WIP Wednesday

I finished my Rainbow socks.  I love them.  I still have to weave in the ends, but they are ready to wear.  The yarn is 'What does it all mean?' by Turtlepurl yarns. 

I also finished a Rainbow Dash-inspired sock.  This pattern uses vertical stranding and will be my first toe-up design.  The pattern should be ready for testing this week.  If you are on my tester list, I will earburn you on Ravelry.  If you are not on the tester list but would like to be, let me know and I will add you.  

I am blocking Cecily.  The front corners bunched up in a weird, worrying way so I am blocking it before I pick up the sleeve stitches - I really need to be sure that the bunching blocks out.  

Inside this lovely project bag is a super secret sock design that I am not allowed to show anyone or talk about.  It's killing me not to show it to you.  All will be revealed on July 1st! 
I hope you have had a great knitting week. I would love to see what you are working on.  Tag me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter so I can ooh and aww over it.  I am Knitalot924 on all social media.

WIP Wednesday - with anti-biotics!

I have not been feeling well this week.  Apparently, I have a UTI (I think the U shoud stand for uncomfortable) so now I am on an antibiotic that is adding to my discomfort.

I have three projects on the needles right now.  I can't show you the first one because it is super top secret and the publisher and yarn company both swore me to secrecy (it's really hard for me to not show my knitting).  I can tell you that it is a sock pattern (surprise!) and that it will be released in July.  I think this is the shortest publication timeline I have ever worked with.  They need the sample by June 1st.  Also I can tell you that the yarn is absolutely scrumptious!

I have made good progress on my Rainbow Dash inspired sock:
I really feel like I got the colours and the pattern right this time.

And I have made progress on my Rainbow socks:
Rainbows seem to be a theme in my life right now.

I have decided to block my Cecily Jacket before I pick up the sleeve stitches because I really need to see of this weird bunching at the bottom corners will block out. 
 Hopefully I will pick up the sleeve stitches later this week.

I hope you have had a great knitting week and that if it is Spring in your part of the world that you are enjoying lots of sunshine! 

WIP Wednesday

I am happily working on my second rainbow sock. The first one has been blocked but I still have to weave in those pesky ends.

I am getting ready to cast-on a Rainbow Dash inspired sock design.  Rainbow Dash was my kids' favourite Pony from the My Little Pony franchise.   I cast on once already, but the colours weren't right and I wasn't feeling the design so I re-worked the colours, re-charted the design and I think I am ready to go.  

I spent most of Saturday binding off Cecily.  Seriously, I started at lunch time and finished at 7pm - I knit 4 rows of garter stitch and binded off.  I am happy to have the 750 stitches off my needles.  I need to pick up for the sleeves which feels like a treat compared to the lace edging.  

I have a concern with the bottom front corners of the cardigan.  Do you see how they are bunched up? That bunching is kind of freaking me out a little bit.  I am tempted to block the sweater before I pick up for the sleeves.  Is that a good idea?  I don't knit a lot of sweaters, so I would appreciate your opinion.  The sleeve stitches are on waste yarn, so they will survive a bath(I think).  I just really want to pin the lace edging open and see if the bottom corners relax and open up without any bunching. 
 What do you think? Can I safely block before I pick up for the sleeves?

WIP Wednesday

My Cecily Jacket has gotten lots of love this week.  I am 11 rows from being finished the body of the cardigan.  This is good news for you because instead of hearing me complain about how long it's taking me to knit the body, you get to hear me complain about knitting the sleeves.  It will be a nice change for you ;)

This is what it looks like with over 700 (fingering weight) stitches and 69 stitch markers.

I finished the sample for my new design, Moriarty.  I still have a few ends to weave in.  The pattern is being tested by some super-patient testers who are helping to work out some glitches in the heel.  I always get the best testers.  If you like knitting socks and would be earburned on Ravelry for future testing opportunities, contact me with your Ravelry ID and I will add you to my list. 

I finished a rainbow sock for me!  I love this sock.  The yarn is 'What Does It Mean?' by Turtlepurl yarns

What's this?  Is that a sock toe?  Why, yes it is.  I have had lots of requests from knitters who would like me to design a toe-up sock pattern, so my next design will be toe-up.  I sometimes knit toe up when I am knitting socks for myself or as a gift, but weirdly it has just never occurred to me to design a toe-up pattern.   It will also incorporate colour work and cables.  This will be a fun design. 

