How Not to Complicate Things: 1) Do what the pattern says. 2) Buy the needles. 3) Do not say “No” to more yarn. I haven’t exactly fallen down the rabbit hole this week, but I have inspected their den’s quite well, and usually come up with yarn or fabric or Squishy Mail!

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I think I love this yarn…now to pair it with cream or buy a small amount of gray?

Squishy Mail

I don’t even recall who to blame…I think it’s Midnight Knitter, who hosts the “Yarn, Books and Roses” blog. I was catching up last week, and she mentioned her Mixology shawl and in Mixology Finale with all of it’s colors. One of those colors was called Dubrovnik, by Madelinetosh. Since Dubrovnik, Croatia was my first port in the Navy and where I first experienced Beef Carpaccio (Car-patch-y-Oh), I was off to find this yarn. And I did. And then I clicked buy before I could second-guess myself or ask if my budget was playing nice this week. It’s not, but we made room for new yarn. It arrived today! So, excuse me while I squish this skein!

 

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I mean, who wouldn’t be petting and squishing right now…

Complicating Matters

Okay, I’m back from my squishing and petting excursion, but not for long. As I knit on the Stealth Argyle pattern by Eunny Jang, I realized I was getting near the needle change part. The needle change has me quite anxious. These socks are supposed to end up 14” tall…Do they know I have man calves? Apparently not, I may have to see how far I can get.

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So, I stopped at the local yarn store to buy needles (and ended up with more yarn, but that’s next week’s post as I was a bad bunny and didn’t get photos of the other yarn. I’ll post that next week, perhaps after I get more needles…So, I buy the size 3 Cubics by Knitter’s Pride. I’m starting to love the Cubics, and I’ve been careful not to break these yet…The dog can be a little hard on knitting needles.

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Is there enough yarn? We’ll find out…

I’m still not sure I will go to the full 14 inches on this sock. To be honest, it scares the daylights out of me. So, last night, I got out the knitting scale. I have only about 35-38 grams of yarn on the sock so far, and I have plenty of yarn (so the scale tells me) to knit these up as the pattern says. But I left the numbers at home with the scale and the newest yarn. So, I’m currently in a position to ‘just do what the pattern says.’ Most of you knit, you know how hard this is;-).

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The backside of this sock…

Yet, here I am, weighing yarn, determining if these socks should be fraternal or identical twins and thinking about starting the second sock before I finish the first…I mean, I can rewind the ball, right? (See why I stay in school so much…I don’t have time to consider these options when I’m in school). So, to wind again or not to wind again…and I have enough needles to pull it off; At least in size 2’s.

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I’m loving this low-immersion dye fabric as well…It makes a good backdrop with my pansies;-).

 

Alas, in the meantime, I’m thinking identical twins with opposing cuffs (out of necessity and preference), but we’ll see what story the yarn will tell in the end. In the meantime…don’t you love the low-immersion dye fabric background. (Yes, when money smooths out, I’ve found a potential new hobby, which will likely include yarn…no, I’m not starting a new blog for it). In the meantime, I’ll leave you to enjoy the photos and get photos of the latest yarn haul for next time…when I discover just how complicated these socks will really be. Until then, Happy Knitting!

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This week was the beginning of repair season…and back to the band concert…as well as two exams, versus the normal one exam per week. I’m always feeling behind right now…and am, but it’s also the beginning of Spring Break and I’m a bit studied out.

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foot of the knitted sock…I think I nearly doubled this sock in size this week.

So, let’s start with the fun stuff…a two hour long band concert. Festival is coming  (I have to check that term with my Dear James every year), and is technically done, I believe…or will be by the time you get to this post, likely. So, guest judges are invited, and the band’s performance is critiqued. This year, the band instructor decided to have the critiques done in the band room as the next band played, and she separated the high school concert band from the jazz band, so they didn’t miss performance. It was a reasonably decent compromise, as parents (and sometimes aunts) don’t wish to be at a band concert until 7PM, when it starts at 4PM.

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I can’t wait to show you what it does, and find ways to photograph those Stealth Argyles by Eunny Jang from Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class.

So, What’s a doting girl to do for a planned hour and a half of band concert…my niece was in the third of four performances…and the band instructor told us she was aiming for 5:30 PM. I couldn’t do homework, and you guys all know knitting is portable. So, the socks came out, and I worked with the lower lighting, and made progress.

