Arkadiko Socks – WIP

Arkadiko WIP

I didn’t want to finish another pair of socks without a work in progress post, so here are my Arkadiko socks barely started!  This is the fourth sock pattern I’m doing from the 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club.  I don’t think I had to worry about missing a WIP on these socks.  They’re taking forever.

The drop stitch pattern is not meant for two at a time because the stitches shift every 5th round.  That means you have to find a way to swap stitches between the front and back needles.  I had to start these several times just to get two repeats done!  Let’s hope I get better at this pattern or it may be awhile before I get to that fifth sock pattern.  Either that or I’ll have to give up doing two at a time and live with two socks that don’t quite match each other. Wish me luck!

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!

Hence Sweater – WIP #3

Hence WIP Body Complete

The body of my sweater is done!  I still need to knit the arms, block everything, seam everything, knit the neckline, and finally sew on the bottoms.  Maybe I’m not all that close to done after all! I am still excited because it’s starting to look like a sweater.

Some of the arms need to be done flat but the majority is worked in the round.  I’m going to try and do those portions of the arms at the same time.  I’ve also found some buttons I like but they’re a bit bigger than called for in the pattern.  Hopefully they work out.  I’m finding the button choose the hardest part of this project lately!

Petrosinella is Back!

Petrosinella WIP 2

My petrosinella sock is out of hibernation!  It has quite the history behind it already.  I started the sock in a size medium back in 2013.  I prefer knitting toe-up and I didn’t realize it was way too big until I was almost done!  That was ripped out and the small sock was started in 2014.  I finally picked it up again  a few weeks ago.  Third time’s the charm right?

I’m proud to say that I have avoided the second sock syndrome.  I decided to cast on my second pair right after I turned the heel of the first sock and was looking forward to the second sock well before the first was done.  Lucky for me I have two sets of sock size DPN needles.  I’m not sure this trick always works.  I’ll make sure to go back to two at a time for my next pair!

Hence Sweater – WIP #2

Hence WIP Body

My sweater is up to the front opening divide and I’m back to working in rows again.  Knitting in the round was definitely faster but switching between two skeins is a bit harder in rounds.  I’ve read in several places that when using hand dyed yarns you should alternate your skeins.  This avoids unintended color variations.  I think all my skeins look the same but there’s no dye lot.  Better safe than sorry when I’m putting this much time into it!

Since I started with rows it was easy to alternate the skeins.  When I moved into working rounds I just kept going without researching the best way to do this.  Of course once I was done with the rounds I found this blog post.  The tutorial would have come in useful but fortunately I alternated skeins at the side. I doubt anyone notices that it’s not perfectly seamless.

I am excited to know that alternating skeins is also a way to avoid color pooling.  That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with variegated yarns.  I’ll be keeping this in mind for any projects where color pooling must be avoided!