I have a few goals for 2017

I spent a couple of hours picking colors for the Inara Wrap by Ambah Designs. I had to. The designer’s ads pop up a lot on the Ravelry threads I visit, and the last time I got so I WANT THIS about one of her designs, I decided I’d better knit the first pattern of hers I’d bought before I upped and bought another one. (I’ve been buying a lot of patterns lately.  The most recent ones tend to be ones I can use for stash knitting, so hopefully that will help me use up some of the older yarns I’m not crazy about.)

Since I don’t have a gradient set and no current funds to buy one, for this pattern I got some of my variegated and solid yarns together. Hopefully they’ll work well and complement each other. If not, I’ll go back in and pick all solids.

While I was picking yarns for that one, I also picked yarns for two versions of the Rikaart Cowl. One is a going to be a mix of tweedy yarns; the other is a bunch of worsted solids. I made two or three failed attempts on the solid one. The first time I lost track of where I was in the pattern. The second and third time, I dropped a few stitches and had to start over from the beginning, at which point I put them in time out for a later day. Next time, I will go in with a  pen, a row counter, and a different type of needle. I was using a non -lace Addi turbo, which was a little too blunt to me for this project. A friend of mine may also knit it along with me. Maybe that will get me off to a better start.

I turned the heel and have gotten past the ankles on the rainbow socks. I still have a lot of yarn to use up. I will probably get to at least mid-calf.

I may pull out the Gracious Cowl I knitted a while back but never finished the bind off on. It is a striking, beautiful cowl, and I plan to make another in different colors. I haven’t been able to do a good-looking i-cord bind off, but I will give it another shot.

Current knitting

The main projects I’m working on are the rainbow socks, the Noro cowl, and dragon/phoenix scarf.

I only picked the scarf back up Thursday when I had a day off. I have finished a chart, not completely correct, but I have learned a bad lesson about not being able to fix errors that are more than one or two rows down.

I added some more rows onto the Noro and multi-yarn cowl. Some of it was a gray stash yarn I doubled to kind of match the Noro, and I’m knitting the black silk/wool blend used for some former mitts into it. It’s really soft. When that’s gone, I’m going to use a skein of black Cascade 220 to finish it off.

I’ve turned the heel on the rainbow socks. Because I winged it, they are kind of on the baggy side, on each side of the heel, and one wrinkle on the top of the  and listening to digital books has been a great help keeping me going on them. I’m going to knit as long as I have yarn.

JanPlan brought up on Ravelry

One of the members of a Ravelry group  I’m in posted an announcement about JanPlan, a method where you choose one or two things to focus on or learn in January. I am thinking about sweater making, spinning, and job hunting.

If I make a good start on something in December I’m hoping that will give me impetus for the next year.

I picked up the rainbow socks again. The heel is coming along. I am doing major increases along the center back to have enough stitches for the top of the foot above the ankle. I’m at something like 80 stitches per sock now, which seems ridiculous, bu it’s a very fine yarn.

I think my foot sample may have been a little off, because when I knit the fish lips kiss heel it felt weird on my foot, so I frogged it and have been winging it since. I hope they fit really well and last a long time. I am going to weave extra yarn in the toes and heels to extend their lives once I’m done with the knitting. I guess I will stop at crew length on the legs.

Yarns from Ashley’s destash

Ashley was giving away some stash at Melissa’s knit in yesterday.

I brought home:

1 Opal sock yarn

2 different skeins Lime & Violet sock yarn

1 Noro Kureyon in brown/gray/tan multi

6 skeins Malabrigo worsted, 2 red, 3 burgundy to green, 1 burgundy. single ply

4 skeins Rowan bamboo tape

2 skeins Rowan Tapestry blue/tan/white single ply multi. Looks like self-striping.

2 skeins Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Dyed cotton, one light green, one dark green


Lime and Violet yarns, Opal yarn: Socks for me

Noro: started a 2×2 seed stitch cowl yesterday at the knit in. 2 knits, 2 purls all the way across, then 2 purls, 2 knits all the way across 48 stitches. Will seam and back with cotton or fabric.

Malabrigo worsted: blanket or lap quilt potential. I am also thinking about the Mad Blood shawl.

Blue Sky and Rowan Tapestry: cowls.

Rowan Bamboo Tape: scarf

Other knitting. Finished a yellow dishcloth. double knitted dragon scarf is on hold for bouts of gaming.

Opal sock label translation (I hope)

Ashley was giving away yarn at Melissa’s knit in. Trying to identify a skein of Opal sock yarn…translating for myself so I can pick the right version on Ravelry, and will be able to translate later skeins without as much work.

I think its a self-striping version. It’s a 4-ply printed yarn and the label is printed on brown paper and has a lot of text all over it. Glad!

Duh. Shortly after I started this post, looked to see if she had it listed in her ravelry stash. Yep.

For the record, it’s the

Language: German

Sock brand: Opal

Version name: ???

Manufacturer: Zwerger Garn. Note: the label says ZwergerGarn repeatedly with a space between each grouping. The label is printed on brown paper.

Not knitting very much right now

A week or so ago, I finished knitting a heart dishcloth for my mom. It only took me a couple of days, and I really enjoyed it. It is such a cute pattern! Pattern link

I am about 3 rows away from finishing the first page of chart 1 for the dragon-phoenix scarf (Born of Fire MKAL). I really want to get to the face part that is on page 2.

The charts are like this:

Part 1, charts 1-3: the phoenix

Part 2, charts 1-2: the rest of the phoenix and start of phoenix fire

Part 3, charts 1-3: transition from phoenix fire to dragon fire, and change  from phoenix main color to dragon main color

Part 4, charts 1-3: the dragon

It’s still exciting to think about it!


Double knitting in a MKAL

One of my goals for the year is keeping up fully with a knitalong. I joined the Born of Fire KAL on Ravelry. I started off okay, but my participation fell off some when it took me a while to get the gist of it.

Not that it was difficult; I just had moments when I realized I was knitting the front side rows from the wrong direction. And had to frog certain rows and do them over.

Also, since it’s double knitting, there were some instances where I would frog down to correct a problem, but the yarns were twisted around each other. That’s not something you can really fix without frogging down to it. It’s so pretty, and there’s so much more knitting I have to do, that I can live with those errors.


Here’s the other side:


I have 18 rows left of chart 1 of 1. There’s about 18 charts, I guess.

I am also still working on the rainbow socks for myself. I finished the heels and a little bit of the leg. I tried the fish lips kiss heel for the first time and they fit my feet so well it’s a little scary. I wouldn’t mind them being a smidgen less tight.

The yarn is like laceweight level, so I am having to increase about 16-20 stitches for it to fit me at the bottom of my calves, and then once I get them wide enough I will start about 2 inches of knitting to finish them off. I love them, but honestly, I wish I was using thicker yarn.

That said, it’s been an educational experience on making smaller gauge items, and I appreciate Melissa helping me out with those. I will probably be doubling up “fingering weight” yarns to make myself more pairs.