WIP Wednesday for 18 October 2017

Well, I decided to keep the “Manly” Mitts. I love them too much. That means that I will be casting on another pair of gift mitts later. In the meantime, this is a short WIP Weds post because there has been progress on one WIP:

The Seeta Fingerless Mitts. They might not be as far along as I’d like, but progress is being made. I also got my currently OTN gift socks measured, so I can finish up sock #1 and start the second one.

There will probably be more knitting to report next week. In the meantime, have a great day!

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WIP Wednesday for October 11, 2017

Believe it or not, there’s not much on the needles for me right now. I have a pair of gift mitts, a pair of gift socks, a pair of socks for me, and the GAL blanket. And that’s it. Weird.

So we’ll just start right in with the pictures! Here is the progress on the socks for me, the Minecraft Socks:

I really like these, and decided that I want to keep them. (I wasn’t sure initially if they would be for me or for a gift.) One of the things that won me over was the yarn. Soft and squishy, and yet it still feels like it will hold up as socks.

And then the gift socks:

These are the Vanilla Latte socks, and they’re just waiting on a fitting before I either start the toe, keep knitting, or rip back to the place where I should have started the toe. We’ll see. I do like them too, and I love the yarn (Knit Picks Felici), so I may knit myself another pair later. They are a wonderful combination of simple yet not-boring which is great to find in a sock pattern.

And then the mitts:

This pattern is Seeta Fingerless Gloves, and it says it’s based on the Leyburn sock pattern (which I have also knit). I really liked the Leyburn socks, so it’s no surprise that I wanted to knit these mitts, too. So far so good, but I’m hoping to get them to a good point for a fitting by this weekend. They aren’t for anyone close-by, but I’ll be visiting someone this weekend with a similar-sized hand, so I can get a good guess at whether they’ll fit the recipient.

And no picture of the GAL blanket right now. I’ll get more work done on this soon, but I keep finding more things I can knit for gifts, and so I keep procrastinating it. I’m considering doing another year of no knitted gifts next year, which would give me plenty of time to knit things for me. But… we’ll see. I love giving things I’ve made to people who appreciate them, so I may knit presents again next year. Or maybe I’ll sew gifts instead… hmm. Options, but I have plenty of time to make that decision.

Have a great rest of the week!

Misc Monday ~ in which I finish a shawl for ME

Last week I mentioned that I was working on the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl again after it had hibernated for a while. Well, I finished it over the weekend!

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

It was not without some concern, though. I thought I was going to run out of yarn. I DID run out of yarn. But I had another yarn left over from another project which is essentially indistinguishable from the Freia. Luckily, I had worked the shawl so that the white was at the end, and the other yarn was KnitPicks Bare lace yarn, so it was also white.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

This is the replacement yarn, which I used for the last few rows, but if I didn’t know where I switched I’m not sure I’d be able to tell (except by looking at the back for where the yarn is doubled).

Blocking this thing was CRAZY. I have never knit a shawl this large. (This may be the largest ANYTHING I have knit. It might count as larger than the afghans I’ve crocheted, too, depending on how you measure it. I think this shawl’s wingspan is larger than the longest side of any of my afghans.)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

But it’s done! So I will get to wear it this fall and winter! Yay! I must say, though, this is not going to be a casual-wear item. It’s big! I’ll need to be aware of it when I wear it.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

Stats:
PATTERN: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
DESIGNER: Nim Teasdale
YARN: Freia Ombré Lace (with a smidge of Knit Picks Bare Shadow Lace)
COLORWAY: Ice Queen
START DATE: 5/31/2015
END DATE: 9/30/2017

WIP Weds Oops

I thought I had posted a WIP Weds post yesterday. Apparently I did not.

To compensate, here is a picture of my most promising WIP: the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl by Nim Teasdale. This is probably my favorite fairy tale ever, so when I saw the shawl name I had to knit it. (Helps that the shawl is so lovely, too.)

I’ve been working on this one for a while. Part of that time it’s been hibernating because the rows got really long. But I want to wear it this year, so I pulled it out of the WIP pile and have been plugging away on it. I’m to the point now where I either need to bind off or hope that I have enough yarn left for another 12-row repeat. I really want to get to the last gradient color change, so I’m hoping I have enough yarn. But just in case I don’t, I added a lifeline so I can back up to this point if necessary.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

It’s hard to see the beads in that photo, but they’ll show up better once I block the shawl. I am so excited to have this one almost done! The plan is to finish it this weekend, if I can. By the end of the first full week in October at the latest.

The shawl is designed so that you can put together the pattern pieces in any way you like. It tells you how to make a shawl identical to the sample, but I wanted to use up all my yarn, so I made mine a little differently. I love the lace pattern, though, and it looks like it will block out beautifully.

I do have other WIPs, but they’re not getting quite as much love as this one right now. (And I don’t have any new pictures.) My Vanilla Latte socks are still my travel knitting, and I’m closing in on the end of the first sock (I really need to start 2-at-a-time sock knitting). And the Star Wars GAL square is still getting worked on sometimes. I’ll be able to focus on the GAL blanket again once this shawl is done.

