WIP Wednesday: The Late Edition

Insane couple of days = late post with bad pictures.  But I know y’all will forgive me anyway. 😛

My socks have grown since the last time you saw them.  I think I’ll name these “Freedom Fighters”.  Let’s just say having them to work on during my train rides to and from work  stopped me from ending up on CourtTV on Thursday last.    As for last Thursday, I have to say — although I should expect it, it’s always hurtful and heartbreaking when someone you trust (even a little bit) betrays you.   But back to the socks …  other than me really gamed to finish them, the story behind their name will be shared sometime soon.  But in the meantime … here’s a bad picture … 😀

 

TAAT Socks

 

You can go ahead and ignore the three floor to ceiling bookshelves … reading … that’s my primary hobby crack and I blame both my parents.  But let’s leave them out of today’s post — I’ll get ’em another time.  😀 .  Just focus on the socks.  I love my version of “Two At A Time”!  I figure if I’m working on them together, they both finish at the same time and NO.SECOND.SOCK syndrome.  Can y’all believe there’s ACTUALLY a definition for this?!!!!  Knitters will eventually rule the world!  I said here first.  😀

I’m using 9 inch circulars for them both but look at the difference in the ribbing.  The one on the left has more uneven stitches, the one on the right, obviously the tension is way better.  That’s because I’m using two different brands of circulars — Chiaogoo and Hiya Hiya.    I think some knitters would assume that I’m using the Hiya Hiya circs on the right.  The tips are pointier and the cable more flexible.  But nooooooooooooooooo!!!  Call me Death Grip McGee!!!  The more flexible cable had my tension alllllllllllllllllllllllll over the place.  The Chiaogoos have duller tips and a sturdier cable and that’s the one I find myself relaxing my grip on and having more tension control with (enter Right Sock as evidence 😛 ).  I tell you.  My knitting buddy didn’t believe it when I told her cause she loves flexible cables; she thinks I’m a “rare bird”.  LOLOL!  I know I can’t be the only one.   How many of you are with me … pointer or duller tips / flexible or sturdy cable?   Which are you?  Which do you have the best tension on?

In gardening WIPs (that’s Work In Progress for you non-knitters  😛  ), I transplanted my peppers, cilantro and impatiens yesterday.  Cilantro I understand throws suicidal temper tantrums when transplanted so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these babies got the “Staying Alive” memo I sent them.    Here are these babies in their new home:

Cilantro Transplant

Cilantro Transplants

Transplanted Peppers

Jalapeno Pepper Transplants

That’s all for now folks.  Hope you each are having a wonderfully crafty week, no matter what you’re into.

WIP Conundrum

Okay, so I have a problem.  I kinda know what I want to do but your input would be nice.   It’s my mood blanket.  The thing is gargantuan now.  What’s even crazier, it’s that I’m a few weeks  😳 behind.  No excuses but you know … I’ve been having some life curve balls.  I want to be fully caught up by the end of this month so I decided to measure it according to the size of my bed.  Errrr … lemme show you my problem …

Mood Blanket 2014

It’s not much further on from the last time you saw it in February but that right there is my problem.  I’m eight weeks behind and the square is almost off the sides of my bed.  If I add another 32 rounds to this it definitely will be.  In the long term, we have 38 more weeks in the year.  If I multiply 38 * 4, I get an additional 152 rounds on this blanket.  Which means that it would be trailing on the floor around my bed as opposed to being the comfy blanket / spread I envisioned if I keep making it in it’s current style.  In other words — it’ll be toooooooo big.   Too big to be practical and too big to even wash in the largest washing machine in my building’s laundry room.  So what’s a girl to do?  I kinda know already what I want to do, but I need your help.

 

*cue music and insert poll*

Obviously, the last option is a joke … but the other three are viable ones.

Like I said, I kinda know what I want to do but it’ll mean so very much to me if you can help me out.  I think I set the poll to allow comments so feel free to offer up other suggestions if you think of any.

In other news, my Flax sweater.  Oh dear God in Heaven!  When I’m done this sweater, I’ll be wearing it!  Even if it’s summer.  The swatching is adding grey hairs to my head and I just can’t!  😀   So what had happened was … I swatched this thing … again … for the third time.   This time I went down a needle size.  And guess what?  The unblocked gauge is off by gazillions.  Okay … slight exaggeration … but my unblocked swatch is 17.5 stitches, 26 rows over 4 inches instead of 18 stitches, 22 rows over 4 inches.  I’m just waiting on the swatch to dry to see what kind of mods to make.   Sweater making divas, I need you when I come back with that blocked swatch okay?  Please and thank you.  😛

To cheer myself up … no, that’s a lie.  Because of my love for all colours bright and beautiful, I succumbed (I was weak Opal  😀 ) to magnificence of Knitpicks Stroll Neon sock yarn.  Yes … I did.  I got these:

Neon Gems

I picked myself up some eye searing neon.  Now I’m off to pick up where I left off with socks since I frogged this one:

First Sock

Yep.  I’m off to grab those 9 inch needles and finally finish my first pair of socks in screaming neon blue — aka  Razzleberry!   I feel some subway knitting coming on.

That’s all folks!  Nothing else to see yet!  😛  I look forward to your responses re my blanket.

Toodles.  Hope you’re having a crafty good Spring.  😀