2022: Wk of Apr 10 – 16; Chaio Goo Needle Tip Set, Test Knit Update

Chaio Goo Twist Needle Tip Set

I have wanted to get the Chaio Goo Shorties interchangeable needle set Size 0 – 3 for years. But I always felt they were too expensive. Sadly, they are even more expensive now. Well, despite my insisting not to be paid for walking my elderly friend’s dog in Florida, he gave me a going away card. He included cash knowing that if he used a check I wouldn’t cash it. So I figured the best way to meet his wishes was to buy something for myself that I wouldn’t normally splurge on. Since I knit almost exclusively fingering weight projects, these tips will get a lot of use. I plan to also purchase some longer cords. They came with only very short cords for socks and sleeves.

Tee Test Knit

The test knit tee is getting all my attention. As much as I say I don’t care if I don’t get it done by the end of the month, I still am trying to do my besting by focusing all my knitting time on it. That way I can say I did my best, I just can’t knit that many stitches in one month. When I started it, I didn’t count on how much my son and his girlfriend would want to play card games in the evenings once we got back to Ohio. Usually we only did this on Friday night but they have wanted to play an hour or two every evening. Sorry, but knitting will ALWAYS lose to spending time with humans, especially my kids.

TEST KNIT TEE

One lesson I’ve learned is the value of creating a stitch count chart. Since I was already late starting the project I didn’t take the time to calculate the stitch count per row as I made the raglan increases. Big mistake. Sadly I can see that I have not always remembered to make the yo at the raglan increases. I’m not willing to frog back but will “wing it”. If the errors truly bother me, I’ll end up frogging the top.

Adding to the lack of time is now we are making a 11 hr trip (each way) to Minneapolis next weekend to attend a memorial service for my husband’s cousin. She was younger than me. She died from ALS or in America known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (showing my age that I know who he was). Since I have to do most of the driving, I won’t get much knitting done. The only positive is that we will stop and visit my step-daughter and our new granddaughter on our way back home from the memorial service. It’s the first time we will see the baby and she will be six months old.

ADVENT CALENDAR

I have been looking at yarn advent calendar’s for 2 years. I did buy a 12 day one in 2020 but wasn’t real happy with the colors of the mini (shades of grey mostly). A local knitting friend and I created a google spreadsheet of all the calendars we could find last year but I resisted buying one. I’m always afraid that I won’t like the colors the dyer comes up with and some of the prices are outrageous. Including “extras” that I don’t want doesn’t make the calendar more valuable to me. I’ve updated the spreadsheet for 2022 (who would believe you have to order them in April!!). My friend shared with me a yarn store in Indianapolis that is offering an advent calendar using minis of Emma’s yarn. That’s the yarn stocked in the yarn store I visited with my Florida knitting friends so I know I love her yarn and her colors. So I bought myself the advent calendar!!!! My plan is to knit the Sea Glass Tee as my New’s Year’s Day 2023 cast-on with the advent minis. I can’t wait!

EMMA’S YARN ADVENT CALENDAR 2022

Specking of holidays, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend if you celebrate it. My 22 year old still likes me to make and hide an Easter basket for him, and one for his girlfriend. It’s a once a year treat of high quality chocolate cream eggs from Cincinnati’s best chocolate candy company. I make a basket for hubby and I to share as well. It’s a beautiful sunny day and we will enjoy a small family gathering with our 3 boys that live in Cincinnati.

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.

2022: Wk of Apr 3 – 9; 1st Quarter Review, Test Knit Tee and Sock Update

1ST QUARTER REVIEW

Wow, it’s already April. This year is flying by. So it’s good to check how things are going on the ole knitting plan.

Socks/Cowl: Goal – knit a pair a month or knit a cowl
This going well. I’ve knit 3 pairs of socks plus 2 pairs that were carryover WIPS. This month’s pair has been started and will be discussed below.

