Frogs and Dogs

Count your stitches…count them one by one…count your stitches see if they’re all there…count your stitches…count them one by one…count your many stitches and you won’t see frogs. Yes, I’ve had to frog my just sleep(k)nits to go project, Mint Julep, several times. Why? because I didn’t count my stitches. One would think that I’d learn. It’s been a long time since I reported any (k)nitting progress. Last (k)nitting related post I had finished one sleeve but now I’ve finished both sleeves and am about finished with the back. I’m using Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie and US size 8 needles. I’m no longer going to post pictures of works-in-progress. Most of the time you really can’t tell much about the piece until it’s finished.

2015-03-30 18.32.29I just (k)nits bound off  the Three French Hens Socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles using 66 stitches and Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I also cast on another pair of socks using Four Calling Birds colorway and have finished sock 1. This is a just sleep(k)nits to go project also.

Just (k)nits for others …I just (k)nits bound off Top This! Puppy hat 2015-03-14 10.14.08using a kit from DMC and US size 9 needles and BonBon16005_10205693410042234_1104063623595046383_n using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Little Bunny Foo Foo colorway and Cascade 220 superwash and US size 5 needles. The designer, Susan Claudino, used a three-needle decrease on BonBon for attaching appendages that I really liked.

Then I cast on Sam the Super Frog in Malabrigo Rios Lettuce colorway and Another Crafty Girl Merino Mr Bassman. This is for my friend, Swanny, who is a very sick gentleman. So this one is a Sam the Flock Cancer Frog.

I think that’s all the just (k)nitting stuff. Next up…where have I been? 2015-03-26 15.54.10Again I have been incredibly busy for about six weeks now and am HOPING that my “life” schedule has returned to normal. In addition to my crazy busy schedule, Gilligan came on board March 25. So I’ve been training him or he’s been training me I’m not sure which. He’s very lively (read “wild”) but is beginning to settle some as I now have more time to work with him and he was gifted a Kong toy which entertains him during recliner dog time. 2015-04-07 15.41.12Once he’s trained, he’ll make a great first mate (Izzy’s says her vote’s still out on that one). Izzy doesn’t want to play and has let Gilligan know this in very plain cat language. Here are a couple of pictures of Gilligan and one with Izzy and Gilligan in background. This was first time we’d all been in recliner together.2015-04-16 19.01.59

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

Crew change

It’s been a while…I’ve been incredibly busy the last couple of weeks so what spare time I’ve had I focused on just (k)nitting rather than writing about. I’m not really going to write about knitting today either because I’m just not feeling the love for writing about knitting. I do want to share that I’m undergoing a crew change here. Stash Cat has disappeared and has been missing in action for almost a week. While I’m still hoping that this is a temporary disappearance, I’ve learned that several other cats in the neighborhood have disappeared recently. So I’ve chosen to say goodbye to Stash and move on. If he comes back, he’ll be welcomed with open arms and kitty cuddles by both me and his other mother who lives across the street and spoiled him even more than I did. I do believe that he helped me find his replacement.

I have been considering adding a canine member to the crew and around the first of March out local shelter posted an eight month old terrier/beagle mix named Gilligan. I’d planned a day trip for March 16 and decided that, if Gilligan was still there on St Paddy’s Day which was the date I got Debit D Dog, I’d go to the shelter and check him out. I didn’t leave work on that day till late and had an appointment which didn’t allow time to go see Gilligan. So I was going the next day but decided to wait until later this week when I had to be in that area. Then Stash disappeared and, even though he’s chipped, I felt compelled to physically go to the shelter to check for him. While there on Saturday, I met Gilligan and totally fell in love. They were very busy so I decided to think about it and come back later. Monday morning found me calling to be sure that Gilligan was still there. He was and, when they opened at noon, I was there to “gotcha” Gilligan. He will be coming aboard after vetting on Wednesday afternoon. We were pretty excited yesterday and this the best of all the bad pictures.2015-03-23 12.08.01

So goodbye, Stash. I’ll see you later either when you return home or at the rainbow bridge and

Welcome aboard to Gilligan, my new first mate.

