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Independence Yay!

OK, this is it. Time to declare myself free of that weird crafting guilt you get when too many unfinished things pile up for too long. This is going to feel good. Let’s do this thing. I give you the Official List of Allowable Knitting for the Foreseeable Future, in Approximate Order of On-the-Needles Time:

 

1 Life-Long Blanket

No, I don’t expect to finish this, but I am giving myself a milestone to reach; I want to fill in the pretty jagged top so that’s squared off again and fill in all the side triangles (I have the bottom done & one side complete up as far as I’ve knit rows of squares, so the triangle part of the goal is pretty doable).

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2 Secret Project #1

Almost exactly 6 years old, more than half done (though I need to recheck my gauge and see if I even can continue from where I left off or if I have to start over).

 

3 Giant Oceania Shawl

This one was still in progress when I started typing up this list last night, but honestly once I pulled it out to take pictures I just had that oh god so sick of this feeling I’ve been getting lately, and, well, here:

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It’s really hard to get accurate colors in the spare room. Why those walls? Why?

Pattern: Triangular Shawl Recipe #2: Increasing Triangular Shawl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Oceania, color Java
Needles: 5.5 mm/US 9 KP Harmony interchangeables for the body of the shawl, then it sat on the cord with stoppers for at least the last 3 years, judging by the date on my last Ravelry notes, and then yesterday I just grabbed 2 tips that looked big enough to bind off with but I honestly don’t know what size
Started: 8/18/10
Finished: 7/3/16

When I started this, the plan was to have a giant blanket-sized shawl to keep me warm at work. It took longer to knit than it took that job to lay me off, though, and it’s just kind of been languishing forever since then. Seeing that this only took 130 g out of 400 and it was this big has me convinced I made the right decision and I never would have knit a giant shawl out of this. Also I just knit the giant shawl of my dreams and I don’t feel the need for another one. I found a friend who will give it a good home and I think we shall all be happier for it.

 

4 Francis Revisited Revised

LOOK AT HER NOW SHE JUST NEEDS LONGER SLEEVES!

And Buddy just needs to play with her ends.

And Buddy just needs to play with her ends.

 

5 Conference Call Socks

Started September 2011; have been nothing but trouble since. The first sock was too small. Then I reknit it and it fit perfectly. Yesterday:

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Maybe I’m done with these? Maybe I give them one more chance? Maybe I try to get the same size on the second one and find someone who’s like half a shoe-size smaller than me? Maybe I don’t have to knit this list in order so I have some time to decide.

 

6 Secret project #2

Started in 2013; high chance this won’t get done; best not to get into too much detail.

 

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(There should be a pair of mittens here but I remember some horrible yarn tangles and I’m not sure if I know where one of the yarns that I need even is right now and also the hat & scarf they were supposed to match have had some stain misfortune befall them, so I’m gonna keep a place for them but not get my hopes up.)

 

8 Scrappy Scarf

Fingering weight leftovers from the sock yarn blanket. I like this but I don’t know how much, really. This one might get ripped out.

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9 Ugly Knee Socks

When last we saw them:

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I tried this one on yesterday to see how the fit was, and everything but the heel was great. I think my recent short-row-heel revelation extends to afterthought heels. Since I didn’t love the yarn anyway, I haven’t decided what to do with these. If I decide to finish, I’ll probably cut the foot off just above the heel and add a contrasting heel flap and then redo the foot. I just have to decide how much I care or how much I would wear these. My original plan was to wear them in my boots on the farm but that’s less useful to me right now. Idunno. But I’ll report back.

 

10 Secret project # 2

I can finish this. I CAN finish this. I can FINISH THIS!!!! And then you can see it.

 

11 Muriwai the Third

Big blob of green cotton. Nothing to see here.

 

12 Worsted Weight Scrap Blanket

I don’t think I ever showed you this! It’s fun.

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I’m just sort of taking leftovers and knitting 20-stitch-wide garter stitch strips. For one strip, I’m alternating 2 colors and changing one of them out every 20 ridges. For the other, I’m splitting it down the middleand knitting until each color runs out. Not sure what I’ll do with the next ones. I think this will be like a 24″x36″ lap blanket maybe?

 

13 & 14 Mismatched 2-at-a-time Socks

Haven’t started the second socks yet, but you can see that I intend to, since I actually know where both the yarns are.

