WIP Wednesday for 25 October 2017

Happy Wednesday! Under a week to Halloween now — are you ready? Even putting aside Halloween itself, are you ready for Christmas stuff to start creeping in everywhere? (I try to not decorate until after Thanksgiving. That’s not the case everywhere, though.) More than that, if you are a knitter: ARE YOUR KNITTED GIFTS READY?

Mine are doing pretty good, actually. I have all except two knitted Christmas gifts ready. There are two birthdays in my family which are immediately following New Year’s, though, and those gifts aren’t done yet. The gift for the late January birthday is made, however, as are all of my December birthday gifts. (Yup. That’s Christmas plus 5 birthdays in the span of 5 weeks. It’s a bit crazy.)

One of the unfinished January gifts is the Seeta fingerless mitts. (The other one hasn’t been cast on yet.) Here’s Seeta progress:

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These are over halfway done, but I’m going to need to figure out a way to block them. The pattern on the back of the hand pulls the fabric in funny ways across the palm. Oh well. I’ll figure something out.

The Christmas gift WIP is socks, and that pair is half-way done. It’s the Vanilla Latte socks:

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I am loving this knit. I will be making myself a pair of these once gift knitting is done. Well, once gift knitting AND the Minecraft Socks are done. Speaking of the Minecraft socks:

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I have sock #1 finished on that pair, too, technically. I still have to go back and fix the toe, but I decided that I’m going to finish sock #2 with the better toe first, and then I can duplicate what I’ll have just finished on the 2nd toe on the 1st toe, and I’ll have a better chance of the toes actually matching that way.

I’ve also finally made progress on the Star Wars GAL square since the last photo:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I do want to have this project done soon, so I need to get going on my squares. I think once I’m done with the gifts for this year I’m going to put aside gift knitting and work mostly on the GAL blanket. I’m seriously leaning toward knitted gifts for every OTHER Christmas, so that would give me more time to finish up the GAL blanket in 2018. (And they haven’t announced the 2018 GAL theme yet, but I just KNOW that one’s going to tempt me, too!)

In addition to the small projects I have going (2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of mitts, and 1 blanket square), I just cast on a big project: the Boyfriend Sweater.

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I’m making this with handspun yarn that I made with roving from Kitty Mine Crafts. I haven’t finished spinning the roving yet, but I’d stalled out on that and decided that the best way to get interested in spinning again was to run out of this yarn. (Partly kidding — I love spinning, but have been doing so much gift knitting that I haven’t been doing the projects for me… including finishing spinning this yarn. Starting the sweater sounded like it would feel more productive than working on the yarn, though. I’m a more experienced knitter than spinner, and I wanted to start off by feeling good about this project instead of nervous that I wouldn’t get the same kind of yarn weight when I started spinning again.)

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to this week. Sorry that the color’s not great in any of the photos. I took the pics too late in the day for natural light and was too lazy to get out my light box. Have a great Wednesday!

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WIP Wednesday ~ everything else

Last week I showed you the progress made on my Babette Blanket. This week, I’m going to show you progress on everything else. Just as a quick note, though: there might not be as much progress on these items as you’d think, given that I’ve been spending so much time on Babette.

First up ~ the Star Wars GAL blanket square:

GAL - Star Wars progress

I’m enjoying this one, though the GAL is not as high a priority for me as it was last year. Still, I do want to keep working on it and get this blanket finished, too. (Babette is just a higher priority.)

Second up ~ the Reyna shawl:

This one is definitely going to be a gift for Miss M. The more I work on it, the more it feels like it should be hers. So… Christmas! Yay! I love getting hand-knit gifts made with enough time that my tension is normal. If I wait until last-minute, My tension goes wonky. While this isn’t as big a deal with shawls as it would be with something fitted, it’s still nice to be relaxed for gift knitting.

Third up ~ the Hyrule socks:

Not a whole lot of progress on these, and they had been supposed to be finished by now. Alas. Well, since the Vanilla is the New Black socks are done, these have been moved up to the top of the sock knitting list. At least I’m done with the yarn worry and am ready to move on to the ribbing. (The ribbing will be in the white. See the green yarn coiled between the socks? That’s all that’s left of it.)

And that’s all folks! There are other things OTN, but these are the only ones I’ve been working on lately. All of them should be done relatively quickly (I hope), and then I can pick up the other WIPs which have been languishing while I work on these. (I will cast on another GAL square when I finish this one, though. That’s just the way this project goes.) I’m in a bit of a finishing mood right now, so we’ll see how many things I can get finished before my mood swings back toward startitis

WIP Wednesday ~ in which it’s all about that GAL*

Okay, it hasn’t been all Geek-A-Long knitting this week. There has also been Reyna, and the Vanilla is the New Black socks. But all I’m going to talk about this week is the Geek-A-Long blanket.

