Rock ‘em Sock’em

I’ve finished gift and critter knitting for a while (hopefully until October 1). Now I’m going to focus my public and evening knitting–just sleep(k)nits to go– on finishing or repurposing all 3 pairs of socks I’ve cast on.  Since the Sidewalk socks are closest to being just (k)nits bound off, I woke those up first and hope to finish sock two by week’s end. These are Gale’s Art Wonder Sock in Graffiti and Asphalt colorway using US size 0 needles. Once they’re bound off. I’ll finish the Not Quite to Tennessee socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK colorway. I’m sorry I’m not sure what base stock they are but I’m using US size 0 needles. These will be just (k)nits for others as I plan to donate them to a silent auction to help “bash” diabetes. The Wooly Wonka Electra Sock yarn willimage never be the Guinevere Socks that I cast on in September 2013. I just nimageever felt the love for this pattern and not sure why I didn’t think to repurpose it earlier. I guess since it was a club kit I thought I had to use that pattern. I’ll be frogging these and will be repurposing the yarn for Gansey Wristers. I don’t usually use free patterns from designers I don’t know but I read through this one and didn’t see any issues. These also may get donated to auction. Hopefully all three of these will be  just (k)nits bound off by September 30  so that I can just (k)nits cast on Halloween socks.

The last four sweaters I’ve (k)nit were on small needles using DK or sport weight yarn so using worsted weight makes the sweater go faster. While I’m basically knitting the same number of stitches per hour, the inches of fabric is more, much much more.This makes my newest just (k)nits for fun, February Lady Sweater, even more fun I’m knitting it in Cascade 220 on US size 8 needles will be finished a lot sooner than I’d planned. I’ve separated for sleeves and started the gull lace body. I decided to go ahead and sew on the buttons which look grey here but have a good deal of red while I was end-weaving. I tend to procrastinate button sewing.image

I just (k)nits bound off undersized unicorn on US size 5 needles using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Luna Lovegood colorway and also an owl puff in Bertie Botts colorway. As I wrote earlier,I’m not planning more for a while because I’m burned out on critters. I enjoy them but I also like (k)nitting socks and the critter (k)nitting was interfering. Sunday we gave the backpack buddies to the kids and teachers at my church. Most of them were owl puffs and the general consensus is that I should make owl puffs for 2015. I’ve ordered 2015 charms with lobster clasps that I will attach. When the kids graduate, they receive a Maggie the Mama Owl.image

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

Double double toil and trouble…

Stitches dropped and cat in trouble. Saturday I wetblocked several pieces that had been languishing in my (k)nitting “basket” and, as I am wont to do, had left the ends to be woven when I block.  One of them was TTL Mystery Shawl KAL now called Algiers. I started weaving and discovered that Izzy had chewed one of the ends down to the quick. BAD BAD KITTY!!!! I barely had enough to knot with a crochet hook. After all the end weaving was finished, I soaked the pieces and started threading blocking wires through Algiers only to find two–not one but two–holes that were the result of dropped stitches when making double decreases. I hastily grabbed crochet hook, darning needle and a bit of yarn and repaired as best I could. I have in past had trouble with catching all 3 stitches when making double decreases on lace pieces but since have acquired lace tip needles and thought the problem resolved. NOT! Before lace tip needles, I made double decreases in two or three steps slipping stitches and passing them over and making sure that the decreases leaned in the suggested direction. This takes a few seconds longer but works for me.  Based on all the toil and trouble, I’ve now reinstated two of southparknitter’s rules. Ends will be woven immediately when the piece is bound off or during the working of the piece when possible. Double decreases will be worked in steps so that no stitches are dropped.