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

Froggy came a courtin’

and we did rip…the Follow Your Arrow 2 that is. imageI was on next to last row of Clue 4 and did what I should have done on the first day…frogged. This pattern is highly textured and needs a solid or semi-solid yarn. I was using Wollmeise Pure in No Whale Watching in CO which is variegated so the beautiful textures were lost in the yarn. The yarn needed to be something else “showy” so that it’s beautiful color can be seen. I’ve debated the combination since day 1 and stubbornly convinced myself that it would look okay. It did look okay but it should be beautiful. So once I’ve finished my sweater and my Through the Loops Mystery Socks, I’ll select a semi-solid yarn and give it another go. I suspect the Wollmeise will be a Martina Behm piece down the road.

I did cast on Mint Julep this week as a just sleep(k)nitting to go project. imageIt has a bit of cabling so will be in the zone for a couple of days. I’m using US size 8 needles and Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie colorway.  I’ve had this yarn for several years. I don’t even remember what I originally planned to knit. I had trouble getting a gauge and fabric. I’ve swatched for several pieces and actually cast on and frogged one piece. The gauge is much better suited to Mint Julep. I’m concerned about yarn quantity so am making a smaller size than I’d planned but think it will be okay. I started with the sleeve which is the reverse of my normal order. Several of my knitting friends do this so that, if gauge isn’t right, one only has to frog a sleeve and not the back or body. Gauge is right and I’ve finished sleeve 1.

imageI’ve also made more Top This! Hats. These are a quick knit and I’ve made them for some children friends. This week I made soccer ball and owl hats.image these are just (k)nits for others and are basically worked on Sunday afternoon. I use US size 9 needles.

After having to set aside all other projects to finish my officially unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks monthly sock club socks on time the last two months, I decided to cast them on the first day of the month so I can knit other things. I’m still using 2.25 mm needles and Zien in Three French Hens colorway.image I’m using Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I’ve finished the foot of sock 1 and will work the heel tomorrow. These are also just sleep(k)nits to go.

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

Sweater Mojo’s Back

In 2014 I knitted eight adult sweaters and was planning to knit at least one adult sweater per quarter during  2015. It’s now March 1 and the first sweater isn’t cast on. I picked pattern and yarn and am happy with my choices but think I was burned out on knitting on sweater knitting and my sweater knitting mojo seemed to be gone until last week. Last Sunday as I wrote my blog post I began to feel the urge to cast on Mint Julep and as the week progressed found myself wishing I didn’t have two projects hibernating. For this reason, I’ve decided to wait a couple of months before casting on the kids’ sweaters I’d planned. The kids won’t wear them till next fall so waiting a bit will be a good thing because kids grow.

I woke up Follow Your Arrow 2 which is a just (k)nits in the zone project. I’m using Wollmeise Pure in No Whale Watching in CO and US size 6 needles. I’m almost finished with clue 4 out of 5 and hope to finish this project this week. I’ll then decide whether to wake up TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015. I’ve only finished the cuff of sock 1 so waiting until I’ve (k)nit Mint Julep won’t be a big deal. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this piece because it’s raining here today.

Just sleep(k)nits to go has been a busy place this week. I just (k)nits bound off Two Turtle Dove socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles. These had to be finished by 2/28 and they were. These were my second month “entry” in the officially unofficial DVD monthly sock club. March socks will again be fish lips kiss heel socks and I’ll use 2.25 mm needles and Three French Hens colorway. imageI plan to cast these on Monday. image

My just (k)nits for others were Top This Hats from kits from DMC using US size 9 needles. I finished another bunny hat, a unicorn hat and a kitty hat. I have cast on an owl hat.I’m enjoying knitting these and they’re mindless enough that I can knit them while I read from my e-reader. imageimage

I have kits for two owls, a soccer ball and a puppy and plan to knit them all for some special little folks.

