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A Sweater Takes Shape

All weekend, I’ve been knitting. For most people, this may mean 2 hours or so each day, making sure to go out and do other, ‘normal’ things. But nope, not me – with the start of the Ravellenic Games, my competitive side has certainly come out to play. I’ve been knitting almost non-stop, and have been watching the Olympics for the majority of that time.

In the past two days, I’ve actually gotten a fair amount of the Lightweight Pullover done – I’m past the raglan increases, past dividing the sleeves, and am on to the waist shaping. I’ve been debating pausing on the body work and knitting the sleeves (those are my least favorite parts), but I haven’t been able to stop myself from just knitting.

The stockinette stitch is rather soothing – though it’s easy to get bored, I like that I’m able to focus on other things without having to worry about where I am in the pattern. Every so often, I’ll take the time to measure where I am, but usually I just eyeball the distances.

How are your projects coming along? I’m really hoping to finish the sweater this week, but that may be a tad aggressive – I definitely want it done by the 9th (when I fly north), but I think Friday would be amazing. I’d like to get back to some of my other knitting, but I just can’t seem to put the sweater down long enough to finish my latest Miranda hat. Do you ever have that problem?

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On your marks, get set, KNIT

Unfortunately, I don’t have any FO to show you this Friday, so instead, I’ll catch you up on what’s been going on in my knitting.

After I posted on Wednesday, I went out to JoAnn’s and went slightly overboard in buying wool – but it was only $0.80 per skein ($0.97 on clearance, then each was 20% off with a coupon). I did the only mature thing and bought 20 skeins – 3 are for a toddler sweater for my mentor’s kid, 2 are for Miranda Hats, and 15 are for a sweater for myself.

Yarn for the Candlestick toddler sweater

Yesterday I basically just hung around and knit – mostly on the blanket, though I finished a round or two of the latest Miranda Hat. For some reason, I just don’t really have any motivation to finish it. Maybe it’s because I can use that as knitting on the plane to visit Michigan! (My parents surprised me with tickets to fly and see my friends for a week) I just bought more yarn to make other Miranda Hats, so I’m hoping that the new colors and yarn will re-excite me to make them. Aren’t the colors just so pretty?

I’ve slowly been making some progress on the never-ending Dorm Blanket, but it honestly doesn’t look as if I’ve lengthened it at all – have you ever had problems like that? It is so demoralizing to do one or two repeats, then hold it out and it doesn’t look any bigger. I just bought another pound of the pink/coral/persimmon color yarn so that I can continue the blanket (that was the real reason for going to JoAnn’s), but I’ve somewhat given up on the idea that this blanket will be done before I head off for college.

Today marks the beginning of the Ravellenic Games, and I’m counting down the hours until 3 p.m. so that I can cast on and begin my Lightweight Pullover. I’m really hoping to finish this in a week or so, since I have so many other projects I want to do. Project: Stash just started a Fall Sweater KAL, where we can knit whatever sweaters we want, but they should be done by the end of August – it’s not so much a KAL as a motivational thing – I’m hoping to finish the Lightweight Pullover and the Candlestick before August, and am hoping to cast on the Cool Cardigan in the wool that I just bought for another fall/winter sweater for my wardrobe (the cream, grey, and teal in the bottom 3 rows of the yarn pyramid). It has been great getting input from other knitters on patterns to use the wool for, since my searches didn’t really come up with anything – I’m loving the idea of raglans, since they don’t have any seams, and this cardigan seems just perfect with the three stripes and the weight of the yarn.

I hope that y’all have a wonderful weekend – I’ll probably knit and watch the Olympics for most of it, since my dad is keeping it low-key after having some oral surgery yesterday (don’t worry, he’s fine, just a little sluggish). What are your plans for the weekend? Is anyone participating in the Ravellenic Games? If so, what events?

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Friday FOs and Knitspiration

It has been a busy week for knitting – I was actually able to complete my final initialed washcloth (this time it was navy with an E on it), as well as my third Miranda Hat and another simple potholder.

