Posted in Afghans, Blankets, Blocks, Excuses, Kal, Knitting, Squares, Winter, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – I’m Not Even Sure How This Happens….

Just so you know, I had NO (as in zero, none, nodda) intention of knitting the knitted version of The Traveling Afghan. I was ONLY going to make the crochet version. As you can see from the above photo, I have completed the first 2 blocks and have started the third block.

Initially, I only intended to knit some of my favorite blocks on smaller needles to make 9″ blocks for my Beat the Winter Blues Afghan WIP.

The first block was designed by Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands. It was a basketweave pattern and I thought it would be a really good pattern for the Afghan. I knit the block on size 4 needles and I was able to block it to 9″, but if you let the block “rest”, it settles back to 10″. “It’s okay….it will be fine” I told myself.

Then, along came block#2…. A really pretty block from Nomad Stitches. Since block #1, stitched up a bit on the biggish side, I decided to go down to size 2.5 needles. That should work, right? I mean why gauge swatch? The block itself is a gauge swatch!

Oh! How wrong I could be! Block #2 blocked out at 10″ too! How big would that block have been if I had knit it on the recommended size 9 needles? I think I’m starting to see how my wonky tension affects my knitting! I’m not even sure gauge swatching would have helped with this!

Now, I’m well into knitting block #3 from The Queen Stitch. Anyway, it looks like instead of adding blocks to an existing WIP, I’ve now started a whole, new project!

So far, it’s been fun! We’ll see how well I can keep up with ALL my projects as my knitting/crocheting/crafting time shortens as my workload increases at my job in the garden center (I don’t care how dedicated a crafter you are, there’s less crafting going on when you come home EXHAUSTED from your job!)

Start any new projects lately? How’s your progress on your WIPs?

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

Loei

Posted in Cardigans, Holidays, Knitting, Projects, Scarves, Shawls, Tunisian, Winter, Wraps

Happy Galentine’s Day 2020!

Happy Galentine’s Day! Here’s hoping you get to spend some time with your favorite bestie (and maybe some yarn) today!

I’ve been making slow,steady progress on my current projects. Unfortunately for me some of my favorite designers have done their best to distract me from my current WIPs with a slew of amazing new projects. Here’s the list of what I’m trying not to start (at least not until I finish some of my current projects)

The Waterbury Plaid Blanket Scarf

The Mercantile Easy Tunisian Cardigan

The Backcountry Crochet Cardigan

The Tunisian Crochet Neckwarmer

Well, there’s the list of my current distractions. Anyone else have a growing list of projects that are making working on your old projects a bit harder? Or is it just me?

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

Lori

Posted in Afghans, Blankets, Blocks, CAL, Crochet, Knitting, Scarves, sweaters, Winter, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – What I’ve Been Working On

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I cannot believe the month of January 2020 is almost gone! What happened?!?! I haven’t checked in quite as often as I had planned, but, I thought I’d give you a little run-down of what I’ve been working on.

The Traveling Afghans. This has been an AMAZING project! Not only have I gotten to crochet blocks for an upcoming afghan (okay, it’s only January, I’ve only gotten to work on 2….), but I’ve gotten to “meet” several designers/bloggers and “hear” their stories about some of my favorite topics….Knitting, Crocheting and YARN! That’s kind of AWESOME!

When I first started this project, I was a little impatient waiting for the blocks to be posted¬†(well, in my defense, it was a NEW project and I was ready to just get with the crocheting….).¬†I had to remember, the Afghan is traveling all around the world to all the designers so they can add their block. I decided I would use the “in between” time to work on some of my WIPs. Then, when a new block comes out, I work on the block. It’s really a good system! I get to work on something new AND get lots of progress on those WIPs!

 

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You might remember this sweater. My 2019 version of “I will complete a sweater THIS year”. Yep. It’s still not finished. But. If you notice, the FUN part is finished! I just have to complete the mundane MILES of stockinette, sleeves and then I’m ready to cut that steek! Should be any day now….Maybe I’ll get this done by the end of 2020. Maybe….

