Sunday, September 23, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 38

Look at me, two weeks in a row!  And I have knitting content.  I still have not had a ton of knitting mojo, but the weather finally cooled down on Thursday!  So it's bearable now to have woolly goodness in my hands...

I have been fighting the exhaustion part of my disease this week....I've been in bed between 8 and 8:30 pretty much all week....I'm also congested, so that doesn't help...if it's not one thing....I got the flu shot for the first time last year and I suppose I should get it again.  It's recommended because of my compromised immune system.

But I did pick up a couple of socks last night and put some heels on them.  So I am trying out the Fish Lips Kiss heel, but am having issues with holes.  I do pull the last stitch as recommended, but the issue is when I go back to working with the main color...So attaching the heel back to work in the round, I get a can I fix that?  I know I can go back and close it, but how do I fix it while knitting..
So I actually put on two heels, one of the yellow yarn and now both heels are on my Irish socks...I am knitting these concurrently...I think that is the way I will knot most of my socks from now on..
I had done one heel already, which I hadn't realized until I pulled them out of the onto the feet! I'll have another pair done before the end of the year....
Then I put my first heel on my dia de los muertos socks....the red from mini skein from Two Sisters matches perfectly the red in the  Desert Vista Dyeworks.

I have to order some more mini skeins, but that will be it until Rhinebeck....

So my finished list for this year remains the same...

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018
Folding Chairs - March 4, 2018
Jessica Jones 2 - March 7, 2018
Chicken Scratch Sock (test knit) - March 8, 2018 (only one sock)
Zombie Latte Socks (Zombie Valentine) - April 8. 2018
Fortune's Shawlette - April 11, 2018
Hudson Bay Socks - April 12, 2018
Chemo Hat for Deirdre - April 16, 2018 

Farewell Sockhead - July 4, 2018
Multnomah - July 10, 2018
Colourscape Cowl - July 24, 2018
A & C Vanilla socks - July 30, 2018
Swap Gift - August 20, 2018

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18

Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) - 1 done
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
I'm Irish - 3/3/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the may just call it a day on this.... 

Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Lucy Bowen said...

I love all your stripey socks! I don't have an answer for holes other than picking up an extra stitch like the afterthought.

Ruth (the-habitual-creative) said...

I love all your socks, when I work a heel flap and gusset I tend to pick up an extra stitch in each corner, I'm not sure if this will work for a FLK as I don't use that heel, but it may be worth trying.

Breathing Life said...

I know how frustrating holes in heels are. I have often put in an extra stitch and then knit two together in the first round, or knit the stitch twisted in the first round. I think also Cat Bordhi talks about pulling the yarn tight not just on the first stitch, but on the second stitch as well. Usually though if all else fails I just ladder up an extra stitch, or repair hole when the socks are done.

Leftycrafter said...

I just looked at my FLK heel instructions. I wonder if it is because you used a separate color for the heel instead of the color of the leg/foot? No where does it mention what to do if you want contrasting colors. I have never changed colors for my heels so I am just guessing. Is there a way to get this question to the creator of this method? I would love to know too.

Becki said...

Your socks look great. I hope you find the solution to the holes. I'm of no help. I just love to see all the cool socks you knitters make. So I'm cheering you and have confidence you will conquer!

Domics Pinnwand said...

I usually just pick up a stitch from one or two rows below to close the hole, but I do not always succeed with that. If you use contrasting heels anyway, you can use the tail from that new colour to sew the hole close?
I love how the bright yellow heels look in the green socks, very pretty!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Sorry, I have no suggestions for you, I have never tried the FLK heel with a contrast colour. Fun to see all the socks in progress! Really like the bright stripes with black, and the red mini is the perfect contrast!

kathy b said...

what a list! I love your dia de los muertos efforts! It is on the way!!! Did you see COCO the movie? So darling

Renee Anne said...

Potential sock hole solution: Add an extra one and K2togtbl OR just ktbl for the sts surrounding that spot.

Stefanie said...

Sorry about the holes. Get well soon. Glad you feel good enough to knit.

Paula said...

I do as many of the commenters do: always pick up a stitch at the two ‘corners’ and knit them twisted. I throw a twisted stitch in any time there is a bigger gap than I want in my knitting. It blends in and the twist magically fills in the hole.

JustMagicMaria said...

Love all your socks, but your dia de los muertos socks are my favorite! Awesome colors. I can't knit my way out of a paper bag, so sorry I have no help with the holes. Hope you have a productive, healthy week this week!