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27 February 2017 @ 04:30 pm

While in Orlando I brought with me the skein of house cup by Gynx Yarns.  So with plans  to do my first ever toe up socks with an afterthought heel.  I cast on with my HiyaHiya Sharps in size 0 (2mm).  Figure 8 cast on for 24 stitches and increased up to 56 stitches.



So I started knitting while at the hotel, and continued when I could while at Universal studios. Sadly I always forget that you  lock up all your items before going on a ride. So on the lines, all of the lines I usually had empty hands. But that was better than, the tale of that time I lost my knitting on a rollercoaster.



I knit as we wandered the park, got Butter Beer, Pumpkin juice. I made it pretty good progress, and actually was able to finish the first sock by the time I was back in New York.  Well done except for the afterthought heel at that point.  Pretty good progress for a weekend wandering Orlando.



By the time I was back in Brooklyn watching the Super bowl  I had started the second sock.  Which grew just as fast, while wandering my usual haunts.



And once the scond sock was finished, while at a mini knitting retreat weekend. I pulled the afterthought heel.  and finished the sock.



I am well into my next pair of socks, with plans of starting my third, all self striping skeins.  I mean if this keeps up, I may actually fill my box this year. We’ll see.  I feel like the giant Hogwarts sticker on the side of the box and the the House cup socks being the first finished skein.  Next up shall be my oft cast on, rainbow socks.



Frogged and cast one three times since this photo was taken. I am also loving knitting toe up socks. You know after finishing a pair. Seeing as I have only finished two pairs of cuff down, I feel like I’m nearly at equal comparisons anyway.


 




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Blue Gold
31 January 2017 @ 11:59 pm

So as January winds down.  So does the 31 posts. Or about 27 or so.  Not too shabby.



Especially for the first time doing, this without even a  general outline for the days of the month. I’m pondering attempting this again, in spring maybe 30 posts in April or so. I want to start flexing my blogging fingers again.



I mean I have a fancy new blog layout and everything!


 




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Blue Gold
29 January 2017 @ 07:56 pm

I got  home today and started feeling the well known signs of falling ill. A feeling I know and loathe well. So I’m going to wrap up my weekend of progress early. The goal was to get as much progress on my  Honey pullover as possible.


   


Partially just because the progress from Tuesday to Thursday was amazing. Friday I was finally at a point I could try it on. Though I did have to slip it onto  a longer cable as I think I am working on it, on a 24″ cable as I bought those needles in theory for shawl making.



And on Saturday I actually remembered to join the Knit1Geek2 VKN.  And spent a few hours chatting and knitting. The body decreases are done and I’m knitting along until I get to the increases.



Alternating skeins every three rows. It is finally looking like a dent is being made in these massive 560 yard skeins. Its coming out pretty much exactly like what I had hoped when putting these colors together.  So yay for small yarn based victories.



 


 




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Blue Gold
28 January 2017 @ 01:49 am

It fits and everything. Time to work on the body. The decreases are starting. The fit is pretty good.  So the plan, seems to be working pretty well.



Guys I have a problem, I’ve started thinking about a shawl. I need to stop.  I need to finish this, but another project is always so tempting. I should try to finish a pair of socks instead.  Or you know finish my sweater…the startitus is strong.





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Blue Gold
27 January 2017 @ 02:14 am

So the sweater, is growing fast. Yesterday’s post got eaten somehow but the sweater at the end of Wednesday  looked pretty good.



Pretty good progress for casting on Tuesday Night.  And today, I set up the sleeves and started knitting the body.



So i’m now working on the body and am a few rows from the first set of decreases, so making progress much faster than I had planned to. I’m just gonna go with it until I lose speed.  We’ll see what the weekend brings.



I mean, this is where I was on Tuesday, and its just Thursday…Its been a while since I made anything this quickly. Who knew it would be a fingering weight sweater…




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Blue Gold
24 January 2017 @ 09:39 pm

So remember when I mentioned the Honey KAL? And wanting to start it once I finished Ommegang….


Do we know where this is going?  Yep, I cast on… I’m currently working on US4 (3.5mm) HiyaHiya sharps, because those are my new favorite needles.  I think I will be getting the interchangeable set of those at some point.



