Wk of 6/28-7/4: Second Half Goals

Second Half Goals

Socks: A pair of Christmas πŸŽ„ socks completes my ’21 plan but I have 2 more pairs already on needles. This goal should be met and exceeded.

Sweaters: My plan calls for 4 more to be completed but that will not happen. I definitely want to complete a tank top for my son’s girlfriend and another Sailormoon for my daughter. Hopefully I’ll start a sweater for my husband or more likely a summer weight cardigan for me.

That sums up my goals as I set them at the beginning of the year before “life happened”. As I said in last week’s post I’m happy with changes I’ve made.

This Week’s Knitting

I have been trying 9″ circulars for sock knitting. I have a pair of DK on size 4s and a pair of fingering on size 0s. I don’t particularly like 9″ circulars and likely will go back to 2 at a time magic loop socks. I will only do socks on 9″ when I want an extremely small project to carry with me. I still want to try the 9″ for my colorwork socks. Fixing a stitch is nearly impossible and I don’t feel I’m knitting any faster as it’s hard to move the stitches around the needle.

Hubby and I are enjoying two weeks at our friend’s beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It has become an annual trip. Lots of sun and good food. We are very fortunate. But writing this blog on my Kindle is a challenge.😡

Outer Banks

I have made progress on both my Vanilla Fixation anklets and my Hermione Deep Dyed Yarn anklets. I’m at or nearly at the heels so at least one pair should be a FO by next week’s post. I do so love the Deep Dyed yarn!!😍.

I also started swatching for Caitlyn’s Heldig Tank. This hot pink yarn is going to be so fun to knit. I hope to get the top cast-on this week.

Swatching

Hope you are having a fun week crafting.

This is a Year Of Projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group. Make a plan for the coming year, update your blog weekly, and share the link to the group’s Ravelry page. YOP is just tarting it’s 11th year!! I’m starting my second in the group.

24 thoughts on “Wk of 6/28-7/4: Second Half Goals

  1. I had the same thoughts about 9 inch needles. It was alright but I wouldn’t say it was a pleasure! It was back to taat for me. Your socks are lovely though!

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  2. Your experience with the 9″ needles is about the same as mine. Magic loop is ok too but I think I still prefer my DPN’s over all the rest. I love the HES sock yarn. It is so dramatic. And the color you have chosen for the tank…………..fabulous! But then, I love pinks and that hot pink is wonderful. Your beach trip looks so nice and relaxing. Your second half goals are great. Your thoughts of knitting 4 more sweaters does not surprise me. You seem to be a fairly quick knitter and I actually think you could make that goal. I am always impressed with the speed you knit sweaters. It takes me forever to make 1 sweater. (Unless it is a baby sweater LOL)

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    1. I was taught with Don’s but they are too fiddly for me. I LOVE magic loop. I don’t get the side laddering as I make sure to pull the first stitch tight as I move around the loop.

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    1. I almost don’t want to finish them because I love the yarn colors so much. I think I will have enough left to make another pair if I use contrasting yarn for the toes, heels,and cuff.

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  3. Exquisite view from that Beach House! I love 9inch circs for socks and even use them for cuffs on sweaters. You have a great attitude for your projects and life in general. I like that. You have lots of different projects on the go so I am sure there is always something to grab when you travel or lose interest in one long project there is always something new to cast on or continue with.

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    1. I try to have a big project (sweater/top) and a small project (socks) going at all times so I can switch back and forth. I stress if I have too many WIPs going. I think my max is 4 WIPs at one time.

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  4. I love all the bright colors in your yarns your currently working with. πŸ™‚ I imagine it makes the knitting even more fun. Enjoy your vacation! I look forward to seeing your progress through another Year Of Projects!

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  5. The beach looks very relaxing, I’m a bit jealous and hope you had a good day yesterday there. Your ability to whiz through knitting a sweater is impressive. I like the HES pattern too. Best of luck with the 2nd half of your YOP year.

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    1. Hermione is basically a “vanilla” sock but I really like how it mixes up the colors in variegated yarns. I guess that’s consistent with my preference of messy abstract art over landscapes/portraits.

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  6. I love your plans for the year and what you’ve accomplished so far is inspiring! I have a set of 9 inch sock needles that I haven’t tried yet, when I do I’ll share. It’s always good to read what others think of them. Enjoy your trip! πŸ˜€

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  7. Same here about the 9″ circulars. I find the point too short to really hold comfortably. I plan on trying again to see if practice makes working with them easier.

    What a lovely beach view! Enjoy your trip!!

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  8. Your time at the beach looks marvelous!! I have never felt comfortable knitting with 9″ needles…they make me feel…cramped?? I absolutely love your knitting plan spreadsheet, going to go try to make one for myself 😍

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    1. I love spreadsheets. I have additional “pages” (sheets) for each month. On each day I have all my WIPs listed and bold any projects that I knitted in that day. I also record how many stitches I knit that day. Then I can easily calculate my average stitches knit for each month. Check some of my older blogs for a picture. This is my first year to use a digital knitting calendar to track projects and plans.

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