On Happy Street

After I finished my scrappy shawl, all I could think of was other ways I could look cute while staying warm at work. I was feeling some pretty strong Color Affection feelings, but the day I went to the yarn store I had a nasty migraine and looking at the pattern to get yarn requirements was nearly impossible. Narrow stripes are just not good for my migraine eyes, so in the end that migraine was probably really good timing. I would hate to have knit an entire shawl and then found out I couldn’t wear it when I had a migraine. Lucky for me, Veera Välimäki has lots of other shawl options.

I think I might be developing a bit of a shawl thing. This was such a fast knit and I had the pattern memorized after the first stripe repeat. I don’t know if I’m picking the right patterns or it’s just the fun of trying something new, but I feel like I’m knitting shawls right now faster than I ever knit anything.

There weren’t a whole lot of solid fingering weight options at the store that day, but I found the Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat section and figured I might never need another yarn as long as I live anyway, so it all worked out.

 

 

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This yarn is fantastic. That teal almost glows. And it didn’t bleed into the white at all, even though the water was pretty blue when I took it out of its bath. It also comes in some pretty generous yardage, so I have soooo much leftover and some plans for fun things to do with it all.

 

I went down a needle size for this since I tend to be a loose knitter. My gauge ended up a bit tighter than the pattern calls for, but this is still plenty huge.

 

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Side of my house for scale.

Pattern: Happy Street by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat, 66 g of Dreamworld (purple) and 54 g of Caterpillar (teal); Cascade 220 Fingering, 61 g of 8010 Natural
Needles: 3.75 mm/US 5 bamboo circular
Finished Gauge: 23 sts & 46 rows over 4″; I didn’t take a finished measurement for width depth
Started: 4/16/16
Finished: 5/8/16

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Bits

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Thanks to the Soxcetera Blanket Blitz KAL, I’ve been working the blanket again. I’m trying to figure out the best method for taking pictures of it in segments. With the size it’s gotten to, I can capture the details or I can capture the scope.

 

Also thanks to the Soxcetera group, I’ve gotten some fresh yarns for the blanket too. I’ve added a fair bit to the supply just with my own knitting since the last time I worked on the blanket, but these trades are gonna help me make a huge dent in things. I still have one more coming too.

While I was winding up minis for these trades and sorting out what new stuff I hadn’t added to the blanket yet, I started having that feeling again. I have all these bits of yarn that are too small for swapping but have already been used in the blanket twice (just about the only rule I’m imposing on the blanket, even though I don’t think it will really make a difference in how it looks in the end) and some that were reclaimed from failed or re-knit projects and weren’t in swappable condition. I do have my scarf that I started to take care of my leftover leftovers, but I’m not really feeling scarf-y right now. Some of these yarns have been lying around for YEARS tho, like, since my second or third ever pair of socks, and they’ve been with me through 3 moves and dozens of swaps and I just felt like it was their time to be useful or be gone.

 

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And then I was like you know what? I think it’s time for some Nether Garments.

 

 

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And I was definitely right about that.

 

(Also, the Blanket Blitz KAL goes till the end of the month, and you should definitely get in on it!)

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One Problem Solved

So, I’ve been having some sock issues lately, you may have noticed. I’ve always had a tendency to knit two socks of slightly different sizes, but historically that hasn’t been enough of a problem to make a pair of socks completely unwearable. Then I started my current year of socks project and suddenly it was like I had no idea what socks were and how feet worked or anything.

I’m slowly getting back on track, and I think I have most of my problems defined. One is just a plain old tension inconsistency problem. I think the longer I knit the same thing the tighter my gauge tends to get, so by partway through the second sock I’m just knitting something entirely different than what I started out with. This is compounded by the problem that I tend to try on the first sock a lot to get the fit right, but I never try the second sock on, so I’m measuring an unstretched sock against a stretched one instead of seeing if the second one actually fits my foot. Then there’s the problem that I’ve been knitting the same basic sock pattern for years without much changing even as my feet have definitely been changing. Not so much that I’m a different shoe size or anything, but spending the last few years on my feet instead of at a desk has had enough of an effect that some of my more snug pairs are actually impossible to put on now. And yet I’m still knitting the same number of stitches. I think it might be time to take all new measurements and do all new gauge swatches and treat it like I’m just learning how to knit socks for the first time.