I hope you have had a great knitting week.  I would love to see or hear about what you are working on.  Share in the comments or tag me on social media (I am knitalot924 everywhere) so I can ooh and aah over it.

WIP Wednesday With a Few Sneak Peeks

There is not a lot of knitting going on this week.  I have caught the plague from one of my kids and I am currently nesting on the sofa surrounded by tissues, books, knitting and the remote for the TV.  I know sick days mean extra knitting time for a lot of knitters, but there is a brain fog accompanying this plague that is causing me to have a very short attention span.  

I did get a whopping 2 rows done on Cecily.  That's over 1340 stitches, so that's actually not bad.  I moved this project to longer needles and I am really liking the Addi Turbo Rockets that I am using. This is the first time I have ever used Addis.  

I have turned the heel on my rainbow socks.  I tried it on and after one more grey section I will be able to start shaping the toe.  I have a couple of conference calls today so I should be able to get a few rows in while I am dialed in.  

The second sock of my new 'Moriarty' design is moving along nicely.  The tech editor has finished with it and the test knitters are testing the pattern now.  I am aiming for a mid-April release. 
And here is a sneak peak of a pattern that is being released on April 1st.  It was previously published by a 3rd party and the rights revert back to me this month. 

I designed a skirt!  Sunday Brunch is in the April 2016 issue of  I Like Knitting magazine.

I hope you have had a great knitting week.

WIP Wednesday

I turned the heel on my rainbow sock.  I love these socks.  Rainbows make me smile.  I used a simple short row heel - rainbow of course.  I am hoping the self-striping will line-up so that the toe will be rainbow as well.  I could cut the yarn and force it, but I am too lazy to go to that much effort. 

This is my Cecily jacket with 674 stitches on the needles (not a typo).  That is a lot of stitches.  I am on the lace border now.  I have had to move the project to a 40inch circular needle and it takes me almost an hour to knit one row (and drink a glass of wine).  I have been trying it on as I go, and so far so good.  

Also I finished a sock sample.  

This is a cuff down sock that uses a simple drop stitch design on the front and ribbing on the back.  It is very stretchy.  I made the sample in my own size (I make all sample my size) and it is too big.  I have graded the pattern for an extra size because I think most knitters will have to knit down a size. It is with the tech editor now and I hope to start testing later this week. 

I hope you have had a great knitting week.  I would love to hear about and see what you have been working on.  

WIP Wednesday

I finished my Burberry Socks!  Each sock has a different heel - oops!  I used an afterthought heel on the first sock and then used a short row heel on the second sock.  I was just happily knitting and forgot about the afterthought heel.  I don't think anyone will be able to tell when they are on my feet. 
Here they are on my feet :) The yarn is amazing!  It is Turtlepurl yarns Turtle Toes in the 'Trenchcoat' colourway.
I also finished the sample for my new design.  If all goes according to plan, it should be released by March 15th.  Note the difference blocking makes...
I have cast on another vanilla sock with Turtlepurl yarns Turtle Toes.  This colourway is called 'What Does It Mean'.  I really love her yarn.  I hope she is at the Toronto Knitters' Frolic in April so I can get some more. Her booth was so busy last year there was a line up to get in. 
And I have cast on a new design using Indigo Dragonfly MerGoat in the colourway "In A World of Locked Rooms, the Man with the Key is King" This is possibly the softest merino/cashmere/nylon blend I have ever used. 
I have not received yarn support from any yarn company for any of these projects.  The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own and are unsolicited. 

I hope you have had a great knitting week :)

WIP Wednesdsy

I finished my Galactic Hat.  I love it.  It is fingering weight so it is a light hat - perfect for chilly days or bad hair days, but not warm enough for a deep freeze.  It is light enough that if I run into a store I don't get so warm that I have to take my hat off. I have already worn it out and about and I am really happy with it. 

I turned the second heel on my Burberry socks - hopefully these will be off the needles this weekend and on my feet next week :)

I have cast on the second sock of my new design, 'River Song'.  I received the pattern back from the tech editor last night and I am opening a test thread today.  If you are a test knitter, and you would like to test this sock, pm me on Ravelry (I am Knitalot924) and I will earburn you when the test thread is live. 

