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Knit Night: Too many things to knit, too little time.

How is it almost the end of May already? I had several projects I wanted to tackle in May and I haven’t even started most of them yet!

I have, however, still been on a finishing kick.  This past weekend we drove up to Chicago and back, and I managed to finish off the Cherry Blossom socks that had been lingering in my WIPs since March. I knit these using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz out of H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the colorway Cherry Blossom.  I used a contrasting miniskein at the heel from Wooly Wonka Fiber to preserve the stripes in the main yarn.

Next up on the list is my Albuquerque Sunset by Casapinka knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in #5633 Italian Plum and a Knitpicks Sock Blank dyed by me

Albuquerque Sunset

As of this photo I have just completed half of the sock blank, ending with the yellow. My original plan had been to continue on using the second half of the yarn to work back out towards the pink/purple, but I think I’m going to go rogue here and end the shawl shortly. I have a bit of the dark plum left, so I think I’m going to do a final section in just the dark color and call the shawl finished (basically omitting the lace section that the pattern suggests should be in the contrasting yarn).  I’m at the point where I may even be able to finish this shawl tonight at knit night.

Which means I have to figure out what to do next!?!?  For instant gratification, I cast on for a winter hat for Miles last night while I contemplated my options.  I have a secret project to knit, I have some yarn for a review, I have a sweater for Roxy, and I have my poor neglected Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Wollmeise Lacegarn in Petit Poison No. 5 that I started last August. All I do know is that I’ve got a holiday weekend coming up and the forecast is 100% chance of knitting!

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Episode 183: A Whirlwind Weekend

Welcome to episode 183! Well this one is a little more chatty than usual, but I had to make up for not as much knitting. 🙂 I have a few things to show you and lots to talk about after a whirlwind weekend vacation. I hope to have more knits and spins next week!

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Knit Night: Still in the sweaters.

At this point I’m really only working on two projects.

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the sweater for my nephew. I will finish the first sleeve cuff today, and then cast on for the second sleeve, which I will work on tonight.  I’m loving how this one is coming out – it’s such a simple knit with just a few textural details.

Again this is Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel knit out of Miss Babs Yowza in Shaken, Not Stirred.

Miles' 2nd year

The second sweater is one for me. Bulky yarn is making this one knit up fairly quickly, even if I only get through one lace repeat a night. As of last count I was about 11 or 12″ into the body so I have a few more lace repeats before I divide for front and back and things get interesting.

Again this is Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, knit from a kit I purchased from Craftsy including their house yarn, Cloudborn Fibers Bulky Wool Twist in Slate Heather.

Wolf River

Finally, I did finish that first sock I was working on. I’m hoping to cast on and make decent progress on the second one this weekend.

Cherry Blossom

I’ve decided to devote the rest of April to finishing some WIPs. I have mom’s blanket, a scarf, and another sweater that has been in hibernation. I’m not going to let myself cast on anything new with one exception: once the current socks are done I’m going to cast on a new pair with this fabulous yarn from Northbound Knitting that I could not resist.

NBK Rumpus and Oleander

Knit Night: All the sweaters

So even though yesterday was the first day of spring, I’m still in sweater mode. This week I had hankerings to cast on sweaters.  I thought I could tide myself over by casting on a sweater for my nephew.  I was somewhat successful in that I did cast on the sweater, and I actually just separated the sleeves from the body today. I ended up going with Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel.  The yarn is a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that I got when I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2014!

Miles 2 year sweater

I was somewhat unsuccessful in that last night I cast on for a sweater for myself! In the fall, Craftsy had a super sale on its yarns and kits and I picked up a kit to knit Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary. I selected a Slate Grey color because I don’t have any sweaters that color. I’m modifying the pattern a bit (knitting the body in one piece rather than as front and back pieces) and managed to get through about an inch of the hem ribbing last night. There isn’t much to show, so I’ll pop in a photo from the Ravelry pattern page.

Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, pattern available for purchase on Ravelry

I’ve also made a bit of progress on a pair of socks for myself.  I’m using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz and a new to me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in Cherry Blossom.  So far I’ve got the toe, gusset and heel down. Now it’s just the leg to go! (oh and the second sock…)

Cherry Blossom

Finally, I’ve been getting some work done on the blanket I’m knitting for my parents. After she saw mine, my mom wanted her own memory blanket. I’m using the same pattern I used for my blanket: Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson. And, as I did with mine, I’m adapting it for worsted weight yarns or fingering weight held doubled.  As of this week I’m somewhere between 81 and 100 squares (I don’t really count between the square numbers), but this photo was taken two weekends ago at 81.

Mom's Blanket 3-11-18

I did finish my secret knitting this week, a shawl for a friend. I’m giving it to her as a surprise tomorrow, so I’ll include a picture of it in next week’s round up.

Enjoy your week!

Episode 175: Empty needles.

Welcome to episode 175! This week I finished a Milo, a shawl and a spin, and except for socks my needles are empty. I guess I’d better cast on.

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Episode 173: Frogs in the creek.

Welcome to episode 173! This week I finished my handspun socks, worked on a cowl and a spin, and have a new shawl and spin planned. Also, there’s a giveaway this week, brought to you by the lovely KnitandStitchBits (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitandStitchBits). Be sure to watch the episode, and answer the question in the comments on the YouTube page. I’ll draw for a winner next week.

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Knit Night: Potawatomi and Handspun Sock

This was a week for finishing things!

After I posted on Wednesday of last week, I went to knit night and finished the body of the poncho and picked up stitches for the ribbed collar.  Thursday turned out to be icy so I worked from home and, in the lulls between tasks and emails, I was able to knit through the collar.  That evening I wove in my ends and did some light blocking and I was done! (Ok, technically I still need to add buttons to the collar, but I’m calling it a podium finish.)

Potawatomi

Potawatomi

Once my poncho was off the needles, I was eager to start new projects but instead made myself pick up a project that had fallen by the wayside, some handspun socks. These socks were my Christmas Eve cast-on (oops!), but got brushed aside for some January and February knits. My goal was to finish them before the end of the month.

These were knit out of my handspun from Hello Yarn Corriedale fiber in the Poisoned Apples colorway.

Jul Sea Bird

I used David Schulz’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook which is a great pattern, especially if you’re working with handspun.

I finished these last night before bed!

Poisoned Apples

So what’s next? I have another project waiting in the wings. (Technically it is waiting with a friend – I accidentally left it at knit night last week and a wonderful knitting buddy held it for me until tonight!). This is going to be a Lowbrow Cowl using some yarn that my boss brought me from his trip to Australia a few years ago.

Finally, since the sock needles are empty, I need to cast on again. I picked up a skein of a new-to-me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the Cherry Blossom colorway, and I’m going to knit some vanilla socks in super pretty stripes.

Comfort Sockenwolle Cherry Blossom

The most interesting part about this new cast on is that I purchased some Addi FlexiFlips needles to test out. More about those next week!

Episode 169: It’s been a week!

Welcome to episode 169! I only just got internet service restored in time to upload this video. It’s been a crazy busy week. I’ve gotten quite a bit of knitting and spinning done, especially without the internet to distract me!

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  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Episode 161: A long absence.

Welcome to episode 161! I’m sorry I haven’t podcasted in 3 weeks – life just got in the way. That said, I have TONS of knits to show you and lots to share. I hope you enjoy!

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Episode 158: I can’t find anything.

Welcome to episode 158! This week I can’t seem to find anything in my craft room. That said, I have lots and lots of knits to share and even a spin.

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  • David’s Tea, Licorice Twist (discontinued)

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