Just (k)nitting = no blogging

My job responsibilities have changed and my work load has doubled . So I won’t be posting for a while. This will allow me to just (k)nit as much as possible. I hope to be back by year’s end.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

No pretty boys…

imagea galaxy superhero instead. My next just (k)nits in the zone was supposed to be Nefertem which I picked for the Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in the George (as in Strait) colorway that I won. In the queue/stash reorganization, I found a skein of Knitosophy in Super Hero that I decided would be a better choice for that shawl and George will become a Trillian. So while planning the Nefertem I noticed the pattern has a Fiddly (yeah with a capital F) make 9 for 3 which I just am not feeling to love for knitting right now. So I decided to knit Magrathea which is one of Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy pieces. I’m working this on 3.0 mm needles.

imageMy at-home just sleep(k)nits to go project is South Park Luv4Muv on US size 7 needles using Quince & Co Lark. I’m working on the cable and rib section of the body. As you can see from the picture I was almost finished with the cable and rib but, honestly, this just didn’t look like I’d hoped so I’ve frogged and will add a couple of inches of stockinette and a couple of inches of cable and rib.

imageSince I’ve traditionally (k)nit Halloween socks when I travel to SAFF and have already just (k)nits bound off my Halloween Socks NOT, I decided to cast on Christmas socks to be my new just sleep(k)nits to go project. This will be my work-in-public project with hopes of finishing them by Christmas. I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody’s been kissing Santa colorway and Megan Williams’ one needle mock gusset heel treatment. No picture because I’ve only worked the toe.

I’ve just (k)nits bound off Abby’s Leftover Mitts in Malabrigo Silky Merino Teal Feather colorway and US size 4 needles. I used Kirsten’s Fingerless Mitt recipe for these. I also just (k)nits bound off Patch using US size 5 needles and Cascade 220 and GnomeAcres in Witches Brew. My next just (k)nits for others will be Leftover Turkey using scraps.image

Also just (k)nits bound off are the Mystik Spiral socks. I thought they were bound off last post so didn’t photograph. I’ll take a photo and add them to next post. OOPS!

While at SAFF, I bought a set of Signature Needles convertibles. I’ve resisted these needles even though they’ve been reviewed far and wide as being the best because I “heard” the cables were only guaranteed for six months. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. These needles come with a lifetime guarantee.While I really like some things about these needles, I’m not feeling the love for these needles right now and want to knit a whole project with them before I give a full “review.” I am persnickety about joins and how well the stitches slide up on the needle tip. I tried them when I got home on a project I was working and quickly switched back to my Chiao Goos which are my weapons of choice for the time being. In fairness to the Signatures, I noticed last night that I was having to use almost brute force to get stitches onto the tip of my Chiao Goos so it may be a project thing. I plan to knit a couple of baby sweaters soon and will use the Signatures for these. I’ll keep you posted.

Next post will be Thursday, November 6 so…

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.


Mystik Magik

imageI love my just (k)nits in the zone project, Mystik Spiral socks designed by Josh Ryks. What I didn’t love was working the short row part of the design with two circulars which is my method of preference when (k)nitting socks. Seems like I was slipping stitches back and forth on the needles too much. As I started the short rows on sock 2, I began to use the tips of both needles to work short rows and realized that the designer probably used the Magic Loop method. He actually suggests double points (NOT) or Magic Loop in the pattern. I use Magic Loop frequently for other projects like sweater sleeves and critters so didn’t really have a problem switching to that method (except I don’t have a 40-inch 2.25 mm Chiao Goo so have to use another needle brand). Magic Loop makes working the short rows easier so will continue to use this method. When I knit another pair, I’ll start out “looping.” I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Dia de los Muertos and love love love these socks.

