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Blue Gold
09 January 2019 @ 12:21 am

It’s official. I’m quite sick. It’s odd knowing your tired have no energy, and a slight cough to “mild bronchitis”.


Knitting was hard the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Well everything was hard to do other than sleep. I’m on the mend now and slowly getting my knitting mojo back. So much so I actually finished my Storm Tracker Sweater.



It’s knit in Neighborhood Fiber co. studio worsted in the Georgetown color way. I will block it this weekend and get to adding it to my sweater family ASAP. It also means that I am able to get back to the sweater I started at Rhinebeck. Also in studio worsted, this one is knit from the bottom up and called Crazyheart.



Can you tell I really want to get to the color work?


 




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Blue Gold
04 January 2019 @ 12:01 am

A bug that has been nagging at me especially as I knit sweaters this past year is the idea of designing some items.  My current pile of notes is full of ideas, half drawn sketches and charts, and of course the easiest thing to buy the yarn.  


Looking at this yarn, a sweater’s quantity of the String Thing studio colorway from Asylum Fibers. The sweater I want?  A holiday-ish sweater with a tree cabled on it. Why holiday-ish? While the colors can make you think holiday, my main thought was that the tree would be the White Tree of Gondor, possibly flanked by the arc entrance to the Mines of Moria.


How much work have I done designing this sweater I have yarn and an Idea for? For over a year? Well I wound the yarn? That’s a step right? In my grand scheme for 12 sweaters last year this was one of them.


Designing and knitting a sweater in about a month…what could go wrong? I’ve designed whole cowls before…


But as I think about the knitting milestones I want to hit this year, maybe the answer is not an excessive number of sweaters, but instead the ones that kept getting pushed back in line during 2018 because there is no way it could be finished in a month.



In the same way that while I made a couple fingering weight sweaters, the wildly cabled and complicated ones that I wanted to make were also pushed back because there was no way I could possibly finish one in a month where I might have three hours of knitting time across a week.


So maybe 2019 will be the year of the long stuff. Longer to think about, longer to make, longer in stash. Hashtag  #yearofthent.


“You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.” 




 
 
Blue Gold
02 January 2019 @ 09:32 pm

 


Last year,  was a banner year for knitting sweaters. A friend I attempted 12 sweaters in 2018.  I did not get to 12. More like 5 completed sweaters, including a NaKniSweMo sweater with a couple days to spare, unlike NaNoWriMo which was abandoned after a couple days. 80% of another sweater  and started a few more.


          


And I have to say, the sweater bug has not passed.  I really want to finish up my Storm Tracker (5th photo) just the rest of the last sleeve  and my Crazyheart 4th photo and my poor oft languished Royale (2nd photo).


The finished sweaters from the bottom up are Ommegang, So Faded, Zweig, Sipila, and Tarian.  And I think after finishing some of the sweaters in progress I will be looking to knit more sweaters this year. I still have an abundance of sweater quantities of yarn.


I may not aim for 12 sweaters this year just because it felt like I wasn’t allowed to knit other things, so maybe just some sweaters. I also like knitting small things, like I’d like another pair of actual gloves, rather than flip tops, as there are times where I really don’t need the flips.  Its a small thing, but a project that took away sweater time always made me pause.


So this year the sweater adventure is more vague. I want something else with all over cables, another yolked sweater, and maybe a cardigan.




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Blue Gold
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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