2022: Wk of 10/16 – 22; Christmas Stocking Cast-on and Hubby’s Sweater Update

CHRISTMAS STOCKING CASTON

I did end up casting on a Christmas stocking for my granddaughter. So the winter colorwork sock goes on hold until I complete the stocking. I decided to go basic with the Christmas stocking. Kits are expensive and I didn’t want to buy more yarn. I had a skein of Christmas striped sock yarn in my stash. I bought 2 skeins last year and had already knit up one skein into a pair of Christmas socks for me. The yarn is kind of “wooly” so I didn’t want to make another pair of socks. It’s perfect for the Christmas socking. I’m using some stash yarn to make the white cuff. “Unfortunately” since it’s knit with sock yarn, I am not knitting it with a large needle to give my hands a break from the smallish (US 4) needles I’m also using on hubby’s sweater. I hope to add my granddaughter’s name with duplicate stitching down the leg. This should be fun and fast. I will have to line the sock as it’s not going to be strong enough fabric on it’s own.

HUBBY’S SWEATER

With the focus on the Christmas stocking, Hubby’s sweater is getting less love so not a lot of progress. Poor hubby, he always falls to the back of priorities. Good thing I love the yarn. I’ll be lucky if I get it done by Thanksgiving. More like Christmas. The progress keeper shows the progress I’ve made this week.

ADVENT CALENDAR

The first advent calendar has arrived. The others should arrive next month. This one is the Emma’s Yarn calendar. It will make a nice Christmas decoration. Apparently you just pick random ones to open versus being in a numbered order. It will be packed away to open in Florida. I’m thinking of making the Party Cardy with the mini skeins. The pink bag in the middle is a Christmas Day goody added by the yarn store that sold the calendar.

I also receive my autumn mini set that I will set aside for a Christmas in July ’23 opening.

COVID?? FLU??

Sadly I didn’t get to see my granddaughter and stepdaughter yesterday as she had to cancel the birthday party. My granddaughter has been running a fever for the past 5 days and my stepdaughter also came down with a fever, sore throat and body aches. Not sure if we will be able to squeeze in a visit in November before we head to Florida as my stepdaughter needs surgery for a “frozen shoulder”. I’ll have to mail the baby blanket for my grandson’s baby.

DEATH VISITS

Just when I thought things were bad enough with the loss of my childhood friend, “God” sends my family a sucker punch. My brother called me Wednesday evening with words I thought I’d never hear, “Derek is dead.”. Derek is my brother’s 35 year old son. It’s not clear exactly what happened other than he fell on his front steps and hit his head hard. He had a heart attack (?) either before or after the fall. I pray my brother and sister-in-law can survive the death of their son. I cannot image surviving the death of my child. So give your loved ones a special hug, call, or text this week.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

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2022: Wk of 10/9-15; Sweater Update, Sock Cast-on, Advent Box

AH HA!!!

I have been super frustrated with my gauge not matching my sweater. Even checking my gauge once I’ve started knitting has resulted in sweaters still being too big. What the heck?! Well this week I measured the gauge of my husband’s sweater. I measured it while the garment was still on the needles but far enough below that I could ensure the fabric was smoothed out. According the gauge I’d measured, the sweater would be much too small. But since I’d already had him try on the sweater with a barber cord and it swam on him, I knew this couldn’t be true. So I transferred the sweater to the barber cord and rechecked gauge. Indeed a HUGE difference. While still on the needle cord, the gauge was 5.1″ for 30 stitches for a garment circumference of 43″. On the barber cord, the gauge was 5.8″ for 30 stitches for a garment circumference of 49″!!!! Apparently this means I need to transfer swatches to a barber cord since leaving them on the needle cord apparently doesn’t result in an accurate gauge for me.

I’m making good progress on hubby’s sweater. He sure needs it as this fall has been unusually cool. I’m enjoying getting to wear my sweaters before we head to Florida. Sadly it’s also been extremely dry so we’ve had to buy water for our cistern. We did find the leak and fortunately it was both an erratic toilet and a leaky outside faucet, not a broken water line.