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They look lovely when done…now to find an intricate pattern for this green;-).

Then on Monday, I forgot nearly everything I planned to work on, except for the green Vanilla Latte socks I haven’t been able to wear for some time. I’m getting tired of shuffling pinks, so I cut off the new green yarn, and began darning the sock. Over half way through, I found the darning egg that’s usually in my bag;-). Yes, two exams in a week tend to throw me off. But I got the socks repaired, and test-wore them today. I couldn’t tell they had been repaired. I decided that was a success. So, here’s the picture…if you can’t tell where I fixed them, why should I?

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And a gratuitous picture of my feet once again…It’s been too long since I’ve had to photograph my feet;-).

As for the rest, I have to finish gifts by next week. So, I’m keeping up on the knitted socks, and working on quilting a gift (It’s only a table runner…I hope I’m not sewing on the binding Tuesday night when I arrive). Alas, I’m doing research this week and taking the knitting with me to my aunt’s house for a short visit. I’ll fill you in next Thursday when I return. Perhaps I’ll get back to some other repairs for some favorite socks. In the meantime, I’m going to have another drink, and quilt some more while making some tasty treats. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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P.S. The hat is done…but that’s another story. If you like it, I’ll help you find the pattern;-).

Picking a Good Join…

February 8, 2018

The CopyCat C.C. (Colorado Chick) Beanie  by Emily Ingrid is just over half-way done. Yeah! I’m getting there. But this weekend, likely Sunday morning…I’ll probably be looking at You-tube videos of how to do a join. I’m leaning towards a Russian Join. I’ve tried it once with a video and liked it. I tried it a second time, and missed something. So, this is only my third time joining without a knot…Weigh in fellow knitters. What is your favorite join?

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See that tiny yarn ball…I’ll be working in a join soon…Have a fave? Tell me…

Someone asked this question on the Addicted to Sock Knitting Facebook page and there was a multitude of answers. Is there a join for each type of yarn? Perhaps some research is due as well. Though I’m up to my ears in research, and about to be up to my ears in Virginia Woolf. I won’t have much time for more than a good five minute video that tells me exactly what to do…not why they love something.

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That means less progress on the Stealth Argyles sock, by Eunny Jang but it’s coming along…

So, I need to hit the books once again. I’ve made some progress on the Stealth Argyles socks by Eunny Jang in Sock Knitting: Master Class by Ann Budd. When I checked the pattern about when to start increasing for the heel, I was a little surprised, but I’m getting there…later, not sooner. The socks will come once I get this hat finished…only twenty rows until the decrease! Wish me speedy ribbing and purling, please! And feel free to chime in with your favorite join technique or good video.

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Rather nicely, too. I need to find more time for knitting…

Wonder if I can get my college books put on tape so I can listen while I drive…though it would be hard to take notes. Until next time, Happy Knitting, & Joining!

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But who can with this new addition…this is Smokey, yet to be given her middle name, which she will go by here. (Taken once the dogs were put in the bedroom)

I should be studying has become my motto this semester. I don’t feel as if there isn’t a time when I’m not studying for the next test…all while trying to keep up with my other classes. I’d tell you “Oy and Vey,” but my boyfriend insists this phrase doesn’t suit me. He’s probably right. In the interest of genuine…”Dammit!” Okay, grumbling over (for now).

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Perhaps I snuck in more than six rows…but I haven’t been counting…maybe I should check where I start increasing…though I have a little time.

In the meantime…I think I knit four to six rows on the socks, but I did make progress on the hat…as I sit here and think, 1) I should be studying, and 2) Why did that person use dark purple highlighter in the book they sold me? There’s also writing all over the margins that I don’t need. I know I bought it used, but she said it was in Very Good condition(which I hoped meant it was used by a person who never opened it). With as many marks as I’ve found, and as dark as they are, it should have been sold as “Good.” I hate when people ruin books I’ve paid a little extra for to keep them reasonably good.

