Confessions of a Knit-a-holic

I have a confession to make. I have been working on several other projects than just the challenge squares.

First project, a sock. I think you may remember the sock yarn I had purchased and attempted to wind up myself... I pulled it out the other day because I had an itching desire to not only learn how to knit socks, but to use that damn yarn. Many knitters rave about how fun socks are to knit, so I wanted to get in on the excitement. I will have to say, it is a lot of fun! It was hard to get used to the tiny yarn and tiny needles, but once I did I enjoyed working round and round and testing the sock on my own foot. I'm to the heel now and it is going to take a lot of concentration, so this will NOT be knitted today during the Bengals game where there will be lots of distractions. I also decided to knit only one sock at a time so I could focus on getting the technique down and not get tangled up in two balls of yarn and lots of needles flying around.

Needles: US 1/ 2.50 mm Addi Turbo
Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy in Purple Rain

I found the pattern on and it's perfect for a beginning sock project. The repeated pattern is over twelve stitches and only involves knits, m1, and k2tog, yet makes gorgeous diamonds that look like complicated cables. So I'm not bored with just knitting around and around, and the finished sock is more interesting as well. Last note, I was concerned that the dark yarn color would be hard to see and knit with, but it is no problem at all. With good lighting I can see everything I'm doing and the pattern is very easy to see as well. I think once I get through the hard part on the heel, it will be home free on the sock and then I can start number two.

Second confession, the travel scarf. The scarf was already known about, and is meant for travel knitting and still is used only for travel knitting. The confession is that it morphed colors. It is now a green scarf.

Since the scarf is a present, I was thinking to myself "hmm, maybe this person wouldn't like purple as well... I should probably ask what their favorite color is" so I did, and found out it was green. So I started over. But as you can see, I've done a whole lot of traveling recently so the scarf is well on its way.

I recently purchased a leather hobo bag (its huge and I love it!) so I could put my knitting in it and pull it out whenever I get an opportunity. It is a lot of fun, I would recommend it to everyone. I think my next excursion will be to the park for some good outdoor knitting.

Last project confession, a pink cardigan sweater. I have been working on this one for quite some time now, and I'm nearing the end. I started this while I was still at school in March. I like to do spring/summer sweaters so I can have them for the fall/winter. I got the inspiration from a Gap sweater I saw that is long sleeved, loose fitting, no buttons and meant to hang open. I'm starting to see it is quite trendy right now. I just think it looks super comfy. So I asked my mother to hunt through her archives of knitting magazines (she has kept them all, seriously I organized them by season and she had some dating back to 1991, such a great resource) and she found the perfect sweater.

Needles: US 7
Yarn: Valley Yarns Hadley in Cassis (50% Wool/50% Silk)

I completed the fronts and back and sleeves and have sewn the front and back together. I'm now working on the edging round the front flaps. Once that is done, all I have to do is sew the sleeves on and I can showcase my new sweater! I'll post the finished project once I'm done, but for now I'm only showing a swatch of the yarn. I love the wool-silk blend, it has the stiffness of the wool to hold the sweater shape, yet the silk makes it so soft and touchable. I think I found my new favorite blend.

For a little update on me, I recently had a phone interview with a company outside Chicago, but it didn't seem all that promising. The next day, I applied online for a job in manufacturing in Spencer, IN and a few hours later I received a phone call from HR asking me questions and saying she would send me more information on the job! When one door closes, another one opens, so hopefully this will bloom into a big opportunity for me. I need a little good vibrations to be coming my way, my time is coming soon.


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