User Error Eliminated

My Christmas gift to self every year for the last 10 years is fiber equipment. 2014 was no exception. I gave myself a Nancy’s Knit Knacks heavy duty ball winder…yes, the one most knitters covet. I didn’t get it till spring and, when it came and was unpacked, I noticed it was different from the one I use at my LYS. Some assembly was required, and, once assembled, I wound some yarn. The cakes were loose and a bit wonky and had no tension whatsoever. I got out the instructions and learned there was a tension adjustment. So I corrected it and wound more yarn. This time the cake had “floopies” (dangling loops at the bottom and top). I attributed this to user error and wasn’t too concerned about it.  Several weeks later, I again had floopies and again thought it user error. In the meantime, Gilligan who is a NAPE (North American Paper Eater) ate what I thought were the instructions to the ball winder. I continued to have floopies and was quite frustrated by this. I mean I’ve been winding on the older version of this winder for years…surely this new one couldn’t be that different. I watched NNK’s tutorial videos which were more relevant to the old winder. I tried several different remedies to no avail. One of the reasons I bought this winder was because it doesn’t normally create floopies and I do not…repeat do NOT…like floopies. I was mentally composing an email to Nancy’s, when reorganization of my desk top revealed that Gilligan had not eaten the instructions. Once found and read, I was able to quickly remedy the problem (another new adjustment) and am now a happy floopie-less knitter here in Southpark. The moral of this story is: the amount of user error is directly proportional to the time spent reading the instructions.

Now on to just (k)nits in the zone…I’m (k)nitting Rockefeller using Wollmeise Pure in 47 AG and Ruby Thursday on US size 3 needles. It has been a struggle….I’ve tinked a bit and done a bit of amphibious (k)nitting and left several mistakes that can’t be seen from the back of a galloping horse. I still love this piece and the red and dark grey are an excellent combination. I am working section 3 and, once this is completed, Rockefeller will hibernate for a while. I haven’t decided how long yet.

The reason I haven’t decided how long is just (k)nits for others. I have 2 Christmas stockings and 9 baby/toddler sweaters to (k)nit. The stockings need to be finished by November 1 and won’t be cast on until October 1. I’ve been (k)nitting the baby sweaters on Sunday but am finding myself a bit stressed by the “slowness” of this (actually the stress is coming from having too many projects on the needles). So once the stockings are finished, I’ll be working the sweaters rather than just (k)nits in the zone for a while and also will decide the duration of Rockefeller’s hibernation.My current just (k)nits for others project is Camo Gramps on US size 6, 7 and 8 needles using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Wabbit Season Duck Season and Malabrigo Rios Lettuce.image

Peyton’s Fish Hat in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Lady Camo using US size 6 needles is now just (k)nits bound off. I really have fun (k)nitting these hats.

In just dead(k)nits I’m working on Nine Ladies Dancing socks with fish lips kiss heel using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien and 2.25 mm needles. I’m on the leg of sock 2 and hope to finish by week’s end.  The Sockhead Hat using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in Batgirl and US size 2.5 needles is now hibernating. This is another piece that is moving slowly because I don’t have enough “love” to go around.

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


Take it Ease-y

2015-09-03 08.00.03Ease…those extra inches in sweaters that make them roomy or tight, if lacking. I love lots of positive ease. I like at least 3 inches of positive ease and would take more but sometimes that results in sweaters falling from shoulders or other issues. I have a tendency to occasionally buy patterns that work best with zero or negative ease and had several fails at adding ease to them to realize that sometimes that just does not work. A pattern’s stating “meant to be worn with zero or negative ease” means just that. I thought I’d learned to read Ravelry descriptions before pattern purchase but apparently not. I bought one last week and was in the process of queuing it when I realized it should be “worn with zero ease” and knew adding ease wouldn’t work with this pattern. I may use the motif later for design purposes. Yarn intended for this sweater will be used to make a design sweater down the road.

Speaking of sweaters, I’ve a major case of sweater castonitis. I want to cast on a sweater so bad I can imagehardly stand it. I think this is because my online friends are posting pictures of Rhinebeck sweaters (loving all the versions of Hitofude)  on Instagram. I even devised a plan of alternate weeks working shawl and sweater. Fortunately common sense prevailed and I won’t be casting on a sweater just yet.