COLORWORK SOCK

I was getting bored with all stockinette knitting on hubby’s sweater. While I wanted to cast-on a second Ranunculus sweater, I decided to cast-on a colorwork sock. This way I’m also alternating knitting styles – Continental for the sweater and English for the sock. This is supposed to be good for decreasing stress on my wrists. Now ergonomically speaking, I’m just missing a project with larger needles. Stay tuned as I just realized I should knit a Christmas stocking for my granddaughter.

Similar to the Christmas colorwork sock I knit last year, I’m knitting a “winter” colorwork sock. I’m hoping the sock could be worn not just in December but in January if the stripes aren’t blatant Christmas. The stripes will be snowflakes, pine trees, hot chocolate mugs, etc. I plan to gift them to my daughter.

ADVENT WINDOW BOX

I was hoping to find a nice “box” to store one of my advent calendars in as I unveil the minis over the month of Dec. I found a nice windowed box with 10 compartments. I used balsa wood to make 24 compartments and stained the outside wood. Sadly the compartments are definitely too small for 20g mini skeins. One advent calendar I bought is only 10g minis. It will be tight but I’m hoping they might fit if I wind the minis into a ball. Here’s a picture with some of my leftover yarns as examples. Oh well, it wasn’t expensive and I’m sure I’ll figure out something to do with the box for advent even if it’s just to fill the compartments with chocolates. 😉

SAD NOTE/HAPPY NOTE

On a sad note, I’ll be attending the funeral of a childhood friend this week. Her death wasn’t unexpected as she had ovarian cancer and it had gotten A LOT worse these past weeks. This one is upsetting me more than I expected. Probably because it hits too close to home. We had been meeting monthly for lunch these past 10 years. I will miss her.

On a happy note, the day after the funeral I will be traveling to Indiana for the weekend to celebrate my granddaughter’s first birthday. I will enjoy spending time with my stepdaughter, her hubby, and my granddaughter. Just the pick me up that I’ll need.

I can’t believe this year is winding down already!! The holidays are almost upon us. I hope you are enjoying this fall season and this week of crafting brings you joy.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

2022: Wk of 9/25 – 10/1; Autumn Socks FO & Charlie Harper Project Bag

SEPTEMBER REVIEW

I just missed my stitch goal of knitting 1800 stitches per day in September although I’m still meeting that goal on a yearly basis. I am not surprised since I had 3 travel days where I wasn’t able to knit much. Turns out the months with week long wedding celebrations resulted in missing my stitches knit goal. I’m okay with that. 🙂 I started 3 projects and finished one although I’m tempted to count my autumn socks since they were so close to finished.

ALWAYS SOMETHING!!!

This has been a rough week. After returning from our Outer Banks/Delaware trip, we discovered we have a leak somewhere in our water system. We collect rain water from our roof which is stored in a cistern under our front yarn. So far we have confirmed the leak isn’t a sink/toilet. We are trying to determine if the cistern has developed a leak or the pipe from the cistern to the house. I suspect the recent concrete work my husband insisted on has caused the crack and leak.😖 Then the driveway repair this past week has been slow and resulted in accidentally cutting our internet/cable so I’m currently sitting at Starbucks as I write this using the free wifi. I’m getting my steps in since it’s 1/3 mile to the street where we have to park our car.👟

Hurricane Ian did damage the roof of our oldest son’s home in North Port, FL. He also lost the fence at his home. I believe our grandson’s home in North Port has serious water damage. Fortunately our son’s home in Gainesville, FL was unaffected as was our daughter’s home in Charleston, SC when Ian came ashore a second time. We are very fortunate that the condo we have rented for this winter made it through without a scratch. Some of the trees got blown over in the condo complex but the complex seems to have survived the hurricane well.

AUTUMN SOCKS FO

Got my autumn socks off the needles in time to wear with my autumn cowl this fall!! It will be fun to wear these in support of the Cincinnati Bengals football team as well as fall in general. I think it is interesting how at 68 stitches the orange pooled while at 64 stitches the orange striped. So I have pooled orange on the foot and stripes on the leg. I like it that way.

Now I have to focus on finishing the baby blanket and get back to knitting my hubby’s sweater. Then I can start thinking about casting on another pair of socks. Maybe Christmas colorwork socks!?

