Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Frogging Back To The Truth

There comes a time in every knitter's life when they must face some hard truths about their knitting project. Or projects...plural...because sometimes you can go through a phase where you cast on and knit all the things and then nothing seems to work out! For instance, maybe the marriage of yarn and pattern just isn't the dynamic duo that you thought they would be yet you convince yourself to keep knitting on, completely ignoring that nudging feeling at the back of your mind. Or maybe you chose the wrong size or your gauge is suddenly way off (stupid swatch lied!!), but you keep hoping, with every stitch, that maybe blocking will sort it all out and the knitted item will miraculously just end up perfect.

Whatever the issue may be, sometimes you just got to face the music and say, "yeah...this isn't working". For some, that's a tough cookie to swallow, especially if a lot of time or money was already put into the project. For others, it's either a learning experience and/or all about the joy of knitting. Or, if you're like me, it's all the above. Due to my carpal tunnel, I feel like my knitting time is precious and must be used wisely but I thoroughly enjoy the simple act of knitting. And if the yarn is a complete joy to work with, well then it makes frogging and re-knitting not so bad.

So what am I getting at here? Well, my friends, I'm going to be frank, two weeks ago I had to face some truths about my What The Fade?! shawl and those truths have led me to do something drastic. I'm frogging the whole thing. I know, I know...the past two posts I went on about how much I was enjoying the knitting and how much I was liking my colours and how they were fading. I was excited about what the last two clues were going to be and what direction the shawl design was going to go. 

Ok, before I go any further, I really contemplated about whether or not if I should blog about this because I don't want to offend anyone or come off as disrespectful, and I definitely don't want to create a stir or turn people off, but I wanted to be upfront and honest and didn't want to be that blogger that claims to looove everything. In public. I decided to just go ahead and blog about this as I've already mentioned that I was participating in this MKAL and about my shawl several times on the blog and on social media. 

Anyhoo, where was I? Oh yes, the anticipation of where the shawl direction was going to go. Needless to say...I was disappointed when the last two clues were released. I had expected...more. To the clues, to the overall design of the shawl. I know, I know, it's a mystery knit-along and you signed up for the surprise and nowhere does it state that the design had to be out of this world extraordinary, but in my experience MKALs are usually interesting and is a time when the designer experiments, tries something new or plays with stitches and/or techniques. I feel like I didn't get that.

As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love the colours I chose and really like how the fade was turning out, but I most likely wouldn't wear the shawl. Maybe once or twice, but that's it. My shawl, even without clue five and only halfway through clue four, was already massive. I contemplated stopping where I was in the pattern and just binding off, or maybe frogging back a bit and not have so much garter but then the shawl wouldn't have the fading colours - which is the main point of the whole shawl. Overall, the shape of the shawl, a traditional triangle shawl, just isn't my cup of tea. Triangle shawls are generally too long in length and shorter in wingspan, and I feel like my short frame would be overwhelmed in such a large shawl. I immediately think of that Lenny Kravitz wearing a blanket as a scarf meme, cause that's how I imagine I would look if I were to wear this massive shawl if it were knit to the very end.

Aside from the immense size of the shawl, I also couldn't justify the total cost of the yarn used for a shawl I was never going to wear. If I had used commonly found yarn that you can get at any craft store (like Lion Brand) or a yarn shop staple (like Berroco) or even Knit Picks (which is readily available to me at a very good shipping price as I'm located in North America, not so convenient or affordable in terms of shipping if you live overseas), then I would normally finish the project and then gift it. Yeah, not this time. I had to wait for a shop update, took advantage of a free shipping opportunity, and spent hours online trying to find a Canadian supplier in Canadian currency to find all the indie-dyed yarn that I had used.

As much as I hate wasting knitting time, I don't mind frogging the whole project if it means being able to use the yarn for something I will wear. I'm thinking of either a So Faded pullover or a Find Your Fade shawl (both by the same designer as The What The Fade?!), or maybe a Sprouting Brioche shawl (the shaping and use of increases is stunning!). I won't be casting on anything any time soon though, I made myself promise that I would get at least two or three WIPs off the needles AND I have some priority knitting to do first. 

