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Garish Slip-Up Socks

I started making http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-wings-socks but the pattern really didn’t work with this yarn! So I ripped back to the cuff and went forward with this pattern instead. The Lace Wings is 64 stitches vs 68 for this pattern, but since my standard sock size is 64st, I think it’ll work out.

Cuffs are ktbl1/p1 instead of k1/p1, again per the other pattern.

Am making these one at a time since I don’t want to rewind this yarn.

May 11, 2016

Finished sock #1 (I love that it has a bright green toe!)

May 17, 2016

OMG, forgot my phone today, which has the pattern on it, and it’s been just long enough since I last made socks that I forgot that heel-turning comes before picking up stitches for the gusset. Luckily, it’s very very very obvious what’s wrong as soon as the stitches are picked up!

Which is also to say that I’m already done with the heel flap for the 2nd sock.

Took a break & did the heel turn & pickup: all ready to go with the gusset….

Garish Slip-Up Socks

I started making http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-wings-socks but the pattern really didn’t work with this yarn! So I ripped back to the cuff and went forward with this pattern instead. The Lace Wings is 64 stitches vs 68 for this pattern, but since my standard sock size is 64st, I think it’ll work out.

Cuffs are ktbl1/p1 instead of k1/p1, again per the other pattern.

Am making these one at a time since I don’t want to rewind this yarn.

May 11, 2016

Finished sock #1 (I love that it has a bright green toe!)

May 17, 2016

OMG, forgot my phone today, which has the pattern on it, and it’s been just long enough since I last made socks that I forgot that heel-turning comes before picking up stitches for the gusset. Luckily, it’s very very very obvious what’s wrong as soon as the stitches are picked up!

Which is also to say that I’m already done with the heel flap for the 2nd sock.

Took a break & did the heel turn & pickup: all ready to go with the gusset….

Pop Fizzle KAL

Learning brioche turned out to be one of the hardest things I’ve done with knitting in years. Just learning German Twisted Cast-On (which I ended up not using) was a struggle, then I cast on at least 3 times before giving up and trying a plain 2-color brioche scarf to figure out the basics.

Turns out doing brioche in the round with magic loop is really hard! So I switched from the really long old #6 needles to the interchangeable normal #6, short enough to just do in the round. That was much simpler.

The increases and decreases are tricky, but it helped to remember that each wrapped-together stitch, though consisting of two strands, is described as a single stitch.

Overall, I ended up enjoying it! I’m thinking about making more, oddly enough.

Arrowhead Lace Cardigan

ZOMG these increases are hard to follow. I mean, I’m getting what it’s supposed to do, but my brain hurts.

March 10, 2016

I may have done some cock-eyed increases in the shoulders over the last few days, especially since I did a bunch of knitting at an all-day mandatory training. Might keep going anyway.

March 23, 2016

I agonized for days (while sick no less) whether to go with the increases as written, try for another set, or even rip back and reknit with my “old style” (ie, 4.25mm) #6 needles. The pattern says it’s approximately a “L or European 42”, which research says _might_ be too small?

But during a bout of insomnia on Monday morning, and after looking at it again, measuring everything again, etc, I decided to just go with pattern as written.

April 6, 2016

Yesterday cast off the body, today started on a sleeve.

April 11, 2016

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at how fast this was to make. I finished off the sleeves with garter instead of ribbing, because I wanted them to bell instead of contracting. Wondering if I ought to have done with the same with the bottom? Had just enough yarn for this pattern; either the sleeves or the body could’ve been just a smidge longer but I like leaving myself extra if I can. Really looking forward to wearing this once it’s finished drying!

June 27, 2016

Update after a few months of wearing off and on: I like the shape a lot, but the wool is a little heavy and the underarms have felted a bit.

One Row Handspun Cowl

This was my spare project to knit in meetings for a month or so. I finished it off on the first day of being sick for a week.

The pattern looks really great with the thick&thin handspun yarn and the variegated coloring.

It’s sort of a cowl; there wasn’t enough yarn for a real scarf, but as I was finishing I remembered owning a brooch/shawl pin with a stone in a coordinating color! So I didn’t sew the ends together but left it loose to use the pin.

Oh, Helen!

It only looks like it took a month because I had it on pause for a couple of weeks while working on another project. Originally started as a gift for an aunt, but these are the Wrong Colors. Instead, gave to EAN.

Slipped stitches on the ends looked a little odd to me, maybe shouldn’t have? (It was my idea, not in the pattern.)

Orange mittys

Made shorter than pattern (more like 7.5-8” vs 8.5”) to make sure I had enough yarn for seaming up. (And for giving to EA for possible future sock darning.)