Good news!!! Mint Julep is now just (k)nits bound off. This piece has been hibernating for a while and needed to be finished before I cast on another sweater. imageIt is (k)nit from Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie colorway on US size 8 needles. It needs buttons and wetblocking. I’ve (k)nit a couple of Baby Cocktails patterns and have found that her shoulder treatments don’t fit me quite right. I wear them and like the way they look but the shoulders just don’t feel right…same here and could just be me being persnickety. I do plan to knit more of her designs.2015-08-29 09.02.06

Actually I had lots of  things that are just (k)nits bound off since last post. The Eight Maids a-Milking socks from Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles are finished. Come What May on US size 6 needles using Another Crafty Girl Oh Shiny! Sock in Ghost Children colorway is a block away from being ready to gift. Davis Fish Hat in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Little Plastic Bricks 2015-08-29 09.00.14colorway on US size 6 needles is ready to be bagged,tagged and delivered to young Master Davis. Backpack buddies using various yarns on US size 4 needles are now reminding school kids and teachers that they are loved.

Just dead(k)nits Sockhead Hat using GnomeAcres House Gnome in Batgirl on US size 2.5 needles is slowly moving along. I’m now in the stockinette section (YAY!) and, since I love to purl (yeah, I heard a bunch of “eews” from my knitting friends), I’m working it in reverse stockinette.  This may result in my decreases leaning the wrong way but we don’t have to tell. Except for the 4 inches of 2×2 rib this is a very good dead (k)nitting project.

2015-08-29 09.03.182015-08-22 18.40.21I’m also dead(k)nitting Nine Ladies Dancing Socks on 2.25 mm needles using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien and fish lips kiss heel. These are my September club socks and have to be finished by September 30.

I’m just (k)nitting in the zone Rockefeller #2 in Wollmeise Pure in Ruby Thursday and 47 Ag on US size 3 needles. One of my knitting friends wanted to (k)nit this and I wanted to knit another so we decided to (k)nit it together. I made one when Stephen West introduced it as a mystery knitalong and it is one of my favorite pieces to wear.

I’m just (k)nitting for others a Fish Hat for Peyton using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Doppelganger kit for Lady Camo and US size 6 needles. Actually it is off the needles and needs eyes and a bath. Sunday the plan is to cast on another Gramps for baby Jase using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Wabbit Season Duck Season. Jase’s mom loves camo stuff so thought she’d like this yarn. I had owl buttons made for this project.

Sorry this feels like it ran long…but I finished several things at the same time. Next post my topic will be “when all else fails, read the instructions.”

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

Greatest thing since sliced bread

Obviously I’m addicted to yarn but I’m also a gadget addict. I love gadgets. I’m no cook but a visit to my kitchen will reveal several drawers of kitchen gadgets that I don’t use. Before I became a knitter, I’d go in kitchen stores and visit the gadget aisle to check them out. I was also into stamping for a while and have a good many stamping gadgets. So the fact that I love (k)nitting gadgets is no surprise. I buy new ones often. Sometimes I only use them once or twice and sometimes they become don’t-know-how-I-knit-without-it tools.

My latest new tool is a Yarnit which looks a lot like a hamster ball for yarn. I’ve never really been interested in yarn bowls as I didn’t feel they really offered much protection from animal fur and have been using yarn cozies for a while to keep animal fur off my yarn. Gilligan, however, thinks that all exposed yarn, cozied or not, is his and will grab it in a flash and produce yarn barf extraordinaire before I even realize he has the yarn. So when I saw Yarnit, I knew I had to have one. Yes, it is price-y but no more so than a yarn bowl and cheaper than a couple of skeins of sock yarn. I believe it’s made of lexan which makes it fairly durable. The feed holes are in the “join” where the lid screws. This allows me to change yarn or detangle yarns without benefit of scissors. The base can be used to store markers or tapestry needle. It has a shoulder strap. Mine is purple but it comes in other colors. I don’t usually do reviews but had to share this because personally I think it’s the greatest gadget since sliced bread. My yarn’s happy, my dog’s happy and I’m happy.

Now on to the knits, first up is just (k)nits in the zone which is a do-over gift (k)nit. I’m knitting Come What May in AnotherCrafty Girl Oh Shiny! Sock in Ghost Children colorway on US size 6 needles. I’d planned to knit this from Dream in Color Smooshy but on stash dive found the Oh Shiny! Sock and loved the way it felt. I thought it would make a better shawl. Ghost Children is a pastel green and not my color so not sure why I bought it (obviously to make this shawl). It’s the perfect color for the recipient. I love my Come What May which is the just right size.