2016 GAL Blanket Progress

The 2016 GAL blanket (per the official GAL rules) is technically 24 squares. I have knit 21 squares, and am on my 22nd. That means I’m about 88% done with the official blanket. However, since my blanket is knit with smaller yarn, it will be a smaller blanket than the official one. Also, since the official 2016 GAL is over, it doesn’t matter if I make my blanket to the official size.

Another thing I have to consider is that I am including more than just video game squares in my 2016 GAL blanket. (The 2016 theme was video games, for anyone who isn’t aware.) And as such, I have all of the 2017 squares (superheroes) and the 2014 squares (general geeky themes) to choose from. I could even use the 2015 squares if I can find some that are easy to adjust in size. (The 2015 squares were a different size.) And if I wait too long, I’ll likely have 2018 squares as well. So, that leaves me with a bunch of options and I’m not likely to want to leave any favorites out. I currently have at least 15 squares on my radar as possible inclusions to this blanket.

2016 GAL Blanket Progress

But… I would like to eventually finish it, and not leave this as a perpetual, never-ending project. In fact, finishing the GAL blanket is one of my goals for the 101 in 1001 Challenge I’m in the middle of, so I’ve set myself a goal of finishing it by 4/8/2019. That means I have to start looking at how big I truly want this to be, so that I can determine whether or not I’m on track for finishing it by spring of 2019.

I know for sure that I want to add at least one more row and one more column. That would be a total of 30 squares, meaning I’d have 8 3/4 squares left to knit. I’m not sure that’s enough. I am thinking that this will be a sofa lap blanket, so maybe one more column and two more rows? Meaning 35 squares total, or 13 3/4 more. I think that might be a good size. I will also eventually have to decide on orientation – aka is the top of the blanket the shorter side or the longer side? – but that is a decision which can wait for later.

2016 GAL Blanket Progress

*Yes, this did make me think of the song “All About That Bass”. However, not the original version. I didn’t think much of the song one way or the other until I heard the Postmodern Jukebox version, which I love. If you haven’t seen that one yet, you can find one take of it here (they have different casts, so sometimes songs get repeated), and it is awesome.

WIP Weds ~ in which there’s another FO, too

Knitting has been happening! You saw some proof of it on Monday, with the FO post for the 22 Leaves Shawl. Well, here’s another FO as proof of knitting:

Finished Caffeine Molecule GAL square

This, of course, is the caffeine molecule square for the Geek-A-Long blanket. (It’s a 2014 square, which knit in 2017, and which I’m including on my 2016 blanket. Yes. It’s complicated.)

Finished Caffeine Molecule GAL square

I love both sides. I’m not sure which one I like better.

And of course, when you cast off one GAL square, you cast on another.

Star Wars GAL Square

That is the Star Wars square (also from 2014), and I’m using the black yarn that is one of the colors for all my 2016 GAL Blanket squares along with SPARKLY WHITE YARN. Because sparkles.

There has been knitting on other things as well. I’m in the middle of the heel turn for the second Vanilla is the New Black sock, and I’m excited to see this pair finished and added to the gift box.

And while I haven’t made any noticeable progress on the Hyrule socks, I have discovered that I don’t have another US 2.5 (3mm) needle option for socks. (I thought I did. It was US 2 (2.75mm).) So, since I like this pattern and want to make another pair (though perhaps with a variation of making it a taller sock), I purchased a ChiaoGoo lace US 2.5 needle that I can magic loop. That way I can knit on both of the socks together and use up every last bit of yarn. Also, IT’S A LACE NEEDLE. AKA the tips are pointy. (No current picture of the Hyrule socks, though.)

Happy Wednesday!

WIP Weds ~ in which I spread the love

There has been knitting – lots of knitting! (Well, lots relative to what there has been recently.) And I’ve been knitting on lots of different things, too, which isn’t something I’ve done in a while.

I’ve been knitting on the 22 Leaves Shawl:

July 4 knitting progress pics

… and I’ve been working on the Hyrule Socks:

July 4 knitting progress pics

Both of those are all but done. I’m looking forward to casting them both off! They’ve been fun to knit, but it’s always a nice feeling to have a project finished.

