I can’t believe it is Wednesday again. It is like woosh and another week has gone by. Not that I want time to stand still. I like the fast pace. I am sometimes just startled by how fast it goes.
I cast on a pair of socks. There should be no reason for casting on socks. Socks are the best thing to knit. They can be worn all year round. Everyone needs socks. And they are useful. Also as a project they fit in my purse so it is easy to carry them around in case I need something to occupy me while I wait.
These are for my daughter. Hopefully a pair of knee highs. I have never knit knee highs before. Mainly because I always felt they would take forever to knit. But I also recently realized that I love knitting anyway so who cares if they take eternity and a day.
My week starts on a Saturday. It is usually a day of cleaning and tidying up while entertaining the 5year old and taking her to swimming lessons. Well last Saturday she didn’t have swimming lessons so she got out her Perler beads and started making stuff.
I found a penguin pattern and decided to make it. Man those things take a lot of time and the slightest nudge to the table knocks those beads off. And with a 5 year old sitting next to you, the table does get nudged a lot. But in the end I got a pretty penguin, well she decided it was hers.
On Sunday it was my birthday, so I made cupcakes (really good recipe). As usual I ended up with way way way more than a 3 person family should eat so I gave half of them to my husband to take to work. The other half was eaten by the 5 year old. Seriously, that kid loves chocolate cupcakes and would probably eat the for life if she could get away with it. I only ate one mini one and that was it.
On Tuesday she got the day off so we spent it at home again and I tried to finish the never ending blanket. I also realized that the yarn I had would not be enough, yaaay new yarn for me.
On Thursday I decided my husband really needed a new scarf and I had the perfect yarn for it, so I just cast on. I knit him one when I first started knitting, and I am pleased albeit slightly surprised that he wore it and actually loved it. So he definitely deserves a scarf. I knit him a pair of socks once, he never wore them so I unraveled them and made them smaller, I think I might just knit him another pair and insist (nag like a crazy knitter wife) he wear them
Finally, I have been really wanting one of those sock knitting project boxy bags or dopp kits. I sewed two before but they never turned out how I wanted, this time I used interfacing and this tutorial. I love it. I am not sure if it is because my sewing skills have improved or I just got lucky but I am really happy with the results.
So that is it folks. I guess it has been a productive week overall.
As promised I am releasing my Volcano Hat pattern today. It is a free pattern, uses slightly less than 200 yards of fingering (sock) weight yarn. To get the pattern click the link below
I totally forgot to post last Friday. I even had two projects that were finished and the third was finished on Saturday I think.
They are loosely based on this pattern.
And then I finished this one too. I am writing a pattern for it so keep an eye out for it.
I am calling it the volcano hat, because that is the name of the color way.
I keep getting side tracked but right now I will stop, breathe and be mindful of my thoughts while I knit this hat until it is done.
It is an interesting knit. Not too automatic like stockinette but not too difficult that I can’t watch a movie while knitting on it.
And I am in love with the colors. The oranges, reds, grays, specks of green and even the occasional purple. It is an explosion of colors.
What are you working on this week?
I have a case of startitis.
I can't help it.
I cast on another hat instead of finishing the one already on the needles.
In my defense my sister asked for a rainbow hat. I just love knitting rainbows. It is my kryptonite. Throw in stripes and I am a goner. I love the color changes. I love how it is fun without being hard work. I love how simple it is. I love how mindless it is but still produces something visually pleasing.
So even though I already have six ongoing projects I am happy with them all. I feel no need or pressure to finish them. Just the enjoyment that comes from knitting or crocheting them. After all, isn't enjoying the process what crafting is all about?
I love colorful handpainted yarn. I don’t like pooling or flashing yarn. This creates a dilemna. What do you make with it? Can you see the flashing on the ribbing? I don’t want a hat that looks like that.
What I do want, is a stitch that breaks up the flashing so it looks more like this. I AM LOVING IT. I love the yarn it is from A stash addict. It is sock weight yarn and the colorway was called volcano. Or maybe I am calling it that. It is lovely to knit with, the stitch definition is awesome and it doesn’t split or fuzz up.
How do you deal with hand painted sock yarn?
What are you knitting?