Monday, March 5, 2018

Finally - FO's

I'm so glad that I'm able to say that my Easy Bulky One is the sweater I'm actually wearing today.  I finished it with 2 properly sized sleeves, but never got around to blocking it.  I couldn't resist wearing it today.  The jury is out on the Baby Alpaca/Merino/Nylon yarn... it's not as cozy as I was expecting, as far as softness goes.  But it's nice & airy and not making me overheated.  I'm glad it's done and not staring at me anymore, waiting for the ends to be woven in.  I fell asleep at 6pm last night after watching the Nascar race and slept until Midnight, then was up & working on my Hermione sock until I just couldn't take it anymore, then I decided to weave in the ends on the Easy Bulky One so I could consider it a full FO. 

I also finished the Scania shawl I knit for my older daughter, J.  I need to block the cables, but I'm considering it finished anyway.  The pattern was poorly written, so I'm surprised that Craftsy chose it for their Off Our Needles knitalong.  I had to make index cards with the pattern written out because of the way it was written.  And when I got to the end, I was scratching my head because the pattern made no sense at all.  It turned out that there were errors that had been corrected after I'd purchased the kit, and I had to look up the pattern again online to get clarification on how to finish the darn thing.  I will NOT be making the Scania shawl again, even though I have 2 more kits worth of yarn I purchased to make matching shawls for myself and my younger daughter. 

Another FO is the pair of Blueberry Waffle socks I made with Knitpicks Felici worsted yarn in Hopscotch.  These will go to my younger daughter, C.  She likes mismatched socks, so I went with mismatched stripes on the foot where I ran out of yarn from the first ball and had to start into a 2nd ball. 

In the acquisition list, I purchased a yarnball hand winder, which is really  just a tapered plastic rod with a hole in it to hold the yarn tail.  There are times when I don't feel like winding a cake on my regular ballwinder, and just want to wind a center pull ball from the comfort of my bed or passenger seat in the car, and I'm hoping this doohickey will do the trick.  I used a coupon at Michaels, so if it doesn't work, it's $5.99 down the drain, but I think it will work for my intended purpose.  I also bought 3 new balls of Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn in Playtime, Psychedelic, and Azalea to make more dishcloths for the Yarn Hoarder KAL.  At Joann's I got a Clover Amour crochet hook in size E, and 2 sets of size 1 dpns for socks. 

J decided she wants to learn to crochet so she can make these little crochet amigurumi octopus guys she saw on the Mohu blog.  I needed a smaller crochet hook so that I could try to figure out the pattern and teach her.  She thinks that she just does each step one time and makes the project... We discussed practicing the chain before she tries to crochet into a circle, let alone slip stitch or decrease.

D's socks got ripped back to the beginning of the heel flap and I decided to do an afterthought heel instead.  I put in waste yarn and kept on knitting those.  My Hermione sock #1 is at the heel flap.  My Sour Watermelon sock is still mid-FishKissLipsHeel on sock #1.  I'm having to watch the video of the Twin Stitch at the end of every row, so it's a tedious process at this point.  I'm just excited to be down to just socks at this point.  I'm not sure which shawl I will do next, or if I will do a Boxy in fingering weight with one of the shawl kits - most likely the purples which can become a fade.  Or if I want to use them for one of the CozyUp shawls.  I love watching their podcast.  I also watch The Yarn Hoarder, and LadyBirdDesigns... if you haven't watched them, you should check them out.  Very inspiring. 

I would love to hear from you or be your friend on Ravelry!  myShannanigans

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