reporting back and itching

The felt heart/valentine project went well. The kids seemed to like it and I realized afterwards that it taught them a useful skill: how to sew on a button! Go figure.

In knitting news, I am starting to think that I am allergic to something in Berroco Remix. I’m not sure what or even how that is possible but I made myself a cowl with it and I’ve been knitting my Aidez fairly faithfully and my neck and chest are super itchy. It seems unlikely to me since there is no animal fiber or any fiber that I haven’t used before but I can’t deny how itchy I am. Last time I ignored being this itchy I ended up needing steroids and regular nebulizer treatments to be able to breathe. Not good.

I’m going to take a little break from Aidez, I guess. Maybe I can finish my slinky ribs in time for Stitches instead.

NaBloPoMo Day 2: progress photo

My photos of Slinky Ribs are way out of date and I’ve made some good progress (in spite of the ripping back I mentioned yesterday). So here’s a photo of what it looks like now.

slinky ribs in progress

Knitting things in the round and adding short rows makes them weird and lumpy in photographs. I didn’t feel like slipping the stitches onto waste yarn to model it though. I will have to do that soon to make sure that it is the length I want. I might be constrained by my yarn because I have three balls left after the one on the needles and I am hoping to have at least 3/4 sleeves.

Also, I voted today, did you?

NaBloPoMo Day 1: Maybe?

I’m debating whether or not I should participate in NaBloPoMo this year. (That’s National Blog Posting Month.) I probably need to participate in NaNoSweMo since I have a sweater to knit for one of my nieces. (That’s National Sweater Knitting Month. No, I don’t know why it’s not NaSweKniMo.) I enjoyed last years NaBloPoMo because of the post that I wrote that probably would have gone unwritten otherwise. In particular: Day 21: Why Do I Knit?.

I think I’m going to try. I’m calling this post Day 1 and tentatively committing to posting every day in November.

Now, since this is a knitting blog, I should probably talk about knitting. I’ve become a bit of a monogamous knitter. I might have more than one project going at a time but I tend to only work at one at a time. Things get finished faster that way. Right now the project that has been getting my attention is my Slinky Ribs knit out of Rowan Purelife Revive. I modified the bottom because it is supposed to be knit straight down from the ribbed bust in stockinette and I feel like sweaters work better with a little shaping so I was doing increases after the waist. I increased too quickly, though, and had to rip back a bit (after consulting with the BobaKnitters on Thursday). I put the stitches back on smaller needles because it is easier to pick up stitches that way.

You see where this is going, right?

I forgot that they were on the wrong needles and just started knitting. I made it about 8 rows before realizing.

Oops.

Anyway, it’s all better now and I’ve knit past where I started to rip out. The next challenge to overcome will be the sleeves since I think I will only have three balls of yarn for both sleeves. It might end up being a 3/4-length-sleeved garment, or short-sleeved. We’ll see!