Once Upon a Sock: June Edition

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Hello All!

Can you believe it’s June already? Where the heck did May go? I’m on vacation this week…a staycation; although it has been busy with trips to wineries in Saratoga, as well as Gilroy and Morgan Hill. We had a lovely barbecue with a great friend with some fantastic wine. We also took a trip to Monterey and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Tuesday and had a delicious seafood lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf. When you live in California, every day can be a vacation 🙂

Since it is the first Thursday of the month, it’s all about the socks! Have you guys heard about this craze that’s been going on for several years? You take your sock yarn (or any weight really) scraps and make a blanket out of it. I heard about it a year and a half ago and have been diligently saving my yarn scraps, as well as swapping and buying mini skeins. The pattern I’m following is free and is called The Coziest Memory a recipe for a scrap blanket by Kemper Wray.

This week I decided I have enough yarn to finally start. Well, I probably could have started a long time ago. I just got the gumption to do it this week 🙂 I have one square completed and although I have a pattern and have watched tons of YouTube videos, I’m still trying to determine how to add my next square so it’s centered the same way and I’m working on the “right” side (it’s all garter stitch). I think I have it figured out and will let you know soon! For my first square, I used the yarn from Baby Eric’s socks and I have the next ball wound up and ready to go. I’m using size US 2 (2.75 mm) DPN’s and the first square came out to 2.75 inches squared.

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In addition to the Cozy Memories Blanket, I’ve also been working diligently on my Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I started these on July 10, 2016. Isn’t that crazy? I hope to have them finished by next months post, which will make them a year long project. As my long time readers know, I was sidelined by a hand injury and it took a long time to recover. Luckily, I’m back in the groove, although taking it easy on such tiny needles so I don’t injure myself again.

Guys, we have heels! OMG!!!! Can I tell you how excited I am? I have never worked with afterthought heels before and it was extremely nerve wracking learning this new technique. After knitting 2 inches past the waste yarn, I picked up the stitches on both sides. With the first sock, I picked up the wrong leg on one side of the heel; however that was easily fixed by reorienting the stitches as I was knitting them. Since these are being knit TAAT (Two at a Time), I left the socks on the Magic Loop needles and used my 24 inch size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles to work the heels one at a time. Here’s a little tip for you…when knitting TAAT, place your second ball of yarn inside your second sock to prevent tangles. It worked awesome for me.

After finishing up the heels, I went back to knitting in the round and now I’m 10 rows into the foot. Like I said before, it’s been slow going; however, they are getting there!

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Have you seen my fellow sock enthusiasts posts lately? Why not hop over to their pages and show some love! And if you want to join us, let one of us know, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up! We would be happy to have you!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Tulip Stitch Headband (with Pattern)

Hi All!

In my last post I shared some finished socks for my friends Rainbow Baby, nicknamed Rainy. I’ve also finished a headband for her and am well into a Rainbow Blanket (more on that later!) I thought you might like to see my progress.

I was looking around at baby headbands since Rainy will be born in August and hats will be too warm (hrm…I just got to thinking about that and may look for a sun hat). There are a ton out there that are super adorable. While browsing, I came upon the Tulip Stitch. It is crocheted and gave me the chance to pull out my gorgeous Furls crochet hooks, which have been seriously neglected lately. I gathered some yarn I bought for another crochet project, for which I knew I would not need the full skeins, and followed a YouTube video that showed how to do the stitch in a blanket. Here’s the pattern I wrote for a newborn, which can be modified to fit any size. I couldn’t find a written pattern for a headband, so I wrote down exactly what the video showed me how to do, with my modifications:

Tulip Stitch Headband

Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook or size to fit your yarn
Approximately 5 Grams of Color A
Approximately 4 Grams of Colors B & C

I used size Medium (4) Caron Simply Soft Solids, which is listed as an Aran weight.

SC = Single Chain
DC = Double Chain
YO = Yarn Over
Cluster Stitch = YO, insert the hook into the next stitch, YO, draw the yarn through the stitch, YO, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat the preceding step two times. You should end up with 4 loops on the hook. YO and draw through all four loops on the hook. YO and pull through the loop to set the cluster stitch.