My first Zuzu’s Petals is just (k)nits bound off. I used Cascade Tangiers in Beach and US size 6 needles and was dead on the suggested large gauge. So I planned to use the large gauge pattern. When I reached the joining row, the neck opening wasn’t large enough so I worked the suggested rows for the small gauge.2014-08-22 07.37.32 This also necessitated using the small gauge chart. I also used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off with the result that I was about 2 yards short and had to use the bit I had left from Gothic Lace Cowl. I really like this piece. It was a quick easy knit so I just (k)nits cast on and bound off  the second Zuzu’s Petals. I’m used Malabrigo Rios in Jupiter and US size 8 needles. Using a slightly larger gauge than the pattern suggested I was able to use the large gauge pattern which makes this a really quick knit. I may even make some of these for Christmas gifts. The Rios makes  a soft neck piece and the larger needle size/gauge gave the fabric a much better drape.Sorry the picture is pre-blocking and I’ll try to remember to post pictures when blocked.

Shaken or Stirred is also just (k)nits bound off. and all ends are woven. I was a bit disappointed in the amount of ease. I will either use a larger gauge or a larger size next time I knit this. I’m also hoping that the fabric will “bloom” when I soak and block the piece. I will still wear it but would enjoy it more if I had a couple of 2014-08-21 16.13.31-1more inches of ease.In the past I’ve made a larger size but felt that sometimes I had too much ease. My personal preference on ease is that extra is better than not enough.  I ordered the buttons from Fastenation Studio. Hannah makes high quality polymer clay buttons and gives super fast service which was far better than my previous button source.  My buttons were here within a week. I’m pretty sure she offers the same service for custom work (1 to 3 days). I  have already placed a second order.

I cast on Undersized Unicorn in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Luna Lovegood colorway on US size 5 needles. This is a just (k)nits for others project and will be gifted along with Maggie the Mama Owl or Owl Puff (I still a bit burned out on owls so don’t hold me to it) in Squishy Gnome Bertie Botts colorway to my new friend, Dannie. Dannie was born last week and she’s a cutie!2014-08-22 07.38.24

I also just (k)nits cast on my just (k)nits for fun which is my second February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220 using US size 8 needles. I didn’t take a picture because I had only worked one row at photo session time. I had planned to use paired make one increases and worked as far as the first set and realized that I was having a minor fail with remembering to knit a stitch between the increases so will be using yarn over increases as I did with my first one.I ordered buttons for this from Fastenation Studio as well.  I’m hoping to finish the FLS by September 30 so I can enter it as an FO in Fastenation’s Button It Up KAL.

Once the unicorn and owl are finished. I plan to finish at least two pairs of socks that are currently cast on and sleeping before casting on any other small, work-in-public, or night (k)nitting projects.

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

It’s the little old knitter from North Carolina

One of my (k)nitter pet peeves is the stereotyping of knitters as little old ladies or of all little old ladies as knitters. We’re not little old ladies. Most of the knitters that I know and hang around with are younger than 40 and many of them are male and many many of us started knitting in our high school years or earlier. I knitted my first sweater which was also my first piece at age 16. Now that being said…it’s my birthday week and I will officially become a little old (k)nitter even though I don’t feel old and will probably stab with my sticks the first person who calls me that and the threat includes my HS classmate who’s been talking about how ancient he is for months now. One reason I don’t feel old is that I do hang out with younger knitters. I believe there are stories circulating in the knitting world about some of my adventures with younger knitters. The highlight of my birthday week so far has been the sighting on the city streets of a young-strapping-kilt-clad-shirtless-sweatshiny-tattooed lad with Ragnar Lothbruk hairdo.  Unfortunately I couldn’t drive,ogle and take a picture all at the same time. So my driver’s license and my Medicare card may say I’m old but I (k)nit real fast and I (k)nit real hard.

