Thursday, May 25, 2017

Knitting Time Machine

Someone needs to come up with the proper term for when a knitter thinks they've gained not only super speedy knitting powers but also extra hours in a day because they all of a sudden believe that they can whip up either a full garment and/or several projects whilst travelling. It doesn't matter if that travel time is only a few hours long, a weekend long or a few weeks long, the delusion that the knitter can pull off such feats is still truly believed. 

This was SO me this past weekend. It was a long weekend for us Canadians (well, except for a few provinces that don't observe Victoria Day) and for the first time in years the Mister didn't have to travel for work and so the little family and I went on a road trip to the Okanagan to visit my inlaws. I was going to be away for barely five days and yet I took with me a sock WIP, yarn to cast on another pair of socks, and a whole sweater quantity worth to cast on a new pullover. Let it be known that I was still worried that I would run out of yarn as I was heading out the door. Yes, I was hallucinating from the yarn fumes.

BUT I am happy to report that I did finish the sock WIP and that I did cast on the new pullover. I also attempted to cast on another sock project but wasn't happy with how my cast on was looking each time I tried, and I must have tried at least a handful of times. So I nixed the socks and decided to just concentrate on the pullover. I decided to cast on the Camaro pullover by Tanis Lavallee (of Tanis Fiber Arts) since I had all the yarns ready to go and I was seriously itching to get it on the needles. Considering that it was sweltering hot in the Okanagan (which I was NOT prepared for) and my hands were sweating up a storm during the day that amplified the carpal tunnel in my right hand, I think I made some pretty good progress on this new knit. By the time I got back home I had completed all the stripes and was starting the short row section of the body. Not bad for five days of knitting, right?

I almost felt guilty for casting on a new sweater project when I still have quite a few on the needles. Almost. I contemplated taking along my Fireside Pullover but was worried that I would finish it too soon into the weekend and therefore end up with nothing to knit on for the long drive home. Silly, I know. Then I realized that all of my sweater WIPs were all at the same stage - they all needed sleeves. Some of them I would have to actually use my brain to figure out the picking up stitches ratios and others required a little bit of frogging. It was all too much "work" for my liking. While stuck in a car I like nothing more than to just knit. So you see, I had to cast on something new. 

Ah, the things we tell ourselves to justify our actions...

Unlike most of my other sweater WIPs, my Camaro seems really promising that I'll like the end fit. I have no idea if it's because I've gained a few pounds (ugh) or if it's because I've lost my garment knitting mojo, but I haven't been too happy with some of my sweater projects. This has absolutely nothing to do with the patterns but for sure has everything to do with my size choices and body comfort levels. Definitely time to deal with that!

Anyhoo, I'm not holding out any hope of getting the Camaro pullover off the needles before the month is over. I'm finally getting it through my head that the school year is almost over, which means that I have a month to get as much done as I possibly can while I have some solo time and before I have the Kiddo at home full time. I have a sneaking suspicion that pulling out, going through, and organizing all the junk stuff in closets and other storage areas in the house won't be fun or even interesting to the Kiddo. Not that I find this task fun either, but it's something that desperately needs to be done.

But first, I'm going to knit a few rounds on one of my projects...

Note to self: STOP procrastinating!!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Fresh Off The Needles: Miss.Matched

You guys, I'm excited. I'm excited to have another project off the needles! My third pair of socks, to be exact. Which really surprises, if I must say because lately I've been feeling a little discombobulated when it comes to my knitting. I feel like I've been flitting from one project to another without achieving any sort of progress on anything. Some days, I feel like knitting but then I can't decide what to work on - even though I know I have way too many WIPs on the needles that I know I should be finishing up. In the end, I wind up knitting on nothing and find myself dusting my perpetually dusty house (what the...someone better go check and see if pigs can fly).

I've been doing some more spring cleaning. Ok, fine. I've been purging. I got rid of some unsightly so-called storage-type furniture that was not actually storing anything other than junk and made the house feel and look overly cluttered. However, there were some long forgotten WIPs hiding out in there and now my sense of guilt is through the roof. Having four garments, four shawls, two supposedly small and quick (not for me!) projects, and a handful of socks on the go (some, I've lost the yarn and therefore have no second sock or can't remember the pattern to continue on) will do that to a knitter. I've left these WIPs on my desk as a way to remind myself that I must finish them before casting on another project because I'm definitely one of those people who have that mentality of if it's out of sight then it will absolutely be out of my mind! 