Foundation Row:
With Color A, chain an odd number of stitches (divisible by three) plus two. It should be as long as the circumference of the size of head you are making but also allowing for a little stretch. For example, a newborn usually has a size 14 inch head. I chained 53, which is 13 inches with give to stretch to 14 inches.

Pattern:
SC into the third chain from the hook. I like to crochet into the purl bump created on the back of the starting chain. SC into each stitch across. You should have 51 SC. Break off color A and join Color B. (Used approximately 2 grams of Color A)

Ch 3. DC into the third chain from the beginning. Ch 1. DC into the same stitch. *Skip two chains. DC, Ch 1, DC into same stitch.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color B and join Color C. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color B)

Ch 3. *Cluster Stitch into space made by the V in the prior row. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color C and join Color A. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color C)

Ch 1. SC into first chain space. *SC into top of cluster stitch. 2 SC into next chain space.* Repeat until last stitch. SC into last stitch. Turn.

Ch 1. SC into each SC from prior row. Break off Color A. (Used approximately 3 grams of Color A)

Use the leftover yarn at each end to join together to make a circle; mattress stitch works well for this. Weave in the leftover ends.

Ravelled Here: Tulip Baby Headband

If you try the pattern, let me know how it turned out for you! I think this will look super cute on Rainy.

Since this post turned out longer than I thought it would, I’ll be back another day to share an update on the Rainbow Baby blanket. BTW, yesterday was my birthday and my hubby surprised me with an Apple Watch Series 2, a hilarious birthday card and an absolutely delicious dinner out. I had a great day with lots of messages from friends and family, as well as an hour long Facetime with my nephews. Here are a few pics from the day 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting (or Crocheting)!

Once Upon a Sock: May Edition

Hi All!

What do you think of the cool new graphic for our header? Thanks go out to Stefanie (see below for the link to her blog!) for creating it and sending it to all of us to use in our monthly Once Upon a Sock posts! I think it’s super cool 🙂 I’ve also decided to copy some of my fellow sock knitters and use the month in the title versus the sock pattern.

Last month I showed you my progress on the Baby Mitten Socks and my Smooth Operators. I finished the Baby Mitten Socks; however need to tell you a little story. While we were in Hawaii, I must have been fascinated by the view because I accidentally doubled the heel length in the sock I made. I happened to notice that I did the same exact thing when I made my first pair of these! However, at that point, both socks were the same, so no worries.

I decided this weekend that I would get that second sock completed so I could blog about them today and lo and behold, after I finished, I noticed a marked difference in heel size!

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See the difference in the back of the heel? The sock on the left was completed in Hawaii and the sock on the right was completed on Saturday.

So, did I read the pattern wrong this time? Or did I read it wrong the other three times I’ve made this sock? Since it’s a free pattern, I’ll post the part here. For the pattern, she uses a different color for the heels; however I’ve been making them a solid color.

Heel
With contrast yarn, k16 sts, placing them onto one needle. You will work back and forth on this needle for the heel.
Next: k1, p14, k1. K 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 11 rows, ending with a ws row.

Now, the first time I made these socks, and the first sock of this pair, I knit 22 rows for the heel. However, when I knit them on Saturday, I read it to knit for a total of 11 rows (which is exactly what is says) and that’s what I did. I think I knit it correctly on Saturday, which makes sense because you pick up 9 stitches later in the pattern. All I know is that I I couldn’t leave it as is. I had extra sock yarn, so I decided to knit another sock on Sunday. I’m sending the sock I knit in Hawaii, just so Mama can have that sock too…she may want to frame it or something 🙂

Here’s pics of the bigger sock with the two matching socks and pictures of the final socks. So super cute!!!! *You can click on the photos to see a much larger image!

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks 2
Needles Used: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 1 (2.25 mm)
Yarn Used: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Anna Plantain
Started Finished: 3/15/17 – 4/30/17 (I really completed the final pair this past weekend)

I also made some progress on my Smooth Operators; however this is already long, so I’ll save it for next month when I hope to have even more!