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I also started another NEW project….The Bernard Houndstooth Scarf. It’s not really my fault, I was spending quite a bit of time on Two of Wands site looking for afghan squares and I fell in LOVE with the simplicity of this scarf. I had some beautiful Pure alpaca (that a friend had given me) that needed a special project. I paired it with some Shawl in a Ball Metallic¬†(that I’ve tried and failed in a couple of other projects…..) and, yep! It makes a perfect project!

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My final project is more Afghan blocks. This time I’m knitting SOME of the Traveling Afghans Knit blocks. But. Instead of knitting them for the Traveling Afghan, I’m knitting them for my Beat the Winter Blues Afghan. Sort of knitting something NEW for an old project. I should be knitting from stitch patterns, but, these patterns are all done for me! I do have to knit on size 2.5 needles to get the block down to a 9″ size, but HEY! It works!

How are your old and new projects coming along? Making progress in 2020?

Happy knitting and crocheting!

Lori

 

 

Posted in Cowls/Neckwarmers, Knitting, Shawls, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – Starting a New Design

What I should be working on is the enormous amount of WIPs I’ve accumulated. Instead, I’m starting a new design. Why? You ask? Because I can’t get this idea out of my head! I decided I must conquer this!

This is not my first attempt either. I’m guessing this is attempt #8. Maybe even attempt #10? I’ve restarted this project several times for the last couple of weeks. That means my knitting has virtually been non-existent….I mean, sure I’m knitting, but it seems to be going nowhere! This time though, I think I’m making progress!

Sometimes, I wish I could just settle on a pattern and knit up a project. It would sure make my life easier! But. NO! That little idea just sits there in my brain, insisting on being worked on. Fine! I can work on it!

This project has really tested my design ability though. I KNOW it can be done, but, I’m not really sure HOW it should be done. Top-down? Bottom-up? Shortrows? I’ll get it….. eventually……

Hopefully, one day soon, I’ll be able to reveal a new pattern. Hopefully!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in After-Thought Heel, Knitting, Socks, WIPS

WIP Wednesday -Starting the Heel

Yesterday, during my lunch break, I started on the After-Thought Heel of my socks. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a magician when I undo the waste yarn and have all those stitches on my needles. Tah-Dah! It’s like magic!

If you have never knit an After-Thought Heel (and therefore have NO IDEA what I’m talking about….), but would never want to try this technique on a pair of socks, this Pick a Pocket Mug Cozy uses a similar technique. Here’s a plus too, gift giving season is just around the corner and this cute cozy combined with a mug and a gift card to a favorite coffee shop tucked in the pocket makes a fun little knitted gift! Knitting with a purpose!

Well, now I’ve started thinking about gift knitting……that’s okay, though, we KNOW it’ll be here soon!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, Socks, WIPS

Thoughts on Thursday – Sock Knitting

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (I could check, but why go down that rabbit hole?), I LOVE the idea of knitting socks, but can’t stand to knit socks. To be fair, I haven’t had much luck with sock knitting. I get weird, loose tension when using sock yarn (only for socks, shawls are okay….). BUT. I still LOVE the idea of knitting socks, so I just keep trying different things.

I decided to use 2 strands of sock yarn held together on this pair of socks.

I did basically the same thing for these socks, except, I decided to do stripes. Since I knit socks two at a time, I had 4 skeins of yarn going (what a MESS!).

This Spring, after I completed the Knitting on 2 Circulars class (mentioned in this post), Julie from Simply Notable offered a Video Sock Class, I decided to sign up for the class, because, HEY! I need some sock knitting help!

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We were going to be knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. Top-down. ONE at a time. On 2 (size 4) circular needles. I’ve always knit socks (or anything that comes in pairs, sleeves, mitts, etc.) two at a time. Why? In a word……Second Sock Syndrome (okay…..three words… )!!! It was going to be alright, I could do this for the sake of learning!

Here’s what I learned…..

  • Casting on over 2 needles makes a nice, stretchy edge!
  • Reading the instructions helps…..that way you do the correct rib, instead of the k1 p1 rib I did.
  • Even with worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, my tension is still “sloppy”.
  • I cannot do the Kirchner stitch without instructions.
  • I still prefer two at a time.
  • I also think I might prefer toe-up.
  • After-thought heels are my favorite.

