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Progress has been Achieved!

The cowl is done! Now for the bands around the armholes and blocking. It fits perfectly and looks great. And it is oh-so-warm!

Next up for non-sock project (NSP) is the lace watch cap in Knit Picks Elegance in Raisin with the scarf to follow. The two sock projects are slowly but surely getting there.

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Survived Week 1; Looking forward to Week 2.

Alright. One week down. I’m not going to count how many left because that’s pessimistic and I’m aiming to be positive!

Good things from the first week of school:

  • didn’t get up or arrive late once
  • didn’t forget my photo copies
  • I’m in my own room all the time!
  • I know what I’m doing, mostly.

Things that need improving from the first week of school:

  • need to keep names straight – I know their names, but for some reason I’ll look at a kid and call them by another name… gotta stop this
  • constantly tired and haven’t been running once and I’m starting to feel the pudge develop that I’ve worked hard to get rid of this summer
  • gotta spend less time on work and more time on me when I’m home

So that’s school stuff.

In my own news, I’ve felt awful the last week from allergies. My ears are plugged and my sinuses are dripping. And my meds are not keeping up. I feel worn out and dehydrated all day long despite napping and drinking 3 or more 32 oz. bottles of water. Blargh. This is the only part of this time of year I don’t like. Well, no, that’s not quite true.

There’s one other thing that I don’t like and that’s not having cool enough weather to wear my woolens! I pulled out all the cold weather gear and got it washed up over the last two weeks to get it ready and I haven’t been able to use it. Not that I expected it, but it’s a tradition of mine (new this year!) to pull out and wash the woolens when the first leaves turn orange and fall. I’m going to like this tradition.

I’ve been plodding away on the lozenge socks for my FIL and have finally made it past the heel and gusset. Once I get past that it’s just a few sittings to done. For some reason, the leg takes forever. Especially for men with big feet. It takes more stitches to get the length and it takes foreeeevvvveeeer to make progress. But it’s nearly done now and I’ll be on to sock number two before SSS kicks in. Luckily now that I’m back in school I’ll make more consistent progress by bringing in knitting to work on during my 40 minute lunch break. Lucky me! I eat in about 15 minutes and then knit for 25. I like it. It’s a good stress reliever during the day.

I still have to finish the button bands on Abby’s cardigan. I’ll tackle that this coming weekend. Further, I have Justin’s hat and scarf set that I started last winter when we were visiting for the holidays that I have to finish, my cowl-neck vest, and a few other projects. I’m going to try and move through as many of these before casting on new projects. Let’s see how long that lasts.

That’s it in my neck of the woods. I’d have pictures but I lost my camera. It’s got to be around here somewhere…

Cardigan Progress

(Don’t forget to scroll down for the contest!)

I’m getting there. I have to sit down and crank out the stiches today, but I can certainly get it done. This little cardigan is taking longer than I expected but not as long as I feared.

I’ve had to make some changes along the way, no major ones, but ones I wouldn’t have been brave enough to make even 8 months ago. It’s amazing how the learning curve works in knitting: fearing a process, getting through it, and then realizing it wasn’t so bad and that it allows you to do so many more things than you thought possible.

That’s one of the great things about this cardigan: I’m realizing how much I’ve grown as a knitter and how fearless and competent I’m becoming. I feel like I can go off the beaten path and solve my own problems now. A year ago I would have set the project aside worried that I’d make a terrible mess of it. Now, I know that it will be wonderful. Isn’t this great? I love knitting confidence!

(Don’t forget to scroll down for the contest!)

Holy Progress, Batman!

I cast on for Abby’s cardi last night and am making major progress. I’m loving this cardi! I’m keeping this pattern around for future projects for sure.

One thing I failed to take into consideration until after I got past the lace-bit is that I’m knitting with a cotton-blend and not wool as the pattern calls for. I nearly panicked, but then remembered the vast and wonderful resources available through Ravelry. Within two minutes I had my problem resolved!

What I did is instead of ripping out my work and starting over, I simply switched over to US size 4 needles after the lace which was done in US size 6. The fabric is more firmly knit which will decrease the cotton-droop. Speaking of the cotton, I’m really enjoying working with the Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. When I began knitting “real” projects and made the commitment to only knit with good yarns, I mentally crossed Lion Brand, and most stuff found at chain craft stores, off the list. Out of the feeling of urgency I went to Michaels and purchased the Cotton-Ease. And well, I actually like it, so far. We’ll see if this holds true after washing and blocking the sweater.

