The Don't Blink! socks are done, but haven't been blocked yet:
I'm about to turn this:
... but yellow, not purple. I'm knitting the "Wanida" socks from Sock Innovation by Cookie A. They're named for her aunt, who taught her to knit. The yarn is Staccat0 by Shibui, 65% superwash merino, 30% silk, and 5% nylon, fingering weight. It feels lovely!
He looks a lot like the last three mice. I think next week's mouse is gonna be just about the last of that yarn.
I fought the battle with sewing the top of my sock down, and I won:
It wasn't hard at all. (I love the way the little angels look in this picture, hee hee.) It even looks good on the inside:
So my first sock is done, but it's still unblocked:
My second sock is begun:
It's not very far, because I had to do one of these:
I think that's my one and only dishcloth. I don't make dishcloths, but this one is a prize for the 2012/2013 NFL and Knitting fantasy football contest through Knitters Brewing Company -- needless to say I don't know what I am doing, but I can knit a dishcloth and pick winners and losers each week with aplomb. Go here to learn more. You only have to knit one dishcloth to participate.
Roses have been on my mind lately, and the rose color is perfect for it! And even though the Rose Bowl is for college football and not the NFL, it is still football, and the college players probably go on to play in the NFL anyway, and Pasadena is in southern California like Knitters Brewing Company, and I like roses.
I've been spinning outside more too, so I haven't been knitting. I like my sock though! Now that I'm on the second one it will go faster.
My knitting this week has been this lovely Mouse 34:
I have only knit about two inches on this sock:
Poor little sock. It isn't that I don't love you, it's just that I have done a lot of knitting lately. Mostly I spend time just gloating over my sweater:
It's so beautiful. I can't believe that I knit it, after all that time of letting it glare at me from my bag on the window seat in the living room .... "This is the sweater that you can't knit because you are incapable of doing cables any more," it hissed at me. And now, here it is, transformed and beautiful. Pardon me while I bask in the pleasure of it!
I don't think I could have knit this sweater in 14 days even before my stroke. I definitely wouldn't have had the time.
Knitting is all about having the time, time to knit, time to think, time to plan and judge what the best course of action is. Time to learn how to do things. Time to figure out how to do things with one hand, for me. People are so busy, with work and their house, and their family, and knitting can only fit into a small part of that. I think it's remarkable that people knit at all.
So, my sock (the first) is ready to receive the cuff: it calls for a picot cuff, but they have a ribbed cuff as well that you can do if the picot cuff is too much for you. The picot cuff is knit a few rounds, do a round of knit two together, yarn over, forming small eyelets around the sock, and then knitting a few more rounds. (I can do that.) Then you turn the sock inside out and sew the live stitches down inside the sock, forming a picot edge when you fold the little eyelets in half. (I don't know if I can do that or not; I used to be able to, but now ...).
We shall see. A lot of people would probably knit the ribbed cuff and call it good. Ribbing the cuff is the alternative, but I will be really pissed at myself for not figuring out how to do it the other way; that means the stroke wins. I really hate it when the stroke wins.
I decided to weave in all my ends to finish my sweater absolutely. It was a cold, foggy, cold, damp, cold rainy day yesterday, so Nicky decided to come inside and get some lovin'. He thought it would be fun to jump up on the table and help me:
Nora is helping too, from a safe distance. I cuddled Nicky for awhile, then he left, and I finished weaving in all the ends.
Lynne came over and I thought she was going to say that she ran out of yarn for her sweater. This sweater needs a little back story here: back in 1986 or so, Lynne bought the yarn to make a raglan sleeved sweater, knit on it for a while, then for some reason neither of us can remember, she put it in the closet ... for 26 years!! Earlier this year, she pulled it out and decided to finish it. The pattern was nowhere to be found, and it looked to me like the amount of yarn needed to finish it was a little more than she apparently had.
