YOP: Wk of 9/5-11; Frogging and Socks

Sailormoon Redo

Thankful the light bulb finally went off before I went much further on my daughter’s Sailormoon sweater. I wasn’t sure she would like the hot pink speckles so I sent her a picture of the stripes. Indeed she admitted she probably wouldn’t wear the sweater a lot because of them. So I frogged her sweater and I’m restarting with some Madelinetosh Light in Cinnamon Dolce and Silver Lining that I had in my stash for a sweater for me. She loves the new colors.

I will use the blue and hot pink speckled yarn for a sweater for me. I’m really loving Joji Locatelli’s Newspaper brioche sweater. This will definitely be on my 2022 plan.

Swirl E Socks

I’m in the home stretch on my Swirl E socks as I’ve completed the foot and heels and just have to do the legs. While I still want them to be short, I’ve learned I need to make the leg a bit longer if I want the stripes to show above my sneakers.

I want to have them done by Saturday so I can wear them to the Wool Festival and show them off to the vender that I bought the yarn from 2 years ago (Redbird Yarn Studio). She has been “missing in action” the past year due to “life stuff” so I’m thrilled that she did not give up on yarn making.

New Row Counters

I love the row counters from Twice Sheared Sheep and I already have several (uhh 4 to be exact). I have wanted both a shorter counter for things like 4 row sock patterns and a counter set for flat work (one counter is only odd numbers – usually the pattern rows – and the other is only even numbers – usually the purl row). Dawn offered a sale last weekend so I finally bought them. I was so close to free shipping that adding the cute (honeycomb, carbon ring if you are a chemist like me) markers in essence only cost me $3. I love using those cheap 7 day pill holders for my knitting notions. This one only holds row counters. I have others to hold my multiple sizes and colors of 0-ring stitch markers.

Looking Forward

The coming week is exciting. I will have yarn to share next week as I will attend the Wool Gathering festival next Saturday. I already have three venders that I’m committed to buying some skeins of yarn. I have too many sweater projects waiting for me to knit them so I’ll be buying fun sock yarns. I have plenty of people that will be happy with a sock gift as well as socks for me. I will also likely be buying a high end ball winder as I wasted an evening winding a ball on my cheap plastic one. I usually visit my friend that owns the expensive one but I thought “I only need to wind one ball to restart the Sailormoon sweater”. A whole evening spent just getting one ball wound!! Grrr. But it’s a lot of money to spend when my friend is only too happy to let me come over to wind yarn.

I hope you have an exciting week coming up as well.

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 each 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 11th year. It’s my second in the group.


19 thoughts on “YOP: Wk of 9/5-11; Frogging and Socks

  1. Good thing you checked with your daughter on the sweater colors. The Joji sweater will be great in the blue and speckled yarn. I agree, the socks need to be a bit longer in the leg so the strips show above your shoe. Or, wear them with sandals LOL. My kids cringe when I do that but I don’t care. At my age, I dress for comfort and sandals with socks are great in the Arizona winter. Sorry to hear your plastic winder is not being nice to you. I look forward to seeing the new one you get at the festival. OHHHH……how nice to have a festival to go to. Enjoy!

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    1. I would need to buy different sandals to combine with socks. I do feel fortunate to have an outdoor yarn festival to attend. It will be interesting to see if they set-up any differently from two years ago for more distancing??


  2. How exciting to have a real life yarn festival to go to! You must have had a sixth sense about the sweater – at least now it will be gorgeous and be worn!

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  3. Ooh those new sweater colours are beautiful, although I think I’m often swayed by things named after tasty foods! I love your new stitch markers and what a great storage solution for all your notions. I should definitely invest in row counters instead of trying to remember where I’ve got to!

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    1. Obviously I’m a total row counter convert. I’ve tried many others but these are the only ones that work because all others require me to remember to advance them. Even Knit Companion would not work for me because I have to press the tablet screen to advance the counter.


  4. yeah, that Joji sweater is so beautiful, it will look great in those colors. I’m glad you were able to check in with your daughter and go a different direction, the new sweater will be awesome. Have fun at the fiber festival! I was having serious FoMo from the folks in Wisconsin this weekend, and I can’t wait for Rheinbeck in a month!!

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  5. I would love either of those yarns in a garment! Both are gorgeous but glad you checked with your daughter before you went any farther!
    Those socks are really great….I love stripes. What a great idea for pillboxes although I have some from my parents and they are not nearly as attractive as yours! LOL! I can’t wait to see what you get at the yarn festival! Have fun!

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  6. Sounds like you have a great plan for your yarn instead, a brioche project sounds ideal. The new colours look lovely together. I did a lot of ball winding last week and wished I had an electric one but they are very expensive. Is your new one going to be electric or manual?

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  7. Your Swirl E Socks are great!! I have piles of self-striping sock yarn. I should make a pair … as soon as finish one or two other things. (See what I mean about “squirrel” knitting?!?)

    I look forward to seeing the new yarn you pick up at the festival.

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    1. I know. Casting on is so fun but I get stressed if I have too many. Check out my post on my knitting calendar if you are interested. It’s how I keep all my WIPs in front of me so I don’t forget what I’ve started.


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