Also, have you seen these AMAZING Hogwarts Socks? OMG…I about died when I saw them! (Pattern picture is © Pauliina Mathlin, the Designer of the socks!) The pattern is also FREE!!!!! Once I get some free time, I am going to have to make these.

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Why don’t you go check out my fellow sock enthusiasts? And if you want to join us, let one of us know, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up! We would be happy to have you!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Baby Boy Blanket & Hat

Hi All!

Now that Mama & Papa have received their package, I can finally reveal all the yarny goodness I sent to them for the newest baby boy. You’ve already seen a hat I made, using the MJ’s Hospital Hat pattern. What you didn’t know is that the hat was way too small. I checked with one of knitting group friends who recently had a baby and she said it needed to be 14 inches around. I measured and the hat was only 10 inches unstretched and 11 inches stretched. Oops! So, I donated the hat for a Preemie. I’m sure some little one will get some use out of it.

You’ve also seen the Baby Mitten Socks that I highlighted in my monthly Once Upon a Sock post. What you haven’t seen is the new hat and baby blanket! I’ve made this hat pattern before for my great nephew, so I knew that I needed to make the Newborn size instead of the Baby size so he would be able to wear it home from the hospital. I love the rolled brim on this and it should fit him for a little bit. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat
Started / Finished: 4/6/2017-4/8/2017
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (35 grams)
Needles Used: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Size Made: Newborn (14 inches unstretched)

The other item finished is the baby blanket! It felt like I whizzed through this, taking it with me on my trip to Hawaii, and finishing it up at home. I love the feature of the garter stitch square and edging and Mama loves how soft it is. I washed it in the washing machine on Delicate using Newborn Dreft, partially dried it in the dryer on Gentle, then hung to finish drying. I didn’t have to steam block as everything fell into place from patting it into place as it finished air drying.  It is a free pattern from Tin Can Knits called Malt and was super easy. I highly recommend for the beginner knitter or for the more advanced knitter who wants something easy for tv / talk knitting. Here are the details (You can click the images to see larger pics):

Ravelled Here: Malt
Started / Finished: 2/16/17-4/5/17
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (399 grams – 2.35 skeins)
Needles Used: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Size Made: 31″ x 36″
New Technique Learned: Icelandic Bind Off (Perfect bind off with Garter Stitch and stretchy too!)

That’s one baby boy down and one baby girl to go! Stay tuned for updates on her gorgeous Rainbow Blanket, pink socks and headband! *Check out my Instagram for sneak peeks 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Once Upon a Sock: WIP’s

Hi All!

My husband and I took a trip to Maui, HI a few weeks ago and that is where most of my sock knitting happened this month. I captured some pictures the last day we were there from our lanai; however it was a little cloudy.

I was able to complete one baby sock, using the Baby Mitten Socks pattern discussed last month. I wanted baby girl “Rainbow J”, affectionately known as “Rainy” to have at least one sock made in HI so she could have a beautiful view to go with the sock. Here’s a pic of the HO (Half Finished Object) to tide you over until they are finished. (Hint: You can click on any pic in this post and it will open into a larger version.)

I also made a bit of progress on my Smooth Operators. The Smooth Operators have been on the needles since the pattern first came out…July of 2016! Holy cow, batman! These really need some love; however it’s still gonna be a little while as I need to make a baby blanket and finish that other sock for Rainy. Maybe they’ll get some attention while road tripping. We’ll see!

My progress keeper shows how far I’ve come since you last saw these. They are almost ready for the afterthought heel to be started. I decided to take a couple more pics this morning to show the progress a little better. These were taken in my backyard on another cloudy day.

And I know that this is not technically a sock; however it is called the Sockhead Slouch Hat and uses sock yarn. I thought I’d update you on my progress here too. It’s my take-a-long project so it doesn’t get a ton of attention if I’m not waiting somewhere or being a passenger in a vehicle. I’m really enjoying the supersoft yarn by Forbidden Woolery in the Gluttony Sock base and the color Alchemy. The yarn came from the Yarnbox Sock Club and I would never have gotten to experience the pleasure of this yarn without the club. It’s measuring 9 inches from the edge, so I’ve got a few more inches before starting the decreases. Yep, it’s that slouchy!

