Friday, January 19, 2018

Moving Along

I've been ticking along at this legwarmer during my lunch breaks this week, and it's now just over halfway finished. Mirroring the cable has been a lifesaver in terms of second-thing-syndrome, which I am super prone to.

This weekend I'm hoping to finish getting the pattern for the yellow hat ready for my editor and to pull together the pattern for these legwarmers. I keep taking moments to remind myself that I'm in the middle of rehearsing a play right now, and things are very busy, and kind of hectic, and it's okay if I'm not as productive as I am when all I have going on is library work and design work. Over the past year I've made tons of progress in being able to listen to myself and let myself step back and do nothing for a while when I'm feeling overwhelmed, and that's definitely a skill I want to keep working on.

The legwarmers should be done by the middle of next week, at the latest, so I'll be able to start focusing more on my Easy A-long project. It's in pretty good shape - there are almost six weeks left in the KAL and I have almost half the front done, so I'm not too worried about finishing it on time.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On to Number Two!

I finished my first legwarmer over the weekend, and I'm already a couple of repeats into the second one. I'm mirroring the cables on these because I really love how mirrored cables look across two items of a set. It's an extra detail and layer of thoughtfulness that I really appreciate.

It did get super cold again over the weekend - in the negative 30s! - but now we should be in our January thaw for the rest of this week. It's even supposed to get above freezing the next couple days, so hopefully I'll be able to bang this second legwarmer out and have a finished pair waiting for the next deep freeze.

In theater news, we've finished blocking and tonight we're doing our first stumble-through of the whole show. I'm planning on bringing my Easy A-long sweater to rehearsal tonight to take advantage of the time I won't be onstage, and hopefully I'll get several more inches knit up!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bobble Hat!

All while I was knitting my Vianne I hoped that I'd have some leftovers. For a few months, I've had a vision of a bright yellow, cabled, bobbly hat floating around in my head, and I was super excited to have a skein of this yarn left after my sweater was finished so I could play around with it.

This is actually the second version of the hat. I had it all knit up and had done the first two crown decreases last weekend, then decided it was definitely not working and ripped the whole thing out. I did some more thinking, some sketching, some charting, and some swatching, and started again, even more bobbly and cabley than before.

I'm really enjoying knitting this up, despite the fact that this is the second time I've knit this hat (albeit, a very different version of it). Sometimes I power through uncertainty instead of ripping back and reworking something, but I'm so glad I started over this time.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Last night I managed to finish my first legwarmer, and I tried it on and it was perfect...and then I noticed that I'd added in half a repeat sixteen rounds back by mistake. So I ripped out back to the mistake and fixed it and I'm about halfway done the top ribbing on that legwarmer now.

I managed to bang out several inches on my Easy A-long sweater front, and I'm loving it. It's worked out that each green/pink stripe is one inch, which is going to make tracking measurements so easy. I have play rehearsal again tonight, but we're actually starting blocking today, so I don't know exactly how much knitting I'll manage to squeeze in during practice.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Easy A-longing

Well, I didn't end up finishing my first legwarmer, but I'm not stressing out too much about that. I had to completely rip out and re-chart a hat design over the weekend, which took a few hours, and, honestly, getting that project back to a place where I was happy with it was worth it.

Tonight is my first rehearsal for Almost, Maine, which I'm really looking forward to. I'm hoping to finish the ribbing on the front of my Easy A and start the garter stitch during rehearsal, but we'll see how things go. I think that Easy A is the perfect rehearsal knitting project, and I'm really pleased that it worked out that play rehearsals are overlapping with the Easy A-long.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Legwarming Along

My first legwarmer is almost halfway done, and I'm hoping to get it finished this weekend. This has been my lunch knitting all week, and in the evenings I've been alternating between a new design project and my Easy A-long sweater. I haven't gotten quite as much done yet on my Easy A as I thought I would have, but we're only on Day 5 of the KAL, and this will be perfect rehearsal knitting for the new play I'm in, and rehearsals for that start on Monday. 

Our current heat wave is supposed to last through at least the next ten days, so with any luck my legwarmers will be finished long before it gets too cold to go without them. I'm working on writing up the pattern for these as well, which I'd love to have ready yet this month, or early February.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Legwarmers for Cold Days

I carried over plenty of projects from 2017 (and 2016, and 2015, and...let's not think about it), but I've already gone and cast on my first  two of 2018. The first is my new Easy A for the Easy A-long (today is the last day to save 20% on the pattern with code EASYALONG and there's still plenty of time to jump in and join us!) and the second is a pair of legwarmers.

I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but for some reason I haven't owned a pair of legwarmers in years. The past couple of winters have been on the mild side, so I haven't really had a problem walking around in tights, but last week we were hovering in the -30s Fahrenheit, which is just too cold to not have pants or legwarmers on.

The first one is going pretty smoothly so far, and I'm planning on mirroring the cable on the second one to help with second-legwarmer-syndrome. I'm really enjoying knitting it so far, but I definitely want to get these churned out before it gets super cold again.

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