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Year of Projects 3: Update 2

Total Items on YOP List: 19

Items Complete: 4

% Overall Complete:  21%


I was able to complete one pair of socks this last week raising my total percent complete from 16% to 21%. Its always very exciting to see the percentage go up – isn’t that the beauty of tracking a list of items?

I did not post an update to the socks I completed this last week so this is an image of those socks.

I am really pleased with how these turned out – the stripes lined up (almost) making them practically identical. I used yarn purchased from Knit Picks in the colorway Stream Bed. I admit I was hoping for a wee bit more blue, but in the end, they are rather nice.

They are quarter length socks made for barter.A friend of mine from yarn group agreed to make me a winter hat for a pair of socks. I said ok but then another said that it was a bad deal – I should get at least two hats for a pair of socks. Without my interjecting that one was enough – it was agreed upon! I already have the “practical hat” ready and waiting for me in the closet – and she is working on the second hat. I’m very excited for both. I do love to barter!

Anyone who is a reader that is interested in bartering? I have a PO Box I’d be more than willing to share *smiles*

I have not made progress on the Navajo Diamonds Blanket – I think I am going to save it for my September Rush project. I am approximately halfway done with the Lapghan I am making as a Christmas Gift. By approximately, I mean that I am exactly halfway done with the squares BUT I need to calculate in the time it will take to do the border. I cannot wait to share that as a finished item.

I did finish another Christmas present yesterday – I knit a hat! Even more crazy – I knit a hat in ONE DAY! I

fancy myself the slowest knitter this side of the Mississippi – regardless of which side you choose, I’m sure I’d win.

The pattern is called the Fisher Cable Hat and was designed by Lindsay Felice. I used I Love This Yarn brand yarn in a nice forest green color. No – I did not look at the color name on the ball band prior to tossing it. It uses around 200 yards of yarn so a very nice stashbusting type pattern for any knitter.

I did add 2 rounds of the plain stockinette at the top of the hat and decreased down 1 more row than shown in the pattern – and I think it is a very nice hat. I did it in about 8.5 hours so that means the more experienced knitter could knock it out in oh…. 2 or 3 *smiles*

The only reason I am sharing a picture of it here is because I am pretty sure the recipient of this hat is not a blog reader. But if they are – I’m not using their name or relationship to me… so HA – it can still be a surprise.

From my update it does appear as if that I have put my hooks away and exchanged them for knitting needles… and that could not be further from the truth. It just so happens that my crochet projects are projects best left at home. A knit sock is a small take-about type project that works well for me. So do not think that crochet-with-cris is turning away from crochet. I’m still hookin’ with the best of them. *smiles*

Year of Projects Year 3 List

IN PROGRESS: 

Navajo Diamonds Blanket

Lapghan (Christmas Gift)

3/10 pair of knitted socks (my own patterns)

IN QUEUE

Knit a sweater for The Man

Knit a pair of spat warmers (Christmas Gift)

Knit a Pair of Mittens (Christmas Gift)

Scrap-ghan (another design other than my extreme granny)

A wrap/vest wearable for me (no pattern selected yet)

Summer Flies Shawl #2

COMPLETE

Socks Pair #1 finished July 2013 – Finished FINALLY

Summer Flies Shawl #1 finished July 2013 – Summer Flies

Socks Pair #2 finished August 2013 – More Socks YAY
Socks Pair #3 finished August 2013 – this post is the update

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This post is part of the Come-Blog-Along Year of Projects group on Ravelry. If you are interested in joining or reading other posts from other participants, please visit the group linked here.

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in My Projects

 

Socks in Progress (SIP)

This post is serving two-fold. First, my twitter feed from my blog posts seems to be broken. It has posted automatically up until Jun 30th… and it hasn’t picked up anything since. So – this is a test. This is only a test….

And of course, the part that is not a test – I want to share my current SIPs with you. For those of you who don’t know, SIP stands for Socks In Progress. Wednesday’s have traditionally been used to share Works In Progress, or WIP Wednesday – but since this isn’t my only WIP, … here is my SIP on Thursday. *smiles*

I am using sock yarn I purchased from Knit Picks. Without getting the label, I believe it is the Felicci line in the colorway “Stream Bed” – I really do like the colors but it seems there should be more blue. But that’s just me.

