YOP Update – Week #16

This was a week of gratitude. While my local group of knitting friends are anxiously awaiting meeting in person (got my second shot this week so the countdown is down to 2 weeks), we all expressed how grateful we were that we had met via taking classes at our LYS. We could not imagine getting through this lockdown without our Zoom sessions each week and knitting for something positive to do each day. Even my daughter commented on how I could never have imaged when I decided to take up knitting 4+ years ago that it would lead to making such wonderful and strong friendships. I was not one who had many friends while I was working and raising kids but instead had “acquaintances” that mostly ended after the kids grew up and I retired. Now I truly feel I have friends both in my hometown and in my snowbird town.

Sailormoon Sweater

I did complete the body of my Sailormoon this week. Lesson learned this week – I wanted to make the stripe prior to the lace bottom the contrast color. What I didn’t consider was that since the first row of the lace panel was a purl row then the contrast color would display on the purl bump. I do not like this as it creates a “messy” row of mixed color between the main color and the contrast color that is inconsistent with the 4 row stripes preceding it. So I’m going to rip out the lace pattern (fortunately only 3 rows but at 300 stitches per row it’s still a lot) and start the panel with a stockinette row so that the purl row has a MC purl bump.

Ugly Purl Bumps

Christmas Mitts

I’m back on track with a right handed and left handed mitt. 🙂 I like the basic cable that is creating a “V” on the back of the hand just to add a little visual something to go with the colorwork stripes. I’m also doing 7 sets of K1P1 on the palm to help make sure the mitt fits snuggly on the hand. I should get these finished this week so that I’ll finally have my third FO of the year. Did I mention I’m a slow (i.e. easily distracted) knitter?!!

Christmas Mitts Hands

Yarn Buying??

Managed to behave myself with yarn purchases despite Turtlepurl has a 10% discount via Very Pink and Lollipop yarns had a shop restock (sells out in a day usually). One of my local knitter friends is pulling together a spreadsheet of “all” the yarn advent calendars. It will be on Google sheets so that we can all add to it. She will be screening out some of the most expensive ones as there is a limit to how much we want to spend. Frequently we don’t want the “trinkets” that get included by dyers to make their calendars more “valuable”. Course my friends don’t know that I’ve already arranged with our local friend that dyes yarn to restock their advent kit I gave them last year.

Knitting Calendar

I’m very happy with my excel based knitting calendar. I like that the calendar is an easy way to “see” all my WIPs on a daily basis so that I can decide if a project needs some love. Excel makes it easy to link pages so that I can see what my goals are and if I’m meeting them. Plus it’s easy to track my daily knitting stitches and calculate a monthly average since that’s one of my 2021 goals. So I’ve already abandoned my plan to use a second calendar app.

Daily Knitting Tracker

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.

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YOP Update – Wk #15

SAILORMOON SWEATER

Well, I didn’t make as much progress as I had hoped on my Sailormoon so I’m still working on the body. 😝 My son had a light week of school work so he wanted to play a board game every afternoon. I am only too happy to get to spend time with him as I know those days are numbered. I’m thinking I will need to add some more stripes before making the lace bottom. I’ll be trying it on later today to see. Plus spring always means lots of yardwork so I didn’t get to knit as much as I’d like.

Sailormoon for Me

SOCK KNITTING

I did work a little on my anklets where I’m using up the yarn from my sample knit sock. This is my social knitting project so it’s moving pretty slowly. I did try taking it to the grocery while my husband did most of the grocery shopping. Plus I got a few rows in on the drive to and from the grocery.

Vanilla Anklets

MORE BIRTHDAY YARN

I follow the blog for AGirlAndHerWool so she mentioned her business has been off to a slow start this year. I had seen several colorways that I really liked so I decided my birthday last week was a good excuse to order some from her. The colors are just as pretty as I had imagined from the photos. I’m going to make a striped pair of socks with her Smoke Paprika and Orange Sorbet yarns. Then I’m going to pair a grey/blue mini from my advent calendar as the toe/heel contrast yarn with her SeaSalt yarn. It’s not like I don’t have at least 10 other yarns that need to be knit up in socks!! Oh well.

Sock Yarns

DUH

Last week I shared that I was not real thrilled with how bland my circular needle holder was. A friend commented on how beautiful Roxanne Richardson’s circular needle holder was in her office update podcast. This inspired me that all I needed to do was cover my needle holder with some pretty fabric. Then recut out the slots for the needles to go through. I’m much happier with my “rainbow bright” needle holder.