Just (k)nits for others has a lot of activity right now. All the backpack buddies are off the needles and I’m stuffing a few each day. I used US size 4 needles and various worsted weight yarns. The pattern is Bluebird of Happiness. I still have to duplicate stitch eyes on Fish Hat for Davis using Squishy Gnome in Little Plastic Bricks and US size 7 needles and a modified version for Fish Hat. I cast on Fish Hat for Peyton using Squishy Gnome Lady Camo doppelganger kit and US size 6 needles. I am using the original pattern.j


Just dead (k)nits is Eight Maids a-milkin socks using Fish Lips Kiss heel and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Maids Milkingimage and 2.25 mm needles. Now that the backpack buddies are done I’ll be casting on Sockhead Hat using 3.0 mm needles. Original plan was to (k)nit the first one from GnomeAcres Sparkly Gnome in Batgirl but then I saw a picture of a knitted piece using Desert Vista Dyeworks If They Kill Michonne and may just HAVE TO use that. It’s en route and will not arrive before time to cast on. The Michonne colorway will be a Sockhead at some point.

Last, but not least, the spinning mojo is back. I don’t remember when it left exactly but think it was February. It returned this week. I’m trying to spin 30 minutes a day so that I will have sweater yardage of 3-ply CVM Romedale by year’s end.

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


F is for Fun

I reviewed my progress on my 2015 (k)nitting goals and decided that my grade is most definitely an F. I’m not even close on any of them. The tote I’m supposed to empty…I’ve added more projects to it than I’ve (k)nit.Technique Tuesdays stopped early in the year. The spinning 30 minutes a day ceased when Gilligan came on board and then hot weather came (this is to restart soon…very soon). I’ve one sweater still in progress because I haven’t assembled it to pick up neckbands. Once I reviewed, I reflected on this a bit and decided that, while I wasn’t completing the items on my list, I am having fun and that should be my #1 (and really only) (k)nitting goal. So that F is for fun and I’m going to continue to make that grade.

An example of what happens is my current case of castonitis. I’ve seen Sockhead Hat many times on Facebook and Instaimagegram and a couple of podcasts. Recently a friend posted a picture of two she was making and now I have a huge case of castonitis for this hat. I even bought a skein of Batgirl in Sparkle Gnome to make it and am “planning” two more. Again I’m having fun (remind me of that when I whine about the four inches of 2×2 rib).image

Before I can cast on the Sockhead, I must finish several just (k)nits for others projects. I’m focused right now on (k)nitting the backpack buddies for the church kids and teachers. I’m using US size 4 needles, leftover yarns and Bluebird of Happiness is the pattern  I had some issues with this pattern but didn’t realize it until I had finished quite a few birds. They look okay so I’m continuing to (k)nit my version. I should finish these over the weekend.

I’m also (k)nitting a fish hat for Davis from GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Little Plastic Bricks. I’m using US size 7 needles and reduced the number of stitches cast on to 78 stitches to make a small child size. This would have worked okay until I started my shaping decreases but I had math fail when trying to figure this out so once the mouth was shaped I cast on a few stitches so that total stitch count was a multiple of 9. I think the next one I’m going to try a US size 6 needle and cast on 82 stitches at the beginning then decrease an extra stitch in the first decrease round. That being said, I’m obviously planning to cast on another fish hat for Peyton in Squishy Gnome which will also need to be finished before casting on my Sockhead.

Also once the backpack buddies are done, I’ll start just (k)nits in the zone again. I’ll be casting on Perfect Retreat Shawl using Dream in Color Smooshy in Some Summer Sky colorway using US size 6 needles. This is also a just (k)nits for others project that is a do-over for a shawl I made earlier that was soiled/stained because I didn’t put it in a bag and left it in my office at work. So I want to finish it quickly and before I start my Sockhead.

My just dead (k)nits project continues is Eight Maids a-Milking socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Maids Milking colorway and 2.25 mm needles. I’m using Fish Lips Kiss heel.  I also work on the fish hats as just dead (k)nits also. Note category name change.  Zombie (k)nits is used a lot so decided dead (k)nits was a better choice since these are projects that I can work while I’m “brain dead” or while watching the Dead.

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

Why Shop Local?

