Here’s wishing everyone a great day! I shall be somewhere were hopefully enjoying good food, good drink and good friends.
I remember the last honey cowl I worked on taking ages to grow and be finished. And that I finished it at a point of I’m done dang it! More than it had reached the size called for in the pattern. This one is flying off the needles a bit.
This is a picture I snapped before heading off to work. Gotta say the sun really agreed with me on this one.
This is a shot from my cubicle. It looks like it nearly doubled in size in just one way of the journey. So so far a good WIPW. What is everyone working on a week til the big day?
So this week’s works in progress are both purple. Well one is a long term WIP but as I mentioned Monday I am weakly attempting to finish my Bayside for VK-Live, Jan 17/18. So how much progress was made before I put the sweater down and wandered off to knit some heavier weight sweaters?
Yeah, that’s it, and there is a good chance I will have to frog that as the stitch count seems to be off. I have printed out a fresh copy of the pattern and will be double checking my numbers before I do anything drastic so we’ll see what happens.
On to more sensible projects. The Snapdragon Tam is growing. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week and move up to the matching honey cowl.
In other less purple news Christmas is Coming. I’ll be putting together Christmas Cards. So drop me a line with your address at 1geek2craftall [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will pop a card over to you. I will likely drop them all in the mail some time next week. So let’s say email me by Weds Dec 17th and I’ll mail everything out Thursday the 18th and yes international addresses too!
It’s the second shop update for the month. In a hope to makes sure holiday items get into the shop with enough time before Christmas. If you wader into the shop the code Gobble will get you 10% off until Friday, December 5th.
Carol of the Bells Stitch Markers – with actual bells
Tis the Season Earrings and Snow Queen Earrings
Christmas Stocking Earrings
And on a much greener side of things Kryptonite Earrings and Slytherin Earrings
Blue had its moment too- Knitters Ear Blue and Cthulhu Blue Earrings
Everything is up in the shop and my goal is to have, one more update for the year on December 19th. Until then enjoy!
My last couple of projects have been gifts, and each has flown off the needles. Apparently I just need to make gifts for everyone. And the Just One More Row Podcast is hosting a Christmas in July Knit Along. So I have a list of items to make.
- A Christmas Stocking for a friend whose stocking was beset by moths
- A new tree topper
- A knit string of lights
- Knit ornaments (Sweaters, balls, mini stockings) ‘
- Gifts – I have one hat I plan on making a friend and while technically a Christmas present she would love it for NYCC.
- I have a couple hats/scarves/mitts I want to make and just put aside for whoever comes to mind later in the year.
So when my dad called me on Saturday, to come see him on Monday, as he would be out of town Christmas. I had a moment of Noooooooooo. Then I realized I had no part of his gift ready. Going to Best Buy or Target the weekend before Christmas fills me with dread. I like the internet. I can buy things, there are no people involved. My experience with things like Black Friday are working the registers at 5am. I worked across the street from Macy’s on 34th street for a while. There are parts of the city I am fully willing to give up from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. So yes I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, except some online ordering.
Anyway back to the sock. Monday morning I got to work ready to turn the heel. Six inches of leg done.
So last night on my dad’s couch I turned his heel, we chatted, and never mentioned that I was clearly working on his gift.
I also greatly regret not getting the eBook version of Knit. Sock. Love. as I keep having to photocopy pages as I have lost the pattern twice now. At least I haven’t lost the book. I have the rest of the week off, so I’m hoping to finish dad’s socks by Monday, when I will actually be seeing him again. Fingers crossed.
I am working on the toe of my dad’s sock. So yay at the 47% mark on Dec 11th. Er… We’ll work on that. The problem is I had him put the sock on and I have a quandary. The sock fits and is too big around. Sigh. Remember when I thought this was the problem and talked myself out of it? Yeah…
So my question becomes do I cast on the next sock as a medium and then make a third sock? (Yeah this means letting go of the Christmas delivery date but I’m like 40% okay with that). Am I more realistic and make dad’s next sock the same size and assume it will be a layering sock? I fear I will just end up with two mis sized socks…but there is the part of me that keeps going its too big. Why make another one?
I have no idea if I do or not. but we all know Harry does. Why is this relevant? I have finished the leg on my dad’s socks and I had an attack of what if they are too big. They are too big. Of course they are too big. Why? I have my dad’s legs. They are great legs, if he was a different person I’m sure he would look killer in a pair of heels (I have never seen my dad in a pair of jeans because ‘those are for kids’). And we have skinny calves. To the point that I love lace up boots so I can tighten them all the way and they will only be slightly loose.
So after an afternoon of panic, and a failed attempt to go see him (the post office had a line one tends to see April 15 or the last two weeks of Dec). I tried the sock on my own foot. It was loose, but nothing that wouldn’t fit man much larger than I was. Small holiday panic averted. Yes I will be seeing my dad Thursday to confirm. But that would have been a few knitting days lost. I still have another sock to make.
Does anyone else have tales of knitwear panic? Or maybe you know who gave you your knees?
I’m making slow progress on a few projects. I’ve been spinning, knitting, crafting, and of course writing my Nano Novel. I finally started my dad’s socks.
My first day of knitting showed some progress though I did lose a DPN. I’m not even surprised. I dropped these so often I have multiple sets in different materials and brands, and I know I have a metal set somewhere. And last night while catching up on some Orphan Black I even made some more progress, I have started the leg, and if I can get some momentum going I can possibly make it by Christmas.
Now that I am in the leg, the pattern is easy to follow and I won’t need the chart again for a few more inches. I found the Shoe Size Chart for Knitting Socks which is just what this noob sock knitter needed. I knew my dad was a size 12, after a slightly suspicious phone call. And then I read the pattern and kinda wondered what I was supposed to do with that information. Comparing the chart to my own size and a ruler it seems to work so I’m going for it.
It also helps that I have a skein per sock, so hopefully all will go well there. This is pretty much, all my Christmas knitting, except an idea for the shop, that if it comes to life may mean an early December update.