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The Sock Situation

(apology for the premature post…   edited and reposted)

As of this spring I had six pairs of wearable hand knit socks, plus one pair (my first) which was made from loosely spun merino and is… well,..  still comfy bed socks.  Then the summer hit, and it was quickly obvious that I needed a whole second batch for the warmer months.

So I knit the Picotty (which is done).

Picotty

Despite all the yarn issues I had, I think the colors are just beautiful. Now I’ve got to see if I can get used to the mesh inside shoes…

Inspiration for Next Socks

Argyle Grass

Argyle grass? Who knew?

 

So, avoid the wool.  Cotton is good, but not so springy as wool…  I was thinking of a wool-cotton blend in fingering, which isn’t so easy to find. But I did find this:

CoBaSiCobasi (by Hikoo), in Apple Green.  It’s COtton BAmboo SIlk and elastic.  The color works for sundrenched, freshly mown grass.  I really wanted a bright sunny green for the Mont Royal socks, so now they’ve been bumped up in the queue.

Yes, I know, yarn diet broken.   I was going to knit from stash until I got the yarn for my big sweater projects, but I’ve already ordered the cotton for one of them, so that’s all right, right?  Besides, I can’t make it all the way through the summer on one pair of hand knit socks, can I?  Not when I’ve been wearing the wool ones almost constantly for the rest of the year.

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!Surprise! Plans Change

Works in Progress

Almost as soon as I posted “Doing the Numbers (part 2)” I realized that I’d forgotten an important one.  The number of stitches for the goat motif was, in fact, pretty close to the number of stitches in the first skein of yarn.

Goatless Bag colorworkSomehow I must have thought that having two skeins of yarn involved would mean it was OK.  Since it’s stranded, and the background color will be used on all rows, I’d be cutting it too fine.  Not a big problem, I’ve found some lovely abstract motifs in the same book, they’re just smaller.

it’s going to look fantastic.

The Picotty is coming along fairly well.  I think it’s going to work, but I have two more rounds of crochet ribbing with splitty yarn, so I’m doing a bit at a time, even though I’m almost done.  I’ve really slowed down on it, because I was doing it in my ‘brainless knitting’ time, and the splittiness means it needs more concentration than that.

New Projects

So I started a new ‘brainless’ project.  Tamara Kelly’s Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf, using some recycled sari silk yarn I got on eBay some time ago.  It seems like the perfect pattern to handle the ‘clown barf’ problem and show off the yarn.

Artful Infinity wip

Modeled by my cat Comet, who decided that my photo surface was his…

I was planning on just having four WIPs, really, but I actually found the perfect recipient for a knitted gift I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.  I’ll post pics, and details, at a later time, but the project uses bits of three or four yarns from my stash and one skein of novelty yarn which I’ll have to go hunting for.  Yes, I know, yarn diet and all, but I’ve already ordered the cotton yarn for one of the ‘big projects’ I wasn’t going to buy any more yarn before I got…  and I’m not going to need the novelty skein until the end, so that’s OK, right?

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It Feels like I’m Slowing Down

The Belle Greene was a surprisingly long project.  It took about a month to knit the body of the shawl, then three times that to work the beaded border.  So now I’ve only got two works in progress, and they are both a bit bogged (but more on them later).

I may feel like it’s a slog, but the fact is, I’ve started eleven projects since I cast on the shawl, and I’ve finished eight of them.  Two projects a month isn’t really dragging along.  When I think about it, I’m actually pretty pleased with myself.

Problems With the WIPs

I think what’s irritating me is is that the two projects I’ve got left have both got their own issues.  Well, one has an issue, for the other it’s more like a hiccup.

I’m just about done with the heel of the second picotty sock.  I’ve had to frog a bit (not a biggie) and the TOFUtsies yarn just frayed on me (much more annoying).  I’m not going to be looking for more of this yarn when the project is done.   Even that’s not the issue.  The issue is that the pattern calls for a larger crochet hook for the cuff, and I don’t have the right size.  I could jump three hook sizes, stick with the one I have, or go out and buy a new one.  I’m thinking I’ll try it with what I have on hand first, and if it doesn’t work I can certainly spring for a larger hook, but it’s a bit frustrating, and it does dampen my enthusiasm for the project.