So, lucky for me this sock project whipped up so quickly that I only had time to mention them briefly in this post. I didn't realize just how much fun and rewarding knitting up those pill-shaped mini skeins would be, since I have no idea what the patterns in each mini would be, watching the colours form and take shape was highly amusing and made for quite the popcorn knitting. I have a feeling I'll be knitting up my Opal advent calendar faster than I thought I would as I can't wait to dig into the rest of my minis!

For this first pair, I decided to use some leftover solid colour sock yarn for the toes, heels, and cuffs in an effort to bring all the minis together and make the socks look somewhat cohesive. I had no idea that as I was taking and knitting up the minis as they came numerically out of the box, that the colours would play out so well. The socks almost look like they were planned this way!

I used my usual number and plain vanilla sock recipe, and originally was planning on doing an afterthought heel. At the last second I decided to try something out - instead of the afterthought heel I switched my yarn to the solid blue and started the Fish Lips Kiss heel and then switched back to the Opal when it was time to start knitting in the round again. I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out! Even though there's an extra end to weave in (no more so had I done an afterthought heel), I think this will be my new go-to for when I knit socks with self-striping yarns! And the best part, no needing to pick up stitches!! Not that I mind picking up stitches, oddly enough I actually enjoy picking up stitches, but with this no-to-me way I can just keep on knitting.

As for how I divided up the minis, well, I kind of got lazy. On the first sock, I had knit up what I thought was half of the mini and then actually weighed it out to make sure (note to self: must find a pocket scale without looking dodgy). Then when I was knitting up the second mini, I used the first mini as a size comparison to eyeball and guesstimate if I had used up half of the mini or not. I think I did a pretty bang up job as both socks look quite matchy matchy! Sweet!

This pair used up only three minis. Well, three and a few metres of a fourth (which you really can't tell too much!) because I got paranoid on the first sock that I was going to use up too much of that third mini and will end up short on the second sock. Yeah, I overreacted as I ended up with a few metres leftover of that third mini when the socks were completed. Oh well. Something to keep in mind for next time.

I think I'm going to get more socks out of this advent calendar than I had originally thought. I had estimated that I might get five or six pairs if I used around four or five minis per pair. If I keep using a contrasting yarn for the toe/heel/cuff for future socks I can potentially pull off eight pairs!! But I'm thinking of knitting up a pair of Rose City Rollers as the next Opal minis socks. Who knew that knitting mismatched, Frankensock type socks could be so much fun? Have you knit a pair of socks using mini skeins or leftovers? I can't wait to tackle the rest of my Opal advent calendar and to dig into my huge pile of leftover sock yarns!!

Not washed and blocked yet...hence the obvious ladders!

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: My usual plain vanilla sock recipe with FLK heel
Yarns: Opal 4-ply Sock minis and Garnstudio Drops Fabel
Colours: Unknown, colours were used as they were taken out of the advent box, and Grey Blue
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circulars in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Miss.Matched

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fresh Off The Needles: Starry Water Shawl

I've realized that I didn't really say much about the shawl that I had been working on since February. I think I made a passing comment about it in this post, which I had made shortly after my Carpal Tunnel release surgery, but other than that, nothing. I posted a handful of photos of it on Instagram but only specified the details of what pattern I was knitting and in what yarn. I really have no explanation as to why I didn't post more info about what I was working on for over a month. So I'll give it to you now!

This here is the Water Shawl by Sylvia McFadden (aka Softsweater on Instagram, if you want to check out more of her work!). I call mine Starry Water because of the yarn, which is Dream in Color's Starry in the Deep Seaflower colourway. You can't really tell in the photos but there's a small percentage of metallic Lurex filament plied right into the yarn (to be clear, it's not Stellina, which is a non-metal fibre...I was one of those people who thought they were all made with Stellina), that I think gives this shawl a 'moonlight on the water' essence to it. Unfortunately, I didn't give myself any time to photograph the shawl properly after blocking it before I gave it away. I had enough time to snap a few photos in poor lighting (it was also a super grey and rainy day) and found out later that either I suck at capturing anything blue or my camera just couldn't handle the shades within the blue. Oh well.