As you know I’m making quite a few baby sweaters. All of the new babies are boys so most will use the Gramps pattern. I have some Wabbit Season Duck Season yarn which I thought called for owl buttons so I checked Tessa Ann‘s shop and didn’t see what I wanted.  So did a search on Etsy and found some from a seller in France. They were sized in centimeters and I ordered 2.4 cm buttons thinking they’d be pretty close to 7/8 inch. (After ordering, these I determined that I’d ordered owls before from Tessa Ann and ordered more from her to go with Wabbit Season Duck Season and decided to use the French buttons on Gramps Turner. The French buttons arrived and were well packaged in two bubble wrap bundles so I opened one to inspect (note that I only opened one). The button was much larger than the  7/8 inch I’d thought (so much for my metric conversions) so I made the buttonholes bigger and finished the sweater. When I finished Gramps Turner, I sewed on the first button–you know, the one I opened. imageThen I opened the second bundle to discover that the first button, the larger one, was actually a freebie and that the buttons I ordered were 7/8 inch and that my buttonholes were too large. imageSo with the aid of a tapestry needle and a bit of yarn I fixed the buttonholes so they worked. The moral of the story…shop local and you won’t have any surprises. The button on the right is the free button and the other is the “right” button.

So Gramps Turner in Berroco Vintage on US size 7 and 6 needles is just (k)nits bound off and a block away and possibly elbow patches from gifting. I have some time because I cast on a fish hat for big brother Davis in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Little Plastic Bricks. I’m modifying the pattern a bit to make a small child size. I’m using US size 7 needles. Unhappily,I’ve had to make mods to get stitch counts right for shaping purposes so may go down to a US size 6 on the next one and increase the cast on stitches which would have been better. The fish hat is a just (k)nits for others project which I also can sleep(k)nit.

Speaking of just sleep(k)nits to go imagethe Seven Swans a-swimmin’ Fish Lips Kiss heel socks on 2.25 mm needles and using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in the Swans Swimming colorway are just (k)nits bound off. On August 1 I will cast on Eight Maids a-milkin’ socks also using Fish Lips Kiss.

I am seriously contemplating calling this category just zombie(k)nits. I’ve been binge watching The Walking Dead and quickly learned that watching the zombies required full attention and that any (k)nitting needed to be of the mindless zombie variety. I spent much time amphibious (k)nitting, tinking or rewinding the television.

I also have just (k)nits bound off my version of Come What May in Annie Yarns Destiny in Blackberries colorway using US size 6 needles. This was a delightful (k)nit. I call it my version because it fell victim to the binge watching and had an accidental pattern modification. It’s still a block away and picture is sideways and color is no where close imagebut you can get an idea. I had never knit any of Susan B Anderson’s shawls and am well-pleased with the pattern and the piece.

I’m just (k)nitting for others the 2015 backpack buddies for the church kids, youth and teachers. This year I’m using Bluebird of Happiness and yarn leftovers and US size 4 needles. I’ll wait till all are bound off to take a picture.

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

Over it and done

Picnicknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015…I’m over it and done with it and have amphibious (k)nitted it down by the pond. I’m sorry but I’m not liking it, and, if I finish it, I’ll wear it to the one wedding and it’ll live in a drawer. This is one of the caveats of mystery pieces. Sometimes I get one I just don’t like. Another example of this is Color Craving by Stephen West. I enjoyed knitting and finished this one but have never worn it. Sometimes I like the pattern but  yarn selection is just wrong as in the case of Follow Your Arrow 2. The Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian I was using for Picnicknits will be re-purposed as Bond Street.

I just (k)nits bound off the TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 in Shalimar Breathless Passion Fruit and Crayfish colorways and US size 6 needles. I love…love…love this piece. I think it will be worn often once blocked.2015-07-17 07.59.33

My new just (k)nits in the zone is Come What May using  Annie Yarns Destiny in Blackberries colorway and US size 6 needles. I’ve had the stinking tinks on this one. Some outbreaks caused by trying to watch The Walking Dead and (k)nit. I’m a new “dead watcher” and sometimes get caught up in the action and forget the (k)nits. Even thought about change just sleep(k)nits to go to just walking dead(k)nits.  Yesterday I realized I had an extra pattern repeat in one section which causes some concern about yarn shortage. Susan B Anderson designed this and was kind enough to give yarn weights when she started the ruffle and bind off so. I can check when I get closer to the end. I’m liking this piece also and may (k)nit another for a friend.image

