Friday, June 16, 2017

Fresh Off The Needles: Rainbows & Unicorns

How excited am I to finally get these beautiful and super fun socks off the needles? I wish I could wear them right now but even with the random days of rain, it's still too warm to wear such woolly goodness on my feet. Oh well, another reason to look forward to Fall and the cooler weather! I know, I know...summer hasn't even officially begun and already I'm wishing it was Fall? Simply put, I don't do well in warm weather! Spring and Fall weather is when I thrive...and oddly enough when you can layer on the hand knits!

Anyhoo, back to these socks. I thought I would be knitting on these socks for months and months since I wasn't having any luck with the first sock and all the ripping back I had to do every time I had attempted to knit a heel. My original plan was to knit a toe-up gusset heel but after several attempts, it was quite obvious that this heel was not going to work out for me. Either I made the foot too long or too short, and after the last attempt, I realized that the heel looked too baggy around my overly narrow heels. Fine. How about a slip stitched heel instead? Yeah...that was a no go too. Somehow the heel came out too stiff with this bouncy yarn and it made the extra room a bit more prominent looking than I would like it to look. I was started to feel quite defeated. Have I lost my sock knitting mojo?

I ripped out the heel in sheer frustration and decided to just sleep on it. The next day I caved and went with my usual go-to heel that has yet to let me down, the Fish Lips Kiss heel. And lo and behold, all was good in the sock knitting department once again. Phew! But at the same time, I'm a little bummed about not being able to use a different heel technique. I feel like I'm always using the FLK heel (because it fits my heels just so darn well!!) whenever I knit a plain vanilla sock. I promise, the next pair, the next pair I'll knit a different heel!

It feels like it took a really long time to knit this pair up (three months, to be exact) to the point that someone on Instagram even commented on one of my photos that I was taking a long time and that they were obviously sick and tired of seeing the same sock WIP show up on my IG feed. At first, I felt really bummed out and wondered if my photos were starting to get boring and predictable. After a few days I told myself that I was being silly for letting someone's careless and ridiculous comment affect me so much. Why would you leave a comment like that in the first place? Screw that negativity!  

Aside from the aforementioned heel issues, these socks weren't my main project. While I was knitting these socks I had cast on and finished a Water shawl to donate to my son's school fundraiser and I whipped up a pair of Miss.Matched socks. I had also worked on my Fireside Pullover and a few other shawls WIPs (that are still WIPs...let's not go there). I was trying to be a little more monogamous with my projects, since obviously you can finish a project that much faster when you concentrate on one knit at a time, but my right hand is still all about the carpal tunnel and achiness. Knowing what I know now about healing from carpal tunnel release surgery, I sort of don't want to have to go through the surgery again. At least not right now. So with that said, I'm trying really hard to be extra, extra good to my right hand.

I had knit these socks using my usual toe-up plain vanilla sock recipe (24sts for the toe, 6" leg measuring from the top of the heel, and a 2" 2x2 ribbed cuff) because I wasn't sure how the colours would play out, even though I had seen a sample of this yarn when I had bought the yarn. But you know, needle size, stitch count and stitch gauge can change the outcome of how variegated colours can stack up upon one another. These socks are a true testament of that!

I started the first sock before I had my CT release surgery, and then finished it and its mate after the surgery. I didn't change needles, I didn't change any stitch counts, and I had cast on the second sock from the same end of the yarn cake that I was using for the first sock, and yet the foot came out completely fraternal! I really loved how the colours pooled and then started flashing on the first sock (as seen on the left foot in the photo above) and was quite surprised that it didn't happen on the second sock. Well, not as noticeably, that is. You can see a thicker band of the rainbows happening just below the toes on the second sock. I was also a little surprised that the striping continued almost evenly even after the heel on the second. Usually the heel messes something up and I find colours play out a little differently once you start knitting back in the round after the heel.

Sock's just so magical.

After binding off that very last stitch I weighed my cake and discovered that I have almost a quarter of the skein leftover. Lately I've been giving my leftovers to a good friend, who uses them to knit up little toys that she either gives to charity or uses as a cute yarn bomb, but not this leftover! I'm definitely keeping this little morsel of a yarn cake! I have visions of using it on the neck, cuffs, and hem of a baby sweater. Or maybe as an i-cord edge on a baby item. Or maybe I'll use it to knit another pair of Fennel fingerless mitts (I have exactly enough for a pair!!) since my original pair has been worn to death. Hmmm...that would be such a fun accessory to have on hand to liven up my usually monochromatic wardrobe (pun fully intended!!). Or maybe I should acquire a few more skeins from Sea Turtle Fiber Arts, in colourways similar to this one, which is called Rainbows & Unicorns, and then use all the leftovers to knit a crazy pants rainbow universe pair. I've had my eye on a few skeins ever since last year's Knit City (Rainbow Brite and Dark Side of the Moon, to name a few), I just need an excuse to get my grabby hands on them...


If any one needs me, I'll be looking at some yarn...

Please excuse the extreme ladders along the side seams - these haven't been blocked yet!

:: Sock Details ::

Pattern: My usual toe-up plain vanilla sock recipe with FLK heel

Yarn: Sea Turtle Fiber Arts Ridley Sock
Colour: Rainbows & Unicorns
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circulars in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Rainbows & Unicorns

Friday, June 2, 2017

Knit In Progress: Rose City Opal Rollers

Even though I'm incredibly determined to get a few WIPs off the needles, I felt deeply compelled to cast on a pair of socks yesterday. Most likely because I didn't have a portable pair of socks on the go (my Ulti.knit Socks are too fiddly for my liking to carry around and the Continental part of the knitting makes my hand cramp up too much...not fun!) and I hate leaving the house without a knitting project tucked away in my handbag. Would you believe that I didn't have a sock WIP on the needles for TWO weeks?!? Surprising, I know!

I've had my eye on the Rose City Rollers pattern ever since it was released but put off knitting up a pair simply because I wasn't sure if I would wear handknit ankle socks. Since fracturing a couple of toes a few months ago (they're healing so.slowly!!) I've discovered that I haven't been able to wear the same footwear as I used to. Since I have to buy new footwear, I figured I might as well buy something that will be big/comfortable enough to allow me to wear handknit socks with (other than my rainboots, my other shoes feel too tight when I wear them with my handknit socks). 

The idea of being able to wear handknit socks with regular footwear totally excites me! So yesterday while overseeing my kiddo's recorder practise, I finally cast on my first pair of Rose City Rollers. Oh yeah, I can tell you right now that this will not be my one and only pair! As I write this post, I'm already knitting the last few decreases on the gusset!! And get this, I'm knitting this pair with some of the minis from my Opal advent calendar but so far I'm still on the first mini!!

I'm actually torn between sticking with and working on this sock or putting it down long enough to start the sleeves on a pullover. Depending on how my right hand is feeling, I just may have a pair of socks completed by the time the weekend is over! So if anyone needs me, I'll be parked on the Lazy Boy knitting endless stockinette in the round. What are you up to this weekend?

♥ Happy weekend knitting!! ♥

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!


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