For the last week or so, the only thing I’ve been working on is my ten stitch scrap blanket. It’s slowly but surely getting bigger…around and around I go! So far it’s 30″ x 30″, but I’ve got a fair amount of scraps left. When I popped this sucker on the floor for a picture, Shadow decided that he wanted to be in the picture too! Silly dog…
Sunshine Socks – from Sock Innovation
Yarn – Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love
Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5
Finished March 20, 2014
I love Cookie A sock patterns. Love them so much! I love the intricate designs, I love the charts. I realize this is why socks take me a really long time to knit. These need my constant attention and care. There was lots of ripping back so they were perfect. These socks are my crowning achievement. My best socks ever!
Like all other socks I have made, this yarn is superwash. I washed these like how I wash all my other socks. OMG THEY FELTED!!! My gorgeous cabled things of beauty are destroyed!
In anger, I said that I will never purchase Malabrigo Sock ever again. In calmness, I state the same. Never again will I buy Malabrigo Sock. Two months of work is destroyed. They don’t even fit anymore. Luckily, my little sister has smaller feet than me and she inherited them. She says they are super warm – no kidding! They are damn near bulletproof now! Life is too short to worry about how my knits will turn out in the wash – no hand washing is in my future EVER.
And plus, I’ve become a bit of a Wollmeise addict. I haven’t bought any yarn since my last Wollmeise purchase in March, but that’s probably what I’ll buy going forward until I find a new vice.
In other life news, T – 3 days until I get my Invisalign!
I’m writing this on my new computer! My beautiful iMac arrived last night an hour before I left for work. I had just enough time to set it all up and start the data transfer from my MacBook. It actually turned out good that I had to work because before I left the house, there was about 7 hours to go on the import. I had a long antsy night at work just waiting to go home! My handy hubby did lots of set up after the transfer was done, so when I finally did get home, it was all fired up and ready to go. I sure feel spoiled having a new computer. Everything is so fast, and it can actually do more than two things at the same time!
So, as the title suggests, I’m going to show off a WIP (that’s work in progress if you aren’t down with the knitting lingo). I’ve wanted to knit a sweater for a long time, but haven’t had the guts to go for it. I finally decided that I know enough about shaping, so it’s now or never. I browsed through patterns for a while and finally settled on the Backbone Cable Sweater for Alex. It’s available for download on Ravelry for $6 US. I bought the pattern in October 2013, and then waited until Alex was ready for measurements. I ended up buying yarn guessing what size he would be because I never got around for measurements. Finally, around Christmas, I measured him up. I then decided that I would finish up all of my 2013 projects and have nothing on the needles for the start of 2014. I casted on the sweater shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. It’s been a slow slog knitting this thing. I picked something simple for my first sweater, and this seems to be causing me problems because I’m used to knitting quite complex socks and hats. The miles of stockinette with one cable going up the spine is not keeping me very interested. I have to knit until it’s 17 inches before I split for the sleeves, and I’m up to 14. It doesn’t help that since the start of 2014 I’ve procrastinated on the sweater so badly that I’ve knit two pairs of socks, two hats, a pair of slippers, a stuffed monster, a cowl…and so on. Clearly that should get me a medal! I have 2 other WIPs right now and I’m trying to push myself to finish this sweater. No more casting on socks until I’m done! PS – socks are my favorite thing to knit! The cable will be going up the center back, not the side as the picture suggests.
I signed up for a knitmeter account yesterday and logged all my projects for the year so far. I decided to start keeping track of how much I knit so it will help me when I’m attempting to use up stash! I might be just a bit of a nerd about things! I also finally went into my Ravelry stash and calculated how much total yarn I have. Are you ready for this? I have 15.9km of yarn!!! I’m sure many people think that’s not a bad number, and though I don’t think it’s a bad number either, I just want it smaller. I want to enjoy the yarns I buy rather than let them sit unused for years and years. I pulled out all the yarn yesterday to take pictures.
Yeah, I do love my stash. It’s not the greatest, it’s not the most expensive, but it’s mine. I chose every one of these. There are very little yarn regrets I have had over my modest 2 years of knitting. After rolling around in my yarn for a bit, I carefully tucked it all away into storage.
My plan is to never have more yarn than can comfortably fit inside the drawers. Currently I have just a little bit more, but my next two projects will take care of that. On top of the yarn drawers is my knitting basket, which has current projects, scrap yarn, my interchangeable set, and some spare DPNs. The pink square container is where I keep all my little important things like stitch markers and tapestry needles and scissors.