I have a just (k)nits for others. I cast on Patch using scraps of GnomeAcres Witches Brew and Cascade 220. I tried to do this as a (k)nits to go but that was a fail. I need to have this finished by October 20 to get it in the mail for Halloween surprise. So something may have to hibernate a day or two.image

imageI’m working the body of South Park Luv4Muv which is my one of my just sleep(k)nits to go projects in Quince & Co Lark using US size 7 needles. This is a sweater that I’m improvising using the cable and rib cuffs from Mr Greenjeans. I love the use of this pattern for sleeve cuffs but don’t like the longer cable and rib torso section. I always felt that this secton “f ramed” my big belly. So instead of v-neck, I’m making a crew neck with 4-inch “hem” cuff  and sleeve cuffs. I’ve worked about 5.5 inches of body.image

My other just sleep(k)nits to go project is a pair of “leftover” mitts using Kirsten’s Fingerless Mitts Recipe, some leftover Malabrigo Silky Merino and US size 4 needlles. These are for a co-worker but I have enough to make a pair for me because I love the way they feel.This project is really the “to-go” project. I’m feeling the love for mitts right now so will continue to (k)nit them in public till I decide to go back to socks. This is a break from my tradition of (k)nitting socks while at SAFF.

Speaking of SAFF next week’s post will probably be on Saturday…maybe.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Don’t stop believin’

I’ve said this to other knitters more than once when they’re trying new techniques. You know those techniques that you furrow your brow and ask “how is that going to work?” Sometimes you just have to have faith and believe and just (k)nit on. So why didn’t I practice what I preach when I tried to knit the One-needle Mock Gusset (OMG) heel a little over a year ago. I took one look (actually glance) at the instruction and said “that ain’t gonna work” even when lots of other knitters I knew were knitting it with no problems. One thing that I had a problem with was the row numbering but if I’d closely read instead of glancing, I imagewould have understood this. I’m using this heel treatment on my just (k)nits in the zone, Halloween socks NOT image(aka Mystik Spiral Socks from Josh Ryks),  and have to say that I love it. I suspect that I’ll use it often. I also love the Mystik Spiral Socks and already have yarn picked out for a second pair.I did try using German short rows and decided that the short row technique in the pattern was necessary on the foot and leg but German short rows were okay for the heel. I did have a couple of minor issues with the pattern and have sent an inquiry to Mr. Ryks. I did what I thought I should do and kept going. So my apologies to Megan Williams for doubting your design abilities…you did know best and I shouldn’t have stopped believing.

I’ve almost finished the yoke of  my just sleep(k)nits to go, South Park Luv4Muv. Since this piece is pretty much stockinette, I can (k)nit it at night when my brain is tired. I’m working on a second pair of Kirstin’s fingerless mitts (leftover mitts) in Malabrigo Silky Merino in Teal Feathers using US size 4 needles as my to go (k)nit.

You will notice that I no longer have just (k)nits for fun (hey, they all are fun or should be). I did this because I tend to categorize projects by when I (k)nit them. Basically, I have gift/charity (k)nits (aka just (k)nits for others) that are usually worked on Sundays, projects that are mindless and/or small that can be worked in the evening or in public image(aka just sleep(k)nits to go) and projects that require me to be mentally alert and totally focused which are now known as just (k)nits in the zone.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Halloween Socks NOT!

The last several years just (k)nitting a pair of Halloween socks has become a tradition. I usually finish them while we’re at SAFF the last of October.So I had decided to use one of Desert Vista Dyeworks Zombody colorways–to be specific Zombody’s been eating the candy corn–and just (k)nit for fun Mystik Spiral Socks. I was cruising around on Ravelry looking at other folks’ projects using DVD’s yarns and saw that some had used Dia de los muertos. I loved the combination and, since I have that colorway, decided that I would knit Day of the Dead socks which I’m calling Halloween Socks NOT on my Ravelry project page. These will be afternoon knitting because Josh Ryks, the designer, used short rows and I usually can’t sleep(k)nit those. I used the suggested technique for the first set of short rows but think I’ll use German short rows for the next set of short rows. I find them less tedious. I’m using 2.25 mm needles.image

