Forward Progress Through Frogging

I awoke to a winter wonderland again this morning, with soft snowflakes falling gently to the ground. With 2-3″ of fresh snow, it’s so much fun to watch the birds fly into our beautiful snowy yard. Bird nerds that we are, we’re loving the much wider variety of birds that come in to our feeders in the new yard. I’m hoping to add a heated bird bath soon as the water source is a major plus for the wildlife. Mr Knitting Sarah has claimed the bird feeder acquisition and design as his domain though, so I am waiting for expertise to pick the right one.

In any case, in addition to the new snow, this week we saw our first really chilly days with highs not getting out of the teens. My girl, who has been bitten by the baking bug, has been baking up a storm and we’ve been enjoying warming the house with lots of home-cooked meals. You can also imagine the cold temps make the fiber artist in me go a little bananas. So when the kids and I aren’t digging into our school work or out on field days and we’re not cooking and baking, I’ve been sneaking in a lot of quality time with my needles and wheel.

I finished the first Christmas sock for my son…

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I’m a total convert to dividing yarn into separate balls of yarn for toe-up socks. This Turtlepurl Yarns Baah Humbug yarn came in two equal skeins, so I just hand wound them and started knitting. It’s made all the difference! I used to get super bogged down in toe-up socks, but having that one little ball shrinking noticeably as I go is like a magical addiction that just propels me forward. I will absolutely work this way from now on with toe-up socks.

I also finished the singles of a spinning project…

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The plan here is to ply each colorway into a 2-ply and then weave them together.

Currently my thought is that the Granite will be the warp…

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And Moving in Circles will be the weft…

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We’ll see how the yardages come out in the end though.

In other knitting news, I ripped out my handspun Brillig last night. It’s going to sound more than a little crazy, but there was this really simple direction I misread through probably the first 20% of the project…

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See how the edge on the left 2 “teeth” look different than the one on the right? I was slipping the stitch with the working yarn in the front instead of the back. I realized it, saw the difference, and then set the project aside in a little time-out while I considered if I could live with it as is or not.

Turns out, I couldn’t. I frogged it last night.

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And I started over this morning. I don’t mind. In fact, I’m really happy and relieved that I did and that I can knit this up and just love it and enjoy the knit. I may not hit the end of the month deadline as I still may need to spin more of the blue colorway to finish, but I am happily plugging along on it.

I also opted to start another spinning project rather than stopping to ply the one above. This month’s Top of the Month Club from Three Waters Farm inspired a larger scale weaving project (yes, I kind of have weaving on the brain at the moment).

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A little hard to see for the plastic bags and the lighting, but the colorway on the right will be spun and plied into a 2-ply for the warp and the colorways on the left will be spun and plied together to be the weft. I think it’s going to be wonderfully moody.

I started the Mercurial Light warp yarn…

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And it is gorgeous. Add in that it’s on one of my favorite bases, BFL + Tussah Silk and I’m in heaven. What a joy to spin!

So did I make forward progress this week? It’s not a sure thing, I don’t think. I’m thinking that even with the total tear back of my Brillig, though, that I did finish a sock, start another sock, re-start Brillig, and spin through maybe 8oz of fiber. That’s not bad. I will need to pick up the pace a bit if I want to hit my Christmas goals, but even those are flexible — I’m just never going to be someone who stresses about hitting holiday knitting deadlines. But I digress. The important thing, for me at least, is enjoying the process and continuing to move forward. So in some ways, I suppose all progress is forward progress, even when it involves ripping back. That makes perfect sense, right? That’s forward progress through frogging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 responses to “Forward Progress Through Frogging

  1. LOL at “forward progress through frogging”, and funnier still is that I totally get it! The edge on the Brillig would have totally worn me out once I noticed it and I’d have frogged it too. You are enjoying the pattern, so why not make it right?

    That sock for your son really is a BIG one! God bless ya on size 11.5 socks! They are so cute, though – I love them. What heel are you using? I know it’s short-row, but it really is tidy. FLK?

    I’m with you about not stressing over Christmas knitting – it’s why I start super early. Knitting is supposed to be a happy place, not another source of stress – we have enough of those!

    Kudos on all of the beautiful spinning. I love seeing your colors come together. Hugs and more hugs!

    • Exactly! I’m enjoying it so much more now that I know it’ll be *just right*. 😀

      Yes, I am using an FLK heel. I did a custom pattern for sizing and then just did the FLK heel. I hadn’t tried it yet with striped socks, so it was fun to see how it works up.

      Thanks for all the kind words & hugs! Back atcha, lady!

  2. Oh, that spinning! It’s so lovely!

    I can see why brillig had to have a do over. You will be glad you did it when it is finished. Such nice teeth it will have!

    It sounds wonderfully cozy at your house, with snow outside and baking, knitting, spinning and schoolwork inside!

    We have suddenly got late fall. Cold and windy, no ❄️ yet, but it feels like it could happen at any time. The house is nice and warm, yeah!

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