Bouncing Around

Well…we’re almost there.

I just finished the decreases on the gussets of the second sock.  Now I need to knit until I get to where the first stripe will be and it’s downhill from there.  Still loving this Retro colorway by Sosae Caetano, by the way.

I’ve been carrying this around in my bag along with the lace project.  So, it gets a little attention here and there.   And while I do have some cardboard cylindrical gadgets to keep my stitches on their needles sometimes I just get lazy or I really don’t have enough room in my bag for one more gadget (pack ratting is like the nomadic form of hoarding, I believe).  So then, I just lock them on using the yarn.

I have to wind it on so that it holds the needles together on one end, strand it to the other end of the needles where the stitches end and wind it on there as well.  Finally, I strand it right back to the other side of the needles and wind it on a few more times.  This has actually worked well for me for socks even over long periods of time.  And it’s a cheap fix.  Can’t beat that for keeping those stitches in line.

On the other hand,  I still haven’t decided the time is right to start using lifelines.  Why?  Because, truthfully, there are times I can be an idiot.  Like the time I put my current lace project in my bag and pulled all of the stitches off the needles trying to get it out.  Yup.  That time, lol!

Fortunately, I was able to only have to go back three rows to redo.  No biggie.  Yeah.  Lesson still not learned.  But the lace is saved so I’m good! 🙂 

I am still spinning for the Tour too.  But I picked up that spindling project I must secretly want to kick to the curb.

I’m going back to criss-crossing over the cop so that it kind of latches on better as it grows.  Abby Franquemont’s book, RESPECT THE SPINDLE is really good for learning the feeding and care of cops. 

You know, I’m beginning to think it’s because there’s really no surprise in the color changes…If I ever order anymore solid colored roving to spin, I’d better try to blend it with something else…It’s just more fun that way!

Still gray.

See what I mean? 

I think in the end, these will probably be great for knitting.  They’re like workhorses.  They will provide a nice background for spunkier yarns if I want to try something with  multiple colors.  I imagine the gray would be nice with a red and white yarn to knit along with it-or something that is complementary and variegated.  The brown will be nice with possibly a green color to go with it.  Sigh…I’m such a sucker for color.

I just want to get to the good part!! 🙂


  1. Pure Klass says:

    I totally feel you about lifelines! I know I should… I know they’re a good idea… I’m just too stubborn and… lazy? to do it. I guess I haven’t been bit hard enough by the results of my laziness, yet. (And I continue to really admire your sense of color… so great!)

    • I think one day I’ll have to try it, just to try it. But, I dunno. I think it’s sometimes difficult to pick up a new habit when you’ve been doing it one way for so long. I imagine that if this was a bigger project, I may have used one. But this project only goes up to 31 stitches and I’ve knit it before. It’s not such a big deal if I have to fix it? Thanks for the compliment! I love seeing one color next to another. The more vibrant, the better, usually. It’s more exciting to me…even if it doesn’t match anything at all in my wardrobe, lol!

  2. Great work – Love the socks, but LOVE LOVE LOVE the scarf. It is sooooo pretty…I need to have one just like it!!!!!

    • Thanks for the compliment! I really like this scarf too and the colorway was perfect for it, I believe. It really reminds me of roses or foliage. It’s from the Knitty Branching Out pattern. It’s 10 rows and has a chart too. It’s pretty easy. Not really something I can memorize though without carrying the pattern around with me. But I love the way it knits up.

  3. The colored yarns you spun are spectacular! I want! 😎 I blogged about the dye experiment with the gray yarn, it does blue well, looks as if it is demin color. I actually purchased 2 grays! It was the gray, northwest in Feb that did it. 😎

    • Thanks! I get most of the ones I spin from Sosae Caetano’s shop. Sometimes, I try others too though, if I really like the colors.