Now on to the just (k)nits bound off which is Gothic Lace Cowl. I used US size 7 needles and 41 stitches instead of 49. I started with 49 stitches but thought the cowl too wide and probably could have dropped down a needle size but liked the fabric so decided to decrease number of pattern repeats. I also made it longer than the pattern suggested basically using all the yarn, Cascade Tangier in Beach colorway. I’ve also found a new button source, Fastenation Studio, and am seriously considering adding some of Hannah’s buttons to this piece. I have some stash buttons that will work. I’ve ordered buttons from Fastenation Studio in an appropriate color for use on my Shaken or Stirred and once they’ve arrived I’ll decide ifi the color is right. Of course I’ll have to buy more.  Hannah gives fast service and she’s fairly close geographically which makes post times quicker and also her selection has more adult buttons. Also she has sale buttons which are stock (read stash) buttons. (yeah this is gonna be trouble)2014-08-15 08.15.24

I bought two skeins of the yarn and the second one is becoming Zuzu’s Petals, my new just (k)nits for others, on US size 6 needles. I’m using the suggested numbers for the large gauge and when I measured yesterday I’m “dead on” gauge but am finding that at the suggested joining point the opening is too small. 2014-08-15 08.14.14The designer, Carina Spencer, gave yarn percentages and I have plenty so will knit the recommended rows for the small gauge. I don’t normally swatch for accessories but am beginning to rethink my process.  My past thinking has been that I can knit a good bit of project during the time it takes to swatch and frogging if I’m too large or small doesn’t seem daunting. However, I don’t have a clue how the fabric will look after washing/blocking.(After looking at Ravelry notes on this pattern, I’m seeing that others are having this problem.)

Just (k)nits for fun is still Shaken or Stirred which is to the point of picking up button bands. I’m using US size 3 and 4 needles and Quince and Co Chickadee in Frost, Delft and Crocus.2014-08-15 08.13.42 While this piece has some ease, I’d hoped for more so will knit a larger size next time. Since gauge was dead on, I must be fluffier than I thought–oops! Even though I love shawl collars on others, I have no neck and don’t think they will look right on me so I’m going to substitute a 16 row garter rib button band.

I’ve decided to just (k)nits cast on the Undersized Unicorn when baby Dannie’s mommy goes into labor. Dannie will be the recipient of this just (k)nits for others and I think knitting it to celebrate her birth and to send prayers for her healthy arrival is appropriate. I originally planned to use GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Bertie Botts which is the colorway Mommy selected but I found some Luna Lovegood which I like better for it so will probably make both and let Mommy pick. I forgot about Luna when I gave her the choices.

Once Zuzu’s Petals is just (k)nits bound off I’ll be just (k)nits casting on my second February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220 with buttons from Fastenation Studio. My first FLS has been one of my go-to sweaters so I thought I’d make another. It will be red.

I’m also mentally planning South Park Jeans which will be a top-down crew neck incorporating the cable rib from Mr Greenjeans. I will probably submit that plan to paper once I start (k)nitting the FLS. The Jeans will be from Quince and Co Lark.

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

 

 

Perfect Body + Perfect Gauge = Perfect Sweater

To paraphrase one of the podcasters I follow (who was paraphrasing Amy Herzog): when you buy something off the rack or a pattern for a garment, it says your body is wrong. When you custom design your own based on your measures, it says your body is perfect. (Personally I think I have the perfect body…just a bit fluffy is all) When I “design” a sweater I work from my measures. I also work from my gauge. I’ve posted recently about designing sweaters that have features that I like, and another part of this is that I get a finished piece worked to my gauge and to my body measures so I don’t get surprised by a garment that doesn’t fit like I thought it would. Gate City Yarns, my LYS, has invested in Amy Herzog’s program , Custom Fit, that allows us to put in our body measurements, our gauge and the design features we want and get a pattern that fits out body and gauge. While I haven’t yet used it, those who have commented about how good it is to be able to work to personal gauge and measurements get a garment that fits just right. While you can access the program onlinee, I highly recommend finding a yarn shop that subscribes and can help you with the measuring/swatching process. Gate City Yarns is planning to have a workshop built around this program so watch the website for details. Even without workshop attendance, the staff there is ready to help with measuring and pattern “designing.”  If you’re not in the Greensboro, NC area, find a shop nearby. My plan is to use the Classic Elite Majestic Tweed that I’ve swatched and repurposed several times with the program to make a barn/chore coat style sweater after Christmas. So stay tuned…