If I cast on Mint Julep, I’ll use Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie colorway. This yarn has been repurposed several times and swatched at least 3 times. Believe it or not, I’ll have to swatch again because I can’t remember what gauge I had or what needles. The yarn looks like worsted and Classic Elite calls it chunky but, when I’ve swatched have found it to be between aran and bulky. I think I will probably be able to get the required gauge using US size 8 needles. We will see. This will be a just (k)nits in the zone project.

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


Just (k)nits snow day

Okay so it was a snow week not a snow day.I usually take pictures outside on Sunday afternoon but sometimes I’m almost finished with a project and don’t want to stop to take pictures. Last week it was the Football buttons and which I finished Monday afternoon and then it snowed–well, what we call snow here in NC–and then it was too cold to stand outside and take pictures.  So I declared a blog snow day which extended into a week

I put a couple of projects into hibernation. Just (k)nits in the zone projects, TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015 and Follow Your Arrow 2 are both now asleep for a while. I’m finding that (k)nitting without my planner is leading to more unfinished objects in hibernation. That’s okay…I’m having fun.These will be awake next post and I can post pictures now.

The reason they’re sleeping is so I could cast on my Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club offering for February. Again I’ll be using Fish Lips Kiss Heel, 2.25 mm needles and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Two Turtle Doves colorway. These are a just sleep(k)nits to go project. As you can see I’m working on sock 2 so should be able to finish by the 28th.image

I just (k)nits bound off the Football Buttons. I usually (k)nit the sleeves in the round with occasional lapses into flat knitting. This time I flat knit them but am not really happy with my seaming job so probably won’t try it again for a while. It’s (k)nit from Berroco Vintage DK and buttons are from Wildflower Button Studio (formerly Fastenation). imageI used US size 5 needles.

My just (k)nits for others projects right now are some animal hats that are kits from DMC called Top This! that are (or were) available at Gate City Yarns. They’re a quick knit and pattern and animal head are included. imageI am making quite a few of these for toddlers and small children. The pattern has two sizes (toddler and small adult/child). In my humble opinion, the toddler one is a bit small and would fit an infant better. It’s 15 inches. The larger size may be a bit large for a toddler but can be worn multiple years. imageOnce the socks (above) are finished, I’ll be casting on a couple of children’s sweaters using Lush…maybe. Since I won’t be able to finish them before spring, I may cast on something else and, for some reason, am not feeling the love for (k)nitting these right now. So stay tuned.

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

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Just (k)nits kind of week

Not much excitement at South Park (K)nits this week. It’s been a just (k)nits kind of week with no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits. I hesitate say that because next time I (k)nit I’ll have the stinking tinks or be checking out frogs.  I did some just (k)nitting new tricks, watched Lucy Neatby’s Craftsy class and worked on my practice piece using single color double knitting. The project was a phone cozy but I’m making a glasses case. A (k)nitting friend stated that double knitting was something best done when it’s quiet. It is definitely just (k)nits in the zone. I have to chant to make sure that I slip stitches. I’ve also had to alter my technique for bringing the yarn in front. My old technique leads me to purl the slipped stitch which is a no-no.

I just (k)nits bound off Piper’s Journey which is a just (k)nits for others for a breast cancer fighter. I used US size 5 needles and Classic Elite Cerro. I’ll be honest this was not my favorite yarn to work. I prefer tightly spun animal fiber yarns and this was predominantly cotton and loosely spun. I chose it because it was the right color and washable.image

I worked on both just (k)nits in the zone knit alongs this week. I finished clue 1 of TTL  Mystery Sock KAL 2015 on size 2.25 needles using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Echo colorway. Then I put this project back to sleep and worked clues 1B, 2A and most of 3B on Follow Your Arrow 2.  I’m using Wollmeise Pure in No Whale Watching in CO and using US size 6 needles. This colorway is variegated and probably not the best choice but too late now. This piece is textured which doesn’t always show up well with variegated yarns. I plan to (k)nit clue 4A.I originally thought I’d finish clues 1 and 2, then wake up the socks but decided that I’d work through clue 4 of shawl then let the shawl and socks hibernate till March 1 or later so I can work on my Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club socks for February. I’m not posting pictures of the shawl or TTL socks until the knit alongs are finished.