So yeah that means, 3 sweaters on the needles right now. Ommegang, Royale, and now Honey. I think that means no more casting on for a while, But I feel like I talked at my ability for restraint yesterday.


 




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Blue Gold
23 January 2017 @ 08:07 pm

So remember when I mentioned going on a yarn Hiatus after VKLive. Yeah…and then I noticed the Gynx Yarns update on Saturday… and suddenly there is a skein of House Cup making its way to me.   So maybe now I’m on Hiatus? Just a week later…I can do it.  I just need to poke around my stash and not yarn stores, or online stores.



Then there was the email notification that the two skeins of 1600 Penn I ordered from Neighborhood Fiber Co. at VKL was on its way. I mean that doesn’t count.  It was ordered and paid for at VKL…totally within the parameters of the Hiatus.



So I spent part of Sunday photographing the stash that I have gotten since Rhinebeck, at VKL, ordering, Woolyn, and whatever else. Like, you know, a friend reminding you they have yarn for you that you totally didn’t forget about.  I need a Hiatus.



I want to use all this great yarn, and that means  I need to stop adding to the piles and piles of it.  I’m sure its possible.  Restraint…I’ve heard of it…. Something to do with chains?  Hiding your wallet?



This is what? About 3 months worth of yarn purchases? And yes Fall and Winter are extra enabling, Rhinebeck, VKL, trunk shows,  startitius, I rarely go yarn crazy for my Birthday for example.  Because while I am still knitting, do I really need more yarn in August?  Its so much easier to say, wait what about that xxxxx (insert color, fiber content, brand, sparkle here) you got at yyyy in August, than in January.



And while I have a notion of what I want to make with all of these. Sweaters with multiple skeins.  Socks and a couple shawls, on all of the sock yarn. And an attempt to bring back my Sock square blanket with the mini skeins.  We’ll see what actually happens.



I have ideas on what to do with everything. Its just will I stick to those ideas or run off and buy something else, or cast on a completely  different things,  that actually needs something I don’t have? History has shown me a little of column A and a little of column B.


Also I really need to add this all to Ravelry since that was the reason I took the pictures in the first place!




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Blue Gold
22 January 2017 @ 11:59 pm

Alright, A couple other things did happen this weekend but I also made some progress on Ommegang.  I have gotten to the body cables . Starting to look like a sweater.  and that totally is more than the bit of ribbing I had on Friday.



So sleeves, and an ever growing body.  Not too bad for where I was Friday, along with cleaning, marching, cooking, and the usual weekend task.



Not too shabby for


 




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Blue Gold
21 January 2017 @ 09:00 pm

I spent a long time considering if I was going to go to the march for the variety of reasons, starting with the fact that there were emails from the day job this morning, and getting more than 4 hours of sleep has seemed like a pipe dream these last few weeks.


   


Though I think I needed this. Here are just a couple shots I got off my phone.  Though I guess the work phone should be thanked as my iPhone was acting wacky.  Hence barely, any social media posts during all the standing around and waiting, and there was a lot of standing around and waiting.  I think I crashed Instagram a few dozen times attempting to post.



I wonder if it could have been the volume or some something ;). Sometimes running into your sister makes, all the difference in how your day goes.




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Blue Gold
19 January 2017 @ 09:37 pm

So its a bad sign when I’ve just cast on the body of my Ommegang and am already itching to cast on another sweater. It’s not my fault! It’s the KAL.  The KAL runs until March 1st. So I want to finish Ommegang then get started. I have just started on the body of the sweater so I should be good on that front.


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So two skeins of Miss Babs in Mayhem and Blarney Stone, will be turned onto the Honey Pullover. I got the two skeins to make a striped sweater pattern to be determined when I bought the pattern, but I was thinking narrow stripes.


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And the Honey Pullover is just that, with a KAL co-hosted by Voolenvine and This Old Knit.  That was mostly what I was thinking, I’m not sure how I feel about the pockets, but I have plenty of knitting to do before I get to it seeing as its a top down knit.


This will actually be my second ever fingering weight sweater, though I do have the yarn for another and, the pattern chosen for that, stripes gone crazy. So this will be a mini sweater adventure. One that  I am looking forward to. I just have some cables to finish first!




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