CHARLIE HARPER PROJECT BAG

I did end up making a project bag with the Charlie Harper fabric. I LOVE IT!! It is quite small; perfect for a pair of socks, especially if using 9″ circulars and 50g or less yarn balls. It’s only 7″ wide at the top and 4″x3″ at the bottom. It’s about 9″ tall. I have enough to make a second sock size bag. Charlie Harper was a Cincinnati based American artist well known for his stylized animal illustrations. I picked up the soccer ball charm at Michaels to use as a zipper pull.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

2022: Wk of 9/18-24; Socks, Sweaters, and More Favorite Things

HUBBY’S SWEATER UPDATE

I do love knitting with this cotton/silk Berrocco Summer Silk yarn. Just so soft! Since it’s all stockinette for 17″, it’s a nice mindless knit for TV watching now that the network series are starting their new seasons.

AUTUMN SOCKS

These socks are getting the majority of my attention since it’s already autumn. I want to wear them NOW! I think the fit is going to be okay. I’m making them a little shorter than normal to help pull in the extra width at the ball of my foot. I love this yarn too. (Seems to be a pattern). I’m ready to start the heels today. Orange and black are also the colors of our local football team so hopefully they will get to be worn into the playoffs.

BABY BLANKET UPDATE

My great grandson’s baby blanket got a little knitting attention and is going to need to get a lot more. I’ll be traveling back to Indiana in four weeks for my granddaughter’s first birthday so I need to have the blanket done by then. Hubby’s sweater will have to take a back seat until I can get the blanket finished.

FAVORITE THINGS – CHRISTMAS IDEAS??

A few weeks ago I posted how I like clear containers for all things knitting so that I can see what’s inside my “tin”, notions pouch, yarn “bin”, and even knitting tote bag. Another thing I like to help make knitting more enjoyable is “fun” stitch markers/progress keepers. These can range from cheap to somewhat expensive. Here’s some ideas to put on your Christmas list or as a gift to a knitter you know.

I love using my colorful o-rings that come in lots of sizes on Amazon. I bought small ones for my sock needles, medium sized for my Size 4-6 needle knits, and large ones for my Size 8 and up needle knits. These are available via Amazon. I like to place them every 10 stitches when I’m casting on and every 20 stitches while knitting. I like to use these on big projects where I use one color for the front stitches, a second color for the back stitches, a third color for the right sleeve, and a fourth color for the left sleeve. I also recently bought stitch markers from Katrinkles that literally say front, back, and sleeve for added clarity on what the heck I’m knitting at the moment.

I have numbered stitch markers from Twice Sheared Sheep that I also like to use while casting on or tracking my stitch count while managing increases or decreases. I love my M1R/M1L sweater stitch markers for top down sweaters although for my bottom-up sweater I’ll be using my SSK/K2T sheep stitch markers. These are both from an Etsy seller. Sadly I have found that the black printing wears off too fast if you don’t put a drop of clear nail polish on them to protect the printing.

Finally, it’s fun to have seasonal or just cute charms for progress keepers. I made these from charms and lobster clasps I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Etsy also has lots of cute progress keepers. I like to put a “fun” pair of stitch markers in the center of the top side of each sock and a square stitch marker in the center of the sole side of each sock especially when knitting 2 at a time socks. Helps me keep track of which sock is the “first” one and which side gets the heel.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

2022: Wk of 9/11-17; Sock and Sweater Updates

HUBBY’S SWEATER UPDATE

I’m happy to report that the second time was the charm in not twisting my stitches on this bottom up pullover. Fingers crossed that the waist will not be too tight. The hem is knit with fewer stitches than the body. I figure worst case I’ll rip out the hem and reknit it straight from the body stitches. This is an easy knit now that I’m past twisting the hem so I’m getting lots of practice knitting Continental.

SOCKS UPDATE

What a surprise, I got a lot less knitting done this week at the beach than I thought. I did make a little progress on both my Fixation socks and my Autumn socks. The Fixation socks will now become my car knitting since I’m in no hurry to finish them. I don’t want to get caught again with no knitting in my car. Nothing like sitting for an hour waiting to get the oil changed with nothing to knit.

