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I finally finished them! My southwestern socks are finally finished! I used a US 1.5 needle for these socks, but I think I will use a size 1 for the next pair. These socks are
just a little bit loose so I don’t know how long they will last. I haven’t washed them yet, so maybe they will fit better after I wash them.  As I have said in previous blog posts, I used Lang Jawoll Color Aktion yarn. I lost the label so I don’t know the number of the colorway. The colorway knitted up like a southwestern theme with turquoise, purple, blue, beige, rusty brown, and white.

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I will be making my rainbow socks the next time. I have some indy-dyer sock yarn that is in the rainbow colorway. The indy dyer that made them named the yarn from My Little Pony rainbow pony. I don’t know the pony’s name, but her mane is in rainbow colors.

 

I hope that these socks turn out as nicely as the swatch showed up. The colors are very bright, almost a neon hue to them. I think it will be interesting to see how they turn out! I will be using a US size 1 needle with a 47-inch cable to do magic loop. I like doing magic loop even though it can be a bit tedious to execute, especially in the beginning when I am making my toe for the toe-up socks. I am used to using my Signature needles and I do have a US 1 in that needle, so I think I will use that to do my toes and the increases and then again when I cast off because of the stiletto tips on the needles. The rest of the time, I will be using the Addi turbo size 1 needle. The tips on the Addi’s are just too blunt to do anything like K2tog or make 1 increases or doing a YO and having to do a PSSO once I have done the YO as in Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. I have to force the needles into my stitches and it is a pain to execute with the Addi needles. I guess that I have to force them because I am, by nature, a tight knitter. My stitches are uniform all across the fabric, so I keep knitting that way. :)

Oh, I just had a birthday this past Saturday, April 11, 2015. I turned 52 on Saturday. My southwestern socks were my birthday present to me! Now I am going back to working on the shawl that I am having trouble completing. I am planning on doing 20 minutes a day until I am done with it. I hope to get it completed sooner rather than later. I am tired of working on it, so it makes it that much harder to pick it up to finish it. I will get it finished, however.

Until next time!

Linda

I am working on socks again. I think that I am becoming a sock knitter! I like knitting socks because they are small projects that I can take with me everywhere I may have to wait for something, and they are also relatively quick projects so I get quick gratification when I finish a pair. They are also very time consuming in that they take so many stitches because of the tiny yarn that you have to use. I finally got the right needle size for the tiny yarn. I use a US size 1.5, 2.75 mm Addi Turbo fixed circular with a 47-inch cable, with Lang Jawoll Color Aktion yarn. I have the reinforcing thread to match this yarn. I didn’t use the reinforcing thread on my first sock. I plan to use it on the second sock to see how they wear. I have been told that the reinforcing thread makes the sock more durable. My gauge is 8-1/4 stitches per inch. I think the next pair I will use a US size 1 needle to get approximately 9 stitches per inch. I have been told that a gauge of 9 SPI will give me a very durable sock that will last and last. I am hoping that this pair of socks will last as well. They do fit my foot quite nicely but they don’t have that 10% negative ease that I have read about. They fit snugly but not really tight on my foot. I do wear compression hose every day to keep swelling out of my legs, ankles, and feet. The compression hose take up a good amount of room on my foot, and when I tried the sock on with the compression hose, it fit snugly. When I tried the sock on without the compression hose last night, it fit snug but not tight. I don’t know if the socks will stay put in my shoes or not. I guess I will find out when I get done.

At first, I was going to not worry about matching the 2 socks. I just wanted to knit 2 socks, ya know? But then as I was knitting the start of the second sock, I noticed that it didn’t start at the same place and the self-striping would be way off instead of just a little bit off. It started in the middle of the repeat and  I couldn’t stand the way that it was going to look, so I took it all out and wound the thread off the skein until I matched the beginning of the second sock so that it matched the first sock. I still think I wasted that yarn but others have said that it was okay to waste just that little bit. I matched the start of the second sock perfectly and the self-striping will be perfectly aligned with the first sock so that they match 100%. That makes me so happy! I want this pair of socks to be pretty, and I believe with the matching they will be. I am calling them my southwestern socks because of how the self-striping is working out. The colors are as close to southwestern colors as one can get. I am so excited to be almost finished with this pair of socks! I am at the point of starting to build the gusset. I am doing toe up socks, and the sock is almost to my instep. Maybe another 3 or 4 rows and it will be at the point where I start increasing to make the heel. See? Doesn’t that colorway have a southwestern feel to it? I think it does. It looks really good on my foot, too. J I will post again when I am done with the second sock and model them for the camera! I can’t wait to be able to wear a pair of socks that I made. Then I have to finish the first pair that I started making, the blue ones. I lost the second ball of yarn to finish the pair, but I have found it now so that I can finish that pair as well. Then I will have 2 pair of regular socks plus 2 pair of bed socks which are my ugly socks and my pretty in pink socks. I can’t believe that I have almost finished 2 more pairs of socks! Woo Hoo! It doesn’t take much to excite me you know? J Anyway, as I am going on and on about nothing really, I am going to close this entry. Until next time!

