FO and 2021 Half Year in Review

Before I get to my half year review – A Finished Object!!! I have completed my second attempt at copying my friends hat made by her German cousins. You can decide for yourself how close I came. I feel it’s “close enough” and thus represents the best I can do. This photo is preblocked. With blocking I was able to make the size match.

Barbara’s German Hat

So how am I doing on my 2021 Knitting Plans??

2021 KNITTING PLAN – PROJECTS

A WIPS – 2 out of 2

I completed both carryover WIPS. One turned out to be much bigger than planned since within 10 rows of completing the sweater, I ripped it back to the armholes!!

B SOCKS – 3ish out of 4

Satisfied with status at year midpoint. Supposed to be 3 pair with fingering weight yarns and one colorwork. The colorwork sock was converted into a pair of mitts when it turned out I had made them too tight to go over my heel. I’ll call it met. I have made 2 pair of anklets – one fingering, one is DK. I also made one sock (sample sock). So I’ll call that equal to 2 pair. That means I’m only one pair off for the year’s goal. I already have two pair of socks on needles and I really want to make the advent colorwork socks this fall. It may get postposed till ’22 as I have a pair of gift Christmas socks that have to be made first this fall. So I expect to exceed my sock making goal.

C SWEATER/TOPS – 2 out of 6

Behind but expected. I always overestimate how many tops/sweaters I can get made in a year. Having to remake most of my WIP sweater didn’t help. Plus adding a baby blanket has changed my plans. So far I’ve only finished 2 tops beyond the WIP. I’ve also decided to replace a top planned for me with a top for my son’s girlfriend. I suspect that getting 2 more made in the second half of the year is about all I’ll get done considering the socks I want to make.

D. MISC – 2 out of 1

Met. I planned to try to recreate a hat pattern of my friend. I ended up making two attempts and I’m done. Not on my plan – I’ve finished a baby blanket.

Since I generated the plan the end of December, I have added to this goal as I’d like to try making knitted ornaments. Three of my kids have gotten married in the past two years so I’d like to make them a wedding ornament. Also with a granddaughter on the way – a baby’s first Christmas ornament would be nice. We will see. I won’t be upset if I make more socks instead of ornaments. I think my advent colorwork socks will definitely be higher priority.

Other than sweaters/tops, 2021 looks to be on track!

2021 KNITTING PLAN – GOALS

In addition to projects, I have set some goals to work on in 2021. This was my list back in January.

  1. Make something Brioche Hmm, probably next year
  2. Track stitches per day (1000/day goal) Check. Digital calendar working well to track stitches
  3. Make something with Continental Knitting I keep working on this with vanilla socks
  4. Make a hat Check. Made two.
  5. Make something with Colorwork Check. Advent mitts
  6. Make Ravelry Queue match Knitting Plan I think I did this once but I know it’s out of whack.
  7. Clean out Ravelry favorites Yeah right, cleaning out is not my strength.

I’m doing well at averaging 1000+ stitches per day. This past week has been really low since we are in high harvest and lawn maintenance season. I’m enjoying having knitting related goals in addition to project goals to keep me growing. I’m happy with my status on these goals.

All and all, 2021 is going 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 every week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like most). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is starting it’s 11th year; I’m starting my second in the group.

YOP – Week of June 14 – 20

I did not get nearly as much knitting done this week as usual. It has been cherry and black raspberry picking time at our house. We got a good crop of cherries this year so I’ve been picking and pitting most everyday this past week. Monday hubby and I will make sour cherry preserves with our harvest. My son has also requested a cherry pie. My husband is an excellent pie baker. My husband makes homemade chambord with the black raspberries although I’d prefer preserves or pie.

Fresh Picked Sour Cherries

Sunday is Father’s Day here in the US and it was our first family gathering since Christmas ’19. It was so nice to spend some time with my husband’s brother and his wife plus some nieces and their hubbies. Plus 2 of our sons.

Sock Knitting – 9″ Circulars

I’m so tickled with the yarn I’m using for my Size 0 – 9″ circular experiment. I just love the vibrant colors. I’m using a pink variegated mini to put a small stripe at the toe and then will use it at the heel and the cuff. I will also be trying an afterthought heel which will be a new technique for me. I did not make much progress on my Size 4 – 9″ circular Fixation socks since they are intended for the flight next week.

