WIP Wednesday for 4 April 2018

This week it has been all sock knitting, all the time.

I have been knitting essentially exclusively on my second Minecraft sock this week. (There may have been a row here and there on the GAL square.) I really want to get it finished sooner rather than later. I’d love to have the pair done before I start on the Nessie Sock Expedition MKAL, but I doubt that’s going to happen, especially as I have to undo the toe of the finished Minecraft sock and fix it before the pair can be considered finished.

Side note: I just love how the pattern detail carries down to the heel. So fun and squishy.

Still, I’ll get as far as I can on it before then. (And then it will still be nearly all sock knitting, all the time, except it will be on the Nessie socks.)

I did “work on” another project: I frogged the Vanilla is the New Black socks as I planned to do last week and re-wound the yarn into two more-or-less equal balls so that I can knit toe-up socks from that yarn and go until I’m out of yarn. I still haven’t picked a pattern for it, or taken new photos of the wound yarn. And that sock project will have to wait until after Nessie. But still, it is progress of a sort.

Happy first Wednesday of April! I hope you have a lovely day.

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WIP Wednesday for 28 March 2018

 

Right. Remember the Vanilla sock I started using Chroma Twist fingering yarn? The one that I started and then frogged and restarted? Well… it’s going to get frogged again. I’m just not happy with how it’s turning out as a vanilla sock. I’m going to frog it, and wind the yarn into two equal balls, and then knit some as-yet-undetermined toe-up pattern that actually has a pattern instead. I like the yarn and the fabric it’s making, just not the way it looks in stockinette.

I did like the way it looked against a backdrop of a Bahamian island, which is where I spent a good deal of time knitting on it.

Knitting in the Bahamas

Since it’s been two weeks since my last WIP Weds post, there has been other knitting progress as well. I’ve gotten a little farther on my Groot GAL square:

And the Chroma Entrelac Scarf has been growing as well:

For the most part, though, the knitting of the month has been fighting with the Chroma Twist socks. Alas.

Have a great rest of the week!

 

WIP Wednesday for 14 March 2018

Plenty of progress this week, but not a whole lot to show in pictures. First of all, the Thor GAL square is done, which means it was time to start a new square. This one is Groot! (Dancing baby Groot, to be specific.) I think the colors I picked work well for the square, but I’m hoping that they aren’t too similar. I think I’ll be fine. (At least under good lighting.)

GAL Blanket - Groot

Next up is the reworked vanilla sock. You may remember this as the sock that I started as a toe-up two-at-a-time pair last week. Well, I remembered why I haven’t been knitting socks that way: I don’t like the needles I have for that method. So, I got rid of the needles, ripped the sock back, and have restarted the sock as a cuff-down one-at-a-time pair. They also are now not plain vanilla, but are the Vanilla is the New Black pattern. (Which is vanilla except for a fun heel.) Anyway, it took a bit of backwards progress to get there, but I’m happy with where they are.

Vanilla sock

Have a great rest of the week!

 

WIP Wednesday for 7 March 2018

Okay, I have decided what I am going to do with the Raw Honey mitts that I made a mistake on (keep knitting the correct one, and hope then frog the first one and hope I have enough yarn to make it the correct length instead) but I’m still annoyed at it so I haven’t been knitting on it this week. I also decided that there’s now no way these will make it in time for the birthday, so they will be a Christmas gift instead.

I have been knitting on the Lacy Chroma Entrelac scarf. I really love this project so, so much. I may have to knit more of them in all the colors of the rainbow so that there’s a whole color palette to choose from.

(This one is my travel knitting, which is why I take pictures of it on my car seats. At least it’s in natural light.)

And I have been knitting on the Thor GAL square. Almost done with it, now that I’ve pulled out the second ball of the background yarn and am using that to finish it. I think I know how I’ll handle getting fewer squares out of each ball of yarn than I’d expected (some of the GAL patterns switch yarns part-way through; I’ll just incorporate more of those) but I’m still loving this project so it didn’t have to sit on time-out for long.

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And since last week I finished the Periodic Table GAL square, I’ve cast on the Studio Ghibli square to fill those needles. (As a quick reminder, the Thor square is for the worsted-weight version I’m knitting as a gift. The Studio Ghibli square is for the fingering weight version I’m knitting for myself.) You probably can’t tell, but that white yarn is sparkly. It seemed appropriate for a square about a magical ghost-like spirit creature. (The square features No-Face from Spirited Away, which is Mr. Wyrm’s favorite Studio Ghibli film. (My favorite is Castle in the Sky.))

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I haven’t really knit on them much lately, but here’s a current picture of the Minecraft socks anyway:

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And I have done something I didn’t plan to do: I started a pair of plain vanilla socks. Um. Oops?

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(Yes, okay, doing toe-up two-at-a-time socks isn’t entirely plain vanilla. Close enough.)

WIP Wednesday for 24 January 2018

Happy WIP Wednesnesday! Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard asked last week if this was a meme anyone could join, and the answer is yes! (Okay, it’s not an official meme, and I don’t have a cool logo for it. But I’m happy to have other knitters join me in posting updates on Wednesdays!)