She got online, found the pattern (I think it was an old Candide pattern), long out of print, found a woman who had the pattern on Ravelry, got a copy mailed to her, found where she was in the pattern, and resumed knitting. She knit steadily along, eyeing her rapidly diminishing ball of yarn. Things got busy and I didn't hear about the sweater for a long time.
Then she showed up yesterday with a very small ball of yarn, and a bag full of sweater. "Here," she said. "Finish it!"
I took the bag with some trepidation. My mind was already racing ahead to how we could get two colors of one-ply yarn, ply them together, and make a facsimile of the yarn she had purchased twenty six years ago. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out the sweater, complete, seamed, and beautiful!
Like me, she had just put her nose to the grindstone, and finished that sweater. She deserves a gold medal for jumping over hurdles that would have made other knitters throw in the towel and give up. Now we have both faced our challenges and can embark on the prize that we both want to knit, without fear of another unfinished object languishing before us, weighing on our minds.
I put my sweater on and was very comfortable in it; the day had become quite a bit colder. Nicky came and snuggled with me. He's used to sleeping on my sweater, so the fact that I'm wearing it makes it that much more snuggly. I like having a warm sweater on that a cat likes to snuggle in, better than sweater pieces in a bag by the window any day.
I crocheted around my Afghan of Doom with the navy blue yarn left over from my navy socks:
I still have the left over yarn from my Summer Solstice shawl to crochet around it. Speaking of which, I blocked my shawl:
I love this shawl! It's even prettier in person. My hand is a little too shaky to take a good picture. Must be because of all the crocheting I've been doing on my Holey Sweater, which is finally done, the sewing up done, and the ends woven in:
I just have to soak it to block the stiff little seams out. And buy buttons. It is done! Yay! It looks really good, too.
I just have to rest up for the opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. when I can start on this:
I haven't been spinning this week because I'm trying to finish up my Holey Sweater, which will leave me just one project waiting during the Ravellenic games -- my Don't Blink! socks. So, I have been frantically crocheting my sleeves; I have one done and just the top of another one to do:
Today I'll finish the sleeve and work on the collar and buttonbands, and finish them either today or tomorrow. I'll finish sewing it together tomorrow and it wil be done except for the buttons; buttons require a shopping trip and I will do that after the Ravellenic Games.
That leaves Thursday and most of Friday to get set on my October Frost, which is my WIP Wrestling event. I don't think I'll finish it by the end of the games, but I'll make a big dent in it. I have to get it set in my mind just where in the pattern I left it off, pull out the bag with the knitting in it, make a schedule to knit, and then when the Olympic Opening Ceremonies begin, start knitting!
A long time ago, in May 2005, I designed a scarf with odd yarn -- I actually told Becky to pick five yarns that she thought looked horrid together -- because I wanted to try out the theory that the ugliest of yarns will look fine if you stripe them in a random order. The experiment worked, and you can read about it here.
While I knit on it, I started to think of other ways you could use stripes, stripes as secret messages, say. Stripes as famous quotes. Stripes as music!!
Music is just a series of math that we can hear. It all depends on math. I began to play with ideas in my head ... first, I needed some sheet music. I searched the internet and found "Für Elise" by Beethoven. Hmmmm. It all started to come together in my mind.
It had to lie flat, and somehow the notes and the rests had to make sense. There were a lot of notes; I counted 15 or so in the first few bars alone. I figured that in Unique One, only Jamieson & Smith would have enough colors to do it. I could knit it in rounds! All I had to do was figure out how many times I'd have to repeat a round for the smallest duration of a rest or a note to get the right length .... or I could knit 1 round for the shortest note, two rounds for the next-longest note, and so on, and knit until it was long enough ... I could use the same thing in black for the rests, yellow for the sharps ...
That's about when I said, "Stop it, you're a fanatic", and I quit thinking about it.
Mouse 31 is wearing his Spiderman suit. Or his Red Riding suit. Mouse 30 is thrilled because the tan yarn didn't run out when she was being knit.
