Six More Stitches!

June 27, 2019

I knit in public this Saturday while volunteering…maybe instead of a day, we should have a day of the week…or make it an everyday habit. I was knitting my shawl because it is all garter stitch with an increase at the beginning of the first row or an increase at the end of the second row. It’s even easy to tell, because sometimes a girl needs an easy knit, even if it takes forever.

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Shawl pattern is inspired by each of those I could find…but is, essentially, mine.

 I promised a company I would create and photograph some quilt blocks if they accepted my work (I left it up to the reviewing committee and they accepted it!). It’s for a magazine, for a July issue and it’s a Canadian press magazine. So, it’s either digital or Canadians have their own sense of time. When I made the promise, I expected I’d have a couple of weeks to months to finish the blocks and photograph them. I have five days. 

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Five days to make seven blocks, okay two really are done…but I only intended to make three with a working copier (on my printer) and time to construct them, plan and hopefully have money for fabric. I may have to make a whole darn quilt…this publication better take me places… Alas, I’d better get back to paper piecing, but today I made progress on my shawl while interrupting my block assembly progress. (I did get the blocks done, in time to share them and my publishing story with my quilt guild too). 

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Pattern is Toe-Up Travelers by Ann Budd in Sock Knitting: Master Class

A fellow volunteer is a knitter. She asked about my shawl, but I’m at the long part, so a row takes some time (it can be interrupted though). I’d been knitting furiously to show her the end of the increase row, and as she was about to leave, I look down and knit the seventh stitch to the end, so I feverishly declare “Six more stitches, I’m knitting as fast as I can.” We did have a good chat about knitting, and will forever have something to discuss when I review my notes better and volunteer there in the future.

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Lovely bottomside and backside of Toe-Up Travelers from Sock Knitting: Master Class.

In addition, I did get some progress done on the socks, and need to change the needles in just one more row…Now, can I find my camera? (It’s not in my hand like my phone was earlier when I was searching for it)…but the dog needs some love first.

Until next time, Happy Knitting

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Five More Minutes…

June 21, 2019

Not five more minutes of knitting, unless I’m in that sweet spot. I’m rarely in that sweet spot right now. So, instead, I feel slightly like a petulant child who is asking “Are we there yet?” It’s this way on both of the projects, unfortunately, for me.

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Front of sock Twisted Stitch Socks by Ann Budd

In the interest of not sounding like a petulant child, I’m focusing on the positive. Sometimes, all you can say to repeats of “Are we there yet?” is “Five more minutes.” I picked up on this line while I was dealing blackjack and carnival games. If the cards went south, and they usually did, players would begin asking, “How long until your break?” After a dozen questions a night, you stop thinking and start answering, “Five more minutes.”

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Back of Twisted Stitch sock by Ann Budd…the middle of that back cable row is about five more minutes from finishing that row…

The parents get it. Anyone who has ever used this line gets it, and when they do it’s funny. A few are too drunk to get it, and in five minutes when they ask again end up saying, “You said that five minutes ago,” to which I repeat five more minutes. (If they are that drunk, explanation is often useless). Alas, I don’t wish my shawl or socks to look like drunken knitting, even if the ladders do at this point. I’m hoping they can be blocked out.

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Forgive the fuzzy picture…I’ll take this better next week, and about a quarter of the way left to knit is my five more minutes point here. 

In the meantime, here’s the latest, and may your knitting not require the response of “Five more minutes.” 

I had no idea how much I wait for spring flowers to arrive until this week the first week of June. I pulled into the drive after satisfying the fuel gods of the car and switching some laundry over (at my second home, or my first and this is my second, who knows anymore). Alas, I pulled into dear James’ driveway and saw the first Iris of the season! Thank goodness. I put the dog out and got the camera right away while we still had some light. Check theses bab out.

Spring Flower happiness…apparently needed by me…

A couple of days later, the first Iris went to visit someone’s mom (darn it!) but two of her friends had popped over. I took my shawl to the doctor’s office this morning, and had it out on previous evenings, and finished up skein four. Now I have to decide if I’m making an eight, nine or ten skein shawl. I think I’m going for the ten skein shawl. It’s measuring 22 x 34 inches right now…we’ll see where it’s at when I finish skein 5.

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Current shawl progress…I’m going for cover your tush on this one…

 

I didn’t even have to stress over the knot. I was at the doc’s and my phone was supposed to be off. I simply tied a square knot and joined. The rest is history. In the next row, whether I increase or decrease will be my deciding factor, but I decided I want this shawl to feel more like a blanket and less like a bolero (cute as they are).

Sock* progress…maybe one day I’ll want to return to this lovely pattern…

*Pattern is Twisted Stitch Socks by Ann Budd from Sock Knitting: Master Class. It’s well-written, but I have the mid-sock are we there yets?

I also got to an almost decision point on the socks. These socks are a challenge, even for me…and I normally love a challenge. However, this pattern is too challenging overall (I’m ready to be done and I have 47 rows left, on the first sock!). There is a part of me saying you have time, just work on it (and when you switch needles, you better cast on the next sock). There is the other part of me trying to convince me to set this aside for an easier sock pattern. I’m working with the idea that “The only way out is through.” I just don’t know if I’ll get to all fifty rows…I may shorten it to 23 rows left (that sounds so much better). But I’ll keep you updated.DSCN4823

Full view of the shawl in progress…Fall is going to be so lovely.

In the meantime, may your needle works bring you joy and Happy Knitting!