Once Upon a Sock: April 2018

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Hi All!

First, thank you to Stefanie for creating three new logos to choose from for our monthly sock talk. Is it awesome? So pretty! You may see different ones on each of our blogs and it will be fun seeing which ones appealed to each person. Second, it’s sock time and I’ve got a beautiful pair to show off!

Earlier last month, I completed theย Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe pattern. Thank goodness I did because I spent most of the month packing, when I wasn’t working, and I wouldn’t have anything to show you today. My husband and I bought a new construction house (check out my Instagram for pics!) and closed in mid-March. We moved in 9 days ago and moving in comes with unpacking. Between going back to work, unpacking, and living in the dark ages (no phone, internet or tv until April 30th…fingers crossed), it’s been a challenge to get up the energy to knit in the evening. I think I’ve knit a total of four rows on my new socks since we’ve been here.

So, anyhow,ย I am in love with how the socks turned out. Blocking them made them so soft and I’m quite pleased with the way the yarn pooled within the stitches themselves. Here’s the information, in case you are curious.

Ravelled Here: Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe

Started / Finished: October 29, 2017 / March 11, 2018

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)

Yarn: Yarn Carnival High Wire 3-Ply in the colorway Equinox (53 grams or 259.7 yards or 237.5 meters…or just a little over half the skein) ๐Ÿ™‚

Notes: Knit one at a time, cuff down. I went with the 64 stitch pattern; however the next time I would either go up a needle size or switch to the 72 stitch pattern. These are a bit snug going over my heel; however I’m sure will loosen up as I wear them. If so, then I would leave as is. I might also try her modification for higher arches (hence the tightness across the heel) the next time.

 

 

 

Aren’t they gorgeous? I may be a little biased ๐Ÿ™‚ So, after I finished this pair, I was wondering what to knit next as all my yarn had already been packed up. Low and behold, that day I went to mailbox and my Yarnbox shipment had come in! My needles were not packed (who would pack something as precious as needles? Nope…I hand carried those babies over) and I thought the pattern offered with the shipment was interesting. I think this is the first time in three years of subscribing to Yarnbox that I’ve actually made one of the patterns that was written for the yarn. Go me!

The designer, Lorna’s Laces, hasn’t made the pattern available on Ravelry, but it is called Hygge House Socks. Perfect for the chilly new floors downstairs in my new house! It is knit with size US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and I know if I would just get going on these, they would be super fast! I was 10 garter stitch ridges in when I realized that they were way too big. I was knitting the Large size (60 stitches cast on) and I needed to go down to the Small / Medium size (50 stitches cast on) to ensure they fit. I’m currently 5 garter ridges into the first section. This pattern also uses two different colors and weights of yarn. Color A is Mrs. Crosby Harbor, worsted, in the colorway Tempest, a deep purple that’s kind of hard to photograph. Color B is Rauma Mitu, DK, in the colorway 8141, which is a dark pinky salmon…again, hard to capture properly. Here are the skeins caked up and divided into two for TAAT construction. This photo taken at the old house.

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And here’s my progress (new house carpet…only in the bedrooms and loft!):

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I look forward to sharing more with you next month. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I link up with a great group of knitters who also like to knit socks. In the last month, we’ve grown exponentially! If you are new(ish) to the blog, welcome and thank you for following! Let me introduce you to my friends and a few new ones too (blog links will be updated as everyone posts):

  1. Kathy B ofย Compassionknit
  2. Kat of (updated)ย Felinity Knits
  3. Katherine of (updated)ย Fiber and Sustenance
  4. Reanna of (updated)ย Knit, Reanna, knit!
  5. Liz of (updated)ย Knitty Little Sew and Sew
  6. (new member) Lynn of (updated)ย Minding My Own Stitches
  7. Steph of (updated)ย My Making Do Adventure
  8. Stefanie of (updated)ย stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric
  9. (new member added) Tammy of (updated)ย Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life
  10. (new member added) Meg of (updated)ย Intergalactic

Whew! Our group has grown from four to six to eleven in just a couple of months! If you’d like to join in too, drop one of us a line so we can let the others know, as well as send you the graphic for the blog post. Then, every month on the first Thursday, post about your socks and link up to everyone!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. HUGE congrats on the move – so exciting! And, almost as exciting, congrats on the lovely socks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat! I’m in love with both ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m slowly getting around to all the sock posts. I’ll be to yours soon!

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  2. MrsCraft says:

    Congratulations on the new house, and the socks are fab!

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    1. Thank you so much, MrsCraft!

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  3. Yay you’re in the new house! Yay for your gorgoues finished socks! Yay for the new ones! Hope you’re getting settled nicely ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I’m slowly, but surely, getting there! It feels so good to be homeowners again and able to do whatever we want to the house ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Stefanie says:

    How exciting to be in a new and fresh space! Great pair of FO socks here. I like the colors. And how fun you’ll be casting on next for some cozy house socks in a fun color.

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    1. Thank you, Stefanie! It is super exciting to be homeowners again. I love the colors too and they are so very super soft. My knitting group was ooh’ing and ah’ing over the softness yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Liz M says:

    I think it’s wonderful that Once Upon a Sock has so many members; there’s nothing like the community of knitters, is there?
    Congratulations on the house move. I hope it’s not too long before you feel properly settled in. Much kudos for managing to stay knitting throughout the experience. From previous experience of moving house, I’d be more likely to use my needles to stab things in frustration!

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I think it is too…I can’t believe how much things have grown over just the last two months! We’ll have a solution soon so we don’t have to keep up with everyone’s links throughout the day. That could become a part time job! Stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚ We cannot wait until we are fully settled in and back to living the California dream ๐Ÿ™‚ I was able to knit before we moved; however I’ve been so exhausted from unpacking (and the process of packing that has caught up with me) that I really haven’t accomplished much since then. Hopefully, all will be back to normal soon!

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  6. I would love to join in on this sock challenge (I’m embarrassed to admit how many half-finished socks I have sitting around)! Is it the first Thursday of every month? My blog is http://snapdragoncrafts.blogspot.com, and you can reach me at snapdragoncrafts AT yahoo.com. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Emily! Of course you can join in! We would be happy to have you ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, we blog on the first Thursday of every month about our socks. I think we may have to go with a different way to gather all the participants rather than what we have been doing as there are so many joining up now! I will add you to the email list as we discuss. Thanks, Paula

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  7. Hi Paula! Congrats on a new home. I hope you enjoy the gradual process of making it your very own. Thatโ€™s the fun part, after the packing, moving and unpacking are done.

    Cute vanilla socks! I do find that they loosen up a bit when worn. If you hand wash and lay flat to dry you should be okay. I machine wash and dry my socks which shrinks them a little bit. I also turn them inside out before washing so that the outside of the stock doesnโ€™t pill, fuzz or felt.

    So fun to have an active sock knitting! Iโ€™m one of the many newbies ๐Ÿ™‚

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