Funnily enough I’ve not been spending much time knitting lately. I find knitting harder to do in 5 or 10 minute bites and so I’ve been putting more effort into sewing lately. At the moment naptimes are inconsistent and the big kids are on school holidays for another two weeks. Once they go back to school there’ll be a block of time in the mornings where it’ll be just me and baby. While I’m not expecting miracles and there’ll be household stuff to do too I’m hoping that I’ll be better able to manage some knitting time then. (More sleep would help too.) In the meantime I feel like I have too many projects on the go.
I have a pair of sneaky socks. Sneaky because they are living upstairs and I’m squeezing in a few rows here and there. They are plain socks in yarn from Flying Tiger. A black yarn with bits of several colours through.
I’ve cast on a shawl, the Estuary shawl from Handmade in the UK by TinCanKnits. I’ve only just got started and hope this will be easier to make progress on once I get past the increase section and there is more repeating of pattern. I’m using Wollmeise yarn from EYF2016.
I’ve had a pair of gloves on the needles since April last year. I was making progress before we moved house and I got pregnant when complicated projects stalled. I haven’t made much progress recently but am trying to knit a few rows here and there. The cabling is fiddly and currently there is much looking at the charts. I’m working up through the thumb gusset now though so I’m slowly getting somewhere. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk in the denim colourway and the pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.
Sometime towards the end of last year I started a cowl for Wee Man out of handspun blue merino. The pattern is the Honey Cowl which I’ve used before for Hobbity-boo. I think I mostly got distracted from it because I was making baby things and then have not picked it back up. Hopefully I can manage to get it done for him for this winter.
Also on the needles are two long term blanket projects. The first is using up my leftover sock yarn. Each square takes about 9g so this is a slow process as I have lots of scraps to use up. I’m knitting centre-out squares with kfb increases. I don’t know how I’m going to join them together at the moment but while the squares are fun to do this is low priority so that’s a problem for another year.
The other blanket is an ongoing pile of Vivid squares. Vivid is a blanket pattern by TinCanKnits and I’m making the squares out of JC Rennie 4ply. I’ve 6 colours that were originally going to be a Fair Isle vest so I’m working through those getting 6 or 7 squares per ball (some yarn was lost in the frogging). I’ll have a reasonable idea of how much more yarn I’ll need to get a bedsized blanket once I’ve knitted the current yarn up. Squares are taking 7.5g so this would be a good use of miniballs.
I finished a thing. I started these toe-up Monkey Socks back in April when the second baby blanket got too big to take to knitting group. Then they got ignored in favour of other projects but have been just right for knitting with a sleeping baby on my lap recently. (If you follow my instagram you’ll have seen them a few times)
These are knitted on 2.5mm needles with 77g of Wendy Roam in the Derwent colourway. I like the colour as it’s definitely blue but there a touches of other colours without it looking variegated. The Nutkin socks I knitted over a year ago are a different colourway of the same yarn.
Next up I’m knitting some blanket squares for both my scrap blanket and my vivid blanket then it’ll be time to pick out a new project, probably a big shawl but I’m not sure which or maybe I’ll get back to working on my Glacier gloves.
Also finished this week are my Nutkin Socks by Beth LaPensee. These are to be a gift so I have blocked them and then need to package them up nicely. The yarn is Wendy Roam in the Grasmere colourway and I have worked to pattern except for the toe. I have done a simple wedge toe and grafted the end instead of the short row toe as in the pattern. The socks have 15 repeats total (8 on the leg) and that is one more than I would have worked for myself.
With casting of the rainbow dress you’d think I’d have less WiPs now but instead I have more. I’m still in the mood to cast on things so I’m busy working away at multiple projects a bit at a time. I’m aiming for consistent progress on three of them and working on the others as time and whim allows. The Regia socks I showed you last time have had no progress made but everything else is moving along nicely.
Having finished the alpaca handspun I started on the fibre I picked up from EYF2016 with the SpinCity spindle. Unspun the fibre looks like it would come out quite muted due to the white streaks but it’s actually coming out mostly a lovely blue. I’m feeling very tempted to buy more of the same.