I am making them as a barter item with a friend in the same yarn group – for 1 pair of socks I am getting 2 hats. The original deal was 1 hat for 1 pair of socks but someone else in the group said that was not a fair trade – socks were much more complicated… so she volunteered two hats! Pretty exciting stuff if you ask me. I know she had cast on the hat last week and the band was pretty much complete the last I saw – I am purchasing the yarn for the 2nd hat (since I have weird yarn preferences – and by weird, I mean different than the majority of my yarny friends from yarn group).

Anywhoozles, enough about the trade. I am pretty happy with how the socks are working up. It is a self striping yarn so in order to get the stripes this close, I think I did pretty good. I’m about 1 knit row off – which isn’t bad. I don’t think it will be noticeable until I get to the heel. Of course, I could make 1 sock 1 row shorter than the other so then the heel turns look almost spot on. What do you think?

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 3: Update 1

Total Items on YOP List: 19
Items Complete: 3

% Overall Complete:  16%

So.. in the last week I added 1 item that I forgot about: Summer Flies Shawl (number 1 and number 2 because I will be making a second). My first Summer Flies update post is here. I really like how it turned out and would recommend it to others who can knit.

I continue to make squares for the Lapghan that is in progress (and is a Christmas gift). I currently have  12 or 36 squares complete. For anyone interested, I’m using a pattern called the Walled Garden Square. I’m joining them with a single crochet into the back loops only and will make up a border when the time comes.

I finished a pair of socks and have another pair on the needles. I am almost done with the first sock so they are going really quickly. Gotta love that. I have decided that I will be making a pair for my mother’s fiance for Christmas – those are probably going to be next in line.

I am also considering doing a sweater for my daughter for Christmas which means that the sweater for the Man may not be my first sweater. I don’t know – I’m still lulling that one around in my head. I will admit, I’m a wee bit scared of doing a sweater. It is truly intimidating to me at this point – I don’t know if my skills are that good or my pattern reading… and many of these patterns have charts. Any words of wisdom out there?

So that’s been my week. Sock knitting, lapghan crocheting…. and I know I need to light a fire under my hind end to get the Navajo Diamonds blanket complete.

Year of Projects Year 3 List
IN PROGRESS: 
Navajo Diamonds Blanket
Lapghan (Christmas Gift)
2/10 pair of knitted socks (my own patterns)

IN QUEUE
Knit a sweater for The Man
Knit a pair of spat warmers (Christmas Gift)
Knit a Pair of Mittens (Christmas Gift)
Scrap-ghan (another design other than my extreme granny)
A wrap/vest wearable for me (no pattern selected yet)
Summer Flies Shawl #2

COMPLETE
Socks Pair #1 finished July 2013 – Finished FINALLY
Summer Flies Shawl #1 finished July 2013 – Summer Flies
Socks Pair #2 finished August 2013 – More Socks YAY

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This post is part of the Come-Blog-Along Year of Projects group on Ravelry. If you are interested in joining or reading other posts from other participants, please visit the group linked here.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in My Projects

 

More Socks YAY

I have been on a sock knitting kick since… well, when I learned to knit socks. For any knitter that has not attempted socks, I would highly recommend it. They are small, portable, and somewhat quick as long as the design doesn’t get too intense.

These are plain vanilla socks I made for a co-worker. I didn’t get to work on them straight through but if I squished all the time together I probably finished them in about a week (week and a half-ish).

I think the most amazing thing that happened is that as I worked them, the stripes just lined up – and the yarn isn’t really what I’d call “self striping” – but I think the sock was narrow enough to allow it to create small dark blue stripes.

Sadly, the photo doesn’t do the color much justice because it has a little green in it, some grey, some orange, and of course, the dark blue.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in My Projects

 

Summer Flies

As many of you know I have been fiddling with the needles a lot recently in addition to the crochet that I have on the hooks. Because of this, I have had a few different “wins” as far as getting things off the needles.

With that said, I wanted to share with you my completed “Summer Flies” shawl.

It did not take long at all to knit up – a few days, 5 at the most. In fact, it was such a fun knit, I cannot even tell you how long it took. I would start a section and in no time (it seemed), I’d be finished with that section.

I knit it on size 9 needles using Patons Lace with Sequins. Yup – it even has a little sparkle to it.

I would recommend this pattern for any knitter. I cannot believe I had a good time knitting it.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Pattern Links

 

3 years and DONE

I don’t often keep a project on the hook or needles for more than a year although in the last 3 years, I’ve had 2 – both blankets… blankets created as one large piece, not as squares.

So one, that tells me if I am going to do a blanket and have any hope of finishing it in less than a year I should make it in pieces and two, well… there is no two.