I have tried on my Cecily Jacket and I expect to start the lace edging this weekend.  I am making the body a bit longer than the pattern calls for since I am a long-in-the-torso-short-in-the-legs type of person.  (I can't stop laughing at how stunned I look in this photo). 

I love posting on WIP Wednesday - it keeps me motivated to make progress on projects so I have something to show you.  I hope you have had a good knitting week.  I would love to see your WIPs, let me know if you have a blog or if you post your WIPs on Ravelry, Instagram or somewhere else where I can see them.  

WIP Wednesday

I lost two knitting days this week: I threw my back out and I had a nasty head cold.  The spasm-y back made it painful to knit and the cold meds caused too many knitting mistakes - so I accepted my limitations and took a couple of days off.  Despite that, I feel that I got a lot of knitting done. 

I worked a few rows of my Cecily Twinset this week.  This WIP will be a year old in April.  I might throw it a small party.  I was so naive optimistic when I cast on this sweater - I thought I would have gotten 6 months of wear out of it by now.  Going forward, I am going to try to spend a couple of hours of quality time with Cecily each week.  I have to finish this sweater before I will allow myself to cast on the next sweater.  

I also worked a few rounds of my Galactic hat.  I am about an inch away from starting the decreases. Hopefully I will be wearing it out in the world by the end of February.  This is not the best photo of the yarn - the green is much more of a lime green in real life.  

I am just about ready to turn the heel on my Burberry sock.  I love it so much, are you tired of hearing me say how much I love this yarn?  It's almost over - it should be off the needles and on my feet soon.  

I have cast on a new design.  Actually, I cast it on 5 times (which is typical for my creative process). The first 4 times it was going to be a lacy sock design.  That did not work out so now it is a sort of delicate cable design. Let me know what you think.  This is my absolute favourite shade of green.  I have stopped wearing design samples, but I might make an exception for this one. 

I hope you have had a great knitting week!

WIP Wednesday

I finished a pair of socks!! Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey (Doctor Who fans will get it) is currently being tested and should be ready to be released by the end of the month.  I love this design (if I do say so myself). 

 So, I get to cast-on a new sock!  I wound the yarn yesterday.  I have a few ideas for a Spring sock with lots of lace. 
Is that a gorgeous shade of green, or what?  The yarn is Black Lamb Merino/Nylon in the colourway 'Grasshopper'.
My Burberry socks are coming along nicely.  They are exactly the same.  Exactly.  I love Turtlepurl yarns. 
This is my Galactic Hat.  I am loving it. It is such an easy knit.  This is the project that stays in my purse for when I am out.  I have not been out much this week, otherwise I think this hat would be done.  Fabulous pattern, it is graded for everyone from infants to adults.  I can see myself knitting quite a few of these. 

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday

I have managed to knit myself into a wrist brace.  Again.  I am taking a couple of days off and taking care of myself.  I am wearing my brace, taking anti-inflammatories and keeping sane busy with non-knitting, knitting like cruising Ravelry, catching up on knitting blogs,  tidying up the stash...
I cast-on a new design over the weekend.  I really like the way it is knitting up.  If my wrist cooperates, I am hoping to have it ready for testing by the end of the week.  If you are a tester and you are on Ravelry (the test will be conducted in a Ravelry thread) and you want to test this sock, contact me with your Ravelry name and I will earburn you when it is ready to test. 
It is knit top-down and uses slipped stitches and cables to form the pattern.  The colourwork is done using mosaic knitting so you only ever work with one colour at a time (no floats and no carrying yarn) - this is my favourite type of colourwork.  This pattern has a short row heel and a wedge toe that is grafted using Kitchener stitch.  It is graded for 3 circumferences. 
I finished my first Burberry sock and have cast on the second.  I love this sock.  I cannot wait to wear them.  They are my new favourite socks. 
My 'Pattern of the Month' is Solar Vortex.  It is available in my Ravelry store at 20% off for the month of February - no coupon code required.  You can download it here.

I hope you are having a great knitting week :)

WIP Wednesday

I ordered more 'Trenchcoat' sock yarn from Turtlepurl yarns.  The Husbeast *needs* a pair of these socks with the coordinating heel and toe yarn.  (emphasis on 'needs' is mine, not his).  I am so in love with this yarn.  I might get some worsted weight and make myself a lovely Burberry cowl. 

My Burberry sock is coming along nicely, I am working on the toe.  The toes and heels will be sparkly since the only black sock yarn I could find in my stash is sparkly.  Good thing I don't mind a little bling on my feet. 

