Catching Up

I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do with you.  Ignoring the fact that I didn’t blog for about two months, when I tried to blog over the last two weeks, I couldn’t. So Frustrating!  And I even had stuff to say.  Which may not be saying much. Anyhoo.

I worked on my February Lady Sweater a bit in early February, got distracted of course, and now I’m back to it. The green of this Dream in Color Classy is incredible, and while I love the vibrancy of this semi-solid yarn, I can’t help but wonder if it’s detracting from the lace pattern.  Perhaps I just need some perspective and to see it far away.

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In the meantime, I took a detour on a couple of socks and a stole during February. I’ll post about the stole when I have pictures, but here’s the other stuff.

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This is one half of a pair of Los Monos Locos or Toe-Up Monkeys, as they’re called. I had this yarned pulled out and started for a sock with a picot edge but lacked inspiration, so I frogged it. I then repurposed it for the Monkeys, and finally finished the one. Only problem is I can’t find the other skein of this yarn for the other sock. Gah! I have tossed and turned my stash but to no avail, so it’ll have to sit patiently by until that skein turns up. BTW, if anybody happens to have an extra skein of Koigu KPPPM in color #211, would you be so kind as to sell it to me?

ETA: I found the other skein of koigu last night. Squeeeeee! And promptly cast on for the toe.

This year, I have begun my quest to conquer the toe-up heel flap sock, I’ve been trying different patterns. It’s time to actually knit with the burgeoning stash of sock yarn and no better time than the present.  I used some bright orange yarn that I got from the Yarntini sock club, which I didn’t think I ever used. However, I ended up loving the whimsy of the bright, dare I say neon, orange.

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Project: You’re Putting Me On by Judy Gibson

Yarn: Yarntini Semi-Solid Sport in Fuzzy Navel, 1 skein

Needles: Addi Turbos 24″ circular in US size 3, a’la magic loop.

Start: February 19

Finish: February 22

 

Thoughts: I liked this heel for the most part, except when I had to pick up stitches along the turned heel edge. It wasn’t so bad on the knit side, but the purl side was a bit of a drag. I think the yarn is a bit loose on these size 3 needles, and in the future, size 2 is the way to go.  Not that I have anymore of this yarn but it’s a good thing to file away in my brain in case there’s a next time. The only mod I did was using Turkish Toes, which I really love doing. There is something so satisfying about making that little toe from nothing. As for the leg, it was straight up 2×2 rib, and they’re a bit loose and slouchy.  Next time, I’ll have to decrease a bit before starting the rib, and one more next time, make the foot a bit longer before starting the heel.  The directions said three to three and a half inches shorter than the foot length. They were a squoosh too short, but the superwash yarn relaxed in the wash and it’s better now.

 

Here’s an oldie I’m dusting off for you. It’s Ariann which I actually finished back in November but never got around to posting.

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Project: Ariann by Bonne Marie Burns

Yarn: Cascade 220 in teal, 5 skeins

Needles: Knit Picks Options in US sizes 6 and 7

Start: September 2007

Finish: November 21, 2008

 

Thoughts: I really love this sweater, only I have to block it again because there’s too much gap when I button the three other buttons. The color is great; the yarn softened up beautifully. It’s a great go-to sweater for anything. The only mod I made was knitting the collar longer. The only frustration I had, which was a big one, was maintaining the lace pattern and stitch count while doing the shoulder decreases. I think I ended up with one shoulder having a couple more stitches than the other, but oh well! I can’t tell in the fit at all.

 

Wishing you a stress-free rest of the week, and if you’re one of the many lucky ones who are at Stitches West, please buy lots of yarn vicariously for me, kay?

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8 responses to “Catching Up

  1. Your knits are looking great! I’ve always loved Arianne! It looks fantastic on you.

  2. Glad to see you back in blogland! Wow, you’ve been busy. I love Ariann. Great colour on you.

  3. Welcome back to you! Love the green yarn, but i think you may be right about losing the lace pattern.

  4. I’m going to the market preview in 2 hours!!! I like your FLS. The variation in color may distract a little bit from the lace, but not like a varigated would. Love those orange socks!

  5. The Yarntinis are made of win! They’ve turned out waaaay better than I ever thought orange yarn would, and look super comfy and house socky.

    Gotta see FLS in person; from your photo the variegation does look wonky, sorry to say. Drag, man.

    And can I say this enough? You’re a sweater and sock MACHINE. So much fun to see your FOs lately.

  6. Welcome to WP! I hope you have as good an experience as I have – I love it!

    Your Ariann turned out perfect! I was curious.

  7. Congrats on Ariann- it looks great!

  8. First off, your FLS looks GREAT!! You know I love that Happy Forest.

    I too have been on the search for the perfect toe up sock……Haven’t found it yet. I haven’t tried the “your putting me on”, gotta give it a try.

    Ariann is wonderful on you!

    Was switching to WordPress very difficult? Was it a pain to move all your old stuff? I’ve been considering it, but haven’t had the will to fight with tech stuff.

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