WIP Wednesday: Knitting on…the sweater?!

You’d think there would be a ton of socks featured this week, what with the Scarefest having released two official patterns and two bonus patterns, but I’m going to disappoint you. While I wish I had the time and inclination to knit a pair of fine-gauge socks per week, I just don’t have that capability – at least, not at this time. So I’m going to plink away at Scarefest as the time allows me, and not stress about it.

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In the meantime, here’s a sock! No, seriously, this is the vanilla sock that is suspiciously man-sized and being knit in colours a man might like. I’m hopeful that it will fit, because it looks oddly huge to me, but that might just be because it’s not done and stretched fully on the blocker. It’s grown quite a bit since the last time it was featured, but it’s still taking some time. I went on a knitting binge last weekend (you’ll see the results of that on Friday), and as a result, the finger that tensions my yarn is a little sore from very mild friction burns. As a result, the roughness of Trekking XXL can be a bit of an irritant.

Also on the needles….sleeves!

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I had meant to go back to knitting on Robin’s sweater once the weather started getting cool enough to do so, and so this week I dug out the sleeves. I was a little concerned with my gauge, until I checked all the needle sizes I was using. Then I remembered that the way I usually tension my yarn is a little uncomfortable with Cascade 220, and that I had deliberately used a looser tension.  Problem solved! I was wondering how I’d been getting stitch gauge without buying another 2 or 3 pairs of needles in a larger size!
I had originally started both sleeves, two-at-a-time on one circular needle. I very quickly remembered how much I hate knitting TAAT. The difference in size is what has happened over the past day that they’ve been separated onto different needles. I’m placing markers after every increase row so that I can keep track of them a little easier. It should help when I get to the second sleeve – I’ll be able to compare the two and adjust where necessary. That will hopefully help with the fit. 🙂

I also did a wee tiny bit of spinning, but not enough to photograph. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to get back to that this weekend. I have a fibre club shipment coming soon!

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