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.

Punkin

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.

 

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.

 


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
Sidewalk Socks
February Lady Sweater
WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014
Collister

Just (k)nits for others

Not quite to Tennessee socks on US size 0in Desert Vista Dyeworks The Guitars of SSK colorway

Just (k)nits for fun

Calycanthus on US size 3 needles using Wooly Wonka Electra in Tarnished colorway

Just sleep(k)nits to go

Kirsten Kapur's Fingerless mitts recipe on US size 4 needles in Dream in Color Everlasting DK Amethyst

Just (k)nits casting on

Lil Punkin (Patch)
Nefertem
South Park Luv4Muv
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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