Updated Circular Needle Holder

COMING WEEK

Well, that was my week. Looking forward to hubby and I getting our second and final vaccine shot this week. Fingers crossed the second dose does not make me sick. We were invited by friends to go to Gatlinburg this week but just felt we had tried so hard to get our shots that we didn’t want to delay the second shot even if we were able. It’s going to be super cold this week so it will be a great knitting weather, and too cold for gardening. 😁👍

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.

Birthday Week

Not a lot to report on other than birthday purchases – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I received the new swivel cords this week and have one on my Sailormoon sweater. I was having some trouble getting the needle to stay twisted into the cord but I think I finally have it tightened right. Sadly one of my needles came unglued from it’s base. Again, with a little glue I think I have it resealed. So I’m happily knitting away on my Sailormoon sweater. No picture this week since it’s just more stripes on the body. By next week’s post I should be working on the lace portion.

Swivel Cables

I ordered some yarn from AGirlAndHerWool that will arrive this coming week. Enough to make 2 pairs of socks – someday. Then on my birthday I went to my LYS with my 25% off birthday coupon. I got some red Summer Silk yarn to go with the cream, light grey, and dark greys that I used in my “Shellseeker” striped sweater for the sweater I plan to make for my hubby this fall. I also got some Noro Silk Garden sock yarn as I want to knit up some socks in thicker yarn than the fingering weight I typically use. These may be gifts and likely won’t be worked on until 2022. I also picked up 2 more sets of numbered stitch markers made by Twice Sheared Sheep and some Knit Blockers to add to my blocking wires and blocking pins. Finally some cute fabrics to make either masks, if we are likely to continue to wear masks for the remainder of the year, or else project bags.

Birthday Buys

I did hang up the circular needle holder that my son gave me for Christmas. It’s a little bland so I’ll be on the lookout for cute knitting related patches/pins that I can put on to give it some color and whimsy. The weiner dog is actually a magnet my daughter-in-law just gave me for my birthday.

Circular Needle Holder

I did figure out that I can use half of my advent minis with an oversized skein in my stash to make a waist length top. Another project for 2022 or more likely 2023. I really need to do more knitting and less websurfing to get some of my yarn knit up. Hope you have a great crafting week.

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.

2021 YOP – Week 13 – Sailormoon Sweater

Didn’t get a lot of knitting done this week. Didn’t knit much while visiting my daughter and her fiancé. But we did have a wonderful visit. She said “yes to the dress” so she has the big items of venue and wedding dress done. Hubby was able to drive a few hours on the trip to Cincinnati so got some sock knitting done on that travel day. Typical of a man, he sees his 3+ hours of driving equal to my 6+ hours. Seems my days have been filled with errands as we settle back into our home. Have had to relearn how to use the microwave and where the dishes/pots are stored. The cold snap has been brutal (tied coldest opening day for Cincinnati Reds baseball) for my husband so we are really missing Florida. But we are thankful that we both got our first dose of the the Covid vaccine this week.

A fun surprise upon returning home is that some yarn and a swivel cable were waiting for me to open. More Fixation yarn to make cute anklets with the striped balls I already have. A friend has used the new Knit Pick swivel cables and said they are great. They sold out fast so I was only able to get the 20″ cable. I’ll only be able to use it on sleeves. But the new stock just came in!!! I ordered 4 more longer cables. The cable does have 1″ markings so that you can measure your knitting with the cable.

New Yarn!!!

My focus has been my Sailormoon sweater. I really hate picking up stitches although it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Now I’m knitting the body in the round for 10″ so a no brainer knit. I’m looking forward to making the lace panel at the bottom. The back has the interesting striping. I still need to pick up stitches for the sleeves and then the neck. Most knitters make a ribbed neck but I’m hoping to do a bit of lace.

Well, now that we are back it’s time to get onto my homeowner tasks. Yuck. My goal is to work 2 hrs per day on some task; cleaning, gardening, arranging service work, etc. Plus an hour a day on exercise; yoga, walking, etc. Then the remainder of the day can go to knitting/internet/tv. I’m going to try carrying a sock project with me as I walk to practice not looking at my stitches as I knit?? This weekend is gardening – start seeds and clean out the gardening side of our garage. The plants I brought in last fall are heavily whitefly infested so I’ve taken them outside and sprayed them with Neem oil. I may be chucking them and the soil into the woods. With wintering in Florida I’ve realized I need to stop owning plants that need to be brought in for the winter. So this year will be only outdoor flower bed plants and annuals in any deck pots.