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WIP Wednesday: Ripple Bralette

My Dissent Cowl is done and blocked, but I need to get proper photos before I share it. Once I finished that, I resisted the urge to cast on something new and instead pulled out a WIP, my Ripple Bralette. I’d gotten most of the body done so I finished the last half-inch of that, then slid the stitches onto waste yarn so I could try it on.

Good news: it fit! This is my second attempt at the bralette, and I didn’t check gauge, so I’m pretty pleased this is working out. I’ve got the right front done and just started the icord strap. I’ll need to try it on again to figure out how long I want the straps, but I can get a good bit of the strap done first.

Yesterday the puppers had an adventure: our neighbor’s dog came over for a play date! They keep their dogs on chains in the yarn, since they don’t have a fence, and the young dog loves our dogs and loves to dig. She started a hole under our fence a few weeks ago, and we told them about it and they filled it up. But ha, guess what? She did it again, and this time she did it deep enough to wiggle under. The first time, on Monday, she wasn’t over very long and the neighbors said they’d put her on the shorter lead. Yesterday, she pulled the stake out of the ground and came back. Thankfully, my dogs were friendly, and they all had a marvelous time running around. I think I might need to invite her back for a sanctioned play date!

The white one is the bonus dog.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Friday Feelings

I have zero FOs this Friday. Not really any that are very close either, though if I have some solid knitting time this weekend, I might get through one of them. I’ve been focusing on a shawl with some new review yarn (early review: it’s scrummy, as Mary Berry would say). It’s aran weight so you’d think it would go quickly, but my brain has been tired at night the last couple of weeks. It’s a good thing, though: I’ve been doing more writing/ content creation stuff at work, and even though it’s taxing my brain, it’s so good. It’s so much more fulfilling than just doing social media stuff. So cross your fingers that this trend carries on!

Anyway, shawl. It’s also a black yarn, and I am old so my eyes need good light for black yarn, especially when it comes to lace. Last night I was zooming along but lost track of which row I was on, and I just didn’t want to deal with trying to read my stitches in black yarn at 9 pm. That’s my goal for today, because I’m on the home stretch with this one and I’d like to be done soon!

You might think I’d like to be done so I can return to current WIPs. Maybe. Or maybe I want to cast on something with some new Malabrigo Rasta??

A cowl with this would be fast! And perfect for the fall weather that’s looming. But yes, I’d also go back to WIPs. I’d like to finish Tubbs so I can move on to new sock yarn. I always have new sock yarn calling my name. And I’ll also spend some time on my new LEGO set. I’ve embraced LEGOs as therapy for when I’m feeling anxious or stressed and I have a big new set waiting for me!

Honestly, I struggle with buying these, as much as I love them. I abhor what JKR has said about trans people, and I worry about doing anything that might support her or make other people think I support the views she espouses. But I have so much love for the HP world itself, the movies are serious comfort movies for me, and I have a lot of great memories with my kids that involve the HP world. So I am conflicted, seriously conflicted. I was talking about it at dinner the other day, and the boy had a great suggestion: donate to a trans rights organization as well.

Today I googled “trans rights charities” and donated to GLSEN: “GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.”

They’re both small actions in the grand scheme of things, but I do like the balance I feel with the donation.

That’s my weekend sorted: knitting and LEGOs! Fine, and a few chores too. Anyone doing anything fun this weekend?

WIP Wednesday: Mini Shawl

Despite my best efforts to the contrary, apparently I am still a monogamous knitter. I know, I cast on about seventy-five new projects last week, and yet the only one I’ve spent much time with is my Hundred Acre Shawl. I really think it’s because I’m using the mini skeins and just keep wanting to get to the next color. This yarn is from Molly Girl Yarn, and I think the color set is called Jazz.

