Week 9: New Knitting “Toy” and Project Updates

FO??? – Sample Knit Sock

I finished my sample knit sock. Knitting a sample knit wasn’t on my original plan but I was happy to accept the opportunity. I finished the sock in one week which is a first for me. I was monogamous as I wanted to return the sock as soon as possible even though I had till the end of March as my deadline. It was just a plain vanilla pattern so it was easy to knit. But it means I should be able to knit a pair of socks in two weeks instead of the usual month it takes me to get a pair done. Usually I’m also knitting a sweater at the same time I’m knitting the socks so that I can have some variety in my knitting. I’m hoping I’ll get another opportunity to knit more sample socks.

Sample Knit – A Girl And Her Wool

I’m back to knitting on my daughter’s Bisquit top. I weighed how many grams of yarn it takes to make one row (1.5g) to make sure I know how many rows I can make with the yarn I have left. I would prefer to reduce the number of stockinette rows if I need to instead of the bottom lace. I did cast on another pair of Fixation yarn socks. These are not on my 2021 plan but are just to have a small project that I can easily carry with me.

Bisquit Top

New Project Tote – Clear

I’ve written before how I like to use clear bags for my “projects in waiting” and accessory bags. So I was thinking that I might enjoy having a clear tote to carry around my WIP project(s) and accessory bags when I get together for “knit sessions”. My WIPs are kept in cute fabric project bags. I often carry a sock project and a sweater project when I get together with other knitters so that I can switch projects if I develop a problem or need a simpler project while talking. I have been using quilted totes which I like very much but does lead to “digging around” to find my accessory bag, sock ruler, etc. I’m hoping the clear tote makes it easier to find the item I’m looking for. The clear tote was not expensive so if I don’t end up liking it I didn’t waste much money. Plus I could use it for attending professional sports matches. I have a season ticket to our MLS (soccer) team and clear totes are requested for security reasons.

Clear Knitting Tote

It was cloudy and cool here in SW Florida today so I got to wear my new “non” shellseeker sweater this evening. I know I’ll have plenty of opportunities to wear it once we get back to Cincinnati in a few weeks. I’m anxious to get back to Cincinnati so I can sign up for the Covid vaccine. I am so looking forward to getting together again with my knitting friends at our local coffee shop once we all have our vaccines.

That’s it for this week. Probably going to be a broken record each week as I focus on getting my daughter’s top finished.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog every week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 10th year although I’m in my first in the group.


12 thoughts on “Week 9: New Knitting “Toy” and Project Updates

  1. The biscuit top looks like it won’t take that long to finish, unless it has sleeves. I can definitely see some benefits to having the clear bag. Good idea for sports events too rather than have someone touching everything in your bag.

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  2. Your sample sock is lovely and I’m sure will be just the ticket! The bisquit top is also nearly done, she will be wearing it in no time!

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  3. The sock looks so pretty. I love the speckled yarn on it. Your daughter’s biscuit top is pretty. The lace bodice makes it so feminine. I am looking forward to seeing the lacework on the bottom of it. Were you not able to get your vaccine while in FL? We have many winter visitors here in Arizona and we are vaccinating anyone who applies for it whether they are full time residents or not. We just want to get the herd immunity going here.

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  4. The biscuit top is looking good. Every time you share it I think, “What a cute name that is”. 🙂 I love the lacey bodice. And it will have a lace bottom, too? I just looked it up on Ravelry to see what it will look like finished. Very pretty!

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  5. A pair of socks in a week!?! Amazing! I can’t sit and knit or do any handwork for a long time. Good for you! Your daughter’s top is so pretty and that is a nice bag! Good luck with your COVID vaccine. I’ve had both shots now of the Moderna and was extremely tired but that could just be old age too! LOL!

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  6. The sweater for your daughter is delightful! I love short sleeve and sleeveless sweaters because they finish SO FAST! I’m excited to see the finished top.

    Good luck with securing your vaccine!

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  7. I never thought about the airport security with clear project bags. I will definitely consider that once I can travel to Croatia again. Last time I knit a sock from start to finish on the flight home!


    1. I had to mail the sock back to the dyer. That’s part of the reason I don’t see myself doing a sample knit of a shawl or sweater. Those would take me a lot of time and the thought of just sending it back is a bit hard. Didn’t bother me to send back something that only took my a week. She does pay you with a gift card for her yarn. The bigger the project the bigger the gift card so she is being very fair.

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