I finished my Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl, and it's a mystery no more, but I haven't blocked it yet:
I know it's hard to believe, but it'll be pretty when it's blocked, and really, the nupps do show up. My photography is not the best either; my yarn looks dirty, but in reality it's a pretty shade of rusty orange with hand-dyed variations.
I'm trying to get everything done, or nearly done, this week because the Ravellenic Games start next Friday, July 27, and for the duration of the games, I'm only going to work on one project: October Frost. I'm getting excited to do it, and a little scared. I don't expect to finish it all by the end of the games, but I will make a big dent in it, and hopefully finish it off shortly thereafter. So, it would be nice not to have other, unfinished projects lying about.
I'm almost done sock #1 of my Don't Blink! socks:
I have about 3" more to go. I haven't really worked on them that much, maybe a couple days I did a little. I have too many projects!! Making them all progress at the same rate is difficult, but I can't bear to let them hibernate. I really like all of them.
I only worked on my Holey Sweater about an hour last week, but I will try to do more this week. Here's the start of one sleeve:
The sleeves are really easy -- just straight up, no shaping, except for the top. I'm not sure about how that will look, and they didn't photograph the ends of the sleeves, which makes me wonder:
Hmmmmmm. Maybe they were just too long for the model. Maybe they're incredibly ugly. Maybe they made her hands look fat. We will see.
Unfortunately my mouse has escaped before I could knit him ... perhaps he will bring his twin brother next week :)
My Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl is coming right along:
I'm about 4 rows from the end of part D. There are two more clues, and then it'll be done. I really like it so far, even though my nupps kinda suck. But maybe they will be overshadowed by the charming lace knitting! I think blocking will really help too. I can push the nupps out when I block them.
I have both fronts done on my Holey Sweater.
It's odd that there is no neck shaping on the front pieces, but it's right there in the schematic diagram -- no neckshaping.
This pair of socks uses a reverse stockinette background with a lace pattern. One thing about all that purling over double-pointed needles is that I get loose stitches between my needles. I noticed it right away:
I didn't take it out, which any conscientious knitter would have done (Hi Kelley!), but I thought about it while I continued to knit. First I thought, this looks terrible, but I really want to make these socks! Then I thought, why is it only showing up on the second row of angels, and not on the first row of angels? Hmmmm.
On the first row of angels, there's a knit one, purl one, knit one section on the first row, and one needle ended after the knit one, purl one, and the next needle started with knit one, then went on to purl five. That's why it didn't show up; the loose stitch got sucked into the knit one, purl one. Aha!
So I continued the pattern and when I got back to the row of angels with the loose stitch showing, I slid some stitches over to the end of my first needle, putting the break in the middle of another knit one, purl one, knit one, and kept on going. Voilà! No more loose stitches showing!
This little lace pattern is quick to knit, and I seem to go faster because every row is one step closer to finishing an angel. But dang, it's hard not to blink!!
I have completed the second clue on the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl (spoiler alert!):
It's so crammed on the needle that it isn't much of a spoiler. Just when I figured out how to do the dang nupps, there are no more. Unless I want to knit it again. Which I do not. Most of my knitting this week has been right here, working on my nupps. You wouldn't think days of knitting would disappear so fast, but there you have it. Days and days of knitting. I just hope it's worth it in the end.
I also wound up three more skeins of yarn for my Holey Jacket:
When this yarn is gone, I will be more than half done my sweater. The progress so far:
Unfortunately, I haven't worked on it much, because the nupps have been attacking me, but when I do work on it, it goes fast.
My navy sock also goes fast, when I work on it:
I have on my schedule that my Navy Socks should be done by next Friday. The next clue on the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl doesn't have anymore nupps, but it might be a long clue to knit, so I hope I can get these socks done -- if I don't, no big deal. They'll get done.
I used The Culprit that unintentionally dyed my lovely skein of yarn pink. There is some satisfaction that will come of that when a cat rips it to shreds.