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Putzer doesn’t care that there’s a new cat in the house…so long as she doesn’t bother him…

Okay, okay…enough about school… let’s get back to the hat and cat…(and no, the cat is not in the hat–she has not been given the opportunity. I got the provisional cast on removed and the brim knit to itself and have begun the pattern work. I’m over half-way through the first repeat. Yeah! (I think). I’m currently beginning a four row rib…I’m not in a terribly happy place. And I’m thinking of knitting this hat inside out in the future. I think it might get a bit easier and develop fewer ladders, which purl stitches don’t like to snug out as I knit. However, it’s coming along…and if I keep this up and use it during morning breaks or study breaks and between classes, I just may get it knit before winter ends.

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I have no idea why I don’t knit hats in the summer…so we’re ready for winter…perhaps its to give us hope that winter will end;-).

If not, the knitting of a warm hat will herald the end of winter, right? It’s not bad, and we get a little snow each day instead of a bunch of snow on one day this year, so far…but it’s gotten cold and windy again. Now, before I start complaining about winter, as I’m overwhelmed with school…she found me…sort of.

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Briannag is a big scary dog…who just wants the new cat to like her.

I had an offer for a kitten, but couldn’t get to them in time, and they’d let you pick them up, but none were definite snugglers. Alas, they had other takers…and my girlfriend posted on Tuesday night that she needed to rehome her cat, so I messaged her, and made sure I wasn’t obligated to pick up a barn kitty. She is not yet renamed, so she’s either Smokey, kitten or the cat until we learn her personality. She’s in the running for Scamp II…but Scamp would be pissed at me for years to come if I tried that. In fact, Scamp is guarding Mama now, though she won’t snuggle. I’m told Smokey Kitten snuggles, after she gets used to the rest of the clowder and two big dogs…which is an adjustment for her.

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Scamp isn’t sure what to make of the new kitty…but she will guard Mama, just in case. (But I can’t snuggle her…)

I may have to knit these guys a blanket yet with some old and useless yarn….or they’re own shawls(only after I start mine)…but in the meantime, they like my sweaters and I’ll keep knitting hats and socks.

Hello fellow knitters,

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The brim of the hat…soon to be folded over…

So, for the next three months(yes, only three months left of this crazy schedule–oh, sorry, that’s my reminder), I have scheduled a possible but crazy back to back set of three classes. Is my college kind enough to put them near each other? Not on my life. So, only three more months of dashing from class to class. I usually have enough time I don’t have to run, yet…which means I can knit, but some days the schedule feels tight if I even use the bathroom. And I was taught never to pass up that particular activitiy…never mind, you’re here for the knitting.

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…As I re-learn how to work with a provisional cast-on…

We’ll blame the Sam Adams Coffee Black Porter I’m testing as I unwind and prepare to hit the books. Alas, it is much harder to walk and read, than it is to walk and knit. Trust me, I run into fewer people knitting, and one of these patterns is quite repetitive…almost thankfully. Since today was warm enough to walk without gloves and extra ear protection, just barely…I decided to attempt a photo anyways….

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It’s truly hard to knit with one hand on the camera…but here’s a mock-up…

I’m just about ready to form the brim on the This hat is the Copy Cat C.C. Beanie by Emily Ingrid available thru the link.  hat…but we’ll save that for a study break, as it’s going to take some paying attention. I won’t be walking and knitting for this part. However, I’m enjoying a simplistic, quick knit…and I now “know” how to twist a stitch…maybe I’ll be able to recognize it someday if I do so again;-).

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Latest pair of socks…yes, that will be the bottom of my foot…

I also got in some appointment knitting on the latest sock…so that foot is seeing progress as well. I’m hoping to truly catch the stealth in the Stealth Argyle sock by  Eunny Jang. I’m still working up a pattern repeat at this time. I suspect I’ll be doing two of these though.

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And now for the visual interest…I believe I’m going to love these socks!

Until next time,

Happy Knitting!

 

But I can do the twist! I began a knit hat for a friend, after frogging the Russian pattern. I’ll come back to the Russian Bobble Hat translation one day, when I have more time. For now, this is the requested pattern, since the person I’m making this hat for still wants it…Darn it. Alas, I finally got a satisfactory cast on…or mostly so, and started knitting in a 1 x 1 twisted rib stitch. It’s going on forever.

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I really don’t like rib stitches to begin with…the twist is prettier but not helping me love this stitch.

