Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WIPW: 3 Weeks of Knitting

You know it is bad when you don't even know what day of the week it is. It is Wednesday. I am back at work, pondering what I should be working on. Haha, it either means I did a good job of clearing my desk, or there is just way too much to do.

I have a strangely huge number of things on my plate. I came home (trip post later, it is hard to pick and choose photos out of hundreds) and realized I had six works in progress. I brought three skeins of sock yarn and Evenstar with me on the trip. I left behind a pile of predrafted fiber, a sweater and a hat. Honestly I prefer the one at a time, though obviously this hasn't been the case recently.

Since then I have finished one pair of socks, and the hat. I'll have a little happy dance about those Friday.

That still leaves four current projects. Spinning thinner with my Mountain Colors Targhee top, the never ending Evenstar shawl, Chromosome Socks (Monkey with a twist), and the Beatnik sweater. Woo!

I project, that by tonight I should have the spinning done, because I want to finish it. I spun a little more than half of it last night, because I received fiber for my very first spin-a-long. The limiting factor was the fact that I couldn't flick the spindle any more because my thumb was getting sore.

I was really proud of myself. I stopped doing the park and draft, and started to stand up and continuously spin. I am still wrapping my head around drafting. Occasionally it works, occasionally it doesn't. I have no clue why.

I did a few rows of Evenstar on the trip. I had a bout of insomnia before flying, so made some progress then. I temporarily lost one of my four DPN's in the car, so my carry around knitting was Evenstar while I tried searching for the missing needle. I eventually found it in an awkward space between the cup holder, and the cup holder cover.

Evenstar is currently in the shawl desolation stage. 'I did all of this work, and it is only half way?' Since it is not deadline knitting, it will continue to linger. See, it is in the mesh bag of shame.Highlighter tape is the key to all of this slumber time. It is wonderful to be able to pick it up and know where I am. It was highly optimistic to take the beads with me. I am a long way from beads.

I started the chromosome socks on the plane ride back home. While I was knitting the pair I started when I was going to Hawaii I wondered if the pattern would look cool if I rotated the chart after every repeat.

The answer is yes, it is very cool. It makes a waves and diamond/oval pattern. I am charmed, even though it is the same chart as Monkey, it looks cool. I am now knitting these socks for the Sock Knitters Do-Si-Do KAL. I am a part of team Monkey. I found it easier to make the project I was already working on fit the KAL rather than start a whole new project. The premise is you agree to knit the same pattern, or same yarn and colorway as at least one other person. I am excited because there is good participation, and excellent chances for double dipping. So the above picture is how far I got on my first flight. Below is how far I got after the layover and the second flight.

Here is where I stand now. Not too much further than before.

 It's time will come, after I get at some low hanging fruit.

The last project is the Beatnik. I am carrying it around now. I got to 10 inches of back last night, which was promising. Sorry, I was in the middle of a row. The twisted pair cables are a pain, at the same time, they are really cool. Many people are subbing them out. I am sticking with it, because I am stubborn.

The deadline was extended to the 30th for the Whatcha Swatching KAL, so I think there is a good chance I can get it done in time for prizes. I was going to enter it into the Deep Stash Dive. However, since it didn't come with me, not much happened on it. I wish I had started it after Thanksgiving. There was no way I was going to knit a sweater in 2 weeks. Or since the Deep Stash Dive was sorta extended to Saturday, there is still no chance.

Check out the other happy Work in Progress Wednesday folks, go forth and comment and be merry!

Department of Stashquistions
So I did a Christmas swap. And . . . I got Am Kalten Polar in Twin! Squee!

 My swap partner also turned some of my fractals in to cards, which I thought was pretty cool. I also received some Regia. I was really happy.

I also got some fiber in the mail.

Pictures don't do it justice, and hey, pictures can not describe how it feels. It was quite pleasant draped around my neck. I will be spinning this next for The Knitgirllls FiberOptic SAL. Once I clear the spindle, this is going on. And there might be some consultation with my resident spinning experts. Who knows if I have the mad skills. Honestly, based on how awesome this feels and looks, it will be quite awesome yarn, regardless of my spinning.

I think I'd better get to it. I have a lot of crap to knit and spin!

That's all for now, take care guys,

Molly : )


  1. Lovely work! Especially impressed with the spinning - a skill I'd love to possess but haven't had the guts to try/learn! I'd love to learn how to knit just so I can try cable work. I love the look of knit cables. I've seen lots of crochet versions but I just don't think you can beat the knit look for cables!

    1. If you know any spinners I bet they would be more than happy to teach you. I am still very very new.

      Knitting is fun! You should try it. I am trying to wrap my head around crochet cables. It sounds crazy.

      Molly : )