On the Needles – February 20, 2015

First, I have my Pixelated Pullover started – for the second time!  I started it Wednesday evening and got a bit farther than I am now and decided my stranding was too tight so I ripped it all out and started over. I think it’s better now but I’m not ripping back again.

Pixelated Pullover

Pixelated Pullover

A while back, my friend, Denise, had sent me a link for stranded work using a yarn in each hand. I tried it when she sent it but my hands didn’t want to work together so I decided it was too hard. Then, after working a ways on this sweater Wednesday, I looked for the link again, couldn’t find it, wrote Denise and she sent it to me. Two Hands Video. Now I can do it! It makes the stranded work so much easier and quicker.

I’m also working on That Nice Stitch Cowl for my Loopy Academy third project.

That Nice Stitch

That Nice Stitch

The green yarn on the end is waste yarn and it will be taken off when I join the ends. Yes, I made too many rows on one set but it’s ok. It won’t be noticeable when I’m wearing the cowl.

That’s what I’m working on. What are you working on?


Next Project

These are my options and my thinking on my next project.

Project #1:  Pixelated Pullover – This one is for another KAL at Eat, Sleep, Knit. The yarn I have is this:

Pixelated Pullover Yarn

Pixelated Pullover Yarn

It’s all Madelinetosh DK (and there’s more than shown in the photo). The light gray-ish is Gossamer, the aqua is Mineral and the deep purple is Duchess.

Project #2: Nice Stitch Cowl – This is my final project for this semester at Loopy Academy.

Nice Stitch Cowl Yarn

Nice Stitch Cowl Yarn

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Solemate and the color is Rockwell.

Project #3: This would be making the second sock.

Sock Project

Sock Project

This yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted.

My thinking is: 

Project #1 – Maybe I’ll cast that one on later and work alternately between the cowl and the sweater because I really love working on a sweater and haven’t had one to work on since finishing Tea with Bread and Jam a couple of weeks ago.

Project #2 – I’m going to start this one first because Nicole is going to start it this afternoon and I may have to help her with the provisional cast on and til she gets on her way with it, it’s easier for me to help her if I’m familiar with the pattern.

Project #3 – Socks are a great project for when I’m waiting for an appointment or riding in the car and I have an appointment that may require a wait and Vince and I have a short road trip coming up. I’ll probably cast on, get a bit of ribbing done, and then set these aside as my “to go” project.

So . . now you have it . . my potential projects to start this afternoon, as well as my thoughts on them. Of course, my thoughts could change and I could end up doing something completely different! 

Socks Finished

It’s been a long time since I knitted socks and it kinda felt good. 

Hermione Socks

Hermione Socks

These were made using the Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern (free on Ravelry). Since I’m a big fan of pooling, I love the little bit of pooling, little bit of striping in this yarn. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, color is mineshaft. Knitting with Lorna’s Laces sock yarn is a bit like knitting with sewing thread . . it’s so fine but the twist is very tight and these are socks made with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn are some of my better lasting socks. It’s 80% wool and 20% nylon and that little bit of nylon really makes a huge difference in how long my socks last. 

Hermione Socks

Hermione Socks

These socks were for the Eat, Sleep, Knit “knit along”. For the socks category, we had several patterns from which to choose. They will also qualify me for the Stashdiver Booster Badge since these were made with yarn purchased in 2011 and the Binge Knitter Badge. Vince and I watched the first episode of Private Practice on Netflix a while back and he wasn’t interested in finishing it. I couldn’t even remember the name of it and he finally figured out what it was so yesterday, I sat down and started knitting on these socks and had to re-watch the first show .. it had been so long since I had see it. By the time I went to bed last night (with my iPad . . still watching), I had finished Season 1 and started Season 2. I think I’m done for a while but I would like to finish watching the show.

What shall I knit next??