Anyways, I think I fixed my “never the same size” problem. It just took a little wrestling with my indecisiveness problem first.

 

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I loooooove this yarn and I didn’t want it to pool, so I gave Whiz Bang a try. I was iffy on the toe shaping but the slipped-stitch pattern was looking pretty great so I was going to just deal. I tried it on and it was just way too big and the toe didn’t fit at all.

 

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I tried my usual toe-up toe and fewer stitches with the same idea. I loved how the slipped stitches made their own stripes, but something about this just wasn’t working for me either, and I decided I liked the yarn too much to make a sock I didn’t love. So, I just said screw it and went back to my usual cuff-down stockinette deal.

 

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It worked! It worked out so perfectly. I got just-about-one-round stripes and no pooling at all.

Things look a bit skewed in this photo, but I promise even my method for getting same-sized socks worked. I decided that my trying on/not trying on approach was a big part of the problem, so I took the crucial measurements – calf to ankle, heel to start of toe shaping — against my hand. A tape measure or ruler would be more accurate, to be sure, but my hand is something I always have with me when I’m knitting, so.  I also did not try either sock on even once while I was knitting it. I showed such self-restraint and was rewarded with same-size socks. In light of my recent discovery that washing something before you wear it gives you a better idea of how it’s actually going to fit (this is major news I bet you’ve never heard before! tell your friends! blocking works!), I didn’t even try them on once they were done. I gave them a soak and some time on the drying rack, and I wore them to work today and they performed quite admirably.

 

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Pattern: 64 stitches, cuff-down, 2×2 rib, stockinette, short-row heel with gusset mod* as described here
Yarn: Mad Color Fiber Arts Classica, colorway Betta Fish
Needles: 1.75 mm Karbonz DPN’s
Started: 2/21/16
Finished: a…week? or two? ago
’15-’16:17 Progress: 4/17 completed pairs

 

*I’m not sure I like this mod. Honestly, I’m not sure I even like short-row heels anymore. This was definitely the right choice for this yarn, but I don’t feel like short-row heels ever stay on my actual heel and even with the gusset I still feel like I can see the yarn pulling a bit across my instep. I think it might be time to invest in some solid sock yarns for contrasting heels in case I run into this situation again.

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I’m Calling It Sculpture

It is good to be honest with yourself, particularly about yourself.

 

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I started Daughter of the Regiment in late 2012.

 

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In early 2013 she fell victim to the Great Knit Picks Needle Plague, which temporarily also infected whatever that bamboo one is sticking out on the left.

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It took until late 2014 before I had the energy to fix what was lost in the plague. But then I didn’t do a whole hell of a lot else with her for a while. I was starting to wonder if we might not be totally meant for each other.

 

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I finished her skirt and got her jacket set-up row done last fall. Then, back in the basket.

 

Yesterday I stumbled across her again, and you know how I was saying recently that I’m having this urge to clear out the things I don’t need/love/use?

 

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Yeah. I just couldn’t stand having this sock sitting around unfinished for another fucking minute. I looked at this last night and all I could feel was DONE. I rushed through the jacket. I did so much wrong, partly from not reading the pattern closely enough and partly from just not even really caring, and I shortened the whole thing significantly and I got to the instructions to switch to 1×1 twisted rib on both sides and I had a good laugh and then knit just enough regular ribbing to squeeze in the last button and called it a day. I barely wove in any of the ends. I completely ignored an entire applied braid thing I was supposed to do at the end, and that second-from-the-top contrasting band of red? I’m not even sure how I was supposed to do that, because I had actually stopped looking at the pattern by then. I just did a chain with a crochet hook and almost cried when I pulled the loose end through at the last stitch.