I blocked my Cardioid Shawl, which came out lovely, and I am very happy with it. Here it is pre-blocked:
Here it is blocked . The magic of lace!
I was going to start my Summer Solstice Mstery Shawl KAL on June 20th, but I had to have something to knit until then, so I started a pair of plain socks with a skein of Comfort Sock in navy blue:
They're good to work on when I am visiting someone.
I also started some crochet because ... well, because. Because I can and it's really fun. Here's my Holey Jacket so far:
I love this pattern. It's quick and easy, and it has a little shaping, but it's not hard. I also love the Wool in the Woods Cherub I'm using, too. The color is called "Majestic Ridge". The pattern calls for Paton's Grace; if I still like this pattern when it's done, I'll order some for either another Holey Sweater or for something else.
So then it was time to start thinking about the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl. I chose a skein of Sockaholic in color "Speakeasy" that has been sitting in my stash for a few years.
I knit my gauge swatch, and tried out some nupps:
The nupps on the top row are 3-stitch nupps; the nupps on the bottom row are 5-stitch nupps. Wendy gives the option of doing either one, or using beads, or doing nothing. I chose 3-stitch nupps.
When the 20th finally rolled around, I downloaded the pattern and started out. I like Wendy's patterns, because you start out with the most number of stitches, and it only gets easier from there. I cast on my 277 stitches -- twice, because I ran out of yarn for my long tail cast on 30 stitches from the end. I used a cable cast on the second time, because I was bright enough to read the pattern and saw that the first row was a right-side row. About three repeats of the pattern into the first pattern row, I regretted choosing 3-stitch nupps. Those babies are harder than they look! Doing them a couple times is fine, but doing them 30 times in a row, with yarn overs and double decreases on either side of them, is torture. Probably, I will think they're really pretty when they're done, and they better be, dammit.
That is the result of like, four hours of work, and the unending counting. I've got four more rows to do by next Tuesday ... if I live that long. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I succumbed to the crochet bug. Last week, I got an email from Patons (because I registered on their web site for free patterns) with two lovely patterns. I thought, that is a lovely little cardigan, and went to look at it. It is crochet.
Sigh. It calls for sport weight yarn .... hmmm, I think I have some sport weight yarn in my recently-inventoried stash ... yes, there it is. Will it be enough?
Yes, it was exactly enough.
Double sigh. And I already had two hanks wound into balls, too. So I started my Scallop Mesh Jacket, known to me as the Holey Sweater:
That's the beginning of the ribbing. I'm about to start the body now -- well, after I do some web site work. It is a lovely reward.
... hiding in the begonia. Can you believe it? The year is half gone already.
My Cardioid Shawl is nearly done:
A close up
When it's blocked of course, it will be much prettier. By cramming it all on straight 14" needles, I can't really tell what it looks like until I block it. What if, through some strange manipulation of the stitches, it spells out "Horrible Knitter" instead of being a nice, normal lace pattern? You just can't tell.
I do know that I was off a few times on my count and just fudged it; that two other times I dropped some stitches and picked them up -- probably wrong, but they were the right number, and it was better than nothing, which is what I would have if I let it all unravel; and the first time I knit a point, I neglected to pick up the wraps with the stitches which it VERY CLEARLY tells me to do in the pattern, and I didn't go back and do it over because going back, with this very slippery yarn, is pretty much impossible. The yarn is very pretty, though. I will never use it again, but it's very pretty.
I'm not sure how I can block it. That will take some figuring out. It has quite a bit of weirdly-shaped acreage. I could block it on the bed, if no one cares about sleeping there for a night ... we could have an all night party. Or, I could just figure something out. We'll see.
Ravelympics is Ravelry taking part in the Olympics, July 27 - August 12. The Olympic Committee has nothing to do with it, but don't tell the Ravelry people; they're absolutely going bonkers over the Olympics.
