Daily Archives: January 21, 2014

Fits and Starts

After finishing my stripey sweater last week, I was down to just 6 knitting works in progress. It’s been years since that happened. Usually, I hover around 10-12, sometimes 15. So, naturally, I felt the urge to cast on some more projects from my queue. But, I thought, I am on a bit of a roll with these wips, so maybe I should just carry on with them. I picked up my purple India Print Henley and worked on that for several days rather faithfully.

I was happily about 8 inches into the first sleeve when my ball of yarn that was supposed to last for the whole sleeve almost ran out. At the same time, I noticed that there was a patch of knitting that did not look quite right and I knew I would not be happy with that unless I ripped it out, which I did. Surprisingly, I managed to have the patience to knit the sleeve again until I got close to the end of the ball of yarn. Again.

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At this point, I did two things. First, I did the edge of the sleeve and bound it off. This sweater, I have decided, is meant to be a 3/4 sleeved sweater.

Secondly, I suddenly reached the end of my patience with every single knitting project in my pile and so I cast on two new sweaters, a shawl, and a hat.

One thing that really helped in this sudden fit of startitis is a new ball winder that I got last week. This ball winder is supposed to be able to handle large hanks of yarn; up to 10 ounces! Of course, I had to try it out.

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It’s a little loud, but sure does beat my old one at anything over 4 ounces. I seem to be buying a lot of really large hanks nowadays, so this will really come in handy. Plus, I think my old winder was wearing down after years of use. It had started getting the yarn in a tangle and, occasionally, flinging the yarn ball across the room. The new one makes really nice barrel shaped balls. Fun!

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As soon as this ball was wound up, I knit a gauge swatch. It’s Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio worsted and it is super squishy. It’s destined to be Brandied Cherries.

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Maybe it is the super cold weather we’ve been having or maybe I have been knitting too many fingering weight sweaters recently, but I have the sudden need/desire for heavy cabled sweaters. I even dug out this old sweater project that had to be frogged and cast on anew.

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And for those days when only lace will do, a mystery shawl knit along is just the ticket.

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For instant gratification, I knit a hat. I started it on Saturday morning and finished it Sunday afternoon. It was really only a couple of hours of knitting all told. Gotta love worsted weight hats for that.

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Well, that’s the knitting news briefly from here. I will give more details about each individual project another time. It’s snowing and I have to go bake some bread.