Lets do a FO now:
Hermione’s Everyday Sock – free download on Ravelry
Yarn – Trekking XXL
Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5
Finished – TODAY!!
These socks were so fast to knit! I decided to make ankle socks this time, just for a change. I did the modified eye of partridge heel as per the pattern. Most pairs of socks take me at least 2 months to make, and these only took 2 weeks! I easily memorized the pattern and knit the second sock pretty much without looking at the pattern at all. This yarn is one of my yarn regrets. I don’t really know what I was thinking when this came home with me.
All of the socks I have ever knit have been top down heel flap gusset socks, so I think with the next pair I will try toe up. I’m planning on knitting Blurred Lines next, and they are toe up with a OMG (One-needle Mock Gusset) heel. It is a paid pattern on Ravelry.
Wow. A lot of living has taken place since I last blogged. I constantly think of doing blog posts, but my thoughts never turn me into sitting down and typing one. More life stuff has prompted me to get back into blogging regularly!
I’ll start off with a little bit of an FO parade! I’ll try to stick to only my favourites!
Kai-Mei Socks – from Sock Innovation by Cookie A
Yarn – Oh Loops! High Twist Sock in Boober Fraggle
Needle – 2.5mm/US1.5
Finished – Sept 24 2013
These socks were quite fun to knit. After the first repeat on the foot I totally understood how easy it truly was with also looking so intricate. Having worn these for a while now (I wear all of my handknit socks mostly at work wearing crocs, so I abuse them more than most people I’m sure), I think the leg of ribbing gets too baggy by the end of the day.
Strangling Vines Lace Scarf – free download on Ravelry
Yarn – Nova Sock Print
Needle – 3.5mm/US4
Finished – Oct 10 2013
I worked on this poor scarf forever, seemingly getting nowhere. It wasn’t until I had the brainy moment, that if I just work on it, it will eventually get done, that it finally got done. I think I finished the second half off in a couple of weeks. It was my first attempt at blocking, which I think went well. I ended up giving it to my sister for Christmas.
Yarn – Malabrigo Rios in Bobby Blue
Needles – 4.omm/US6, 4.5mm/US7
Finished – Nov 14 2013
A girlfriend from work asked me to knit something for her baby. I let her pick out patterns and told her how much yarn I would need. I was surprised when she bought Malabrigo, and I was super excited when I saw it! This yarn feels like butter in your hands! I loved knitting with it. Now – for the objects, I modified the edge on the hat and sleep sack to be ribbing instead of the rolled stockinette edge. I had to adjust the cast on numbers to account for the 2×2 ribbing for the sack and the 1×1 ribbing for the hat. I finished all three things within 4 days! For some reason I can’t find he picture with all three. Oh well…
Jaywalker Socks – Free download on Ravelry
Yarn – Twisted Limone Tangy Sock Yarn in Key Lime Pie
Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5
Finished – Dec 13 2013
I didn’t do any mods on the pattern and I cast on for the smaller size (76). I can get them on my feet with a little bit of work and they feel fine on. I’m not sure if I had knit the next size up if they would be too big in the leg.
Okay, now I’ve had enough of the FOs. I’ll have to do more later! I’ve got a few WIPs right now as well. I started a sweater for Alex on New Year’s Day – I have been slowly working on it. It’s a bottom up in the round sweater with set in sleeves. I’m about 12″ up the body and I need to be at 17″ to split for the sleeves. I’m also working on a pair of socks, a giant shawl/wrap thing, and a ten stitch blanket. All are at various stages of not being very far along.
I’ve recently come into a realization about my yarn stash, though. I counted up how much I knit last year, and counted up how much yarn I have. If I knit at the pace I kept last year, I have two years of knitting available to me. I want to work on keeping my stash current and at an acceptable level to me. I don’t want to purchase yarn that I will never use. I am trying to use up a new yarn, then an older yarn. The exceptions I have to this are my dishcloth cotton and acrylic stashes. I thing both are good for whipping up quick gifts or just for quick mindless projects during long hauls of large boring work. Anyways, since I have only been knitting for a couple of years, this isn’t much of a problem yet. I’m knitting socks with the oldest yarn I have and it was only bought last April. I want to maybe keep my stash to about the one year ahead mark, mostly buying with specific projects in mind. Most of what I have is single skeins, which if its sock yarn, that’s a pair of socks. But, when it gets into the worsted, sport and DK, then it’s hat after hat after hat…then some mittens. And don’t get me wrong, those are all perfectly good things to knit, but it’s not how I want to purchase my yarn anymore. I have gotten into purchasing some gorgeous but expensive (to me) yarns and I want to be careful when I click buy.
