Worldwide Knit in Public Day

What did you guys do for the holiday?  I had planned on sitting out in the sun and knitting, but I hate the heat and the 85-degree temps were too much for me, so I ended up in one of the university’s dining halls.

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Oh, and rewatching some episodes of That 70’s Show!  I tried putting a ruffle hem on my increasingly-poorly-named March Socks, but I think this yarn/pattern/needle size just doesn’t suit it, so I’ll have to rip out (again).  I think I’ll put in a picot hem, so fingers crossed that third time’s the charm!

I hope you guys all have a good weekend!

Socks, a Cat, and Nerding Out

Hey, everyone!  How’s your March been?  I got back this past Friday from Washington D.C., where I was visiting family and touring with my roommate.  I’ve been to D.C. a ton of times, but this was the first time as an “adult” (does 21 count as adult?).  We decided to cram in as much as absolutely possible, so in four and a half days we went to the National Zoo, the National Portrait Gallery, the International Spy Museum, the Newseum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Botanical Garden, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and the National Air and Space Museum.

Yeah, we were busy.

We basically spent the entire time being huge dorks, especially at the Natural History and Air and Space museums.  We’re both STEM majors, so that was pretty cool.  I’ve been to all of these museums before, but it’d been a few years, and my roommate hadn’t been at all.

My roommate and I also found time to go to Georgetown and see one of my best friends from high school!  I don’t get to see her nearly enough, so that was fantastic.  The next day we went to Dupont Circle for dinner and passed by a yarn store, Looped Yarnworks, so of course we had to go in (we’re both knitters)!  I got two balls of Schoppel Wolle Ambiente yarn in 1862.

I was also home for the weekends surrounding the week and I got to see my kitty!  I miss her so much when I’m at school.  I was home to help my mom pack up the house.  Unfortunately, we’re selling our house.  We had hoped to sell my stepdad’s house and have him move in here since we’re attached to the community in our town and he’s not in his, but it’s just not possible.  So, we’ll sell our house, move in with him, and then hopefully sell his place in a year or two and get a house back in my hometown.

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I cast on these plain socks last Friday on the bus home using the Ambiente.  It’s been a while since I’ve done two-at-a-time!

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I’m considering these to be my April socks, although I might have them done before my March socks, of which I finished the first but haven’t cast on the second.

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If you’re new to my blog, my 2017 New Year’s resolution is to knit one pair of socks each month of the year.  It’s going pretty well so far!

In non-sock news, I’ve finished most of my midterms and am anxiously awaiting grades.  I have already gotten one grade back in a difficult class, and I did really well!  I got a 95%, and the professor said usually the high grade for this exam is a 75%.  I’m still nervous about the other tests, though.

Oh, and I finally got my learner’s permit to drive!  My roommate says she’ll help me learn.  I know 21 is late to get my permit, but better late than never!  My goal is to have my license before I graduate in a year, but we’ll see.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Do you have any exciting plans?

Update on Operation Sock Drawer 2017 and Other Projects

Hello!  I hope everyone’s had a good February!  I’ve been super busy so far this semester.  I may have over-committed a bit and signed up for too many classes, but I think I’ll be able to balance everything!  I also had a very successful doctor’s appointment on Friday.  All my blood work came out great, and a huge improvement over my levels from the summer.  I’m definitely feeling better too.

I’ve finished my January and February socks already!

I started a pair of Rumpelstiltskin socks that’ll be my March socks, but I haven’t gotten very far in them yet.  I’m doing them in a really pretty bright pink, Knit Picks Hawthorne (do I use anything else?) in Parkrose.

In much more exciting news, I finally finished my Colorblock Sweater!  I started it more than a year ago, got about 85% of it done, and then promptly forgot about it at the bottom of my WIP pile.  I dug it out and finished off the body and final sleeve last week!

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The yarn is Berroco Lustra, which has since been discontinued (that’s how I know I’ve been ignoring it for too long!).  I wouldn’t use this for a sweater again since it sheds.  It also splits a lot and I don’t know how sturdy it will wear.  Despite this, I’m very excited and I’ve been wearing it a ton.

I also have a TON of yarn left over, so I’ll be churning out a bunch of quick hats to get rid of it all.

I’ve also been doing a little work on my Laurel cardigan, just a few rows here and there, but I really need to dig in and make some progress on this project.  I’d really like to get it done before the end of the semester, but I’ve been so slow on it that I don’t know if that’ll happen.  It’s just easier to work on a small, portable sock than a huge, heavy sweater-jacket.

Finally, I’ve been working on an asymmetrical shawl called Chasing Blizzard.  It’s a pretty new pattern and I’m enjoying it a lot!  I’m using two skeins of Artyarns Ensemble Light, which is by leaps and bounds the most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought, but it’s so, so soft and warm.