 

I knew the second I picked her back up yesterday that she would never have a sibling. It felt good to finally admit that to myself.

Don’t get me wrong. This is an impressive pattern. Impressive both because, well, look at it, but also because it’s written in a way that lets you recreate this thing at all. But also, let’s be honest. This is not a sock you would put inside a shoe, and me personally I just can’t see myself lounging around in socks that have both a skirt and buttons — much as the skirt and buttons were almost the whole reason I ever wanted to knit this in the first place. So I’ll need to find a way to put her on display, I guess, because as soon as I snipped that last yarn end, Only Child of the Regiment moved firmly, permanently into the realm of art.

 

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This here is absurdly mistake-ridden and nearly an insult to the pattern, the designer, the yarn, and the buttons. But whatevs. Life is short and this knitting was long and eventually you have to choose sides in that battle.

 

The DONE feeling extended to all the finishing stuff, really, which was a surprise to me. Usually I’m fine leaving ends unwoven or entire items unwashed and unblocked if I’m sick enough of them. This one I wanted to be really, truly done with so bad that I stuck her right in the sink and then played around with making a cardboard sock blocker while she soaked so I could get something like a finished photo right away. (This went about as well as everything else has with this sock, but I blame the fact that I couldn’t find my left-handed scissors.) I didn’t even wait for my husband to get home and photoshop them for me, that’s how DONE I am with this sock.

 

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Entirely done. Well, once it dries, I guess. But then, for sure. DONE.

Pattern: Daughter of the Regiment by Lisa Grossman
Yarn: Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock from the kit
Needles: 8,000,000,000 different 2 mm needles — bamboo DPN’s that I bent, wood DPN’s that I snapped, KP circs that broke, a bamboo circ that snapped, a Karbonz circ for about 5 minutes until I pulled it for another project, and then more bent bamboo DPN’s last night because that was how few fucks I had left.
Started: 12/28/12
Finished: 5/2/16

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Scrappy Shawl!

You know how sometimes you just get an idea in your head and instantly it’s all you can think about and then you CAN’TSTOPWON’TSTOP until it’s a real thing in your hands?

 

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So I was organizing the yarn bins a few weeks ago and realized I had this whole collection of neutral-ish yarns in the DK-to-light-worsted range that all looked quite nice together and yet they had gathered over the years because I did not know what (or what else, since some were leftovers) to do with them. I guess I must have been confused about their usefulness simply because I put each one away individually, because as soon as I saw them all together I knew what I had to do.

 

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I took what I knew about basic triangle shawl construction and just knit until each ball of yarn was gone or I was bored with it.

 

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At the color transitions I worked an eyelet row (yo/k2tog on one side of center and yo/ssk on the other) sandwiched between 2 purl rows on the right side. Other than that, it was all stockinette stitch forever.

 

The last stripe was the only one where I didn’t knit until I was out of yarn, because I still had like 3 full balls of that gray and I already suspected the thing was quite large, so I did the color transition pattern, a plain row or 2, repeated the transition pattern, and then did a picot bind-off.

 

Which was a good plan, since it turned out my suspicions were correct.

 

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I mean, I am not terribly big, and yet this is objectively huge, I think. I’ve taken to wearing it folded in half (so the green-ish section at the top center becomes the “point” of the triangle) because that makes it much more reasonable for being in public. Not that I haven’t already snagged it on my purse a few times anyways, but that’s a different story.

