2022: Wk of Jan 2 – 8; Carryover WIPs and New Year’s Day Cast-on

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope your new year is off to a great start. Have to admit, seeing those pictures of snarled traffic in the snow makes me especially glad to be in SW Florida. My housesitting son called to say a small tree fell across the driveway but fortunately he was able to use a chain saw to cut it in half and pull the pieces to the sides of the driveway.


I love the boldness of Stephen West shawls so I’ve wanted to knit one for a while. The perfect “storm” came together with Christmas yarn gifted from my daughter that I didn’t know what to do with, my new local knitting group knitting the Stephen West Spiraling Cables Shawl, and a favorite podcast, Frivolous and Frugal, starting a Stephen West cast-on “party zoom” on New Year’s Day. So while home at Christmas I grabbed a skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock that I thought would pair nicely with the Alpaca Plymouth Christmas yarn, and brought it back to Florida for the New Year’s Day cast-on. I’m not very far along since I have other projects that NEED to get finished but here’s what I have so far. The long run of colors means you can’t see much color yet but as the shawl gets wider it will get more colorful. It is going to be a very heavy shawl even though I’m using thinner yarn and bigger needles than called for. I hope I’ll be able to get some use of it in the spring or fall back in Ohio. I do work on this some every day or two so that I don’t have to relearn how to do the pattern. It’s very simple but still, I know myself.


Good progress on the Heldig Tank Top for my daughter-in-law. I have a bad habit of making changes to patterns without understanding the consequences. I decided to do some waist and bust shaping which resulted in being WAY off on the stitches needed for separating to make the front and back yoke sections. So I’m making more modifications. Hopefully it will look okay when finished. If not – rip it!! I’m now knitting the front yoke.


These are not getting a lot of attention as I need to get that tank top off my needles. I do hope to get them done by the end of the month for my sock per month goal. I do want to make the “leg” portion longer so that they show above my tennis shoes. I hate making cute socks only to have my shoes hide them. So they definitely need to go above my ankles a little more.


Well ….. the walking while knitting is going great. The not looking while walking, not so much. I do enjoy knitting on the socks while walking in the mornings with my hubby. Two birds with one stone – exercise and knitting. But I just can’t get comfortable yet with not looking at my stitches on almost every stitch. But then, this was a goal for the year so I have 12 months to work on it!!


Yes, technically I have a 5th WIP. That’s the baby blanket for my niece that I’m honestly not motivated to make. The baby is due in March. Blankets take sooooo long!!! Not sure what I’m going to do about this WIP. For now it sleeps (like a baby πŸ˜‰ ).

Hope 2022 is going well for you. I also want to acknowledge my father turning 93 yesterday!! Sure hope I’m as healthy and capable as he is at 93. I gave him the book to fill out to pass on to the kids and grandkids.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group β€“ 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.


22 thoughts on “2022: Wk of Jan 2 – 8; Carryover WIPs and New Year’s Day Cast-on

  1. Happy Birthday to your Dad! He does look “chipper”! The shawl is awesome. Someday I will try one of his designs. What lovely yarns too. You are very talented to be able to change a pattern. I adore your socks and the yarns….so pretty! Good luck with knitting without looking!

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    1. Thanks. I have to plan our finances to last a LONG time since I seem to have my father’s health (I have already outlived my mother). The yarns I’m using for the shawl feel amazing, just likely too heavy to get much wear (assuming we keep wintering in Florida).


    1. I’m looking forward to seeing the shawl as more colors start showing up. I was surprised how much I’m enjoying knitting and walking. Going to be knitting lots of Fixation socks!! Fortunately I know a lot of people that would like them.

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  2. Stephen West shawls always amaze me. Yours is off to a great start. I love the idea of the book you gave your Dad. 93!!! that is awesome.
    I too tend to modify patterns on the fly – and then I realize I should have thought it through more carefully. But hey, live and learn, right?

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  3. Happy birthday to your dad – he really does look great for 93! All of your projects are coming along nicely. I am okay walking and knitting if it’s on the treadmill but find outdoor walking much more difficult for whatever reason. I’m sure you’ll get there tho!

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  4. Happy Birthday to your Dad!
    Yay for Stephen West Shawls πŸ™‚ That’s going to be really beautiful!
    I don’t do too much knitting and walking, but I feel like if I did I would probably choose a hat or socks on 9 inch circs – that way there would be less fussing of moving the cables and stuff.

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  5. Happy birthday to your dad. I keep asking my dad to write his story down as he has done a write up of his own father. You have lots of colourful projects on the go. Perhaps if you divide the number of rows left on the blanket by the days left to knit it you could do those rows a day and then reward yourself after with knitting on the shawl. Alternatively just buy a gift hehe!

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    1. Excellent idea on creating a way to get the blanket done that would make it a little more fun. I may also use your idea of just buying a gift as I’m warming to the idea of having a baby blanket stashed for future offspring.

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  6. Your shawl is going to be so pretty when completed. I bet you will get quite a bit of use out of it. Your socks are looking good. I can knit without looking if I am sitting down or waiting in a line. Walking and knitting without looking has not been accomplished yet. Your dad looks fantastic for 93. I would have guessed him to be almost 20 years younger!

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    1. I am excited about the shawl and certainly will be trying hard to find ways/times to wear it. Congrats on knitting without looking. Still very much as work in progress for me. Fortunately my dad’s health is well below his age as well.


  7. Happy birthday to your dad. Your shawl is going to be lovely and I chuckled at the modifications as I do the same – most of the time I conclude the designer had it right to start with – I should learn!!

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