The last time I did the Knitting Olympics was when they had the Winter Olympics of 2010, about two months before my stroke, when I spun the yarn for a pair of socks on my spindle and knit the socks, all over the span of the Olympics. I wore my socks to the Spa. That was Stephanie Pearl-McFee's Knitting Olympics. It was really fun and I had a great time doing it. It was the most fun I'd had knitting in a long time.
Used to be, the Winter Olympics were the only ones that registered with me. The Summer Olympics were in the middle of Tourist Season, and the store was too busy for me to focus on anything else. But now, I can focus on the 2012 Summer Olympics!
Ravelry has tons of information. Tons. Just go to the Ravelympics 2012 group and see. You'll find everything you need. Just remember the One Rule to Rule Them All: Challenge Yourself and Have Fun! (Which is basically two rules.)
I'm on Team Sockaholics, which hosts the Village Pub, a very nice place to knit. They have daily drink specials during the games. They also have a team Ravelympic Logo:
I am using it for my Ravatar up to and during the Olympics.
What events am I going to join? Hmmmm. Challenge yourself and have fun. I can only think of one challenge that I need to face: my October Frost cardigan (Lisa Lloyd, A Fine Fleece), which fits the bill for WIP Wrestling. It's been lying untouched since before May 2012 (February 2011, to be exact), and it's a challenge for me. I may not finish it during the Olympics, but I can make a dent in it, and maybe keep on going. Since I started it, I've done more cabling, and whole-sweater knitting, so I think it's time. I am warming up my sticks, getting ready.
This week has been weird. I don't really know exactly what I've done. There've been days with no knitting, but offhand, I can't remember what I did do. One day we went up to Belfast, that was fun.
Consequently, my progress on the Cardioid Shawl has been slow, but steady.
I'm three rows before starting the border, which is the last section. The rows are now really long, 300 stitches or so, and to knit across one row takes forever, especially if it's a pattern row. Did I mention that counting is not my strong suit anymore? I forget where I am, and I have to go back and recount and recount to get things right. While my hearts are lined up okay, the filler pattern is a little wonky, but maybe it won't show. I'm a little wonky too.
When I finish this, I'm going to knit plain men's socks. It'll be refreshing!
First, I want to say Happy Birthday to my sister! These forget me not flowers are for you :) Mwah!
I finished my mouse, #24:
My ruffly scarf is done, too:
It's not as long as I'd like it, but on the other hand, I couldn't take much more of those size three needles and the ruffles, so I'm happy with it. It's softer than I thought it would be. Mohair + metallic yarn would potentially = scratchy, at least around my neck, but this feels wonderful. Who knew. If I knit this again, I'd use fingering weight yarn and size 5 needles, and make it longer. It would be cool in self-striping yarn.
I started my Cartioid Shawl!
I was prancing with excitement. This is how far it is as of yesterday morning:
I love working on it! The never ending repeats are just beginning though, so we'll see how long it takes. The yarn is very soft, but it's a bit splitty -- not bad, but I noticed it. It could be these Signature stilletto-tip needles I'm using, they're so pointy! They are awesome for some stitches where I have to knit or purl several stitches together, though.
The pattern, like all of Wendy's, is very well-written; it has both charts and written out directions, so you can choose what you like, and there are the numbers of stitches in all the parts every single row. When I get stuck on something, I just look and find out how many stitches I'm supposed to have in that section, and I can figure out what went wrong pretty easily. I got pretty good at reading lace knitting a while back, before my stroke, and luckily, it has stayed with me. With this shawl, it's the end-of-section yarn overs that I usually miss, so far.
Sock yarn from Lisa Souza! That's Appaloosa on the left, signed by both Lisa and Lorrie; Water Gardens in the middle; and Orion Nebula on the right. Her Sock! is 450 yards of fingering weight lusciousness made up of 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, and dyed in colors that will make you weep for joy, weep, I tell you. Appaloosa is gorgeous. I never would have ordered a brown color, but now that it is my hands, it is so pretty!
