WIP Wednesday for 22 November 2017

Happy almost US Thanksgiving Day! (Whew, that was a mouthful.) It wasn’t until this year that I really realized that I’m jealous of the Canadians’ choice in Thanksgiving timing. I would love to have Thanksgiving before Halloween so that I could be listening to Christmas music all November. Oh well. Two more days until I can listen to Christmas music guilt-free.

And in the meantime, there has been knitting! I did decide that 2018 will be a no-knitted-gifts year, so there are a couple of presents that are WIPs which are now hibernating. I will make them for gifts in 2019 instead. (It’s a very freeing feeling. I love it.)

I did cast on a new gift for the 2017 holiday season, though. I’ve decided to make a few quickie gifts, like coffee cup sleeves. Here is the first one of those:

And I’m still working on my scarf gift, too. I love this knit, and the yarn is scrumptious. There has hopefully been enough progress since the last picture that you can tell the difference now:

And I am also still working on my sweater. I’ve started the right front now. I considered knitting the fronts and the sleeves at the same time (aka both fronts, and then both sleeves, not all 4 at once). However, given that I’m already working with two balls of yarn so I can alternate skeins, I decided that would be too much yarn to work with at once. Here’s the progress to date on the right front:

Oh! And I recently cast on the second of the Vanilla Latte socks. I still love this pattern. It’s simple while still being interesting. I haven’t gotten very far on the second sock yet, but here’s a progress pic anyway:

I hope you’re having a great week! I won’t have any other posts or be visiting any blogs for the rest of this week because of the holiday weekend. I will be in a turkey coma, I’m sure. I’ll catch up with you all next week!

If you’re in the US and celebrate, have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! Otherwise, have a good Thursday.  🙂

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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:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

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:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

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:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

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!

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!

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

Misc Monday ~ in which there are socks

Wow, I guess I’m still catching up from my blog vacation of a couple weeks ago. Because just at the end of that vacation I finished a pair of socks and I haven’t shown them off yet!

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

These are the Vanilla is the New Black socks by Anneh Fletcher, and I love the pattern. SO EASY. They’re vanilla socks (as the pattern name implies) but the heel has a bit more interest to it. Really easy to make, and quite enjoyable to look at as well. I will be making more of these. It looks to me like this is a unisex pattern, too, so depending on the yarn choice and size you could make these for anyone.

And they were a pretty fast knit, too. (They would have been a faster knit if I wasn’t distracted by other projects while working on them.) I’m not one to think that socks are EVER a quick gift knit (“quick” and “socks” don’t go together for me), but if that’s your thing, this would be a good pattern choice.

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

This particular pair is going to my sister, either for Christmas or her next birthday. Fortunately, both are in cold weather, so she’ll be able to wear them right away.

They were supposed to be for me, but I made the foot too short. Oh well. My own fault for guessing when to start the toe instead of actually trying the thing on.

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

I’m just glad that getting them to fully match wasn’t very difficult at all. This yarn made finding the stripe pattern quite easy.

Speaking of the yarn: this is ONline Supersocke 100 Wellness Color that I got from a friend’s destash. I’d never used it before, but I won’t hesitate to buy it again if I come across it. It was a pleasure to work with and feels like it will wear well as socks.

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