My first just sleep(k)nits to go Seven Swans a-Swimming sock is finished. I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien and 2.25 mm needles. No I’m not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan but I did go to Appalachian State which has the same colors.

imageJust (k)nits for othersGramps Turner is being worked as a just sleep(k)nits to go project because I realized that school will be starting soon and I need to quickly (k)nit 30 backpack buddies which will be birds this year. I plan to use this pattern.  I had planned to (k)nit owl puffs again but really liked the bird idea. They don’t have eyes and even though I use safety eyes I still worry about the small kids choking. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be just (k)nitting birds for others. Since I’ve several fun  “me” projects that I want to (k)nit, I’m a bit bored by the just (k)nits for others right now  and have been unsuccessfully using the “me” (k)nits as dangling carrots. So the cure has been some yarn retail therapy (last time it was buttons).

I’ve just discovered that purchasing Wollmeise from Germany is more economical that purchasing it in the US. This is one of my favorite yarns so my yarn budget is a bit blown right now as I’ve splurged on quite a bit of this yarn. (Thanks to a knitting friend for enabling.) I also might have pre-ordered some GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in BatGirl to make a Sockhead hat for me (yeah it’s purple) and then there’s a bit of Desert Vista Dyeworks coming (hey, I had coupon codes). I also have a birthday coming up so this is my birthday present to me.

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

Amphibious (k)nitting

One of my friends posted an article from a newspaper with a headline proclaiming that the A’s had an amphibious pitcher. Of course, they meant an ambidextrous pitcher and the article itself had the correct word only the headline was incorrect. This led to much discussion about what was involved in being an amphibious pitcher. It also made me realize that, sometimes, I’m an amphibious (k)nitter–meaning sometimes I frog.

I did a bit of amphibious (k)nitting on my just sleep(k)nits to go Six Geese-a-layin’ socks. Actually sock 1 and sock 2 will be slightly different. I’m pretty the heels are different and that sock 2 has less stitches (no I’m not counting them). The amphibious (k)nitting came when, at knit night, I set up cuff ribbing and tried to increase 2 stitches so total stitches would be imagedivisible by 4. I realized that wasn’t necessary because 64 is divisible by 4. So I tinked the set up row and worked about 4 rows with 64 stitches–not thinking to look at the cuffs of sock 1 which was handy. When I got home, I looked at sock 1 and realized it had 68 cuff stitches. I had hoped these would be just (k)nits bound off last night, and , yes, I know that no one will see the cuffs under my pants leg but it bugged me. So, like any good amphibian, I ate the bug through amphibious (k)nitting. The heels will just have to be slightly different because the difference can’t be seen from the back of a galloping horse. In other words, if I can’t tell no one else can tell. These socks are now just (k)nits bound off. Moral of this story…make notes, I don’t care how many times you’ve knit the pattern…make notes.

In just (k)nits in the zone, I have a bit of tinking to do. Picnicknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 clue 3 released on Thursday. I worked all 26 rows and was 2 stitches from the end of row 26 when I realized the pattern instructed in big bold capital letters to KNIT across row and I had purled. I started correcting this but have decided to put this project to sleep until last three clues are released.  I’m still not feeling the love for this pattern and keep (k)nitting with the hope I’ll like it better after the next clue. After giving it some thought, I’ve decided not to invest more time in this project until I see pictures of the last three clues. If the piece comes together, then I’ll finish and, if not, I’ll amphibious (k)nit and re-purpose the yarn. Moral of this story…you have to read the pattern…don’t assume.

I had limited in the zone (k)nitting time last week, so am still finishing clue 4 of TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 and clue 5 released Monday. Since I now only have one just (k)nits in the zone project, I should get clue 5 finished before clue 6 releases. This project I love love love.

My new just sleep(k)nits to go project is Seven Swans a-swimmin’ socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Swans a Swimmin’ on 2.25 mm needles with fish lips kiss heel. I made notes of my “recipe” so that I should have a pair of matching socks (well, as close to matching as I can get). I struggled with the colorway on this pair. I’ve been watching a friend knit a pair of socks using Zombody Throw me Some Beads colorway and am itching to cast on mine. While that will satisfy “sock club” rules, the Southparknitter Rules say no, I have to knit 12 days socks.image