Further, this sweater represents my first successful lace knitting! My previous attempts were during the days of twisting my purl stitches and not doing yarn overs correctly. I now feel brave enough to tackle a few lace projects that I’ve attempted but put aside in the last few years.

Specifically, about four years ago I attempted the Lace Watch Cap and Scarf designed by Karen Braun found in Handspun Handknit Caps, Socks, Mittens & Gloves. I tried and tried for months to get it to come out right. Now I understand that it was simply because of the twisted purls and incorrect YOs. I pulled the book out, read the pattern over, and I now know that I am ready to revisit this project.

In celebration, I took some of the wedding gift money, with Allan’s permission of course, and ordered some yarn to knit it with. I ordered Elegance Yarn in Raisin. I can’t wait to cast on for this again!

But, this project will have to wait as I have a backlog of projects. Let’s list it to see how deep it is (as of now, I’m not sure until I write it down…).

These are all things that are on the needles or need some finishing:

  1. Abby’s cardigan
  2. Abby’s socks (will cast on after cardi)
  3. Abby’s hat (will cast on after cardi)
  4. Ken’s Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern
  5. Cabled Cowl-Neck Vest
  6. Grammie’s Cowl (needs to be frogged and reknit with more stitches)
  7. Oak Ribbed Sock (set aside to make Ken’s socks)
  8. Justin’s scarf and hat set

Okay, not too bad. Now for the things that I purchased yarn for that I either started or put off:

  1. Sheldon the Turtle for Justin
  2. Lacy Shrug (had intended it for my wedding… oh well)
  3. and probably others…

And now for the yarn that I’ve purchased with intentions of using hopefully before this coming spring:

  1. Opal sock yarn (for me)
  2. Austermann sock yarn (for Allan)
  3. Knit Picks Palette for Allan-socks
  4. Knit Picks Essential Tweed for Allan-socks
  5. Knit Picks Essential Tweed for Jen-socks
  6. plus other things I can’t think of because they’re buried so deep in the stash…

I have a lot of knitting to do this fall and winter! Yay! I’m going to create a page on my blog to keep this list and update it.

So, I’m off to knit!

Knitting News

At my reception, I found out that my cousin Tracy’s baby is being baptized on Sunday. You know what that means, baby knitting!

I scoured Ravelry for patterns, and found a bajillion I love. The winners for this project are:

From Woolly Butts: The Chiara Cardigan (rav link)

Photo Courtesy of Woolly Butts

Photo Courtesy of Woolly Butts

This cardigan will be knit in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in colorway 149 Stone and, for accents, colorway 112 Berry. The edgings and the stripe in the middle will be in the berry color.

I’m also going to knit up some Better-than-Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd.

Photo Courtesy of Interweave Knits

Photo Courtesy of Interweave Knits

Beyond knitting for baby, I’ve been making progress on the Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern for my father-in-law. I had to rip them out and start over because I goofed on the lozenge pattern during graduation – I thought I had the pattern memorized. Oh well. It’s coming along well.

Gentlemans Socks with Lozenge Pattern

Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern

Cowl-Neck Vest Progress

I’m also making progress on my cowl-neck vest. In a few more centimeters I’ll be ready to graft the shoulders together and start on the cowl. After I get knitting for baby done, I’ll finish up the socks and vest. Maybe another 2-3 weeks on these?

Cowl-Neck Vest Progress

I also have a bunch of projects I can’t wait to start. And I also have a ton that have been on the back burner for a while. Such is the way of knitting, though. Too many interesting projects and not enough time to get them all done.

For one, I can’t wait to get going on some Cap’n Crunches. I’m going to use my Mission Falls wool to make some of these (the striped socks just were not working – this is a much better use of the wool!).

photo from Ravelrys Cap Crunch pattern information page

photo from Ravelry's Cap' Crunch pattern information page

I better get knitting…

Scheduled Events

After going through bouts of feast and famine, I’ve decided to make a schedule so I have something very specific to post about on each day. The topics come from all the stuff I want to post about but never get motivated enough to follow through with. Here’s the line-up:

  • Sunday – running/training updates
  • Monday – Reviews (Etsy, green products, green habits, or anything like it)
  • Tuesday – Reading progress and comments
  • Wednesday – Knitting Works in Progress/Finished Objects
  • Thursday – Rave and Rage
  • Friday – Teaching Notes (reflections, learning experiences, etc)
  • Saturday – Slice of Life and Creative Writing

Now, this isn’t to say that I’m only going to post on those topics on those days, I just want to have a defined focus so I have more motivation to gather my thoughts in an organized fashion. Stay tuned later today for a reading update!

