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Losing Ground and Making Up Time

This has been a crazy week, but lots of progress on my projects. The project that I lost ground on was the mystery shawl knit a long because I was so far off on my count, I frogged the entire piece and started again. It was unfixable. There are four sections of the pattern in the first clue. I was supposed to have 17 stitched in each section, one stitch dividing each section and and two stitches on each end. In each of my sections, I had 19, 17, 18, 19 respectively.

Looking back, I figured out what I did wrong. I am not used to using lace weight yarn. because it is so fine, the last stitch was pulled over the needle, therefore I was making a stitch on the beginning of some of the rows. This was enough to skew the pattern and my stitch count. Live, learn and rip out to start again.

I also got some different stitch markers. I was using very small brass markers that had the tiniest opening that would not have mattered with heavier yarn and bigger needles. They were not good for this shawl. After fighting with them, I read on that some people were using the smaller, closed rings used for jewelry making. I got them at Hobby Lobby for less than $1.50 and they are working wonderfully! So twenty rows and counting.

The snowflake afghan is coming along 26 of 59 squares are completed and sewn into strips. This is for the Ravelry group I joined in January. The idea is to make any granny square pattern that you want, one square a week. By the end of the year you have a complete afghan. I am only 12 behind – actually 14 behind because this is a Christmas gift. I am not allowing myself to start another project to take to work until I am at least caught up. If I don’t have too many meetings, that should be in approximately 3 weeks.

Pr socks – I found a really cool pattern from watching Knitty Gritty on TV. I am going to make Simple Master Coriolis Pattern by Cat Bordhi I am really excited about these, they are different from other’s I’ve made.

My alpaca hat is still a ball of yarn, neatly wound.

Here’s a picture of the completed shawl and my friend. 🙂

Master’s program – I received the yarn and it is really nice. The winding hasn’t been done as anticipated, but will be hopefully before the weekend is over. I am going to put the Master’s on hold until at least the holiday knitting and crocheting is done. A woman can only do so much.

The last baby blanket will probably preempt my hat due to necessity. The baby is due in a couple of weeks.

Last but not least, the Bear’s scarf is complete! I washed and blocked it this morning, and it is ready for Christmas morning.

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Fiber Filled Labor Day Weekend

It has been a fiber filled Labor Day weekend. I’ve been reading and knitting my way through the days since Friday night.

Most people plan picnics, pool parties or at least hang out at the mall to snatch up some holiday specials. I did take time out for dinner with my extended family, visited the youngest member of our family to watch her crawl (new skill!) and date night with hubby. But if you are a knitter, you know exactly where I am coming from when I say my knitting weekend has been exquisite.

First and foremost, I received the long anticipated first clue for the Fall Mystery Shawl KAL Group. Check it out on Ravelry! I was itching to start it as soon as the first clue arrived yesterday morning. But I knew if I cast on those 7 stitches, I would never keep up my self imposed schedule of completing at least 3 rows a day to have it done in time for my friend’s birthday in a couple of weeks.

As incentive to sit and work diligently, I decided to finally watch the final Harry Potter movie. (I got it for Christmas and have been meaning to get to it, but 2 hours is a lot of time to commit to..). I finished the 3 rows, then decided I should keep working on it until the movie was over. Reasoning that it would be too difficult to pay attention to a new pattern during the demise of “You Know Who”.

Ta da! I finished 12 rows and plan to finish one more today (the lace row) so that I can work on this tomorrow at work during break and lunch just to make better progress. Check it out!

Late last night I finally got my new addi lace needles out to start the mystery pattern. I made ok progress, like my choice of beads (which I have never incorporated into a knit item before) and have been counting over and over to make sure I don’t miss an important step and end up with a mess instead of a scarf.

I am contemplating a rescue row or lifeline before I go much further just in case. Do you ever use rescue rows?

When I began knitting socks, I was frantic about turning heals. Now it is one of my favorite parts of sock creation, but then it was very scary. I don’t know why, if I just would have read the pattern, stopped thinking and did what it said, I would have been fine.

A gal on one of the yahoo sock groups suggested a rescue row so I wouldn’t lose the work I’d done. All you have to do is cut a length of yarn or dental floss that is smaller than the yarn you are using. Using a darning needle, thread it through the stitches on the needles. You can either tie it in a very loose loop, or just leave it hanging free.Then just keep on knitting like it isn’t there. Once you feel safe that you aren’t messing up, you can remove it. If a problem arises, then you can frog back to the rescue row, pick up the stitches that are safely saved on the rescue thread and continue on (again) :)When I was learning to knit socks, I left it in until I was done. It was my knitting wooby for a while.

