wip wednesday

My knitting has been upended first by Joji’s Starting Point mystery knitalong and then by Camp Loopy.

The result of Starting Point was that I set my Comfy Lace aside sure that I would be able to knit both, which was predicated on the belief that I would knit.  I didn’t.

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I am barely beginning Clue 3 of the Mystery Wrap.

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Imagine another piece that looks just like this one.  I have to imagine it as well because this is all I have gotten done.  Clue 2 on one triangle.

Camp Loopy has a deadline.  I have to have my item finished, photographed, and posted by June 30.

I have been making a lot of rookie mistakes lately.  I don’t know how many times I started Starting Point nor can I remember how many times I had to tink back rows once it was started, but that led to the abysmally small amount of knitting shown above.

The same thing happened with Delilah, which I am knitting for Camp Loopy.  I restarted it multiple times and only finally got going this past weekend.

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I have it on 32″ circs and it is taking up every inch of cable, needles, and then some, so it’s long.  I calculated how many rows I would have to knit every day to make the deadline and was feeling smug about how much time I had.  Then today I noticed that after Row 8 of the Stocking Stitch and Eyelet portion of the pattern it said, and I quote, “Rows 1 to 8 form the st st and eyelet patt.  Work rounds 1 to 8 three times more.”  That’s 24 rows I did not include in my calculations.

It will be Delilah and me for the foreseeable future.

wip wednesday

There is not much to show.

I am working on a shawl.

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I have gotten past the point where I frogged it all back and started again on the summer top I am calling Comfy Lace (the name is a combination of the yarn, Knit Picks Comfy, and the pattern name, Lace Top).  The yarn, a cotton and acrylic combo, is freaking divine; it is soooo soft!

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I want to make Pippi by Kirsten Kapur by June 25 so that I can gift it to someone, although that person is not really in my life any more and I want to finish Comfy Lace and I want to finish the new shawl and I signed up to do Camp Loopy after reading about it for years.

I am thinking I should forego the making of the me crazy over adding another deadline to the mix.

I think this because 1) I have plenty to keep me busy what with the sudden signing up for knitted projects that have calendar deadlines (Camp Loopy is three projects over June, July, and August), and 2) we are still working on the condo every weekend.

I’m crazy enough as it is.

 

progress

Except for installing the curtain rod and hanging curtains and artwork, the extra bedroom is done.

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The bathroom has come a long way and tilework should start this weekend, with me getting in the way to paint.

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I thought I had taken a picture after the walls were mudded, but I guess I only looked and admired.

The utility room only needs the granite for the countertop ordered — although I keep vainly lobbying for something less expensive.  Do I really need to fold clothes on granite?  I don’t think so, but Mr. B holds veto power.

The current WIP is looking better.

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I know it’s not WIP Wednesday.  I will try to do better next week.  I seem to finally be lifting my head above the depression and noticing things again.  Anyway this is my WIP update.

Despite having four large Rubbermaid bins of yarn, I have been acquiring Tosh Sock monthly from Jimmy Beans Wool.

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From left to right:  Rhodonite (April), Garnet (February), Labradorite (January), and Chrysocolla (March).  I wonder what May will bring?

Yesterday, Sheri at The Loopy Ewe sent out her newsletter and I was immediately captivated by a new Mystery KAL starting May 12.  I immediately ordered the required set of yarns (which turned out darker than originally planned, but ended up being driven by the variegated yarn I chose for Color #3.

Shadows

Color #1 is a light color.

Grey

Color #2 is an accent color.

Chalk Violet

Color #4 is a dark color.

Charcoal

And Color #5 is another accent color.

Marine Blue

I know only that it will be a large rectangle.  I have done this once before and liked the result, so my fingers are crossed for this Mystery KAL.  The Loopy Ewe website says they have shipped my yarn so it should be here in good time for Clue #1.

reset

The sweater I was ready to sew together last week is no more.

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I knit Kelly once, but it was loose and sloppy because the pattern had the wrong needle size listed, and I did not think to check errata.  I frogged it and started again.

I discovered a hole larger than a silver dollar in the back and had to reknit that.

I forgot the pattern book on the trip across country last September.

When I began to put the sweater together, I discovered that two stitches had entered freefall rather than be bound off right at the beginning of armscye.  I cannot for the life of me figure that one out, especially as the bind off was not broken.

The pieces were not going together nicely.

All in all, the sweater was so burdened with negativity and I was, by this point, so actively hostile toward it, that I wanted to burn it.  Only wool does not burn.

I decided to listen to the Knitting Fates and accept that this cardigan and I were simply not meant for each other.  It is now 1600 yards of yarn.

I still need a navy blue cardigan and also a navy blue pullover.  I do not know which it will become, but I am casually browsing Ravelry trying to decide.

When I start a pattern, I go through and highlight all the numbers corresponding to the size I am making.  My second setback came when I realized that I had marked the numbers for one size in the first half of the pattern and for a different size in the second half of the pattern for Sarah Dallas’ Lace Top from Rowan’s Scottish Highland Knits.

So this

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is now this

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I really do not want to talk about how many times I cast on before getting to this stunning level of progress, but it is at least started, in the correct size, with the correct numbers circled in red.