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



My heart’s warmed, I’ll just (k)nit on

You all know that I do a bit of charity knitting, prayer shawls and critters and lately some hats. I do this to give someone else a hug and to make one feel loved. Sometimes I begin to feel burnt out and even discouraged about the ministry and wonder if anyone benefits from it other than me and if I’m just using it as an excuse to buy yarn. Usually when I start feeling burnt out, someone makes me realize that others do receive benefits from this ministry. Recently my heart was warmed and I was encouraged by three of those who’ve received by (k)nitted “hugs.” First the young lady who has breast cancer received her Piper’s Journey in a manner that blessed her but others as well. Second my friend’s grandson who has Hodgkins received Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish Hat, and reports say he work it to chemo. The third reminder came in the mail a note written by the recipient of the camo fish hat. Seeing that this child who just finished kindergarten wrote me a thank-you note and addressed it with no adult help warmed my heart. I don’t just (k)nit for others to receive any praise or thanks but every now and then it’s nice to have my heart warmed so I can just (k)nit on.

Speaking of just (k)nitting for others I just (k)nits bound off Granny’s Favourite on US size 4 needles in imageBerroco Vintage DK. This is a big sister, little sister project and the finished one is the little sister version. I had planned to knit big sister version next but have decided to wait until closer to sweater wearing time since big sister may grow and fitting will be easier.

Once the Granny’s Favourite was finished,  I cast on and just (k)nits bound off an owl hat as a gift. This is the kit that comes from DMC and calls for US size 9 needles so is a very quick knit. imageYesterday I cast on my next just (k)nits for others project which is Gramps using Berroco Vintage and US size 7 needles. I decided to live dangerously and skip knitting a swatch since size wasn’t critical on this one. To get the correct gauge I should have used US size 6 needles. I’m (k)nitting baby gift sweaters in size 2 or 24 months now so the babies will grow into them. Hopefully toddler sizes will be worn longer. Since I have 5 baby boy sweaters to make,I will be making at least 4 of these. I’m also thinking of making leggings to match some of them. That remains to be seen though.

I’m just sleep(k)nitting to go Six Geese a-Laying socks on 2.25 mm needles using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien. I have finished sock 1.image

I have two–count them–two just (k)nits in the zone projects. Both are mystery knit-alongs. First is TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 in Shalimar Breathless in Passionfruit and Crayfish on US size 7 needles. I’ve finished clue 3 and loving it so far. Clue 4 came this morning so I’ll start it today.

The other is Picnicknits Beachy KAL 2015 in Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian in Lavender and Purple Potion on US size 6 needles. I debated quite a while on colors and which color to start with. My need for a purple wrap in the near future was the determining factor on color selection and I wanted the darker color near my neck so started with the lavender. I’ve finished clue 2 and will be honest I’m not overjoyed with this project. I had planned to review clue 3 when released and decide whether to continue or not . This is a triangle-shaped bottom-up design with two wide strips of different pattern stitches so far with not “border.” Now that I’ve thought about it the designer can and may add a border at the end. So I may (k)nit on.

I started this post on June 8 and have been editing it for two weeks.I think it’s time to post so

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


Let’s just see where it goes

In 2014 my (k)nitting focus was sweaters and critters. This year I plan to knit some sweaters. Four was the goal but probably not going to happen. Yes I’m (k)nitting children’s sweaters but the adult (k)nitting is shawls. I seem to be into shawl (k)nitting and considered briefly setting a goal but decided to just (k)nit and have fun and see where this goes. Most shawls will be just (k)nits in the zone so socks and kid sweaters are the just sleep(k)nits to go projects right now.

My current just (k)nits in the zone is TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015. I’m using Shalimar Breathless in Passionfruit and Crayfish and US size 7 needles. I’m in love with the yarn and the pattern so far. I have trouble with garter tab cast on sometimes so used my fake version. Clue 2 was released this morning, and I’m hoping it is finished in time for me to cast on Picnicknits Mystery KAL 2015 on Thursday when clue 1 is released. I’m using Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian in Lavender and Purple Potion (I liked this yarn so much I had to buy more for future two-color projects) and US size 6 needles. Yes, you’re reading correctly I’m just (k)nitting in the zone two shawls and am very sure that neither will be finished by the ending of the knit-alongs but that is okay I’m having fun.

I’m also just (k)nitting for others Granny’s Favourite Cardigan using US size 4 needles and Berroco Vintage DK. Aside from the fact that I don’t love the color, pale pastel pink to match the buttons, I love the pattern. I think it will become a go-to pattern for me. I’m able to (k)nit this when I read from my iPad so it’s getting some extra love during the week.

