Well, not much progress to report on the Ubiquitous Kate front. I’ve picked up the stitches along the top of the shawl and done the necessary increases for the ruffle. I had just barely started knitting the ruffle ribbing when this happened:
Let me give you a closer look. See that?
That is a broken needle, and it’s totally not my fault. I’ve broken needles before, of course- stepped on them, sat on them, etc. This is the first time, however, that I have had a needle snap in half while I am in the middle of knitting. It’s a Knitpicks Zephyr Acrylic Interchangeable Needle. I haven’t heard of this happening before, so I don’t know whether these types of needles are just weak, whether I got a bad one, or whether I am just an extremely strong knitter.
I think I managed to pick up all of the stitches that dropped when it happened, thank goodness. I called Knitpicks, and thanks to their excellent customer support, I have already received a replacement (I didn’t have to send the broken one back, or even show them pictures! And they sent me a whole new pair, rather than just a replacement for the one needle!). I am super impressed with their customer service, but I think that I will stick to ordering their nice, strong nickel-plated needles in the future, rather than the Zephyrs.
On the bright side, this means that I had lots of time to focus on my Honey Bunches shawl. It just needs end-weaving and blocking.
I’ve signed up for two beaded lace mystery knit-a-longs on Ravelry. Laura Nelkin is hosting the Trapeze Mystery KAL, which is scheduled to start on August 17. Boo Knits is doing the Out of the Darkness KAL, which will start on August 25. (I ordered the beads for both today and am so excited!)
Since I have both of these projects coming up really soon, I’ve been reluctant to start anything too complicated in the meantime. I’m about two-thirds of the way through the hat from the Knitpicks Luxe Accessories Kit, and I’m really enjoying the feel of the Knitpicks City Tweed Heavyweight. There are some major errors in the pattern though, which has been a little bit frustrating.
I also cast on for a pair of toe-up socks in Berroco Sox Metallic. I’m kind of making them up as a I go along, with a little bit of this pattern here, and a little bit of that pattern there. I’m thinking that I may do an afterthought heel (I’ve never done one before!), but I still have a bit to go before I have to make that decision. I’m just doing a basic stockinette foot for these socks, and will probably just do a ribbed leg- this will be my nice, simple, uncomplicated project for when my brain needs a break from all of the beaded lace in the KALs.
What have you been working on this week? Head on over to Tami’s Ami’s WIP Wednesdays to see what everyone else has been working on!