So what made me knit this shawl, aside from wanting to knit the pattern ever since it was released back in January, was the fact that my kiddo's school's year-end fundraising auction is coming up (at the end of this month, to be exact!). Usually, all the local businesses that I frequent have already been approached so I tend to knit something instead. I was hoping to knit a few items but that didn't happen. Maybe next year. In the meantime, I used this opportunity to knit a pattern I've been wanting to knit and to use up stash yarn. Finally, a chance to use yarn that I had languishing in my stash for over six years! I'm super happy with how well the yarn looks in this pattern.

I had knit the pattern as written, well, except for the border. I absolutely loved the lace-y picot bind off that I did on the Waiting For Rain shawl that I made for my son's teacher, that I decided to use it again on this shawl instead of the standard garter stitch border. I seriously cannot get enough of this bind off!! Not only is it fun to knit, but I think it just gives the shawl a little more oomph! A little something-something. Also, I was hoping it would eat up more yarn. For the record, it didn't. 

I was tempted to knit an extra lace repeat in hopes of using up more yarn but in the end opted to just leave the shawl as is, mainly because I was paranoid that I would end up short on yarn for the bind off and a big part of me was just done with the knitting part. Even though I love the pattern and found it to be a soothing knit, since this project wasn't for me, I really wasn't that invested mentally. If that makes any sense. By the time I bound off the last stitch I discovered that I had more than half of the second skein leftover and I pondered for half a second about ripping back and adding in that extra repeat but another part of my brain quickly nixed that idea.

I went up a needle size since I tend to knit garter stitch tighter than most knitters. Halfway through the shawl, a part of me was wondering if I should have gone up two needle sizes as the shawl was looking much smaller than I had hoped it would be, but I soldiered on. I did end up with a couple of extra stitches somewhere before or after the first lace repeat. I think I did a few extra increases while I was busy chatting with friends and not paying attention but those extra stitches don't affect the lace section or even the overall finished look of the shawl. So I'm not going to fret over them.

I'll admit that I freaked out just a smidge when the shawl came off my needles. It looked much, much smaller than I thought it would be and I had actually put off blocking it for a few days to think about what I was going to do. Should I rip out the picot bind off and add that extra lace repeat? Should I add more garter stitch? Or should I just block it and hope for the best? I ended up doing the latter and I'm glad that I did. Oh, the magic of blocking! And yay for blocking aggressively!! A couple of blocking wires, a handful of T-pins, and a whole lot of tugging later, the garter loosened up and the lace opened up and started to look like waves of water. And because of all this, the shawl grew to a beautiful and most importantly, to a useable size. Phew!

While I'm pleased with how the shawl turned out, I think if I were to knit this again I would definitely go up another needle size and add in that extra lace repeat! I would like to say I'll knit this pattern again as I would love to have one for me but realistically I probably won't. There are more of Sylvia's shawl patterns that I would love to knit up. I've been itching to cast on A Joyful Thread for months now and I've been really eyeing up Love & Darkness too. Not to mention that I still want a Waiting For Rain to call my own! 

So many little time!

:: Shawl Details ::
Pattern: Water by Sylvia McFadden

Yarn: Dream in Color Starry
Colour: Deep Seaflower
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Interchangeable Circulars in 4mm (US 6)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Starry Water

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It's May!

May the 4th be with you!!

Oh my goodness, it's May! Already?? Better question yet, where have I been all this time? I honestly feel like I've been busy and yet I don't feel like I've accomplished anything at all. Such a weird state to be in. Maybe that means I need to re-evaluate my schedule and maybe some better time management skills? Or maybe that means I've been doing more things outside of what I want to do? Whatever it is, I'm not prepared for it to be May, or for the warmer weather for that matter. I feel like I'm still stuck in February or something and want to be able to keep wearing my warm woollies without sweating buckets!

Speaking of warm woollies, I've had to put a few projects on time out. It seems that my bad knitterly luck hasn't run out yet. As I've mentioned in this post I've had to rip back a sock WIP twice already and I've discovered that I have to rip it back...again. Not only is the gusset heel is just too loose over my super narrow heel but the length of the sock is a tad too long, even though I had ripped out a few extra rounds. I think this sock and a gusset heel just weren't meant to be. The yarn is just too stretchy and bouncy that I would have to either go down several needle sizes or use few stitches to make the sock feel like I want it to and I'm not willing to do either. Which means I'll have to try out a different heel. But for now, I've put the sock in time out and decided to cast on a new sock. Don't judge. It's for the best.