Sockotta Socks

I had been in quite a funk up until today with blogging. Sorry, dear readers, for so little content this month. I’ll be better, promise! I have so much to say that sometimes it’s more a matter of choosing bits and pieces instead of trying to think of something to write about.

Anyhow, here is the current sock! Enjoy the eye candy. I have to spend the rest of the night (and week) grading to wrap up quarter three and planning to start quarter four.

I Knit This Weekend!!

I actually had time to knit! Can you imagine!! I was so incredibly sick this past week, as you know, and I drove the hour and a half up to Orono between naps on Thursday afternoon. While at the boy’s new house (he just moved!) I sat on the couch knitting. And boy did it feel good!

I worked on a new set of mittens for myself. They’re made out of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Peat Mix using the basic mitten pattern found in Katherina Buss’ book The Big Book of Knitting. I’m using size six with 40 stitches cast on and knit on size four needles. I love them! They are going to be so wonderful! I love Ultra Alpaca and make so many projects out of it.

As a matter of fact, I went to my favorite local yarn store Fiberphilia in Orono, Maine and planned a sweater for Allan out of it. I’m going to make the men’s striped sweater from Knit Issue 1 from page 16. It’s pictured on the second row of images, first small one on the left on the link given. I’m thinking blues and greys for Allan. Suggestions of colorways? I’m still deciding.

While at Fiberphilia, I learned that my talented knitter friend Laura works there now! It was a pleasure seeing her. I met up with my friend from This Mouse’s Den for an afternoon of knitting and it was the most relaxing afternoon I’ve had in ages. I also saw my friend Katherine. I haven’t seen her in months! It was simply serendipitous seeing all my favorite people, unplanned, at my my favorite local yarn store! Talk about a weekend!

Knitting News

The last month has been a mad rush of getting school work done. I have barely knit a stitch since my vacation to Florida at the end of December. I have been adding a few rows here and there to the Irish Wool Sharfik, a few rows to the moss stitched scarf for my BIL, and I’ve poked around in my stash and dreamed of future projects. My queue on Ravelry has grown exponentially in the last few weeks.

Remember the green sweater in Peace Fleece I was working on this summer? Well, the body is done. I simply need to put on the button and neck bands. When will it get done? Probably this coming summer at this rate. Just in time for next fall. The current hold up is lack of appropriately sized needles. I need a 32″ or longer size 4 circular needle. I’m currently plotting the acquisition of Knit Picks Options Needles to solve such problems now and in the future.

I’m also at a gridlock with the lacy shrug in Plymouth Royal Bamboo because I simply don’t have the time to sit down and practice the (simple) lace stitch. I tried it during my vacation in December and couldn’t seem to figure it out. That and I wasn’t exactly feeling patient then, either. I have a week off coming up soon in February. I hope to finish the green sweater then, and work on the lace pattern, too.

In the meantime, I looked through my stash today and found that it’s in decent shape. I don’t have a lot in there that isn’t being worked, or planned to be worked. Except some handspun hand-dyed wool that my fiance’s grandmother created. It’s beautiful and in sandy gold tones. Unfortunately, I’m not into sandy gold tones so I’ve had a hard time envisioning it in a project. As soon as I get my card reader from the boy, I’ll take pictures and solicit project ideas.

I also have several skeins of Knit Picks Merino Style left. I’m plotting a project for them, something in the way of mittens and a neck warmer to go with the fair isle hat I knit during my vacation. My only concern is dipping into color overload, so the neck warmer may end up being done in one or two of the more muted colors. But the mittens, I’m going to go all out on! Details will follow when I figure it out.

Also, I’m feeling conflicted over a few items in my stash. I have a few full or partial skeins of Lambs Pride that I simply don’t know what to do with. I worked with this wool when I first began knitting “real” projects a few years ago and picked this batch up a few months ago for a felting project. I ended up needing far less than I thought and now I’m stuck. I don’t want to use it, I don’t want to throw it out, and I don’t have any knitter friends in the area that are interested in it. I’m considering knitting it up, felting it and . . . giving it as a gift? Who knows. I’ll figure it out soon enough.

I also have a few pairs of socks and mittens waiting in the stash, too. Someday they’ll be knit up.