WIP update

A rethink is in order for several wips – some strategizing, some knitting maths, some sweating, some graph paper, and probably much swearing.

First: LS 502: First Toe-Ups – the combined factors of working out how toe-up socks happen and planning for them to fit the world’s second biggest foot have temporarily confounded me.  I’m part-way through the gusset and totally winging it with the length.  I may need to send these for some temporary hibernation while I start another pair of toe-ups (Double Eyelet Rib) for myself so that I can work out the actual mechanics of the process and still be able to try it on a normal sized (mine) foot.

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Second: Josephine – having cleverly and largely ignored gauge, number to cast-on, knitting front and back separately, etc., this seems miraculously like it might actually fit.  The next dilemma is whether to do another pattern repeat of the lace before I do the eyelet rows and start the bodice.  I think it’s probably fine as it is right now (5 repeats), but I’d hate to have to finish it and rip it back to add another repeat for length.  Might be a good time to put a lifeline in today before I decrease for the eyelets and bodice.  Another problem (caused by my largely ignoring the pattern specifications) is figuring out the decreases needed and the eyelet placement according to the number of stitches I have.  Time to get the graph paper out! (mods available here)

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Third (and this one’s more positive): Pumpkin Booties – I’ve been wanting to revise the top of these for a while, get the pattern written up properly, and get it up for sale on Ravelry.  The “leafy” top is inspired by Grumperina’s Jaywalkers sock pattern, as well as assorted chevron patterns.  I’d like to get permission from her to include the attribution for the inspiration, so I sent her a pic this morning and I’m waiting to hear back.

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Fourth: Socket to Phoebe (her 21st birthday sock yarn blanket) – More knitting maths were needed here as I suddenly realized that I have less than a year and a half to finish this.  It appears that if I average one square a day I’ll easily have it done in time to do the edging section and the I-cord edge.  Seven days since I worked that out and eight squares knitted – I’m ahead of the game!

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In other knitting news, the Bumblebee Bootie reverse-engineering project has been relegated to hibernation status again.  I really thought I was going to get it this time, but I’m not happy with the way the decreases look at the sides of the instep with the puffy stripe pattern.  I need to reconsider these again.

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The hibernating Sock Yarn Pillow is almost ready to come out of hibernation and be dealt with.  I really only have to do the I-cord edging on the top piece, then join the two pieces together and put the zip in.  I don’t know what my problem is with this project.

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Oh yeah, maybe it’s that whole sewing and zip thing.

Too many things started … not enough finished

Well, I’m in middle of multiple Denim booties. The problem with these is because they’re done in a self-striping yarn, and they’re so small, they come out looking like mismatched pairs. I’ve decided to knit multiple single booties (also a good exercise in working out how many I’ll get from a ball of yarn), and then see if I can match them up. Already the ones I’ve been knitting are much darker than the pair I sold at etsy … not sure why. The single bootie I managed out of the tiny remains of a skein is almost all dark gray/blue.

Other booties that need to be tackled: black cats, another pair of pumpkins to sew up, tuxedos to sew up, and start thinking about Christmassy ones.

My (ginormous) felted tote still needs the handle sewn on before I give it a trial. Pics to follow if it’s successful.

Drake’s Steel Yard mitts need to be started, as does George’s Windowpane scarf (I would have sworn that I found the pattern for this at knitpicks, but I can’t see it there now – I hope I printed it out!).

That’s not to mention Phoebe’s socks (in this fabulous colour from Razzy Tazzy Knits), Phoebe’s sweater (Tubey, but I don’t have all the yarn yet), Mum’s wrap (which I’m combining patterns for), and the fool idea I had that everyone would get a pair of socks this Christmas.

So … priorities …

  • tote finished
  • mitts started
  • pumpkin booties sewn up and listed on etsy
  • denim booties finished
  • tuxedo booties finished, pics taken, and listed
  • black cats – experiment with ears
  • Phoebe’s socks: start
  • Tubey for Phoebe: start
  • scarf for George: start
  • wrap for Mum: start


Ouch!

Now summer's really over


So, school has definitely started. Chaos as usual, but hopefully it will get better.

Knitting? Well, for booties, the playmates are done and up at etsy.

The pink & green stripes seem to be getting the most interest though. I’ll have to try making more. That’ll be after the black cats, more tuxedos, another pair of denims, and whatever else awaits.

Other knitting? I must start Drake’s mitts and Mum’s wrap next, then possibly tackle Phoebe’s socks and her sweater.

Fall

Well, the older pumpkin booties are listed at my etsy shop. I’ll have to make some new smaller ones. I’ll see what the orange Dale Baby wool looks like when it gets here this week.



I want to try knitting black cats again, too. Now that I’ve figured out how to do the ears better, they might sell too.