Anyways, the real reason I’m trying to start blogging again is I am hoping to use this space to track my Invisalign progress alongside with my knitting progress. I am getting Invisalign braces right away and I did a lot of research on this process before I signed up to get this done, and I want to try to offer my side of things. I have quite a bit of issues with my teeth and am really excited to get this all fixed up! The main problem is with my family genetics. Almost everyone in my family has some version of missing teeth. As far as I can remember, I’m missing the most. I never grew wisdom teeth. I still have 4 baby teeth in my mouth (I’m 31 years old), and I’m missing my both of my lateral incisors on top. That’s a grand total of 10 teeth that I will never have. Because my canines got to grow in however they wanted, they are sideways. My orthodontist is hoping to move my canines closer to my central incisors and to shape them to look like incisors. He feels that this way I will have a more normal looking smile with gaps in the back. That will set up for when the baby teeth finally do die I can get adult sized implants. I hope to be able to get a copy of the video they make to show predicted progress!
I went for my x-rays, pictures, and scan today. Nothing too crazy, just a panorex X-ray and one of my skull. Pictures were of my face and side profile as well as a wide smile. Also there were pictures with my gums pulled away looking up and down, my bite, and other various poses. The iTero scan was neat. It blew air in while scanning, so it made my mouth quite dry. Luckily we stopped for multiple breaks.
And now I wait. My orthodontist will consult back and forth for a couple of weeks and then all my trays will be made. I have an appointment for May 26 for my first set of trays. That’s when I will know how long this will start to take!
..Phew, that’s a lot of writing! If you actually made it to the end of this, let me reward you with my newest obsession, Wollmeise!
I bought the book Pacific Knits by tincanknits a while ago because I thought the patterns were super cute! It took a few months for me to finally decide what I would cast on. I decided to make the Antler Hat in the baby size. I made it out of Knit Picks Brava in Cornflower. It went fairly fast and I also taught myself to cable without a cable needle – WAY EASIER TO CABLE!!! I was so proud of it and showed it to a few friends at work, who promptly ordered hats of their own. I agreed and then set off to knit more antler hats. What I learned is that knitting the same hat three times in a row is a pain in the ass. But I still like the pattern, and will probably knit more…just not right away!
It’s Friday again, and I’ve got a few more FOs to show. I only have three at the moment. Hopefully starting next week I’ll be able to do a post for each FO again, as well as a WIP update.
FO 1 – Dean Street Hat – free on Ravelry
This hat is made from Knit Picks Brava Bulky yarn with size US10 needles. I like this hat, but I realized that I don’t like the look of mock cables. I would just rather do real cables. This hat is big and soft and warm.
Finished July 4, 2013
FO 2 – Basic Baby Hat – free pattern on Ravelry
I had some Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo that was left over from a pair of booties I made for my nephew. I wanted to use the blue for the ribbing and then white for the rest…then I changed my mind and went with striping. I think it turned out really nice, and since there’s 13 pregnant people at work right now, I know it will go to a good home!
Finished July 14, 2013
FO 3 – Angee Socks – Sock Innovation by Cookie A (book purchase)
I have fallen in love with Cookie A sock patterns. I ordered the book from my bookstore and impatiently waited 2 weeks for the book to come in…when I finally got home with my book, I almost cried – all the socks are charted. I have never worked from a chart before, and was absolutely terrified! I set the book aside for a couple of weeks and read the book cover to cover before I decided to give it a try. I picked the Angee pattern because I thought the pattern looked the least scary and started. I instantly screwed up the pattern repeats on the ribbing…ended up ripping it out a couple of times and put the sock in time out for a day or five. When I was ready again, I came armed with stitch markers – five of them to be exact. I placed a marker in between each pattern repeat and set forth from there. It worked! I am immensely proud of my ability to now read from charts! I am still scared of charted cables, but I know I will get there eventually. My awesome socks took me almost 2 months total to knit, but the second one only took me 16 days. I love these socks! I wore them to work and they are super comfy work socks!
Finished July 17, 2013
Next week, I hope to have my Granny Stripe completed!! I’ve made some alterations on it since I last blogged about it, but I’m keeping it secret until it’s done.