Ahhhh, now to let it marinate in my stash for a bit. I have a couple or three shawls to do first. But right now, I'm ruffling along, or maybe I should say flouncing along.
I'd like, on the one hand, to start stuffing them, but I kinda like leaving them unstuffed, too, because I am not sure what I would do if they were stuffed and the cats discovered them! They're so sneaky ...
I put a little more on my afghan and used up the rest of the lime green:
Then I started my Bohemian scarf ... I was a little worried I wouldn't like the pattern. I shouldn't have been; the pattern was wonderful! Every now and then you find the exact right pattern and the perfect yarn for it, and it is good; this was one of those times.
It was a quick knit; it only took 2 days. I added a little more to my afghan:
The Heart Cookie mitts that I blocked this week also took only 2 days.
But now I am knitting something that is taking a couple weeks to knit. I am using this:
Wonderful, sparkly skein of purple yummimess ... to make the flounced scarf of Drops design (Drops 129-28). I saw the woman at Have A Yarn in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia knitting it in pale gray, and it looked so nice. I chose a ball of the purple, and got the pattern from her, and set it aside. Now I finally am getting around to it!
It is knit on size 3 needles ... if I had really thought about it, I might not have done that. I could probably have gone up a size or two ... or three or four ... but I didn't. I just blindly followed the pattern, like some demented sheep. It's coming along nicely, but it seems slow after the last two projects!
I can knit about 6" a day, on a good day. Maybe I'll be done by next week! I keep telling myself that the ball is only 229 yards long ...
I ordered a Cardioid Shawl kit last week, and it came recently. It's going right to the top of my queue!
It contains the pattern, a skein of Sock-aholic Serene in Blueberry Pie, and a charming little stitch marker with a heart motif. This is going to be cool, and it's a great cause, too.
Speaking of causes, Lisa Souza has a thing on her blog about the Grace Foundation. She's donating the proceeds from sales of her "Appaloosa" colorway until June 30 to the Grace Foundation, which is having trouble due to the Susanville 70 -- a group of horses that have been rescued, and have been tied up in a legal battle ever since, and now the pregnant horses have had foals, and the months of eating sand and debris has had long term liver problems for the horses, and medical bills for the Grace Foundation. I've made my purchase to help! Those poor horses...
It's been another busy week. My mouse got finished:
She is Modest Moude 22 -- she has a yellow polka dot bikini on.
Following that, I went on to my Five Year socks and completed them, too:
That's socks before and after blocking. I made the effort to make them match exactly on the stripes; in this yarn, it makes a difference.
Then I went on and finally knit Mary Jane Mucklestone's Heart Cookie mitts. I have been wanting to knit them for so long!
Mitts in progress, Thursday morning.
All done :) Thursday afternoon.
It took me 3 months to get around to them, but I knit them in two days. They're a really fast knit. The top two pictures are more accurate as far as the colors go; the sun streams in my window in the afternoon and messes up my colors.
My new project is A Little Bit Bohemian, a scarf, by Rebecca Carmichael-Stromgren. It's a free pattern on Ravelry. It's a simple knit, and should go fast, but I might change my mind. Sometimes I am just sure that a pattern will work with the yarn, and sometimes I just don't know. Right now I just don't know. I love the yarn I am using, and it's very special yarn, and I want it to be something wonderful. I am not sure yet that they'll play well together or not.
The yarn was bought in St. John, New Brunswick in a great open air market. I ran across a stall run by a very nice woman (I forget her name, but Sharon knows her) who spins and knits, and sells her yarn and knitted things all over. It's handspun yarn that looks to have a lot of mohair in it, a little silk, and some wool, maybe merino. It's a 2-ply yarn, with one ply of a spring green, and the other ply a brilliant cobalt blue. It's so pretty! The skein has a nice halo to it, so I have good hopes for a dressy scarf. It looks sport weight, but the halo also tells me that it probably knits up thicker. I'll try it on size 8 needles and go up from there. It's fun to play with!