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Good Afternoon!

I am working on my 2nd pair of real socks! The previous pairs that I have made weren’t from a pattern but from Silver’s Sock Class, and she writes on her page that these are not patterns just lessons on how to get a sock made.. So, I don’t count those in my sock pile. :)

These socks are being made with fingering weight yarn from the Lang company. The yarn is called Jawoll Color Aktion yarn. I don’t have the ball band any longer, so I can’t tell you the colorway. I think it was made back in 2007 given what I am finding on the internet for this yarn. I just bought it in January 2015 though. I bought 3 different colorways in this Jawoll Color Aktion brand name yarn because I liked the self-striping effect of the yarn when I saw another person’s socks made with this yarn. Stephanie Pearl McPhee, The Yarn Harlot, also loves this yarn and she talked about it on her blog this week here:

[URL]http://www.yarnharlot.ca/2014/01/sticking-with-colour/[/URL]

Anyway, I am loving how this self-striping yarn is knitting up. When I first cast on my yarn was purple with some blue, and it moved on through brown, rust, turquoise, white, beige, blue, deep turquoise, magenta, and on and on.  The color repeated itself quite nicely, and I managed to get my favorite part of this colorway, which was the turquoise and white section, on the heel of this sock. I tried them on this morning, and they fit so nicely!

I followed Liat Gat’s toe-up sock pattern on her website, KnitFreedom.com. I used size 1.5 needles to get gauge. This time, they fit me! I made another pair of socks that were way too big because the needle size that it took to get her gauge was a size 3 needle. Her gauge was 7 stitches per inch. I talked with some knitterly friends of mine and they said that I should go for 8 to 9 SPI in order to get a good fitting sock. The US 1.5 works wonderfully. I am doing Magic Loop and using a 47-inch cable to do it.

I love the toe-up sock construction. I find the top down sock hard to execute, especially the gussets and the short row heels. I like the no short rows option of toe-up socks. This pattern uses Fleegle’s heel, and that one is really easy to execute. I am not a fan of short row anything, although I will probably need to learn how to do it in the future. Does anyone have a favorite way to do short rows that you can share with me please? Right now, I love my new socks. Here is a picture of the one that I have almost finished.  I might go down another size to a size 1 with the matching sock to see if I can get just a little bit tighter fit. I don’t know if that will make the self-striping not match. I guess I will see, huh?

Until next time,
Linda

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I did it! I made my first pair of toe-up socks by Liat Gatt’s Worsted Weight Toe-Up Sock pattern! I have to say that I am really pleased with how they turned out. I have them on sock blockers at the moment, and when I blocked them they smoothed themselves out and became something that I am very proud of.

Since these are worsted weight, they are fitting very nicely, if a little loosely. The heel lines up perfectly, everything turned out so nice on these! I think I am going to be a toe-up sock girl. I like knowing that when I get to the heel and turn that bad boy that it is only a short matter of time before I am binding off and wearing my socks. I have such a hard time doing a gusset on top-down socks that I don’t enjoy doing them, and I can’t have that!

I have cast on to do a gauge swatch for fingering weight socks, and I wonder if I will have to wait until I can get a size 2 47-inch fixed circular needle.

It amazes me, I have all of these needle sets in all different sizes, but I don’t have a size 2 in any of them. I do have size 2 in DPNs, but I am enjoying doing magic loop a lot so I need a needle that is a size 2 47-inch fixed circular to make the magic loop work.  Off to my LYS I will go if I can’t get gauge with what I have!

I have to get a gauge of 7 stitches per inch, and Liat says she got it with a size 2 needle. I have tried size 1, and I am trying size 3 now because size 1 gave me 9 SPI. I don’t know if size 3 will be too big to bring it down to 7 SPI. I guess I will see.

