Year end knits and the logistics of gifting a knitter

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Let’s start this post by playing a little catch up.

In the time between my last post and Christmas I knit:

  • A Dede cardigan as a baby shower gift for my husband’s cousin’s baby shower
  • A fair isle hat for my daughter that is really a swatch for the Sister Snowflakes sweater I want to make her (and my stitch gauge was off by half an inch. Planning  on going up a needle size and making the pattern a size bigger so she can grow into it:

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  • A Star Wars hat for my husband (pattern name on Ravelry is The Force Awakens):IMG_20151217_143752536_HDR.jpg
  • Made a few starts and stops on the Be Simple Variations shawl
  • Began swatching for the Olivia Petit pattern I was gifted at Christmas (!)

So for Christmas I was gifted with a half dozen patterns from my Ravelry wish list, which was so very awesome! Between my husband and mother in law I have enough knitting planned out to last until NEXT Christmas. But here’s the kicker: several beautiful patterns and not very much yarn. I mean, I’m really being a brat because the $50 KnitPicks gift card I also got for Christmas is also very nice but…fifty bucks buys just about enough yarn for one adult sized knitting pattern. I have SEVERAL patterns to knit (there was one baby pattern, the Olivia Petit, but I already have the yarn for that.) I thanked my husband and mother-in-law, then later explained to my husband that instead buying me five knitting patterns and the equivalent of a single project’s worth of yarn, he could for example buy me maybe two knitting patterns and give me the cash equivalent of three additional patterns to spend on materials. Or, he and anyone else he may advise on how to gift me can carry on and I will just have to purchase the yarn with my own means, quite possibly as a birthday gift to myself since January 2 is so darn close to December 25.

And that’s exactly what I did:

IMG_20160102_130927403_HDR.jpgIMG_20160102_131525966.jpgThe skeins in both pictures are for the same project, which I can’t wait to start. It will be the most technically challenging knitting I have done to date, and I can’t wait to reveal it here!

But before that I have to finish a cowl for my brother and either finish or hibernate the Be Simple Variations shawl I have sitting on my size 7 circulars (yes, I inconveniently have only one pair). Hopefully this weekend will see me swatching and blocking and perhaps buying more yarn…

Happy New Year, everyone!

2016 Knitting Resolutions

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Isn’t it a little too early to make resolutions for the new year? You probably just thought something along those lines. In my case, it’s just in time because a) I have a list of things knitting related that I want to do for sure and b) there is enough on my knitting plate between now and Dec 31 that I won’t be able to get to any of it, and c) with the gift giving season coming up I can manipulate my wish list to accommodate the accomplishment of said things. So voilà! Instant new year knitting resolutions.

The list in no particular order:

  1. Knit a Eunny Jang design
  2. Knit a Connie Chang Chinchio joint (or three)
  3. Make another pair of Glenna C’s ribbed socks, but for myself
  4. Learn to knit socks two at a time on circulars
  5. Learn to knit toe up socks
  6. Pay a designer directly for a pattern (i.e. magazine purchases don’t count)
  7. Knit at least two things from my collection of knitting books/magazines
  8. Do some test knitting/get my tech editing on for someone else out of the goodness of my heart
  9. Visit a yarn shop I haven’t been to yet
  10. Knit myself some capsule pieces
  11. Knit something out of yarn i I recycle/upcycle myself
  12. Make my daughter a dress and matching hat (and maybe find a way to make myself coordinate)
  13. Knit my husband a (washable) sweater

Yup, a lot of these things can get knocked out simultaneously. Hurrah for efficiency!

Great Moments in Multiple Sclerosis Knitting #1

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Knitting a sock with a four row pattern repeat, only to notice that the pattern is starting to look different about two inches into making the leg. It slowly dawns on me that I knit the last damn pattern repeat backwards, knitting Rows 4 through 1 as opposed to Rows 1 through 4. This actually required me to read off of the note card with the pattern breakdown from the bottom up, instead of from the top down(as required by most written languages on the planet Earth). Mental note made to stick to simple garter stitch projects when tired.


(Last post I suggested I would be writing about the goodness of crafting with yarn in general, but this sock SNAFU derailed the plan. To paraphrase a non-hologramed Tupac Shakur – Knitters, holla if ya hear me.)