2022: Wk of Jan 23 – 30; New Cast-on, Yarn Mail, and Frustrating Fix


Sadly, this was a frustrating week. Seems that while knitting my Spiraling Cables Stephen West shawl, I made a mistake and purled one row instead of knitting it. Sadly I didn’t find the mistake until I had knit 12 more rows. I had to dig down 12 rows for an entire row to correct each stitch.

Oops, Contrast color is supposed to be a garter stripe

This was a very slow process so I didn’t meet my goal of 1800 stitches for most of the days this week. Fortunately I’ve had enough “good” days that my monthly average is still above 1800 stitches per day. I do really like the shawl and I’m looking forward to more of the colors showing as I work through my multi-color contrast yarn. I’m almost halfway done so I’ll be starting the “trellis” portion soon.

Spiraling Cables – 1/2 done


The extra work on the Spiraling Cables Shawl means starting hubby’s sweater got delayed. I’m excited that it’s a “new to me” designer. While not specifically spelled out in my goals, trying patterns from “new to me” designers is indeed part of my goals. I finally cast-on yesterday so I’m only on the collar. This will be my first folded over collar. I didn’t swatch since I’ve made two sweaters already from the yarn. Have to admit that I don’t really like the “fabric” of my Shellseeker I made last year with the yarn. I used a US8 needle as I wanted a more open fabric so I could wear it in Florida. My daughter’s Shellseeker was made with a US4. I’m compromising and using a US6. I will determine the gauge and then adjust the pattern based on my gauge. As long as the collar is big enough to get over my husband’s head, I should be fine since the sweater is a simple stockinette raglan. Head fit I’ll be able to check this week.

Second 2022 Cast-On!!


My new “walking sock” yarn arrived. One set is supposed to be Christmas-ish called Holidaze and the other set is just summery colors. I will be casting on a new pair on Feb 1 so that I’ll have a project for various monthly sock KALs. I’m down to just the cuffs on my current socks so they will definitely an FO in next week’s blog. My extra yarn for the Spiraling Cables Shawl arrived. I have a feeling I won’t need the extra yarn. Oh well. I think I may make the Ranunculus top with it instead. Or at least some tee pattern. I love the autumn/campfire colors.


One month into my new year of knitting goals, I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve completed 2 carryover WIPs and should have a third done within the next day. Plus I’ve gotten started my first new 2022 project. My yarn in/out is out of balance but that’s because I’ve been “gifted” some baby yarns from my Florida knitters. Hard to say no to free yarn. My daily knitting goal is going ok. I’m happy that I’m using Knit Companion more this year even though that wasn’t on my list of goals. I’m looking forward to completing, or modifying, my goals as the year progresses. This what my daily tracking looks like.

Hope you have a great crafting week.

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.