“Football” Buttons using Berroco Vintage DK and US size 5 needles. imageThis is one of my favorite baby patterns and usually I knit sleeves in the round but decided to try them flat to avoid having to use my US size 6 needles which are otherwise occupied. I’m using football buttons and the colorway is pretty close to Carolina Panthers blue. Baby momma and daddy are fans. This is a just sleep(k)nitting to go for others project. I hope to finish this by next post. As baby will arrive any day now.

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


One Tric(k)nitter

This week I’ve been pretty much a one trick (k)nitter, I decided to participate in the Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Sock Club 2015. The requires are that I (k)nit a pair of socks from DVD yarn each month. I knew that January would be a stretch because I didn’t want to cast on socks until I’d finished Maple Grove cardigans. I realized last week that to finish the socks by January 31  I must be a very monogamous (k)nitter and just sleep(k)nit to go the socks. So TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015 and Follow the Arrow 2 are hibernating. imageMy Officially Unofficial sock club plan is to (k)nit a pair of socks using the colorways in the 12 Stripes (Days) of Christmas series. So January was Partridge in a Pear Tree Socks using Fish Lips Kiss Heel and 2.25 mm needles.And they are just (k)nits bound off.

Also just (k)nits bound off is furboy nephew Yancy’simageSnood. Yancy’s is (k)nit from Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce colorway and on US size 8 needles. The picture shows both Yancy’s and Cooper’s snoods.

My just (k)nits for others, Piper’s Journey on US size 5 needles and using Classic Elite Cerro is almost finished.  I work on it on Sundays and imagewas doing quite a bit of tinking this afternoon so decided not to try working on it this evening. I also cast on Buttons Cardigan in Berroco Vintage DK using US size 5 needles. This will for a while be both just (k)nits for others and just sleep(k)nits to go.

Again, no just (k)nitting new tricks and my spinning wheel received no love this past week. I’m hoping that both will be back on line this week.

Both just (k)nitting in the zone projects will wake up this week. I plan to wake up the TTL Mystery Socks tomorrow and finish Clue 1. Then I’ll  finish clues 1 and 2 of Follow Your Arrow 2. I’ll alternate projects until I’m caught up or until projects are finished whichever comes first.

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

Arrow Following

I bought but have never knitted Ysolda Teague’s Follow Your Arrow 1 KAL. So when she published Follow Your Arrow 2 I decided to knit along using US size 6 needles and Wollmeise Pure in No Whale Following in CO. This piece is giving new meaning to just (k)nits in the zone. Wednesday I cast on, then frogged, then cast on, then frogged, then cast on and accidentally pulled stitches from needle and frogged, then repeated that process, then cast on and tinked. I think I probably frogged a couple of more times but you get the idea. Each clue has two options, A and B. My first thought was to select via random number generator…odd=A, even=B. That didn’t work well. Option selection was obviously made by trial-and -error method–a whole lot of trial and a whole lot of error. I settled on B which allowed you decide how to work M1R and M1L either by yarnover method or backwards loop method a la Elizabeth Zimmermann. I even used trial-and-error method for this…settling on backwards loop method. Normally I make 1 by picking up the bar between two stitches and twisting to left or right as instructed. This is easier to me but I’m doing as the pattern suggests because I learned on another piece that trying to change from what I believe is the British method to the southparknitter method will wreck the train. After a whole afternoon of (k)nitting in the zone, I had finished 7 rows the longest one about 30 stitches.