I’m knitting my Autumn socks Continental style and forgot how much looser my stitches are. The sock is too big!😲 With only 2″ before starting the heel, I’ve decreased the stitch count from 68 to 62 and I’ve added 2×2 ribbing to the bottom side. If it still ends up too sloopy, I’ll have to frog it.

WEDDING WEEK

What a wonderful week long wedding celebration. The weather was perfect. Way too much good food to eat. The bride and her family are happy but exhausted. This is the beach mansion they rented for the week.

Hope you had a wonderful week. I look forward to getting back home for the next two months!!

2022: Wk of 9/4-10; Cast-ons!!!

SOCK CAST-ONS

Between finishing my Autumn cowl and my Dragonfly socks recently, it was time to cast-on more projects. With a week of beach knitting coming up, socks were a logical choice. Both are going to be vanilla socks. The first pair is going to use the leftover variegated yarn (Deep Dyed Yarns) from my Autumn cowl. I think a plain pattern is called for to let the yarn itself shine. Plus the matching cowl is mainly vanilla stockinette. I may do a stripe of the pumpkin colorwork on the leg portion. The second pair is more of my beloved Fixation DK yarn which is great for knitting while walking. Since the bride and her maid of honor (her sister) are VERY health/exercise conscience, there will be a 5K as part of the wedding festivities. Plus my husband and I enjoy starting our mornings at the beach with an hour walk.

HUBBY’S SWEATER CAST-ON

Ugh! The reason I hate swatching is that it takes me so long!! 5000+ stitches takes a lot of time. I’ve used this yarn before and have swatched but unfortunately that didn’t help. I started swatching with a size 8 based on my previous swatch but I’ll be knitting Continental since it’s all stockinette. I ended up with a size 5 and still didn’t match gauge. I’m just going to knit a size smaller. I like the fabric and I’m already worried I’ll be playing yarn chicken so I don’t want to go to a smaller needle size. I’ll check my gauge as I knit and adjust accordingly. It will be easy to add stitches if needed. The swatch did allow me to try out different stripe patterns so my hubby could pick – alternating stripes of light grey, dark grey, white, and red or split up the red stripe so that there is a small stripe of red between each stripe of light grey, dark grey, and white. He chose the small stripe of red between each stripe. I totally agree. I’m using Berroco Summer Silk, one of my favorite yarns.

This is my first bottom up sweater. I will do my best to never knit another one!!! I have ripped it out already because I find it nearly impossible to keep from twisting the 250 stitches as I try to knit the first few rows! I did learn a new cast on technique since I needed a stretchy cast on. I used Tillybuddy’s cast on. I have also reviewed jogless striping videos. Fingers crossed I am successful on the second attempt or hubby has already agreed I will switch to a top down crew neck pullover despite his preference for a V-neck.

PROJECT BAG

With all the new cast-ons, I needed a new small(er) project bag. The fat square material I had bought over a year ago limited how tall I could make the bag. This one “is fine” but I’d probably prefer not as wide. I will do that with the next bag I make. I can get away with a small bag on my sock projects. This bag could hold 2 skeins and a small notions pouch. It’s actually a good choice for colorwork socks where I need multiple balls of yarn. One of my goals for the year was to make a project bag with some fabric inspired by local artist Charlie Harper. I didn’t use that fabric since I’m out of practice making project bags. I’m glad I didn’t use it since I would indeed make the next project bag different. I’m going to consider this new bag as meeting my 2022 goal of making a project bag even if it isn’t the Charlie Harper fabric.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

2022: Wk of 8/21-27; Sock FO and Halloween Cowl Cast-on

DRAGONFLY SOCK FO

I did finish my Dragonfly socks. I hadn’t remembered I’d already knit this pattern. And I knit it with green yarn. Hmm. I’m pretty consistent apparently. But I gave the first pair to my daughter a few years ago. Now I have a pair of green socks with a slight lace pattern for me.