Calycanthus are now just (k)nits bound off. I used Willy Wonka Electra Sock in Tarnished colorway and US size 3 needles. I’m okay with the finished piece but don’t really like the knitted fabric. Gansey Wristers would have been a better pattern choice for this yarn which is doesn’t have much body and is pretty elastic. If I make them again, I’ll use a tightly spun wool. I also found the bottom edging and the picot bind off extra fiddly–next time no picot. I also did what I thought the pattern would say instead of what it did say on the gusset so I have the southparknitter version of the mitts.image

Not quite to Tennessee socks are also just (k)nits bound off. I used Desert Vista Dyeworks in The Guitars of SSK colorway and US size 0 needles.Either my gauge has tightened or my feet have gained weight because US size 0 needles are now resulting in too much negative ease. I added a few stitches this time but will use US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles on future socks.Evidence indicates that my gauge has not tightened so I guess I’ll have to admit that my feet have become fluffier along with the rest of my body. I used afterthought heels and still like sweet tomato or fish lips kiss heels better.image

Speaking of gauge, South Park Luv4Muv has already been to the frog pond. I cast on Tuesday and rechecked my gauge. I swatched at 5 stitches per inch but actually was getting 4.5 stitches per inch. This falls between the gauges of Ann Budd’s calculations so I’m using my own. I “backed into” cast on stitches using a combination of several different sources. I’m using Quince and Co Lark in Chanterelle colorway and US size 7 needles.Since this is predominantly stockinette stitch this, I can sleep(k)nit it.image

This means that my just (k)nits to go for the next few weeks will be fingerless mitts and mittens. I’m making leftover mitts for myself using Dream in Color Everlasting DK in Amethyst colorway. I still have one thumb to knit but need to check row count on the top of the last mitt because it appears to be longer. I used a counter but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve counted wrong.image I’m using Kirsten Kapur’s Fingerless Mitts recipe and US size 5 needles.I’ll probably finish this pair and just (k)nits cast on a pair in Malabrigo Silky Merino.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

100 years of Muv-Luv!

A very special lady turns 100 today. Now this is a knitting blog so I’ll tell you right now that almost 50 years ago she taught me to knit. My mom had four remarkable sisters. She is the oldest. For much of my life she was my back door neighbor. I spent as much time at her home as mine. I still consider her house my second home. Since I lost my mom 13 years ago, she has become my “mother.”  She loves me with the same unconditional love that my mother had for me. I go to her with all the “things” with which my mom helped me when she was alive.I’m also her namesake. We share a middle name.2014-09-04 23.19.25
In addition to knitting, she has taught me many other things. When I made or was about to make bad choices, she could convince me to make the right choice without my realizing what she’d done. Many times she convinced me to do things even my parents couldn’t. In case you haven’t figured it out, I love her very much.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren call her “Muv.” When extended family members refer to her, we often call her “Muv.”

If you’ve been following the last month or so, you know that I’m in process of improvising a sweater which will be heavily cabled. Since my second sweater project that Muv helped me knit was a top-down cable sweater and since it’s her birthday and I love her, I’ve decided to name the new sweater South Park Luv4Muv. I’m just (k)nits casting it on today in honor of 100 years of Muv-Luv. I’ll post sweater details later in the week.

Someone posted this on Facebook recently (source: notestoquote.com) and I thought it appropriate

Only aunties, can love you like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, behave like a true friend, and kick your butt if you need it.

Thanks, Muv, for doing all the above and then some. Happy birthday! I love you!

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Oh, the places you’ll go

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting

so get on your way!

(Dr Seuss)

My mountain is the stash (aka queue) and it’s made of yarn. About once a year I reorganize it and repurpose yarns when necessary. This year I’ve kept it pretty organized but decided to catalog it. The main reason for visiting the mountain right now  was WendyKnits‘ blog post about Strandwanderer that I now think I need to knit and need to knit it in Wollmeise Suzanne. I have a skein of this yarn which I’d designated to knit Trillian but after seeing pictures of Suzanne as Strandwanderer decided to repurpose. I have other yarn with which to knit Trillian. Also my knitting friend, Diane, has just finished a Trillian so I felt it needed to be located and moved closer to top of the queue. I’d already cataloged some of the queue but am working on cataloging all the things and making a spreadsheet. The cataloging is finished and will be computerized soon. One thing that I saw was that I’d bought two sweater lots of the same colorway (purple) and yarn. The biggest  thing I need to do is quit adding to the queue. PERIOD EXCLAMATION POINT. Notice I said queue not stash but I do not need any more sweater quantities! The stash and the queue are morbidly SABLE.