I am using some really interesting yarn that is self-striping. This is my first try with self-striping yarn for socks and it will be fun to see how the yarn works out to create the striping. At least this time, the colors match each other so far and I haven’t seen any really bad colors in this group of colors. I don’t know if this fingering weight yarn will net a sock that fits my foot. I am making the largest size that she has on the pattern, so I am hoping that it fits my foot once I get to going with it. I know that fingering weight yarn is tiny, tiny yarn, and it will take me a LOT longer to get 1 sock done than it does with worsted weight yarn. Wish me luck! I will be back with a picture of the sock in progress once I actually cast on for that sock after I get gauge.

 

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Good Afternoon!

I think I might have several ideas from my friends from one of my knitting forums, www.knittingparadise.com  I asked the same question about being in a rut over there and several people answered my post with how they bust the boredom and how I can finish this shawl sooner rather than later!

One of the things someone said was to set a goal to get so many rows done each day, and I thought that might work because the repeat comes out to be 8 rows. I thought I could do 8 rows per day, but realistically I know I might get 4 done before I put it away for the day.

The next idea that someone wrote was to work on it for a set amount of time each day. Her suggestion was 20 minutes, and I think I can do that!  I often follow the Fly Lady’s advice of cleaning for 15 minutes at a stretch, so 20 minutes seems to be a stretch that I can do. It isn’t long and drawn out, and I can do anything else once I am done with the 20 minutes. I think I am going to try that first and see how it works.

Still another suggestion was to alternate between projects and change up the yarn that I use on each. She has 5 lace projects going, can you believe that?  She uses maybe mohair on one, lace weight on another, worsted on another. You get the picture, yes?  She says that helps her to break up the monotony of repetitious work, which is what knitting can be. She doesn’t like stockinette stitch, either!  I thought I was alone in that!  I think that stockinette and garter stitches are the most boring stitches in the whole knitting world, and I have the hardest time completing anything that has lots of either stitch in it. It is mindless knitting though, so sometimes it comes in handy. Sweaters are made out of stockinette mostly, so I have to push through that boredom if I want to do a sweater.

Most of the responses leaned towards alternating between projects, which I already do quite often. I use the PDF Expert app on my iPhone to keep up with the place I am at in each pattern because I can put little notes on each pattern. My friend, Cheryl, told me about that app and I have been using it ever since. It really helps me to keep up with where I am at on any pattern that I have in the app. It doesn’t help me with patterns that I don’t have in the app and can’t put in there, like the Hey Teach pattern that I have to finish once I am done with this shawl. That is a paper pattern that I have to keep up with, which is another problem that I have!  Keeping up with my paper patterns is such a chore!  I keep them with the pattern, but in this case I didn’t mark where I was on that sweater, so I only know that I have to start with the lace pattern for the top and that is it. I don’t remember if I did the set up row before I start the lace pattern or not. I can’t see it, so I think I didn’t do the set up row. If I did, what is it going to look like if I do it twice?  I should  have written where I was at when I threw it in the corner! ::Groaning over here::

Anyway, I think I have a track to run on to get out of my rut. I think I can do anything for 20 minutes at a stretch, and even though that isn’t a lot of time to work on this shawl, it will get several rows done in a day, and eventually I will get to the point where I can bind it off and be done with it. I really appreciate all the help that everyone gave me to help get me out of this rut!  Thank you so much!

Until next time have a great day!
Linda

I am in a rut now knitting wise. I want to start a new project, but I feel compelled to finish the projects on my needles first. I know that a lot of knitters feel this way at least once in their knitting, but I don’t know how they handle it. Some of my knitting friends say to start a pair of socks to break up the monotony of working on the same project over and over, i.e. my MIL’s shawl. I have been working on this shawl for over a year, and I keep messing it up and having to take it out to start again at a lower point and redo everything again. I have had to do that 3 or 4 times now. I just don’t want to finish it, and I need to get over myself and finish this shawl! I know that this shawl will be beautiful when I am done with it, and now I am taking my time to do this shawl right this go round. As a result, I am working on it a few rows each day and I keep plugging along. I will get it finished!!

