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In 2018, I completed:

  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 hats (including 1 headband)
  • 4 other accessories (2 cowls, a shawl, a crocheted scarf)
  • 2 sweaters (one of which was cast on over 3 years ago, and one of which I cast on last year)
  • 1 baby blanket

Of the items above, 3 of them were knit for work – for blog posts and/or photo shoots.

In chronological order of completion:

Not pictured above, 1 pair of socks I never took any photos of!

If you want details on any of these, and you’re on Ravelry, check them out in my Ravelry projects.

The Cube Socks were particularly interesting. They’re knit using a new-to-me method of intarsia, and I wrote two posts for the Interweave blog – one for WIP Wednesday and one for FO Friday.

I started the Cabled Turtleneck last year, in November. It then sat in my knitting bag from March until this past November, when I finally pulled it back out, knit the second sleeve, and finished it off. I used Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns for the basic set-in sleeve sweater structure, and incorporated Barbara McIntire’s cable pattern from The Great American Aran Afghan booklet.

After finding the Miki hat pattern on Ravelry, I liked it so much I ended up knitting four hats and a headband out of it! I may end up using it for socks at some point as well.

Finally, my Random Stripe Boxy sweater. I started it on May 3, 2015 and finally finished it on December 28, 2018. It was absolutely worth weaving in a ridiculous number of ends created by all of the color changes! I had three semisolid skeins of Caper Sock that I bought to knit a Color Affection Shawl… then later came to the realization that I simply don’t wear shawls. I also had another two skeins of Caper Sock in the Nerrivik colorway that I bought sometime after the other three skeins, but before I accepted the fact that I’m not a shawl person. Fortunately, the Nerrivik colorway coordinated nicely with the semisolid shades, so I combined them for the sweater. I still have enough Nerrivik and Peridot (the lime green colorway) to knit a pair of socks with contrasting toe/heel/cuff or some other two-color accessory.

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Here’s how 2017 turned out:

  • 16 finished projects
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of mittens
  • 3 scarves/cowls
  • 2 shawls
  • 1 baby blanket
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 hat
  • 1 poncho
  • 5 gifts knitted
  • 4 items knit for work
  • 2 new designs for work
  • 2 items knit with handspun
  • 2 spins of 4 oz. each completed (and knit into the 2 handspun projects listed above)

Finished since my last post were two pairs of socks, and a poncho I knit as a photography sample for work.

In order from most recently finished to earliest finished:

Also started in 2017, but not yet finished:

ZickZack Scarf using Queensland Uluru (solid) and Uluru Rainbow (self-striping) yarn. It’s much further along than it is in the photo above, I just haven’t taken another one recently. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll keep this or if it will be a gift.

Big Granny Square Sock Yarn Scrap Blankie using a variety of leftover sock yarns, many of which are the same yarns I’m using in my mitered-square sock yarn blankie. I started this after Interweave published a blog article on granny squares. As with my other sock yarn blanket, this is an ongoing project that will get done whenever.

Cabled Turtleneck Sweater using Knit One, Crochet Too Meadow Silk yarn. I picked up this yarn at the Keepsake Quilting/Patternworks tent sale this past June (along with several other sweater quantities of other yarns). I’m generally following the adult set-in sleeve sweater from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. I will, however, make this seamless by working a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders, and picking up stitches around the armholes and knitting the sleeves downward toward the cuffs.

Fall Night Hiking Socks using Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos sock yarn (in the Fall Night colorway). I finished a pair of socks and needed another pair for car knitting. However, all but the first three inches of this sock so far has been knit while walking on the treadmill. I’ll probably pick back up with knitting these in the car again soon, though. I also have a plane trip coming up shortly, and will probably take them along for that.