My just sleep(k)nits to go project which I call leftover mitts is  Kirsten Kapur’s Fingerless Mitts Recipe using US size 4 needles and Dream in Color Everlasting DK in Amethyst. I have several balls of DK weight yarn leftover from various projects so that’s why they’re leftover mitts. This pair is for me and once just (k)nits bound off I plan to knit a pair for a co-worker. I did reduce to 48 stitches and 15 gusset stitches.2014-09-25 18.04.10

I must be in mitts mode because my new just (k)nits for fun is Calycanthus on US size 3 needles using Wooly Wonka Electra Sock in Tarnished colorway. In September 2013 I cast on a pair of socks with this yarn for some reason I couldn’t bring myself to work on these so they hibernated through the fall and the winter and the spring and the summer. I actually cast them on twice. While working on the mitts today, I decided that, personally, I just don’t like the wool/tencel blend for socks. I do find it okay for mitts. One caution about the mitts pattern…the bottom edge is fiddly with a capital “F” so, if you don’t like fiddly, don’t go there. Also, I had to frog my first attempt and drop down to a smaller size. I don’t usually swatch small projects which means I have to frog them sometimes.2014-09-25 18.02.12

Collister on US size 7 needles using Creatively Dyed Luxury yarn in colorway I-lost-the-ball-band is just (k)nits bound off and will either be donated to a charity auction or worn around southparknitter’s neck. I’m finding cowls to be a very quick knit and, even though I don’t wear them, they are nice for gifts. And, yes, I must be in Through the Loops designs mode. Kirsten Kapur is one of several designers whose designs I enjoy knitting. Her patterns are clearly written and easy to follow and I like her designs.2014-09-25 18.03.02

Not quite to Tennessee socks on US 0 needles in Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK are not quite finished but I’m hoping to finish them this weekend. I have about 30 rows of leg/cuff and the heels. If I don’t sleep(k)nit I should make it.2014-09-25 18.04.55

Tuesday is just (k)nits  cast on day for my new design sweater and I plan a special post the sweater’s namesake.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

One (k)nit at a time

Remember how excited I am about Patch and how I was going to just (k)nits cast on right away. Well, for some reason, I’m being a very focused product knitter right now as in one-(k)nit-at-a-time lockdown. So I didn’t just (k)nits cast on Patch again this past Sunday.I’m sticking to my sticks and  working on the just (k)nits for others Not Quite to Tennessee socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK  and US size 0 needles. These are afterthought heel socks. I’m working on sock 2.image

The WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 on US size 7 in Tempted Yarns Dream Grrl is now just (k)nits bound off–well, a block away from being finished. One of the options for this pattern was to weigh the yarn at various points. I should have used this method and used up all the yarn and perhaps had a larger piece.image

Originally I’d planned to knit another Zuzu’s Petals using some Creatively Dyed Luxury yarn that I won but decided to just (k)nits cast on Collister instead. I’m using US size 7 needles. I’m making the mid-sized one. I’m not sure whether this will be a just (k)nits for fun or a just (k)nits for others. I’ve committed to donate a piece to a charity auction and not sure whether I’ll give socks or Collister or both.image

Sometimes life happens and is requiring that I have a just sleep(k)nits to go project that is larger gauge than fingering weight. So I cast on couple of pairs of fingerless mitts using Kirsten Kapur’s fingerless mitts recipe. I’m using some leftover Dream in Color Everlasting DK in Amethyst and US size 4 needles and 48 stitches. I plan to make a second pair as a gift using Malabrigo Silky Merino in Teal Feathers. I’ll still work on the socks when life permits.image

