Category: Knitting

Sockhead Cowl (4)

I know the cowl is supposed to be 12″ long before I start the ribbing again, but I tried it on and honestly I think this length is perfect for me. So now it’s time for k2p2 ribbing for 3″ and then this project will be completed, ready for next winter. I have to say, I’m REALLY glad to almost be done. Not only is the pattern a bit of a snore (great for TV knitting, but a bit too slow for me even with that) but the yarn is difficult to work with. It’s single ply thick and thin chroma from Knitpicks, and I’m honestly not a fan. This was yarn I bought when I was just starting out, and I’m determined to use it up.


Sockhead Cowl (3)

Plain knitting is nice and relaxing – but I find it REALLY boring. A short repeat pattern would be easier to knit than this. The pattern is simple – 3″ of ribbing, followed by 12″ of plain knit, and another 3″ of ribbing. Done in the round, this cowl is an alternative to a scarf, and should keep my neck (and chin) warm when the wind blows in winter months. I started it a while ago but haven’t kept up with it, and now I’m trying to focus and get it completed. I have so many other projects I want to work on – but I think finishing off a few WIP is in order first. After this, I want to complete the socks I’ve been slowly working on, and I want to finish off that Silver Bell Sweater eventually. Fighting with the knitting needles isn’t fun (they’re an older pair of knitpicks needles, not nice Chiaogoo or Hiyahiya) but the sweater deserves to be completed and I’m anxious to be able to wear it.


Sockhead Cowl (2)

I have been having a difficult time settling on what I want to knit next, so I decided to take some advice and finish off a few WIP – or at least work on them a bit while I mull over what comes next now that my shawl is complete. I started this project back in November 2020, and intended on having it done for winter, but now it will have to wait until next winter. Sometimes scarves are just not ideal, so I wanted a cowl to wear that would keep me nice and warm. Unfortunately it’s not the most interesting of knits, a lot of ribbed work and then a lot of plain knitting in the ground followed by a whole lot more ribbing. I’m determined to get it done, eventually.

The yarn is single ply chroma from KnitPicks, a bit awkward to knit with but it’s coming along beautifully so far. It will be nice to get this out of my stash.


Knitting Goals – April 2021

Completed in March:

  • I actually finished my Stillness shawl! The goal was 90% but I was having such a great time with it I decided to continue on. I’m very proud of it, it turned out beautiful.
  • I did also frog my Silver Bell Sweater – and started re-knitting it once I got past the dropped stitches. I’m using a cord to a set of needles that doesn’t excite me and instead frustrates me because it’s so stiff, so I’ve been looking into get a new set of chiaogoo interchangeables, US sizes 2-15. Being frustrated with my knitting due to the equipment is annoying.

I did not get 1/2 way with my TAAT socks, but I’m still pretty pleased with my progress for March. I also completed a quick little headband using some handspun which is fantastic. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use that yarn.

Current WIPS:

  • Sockhead Cowl (50%)
  • Scrap Blanket (2%)
  • For the Horde Mitten Liners (0%)
  • TAAT January Sock Club Socks (20%)

April Goals:

  • Complete the TAAT socks
  • 50% completion on the Silver Bell Sweater
  • Two squares on the scrap blanket

I’m not adding anything too intensive as a goal for April, it’s my birthday month and I want to take things slowly, plus give myself time to work on other hobbies. Hopefully I can keep up with the few that I’ve added.


50s inspired headband

I was looking for a simple knit to use up some of my hand spun yarn – so I made this ‘pin me up’ head band from a pattern over on Ravelry. It’s cute, it used my whole skein, and it was an instant gratification project that I’m pleased with.


Next?

I’m honestly not sure what project to pick up next now that I’ve finished my massive shawl (that I adore). It’s blocked and almost ready to wear, I have a few small things to fix (like dropped stitches that I’ve picked up with stitch markers to fix at a later time). I’m thinking it MIGHT be time to bring out the Silver Bell Sweater that I’ve had in time out since December. I could almost stomach fixing it. I think.


Stillness Shawl – Completed

I am finally done my Stillness shawl (pattern is from Ravelry) after having started it February 1st. I am so proud of myself for knitting such a large project and actually sticking with it. What I did to help myself along was to actually print out the pattern and assign rows to specific days as goals. This way I wasn’t overwhelmed with a whole lot of knitting, and if I wanted to work ahead I could. Some days I didn’t knit at all, and instead I knit twice as much on other days. It was the perfect way to keep me in line.

There are mistakes, but I still love every inch. I’m also ready for a new less time intensive project next. I have a pair of socks to finish off, and then we’ll see what is next.


Stillness Shawl – 95%

This shawl is gigantic. I have 4 more rows to go and then that’s it, it will be completed (according to the pattern, I haven’t decided yet if I’ll do extra rows). My hands have been pretty sore lately and I’ve dropped some stitches due to not being able to manipulate the yarn properly (just health downsides) but I’m confident that I am in the home stretch – after two months of working on this project every single day.

I’m excited to see it blocked.


Stillness Shawl – Details

A simple 10 stitch repeat is the rest of the shawl before the bind off. I’m loving the gradient and the sparkles! Cashmere & merino, this shawl is HUGE and I hope to get a lot of use out of it. I think it would look fantastic paired with a little black dress, if we ever get through this pandemic.


Time Out Sweater

This Silver Bell Sweater has been in time-out since December. If you’ll notice where my fingers are, there’s three dropped stitches right there. It runs along a V-neck collar. I didn’t notice these dropped stitches until it was much too late and the entire piece was finished. I’ve been meaning to frog it since December, but instead I put it in a time out and forgot about it. I was furious at myself for having dropped the stitches. I put so much work into it, only to have it ruined.

I do have some options. I’ve been trying to decide which one is best. I could frog the front of the shirt (the front and back are joined at the shoulders with a 3 point bind off) and then re-knit the front. I think this is probably my best bet. I could frog the entire piece. I could try to pick up the stitches and attach them somehow (since the piece is finished, I have no idea how this would be accomplished without adding extra yarn to ‘tie’ it off to). I think my best chances are to un-do the three point bind off at the shoulders, and frog to just past the dropped stitches, and see where I sit at. Then once I can access the situation from a better vantage, I can decide how to move forward.

The yarn is amazing, and I was really looking forward to wearing this sweater ages ago. It’s a shame that it hasn’t worked out at all. I figure the sweater is just cursed.