect it will continue to bleed for a while.  Tyler has been asking for them while I was knitting them but I told him he was out of luck.  I am a sneaky Christmas gift knitter that way o.0.

Anywho they were laid out to dry Friday night and I started winding yarn for some tamalicious fun.  Hey I have news!

So before we went on vacation last month I was looking for some papers I had on my desk and the desk basically gave up the ghost when I moved it to check to see if they had fallen off the back or side.  It was one of those inexpensive particle board desks from Target I believe about 15 yrs ago for the kids and has been moved multiple times.  Anyway it kinda collapsed and instead of having the beloved one reassemble it I threw it out in a fit.  Which means I am concentrating on the yarn piles that were on my desk.  Which takes us back to my first YOP post and a list check up so to speak.

I originally listed several piles or bags of yarn to tackle along with general project goals since the yarn piles were too numerous for me to get through.  The first list of yarn piles started with my desk yarns and it makes sense that I now focus on these items since the desk is no more.  They were:

On the Desk:

  • kypria
  • hedgehog fibres fingering in merino, bamboo & silk @350 meters per Etsy listing = My Cup of Tea Socks
  • the yarn for Angharad
  • Lamoramere-gift from Angela on my birthday eep 12 yrs ago.
  • yarn for 2 tams <missing a few colors here or there. Purchasing piecemeal due to job hours being cut. (purchased 7.15.16)
  • 400 yds of cashmere-gift from Stitching girl Toni years and years ago
  • and sock yarn remnants. Some of these remnants are practically full balls for example the orange Eidos I used for stripes on my gentleman‚Äôs railway socks

Project wise we had (I edited my wording to make it easier to track):

1)Socks:

  • Husband 4 pairs 3 pairs
  • Tyler 3 pairs 2 pairs
  • Myself 3 pairs

2)Sweater for me.

3)Something Lace

4)Purchase Reef Yarns

& “My Tams. Please I need the preciousness.”

 

AHA this digression is going somewhere.  My friend Lorraine, aka Sheriff of Knittingham, aka Twisted Traditions designed a lovely tam I admired called The West Wind, based upon a painting of the same name by Tom Thomson. She is a fabulous designer if you are unfamiliar with her work.  Anyway I had all the colors but 2 called for in the tam and, as you can see above,  it was one of my on both the desk piles and the project list.  I started winding the yarn Friday after washing the socks and they are lovely:

The West Wind yarns

The West Wind yarns

This is another stash buster project for me, despite having to pick up a couple of balls, because I had the yellow, dark green, dark blue, burgundy, and pink in my stash.  In fact they had been in my stash so long that they were in hank form. J & S yarns switched to ball form in 2002 per their blog.  It is also a fairly simple project with only 7 colors.  Compare that to the Midnight Tam which calls for 11 shades and  you can imagine how much easier it is to work.  Also it starts off with a XO pattern which is easier to work than something pictorial such as the Neeps Heid.

And if that were not enough I almost felt like crying when I started knitting it.  The pure joy of working fair isle is so overwhelmingly happy making I cannot even begin to describe it.  I suspect I will have a FO soon unless I put off weaving in the ends forever {It took about a  year for me to sit down and weave in the ends for Neeps}

 

yarny days and knitterly evenings to all

Elka

YOP Week 10

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I keep putting off posting until I have a FO to show but this is getting crazy.

Last Sunday was my niece’s birthday. ¬†She works at Disney and flew into town to visit family so that was nice

Weekend before that I was thinking halfway done.

Weekend before that I was at Midamericon II

Happy Labor Day!

I am almost finished with the second sock and am thinking it won’t end up being mine-all mine. ¬†I am considering giving it to Tyler because he wants them.

Konmarie, which I do not do for reals, does have me eying my stuff with a more jaded eye. ¬†If I don’t love it I can knit myself something I do love. ¬†Yes?

Ignore the gloves I most recently finished. ¬†I didn’t love them and still don’t.

Okay posted.  Huzzah

 

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

YOP Week 7

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Seems like the year is just zipping along.

Today I have a knit trick to share. ¬†I am working on ¬†My Cup of Tea Socks¬†and I just restarted. ¬†Today. ¬†I never try on socks until after I am finished with the gussets and I felt these were a wee bit snug going over the heel. ¬†So there you go. ¬†Back at the beginning. ¬†Not that waiting until gusset is finished is my trick. I shared this trick when I used to blog via iWeb or whatever that blogging platform was and all those posts are lost. ¬†I remember really liking the picture on that post but oh well–no sense in crying over spilt milk and all.

Despite not considering myself a sock knitter, and compared to several I really am not, I do have a sock knitting trick I haven’t seen elsewhere. ¬†Basically I lose track of how many heel rows I have knit. ¬†All that slip 1, knit 1, purl back repeat 16 times instructions… I tend to knit in darker colors and I used to knit socks out of Mountain Colours Bearfoot sock yarn which is fuzzy due to mohair content both of which¬†would make counting rows difficult. ¬†I also find counting the slipped stitches at edge difficult which is odd considering I have no trouble picking them up. ¬†Go figure. ¬†So my trick was to slide my double pointed needle along the furrow that was created by the slipped stitches on wrong side. ¬†My needles are often much lighter than the yarn and it would make counting the repeats easier. ¬†Picture to illustrate:

DPN ran under slipped stitches of heel to count repeats.

DPN ran under slipped stitches of heel to count repeats.

As you can see there are 16 columns of yarn running along my needle. ¬†These columns represent 2 rows or one repeat of the above slip 1, knit 1 purl back instructions. ¬†The yarn is the carried yarn that runs behind each slipped stitch between 2 knit stitches. ¬†Not sure if all that is clear but I hope it helps anybody else working with dark, fuzzy, or highly variegated yarns. ¬†I know that it certainly helps me find my place! ¬†ūüôā

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

 

PS I am going to MidAmericon next week and may not post Sunday.