The hiccup is with the Goat Bag.   There’s nothing wrong with the pattern I chose, I just realized I’d be playing Yarn Chicken with it, and I’m not in the mood.  There’s 100 stitches and 60 rows in the ‘base’ (40% of that is pocket).  When I was a third of the way done (about 2000 stitches) I looked at the dent in the yarn ball, and realized it was time for plan B.  So I frogged it all back, cast on 60 stitches (provisionally) and started to knit back.  If I knit 37 rows I’ll have (more or less) a golden rectangle.

What to Cast On Next

So here I am, two projects, four project bags, one yarn diet. It does seem like such a shame to keep both those bags empty. One empty bag feels like I’ve got potential to start a new project.  Two empty bags and I start to feel like I’m lagging behind.

Fortunately, I’ve got some great projects in my Ravelry queue, some challenging and some simple.  I’m probably going to start a new ‘no brain’ project fairly soon.  Here are some of the things I’m thinking about.  There’s a ‘Shawl for the Fall’ group in Ravelry which hosts a shawl knit along every year in August, so I’m going to hold back at least one shawl for that.

Tiger Lilly Swans IslandThis is Swans Island fingering in the Tiger Lilly colorway.  I bought this environmentally minded yarn at an online going out of business sale several months back. I’m thinking that this would look gorgeous in Very Busy Monkey’s Tesla shawl.

 

BOTI yarnI knit a Bigger on the Inside shawl before, then lost it.  At some point I will definitely replace it, using this yarn from Ashton Studios (which I got at Sheep and Wool last May).

The black has some pretty sparkly fibers in it, and will be awesome for the ‘vortex lace’ section and possibly the ribbed border as well.  The blue will be for the TARDIS lace section, although I think I will use the ‘Daleks and TARDIS’ variation.

 

sockbagI have a lot of random fingering weight remnants, and a great pattern called Octopush.  It’s a really neat toy.

I’m pretty sure it’s both a ‘mindless’ project and an ‘endless’ project.  I know I want to do it some time, and it really looks like I have enough yardage in enough different colors to make it work.

zombieyarnThis is another really fun yarn from Bohemia Fibers.  It’s their ‘Potluck Zombie Lace’ – a one of a kind variegated colorway which I found while I was looking for the sock yarn bag.

I had definitely remembered this as more of a ‘clown barf’ colorway, but it’s less vibrant than that.  It might work for a Citron shawl.

Of course, I do have some truly clown barf yarn – it’s recycled sari silk.  Amazingly there’s a pattern called “Artful Infinity Scarf” by Tamara Kelly which could make that work.

I’ve got a lot of beautiful yarn in my stash, but these are the ones I’m pretty sure what to knit with.  Shawls and scarves, so that might be a bit of a rut, but with one skein… I’ll let you know when I settle on the next project.

In Other Blogs

I never heard of Mad Man Knitting; until his recent slashdotting exposure on various mainstream outlets got picked up on Ravelry.  I picked up a copy of his patterns on Craftsy, and may buy his novel at some future time.  He seems like a good person, he’s had more than his share of bad luck, and who wouldn’t love “The Teddy Bear that Saved Me”?

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered a giveaway for a Red Heart Swag Bag sponsored by B Hooked (15 July) and another Mooglyblog giveaway, this time for a Stitchen Stacy crochet hook (27 July)

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  Status of Current Projects

Goat Bag cast on

Beginning

After studying the swatch, I’ve decided that 4.5 mm needles work just fine for a bag.  I’ll be knitting a No-Sew Felted Bag by Invisible Insanity (she had documented it on her blog, but that seems to be no more).  It’s an interesting design, one with end tabs

which become pocket flaps.  Rather than using a combination knitted on/crochet provisional cast on I’m just using a knitted on cast on, but I worked it over two needles held together for the provisional portion (the second one being a 3.25mm).  I’ve also got two whales of reverse stockinette bordering the flaps, to make it easier to pick up the bag body later on.

