WIP Weds ~ in which our regularly scheduled post fell victim to a stomach bug

Well, today’s post isn’t technically late. It’s still Wednesday. Still Wednesday morning, even. However, usually I schedule these posts the day before (at a minimum) and so it’s late as far as I’m concerned.

Yesterday, though, when I would normally have been writing this post, I was taken out by a stomach bug and so was essentially sleeping the day off. I was certainly not writing blog posts or taking photos for blog posts.

I was also not knitting. However, there has been knitting since last Wednesday, most of it on the 22 Leaves Shawl. Here’s a picture I took last weekend when I was testing out my new light box:

22 Leaves Progress

I love it! (Both the shawl and the light box. (The light box, for any interested parties, is the SHOTBOX, which I backed on Kickstarter.)) I will definitely be making a second one of these shawls. Maybe even a third. It’s a REALLY enjoyable knit, and I love working it in the Noro sock yarn I picked for this one.

In any case, I am feeling much better today. I think what took me out was a 24-hour stomach bug, and so it seems to have passed.

Have a great rest of the week!

Misc Monday ~ in which a shawl is born

It’s time to show off a finished shawl! Yay!

Finished "Cats Will Play" shawl

This is the Cats Will Play shawl designed by Jaala Spiro, and it’s a fun knit. It’s named the way it is because the lace sections use the cats paw lace. Since this is going to be a gift for a cat lover, it seemed an appropriate pattern to use.

Finished "Cats Will Play" shawl

The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Fingering Superwash in the Lavender Fields in the Mist colorway. It was a lot of fun to work with, but it got a little splitty on the cast-off. (Which is weird. It didn’t give me any trouble at all during the actual knitting, not even during the lace section.)

Finished "Cats Will Play" shawl

This is the second Cats Will Play shawl I’ve made, but the first one I made full-length. My first one used handspun yarn, and I just knit until I ran out. This one did leave me with some leftover yarn, but not much. It’s enough that I’ll give it to the gift recipient in case of emergency repairs, but not enough to make a matching accessory for the shawl. The result, though, is that this one is a proper shawl length, which my first one was very definietly a shawlette. (Note: yes, shawls can also be much larger than this one ended up. But make them much smaller and they are no longer really shawls.)

Finished "Cats Will Play" shawl

I love the end result of this one, and I hope the recipient does too. I don’t normally make her items with colors this subdued – I usually make her things with much more vibrant yarns. Hopefully this one is a nice change. It seems very calming to me, and we can all sometimes use calm in our lives.

Have a great week!

WIP Weds ~ in which there is an unexpected shawl

Right. I don’t think I specifically said so, but my plan after casting off the Cats Will Play shawl (which is finished – more on that next Monday) was to work on the shawl I’ve had lingering in the WIP pile for ages. That one is my East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl designed by Nim Teasdale. I love the knit, I love the beads, and I love the yarn for that shawl (Knitwhits Freia Ombré). However, the rows are very long, and so it (a) is not travel knitting, (b) takes a little focus, and (c) doesn’t show much progress even after I’ve been knitting for an hour (or five).

So I guess it should have been really no surprise that instead of working on my huge but lovely beaded shawl already on the needles, I cast on a NEW project. This one is the 22 Leaves Shawlette by Lankakomero. (It’s also going to be a Christmas gift.) I’m using some Noro Taiyo sock yarn that had been intended for socks until I didn’t like the way it was striping as socks. I like it much better as a shawl. Don’t you agree?

22 Leaves Shawlette

This is my progress after 2 days of knitting. (One of those days was Sunday, when I knit for a large chunk of the evening, and the other day was Monday, where I knit for an hour and change.) I am loving everything about this shawl. It’s working up beautifully, the yarn goes well with the pattern, the pattern is easy to follow (though it is charted and not written out, for those of you to whom it matters), and it’s easy enough to read the knitting that I know where I am just by looking at it. I’m definitely going to be making another one of these shawls. Maybe lots more. We’ll see.

There has been other knitting, too. I suppose I could take the 22 Leaves for travel knitting, but instead the Hyrule socks have been my recent travel knitting. I’ve put the first sock onto stitch holders, and have started the second sock from the other end of the ball of yarn. This way I can be sure to knit the socks to the same length without having to rip anything out or wasting any yarn.

Hyrule sock progress

I’m enjoying this knit too, but not as much as the shawl. I blame the needle choice, though. These are Addi Natura Bamboo Needles which are nice to knit with, but not so nice to do k3tog with. The tips just aren’t pointy enough. If I had other needles to switch to, ones with pointier tips, I would do that. But I don’t have anything else that will work (or at least, nothing currently not in use) so I’m stuck with these tips for now. I got sock one (essentially) finished on these needles, so I can do it for sock two as well. I’m just complaining at myself.

There are other things that are on the needles (or hook) right now, and I need / want to get back to most of them as soon as I can. However, that’s all that I’ve been actively working on this week.

Hope June is treating you well so far!

WIP Weds ~ in which there are sadly no pictures

There are no pictures today, mostly because I forgot what day it was and so didn’t take any. Ah, the hazards of a three-day weekend.

Anyway, I have been knitting on the Vanilla is the New Black socks, and have been making progress. I tried them on various family members over the long weekend, and found out that they fit my sister the best. (Which was NOT what any of us expected since I was originally making them for me and her feet are significantly smaller than mine.) So they will be a Christmas present for her this year.