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When they’re done, they’ll look just like this but on the other feet:

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Also then they won’t have to be mismatched anymore if I don’t want them to be.

 

15 Kiemurakukkaset

These don’t need much! Just the thumbs (with conductive thread) and a good blocking. Watch this take the longest of everything on the list.

 

16 NETHER GARMEEEEEEEEENTSSSSSSSSSS

Holy dang these are fun, you guys.

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So…that takes care of everything with a Ravelry project page. But that doesn’t take care of everything.

In less of any kind of order, here is what remains:

 

17 This is a sweater. I swear.

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18 This used to be a sweater.

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Back before the blog, I knit a Buttony.

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While I was super excited to knit an actual garment, I think that face I’m making there pretty accurately sums up how I have tended to feel about the thing since. Like, sure, I’m kinda smiling but I’m not like smiling smiling. It’s nice. It’s OK. It’s lived in a box for 8.5 years.

It’s gonna be a pillow now. Probably a pillow with buttons tho ’cause dang I love those buttons.

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19 Gray & Yellow Shawl in unphotographable yarn

 

20 Myrtle, which I am finally ready to swatch after like 5 years of thinking about it–in unphotographable yarn

 

21 Gray & Teal Scarf in yarn I am too lazy to photograph right now but would probably look fine if I did

 

22 Big Pile of Socks With Problems That I Should Really Fix

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23 Mending

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Not much in this category, thankfully.

 

24 & 25 Mystery Projects 3 & 4

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26 My Current Year-of-Socks Socks

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Hey, so if anybody’s having trouble getting in the right mood to knit short socks, let me recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Let me also note that is the ONLY situation for which I can recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Any time I think about socks lately all I can think is well there’s no point covering up too much of my legs, given that they’re about to melt off anyways.

27 Wild Card

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This meets neither of my “on the needles or significantly along in the planning stage” criteria and I don’t even care. I bought this on WWKIP day to celebrate my local store’s 20% off sale. I have no idea what it’s going to be yet but I’m putting it on this list in case something comes to me.

 

OK, folks, I…think that’s it? Like, I really really believe this is everything. I don’t see how there could be more.

 

Onward!

And Two New Hats for Me

So, remember the Allowable Knitting Basket? It was a great idea I had last year to keep myself motivated to clear out old stuff before starting new stuff.

Also, remember the Drawers with Plans? Another great idea I had to separate any yarn that was attached to a specific, desired, possibly Ravelry-queued and, ideally, from a pattern I already owned project from the leftovers and stuff I didn’t have a clue what to do with.

Both ideas worked pretty well at first. And it’s not that I’ve given up on them or anything. But remember my bookshelf do-over? See how nicely the AKB fits on the second shelf down and how it’s not at all clear that there’s a ton of half-knitted stuff in there?

Also, see those drawers? Those are not the Drawers with Plans, they’re the other ones. And this is the view from my couch.

So, you see, my problem is twofold. One, the unfinished items in the AKB are not right out there for me to see every day anymore. They’re neatly tucked away in out-of-sight-out-of-mind territory. Two, the drawers full of yarn I have projects in mind for are not in my line of sight when I’m on the couch wondering what to knit next. So, lately there’s a lot of knitting things from whatever yarn I happen to grab out of the no-plans drawers is my point. Lots of quick projects that are doing away with some neglected single skeins, which in the end isn’t such a bad thing.

Out of the no-plans drawers has come the scarf I showed you recently. That took care of a skein of Berroco Peruvia Quick, which it turns out would never have worked for the Winding Path I bought it for. The scarf also cleared out most of my first real skein of handspun. Then I figured I didn’t have enough matching sets of winter accessories (by which I mean I have exactly one matching set of winter accessories), so some more of the handspun and a skein of worsted weight KP Bare went into a matching hat.

As the handspun is still hanging in there, I have moved on to mittens.

Hat Pattern: 2*2 rib over 84 sts until I didn’t feel like it anymore, then stockinette until it was a few inches past the crown of my head, then some rapid decreases to give it a bit of flop.
Yarn: KP Bare Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted Weight, about 2/3 of a skein, maybe? And handspun Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL Top, just a squeensie bit.
Needles: 4 mm/US 6 for the ribbing, 5 mm/US 8 for the stockinette
Started: November 5, 2012
Finished: November 7, 2012
Worked on: In line to vote! It was way busier than I expected and I got at least an inch done.
Scarf Details: Here.