1E038BF1-18DA-4905-BDF8-DACBD2D36BB1_1_201_aI just started color four of five and it still seems a bit … mini? I’m really hoping it blocks out to a wearable length. If it does, this is a pretty good pattern for minis, because the small size is marked by percentages. Since I have five skeins, I just marked the rows at 20% increments. But when I got to that first 20%, I still had some color A left, so I did a baby fade with alternating two rows of A and B. That meant I had even more of Color B left at 40%, and so on. Basically, it means that if I want to use as much of the last color (the pink) as possible, I’ll probably be adding in a few extra rows, which will mean guesstimating how many rows I can add without running out of yarn. We’ll see what happens. This shawl is very much a “what the heck” shawl. It’s full of mistakes and shrugs and “eh, it’ll be fine” moments. And I’ll never notice once it’s blocked and around my neck!

Today is National Dog Day. I have a few of those, as you know. Grace was up and barking at 5:10 am, wanting to celebrate early. But despite that, and all the worries and annoyances and messiness they bring, I’m pretty happy to have them in my life.

 

Happy Wednesday, friends.

No Alliteration Thursday

I’ve got nothing clever for a title today, friends. Work is kicking my ass emotionally this week and I’m staying afloat by casting on all the things. Here are my four pretty new projects:

Left to right: Sailing, Thoughful Cowl, Manos del Uruguay Alegria sweater swatch, Hundred Acre Wood (Rav link).

I like knitting. Knitting is good. And it is almost Friday, and Fridays are also good, because they are right next to Saturday! Also, we finished season three of The Crown last night and now I need another delightful British show to watch. Any suggestions?

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WIP Wednesday

You know how I mentioned that I wanted to cast on something new because I finished my sock project? I kind of took that to the extreme, and now my WIP Wednesday is a little crazy!

img_8465Yeah, I wound all that yarn yesterday. It will become one gradient wrap, one half-circle shawl, one sweater gauge swatch, two asymmetrical shawls, and one pair of socks. Eventually. It was super fun though, spending the time winding and then deciding patterns and pulling out the right needles, and putting them all in project bags. My knitting cart is now FULL of projects ready for knitting at a moment’s notice, with so much variety that I should always be able to find something I want to knit. Of course, after all that, I was a little tired and didn’t have much knitting time, so I actually only cast on two of those six projects. But I’m looking forward to starting the rest!

The other big project yesterday was a new grill. Our old grill, which has been around pretty much all 23 years of our married life, wouldn’t light on Sunday. Last night, the husband went and picked up an awesome new grill and spent over two hours assembling it. He hooked it up to the propane tank … and it wouldn’t light. After going out to get a new tank, we discovered the problem all along was a faulty valve on the tank, and not the grill at all! I think the husband thought I would be upset that we spent the money “needlessly”, but honestly, we were so due for an upgrade. And if this means he’ll happily continue to cook dinner more often, I’m all for it!

Happy Wednesday, friends.

New project

I cast on a new cowl yesterday. Yes, I know I said I was going to work on my current WIPs. And I kind of am! I pulled out a cowl that had been snoozing for quite a while. It was a worsted weight bandana-style cowl in some yummy Frosting Worsted by Delicious Yarns. I pulled the pattern up and remembered why it had been snoozing: the pattern had a couple of errors. They weren’t huge, but they were in two rows, it was a paid pattern, and I’d messaged the designer, and she’d said she was going to update the pattern within a week. That was three months ago. Again, they weren’t huge errors and I could have kept going by marking the pattern where the errors were, but when I pay $6 for a pattern and the designer is aware of errors and doesn’t fix them, well. I get annoyed and I’m not going to knit that pattern. So there! It got frogged and rewound and I cast on for the Lydian cowl.

A947612E-B6D3-4B7D-AD9A-5DA6923F1451_1_201_aI did try yesterday to get photos of my new sweater, but man, that pink is hard to photograph. I’m going to try again today since it’s overcast. Happy Friday, friends, and Happy Juneteenth.

WIP Wednesday

A few months ago, I made a snug little cowl called Just Try It with some luxurious merino/cashmere yarn. I even had enough yarn left over to make matching fingerless gloves, which I’ve worn several times and love. But for some reason, I never tried the cowl on until Sunday when the house was chilly and I needed to get cozy. That seemed like the perfect cowl for the job. Alas, it did not go over my head. One end was too small and too tight.