As for socks, I want to try toe up socks. I think that they might fit me better than the top down socks that I have made as some of my first socks. The heel doesn’t fit right on the top down socks. I am doing them with the Silver’s Sock Class web site but I have several other sites that show me how to knit socks too. I don’t know which one to choose. My knitting friends say just pick a pattern and go for it. I have so many sock patterns and they look SO hard. Yet, I know in the end it is just sticks and string like my friend says. If I mess up, I can take it out and re-purpose the yarn for something else. The only way that I will learn is to keep doing something over and over until I get better at it. Isn’t that the way that everyone learns how to do something?  What would my reader’s do? Any ideas?

As for the rut I mentioned above, how would my reader’s get out of that? I am open to any ideas that anyone might have. I hope to hear from someone soon!

Catching up with you!

Good afternoon!

My knitting adventures continue much on the same path. I am growing quite bored with knitting the same shawl but I need to get it done for reasons that I can’t go into on this blog. Suffice it to say that the person for whom it is intended needs the warmth that this shawl would provide. I think the reason that I am having issues with it is that I have been close to finishing it 3 times now and have had to take it all out only to start over again. I would have been finished with it long ago if that wasn’t the case. Sometimes trying to be perfect is a downfall. The mistakes that I have made had to be completely fixed which made it necessary to rip it back before the mistake and start over. I can’t seem to shake the need to throw it in the corner and pick it up another day.

I have the itch to cast on for a pair of socks! I want to start a new project, and I know I need to finish the previous WIPs. Someone tell me to finish the project on my needles instead of casting on for something completely different! What would you cast on if you were to start a new project? Would you cast on for an afghan, a pair of socks, a shawl, or something completely different?

I don’t think that I am a process knitter, but I think I hope to get there one day. There was an excellent article in the Interweave Knits Spring 2015 issue on this very subject. This author pared down his stash by selling, giving away, or donating his yarn stash over the course of 2 or 3 years. He taught himself how to become a process knitter instead of a get-it-done-yesterday knitter! He describes me in the first part of his article, and I think I want to teach myself to slow down and enjoy the process of knitting rather than getting it done type of knitter. That way, I won’t get upset when I have to tink it back or rip it back to before I made a mistake. Now, the author of the article only buys yarn for a specific project and when he was pairing down his stash, he put bunches of yarn together with a pattern that it was intended for, like creating a kit for each planned project. Then he did the projects one by one until he went through the kits and finished those projects. He also gave away a lot of his yarn, donated some of it, and sold some of it. I have 4 such stashes of large amounts of sweater yarn to knit a cardigan for myself and the pattern involved. However, I also have lots of other yarn, very expensive yarn to very cheap yarn. It depends on the project.

How would you pare down your stash or would you? I have more yarn that I will ever use. I bought it when I was upset because someone was staying in my house that I didn’t want here, so I impulse bought yarn by the hanks full, and now I have way too much to do anything with. I do have sock yarn, cashmere, yak and bison fibers, silk yarn, lace weight, etc. The 4 stashes for 4 different sweater cardigans, 14 hanks of one color in each stash plus more that I have will be put into kits for this very purpose. I am so ashamed at having so much yarn that I will never use. I don’t know what I was thinking. This blog isn’t meant for me to gripe on, but some days I look at my stash and I just go wow! What was I thinking when I bought all of this yarn? Why did I do it? Does anyone feel this way when they look at their stash? Am I alone in my feelings?

I hope to hear from you soon!

Linda

I have to say that setting goals for 2015, knit wise, is something that I have wanted to do but have not yet. I have decided that 2015 is the year of the socks for me, and I have finished 2 pairs of socks so far with one more pair on my needles. I have finished one sock and am about to cast on the 2nd one. Here is the start of the first sock:

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I made this sock with a short leg, sort of like a footie, because my ankles/calves are quite large and I am not at all sure how many stitches to cast on to accommodate such a large calf/ankle circumference. I just don’t know enough yet about sock knitting. So, until I do, I will make my socks like this. The sock fit my foot, and that was what I was going for.

For those who don’t know, I am a self-taught knitter, and I tend to take on projects that other knitters say are too complicated for a newbie knitter. I don’t believe them, and I do them anyway. Of course, I do a LOT of tinking and frogging and I use lifelines religiously, but I get the projects done no matter how long it takes me to do them.

