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