Once Upon a Sock – November 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is the ability to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you’re dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie, from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric, created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Can you believe it’s November already? My, oh my, how this last year has flown by. Pretty soon it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas. As it is, I only have 5 more weeks to work this year. Easy, peasy! Apologies to all of my blog friends for being so behind on reading. I was off the computer for two weeks due to a sprained ring finger on my right hand and I missed out on a lot! I’m slowly catching up though 🙂

I originally thought I would only be hosting this month and have nothing else for you due to the sprained finger. However, I was able to heal enough that this past Sunday I finished up my socks! Monday, I Kitchener stitched the toes and sewed in all the ends, as well as blocked them. Blocking made a world of difference in the softness level.

Can I tell you how excited I am to finally have these off the needles and onto my feet? It has got super chilly here in the mornings (40 degrees fahrenheit), although still warm afternoons (80’ish degrees fahrenheit), and I’m very grateful for the plethora of cozy socks to warm my feet. So, without further ado…here are the details!

Pattern: Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner (paid for pattern and totally worth it!)

Ravelled Here: Jelly Rolls

Needles Used: US 1 (2.25 mm) and US 2 (2.75 mm) (combo of DPNs and TAAT Magic Loop)

Yarn Used: Main Color was West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply Self Striping in the colorway Rum Paradise. I used 44 grams and have a little over half the skein left. The Contrasting Color was leftover bits of Spud & Chloe Fine in the colorway Dragonfly. I used it all up.

Started: June 16, 2018 / Finished: October 29, 2018 (Woo hoo for finishing in the same year!)

These were originally for my cousin, Nichole. However, she passed away on August 22nd and I promised I would finish them and wear them proudly in her memory. And that is exactly what I have been doing. These make me so happy when I see them. I want to knit them again and play around with the design; however feel like I should at least knit one other pattern before I go back to these. I haven’t figured out which pattern that is as of yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon. My yarn is calling to me. I do have the yarn picked out for my next pair of Jelly Rolls though 🙂

And for those that remember the original photo of the memorial tattoo that I got for my cousin, Nichole, here is the fully healed image 😀

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Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon A Sock – October 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is the ability to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you’re dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie, from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric, created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Remember how I said last month that I would DEFINITELY (fingers crossed) be finished with my Jelly Rolls? Yeah, that didn’t happen. Now, I SHOULD have been finished. I got up to the toes, and almost finished with the toes when I realized that I had made a mistake. Why did I wait until then to count my stitches to see how much further I had to go? Goodness only knows, but I did.

I guess it is one of the pitfalls of working magic loop and accidentally closing the loop at one end. When I readjusted the stitches on my second sock, I didn’t count properly. So, somehow I ended up with four stitches that were supposed to be on the front of the needles on the back of the needles…right before the toe stitches started.

Now, those that are not familiar with knitting (or a perfectionist) might say “Why didn’t you just keep going?” Why, dear friend, you are not familiar with the kitchener stitch, are you? You must have the same number of stitches in front as in back…you cannot just move the stitches back to the front…it would mess up the whole line of the sock due to the decreases! There is no way in the world you would spend that much time knitting a sock and then messing it up at the end, would you?

So, dear friend, I tinked back to the beginning of the toe. It was painful…it was slow because of the tiny stitches and the natural yarn that wanted to stick together. But I did it. I am now ready to move forward. And I’m not promising anything this month (these have been on the needles since 6/16)…that way I may actually get it done.

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See the orange to the blue section on the sock? That’s how much I had to frog…one stitch at a time 😦

BTW, I feel like I’ve lost my crafting mojo this year. I’ve barely finished anything and it makes me sad. My blog has suffered because of it too as I really haven’t had much to share. Send good vibes and / or prayers my way if you feel so inclined. I need to find myself again.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon a Sock – September 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is the ability to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you’re dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie, from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric, created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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First, I apologize for the delay in getting today’s post out. I am currently on the East Coast so things are a little bit different. I also spent all day yesterday at the tattoo parlor getting memorial tattoos with my family for my dear, sweet cousin (more like a sister) Nichole. I will create a separate post for that. I just haven’t been ready to talk about it as of yet in the way she deserves. I included a pic of the finished tattoo below, in case you haven’t seen it on Instagram. The unicorn will be white when it heals. This is just the way my skin reacts to getting a tattoo. Remind me not to take Advil right before I go the next time 🙂

Second, I really thought I would make tremendous progress on my socks. I thought I would finish them. I even brought extra sock yarn with me. That did not happen due to stupid mistakes and having to frog back multiple times. However, I have made progress and I’d like to share that with you today.