 

My biggest plan for 2015, sweater wise, is to finish a sweater that I started back in 2011. I made it once, and it didn’t fit the intended recipient. It fit my then 4-year-old niece a bit better. I promised to remake it to fit the intended recipient, but I quickly grew tired of doing the same pattern and threw it in the corner to pick it up later. I never did. I got over half of it done before I did that, and I need to do the top of the pattern now. It is the “Hey Teach” pattern from Knitty.com:

[URL]http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTheyteach.html[/URL]

Here is the one that I finished that didn’t fit my SIL:

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I think I am finally wanting to finish it. Don’t you think it is about time?  I am using Berroco Vintage this time, which is a wool, acrylic, and nylon blend. Still hand washable, lay flat to dry recommendations, but the colorway is gorgeous. I just hope that this one fits her. If it doesn’t, I won’t make it again. I may never make another sweater if this one doesn’t fit her. I did get gauge with this one though, so I think I have a better chance of it fitting her. She wanted it made longer, so I added length to the bottom of the sweater, and I also added extra ribbing at the waist, arms, and bottom to increase the length even that much more. I just hope she loves it.

The other project that I have to finish is my MIL’s shawl.

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I got so close to finishing it only to find out that I messed it up about 25 repeats down!  Somehow, I managed to knit a row that should have been a purl row, and that turned the whole thing around, making the front the back, and vice versa. I couldn’t say it was a design element. It just looked so bad!  So, off to my LYS I went. I had to get Emma to fix it by taking it all out down to about 5 rows beneath the row where I switched it up and put it back on the needles, help me figure out where I was in the pattern and start all over again. Thank God for my LYS!  I just watched in amazement as she took the work out without missing a beat, put it back on the needles perfectly, and she showed me where to start again when I got home!  I did a few rows when I got home with it, but then I realized that I just wasn’t enjoying having to re-do all of that knitting and I needed to put it away for a while. That was back in November 2014. I have just picked it up again last night to start again with row 1 and try to get this one finished this year.

Maybe I should amend my 2015 goals to say that I will get those 2 projects off of my needles and to their intended recipients this year.

In between, when I get bored, I can always knit more socks, right?  I want to get very good at knitting socks. I have, so far, only purchased hand knit socks because I thought I could not do them myself. A knitterly friend convinced me to try my hand at a pair of worsted weight socks. I did and I am fast becoming hooked on them. There is a picture at the bottom of this post of my first pair of worsted weight socks!  I call them my ugly socks because I don’t care for the green and gold in the yarn. It just doesn’t go with the other colors, IMHO. Hence, my ugly socks!  Maybe I should think about renaming them, just maybe. I use them as my sleep socks because they are wool, and I don’t know what would happen if I washed them with the regular laundry. They are rather big on my feet and could probably withstand felting and still fit, but I am chicken to try that. Anyway,  ya’ll have a great weekend!  I hope to post more often in 2015!  Please feel free to comment if you would like to do so. Thank you so much for reading this far!  Here are my ugly socks. :)

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My version of Knitty’s Everlasting Bagstopper.

MATERIALS:

  • 350-400 yds cotton or hemp yarn (I recommend Lily Sugar N Cream)
  • US 5-7 needles (circular – 24″)
  • US 10.5 needles (circular – 24″)

With smaller needles, CO 19 sts.

Knit 2 rows.
Row 3 (RS): k1, kfb, k to last 2, kfb, k1
Row 4 (WS): knit all sts

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 55 sts.

Begin decreasing.
RS: k1, k2tog, k to last 3, k2tog, k1
WS: knit all sts

Repeat these 2 rows until you are back to 19 sts.

With RS facing, pick up and knit 19 sts along each side of your base. You will have 114 sts total.

You should now be working in the round. Knit 5 rounds.

Change to larger needles and knit 1 round.

Begin mesh pattern:
Row 1: *YO, k2tog* around
Row 2: k all sts

Continue in mesh…

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Be honest–how many times have you watched the first episode of Outlander??? I’ve been watching on repeat since STARZ made the premiere episode available on their YouTube channel at midnight! (BTW: It’s also available via On Demand, STARZ.com/Outlander, and the STARZ Play app.)


One of the things I love most about this series is the beautiful music, especially the song playing during the opening credits. If you haven’t paid attention to the theme song, check out the video below and give it a listen:

Just gorgeous–right?! Composer Bear McCreary created the music for Outlander and this song, the Skye Boat Song featuring Raya Yarbrough, is now available for download at the iTunes Store! Make sure to grab your copy, and you’ll be able to take a piece of the Scottish highlands with you when you’re not binge-watching the series!

