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Friday, October 19, 2018


I've gotten quite a bit more work done on my Sipila pullover.  I'm more than halfway through the charted yoke at this point.  When I knit in the round, I usually keep my needle length much smaller than the circumference of the knitting.  It means bunching the stitches up on the needles, but it also means that the piece sort of naturally rotates around the needles without me having to rearrange it very much myself.  On this project, I'm trying to keep my needle length very close to the actual knitting size because I think it helps with tensioning the floats in the color work.  It does mean I have to manually move the project around on the needles, but if I don't get my tension right, I'll have to re-knit this section, which would take longer.

I'm staying focused on this until I finish the color work yoke because I don't want my tension to change.  If you have a lot of down time in the middle of a project, your tension can be very different when you pick it up again.  In stranded color work that can be a huge problem.  So no stars for a bit and the front of Relax Two is on hold.  Footie socks are working like little palate cleansers for now, but I still hope to finish the yoke part of this sweater over the weekend.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Another Pair of Footies

Aniversario Sea Spray footie socks 
I finished a second pair of Aniversario Footies, this time I used Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Sea Spray for the toes and heels.  I'd tell you that soon the sock knitting will be something different, but that would be a lie.  I've started a third pair of these.  Eventually I will run out of Aniversario, but this is not that day!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


The ESK Fourth Quarter KAL - Charted Waters (make something charted) began October 1.  I just cast on this past weekend.  I'm making Sipila in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Flycatcher Blue and Natural.  I'm into the stranded portion of the yoke now, but I haven't gotten very far.  It kind of reminds me of Charlie Brown's shirt at this point - in completely the wrong colors. 

I've been wanting to make a colorwork yoke pullover for a while now, so when I realized this pattern would also work for the KAL, I decided to go ahead and do it.  This has an oversized shape which looks cute with skinny jeans and is comfortable to wear.  There are some projects on Ravelry that were knit to be more fitted, but I'll be making mine oversized as the pattern is written.  I'm doing the long sleeved version.

Also, can I just say that I absolutely adore the polka dots on the sleeves!  The yoke pattern is pretty and I like it too, but the polka dotted sleeves are what really reeled me in with this pattern!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Finished Footie Socks!

Footie socks 
I finished my first pair (for the year) of Aniversario footie socks just in time for cold weather!  I like these to sleep in when the weather is cold because they keep my feet warm, but I can still feel Max under the covers with the tops of my feet and my ankles.  He sleeps under the covers and sometimes all the way down by my feet.  Fortunately, he doesn't seem to mind being kicked occasionally (actually I think he likes it), but I try to keep up with him.

This skein of Aniversario is not consistently the same color from one end to the other, so a pair of regular socks would have been two different colors.  I paired the Anversario (Malabrigo Sock) with Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Lollipop for the heels and toes.  Aniversario has so many colors in it, you can pair it with just about any other color and it will work.  I've already started a second pair with a different contrast color!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Relax Back

Relax Two 
 I've finished the back of my second Relax pullover.  I kind of pinned it out for the photo since all it wanted to do was roll up and look weird.  I'll weave in most of the ends before I block it (with the as yet unknitted front), but some of the ends are for sewing seams later.

Now I'm off to knit the front!  I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Footie Socks

Footie socks 
After finishing up my Green Dragon socks, I immediately wound yarn for a new pair of socks.  The yarn was Malabrigo Sock in Aniversario.  Once the skein was wound, I noticed that while the outside of the skein was mostly raspberry, fuschia, and plum tones with little bits of all the other colors (as Aniversario usually is), the center of the skein had more blues, greens, and purples.  I knew if I knit a regular pair of socks, the socks would be different colors, despite being knit from the same skein.  So I changed gears and decided to knit footie socks instead.  I will be able to get two pairs of footie socks from the skein.  Just for fun, I decided to use my leftovers of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Lollipop leftover from my Smaug socks earlier this year for toes and heels.  I started with the end of the Aniversario skein that's more blues and greens than reds. 

I'm ready to start the heel on the second sock at this point, so as usual, these little socks are practically falling off the needles.  I haven't decided yet, but I might use the leftovers of Racing Green for heels and toes with the more red end of the skein.  Just to mix things up a bit!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Green Dragon Socks

Green Dragon socks 
I finished my Green Dragon Socks (for the To Dragons With Love MKAL) while I was sick.  These are knit in Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Racing Green which is definitely photographing more blue green than it is.  These were a fun pair of socks to knit, and while I wasn't really sure about them in a couple of places as I was knitting them, I really like the finished socks.

I think this is my fifth pair of socks this year and I definitely need to sort through my sock drawer.  There are a few pairs of socks that have felted over the years and several pairs that I just don't like the yarn I used.  Some of my early hand spun socks are just really itchy to wear.  I need to clear out the ones I'm not wearing so I have room for the ones I do.  I'm not sure why I keep putting it off, but I'm pretty sure Max will help me when I do sort it out.