Here’s how I adapted for my second pair….

  • Bought 2 new size 2.5 ChiaoGoo needles (just so you know, ChiaoGoo are my new favorite!)
  • Cast-on for toe-up
  • Did the correct k2 p2 rib
  • Since casting on over 2 needles worked so good, I decided to try binding off over 2 needles would be good. Yeah, I’m still struggling with that. Here’s a peak at that process…..
  • If I ever get the bind off done, I plan on doing the After thought heel again.

As you can see, it won’t be long before I join the ranks of the Sock Knitters….. What knitting challenge are you overcoming?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Knitting, Shawls, Socks, WIPS

What I’ve Been Up To….

It’s been awhile since I posted (March, I think….). Life got a little busy. When I say busy, I mean, beyond the “normal” amount of busy that usually hits in the Spring for me (Spring is ALWAYS busy for those who work in the garden center business.). But, this year Mr. Muddling and I decided to start an online business too. We’d been talking about it for a long time, and decided to just do it! (If you want to check out our website, Cowboy Comfort,llc).

Between setting up the business AND sewing/making all the products, my knitting was basically non-existent (although, my sewing machine sure got a workout!)! We got most of the products made and onto the website by June (although there ALWAYS seems like there’s more to do on the website…..), and I was able to start a pair of socks. I’ve been knitting on them ALL summer! I’m FINALLY starting the bind-off!!!

Yesterday, I drug out the Drop Stitch Shawl I had started (back in March…..).It had been in time-out for several months, because it needed a lifeline put in so it could be frogged back (somehow, I had dropped a stitch …..not one of the intentional dropped stitches either…..). It took me awhile, but it’s back on the needles and now I’m back to making progress on it! YAY!

How’s your summer knitting been going?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Drop Stitch, Free Patterns, Kal, Knitting, Lace, Shawls, Spring

Drop Stitch Shawl KAL

Happy Spring!!! See the white background? Yes! That’s snow! It’s going to go away soon now though, because Spring is here!

Well, I promised a Spring Shawl KAL, so, be sure to join either the Facebook or Ravelry groups. Oh! and before I forget, also pick up a copy of your pattern (free during the KAL).

I hope you’ll join me for this fun little knit!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

Posted in Kal, Knitting, Lace, Shawls, Spring, WIPS

Finishing Up Friday – A Lacy Shawl

I’m FINALLY starting the bind-off for the Lacy Shawl for the Spring KAL (oh! How much more muddled my life has been getting…..). It’s a Picot Bind-off. It’s a BEAUTIFUL bind-off! It does take awhile, but it is SO worth it!

I hope you’ll join me in knitting this lovely shawl! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can join either the Facebook or Ravelry groups (or both, if you want to….), so you’ll be ready on Wednesday, March 20th when I release the pattern for the KAL. You’ve got a few days to finish up your current WIPs (or find a place to stash them, you know, until you can finish them later!).

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

Posted in Embroidery, Excuses, FOs, Knitting, Mug Cozies, Ramblings

Why I Didn’t Get Another Stitch Pattern Knitted This Week.

Well…..it happened again. Just like last week (this post), I didn’t get a Stitch Pattern block started (I might be a bad KAL host….). BUT. I did get knitting done! The above photo is the mug cozy I knit while participating in Simply Notable’s Knitting in the Round on 2 Circulars Challenge. This project was the perfect little break I needed from the 3 HUGE projects I have in the works currently. Plus, I picked up some knitting/finishing tips along the way (win. win.).

I made one tiny mistake. The photo above shows the self-striping yarn I had chosen to knit the cozy out of. Isn’t it beautiful? The only problem was, the color change repeats were so large, I ended up with a GRAY mug cozy. What to do? I’ve always wanted to play around with embroidery on knitting. That plain, gray mug cozy made the perfect place to start! I may need to add embroidery more often!

How are your projects coming along?

Happy knitting!

Lori