I am so close to being finished with my Wirbel shawl! I am trying to use up the last of the ball of yarn. Hopefully I will time it just right! I want to knit a picot edging, yo/k2tog and then one row of plain knit before casting off. I always seem to have to unknit a couple of rows because I run out before the end of the binding.
I am starting a new book today. The Sound of Glass by Karen White,
I am still knitting away on my Wirbel shawl. I am on my third ball of yarn, it will be 1320 yards total if I use it all up on this shawl. I cannot figure out the directions for the ruffled edge, so I will just do a simple yo/k2 tog eyelet. And then hopefully get it blocked. If I can find my blocking tools! They came down early to the new house and I still haven't run across them. They will show up, eventually.
I am reading Good Grief by Lolly Winston. It is sad, but good.
I am to the point where the rows are so long that it doesn't feel like much progress is happening. If I get 4 rows knit in a day, I feel like I have accomplished a lot! Just reading mindless trashy novel.
Yesterday was knitting group. I am going to miss these gals! Coffee, knitting and/or spinning with beautiful mountain views. Karen destashed some of her circ collection to me and Joy. She had learned to knit toe-ups using magic loop. She is now a devoted cuff down sock knitter.
I will use these for lace knitting. I also am a devoted cuff downer.
I am still slugging along on my Wirbel. I was knitting like crazy and at the end of the meeting I realized I had an error. So now I am unknitting 2 or 3 rows. Yikes!
I am still knitting away on my Ravellenic project.With all the chaos in my life right now, there really wasn't a good chance of completing the shawl in time to score. And then the cable broke and I had to unknit 2 rows to fix the dropped stitches. I have a second ball of yarn, I would like this shawl to be larger. It is a quit when you run out of yarn project.
Reading another Cathy Lamb book. Although she is a wonderful writer, her books are emotionally difficult subjects. I need something really light after this book.
I did not get much knit on my Entanglements sock. I did the cuff knit. I had myself all set up to do the first twist. I told sweetie that I just wanted to knit 8 rounds (one repeat) of the sock and then it would be time for dinner. I was fumbling through the first cables, I think it will make more sense after a few of them and sweetie comes in and says "have you knit 8 rounds yet? I am hungry". So that was the end of that attempt to figure it out. I have knit a bit more on Surf. I am determined to get a few of the cable rounds done on my sock today.
As far as reading goes, I finished last week's Chick Lit beach read and am on to this week's Chick Lit beach read from the library. Nothing heavy or interesting. Read it and forget it type books.
The last stage of the Tour De Sock race is Entanglements. I love the idea, randomly twist the stitches. But I don't like toe-ups. I find that they don't fit well in the toe, heel or cuff. (I know a lot of knitters that swear by toe-ups, I respect their right to love them even if I don't) Even the Surprisingly Stretchy (really it should be sloppy) Judy's bind off for socks is not something that looks attractive to me. A cast on cuff fits so much better! And Kitchner for the toe is so much easier than the fumbling cast on for toe ups! That is my opinion. I am curious, do you knit socks cuff down or toe up? Why do you prefer that method?
Anyway, I cast on this morning and knit one round. I have still been knitting on my Surf Shawl. It is growing. But it is at the point that it does not look different from last week's photograph, so I just didn't take another pic of it this week.
I just finished "Bird in Hand" by Christina Baker Kline. I enjoyed reading this book. I belong to an online book swap, Paperback swap. I joined it years ago as I live in a small town and the library doesn't have a large selection of what I enjoy reading. I understand that they are limited in what they have money to purchase, so am not upset by that. The Paperback swap used to be free, but they had to start charging a nominal fee to help cover the costs of the website. I am good with that. If you click on the link and join, I get a small referral fee which helps me support my reading habit.
I am between stages on the Tour de Sock race. I have been knitting on my Surf shawl. For the fifth stage it is a colorwork using mosaic knitting techniques. I love the pattern, and wanted to learn mosaic knitting. But soon after the cuff I realized that the lovely green variegated yarn had bits of brown in it and the brown contrast didn't contrast with the brown bits in the variegated yarn. It did not look good. I unknit back to the cuff. I think a solid black would work well. I do plan on knitting this design, but not now. I live 75 miles away from the nearest yarn shop and there wasn't time to order something online and still make the deadline. So I put it on hold and went back to Surf. Which is a fun summer knit!
I finally completed my stage two socks for the Tour De Sock race. I was late. I knew I couldn't make the deadline a couple of days before, so relaxed and didn't worry about it. The stage three sock pattern is very cool! But very complicated reading so I am not knitting it right now. I am too confused this week with just my life so adding a pattern like that to my brain isn't going to be a happy thing. I will knit this pattern, just not right now. The next stage drops on the 1st. I am not near a printer so will not be able to start until the 5th. I may or may not try to knit like crazy to finish that on time. Depends on the pattern (it involves beads).
Although I was able to complete the stage one socks for Tour De Sock with days to spare, my stage two socks are still not finished and the deadline was Monday night. It's ok. I am not in it to win the race, just to make a donation to Dr.'s without Borders and have fun. Stage three is beyond my mental comfort zone this week, so I will pass. Gives me plenty of time to finish Two and work on my shawl while waiting for stage four.
This week I am reading Emily and Einstein. It is okay.
It has been a while since I blogged on my knitting blog. I have been participating in the Tour De Sock again. Fun, friendly competition while raising funds for charity. Stage one was released on June 1st. I was able to finish my pair before the deadline.
As for reading this week, I got a wonderful book in the mail, "Inspired by the National Parks" By Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto. Shameless plug: I have an art quilt featured in this wonderful book! You can read about my piece here.