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I recently ordered the book Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson (blogmistress of Wendy Knits). The book features more than 20 sock patterns, all toe-up, along with several different toe, heel, and bind-off techniques. Choosing which pattern to knit first was a little tough, but I settled on Lacy Ribs. Within a few days after casting on, I discovered there’s a knitalong (KAL) group on Ravelry for the book… and it just so happens the first KAL sock for June is Lacy Ribs.

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Lacy Ribs Socks

  • Pattern: Lacy Ribs by Wendy D. Johnson (from Socks from the Toe Up)
  • Size: Medium (64 stitch circumference)
  • Needles: US 0 (2.0mm), Magic Loop 2-at-a-time
  • Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock/Wool in the Woods, one of the “lottery” colorways (a mash-up of all the dyes from that day, so there are many varieties of “lottery” colors — this one is a teal/purple blend)
  • Techniques: Judy’s Magic Cast-on toe, slip-stitch heel, Russian bind-off (went up to US 2.5 needle for bind-off)
  • Started 6/5/09, finished 6/16/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

This was an easy stitch pattern to memorize — only 2 pattern rows alternated with ribbing. Easy, so it’s somewhat mindless knitting while watching TV, but just interesting enough not to be boring. I had originally started these on US size 1.5 needles, but I was afraid they were coming out too big (especially for such a stretchy pattern), so I ripped them out after finishing the toe and about 1.5 repeats of the pattern, and started over on US size 0 needles. They’re a bit on the loose side, but not too baggy. I probably would have been fine making the small size instead of the medium. This was also the first time I did Russian bind-off. I really liked it and will definitely use it again. I wouldn’t have needed to go up to a US size 2.5 needle for the bind-off, though — I would have been fine going up to a US size 1.5 instead. Still, just a little loose, not so baggy that they’ll fall down. (Plus, it leaves a little room for them to tighten up with washing.)

I’m definitely looking forward to making lots more of the patterns in this book — I love Wendy’s toe-up patterns, especially with the slip-stitch heel. Up next for the June segment of the KAL is Wendy’s Sprucey Lucy pattern (each month, there’s a pattern from the book and one of Wendy’s free patterns to choose from — or to knit both). For Sprucey Lucy, I’ll use one of the yarns I bought at Lamb’s Ear Yarns last weekend, Schaefer Nichole, in the Greenjeans colorway.

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Schaefer Nichole, Greenjeans colorway

Another brief crochet interlude…

The doily is finished as well. It’s a little wonky (yes, that’s a technical term) at some spots, but overall not bad for the first one.

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Petite Pineapple Doily (please excuse the blocking pins)

  • Pattern: Petite Pineapple Doily by Priscilla Hewitt
  • Size 7 steel crochet hook
  • Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton, #10, ecru
  • Started 6/12/09, finished 6/15/09 (even though Squeek got his hind leg caught in the loose thread and ripped out almost an entire round as he ran through the house…yikes)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I also took a stab at crocheting a coaster…

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Quick & Easy Crocheted Coaster (why, yes, it was)

You can see something is not right below the center hole, all the way out to the edge. I think I forgot the ch2 at the end of the second round. But other than that, “Quick and Easy” is a good name for this one… it’s true.

I’ll definitely be making some more of these coasters — gotta keep trying until I get it right!

So that’s it for the FOs at the moment. You’re sure to see more socks here in the near future, what with the Socks from the Toe Up KAL going on, and Summer of Socks 2009 starting up this weekend!

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That would be “finished objects” and “partially finished objects”. First up, the finished ones.

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Now that my cousin Jill has received her socks, I can share them here. This is the Jaywalker pattern by Grumperina — since these were made for Jill, I’m calling them Jillwalkers. Heh.

  • Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina (that thar is the Ravelry link… login required)
  • Size: 76-stitch circumference, Ladies US shoe size 7 (now everyone knows your shoe size, Jill… LOL)
  • Yarn: ONline Supersocke 100 Circle Color (wool/nylon), color 1057 (yellow/gray self-striping)
  • Needle: US 0 (2.0mm) circular, magic loop 2 at a time method
  • Started 3/29/09, finished 5/6/09
  • Link to Ravelry project page

If the pattern looks a little familiar, that’s because I’ve made these socks before (as have TONS of other knitters), except in the previous incarnation they were made as anklets and the striping was done manually using two different colors of yarn.

