Monday, December 31, 2012

I Love Knitalongs

Yesterday I was thinking about how much knit blogging has changed over the years. When I first started, knitting blogs were around every corner on the internet. If you were thinking about making a certain new scarf/sweater/sock pattern from Knitty, you could find bloggers making it. Now you look on Ravelry for that. And most of the knit bloggers have faded away into the ether. I spent last night looking for knitting blogs that are still active. Most of the ones I used to read are gone. Either defunct or changed into something else. Earlier this year I asked myself if I should make the 'goodbye' post that I've seen on a lot of blogs in the past few years. However, I love blogging even though I don't do it much. I've always wanted to be one of those people who could find something to say every day. I've decided to try to have something to say 4 or 5 times a week. We'll see how this goes.

Today I am showing you my orange sock project:

I worked on these a bit yesterday. This is the second sock. I wear socks like these quite a bit, so I thought I'd give this pattern a try last summer. I don't actually have enough of the orange yarn to finish them, so I will will be finishing with some leftover yarn from the red scarf I made last year.

I am now just a row or two away from the decreases on my lopi sweater. Very exciting stuff. I decided to join a 13 sweater knitalong for 2013. I think I can count this one. One of the knitalongs I am going to attempt to do lets you count things you are currently working on. It could be the sock one, though. I am pretty sure I could knit 13 sweaters in a year. I have knit a lot of sweaters in my life. And my kids could use some. I also decided to go for it and join a shawl knitalong. It is called 12 Shawls Forever. I don't think I could knit 12 small shawls in a year, but I could knit several. And I love shawls. They are perfect for keeping cozy and warm. Plus they are beautiful. Not sure what my first up will be since I can't count the Stephen West one I started a year and a half ago. I still have to finish a couple projects before I can start on a shawl for the knitalong. Gives me a reason to get that knitting mojo going, though! The knitalongs I've decided to try to do are all Ravelry groups and are linked in the side bar under 'Things I'm Doing'.

I hope everyone out there has a happy and safe New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Knitting Project List

I've made my list of projects have going. I think I have them all. Now I am considering whether I should try the one project until its done method. It is actually mostly what I have been doing recently. And it does seem like most of my projects are well on their way to being done. Some of the projects way down the list aren't, but I am not sure I will bother with completing them. One of my sock projects is going to require the book to either reappear or be bought again. Here is my list:

Lopi sweater
Bonsai vest
bun hat
orange socks
brown socks
purple mittens
Brent's socks
Earth Sky shawl
Revontuli shawl
Cathedral mittens
mystery scarf

I even made a short list of things I would like to make or need, but I am not going to bother posting it. It will no doubt change before I get a few of these things done. Here is a picture of my current project, the Lopi sweater:

I am just a few rows from the first decrease of the yoke. Very exciting stuff because I've been having a hard time keeping all the stitches on the needles. Especially if the little knitters touch it.

Here is a picture of my updo from a couple days ago:

This is a nautilus bun held with my large flexi-8.

I haven't been doing anything for my hair lately, so I have promised myself to give it a good oiling tonight. Tomorrow will be wash day, so tonight is perfect for a heavy oiling.

Last summer I cut myself some layers and long side bangs. I cut the bangs long so if I wanted them shorter, I could trim further. After a few months, I have decided to let everything grow out. I really hate the layers poking out of my braid because they tend to poke my through my shirt. I find it almost impossible to wear a braid these days unless I bun the braid. And I love braids. My next trim will be in February, but I really don't think it will make a difference in my braid poking me through my clothes. I didn't cut any of the layers above my shoulders, but the growing out will probably take a couple years. The worst offenders seem to be the longer ones, so hopefully a year from now the poky braid business will have passed.

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year's Goals, 2013

I decided to make some knitting goals for the new year. Here they are:

1 I am going to knit more. I love to knit.
2 I am going to learn to knit continental. Probably on a sweater project.
3 Learn to knit socks on circular needles
4 Do 2 socks at once.
5 Quit starting new projects all the time.

Back when I started this blog, I knit 1, maybe 2 things at a time. One year at Christmas I went insane and started too many projects. Ever since then I have been wallowing in projects. Yesterday I successfully prevented myself from starting some earwarmers. My new plan is that if I want to start something new, I have to finish 2 current projects first. I am really tired of having all these unfinished projects laying around. Sick and tired of it. Some will probably end up being frogged. And if I am not going to want to knit them, why not? I'll use the yarn knitting something I WANT to knit. I have loads of fingering weight yarns laying around dying to be knit into mittens from Nancy's Bush's books. And into tams.

I'm going to have to get a running total of projects I have going so I know what I am up against as far as finishing stuff. Maybe I will post a list in the side bar or something. That would be fun.

Lately I have been knitting on my Lopi sweater. I am almost done. I am well into knitting the yoke, the most fun part of the whole sweater.