2016 Chicago Yarn Crawl Starting

The 2016 Chicago yarn crawl is starting this weekend!  It runs from 7/30 – 8/7.  Last year I hit 10 local yarn stores, I think I’m going to try for them all this year.  This weekend I’m starting off with my knitting group to hit region 1 and maybe region 3 if we have enough time.  Those are the hardest for me to get to so this should give me a good shot at getting them all!

The sad news is that two out of my three favorite local yarn shops aren’t on the list this year.  Gentler times re-combined into one storefront and closed down the store in downtown Naperville and Wool & Company in St Charles is doing some mysterious re-opening of their store in October.  It’s sad to see what happens in just one year to these local shops. If you live in the area go enjoy the yarn crawl this year and support your local yarn shop!

 

Hue Shift Afghan – Finally Done!!

Hue Shift FO Small

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
    • Color A: Sky (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color B: White (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color C: Dove Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color D: Cobblestone Heather (118 grams = 1.18 skeins)
    • Color E: Black (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color F: Umber Heather (116 grams = 1.16 skeins)
    • Color G: Sienna (108 grams = 1.08 skeins)
    • Color H: Camel Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color I: Cream (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color J: Tranquil (117 grams = 1.17 skeins)
    • Color K: Solstice Heather (200 grams = 2 skeins)
  • Yarn Weight: Sport
  • Needles: US Size 5 ( 3.75 mm) circular
  • Pattern:  Hue Shift Afghan – Decor Colorway
  • Time Spent: 140 – 150 hours
  • Dates: 3/28/2015 – 7/26/2016

It’s done!  My first “real” sized blanket and I finished it.  The mitered squares are done, the border is done, all the ends are weaved in, and pictures have been taken.  I’m done.  It may have taken over a year and around 150 hours of work, but I’m done.  Plus, I accomplished my original goal to regain some knitting ground!  I’ve regained most, if not all, of the skill I had before my knitting break.

I’ll be honest, this blanket has a lot of character.  By which I mean flaws, mistakes, or intended uniqueness.  Whatever you’d like to call them.  My gauge is all over the place on different parts of this blanket.  I ran out of yarn and have a few mismatching dye lots in there.  Two sides of the border are one dye lot and the other two are another, and yes you can tell!  One entire quarter I cast on with the wrong set of colors so that quarters didn’t line up with the rest as they should.  This was my first time doing mattress stitch and some places are a bit questionable.  But you know what, I like my blankets with character!

Crest Socks – FO!

Crest Sock FO 1

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Fleur de Couleur (May 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 2 (2.5 mm) circular
  • Pattern:  Crest
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 16 hours
  • Dates: 5/28/2016 – 6/24/2016

I’m so behind on posts that I never even got to share a WIP for these socks!  These are the third pattern for Rockin Sock Club 2013.  Half way done!

This time I did have little holes where I joined the heel flap back to the leg but I think I know what I did.  I actually picked up one too many stitches down by the leg, I always assumed these gaps were if you picked up one too few stitches.  I’ll try this out on my next pair to see if that’s true!

These were knit two at a time so no size discrepancies here.  They fit well but I thought the toe at the ribbing was too much for me.  I’ll probably continue in pattern for a bit longer before switching to the toe ribbing if I knit these again.

Hence Sweater – WIP #4

 

Hence WIP Pieces
Whew!  These sleeves took forever!  I mostly knit them two at a time; the wrists and sleeve caps needed to be knit flat.  Let’s see, so far I’m at about 30 hours for the sweater body and 20 hours for the sleeves!  Now I know.  When the body is done you’re really only about half way there, at least for a long sleeved sweater.

Remember how I was alternating skeins while knitting the body?  I decided I didn’t have to do that for the sleeves. Actually  I decided knitting two at a time while alternating sleeves would be ridiculous amounts of work.  I’m not sure that was the best decision.  I had to switch skeins about three quarters of the way up the sleeves and I find it very obvious where I did that.  Hopefully, when the sweater is all sewn together it won’t be distracting!

All that’s left is seaming the shoulders, picking up and knitting the neckline, setting in the sleeves, and finally sewing on the buttons.  I’m pretty nervous about those sleeves.  I found these two links that I hope will help, wish me luck!

Petrosinella Socks – FO!

Petrosinella FO Right

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Hope Springs Eternal (March 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) dpn
  • Pattern:  Petrosinella
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 25 hours
  • Dates: 6/15/2014 – 5/28/2016

Second 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern done!  Looks like third time is the charm after all.  My first attempt at this sock was in May 2013 but that sock was frogged.  My second attempt hibernated for almost two years, but now these socks are finally done!

I found out that second sock syndrome isn’t the only risk of doing one sock at a time.  My socks aren’t quite the same size.  When I realized my first sock was a little too big I unintentionally used tighter tension on the second sock even with the same needles.  I’m really not seeing any reason to ever do one sock at a time again unless it’s absolutely necessary!

These socks are a bit big so they will probably be lounging socks.  I’m also not very happy with the color pooling.  Otherwise these socks are comfy and will be nice to wear around the house.