I was also just (k)nitting in the zone  TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015 on 2.25 mm needles using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Echo colorway, Clue 2 was released on Wednesday while I was trying to finish clue 1 of Follow Your Arrow. I downloaded and prepared my pattern file but realized that to finish my just sleep(k)nits to go Partridge in a Pear Tree socks by January 31 both in the zone projects would need to hibernate.

Speaking of the Partridge in a Pear Tree socks using 2.25 mm needles and Fish Lips Kiss heel and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien. I lack about 5 rows finishing up sock 1. Yes I was sleep(k)nitting and just couldn’t get it done. imageTo qualify for discounts and prizes in the Officially Unofficial Sock Club these have to be finished by 1/31/15. I’m hoping they will be but if not, I’ll have a pair of socks and will move on to Two Turtle Doves.

Also Monday and Tuesday I cast on and finished a snood for my great-nephew furboy, Cooper Witherspoon. I think the yarn was Berroco Vintage and I used US size 8 needles. I needed a worsted weight project that was pretty mindless and portable for a couple of days and that fit the bill. This was also a just sleep(k)nits to go project. I failed to photograph this but will be making one for Cooper’s brother, Yancy, and will include both in the picture.

Piper’s Journey is my just (k)nits for othersimage and I’m using Classic Elite Cerro and US size 5 needles. I’m about 2/3 finished with the applied edging and hope to finish this piece next Sunday.

As I suspected, just (k)nitting new tricks receive no love this week. I will be adding that to the mix again this week and will be spending some quality time with Sunny, my Ashford Traveller spinning wheel, this week. Sunny has been neglected since October. She and I are spinning some CVM Romeldale to (k)nit a sweater. My goal is to finish spinning the yarn in 2015.

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

Unplanned (k)nitting = cast on all the things NOT!

I’m struggling with the unplanned (k)nitting. Now that I’m not planning I want to cast on all the things. I’ve always considered myself a combination process/product (k)nitter–one look at all the kitted projects (technically UFOs) in my stash  will confirm that I’m probably just a very controlled process (k)nitter. To a certain degree, the planner was the control because setting deadlines caused meltdowns when I multi-task (k)nitted. Since another of my 2015 goals is to (k)nit all the projects in one tote, I did allow myself to make a list of these. Hopefully that will prevent my casting on all the things.

It’s the first month of 2015 and I have my first just (k)nits bound off. 2015-01-18 17.27.42The two Maple Grove sweaters are just (k)nits bound off with grafts made and ends woven. The yarn for these is Mrs Crosby‘s Steamer Trunk in Monkey Orchid and needles were US size 5 and 6. I’m just okay with this project and probably won’t use the yarn or the pattern again. The yarn didn’t have that nice soft hand that I like for baby things. It may soften up when it’s washed. I’m still a block away on these but I consider pieces finished when they’re off the needles.

Also Exploration Station is a block away from being just (k)nits bound off.2015-01-18 17.15.02 The yarn is Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in Elysian, Tart, Damp Pillow and Deep Regret colorways on US size 5 needles. I love this piece and hopefully will be able to block it soon.

I cast on my first day of Christmas socks using 2.25 mm needles and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Partridge in a Pear Tree colorway. This is my first entry in The Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club. I’m going to use Fish Lips Kiss heel treatment and hope to make a pair of socks each month from one of the twelves stripes of Christmas colorways. This is my just sleep(k)nits to go project.2015-01-18 17.12.25

I also cast on TTL Mystery Sock 2015. I’m using US size 1 needles and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Echo colorway. I’ve finished clue 1 on sock 1 and will finish sock 2 this week. I will also be casting on Follow your Arrow 2 using Wollmeise Pure in No Whale Watching in CO colorway and US size 6 needles. Both of these will be just (k)nits in the zone projects. One of them may have to hibernate but I’ll see how it goes. I will not post pictures until knitalongs are finished.