I decided to cast on Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini.  The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, but after about 3 minutes of math I was able to figure out the numbers for fingering weight given my gauge and head size.  I love the way this yarn is working up in this pattern. 

I currently have no design work on the needles.  I have some tech editing projects on the go, so I am still working, but I am happy for a few days off from designing.  I need to figure out what I want to start next (hint: probably socks) and cast-on later this week, or early next week. 

What have you been working on?

WIP Wednesday

My first pair of finished socks in 2016!  A sample for a magazine, they are heading to the post office soon to make their way to the photographer.  

I am part-way through a scarf (same yarn, same magazine).  See the little progress marker?  I have to knit 6 inches per day to make the deadline. 

After I finish my 6 inches of scarf knitting, I reward myself with this beauty:
I am so in love with this yarn.  This is Turtlepurl yarn in the 'Trenchcoat' colourway.  You can ignore the small ball of white yarn in the bowl, it's the scrap yarn that I used for the tubular cast-on; it is not actually featured in the finished sock.

I have decided that it is fundamental to my mental health to always have a plain vanilla sock on the needles.  Always.  It is my yoga.  It is my stress management.  It is an integral part of my wellness plan.

I cannot wait to wear these.

I would love to see what you have been working on this week...

WIP Wednesday - Show and Tell Edition

I am still working on exactly the same projects that I was working on last week.  Hopefully next week's WIPs will be a bit more interesting.
Since there isn't much to share with you by way of WIPs, I thought I would share some recent stash enhancement....
This maple leaf themed project bag is made by lovely and talented Art-By-Ana Handmade. I ordered it on Boxing Day, and I love it.  The quality is awesome and the bag is beautiful!  Ana also does a line of hand dyed yarns in her other Etsy shop.  Everything she makes is beautiful.
This project bag was made by my Instagram friend, Kelly.  She gifted me this beautiful bag as a part of the #GetYourYarnWishesGranted movement that happened over the holidays on Instagram.  She knows I am a Doctor Who fan and that my favourite colour is green and she made this especially for me.  I adore this bag.  It is inspired by the Doctor Who episode with Van Gogh and Starry night.  Kelly is a very talented artist.  You can find more of her creations in her Etsy store.
It's bigger on the inside *Doctor Who joke* The inside is a nice bright yellow fabric with stars (so I can acutally see stuff in there).  It currently houses the blue socks that I am working on.
Lastly, when I was cruising around Etsy on Boxing Day, I checked in at the Turtlepurl shop and she had one skein of sock yarn in her 'Trench Coat' colourway. *swoon*.  I have been lusting after this yarn for months.  Every time I checked, she never had any in stock (She might have had a few skeins in worsted, but my heart was set on the sock yarn).  So I ordered it and it came home to me a few days ago.  I will be casting this on later this week and it will be living in my Maple Leaf bag.  It knits up into Burberry stripes.  These socks will be for me.

It's so pretty, I am almost sad to knit with it because I will miss looking at it and because I am weird and get attached to yarn. 

I hope you have had a great knitting week.  I would love to see what you are working on. 

*The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are unsolicited*

WIP Wednesday

This is it.  This is all I've got this week.  This is a large men's sock, the first of a pair due to a magazine in February.  I am also making a matching scarf/cowl (not sure which one yet).  I cast it on a few days ago and it is the only thing I have been knitting on since.  

Most of my week has been spent getting my family, house and business back on track after the holidays.  We were all home for 2 weeks.  We let things slide.  It has taken me the last two days to get us all back to normal.  Even the pets were off their normal routines.  

If I can get a good start on these socks, I hope to get my Cecily Twinset out of it's bag this weekend and finish the stockinette part of the cardigan.  

I hope you have had a good knitting week.

WIP Wednesday

And then there were two:
And then there were one and a half:

Both of these pairs of socks have to be finished, bathed, and have there ends woven in before Saturday.  On Saturday they head to the post office and begin their journey to the publisher.

I also have to have both patterns written up by Saturday. 

Christmas and these socks have pretty much been my focus this week.  

I will be casting on two more magazine projects this week that will go in the mail on February 1st and then I am looking forward to a small break from 3rd party publishing so that I can focus on a few self-published designs that I am eager to cast on.