Expect future posts which show this better, along with other modifications as I get to them.  The body of the bag is straight stockinet

te, so I’ll be adding in some colorwork from 150 Scandinavian Motifs to give it some action.

picotty with heel

Middle

The picotty socks are my current relaxing project. Something I can pick up and work on when I’m tired or distracted, but still want something to keep my hands busy.

I’m working them in tandem, so when I finished the foot on the first sock I switched to the second.  I’m just in the middle of the heel of the second sock.  It’s sort of fun to see how the crochet version of the short row works.

Belle Greene final stretch

End

I’m coming down to the stretch on the Belle Greene shawl.  There are only a few more inches of the beaded border to knit on, then it’s down to the wire…  I mean, time to break in the new blocking wire set.  Once that’s done I’ll have to track down a black light and see if I can get it to really glow.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I won the Mont Royal sock pattern from Snapdragon crafts.  These are beautiful,  and I can’t help remembering the last time I was in Montreal*.  I’ll have to decide whether I want to do these in wool or in cotton, but they would look amazing in spring green.

I entered PDX Knitteratti’s ‘yarn chicken’ giveaway for a random element of her stash.  No end date posted, but it will be soon.

Happy 4th

That’s it for now.  I’m hoping that the rain is done and we can enjoy our cookout this afternoon.  This year I’m contributing BBQ spareribs, squash, cherries and blueberries, all from local farms.  I hope all of my countrymen enjoy a beautiful and fun holiday.

* We went to Mont Royal to scatter my great aunt’s ashes.  There is a surreal and funny story which goes along with that.

The family didn’t have the permits to do this, it was probably not legal at all, but it really seemed the best way to say goodbye. So we went up there with the ashes, and said our goodbyes, and cast the ashes into the wind… which blew the ashes back into our faces.  It also blew the ashes into what had looked like an abandoned car, but then two rather confused heads bobbed up…  I think we had interrupted something romantic and/or clandestine.   My cousin, David, is a film writer, and I’m sure this scene will make it into something or other, sooner or later, because it totally fits his sense of the perverse.

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Rainbow Connection

A pre-post digression, in regards to the Supreme Court decision

Love Wins

(based on work in the public domain as well as work provided under a Creative Commons 3.0 attribution share-alike license by Nevit Dilmen)

Back to The Regularly Scheduled Yarn Blog

WIPS

Picotty WIP

I really recommend not having a migraine as a crochet strategy.  Not only did it take a lot less time to replace the frogged mesh segment of the sock, it was also obvious where the mystery decreases had come from.  I was basically losing a full pattern repeat every two rows.

So, yeah, I made a quick, easy pattern much more complicated, and non-functional, than it had to be.  Working from the outside of the yarn ball also made it harder than it had to be – somehow my SWTC TOFUtsies was weirdly splitty when worked in the opposite direction.  I have no idea what that’s about.

I tried them on, and they’re definitely going to take some getting used to, but I think, perhaps optimistically, that they’ll be wearable.  They work up fast enough, and I had little enough plans for the yarn, that it’s worth while to find out for sure.

Teaching Crochet

My eldest daughter, who will be going to Senegal in the fall, has decided that now is a good time to learn a new craft.  She’s starting to take up crochet, which avoids the whole ‘needles on a plane’ issue.  I’ve been having much more luck teaching her this time than the last time I tried, starting with a bookmark pattern my grandmother taught me about 40 years ago.

Shockingly it’s not on Ravelry, so I might have to write it up eventually.

Notions

Debras RescueI’ve been continuing to work on my notions collection.  I picked up another Debra’s Garden needle gauge, this one in the “Purple Rescue” colorway.

I’ve corresponded with Debra, and the $2 per purchase goes to local animal charities in her area.  She’s assured me that she only contributes to shelters with a no-kill policy, so I feel every bit as good about the contributions as I enjoy the color.

They really do make fantastic zipper pulls, and I have actually used one of them ‘on the go’, but at $16 per I do feel a bit extravagant having this many. Well over 90% of the time I need a needle gauge I’m at home, with access to several.  Honestly the idea that all of my project bags be completely stocked at all times is just a little bit compulsive and excessive.