That’s it for me this month! I post on the first Thursday of every month about socks, along with my friends that also like to post about socks. If you’d like to join up, let one of us know and we’ll add you to the link up party 🙂 After that, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link to us. Easy, peasy!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – MJ’s Hospital Hat

Hi All!

I feel really bad that I haven’t been blogging as much as before. I guess just like there are ebbs and flows in life, there are in blogging as well. I noticed that I’ve only had four posts in the last few months. That makes me sad. The good news is that I am 100% healed from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and am back in the knitting groove.

I talked a few days ago about a baby hat I recently finished and it’s absolutely adorable. It is in the same color realm as the Baby Mitten Socks I made for the same Mama and in the exact yarn that I am using for the baby blanket. It is truly a newborn hat and won’t fit him for very long; however Mama wanted something for him to wear home from the hospital. I will make him another hat at a later date since he will be born in May and won’t need one for awhile.

I was really sick (am slowly recovering on some strong antibiotics) when knitting the hat and misunderstood the decrease instructions. Note to self: when you see something within a set of asterisks that says repeat, you should start over again at the beginning of the asterisk. LOL. I don’t know how I read the instructions as * K2tog, K10, SSK, K10, K2tog, K10, SSK, K10 *. It was supposed to be *K2tog, K10, SSK*.  I’m such a dodo head. This resulted in a pointier, elf like hat. Since it had that type of look, I decided to finish it off with a 3 1/2 inch i-cord, which I then tied into a knot.

The designer saw my project notes and reached out to me to let me know how I had read the pattern wrong. She also, rather graciously, said that she liked the way mine had turned out. I will be knitting this pattern again for a girl baby that’s being born a little after this boy baby, so I’ll have another chance to do the pattern justice.

Ravelled Here: MJ’s Hospital Hat

Started / Finished: 2/23/17 (Yes, it was fast!)

Needles: US3 (3.25mm) and US4 (3.5mm) DPN’s

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft Solids in the color Blue Mint (22 grams)

And here’s the finished baby hat! Isn’t it adorable?

Also, a quick side note. My hubby and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on Friday. We were really sick so we didn’t get to do anything; however he sent me the most gorgeous flowers! The fifth anniversary is wood so he bought me a gorgeous cherry bookcase and I got him a really nice guitar speaker box (something that you put a speaker in that projects the sound).

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks (FO)

It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s all about the socks! First, I would like to welcome Kat from Felinity Knits to our little band of sock knitters! She has an awesome sock post this month and I’ll link it below.

I was able to finish the baby socks that I talked about last month! They are so adorable and so teeny, tiny. I’m hoping they fit a newborn, as most socks I make don’t fit until 3 months or longer…at least for babies. I was also able to get a couple of more rows done on my Smooth Operators; however again, not enough to show a new picture. Even though I haven’t gotten in much sock knitting, I have actually been knitting a lot! I’ve made a baby hat and am working on a baby blanket that I will blog about at a later date.

So, let’s talk about these baby socks.

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks by Barbara Prime (Free pattern)

Started / Finished: 1/26/17 ~ 2/18/17 (I was taking my time; however these are easily a 1-2 day project)

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s

Yarn: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Mana Pool (16 grams)

I did have a little snafu while working on the first sock. Why is it that although I find Kitchener Stitch easy, I can never remember it? I had to look it up on a YouTube video. Unfortunately, I was looking at a video for using the Kitchener Stitch to graft together two squares (wrong sides facing). So, I turned my itty bitty sock wrong side out and happily went on my way. I decided to turn it right side out to check my work before weaving in the ends…needless to say, I figured out I did it wrong. I had to remove it and start over. Argh! That was a pain that definitely needed daylight and a lot of patience…check out these progress pics! I put each stitch on an individual stitch marker, then I used cable needles to make sure they were oriented in the proper way before finally placing them back on the needles. I felt so accomplished when I finished it successfully!

And now for the final pics. Mama is super happy with them…at least pics of them. I will pack these up with the hat and baby blanket for a sweet little gift.

Would you like to join me and my fellow sock knitters? We post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up with each other. Just let one of us know so we can add you to our list! Here’s my partners in crime and their most recent sock posts.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!