 

In conclusion: LOOK AT MY SHAWL YOU GUYS MY SHAWL IS SO GREAT AND BIG I LOVE MY SHAWL

 

Pattern: none to speak of
Yarn: from top center:

  • Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon Top, color Winter of my Discontent, that I partly spun and then traded on Ravelry to get the rest spun. Leftovers from these socks.
  • Dale Garn Heilo, color 2391
  • Berroco Inca Gold, color 6415. Leftovers from these mittens.
  • Mystery yarn from a ton of yarn a coworker passed on to me years ago. No idea what it was, and there was just a tiny bit of it, but it has a bit of a halo and it felt super silky and I loved it for just those few rows we had together.
  • Knit Picks Telemark, color Mink Heather and then Dove Heather
  • Classic Elite Soft Linen, color 2292
  • KP Mink Heather again
  • CE Soft Linen, color 6572
  • KP Dove Heather again

Needles: 5.5 mm bamboo circs
Started: 4/2/16
Finished: 4/9/16. Not even joking. I. KNIT. THIS. IN. A. WEEK! Me. The process knitter.
Dimensions: 96″ wingspan, 45-ish inches down the spine. I myself am something like 61-and-a-fraction inches tall barefoot, so.

 

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Snow Day/Sock Day

A couple weeks ago we had hopefully our last big storm of the year, and I got to enjoy probably my last weather-related day off for a good while. It started while I was at work and snowed all day. By the time I got home the roads were slushy and icing up, and at 6 a.m. the next day things did not look like they had improved. I made myself a second cup of coffee and a giant to-do list and set about seeing what I could accomplish, knitting-wise and otherwise.

 

I cleaned out the fridge.

 

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I stared in horror. I made an elaborate grocery list.

 

I worked on my latest socks.

 

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These socks have taken quite a journey. They started out as Whiz Bang but I just didn’t care for the pattern — both the actual look of the sock and the written instructions — and the fit was totally wrong for me. I liked the slipped stitch idea, so I tried something similar that I kind of made up as I went, but that didn’t make me happy either. All that work to try to avoid pooling, and this is what the yarn looks like with just plain knitting; perfect little single-round stripes. These are gorgeous and they will probably be done today and I can’t wait.

 

Cleaning out the fridge led to a serious attack on the dishes because oh damn I guess all the dishes were actually in the fridge this whole time and I got the sink to completely empty, scrubbed and shiny, and there is one thing that a clean, empty sink always makes me want to do.

 

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I washed all my socks. ALLLLLLLL of them. Of course, seeing them all in a nice clean pile in the dresser every morning has made me want to wear them every day, so now most of them need to be washed again. Vicious cycle and all that. But I’ve learned some very important things about my socks in the last few weeks!

 

First, remember these?

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And how I was all upset that the second one was too small? Turns out my habit of putting socks on the absolute second I finish them and making a final pronouncement on how well I did knitting them isn’t the most helpful. After a bath, these both fit me just perfectly, so my year of socks project has a surprise finished pair to add to the total.

 

Pattern: just my standard socks for me, 64 stitches, cuff-down, aiming for about a 7″ circumference unstretched
Yarn: Barking Dog Opposites Attract, colorway Bonnie & Clyde
Needles: 2 mm Karbonz DPN’s
Started: 10/21/15
Finished: some time in November 2015
’15-’16:17 Progress: 3 completed pairs, 2 half-finished pairs, 1 pair this close, out of what should be I think 8 pairs by now?

 

The other thing I’ve learned — or I guess I should say admitted, since I kind of already knew — is that the few pairs I have that I’ve been ignoring the fit issues with for one reason or another really do need fixing. I have a few pairs that are just a squidge too small, and one pair that is just unacceptably small, and I’ve typically avoided acknowledging this by only wearing them in shoes. I guess it’s that the shoes keep the socks in place so they can’t do that thing where the heel keeps sliding forward towards the toes like it wants to fold your foot in half. But also my feet are just…different since I knit them. Maybe it’s arthritis, maybe it’s wearing heels less the last few years, maybe it’s working jobs that have had me on my feet all day, maybe 35 is just a cranky and intolerant age for me, but these socks don’t fit right, dammit, and I want them to fit right, so I am going to fix them somehow. Stay tuned.

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Look, Ma! Both hands!

YOU GUUUUUYYYYYSSSSSS

 

YOU GUYS

 

I LEARNED HOW TO KNIT WITH THE YARN IN  MY LEFT HAND!