That being said, I swatched and double checked gauge on my just (k)nits for fun, Shaken or Stirred, and am a bit disappointed that I don’t have nearly the ease that I’d planned (4 inches). I’m hopeful that once the button bands are added and the piece is blocked that I’ll have more ease. I think this is more a function of my poor choice of “standard” size.I’m between two sizes and went with the smaller as I thought the next size up would have too much ease. I’m using Quince and Co Chickadee in Frost, Crocus and Delft on US size 3 qnd 4 needles. 2014-08-08 08.48.51 As you can see I’ve one more sleeve and button bands to go. I’m not a fan of shawl collars (no neck). Next time I’ll make a larger size and I do plan to knit this pattern again in Liberty Wool Lite solid and print for the striping.

I’ve decided to cast on just (k)nits for others Gothic Lace Cowl using US size 7 needles and Cascade Tangier. This is a thank-you gift (maybe). I’m throwing caution to the wind and omitting the swatch process. It’s as relatively small piece and, as I do with socks, I figure I can knit a good bit in the time it takes to swatch. If I don’t like it, I’ll frog and start over. This will be my “afternoon” project while I finish the sweater and socks.

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

 

A long long time ago

I haven’t posted in a long long time. My holiday’s been over for more than a week. I’d planned to post last week but re-entry wasn’t as smooth as I’d planned and I spent a lot of time catching up. Usually when I go away I get caught up before I go but this was a surprise trip so that didn’t happen.Also I wanted to finish the backpack buddies and the sweater body before posting.

The backpack buddies are now just (k)nits bound off. Here’s a group picture of them and they were all knit on US size 5 needles in various scraps of worsted weight yarns. 2014-08-03 18.26.51After I’d been home for several days I found a secret just (k)nits for others sleeping in my work-in-public knitting bag. So it is also just (k)nits bound off.I’m a bit burnt out on animal (k)nitting and even though I need to make an Undersized Unicorn for a gift. I decided to just (k)nits cast on a gift for my holiday hostess which will be either a Gothic Lace Cowl or a Zuzu’s Petals. I bought enough Cascade Tangier to make both. I’ll just (k)nit both and let my hostess choose which she prefers and then I’ll keep the other. Both were in the queue.

I also wanted to finish the body of my just (k)nits for fun, Shaken or Stirred, which was my car knitting on the four-plus hour road trip. I also worked on this while in the hotel room. I still have to bind off and the photo is a view of the sweater back. My hope is to finish this in the next week. This is in Quince & Co Chickadee in Frost (main color), Delft and Crocus (stripes). I’m using US size 3 needles. I’m a bit concerned about the armhole depth and will breathe a sigh of relief when the body is bound off and I can try it on “properly.” 2014-08-04 08.55.52I modified the striping sequence and did my own thing. I do plan to make another of these.

Yes, I do have a pair of socks on the needles and, yes, I could have worked on those. But, the Sidewalk socks are slip-stitch heel with gusset socks so, not knowing how much knitting time would be available and not wanting to possibly have to work a heel turn in public, I decided to cast on another pair of 2014-08-03 18.30.46afterthought heel socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in The Guitars of SSK. I’m calling these the Not Quite to Tennessee socks and am using US size 0 needles and 68 stitches.The reason for the project name is that I was a bit blue because I missed seeing all my SSK friends who were in Nashville the weekend before my holiday which was about 20 miles from the TN-NC border.  I worked on these in public areas of the hotel and, due to a broken needle, had to stop until I got home. They’ve been transferred to another needle and are now hibernating until I finish the Sidewalk socks which are getting some love now.Speaking of the Sidewalk socks I’ve finished sock 1. I’m using US size 0 needles and Gale’s Art Wonder Sock in Graffiti and Asphalt.2014-08-03 18.30.02

My next just (k)nits cast on sweater will be my second February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220. I’m rethinking Mr Greenjeans which I was also planning to knit. Right now I’m pretty sure the yarn for this will be a bottom-up crew-neck raglan sleeve version of Mr Greenjeans which will be called South Park Jeans. Certainly you’ll be reading more about that in a couple of months.