I have wound the yarn for the next pair of socks. I think it looks fall-ish since it’s brown and grey with a bit of orange. I plan to knit Olina which is even more of a lace pattern. Hopefully it will be okay with this self striping yarn. I plan to wait till September to cast-it on.

HALLOWEEN COWL CAST-ON!!

My Halloween Cowl is getting all my knitting attention at the moment hence the desire to wait to cast-on the next pair of socks. I really love the variegated yarn I’m using for the striped sections. It’s the Black Hills colorway from Deep Dyed Yarns. It has the sparkly silver filament in the yarn (which makes it a lot easier to knit the black stitches!!). I’ll be starting the colorwork stripes of pumpkins this afternoon so we will see if the variegated works as I’m imagining. The cowl is Halloween based so it has a stripe of ghosts. I’m going to see if I can create a stripe of leaves so that the cowl is more autumn based and thus I could wear it Sept thru November.

NEXT??

The cowl should knit fairly quickly so I’m already thinking about my next “big” project. I’d love to start a Love Note for me since it will go with my new green socks but I’m feeling I need to get back to knitting that sweater for my hubby. I’ll be using Summer Silk yarn from Berroco which I really love. It will be a fairly lightweight sweater since the yarn is silk and cotton making it perfect for him in Florida. I really should get it done this fall. We have another beach vacation coming up in mid-September so I need to plan what knitting projects I want to work on. Sadly I will be doing most (all??) the driving so I won’t get much (any??) knitting on the travel days. I still have some leftover Fixation yarn to make a pair of “walking yoga socks” for our daily walks on the beach.

I got to enjoy my sister and brother-in-law being in town. Hubby made a wonderful dinner before we went to the soccer game last night (a tie). Tomorrow we will go up to my father’s for an authentic Korean dinner (my brother-in-law is half Korean). Yum.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for five years.

2022: Wk of Aug 14-20; Sock and Baby Blanket WIPs

DRAGONFLY SOCKS

Wow, was I lucky!!! Seems I left my sock project bag at the Panera where my new knitting group met last week. It wasn’t until Monday when I went to work on them that I realized I’d left them. Fortunately a worker found the bag and stowed it under the cash register. Only knitters know that was about $50+ in yarn, needles, and bag. Didn’t get as far on them as I had hoped. Fingers crossed I’ll get them finished this week.

OOPS I DID IT AGAIN

You would think I would know by now it rip back if something isn’t quite right. I tried to cheat on my baby blanket when I ran out of yarn for on a stripe. Thought I could live with it. After 2 failed attempts to “fix it”, I ripped about 12 rows back. Then of course when I knit the second time I must have knit looser as I ran out of a different color’s yarn. Now each wider stripe gets one row of white before the fuzzy white stripe. It’s a “design element”. I’ve realized that I cast-on more stitches than I desired but it’s okay. The stripes will be vertical instead of the more typical horizontal. 37″ seems a bit wide but is perfect for the length I wanted.

HALLOWEEN KNIT

My next project will be a Halloween cowl. Hoping it gets cool enough in October to wear it. Too often I don’t even get to wear my Halloween sweater because it’s still too hot. But I wanted a fun colorwork project. I will not be knitting the orange/white/pink stripes. Instead I’m using a sparkle black and orange variegated sock yarn for those sections. I frogged the yarn from a pair of argyle socks I started a couple of years ago hoping to master intarsia in the round. Not. The sock yarn was black, orange, bright blue and yellow. They will be great for the colorwork section. (I do have some white for the ghosts.)

RANUNCULUS

A final photo of my finished Ranunculus. Turns out I don’t have to wear a top underneath. I’m very happy with the neck of this pattern versus the typical “boat neck”. I will be using this neck even on my Anne Hanssen and plan to knit again. I will also do some sleeve decreases to make a more fitted cap sleeve.

HUBBY’S SWEATER

The only acquisition this week was a V Neck Pattern, Broadview Pullover by KnitPicks, for my husband’s sweater. I had purchased a crew neck pattern but he said he’d prefer V Neck. I didn’t find many V Neck patterns on Ravelry so this is the one I ended up with.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for five years.

2022: Wk of 7/17-23; Shawl and Shrug FOs

FOs!!!!

