Even though most of this month has been taken up my my cross stitch SAL and poor days with MS issues, I haven’t forgotten about my cable crush hoodie. I’ve been working away on it slowly, I separated the back and front, and now I’m just working on the front. It’s a lot of sweater, and so squishy and soft. I’m really looking forward to being able to wear it once our winters drop to -40C. At this rate it won’t be too much longer before we’ll be seeing snowflakes.
I signed up to join in my very first ‘SAL’ – also known as stitch a long. It’s a Halloween cross stitch, where each day you get a little square to fill in and at the end of the month you have a completed piece. I’ve done a few cross stitch pieces before, but I’ve never participated in a SAL, and I’m really excited about it. The piece is also framed with cross stitch squares, which is what I’m working on in the screenshot above. We got the pattern early so that we’re ready to go when the SAL begins. I decided to splurge and I purchased a kit for this one that came with all sorts of little treats and goodies, but you can also just sign up and do it with your own items, too. It’s all about the community of crafters coming together, and that’s what I love to see.
Completed in August:
- I managed to finish my TAAT socks! Goal accomplished. They turned out beautiful and I am really pleased that they’re done.
- Scrap Blanket
- Cable Crush Hoodie
- I’d like to finish my Cable Crush Hoodie that I started so I can wear it for October, but I’m not sure if that’s a realistic goal or not. Maybe if it was the only thing I was working on for the entire month. I had myself on a bit of a schedule with it to start but I’ve fallen from that because I physically haven’t been able to keep up.
- I’d like to also knit two pairs of socks on my circular sock knitting machine. This should be pretty simple – in theory. I’m trying to figure out which tension is best for my socks, and that involves a little trial and error. I have a lot of sock yarn to get through and I’d love to be able to showcase it more. I think completing two socks is very do-able, but again it depends on my physical limitations and how busy the month is.
- I’d also like to start a 10 stitch blanket with my odds and ends that I’ve been collecting. I know I have the scrap yarn blanket on the go, but I’m looking for something that might be even easier for me to manage. The scrap yarn blanket is lovely, but it means a lot of weaving in ends, and a lot of little squares that are all different sizes as my tension changes. This would be an ongoing WIP, and maybe I’ll scrap the (har) scrap blanket, and make it a doll sized one for my kids to play with.
Not overly ambitious goals, but it should be enough to keep me busy!
The upcycled yarn I decided to go with for this cable crush hoodie is rustic and beautiful to knit with, but it’s hard to get the overall effect of the texture because I’m using 22″ needles that are quite small for the project that I’m working on (I decided to make this shirt oversized, so I’m knitting a 2XL which is one up from my actual size). The knitting on this stretch of 40 stitches is methodic and calming, out of a 10 row repeat only one of them is knitting the actual cables. I’ve been sticking with my goal of knitting 5 rows a day but it does take a few hours. I’ve also dropped a few stitches but I managed to pick them all up. I think I’m in good shape for whatever comes next. The project has “bat wing” sleeves, which means when you raise your arms it looks like giant bat wings, and I’ve never done those before. I’m cautious about the hood portion, and I just hope the whole thing turns out well. For now I’m just taking it step by step and doing one row at a time.
Now that I’ve finished my TAAT socks (picture will be posted once I actually weave in my ends, so sometime by 2025 I’m sure) I’ve decided on my next project. It’s called Cable Crush Hoodie and it’s a pattern by Chantal Miyagishima (Knitatude) which you can find on Ravelry and on her own site as well. It’s an absolutely beautiful sweater that includes cables in the front and back, a batwing sleeve construction, and a hood with icord draw string. I’m knitting it in upcycled wool from knitpicks, which is basically wool constructed of bits and pieces of other wool that wasn’t enough to make an entire skein of type A. Chantal’s patterns are easy to follow and use lovely construction, my silver bell sweater was also one of her designs and had I used the appropriate yarn I’m sure mine would have turned out better (not that it isn’t lovely, it is). I’m hoping to do well with this one, and have it turn out as beautiful as all of the others. I have never knit a hood before, but I have done quite a few cables. It’s knit in worsted yarn, so I’m also hoping it doesn’t drag on forever and maybe I can get it completed before Halloween. We’ll see. I’m a bit further along than this picture shows, I’ve done 8 rows of ribbing, and I’m on row 6 of the body. I’ll do row 1-10 4 times, so I’m 6/40. That’s something, at least. The sweater starts out at 230 stitches and grows to 310 – I’m hoping to knit 5 rows a day. Let’s see if I can do it!
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.
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.
- Scrap blanket
- For the horde mitten liners
- TAAT January sock club socks
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).
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.
A few more rows, and then we’re onto the heels. These socks have been taking me forever to knit, but I haven’t been working on them that often, so I’m OK with the slow progress.
I have a few skeins of 100% cotton that I bought specifically to make wash cloths out of, so I decided on a pattern (it’s a 2 row repeat, very easy to memorize) and have gotten started. Hopefully they don’t take me that long to complete. I’m aiming for 2 wash cloths per skein, but we’ll see how that goes. I absolutely love hand knit wash cloths, they are good for a number of things and are pretty great for in the shower due to the texture of the cotton. Every few years I like to add to the collection as they do get worn with time, the family uses them that much.