 

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This was like learning to knit all over again.

 

But I put it to good use.

 

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These are Kiemurakukkaset and I knit them for the soxcetera colorwork KAL. They were SO MUCH FUN and they’re not entirely finished but man I feel like I’ve leveled up, knitting-wise. I heard the old City of Heroes sound and everything.

I also decided to wash just one to start with so I could get a good sense of the difference it makes. I trust you can tell which one I tested this on. I didn’t even really block this! I just gave it a soak and a squeeze and a bit of a stretch in every direction, and then I just let it lie flat. My gauge is for sure all over the place even after washing, but I will say I definitely think this is a Thing I Can Do now.

As you can see, even aside from blocking these still are not quite done, so the finished object post is still to come. So many progress shots here tho if you’d like them.

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More Yarn Tribbles, and a Call For Swaps

Hey, did you know my primary love language is Acts of Service? That’s a true story about me. Anyways, what do you do with the things you know you won’t use, or with the things you’ve been meaning to use forever but don’t want to admit that you probably won’t? What’s your threshold for declaring something in need of a good home, or at least in need of getting out of your sight permanently? For me, it has always largely depended on how much storage space I have. As a rule, if it’s not taking up room I desperately need for something I love/need/use more, then it stays where I put it. But lately, even with all the space I have these days, when I come across the things that don’t fall into the love/need/use categories I only feel a serious need to get them sorted out ASAP. They are not doing me a service and therefore don’t truly love me, and anything that doesn’t truly love me should go and seek a better life elsewhere. Or at least speak up and tell me what the hell I should knit with it already.

 

I spent a good amount of time last week in the yarn bins, looking for something it turns out we probably lost in the move last year.

 

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Why I can lose actually useful things but this sort of nonsense remains is beyond me.

 

At least it was a good opportunity to sort things better. I now have a bin of yarn for the Etsy shop; a bin of lace weight, sock yarn and other stuff for already planned projects; and a “sport and heavier” bin. In the process, I came across a bunch of stuff that brought up that “something needs to be done about this NOW” feeling. I’ve already shown you how I handled the problem of the old Noro-and-Patons blanket that was never gong to be finished. I’m pleased to report I also redid the body on Francis Revisited and got it to an acceptable length. Now I just need to figure out how I want to finish the sleeves, and I’ll have a nice warm squishy cowl-neck sweater in time for summer.

 

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I feel like I have mostly knit with worsted or fingering weight for the bulk of my knitting career, but I do seem to have a weensy collection of neutral-ish sportweight scraps building up. Maybe these need to be a shawl? If I felt like I was likely to add to this group in the near-ish future, I’d probably start another scrap blanket, but I should probably go for the option that might see me actually finish a thing.

 

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Some lovely soft aran weight with varying degrees of silk and cashmere just begging to become a cowl. The gray was a Sophie and the red was a pair of commissioned mitts and both were in my very first Etsy sale, but the Natural Silk Aran has been just sort of floating for like 6 years or something, until I happened to pull it out of the bin alongside the others.  I am nearly ready to cast this on, actually. It’s calling to me.

 

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This is a Very Tall Sock I knit way back in my earliest knitting days when I was first thinking about socks but not quite ready for the skinny yarn and skinny needles deal. I knit one, it didn’t fit right, I never knit another. I don’t have the inclination to unravel it — unraveling stripes is worse even than weaving in ends when it comes to knitting chores, in my opinion — nor the heart to throw it away. We already have Christmas stockings. I have no idea what to do with this besides just move it from bin to bin every few years as I come across it. I am showing it to you so its existence will at least be recognized for this one brief moment.

 

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I liked these colors together and was playing around with a sort of color/texture block idea, but then I ran out of yarn and interest at the same time and I don’t even know what to tell you about that. I’m thinking about felting this and cutting it up into coasters. I need more coasters.