Happy dance time!!! I finished both the Stephen West Spiraling Cables shawl for my stepdaughter and the Ladybird Shrug for me. I’m very happy with both.

The shrug color doesn’t go with the initial dress I was planning to wear it with but I think it looks nice with this dress. Now I just need an occasion to wear the dress. Probably Christmas Eve since the dress is velvet. The pattern calls for creating a ribbed border that would run around the neck, down the front sides, and across the lower back. I decided I liked it without the ribbed border.

WIPs

So that just leaves me with the Spiraling Lace socks. Need to finish the ribbed cuff on this one and the leg and cuff on the other. Should be done today or tomorrow. That will catch me up on a pair of socks or a shrug per month. (More happy dancing.)

NEXT

Cast-on Time!! (Still more happy dancing. I know, I know, I should get back to knitting my hubby’s sweater.) I will cast on a Ranunculus for me this week. I’m using Emma’s Yarn in the 10 Questions Colorway. No idea why it’s called that. To me it is fall colors hence my desire to cast-on now.

This will give me both the Ranunculus and the pair of socks, Dragonfly, that I took on the schooner trip but didn’t knit on, for my trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina the end of this week. I already have the toes knit. I think I’ll take some leftover Fixation yarn to make a pair of yoga socks as a third project. This trip will be the opposite of Maine – very hot. But the house is right on the beach so I’ll have the breeze while at the beach and air conditioning while at the house. No motion sickness! I’m looking forward to 10 days with our friends and their daughter and fiancé. They are getting married in September. We even get to be part of the taste testing of the wedding caterer. I’m giving my daughter a hard time, not really, because we didn’t get to be part of their wedding caterer taste testing (something about being a 10 hr drive away!!)

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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for five years .

2022: Wk of June 19-25; FO and Schooner WIPS

SUMMER SHRUG

I did finish the shrug for my son’s girlfriend. We are both very happy with it. It will be perfect with a black dress she has that has similar color butterflies on the skirt portion. She says my son needs to take her out to dinner so she can wear it! This one really showed the benefit of wet blocking. Amazing how much more even my stitches look after blocking. I tried to only “aggressively” block the 2″ of lace trim so the shrug wouldn’t be too baggy. I suspect it will stretch during wear.

SCHOONER WIPS

I cast on a third WIP for my schooner trip. I wanted something on larger needles and an alternative to knitting socks. So I cast on a shrug for me. I just love this Madelinetosh single ply and this blue teal. It will be a lace pattern, Ladybird Shrug. It’s a free, easy pattern on Ravelry, only an 8 rows pattern (and the even rows are all purls). I think this will look nice with a summer dress I plan to wear to a friend’s daughter’s beach wedding in September. Also it should look nice with a wine color cami I never wear as I don’t like so much exposed skin on me. So hopefully I’ll get more wear out of the cami.

STEPHEN WEST SPIRALING CABLES SHAWL #2

Since my two sock WIPS and my shrug WIP are intended for schooner knitting, I needed to cast-on a project to work on for the next two weeks. Next up was either a Ranunculus for me or knitting a second Stephen West Spiraling Cables shawl that my step-daughter requested. I do want to make sure I have her shawl done by Oct 1 when it will start getting chilly here. Starting the Stephen West shawl won out. It is a fun knit so I’m happy to make a second. This time I’m using a very dark color for the cables. Sadly they don’t show as well. I do have some tan yarn that is closer to what I used for my shawl. But the dark yarn is much nicer alpaca yarn and will be much drapier so I really want to use it.

Having 5 WIPS would normally stress me out but since 3 were specifically cast-on for trip knitting I’m not stressing. I will definitely spend the time after the trip finishing any WIPS that didn’t get done as well as the Stephen West shawl before casting on any new projects.

ACQUISITIONS

I made it through the week without buying yarn!! Everybody seems to be doing summer sales but I am resisting. It helps that my new LYS owner told me she does a big sale starting July 1 with some yarns marked down 75%. I may have new yarn acquisitions in next week’s post. But I did end up buying more reusable project bag tags from Katrinkles. I really like having my bags labeled with what’s inside.

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.