Election day was fairly chilly in my neck of the woods, so it was good that I’d recently finished yet another unplanned-for project.

I had a nice, warm head that morning, thanks to my slouchy pointy-ears hat. And I got a sticker!

Pattern: None. I just sort of cast on and went for it. A few garter ridges, a few increase rounds, knit for as long as I felt like it, and then a 3-needle bind off.
Yarn: Mystery yarn that I got second-hand last year. I think it’s wool, but I haven’t done any experiments to confirm that. Certainly is warm and a bit scratchy.
Needles: I don’t honestly remember now. 5.5 mm?
Started: Late October
Finished: November 4, 2012

This also looks dead sexy with the ears squunched down in the back, FYI, and that is usually how I wear it. I will admit the sticky-uppy  look adds a certain something, though.

So, OK, I’m not working through my yarn-pattern backlog quite like I would wish these days. But winter’s coming, so new hats can’t be a bad thing. And I really do need some matching items in the accessory pile, so all this unplanned knitting will achieve a goal. The pointy-ears hat will coordinate nicely with another scarf I have in progress, I think, and I’m hoping there’s enough left of both yarns for some gloves to complete the set. There’s just some really cool stuff in the Drawers with Plans, though, you guys. One of these days, I need to get my ass into those drawers.

AKB Update with Revisions

So, here is the list from March updated to show the state of things as of yesterday:

  1. DONE: The Unexpected Socks
  2. HALF-DONE: The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents. One present made for my sister. I haven’t seen the recipient of the second present to get yarn approval yet. Yarn has been approved. Yarn, needles, pattern (Grown-up Bonnet) and I are still negotiating gauge.
  3. RIPPED: Citron. The finished object is pretty, but the knitting was boring as hell and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I think I might make a sweater with the yarn instead. I am undecided on what this yarn shall be.
  4. SO CLOSE: Francis Revisited. Just needs one sleeve and I plan to knit that today. Minor edits still needed. Should only take a weekend or so to finish.
  5. NO CHANGE A FEW MORE ROWS DONE: Plain & Simple
  6. 1/5 DONE:The Oceania Shawl
  7. ALMOST DONE: The next Thor hat.I still need to do a second test knit for myself before I look for outside test knitters, but I think I have the pattern just about set. I think I have the pattern written. I need to block and assemble to double-check those directions. Then it’s layout and pictures time.
  8. DONE: The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock
  9. NO CHANGE PAST THE FIRST GUSSET!!: Kristi
  10. NO CHANGE DONE: The Kitchen Muriwai
  11. DONE: Xmas garland for the office
  12. DONE: The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks. And I don’t like them. I am officially filing this yarn under Bad Skeins and not touching it again until I settle on a worsted weight scrap project. (Which I need to do soon. Thoughts? Suggestions? I’m thinking something like this.)
  13. NO CHANGE: Last July’s attempt at Leyburn, which are destined for a friend if I can remember the mods I made and finish the second one so that it in any way matches the first I believe these are actually from 2 Julys ago. I will rip and restart.
  14. DONE: A practice hat for the class I’m teaching next month. The class ended up not happening, but I do like the hat.
  15. DONE: A child’s sweater that came in this batch of yarns that just needs a collar, a seam, and some ends woven in. This has been bartered for and given away and all is right in the world for this sweater now.

There’s a lot of DONE on that list. Many new projects have made their way to the coffee table but not the basket. So, it’s time to refill the AKB and bring the list up to date.

  1. Grown-up Bonnet
  2. Francis Revisited Revised
  3. Plain & Simple
  4. The Oceania Shawl
  5. Kristi
  6. Leyburn
  7. Secret Project
  8. Garter-Stitch Shawl (teaching a friend to knit will get me knitting whatever I’m teaching them long after they’ve left every time)
  9. Experimental Slipped-Stitch Sole Socks

That list is way too short. I need to go cast on, like, 8 new things.

Déjà Vu

This happened last time I knit Muriwai, too. This break only slowed me down for a few minutes, though. I moved the left-hand tip to the right and put a smaller tip on the left. Things went smoothly for a while, until the now right-hand needle almost gave me a splinter and I had to hunt down a nail file to fix that. Grrr. Sigh.

