Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! Is it just me or do the weeks seem to keep flying by? I remember when I was a child, time was so much slower. The long days of Summer, playing outside with friends, drinking iced tea brewed by the sun, swimming in the lake and the millions of other things we did as a child. Now that I’m older, I appreciate the lazy, carefree days of summers of the past more than ever and wish I could get back to them (if only I didn’t have a job and a million other adulting things to do…not that I want to lose my job…goodness no!)

What got me thinking about all of that? Today is my Aunt Karen’s 62nd birthday and she is finally retired. I was able to Facetime with her this morning and it was a joy to see her so relaxed and happy, getting back to those carefree days of our youth and finally able to spend time with my cousin, Nichole. So Happy Birthday, Aunt Karen and Happy Retirement too! May you finally have the peace and comfort that you have brought to countless others in your golden years 🙂 Not that you’re old or anything! LOL

Oh, and yeah, it’s a Thursday too. I bet you thought I was trying to fill up my blog post with reminiscing and had totally forgotten about my socks. Nope! Not gonna do it! Believe it or not, I actually got a lot done this week. I’m about half way through the Monster for my nephew…so I’m pretty stoked! My husband was away a lot with band practice and that makes for perfect, uninterrupted knitting time!

So, how far did I get with my socks? I finished the foot and the gusset! What? Yeah, I can’t believe it either! Now, I know some people can whip out a pair of socks a day. I’m just not that type of person, so this is a major accomplishment for me. I’m working a heel type that I’ve never worked before and although kind of freaked out about it, I’m just following the pattern and going one stitch at a time. What I really love about this heel is that there are no stitches that will need to be picked up. What? Yeah, you heard that right! If it works out, I may try this heel again and again because I dislike picking up stitches 🙂 That means no holes, right?

Just a reminder, I’m working on the Amy’s Favorite Toe Up Socks pattern, which is a paid for pattern on Ravelry. I’m debating on making these shorties for the summer instead of knitting a leg. If I do that, it just means I can start the next pair of socks sooner. Stay tuned for more on that.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m linking up with my friends Hannah, who blogs at unsophisticated+jejune and Alex who blogs at alexand knits for our regular Thursday sock party. I’m not sure if either will have a post up today; however you can check them out and see what other goodies they are working on! And a big welcome to the newest member of our sock knitting group! Katherine of Fiber and Sustenance has added a fantastic post about After Thought Heels…this is her first sock post joining up!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

FO’s – Baby Goodness

Hi All! In my last post, I promised to show you what’s been keeping me busy lately. At the beginning of May, I shared a quick sock post with you that showed the baby socks I made for my niece Brittany’s new baby boy, who is due in September. After that, I went into extreme mode on the test knit, the Gypsy Moss Shawl. Once I finished that, and in between working on my current pair of socks (amidst other things), I finished a baby hat and a baby blanket! I’m feeling very productive lately. I also promised big brother an orange monster (his favorite color), so he won’t feel left out when the baby gets all this new stuff. I started on it this morning and will share pics of that soon. So, let’s get down to the details!

Here’s the information on the baby blanket (free pattern on Ravelry):

Ravelled Here: Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm) from Furls Crochet Candy Shop line

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport in the color Pale Blue (816 grams – 2.72 skeins)

New Techniques Learned: Crocodile Stitch, single crochet edging when Crocodile Stitches are involved.

I did not use the ruffled edging / ribbon that was in the pattern. I wanted something a little more masculine, so I single crocheted around the blanket and then double crocheted another row around.

This blanket is a serious yarn hog, due to the amount of stitches used to create the Crocodile Stitch. It was a little fiddly getting started; however once the first two rows were complete, it was a breeze. I would definitely make this again; however I would make it the same size as the pattern. The final size on this is 46″ x 47″…I know, it’s huge! It will make for a good crib size blanket and keep the little man warm on cold Illinois nights.

The beauty (see one my dog’s butts behind the chair? LOL):

Here’s the info on the hat:

Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles Used: US 5 – 3.75mm DPNs

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids and Marls in the color Flannel (30 grams – .22 skein)

This was a super easy baby knit and goes perfectly with the socks I made. I’ve included a pic of the hat and socks together here. I would highly recommend this for a quick knit when you need something fast for a baby shower! I made the baby size instead of the newborn, as I want him to be able to wear it a little longer. I love the rolled-up brim that can continue to expand the length as he gets bigger.

The cuteness (I’m not sure why the pictures posted with the tops cut off; however you can click each one to see the full detail):

So, that’s what has been keeping me busy lately! How about you?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! Happy Thursday! I didn’t have a sock post last week as I was too busy finishing up some other items that I will blog about soon. I didn’t make it as far as I wanted to this past week (also because of finishing up other things); however, I did make some progress. When last we spoke about my socks, I was 28 rows into the stockinette section. Now, I have completed 37 rows. Think about it though. Each sock is 64 stitches around, so that times 2 is 128 stitches. Multiply that by 9 rows and that’s 1,152 tiny stitches completed! That a lot! I’m about 3/4 of an inch away from starting the heel and can’t wait to get to that section. I estimate that another eight rows will get me there. I’m taking this to my local knitting group today and will see if I can get ‘er done. Once again, the pattern is Amy’s Favorite Toe Up Socks, in case you don’t want to go looking for past blogs.

