Category: Yarn

Home Stretch – Update 6

I’m finally working the cuff of my sock, and it’s turning out lovely. I’m knitting through the back loop to keep the rows neat and organized, in a 1×1 ribbed pattern. A few more rows, and I can comfortably bind these socks off and move on to the next project! With fall just around the corner I’m thinking a nice cardigan is in order, but we’ll just have to see. I don’t tend to plan my projects but just go with whatever mood I’m in when I’m searching through my stash.

Speaking of stash, I decided to explore Hobbii a bit and see if I could get the site to work in my favour. See, Canada has a rule that if you order anything more than $100 from outside the country, you have to pay duties (on most things, not everything). Sometimes companies cover this cost (like Knitpicks) and other times, the company does not (Hobbii). Duty fees are high, and Hobbii also has a pretty high shipping cost if you don’t buy enough to qualify for free shipping. So free shipping is $75 USD, and duty is anything under $100. I managed to spend around $98.89 CAD which put me into both of those categories. I bought a yarn bag (for storage / projects on the go), and around 10 skeins of yarn. Most are sock yarn but two skeins are worsted weight acrylic that I’m hoping turn into a nice sweater. Some people really love their yarn, others have opinions. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, and in the grand scheme of things, this little experiment didn’t cost me too much (plus it has been a while since I picked up any yarn).


TAAT Progress – Update 5

I’ve been working on these socks off and on since February, and normally it doesn’t take me that long to knit a pair of socks but these ones seem to be dragging on. That being said, I love the simple pattern and I know they’ll be worth it in the end. I’ve also been distracted by other projects, having completed 9 so far for 2021 (my goal is to complete 12 projects, one per month, no matter how big or small). I know splitting my time between other hobbies as well as gaming (which I suppose is a hobby) cuts into all this time I could spend knitting, but my hands honestly couldn’t take all of that anyway.

Just a few more rows for the leg, then a nice 2×2 ribbed cuff (through the back loop to keep it tidy) and a stretchy bind off – I’m confident I can get these done in August at least. I also plan on charting how much yarn I purchased for 2021 vs. how much yarn I actually used – I want to have more yarn going out than coming in (ideally). Plus who doesn’t like to track things. I probably spend more time making spreadsheets than anything else in my life, lol.

Happy knitting!


Knitting Goals – August 2021

Completed in July:

  • Despite being displaced for 10 days – I DID finish my Silver Bell Sweater! YAY! I love it, and I can’t wait for fall because 33C is a little bit warm to be wearing silk and alpaca.

Current WIPS:

  • Scrap blanket
  • For the horde mitten liners
  • TAAT January sock club socks

August Goals:

Finish my TAAT socks. These are on the leg right now, so they SHOULD be able to be completed – of course I also said that in July and it never happened (we were also evacuated for 10 days and I didn’t have any knitting with me).

I’m not sure I want to line my for the horde mittens any more with all of the Activision/Blizzard drama going on, I’m honestly not feeling it. I may just leave them as is for now, and pick a different project. If I get my socks done, that opens up the ability to pick something new to work on, which I would really love (and have no idea what I’ll do).


Halloween Cross Stitch – Update 10

I haven’t been able to work on this in some time. The goal was to get it done before Halloween this year so that I could frame it and use it as decoration – and I THINK I’m still on track for that at least, but it will mean dedicating some time to it instead of just putting it aside for other projects.


Silver Bell Sweater – Completed!

It took a REALLY long time, and multiple time-outs, but I FINALLY completed my Silver Bell Sweater. I started this project back in December of 2020 but was constantly fighting with the needles as I knit it, making it a bundle of not-fun. I ended up having to frog most of the body due to some awkward dropped stitches along the neck line, then frogging most of the body a second time due to some dropped stitches in the back. I ordered a set of ChiaoGoo needles (best needles I’ve ever owned, incase you’re wondering) and got back to it this year. Then I messed up a sleeve, and had to frog that and start over. Finally, we were evacuated when I had just 10 stitches left and I didn’t bring any spare needles with me since I wasn’t expecting to be gone that long, and I couldn’t finish it until we arrived back home yesterday.

This sweater is so incredibly comfortable, and I’m very happy with it. It’s huge and oversized, perfect for wearing over a tank top. I expect I’ll get a lot of use from it in the fall and winter months. PLUS I knocked a large project off of the to-do list, and I’m glad for that.

Next? Finishing off the second heel on my socks so that I can hopefully fly through the legs.


Scarf

Since I didn’t bring much knitting with me, I decided to buy a little yarn while we were in the city and I’ve started a scarf to keep me sane while we’re evacuated. It’s an acrylic / wool blend, but knits up quickly enough and seems soft. Pattern is from Ravelry, I’ll link it in another post. I normally dislike knitting scarves because they take FOREVER, but this one isn’t so bad so far.


Knitting Goals – July 2021

Completed in June:

  • June was a pretty unproductive month as far as knitting went. My hands were sore a lot of the time which always puts a damper on my crafts. I did manage to complete 1 wash cloth, which was a goal.

Current WIPS:

  • Scrap blanket
  • For the Horde mitten liners
  • TAAT January sock club socks
  • Silver Bell Sweater

July Goals:

  • Finish my Silver Bell sweater – this one SHOULD be simple enough. I just have one sleeve left.
  • Finish TAAT January sock club socks – another one that SHOULD be alright to complete, I need to do one heel and two legs / cuffs.

I don’t want to add too many goals to July as my multiple sclerosis has been pretty bad and it just makes me sad if I don’t manage to make my goals. I know I have to be gentle with myself, so if I get my smaller goals completed, I’ll be happy. I’d also like to start tracking my yarn use. I know I haven’t bought much this year, and I want to try to make sure I use up more than I purchase. Inspiration taken from another fellow knitter, as always.


One Down, One to go

I finally finished one of the sleeves on my sweater, and now I need to knit the second one. Then I’ll take care of the ends, block it, and it will be ready for snuggling up in and reading. I’m looking forward to finally completing this project so I can move on to something new.


Halloween Cross Stitch Progress – Day 9


Wash cloth 3/9

I’ve now finished 3/9 of the wash cloths that I had decided to knit, and I’ve finished off the colour I was working with. I have two more colours and 6 more to go before the set for the family is done, and I’m really excited about it. It was time we replaced the ones we had (I think we were using baby face cloths that we got when the kids were born) and I might even knit up some tea towels for the kitchen eventually, we’ll see.


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