I decided to cast on socks using the Opal mini skeins that I got in my 2016 Christmas advent calendar. I've been wanting to knit up these minis ever since I opened them up but was always swayed away by other knits. Well, it was time to finally dig into them. I don't know what it is about these minis, but I couldn't stop knitting with them. They're like little woolly potato chips! The first sock had whipped up much faster than I had anticipated and a week later I almost have a pair of socks! I say almost because it's been taking me forever to bind off the second sock (as seen in the photo above). Not by choice though. More like things kept popping my son's class being dismissed, smelling something burning in my oven (oops!) and running errands solo, to name a few.

I've also decided to put my Fireside Pullover on hold for a few days, even though the knitting on it has been going great. Until I got to the sleeves, that is. I was so happy that the pullover was working up just right that I didn't think much about the sleeves. I was almost finished with the first sleeve when I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that something wasn't right. Uh-oh. I quickly tried the pullover on and yeah...the sleeve was a good five inches too long on my short T-Rex arm. But not only that, the upper arm had more positive ease than I would like. Yeah, I'm going to have to rip the sleeve all the way to the beginning, to when I had to pick up stitches for the underarm. Can you say, bummer?

I still haven't gotten around to frogging back my Kveta shawl, mainly because I'm procrastinating, and there are other WIPs that I should really finish up. So that's my goal for May: to get at least two WIPs off the needles. Ideally, I would like three, but realistically it looks like only two is possible. The month of May has always been a busy one - school activities and events, travel plans, and personal goals. I've agreed to volunteer at my son's school to help out his class with the annual art show, as well as helping the class with their quilt blocks for a quilt they are planning to donate to the local SPCA. The school's annual year-end fundraiser is also later this month (I've knit a shawl for it!), and there's also IEP meetings to attend and a parent appreciation day that my son always looks forward to. The Mister's birthday and our anniversary is later this month, and for the first time in years the Mister won't be travelling for the long weekend! If that didn't seem like a lot, I've also made it my mission to finally buckle down and get my sewing closet in tip-top shape (re: it needs be purged like you wouldn't believe. I mean, I found SIX super large bags of poly-fil in there. Six!! Who needs that much??).

I just hope that I can squeeze in some knitting AND sewing!! Speaking of which, maybe I can sneak in a quick frogging session before I have to pick up the Kiddo...? I better jump on that while I can and while I have the motivation to!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Knit In Progress: Fireside Pullover

One of the dangers of having a substantial stash is that sometimes you feel guilty for wanting to buy new yarn for a project rather than use the yarn that you already have in your house. Sometimes it's not that I don't want to use the lovelies that I have, it's just that a good portion of my stash is already designated to a specific pattern or project category (re: I refuse to break up sweater quantities if I only need a single skein). Most of the time I have the perfect colour(s) but not the correct weight, and vice versa. More often than not I have right colour and weight but not enough yardage, and it's not really a design that you want to stripe or somehow incorporate another colour in, and you really don't want to either try to track down a few more skeins or wait weeks for the yarn to arrive (cause I want to cast on now, dang it!!). And then there are the times that I just want to feel that gratification of buying new yarn and casting on with it immediately thereafter. You know? 

All these issues came up when I decided late last year that I wanted to cast on Jane Richmond's Fireside Pullover. A quick peek at my Ravelry stash page showed that I had the yarn called for in the pattern (Cascade Eco Wool) but I didn't have the colour that I really wanted. Well, I did...but I had made a note that I had started using one of the hanks (out of two) for a project that I had begun way back in the day when I first started knitting. Several years later I frogged the project after finally coming to the conclusion that the pattern and I just weren't meant for each other and yeah, I had fallen out of love with the design. 

That's fine. It happens. Now I can use the yarn for something that I do love. The downside: I now have several little balls of yarn and I think I had snipped off a huge portion from the start of that frogged project and simply chucked it. Why? If only I knew. So what does that mean now? Well, for someone who despises weaving in ends I would now have way more ends than there needs to be regardless of what the project is AND I don't have a full two hanks worth of yarn to worth with. Do you see where I'm going with this?

I've been trying really hard to knit from stash these past few years. I mean, after all, what's the point in buying and stashing yarn if you don't actually use it? But it just didn't seem like I had enough in my stash to fulfil the yarn requirements. At the time I was wanting to cast on the Fireside Pullover my LYS was super low on their stock of Cascade Eco Wool and all they had were various greens and browns, sorry, I'm looking for a medium to darkish grey. I was too impatient to order yarn and for a split second there I contemplated on just settling for a colour that I had enough yarn in just so that I could start knitting. But would I actually wear the pullover then? Back to the stash I went. 

