Back to it

I am back to the afghan this month after finishing my sweater before Christmas. I am trying to stay on it and resist the temptation to start something new.

I was working on it by doing a new color every time I started a new piece until I had a whole row of each color. I had four of every color and planned at that point that I would need at least ten of each to make a good size lap blanket.

So now I have switched to just knitting all six I still need, one color at a time. When I have ten I move on to the next color. So the sum total of my knitting since my last post is six hexagons in the blue. Maybe I’ll have a lot more to show you in my next post.

In other news, we have a bunch of new Sock Keepers on the website. We already had some Cherry, Walnut and Oak but we have added back Mahogany plus a small stock of Maple for the first time ever. These are all available to order for $20 each. I love using mine whenever I am working with double point needles. It works for socks of course but also for mittens, gloves, sleeves, etc.

Saturday Baking and Knitting

I made good on my promise. I knit 8 more hexagons for the afghan after I finished the first full lace pattern repeat on Curio, which I will show you in a minute.

So now I have four of each color combination and there are 8 contrast colors; the main color in all is navy. I had been thinking that 8 rows would be about right but now that I am halfway to that goal, I think I may need at least 10 rows to make it the right size.

Here’s the current state of Curio and I will probably start back on it for a bit tonight before make more hexagons.

I’ve also been baking today. I have a batch of bread and cinnamon rolls in the oven right now and it smells wonderful in my house. :-)

Is That a Sleeve?

Ok, so I was getting a bit stir crazy knitting only garter stitch hexagons. I mean there’s the color changes to help keep it interesting but there’s no rules in knitting. I like to be monogamous in my projects most of the time but I will just switch back and forth between the afghan and my new project. Should be fine, right?

Beginning of a sleeve

Do you recall when I showed you this yarn I dyed back in mid September?

Lhasa Wilderness by Bijou Basin

I planned to design a sweater and even did a swatch.

Well I totally can’t remember what the heck I had in mind now and just wasn’t feeling like pattern drafting so I took a look at my queue on Ravelry and found Curio. I am knitting it in L at a slightly tighter gauge of 6 stitches per inch. Should come out somewhere near a 40″ I hope.

I have just finished the increases on the first sleeve and am loving the fabric. I also found that it is preferable to knit this yarn on my bamboo needles. The yarn felt too slippery on my usually preferred metal needles.

I’ll probably knit some more on the afghan after I finish this sleeve. We’ll see…

Afghan Update

Here’s what I have so far on the afghan recycle project. This is the layout I am planning to use. I will just keep going until I think it’s big enough or I run out of the contrast colors. I haven’t decided if I will do any sort of edging with the extra navy or what sort if I do.

Recycling Yarn

Sometimes the hardest past about writing a blog post is coming up with a title. As you can see I failed at an interesting one today, there ya go. :-) Anyway, here’s an update on my sock progress; just the foot section left.

Here is the all the yarn from the afghan I ripped out on Thursday night. Surprising with a bit of help from my husband and my youngest it only took about 2-3 hours to get it into the balls above.

Then my little assistant and I got them all wound into skeins for washing on Friday morning.

I can tell you that I fully appreciated my tools (ball winders, yarn swift, and yarn box) for this task. I can’t imagine how much more time consuming and tedious it would have been without them. I wouldn’t have even thought I would need the yarn box, but the yarn being kinky made it annoying to pull from the center. It would stick and miss behave. So unwinding from the outside was better, but then it was jumping all over the place, winding around chair and table legs and so forth. The yarn box kept it nicely contained and made shorter work of the process. Who knew?

It was hot and sunny, so they were dry in no time. Then it was back to the yarn swift and ball winder.

Now don’t those look lovely? All recycled and ready for a new life. That little hexagon is what I am planning to do with all of this. You can knit one or many two up in an evening. I found it on Webs Yarn. I am only using the hexagon shape from the pattern and will be knitting my own color combinations and assembly when I get to that point. It’s a pleasant break from sample knitting at any rate.

More random knitting

The fingerless mitts are finished and I’ll show you them in a minute but here’s what I started after stash diving a few days ago.

I am just making a plain old pair of ribbed socks with some sock yarn I had marinating in the stash for who knows how long. I still feel a sweater coming but this will tide me over until I make a decision on that. I have a few ideas for some stash yarn. You’ll be the first to know about it when I decide.

Here’s something else I started messing around with today.

I made this blanket for my husband years ago, but he has been saying he would prefer it to be smaller. So I am finally ripping it all out. It was knit with Cascade 220 double stranded. Once I get all the seaming ripped out I will need to rip out the squares and separate the strands into separate balls. Then I need to skein them up so I can give it all a good wash and dry to get the kinks out. I have an idea for what I will be doing out of this too. More on that next time.

Here’s a peek at what Jerry is working on for the time being.

These should be ready in time for the virtual festivals coming up soon.

And last but not least, here are the finished mitts. I’m sorry for the boring picture but it’s impossible to take a picture of both of your hands without a tripod. :-) No pattern at the moment but maybe in the next month or so.

Wednesday

Here is my Cables and Lace Baby Blanket swatch in Classic Merino Superwash Sport all blocked and looking lovely. It should take about 3 skeins to use this yarn to make the smallest size. It takes 4 of the Organic Cotton Sport for the same size.

I got back to work on the fingerless mitts I am making. It’s been a nice change to work on small things, especially the mitts. I haven’t made anything using my dpns for awhile. I feel like it might be time for a sweater next though. I should probably browse through my patterns or maybe design a gansey I have had in the back of my mind for quite awhile. We’ll see after I finish the second mitt.

A little side knitting

I finished that first fingerless mitt and dutifully cast on for it’s mate. But then I got diverted with a little side project.

Two years ago I designed my Cables and Lace blanket. I knit the original with my Organic Cotton Sport yarn.

I have always intended to make another booth sample using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport. Since I have a few remnant balls of this hanging around, I got the idea to just make a big swatch to show it in this yarn rather than a full size one.

I will probably do one more repeat of the lace then the top border and call it good. It only took a few hours to get this much done so if I get to do any knitting today I should have it done soon. Then it will be back to the second mitt.

Have a good weekend and see you soon 😊.

Small Progress

I have been slowly working on this project and I am almost done with the first one. I have been waiting to get to this point so that I could weigh the yarn I have left to see if I will have enough to work the second. You see I debated incorporating another color or two 🤔 but was feeling lazy about the extra effort of doing it. So, I proceeded and hoped it wouldn’t bite me in the end. I feel safer now since the mitt at this point is about 27 g and the ball is 39 g. Whew!

I like that pretty row of decreases travelling down the forearm. I like wearing these long gloves under a jacket when it’s cool out. I only wear short sleeve t-shirts all year and these give some extra warmth with a hoodie without having to wear long sleeves. Long sleeves annoy me around the house because they get in the way when washing, cooking, or really any kind of work. At least that’s me anyway.

Ok, that’s what I have for now. What’s on your needles?

Something a Little Different

I’ve been working on this little project that I started awhile back. It’s just a simple long cuffed fingerless mitt pattern that I worked up last fall. I used my Classic Merino Superwash Sport weight yarn for the original. I have a lot of remnant balls of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn and decided to make a version from some of that.

That is all the knitting I have going at the moment. I’m calling it a palate cleanser after all the lace knitting I have been doing this year. I have a couple things in mind for later and I will let you know when I pick something out.

Here’s another little something we’ve been working on. These are great for Hair Sticks and for Shawl or Sweater Sticks.

I have been getting the finish on them today and should have them ready to be photographed soon. I’ll let you know when they are ready for order on the website in case you need one. :-)