WIP Wednesday: Ignore the Vest Edition

Does the Dream Stripes shawl look a little bigger? I spent a wee bit of time knitting on it yesterday. The pattern is so easy that I’ve memorized it already. Of course I’m not actually knitting the pattern as written. I discovered in the helpful projects a rewritten version that makes sense to me so that’s what I’m doing. 

I haven’t picked the vest up in ages. I don’t know why I get to the last bit of knitting on a project and just stop. It makes no sense. I’ve got to get it done so I may as well do it. Maybe I’ll put it on the agenda for tomorrow. 

So what are you working on? Do you ever stall for no reason?

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FO on a Tuesday: Look Socks!

I’m really hoping finishing these socks will give me the oomph I need to get back to the vest. 

These are my usual 64 stitch sock pattern I keep in my head. The yarn is Spun Right Round SW sock 80/20 in graffiti overlay. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. The spots of color are fun though the colors are all wrong in this photo. The background is gray. I’m glad I have another skein of Spun Right Round in the stash. 

Myles was such a good boy chewing on his bone while I kitchenered the toes. Normally he likes a little extra attention after dinner but he has waited patiently while I finished the toes and wrote this blog post. He’ll need extra scratches tonight. 

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Hardly Knitting

I just barely have the will to knit on the sock. Maybe if I finish it the urge to knit will return. 

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Odds and Ends

These are a few little things I’ve noticed this week. 

The puppy planter has gone crazy. It’s nearly impossible to keep enough water in the dish. I refill it nearly every day. The clover has grown so quickly. I’ll be interested to see if the clover flowers. That would be exciting. 

The crown of thorns that was my mother’s has flowered and appears to have more coming. I had inherited two plants but only kept one. It looked pretty horrible in the fall and I was ready to dump it but couldn’t. It’s obviously very happy in its current location. 

I continue to love peanut M&Ms and it appears they love me too. This one was in the oversized bag I bought for Easter. 

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At Loose Ends

As I mentioned the other day I was going to cast on the Dream Stripes shawl. The other projects that I’m knitting aren’t doing it for me. I don’t want to lose my mojo and that is likely if I force myself to knit something I’m not in the mood for. 

So I cast on the shawl and it was less than satisfying. Maybe even frustrating. I ripped it out and cast on again using a few of the helpful hints on Ravelry. That too looked uneven. I like neat and tidy. 

So I read more helpful hints. There are over 2000 projects on Ravelry so there are plenty of hints. After reading most of them I found the ones that would work for me and now I have the start of a happy striped shawl. The best part is the plain part of the pattern is simple enough that I can knit it without looking at the pattern. Hopefully this will keep the mojo going long enough for that loose ends feeling to pass and the need for a finished object feeling to kick in. 

Thank you for all your suggestions yesterday on the cake winding issues. I’ll try them next time.

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Advice Please

Sometimes I think it’s me. Actually a lot of the time I think it’s me when things seem more difficult than they should be. I am known for getting in my own way. 

Anyway, I was in a hurry last night to wind the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine. I had two skeins and I didn’t want to lose two hours of prime knitting time rolling the yarn into a ball by hand. That is what I’ve been doing lately. I lay the skein on my lap and roll it into a ball. When I have time I don’t mind and I haven’t got a great place to attach the umbrella swift and ball wonder. The inherited tables are in too good a shape to scratch them attaching stuff. All I have left is the kitchen counter. It works just fine but they are kind of close. 

The problem I’ve run into is with the skeins once they’ve been wound. They’re really tight. Way tighter than is probably good for the yarn. What can I do to prevent this? Is it just the nature of the beast? Is the ball winder too close to the swift? Is the swift not spinning fast enough or maybe too fast? Any ideas? 

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I might need to be talked down. I was poking around on Ravelry like you do when I detoured into my library just to have a look around. There was time to kill and my knitting fantasy life needed a little injection. I happened on a pattern I saved a while back called Dream Stripes. Then I remembered the above Berroco ultra alpaca fine that I bought a while back to knit something striped. It’s a match made in heaven or in my brain anyway. I really don’t need to add another project to my mental queue but it’s a pattern I have and stash yarn. It sounds pretty perfect to me. Plus it’s stripes! I love stripes. So do I need to be talked down? Nah, I’ll just add it to the queue and cast on when I have a minute. Maybe I’ll make a minute right now.

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