Lots and lots of stitches – YOP 20/21 – Week 22

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday. Today’s the day I blog about my Year of Projects progress. YOP is a Ravelry group of bloggers who plan what they’ll work on for the year and then blog about it. You can find my running list, which I have been using more as a prioritization than a plan, here.

Wow, I just realized that this is the first YOP in four weeks where I don’t have a finished object to show off! I guess I got on a bit of a small projects and finishing kick over the past month! But not having anything finished doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten a lot of knitting done! In fact, in the past 7 days I’ve knit 31,000 stitches! Which is definitely a lot for me – 2000 a day is usually my goal. But the past 3 days of being off plus the fact that it’s darker earlier just meant that I’ve done a ton of knitting. I’ve put a few rows in on the body of the Druid Circle sweater, but most of my knitting has been on the Slipstravaganza Shawl.

You know it’s a lot of stitches when they’re bunched on your 60″ cable!

When I picked this back up again this week, I was pretty early into section 3, and now I’ve finished that section and have 6 more rows to go on section 4! This is proving perfect knitting right now. It’s interesting enough to keep me engaged, but also simple and repetitive enough that I can read while working on it. The rows are over 450 stitches long at this point, which while that means it takes a while to see progress, there’s not a lot of fussing of flipping the shawl, changing colors, etc, so it’s pretty easy to just knit and knit and knit and read and read and read. I’m loving it right now. The next section (which I hope to start this afternoon) is short row triangles, so that should move kind of quickly, but then the shawl becomes 900 stitches long, and that I’m NOT looking forward to. It remains to be seen if I’ll be as enamored with this at that point. I’d really like to get this finished by the end of the year though, as I have some larger projects in the works that I’d like to get started on. One big project is enough for me!

I’m still trying out to figure out what I want to work on next. I really should start the shawl I’m planning to make for my friend’s wedding. I tried to do a gauge swatch for an allover lace shawl this week, and I kind of hated it. I was knitting with size 5 needles, which was annoying with lace weight, but the gauge was still too small for the pattern! I think I’m going to look for another pattern, one that’s mostly garter stitch with some lace at the bottom. I know my friend will appreciate a shawl, but she’s not a knitter so I don’t think she would fully understand and appreciate the extra effort that would go into the all over lace! If you know of something good, let me know.

One thing I do plan to work on in December is another pair of socks. I recently saw that A Girl and Her Wool was launching some new clubs. While the newer clubs didn’t necessarily interest me, I really liked the idea behind her regular clubs. I’ve been following Lauren’s blog for a while, so I figured now would be a good time to get a club! I really love how flexible these are. You can pick the amount of yarn you want, both in the regular color and a coordinating tonal if you want it! I got a three months subscription with 50 g of the main color and 10 g of the contrasting. This is perfect for shortie socks, so I think I’ll make a pair of those in December! I also got some 5g mini skeins to add to my blanket.

I hope everyone in the US had a nice long weekend. I really appreciated just being home and doing nothing. On Friday night, my cousins and I had a Zoom chat! That was super awesome, we’re scattered around the east and west coasts, so it was good to connect with them.

20 comments

  1. That shawl is going to be gorgeous. BUT 900 Stitches!!!! Dang, that is going to take lots of patience and perseverance on your part. Good luck. The sock yarn is great and will make up into lovely socks. I love making shortie socks. Rose City Roller is my favorite short sock pattern and my hubby loves them because they don’t slide down the back of his foot. How nice to have a zoom with your cousins. Since there are 24 of us cousins, it would be quite an interesting venture to try a zoom with all of us!

  2. hmm, my earlier post didn’t post. Still learning.

    Thanks for sharing about the yarn club. I checked her out and will check back when she has her January kits. I would prefer less yarn. Most clubs would send me way more yarn than I could possible keep up with.

    Still love your idea of tracking stitches in addition to projects. Need to do the work to figure out how many stitches in a project.

    1. I use Excel or Google sheets to keep track of the stitches. It’s pretty easy to note rows and # of stitches that way, I can use formulas to easily track the stitches per row if they increase or decrease at a consistent rate. Depending on the project, I may not plan everything in advance, for example on stockinette socks or the body of a sweater, I’ll just put a stitch marker where I start for the day and count the # of rows

  3. 31,000 stitches? Oh my!!! You are one fantastic knitter! Reading while you knit? I can’t even listen to the radio! LOL! The shawl is lovely. I need to organize my projects better. It sounds like you have a great system. I like the yarn club idea and her inspiration colors are a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your zoom with your cousins. You have a lot of them! What fun. Have a great week!

  4. I’m late, but I really love this shawl. It reminds me a bit of glass windows in big churches, like Notre Dame, you know? I’ll let this garter stitch with lace shawl sit in the back of my head for a bit, maybe I can come up with something that you like! The zoom call sounds like so cool … I have two cousins, but we have never videocalled or something, I don’t know if that would work with their kids and all. 😉 But it sounds like you had a lot of fun!! It must be great to have so many.

      1. Yes, it was! I made Sarah’s Leventry That’s stockinette with a lace border! Other shawls I have made are … I’ll write you a PM with the links. 🙂

  5. I love the new yarn! That sock set especially looks cool. And while the Slipstravaganza Shawl is looking great, it sounds like too much of a beast for me. I hope it stays interesting enough to make up for the 900 stitch rows!

    For shawls that have lace only on the edgings, Birgit Freyer does some of my favorites. The first one of hers I knit was the Lazy Katy (Rav link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tuch—shawl-lazykaty) but she has several others as well.

    1. Haha yeah – there’s a bit of a pattern but it’s mostly knit and purls. That’s ok though – I don’t mind some mindlessness at this point to get it done!

      Ohh thank you for that suggestion. Some of those are really really nice!

  6. Your West MKAL looks terrific. Yeah, all bunched up on a 60″ cable? That’s a heck of a lot of sts. My brother and I had a nice Facetime session the afternoon after turkey day; I haven’t seen him since January when we had our grandfather’s funeral. It was good to see him, my rambunctious nephews, my growing niece, my SIL, and the new baby.

  7. Your shawl looks amazing! So does your new yarnie purchases. I love the colourways you have chosen. I look forward to seeing what pattern you will find for your friend’s wedding shawl. I knit one for my daughter – a labour of love for sure!

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