I have never intentionally twisted a stitch before, and I was concerned about an upcoming twisted stitch sock pattern. I cannot say I have never twisted a stitch, but it is fascinating to do so intentionally. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I feel as if I need to knit a stockinette row just to remember how to knit properly.

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See these babies…they’re gorgeous, but they’re some big girls (only when put next to size 2, though…perhaps it’s all about perspective.

Now, back to the big part. When I knit socks, I usually knit on size 2 needles, occasionally I need to use a size 3. I’ve used 4’s for the sock monkey. Then I got out the circs for this hat. I just wasn’t feeling it. I don’t love circular needles. I struggle to knit well with them as I’m used to dpns and I have to switch to dpns at the end anyways. So, I put them on my caspian dpns size 8. I feel almost as if I’m knitting with pencils from kindergarten. (It’s not quite that bad…maybe it is).

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Knitting mash up, just so you can see the differences. I hope the bigger needles help this hat knit up fast…

These things are huge. I decided to do a side by side comparison so you get it…Look at this difference. I’m used to knitting with these itty bitty things that get lost easily, so I’m always on the lookout for where my needles are. Then I switch to these big bold babies. I do love the feel of them, but my, oh my, are they big. Of course, I’m going to go back to the two’s at some point, and wonder where my needles went! Does anyone else have this problem?

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The socks miss me….and my feet miss new socks…better get back to studying and knitting.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

So, the Slip-N-Slide socks didn’t go over as well for my niece as I hoped…they were tight on her too. I’m trying to re-knit the cuff of the tighter one and pull off a snug fit. She loved them, but I have no photos of them on her feet, as it was a challenge. I’m not sure what to do here…I have enough to re-knit these, but I want to move on to knitting my own socks. We’ll have to see which works better.

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As you can see, Lizzie loves the socks…however, I still have some work to do…

In the mean-time, I did sneak in some toe-up knitting on the stealth argyles that will travel with me, and let me tell you about my yarn gifts for Christmas…Now, I have to figure out exactly what I’m going to knit with them…The first one(because I open my stocking first, was ten skeins of knit picks Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather. My boyfriend was hoping I could make a sweater with it. I’m looking at the Innsmouth Bodice on ravelry.com or getting five or six more skeins to make a true sweater. If you have any great sweater style tops to go with this, I might be open to suggestion.

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Jessica’s quilt-matching pillow case….It won an “awesome,” which is high praise in teenage land.

I also received five skeins of the chroma color way..and.I’m torn here. It would make a great Dragon Wings shawl, but my boyfriend bought it for me to make a hat, scarf and mittens with…do I do what he wished, show him what it could be, or hope for a big money miracle to buy more yarn to make that dragonwings shawl and later the find your fade shawl.

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Jessica really enjoyed her gifts….

I don’t dare tell him the status of my stash yarn…but he enjoys building my stash..I like this process…now, I just have to put a nudge on so I can get yarn that doesn’t require more yarn and more needles to knit these wonderful gifts…Shh…I promise, I’m not complaining…but I need to get back to knitting, and instead, I’m stuck working most of this week.

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Lizzie loved her Godzilla necklace and earrings.

Wish me luck, I’ll be sharing. I will try to remember to take pictures of the stash yarn as I work far too many hours this week…Bear with me, guys…I’m trying to keep up with the all-night gamblers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was excited today. I got through the heel turn and began the gusset. I even think I figured out what the pattern meant as I re-knit the stitches I’d already knit that round. The round begins at the side of the leg instead of the back of the leg, so I had to bring it back around once I knit the heel flap and turn, but I made it through the short rows, and made it to the gusset. See?

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I think this periscope look is my favorite part;-).

Alas, I was feeling pretty good. With this done and classes finishing up Wednesday, I can likely get this done as a Christmas gift. I’m not even sure when our Christmas family gathering will be, but I need it done in time, just in case. I also plan to take it to my aunt’s the week after finals to work on it there…I’m hoping to reach the toes there, but I will be basting Jessica’s quilt to take with me to quilt when I cannot sleep until three or four in the morning, or when I am up at five a.m. because I went to bed at midnight or 1AM. Switching schedules will not be easy, but it shall be worth it.

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What a periscope looks like from the inside;-).

