Knitting IN Progress

Currently, I have 3 WIPs in my knitting corner. This is highly unusual for me as I am a pretty monogamous knitter. I like to focus on one project at a time… well until I get to weaving in ends. Some of the reasons I have 3 WIPS is 1) one project has a deadline and 2) I got SSS (Second Socks Syndrome).My “oldest” WIP is my Zigzagular Socks. I really should have knit them two at a time. I really love the yarn and the pattern, but I just wanted to move on to something new. These socks are a fairly portable project and mainly sit in my work bag. This weekend we will be traveling so hopefully I can at least get past the heel flap.

The project with the deadline is the Lace Dress Body. The project is intended for my friend/ co-worker’s daughter. She is turning one in a few weeks and I wanted to make something special for her. I love lace so this project looked ambitious enough without going overboard. All I have to complete is the front, arm bands, and leg bands. Two weeks should be plenty of time.

Last in line is my impulse knit. Two color brioche seems to be everywhere. One of my favorite examples is the lovely purple hat made by DWJ author of the blog “Yards of Happiness.” I am a fan of Stephen West, but sometimes his color combos are too far out of the box for me. DWJ’s use of subtle colors really had me thinking I should give this brioche business a try. One YouTube video and 5 froggings later I was on the right track. Looks pretty good for my first attempt. I am letting this project lead the way.  I am not using a pattern and I  have no idea what direction this project will take.I am thinking 3 is the magic number for me right now. Something has to come off the needles before I think of something else to make. I much more like finished objects!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Back In Action!

Hello Readers! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I made it through the storm and feel like my creative juices are flowing again. It also helped that some of my family came to visit us in China. When living abroad it can get quite lonely. There is nothing like being able to laugh and just be yourself around the people who know you best.

Even though I was silent on the blog I was most certainly still knitting. I finished the Van Gough socks my husband requested. I bought this yarn in Tokyo and only indulged him because I thought the yarn concept was really cool. The color scheme was influenced by Vincent Van Gough painting Cafe Terrace at Night. This was my first time using this yarn (Opal 4-ply) and I really liked it. It has good stitch definition and good stretch (75% wool, 25% nylon). The colors on this sock are more muted than I usually choose, but my husband likes darker colors.  The finished socks are a little rough feeling, however, I have a feeling they will soften up in a bubble bath.

I used the Toe Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson. I was drawn to this pattern as I wanted some practice with making toe up socks with a heel flap. This pattern instructs you to make increases in a triangle formation under the heel rather than using short rows. I liked this idea, but I don’t know if I could recall this method off the top of my head like I do afterthought heels. Nonetheless, I think I like the fit of a heel flap better.

The socks came out great and I am sure I will visit this pattern in the future. One can never have too many socks!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-