Just a reminder, these are the Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner. The yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners and the colorway is Rum Paradise. I am so in love with this colorway!!!! I did get to show them to my cousin, who they were for, and she adored it too. Once I finish them, I will honor her memory and smile every time I wear them 🙂

As of the last post, I was 6 rows away from having the gusset increases completed. I finished that, got through the contrast ribbing for the center of the foot, had to rip it all out because I kept getting messed up on which row I was on, reknit the contrast ribbing, and now I’m several rows into the stockinette of the foot. I may be able to breeze through that part sometime this week. So, yes, I’m going to say that I will definitely (fingers crossed) have a completed pair of socks to show you next month 🙂 Look how close I am to that toe! (You can click any image to make it larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon A Sock – August 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is being able to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you are dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Last month, I shared with you that I hoped to have my Jelly Rolls completed. Guess what? It didn’t happen 😦 However, I did make some progress and I have a couple of tips that worked for me that I’d like to share with you. First, a progress pic:

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Front of sock and side of sock…these colors make me happy!

First, I had to move these to DPN’s to work on the heel. I only have two sets of DPN’s. One set is 8 inches long and one set is 6 inches long. I decided to use the longer needles for the front of the sock and the shorter needles for the back of the sock. Since they are slightly different colors, it makes it super easy to tell where I am. That’s one trick. BTW, I also track my stitches using a very complicated technique. Pencil, sticky note, and tick marks 🙂

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Here’s another tip. See how I have the needles sticking out of one sock? That means that is the sock I work on next. Here’s how I do it.

  1. When I start a decrease row (because I’m decreasing the gusset right now), I knit across the front stitches and then place the long DPN in the cake for the second sock.
  2. I continue on with my shorter needles and work on the decreases for the first sock.
  3. Then I stick the shorter needle in the cake for the second sock and move on to the decreases for that sock.
  4. The row after decreasing is always a knit row. I know I can work on the same sock, so I stick the needles back in the cake of the sock I’m working on as I finish each needle.
  5. I knit across the first row and put the longer DPN back in the cake for the first sock.
  6. I knit across both back rows and then stick the shorter needle into the cake for the first sock.
  7. I start the process all over again with Step 1.

I hope this makes sense…If not, let me know if I need to do a photo tutorial. This has really kept me organized, especially when I have to put everything down and walk away. I always know where I am, which is super important when knitting concurrently.

I hope these tips helped you! I am 6 rows away from having the gusset decreases completed and moving on to easy, breezy stockinette. At that point, I will put both socks back on magic loop and work TAAT. We’ll see how far I get before next month! I’m not promising anything this time…:D

PS…my blog will actually post at 9pm PST on the Wednesday evening before the first Thursday of the month to allow for anyone in the world to start posting on their Thursday.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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WIP – Sweater Coat in Grannies

Hi All,

Awhile back I told you that I was working on a couple of different projects. The baby blanket was completed and blogged about long ago so I don’t know why I waited so long to tell you about this project.

My friend, Karen, contacted me while I was in the process of moving and asked if there was any way possible for me to make her dream coat. Of course I said yes, after initially suggested she buy one on Etsy (LOL)…just to give me some time since I was moving and had a baby blanket due first. Now, I feel bad because it’s been so long. However, I think I’ve got my groove back!

It’s basically a coat made out of crocheted granny squares and then sewn together with some detail like a button band, sleeves and a folded collar. It’s 62 squares, of which I have 16 completed. Egads! I seriously need to get a move on before fall is here and she misses her chance to wear it!

Here’s Granny Square I from the pattern completed. It’s made using Red Heart Unforgettable in the colorway Stained Glass. It also uses Red Heart Soft yarn in the colorways Dark Leaf, Grape and Teal. I love how the varying colors of the Stained Glass make each square look different, even though it’s the exact same pattern. You can click on the images to make them larger.

This was the first time I have ever swatched for something crochet; however knew I had to do it since it would be worn. I found out that I’m a super loose crocheter, which I kind of already knew since my baby blankets and hats turn out so huge. The pattern called for a J (6 mm) hook or whatever size it took to make a 6″ x 6″ (15 cm x 15 cm) square. It took me 7 times, varying my hook sizes and yarn tension, to finally get gauge with an H (5.0 mm) hook.

After that it was just a matter of fitting it in between unpacking. I’ve only got one more box to unpack, besides my yarn. And my yarn is safe in plastic totes so it’s not going anywhere until I get my shelving up for it. So, onward and upward! I can do this!!!

Here’s a sneak peek at what it will look like when it is finished:

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Image via Red Heart – Link in Blog

Here’s a link to the free pattern: Sweater Coat in Grannies

 

There are three different styles, which all use different Red Heart yarns for slightly different looks and drape. This is the softest of the three. The link on Ravelry is Coatigan in Grannies and includes all three coats and links to all three free patterns.

