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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?  …

Sock Unveiling1

Is it a book? …

Sock Unveiling2

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

Sock Unveiling3

At least one foot will stay warm …

Sock Unveiling5

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




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


Voila, the first sock is done…


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


Short posts this week – gotta stay focused!!!

♥ Happy Valentine Knitting to ALL ♥

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…


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


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


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)


Then knit some more…


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 ♥

So, did I tell you I finished my Drop-Stitch Jacket???

Well I did and here it is…

Drop Stitch Jacket from Filati Mag #39

I wore it to a 50th Birthday/Retirement celebration last night and it was very comfortable.

It’s perfect for Spring/Summer – just a little something to complete an outfit.  Light and airy so you don’t get too hot; yet enough of a layer to ward off any night-time chill.  If it weren’t for my April Marathon earlier this week, I would not have finished it in time for the party.  I’m already planning what to finish during my May Marathon…  Join me on the 23rd to complete one of your projects!

2 reasons I love finishing things…

1.  I have a hand-crafted item to gift to someone else or myself!

2.  I have a reason to cast-on for another project!

What are you waiting for???

Go FINISH something so you can START something!!!

Project Swapping

The Carolina Jacket is off my list of 25 Projects and Filati’s T-Shaped Jacket is on.

I tried, I really did.  I started the Carolina Jacket (Rowan Mag #39) 2 different times with different yarns and I just didn’t like the way things were going.

So, instead of forcing the issue, I decided to swap it out for a cute little jacket that would be perfect for our North Carolina weather.  It’s Model #31 from Filati’s Magazine #39.  Since the Carolina was a  lacy knit, I wanted a pattern that used either a lace stitch or an open stitch and the drop-stitch pattern on this jacket is just perfect.

I brought it with yesterday on our road-trip to see our son play baseball.  Although I had to pinch hit for Pete 🙂 and drive the last hour, I did manage to finish the left front in the first 2 hours of our trip.

This one will be a quick knit so I am excited!  Although it looks more like garter stitch at the moment, the drop stitch becomes more visible after blocking.

The true highlight of the day was watching Christian play a great game on a beautiful Carolina evening!

P.S. – Pete did come through on the way home and I didn’t have to drive at all.  No knitting though – since we left at 11pm and had a 3-hour drive in front of us, I decided sleep would be a better option than knitting in the dark.