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Long time no see!

I know it has been a long time since I last posted to this blog. I have been very busy working at a new job. One, unfortunately, that I could not keep in the end because of the 1-1/2 hour drive each way, as well as the content of the documentation that I was transcribing. It just became too much for me. So I left the hospital. I start a new job tomorrow, 08/06/13, and I am really excited!  I realized that I need to work from home for a myriad of reasons, but the most telling is that I need a very quiet environment to work. It seems that the older that I get, the more outside noise distracts me. I cannot work as efficiently or produce enough to make a decent paycheck if there is noise swirling around my head day in and day out. Thankfully, I won’t have that issue any longer, and I am super pumped to be working from home for a company that has a very good reputation for treating their employees like they matter and their opinions and skill set matters to the overall morale of the company itself. I won’t get on my soapbox about that today. That is for another blog and another time. This one is focusing on my knitting adventures.

I have started a new project, my very first afghan!

 

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It is called the Cromwell Court Afghan, and it is found on the Lion Brand web site. Here is the link to it: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90331AD.html?noImages=

I am using acrylic yarn because it is going to be given to my stepmom, and she needs something that she can throw in the washer and dryer to keep clean with ease. The yarn that I am using is Vanna’s Choice, and I
have decided to use white, burgundy, and charcoal gray as the color way choices. I have a bit more done than the pictures above depict, and I am at the point where I am trying to decide if I want to make the center of
this afghan all one color or if I want to continue using all 3 colors. I am leaning very strongly towards doing it in all one color and making the ends like you see above with the 3 color choices. I am doing 5 repeats of
white, 3 repeats of burgundy, and 4 repeats of charcoal gray on the ends, and I have repeated that pattern 4 times to make a decent finished edging to the blanket itself. If I go with the solid color in the middle, I will
have to commit to that change because I won’t take it all out to re-do it if I don’t like what I have done. The piece is already big enough to weigh a good amount, so I have to decide to commit or to keep using the 3
colors like I have already done. If anyone has any opinions, please feel free to share them with me. I am really trying to use up my acrylic stash, and I have a good amount of all 3 of these colors. Your opinions would
be greatly appreciated.

The other project that I am working on is my mother-in-law’s shawl, the Rose Leaf Trellis Shawl. I have written about this shawl before, but for those who haven’t read my blog since the beginning, it is a paid pattern through
Ravelry, and it can be purchased here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-leaf-trellis-shawl-wrap

I have been working on this shawl for a long time, but that is because I get bored with it and pick up something else to break the monotony up. Then I pick it back up again when I get tired of working on the other
project(s). However, now I am getting towards the end of it, and I have 11 more 8-row repeats to go before I am done. The project has been daunting but enjoyable, and I have made some serious mistakes that made it look really
horrendous. I have had to take it to my local yarn store, Yarn Tree Studio, in Raleigh, NC to get my favorite yarn guru to take it out below the mistake, put it back on the needles, and start again from that point. I have had
to do this twice now in the past few weeks. One time I worked short rows that should not have been in the shawl at all, and the other time I dropped several stitches and didn’t realize it until I was 12 rows above that and I
stuck my finger through the hole that I created with the dropped stitches. This shawl has lace work on both sides, so trying to pick up the stitches and fix the error wasn’t possible and I had to watch her rip out the 12 rows
plus another 8 rows to get under the dropped stitches so that I could start AGAIN!  Frustrating is what I called that, as anyone who knits would understand!! So, I am back to the spot where they took everything out, and I
have gotten back to the point where I am pulling the yarn out of the center again. I counted my repeats last night, and I have 45 repeats done, which means I have 9 more to go to reach the 54; however, I think I will do 11 more
repeats just to make sure it will be long enough. The pattern has 54 repeats, and row 1 is halfway through the motif, so I have to work 12 rows to see the full motif.

I have been told to multiply 30 x 12 divided by 8 to come up with how many repeats that I have left. Math is SO not my strong suit, but according to this math, I have done 45 of the 8-row repeats, which means
I have 9 more to go. However, the shawl just doesn’t look long enough to me. Here is the shawl as of today:

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How long do you think it will stretch out once it is blocked? I just don’t think it will be long enough. Having said that, I have never blocked a full size shawl before. Any opinions?  I will be back on the blog once I have completed
this shawl. At the rate I am going, it won’t be too long. I am getting pumped to see it finished now!