I have also been working on the Cats Will Play shawl which is slated to be a Christmas gift for my MIL, and just a couple days ago I cast off the shawl! Yay! So that’s all over but the blocking. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends up after it’s blocked out.

And I have been working on the Hyrule socks, which I think are going to be a Christmas (or maybe birthday) gift for my mom. Her feet are only slightly smaller than mine, and I think these socks would fit her better than they currently fit me. Also, she likes ankle socks better than I do — this pattern is definitely ankle socks. It’s kinda a mystery why I thought I was knitting them for me when that’s not my favorite kind of sock.

So, there has been knitting. And hopefully next week I will be less scattered and can show you pictures of some of it.

Have a great rest of this short work week!

WIP Weds ~ in which I finish something and start something

Let’s start with the something I started. I couldn’t help it. I got together with my knit buddies last weekend and some of them were having a destash sale, and I ended up bringing home several skeins of yarn. Because yarn. And my friends are enablers. And then I got home, and the new yarn was sitting there being pretty, and I had a new project bag (a gift from one of my knit buddies) and between the two I fell victim to a moment of weakness and cast on a new sock.

New sock!

This is the new sock and the new project bag. And I’ve nearly doubled what you see in the photo since I took the picture. (I’m about to start the heel turn, though there is plenty of yarn in this skein, so I’m also planning on making these slightly taller socks than my usual.)

It’s a fun knit. There’s something about vanilla socks with stripy yarn which is just really appealing. (Actually, the yarn doesn’t have to stripe, but that does make it more obvious how far you’ve gotten since the last picture.) This is Vanilla is the New Black, which I picked because the socks are vanilla socks except for the heel. I am loving them, and hope I enjoy the heel turn as well, because then this will become a great new default sock pattern.

Something else I enjoyed knitting was the Dangling Conversation shawl.

Dangling Conversation - blocking

It was fun to knit, and the yarn is nice and soft and easy to work with. (Though it was a little splitty when I added some of the beads.) Speaking of the beads, though, I did also add them to every edge. They’re written for one of the knit edges and for the cast-off edge, but I added them to the other knit edge as well. And that was a LOT of beading. Looks good, but was annoying. I think if I were to make another one of these, I would not bead the knit edges, but would add beads on the YO rows.

Dangling Conversation - blocking

Blocking it was interesting. With shawls like this, I let the shawl determine the exact shape it wants to be, and I just pin it out based on how the knitting wants to be pulled out. So other Dangling Conversations might not look exactly like mine, and if I make a second one it might block differently, but I am REALLY pleased with how this one ended up.

Dangling Conversation - blocking

I’m really happy about this, and yet am still going to give it as a Christmas gift this year. (That’s 2 knitted gifts finished now. Yay! Progress is good! And it means I don’t feel at all guilty about knitting more socks for me.)

Have a great day! And since there’s still a little time to enter my journal stuff giveaway, let’s talk about today’s entry! To enter the giveaway today, let me know your take on gift-giving. Do you plan ahead, or buy things last-minute? (I do some of both, so I’m not judging.)

WIP Weds ~ in which I am late with the pictures

Okay, so this was supposed to be published a lot earlier on Wednesday than this… but I didn’t get my WIP pictures taken until lunchtime on Wednesday, so there was a delay. Anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter that much: it’s still Wednesday. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I have been working on the Babette blanket as my TV-knitting (well, crochet). (TV-crochet doesn’t sound as good.)

I think these are all new squares for you. If not, then enjoy the repeats. I’ve decided to throw in a bit of additional color instead of just using blues and greens and purples, so we ended up with a watermelon square from the leftover watermelon sock yarn. That square makes me happy. (The others do too, but I really like that one.)

I’m down to just 6-round and 4-round squares now, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer. Though, I haven’t been blocking the squares (probably a mistake) and so they don’t all end up the same size due to subtle differences in the yarn weight. Some of these will take more finesse with easing them in as I seam up the blanket. Oh well. I knew that was a possible problem when I decided not to block the squares.

I have also been working on the Cats Will Play shawl. Still love the pattern, still love the yarn, not as fond of the row length. I can only get a couple rows done on my lunch break now, instead of finishing several. Oh well, I guess that means I’m getting closer to the end of the project.

Have a great day!

WIP Weds ~ no socks for me

Well, there will be socks. But there has been no sock knitting this past week.

Instead there has been scarf/shawl knitting. Mostly I’ve been working on the Cats Will Play shawl, because I love the way Blue Moon yarn feels when I work it up:

This has been fun to knit again. I had to remember that there was a math issue with the first cats paw section, though. I found that out when I knit my first Cats Will Play shawl, and then forgot when I started knitting this second one. I must make a note in case I decide to knit a third one. (That’s not terribly likely, though. There are so many fun shawls out there to knit that I’ve never knit more than 2 of the same shawl pattern before. There’s always a first time, however.)

I’ve also been working on the Dangling Conversation scarf-or-whatever-it-is:

I still love this one, too, and I always get more excited to knit it when I near a color change. That’s one of the fun things about yarns with long color repeats.

So that’s my week in knitting. How has your week been so far? Have a great Wednesday!