I’d also planned to just (k)nits cast on Gansey Wristers to repurpose some Wooly Wonka Club Yarn but, while browsing in my pattern library, found Calycanthus and will be knitting those instead. In all likelihood, I will be casting these on before next post.

imageLast Caturday Stash spent the night outside and it was raining when I woke up. So I immediately went to the door to let him in the house. I could hear him meowing loudly but didn’t see him. Thinking he was trapped in the basement, I checked there and, when I came back to the front door, I found him. He was checking out the roof for stash storage and has deemed it unfit for yarn and felines both. He eventually jumped down without firefighter involvement.image

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.



#mcm on #tbt

The last couple of weeks I’ve had a couple of nights that I couldn’t go to sleep at the regular time. And to be quite honest the absence of the sandman had nothing to do with this. I was planning just (k)nits casting on. The first night i had swatched for a new design sweater and started writing up the pattern right before bedtime. I got in bed only to lie awake and do pattern calculations in my head.The second (k)nitting related time resulted in repurposing some yarns that are lined up to just (k)nits cast on in the near future. I’d planned a just (k)nits for others and a just (k)nits for fun using Die Erste. I had pulled the yarn from stash earlier in the week and looked at the pattern but decided on a late night 45 minute drive from Rising Meadow Farm that that I really just didn’t like the pattern right now.Let me say here that, aside from my not feeling love for it, this pattern has no issues. It appears to be well-written and nicely designed. I decided to make another Zuzu’s Petals for the charity knit, The other yarn was the Desert Vista DyeWorks Zien in the George colorway that I won by inspiring the colorway which is named for George Strait. It’s blues and browns and sparkly (George makes me sparkle) and I wanted a special pattern so after much searching I’ve decided that I’ll just (k)nits for fun Nefertem. I think this appropriate because Nefertem is referred to as a beautiful young man and so is George and yeah I might be having #mcm on #tbt(man crush Monday on throwback Thursday)

Despite having difficulty sleeping at night and having longer sleep(k)nitting sessions (aka naps in the afternoons. I did just (k)nits bind off  February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220 on US size 4 needles. I love this sweater. My first one has been well loved and will become my hanging around the house sweater.  I still need to block it but ends are woven and buttons from Fastenation Studio sewn on.image

My new just (k)nits for fun project is WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014. I’m using US size 7 needles and Tempted Yarns Dream Grrl in Buttons and Bows colorway. This was a club offering and the pattern was a hat which I don’t wear often. I love the pattern and it should be a fairly quick knit and may possible be finished by next post.(Yeah, I just made a reservation for a trip to the frog pond with that statement.) image

My just (k)nits for others project is also my sleep(k)nitting to go project. The Not Quite to Tennessee socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK on US size 0 needles are afterthought heel socks. image

Last post I’d planned to just (k)nits cast on Patch as a gift to be worked on Sunday afternoons. I decided to wait a week and cast on Patch this week so I could finish the sweater. I’m also hoping to cast on Zuzu’s Petals next week.

A couple of administrative things…I’ve deleted pictures from my media library for posts prior to July of 2012 and accidentally March 2013. So if you’re looking at archived posts they may look stranger than normal. Also, my laptop is connecting to my network again…I’m not sure what the issue was but I’m able to post from home so will probably be posting on Thursday or Friday evenings.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.


Remember the last few posts when I stated  no critter or gift knitting for a while? I lied…I didn’t mean to lie but I lied. Wednesday I was on Ravelry and discovered this little punkin and I have to (k)nit him/her now. So Thursday I stash dived to make sure I still had some GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Witches Brew which I do . So Sunday afternoon will find me just (k)nits casting on this little punkin. I’ll be using some Cascade 220 with the GnomeAcres and US size 5 needles.image

My just (k)nits for fun, February Lady Sweater, in Cascade 220 has a finished body and I’ll be picking up sleeve stitches this afternoon. I’m using US size 8 needles. This will be just (k)nits bound off next post–I hope.

