Friday, October 11, 2013

Year of Projects 3: Update 3

Total Items on YOP List: 19

Items Complete: 5

% Overall Complete:  26%

It is safe to say I am absolutely wretched at posting my weekly updates. We are how many months in and this is my third update ??? *face palm*

How exactly does this happen? The good news is that I haven't stopped actually knitting and crocheting - just the updating part. So here is my attempt at getting everyone up to speed on what I have done thus far.

I hurt my foot so I've not been able to do a whole lot of extracurricular activities outside of sitting - and when a Yarny is sitting, we all know what happens - yarny goodness! The silver lining of the injured foot is I have finished several items.

I finished the Lapghan I'm making made as a Christmas gift. I will do an update for that one on its own. I like how it turned out. The biggest surprise to me on that item is that I used the Caron One Pounder yarn, which - let's be honest here, is rough as all get out. It is not the most pleasant feeling yarn straight out of the skein. But, I gave it a good wash and that darn thing is soft  SOFT S O F T. Its really nice - it just seemed to "work" after the wash. So I think the recipient will be happy. This lil finish brought my percentage from 21% to 26% for my YOP list. Go me!

I also finished two knit bookmarks, not on the list, but they are for Christmas as well so I might as well give them mention.

I do have a pair of socks on the needles... both of them. I started out trying to do them both at the same time using the magic loop method - but I will tell ya, Yarny Readers who knit, I don't like using the magic loop very much. Perhaps if I were using it for one item, then it would be fine, it just seemed a lot more time was spent in adjusting the loop and getting ready to knit than I normally do. I finished both toes with all increases so its not like I didn't give it the ole college try. I will try again for a pair of fingerless mitts I want to make, but it will only be one mitt. Or I may try it on a cowl or something. I don't think its a matter of I just couldn't figure it out - I did. I really just didn't like it for what I was doing.

Since breaking the two socks away from each other and running 2 circulars into each, In about 4 hours total I have knit up one entire foot, turned the heel, and started on the leg AND worked some of the foot on the second sock. In that same 4 hours, I barely got the toes going when I had them all on 1 circ.

As I said, I'll try again - just not with a 2-at-a-time sock situation. I am considering 2-at-a-time on 2 circs though.... we'll see if I go crazy with that one.

As for the Navajo blanket, I have less than a foot left to go. Soooo close! Once I muster up my motivation (ie finish all my other projects) I'll do a huge push to get that bad boy done.

So that's it. I finished the lapghan and continue to work.

Year of Projects Year 3 List

Navajo Diamonds Blanket
Socks Pair #4 (my own pattern)

Knit a sweater for The Man
Knit a pair of spat warmers (Christmas Gift)
Knit a Pair of fingerless mitts (Christmas Gift)
Scrap-ghan (another design other than my extreme granny)
A wrap/vest wearable for me (no pattern selected yet)
Summer Flies Shawl #2
Socks Pair #5
Socks Pair #6
Socks Pair #7
Socks Pair #8
Socks Pair #9
Socks Pair #10

Socks Pair #1 finished July 2013 - Finished FINALLY
Summer Flies Shawl #1 finished July 2013 - Summer Flies
Socks Pair #2 finished August 2013 - More Socks YAY
Socks Pair #3 finished August 2013 - Year of Projects 3: Update 2
Lapghan finished September 2013 - no update yet.


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Lucy Bowen said...

It sounds like you are doing really well - It is sometimes hard to find time to update when you are adding to the list!!

Ruth said...

I'm sorry to hear about the foot but boy did it make for good knitting time. Well done on clocking up the finishes. I have not tried the two at a time method. I've been tempted but I'ma dpn girl at heart so I wonder if it's for me. Sounds like socks two at a time is not your thing looking at the progress you made when you separated them. Looks like your going to have more finishes soon.

Cris said...

I think a lot of it is psychological - having one done then needing to do another vs. having them both done at the same time. :) I just happen to get my 2 done faster than if I did them at the same time hehe

Cris said...

Definitely - I'd rather be making progress than updating... hmmm strike that, I'd rather be doing both but if I have to pick one or the other ;)

Cris said...

Where do you see C6F? ( must be overlooking it). If its not in the pattern and you are just asking, then I would say that C3F is when you are making a cable and holding 3 stitches to the front to make that cable. For C6F, its the same thing only you are holding 6 stitches to the front to do the cable... would be a much wider cable.

Julie said...

Hi! I'm new with this crocheting thing. And I had this idea to crochet a small infinity symbol (kindof like how you make initials) and then attach it to a scarf. Can you help me with this? :) Like how should I start this thing... Also, what should kind of yarn and crochet hook would be best? Thank you for your time!

Cris said...

I would do something simple like chain 25, join to make a circle, then chain 25 again and join it back into the first join, then put 25 single crochet into each side of the loop and finish off. What type of yarn and hook size depends on how big you want it to be. If you want a big one, regular ole worsted weight yarn would be fine. If you wanted something smaller, then go with a sock yarn or something in dk, sport, or baby yarn size. Hook size depends on which yarn you use - look to the label of the yarn to find out what size hook they recommend.

Cris said...

Also, if you have not found Ravelry already, then I would suggest signing up. Great place with tons and tons of patterns (free and paid)

Stacy A White said...

Yes, I was wondering the same thing as mine looks all sorts of WRONG.

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