Knitty Goals for 2014

Welcome!

What I’m wearing:

Marin Shawl by Ysolda Teague made with Spirit Trail Fiberworks Lyra worsted, Silk, Alpaca, Merino

Show notes for Dec 8, 2013

News:

Hudson Valley Knits Ravelry Group – Please join!

When we reach 100 I will do a pattern give away – up to 62

GAL KAL – I’m having a gift giving KAL/CAL I have started a thread in the group for chatting and one for FO’s

Post a picture of the recipient wearing or holding the gift for a chance to win a skein of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Starry Night colorway. 280 yds Superwash Merino.

Make sure you see the thread in my Ravelry group for rules

WIPS

Herbaceous Socks by Emily of Fibretown Podcast Fancy Pants Fiber Gussied Up by Oohfancypants of Whatcha Swatchin Podcast for the Dynamic Duo KAL at the Craft Stash Podcast

Living in JoAnna‘s from Knit Spin Farm project bag.

Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

Cheerio by Laura Nelkin

Against the Current Shawl by me!

FO

Ribband bracelet by Laura Nelkin

Headband from Laura Nelkin gift swap Geniap, Sent Pioneer Cuff to JanElinRN

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Spinning

8oz Merino top from Webs. Pewter not sure of yardage

4oz Merino top got in trade

New to the Queue:

Event Horizon Pi Shawl  KAL Donna Druchunas from Stories in Stitches

with String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Teal

Here’s a link to the KAL thread 

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies

Lovely Holiday Weekend

 

I had a wonderful weekend of knitting over the holidays. Thursday was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I went and got Rachael (my daughter) from her Dad’s in the morning. Shortly after I got home, my DH got home from work and my Mother in Law arrived. My husband is a Chef at a Monastery and had to go in and cook for the Monks. He used that opportunity to cook our turkey and the trimmings at his work kitchen. This was fine with me because it meant less mess to clean! We had a nice quiet meal and enjoyed each other’s company. For desert my brother and sister in law came and it was nice and relaxed as we enjoyed all the wonderful deserts.

Friday my daughter and left for the 2hour drive to my parents house upstate. My sister Lisa lives up there as well and my sister Kim and her husband were up there for the weekend as well. I was especially anxious to see my son who drove there for his college break. It was so nice to see everyone. We had a delicious meal on Friday of lasagna which my sister had cooked and enjoyed a nice movie together after dinner. I spent most of the weekend working on Marc’s second sock. For some reason the heel turn was not coming out centered and I had to frog it a few times before I got it right. I am totally baffled as to what I was doing wrong. I decided to attribute it to being too tired and put it away for the next day. Sure enough I managed to get it right the next day and after that soared through the gusset of the sock. Now I am quickly working my way down the foot. I had hoped to have it done for Marc on his birthday which was yesterday, but not quite yet. Here is my progress thus far.

 

 

Second Sock

Second Sock

On another note, I did finish the Mangia shawl. I have put it away for now. It is to be a birthday present for my Mother and I will give a picture when she opens it for her birthday which is Jan 7. I know she will love it. I am very happy with the way it turned out.

I did work a little bit on the fair isle sweater I am making for my Mother in Law. Just a little bit done on the second sleeve. I also had a chance to check my gauge on the lopi lite yarn I had bought. Size 8 needles will be the perfect size for this yarn. I will cast on the hooded sweater as soon as I can buy the Addi needles kit or if I can’t wait maybe I will order the knitpicks needles. 

Oh, yes, I must mention that I ordered some of the knit picks nickel plated round needles and find them nice to work with. Not as nice as the Addis but really good for the great price. These can be a very good and affordable alternative for me. There is talk on Ralvery that the cords often break and that knitpicks is very good about replacing any of their products. I hope that I don’t have that issue, but it is good to know that everyone is very happy with Knitpicks customer service.

Speaking of Knitpicks, I also bought a bunch of sock yarn from them. It is their Gloss Sock yarn and it is beautiful! I love the colors especially. They are gorgeous and go together beautifully. I am in love. It is very soft too. I knit a swatch with the new needles and I loved working with it. I am really happy with the quality and feel of the yarn.

Here is a picture of some of them. Aren’t they beautiful colors? and so shiny too.