I also had about four rows done on Meandering, when it occurred to me that I was in a horrible state of denial.

As I was knitting I came to a spot where one of the plies had popped or broken, so I had one ply and pieces of the other.  I had attempted to line them up and knit past them.

After the problems with Kelly, I decided I was just asking for that remaining ply to break and ruin a lovely lace stole, so I frogged back the four rows, cut out the broken bits and cast on using the interestingly named Chinese Waitress cast on, which is extraordinarily stretchy.  It is a lovely cast one, but I don’t know why a stole needs a stretchy cast on.

But then, I don’t know why holes suddenly appeared in my sweater or why I can’t mark sizes consistently or any number of other things that have gone wrong with my knitting lately.

It is time to hit the RESET button.

this sweater does not want to be

I made Kelly in 2011 (from the Mission Falls Duet pattern book) after seeing it at SWATCHES West and buying the yarn from WEBS on the market floor.

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Unfortunately, I did not read the errata and the sweater was always a bit loose and sloppy (wrong needle size).  I sent it to the frog pond and have been leisurely reknitting it for a l-o-n-g time.

When we were last in Carmel, I blocked the fronts and the back and prepared to start the first sleeve only to discover a hole in the back just above the armscye.

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I went ahead and started the sleeve since the stupid thing had to dry before I could frog it back and reknit it.

As mentioned a few posts back, I took it with me on the jaunt to Arkansas only to realize I left the pattern at home which precluded progress.

I began to panic recently as I was nearing the end of the sleeve and, apparently, the yarn and began digging about for leftover yarn from the first knit.  I later discovered that I was actually knitting the second sleeve and the first one was buried under the reknit back and the two fronts in my knitting bag.

This is what comes of taking a l-o-n-g time to knit something.  You don’t know where you are.

Today, I pinned out the two sleeves and reblocked the top part of the back.  This sweater needs the pieces blocked and sewn together before the front band can be added.  This means it is still not finished.

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As I looked at the pieces, wondering how long it would take them to dry so that I can finish the sweater again after many setbacks, I began to think this sweater just doesn’t want to exist.

Or it doesn’t like me.

 

second sock finished, but . . .

Saturday night in the truck, I decided to count repeats to see how far along I was with the Second Sock.  Lo!  It was EXACTLY time to start the toe and there was much rejoicing.  I love knitting socks, but that second one is always a killer.  I seldom knit the same pattern twice, but with socks you obviously have to do so — otherwise you have A sock, as opposed to a PAIR — one immediately following the other.  Several times during the Second Sock I get extraordinarily tired of the pattern.

Last time around, I mentioned I would have to reknit the toe of the First Sock because I had been on the road without a pattern and winged it and it was too pointy.

I kitchenered (is that even a word?) the Second Sock yesterday and ripped out the toe of the First Sock.  When I put the stitches back on the needles I was two stitches short, which clearly happened on the instep which has a plethora of yarnovers.

Since I have hit the wall today over my ability to create an emergency where none exists (this time it was over haircuts, of all things), I have decided to work on the toe of First Sock and find those two missing stitches.

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Because knitting makes me happy.

a wee bit of knitting

This past weekend, for whatever reason, I was on a sock-knitting roll.  I picked up the second sock of my Free Tibet yarn (According to my Ravelry page, I purchased the yarn from Pippi Knee Socks long, long ago.  She was an independent dyer I found on the web, but can find no mention of her now.) and raced through the heel flap and heel turn and am now decreasing gusset stitches.

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I must needs redo the toe of the first sock as I was on the road without the instructions and basically made something up.  It is far too pointy.  Now that I have access to More Sensational Knitted SocksI would like to to do a proper job and have both sock toes match since I finished the first one months ago and didn’t take any notes.  The pattern is Crosshatch Lace and is found in the “Six-Stitch Pattern with Even Instep and Heel Flap” section of the book.  As an aside on using both this book and her original Sensational Knitted SocksI stole an amazing idea from Kelley Petkun and took both books to Kinko’s and had them spiral bound.

Since I do most of my sock knitting in the car and in waiting rooms, and because I had to frog back rows of tiny stitches because of a mistake, and/or because I dropped tiny stitches off the ends of size 1 dpns in the car (which may have resulted in an unladylike response), I have decided to return to using two circs on my next pair of socks.  It may not be traditional knitting, but it saves me a lot of grief.  There is also less stabbing with the ten tiny, unpleasantly sharp, pointy ends as the ends are reduced to four, and circs are not rigid and are less likely to attack.

I went on a ridiculous sock yarn buying spree when I retired (damn you, Knit Picks), so I need to pick up the sock-knitting pace or find lacy goodness to knit from an overabundance of skinny yarn.  I purchased kits and got some rather odd color combinations.

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(This is one  of the kits, and I bought more than one.)  People have different tastes, but I do believe some of these are going to result in, shall we say, interesting socks.  Four of the six colorways above will definitely be socks because they will live largely under pants and in shoes with only the ankle visible.

I also finished the baby sweater.  I made the three-month size of Bug Warmer  with the long sleeves, and it looks HUGE to my eye — although I admit I have not spent much time in the company of babies in an age.

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Still, even with the whining, it IS knitting!