Episode #4: Sheep on Green

Recorded on 5/11/2014

THE KNITTING

Washed and Blocked

Tam #3
Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe
Knit Picks Palette in Bare, Wonderland Heather, and Hollyberry
ChiaoGoo US size 1 and size 3 – 16 inch circular

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I just finished this tam last night and I am very pleased with how it came out.  I love doing patterns and choosing my own colors for this one, I chose the same colors as the pattern and I’m quite pleased.  It still amazes me the wonder of blocking and how an a colorwork item can look so squished and messy.  Then, you dip it into a bath of warm water (with a bit of soak and conditioner) and the wools just loosens and the stitches become instantly beautiful!  I don’t think I’ll ever cease to be amazed by this. I use the conditioner to soften up the Palette yarn just a bit and it seems to work.

After soaking, I squeezed out the water and then squeezed again with a towel.  I blocked it into the tam shape by letting it dry over a 10 inch dinner plate.  I was careful to keep the ribbing nice and even on the backside to avoid any stretching.  Overall, I’m super pleased with how it came out.  I am also getting used to the decreases.  When I get to the decrease section, I use two circular needles which isn’t the most fun but neither is magic loop or dpns.  I just have to deal with it to get it done and it’s totally worth it in the end.

Sitting and Knitting

Light and Up
Free Pattern by Caroline Wiens
Malabrigo Sock in Abril
Knit Picks Zephyr US size 8 – 32 inch circular

I haven’t gotten too far on this pattern but it’s in line to be worked on when I finish my Harvest Dew socks.  I mentioned previously how I don’t enjoy doing the M1R and M1L because I am a tight knitter. I  found some alternate ways to do these stitches but overall, I am sticking with the tradition M1R and M1L.

light and up shawl

Once I get more stitches on the needles, I won’t have to do as many and it won’t be as frustrating.  This pattern has you doing four increases on the right side and two increases on the wrong side. I think if I had the “break” on the wrong side with no increases, I would be enjoying this more.  Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful pattern and I love how it’s working up with the Malabrigo Sock Yarn so I can’t wait to make more progress on it.

Harvest Dew Socksharvest dew socks
Free Pattern by Rose Hiver
Three Irish Girls Adorn – Tierney colorway
ChiaoGoo size 1 – 32 inch circular

 

This week, I completed the heels on both socks and actually have completed the decreases, too.  You will notice that I didn’t do the heel stitch pattern that was specified in the pattern but instead did my own standard heel flap stitch.  I didn’t was feeling lazy and didn’t want to look at the pattern on the train.  I don’t think it takes away from the overall look though.  I am hoping to finish these up by the end of the week since I only have to do the stitch pattern on the front of the sock for a few more inches and then the toes.

Viking Ugla
Free Pattern by Hilde Aas
Knit Picks Stroll in Pumpkin and Bare
ChiaoGoo  US size 1 – 9 inch circular

I decided to rip out the socks that I had been knitting last week on the 2 circulars.  I just wasn’t getting along with that method and couldn’t get a good flow going to get the results that I wanted.  Lo and behold, I decided to put them back on the 9 inch circular and so far, it has been going ok.

viking ugla colorwork socks

I have been able to use the two-handed method (english style for right/background yarn and continental style for left/pattern yarn) for the colorwork which is faster but not as fast as when I’m knitting a hat on a 16 inch circular or a cowl. However,  it’s coming out really well with absolutely no tension issues.

I am having a little problem keeping the actual yarn tensioned around the fingers on my right hand but otherwise, it’s working out just fine.  I think these might take a while to get done because it is a little slow going getting used to this new method.

Vanilla Stockinette Socks
My Own Sock RecipeIMG_0254
Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted Fingering in Stone Washed Tonal
Hiya Hiya Sharps US size 1.5 – 32 inch circular

As if I don’t have quite enough to knit - I wanted to have a project for when I need to take a break at home and knit something simple.  So, I decided to cast on a pair of plain vanilla stockinette socks.  I found some yarn by Knit Picks that has been in my stash since November 2012 that I bought during the Cyber Monday Sale.  It is Stroll Fingering Handpainted in the Stone Washed Tonal Colorway.  I cast on 56 stitches total and am knitting them on my Hiyay Hiya US1.5 32 inch circulars for magic loop.  The yarn and needles are a perfect match!  I’ll do about 12 rounds of ribbing before starting the stockinette portion.

Audibooks

This week, I’ve finished two audiobooks.  The first one I began listening to last week called A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch and then Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I heard that the Jay Asher book was going to be made into a movie so that will be interesting to see.  Tomorrow on my commute to work, I’ll be starting a brand new audio book. I am not 100% sure which book it will be but I’m looking forward to something new.

Knit Next

I recently read on the Knitting to Stay Sane blog about the Pi Shawl and it has inspired me to want to knit my own!  This pattern is by Elizabeth Zimmerman and is pretty popular.  Elizabeth says that it is a good travelling project because there isn’t much to memorize since it is just mostly stockinette rows with a few eyelet rows here and there.  Anyhow, Glenna C has a beautiful Pi Shawl knit with Malabrigo Sock Yarn and now I want my very own! Only problem is that I don’t have the yarn for the project! And I really want to knit mine in Malabrigo Sock Yarn, too!  But I will wait for a sale.   {Sigh}  I really want to cast it on now so I found some laceweight yarn in my stash that could potentially work for the project but I am just not sure.  What do you think?

bamboo-laceweight-yarn

THE SHOPPING!

On Friday, when I got home from work, I found that all three things I had ordered over the last
week had arrived! What a wonderful way to start the weekend.  Presents for me!

First, I received some stork scissors that I ordered from ebay. I love them and think they are so cute.  The only disappointment is that they don’t come with a suitable case to avoid poking my finger with the very sharp points.  I plan to use them in small accessories cases for all of my project bags so that I always have the things I need for each project. I’ll also include things like stitch markers, crochet hooks, and tapestry needles. 

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Secondly, I ordered some books from a destash on Ravelry – a set of One-Skein Wonder Books:  The original One Skein Wonders, Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, and Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders.  I think these are all really great books.  My favorite is the Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders book because I like the layout the best.  The entire book is in color and the pictures of the pattern are next to the pattern unlike the other books.

one skein wonder books

Finally, and the best of all is that I finally got a project bag from Etsy!  It is the Boxy Bag Knitting Project Bag in the fabric “Sheep on Green.”  Green is my favorite color and I absolutely love this bag! I was hoping that it would be the perfect project bag for socks and I was right! It holds my on-the-go sock project perfectly! Both balls of yarn and both pairs of socks along with their needles fit inside the bag.  I’m going to be really spoiled by the bag now!  And before I forget, the Etsy seller is ZigZagStitches.

project bag for socks

That’s it for this week!

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