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Archive for February, 2012

Finish, Frog, & Slog-along

Posted by Andi on February 19, 2012

During the 7+ hours of flight time I had in the past two days I managed to catch up on some knitting and some knitting podcasts, and in so doing learned about the Finish, Frog, & Slog-along the women from the Doubleknit Podcast have started. Basically, everyone posts about their UFOs, the projects that they just want to frog but haven’t done so yet, or to get support on those projects that seem to be taking forever.

I know I don’t need another knitting challenge this year, but I think this dovetails nicely with some of the things I really have to get done. I’ve come up with at least five projects I can participate with.

The first two are related, and there are both UFOs: my Flocked Mittens and Gerda’s Scarf. I wanted both of these done before winter started, and neither one is even half way there. The scarf isn’t even 25% done. My new goal is to have these ready by the start of next winter. At least I finished the hat!!

My other three projects need to be frogged. The first is Poinsettia. I don’t know why I even started this sweater in the first place. The knitting is done so it only needs to be finished, but no. I’m not doing it. I’m frogging it instead and finding a much better use for the yarn.

I was digging through my stash a few months ago and found this half-completed baby outfit. It was pants and a wrap sweater sort of thing. It’s cute, but not finished. I have no idea who I was making it for, and whether or not I even have the pattern anymore. The yarn is cute, though, so I should frog this project to make other cute baby things.

Finally, and this one makes me sad, Lys. I was so excited to make this sweater. I saved up the money to buy all of the required yarns. But as I was making it, I just didn’t like it. I haven’t been able to bring myself to frog the completed pieces. There are lots of yarn changes in this project, so I’m not sure how much of the yarn I can save. I’m sure a lot of it will be thrown out. But I should have some worsted weight yarn I can safe to at least make hats or fingerless mitts or something. It would be a better use of the yarn than it sitting in my stash in the form of a sweater I will never finish. This one in particular makes me feel like a failure, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

I’m not sure when I will get started on all of these, as I’m trying to finish some baby projects first. Maybe next month?


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Hexipuffing, Month 6

Posted by Andi on February 17, 2012

Hexipuffing, Month 6

After a couple of months of little progress, I made 21 new hexipuffs this month! There are several reasons for the heightened level of productivity.

First, no more holiday knitting!

Second, I was actually in town and on a somewhat normal schedule, so I had much more knitting time in general than I had in the past couple of months.

Third, I’ve been watching a lot of television, and hexipuffs are fantastic television projects. The other three projects I had on my needles are not very good television projects, so they were pushed to the side. Why was I watching so much television? It’s a combination of the fact that our DVR is almost constantly near capacity so we need to watch shows to make room for new shows and that I am trying to watch Oscar nominated films on Netflix.

Fourth, I broke into the Lorna’s Laces mini skeins I got for Christmas and was excited to see how they would all knit up.

This is great, however, hexipuffing is about to come to a screeching halt. I will be pretty busy over the next couple of weeks with less knitting time. And, when I am knitting, I really need to work on other projects.


I know two women who recently welcomed new bundles of joy into their lives, and I’m busy working on gifts for their little ones. I need to get them done while the babies are still small enough to fit into what I’m making!!

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FO: Sandalwood Socks

Posted by Andi on February 11, 2012

Sandalwood Socks
Pattern: Sandalwood Socks by Caitlin Stevens from the Winter 2008 issue of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka in 1058
Needles: US 1
Date started: October 22, 2011
Date completed: February 4, 2012

These were supposed to be finished in 2011 as part of the Sock Stash Knitdown, but as you can see I finished these about five weeks too late. There are two reasons why it took me so long to finish these. First, I mostly knit these on airplanes, and although I was traveling enough to get these done much sooner, I was using flight time to get some precious sleep. Too many flights were very early in the morning, and I needed all of the sleep I could get. Second, I had too much holiday knitting to get done.

Then I broke the needle, so I had to order a new one, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago. In the end I finally had to finish these socks because I needed the needle for another project.

I really couldn’t be bothered to take a lot of nice pictures of these socks. Sorry. But here is what the lace on the front looks like.

Sandalwood Socks

I wore these socks for the first time yesterday. They were a tiny bit loose in the foot, but otherwise I love them. They are very cute and comfy.

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