At the same time, as my younger daughter often says, when she’s trying to wheedle, I neeeeeed this.  I really do love them and will probably splurge one more time so that I have one for each project bag.   In a different color, naturally, because colors are half the fun.  When I do give in and get the last one it will probably be another full sized one, as very few of my projects use needles smaller than 2mm, and the full sized ones are so very pretty.

I do so love my pretty tools.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

Cute MarkersSpeaking of oh so lovely but hardly necessary notions, Corrie from Plutonium Muffins blog sent me the Owl Print Panda stitch markers.  They are impossibly cute and fun.  I will get a lot of enjoyment out of these.

Emboldened by my win, I entered a HUGE honking giveaway from Knitscene (1 September), The Mooglyblog Beaded Lace giveaway (2 July) The Mooglyblog Ergo Crochet Hooks giveaway (29 June) and the Happily Hooked Red Heart Yarn and Book giveaway (21 July).

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Coffee is the Precious Juice

Hello, my name is Lise, and I am a caffeine addict.

When I go into caffeine withdrawal, I (sometimes) get migraines.  Sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes, when I get a migraine, it doesn’t occur to me to drink coffee to cure it (because when I get migraines, my mental processes don’t work as well).

My friends, Joe and Jill, have enabled introduced me to this:

Death WishDeath Wish claims to be the world’s strongest coffee.  I don’t pretend to know whether it’s true or not, but it is a very strong, and very smooth coffee.  It’s a great, bold flavor without being totally overboard on the roast.  If your blood pressure isn’t an issue, I highly recommend it.

Yarnwork

Stereo

I finished the stereo cuffs from Laura Nelkin’s Etsy Shop.  The kit includes snaps, but I opted to make the cuff a little bit smaller and add a magnetic clasp instead.  I’m very happy with the effect.

Not so happy with the progress on the Picotty socks.  I started the mesh portion on one, and last night, after 13 repeats (out of 15 realized that I’d decreased a *lot* of stitches.  I blame the migraine.  Had to take a scissors to the work in order to rip back.  So, yeah, something to watch out for.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the pattern from Fiber Dreams.  I entered the KnitScene 10th Anniversary giveaway.  (1 September), the Mooglyblog giveaway for a copy of Beaded Lace Knitting (2 July)

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Works in Progress

Belle Greene Shawl

Belle Greene Border in progressI’ve been making slow progress on the beaded, knit on border of the Belle Greene shawl.  It’s not that I’m not thrilled with it, it looks beautiful, and I’m looking forward to showing it off.  The beads make it a non-portable project at this point, which is enough to slow it down.

A knitted on border is similar to a K2Tog across, except that you cast on a number of stitches after the end of the shawl and knit those in a lace pattern.  The K2Tog takes place at what would be the ‘cast off’ edge of the shawl, and forms the inside of the lace border.  Then the K2Tog stitch is slipped and the next row of lace knit.

It should be simple, it doesn’t change anything, but at the same time…

I know it’s not just me, because my sister (and knitting guru) has admitted that she finds knitted borders strangely anti intuitive and hard to ‘read’.  I think I have to agree with her.  Here I am, just about at the end of the thing, and only now does this fairly simple four row chart start to make sense.  I don’t know why that is, but it’s been that way for me.

Oh, well.  I do love the look, and I’m looking forward to breaking in my new blocking wires, so that’s something.

Summer Socks

By the time I finished my TARDIS socks it was already too warm to wear them.  Not that I’m above wearing handknit socks with sandals as a matter of principle, but it’s unseasonably warm and uncomfortable, and I don’t want to resent something I’ve spent so much time working on.

So I decided to give cotton socks a try.  Actually, they’re a cotton, wool, soy and chitin blend from SouthWest Trading Company called TOFUtsies (yes, this is yarn from my stash.  I’m still trying to keep to the diet) and the pattern is a surprisingly open mesh for socks.  I have no idea if it will be functional, but it’s fun.  Especially as I’m doing the (solid) toes, heels and cuffs in pink, and the mesh in blue.  Depending on how it works I might start making more socks in summer appropriate fibers, stay tuned to find out!

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the yarn from Agrestal or This Knitted Life or the shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment.  I entered a Pattern Naming Contest from Fiber Dreams (official deadline past, but she may be open to more suggestions if you hurry.)

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