I have progress to show and something new. I am so glad to say, I actually worked on one of my YoP items this week. I also continued on the baby blanket and am on skein two.
It doesn't appear to be growing to me, but according to the yarn usage, it has to be. I am still loving the pattern of this and think my DIL's mom should put it on ravelry so others could enjoy it too. But she isn't on ravelry and so I am going to ask her if I can put it on there for her.
I worked on 'the sock' this week.
I am only about 1 inch away from doing the start of the heel. This is my favorite everyday pattern. It is Car Socks. I have done several pairs with this pattern and I will make them longer, shorter, wider and narrower depending on the recipient. But I love her heel on these. Although, I will say that I want to try the Fish Lips Kiss heel on the next pair I do.
Now for my most exciting news for this week!!!!!!!!!! I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis in my hand (and other joint of my body). So, sock knitting has been a problem for me. The tiny needles play havoc with my joints of my fingers and wrists. I have tried circulars and DPN's and nothing really helped me. I would be able to work on the sock for about 10 minutes and that was it for the day and then it would be so hard for me to even pick up a needle or hook for the rest of the day after that. I love knitting socks. I love the satisfaction I get from giving others something that is so 'personally' made for them. I love watching how the construction of a sock goes together.
So I took a leap of faith. Well, maybe not a huge leap. I went onto all my knitting facebook pages and asked around about square needles for people with RA and other joint and tendon issues. I got so many responses! I was totally in shock. Only one person said she hated her square needles. THEN!!!!!!!!!!!! I took the leap of faith and order two circular needles for sock knitting. Magic loop was the first way I learned to do socks and will be willing to go back to that if the needles work.
Lousy picture, I know. But this is my brand new Kollage Square needle size US 2. I was knitting the socks on size one and the website for the needles said, most people needed to go up one size to maintain gauge. So I order the US 2 and US 3. I put the US 2 on those sock and BINGO!!!!!!!!!! Perfect match to the size US 1. I knit on those needles for 3 hours the first night without any pain that night or the next morning. I have been using them since Thursday and have not had a cramp, shooting pain, red and swollen knuckles etc since I switched to them.
So how do I celebrate? By ordering 4 more pairs of them in the sizes I use the most (taking into account the fact I need to go up one needle size for gauge). I am so excited. I know there are other brands of square needles, but I wanted metal ones as I am a bit rough on needles. Now the plus side on the Kollage needles................you can order soft or 'firm' cables on the needles. I ordered the soft for the magic loop and they just might be a bit too soft. So on the next ones I ordered the firm as I will be doing blankets, sweaters, and larger items on them and don't need the limp cable when I go to slide it. They should be in this week and I will let you know next week how much firmer the cables are. But as far as the soft cables go..................they don't kink, twist, knot or go out of shape. I love the cables.
Yup, I am back in the sock knitting business. WOOHOO!
I am looking at my list and see I need to get back on track with the slippers and dishcloths. Hopefully I can bring myself to pick up slippers again this week. I am still kind of burnt out from doing so many in such a short time.
The Dishcloths will probably be picked up when I get my new needles in. I don't have too many more to do and they go so nice and quick.
I am having a VERY hard time not buying any yarn. There are some great sales going on and I have been very tempted. Even my Hubby told me I have too much yarn for me to be purchasing anymore. He is totally right. (darn it) So I will continue to knit/crochet down my stash this year. I should be good for well over a year in the yarn department. It's just so hard when I see a good bamboo, cotton, linen or other non wool fiber going on sale for a ridiculously low price and I know I don't 'need' it but I 'want' it.
Question for you...................I have gift cards for my LYS...................if I got yarn with them, would that break my YoP of not purchasing any yarn this year? It's not money from my pocket! HEEHEE...........................I will rationalize anything at this point.
Here is how I am doing so far.