Maybe one day I will return to this pattern and knit it again. I think it would look lovely in a long gradient (and less ends!!) with either a reverse of the gradient or a contrasting yarn for the brioche part. But for now, I'll just admire the shawls that other MKALers finished and take notes on the fades and the colours used. Ok fine, I'm making a list of yarns I want. After all, while this design was a miss for me, there are a few that involves fading from the same designer that are a hit for me.

Anyone else frog their shawl or any other mystery knit-along? What did you end up using the yarn for?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Progress Report: Still Fading Along

Hedgehog Fibres Sock, Truffle colourway

** SPOILER ALERT: Please note that this post contains photos of my completed second and third clues and I talk about design features of the pattern for the What The Fade?! MFAL. **

As of late, I've been working on nothing but the What The Fade?! MFAL shawl. I haven't touched either my sock WIP or even my Rainbow Hue Shift afghan! Hence why I've been so quiet on the blog and on social media. Mind you, I've also been taking a lot of knitting breaks to give my right hand time to rest. And it needed it, clue two was such a doozy! Holy smokes! At first, I thought it was just me and the fact that my hand was acting up a bit but after reading the forums and talking to a few other participants, I discovered that nope, I'm not alone on this one. Clue two is definitely a long one!

While insanely long, clue two did bring a pleasant surprise: I fell in love with the Truffle colourway by Hedgehog Fibres (see photo above). When I first purchased the yarn I thought it was pretty but truthfully I liked it simply because it went well with the rest of my fade selection. And it looked much different in skein-form. I was a little nervous of how the poopy yellowy greenish browny colour would knit up (sorry, not really the best description!) but after the transition into knitting with Truffle fully in the brioche section, I was absolutely taken with the colourway. I marvelled whenever a magenta stitch popped up and got weirdly excited when an ombre of purple stitches appeared below my needles. Even the poop colour grew on me (what IS that colour called anyway?? Dijon mustard? Dark goldenrod?). Maybe clue two took so long because I kept stopping to admire the colours when really I should be knitting, knitting, knitting! I mean, can you blame me though? These magenta stitches are my favourite:

I've learned to be careful about what you wish for, after knitting all that brioche in clue one I was hoping clue two would have more of it. Boy, did that wish ever come true! By the time I finished that section I became a brioche pro. I no longer had to look at the instructions to see which side my yarn had to end on (that's how scatterbrained I can be sometimes), and I rarely had to tink back because of a missed increase at the end of the row (like I did so often in the first clue). 

I really love how the fade was knitting up on the pink side, even though for a while there I wasn't so sure about the darkest colour being introduced so quickly in the game. Now, I think it really highlighted the lightest colour on the pink side and made the eye look up and down rather than just drawing your attention to the bold pink. I also like how the other side looks like a tan to brown gradient:

Clue 2 - Sorry for the crappy photo quality, it was getting late when I finished the clue!

There's not much to say about the knitting of clue two, other than the fact that the top middle of shawl where I started with the I-cord cast on and had to pick up stitches looks really wonky to me. I keep looking at all the photos that other knitters have put up of their shawls and have yet to see anyone's top look like mine. Did I pick up my stitches weird? Did I mess up from the very beginning? I really hope that blocking will cause some magic to happen and will sort that all out. For now, though, it bugs the living crapola out of me.

As for clue three, it was nice to see that we're getting a break from the brioche and get to do some mindless knitting in that it was all squishy garter. Although, while the knitting was easy, I found I had to take several breaks from knitting due to how heavy the shawl was getting. I tried to find ways to alleviate the weight by placing a pillow under my work if I was knitting on the couch, or by putting the shawl on the table or desk. I think it helped.

I really love how Truffle and Artifact look together, so much so that I'm considering on purchasing them again to make either another shawl or maybe indulge and knit a garment. But then I started knitting with Film Noir again and I've been dreaming of knitting a sweater in that colourway too...