I’m also excited to soon get back to sock repairs for myself so I can wear more knit socks. I need to pick up some nylon to reinforce some repairs over the next week(read–after payday). But then the guilt stepped in, tonight. I haven’t knit a stitch on a hat that was for a friend’s grandmother. Her grandma passed on, and I wondered if she’d let me knit it for me, but she planned to pay for it and do the right thing, and even after several hints, she decided to gift it to her daughter. I’m hoping she didn’t plan this for a Christmas gift. I didn’t promise it then, but she’s singing my praises about how cheerful I am to my boyfriend at work tonight(I’m not there), and I’m feeling like I should be making a little more progress on this, so it’s going with me to visit my aunt as well.

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Close up of a periscope knit sock inside view…

Alas, shifting from Finals’ stress to holiday stress…when do I just let go. In the meantime, I plan to have a little fun with the holidays and host a Christmas book exchange party next week. That reminds me, I’d better make some edits and give people a better idea what to expect. More info on that next week, as I’ll be full of a new book I’ve never read, or an old favorite to re-read. There will be a hot cocoa bar and treats.

Another Round? Why Not?

November 30, 2017

On me…pull up a chair and pour another glass…and keep the yarn on the needles. I thought I was getting close to beginning the heel. I don’t know what I missed or when, but I should be at the heel…I’m not. The pictures even suggest it, but the sock measuring says “Are you kidding me? Keep knitting!” Apparently, these will be December 24th socks…knitting right up until Santa comes…or whenever the visiting the recipient’s deadline arrives.

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It looks so close…but it isn’t…

I knit my tush off this afternoon, after actually working on some homework. I knit my tush off on Thanksgiving last week. I knit again and again, even as I waited for a second poster for my capstone project presentation(I’m not done yet, I just took the capstone class a bit early). I thought I was approaching the heel today as I knit…and I am…but not for seven or eight more rounds…

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At least seven more rows…alas…I’d better get back to it…

In the meantime, there’s only one thing to do…(or two or three…). It’s a knitting blog: perhaps the only thing to do is knit. But I also have to edit poetry, memorize a poem, and have a capstone paper to write. At least it’s not all due tomorrow. However, if I don’t prioritize and get something done each night…I’ll be working towards another meltdown this semester. I’d better get back to editing poetry…and see what my poster presentation pulls off on Tuesday in order to add to my paper.

 

Dropping the Ball…

November 17, 2017

…not the yarn…thankfully…

…not literally, thankfully, as this yarn would likely roll everywhere…But it’s been a heck of a week, missed important appointments, meltdowns over assignments…work for assignments always feels off or late…but has been somehow good enough to get me by. I’m appreciative of my instructor’s flexibility at this point.

However, the knitting continues…although with my crazy week, I got nothing done on the hat and will need to return to it one day…maybe. In the meantime, I’m still finding time to knit between classes, when I’m not memorizing poems for performances…I became a fluid tree for about two seconds today…but none of the trees I represented were truly fluid…though they dance in the winds of a pale sea-green breeze. There are no pictures of this performance, and I’m okay with that…

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Scamp, inspecting my knitting bag for goodies to run off with…

Okay, okay, I performed “For C.W.B.” by Elizabeth Bishop.  There are tree lines, and statements of beginning a life together and mention of a stork. I ensured it was presented rather sensually. Only one person thought it was too much…the instructor did not. In fact, when the tree branches swayed in that pale sea-green breeze I saw their smile…which just encouraged me.

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Backside of current sock with first sock for comparison….I was getting more color play on the second sock for a bit…

Now, let me get back to the knitting. There was some…I mentioned on a sock knitting facebook post that I just about had my pattern memorized, but still carried it with me just in case. So, I looked at my pattern and said, “Oh, I’m knitting row 12, it goes like this…” and proceeded to knit it half wrong. I simply worked my bridge stitch early. It is supposed to be in row 13.  Previously, I think I worked it late…so now I have slightly wonky bridge stitches…see if you can find them.

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Front side of the second socks…with back side for comparison…enjoy… 

Yes, I know the stripes are off..I’m going with it. Sometimes, socks get to be wonky. I hope you enjoy them…as well as the recipient, so I’d better get back to knitting. I will say, to some extent, I can knit and rehearse lines if I do so carefully, but then I will end up with socks that veer off course more than I do.