Feelings of Accomplishment

Knit in a month, finished in two, I finally have pictures of my complete blanket.

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Have I mentioned lately how difficult it is to get good pictures of big projects? I’m still working on getting better pictures of this one. I’m beyond pleased with the results, though.

Thankfully, this frees up my time for the smaller projects that I’ve been craving.

DSC_0400I’ve been churning out small projects one after another recently as though my life depends on it. I love these mittens, and I can’t wait to knit another pair. Cable-y, smooshy, delightful socks are next. After that, another large project looms on the horizon, but hopefully I’ll be ready for it before the yarn arrives. Fall always feels like the best time of year to be a knitter to me, and this year hasn’t been a disappointment!

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Bits and Pieces

The beginning of June was a tricky couple of weeks for me. I graduated university, moved, and changed jobs all in one weekend, which required a good lot of preparation. Now that I’m settled, unpacked, and starting to get organized, I can see what the upheaval did to my knitting.

I produced a few puffs:

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A leaf or so on my Saroyan Scarf:

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And a few inches on sock #2:

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I’m itching to finish a project, but I’m finding myself to be finicky about it. I can’t decide which of these I want to work with. This is what happens when I work on too many projects at once! None of them get any progress because I get too excited about all of them in turn. Instead, I’ve started something new. A surprise project!

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Any one care to make a guess about what it may be?

Process Knitting

Do you find that you are purely one type of knitter? I’ve always considered myself to be a product knitter. When I see the pattern, I immediately stalk project pages and color choices, and I can’t wait to finish knitting so that I can add the glorious thing to my wardobe. What gets me through the tedious moments is imagining having the item in my hand. Recently, however, I’ve found myself to be more of a process knitter.

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This sock, if nothing else, has been proving this change to me. The color has best been described as “Easter with a Hangover.” It’s too muddy to be pastels, and too spread out to make clear stripes. The pattern, while lovely, is very wrong for the yarn, but nothing else seemed to work with it. The overall effect is a sock that only a knitter could love, and certainly nothing that product knitter me would be interested in. Process knitter me, however, is head over heels. This sock and I have shared many a lovely zen moment and we spent almost all of Memorial Day together. Something about it entertains me, and I enjoy working on this pair more than I would have thought. Hopefully this adoration stretches through to sock #2. After that, I think it’s back to the Saroyan Scarf for good, and then a wee break from the sock pandemonium.

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Do you ever find yourself switching back and forth between knitting types? Or do you, like me, see it as more of a spectrum?

FO: Easter Egg Socks

Uhmm… I don’t really know when these happened. Sometimes projects just appear on your needles when you’re not looking.

5ad28232c47a11e29c8b22000a9f18f4_7It seems that as a sock knitter I have two modes: impatiently slow and magically fast. This is the Dicey Sock pattern, in a manner of speaking. I didn’t want to knit it from the toe up, so I applied the dicey cables to the Yarn Harlot Vanilla Sock pattern, over 64 stitches. I’m very pleased with them. This yarn was my first attempt at hand dyeing a few years back, done with Easter Egg dye tablets in my postage stamp sized kitchen. It always seemed to loud to use for anything else, but socks can be as loud as they want and no one but me has to see them! I’m excited to get these socks both blocked and finished. Hopefully we’ll see a bit of sun again so that I can take better pictures of them!

Continuing on in my sock knitting phase, I have the Earl Grey pattern on my needles right now. I suppose I should say needle, since I’m attempting this pair using a single 9″ circular. It’s certainly an adjustment, but I’m hoping that it will help me get my ladders under control. Does anyone else have tips for dealing with ladders? I’d love to hear some thoughts on the matter.

 

Giving In To Temptation

My sock and I are recovering from a brief break. It just got too hot to knit it here; 100% wool on size 1’s is seriously unpleasant in the hot, humid part of early May. It got put down for a little while and ignored as something much more pleasing to knit in the heat sprung off of my needles.

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The temptation of that pretty skein of Tosh light got to be too much for me. It’s becoming an enchanting, fall colored Saroyan, knit on luxuriously large size 6 needles. It is soft as butter, airy, and I swear that each and every leaf brings me a new measure of joy. There’s something very satisfying about seeing them lined up in the increase section like this. It may be hot enough that I feel like I’m melting, but those leaves make up for it.

I don’t even feel bad that I’ve been unfaithful to the sock. Much. It was a pragmatic decision. I’m more productive this way. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. This is what I keep telling myself, but my monogamous knitter brain is prevailing. The scarf is being set aside for a little bit now that the heat is backing off, and I’ve told myself I can’t enjoy any more pretty little leaves until the foot of my sock is finished. I’m so close!