Clue 3 - when Truffle surprised me & made me really love the colour on its own

Clue three was pretty straightforward. I just managed to finish this clue before the fourth clue arrived in my inbox. I'm still knitting away feverishly on this current clue and am a little over halfway done. I don't think I'll get it completed before clue five is sent out later today but that's ok. I have to remind myself that it's not a competition and no one is going to care if I'm caught up or not, other than me. I don't want to stress myself out, especially since I'm trying to get over the flu and I need to prepare for the Kiddo's birthday this weekend (yes, that means no Knit City for me this year!!), so I don't want to make myself even sicker than I already am. It's just not worth it! 

There are only two more clues left, with the last one being a bonus (whatever that means?), before the big reveal. I'm excited to see what the last two clues hold! I really hope we get to use the very first colour again, more so because I absolutely love how bold and bright that pink is. But before I start daydreaming about the possibilities and what else I could knit with these colours (oh, Truffle, you're so pretty!!), I better try to sneak in a row or two of clue four before I have to rush out the door for a parent-teacher meeting tonight!

♥ Happy Fading! ♥

Friday, September 22, 2017

Off The Needles: Skew Across The Universe

Yesterday was the last day of summer. Huge sigh. A part of me is still in denial about this. Have the summer months really flown by that quickly? I swear that it's still July. Wishful thinking, I suppose. You'd think I would be happy because now I can spend my evenings nestled on the couch with a mug of hot tea and the latest knitting project, and that I can start wearing more of my handknits again. I'm trying to push out of my head the memories of how epically cold I was last winter (which is why I didn't complain how hot it was this summer!).

Anyhoo, let's not get too off track. We're here for the knitting!! And I'm here to tell you about the last pair of socks to come off of my needles during my so-called "Summer of Socks". Today's show and tell is my newest pair of Skew. I call them my "Skew Across The Universe" socks because well, the pattern is called Skew (a freebie from Knitty) and the colourway is called "Across The Universe" (by Knitterly Things). Not really an original name but I got to identify them somehow from the other socks and most importantly, from the other pairs of Skews in my sock drawer. They're marvelous looking socks, don't you think?

I simply can't get enough of this pattern. I have two pairs of finished Skews in my handknit sock collection and if my memory is correct, I think I have about two or three on the needles in various stages from over the years that I never got around to finishing (for reasons unknown). One of those WIPs I have actually picked back up and are my current sock project (you can catch a glimpse of them in this post). Yes, I love this pattern so much that I was working on two pairs of them simultaneously!

Unlike the other pair though, I've knit this pair completely as written in the pattern. No mods. I contemplated knitting them a little longer in the leg just so that I could use up more of the yarn but then realized when I tried on the first sock that once I knit up the cuff the length would be just perfect, so I nixed the idea. I believe this is my second time knitting with Vesper Sock by Knitterly Things (the first was a pair of plain vanilla socks). While I have a few skeins in my stash that I've been wanting to knit up since their arrival, this particular skein was nabbed when one of my fellow knitters decided to generously give away and unload a bunch of yarn at one of our knit nights many months ago. At the time of casting on these socks, I really had no idea what yarn to use, I was simply itching to knit another pair of Skews and so I grabbed whatever skein was on top of the pile in my closet. I'm now glad it was this yarn, stripey Skews are the best! 

Learning from my experiences with my previous pairs, I knew that the fit of the sock would be super snug around the heel area and that it would be tight to put on and past the heel. I still used my usual sock needle size (2.25mm / US 1) though and just made sure I made a conscious effort to knit loosely when knitting the mini gusset and heel shaping. It worked because the sock fits just the way I like it and they weren't a pain in the butt to get on and off, AND it didn't compromise the aesthetics of the heel. The band still wraps around at the perfect spot around your ankle, where your foot meets your leg (as seen in the photo below!). The socks perfectly hug my narrow heels and never once do I feel like they're slipping off or shifting, and I never have to pull at them to keep them in place.

