YOP Update – Wk #17 – an FO!!!

FO #4!!!

I finished my Christmas mitts. I’ve very happy with how they turned out. It wouldn’t be me unless I needed a rip out. I bound off the mitts only to realized that the finger part should have been ribbed so that it fits more tightly at the fingers. I, of course, had already woven in the ends. Got the ends dug back out and added some ribbed rows. Washed and ready to be put away until next winter when my son’s girlfriend will be able to put them to good use during our Ohio winter. The stripes are Advent Sock 2019. The cable on the back of the hand is Mitt Envy. Both are free patterns on Ravelry. The evergreen tree stripe right before the hand is my pattern. I’m happy to share if interested. I still want to make a pair of socks with the Christmas stripes.

Christmas Mitts Finished!!

Barbara’s German Hat

My friend Barbara asked me to recreate a hat that was made for her by some cousins in Germany. I’ve never knit a hat before but fortunately the hat was knit with thick yarn (bulky?) so it’s pretty easy to see the stitches. Looks like it’s 3 parts, the headband, a simple cable mid section that gets sewn onto the headband, and then the cap. Like a dimwit, I bought black yarn. I’m holding some silver with sequin lace with the black velvet yarn to help see the stitches. I think she will be disappointed that you can’t see the stitches. Oh well. I’m plodding forward to at least create the pattern instructions. So far I’m on my third attempt. I’m not that familiar with acrylic yarn so I’m struggling with it’s lack of elasticity. I cast on what I though was the right amount of stitches but after about 7 rows, it was clear that the headband was too large. Dropping a needle size also resulted in a too large headband. I think the 3rd try is ok with dropping another needle size and dropping 12 (out of the original 72) stitches. If this doesn’t work, I’m going to have to buy some bulky wool yarn.

Sailormoon Update

I’m back on track with my Sailormoon. I ripped out the lace rows to fix the purl bump. I love how the lace pattern causes the edge shape to look scalloped. I may make the lace a little longer than the pattern calls for. I’ll be trying it on to decide how long to make the body. I should be on sleeve island in next week’s update.

Lace

Personal Note

On a personal note…. my stepdaughter found out this week that she is having a girl the end of October. This will be the first granddaughter. (I have 4 grandsons – all in their 20s) Despite being a “geriatric” mother (I hate that term – I was a “geriatric” mother), the baby is 100% fine (as were all 3 of my “geriatric” babies). I better get to work on that baby blanket!! I have a rainbow striped blanket that started as a prayer blanket which will now need some dedicated attention. She and her husband live 4 hours away but it can still be a day trip.

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.

11 thoughts on “YOP Update – Wk #17 – an FO!!!

  1. The Christmas mitts. So many ‘scenes’ on it to give lots of interest. The cabled hand is wonderful.

    Sailor Moon is really looking great. I like how it looks scalloped on the bottom.

    Congrats on the news of a granddaughter on the way. She will blessed to have a knitting grandma.

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    1. It was so much fun to knit which is why I want to try again and actually knit a pair of socks for myself. Yeah, I’m happy the sweater is turning out like I imagined it. Hoping to get a change to wear it before it gets too hot.

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  2. The Christmas Mitts are just gorgeous. Do I understand that you put those different patterns together? Congrats of the upcoming birth of your first granddaughter!

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  3. I love all your christmas knitting – you are so ahead of the christmas rush – well done. Congrats on the grand-daughter! Yes, you had better get knitting!! Such exciting news! Knitting with black is so tiring on the eyes I find. Good for you for reverse engineering the hat for your friend.

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    1. Well, the socks were originally supposed to be a fun knit with the socks for me. I don’t knit Christmas gifts because I can’t stand to be on a schedule or have a specific date commitment. I like goals, not commitments.

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  4. Congratulations on the news about a new granddaughter being on the way. I think your too tight socks have been perfectly transformed into these joyful mitts. You have more patience than I do to keep trying with that hat and knitting with black yarn which is so tricky.

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  5. Congrats on the FO! I know for me they are few and far between! LOL! I love those mitts…they are so pretty. You are very nice to try and remake a hat for your friend with no pattern. Sailor moon is lovely and yes, the lace part is adorable! Congratulations on the coming grand daughter!

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  6. Yay for a new grandchild! My best friend is also wrapping up a “geriatric” pregnancy; her charts actually say ELDERLY on them! She’s 38.
    The sweater looks AMAZING with the re-knit stripe-t-lace transition. You definitely made the right choice to rip back.

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    1. Grr. Why in the world would OBs be so insulting!!!?? Had my last at 43 and my OB wasn’t concerned if I wanted another. Personally I’m very happy to still have a college kid while in my mid-60s.

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