Yesterday I finished my Itchy Scratchy sweater. I know, I only had one sleeve started last week, but it's been rainy, and I was close to being done, and I wanted to finish it. I knit the sleeves:
Then I sewed it together:
Actually, I crocheted the pieces together. My husband helped pin it for me. Here it is, ready for blocking:
It looks pretty funny here. Moss rib really pulls in a lot, but I was encouraged when I stretched the sleeves out to sew them into place. I blocked it by washing in the machine (cold water, with Eucalan), spinning as much water out of it as possible, and putting it on the wooly board for final blocking:
It looks good, doesn't it? I like it; it doesn't feel so itchy anymore. The fabric really opened up with blocking, and it's a nice, comfortable weight. I think he will wear it a lot ... next year!
My next project is some Five Year socks. In October of 2007, I took my ill-fated trip to Bar Harbor, where I went to Bee's and got some stuff:
You can read how the yarn exploded in Helen's Restaurant here. Anyone know what yarn the sock yarn is? I didn't take a close enough picture to identify what yarn it is, and I foolishly didn't write it in the blog post anywhere. Anyway, I knit the beginning on Sand Beach:
And that's the last time I posted about it. Fast-forward to 2012, when I found the sad little sock lying forlornly in one of my bins while I was inventorying my yarn stash. I had actually knit as far as this, when I broke a needle and stopped:
I since had found size 0 needles, which were in it, so I can start right up again. I'm glad I found it!
Despite it being rainy all week, Mouse 20 loved it and went naked all the time:
And here's his bottom, to show you he has no tan lines:
The Crosswired Socks are done:
I loved knitting these! It's addictive, keeping on knitting those teeny stripes, and crossing the cables as you go. It's like a little Hanne Falkenburg for socks, except it's Wendy Gaal of Knitters Brewing Company, and she's fabulous.
The Itchy Scratchy sweater is coming along nicely. I got the front done (finally), knit both the front neck and the back neck, and joined the shoulders. Then I sewed the neck pieces together and weaved (wove?) in the ends.
The neck was pretty damn fiddly, but it was better to knit it on the two body parts separately than to try and wrestle with it in my lap trying to knit it in the round on six double-pointed needles. No matter how many needles I had in it, they were gonna fall out. So, I set it aside in my mind, knowing how much I preferred a neck that's all one piece, and knit it in pieces with two little seams. We must make compromises, that's what people who are one-handed do. And really, my husband will never know the difference.
Joining the shoulders was also fiddly, but I got better at it with practice. I figured out the rest of the pattern for the sleeves, how many to cast on, how many increases to do and how many rows between them. It's all downhill from here! I started the first sleeve. and I'm loving it. This sweater is going to be yummy-scrummy!
The body looks too small and the ribbing is doing a weird curl-up thing, but that's because I am using moss rib for the main body pattern, which pulls in monstrously until it's blocked. When it's blocked, it will look better. I hope.
You will notice a color change on the face. I finally reached the end of the ball of gray that I had ... but then I found another ball of tan Lush in the stash that I was inventorying last week. Small miracles, like yarn showing up just when I need it, are mysterious but good; thank you God. Now you can see tan mice, just in time for summer! They are naked too, so no tan lines. Silly mice.
My Crosswired Socks are 75% done:
These socks are kind of addictive to knit; I just want to keep going and going. Didn't I say that last week? It's still true. I may want to knit these again sometime, but not right away, because there are about a trillion other things I want to knit first.
I really miss the Itchy Scratchy sweater. It's pining away behind me on top of the knitting bag (which never houses any actual knitting projects, just yarn and tools and needles and stuff). I didn't knit on it at all this week, because I was knitting on my socks, but I wanted to. I'll knit on it for the next two or three weeks til it's done, and then I'll block it and it will look fabulous, and everyone wil tell me I must be a GENIUS, and it will fit perfectly, and my arm and leg will miraculously be all better, and I'll take up scuba diving, and we will go live in Mexico where I will teach knitting to rich tourists.