Until then take care, and please give me your opinions!
Linda

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I promised in my last blog post to put up other pictures of what I did in 2013, and update you on where I am with Grietje’s Rose Trellis Shawl. Honestly, I have put that aside to work on my first afghan that I am making for my step-mom, Rachael.
She asked for one in early January, so I started researching available projects, and I found one that I think she will love. I am making the Cromwell Court Afghan from the Lion Brand website. I will be alternating between Grietje’s shawl and this afghan for
the foreseeable future. They are both huge projects, especially for a novice knitter like I am. I have aspirations on being a master knitter, but I don’t expect that will happen within the next few months, LOL.. Are any of you master knitter’s? If so, how long did
it take you to get to that status?

You can find the free pattern here:

[URL] http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90331AD.html[/URL]

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 46 x 54 in. (117 x 137 cm)

I am doing it in 4 different colors that I have in my stash. I have quite a bit of acrylic in my stash that I have purchased for baby patterns, etc. So, I decided to make it with acrylic worsted weight, and I used Vanna’s Choice, Red Heart (eek!), and Lion Brand Pound of Love baby yarn. I am using a snowy white, burgundy, charcoal, and olive green in the blanket, but the main color will be white. This is an excellent use of my stash and it will allow me to use up some of the partial skeins that I have or the odd skein that I didn’t use in another pattern. In my mind it is going to be very pretty. I am doing 5 repeats of the white, adding a color and doing 2 repeats of whatever color that I am using at the time, and then 5 more repeats of the white, etc. until I get it the length that I want it to be. This pattern is very easy to memorize as well. All of the yarn is a nice thick worsted, although not the yarn called for in the pattern. I dislike working with bulky yarn, so I had to add more cast on stitches than they called for to make it the size I needed for it to be. I imagine the weight will cause it to stretch beyond my imagination as it is already getting stretched out and I am only into row 33 or so into it.

I am liking the pattern, and on the plus side I am not bored with it yet. That is saying a lot because I get bored very quickly, which is why I change patterns so very much. As it is now, I will probably pick up the shawl and go back and forth between this pattern and the shawl just to keep things interesting.

Speaking of shawls, last year was the year of the shawls. I made my SIL a pink simple shawl, and I wanted to show ya’ll what it looked like. It was a simple stockinette triangular shawl with added fringe. It was made with 100% mohair, and she loved it. OF course, Katie has taken over possession of it because it is pink and it is for princesses according to Katie. J

Until next time!
Linda

I worked on a few projects in 2013, all of which I am very proud of. Several of the items winged their way to the Netherlands when my husband’s family came to visit and took their gifts back home with them
when they left in September 2013.

First up is my father-in-law, Wim, modeling his cable scarf that I have talked about previously here on the blog.

 

Here is the scarf that I made for my brother-in-law, Joram. It is a deep red alpaca yarn that was used. This picture doesn’t do the scarf much justice. This is my brother-in-law, Joram, and my mother-in-law, Grietje. The picture of the scarf that I made for Joram is below this one.

 

This scarf was a LONG knit. Joram is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and this scarf is as tall as he is! I can’t believe that I had the patience to work on it for that long!

Next up, is my mother-in-law, Grietje, modeling her collar, hat, and scarf that I made for her, along with a close up of where I am at with her shawl. I didn’t manage to get it finished before she left to go back home, and it is still on my needles being worked on.

 

Okay, so the hat is WAY too big for her head. I didn’t have her actual head measurement when I made this, but this hat will not fit anyone’s head that has tried it on to date. So, I think I will remake it to fit her head as she loved it and wished that it fit her head better.

The shawl is in progress. I still have about 40 repeats of 8 rows before I finish this shawl. Of course, I may make it shorter than the original pattern called for. I don’t seem to have the patience to make something really long, but I am trying to keep on knitting on this one for the simple reason that I want to see if I can do it, AND I want to see what it looks like when it is fully aggressively blocked and finished. I still have to take some pictures of it in its current state. However, it looks a lot like what I have previously posted, except it is longer.. J

I finished a shawl for Katie, which is pictured here:

 

Here is of closeup of the lace pattern. The pattern is the 198 yards of Heaven that you can find for free on Ravelry.

 

 

Here is a picture of my darling Katie wearing her shawl and the sweater that I made for her this year.

 

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