Pack it in

So my knitting has stalled out a bit. I’ve been spending most of my time for th last couple of weeks Packing up boxes and working! Lily and I are moving again at the end of May, and we are so excited! It’s gonna be a bigger place in a really nice little neighborhood, and we’re thrilled. 

I have been doing some knitting, though…


This cowl is about half done? It’s a fairly basic seed stitch cowl–the same pattern I knit for my sister for Christmas, actually–and it’s so cushy! I love it so far.

Part of moving is getting rid of your things, right? The best way to get rid of yarn has to be knitting it. 

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Back on the Grid

Hello! How have the last, er, two months been?

I’ve finished some things! I’ve been trying to stash down a whole bunch and I actually still haven’t bought any yarn! The last time I got any yarn was Christmas from my cousin (she got me some Noro! It’s so nice!), while the last time I bought yarn was in late November.

So far this year, I’ve finished six things, once of which I already talked about. Since then . . .

I knit a pussyhat for Lily’s boss

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I finished these mittens for Nick

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I (finally) finished the Malt blanket

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I finished a pair of cute green socks

And I test knit these fingerless mitts!

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I’ve also got some stuff in progress, though not nearly as much as I used to have.

Lily’s sweater is almost almost done:

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I started my very own Garter Squish:

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And I’ve (barely) started the yoke on my red sweater:

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Yay!

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Trucking Along

The problem with January is that I want to start All the Things. I also want to clean All the Things and watch All the Things and read All the Things and . . .

You get it.

So far I’ve limited myself to starting two things. One of them is a pair of mittens for a coworker. I told him I’d make these for him for Christmas . . . 2015. Whoops. But still, they’re in progress now and he’s so excited.

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The first mitt is almost done. I have two rows for the thumb, and then I’m going to use that yellow to duplicate stitch a thing into the back of the hand for him. It’s the Volcom thing, but I don’t know anything about Volcom.

The other thing I’m working on was theoretically part of a KAL during October/November/December, but then when they released all of the patterns at once, it didn’t feel very KAL-ey, so I kind of ended up not doing it. But I had already ordered the yarn and I did like the patterns.

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It’s got cables all the way up, which is a fun way to practice the cabling sans-needle I learned earlier this month.

I’ve also started looking at patterns for wedding shawls. My current thought/hope is to make one for me and one for Lily, and then shawlettes for our bridesmaids. So far we’ve got two committed bridesmaids–my sister and my best friend–and two more we’d like to ask. Well, one bridesmaid we’d like to ask and one bridesman we’d like to ask. He’s Lily’s best friend and one of my favorite people, really. I’ve just got to figure out what to knit him!

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Nalu

One of my goals this year is to learn new techniques.

Part of the problem is that, even though I’ve only been knitting for about eight years, I’ve already tried a lot of techniques! I can do colorwork, cables, buttonholes, all sorts of increases and decreases, lace, and socks. I’ve got most of the basics covered.

What this means, of course, is that I’ve only got scary stuff left. Seaming. Steeking. Cabling without a needle. All of which kind of involve an inherent trust in your knitting and in your own ability.

Early this month, I tackled what I think to be the easiest (or, least stressful at least) “advanced” technique.

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I learned to cable without a cable needle! These mitts are covered with wee two-stitch cables that were perfect practice.

The detail in these was surprisingly hard to capture. I might try to take new photos once it’s warmer outside (by which I mean just above freezing, of course).

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I used the oldest yarn I had to make these! Waaaay back when I first started knitting, I bought a couple of skeins of Mirasol Hacho, two to make mitts for me and my girlfriend, and two to make mitts for my mom. My mom’s mitts only took one skein, so this yarn has just been hanging out for forever. I bought this skein in October 2009, which considering I learned to knit in Spring 2009 is basically forever.

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The Stashening

This time last year I did a general stash update. I took out all of the boxes containing yarn and took a photo of them:

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And I was kind of surprised by how much I had!

Over the last year, I’ve actually gotten rid of a lot of yarn. According to my Ravelry stats, I’ve knit 7700 yards this year, though it’s a little skewed because of how I track–it also includes ones that I started before 2016. But it’s close enough since I track that way consistently. I also got rid of a lot of yarn, mostly by donating to goodwill but also my friend took some.

Anyway, here’s my picture for this year, that I took earlier today:

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It’s looking better! I also reorganized everything (after I took this picture, actually) and am pretty pleased with where I’m at. According to my spreadsheets and stuff, I’m down about ten miles(!) of yarn through various means from where I was last year.

Though, full disclosure, I’ve also accumulated this other stash:

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Which isn’t too much, but still. I also wound all of my floss!

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(I know it doesn’t look like it, but those extra unwound flosses are duplicates so I skipped them on purpose.)

I’ve joined a Cold Sheep group on Rav, just to try it out, really. There’s a neat little point-tracking system that I think I’ll have a lot of fun with. You gain/lose points based on how much yarn goes into or comes out of your stash! It’ll be fun. Hopefully.

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The Homestretch

(Nine Days.)

So I’ve still got a lot of things on my knitting table:

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But I’m not . . . super concerned anymore? I’ve got something for everyone on my gifting list, even if I don’t get anything else done. I really want to finish Lily’s sweater before family Christmas stuff, and I would like to finish the grey cowl for Hannah. But even if I don’t get either of them done, Lily can wear the sweater I made her last year and I have a backup cowl I think Hannah will also like.

So I guess my list has turned more into an end-of-the-year goals list.

I finished the body of the green sweater, for Lily!

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Now I’ve just gotta knock out the sleeves. They shouldn’t be too bad, right?

And now I’ve technically started the red sweater, which is the same pattern as the green one. We’re gonna match!

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Some time in the next two weeks (probably shortly after Christmas), I’m gonna make a post about goals for 2017, and I’ll also do a stash update/comparison . . . though I don’t think it will be a very favorable photo…

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Speedbumps

(17 days)

I’ve been trucking along. And while I’ve finished one project and started another, I’ve also run into a problem and had to modify plans a bit.

Here’s my current status:

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That’s two sweaters, a baby blanket, three pairs of socks, a hat and a cowl. Again, the baby blanket isn’t for a particular baby, so while I would like to finish it before the end of the year, it’s not a priority before Christmas.

I had to remove the Rye socks for my dad from my to-do list. I realized that the cast-on is much too tight for him, and I don’t have the time or the willpower to start over at this point. I’ll probably make him a pair of fingerless mitts? Maybe Maize again. I’m kind of bummed about it because matching socks for my dad and stepmom would be so dang cute. I’m probably going to finish the socks in January because they do fit Lily’s legs because she’s about 90 lbs. (That’s not true.)

I also removed the socks for my older sister from the list. I kind of figured I wouldn’t have time to make complicated cabled socks for her before Christmas and I want to avoid handig out IOUs. So instead I’m making her a chunky cowl!

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I’m actually kind of enjoying doing the seed stitch pattern. Changing how I knit has made rib and seed stitch much less awful overall. I still don’t love doing rib, but it’s so much faster now.

Even though I don’t have the buttons attached still, I took some photos of the sweater for my cousin’s baby:

And I also started the hat, but only just:

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Finally, I finished the Mukluk slipper socks for my little sister!

I will hopefully get some better photos on Friday when I can make my friend wear them rather than trying to photograph my own feet.

So it’s coming down to the wire. I am working pretty hard and I think I’ll get most of it done?

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