So… what am I knitting these days? Well, I’ve gotten back on a Geek-A-Long blanket kick. I’m working on two right now, both the 2016 blanket for me (which includes 2014 squares too) and the 2018 blanket for my sis and BIL. (I’m not sure yet whether that one will include other years too, but it probably will.) Here’s the current progress on the one for me:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

It’s the Periodic Table square from 2014, and I’ve modified it so that one side says “KNIT” and the other says “TINK”. (Knitter humor there.) This blanket is being knit with sock yarn.

Here’s the progress on the blanket for my sis:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

This one is the Monty Python square, featuring That Rabbit. I think the design choice for this one is hysterical. I love it! And unlike the blanket for me, this one is using worsted weight yarn. These squares will be much bigger, so hopefully the blanket will be finished faster!  🙂

I’m also still working on the Minecraft socks, which will be for me, but they’ve been put aside briefly while I finish up some gift mitts. Here’s the state of the socks before they started their brief nap:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

And here are the mitts in question. These are Raw Honey, being knit for the third time. (I really like this pattern.) I’m making them in KnitPicks Capra yarn, in the Thicket color to match the scarf I made Mr. Wyrm for Christmas. I so adore working with this yarn. Squishy merino-cashmere goodness.

WIP Weds 1/24/18

And that’s about it for my weekly WIPs! I should be done with the Monty Python square by next week, so I may have another square to show you by then. We’ll see. Happy hump day!

WIP Wednesday for 17 January 2018

There have been lots of changes this week! I finished 2 projects over the weekend, started a new GAL square, and made progress on my Minecraft socks. I don’t have pictures of the socks, but this time it’s because I forgot to take pics and not because there’s been no visible progress. I’ll try to remember a picture for next week’s update.

First, here are blocking pictures of the Holiday Trinity Shawl:

Holiday Trinity shawl - blocking

I really enjoyed this knit, even though the final few rows were really long and my needle wasn’t really long enough to hold all the stitches as comfortably as I prefer. It turned out fine in the end. I was able to cast off the shawl and get it blocked over the long weekend. I haven’t yet unpinned it, but I’m sure it’s ready for its glamour shots.

Holiday Trinity shawl - blocking

I also finished the Star Wars GAL square that I’ve had on the needles on for ages. No fault of the square, it just initially got set aside for gift knitting, and then it was at the bottom of the knitting basket so it didn’t get worked on.

Finished Star Wars GAL Square

(The white yarn is sparkly. I love it.)

But over the weekend I cleaned up my knitting basket and had lots of time to knit while Mr. Wyrm and I watched the final days of Awesome Games Done Quick, so I was able to finish the Star Wars square and start my next one.

Finished Star Wars GAL Square

(Side note: working on the Geek-A-Long blanket, which benefits the Child’s Play charity, felt very appropriate while watching people speedrun video games on AGDQ.)

The next GAL square is the Periodic Table from the 2014 blanket. The 2014 squares are the same size as the 2016 squares, though, so I can include them in my blanket.

Knit GAL Square

I’m doing this one as XDK (extreme double knitting) so that it’s readable on both sides. The front will be “KNIT” and the back will be “TINK”. Seemed appropriate, and silly, and since I was doing the XDK anyway why not spice it up a little bit more? I’m having fun with this knit, and looking forward to having the square far enough along that you can see what it’s going to say.

I’ve also been knitting on the Minecraft Socks, as I mentioned, and while the Boyfriend Sweater is still on the needles, I haven’t worked on it this week. I’m almost done with the right front, though, so hopefully I’ll get that wrapped up soon so I can start on the left front.

WIP Weds for 10 January 2018

Wow. 2018. I’m still not used to that yet.

In any case, there has been knitting. I’m going to start with the most recent FO: the Vanilla Latte socks!

Vanilla Latte socks

These were finished in time to be a late Christmas gift. (But the gift wasn’t late… we celebrated late, so I had a few extra days to knit on them.) (Please forgive the creased tissue paper background. I took the pictures while I was wrapping the socks.)

Vanilla Latte socks

I really like this knit, and will probably make another pair sooner or later. The pattern was easy enough to memorize and yet interesting enough that I actually wanted to knit the second sock. I also like how different heel and toe options were given, so that I won’t have to look up any variations if I want to tweak the sock a little.

Vanilla Latte socks

And… of course I matched the stripes. I’m a little obsessive about that with self-striping yarn. But really, who can blame me?

PATTERN: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
YARN: Knit Picks Felici in Schooner
DATES KNIT: 1 Sept 2017 – 2 Jan 2018

And there has been other knitting, too. I’ve been working on the Minecraft socks again, now that the gift socks are off the needles. (No progress picture, though, since there hasn’t been much visible progress. That’s the problem with knitting a pattern on such dark yarn. It’s hard to see what’s happened.)

I’ve also been working on my Trinity Shawlette. This picture was from the cast-on, and shows how the colors look in natural sunlight.

Trinity Shawl start

And this picture shows the (approximate) current progress on the shawlette in artificial light. It shows how far I’ve come in the knit, but not the true lovely color of the yarn. This has been a fast knit so far, but it’s to the point where the rows are getting long and so it’s not moving as fast at this point. Still a very fun knit! I might make more of this shawlette pattern since there are pattern options I can play with.

Trinity Shawlette

I hope you’re having a good week so far! Happy hump day!