April started out very focused, though I had two pairs of socks on the needles. And then, I was thrown a monkey wrench. Tara of Crystal Tea Knits asked me to test a sock pattern and to have it done by May 1. I was so excited to be asked! But I had to stop everything and focus on getting a sock done for her. It was a fun knit and I’ll tell you all about it but it definitely increased my number of WIPs in April and meant that I don’t have much to show for the month. To add to that, I was traveling for work for most of this week and I was so busy I barely had time to pick up the needles.
Alas, here are a bunch of familiar WIPs for you….
I learned a lot from this test knit. My loathing for k3tog or p3tog was cemented and….I was finally forced to try a new heel. For her pattern, Tara uses a German short row heel. I had to watch a video to get the hang of it and it was quite fun! Though I haven’t worn the one finished sock much, it feels so much better than an afterthought heel. My one complaint…there are holes at the corners of the heel. I know how to fix these with heel flaps and gussets….but not short row heels. Yet.
My Christmas sock journey continues. I’ve made a lot of progress on these socks, for which I’m using Zebra Yarns, and am about halfway through the foot. I hope to finish these soon!
This colorway from Republic of Wool, Walking on Sunshine, makes me so, so happy. But unfortunately, these socks have gotten little attention this month. I hope to get going on them again in May!
Long Summer Cardigan
I’ve made a bit of progress on this cardigan, from Joji Locatelli. I’ve finished both shoulders and am about to join them in with the back. Yes! Some progress!
Habitation Throw #2
This throw, which will be a gift, is using my Advent from Murray Wool Goods. Though I didn’t get to knit on this project this past week, while traveling, I’ve been accomplishing my goal of incorporating one mini skein a week!
My crocheted squares are still coming along and I’ve joined a few more into the blanket. This month saw this project getting a little less attention, just because I was so busy.
October House Cowl
This cowl, based on the Crosshatch pattern from Purl Soho, got a bit of love on my travel days this past week, as it’s the perfect portable project!
I don’t have any FOs, though I have one finished sock. I usually knit both socks at once, as you can tell from the pictures, but I wanted to finish a sock for Tara’s test knit. I’m halfway through the second one.
I don’t have many plans at the moment, except to finish some of these WIPs!