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

 

Blog-iday

I’m going to take a couple of weeks off and will be back around the first of August. A friend called and offered a free impromptu trip next week so I’m doing errands and tasks scheduled for next week this week. I am knitting and making progress on Shaken or Stirred. That along with Sidewalk Socks will be my travel knitting.

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

In the long rows

Most of the time when folks around here talk about being almost finished with something, they say they’re in the short rows. This saying isn’t referring to knitting short rows but goes back to a time when farmers planted crops diagonally across the field so being in the short rows of corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat or whatever would mean they were almost finished with the field. In (k)nitting that is not always the case. My just (k)nits bound off this week is an example of this. Brickless2014-07-11 07.49.17 starts out with five stitches and grows to about 150 stitches so when I got close to the end of the project I was happy to be in the long rows. My Brickless 2014-07-11 07.49.10is in Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway using US size 6 needles. It was a fun quick knit and the pattern well written. I have at least one sweater quantity of this yarn and having worked with it am now concerned about how well it will hold up to multiple years of wear and washing.It is a lightweight worsted and soft–yes I do want my wool soft but this is not a “positive” type soft.Others who use this yarn love it but it doesn’t meet my yarn preferences for sweaters. This yarn is similar in price to Malabrigo Rios and for my yarn buck the Rios has more bang. I’ll use the Yowza I have but doubt I’ll buy more for sweaters.

My just (k)nits for others is a secret project that also started with a few stitches and now has 1000+ stitches. This is a group project which I’m finishing and again I’m in the long rows and will be happy to get to the end of this “field” but will have another “field” just like it next week. Hopefully after the recipients have these, I will post pictures.2014-07-11 07.49.41

I swatched for Shaken or Stirred and will be using US size 3 needles. The plan is to just (k)nits cast on on July 12 or maybe before then. Until then I”ll be in the long rows on the secret knit and working on Sidewalk Socks which are a just (k)nits for fun project that have been (k)nitnapping while I worked on backpack buddies. 2014-07-11 07.50.38The socks are Gale’s Art Wonder Sock in Graffiti and Asphalt colorway. I have to confess here that up until about 30 minutes ago. I was still debating when to just (k)nits cast on the Shaken or Stirred. I have a friend who cast on February Lady Sweater this week and was tempted to buddy knit with her. Also I’m participating in the Knitgirllls Stash Dash 2014 and was thinking that I could finish February Lady Sweater in time to count the yardage. After looking at my total yardage so far, I have decided that is unlikely so I’ll stick with the queue and just (k)nit on.

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

Shake shake shake

As a result of my stash dive/knit plan re-organization I’m still shaking things in Just (k)nits casting on. The sweater queue has been totally changed.I’ve decided that, before I design a top-down sweater with cable panels, I probably should try a stockinette one. So I’ve moved South Park Burrows which will be a lace-weight top down “jacket” with seed or garter stitch edging using GnomeAcres The Burrows colorway into the 2014 queue. I’ve also moved the February Lady Sweater and Mr Greenjeans forward in the queue. The yarns for these was originally intended for other projects that I decided I wouldn’t wear. Since FLS and Mr Greenjeans are my two go-to sweaters, new ones are needed. FLS will me knit from Cascade  220 red colorway and Mr Greenjeans in Quince & Co Lark in Chanterelle colorway. I hope to alternate sweaters and scarf/shawl projects till year’s end but this will depend on sweater knitting speed. Just (k)nits casting on next is Shaken or Stirred in Quince and Co Chickadee using Frost as the main color which I hope to swatch over the holiday weekend.

Also some shaking in just (k)nits bound off, I bound off South Park Lindsay2014-06-28 11.22.11 and TTL Mystery Shawl KAL. Lindsay is from Quince and Co Chickadee in Belize colorway using US size 3 and 5 needles for the “flat” knitting and US size 4 and 6 for the in-the-round knitting. I’m very pleased with the way this turned out. I’m obviously quite addicted to this yarn which has a very soft hand which I’ve not found in other made and/or grown in the USA yarns. If Gate City Yarns doesn’t have yarn to suit me, then my second choice for “workhorse” yarns is Quince & Co.

TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2014 used a crocheted bind off which was new to me and is a block away from being finished. I used US size 6 needles and Black Trillium Pebble Sock Smoke gradient. I’m pleased with the outcome. I found knitting it to be a bit of a challenge because each lace row was different and the wrong side rows involved pattern work also so no “resting” purl rows. It’s not a piece I’d knit if I had distractions.2014-07-03 08.16.42

I have a new just (k)nits for fun piece, Brickless. I’m using US size 6 needles and Miss Babs Yowza light worsted in Zombie Prom colorway. I’m enjoying this knit which is an easily remembered pattern so good TV-watching knitting…or so I thought until Tuesday night when I realized the stitch count was off 2 stitches and frogged almost a full pattern repeat trying to find it. Since I couldn’t find it sitting in my recliner, I’m pretty sure it won’t be seen from the back of a galloping horse so I’ve adjusted and am moving forward.2014-07-03 08.14.46

I took a short break from just (k)nits for others but am now working owl puffs again.I did a bit of shaking here too. The backpack buddies are for the schoolkids at my church. I originally planned to make Basic Unibodies, Kitty Beans and Owl Puffs. I was concerned that having three choices might be problematic at “distribution” time so have decided to make Kitty Beans and Owl Puffs which I can finish before the mid-August deadline easily. The Unibodies will be given to some non-church kids. The next couple of weeks I will be working on a secret just (k)nits for others project but will give as much progress update as I can.

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

Tomorrow is another day and best laid plans

I’ve known Leslie and Laura of the KnitGirllls for six years or so.  I met them at The Loopy Ewe’s first Spring Fling. They are part of the gang that is responsible for my Rav name, southparknitter. I mention the KnitGirllls because, recently, I’ve been amused by Leslie’s teasing Laura about having “deadlines” for her knitting projects. I don’t find this strange at all because I set deadlines (goals)  and also have a friend who was teasing me about my knitting deadlines. I blame it on my day job which is very deadline-oriented. I just knit better when I have a deadline. Otherwise I’d be jumping from one task (not necessarily knitting tasks) to another and nothing would get done. I’m pretty much a product knitter but, after reflecting, think that perhaps I’m a bit of a process knitter and the deadline setting prevents me from casting on multiple projects (and we all know that I melt down when this happens).I even have a task manager app that allows me to keep up with my deadlines And just so you know I not only set completion goals but also set daily goals…as in “today I’ll knit 4 rows of the TTL Mystery Shawl KAL, 8 rows of Lindsay, half of an Owl Puff, spin 30 minutes and read 50 pages” and have been known to calculate via spreadsheet the total number of stitches in a project so I can set daily goals. (I’d do this now but haven’t found a good spreadsheet app for my iPad and am too lazy to drag out the laptop to calculate.) No I’m not OCD…and if I don’t make these goals, well then…”after all, tomorrow is another day.”

South Park Linidsay, my just (k)nits for fun sweater, is a bit ahead of schedule. I’m trying not to write this too loudly because I’ll be at the frog pond before you can say “rip it.” I actually allowed extra time for this one as I have a secret project that may require the Lindsay to take a nap. I’ve finished the body and am now ready to work the bands. I tried it on last night and it fits perfectly. I hope to finish the bands and block by Saturday. The yarn is Quince and Co Chickadee in Belize colorway on US size 3 and 5 needles.2014-06-26 08.23.57

My secret just (k)nits for fun TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2014 is on schedule. This week I decided to work four rows a day. I’m using Black Trillium Pebble Sock in the smoke gradient and US size 6 needles. The last clue will be released Sunday so I’ll post pictures on the next post.