Now I know what you might be thinking, why don't I just get more Eco Wool and alternate skeins? This is where the vicious cycle comes in, where I buy the extra yarn just to find out that I only needed barely a quarter of it which makes me want to or straight up just buy another hank to supplement...which will most likely won't be enough for the next project so I'll have to buy another hank...and so on and so on.

So what's a knitter to do? Well, I put out a call on Facebook and found out that one of my knitting friends just so happens to have a small ball, maybe half a hank, of the exact colourway I was wanting to use leftover from one of her projects! I think this could be enough? I can use it for the hem and cuffs! Alright. Game on.

Before the month of October was over I had cast on the pullover and was well on my way to whipping up the yoke section. Then all Fireside knitting stopped. It was time for gift knitting for the holidays and my hands were feeling a little testy. The pullover was completely forgotten about...until now. Over the weekend I picked it back up, joined all that ribbing for the yoke and worked up the body. All I have left to do is the 3-inch ribbed hem and the sleeves. I have about half of my second hank still and I have yet to touch the ball that my friend gave me. I'm crossing my fingers so hard, words cannot express just how much I hope I'll have enough yarn to finish this. My goal is to finish the pullover before the week is over. I can do this!

Keep me in your thoughts as I try to win this battle of yarn chicken!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Fresh Off The Needles: Oracle Space Socks

I think I had confessed to this a few posts ago, but I'll confess it again, just in case. I had actually finished these awesome socks before my carpal tunnel release surgery but ran out of time before surgery day to take any photos, and I didn't anticipate on not being able to hold my camera immediately after. Oh well. At least I'm even blogging about them...unlike the huge pile of FOs that I negligently left (still) on the very back end of my dresser that dates back to, oh...2015?


But we're not here to talk about those! We're here for the socks! This is the Speckled Space Socks pattern by Amanda Stephens (it's a freebie pattern!) and I really can't stop preaching about the gorgeousness of this design. I absolutely love how my socks came out, so much so that I re-queued the pattern. It definitely needs to be knitted up again! Maybe even with another skein of Hedgehog Fibres? Or maybe with some House of A La Mode...if I can ever get my hands on a skein (the currency exchange right now is scary. I can't justify adding an extra $10 per skein on top of the shipping!!). The yarn I used for this pair is Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the Oracle colourway. I had fallen in love with it the second I saw it and I continued falling for it with each and every stitch I had knit with it. Especially those highlighter yellow bits. So, so gorgeous!

As for the knitting, I thought this pattern was highly addictive (just one more round...just one more round...) and undoubtedly a fantastic one for those who want to knit a sock that was a little more interesting than plain vanilla but wasn't overly complicated. Yes, there's a chart involved but once you get past the first pattern repeat and can establish and read the stitch pattern, it's easy to see what needs to come next. I did have to refer to the pattern a few times when it came to joining the points of the chevron on the sides of the leg just to see which way the two-stitch cable should cross, but I was still able to run errands, pick up and put down and work on the socks easily. Although, with all that said, if you're not that great at multi-tasking or are still quite new to sock knitting, maybe this pattern will be too involved for you. I still highly recommend the pattern though.

The only mods I did were more about personal preferences than design changes. Such as casting on twelve stitches (twenty-four in total) for the toes since I have a pointier toe (I find sixteen stitches or even fourteen is just too boxy looking and leaves a "tab" of fabric above my smaller toes that can be quite annoying), and increasing the toe box my usual way. I also changed the way I did the increases on the gusset to use my favourite increases (M1R/M1L) instead of the ones used in the pattern. Otherwise, why mess with a beautiful design when I don't need to?

I used my usual needle size for socks as the fit is supposed to be similar to that of a plain vanilla, maybe a stitch tighter (pun intended!!) since the two-stitch cable doesn't have much give to it. I found the fit of my pair just fine, however, I do recommend trying on the sock after the first pattern repeat to make sure you like how the design stretches over the widest part of your foot, and again after you knit the stitch pattern around the ankle area.

