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So Close!

I’m so close I can almost taste it! The Gansey Wristers that I started the day before Thanksgiving are just 10 rows from being done!

In case you were wondering, that’s where I’ve been. Working (at a pace so slow that snails look like Formula 1 cars) on these mitts. I told myself no new projects, no cross stitching, no working on crochet, and no letting myself be distracted by anything I could use to procrastinate.

It’s not that I dislike the pattern. I really do like it. I enjoy the yarn I’m working with. The needle size is the range I’m most comfortable with (between 1 and 4) so that’s not why. Much like trying to get my kids to clean their rooms, I’m just ready for the next shiny thing.

On the plus side, this means you’ll be hearing from me more. Next blog post will show my favorite method for joining in the round! 🙂

Best Laid Plans, etc.

So, if you’ll remember back in November I wrote that this year I would absolutely NOT be knitting ANY presents? (If you don’t go read this first. Go ahead. I’ll wait.) Yeah, well joke’s on me.

It started out innocently enough. I decided I’d knit two pair of the super popular Manly Mitts for my husband’s company party gift swap. As 3 pairs had been requested (and received) by his coworkers, and it’s a quick and easy knit, I figured this would be simple enough.

Then I decided to knit 2 cup cozies for my youngest son’s PreK teachers as Christmas presents. Those were done in one long and sleepy night as I’d decided to do them a day before the last day of class.

Before all those, though, there was the cowl I knit for a friend. And the mitts I’m knitting for another friend. Said mitts are about 1/4 of the way done. Plus the thing I’m knitting for my mom, which I haven’t even cast on for yet. Oh! And the mitts I’m making for one of my youngest’s school friends.

I asked my husband the other night if I’d done the same thing last year. Apparently, yes, I had. And I’m sure I’ll do something similar next year. That’s ok because as the saying goes “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and if me driving myself slightly crazier is my awry, well I’ll take it. 🙂

What last minute knitting are you trying to accomplish in the next 15 days? Let me know!

Where…

…did October go and how are we a third of the way through November already?! I decided early on in the year this year that I would not be doing any holiday gift knitting this year. I did, though, knit this super soft and warm hat for my mother-in-law’s birthday last month! I knit her an Everglade out of a skein of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. The colorway is Alpine Pearl and it looks SMASHING on her!

Everglade Hat

I also untangled a skein of yarn for a friend. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes untangling a skein of yarn is something that makes me want to cry. Other times, I find it oddly soothing. This was one of those second times.

Before and After
Before and After

And finally! I am nearly done with my oldest current WIP. A baby blanket that I started WAY back in January. I should be done with it no later than the first of the month, when it will be sent by a awesome friend of mine to his baby nephew in New Jersey! As soon as it’s all done I’ll let you know!

What sort of excitement have y’all gotten up to while I was MIA? Let me know in the comments!

Finishing The WIP Pile

I have a bad habit of starting a large project, getting not quite halfway done, and abandoning it for something new, and portable, and quick. Startitis is totally a problem I suffer from. So, high on the feeling of finishing my Wurm, I decided to knock out the one WIP that’s been languishing in the corner since January. (Really?! Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that long!)

So the Diagonal Baby Blanket is once again back in business. It’s not that it’s a hard pattern, it just seems to go on and on and on. And on some more. Luckily I’ve got more time recently to work on it and it seems to be moving at a pretty good pace. As of right now I’m nearing my halfway point and I know from experience that the decreases go MUCH faster than the increases. There’s also the bonus that any potential leftovers will go to my son’s pre-K class to be used in art supplies! Yay!

Once I hit the 50% point I’m rewarding myself with casting on Gansey Wristers in a skein of Creating by A Verb for Keeping Warm (unfortunately, they’ve discontinued this yarn. You can, however, check online for destashes, if you have your heart set on this exact yarn) that I received as a gift. The colorway is called Aortic and it’s a tonal in shades of red. Wristers are my second favorite knitted item (after hats) and in my opinion there’s no such thing as too many pair!

What’s your current oldest WIP? Are you pretending it doesn’t currently exist or have you decided to tackle it in the hopes that you can start the new year with a clean knitting slate? Do you have a fun project to dangle as a carrot to keep you going?

Wiggling Along

I’ve been up late the past several nights. Partly because I have insomnia and my current medication isn’t working for it (no worries, I have an appointment with my doctor soon and we’ll fix it then) and partly because it’s my only quiet time.

Ta-da!
Ta-da!

In addition to finishing my Ashwyn Beret (that would be the pretty lace hat in the picture above) I’ve been inching along on my Wurm. Not even inching. Centimetering. (Is that a word? It is now.)

We all know that I am a hat knitter. Hats are my jam. So why am I not just knitting like the wind on this hat? I love the yarn. I love my needles. (I’m using my Addi Clicks. J’adore.) And I realized around 1 am this morning that I’m nervous about the brim on this hat.

You see, that was what flummoxed me last time I attempted to knit this hat. I know that I was a much newer knitter than I am now. I know that I have successfully picked up and knit stitches. Therefore, picking up and knitting the picked up stitch to a live stitch can’t be that hard. I’m totally psyching myself out.

The beauty of realizing this is now that I know what the issue is, I can face it. What’s the worst that will happen? I’ll have to start over? That’s not the end of the world. Hell, some projects I’ve started 3 or 4 times because I screwed them up. (Always in different ways, though. At least I learn from my mistakes!) So, before the fold I will put in a life line. And I will quit worrying. After all, I have some amazing knitters that I’m lucky to call friend. If worse comes to worse, I’ll just start asking questions and picking brains. And having said that, y’all have been warned! 😉

How’s your Wurm coming? Are you inching along or flying? Have you conquered the brim? Any advice for those of us who haven’t?