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I know, this is short and sweet today. I really don’t have much else to say…or I’m just too tired to think of anything at the moment 🙂

You should really go check out my fellow sock knitting buddies, although I think Hannah is currently moving from the UK to the US and hasn’t been on in awhile. Hannah blogs at unsophisticated+jejune and Alex blogs at alexand knits! If you’d like to join us on our Thursday Sock Knitting adventures, feel free to link up and we’ll do the same!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Gypsy Moss Shawl

Hi All! The test knit I was working on went live today, so I can finally share details. It’s called the  Gypsy Moss Shawl. I wasn’t looking for a test knit (I saw it when scrolling through Instagram); however as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. This pretty much consumed my knitting time for a little over a month (meaning very few blog posts during that time) and I’m very pleased with the results.

The designer of the pattern also dyes her own yarn and we were required to use her yarn in the project to show them off. I absolutely love the colors I chose from the kits she had available and the yarn is super snugly soft. It was an absolute joy to work with. If you purchase a kit prior to August 1, you will receive the pattern for free. You can see more details on her website: Pandia’s Jewels. * The designer did not pay me to say this!

The colors in the skeins I chose are listed in the Earth Gypsy Shawl Kit; however since all of the skeins are hand dyed, none of them look exactly like the other. I alternated skeins every two rows to ensure the final shawl would be even in color. You can see more about that in my notes on Ravelry, as well as all of skeins caked up. This was a very simple knit, easy enough to watch TV or podcasts while knitting. The most time consuming part was the Moss Stitch at the end of the shawl and the fringe. Let’s get to the goodies.

Ravelled Here: Gypsy Moss Shawl

Started 4/23/16 – Finished 6/2/16

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) ChiaGoo Interchangeables (I kept increasing the cord length as it got larger)

Yarn: Pandia’s Jewels Hand Dyed Yarn in Snug Base in the color Gypsy (2 skeins); Pandia’s Hand Dyed Yarn in Snug Base in the color Berry Stain (1 skein); Pandia’s Jewels Hand Dyed Yarn in Mohair Lace in the color Berry Stain (1 skein)

Techniques New to Me: Fringe

I was very happy to finish this while we were on vacation in Hawaii and even happier that I was able to take pictures there (on our very last day)! Every time I wear this, I will be reminded of our dream vacation, wrapped up in a big shawl of goodness.

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (PS…you can click on each image to make it larger! Please let me know if they are too large for viewing and I will go back and make them smaller.)

 

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! I took a little break last week since I was on vacation, but I’m back to talk about the progress on my socks! I finished my test knit while in Hawaii and got some gorgeous photos. I heard from the designer the pattern will be released around June 20th, so stay tuned for the pics and a blog on that. Unfortunately, my socks only got a little love last week since I finished my shawl on Thursday afternoon. Two whole rows of love. Here they are on the lanai of the condo we rented:

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I was afraid to take them on the plane with me because of the metal needles, so I worked on my Sockhead hat, a take along project that I’ve been working on since the end of July last year. Eek! I really need to get that thing off the needles and headed on it’s way to my cousin.

I’m now at 4 1/2 inches (28 rows) and need to get to 6 1/2 inches before starting the heel. Hopefully, I’ll be there by the next blog post. There’s really not much to say at this point that hasn’t been said in my other blog posts, as it is simple stockinette stitch. Knitting round and round and round. I was at 15 rows for my last update, so 13 rows have been completed, mostly in the last few days. Once again, the pattern is Amy’s Favorite Toe Up Socks, in case you don’t want to go looking for past blogs.

I did want to share with you some cool new tools I purchased from an delightful Etsy shop called Burning Impressions 2. I heard about the shop from one of the knitting podcasts I watch (Grocery Girls Podcast…they are a hoot!) and thought I’d check them out. There are oodles of fantastic wood knitting / crafting tools that can be personalized. I purchased the Sock Knitter’s Tool Kit (with my Ravelry name on back) and the Mitt Blockers with Removable Thumb Set (size Medium). The quality and workmanship are excellent and I’ve already been using the soxyzz (pronounced sock size) with my current socks for measuring. What awesome tools! Check out the shop for all the details.

And finally, I wanted to share with you two gorgeous yarns I found in the only shop selling yarn in Maui…a cute little gift shop in Lahaina called Binky’s.  The first is Maui Yarns in the color Deep Blue Sea. It’s 75% Superwash Merino Wool / 25% Nylon and 100 grams / 400 yards. I can’t wait to make a gorgeous pair of socks out of this, or maybe a shawl, since I purchased two skeins to remember my vacation. The second is Hula Bunny in the color Coconut Dream. It is 40% English Angora from Hawaii Bunnies / 40% Superwash Merino / 20% Tussah Silk and 56.7 grams / 250 yards. I probably shouldn’t have bought this due to the expense; however when I felt it, I just wanted to snuggle like crazy with it. I also bought two skeins and I’m not sure as of yet what I’ll make with it. I did find out when I got home that I could have bought it for a third of the cost on the website…lesson learned!

For someone who didn’t have much to say, this has turned into a really long blog post! Hopefully, you are still reading 🙂 If you want to check out what my fellow sock  knitters are doing, go check out Hannah at unsophisticated+jejune and Alex at alexand knits! If you’d like to join us on our Thursday Sock Knitting adventures, feel free to link up and we’ll do the same!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!