I ordered some beautiful yarn and a new project bag on Boxing Day and can't wait for them to get here so I can show you :) 

WIP Wednesday

I finished my Honey Cowl Hat!  I used the honey cowl stitch pattern and the same yarn as my honey cowl, so now I have a matched set.  The skein that I used for the hat did  not bleed nearly as much as the skein that I used for the cowl.  As a result, the cowl is slightly less vibrant than the hat, but I am hoping that I am the only one who will notice. 

Here it is before blocking and weaving in the ends.  
I knit a lot of socks on very thin yarn and very thin needles.  This cowl and hat set worked up in worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles seemed like such a quick knit in comparison.  It was nice to change things up a bit.  

I also acquired this lovely yarn bowl.  It is made by a local (to me) potter and sold at my LYS.  This is the first real yarn bowl I have ever owned.  I am fabulous at improvising yarn bowls and other knitting notions using things within arms reach of my knitting chair :)  I have already warned my husbeast that this may be the start of a collection.  

I finished a sock!  I have to knit 2.5 socks by the 31st and get them in the mail on the 2nd of January. Wish me luck.  

I started another sock.  This one seems like such a quick knit compared the the one pictured above - but I might just be telling myself that because the deadline looms and I am getting desperate.  
I hope you have had a great knitting week.   I would love to hear what you are knitting right now.  If you are celebrating solstice this week, Happy Solstice!  If you are celebrating Christmas this week, Merry Christmas!

Happy Knitting

WIP Wednesday

I finished my Honey Cowl!  I love this pattern.  The slipped stitches and the variegated yarn work so well together.  But the thing I love most about this cowl (and most slip stitch patterns) is that the wrong side is just as lovely as the right side.  Here are a couple of photos of me wearing my new cowl:
I stepped outside so that the colours in the yarn would be true on camera.  In reality, they are actually a bit more vibrant than they appear.  Since all my winter coats are neutrals, this  vibrancy will really brighten up dull, dreary winter days.  As soon as the cold weather hits, I am ready.

You'll notice I did not get dressed, brush my hair or put on any make-up for these pics.  I took this photo yesterday (Tuesday) which is the same day I clean the washrooms, so I am dressed accordingly.  But, since the cowl was finished blocking and it was warm enough to stand outside, I decided to take a break from scrubbing toilets and photograph my new cowl.

I have started a matching hat using the same yarn and stitch pattern:
This photo insisted on staying sideways, so I stopped fighting it and embraced it.

I *might* have enough yarn left for a pair of fingerless mitts.  I only have about 2 inches of knitting before the decreases so I will weigh the leftovers and decide from there - I will definitely have enough if I use a solid yarn with the leftovers.  I hope to finish the hat this weekend.

And here is a sneak peak of a design for a magazine that I have cast on 5 times now.  Seriously.  5 times.  That is not a typo.  I seem to have gotten it right this time and I am happy with how it is coming along.
I can't show you a really good photo because it is top secret until Fall 2016.

I hope you have had a great knitting week.  I would love to see or hear about what you are working on.

WIP Wednesday

I'm It has been a busy week. I feel downright productive.

My Cecily Twinset saw some love as I was able to add a few more rows:

I also cast on a Honey Cowl and I  love how this variegated yarn is working up in this stitch pattern:

I have finally cast on the second sample for my 'TicTacToe' sock design (the name may change, it doesn't feel like the right name for the sock):

I  also cast on a sample for a magazine design.  Here is a sneak peak:
This design is more of a challenge then I was expecting, but some strategically placed short rows should fix it. 

How has your week been?  What are you working on?

WIP Wednesday

So this happened this week:
Yup.  My son's socks a are finished!  Yay me!

It has been a productive knitting week. Even my Cecily Twinset got some love:
I have about an inch left before I start the lace edging. This kind of feels like the home stretch, even though there is lots of lace, two sleeves and an entire camisole left to knit, I feel like the most tedious part is over.  The lace is only a handful of rows, sleeves are smaller (in my mind they are like long socks) and the camisole is knit in the round.  These are the lies I tell myself to trick myself into persevering through a fingering weight sweater set on tiny needles. 

I also cast on a cowl this weekend. I was halfway through and did not like the yarn with the pattern. I frogged it and will be casting on a Honey cowl this weekend with the souvenir yarn I brought back from New Orleans:
I hope I have enough for a Honey cowl and a hat.  Two skeins of 230 yards each should be enough, right?