Sunday, September 6, 2020

Year of Projects: Year 7, Week 37

Good morning!!!!! Last night I finished one of my longest Kai-Mei socks!

These socks were one of the reasons I learned to knit.  I'd been crocheting since I was a kid.  But I really wanted to knit socks.   And Cookie A was all the rage.  So I bought her book, Sock Innovation, when I saw these socks.  I loved everything about them.  Even the yarn, which I also bought. 

Happy Forest from Dream in Color on the Smooshy base.  It's 100% merino, so no nylon.  It feels thicker than most of my other sock yarn.  It looks as if this yarn was discontinued in 2018 and replaced with a nylon blend version.  I believe I have more in my stash.  And I still have about a half a skein of this color. 

I know the picture is a bit dark.  I just took it this morning around 7:45, so not completely light out yet.  They are obviously not blocked.  I don't block my socks, but may with these because of the lace portion...the butterflies! (You should look at the pattern to see these better) There are so many mistakes in the butterflies, but whose going to be looking at my feet?  Now my dilemma, what do I wear these in???

Kai-Mei by Cookie A

Cast on: April 8, 2012, they were ripped out and re-cast on a couple of times, not sure if that is the original date.
Completed: September 5, 2020
Yarn: Smooshy by Dream in Color in Happy Forest

The leg is just a rib and goes quickly.  Yesterday, I had one butterfly repeat done.  I picked them up about 1:30 and finished about 10:30 (there were breaks for dinner and other things)

I am so happy that these are done!  They were my oldest knit WIP!

And, I have another finish!  This is a cowl that I started on the train ride back from Vogue Knitting Live in 2018!  I just cast on 100 stitches and then didn't do anything with it.  I picked it back up in May and used the Cowl-A-Licious recipe from Sour Cherries blog.

I bought the yarn at Knitty City in NYC.  It is Freia Handpaints in the colorway Dirty Hippie.
I'm calling it my Slushie Cowl, as the colors remind me of Slush Puppies...

The top and bottom is just row 1: purl, row 2: YO, K2Together, row 3: purl....

Cast-on: May 10, 2020
Cast-Off: September 4, 2020
Yarn: Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombre in Dirty Hippie, it's a sport weight

I have a bit left, as I was afraid of running out of yarn.  I probably could have done another repeat in the blue. 

This was never on my list.

So this week was pretty successful.  One project from the list complete and another WIP complete....My room is all set up...and stark.....I posted pictures on my Instagram feed (graceysgoodies).  Students start on Tuesday.  We shall see how this all goes.....

Not sure how much crafting I'll get done this week.  I still have two days because of our long weekend.  I do have some school stuff to work on, but should still be able to craft.

But I am running into some physical issues because of my psoriatic arthritis.  My elbows and shoulders are staring to be very painful if I craft for awhile.  So I do need to take breaks, sometimes days before I can craft again.   

I am hoping to vlog this weekend, so that should be up sometime this week, if you are interested.  I had a giveaway on the last vlog that noone entered...and I will have another for this vlog.

Have a wonderful week.

ETA:  I did start my JojiFallKAL project, my Boxy
That's 410 stitches my friends....and I'm on the stockinette section, so round and round I go for about 19 inches....Wish me luck and my sanity!

2020 Completed Projects:

Merry Knitmas - 1/25/2020
Box O' Chocolates - 2/23/2020
Sunny Skies - 2/29/2020
Dobby  - 2/20/2020
Gnomes - 2/20/2020
Wow Factor - 3/22/2020
Wow Factor 2 - 3/24/2020
Chrono Hat - 3/24/2020
Showoff - 3/27/2020
Breeze - 4/9/2020
Wise One Hat - 4/18/2020
Lightsaber - 4/18/2020
Snoopy and Woodstock -5/9/2020
Candy Corn Zombody - June 7, 2020
Patons Blue Ragg - June 14, 2020
Cloudy Rainbows - June 15, 2020
Beekeeper Cardigan - June 28, 2020
emPower People - July 9, 2020
Grinchmas Socks - July 18, 2020
Shortie Socks - August 22, 2020
Beach Bag - August 22, 2020 (finally lined, bag was finished in 2010!)
Seasside Espadrilles August 23, 2020
Slushie Cowl - September 4, 2020
Kai-Mei socks - September 6, 2020

Works In Progress:         

WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden is now a maybe I finish it for him to take to college?
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I'm not even sure where this is at the moment, with projects in two places.  I'll think on this.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this. Don't think this is at the Homestead, will have to check.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018) I love this, but the stitch just takes a Loooong time!
Billy shoes - Jan 1, 2019

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) - Started the second one, past the thumb point..
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling, review these, maybe done for St, Patrick'S Day
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, frogged the mitered and changed the pattern (jan 12, 2020)
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18
Wee Cria - 3/18/2020
On the Go-veralls - 
Boxy - 9/1/2020

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19
Whammed Socks Dec 7, 2019
Me Too - March 31, 2020
Blue Spruce Socks - April 1, 2020
Hello Sunshine - June 14, 2020

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..
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
Knits4Comfort Advent Shawl 12/13/18
Zomboni - January 1, 2020 (restarted Jan 18)
Van Gogh - January 18

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