Just (k)nitting new tricks didn’t happen this week. Life got in the way on Tuesday with errands and appointments. I’d planned to just (k)nit new tricks on Friday instead but wanted to finish Exploration Station so I could cast on TTL Mystery Sock 2015 and Ysolda Teague’s Follow your Arrow 2. So I guess the (k)nits got in the way also. Life will also get in the way this coming Tuesday as I again have appointments and errands. Hopefully my schedule will settle a bit after that.

Just (k)nits for others is Piper’s Journey on US size 5 needles and using Classic Elite Cerro. I have finished the garter ridge part and am starting the applied border. This is for a breast cancer fighter.2015-01-18 21.38.00

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


Old Dog New Tricks

One of my 2015 (k)nitting goals is to devote Tuesday to new technique (k)nitting. In other words, the old dog (aka me) is going to learn new tricks. I’m enrolled in several Craftsy classes and the plan was to watch a class session each Tuesday and work on the related project the rest of the day. So Tuesday I watched the first session of Lucy Neatby‘s Foundations of Double Knitting. I love the way that two-color double knitting looks. I finished watching the video and cast on the project but then decided maybe practicing each day for an hour or so would be better than just working on it Tuesday…NOT!!! I failed. So from now on, Tuesdays will be just (k)nitting new tricks days.

Sundays are devoted to just (k)nitting for others. My project right now is Piper’s Journey in Classic Elite Cerro on US size 5 needles. 2015-01-11 18.31.14 - Copy This piece will be a prayer shawl for a cancer fighter. I’m almost finished with the garter ridge section.  I’ve had some issues with stitch count…when am I going to learn that stopping every couple of rows to count is quicker than a frog pond visit or a tinking session??? I have placed markers which makes counting easier so maybe…

Just (k)nits in the zone  is Exploration Station on US size 5 needles in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in  Tart, Damp Pillow, Elysian and Deep Regret colorways. 2015-01-11 18.32.10 - CopyI’ve just started the last section which is a chevron motif. Here again I’ve had stitch count issues–even with markers and counting every pattern repeat. I’m beginning to think the old dog should just (k)nit scarves but then I’d be bored. So I added a design element stitch and moved on. I’m really liking this piece and stating this is a big bite of crow because I stated that I was NOT going to (k)nit it. Sure am glad I did.

Just sleep(k)nits to go are the two Maple Grove sweaters on US size 5 and 6 needles using Mrs Crosby’s Steamer Trunk in Monkey Orchid colorway. I’m not overjoyed with these. I don’t like the stiff fabric and have decided that I miss buttons. Buttons are an important part of my pieces.2015-01-11 18.36.08 - Copy I don’t wear a lot of jewelry so I select buttons that can function as jewelry even on children’s pieces that I’m gifting. I probably won’t use this pattern again in favor of buttoned pieces. As you can see from the picture of Maple Grove 2 I’ve finished except for grafting and end weaving. I’ll post a picture of both sweaters finished next post.

Once I finish the sweaters I’ll cast on my Partridge in a Pear Tree Socks which will be plain vanilla socks using Fish Lips Kiss heel on US size 1 needles and using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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

Just (k)nits bound off 2015

Maple Grove 1
Maple Grove 2
Exploration Station
Cooper's Snood
Partridge in a pear tree FLK socks
Yancy's Snood
Football Buttons
Naomi's bunny hat
Zachary's monkey hat
Kelley's Journey
Leighanna's bunny hat
Dannie's unicorn hat
Amelia's kitty hat
Two Turtle Dove FLK socks
Kayleigh's Owl hat
Baylor's soccer ball hat
Reagan's puppy hat
Three French Hens FLK socks

Just (k)nits for others

Sam the Flock Cancer Frog using US size 5 needles and Malabrigo Rios Lettuce and Another Crafty Girl Mr Bassman

Just (k)nits in the zone

TTL Mystery Sock 2015 on 2.25 mm needles using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Echo

Just sleep(k)nits to go

Four Calling Birds Socks on 2.25 mm needles using Desert Vista Zien and Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Mint Julep on US size 8 needles using Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie


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