On the WIP Side – 4.16.2020

As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during this tumultuous time. I’m happy to distract you with some fun crafty projects. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

Total: 6 WIPs (3 active)
4 projects – 1 shawl, 1 pair of socks, 1 hat and 1 blanket
1 project – 1 blanket
1 project
Finished: 0 projects
2020 Total Finished: 11

Drachenfels Shawl
Pattern: Drachenfels / Melanie Berg
Yarn: Suburban Stitcher / Single Sock / Darkest Hour, Clementine and Sweet Adeline
Needles: Size 4 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/18/2020
Cast off goal: None

I made it to the stripes! I was really excited about this. I do think this is where knitting monogamously moves projects along. I find that I like to get to the next section soon, which makes me work on that project more. If I had many projects going with less time to work on each, the next section might feel that much further away.

This project has been helping me get back into reading. While I was in that “I just want to be at the stripes” phase, I told myself I could only work on it while I was reading. So instead of turning the TV on after work one day, I grabbed my book and read for an entire hour. I’m not sure when the last time that happened was, but it was just so nice and relaxing. I really enjoyed it. So now, I do stripes for a whole long time and someday will add in the third color. Stay tuned!

Honey Bee Dance Socks
Pattern: Honey Bee Dance Socks / Helen Stewart / Curious Handmade
Yarn: One Twisted Tree / Prime / Rare Woman Claire
Needles: Size 0 DPNs
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/29/2020
Cast off goal: 4/19/2020

Sock 1 is done

I finished sock 1! I ended up doing a 1×1 twisted rib on sock 1 for reasons that I’ll explain why I highlight this project. I finished it while I was on a work chat with some coworkers and so I immediately cast on the second sock. However, I ended up putting it aside last Sunday afternoon for the next project that you’ll see on this post. The good news is that I did come back to the sock and am very close to the heel. I plan to finish up this sock over the weekend because I’m ready to move on from it. Again, I think this is where knitting with a few projects is really great. You get to finish and move on. You can tell I’m still not in a sock place and yet I seem to always cast another pair on. What’s with that?

Sam’s Hat – NEW!
Pattern: Sam’s Hat / Tidal Yarns
Yarn: Tidal Yarns / Worsted / Multiple Colors
Needles: Size 3 and 5
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 4/12/2020
Cast off goal: 4/19/2020

Just about at the crown

Yup, a new cast on. Like I said, I cast off the first sock and then decided to do a little palate cleanser. I had this yarn all kitted up from a festival I went to last April. The yarn is beautiful hand dyed yarn in a great woolen yarn. It is not superwash, but it is soft and the hat itself is coming out really nice. If you see Tidal Yarns at a festival, you should definitely stop by and browse and buy everything.

She had a lot of different mini skeins all set up and you could pick and choose the different colors you wanted. Like usual, I went with the sample. I didnt take a picture of the sample though and so I might have knitted the hat in the wrong order, but I love it all the same.

It’s a basic chevron hat but the color changes make this hat go quick. That combined with worsted weight yarn and sitting on my butt for like 5 hours means that all of the progress you see in that picture was in 1 go. That includes ripping out a color because I decided to switch the order of it. It really went quick but I also really sat on my butt for a while. I was burnt out and this quick project really helped me feel better. I have a couple of rounds to go before I knit the crown and I could have finished it in that sitting. I decided not to knit a hat in one go though and switched back to the socks. It’ll get done this weekend too!

1. Spinning – Did not spin
2. Northeasterly – I did not knit on this, but I did pick out new colors. Progress?

1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
An epic project. Stay tuned. Still happening. Still stay tuned.

The shop is gearing up for the virtual trunk show THIS SATURDAY. You can find details in the facebook event, just search for agirlandherwool Trunk Show. You can also find details on my latest blog post as well as on aknitsheep.com. If the live event isn’t your thing, just check out the video once it is posted on YouTube.

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Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

My new spring colors are live and happening so check out my shop update post.

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