Happy Wednesday Thursday!  🙂

Misc Monday ~ in which Reyna is done

I have another FO post for you today!

Finished Reyna

This one is the Reyna shawl, which I’ll be giving to a family member as a gift this holiday season. (Remember, I haven’t decided if it’s birthday or Christmas but it will be in December, therefore “holiday season”.)

(For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 7 gift knits complete so far for this year. I have one more in progress, and a couple that haven’t made it past the “thinking about it” stage, so I’m in good shape for this year’s knitted gifts.)

Finished Reyna

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. For me, I think this would be more along the lines of a shawlette, but since the recipient is more petite than I am, it should be a larger shawl on her than it would have been on me. And the colors will be great for her, I think. Hopefully she’ll like it. I think she will.

Finished Reyna

I haven’t determined if I’ll be making another one of these shawls. The pattern was easy enough to work, and yet also simple enough that it was easy to memorize. It didn’t even get mindless to the point of boring, so it was pretty easy to finish, too. However, there are so many shawl patterns out there that I want to make, so this one may be one of a kind for me. We’ll have to see – I guess I’ve determined that I won’t be making another one soon, but I might make another down the road when I need a fairly quick (or easy to memorize) shawl knit. It certainly looks like the mesh will keep the fabric lightweight enough for California weather.

Finished Reyna

However, for now I’m not going to think about whether or not to make more, and I’m just going to be happy that I’ve made this one. I like how it turned out, and I didn’t make any modifications to it, so I give this pattern two thumbs up!

The pattern is here (and free!) if you want to make your own.

WIP Weds for September 20, 2017

Well… enough FO posts in place of WIP Weds posts for a while. Time for an actual works-in-progress post!

Though, random note, I have to say that I LOVE having 6 holiday season gifts finished already and it’s only mid-Septmeber. (I say “holiday season” because I have Christmas plus 5 birthdays all very close to each other, so I tend to knit for “the season” and then decide what to give for which occasion as the time gets closer.)

Okay, enough with the rambling. On to the knitting!

First up, we have some new socks. When the Hyrule Socks ended up being the wrong size for the person I was making them for, I cast on some Vanilla Latte socks to take their place. They’re a fun and fast knit, and here is my progress on them so far:

Vanilla Latte progress

There was one problem with these socks, though. I got careless part-way through knitting the leg and ended up with the garter stitches being offset by one. I was able to fix it by laddering down to the mistake and then re-working the stitches. Do-able, but annoying.

Vanilla Latte oops

I have also been getting some work done on the Reyna Shawl. Since the rows are longer now, though, I haven’t been taking this places, so it only gets knit on at home. Still… there is progress!

Nearly Finished Reyna

And the Star Wars GAL square… is a WIP, but hasn’t been worked on lately. So there will be no new pictures of the square, since it is in essentially the same place as the last picture.

Believe it or not, that’s all the current WIPs for now. I have other things on the needles, but they’re not currently being worked on. I think once I finish the Reyna shawl I’ll pick up the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl and see about getting that one finished. I’d love to wear it this winter. And after the Vanilla Latte socks, I’ll either pick the Minecraft socks back up or cast on another pair of (hopefully quick) gift socks. I haven’t decided yet, partly because I’m waiting to see how long the Vanilla Latte socks take me.

Have a great rest of the week!

FO: Hyrule Socks

We’re not going to have a WIP Wednesday post today either. (I know, that makes 2 weeks in a row.) Instead, here’s a FO post for the Hyrule socks! I finished these earlier in the month, and never found a good time to show them off, so here they are now.

Finished Hyrule socks

I enjoyed knitting these socks. The start and end dates might not reflect that as much, because there was a large chunk of time in the middle where I realized I wasn’t going to have enough yarn and was debating what to do. What I ended up doing was knitting the pattern section of both socks and then doing the ribbing in a different yarn. I think having the cuff in that lovely nearly-white yarn looks good. You can kinda tell I didn’t plan for it, though, because if this had been the plan all along, I would have made the toes in the same contrasting yarn. Oh well.

Finished Hyrule socks

I loved the construction of the socks. The heel especially amused me. I’m not entirely sure why: I can’t point to any one part of the heel pattern that “made it” for me. But it was really enjoyable, and it looks really cool, and I wish the socks fit me because it looks really comfortable. (I will be making another pair for myself, but out of yarn that I have a larger amount of so that I don’t run out again.)

Finished Hyrule socks

In fact, I don’t think the socks will even fit the initial person I was making them for. Instead, I think I will be gifting them to a family member with even smaller feet. (The sizing problem I had in that case was almost certainly due to either the change in yarn or the panic that set in when I realized I was going to run out of yarn. I tried very hard to keep my tension even, but I don’t think I did as good a job of that I hoped to.)

Finished Hyrule socks

No, Suzy, you are not the family member with smaller feet that I am going to give them to.

Anyway, kudos to Lattes and Llamas for a fun pattern and beautiful yarn! I really enjoyed this one.

Pattern: Hyrule Socks by Megan-Anne Llama
Start date: 4 April 2017
End date: 1 September 2017