 

Glossy - Cosmos

Glossy - Cosmos

 

Glossy - Dusk

Glossy - Dusk

This Gusset Stuff is Driving me Crazy!

I was really making progress on my first attempt at a sock…. until I finished the heal flap. I got to the section entitled picking up the gusset stitches. I then became totally clueless. I wasn’t sure which end of the needle to use to pick up the stitches first off. Then it tells to you to pick up a stitch at the end and place a marker. A marker for what? Then she says to look at the other end of your needle to see the other stitches waiting to be picked up. Yes I see them. OK. Uh, what do I do with them? The yarn is on the other side of my sock, so I can’t pick them up. Then the directions state to transfer 10 ‘distant stitches to the other needle. What ‘distant stitches’? I have no clue what she means by this. 

I was a little disappointed, but not too worried. I just went to bed and was quite confident I could google around and find answers. Well it wasn’t so easy. There is nothing on the web (that I could find) demonstrated what Cat means by the ‘distant stitches’. What I really need is to see it done. Then I will get it for sure. I checked UTube but there was nothing demonstating the gusset. I searched the Ravelry forums and there were plenty of people stuck at the same spot as me, but no clear answers.

I did find one thread that was a little helpful here. This person was stuck at the same spot as me and he does get some excellent advise that helped me a lot too, but nothing about those ‘distant’ stitches.

What I will have to do is go to the yarn shop with my directions and hope that someone can help me figure out what this means. Otherwise I will email Cat Bordhi with the question and hope she will help me out.

Here is how it looks now:

 

The Sock

The Sock

and here is my heal turn. Not too bad.

 

 

Heal Turn

Heal Turn

On a happier note, I fixed that dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. It doesn’t look perfect. You can see it looks a little pulled, but I think it will settle in and loosen up a bit as I continue to work on it.

Here is picture of the fix. A big thank you to Kelley Petkun for her knitpicks podcast number 52 on how to pick up dropped stitches. It was a great help!

Here is the shawl now. Can you see the tightness?

 

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Ravelry Rocks!

Wow, what a great weekend. I got all my housework done Friday night and first thing Saturday morning because I was thinking I may finally get my Ravelry invite and I was right! I had a lot of fun setting up my account there. Found myself taking a lot of pictures of my small stash and my various projects. I already have a few friends there and joined a few groups. Would you believe they have a group for Rush fans?! Joined that one right away. They even have a Tarot group! Wow. Every kind of group you can think of, they have.

I also spent a bit of time fixing a dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. I went to an old Knitpicks podcast specifically about dropped stitches and it was a big help. A little scary too for sure. It went down 11 rows, so it took a bit of time and concentration, but it is fixed now and I can continue on with it. 

Speaking of Ravelry again, I found out about a yarn shop up near where my ex husband lives and decided to drop in this weekend after I dropped off my daughter. It is called Yarn Central and is located in Hopewell Junction, NY. I can not say enough good things about this store. The woman there was so friendly and welcoming. She was very knowledgeable and helped me pick out a good sock yarn for my first pair of socks. I also picked up Cat Bordhi’s book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I think this will be the perfect method for me. I can’t wait to visit this store again. It was WELL worth the trip. Even the customers were so friendly and welcoming. They wanted me to stay and knit with them and I just felt so welcome. I even met a woman that belonged to Ravelry. By the time I got home she had added me as a friend. Doesn’t get better than that. Big difference from the Peekskill Yarn shop where I felt like I was interrupting them.

Mangia Shawl

I am making good progress on the Mangia Shawl kit that I bought in Rhinebeck from Decadent Fibers. I am very pleased with it.

dsc03054My sister Kim ordered the same kit from the decadentfibers.com website and is looking forward to starting her shawl on Thanksgiving weekend when we will all be at our Mother’s house upstate. Kim will most likely be borrowing my circular needles so I must be done by then. Just 5 more inches to go and then the ruffley ends.

Once this is complete, I plan on making some hats and mittens with my alpaca yarn and work on the Fair Isle I am making for my Mother in Law. I can’t wait to give it to her! 

I am still waiting for my Ravelry invite! Boy am I getting antsy! I don’t know why, but I can’t wait to set myself up in there and join some groups and knitalongs. I know it is going to be a lot of fun.