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I’ve had this skein of laceweight wound double-stranded sitting around for years waiting to become legwarmers. I can’t quite envision what I want them to be like, I’ve never knit legwarmers, and every pattern I look at feels wrong. I’m open to suggestions for a good legwarmer pattern/what I should do with this instead. (It is most certainly staying doubled, though, whatever I do with it.)

 

SWAP TIME!

Sometimes it’s kind of exciting to go through the bins like this and get new ideas about old yarn. Sometimes you just have to admit there are no new ideas to be had. I’ve got a few other things hanging around waiting for someone to love them. Maybe that someone is you? Sale or trade, some or all, whatever you like, hit me up. Value given in current average-ish (like, I looked through the first “will trade or sell” page to see what most folks are doing?) Ravelry prices. I’ve got basic sale/trade info and a bit of a wishlist here, though what I probably want more than anything right now is more minis for the blanket because I know we are not far off from it taking over my life again for a while. Let’s say a 100-gram skein of sock yarn goes for about $20, that makes your average 5-gram mini worth $1, right? So, we can use that as our unit of currency. I mean, all that being said, I’m pretty flexible on yarn trades. Make me an offer and we’ll see what we can do.

 

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This is leftovers from a recent secret project that I finished a long time ago and am dreadfully late in delivering to its recipient and man what even is my problem with that? But anyways I have a bunch of Cascade 220 Superwash in pastel fruity colors and…I can’t imagine using these again. (The few darker colors peeking out are sport weight and there’s about 20 g each of raspberry, tangerine & whatever type of green they call 841, if anyone is interested.) (Also, I’ll wind it up neater before I send it.)

Value: looks like $8 per 100 g ball

I have:

  • 871 White – 87 g
  • 851 Lime – 2 full balls + 47 g in partials
  • 836 Pink Ice – 72 g in partials
  • 820 Lemon – 1 full ball
  • 826  Tangerine – 88 g in partials
  • 877 Golden – 1 full ball & 1 that’s about 5-6 g short of full

 

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(Does anybody know why WordPress is rotating pictures sometimes and then refusing to rotate them back the right way lately? Not that it isn’t super fun, but I wouldn’t mind things being right way up if possible.)

 

One full (50 g) skein and 2 partials totalling 89 g of Knit Picks Shimmer in Galaxy. I can’t explain why I’m trading away purple yarn. I just know it needs to happen.

Value $5 per 50 g skein

 

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One skein of KnitPicks Swish Bulky in Doe.

Value seems to vary wildly? Let’s say $7?

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One skein of Cascade 220 in color 2415 Sunflower.

Value again, iffy, but how does $6 sound?

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And finally a mostal of Cascade Eco + in 2452 Turtle. I also have a few little partials kicking around I believe.

Value $15 for a full 250 g skein, so, like, $12 for this?

Of course, if you have minis to swap, we can always do this the old-fashioned way too.

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If you’ve swapped minis with me before, there’s a very high chance of repeats here, so keep that in mind, but I have added a few new yarns to the supply lately and I have more than enough to go around still.

 

I think that’s it for now. Leave me a comment or message me on Ravelry if you see something you like.

 

OTHER STUFF THAT’S GOING ON

I’ll have some exciting stuff to show you about this in hopefully my next post, but in the meantime you should really check out the soxcetera podcast my friend Shannon hosts and then head over to the Ravelry group and check out the colorwork knitalong. Everyone’s projects are so amazing and I’m knitting with two hands and I never thought it would be possible and I am having THE BEST TIME!

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The Best Way Out is Always Through

The fallout from last week’s attempt at organizing the next-to-the-couch yarn basket has been staring at me from the coffee table, and this weekend I finally had to do something about it.

The big problem — from both a yarn storage and a project finishing standpoint —  is that when you throw a bunch of half-knit yarn into a basket, eventually it just becomes a yarn tribble. Two solutions to this: don’t half-knit things, and/or don’t store half-knit yarn in a giant basket with no separation strategy.

Neither of these is a likely long-term solution for me, let’s be honest. Still, I felt motivated in one particular direction — which was NOT the “store your yarn neatly like a reasonable person, Aoife” direction — and I’m gonna stick with that for a bit and see what it gets me.