So the two projects that took more than a year: the Navajo Diamonds blanket I’m currently working on – started it last year in August (officially 1 year on the hook in about another week or so) and then a giant granny scrapghan.

I am here today to share the Scrap-ghan with you.

According to my Ravelry Project List, I started the Extreme Granny in 2010. I finished it in June/July making it just shy of the 3 year mark.

 So what makes it extreme, you ask?

The most extreme about this blanket is that it was crocheted holding 4 strands of worsted weight yarn together.

I only used scrap yarn and had no vision of the color changes that it would have before I actually started it. I just grabbed a ball of yarn and went with it.

Obviously, the stripe colors got thinner and thinner as I went around because scraps are scraps – and the perimeter continued to grow so unless I happened to grab a like color, the color shifts were much more frequent the further along I got into the project.

There is nothing extreme about the pattern – its just a huge granny square. But even though it is just one big square, it weighs around 10 pounds. No joke.

While it was somewhat fun to work on at first, I got pretty well bored of it and would simply say I was going to feed my blanket some yarn. It ate yarn out of my stash very quickly – all those small balls of yarn were nom-nom-nom’d in a matter of minutes by this monster.

It lived in a garbage bag shoved under the guest room bed for the last 2 years.

Now it lives happily on top Squirt’s bed and is loved every day.


 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 3 – The List

As it turns out, I totally suck at blog deadline dates. Each week in July slid by with me saying “boy, I really should get that Year of Projects 3 list done” ….

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

August 4th.

August 4th who?

Point Taken.

That’s right. Not only did I miss the original date of the first weekend in July.. I missed July altogether.

DOH!

So now I am left sitting here feeling the pressure of finishing a list for the next 365 days…. and its a little bit stressful!

So my last post for YOP2 (update 23) was pretty telling in what I finished, and of course did not finish, in my last list. But this isn’t exactly my only list… I also posted in January – Yarn Resolutions for 2013.

I did get my queue down basically by moving everything to the library. A cheap move, but hey – it satisfied the resolution made. Now I have a library of ump-teen-gazillion items I will probably never make but… ITS SEARCHABLE! I am trying to be good about queuing up items I really am going to make and moving them in and out at a regular basis. I am also somewhat working well with getting my stash destashed … with one flaw: as I use up the yarn, I just buy more. I seem to have found the Fountain of Never-ending Sock Yarn Purchases – I drink from that fountain often. BUT I did make a Summer Flies shawl out of some Patons Lace that I had and am working on a lapghan using some Caron yarn I had laying around.

The “blog more” resolution is failing miserably mostly because I’m just kinda ‘here’ with work and everything else. But that’s ok. If I can commit to YOP3, that is at least one post a week…. right? I would also like to get my WIP Wednesday posts going but that means I have to do them on Tuesdays because Wednesdays are just CRAZY around here…. not that you care.

So … back on track…

My YOP3 list.

In looking at the items I did not do in Update 23 of YOP2, I can safely add the following items to my list:

Navajo Diamonds Blanket (already in progress… so easy to add)
Knit a sweater for The Man (still a goal…. cannot give up on this one even though its easy to procrastinate it)
Knit a pair of spat warmers (Christmas Gift)

Yes… those are the only 3 carry overs. I have decided to take my donation items offline as far as this list is concerned. If I do add them back in, perhaps it will be a different post completely. I want to feel like donating is what I want to do, not something I have to do because I added it to some list. Silly, I know – but yea, I think that works out better for me.

Something else I will not be doing this year is tracking items NOT on the list. I think my posts got a little tedious in trying to track everything I crocheted/knitted for the year… the original list AND additions to the list.

Now I need to add some things to it because three items is a little week for me.

So I offer you, my official YOP3 List (that can be added to if necessary):

Year of Projects Year 3 List
IN PROGRESS: 
Navajo Diamonds Blanket
Lapghan (Christmas Gift)
1/10 pair of knitted socks (my own patterns)

IN QUEUE
Knit a sweater for The Man
Knit a pair of spat warmers (Christmas Gift)
Knit a Pair of Mittens (Christmas Gift)
Scrap-ghan (another design other than my extreme granny)
A wrap/vest wearable for me (no pattern selected yet)

COMPLETE
Socks Pair #1 finished July 2013 – Finished FINALLY

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This post is part of the Come-Blog-Along Year of Projects group on Ravelry. If you are interested in joining or reading other posts from other participants, please visit the group linked here.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in My Projects