Last weekend was a long weekend so I was able to wetblock both Zuzu’s Petals .image As promised here are pictures of both blocked and ready-to-wear and both are gifts. I used worsted weight yarn which is okay but personally I want mine made from fingering weight. I don’t have a neck.image
Just (k)nits bound off are the Sidewalk Socks in Gale’s Art Wonder Sock Graffiti and Asphalt colorway. They’re plain vanilla with gusset and I used US size 0 needles. I loved this base stock which made a really sturdy fabric that I think will wear well.

Once these were off the needles I woke up the Not Quite to Tennessee Socks. I’m using US size 0 needles and 68 stitches to make afterthought heel socks. I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK colorway. The socks will be donated to  a silent auction to help bash diabetes so they are Just (k)nits for others.imageimage

Once the FLS is just (k)nits bound off, I’ll be just (k)nits casting on WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 using Tempted Yarns Dream Grrl in buttons and bows colorway. This was a club colorway that came with a hat pattern. I don’t wear hats so I repurposed the yarn. I’m hoping that this will also be auctioned to bash diabetes but am not sure I’ll have time to knit and block it before the auction date.

I’m also in the swatching and pattern writing process for the SouthPark Jeans now known as SouthPark Muv. The reason for the name change will be the subject of a later post. I’m using Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters for calculations for a top-down raglan crew neck cardigan and will use the cable and rib motif from Mr Greenjeans. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the process here but will discuss the design in more detail in a special post on September 30 which is the cast on date for this project. I’m using Quince & Co Lark and US size 7 needles for this project.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.


Just (k)nits bound off 2014

Maggie the Mama Owl 1
Fractional Fish
Maggie the Mama Owl 2
Maggie the Mama Owl 3
Little Luchador
Basic Biscuit Body
Maggie the Mama Owl 4
Not-big Guinea Pig
Maggie the Mama Owl 5
Half-sized Hippo
Pithy Platypus
12 Stripes of Christmas socks
Undersized Unicorn
Mr Bluejeans (sweater 1)
Basic Stitchy Body
Dinky Doggy
Basic Peanut Body
Bantam Bunny
Lil Love Slug
Backpack buddy 1
Bitty Bee
Maggie the Mama Owl #6
Bitsy Bot
Cutie Cactus
Maggie the Mama Owl #7
Cutie Cactus
Junior Jackalope
Itty Bitty Batty
Maggie the Mama Owl #8
Basic Bowling Pin Body
Small-Peanuts Elephant
Cutie Cactus 2
Flyspeck Fox
Camo Coon
Backpack buddy 2
Maggie the Mama Owl #9
Compact Cat in PJs
Meager Mouse
Small Squirrel
Micro Monkey
Maggie the Mama Owl #10
Russian Socks
Backpack Buddy 3
Maggie the Mama Owl #11
Jailbait Cardigan
South Park LIndsay
TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2014
Backpack Buddies 30 in all
Gothic Lace Cowl
Zuzu's Petals in Tangiers
Zuzu's Petals in Rios
Shaken or Stirred
Luna the Unicorn
Bertie B the Owl Puff
Sidewalk Socks
February Lady Sweater
WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014
Not quite to Tennesee socks
Purple leftover mitts
Abby's Leftover Mitts
Mystik Spiral Socks

Just (k)nits for others

Leftover Turkey using US size 5 needles and scraps of GnomeAcres and Cascade 220

Just (k)nits in the zone

Magrathea on 3.0 mm needles using Knitosophy in Superhero

Just sleep(k)nits to go

Kirsten Kapur's Fingerless mitts recipe on US size 4 needles in Malabrigo Silky Merino in Teal Feathers
South Park Luv4muv on US size 7 needles in Quince & Co Lark Chanterelle colorway
Christmas Socks on US size 1 needles in Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso Zombody's been kissing Santa Claus

Just (k)nits casting on


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