      I like gray best when it’s done, I think. LOL! I love denim colors though!! Maybe I will dye this in the end…

  4. Don’t get me started on lifelines. I tried them once. What a freaking disaster! They are far more work than they are worth. The only time I would ever bother with lifelines would be if I were knitting lace with a really slippery yarn that would run like crazy. Otherwise, lifelines are just a ginormous PITA. (YMMV)

    • Tell me how you REALLY feel, lol! 🙂 Yeah, I can’t see having to use it for such a small project. But maybe if I had to make something larger, it would make a difference? I know I will try it someday. Just not that time yet. I like to knit dangerously. 😉

    • caityrosey says:

      I need my lifelines. I don’t always do them, but mostly because I’m forgetful or lazy. And my projects always give me a reason to regret it if I don’t. I make a mistake that requires ripping back and I have to ask myself: Would I have saved time or stress with a lifeline? Usually the answer is yes, even if it means ripping back INCHES to get to that lifeline. It saves on the stress of:
      – Spending hours ripping back one painstaking stitch at a time.
      – Ripping without a “net,” hoping that things unravel evenly and that I can figure out where I am in the pattern when I pick things up again.
      – Other gripes I’m not thinking of right now.

  5. What a clever way to lock your needles in place! I frequently have the same issue as you with pulling or dropping needles from my project in transit, so I will definitely be using this technique soon!

    • Oh yeah! It works for sock knitting. It’s okay for regular straights as long as you wind it a lot. And sometimes, I wind it a ways, then make a figure eight, and then wind it regularly again when I do it on straights. Problem is, I don’t always do it on straights…hence my dropped stitches this time…Sigh. The case for consistency…

  6. Those socks are so pretty! Oh, my. And you’re not the only one who has dropped stitches because of getting a project out of a bag. Now the good this is this: At least you know how to fix it. Got any video tutorials to suggest to me when this happens. I hate making knitting mistakes because I don’t know how to fix them. In that regards, crocheting is so much easier.

    • Hmm…That’s a good question. I have never looked up those kinds of vids before. I know how to fix a lot of mistakes because that was all I was making before I really started knitting things I could use, lol!

      Just looking it up, I did get this tutorial.

      It looks like it covers picking up your stitches again after they’ve mistakenly been removed from your needles, fixing dropped stitches, and what to do if you make the wrong stitch within a row. Don’t worry about mistakes though. They’re really easy to fix…usually, lol! Sometimes I drop a stitch on purpose if I realize I zigged when I should have zagged a couple rows back. No biggie. When you get comfortable picking them back up, it really won’t be so bad.

      • Thanks. I’ll check it out. And pardon my typos in my original post. Apparently i shouldn’t comment so much at night. lol

  7. I love red and turquoise together! I’m also going to be knitting that cute kids hat you made with the knots at the ends. I’ll let you know how it turns out—I’m nowhere near as accomplished as you in the knitting department, but it doesn’t look too tough!

    • I have never really played with red and turquoise in a knit. But this is a nice surprise to me. 🙂

      Oh the baby hat is ridiculously simple! I love the richness of complexity. But, for myself, most often, I really do appreciate elegant simplicity more. The good thing about knitting is, whichever one you’re in the mood for, there’s a pattern for that, lol!

      • I think you’re on to a winner with that turquoise/red combo, and I like the red/turq/gray/white you were thinking of too!
        As for the hat, it looks like the original uses a finer gauge wool than you do. I’ll have to ask the experts in the knitting shop near me to help me–I like the chunkier style you did-much better than the original pattern! 🙂

  8. Beautiful colors. Your socks would cheer up any dreary winter.

  9. flowerpotdesigns says:

    sounds like you have a lot on the go! I really love those colours on those socks! thanks for the quick tip on twist and locking. Like you I’m lazy about those sorts of things! have a great weekend!

  10. This is why I use circs even for my little lace projects! When I have to stop, I stick the ends through the knitted portion of my UFO, then tie them in an overhand knot or thread them back through again (depending on the needles & cable). After that, it takes effort to pull the stitches off the needle, lol! I’ve found that I can even thread a nostepinne-wound ball on the excess cable as a yarn-wrangling technique, as long as the ball is light enough. Since I often spin yarn in like 10g segments (which goes a surprisingly long way when it’s laceweight!) it’s not heavy enough to really notice, and keeps the ball from running away.

    • That sounds like a good solution as well! I will have to try that when I am using circs. Having the ball on the needle seems really secure. I just like using these blue needles sometimes. They are cute and really old! They were given to me from an old lady’s needle stash…makes me feel connected to a past knitter. 🙂 Thanks for clicking through! So surprised to see your name here!


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