I’m making owl puffs for my just (k)nits for others backpack buddies. I used leftover Malabrigo Rios in Jupiter and Lavanda and Dancing Dog Dyeworks in Baby Bacon and Teallicious and US size 5 needles.2014-06-26 08.26.48

Just (k)nits casting on…The next sweater project will be Shaken or Stirred using Quince and Co Chickadee in Frost, Crocus and Delft. I’m debating what other color(s) to use if any. Before I just (k)nits cast on the sweater I’ll cast on Brickless. I’m using Miss Babs Yowza in Zombie Prom colorway and US size 6 needles. I stood in line for 30 minutes while my friends waited at SAFF last year to buy the yarn because I just had to have that colorway, When I got ready to wind it, I realized that it was very similar to Malabrigo Rios Zarzamora colorway which was available at Gate City Yarns and would have been cheaper. Also I could have ordered the Miss Babs online without standing in line or inconveniencing my friends. My desire to just (k)nit cast on the Brickless is fueling my “burners” to finish the Lindsay.

While stash diving, I did some project planning till the end of 2014. Mainly this was more getting organized in nature because we all know “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” I’m hoping to alternate sweaters and wraps along with my small projects.

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

Decisions…decisions

I’m a good month away from finishing South Park Lindsay and am already debating what to just (k)nits cast on next sweaterwise. I had my sweater queue all set and was planning to knit South Park Yuki (top-down crew neck raglan cardigan using cable panels from Bloody Mary and calculations from Barbara Walker). I will use Classic Elite Majestic Tweed Cherry Pie colorway.  However, this weekend Baby Cocktails (Thea Colman) released Shaken or Stirred and I’m in love. I quickly re-purposed Quince & Co Chickadee that I’d bought for Gullfoss which is also in sweater queue but one of those pieces that I’m not sure I’ll like–not to mention I’ve ended my “love affair” with Stephen West for the moment. The main color is Frost (pale blue-gray) with contrasting colors Crocus, Delft and Parsley–or possibly Clay, Belize, Pomegranate.  Now I want to just (k)nits cast on the Shaken or Stirred next. I really can’t decide so help me by voting…which sweater should I just (k)nits cast on next? If you’re uncomfortable using the poll, please leave a comment.

Speaking of South Park Lindsay, one of my current just (k)nits for fun, I’ve finished the sleeves and the joining round.I used US sizes 4 and 6 needles for the sleeves and US sizes 3 and 5 for the body. So I’m now back on US size 5 needles. I’m knitting this from Quince & Co Chickadee and am a bit concerned about having enough. I have to give Quince & Co A+++ in customer service. I had placed an order and emailed them Monday to ask if I could add a skein of Belize to the other small order. Adi Kehoe answered promptly and quickly added it to my existing order. Not only do I love their yarns but also their customer service.Thanks Adi!2014-06-18 08.05.28

My other just (k)nits for fun is TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2014  and I’m about half finished with clue 3. I’m using US size 6 needles and Black Trillium Pebble Sock Smoke Gradient. I’ve been working on this on Sundays when I get the new clue then finishing the followingi Saturday but I didn’t finish half the clue on Sunday so I’m working a few rows each day. I suspect that will happen next week also.

Just (k)nits for othersthe backpack buddies are moving right along and should be all finished well before their deadline. I’ve finished 4 or 5 Owl Puffs which knit up very quickly. I will have some secret just (k)nits for others in the next week or so.

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
Entrechat
Grenadine
Jailbait Cardigan
South Park LIndsay
TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2014
Brickless
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

Just (k)nits for others

Undersized Unicorn on US size 5 needles in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Luna Lovegood colorway

Just (k)nits for fun

February Lady Sweater on US size 8 in Cascade 220

Just sleep(k)nits to go

Sidewalk socks on US size 0 using Gale's Art Wonder Sock in Graffiti and Asphalt
Not quite to Tennessee Socks on US size 0 using Desert Vista Dyeworks in The Guitars of SSK

Just (k)nits casting on

Gansey Wristers
WendyKnits Summer Shawl MKAL 2014
Die Erste
South Park Jeans
Safety scarf
South Park Burrows
Leftie
South Park Yuki
Curiouser and curiouser
Merging Cables Cardigan
WendyKnits mystery shawl 2013
Frances the Sock Wearing Fox
Mary, Millie and Morgan
Topsy Turvy Toys


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