Aside from the ingenious of the overall construction and how clever you ultimately feel once you origami the heel together, I love that I don't have to worry about having to use a contrasting yarn (or use the other end of the cake) or whether the stripes will differ too much when knitting the heel. You just have to put trust in the designer and in the end, it all comes together so magically!

I love the details! And look at that heel!

I may have a lot of patterns in my sock queue but lately, I seem to want to knit nothing but the Skew pattern. Ever since my very first pair, I secretly wanted a huge Skew collection. There's a fellow sock knitter who I follow on Instagram who, I swear, finishes a pair of Skews at least once a week. I kid you not! I absolutely love her collection! For the curious, her Instagram is @justrunknit. Her name is Megan, you might recognize her as one of the hosts of the video podcast, Stockinette Zombies, and she's a designer, too (check out her designs here). Her Skew collection is seriously my sock goals.

Speaking of sock goals, I should knit a few rounds on the other pair of Skews that I have on my needles. I've been daydreaming about casting on a pair of Skew in a skein of Mudpunch self-striping yarn but I told myself that I couldn't until I get this second pair off the needles...I predict that you'll be seeing a lot more Skew action in the future!!

These socks did NOT look good on sock blockers! 

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: Skew by Lana Holden
Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock 2ply Superwash Merino
Colour: Across The Universe
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circular in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Across The Universe

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fading Along: A WTF Progress Report

** SPOILER ALERT: Please note that this post contains a photo of my completed first clue. And I talk about design features of the pattern for the What The Fade?! MFAL. **

One thing about knitting on a mystery knit-along that I never thought about: how non-Instagrammable the WIP will be. Not that I choose my knitting projects based on whether or not it'll look good on Instagram, but I do like to share photos of my WIPs in various knitty stages. Out of respect for the designer's wishes to keep the mystery alive for the fellow MKALers who don't want to know ahead of time what the clues will look like and want to be surprised, I haven't been posting much about my shawl WIP.

So far I'm thoroughly enjoying the MKAL. For a while there I thought I was never going to get the first clue finished because, one: I didn't cast on immediately after the first clue dropped because I was dumb and read the pattern wrong about which colours were going to be used first and so I started to second guess which end of my fade was going to be "Colour A". After a day of hemming and hawing, I looked at the pattern again and realized my mistake. Ugh. I shake my head at myself. So I stuck with my original fade plan. Then two: I was well on my way into the first section when I stopped to take a look at my work. I noticed something weird happening on one of my sides. Thinking I messed up, I tinked back a repeat and re-knitted it. But then I realized I messed up somehow, so I tinked back and re-knitted. I should have just walked away after that, but no. I have no idea what I did but I didn't like how my work was looking. So I went the drastic route. I frogged the whole thing and started over. A whole day's worth of knitting. Gone, just like that.

BUT, I did learn a few things from that first go-around. I discovered that my purl rows were too loose and it made for wonky and uneven stitches, which I'm sure a good blocking would fix anyway, but I still switched to Portuguese-style knitting whenever I had to purl since Portuguese-style knitting creates a tighter stitch and gives a much more even tension. It worked! An added bonus: the reduction of hand movements in Portuguese-style knitting (I'm usually a thrower) means I'm knitting the purl rows faster. Sweet! With all that time lost to the aforementioned knitting, tinking, and re-knitting, I needed to speed up my game to catch up. The idea of still working on the first clue when the second clue comes out makes me feel somewhat anxious.

Another reason why I needed to speed up the knitting: I kept forgetting to do the last increase on the increase row and wouldn't realize it until either the end of the row after the increase row or worse when I'm about to start the next repeat. Let's just say I've become quite the master at tinking back two-colour brioche! I'm just glad that I was able to finish the first clue the night that the second clue was released. Phew!

The third clue will be dropping tonight and I'm still FIVE repeats away from finishing clue two. It's silly for me to stress out about this since I generally wait until the next day (or the day after that!) to start knitting the newest clue. I'm one of those knitters that need to know what's going on and will check in on the spoiler threads on Ravelry to see what the next clue looks like.