Deep Dyed Yarn Socks

Attempt #2 at “German” Hat

I have started a second attempt to copy the hat given to my friend by her cousins in Germany. I think the yarn is not as bulky as her cousins used. It was some acrylic/wool blend that I had leftover from a sweater. I’ve finished the headband portion. Now I’m working on the cable band that gets sewn onto the headband before picking up stitches to make the crown. I’ve already realized that her cousins used slip stitches for the contrast color but oh well. I think this is as close as I’m going to come. I still can’t figure out what stitches they did along the edges of the cable. Again I think it’s some type of slip stitches. When I get this one done I’m going to have to declare close enough. There are too many other things I want to knit beside copying this hat pattern.

Recreating Hat Pattern

Getting Back to “Normal” – Social Knitting

I got to have 2 social knitting sessions this week!! My usual weekly group of knitters has been getting together on Saturdays since May. This week I also got together with a broader group on Friday. That will probably turn into a monthly. It is so nice to share tips and tricks from good podcasts to watch, to how to make an afterthought heel, to getting to use my friend’s really good ball winder to get some skeins ready for projects I’ll be starting in mid-July. I wish the monthly group that would meet at an area microbrewery would restart but I’m not sure they will. I may just have to get together with my friend that was one of the leaders on our own each month. I think I can be talked into that. 🙂

Futball

I really really like soccer!! So much so that my kids and hubby gave me season tickets to our local Major League Soccer team for 2020. We all know how that turned out. So I was able to roll them over into season tickets for this year. I finally got to go to my first game as now there are no restrictions on attendance. It was so fun even though the team lost (we are in last place). It’s a brand new stadium. I go by myself as my hubby’s health issues make it impossible for him to attend. But the people sitting by me were so friendly that it was enjoyable. I appreciate their kindness.

Gorgeous Night for Soccer

17 Year Cicada Update

I’m happy to report that we are definitely past the peak. It’s almost like a light stitch being turned off. One day they are everywhere and noisy, the next day it just tons of dead bugs and quiet. I so enjoyed getting to hear the birds singing again! The cidadas aren’t completely gone but they are no longer a nuisance. I don’t expect to be living here when they return in 17 years. Heck, I’ll be lucky if I’m still living on this side of the grass in 17 years.

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 every 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 10th year although I’m in my first in the group.

YOP Wk #18 – Cicadas are coming!!

The year is zipping by isn’t it!! Already May. Doesn’t feel like it here. We are having an unusually cool spring. I can’t remember having a fire in the fireplace for Mother’s Day. Still can’t plant any flowers or start our garden as there is still a risk of frost this week. Fingers cross that next weekend can start planting flowers.

Fire on Mother’s Day??

Course we are just in time for the 17 year cicadas to emerge this week or next. Annual cicadas are about 2 per square foot. These 17 year cicadas are about 30 per square foot. Literally everything gets covered in these big bugs and you basically can’t go outside. Their “singing” is as loud as a lawnmover so you can imagine the noise of millions of them!! They don’t bite but they do land on you. Yuck. They should all be dead by the end of June. They slice young tree and shrub branches in order to lay their eggs so I’ll have to wait till July to plant the new lilac bush I want.

Cicada

Sailormoon

I did add an extra 10 rows to the make a longer lace panel. Pattern calls to bindoff after 2 repeats but I’m doing 3. That’s only an extra 2900 stitches!! I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. I’ll get the lace done later today and should be picking up stitches for the sleeves tonight.

Lace Panel

Barbara’s “German” Hat

I finished my first attempt to copy my friend’s hat pattern. My yarn choices were awful. The fuzzy white yarn blurs out the cable. Then I closed the top too fast so the hat barely covers my ears. Great if I want to show off my earrings while wearing the hat. I’m going to rip out the cap part and make it longer although I really can’t see the yarn to try to frog it. I suspect I’ll be cutting the yarn.

First Try

I checked my stash and I actually already had a skein of maroon Berroco Vintage Chunky leftover from a sweater I knit my daughter 2 years ago. Plus I found some tan yarn that I can use as the contrast color. I have no idea what it is or where I got it since don’t own anything with that yarn. I’m going to try again with making the hat. This time I’ll be able to see the stitches better. You got to love the instructions Barbara’s cousins gave her to knit the hat. 1) Knit first part like a headband. 2) make a narrow cable approximately 10 inches long. Sew this part horizontally to first part. 3) Edge stiches from part 2 are cast-on again and the top of the hat is finished. Uhhh – see why I’m having trouble “following the pattern”. 😜

Yarn for #2 Attempt

Advent Calendar

Just a reminder, if you are interested in gifting yourself or someone else an advent calendar, many are starting their preorders now. My local knitting group has create a spreadsheet on advent calendars as we find them. I don’t really need more minis but I really want one anyway. Most are way more than I want to spend but we have found a few good “bargains”. My favorite so far is made in the UK (Vicki Brown) but I’m a bit worried about receiving it before I head back to Florida for the winter.