After the last post when I completely had to stare at the wall for a few minutes after the not reading the whole pattern. Now that I got everything back on track I will say things are going quite well. I have been working on both the Anisos and Vanilla is the new black socks, both going fairly quickly, which won’t last too much longer. I am feeling back to normal thankfully, which means I am returning back to work this week, which cuts down on knitting time. I am very glad I took the slight risk, so far at least, with the gradient yarn I chose for Anisos. This is coming out quite nicely, I’m just about done with the final chart and the color shifted somewhere between the first and second charts. It went from the nice bright red to this somewhat crimson shade and hopefully will switch again soon, but I am liking how it looks. Hopefully when this is done it will at least inspire some people to think that they should use a yarn like this, if not the same. I will be glad to not have to rely on the digital charts however, since it makes things a little slow having to pull out the tablet every time I want to work on it. I have no issues with digital pattern when they are more useful, but I do like the ease of use of just paper. With that said, I should be able to get through the remaining 4 rows on the chart and start the main body of the shawl. I am hoping that blocking will make it a bit bigger, but looking at it on the needles I think it will be a decent size, even with only 560ish yards.
The Vanilla is the New Black socks are quite quick, even with my large man feet. I was able to make the heel “flap” and turn the heel really easily and it adds a bit of length to the foot of the sock, which is a nice bonus. I zoomed through most of the foot and today I started putting in the first toe. I measured the sock against the plain knit “Mind the Gap” colorway socks I started making on my trip to London. The measurement said I was ready for the toe, even though my ruler did not. I went with the sock and did the toe, which I tried on before I did the final finishing. I am glad I did because I found that I needed about another inch in order for the sock to fit properly. So I ripped out the poor toe, put the stitches back on the needle and am going through the foot a little more. Hopefully these will be done, at least the fist of the pair, tonight or maybe tomorrow. That will remain to be seen, since I want to get the chart done of Anisos first.
Which leads to something that is coming up soon, well there are two things upcoming. The first will be the Ravellenic, which runs the same time as a specific winter event. I have not decided if I am going to participate this year or not, since I don’t have a lot of time to knit. However, I think that I am going to challenge myself and make a thick sweater, maybe a pattern I made before, but can’t wear since now the sweater is too big. Which is not a bad thing, I just need to figure out who it will be going to. With that said I have a gauge swatch already done, I think you can figure out which yarn I am talking about. It’s the one I was going to use for the Grandson Cardigan, but my inability to read was the downfall. I think that will be a nice shawl collared cardigan, but one that I have made before and really liked the finished item. I need to still rip out the back of the previous cardigan, but that won’t take too long hopefully. I am currently working on changing my routines in the morning and evening to optimize my time and do a lot more in the same amount of time. This will mean that I should be able to do more knitting and other things, like working out. Something that I really need to do, but am not looking forward to doing. Besides that I do have something planned for this year, when it will be ready I am not sure. That new project, which is not textile in a tangible form or pattern, will be for later.
The other even that is coming up is Stitches West, which I have not gone to in a few years. The last time that I went was back in 2015 and I did not buy anything at the show, which I verified with the blog post from that day. The only thing that I purchased was actually later from a local yarn shop that is no longer around, which is a shame. But this year I am planning on attending, though I am not sure which day or days I will be going. I am thinking of signing up for a class or something so I can go on Thursday for the main buying and then again on Friday for just some light browsing and fun with all of the knitters. Though since I am going I have to think about what I want to wear, something knit of course. If I can finish a few things before then I might have some good candidates for the show. But I do have to figure out which booths I want to see and things that I might want to purchase first. I still need to create my plan of yarn attack that I have done every year that I have attended and it has worked out quite well for me. Time to work more on the final few rows of the chart.