Next up, finished object number two: a crocheted granny square for my friend Denise, who is collecting them from her friends so she can put them all together into an afghan.

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One thing I have to say about crochet (again) is that it is SO FAST! I can’t believe how fast I cranked this puppy out. Great use of the leftover Toconao, too. I so love the yarn, hope Denise does too!

And now for the partially finished stuff… I’m also working on some cell phone pouches. I’m making several to try out some different ideas. Although the knitting is done on these two, they are PFOs because they still need to be felted and finished with some sort of fasteners.

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Cell Phone Pouch, Take One

  • Pattern: My own improvisation, basically constructed in the same manner as a toe-up sock. Used a slip-stitch pattern like on a sock heel flap for extra cushiness.
  • Yarn: Noro Yuzen (wool/mohair/silk blend), color number/name unknown
  • Needle: US 6 (4.0mm) circular, magic loop method used
  • Size: Based on the size of my cell phone (LG Chocolate), sized a little larger to allow for felting (basically, guessed at size)
  • Knitting started & finished 5/26/09
  • Link to Ravelry project page

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Cell Phone Pouch, Take Two

  • Pattern: Pretty similar to Take One above, but I knitted a garter stitch strap closure instead of a flap, and also a garter stitch strap & tab at the sides to attach to purse strap, belt loop, etc.
  • Yarn: Araucania Toconao (merino wool), color 401 blue-green (just couldn’t keep my hands off those Toconao leftovers after making the granny square)
  • Needle: US 6 (4.0mm) circular, magic loop method used (again)
  • Size: Highly scientific method of inserting my cell phone while knitting and guessing whether it looked right — I made it just a hair wider than the first one, but kept the length of the pouch part the same
  • Knitting started & finished 5/27/09
  • Link to Ravelry project page

So that’s it for now. I have another cell phone pouch to make (Take Three), but not until after I felt the first two and see how they turn out. I also have a Secret Project I’m working on (a gift)… that I can finally proceed further on now that I’ve received an order of some supplies I needed for it. However, with it being a Secret Project, I can’t really say more than that here in “public” (although my friends who are on Ravelry can see it listed in my projects).

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Well, I don’t really have a whole lot of knitting projects to blog about at the moment, which I think is a problem common to more than a few knitters with blogs this time of year. I’m not making a ton of knitted gifts, but the couple of them that I’m working on right now are consuming most of my knitting time, leaving me with very little knitting to blog.

So how about a little crochet?

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It’s not much to look at, but yes, I crocheted a hotpad. And I did it the day before Thanksgiving. I thought I needed one so I wouldn’t have to use the crappy ugly ones that were left on our doorstep by the local fuel oil company when we first bought the house… the ones that I still keep around even though they are crappy ugly looking, just in case. I forgot that I had two brand new pretty hotpads from a Christmas gift last year, so I really wouldn’t have needed it. But I used it anyway. So, here are the details:

It seems to be one of those patterns like the classic knitted dishcloth that gets passed down through the generations. I chose this particular version of the pattern because it was very easy for me to understand, and best of all, it included pictures with the instructions. I also opted for a crochet pattern instead of knitting because 1) crocheting goes faster (see time bullet above) and 2) crocheting normally produces a thicker fabric than knitting, and the double-thick fabric made using this pattern (in such a short amount of time, I must add!) functions well as a hotpad/potholder.

Other than that and the couple of knitted gifts I’m working on, I’ve also been working on knitting up some scarves for charity using stash yarn. I have three done and I’m working on the fourth. But I’ll wait to post photos and details until I have them all done.

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