As you’ve been reading, most of my progress this week has been on the 2 shawls I have on the needles. I’m made ok progress on the Bears scarf because it was my travel project for work last week.

The last baby blanket, alpaca hat and socks have not been thought of this week. I have the yarn for all of them, but it would be cheating to call it progress when I’ve had it for quite a while.

The snowflake afghan is in hold until the first shawl is done. One must work triage sometimes – or if you are me – most of the time. 🙂

Hope you all had a safe and happy Labor Day – and if you are a knitter – I hope you added lots of perfect rows to your projects.

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Project updates

I don’t know about you, but I get bogged down in the details. Will the yarn be soft if I order it without the “feel test”? How about the pattern? I can look hours for the perfect pattern and still second guess myself. Sometimes the perfect pattern is difficult to obtain.

For instance, this week I found the cutest baby sweater pattern that would look absolutely fabulous on my adorable 6 month old cousin. I HAVE to have this pattern! The problem came in when I found it on a website that is entirely in French. Hum, that could be trouble for me, English only speaker. Good news is I can order the PDF in English. Bad news is I have to figure out on the website to actually order it. AND it wasn’t on my project list so I guess the list is growing instead of shrinking and it has only been a week!

Here are my project updates:

2 Baby boy afghans – The yarn is in the mail! Ordered wonderful KnitPicks Brava in baby blue, yellow and white. Haven’t decided if both will be all three colors or one will be all blue. Time will tell.
Snowflake afghan – 21 of 59 squares completed as of today
Pr socks –  haven’t thought of this project at all
Hat – ditto the socks
Shawl – this is dicey – if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been messing around with this shawl for over a month. Still not all that happy, but will try and carry on.
Mystery Shawl – received the beautiful hand dyed yarn. Will wind it this weekend and plan to purchase the beads at Midwest Stitches next weekend.
Possible add in projects: the delightful baby sweater, a felted lunchbag (fast, fun and useful!) and a few dishcloths (hubby was complaining about sponges, so I am throwing all of them out and going with homemade)
Master’s program – neverending….
Now to step away from the keyboard and pick up some needles 🙂

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Confessions of a Fiber Freak

So I got an email from KnitPicks today offering up to  40% off of sock yarns. I’d have to be crazy to order more sock yarn when I have enough to make a dozen pair in my stash. Yet – what harm is it to look…. a quick look at sock yarn proved I do have a bit of will power left. Unfortunately, they had other yarns on sale also.
Even though my stash overfloweth, I absolutely, positively do not have enough baby blue in the entire closet to make the 2 baby afghans I need to have completed by September. And, in my own defense, the new Brava acrylic is super soft and great to work with. It’s only $2.99 a 100 gram ball and since I need it, I may as well order enough for 2 blankets and get started.
That brings me to my next problem. If I spend $50 I get free shipping. Hum, pay about $10 to ship or spend the same amount of money and get more yarn? Who, I ask you, WHO would NOT get the extra yarn??? Besides, they have a beautiful Chroma on clearance – it would make a yummy scarf or shawl…..
Ok, I’ll admit it. I love to buy yarn, work with yarn, give gifts made of yarn – I’m a Fiber Freak. There, now that it is in the open, I feel much, much better.
But just because I am a Fiber Freak, that does not mean I am not productive – it just means I’ll have enough yarn to work with when I retire in 10 years or so without worrying. I’ll stash shop. Meanwhile, I have a few projects that need to be completed before the snow flies. Or at least before Santa leaves the North Pole this year.
To keep me honest, I’ll list them below and give you all updates once a week or so.
2 Baby boy afghans – both need to be completed by early fall, so more than likely I will crochet them as I can do that faster with a shell pattern that looks more complicated than it really is.
Snowflake afghan – Christmas gift and Ravelry KAL (or I guess CAL) – progress so far: 16 of 59 squares completed as of today
Pr socks –  to win a bet that I wouldn’t make 3 pr this year.
Hat – made from the super soft alpaca I bought on vacation in Oregon this spring – for me!
Shawl – this is dicey – if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been messing around with this shawl for over a month. Still not all that happy, but will try and carry on.
Mystery Shawl – seemed like fun, this will start in September
Other than continuing to work on the Master’s program, I think this about sums it up. I reserve the right to add projects as they come up 🙂

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