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This photo definitely isn’t 100% true to color, but it’s close!

What have you guys been working on?  If you’ve had any New Year’s Resolutions, have you been able to keep them?  Do you have any fun plans for the next week or two?

Snowman Says “Hello 2017!”

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Time just runs away from me during the holidays but now that it’s finally over I can actually take a minute to sit down and write.

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The snowman above isn’t mine unfortunately.  I found him on campus a few weeks ago after our first big snow, so snowman credits go to whoever built him.  He’s got plastic forks for arms, paper napkins for his scarf, craisin eyes, and a french fry nose.  No one ever said college students weren’t resourceful!  I thought he was just too cute not to share.

I had a lovely Christmas with my family.  We had my stepsisters and brother-in-law over for Christmas Eve dinner but Christmas Day was just the four of us (my mom, my stepdad, my brother, and me).  We went to church in the morning, opened gifts in the afternoon, and demolished a canard à l’orange for dinner!  My stepdad has a fascinating cookbook of obscure Sicilian recipes so we also had a pasta dish with a cocoa powder, cinnamon, and pork tomato sauce.  It sounds strange but it’s delicious, very warm and flavorful.  A few days later, my brother and I had dinner and exchanged gifts with our dad, who had gone on vacation over Christmas itself.

Shockingly, I only got one skein of yarn this year.  I’m actually really glad I didn’t get more since I’m still working through last year’s yarn gifts (more on that further down the post).   My aunt, uncle, and cousin got me the yarn for the Maya Hat and Mitts from the Fall 2016 issue of Knitscene, as well as a copy of the magazine.  It looks like it’ll be an interesting knit since it’s done as stranded knitting working from either side of a ball of gradient yarn.

I also *drumroll please* won a skein of yarn as well as a free pattern from Allison O’Mahoney in a giveaway by Of Grace and Stitches here on WordPress!  I have yet to decide what to make with it, so into the stash it goes.  Please excuse the blurry and strange photo!  I haven’t had any good light for photography in weeks, since I’m at work during all daylight hours.

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Mostly, I’ve been working on a pair of socks that I’ve dubbed my “Finals Socks,” which I started during final exams.  The pattern is Cadence Socks on Ravelry!  I’m really enjoying how they’ve worked up and the pattern is quite intuitive and easy to memorize.  I’m well into the foot of the second sock, so those will be an FO sooner rather than later.  The fabric is great, stretchy but firm, which I like around my legs and feet.  The yarn is KnitPicks Hawthorne in Compass.

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I cast on a Rudbeckia hat by Andrea Mowry earlier this week and I’ve been getting through it like a fiend.  I’m almost at the crown decreases already.  I’ve modified the pattern to use fingering weight yarn and size 4 needles by simply increasing the number of stitches and the number of repeats of each section.  The main color (purple and blue) is Hawthorne in Fremont, while the brown contrasting color is Hawthorne in St. Johns that I had left over from a pair of socks I knit my brother for his birthday this summer.

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Clearly, I enjoy KP Hawthorne fingering yarn.  I actually got a ton of it for Christmas last year (my mom bought one of the samplers and some singles) and I purchased a few skeins myself.  It’s got a nice tight twist and a nylon blend, which makes it very sturdy for socks, and it comes in a ton of colors with good yardage.

I’m realizing that this is kind of a long rambling post but I’m still trying to get my head screwed on straight post-holidays.  I hope everyone had a good holiday season and let’s wish for a successful 2017!  Does anyone have any New Year’s Resolutions?

Sock Frenzy

I’ve been sock knitting like a crazy all weekend!  I actually managed to finish a single sock in a day and a half.  Wild, right?  I’ve been spending the days from 10 to 4 studying with a friend for our final exam, and every other minute I’ve been knitting to try and stay calm.

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These are the socks I mentioned in my last post:

I wore them today and they’re so nice and warm!  Finally getting them off the needles has reignited my love for sock knitting.  It helps that I have small feet so I can get through a pair pretty quickly.  My brother is a men’s size 13.5 wide, so knitting him a pair of socks this summer took almost twice as long as usual (and almost two whole skeins of sock yarn!).

After I finish the pair I’m working on (it should only take me a few days since I finished the first sock in two days!), I have a ton more socks I want to make.  I have a pretty big collection of sock yarn, since last year for Christmas my mom bought me two of those KnitPicks samplers of Hawthorne, and I’ve accumulated a bunch of single skeins.

I’m also still working on my red cowl, but I think I’ve almost finished that!  I want to try to use up the whole ball of yarn on it, but I’m not sure.

What have you guys been working on?  I see everyone doing a ton of holiday gifts (as well as a lot of gifts year-round) which is so nice!  I decided not to knit Christmas gifts this year (minus a hat for my dad), just because last year I didn’t finish on time.