SAMSUNGI gave in to temptation a little bit, but now I’m just ready to be done with this sock!

Knitting Temptation

My sock and I are at the heel, which is making it seriously difficult not to want to browse other projects.

SAMSUNGI’m persevering,  though! This is the problem, and the best part, of being a monogamous knitter. I complete the projects that I start, but am always sorely tempted to start something new. The trick is to use that itching for a pretty new project to propel you to finish the one on your needles. Every time I want to search Ravelry for something, I should just pick up my needles, instead! I’m hoping to finish this pair soon and move on. This is what’s awaiting me, calling my name:

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Halfway Point

The first Rumpled! sock is finished!

SAMSUNGI’ve already cast on the second, and am starting to see dancing sugar plums of what projects are going to follow this one. Just a quick sock to go until I’m done! I have some hand dyed that I did around this time last year that I’m quite fond of, but have never been able to find a project for. I think they’re going to be next on my list.

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This is why socks are so much fun! You get the thrill of accomplishment after finishing one, and then you get to start over and begin again!

 

Dedicated Progress

Rumpled! sock #1 and I are making slow but steady progress with one another. Usually when a project feels slow it drives me crazy, making me itch for something new and exciting, but the fiddly nature of this sock doesn’t really bother me so much. The stitch has become seriously fun to work, and it’s easy enough to be soothing while intricate enough to keep me going.

SAMSUNGBecause I know it can be a little dull to watch slow progress take shape on a sock (though riveting to me), I snapped a few pictures of my hexipuff progress, too! I’m about 2/3’s of the way done with the pillow top, and it’s become a bit of an eclectic color combo.

SAMSUNGI’m in love with each individual puff. This project is so satisfyingly addictive. I knit a puff or two in between every project, sometimes more, sometimes less. There’s a fair collection of sock yarn bits and bobs building up in my stash now, which just makes me want to go into puff production even more. I’m in no hurry to finish, though, and am content to stash them around the house and admire them like art.

SAMSUNGI’m going to have to come up with a new storage solution soon, however, as they seem to be overflowing the pretty little bowl they’ve been housed in up until now.

 

Knit and Crochet blog week #3 and #4:

Day three asked me who inspires me to craft. My answer to this is pretty simple: designers. I love when different designers have their own aesthetic, and you can tell by looking at a pattern who was behind it. The quirks of design that become individual signatures are what enchants me about patterns.

Day four questions my favorite colors, but this one doesn’t have just one answer for me. I go through color phases, were I fall in love with a color and then can’t stand it. I’ve been through my purple phases, pinks, bright reds and dark greens. For a while now I’ve been very obsessed with what I’ve always considered “my” colors; the ruby reds and earthy browns that I always feel are most complementary to my coloring. My actual Ravelry breakdown says I’ve knit:

Red: 13% (14/105)

Blue: 20% (21/105)

Purple: 19%  (20/105)

Green:10% (11/105)

Yellow: 7% (8/105)

Pink: 12% (13/105)

Brown: 14% (15/105)

Grey/black/white: 12% (13/105)

This works out to more than 100% because some projects have more than one prominent color. The number of blue projects surprised me! I didn’t realize that I used it so often, many times to compliment or contrast another color. Interesting!

 

 

Knit and Crochet Blog Week, days 1 and 2

I just found out about Knit and Crochet Blog Week, and I love the idea! New inspiration is always fun for bloggers, I think, and it’s nice to be a little introspective about who I am as a crafter.

The first day’s topic asked what kind of knitter I was: the industrious bee, the comfortable manatee, the flashy peacock, or the fun loving monkey. I see elements of all of these houses within myself. I do work through projects quickly like the bee, and seek challenges like the monkey, but I like to focus on one project at a time. Embellishments and details are fun for me, but I’m not a perfectionist like the peacock would suggest. Taking all of this into account, I would categorize myself as a manatee:

My favorite part of knitting is the comfort I get from it. Spending hours at a time stitching something with care and attention for someone important to me is a large part of what draws me to the craft. As for the prompt for day 2, what project most represents this house, I went with something warm and cozy, simple but beautiful, and waiting to be stitched with love for someone worthy:

The Earl Grey sock by the Yarn Harlot! I really feel that these epitomize all of the reasons why I love being a knitter. What type of crafter are you? Do you feel like a combination, too?