YoP '20 - #3

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No F.O.s this week, but I've made quite some progress on two long-term projects, plus I've been a good girl and decluttered. 

Remember about the Stripes and Squares Blanket that I had to take off my WIP list because it got damaged, and I had to frog it? Well, it's back on the list. I started taking it apart to salvage as much of the yarn as I could, and I felt so sad because I really liked the blanket. I had intended to work some of the yarn into my Habitation Throw but ended up having to throw quite an amount of it away because it came apart while I was frogging away. I put all the scraps that remained intact away in an extra bag for another project (a blanket similar to Habitation Throw but without the eyelets, and rectangular instead of square). Then, while I sorted through my sockyarn, I found that some of that yarn was brittle as well, so I started decluttering, rewinding, examining, and ended up throwing some of that out as well. What remains comes in all shapes and sizes, so to say - from entire balls to tiny scraps, and in all colours from "wow, yummy!" to "what the dickens was I thinking??". And that, dear friends, was the moment my WIP list grew again. I intend to make that Habitation Throw a 2m x 2m bed cover, and naturally I tend to grab my favourite colours first, and use just some of the meh colours for contrast. There will still be lots of sockyarn left, and knowing me, most of it will be more on the meh side, so making another Stripes and Squares Blanket might be difficult. I don't really want to end up buying more sockyarn just to complete the blanket (other than the sockyarn I'll be buying anyway to knit socks) so I decided to start a new blanket right away, and use up all the colours equally on both blankets. Do I make any sense?

On Friday, I picked up my vanillas (maybe that was inspired by the thought of needing some more sockyarn scraps soon), finished the first sock, and cast the second one on right away. I'm quite confident I'll finish the second sock some time next week.

Anyway, progress pics:

Do you see that little white arrow on the second photo of the Habitation Throw? There's a safety pin that I put in there to mark where I started working on it this week. I knit almost 90 rows this week, and we're talking lots of stitches already. It's a quick and mindless affair, though, with just knit stitches and a few yarnovers, and since it's knit on 3.5 mm needles, it's also very breezy and light-weight. 

As for the Stripes and Squares Blanket - the squares are done in k1 p1 ribbing, while the black stripes are done in garter. It's knit on 2.5 mm needles, so yes, it's going to take quite a while until it's done. The fabric is going to be a bit thicker than Habitation Throw, I guess it's going to make a lovely winter blanket. 

And that's all for this week. Except for the food adventures Steve and I ventured into. We made saussages and "Leberkäs" (a Bavarian specialty) and lunchmeat, and not only was it great fun but also the tastiest kitchen kerfuffle we ever kerfuffled in - but that is a story for another day, especially since it's not exactly one of my projects but something Steve had wanted to try for quite a while now. 

As usual, I'll end the post with my updated lists:

Works in Progress:
  • 30 Years Blanket - crochet - started 22nd December, 2019
  • Simple Rag Quilt - sewing - started 31st March, 2020
  • Fox Paws - knitting - started 25th April, 2020
  • Sockyarn Habitation Throw - knitting - started 25th June, 2020
  • Vanillas - knitting - started ???
  • Stripes and Squares Blanket - knitting - started 16th July, 2020
Finished Objects:
  • Pembroke Scarf 1 - knitting - (started 28th June, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Pembroke Scarf 2 - knitting - (started 6th July, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Living-room curtains - sewing - (started ??? - finished 11th July, 2020)

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Kommentar von lovestoswatch |

you ARE a stripe addict! That green yarn really looks delicious! I've never knitted a sock (shame on me), yours look lovely!

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Paola. Yes, I love stripes, how did you know? LOL. I love self-striping sockyarn, getting lovely socks with interesting colour changes with no effort at all, and no ends to weave in, what could be better? 

Kommentar von Becki |

I imagine knitting a blanket to be very slow work, but you've knit a lot on your Habitation Throw this week! Love the fun colors.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Becki. Habitation Throw is so much fun to knit because it's so mindless (well, except for the eyelet rows) so I can read while I'm knitting. It's quite addictive. 

Kommentar von Mary-Anne |

ah yes, I have been there - sorting through yarn to save what I can. It sounds like you have a good plan for moving forward.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Mary-Anne. I hope both blankets will end up equally colourful. It's definitely fun to work on two stash busters at the same time. 

Kommentar von Karen |

I love your Habitation Throw ♥

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Karen. Glad you like it

Kommentar von Marsha |

I like that Habitation you are creating. Sorry the yarn from the stars and stripes started to disintegrate as well as other yarn. I like that one too. You can complete a sock in a week? That is fantastic.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Marsha. I could complete an entire pair of socks in a week if I worked on nothing else, and that's exactly the reason why I don't - because there's always some other project that's so much more interesting than a pair of plain vanillas. 

Kommentar von Laura |

Your stripes are lovely. I adore the randomness of it. Your socks look fantastic.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Laura. That's what I love about using scraps, it's so random and yet unique. 

Kommentar von Lucy Bowen |

Oh my you have done loads! I love the habitation throw. And the socks look great - what a great coloured yarn.

Antwort von Ella

Thank you, Lucy. I'm quite lazy this week, though. Still hoping to finish the sock. The yarn so so lovely, all soft and warm, so much fun to work with.