WIP Wednesday: Big and Little

This week the projects I’m working on are kind of opposites.

One of them is a big garment knit with big yarn on big needles.

The other is a small set knit with small yarn on small needles.

(and there’s the other project which is kind of in the middle and makes Goldilocks happy).

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the big project is Aidez. I mentioned last week that I started on the first sleeve in lieu of a gauge swatch and I’m cruising right along with that! Knitting with US 10.5 (6.5 mm) dpns for this part feels like knitting with trees and it took my hands a few rounds to get used to working with them. It’s so satisfying how quick this knits up though and I’ll hopefully have a finished sweater in no time!

The small project is a new pair of socks for me that I shared just the beginnings of on Instagram.┬áThese are the Traditional Gansey Socks from Wendy D. Johnson’s Socks From The Toe Up Book. The yarn is stashed Dream in Color Smooshy in the Amber Glass colorway. As I mentioned with the last socks, I wanted to get a new set of needles to see if that helped with knitting – I got some Chiao Goo US 1 (2.25 mm) and the join between the needle and the cable is *so* much more smooth! The knitting isn’t faster yet, probably because of the 100% merino yarn being a bit grippy, but I’m not fighting with the stitches when I move them around the cable.

I know that for the past year I was kind of a monogamous knitter but I’m enjoying have multiple projects on the go right now! It’s kind of fun switching between the two extremes ­čÖé

What are you knitting this week?

FO Friday: First Socks of 2017

The Never Ending Socks have ended! This is my first FO of the new year and I’m so happy to share them with you!

Details:

I worked these two at a time, toe-up using the magic loop method. I used Plymouth Yarn’s Happy Feet in the Blue Oreo colorway, US 2 (2.75 mm) needles and roughly, kinda-sorta followed the pattern for the Go Your Own Way Socks (basically I followed the numbers through the feet, added ribbing to the top part of the foot and literally Went My Own Way for the legs of the socks, doing 2×2 rib all over and increasing for calf shaping).

Now, wanna see something silly?

It might be a little hard to see in this picture but see that little bit of grey yarn in the center with a slightly different twist than the rest? I ran out of yarn binding off the last few stitches of each sock! I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible and see how tall these babies could be with just a single skein and I definitely used up every last inch of yarn.

Things Learned:

  • my ankle is an inch bigger than the biggest part of my foot and I need to accommodate for this around the heel
  • my calves also require significant modification to most patterns
  • 384 yards of sock yarn goes farther than I thought it would
  • I don’t like the ladders that are on the sides of the toes – this will be the first weak spot to break I think. Perhaps going down a needle size or two will solve the problem?

So, all in all, I’m happy with these socks and they’ve already gotten a lot of wear! I don’t think I’ll be signing up to do the Box O’ Sox KAL (you knit 12 pairs of socks in a year!) but I will be adding a pair of socks to my regular rotation of knits.

What are you knitting right now? Have you finished anything yet this year?

WIP Wednesday: Still Socks But Farther Along

Even though I’ve been working on these socks almost monogamously for the past week, I haven’t finished them yet.

Last week April of WithWool and I met up to scope out a new-to-us yarn shop – MewMews in Lafayette, Colorado – then have some serious coffee and knitting time at the cafe next door. Conveniently, we were both working on socks! Hers is handspun and she’s making them for her husband (she’s so nice). Oh, and that project bag is from Lady Alamo, isn’t it cute?!15305973_768685189947549_2340447126925869056_n_medium2

I’ve turned my heels and am just cranking away at the 2×2 rib for the cuff! When I get close to the end of the cake, I’ll switch to 1×1 rib for the top cuff bit I think.

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What are you knitting this week?

FO Friday: Today It’s Rich Milk Chocolate

I realize I discussed Bittersweet yesterday, but today it’s about the plain milk chocolate.┬á When not being mixed into baked (coughshouldbebakedcough) goods, milk chocolate is at it’s best.

Today’s FO is a plain and simple pair of cozy chocolate colored socks (Raveled Here)┬áknit as a custom order for a friend’s Christmas present to her sister.

Smooth and Rich

I knit them on size US 2 needles with Sirdar Snuggly and used about a ball and a half to make both socks.  Next time I shall make them toe-up so that I can get the most use out of the skeins and longer socks, but ultimately, I am quite pleased with how these turned out.

Perfectly Simple and Satisfying

Want to read more FOs and share your own?┬á Check out Tami’s blog!