Stuff Happens

Whenever I start a new project I have the greatest of intentions. I picture in my mind that my piece will come out looking amazing and just like the picture. Doesn’t this always happen for you?

Yet there are those times when things go wrong. In this case many things went wrong. FullSizeRender (2)

  1. I totally underestimated the amount of yarn I had. Since I was unraveling an old sweater I didn’t have the weight or yardage of the yarn. Which lead to problem #2
  2. I ran out of yarn! UGH UGH UGH. I tried to make some adjustments to the pattern to compensate for the lack of yardage, however, it just got worse. The sleeve openings were too tight, the length was too short, and the neckline was bonkers.
  3. The last issue was the yarn choice. As it worked up  the draping of the yarn was well…yuck. The body of the sweater looked way too stiff and boxy.

I am feeling a little defeated right now. All that work for nothing. I don’t know if it is me or the patterns but it seems like no project will make this yarn happy. Frustrated with this fail, I am going to take a little break from knitting. There is a lack of creative energy flowing through my fingers right now. This Whit just doesn’t want to Knit.

Finished Objects Friday

Recently, I participated in a testing pool group on Ravelry for a pattern for a child’s cat hat. I have always wanted to be  a tester so I signed up and got knitting. I liked the pattern so much I made two!

Check out my project pages and keep the look out  for the published pattern.

Cat Hat in Black

Cat Hat in Red

Two Neon Nutkins

The Neon Nutkins are done. Woot woot!

 Yarn: Twisted Owl Sock Yarn in Birds of a Feather

Pattern: Nutkin Socks

Needles: US Size 1 Knit Picks 62″ circular

Method: I used magic loop rather than DPNs. Just make sure when reading the directions you note that needles 1 and 4 are the back/bottom of your sock. I made these socks one at a time, but it would be possible to make both simultaneously.

What I liked:

  1. The pattern was easy to memorize. Therefore, these were a pretty quick sock knit.
  2. The Short Row Toe. I have never made socks with short row toes and I have to say I like them. I don’t know why I was so intimidated by them before.
  3. The pattern was free!

 

What I didn’t like:

  1. The directions for the short row heels and toe. The instructions tell you to use a yarn over in the short row shaping rather than wrapping the yarn. I found this to be such a bother and the yarn overs resulted in huge gaps in the heel seam. I ended up frogging the first heel and wrapping the yarn on the short rows.

    Gaps in the heel seam

  2. My socks came out a little snug. I did use a half size needle smaller than the pattern called for, however, reading other comments I don’t think I am the only one. Just keep in mind that the pattern is not super stretchy. If you have wide feet please adjust your gauge.

So would I make these again? Most certainly. I love my Neon Nutkins!

My Third Anniversary

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Well it is here! My 3rd Blogging Anniversary. It has been a wonderful experience participating in the blogging community. Not only have I enjoyed writing about my life, but I have had such an amazing time reading others blogs too. In honor of this special day here are my five of my top posts from the past 3 years.

  1. Conquering Machu Picchu  highlighted my journey on the Inca Trail. To this date it is one of my proudest accomplishments.
  2. Lacy Beginnings Scarf is one of my free and original scarf patterns. This pattern is a great way to beginning learning how to make lace- like patterns in knitting.
  3. No Stash Girl was a post I wrote to highlight that not every knitter is a borderline hoarder (haha). Yes I love yarn, but no I don’t need 100 skeins tucked away in my closet. This post explains why.
  4. Summer Travels: New York City highlights my last trip to New York City. We got to eat well, see a great show, and I got to model one of my Purl Soho knits on the Brooklyn Bridge.
  5. Best Buy Ever! This cone of yarn was one of my best purchases ever! I got a great sweater and a beautiful scarf out of it. I kick myself to this day for not buying more cones.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for supporting my blog either through your views, likes, or comments. I hope for you to keep reading in the year to come. 🙂