sock yarn blanket


Back in the saddle

20160630_131115 we’ve been in our new house for a month now and holy hell, is it ever wonderful. Best part is that the house is basically unpacked a d sorted out now, including……. MY SANCTUARY! (aka. My office aka. My knitting room)

20160605_142607You know I wasn’t sure if this room would be as good as I hoped it would be. I tend to Clark Griswold things, invest a lot of energy and emotion on certain things working out a certain way, building things up in my head, and inevitably sometimes they don’t quite live up to what I imagined. This room though has actually surpassed my expectations!

It features :

  • A super comfy day bed positively covered in pillows, quilts, a sheepskin, and other soft squishy comfortable things. (cheaper and waaaaay better than a couch)
  • A big over sized desk (given to me by my aunt and uncle who didn’t want it anymore) for me to use when I work from home
  • A smart TV that also serves as a second monitor for me when I work from home
  • A knitting closet for storing all my knitting supplies/stash
  • A DOOR so I can close myself off and have some quiet Lesley time when I need it

It is, as you can imagine, magnificent. It works in every way. It is a great home office for me. It is a great private space for me. And it is a great knitting room for me.

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This is before I got my desk fromy aunt and uncle, but you get the idea.

 

So now that things are sorted I have finally been getting back to knitting. Currently I’m working on my sock yarn blanket and holy hell, does it ever feel great to get back into knitting. The relaxation and meditative nature of knitting for me was sorely missed. I haven’t counted the new of blocks I’m at, my plan is to counter once I’m at the end of a row again.

 

In other news, my need for winter gear is getting jacked up. My office is moving and the parking is going to be about 2 blocks walk away so I am really going to need warm snow gear this year. Since I primarily wear pencil skirts with leggings I  definitely going to want leg warmers or something like that. I have some ideas involving multiple sock yarns. We shall see.

 


Sock yarn blanket update (aka. slower than cold molasses going uphill)

I’ve been pretty distracted knitting hats and various other smaller things lately that my sock yarn blanket has sort of hibernated. In the living room it waited, judging me for not working on it, but finally I have resumed working on it. I’m enjoying it, too. It continues to be a very satisfying, enjoyable project to work on. It ticks off almost all of my “fun knitting” boxes:

  • fairly straightforward knitting that doesn’t require a ton of concentration
  • not TOTALLY mindless, takes a bit of focus to do the center decreases to make the mitered squares
  • doesn’t need a lot of constant stitch counting or stitch markers
  • frequent feelings of having finished something (I feel good after I finish each block)
  • I get to use lots of fun colours/yarn, and get to choose a new colour/yarn every 20 minutes or so
  • I can see my progress

I would LOVE to finish this blanket this year, and it would take so little to make that happen. Right now I’m at 264 blocks. If I knit just one block a day I would hit 400 blocks on June 24th. If I want to get to 500 blocks that would be done October 2nd! I can definitely manage 20 minutes a day to work on this, or alternatively (and more likely) I can sit down and knit a few a couple days a week. Suddenly this all seems so much more doable, eh? So I think that is my new plan. Knit at least 7 blocks per week.

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To hell with clothes, I need to make sure I have packed enough knitting!

The ‘ol Confederation Bridge (A picture from last year’s trip)

Tomorrow we are headed off on our week long PEI vacation! My lovely lovely parents rented us a cottage for a week as our Christmas present. The first half of the vacation my husband’s parents are going to spend it with us, and the second half my parents are going to spend it with us! Its going to be a grandparent visiting PEI potato eating bonanza! Yippeeee! We went last summer for a weekend and had a good time despite the weather being irritatingly unsummery, so we have high hopes for this one.

Lots of time will be spent sightseeing and beach playing and attraction visiting, but there will be time spent just driving, as well as time spent relaxing….

Thus I am faced with the knitter’s dilemma …

what knitting do I take with me on the trip?

I feel like I’m in some sort of knitting schoolyard pick and I’m deciding who I want to be on my dodgeball team, and because I was often the kid NOT picked during schoolyard picks, I feel almost obligated to bring everything lest my yarns and projects feel left out. This, obviously, is more than a little bit nuts.

So what to bring! Obvious first choice is my Sock Yarn Blanket. I always need to have a simple, “mindless” knit with me, and this is the best of those. It is the least portable of all my projects because it requires I bring my big bin ‘o sock yarns with me as well, but so be it. A vacation seems like an idea time to work on a project like this! Sitting out on the deck, soaking in the sun, knitting my brightly coloured little mitered squares…. ahhh….. paradise…..

Second obvious choice is my Fellowship of the Shawl. It is a no-brainer because it is super compact (the entire thing, including the pattern, fits into a ziplock sandwich baggie) and sometimes you just need some focus forcing lacework to break up your day. I’ve actually been working on this project over the past couple of weeks and I am just a few rows away from being done Aragorn!

I feel like I need a third thing. A smaller, quicker, uncomplicated third project. Something that I could maybe even complete during the trip, like a hat or fingerless mitts or socks or something. Bonus points if it is something that can be easily worked on in the car. (My sock yarn blanket isn’t super duper for car knitting for obvious reasons.) While my laundry is going this evening I’m going to poke around in my stash and see what I might have that could fit the bill. I still really want to make another pair of slippers, big bootie type slippers, so maybe this is the time to do it!

 

I wonder if anyone else spends as much time planning the knitting for a trip. I predict that what will happen is that I will spend most of my time tonight preparing and packing my knitting, and then be in a huge last minute rush to pack everything else and then forget something important like pants or bras or something.

 

Of course there is always the option of finding a yarn store on the island and buying some new yarn for a project if I find myself poorly prepared for my vacation knitting needs…. 😉


I made a fancy block… not sure why…

Despite this blanket being buckets of busy and in no way a “subtle” or “boring”, I went and upped the ante and added some extra interest to a square. It isn’t that exciting frankly, all I did was add some extra texture by not sticking to just garter stitch. For one block I switched to stockinette stitch for different colours in the self-striping yarn. If you look at the picture you can see the yellow is in stockinette and the purple is in garter stitch. I think it looks kind of neat, and it does add a bit of je ne sais quoi to the block. However, I wish I had thought of doing this earlier into the blanket. I’m almost 200 blocks in, and NOW I decide to add design elements? Yeah, not so brilliant, so this square may remain an only child. A bit of an easter egg in the blanket. It isn’t hugely noticeable, nor is it especially distracting when the blanket is viewed in its entirety.