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wip : stranded show offs ii

I’m about to turn the second heel of these Stranded Show-Off socks in a Zauberball. It’s hard to put it down now that I see how lovely these colors look in this pattern. The Regia Hand-Dye Effect really did the pattern an injustice to me. When the yarn’s a dream, the whole sock knitting experience is a dream as well. I also finished Hannah Thissen’s Slow Knitting. I like what ideas and values that this book fosters. As a long-time lurker of knitting blogs over the years it was exciting to see the profiles of names I recognised (like Bare Naked Wools, Brooklyn Tweed, Jill Draper Makes Stuff, etc). It was a little difficult reading this book in the format that I did (I’m talking about on a Kindle app, on an Ipad), but it’s a recommended read if you’re interested in source-conscious, sustainable wool and the mindset of slow knitting. The book wasn’t enough to completely assuage my knitting-related impatience–I look at my stash feeling anxious excitement about seeing what they’ll look like knit …

wip: hue shift, bt beanie

Less talking, more knitting, right? A wip post, at long last. On the circular needle was (was! finished it recently and haven’t taken it off yet!) an improvised beanie using the Brooklyn Tweed loft yarn Nick bought me at Knit Purl..back when we braved unsalted Portland roads last winter for some yarn tourism. The yarn is lofty and fluffy. The crunchy bits of dry grass between the plies add a touch of..authenticity I guess. I would consider shelling out for a sweater quantity someday, when I think I’m worth it. I’ve had the yarn for this Hue Shift Afghan project for almost a year now. It’s nice to finally cast-on and see what the fuss was about. This is my first mitred square project and I’m happy to know that I had little reason to feel as intimidated by the method as I was all this time. My concern currently? Mostly, running out of yarn before I make it all the way through this blanket. A lot of knitters on Ravelry have complained that knitpicks …

wip: scrap socks 2, slide

Second sock syndrome successfully prevented. I think I made a good call on knitting these one-at-a-time. It helps me better focus on each sock’s different pattern. It still feels like a bit of a waste to have just one sock being worked on a long circular needle, so, in spite of my renewed fear of snapping another thin needle while on the go… ..so I moved these onto dpns, and… ..casted on my second pair of scrap ankle socks. Scrankle socks. These are made using Brittney Elbertson’s Go to Shortie Socks pattern. She originally wrote these for a small diameter circular needle (which is a fantastic idea! Someday.) But I wanted these both knit at once for some semi-identical socks. It feels like the way to make the best look out of a random and usually horrific color scheme you often get with yarn scraps. It thankfully took only a few minutes to learn how to start cuff-down socks with a magic loop, as the method turned out to be super simple. Definitely an easy …

wip : gd

GD is 53″ wide and about 57″ long now! I’m getting so impatient about finishing this blanket that I’m closing up the bottom edge and single crocheting the sides to feel like more ‘finishing’ is getting done I found a few skeins in an old plastic bag in a closet, so it’s not time to bind off just yet.

how ease-y is too ease-y?

After toiling on my NaKniSweMo project, I figured it was safe to actually try this thing on to see how the project was coming. My first response seeing myself in a mirror in this thing was ‘ugh, I look like a bag of sausages under a knit tarp’. Alright, I don’t exactly have stellar self esteem here, but really–how big and comfy is too big and comfy for a sweater? This is a really really comfortable garment to wear and all, but with these wizard sleeves and the waist-decreases that didn’t seem to amount to very much at all on my figure, I’m beginning to think there’s more to sweater sizing than, idk, carelessly matching the bust measurement in the pattern and just going for it. Expecting some positive-ease to my sweater, I thought it was safe to do just that and get enough yarn for the Large size. 45″ can work well with my 42″ bust, but the waist on this thing is 37″ (I’m something like a 32), explaining clearly why my sweater …