Sweater/Shawl: Goal 5 which is 1 roughly every 2+ months.S
Shakey but kinda on track. I do have one shawl done and I did finish a tee WIP. I have to get my tee test knit done this month so that would definitely put me on track. It’s going to be very tough to get the tee done by the end of the month since I lost almost a week due to traveling home from Florida. Then I had to frog back almost to the beginning because I made a mistake that was very obvious once I inspected my knitting at the end of the day.

Baby/Misc: Goal 1
This one is already accomplished since I finished a baby sweater. Whew.

WIPS: Goal 4
Going well. As mentioned above I finished the 2 sock WIPS and the 1 Tee WIP. I still need to finish the baby blanket WIP. That’s a pretty low priority but should have it done by the end of the year.

Daily Stitches: Goal 1800/day
This has gone quite well during the first quarter. I’ve actually averaged 2100 per day. But no big surprise that the knitting is taking quite the hit the past week while driving 19 hours and visiting my daughter and the Biltmore Estate/Asheville. Now I have unpacking and cleaning to do.

The year is going well although the sweater/shawl goal is always the weakest link. An updated plan is my feature image on this post.

TEE TEST KNIT

What was I thinking??!! Fingering weight tees take forever!! I do adore the yarn I’m using. It’s Cinnamon Dolce colorway in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light I know I’m going to love the top even if I don’t finish in time.

QUIRKY SOCKS

I do love this yarn from Lollipop Yarns. She has the most beautiful colorways. This one is called Quirky. While I’m liking the woven stitch as the pattern, I’m realizing that I also like the plain vanilla. The woven stitch masks the speckles on the lighter color stripes. I’m glad I will have enough yarn to make a second pair. I’ll just knit vanilla for that pair.

HOME AGAIN

It is nice to be home again. Kinda weird to be putting away Christmas decorations in April. My son didn’t put them away while we were gone. Yesterday I got to catch up with two of my local knitting friends over coffee at a local coffee shop and then a birthday dinner and card game with friends. It snowed!!! I have done zero walking as it’s been cold and rainy. (Hubby is ready to head back to Florida.) I did sign up for the YMCA and will start water aerobics and Pilates classes tomorrow. We have really enjoyed spending time again with my youngest son and his girlfriend.

We did have a wonderful visit with my daughter and her husband in Charleston and even got in a nice visit with a sorority sister I hadn’t seen in person in 43 years. We timed our visit to the Biltmore perfectly. We had good weather to see the gardens and the house. The day we left it was grey and cold.

Now to get back to knitting that tee!! Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting.

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.

2022: Wk of Mar 27 – Apr 2; Socks FO and Cast-on, Test Knits!!!

Short and sweet this week as I’m currently at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, a Christmas present from some of my kids.

Baby Sweater Test Knit

I got a very pleasent surprise for my test knit. I thought the “payment” would be the baby sweater pattern. Instead Anne Hanssen provided every knitter with a free pattern of their choice from her portfolio as well as the baby sweater pattern. I chose the Lavendar Garden tee pattern. I have some beautiful lavender yarn in my stash that I will use to knit the pattern.

Lavender Garden by Anne B Hanssen

ANOTHER TEST KNIT!!!

Call me crazy.😵 Anne Hanssen immediately sent out a request for test knitters for a tee she will release next month. It is a more fitted tee, 0-2″ of ease. It has 3 sections of pattern and a stockinette yoke. It was appealing to me as I usually select more ease and lace bottom patterns. I had the yarn with me so I signed up. I’ll be casting it on tomorrow during some down time.

Socks FO

I did finish the socks for my stepdaughter and they were mailed with the baby sweater.

Sock Cast-On

I did cast-on a new pair of socks to knit while driving to and visiting my daughter. Fortunately hubby did drive a little so I got to work on them a bit. I’m doing the woven stitch for the front pattern side. I really like it. The yarn is the Quirky colorway from Lollipop Yarns.

1st Quarter Update

I’ll do my 1st Quarter Review next week when I’m home. Doing this post on my phone is pretty difficult!😖

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.