Now I have no longish 5 mm circulars, and I think I’m done with Knit Picks needles. These were actually the 5 mm tips they sent me to replace my original 5 mm tips that had broken. I got the 5 mm replacements at the same time as the replacements for the 6 mm tips that broke when I was knitting the first Muriwai. So, it looks like the replacements for the tips that had a 3-ish year shelf life have a 1.5 year shelf life themselves. That’s easy math, and I don’t like the trend I see developing here. If anyone has recommendations for reliable wood or bamboo needles with very pointy tips, let me know. I am now officially shopping for a new brand. I’m not sure I want another interchangeable set, but I love the idea of them so much that I could be swayed.

Anyway, back to the knitting. I powered through, and I finished.


Pattern: Muriwai Bath Mat by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
Yarn: 8 skeins GGH Big Easy color 003 held double; 1/3 skein each Classic Elite Star color 5116 & Bernat Organic Cotton in white held together
Needles: KP Harmony interchangeables 5 mm; 6 mm to bind off
Started: September 17, 2011
Finished: March 31, 2012
Mods: Thinner yarn and smaller needles than called for (when you’re shopping clearance, there’s only so much you have to work with). Knit to 250 stitches. This is much smaller than I thought it would be. If I’d realized that before I bound off, I would have changed a few things at the end. But it’s big enough for me to stand on, so I’m not unhappy overall.
Also: I know, I know. I’m supposed to be knitting socks. My hands needed a break from small-gauge knitting. I only have, like, 8 more pattern repeats and a toe. I’m totally good.

AKB Update #3

Last night I was tidying up the living room, which always involves a little wrangle-and-untangle action, when I realized the Allowable Knitting Basket was looking a little emptier than I remember. So, I thought I’d better have a look at the list and see what progress I’ve actually made.

  1. DONE: The Unexpected Socks
  2. HALF-DONE: The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents. One present made for my sister. I haven’t seen the recipient of the second present to get yarn approval yet.
  3. RIPPED: Citron. The finished object is pretty, but the knitting was boring as hell and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I think I might make a sweater with the yarn instead.
  4. SO CLOSE: Francis Revisited. Just needs one sleeve and I plan to knit that today.
  5. NO CHANGE: Plain & Simple
  6. 1/5 DONE:The Oceania Shawl
  7. ALMOST DONE: The next Thor hat.I still need to do a second test knit for myself before I look for outside test knitters, but I think I have the pattern just about set.
  8. DONE: The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock
  9. NO CHANGE: Kristi
  10. NO CHANGE: The Kitchen Muriwai
  11. DONE: Xmas garland for the office
  12. DONE: The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks. And I don’t like them. I am officially filing this yarn under Bad Skeins and not touching it again until I settle on a worsted weight scrap project. (Which I need to do soon. Thoughts? Suggestions? I’m thinking something like this.)
  13. NO CHANGE: Last July’s attempt at Leyburn, which are destined for a friend if I can remember the mods I made and finish the second one so that it in any way matches the first
  14. DONE: A practice hat for the class I’m teaching next month. The class ended up not happening, but I do like the hat.
  15. DONE: A child’s sweater that came in this batch of yarns that just needs a collar, a seam, and some ends woven in. This has been bartered for and given away and all is right in the world for this sweater now.

So, that’s 8 out of 16 items checked off the list. Not too shabby, especially considering I have dipped into the Drawers With Plans for my 2012 sock project, so it hasn’t been all AKB all the time around here.

Also? Never change, WordPress spell check. You are too precious to me.

Will someone please draw me a picture of a cat knitting a pair of panties? Please?

Year-End Wrap-Up

So, all the Xmas and New Year’s celebrations are over, my vacation is almost over, and it’s time to start another year. From a yarny point of view, starting another year for me means starting another yearly goal.

Two years ago, it was a pair of socks a month, which I didn’t quite make.

Last year, it was a sweater every two months, which I also didn’t make. I started with this list in mind:

Drops 103 became Aidez instead. Owls flew off the needles in one weekend. Bonny is still queued, but (1) I don’t have the book with the pattern and (2) now that Knit Picks has come out with Aloft I may wait to get some of that and save the Felted Tweed for something else. I have 4-5″ of Plain and Simple done. Winding Path has been set aside until I find a yarn I like better. Apocalypta is definitely looming on the horizon, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Francis Revisited, which was not in the original plan, still just needs sleeves. And there was the almost finished sweater I got in a bag of yarn from a coworker that I finished up. So, that’s 3 sweaters finished. Call it 3.75 including the progress made on Francis Revisited and Plain and Simple.