I cut it a bit close on bringing yarn to knit with – I really only packed the initialed washcloth (which I had already started), yarn for one hat, and another ball of cotton yarn to make whatever I wanted. After completing the initialed washcloth on the first day of travel, I started (and restarted) the third hat during the second travel day, finishing it up during some downtime in Florida. Yesterday was my final travel day, and I just couldn’t decide what to make with the last ball of cotton yarn: a hat? another initialed dishcloth? a new pattern? After starting a hat and having it be the right size for a giant, I decided to go for a new pattern, a simple dishcloth that involved yarn overs and is knit from corner to corner – it almost looks as if the border is lacy and crocheted on.

 

I finished my grandma’s dishcloth, and ended up wrapping some soap in it for her – she absolutely loved it, so I’m glad I stayed up late before my trip finishing it up.

Even though I wasn’t necessarily able to keep up-to-date with all the knitting blogs throughout the past week, I’ve found some nice posts since I’ve been back.

  • Steph’s hunt for the right needles had me absolutely in stitches (no pun intended) – I had a minor emergency while on my trip (I thought I had lost 1 dpn of my set) so her debacle certainly resonated with me!
  • I love Sheri’s idea to turn this room decoration into yarn balls – I may just have to try that with some smaller balloons for the dorm room – it might even be cute to not go all the way around the balloons so as to make little baskets – perhaps they could be used as project bowls? I could see myself putting the cakes of yarn in the bowls and feeding the yarn through one of the holes.
  • Glenna’s TTC Knitalong makes me wish that there was more public transportation in the cities I live in – I’d love to make a trip to Toronto one weekend (or week) and partake in their Yarn Shop Hop.
  • Last, but certainly not least, I think Cassy’s Albatross Socks could be the perfect ones for me to learn to knit – they’re simple but elegant, though I’d be sure to use different yarn.

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Blog-A-Long and Travel Plans

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been busy running errands to get ready for my upcoming trip to North Carolina and Florida (eep!), but have also had a substantial amount of time to peruse Ravelry and other blogs. What I stumbled across is a blog-a-long, called a Year of Projects (Year 2). With this, everyone motivates each other to finish the projects we’ve set out to finish at the start of the year (in this case, July 1st).

I’m taking part in this mostly because I need to be held ‘responsible’ for my yarn addiction – I don’t necessarily want to buy all the yarn that I’ve been buying and then start projects only to leave them half-finished once school begins. By checking in with other bloggers, not only do I meet a lot of people and read more blogs, but I have made a sore of promise to someone regarding what I want to accomplish.

So, without further ado, my list of projects I’d like to complete in the next year:

  • Lightweight Pullover for a study sweater – I’ve already bought the yarn for this, and have plans to knit it during the Olympics
  • Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig – this was the other pattern I was considering to make during the Olympics
  • Finish the dorm blanket – ideally before school starts, though that may be hard with travelling and moving
  • Begin/continue the Wonder Blanket made of scraps
  • I’d love to wind all of my yarn, and this may be something that’s ongoing during school breaks and whatnot, since I have no idea how much yarn I have up north
  • I’d really like to complete at least 15 hats/scarves for SWAP (Scarves With A Purpose), the knitting group on campus, since it’s always nice to knit for charity, and it would definitely give me a break from school, and a chance to socialize with fellow knitters
  • Learn how to knit socks. I have yarn coming, but I’m somewhat nervous that the yarn will just sit in my stash for a while.
  • Crochet a granny square afghan/lap blanket – ideally, I could get an ombre look using this yarn, and I think it would be great as a gift (for who, I have no idea)
  • I’d also like to do more colorwork – perhaps a yoke sweater? I’ve been drawn to this one and this one (though the second one seems to be written in Norwegian)

Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure other various projects will pop up along the way, but these are the main goals I have for the year. I hope I have time for them all! What are your goals for the year? Do does your to-do list ever seem overly ambitious?

 

With that, I leave you for a week so that I can travel. I can try to post perhaps next week, but uninterrupted blogging/Internet time is far from guaranteed. I’ll try to put some stuff in queue so that y’all aren’t bored. How does that sound?

 

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