I made two mice this week, to make up for not making any last week. Here are Mouses 17 and 18:
I didn't work on my Itchy Scratchy sweater this week at all, because I've been obsessed with my Crosswired Socks:
These are so much fun to knit: it's like eating popcorn. I can't put them down! But I have to be mindful of not knitting too much, or the carpal monster will get me.
I like how there's a different pattern on the back of the leg than on the front. While I was knitting, I dreamed of making a hat with the new colors of Good Karma Farm yarn -- Hibiscus and New Mowed Lawn (I'm going from memory here).
And, as promised, I have been spinning a little bit every day:
My spinning has improved, but it still needs work. This is superwash merino that Tracy dyed. She gave it to me with the promise that I would spin it and knit with it someday. Little did she know that I would have a stroke! So here is my promise in the keeping, I'm spinning it, Tracy!
I divided the fluff in half before starting, and the first half is just about done. It will take me about a week to spin the other half, and then I'll ply it and set the twist. I never really know what I will make with the yarn until I end up with it. I intended to make socks, and I still may, but ya never know. They yarn may surprise me. I think it's still a little thick for sock yarn, but we will see.
My lilac bush has sprouted leaves in earnest now. I love that fresh, green color that signifies the beginning of spring!
I didn't knit any mice this week; I'll have to knit two next week!
I did knit a little on the Itchy Scratchy sweater this week. I missed it. I got to within 15 rows of being done the front. Then I just have the neckband, the sleeves, and finishing, and it will be done!
I have enjoyed working on the Crosswired Socks this week. I am up to the heel turn, which will be fun, and then I start patterning the back as well as the front of the sock. These socks are gonna be great. I thought as I knit, there are so many wonderful color combinations -- I may have to make another pair!
This is obviously a pre-blocked picture; there are no weird colored stripes like in the picture, there is just bad shading. I am loving this pattern! It's a lot of fun to knit, especially after learning how to cable without a needle. I am whizzing right along now!
Another thing that came to a well-deserved end was the Man Socks:
I think the the ribbing on the right-hand one makes it more distinctive. I really can't believe that I ran out of yarn on these socks. They are for a man, but he is not a super-long-legged-foot man. The two other times I made socks out of this yarn, I made girl sizes, and had a lot left over. I'm kind of dumbfounded that I not only ran out, but 29 rows from being finished? Really?
Enough about that.
I didn't work on the Itchy-Scrtchy sweater this week. The socks really took over my life, and I wanted to finish them and find out what the end was going to be. Now that they're blocking, I can relax, and get back to the sweater. It's right here.
The exciting new thing I've started is Crosswired Socks, from Knitters Brewing Company. I chose Foo Foo Drink and Dreamsicle for my colors. They are Mary Jane colors, and when I have to choose colors, I'll stick with Mary Jane's color sense over mine any time. So far they don't look like much, but I like the colors!
You petered out on me 29 rows from the completion of my pair of socks. In the future, I promise to use size 2 needles, not size 1's. Rather than making my brain hurt and tear out what I have already done on the other, finished, sock, and then finishing both of them, I'm finishing this pair with the corresponding green that I found in my stash of yarn. It helps to have a large stash of yarn sometimes. I hope the recipient doesn't mind; I don't think he will.
Needles, why do you try to commit suicide on a daily basis? This morning I found one of you jumping purposely over the table's edge, directly into the furnace's hot air vent. Luckily, you didn't go down all the way; my husband was able to retrieve you. But I've watched you, trying to escape, always falling out in the worst situations possible. You know I can't knit without all five of you!
I have 17 more rows to knit, and then I have to bind off. Please don't go wrong. The Man will love you, honest.