In addition to those, I’ve been working on the Vanilla Is The New Black socks again:

July 4 knitting progress pics

Once the Hyrule Socks started needing more attention, the VITNB socks became the car knitting, and being completely vanilla socks at this point means I can make a lot of good progress in a comparatively short time. All three of the projects listed are going to be gifts, so I think I have a good handle on my gift knitting this year.

But it would be sad to do all that knitting and not work on anything for myself, right? So instead, I also picked up the current GAL square again, too. It’s been too long since I worked on that, but it’s always fun to get back to it. Geeky knitting, yay!

July 4 knitting progress pics

Still on the caffeine molecule square. Maybe I need more of said caffeine in order to knit faster and finish the square! On the other hand, if my double knitting was fueled entirely by caffeine, I might end up doing more frogging than knitting… I don’t know that I really want to risk that.

July 4 knitting progress pics

(As a reminder… this is officially my 2016 GAL blanket even though it’s long past 2016. I didn’t get it finished in time, but it’s focused mostly on the squares which were released in 2016.)

This is one of the benefits of a work holiday, though. Lots of time for knitting! Yay!

I hope you’re having a great week, and have a very happy June! Next time the 22 Leaves Shawl and Hyrule Socks are featured on the blog will hopefully be their glamour shots once they’re finished. Catch you next time!

WIP Wednesday ~ in which the GAL gets some love again

I’ve still been working on my Hyrule sock. It’s still fun. I’ve just about finished sock one – I’m down to just the cuff, and since this is an ankle sock there isn’t much of that. Now I get to hope that I still have enough yarn left for sock #2. Time to weigh the yarn! I think I’m not going to cast off, though. I’ll just put these live stitches on a holder and knit the second sock from the other end of the ball of yarn. That way I can use as much yarn as possible without – hopefully – having to rip out a bind-off. (I hate ripping out bind-offs.)

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I have also picked the GAL squares back up! This one is the caffeine molecule from the original (2014) Geek-A-Long blanket. It’s getting to live in my 2016 GAL blanket (which was not finished in 2016, but that’s okay.)

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I’m really enjoying this knit still, but since it’s not gift knitting it hasn’t been on my radar lately. However, Christmas is still quite a ways away, and even though I want to get my gift knitting done EARLY this year, that doesn’t mean I can’t also knit things for me.

I hope you’re having a great week so far!

(To enter the journal stuff giveaway, any comment will do. Tell me about your craft projects, vent about your week so far, or just say hi! Also, did you notice? I put up a picture of the stuff in the giveaway late Monday night.)

WIP Weds ~ in which there is knitting again

Okay, so there is knitting again this week! Maybe not as much as I would like (there has also still been lots of Stardew Valley playing time) but there is certainly more knitting than there was.

Let’s start with the current Geek-A-Long square, the caffeine molecule:

Knitting WIPs ~ 1/25/17

I’m enjoying this one a lot, but it is also the one that is the most impacted by my gaming time. I tend to knit the GAL squares at home while Mr. Wyrm and I watch TV. So when our TV time turns into Stardew Valley time, I’m not knitting. In any case, there has been progress on it since you last saw an update.

The next project has been getting a bit more knitting time, since it is one of my at-work-during-breaks knitting projects. It’s the Hedera Socks:

Knitting WIPs ~ 1/25/17

As you can see, I have finished the heel turn and done most of the gusset decreases. This is still sock one, though, so I’ll have to make another one to match when this one’s done in order to have a wearable pair. Still, I like the pattern well enough that I can manage that. It just might take a while, because…

I’ve also been working on the Dangling Conversation scarf (or is it a shawlette or a wrap?) during work breaks:

Knitting WIPs ~ 1/25/17

I love this scarf: it’s a simple knit, yet the YOs and the beads make it interesting enough to keep going. The shaping is also quite interesting, and I look forward to blocking it and seeing what it wants to do. The reason I have started working on this more at work, even though the increasing row length means I don’t feel like I get as much progress made on it as I used to, is because I have decided it needs to be done in time to be a Christmas present.

Yes, I am doing Christmas knitting again this year. And yes, I am starting now. (Otherwise I will get distracted and not finish, or will finish only in a panic on Christmas Eve night.) Here’s the latest Christmas knit I’ve started:

Knitting WIPs ~ 1/25/17

That’s the Cats Will Play shawl, and I started it last night, so there’s not much to see yet. However, I’m knitting it with Blue Moon yarn, and have loved the previous version of this shawl that I made, so I’m looking forward to working on this one.

Hope you’re having a great day!