Now, for a brief moment, I did stop and ponder, “Hm, I wonder who this would fit that I could give it to?” Then I realized it would have to be a child of some sort and well, did I mention this yarn has CASHMERE in it?? Kids are knit-worthy, but maybe not to that extent. Plus, this gave me an unusual treat: I could knit with this yarn again!

The cowl was quickly and easily frogged and I have cast on anew, this time with additional stitches, and I’ll use Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off when I’m done.

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Have you ever frogged a completed project to re-knit the yarn?

Two for Tuesday

It is Tuesday, right? Things are starting to get a little muddled, and it’ll probably get worse before it gets better. And with my WIP count down to two, I needed to cast on some new projects to make sure I have plenty to keep my anxiety in check. My Penny sweater is going so well. I’m loving it! It’s lace front and back, so no miles of plain, boring stockinette, and it’s sport weight on size 6 needles so it’s going a little bit faster than the fingering weight Boxy. But also, on that note, the pattern calls for DK, so I have no idea why I ordered the sport-weight Malabrigo Arroyo instead of a DK weight like Rastita. But hey, I did a gauge swatch and made the appropriate adjustments, so it should be fine!

F746BB59-4973-4039-907F-7A0327BB211F_1_201_aI also started a new worsted weight cowl. The yarn is Delicious Yarns Frosting Worsted and oh, it IS delicious to knit with. I love how soft and supple it is, or maybe that’s just my mind playing tricks on me as I switch between fingering, sport, and worsted weights. In any case, this project is growing quickly, but it’s on hold for the moment.

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The pattern is Wormwood, and it’s one of those bandana-style cowls which I love to wear, but I found a couple of errors that were giving me a little grief. So I messaged the designer, and she said she’ll be putting out an updated pattern in the next few days. I’m going to wait until that’s out before I knit more. Or at least I say that now!

Besides extra knitting time, the silver lining to being at home more is that I know my dogs are super happy. Duncan has been beside me 90% of the time, and the other two are pretty close. I hope you all are finding moments of peace at home as well.

Sock It To Me Monday

Sock knitting is my comfort knitting, so it’s not too much of a surprise that I had to cast on another sock over the weekend. Yes, I still have one on the needles, but it’s a second sock and I’m past the gusset, so I needed one in reserves. Plus this yarn is pretty colors. It’s from Leading Men Fiber Arts yarn in a color called Complete Imagination.

98B2C932-B3A7-46B9-A7E2-208BCEC9F7DEThe weekend was good for more than knitting too! I got all my handknit socks washed and hung to dry, and made some yummy pumpkin muffins.

Unfortunately, I started feeling some vertigo and nausea on Saturday afternoon, so I wasn’t 100% for the girl’s visit. We managed a few games of Scrabble and Bananas, but otherwise I spent a lot of time on the couch not moving around so my stomach wouldn’t get upset. I got brave and went to the MinuteClinic this morning because I was afraid it was an ear infection that would get worse if I ignored it, but found out it’s fluid in my inner ear probably caused by allergies. With any luck, the nose spray and motion sickness meds I got will help quickly. And yes, I washed my hands a lot and used hand sanitizer and avoided touching things as much as possible! So for now, the couch is my friend. The dogs are pretty happy with that.

30E4D272-484E-498F-BAF9-2989418C7400Happy Monday, friends.

FO Friday

It’s Friday the 13th and the world has gone mad and I’m getting more evidence that my anxiety lives in my stomach, but I’m still knitting. We have to, right, to keep us sane? Or is that just me? I finished another project last night, leaving me with just two on the needles. This one is my review project and I’m not ready for the full review, but I wanted to give a peek.

img_7180I’ll show good color photos in the full reveal, but this does show off how pretty the pattern is! It’s the Oleada Cowl and it was fast and easy, and I love chevrons.

Hopefully you’re all taking precautions and staying healthy. My goal for the weekend is to stay home and cast on three new projects. The girl is heading home for spring break today, and the boy is on spring break next week, so I’ll have a full house again…just in time to do some good spring cleaning!