Category: Knitting

Shawl Progress – 38%

My February goal is to hit 50% on my shawl and so far I’m right on schedule. I’m 38% done the shawl so far, by the end of this week I should be 40% done (or more, easily) then another 10% through the rest of February. It works out to roughly 2-3 rows each day in order to keep on track, and with 260+ stitches per row, it still takes some time. Having it in bite sized pieces lets me visualize where I’m at, and keeps me from procrastinating too much.

Plus, just look at those colours. They’re amazing! I can’t wait to block this one and wear it (or gift it, I haven’t decided yet).

Shawl Update – 30%

My goal for February is to knit 50% of Stillness – a shawl pattern I picked up on Ravelry. I planned it all out and assigned each week to approximately 10% of the shawl, and so far that is working out very well for me. Yesterday I reached 30% which is exactly where I should be. If I knit 3-4 rows each day, I’ll have no issues hitting 50%. There’s 262 stitches per row right now so it takes a bit of time to get through them all, but three rows a day is pretty reasonable. You can see the gradient starting to take shape, too. I expect the next drastic colour change should happen around 40%.

I’m also well into the lace work on this shawl which makes it difficult to photograph and I’m very eager to get it completed and blocked. It will probably take me at least another month to finish, but I’m not feeling daunted by the work at least.

TAAT Sock Club Socks..

One of my goals for 2021 was to learn how to knit socks two at a time. There’s a few reasons for this, but for me personally it’s because Second Sock Syndrome is a real thing. My husband asked me if knitting two socks at the same time would be any faster than knitting one – and the truth is, no. It’s not faster. In fact it might even be slower because of all the adjusting I have to do. That doesn’t mean that TAAT socks don’t benefit me though. See, when I complete a project, it gives me an adrenaline rush. I feel good. I feel happy. The problem is in my case that’s typically only ONE sock, and I still have an entire other sock to knit. My mind, doesn’t want to. It wants to bask in the euphoric feeling I got when I finished the first one. So I procrastinate starting that second sock. Sometimes I even wait a few months before casting the second one on. The one sock I’ve completed is left lonely wondering if they’ll ever have a partner. One sock I knit doesn’t even have a partner. Casting on two socks at the same time means it’s one project even though it’s two items. Until one is done, none is done, and when one is done they will both be done. A mental game against myself.

So no, knitting TAAT is not really faster – except that it is. It’s also a great way to keep even tension and to remember the pattern and all that good stuff. I’m knitting my socks using The Blue Brick’s sock club yarn which is starting to grow on me. It’s a gradient, so we’ll see how it goes once the colours start changing. I don’t have a pattern and I’m just winging it. I cast on 32 stitches using Judy’s Magic Loop (16 per ‘side’) and then increased every 2nd row until I reached 72. I’m using a 4 row repeat pattern for the sock itself, the bottom is just plain knit. I am thinking I’ll do a fish lip heel, but we’ll see when I get there. If it all works out, I’ll post the pattern up later.

Sock Club Yarns

My first sock club yarn arrived! It’s by The Blue Brick, a Canadian indie dyer in Ontario. Honestly, I’m not a HUGE fan of the colours, but I am excited to try knitting two at a time socks (toe up) and seeing how they knit. There are two skeins for the socks, and one for a contrasting heel / toe if I so wish. I was a bit sad to learn that this round of the sock club doesn’t include any perks or goodies, but that’s alright.

Happy knitting!

Shawl Progress

I am now 20% into my shawl ‘Stillness’ – and the gradient has just started changing colours, which I can’t wait to see. I was hoping to get 50% of the shawl done for the month of February, but I think that might have been a bit ambitious. We’ll see. For now, it’s just a nice simple knit with enough interest to keep me going. It’s also incredibly difficult to photograph properly. Such is the way of shawl!

Knitting Goals – February 2021

I know it’s a few days into February now, but since I’m doing gaming goals as well as knitting, I decided it was OK if I post this a few days late. How did January shape up?

Completed in January:

Current WIPs:

  • Sockhead Cowl
  • Scrap Blanket
  • For the Horde mitten liners
  • Stillness Shawl

My January goals included finishing at least two WIP – done. I managed to finish two small WIP, the willy warmer and the heel/toe on a machine knit sock that I had been procrastinating about. They’re not big projects, but at least it’s something.

I did not end up frogging that silver bell sweater I was working on, it’s still in time out and there it shall remain until I’m ready. I’m still frustrated with how that ended up.

February Goals:

  • 50% of my Stillness shawl completed (the pattern tells me my progress, I’m hoping this will be an easy one to reach)
  • Frog that silver bell sweater
  • Complete the sockhead cowl

One of my 2021 goals was to work from stash only – and that went out the window because I bought some blank yarn and a bunch of dye to try out. I’m renewing this goal for the rest of 2021, after all there’s still 11 months to go. I’ve made no progress on any of my other 2021 goals – yet. We’ll see how February shapes up!

Shawl Progress

I just made it past the 5% mark on my shawl – so much more to go! I’m very eager to see the gradient start to reveal itself. The first sections I worked were just simple yo lace eyelets, and now the new section I’ve started is some slip stitch designs that are pretty nice to look at (but difficult to photograph).

2020 Knitting Goal Summary

I didn’t have a lot of goals set up for myself in 2020 as far as knitting is concerned, but I did have a few. My main goal was to get at least 12 projects done – roughly one each month. This goal did well, I completed 19 projects in 2020. Some were small, dishcloths. Others were larger, I did two blankets early in the year.

Another goal was to master double knitting. Didn’t happen, so I’m going to move that goal to 2021, and hopefully I’ll actually accomplish it.

Overall, I’m pleased. I got some socks knit up, both hand knit and machine knit. I got some hats done, a shawl, a scarf. I did some spinning (though not as much as I would like). I have set up my knitting machine but I have yet to actually knit with it – I need some better yarn, first. My favourite knit are my ‘For the Horde’ mittens which were a lot of intense colourwork. They look incredible. I gifted a set of ‘RCMP’ wash cloths and that was fun too. For 2021 I hope to complete another 12 projects – but I also want to make progress on my scrap blanket, and on more Christmas balls. I just didn’t have the time this year, and my hands have been giving me some serious pains which make everything more difficult.

Silver Bell Sweater Progress

I’m having a lot of fun knitting this Silver Bell Sweater (pattern found on Ravelry). It’s an oversized sweater that you would wear with a camisole under with a pair of nice jeans – perfect for the holidays at home. There’s 6″ of positive ease, so it should fit nice and large. I’m knitting it with an alpaca blend, and I know it will require some blocking, but I love the colour and I just love how it’s turning out so far. It is also a neat construction. You knit it from the bottom up, separating after the body to a front left / right panel and the back piece. The shoulders are joined with a 3 needle bind off which I still have to learn. I’m working on the second front piece now, then the back, then the sleeves, neck, and cuffs. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Advent Balls – Day One

I managed to craft the very first advent ball out of 24 – and my hands are in a lot of pain lately so I’m not sure if I can realistically keep up, but I sure want to. I have a secret silly dream of one day having an entire tree decorated with hand knit decorations.