I pulled out my in-progress third Muriwai, freed its half-ball from the horrors of the basket, and worked on the border to the end of the ball. Honestly, how damn quick is it to knit a couple rounds with super bulky yarn? What excuse do I even have for putting this down halfway through a ball? Anyways, this took about 20 minutes and now there’s no mile-long end to tangle in the basket. I think I should get a little credit for finding the rest of the yarn — still neatly in its plastic bag! — and putting all of it together so next time I want to work on this I don’t have to search.

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These things take really boring pictures.

 

I was looking through all the yarn bins over the weekend and doing a quick reshuffle to get things that need attention nearer to the top of the heap, and I figured it was finally time to turn Francis Revisited into something wearable.

Zoe helped.

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This one will take a bit of knitting, since I need to work on the body and the sleeves. It’s just stockinette in the round for the most part, though, so it shouldn’t take too much time. She says almost 5 years to the day after starting this mostly-stockinette-in-the-round sweater.

The greatest accomplishment of my weekend, though, was stumbling upon the old Noro striped blanket that I worked on for about 5 minutes in 2013 and haven’t looked at since.

My first thought was, “Fuck it. This is more square than I want it to be and I am never going to finish it.”

I took it off the needles, and my second thought was, “Fuck! This is way bigger than I thought it was.”

 

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My third thought was, “If I fold the corners back like a note in 3rd grade, this might could be a pillow.”

And might it could, my friends.

And might it could, my friends.

THIS THING IS GREAT!!!!!

We have a marble coffee table, and I have a weird maybe arthritic heel, so a pillow is a real necessity. I have thankfully had the loan of Dan’s Spider-Man pillow for the last year, but oh my people let me tell you. THIS PILLOW! IS! FANTASTIC! It has half a small bag of stuffing in it AND half a large bag of stuffing in it! I just kept stuffing until I couldn’t stuff anymore, and I regret NOTHING. I am sure the cats will try to pull the stuffing out, but such is life. Plus I figure if I give it a hot water wash from time to time and treat it roughly it should felt up a bit and keep its inside where they belong.

Pattern: Um…I started with maybe a circular cast on and did yo increases to make the corners? And then did like garter stitch but with 2 knit rounds for every purl ridge?
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, colorway 215; Patons Classic Wool in Aran & Natural Mix
Needles: US 9 KP interchangeables that have somehow avoided the Great KP Needle Plague of Aught-leven to Present, probably partly because they were stuck in this project for the last 2 years
Started: 10/12/13
Finished: 2/29/16

 

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Current Situation

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One-third through a new semester. Halfway through a yarn basket organization/untangling. (Please, somebody, stop me from trying to store yarn in this basket. I’m seeing if “shove all the little half-skeins into a cut-off piece of pantyhose and hope that that contains them” is a good strategy to prevent every innocent peek into a container of yarn turning into a days long search-and-rescue effort. Will report back with progress.) Surrounded by notes for school, yarn for a hat for Dan, my coffee can of knitting needles (nearly as disorganized as the yarn basket, though blessedly less tangled). Occupying a just finished and actually-matching-size-wise pair of Jaywalkers. Overall, not too shabby.

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Funky Monkey! Handpaints, color Apple (That’s my actual skein on the yarn page!)
Needles: 2mm Karbonz 40″ circular
Started: 10/1/15
Finished: 2/20/16
Should Have Been Finished: 10/21/15
Current ’15-’16:17 Progress: Dismal. 2 of what should be 7 or 8 pairs by now.

In other current things, my friend Shannon started a knitting podcast and you should all check it out because it’s fantastic and she’s adorable and she mentions me in one episode and now I feel FAMOUS.

Also I made some new hats for the Etsy shop and one of these days I’ll be home and not forgetful while it’s light enough out to take good pictures and actually get them listed.

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Also also this cat continues to be almost pointlessly cute:

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