Spring Term Ending

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup (HPKCHP) on Ravelry. It’s a friendly community who complete projects based on prompts from each of the classes mentioned in the Harry Potter universe. Today is the last day of the spring term and I’m racing to finish one last project to turn in. Fingers crossed for a Ravenclaw win this term!

I’m also getting down to the wire to finish my things for my current swap I’m participating in. I’ve knitted two items for my recipient and I still have a few things I want to make her. (Not naming what it is on the off chance she’s reading this post!) Swaps are so much fun and I love getting to know other people in a more personal way. (I promise to write a whole post on what I get when I get my package!)

So I’m going to keep knitting like the wind and do my best to finish the Ashwyn Beret tonight to turn it in and then wrap it up to go in my swap package. My wurm is slowly inching along. The sweater is currently languishing in the corner until I get some stuff caught up, and the baby blanket is getting a row here and there when I need something to do with my hands. How are your projects coming along? If you’re knitting a wurm, feel free to link to your project page so I can ooh and ahh over it, as it deserves! 🙂

Let’s Do The Wurm!

Today I dug out the yarn I’m using which is Baby Boom by Fiesta yarns in the colorway Pansies (a GORGEOUS purple that I got from The Loopy Ewe), printed out my pattern, grabbed an empty project bag from the bin, and wound my yarn.

Using my nifty swift is always fun

I got everything ready to go. I even took a picture of everything all together for my project page.

Artistic, no?
Artistic, no?

I was ready to settle down and cast on. But then I heard my weekend project. It was calling to me. Telling me how sad it was to be unfinished.

Knit me!
Knit me!

How can you say no, when a project looks at you like this? YOU CAN’T! So tomorrow will be the official casting on of my Wurm. If you are Wurming along with me it should be obvious that this is a very unstructured KAL. Feel free to talk about your progress, post pics, ask questions, or cheer me (and anyone else) on.

In the meantime, I’m going to spend some more quality time with this cutie:

Aww, it's so cute!
Aww, it’s so cute!

Fiddly Bits

Around October of last year this Craftster post made the rounds at Reddit. Two of my very good friends (who happen to be brothers) both asked me if I could possibly please knit them one. I took a look at the pattern and included pictures in their Christmas present with the caveat that I would knit them when I got to them and don’t rush me.

I started the first one last night, and while the pattern isn’t complicated (although it did require me to do some math, dammit) it’s fiddly. This is only the 3rd stuffy I’ve ever knitted and, of course, it requires a LOT of sewing. Sewing is not my favorite thing to do in knitting. I like sewing on my sewing machine. I’ll even do a bit of hand-stitching now again.

All these fiddly bits have me roundly cursing myself as well as struggling with the internal debate of “When I finish this, should I just start right away on the other and get it out of the way? Or wait until I’m less aggravated at the fiddly bits?” Currently I’m leaning toward just knock it out and be done with it. It should be noted, though, that I haven’t sewn on the legs or tail yet.

Two down, six to go. /cry
Two down, six to go. /cry

Ultimately, I have learned a few things from this project. 1) How to do a wrap and turn short row 2) I really need to learn to crochet as that would’ve been much easier and 3) that these two friends really are knitworthy because I know that they will love these little buggers. Just as soon as they get them. 🙂

Tiny, Wee Hats

One of the best things about knitting baby hats is how ACCOMPLISHED you feel. I mean, I can knit a newborn hat in about 3 hours. That sounds like some sort of super power, doesn’t it? Of course, the small size is what helps matters along, but still! SO QUICK!

I’m knitting a pair of hats for a friend and decided to knit the larger of the two first. That way the second one will really and truly fly past. It’s also the perfect project to work on in between raid fights or while waiting in queue for a dungeon or scenario in WoW. (Multitasking!) The pattern is 5 inches of stockinette followed by a color change and then decreasing, so it’s also perfect for when I first wake up or just go to bed.

boob begining

I really wish I’d been a knitter when my oldest was a baby, or even a more confident knitter when my youngest was a baby. I would’ve made them so much stuff. Since that wasn’t the case, I knit hats for friends’ babies as a practice for when I (if they decide they want to have them) have grandbabies.

For now, though, I have a hat that is slowly building (it currently just looks like a ring of light tan) into a boob hat! 🙂 And a shawl that’s only got 10 rows to go! After that, I’m knitting Wurm for myself. Anyone feel like a KAL (Knit ALong) with me? Let me know in the comments!

The One That Got Away

I was browsing through hat patterns on Ravelry last night before bed, looking for my next hat. The first picture it shows me is the one that got away and like Ahab I must chase this particular white whale…luckily I’m not likely to die knitting a hat. This is a good omen to begin with! ^_~

I first tried knitting Wurm a few months after learning to knit. In retrospect this was a terrible idea as I hadn’t learned the skills needed to knit this hat, and the pattern doesn’t lend itself to easily learning things like picking up and knitting stitches. Of course, attempting it in acrylic was my second mistake. One that I won’t make again!

One of the things I love most on Rav is the “Stash” function. I have every yarn I own, along with pictures and number of skeins, listed which makes it super easy when I’m looking at patterns to find out if I have yarn to make the pattern that I want, or if it’s an excuse to buy yarn.

I when I hit Loopy Groupie status at The Loopy Ewe a few years ago, I got a skein of beautiful purple yarn. In a fabulous coincidence it’s the exact weight I need to knit this, and I might even have enough for a pair of mitts or boot toppers to go with it! 😀

Isn't it GORGEOUS?!
Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

This is my carrot for me. Once I finish this gorgeous shawl (which is very nearly done at this point. Only 11 rows, bind off, and blocking to go) I will give myself permission to cast on this hat for me. I’m confident that round 2 will go MUCH better.