I just (k)nits bound off Tony the Iron Fish 2015-05-31 21.23.47using US size 7 needles and GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Iron Man and some scraps of Berroco Vintage. I duplicate stitched the eyes and like this better than felt circles the pattern recommends. I also put eyes on Camo Fish 2015-06-01 00.08.08so here are pictures of both. Also just (k)nits bound off are the Five Gold Ring socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien using 2.25 mm needles and One Needle Mock Gusset heel.

My just sleep(k)nits to go project is Six Geese a Laying socks using 2.25 mm needles and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien Geese a Laying colorway. I’ve decided to switch back to fish lips kiss heel.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.2015-05-30 21.04.44

Down the Bunny Trail

As you know I’ve been just (k)nitting for others a Lush Cardigan. I’ve never been pleased with this project and had looked a bit for another pattern but just didn’t find another I liked. I planned to make two of these for the daughters of a friend and have bunny “butt” ons to go on them so needed to make a cardigan. A friend shared the link to a free pattern that reminded me of Milo. So I was looking at the Milo page on Ravelry to figure out if I could use the buttons on Milo which is a pullover and found this. This pattern is much more to my liking so, once I’ve finished the fish hat below, I’ll be off the Lush bunny trail and on to Granny’s Favourite. Okay I needed a larger gauge stockinette project so I’ve already cast on using US size 4 needles and Berroco Vintage DK and am about 2 rows from dividing for sleeves. I love the pattern. Now if I could find a go-to baby boy sweater besides Buttons Cardigan. I’d be good to (k)nit…seems like all my friends are having boy babies.

My current just (k)nits for others project is a Fish Hat for Owen who is 12 years old and has Hodgkins Lymphoma. I’m using US size 7 needles and GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Iron Man. I’m actually calling the project Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish. I consulted with Owen’s Nanny and learned that Iron Man is his favorite Avenger. Judging from my yarn usage, I’m probably going to have to make the fins and maybe the tail in another colorway (turquoise). The pattern calls for eyes cut from felt but I’m going to try duplicate stitch eyes which I think will be better for the washing process. I still have to put eyes on the camo fish and plan to finish both fishes this weekend. Then the focus will be the Granny’s Favourite sweaters.

I just (k)nits bound off Lullaby Rain on US size 6 needles in Quince & Co Chickadee Glacier colorway.image (Sorry I’m still a block away but you can get the idea. I woke up my just (k)nits in the zone  TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015. I had planned to finish before Kirsten Kapur sends the first clue for TTL Mystery Shawl  KAL 2015 but as before was struggling with this project. I’m finding it difficult to see and “read” the lace knitting in the small sock gauge. This makes it easier to make mistakes and harder to find them and is a bit frustrating. Since southparknitter rules say that (k)nitting should be fun this project has gone to the frog pond to return as a pair of gloves or mitts.  I’ve also signed up for Picnicknits 2015 Mystery Shawl KAL and the first clue comes out on June 11.

Just sleep(k)nits to go project is Five Gold Rings socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles and using my version of One Needle Mock Gusset heel. My version uses knit front and back (bar) increases instead of make 1 increases and German short rows rather than the pattern version. I also had some problems with the row numbering so I edited that.It is May 30 and I’ve just started the ribbed cuff so have no doubt these will be finished by day’s end. Monday I’ll cast on Six Geese a-laying using the same heel treatment.

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
Four Calling Birds
Sam the Flock Cancer Frog
Gavin's fish hat
Lullaby Rain
Five Gold Rings
Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish hat
Mallory's Favourite
Bob's Owl hat
Six geese-a-layin socks
TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015
Seven Swans a Swimmin socks
Gramps Turner
Come What May
Davis Fish Hat
Backpack buddies
Peyton Fosh Hat

Just (k)nits for others

Davis Fish Hat on US size 7 needles using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Little Plastic Bricks
Gramps for Jase on Us size 6,7 and 8 needles using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Wabbit Season Duck Season and Malabrigo Rios Lettuce

Just (k)nits in the zone

Rockefeller on US size 3 needles using Wollmeise Pure in Ruby Thursday and 47 AG

Just dead (k)nits

Sockhead hat on US size 2.5 using GnomEAcres Sparkly Gnome in Batgirl
Nine Ladies Dancing on 2.25 mm needles using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Ladies Dancing


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