My Nutkin socks are progressing well, they have a handy pattern repeat which gives me an easy way to mark progress. I’ve just got started on turning the heel on the second sock. I hope to finish these by the end of the month.
My Hitofude Cardigan has enough progress to take a photo this time around. It’s also become easier to knit now that there’s a bit more weight on the needles and I mostly know the pattern repeat. I’m halfway through making the sleeves at this point (there’s a bit of unusual construction involved here) and the goal is to get them finished by the end of the month.
The first of my new cast ons were a pair of Veyla mitts. This pattern is by Ysolda Teague and I have used it previously. The previous pair are not quite right, there is a tight cast off and I don’t much like the buttons. I worked out I had just enough leftovers from my Rosewater to make a new pair and picked up the buttons from Textile Garden at EYF2016. The second one is about halfway done. It’s on my list to finish them this week but I’m not sure I’ll get there.
While I was knitting the rainbow dress a Wee Man kept asking if it was for him (“Mine?”) so I thought I should probably get something for him on the needles. The yarn was gifted to me for my birthday last year. It’s DK pure wool from NZ in a denim blue colour. The pattern I am using is Thistle by Julie Partie. It’s a Henley style pullover with a garter yoke and cuffs. Having finished the bottom hem I’m now going round and round for a while.
Finally I have cast on a Hitchhiker shawl in some rainbow coloured handspun that my mother found for me earlier this year. It’s short repeats and I’ve wanted to try a Hitchhiker style shawl for a while so this seemed like a good chance. The yarn is a little thicker than called for and I don’t have as much so I’ve gone up a couple of needle sizes to compensate and hopefully still get a decent sized shawl.
I’m having a hard time resisting casting on all the things at the moment. Having a bunch of new yarn, a re-organised queue and a sort through of the ready to go projects is leaving me with a lot of enthusiasm for new projects and not so much for the older yarn and wips. I think I need to make it a goal to finish an old project (yarn purchased pre EYF2016) before casting on another new project. I have however just finished a hat with the Old Maiden Aunt Aran I purchased at EYF2016 so I’m not completely resisting. (It’s currently blocking so photos another hopefully lighter day.)
On the needles at the moment are two pairs of socks, one is a basic plain pair in Regia Garden Effects for those moments when only straight forward socks will do. The other pair are for a gift and are the Nutkin pattern by Beth LaPensee. I have also cast on a Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu but it’s only a few rows past the cast on at the moment. My final on the needles is a rainbow dress for Hobbity-Boo knit from the leftovers from my rainbow of socks. The numbers are based on the size 4-6 Flax Light by TinCanKnits but otherwise I’m making it up as I go. I’ve just started the orange section and will then just have the red to go.
In other news Hobbity-Boo is all better but her chicken pox have walked over to Wee Man who has been rather miserable this week. He seems to be having a worse go of it but is hopefully on the mend now.
Whilst we were away I picked up a couple of skeins of yarn. One of these was one Hobbit took a shine to and enthusiastically agreed when I suggested we buy it to make her socks.
I decided on simple tube socks to help them last a bit longer. While she’s slowed down in growing it’s still a bit unpredictable as to when it’ll happen. I made these toe-up with 48 stitches around and knitted 20g of yarn before working 10 rows of ribbing and the bind-off. I think I could possibly have gone up to 56 stitches (certainly 52) and they not been too sloppy. However she has a younger brother who can take possession of them when they get too tight.
The yarn is a NZ brand Countrywide Yarn Company. This is their Happy Feet sock yarn in the Clown Multi colourway. The patterning surprised me as I though it was going to be more variegated than that. I don’t know what it would have done on a different circumference of knitting though and Hobbit likes the zig-zags.
These are a variant of my basic sock with a slip stitch pattern on the leg and top of foot. I also tried out a different heel – normally I do a slip stitch heel flap but trialled doing alternate slip stitches on both the knit and purl rows. The heel is a lot snugger and I hope that it will wear well.
The yarn used in these was a gift for Scoopmas last year (our ice cream themed summer swap). It has short colour repeats and I ended up with quite a bit of pooling. I used the slip stitch patterning in hopes of breaking that up a bit but I’ve still got a lot.