Other thoughts so far:

♥ I'm absolutely loving how my fade is knitting up and wonder if any of the colours will be repeated in the design. I truly love the first colour on the "right side" of my knitting (it's House of a la Mode Glitter Gaudy) and would love to knit and see more of it in my shawl.

♥ I haven't woven in any ends yet. I looked at a bunch of tutorials on Youtube on how to weave in ends for reversible brioche and all the videos I watched basically said to do the same thing. Now I can go with that and give it a try or wait until the end and hope that maybe Andrea will say or have a tutorial of her own on how she weaves in her ends.

♥ It's not until I'm knitting it that I realized just how much I love brioche and keep telling myself that I need to knit my next project in brioche.

♥ While I'm loving the brioche, I'm really hoping that the next clue is something different and that this shawl isn't just straight up brioche.

And for those of you curious as to what my first clue looks like, here you go:

♥ Happy fading along!! ♥

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Yarn Ready, Let's Knit!!

Photo credit: © Andrea Mowry

Last night the first clue for the What The Fade by Andrea Mowry (aka Drea Renee Knits) MFAL dropped. I can't remember if I had mentioned it on the blog yet, but I decided last month that I was going to join in on the mystery fade-along fun. I haven't participated in a mystery knit-along in three, maybe four years? I think the last one I did was Ysolda Teague's first Follow Your Arrow

I discovered in my very first MKAL that I'm just way too uptight to knit a pattern blindly with no idea what it's going to look like in the end. I get too anxious about whether I'm going to like the end knit or if I used my knitting time wisely. I had hemmed and hawed over whether I should join the MFAL or not for weeks, but after going through all of Andrea Mowry's designs on Ravelry and realizing that I already owned a handful of her designed and that I love the last dozen or so designs that she has released, I finally made the decision to just dive in.

So I am.

I couldn't stop thinking about colours for weeks, to the point where I was seriously obsessed. I constantly had yarn everywhere in my house in hopes as I tried to find a fade that I liked. I was ordering yarn online hoping that the one skein I ordered would be the colour that would make my fade perfect but then discovering once the yarn arrives that it falls short in my expectations. I looked at what felt like a million yarn kits that practically every indie dyer was creating and wishing I had the funds to purchase them all. I had my heart set on ordering a kit from an Irish dyer but learned that I wasn't going to be able to catch the update. So I did what any knitter would do: I set about on putting together the kit myself. Sadly, that plan didn't work out as well as I had hoped. Since dye lots can vary from pot to pot and from one yarn base to another, the skeins I received were vastly different from the original photos of the kit I was trying to emulate. 

Rather than ordering even more yarn, I tried to work with what I had. I came up with two possible colour combos, a pink one (surprise, surprise!) and a yellow one (I've fallen in love with Hedgehog Fibres' Fool's, so pretty!! I want to knit alllll the things in this colourway!!). I had a hard time deciding between the two but in the end, the pink combo won out. BUT only because I had all six skeins needed on hand already, whereas the yellow kit still needed one more skein and my LYS has yet to receive their order of a particular yarn line that I've been waiting all summer for. 

My fade for the MFAL:

For the curious, from left to right: House of a La Mode House Fingering in Glitter Gaudy, Flock Fibre Studio Take a Hike Sock in Princess Tiger Cub, Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Film Noir, Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Bramble, Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Artifact, and last is Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Truffle.

Honestly, I would have been happy knitting this MFAL shawl with either colour combo (did I mention just how much I love Fool's Gold?) and think I would wear either set equally. I'm pretty excited about knitting with these gorgeous pinks and with two new-to-me yarn brands. I will admit that I am a little nervous about my fade - whether they'll blend nicely into each other, whether the last skein is too dark, and whether the middle skeins are too close in colour (FYI: Film Noir is a whiter base with pink, black/grey with specks of orange, Bramble is on a more yellow base with orange, green and specks of pink and yellow, while Artifact is a tan base with specks of pink, orange, green, black, and cyan). Well, we all know how to solve this, right? I'm just going to have to knit and see!

