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Belmondo Shawl 2

Once I restarted this near the end of March, it went really fast, so the time-to-finish is not particularly accurate. (I started while still working on the purple socks.) Decided to make this even bigger than the first one, which was itself about the largest size in the pattern.

I used 2 full balls of the “slate” (which is more purple than I expected), a ball of light blue, and about half a ball of silver/grey that was left over from the first shawl.

Still no fringe. Not my thing, I don’t think.

Just really wish I had a proper place to block something this large, TBH. I laid it out over a drying rack, but really only the top half was “blocked.”

Sockhead Hat

Casting on with this particular yarn was kind of annoying — it’s really stretchy & shreddy. Once I got going, it was fine, though, nice colors & texture.

And this is a hella plain/boring pattern, but great for meetings. As it turns out, February had a lot of things I had to go to and just sit and listen. This pattern is perfect for that.

Confab Socks

I hope it’s the correct use of “irony” to be amused at how I fumbled my way through the socks I made out of the yarn I bought while at a content strategy conference.

All I knew starting is that I wanted to use Rachel’s toe-up-top-down heel, and that I was going to want something a bit more complicated than plain stockinette.

So I went with a pattern that used that heel, but it had a slightly different toe: narrower, longer. And too big; I ended up only increasing to 64 stitches, instead of all the way to 72. That would’ve been HUGE.

Unfortunately, about as soon as I started the main pattern, I realized I hated it. 3-stitch cables, bleh. I like the look, but not the way it feels while I knit.

So I went looking for a different pattern; the “Zigzagular” is a nice little twist pattern, and although it’s designed for top down, it works great for toe up, too. Although it took me a few rows to realize that I was doing the twist entirely wrong.

And then I decided it needed some 3×1 ribbing. Thankfully, that ended up being a nice solid pattern all the rest of the way!

The heel itself was not too bad, although it wasn’t until after I did the first one that I realized it could’ve easily been done two-at-a-time. (Strategy!) And if I were to do it again, I’d love to figure out how to start the ribbing in with the gusset.

Final tiny regret: I totally could’ve made these even longer.

On the other hand, the zigzag + ribbing looks fab with this yarn, the socks are super-comfy, and the length is pretty good.

Finally using the yarn I bought last May! Going to try Rachel’s toe-up-top-down pattern, but a cable variant to do something a bit more interesting.

1/15 – got to the first cable and was like: nope. Way too frustrating. So I’m trying out the Zigzagular design. If that doesn’t work for me, I might frog & start over with a new sock pattern.

1/17 – added some 3/1 ribbing across the top of the sock. AND I figured out that I was doing the twists wrong; now the zigzag is looking much better. If I can get all of these odds & ends to work together, I’ll have my own entirely new pattern. :)

1/26 – made it through the heel flap, turn, and gusset pickups on both socks. I think they might be a tiny bit short, but there’s nylon in this yarn, so it might work? Will try on again after I’ve done the gusset reductions just to be sure.

matching hat

Accidentally did a few rounds of just k1p1 ribbing, instead of every-other round, so I extended that to an inch or so. Otherwise, this is damn simple and great gaming/meeting knitting!

(Also, I realized about half-way through that it’s the same stitch as most of the vest that I made for C with this same yarn. So that’s a thing.)

Slouchy stripey hat

TBH, I just wanted a project that wasn’t socks that would keep my hands busy in meetings, and I’ve had this yarn for more than a year with no damn idea what to do with it, and I realized last night that I don’t actually have any newish or nice hats that are ok for C to wear too. Thus: striped hat.

Barley hat

easy-peasy little baby hat. given that I also had a doctor’s appointment, and knitted a bit after dinner, it was a one-day project. (easy enough that I could pay attention to Fantasia while knitting, including decreases!)

Mistake Braid

Not sure yet whether to make M or L size, so I’ve paused at the first place where the patterns diverge.

After looking up some stuff about foot sizes, decided to go with the original measurement that Elizabeth sent. (Aka 11”, so size L.)

12/13 – after conferring with the yarnaggedon gals, decided that I need to pull back and knit size M. (sigh)

12/16 – did the pulling back, managed to very neatly restart from the place where the sizes diverge!

12/19 – started gusset increases. I like the way this is going, it’s maybe just a smidge over intended gauge.

12/29 – once I got through the rassafrassing heels (I really didn’t like the doubled w&t with pickups. if I’d done it better, it’d look amazing. But I had a terrible time with it.) it went really fast, and they look cozy!


I think the gauges on the two yarns didn’t quite match as well as I was hoping. Could’ve gone with one bigger needle on the face/belly. Also, the eye & nose yarn should be fairly heavy, more like an aran or even bulky, but the worsted I had on hand looks cute too!