As I’ve said before, I don’t set these goals with the thought that if I don’t accomplish them it will be a failure. I set them just to keep me motivated to work on certain projects regularly. It’s one of the few ways I ever get things done, since sometimes I feel like my real hobby isn’t so much knitting as it is starting new projects. So, when I set a goal to knit a pair of socks a month, I ended up trying to work on some socks every month, and I ended up with several new pairs of socks. Setting a goal of knitting a sweater every 2 months served as a reminder to pick up a sweater and work on it for a bit now and then, and I ended up with 3 new wearable sweaters. So, there you go: success.

For 2012, I think it will be back to socks, but I’m going to speed things up a bit and try for a pair every 3 weeks. Some of my favorite hand knit pairs have worn through (side goal for 2012: learn to darn) so the sock drawer needs refreshing. I also want to try to spin more often, but that’s as much of a goal as I’m setting there. I just want to remember to spin sometimes. And I want to finish Francis Revisited and Plain and Simple before I start another sweater.

In other yearly wrap-up news, I published 59 posts this year, keeping up my roughly 5 posts/month average, and blogged about 25 finished projects.

Here’s the 26th:


Pattern: None yet. I made it up as I went, but it gave me ideas, so stay tuned.
Yarn: KPM & KPPPM left over from these mitts
Needles: 2.75 mm KP Harmony 40″ circular
Started & Completed: December 2011

These were an Xmas present for my sister and took care of one more item from the AKB. Not much more progress was made on the AKB over vacation, since we got a Wii for Xmas and so there has been so much Mario about the place. However, there was Xmas yarn, so I’m definitely committed to the idea of working on AKB stuff so I can clear the way for the Xmas yarn knitting.

ETA properly modeled finished shot of the hat and mitts on their recipient now that Dan’s awake to work his Photoshop magic for me (AT&Ticus takes dark indoor pictures).

My Itty Bitty Bit of Xmas Knitting

I finished the garland.


Then I decided to knit up some sweater ornaments for some people I’d be seeing over the holidays.

No, not these people. Real people.

Not her, either.

The ornaments are not from the AKB, but whatever, they’re terribly fun and only take an Inspector Lewis or so apiece.

I am now officially on vacation. I only need to leave the house 4 times before I go back to work in January, and I expect the AKB to be a bit emptier by then.

More to come.

AKB Update #2

In the end, there were 3 items checked off the AKB list this weekend: the class practice hat, the child’s sweater, and the Unexpected Socks.

And then tonight we set up the Xmas tree.

Pattern: Not so much. Crochet cast on, 56 sts, knit until half the yarn was gone, then toe and a rib and an afterthought heel, repeat.
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Gentry Grey for contrast, mystery sock yarn from a Life-Long Blanket trade for the rest.
Needles: 2 mm
Started: November 29, 2011, while waiting to find out how much that horrible sound and shaking and inability to control my car on the drive home November 28 was going to cost.
Finished: December 11, 2011, while my husband (just barely) beat me at Trivial Pursuit.

Now, let me just say this about Patons Kroy. I usually love it. I knit one of my first-ever pairs of socks out of it and they are the only pair from my early period that have never fallen apart, shrunk in the dryer (and don’t think they haven’t ended up in there), or otherwise disappointed me. When they start to look a little worn down, a quick once-over with my sweater shaver makes them look better than the day I finished them. They’ve held up to regular wear, around the house and in shoes, for almost 3 years, and I will be sad the day their soles finally wear through. But this skein of Kroy. Sweet Jesus. It was too soft, it was splitty, it was impossible to rip due to said splittiness because every stitch had a bit of at least one other stitch worked with it, and these toes and heels display some of my shoddiest recent work. Grrrrrr. I made sure that most of the worst bits ended up on the sole side of things.

Other than that, I’m in total new sock love.