So, with that said, I have a date with my ball winder and need to get these six beauties wound up and ready to be cast on! Are you fading along, too? Or are you knitting with another KAL? Let me know what you're working on!

Happy knitting! ♥

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Knit In Progress: Rainbow Hue Shift

Do you ever encounter a pattern or project that once you see it or think about it, you just want to make it, but you don't? But you keep thinking about it for days, weeks, months, and maybe even years? Yet there's always something that holds you back from creating it? Yeah, I have a few of those. One of them used to be the Hue Shift Afghan.

For years I had admired this gorgeous afghan but always held back on casting one on. I had fears about seaming. I had fears that I wouldn't have the attention span to finish the pattern. Most of all, I had fears about weaving in all.those.ends. Actually, I still do. I used all these reasons for why I shouldn't cast on this pattern. But that didn't stop me from thinking about it and from time to time going to the pattern page on Ravelry to stare longingly at it.

Then, last October Knit Picks decided to do a week of giving in preparation for holiday knitting (I think) and gifting. That week they picked a specific pattern daily and gave them away for free for a 24-hour period. One of those patterns just happened to be the Hue Shift Afghan. Sweet! But once again I put the idea of knitting up the afghan to the back of my mind. Remember, I had all those fears.

Fast forward 9-10 months, I'm enjoying some adult beverages with a couple of knitterly friends. One of them just happens to be knitting away on a gorgeous, squishy, rainbow-y piece. I looked closer and had to audibly gasp out loud. She was knitting the Hue Shift Afghan!! She told me that yes, there are a ton of ends to weave in but actually, the pattern is incredibly easy peasy, it's mainly about picking up stitches for the individual squares, and there are only about three seams to sew up. I can handle three seams, right? Meh, I'll think about that when I get to that point. As soon as I got home, I ordered the yarn to make my own Hue Shift. It was now or never. Besides, I was able to knit up my Missoni-inspired blanket (which I still need to blog about) in a good amount of time without losing steam. I'm sure it'll be the same for this blanket...

After I got a few WIPs off the needles (re: a pair of socks...hey, I didn't specify exactly how many WIPs I needed to complete), I finally cast on the pattern I have been eyeing for years. felt good. Real good.

Although, there are a few things that I should have done before I had cast on. Like, read the pattern thoroughly (oh please, I know I'm not the only one who has done this from time to time!). Or to look for all the helpful hints and tricks on Ravelry from the other knitters who have knit this pattern. Had I done all that I would have found out that practically every knitter ran out of yarn before they finished their blanket or that others had reduced the number of stitches to prevent running out of yarn and therefore ended up with a smaller blanket. I would have also found out that I would be needing a specific colour for five consecutive squares and that I should just carry the working yarn up as I knit. Oh, and that I should be nice to my future self by making my edges neater and easier to pick up stitches on when it comes time to add a new square.

Instead, on my first square, I left my edges bumpy and broke the working yarn. Oh, Melissa...oh, really need to learn to read a pattern first and not just assume you know what you're doing! I'm far too lazy to rip out an entire square, and besides, it's the very first square and it'll be hidden away in a corner. So I left it as is. But I re-attached the yarn by doing a Fisherman's Knot for knitters and hope that I didn't use too much excess yarn. But hey, it's one less end to weave in. On the second square, I slipped the last stitch of every row purl-wise with the yarn in front. This was a total game changer and made picking up stitches SO much easier.

Did I mention that I like to live stupidly dangerously? I decided that since I'm a tight knitter I'll knit the afghan using the original stitch count called for in the pattern and will hope for the best. Ok, not the best game plan, I'll admit. But I'm hoping that by being stingy and carrying up yarns as much as I possibly can, maybe I can make it to the end without running out of yarn. Wish me luck!! This will be quite the epic game of yarn chicken, ever.