I’ll keep you updated as I get further in. I’m excited to see what the next part of the pattern brings 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

Once Upon a Sock – July 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is being able to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you are dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS imags Stefanie from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Now that business is out of the way, let’s get to talking about socks! If you are new to my blog, welcome! If you’re not, welcome back and thank you for following! After last months debacle, I wanted to find a pattern to knit with the yarn I received from my sock swap partner, Reanna from Knit, Reanna, knit. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything that floated my boat with that particular yarn so I’ll save it for next time.

What I did find was a paid for pattern I’ve been wanting to knit since I started learning how to knit socks. It’s called Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner. I love the construction of these and can’t wait to finish so I can wear them while Summer is still struggling to appear in the Bay Area.

I decided to knit these concurrently so I am completing one section for the first sock, then moving to the second and so on. I’m knitting a 72 stitch sock with US 1 (2.25 mm) circulars for the sock itself and US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs for the heel flap, heel turn and possibly the gusset.

The yarn I’m using for the main color (A) is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply Self Striping in the colorway Rum Paradise. The yarn I’m using for the secondary color (B) is leftovers I received from a friend getting rid of her extra bits and is Spud & Chloë Fine in the colorway Dragonfly. I adore both of these colorways and seriously can’t wait to see what’s coming next with the self striping yarn.

I’ve messed up in a few places and had to restart sections due to my own misunderstandings of this type of construction (not the patterns fault); however have soldiered through and am falling in love more and more as I get further along. Here are pictures of my progress along the way. You can roll over each image to see what I was doing.

 

 

So, that’s where I am right now! Aren’t these gorgeous? I’ve completed the heel flap and turn on one sock and have moved on to the second. I dare say I may even have a completed set of socks by next months post!

Until then, Happy Knitting!

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FO – Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket

Hi All,

I just realized the month of June is almost over and I never got back to you about a couple of projects I talked about in my last OUAS (Once Upon A Sock) post. Today, I’ll share with you a little labor of love.

In March, my (step) Aunt Debbie asked me if I could make a baby blanket in lavender for her son’s soon to be arriving baby girl. She wanted something small that she could use as a baby and then be able to use for her baby dolls as she got a little older. Baby girl was due to be born in the middle of May. I thought that would be plenty of time to make something, so of course I said yes! Plus, I love knitting for babies…what could be better?

I rushed out immediately and picked up some Lavender yarn at JoAnn’s called Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. This stuff is so soft and is perfect for babies, as well as the easy care that new Mama’s appreciate. I spent the next few days searching patterns on Ravelry; but nothing was floating my boat. I finally decided to keep it simple and cast on for a 9 stitch ribbed baby blanket.

It was super easy and mindless knitting; however silly me totally forgot that I was in the midst of packing and moving. D’oh! I got all the way to here (see pic below) by May 9th and realized there was no way in the world I was going to get it finished in time. 😦 If I had gone a little smaller, maybe. But I wasn’t going to rip all that out and start over. I will continue this blanket at another time for another baby girl…I already have one in mind!

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So what to do? I know I can crochet super fast and started looking for quick and easy crochet patterns. One of my very favorite crochet blogs is called Mama in a Stitch and I just so happened to get an email that she had posted a new pattern. Eureka! Why didn’t I think of it sooner? I set about to searching her blog for a baby blanket and as soon as I clicked on the link, I knew it was meant to be.

It’s called the Blanket Stitch Baby Blanket and is her go-to pattern for blankets. I think it might be mine now too! She specifically gives instructions for a baby size blanket and a throw size blanket, but you can use the pattern to make any size you want. She used chunky yarn and I knew that I was using a worsted weight, plus I wanted the size to be a little smaller…more of a stroller blanket instead of a crib blanket.

I decided to use a size I (5.5 mm) hook and I crocheted my foundation chain until I was satisfied with the width I wanted, which was 22 inches (84 stitches) and I was off and running! I crocheted until it was 30 inches long and then crocheted a single chain along the edge to make the border even. For those of you that might be new to crochet or have never heard of this stitch, she has a YouTube tutorial on how to create the stitch.

In between unpacking, working, and all that life holds, I happened to crochet this blanket in 15 days. The little nugget was born on 5/15 (the day before my birthday) and I finished on 5/19. Just in time for Mama and Papa to get settled in while I popped it in the mail. Here are pics of the finished blanket…it was difficult to photograph the color; however it is closest to the one where it is draped over a chair. Mama, Papa and Grandma are super happy with the results 🙂

And here’s baby girl sleeping peacefully under her new blankie.

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I’ll be back soon to share another project I’m working on…also crochet. It is a commissioned project and I need to get moving a little bit quicker.

Until next time, Happy Crocheting (and Knitting!)