Knitables · Stashbust 2014

Start and Finish

Here’s where we start a lot of things on top of finishing a lot of things.

Started thing 1: A pair of boot socks for Boyfriend. 

Shepherd’s Wool in Christmas Red and Garnet. Have I mentioned how much I hate that red never photographs well? I also took this picture while waiting for the worlds longest and slowest train ever. Boyfriend didn’t approve, but my car was in PARK and I finished three rows in the time it took for the train to finally pass through. I viewed it as a win. 

I started these socks on the 4th while hanging out with boyfriends’ family and got this far by the time lunch and such were done. It’s a 60-stitch sock on size 2 needles. The yarn is a little light, but I’m hopeful that it’ll bloom nicely when washed. I have to finish these by the time we leave for LaCrosse for another family event where we’ll be camping all weekend. Boot socks are necessary for a healthy foot. He only has one pair of socks and will definitely need another pair for the weekend.

Thing Finished 1: Line Break shawl. 

Shelridge Farms SoftTouch Heather Fingering weight in colorway Sand. This is from the Cone and I haven’t weighed it yet for total yardage used.

I cannot wait for the weather to cool off enough for me to wear this shawl. It is so beautiful it hurts a little and it blocked amazingly. I even used blocking wires for this one! It’s so light and airy and it’ll be perfect for the wedding we’re attending in August.  Did I mention that I was so obsessed with this that I finished it in 8 days?

Thing Continued 1: Not-So-Color-Tipped-Scarf

I don’t have an image of this but I was working on it for a while on Friday night. It’s slowly coming along and I’m about 2/3 done with the second skein of Tahki Donegal Tweed I got for my birthday. I’ll get partially through the third skein before finishing it off.

Thing finished 2: The Puerperium Cardigan

Yarn is Handspun Fairy Yarn Mother in colorway BlueBell. It bled like a MOFO when I washed it. Buttons TBD.

I finished this guy on Thursday and he laid in the living room for a good long while to block properly. He’s now sitting on the button box waiting for buttons. I haven’t decided on the color of the buttons yet.

Thing started 2: The Baleshare cardigan

Yarn: Fishermen’s Wool. Size 9 needles.

We got a new KnitScene at the store this past week and I instantly purchased it because there were about 6 sweaters I wanted to knit and will definitely BE knitting these this season. This one struck me immediately and I started figuring out how much yardage I’d need. Boyfriend took my measurements and I fell between the second-to-largest and the largest, so I went with the largest in the thoughts that a bit of ease would make it really cushy and comfy so I set to finding an economical way to get 2500 yards of yarn in my possession.

A trip to Joann Fabrics on Sunday morning and I had five skeins of Fishermen’s Wool and I figured out my gauge. Size 9 needles and I was set. I cast on and started the ribbing pattern and by bedtime, I was half a row away from finishing the ribbing pattern. From now on it’s just the stockinette until it measures a bajillion inches.

I’m short by about 75 yards per the pattern, but I have a great skein of handspun I inherited from Lynn at  knit-night in a deep chocolate brown (just slightly darker than what I’m working with) so I’ll be able to add that to the sleeves and it’ll look intentional. I hope to have this sweater done by the time the season changes and it cools down enough to wear it immediately when it’s done!

Thing continued 2: The Sincere cowl

Sincere Sheep in Vitamin C and Deepest Desire. Size 4 needles. Knits in orange. Purls in purple.

This has been languishing in my stash for I don’t even know how long. I purchased the yarn back in 2012 in Seattle, started the cowl in march or something and have been very slowly working on it since then. Keywords being VERY and SLOWLY.

The skeins are 330 yards each and I’m doing it in the dumbest way possible. GARTERSTITCH. Really? What was I thinking?

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Nothing much else to report other than I guess it’s time to start looking for a new contract job. My current one is ending soon, sadly. Such is the life of a contractor!

 

CrossFit Games Knitalong · Knitables · Patterns

In Preparation

I started knitting a pair of gorgeous socks about six months ago.

The plan was that they’d be for me. I bought size 1 needles from knitpicks, had the yarn (ToshSock in Lapis, for anyone who cares) ready and cast on the toe and knit merrily along until I reached the heel, which was going to be an afterthought. I knit in the contrasting color and finished the rest of the sock’s body. I picked up the stitches for the heel and knit that. I kitchenered the heel together. I put the sock on.

It was too big.

And not an “it’ll shrink to fit” kind of too big but a too big that prompts boyfriend to slip it on his foot and not want to take it off because it fits him perfectly.

I was pissed. I knit these socks for ME! This yarn was expensive and I vowed to not knit socks for Boyfriend. Especially since these socks were made before the 1-year mark and thusly, would enact the curse I knew wouldn’t affect him because he loved me more than my neuroses over knitting, but still. I had standards to uphold.

The sock and its yarn went into the stash to be on time out until about a week ago when I dragged the gorgeous skein from the bin and decided I would finish the socks because why not? I couldn’t let Second Sock Syndrome take its affect for so long. That and I wanted to cast on a pair for myself so I had to make sure there was enough yarn for two pairs in this stash of 1.5 skeins.

So I had boyfriend try the sock on only to realize that it’s probably a bit too short. I ripped back the ribbing and knit in more stockinette before starting the ribbing, which I made twice as long as I usually make it and I even did a 2×2 ribbing, which I only reserve for my hats.

It took three days of knitting on-and-off during the nights to finish the sock. I took a picture and sent it to boyfriend.

His first words? “There’s a hole. Right in the middle.”

He was joking of course, because he knew the hole was for the heel and I hadn’t woven in the ends. But I still called him a jerk.

I started knitting the second sock so as to avoid a perpetual Second Sock Syndrome and I have gotten through two increases on the toe. My hope is that tomorrow I’ll be well on my way to a finished toe and/or body of the sock. I want these babies done before fall so he can have super-warm socks to wear when we go to a football game this winter.

Remember when I wasn’t a sock knitter?

I’m also working on an intarsia sweater… the one from Fall’s Interweave Knits, the Plowman Cardigan. Although I’m not totally sure I can actually call it the same thing because I’ve changed so much.

For one, I’m not knitting it in pieces. I think sweaters knit in pieces are stupid, so I don’t like to do it that way.

Two, I’m knitting it on size 6 needles and the stitch count is different. I had already cast on a cobblestone and been merrily knitting away with that when I petered out and decided I didn’t want to knit it anymore and put it away. I ripped back to the beginning of the stockinette and picked up all the stitches before doing a lot of calculating to make sure I could do it all correctly and I started knitting.

It’s been on hold for a while now as I can’t knit it at work because it’s not all yarn from work, and the intarsia means I have four balls of blue lying around the two skeins of grey I’m holding together. In other words, it’s a mess every time I knit.  I’m hoping to have it done by the time it really gets cold out, but you never know. It could be the sweater that never dies.

Finally, I ripped out the CF Games knitalong cowl. I realized I’d never wear it, so I tore it out and will do another project in the same timeframe in the near future. Probably only one color, though.

I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend and Labor Day. I’ll be working the whole weekend other than Monday where I will likely either be playing DnD with friends or knitting. I knit during DnD so I guess that shouldn’t be an “or” statement. Have a great weekend!