2022: Wk of June 12-18; Shrug and Socks Update


I did end up frogging almost the entire shrug. I ripped it back to just the few lace rows so back to row 10. I like the small stripes much better than the big blocks although all the color changes makes the knit much slower as I have to tie magic knots every 2-3 rows.


Here are the toes for 2 pair of socks that are now in “time out” until I go on my trip in 3 weeks. The should make good schooner knitting.


I did visit the yarn shop this week that is only slightly further away (3 minutes) than the yarn shop I have considered “my LYS” for the past 5 years. I was thrilled with it. While the shop is smaller, since it’s 100% yarn there is more yarn. And most important to me, the shop owner loves fingering weight yarns so there is LOTS. And she holds knit sessions Mondays at dinner, Tuesdays at lunch, and Thursdays in the afternoon. Turns out the owner lives only a few miles from me. Despite my excessive stash, I felt I couldn’t leave without buying something. I picked up some mohair as I want to knit the Love Note tee with some leftover ITO Shimo that I have. She also had a wonderful display of self striping sock yarn so I picked up a skein of bright summer colors. Since you are supposed to knit with yarn purchased at the shop for knit sessions, I’m now prepared should I chose to go. But at current gas prices, it’ll cost me $5 to make the trip so probably not. I’d rather spend the money on yarn.


After the disaster of our in ground pool last year, we purchased an above ground swim spa (you swim in place against jets of water). It arrived just a few days after my husband’s birthday so it was perfect timing. We had to hire a huge crane to lift the pool from the driveway down to the concrete pad next to our bedroom (house is built into the hill thus the bedrooms are on the lower floor). All the rain we’ve had allowed us to fill the pool. (We have a cistern so we live off rain water not municipal water.) My husband has already started swimming in it.


This was a fantastic week for me with lots of reconnecting with friends and family. I had two lunch dates with friends I haven’t seen since last year. My niece was in town from Texas which made a nice excuse to get together with my father and brother. Plus I got to take her sight seeing in Cincinnati for a day.

That’s it for this week. I 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. I’ve been knitting for five years.


27 thoughts on “2022: Wk of June 12-18; Shrug and Socks Update

  1. Your new sock yarn is very cheerful! Love the bright colors. Socks should never be boring, right? Glad you like your new LYS. I am still without a LYS that I like. Not to mention there are only 2 in the entire metroplex where I live! How smart to get the socks started for your schooner trip. I like the strips on the shrug. The smaller stripe does make it look a bit better. That swim spa is neat. What a great way to get exercise. Sounds like your family and friends visits were wonderful. How nice to get to connect with people you love.

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    1. Totally agree about bright stripy socks. That’s what makes them fun to knit and distinctive to receive. I’m sorry you don’t have many LYS. It is the benefit of living where I do. I have 5 within 30 minutes of my home! But it’s a totally different story where we winter. There are 2 about 45 minutes away and neither is very nice. So I bring yarn with me for the 4 months we are there.


  2. Sounds like you’ve been very busy but hooray for a LYS that actually stocks yarn! It is nice to know you’ve at least got an option should you choose to go to a knit night or afternoon. Great plan for your travel socks! It’ll be fun to have those ready to go for your trip!

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      1. I was thinking, when you do your Ship Shape (and if I do a 2nd) it would be very easy to just make the shoulder triangles 2 more stripes longer as you knit from tip of triangle to base. Then when you do the front and back bit where you pick up each long side of the triangles you just pick up those extra stitches and have less cast on stitches so that the overall width is the same for front and back panel but you get more coverage of the shoulders. If I knit it again this is what I’d try.

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  3. First off, your spreadsheet is thing of beauty to the side of me that thrives on organisation activities like list- and spreadsheet-making 😄.
    My creative side, on the other hand, is very much loving the colours in the shrug and socks. I look forward to seeing your progress on these, and the final items.

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    1. HaHa. My spreadsheet makes me feel like I’m in control of my knitting and stash even though that’s definitely not true! I’m not a slave to it, just like to feel I have an idea what I’m doing. But you can see I add and delay projects as desired.

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      1. Sometimes the illusion of control is all we need 😆.
        It’s great – it looks really handy. I just finished one project and was about to start a new one when I remembered I still have a WIP that I cast aside to do the last one, so clearly I need to think about some craft organisation. I’m hyper-organised at work, but not at home 😬

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      2. You may want to check out my May 29-June 5 post where I show my May knitting calendar. Again, I use excel to create a calendar with a tab for each month. Then I can list all my current WIPS and I track how many stitches I knit on each project. It was a way for me to remember what WIPs I already have. The calendar only has 5 lines so I can’t have more than 5 WIPS (except I know how to add lines of course). I have an Analysis page that sums how many days I worked on a project and how many stitches it took to knit it. I’m an engineer, can you tell??

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