Category Archives: Sweaters

Valentine Sock and 1/3…

is unveiled!

It takes about 34,000 stitches to knit an average pair of socks – I made it to about 20,000 before I had to stop and wrap!!!

Hmm, what’s this?  …

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Is it a book? …

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No wait, it’s a “finish it yourself” pair of socks …

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At least one foot will stay warm …

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Will he be wearing the second sock before the weather turns warm???

ONLY TIME WILL TELL 🙂

♥ HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL VALENTINE’S DAY ♥

Valentine Knitting Updates…

Will I finish the socks?  Will I finish the sweater?

I am determined to find a way to answer Yes to both!

Over the weekend I did my grocery shopping and meal-planning for the week so I am in good shape there.  Cleaning is in check and my evening commitments are minimal.  I will be studying by day with all breaks spent knitting.  By the start of my February Knitting Marathon on Sunday afternoon, I’m hoping my project status will be…

  • Pete’s socksready to turn the heel on the second sock
  • My Valentine sweater front finished and 2 sleeves cast on

First sock with the toe ready to be seamed using the Kitchener Stitch

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Voila, the first sock is done…

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And the front of my cables & lace  Valentine sweater is progressing nicely…

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Short posts this week – gotta stay focused!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

Apparently cats aren’t that into blogging.

How was I to know???

All week while I thought my progress was being posted, my guest blogger…

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 Was either asleep on the job, or…

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Daydreaming!!!

I am happy to report though that progress WAS MADE on both Pete’s socks and my Valentine’s Day sweater.

Close to finishing sock #1 – getting ready to start the toe!

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And here is the front of my Valentine’s Day sweater catching up to the back!  I will focus on this project over the weekend while Pete is around 🙂

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So here we are in February!  Just 12 days til Valentine’s Day – if you haven’t started knitting for your LOVE, you may want to think about other options.  Here’s some advice from the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)…

“When confronted with a birthday [or Valentine’s Day] in a week I will remember that a book can be a really good present, too.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

If you still think you have the time and you want to show your kitty how much you care, try knitting her/him some fish* …

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Despite the fact that she fell asleep on the job, I may knit up one of these for Custer!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting (or book browsing) to ALL ♥

*Opens a link to the Ravelry project page with a free PDF pattern for the cute knitted fishies. 

Dear red sweater of mine…

will you be my Valentine?

I’m hoping the answer will be yes and I will be wearing my Cables & Lace sweater on February 14th, but looking at the calendar I see that there are only 18 days left!!!

While that SEEMS like a long time, I took a quick look at my schedule and available knitting time on those 18 days looks a bit scarce.  I will be at home a few days next week studying for a certification, but the keys words there are “studying”.  And any study breaks will have to be spent knitting Pete’s socks since those are supposed to be a surprise.

Bottom line:  Something else is gonna have to give!

  • Grocery shopping – we have food in the pantry and I see nothing wrong with cereal for dinner!  No shopping = 2 extra knitting hours next week.
  • Cleaning – this chore is already overdue, I might as well let the dust accumulate and get it all at once right?  No cleaning = 3 more hours of knitting.
  • Cooking – allowing Pete to experience the pleasure of cooking should free up about 5 hours next week.  But wait, our agreement is whoever cooks the other cleans up, so I’ll need to add back about 15 minutes per night.  After doing the math, that’s an extra 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • Sleeping – Not Negotiable!  If I don’t get enough sleep I’ll end up ripping more than usual.  No time gained here.
  • Blogging – I have lined up a guest blogger for next week, stop back tomorrow to meet her.  I think you will enjoy her fresh take on things.   Guest blogger adds 5 hours to my knitting time next week.

Things are looking up!  I just may be able to get both Pete’s socks AND my sweater done by the 14th.

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

love, Love, LOVE…

this Valentine Sweater of Mine

I set aside Pete’s socks for the last couple days and picked up the Cables and Lace Filati sweater that I am knitting “pour Moi”.

The yarn is a hand-dyed, worsted weight, 100% merino called “Gather”.  It was created by Downtown Knits in Apex, NC.  I really like the way it knits up – it’s “soft and springy” and I think the cables and lace really show off the way that it is softly variegated.   Every time I go back to knitting this sweater I think, “I CAN’T WAIT TO WEAR IT!”

Hurry Hurry Hurry – Knit Knit Knit – PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE (is NOT my strong suit)

The size 6 & 7 needles felt like timber posts compared to the zeroes I’ve been using for the socks.  It’s always nice to change things up a bit.

Here is my lovely red sweater back all bound off and waiting…

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To be matched up with it’s lovely front that was cast on…

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And ribbed while biking  (hey if you only have time to knit or exercise, I say why not do both!)

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Do you see the extra ends at the left?  Stationery bike accident.  I let my feed yarn hang a little too close to the pedals.  You can probably figure out what happened. 🙂

Ribbing finished, changed to the larger circs for the main pattern (Ah, that’s better – a little more room on the needles)

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Then knit some more…

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Well now, that is a good bit of progress!

With Valentine’s Day just 22 days away, you better get your gift knitting in gear!  Especially if you’re knitting for your special someone AND yourself!!!

Does anyone remember what movie this line is from…  Love means never having to say you’re sorry ?

If you guessed it, we were probably born in the same decade 🙂

I am definitely NOT sorry I spent the last three days’ entire knitting allotment on my Valentines Sweater – back to Pete’s socks tomorrow I promise!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

I ♥ being sick…

especially when I have a knitting deadline 

POOR ME – Too sick to work, I had to sit in bed ALL day with a cup of tea, honey and lemon to sooth my throat.  But since I was just “sitting there” I figured I might as well knit.  

Isn’t there a saying that goes, “knit a cold, starve a fever”?

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While I wasn’t up to my usual knitting speed, it’s amazing how many teeny tiny sock rows can be knit in between coughing fits in an 8-hour day of illness…

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BRING ON THE SICK DAYS – is this what they mean by LOVE SICK???

Because these socks are a surprise for Pete, I couldn’t measure his ankles (he’s a light sleeper), so I went with the very forgiving 2×2 rib pattern.  They should stretch nicely to fit, I HOPE.  Otherwise I’ll be running after my three boys with a measuring tape to see whose feet they’ll fit!

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We’re down to 28 days until Valentine’s Day – if this cold hangs on, I just MAY be able to finish 2 socks for Pete.  Of course if I recover quickly I may have to use Laurie’s idea and give him 1 sock for Valentine’s Day and the second for his birthday! 

That’s it for now from this LOVE SICK knitter…

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