I contemplated making the leg longer solely for the purpose to use up more of this luscious yarn but then decided not too because the stitch pattern would stretch out and distort the design too much for my liking, and I'm too lazy to try to figure out and do the math that's most inevitably involved to accommodate the extra stitches to make the design look nice around my meaty calves. Besides, the leftover yarn would look awesome in a pair of frankensocks...if when I get around to knitting a pair up, that is. 

Just because I can't get enough of these socks, here are some close-up detail shots:

They're so, so, SO pretty!! Hedgehog Fibres, you make pretty yarn! Now I can see what all the hype is about! I want to say that I really can't wait for my LYS to get their shipment of Hedgehog Fibres, but do I honestly need that temptation?? I've already caved a few times and bought a few skeins of Mudpunch (what can I say, she was having an anniversary sale and I like supporting my friends!), and just last night I bought a skein of Gauge Dye Works (formerly known as Caterpillargreen Yarns). In my defense, I've been wanting the Weekend colourway since it made its debut at Knit City.

I know, I know...excuses, excuses. 

Meh. I've been needing some cheering up lately and yarn definitely cheers me up! But if it helps, I vow to do better with the cold sheeping and the using of stash yarn before buying more yarn for the rest of the year. I swear!!

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: Speckled Space Socks by Amanda Stephens

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock
Colour: Oracle
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circulars in 2.25mm (US 1)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It Happens

Do you ever go through those awesome periods of time in which the knitty universe seems to smile down upon you and every single knit you touch just effortlessly and somewhat miraculously comes off the needles absolutely perfect? Or maybe the complete opposite, where everything goes frustratingly wrong? From the skein taking hours to wind due to either an unruly winder (or swift) or because the skein was wound improperly and it all resulted in a tangled rat's nest of a mess, to having to rip out three rows for every row you knit. Where every choice you've made was the wrong one, even though you made the same choice several times before with no problems, but now it's just wrong, wrong, wrong? 

Yeah...I seem to be in that latter group right now. It all started a few weeks ago when I decided to frog my almost finished Kveta shawl because I didn't like how thick and dense the fabric was. Using a needle that was a few sizes larger, I cast on the shawl again and was back on track. While I was making really good progress on the shawl, I also worked on the sock WIP that I had in my purse because my hand therapist encouraged me to knit more to help with my hand flexibility, mobility, and strength. 

All was going well...until I had to do this:

I went to my first knit night in months and was so engrossed in the conversation that I didn't realize until the next day that I had knit not only an extra inch of foot length but also the entire gusset of the sock. I had to rip back three inches worth of knitting!! Good thing this yarn is lovely to knit with and fun to look at! I was so excited too as I thought I was going to be able to turn the heel and be at the halfway point of the first sock.

Boo urns. Not yet.

But I did make it easy on myself by taking another pair of circular sock needles and picked up the stitches on the round that I should have been at to start the gusset increases. It definitely makes ripping out all that work much easier to do! I wish I could say that I was able to whip up the sock back to the start of the heel turn over the weekend but sadly I didn't. Aside from constantly forgetting to do gusset increases here and there (and then having to rip back again and again), I ran into another problem with my Kveta shawl...

That there above, is photographic evidence of me losing a game of yarn chicken. Should I laugh? Should I cry? Should I throw all my yarn and needles across the room and vow to never knit again? Ok, that was overly dramatic. Of course I'll knit again!! I'm not that crazy!

But dang!! How can such a simple project be so hard on me? I know that garter is quite the yarn eater, but I don't know how I could have run out of yarn - and so early in the game - when I had increased the shawl until the first skein of yarn ran out. The only explaination I can think of is that this second skein is underweight. The lesson to learn here? Weigh all your skeins before you start knitting when the pattern requires you to knit and increase your stitch count until you run out of yarn, and then need to decrease with the next skein.

Le sigh.

I haven't touched this project since this happened. I was on the fence as to whether I should go get another skein to finish the shawl, or to rip back to the start of the second skein and then frogged a few rows/increases and start decreasing immediately, resulting in a slightly smaller shawl. I'll most likely just rip back (which is a good thing because as I was staring at the photo above, I realized that I made another mistake in that I made a random decrease on the wrong side of the shawl...can you see it?). I would like to wear this shawl at least once before the weather warms up around here!!

I'm scared to touch any other knitting...or to start a new project. What if I lost my knitting mojo?? They say that stuff usually happens in threes. Well, the Kveta had two issues and the sock had one. So that's three. Technically I should be good to go, right? Once I rip back the shawl and get knitting again, I'll let you know. 

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