 

AKB Update #1

One item from the Allowable Knitting Basket has been completed and two others are very close. However, I realized that there were more things buried in the bottom of the basket I forgot to mention last time, so first, an update to the list:

  1. The Unexpected Socks
  2. The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents
  3. Citron
  4. Francis Revisited
  5. Plain & Simple
  6. The Oceania Shawl
  7. The next Thor hat
  8. The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock
  9. Kristi
  10. The Kitchen Muriwai
  11. Xmas garland for the office
  12. The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks
  13. Last July’s attempt at Leyburn, which are destined for a friend if I can remember the mods I made and finish the second one so that it in any way matches the first
  14. A practice hat for the class I’m teaching next month
  15. A child’s sweater that came in this batch of yarns that just needs a collar, a seam, and some ends woven in

Progress has been made on the Unexpected Socks. I just have the ribbing on the second sock and some ends left to do. I’ve also worked a bit on the collar to the sweater. I think I can finish that one up entirely today. I really have no use for this sweater, but it was so close to done I saw no reason not to finish it, and I’m sure it will make a good addition to the potential trades pile. I have worked on one of the two Xmas presents but I’m contemplating a restart on it, so it’s napping until I make a decision.

The one thing I’ve finished this week is the practice hat. For next month’s class, I’m planning to work on knitting a hat flat and then seaming – I think coasters and dishcloths and scarves all make boring first projects, personally, so I thought a hat would have just enough different elements to stay interesting, be just small enough not to be daunting, and be just simple enough that it could be tackled once the basics of cast on, knit, and purl have been grasped. Thing is, I haven’t knit a seamed hat in a few years, so I wanted to do one myself just to make sure my theory checked out.

I wasn’t thinking about gauge and fit with this one, but I’m still pretty pleased I ended up with something that I can wear. It’s a bit big, but I’m growing out my hair and will need something to stretch over the pigtails in the coming months.

I’m especially happy with the deep ribbing. Very impressed with my own patience on that one. I always feel like my brims are too short.

Pattern: Nothing fancy, just 2*2 rib for a while, then stockinette.
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed, color Sea Ice, exactly one skein (except what I clipped after weaving in ends)
Needles: 6.5 mm
Started: Some time in November 2011
Finished: December 10, 2011

The Allowable Knitting Basket

I’ve done a slight reorganization of the yarn baskets to aid in my  goal of clearing out all the unfinished things. (The general yarn storage system in my house is like this: there’s a set of Rubbermaid drawers for most of it, there are 2 baskets for more of it, there are various bags of it about the place; the baskets are the most accessible from the couch.) I have chosen one basket, named it the Allowable Knitting Basket, and put all in-process and next-on-the-queue stuff (and nothing else except needles & such) into it. The only Allowable Knitting not in this basket is the Life-Long Blanket, because it’s taking most of the space in 2 super market paper bags to handle that thing and all its attendant minis right now. If I reach into the AKB I am sure to find either something I am already partway through or something I plan to make in the next month or so, which means I won’t get distracted by something shiny and add another just barely started item to the pile.

If memory serves – and it should, as I just filled it a few hours ago – these are the contents of the AKB:

  1. The Unexpected Socks (I got some very generous partials in my latest Life-Long Blanket life support trade and decided that one of them, while it did make a lovely square, simply had to become socks for me, with contrasting heels, toes, and ribbing to make up the needed yardage)
  2. The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents
  3. Citron
  4. Francis Revisited
  5. Plain & Simple
  6. The Oceania Shawl
  7. The next Thor hat (in my size, to test my pattern-writing skills)
  8. The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock (I knit the 1st one last Xmas, so I suppose it would be fitting to knit the 2nd one this Xmas)
  9. Kristi
  10. The Kitchen Muriwai
  11. Xmas garland for the office
  12. The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks

The Unexpected Socks are making good purse knitting and the rest of the yarn for the garland has mysteriously disappeared (now, I admit there have been times over the years since this yarn came into my possession that I have wished it would disappear because it’s tough to find a use for 9 skeins of Caron Christmas Glitter Multi; but now that I have a use I really don’t want it running off on me), so I think I have a date with Kristi tonight.

In other news: PURPLE PEA COAT HAS ARRIVED!!!


Backstory here and here. Knotty But Nice, The Widening Garter, and the 36-stitch mittens have now found their true purpose in life.

And now, I must leave you. There is roasted delicata squash to scoop and freeze, cranberry nut bread to cool, and apple butter to mush and strain (because also in other news: FARM SHARES ARE THE BEST), French bread heading into the oven soon, spaghetti for dinner, and the difficult choice between Inspectors Lewis and Frost. Life is good.