So, at the time of writing this post, I'm currently twenty squares in. Out of a hundred. I had this grand knitting goal of knitting a square a day so that I can get this completed by Christmas. HA! I haven't even been doing that since the day one! When I first cast on I was working on the afghan exclusively, those stripes and watching the stitches decrease rapidly makes for quite an addicting knit! I even timed myself to see just how long it takes me to knit a square (a little over 30 minutes, in case you were wondering...I know, could I be any more of a knit nerd?). I haven't forgotten about my other WIPs and so the new game plan is to alternate projects daily, which means I work on the afghan every second day. Although with that said, I do try to sneak in a stripe here and there on days that I'm dedicated to knitting on something else as a way of somehow making a teeny, tiny dent that is this afghan.

I find this pattern super easy to knit and to memorize, however, I do refer to the colour chart often to make sure that I'm using the right colour combo where I should be...since I do have a tendency to get lost in my own thoughts quite often. Once you get the first strip knitted up, you can pretty much see and make an accurate guess as to which colour comes next, otherwise, the knitting is quite mindless. I find that the regular switching of colours for each square makes me want to keep knitting, just so that I can see what the next colour combo looks like with the rest of the quadrant. Also, seeing the section getting bigger with each square finished makes me see progress and feel accomplished and so I get that knitterly high you get when you finish a project, even though I'm not finished the project just yet. Only a square. Little steps, I tell myself. Little steps.

Speaking of little steps, I should see if I can sneak in a row or two before I have to run errands in a bit. 'Til next time, cheers!!

Happy knitting!! ♥

Friday, August 18, 2017

Picking Those Needles Back Up

Sometimes, there comes a time in a non-monogamous knitter's life, when they realize that they really can have too many projects on the needles. I know, right?? This sentiment rings even truer for *this* knitter, when discovered, upon opening interchangeable needle set case after interchangeable needle set case, that there were no needle tips or even cables available for use. Um...what??

Thinking that maybe, just maybe I simply didn't put them away when I finished a project, I checked all the usual spots where I typically leave needles, notions, and measuring tapes. Nope. I checked all my knitting baskets and went through all my project bags because sometimes laziness takes over and I just want to keep knitting, so I'll leave needles in a project bag and over a span of a few projects the bag can accumulate practically half of a set of interchangeable needles. Yeah, no dice. But I did notice as I was going through all my project bags just how many projects I have yet to finish.

It was overwhelming.

I always tell myself that I can't cast on a new project until I get a WIP off the needles first. Obviously, that's not what's been happening here. And I have no one to blame but myself. So what's a knitter to do in a situation like this? Well, for one, I quickly closed the PDF for a newly purchased pattern and then I went to my pile of WIPs and grabbed one. The lucky WIP that I'm determined to get off the needles before the summer is over: my Exploration Station shawl that I had cast on about a year and a half ago.

I have absolutely no idea why I stopped knitting on this project. I remember how excited I was to finally be able to knit this pattern up. Looking over my WIP, there was nothing that was stumping me, I was and still am liking how this pattern and the colours are knitting up, I didn't run out of yarn, basically, all lights were green. Even more perplexing to me was that I had stopped knitting mid row. What was I thinking?

Luckily for me, this shawl involves different colours and sections so I was able to easily and quickly figure out where I was in the pattern and continue on knitting without any issues because I didn't even leave myself a note as to what I was doing. I know I have several WIPs where I won't be this lucky. And a part of me knows that's why I'm dreading and avoiding picking up some of those WIPs.

So the goal for this weekend: to keep knitting away on my Exploration Station...and to not think about the millions of ends that will inevitably need to be woven in if I want to consider this project completed when the knitting is all done. 

Just keep knitting...just keep knitting...just keep knitting...

What are you working on this weekend? Are you guilty of having way too many WIPs on the needles as me? Do you have any rules, tips or tricks to keep your WIPs at a reasonable number? Please let me know!

♥ Happy weekend knitting! ♥

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