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 the 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, 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) 🙂

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

 

 

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FO’s – Neck Wear

Hi All,

Can you believe it’s already New Years Eve? I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year has flown! I have three final projects to end the year with you. I’ll try to write up a recap tomorrow as I reflect on this last year of crafting. It’s been a pretty good year for that with lots of big and little projects.

First up, a crochet project. This one was gifted to my dear friend Emmah for Christmas this year. I happened to be scrolling through the Free Testers Group on Ravelry and saw this test request. I knew I had yarn that would suit it perfectly and I wanted to make something for my friend to put in with her presents. This is a beginner pattern and would be perfect as a first project. It took me an hour for the original pattern, and then I decided to finish up my skein and it took me another 40 minutes.

Ravelled Here: Wintergreen Cowl by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/15/17

Hook: US K (6.5 mm)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics in the colorway Poinsettia

A couple of days before Christmas, the Designer reached out again for another crochet test. I would classify this one as an Intermediate level. This was my first time using the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and the stitch patterns were more than a beginner would know what to do with. The pattern has a 6 row repeat and it definitely takes some concentration at the beginning. After the first section, it’s kind of easy to see what you are doing and moves a little quicker.

It took me about 8 hours to complete this one, over two days; however another tester took 4 hours total and another said it only took her a couple of hours. They both classified it as an Advanced Beginner pattern. I guess it depends on your skill level and I thought I was pretty advanced. This one hasn’t been published as of yet, but will be soon. As soon as it is, I will link up my project. I just finished blocking it and blocking really opened up the pattern.

Ravelled Here: Autumn Leaves Cowl (Test)  by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/26/17 ~ 12/27/17

Hook: US F (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Weather Vane

Techniques Learned: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Last, but not least, is a project that’s been on my needles for quite some time! Everyone knows the Hitchhiker pattern from the designer, Martina Behm. She sells that pattern, along with three others in an ebook called Hitchhiker – A Trilogy of Four Patterns. I chose Trillian as my first knit out of this collection.

It all started with one of my fellow knitters in the group I attend every Thursday showing off a shawl she knit in Miss Babs Yowza yarn. I went home that day and purchased two skeins, Morticia and Beachglass. A couple of weeks later, one of my other fellow knitters was talking about the Trillian pattern. We decided to start it at the same time. She finished hers within a few weeks.

Unfortunately, I wound up with some hand issues and then some emotional issues and this got put away for quite awhile. I’m so happy to have it finally completed, blocked and final pics taken.

Ravelled Here: Trillian by Martina Behm

Started / Finished: 8/5/16 ~ 12/9/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 10 (6.0 mm)

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in the colorway Beachglass

I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! We are going to a dinner party and then playing games with friends, while sipping on delightful champagne. I hope your evening is just as fun, no matter where you are or what you do. Happy New Year!!!!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

FO – Yes, I’ve been knitting!

Hi All,

I’m back again and am not sure I’m going to make it to the end of the year with all the catching up; however am trying my best 🙂 Next up on the plate is a hat that I blogged about earlier this year.

I’ve made several Sockhead Slouch Hats throughout the last couple of years and always have one on the go since it’s a super easy take a long project. Earlier this year, I decided I wanted a super quick option and decided to work the pattern in Worsted Weight. It turned out super snuggly due to the yarn I used and I thought it would be another hat for me. Turns out my Aunt Karen loved it and I gifted it to her while I was in Indiana. She’s definitely knit worthy 🙂 Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Slouch IV (Worsted)

Started / Finished: 7/20/17 ~ 10/12/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the colorway Arco Iris

Modifications: Since I used Worsted weight yarn instead of Sock weight yarn, I cast on with 104 stitches. I tried to do the Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast On; however twisted the stitches when joining in the round and decided the time wasn’t worth it to try again. I will try it again in the future.

Next up, is another quick hat by Purl Soho. I wanted to make another purple hat for my cousin that would keep her super warm on those cold Indiana nights. She has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension so she is always super cold. It helps to have things to keep her warm and toasty. This one I started right before I left for Indiana…worked on the plane going there and finally finished a few days before Thanksgiving. It was a super easy pattern and would have been quicker to knit if I hadn’t been distracted by the goodness of hanging out with Rainy and the family 🙂 I made no modifications to this pattern. The gorgeous flag behind my head was made by my cousin-in-law, affectionately known as CIL. His company is called Our Old Flag.

Ravelled here: Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho

Started / Finished: 11/7/17 ~ 11/20/17

Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland in the colorway Hot Springs

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

And last, but not least for this post…my Aunt Karen asked for a warm pair of gloves that she could also use when she wanted to play her games. This called for some serious hunting. Thank goodness I purchased the Chilly Podsters pattern from Glenna Knits! These are fingerless gloves and mittens all in one. Be still my heart! The only thing is that she wanted them in black. Do you know how hard it is to knit with black yarn in the winter? If not, please don’t try it. I persevered and finished these on Christmas Day. I also got them in the mail today, so win for me!!!

My Aunt Karen will be enjoying these in no time! They are a wee bit large, as I made the large size; however my Aunt Karen wanted them like that. There ain’t no shame in that game. BTW, she’s also requested a fingerless pair of mitts that match her hat in the same yarn. Since she’s knit worthy, I’ll make that happen.

Ravelled Here: Chilly Podsters by Glenna C

Started / Finished: 11/21/17 ~ 12/25/17

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in the colorway Black

This was my first time actually making fingers on gloves. I’ve made thumbs before…just never fingers. What a rush to actually complete each glove 🙂 And how cute are my knitting jammies? I got these last year at Target and they are super comfy!

We’re almost finished with this year and I’m almost finished catching you up! Tomorrow will be three more FO’s that may cause ring around the collar? Hint, hint 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

FO’s – Unicorns Galore

Hi All,

Back at the beginning of December, I had high hopes for lots of blogging to show you some of the items that I had to keep secret as they were gifts. Now, it’s nearly the end of my three week vacation and I’m wondering where the time went! I’m going to share a couple of items with you today, just to get things moving again.

First up, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some “In Progress” photos. Several months ago, my cousin and a friend saw a Unicorn Blanket pattern that both wanted dearly. I found the pattern on Etsy (later realizing I could have bought it on Ravelry) and printed it out. It took me a little bit to purchase all the yarn I would need as several stores would have 1-2 skeins of it…I needed A LOT!

I learned a lot with the first blanket. I had never crocheted in the back loop only before and found that it creates a look much like ribbing with knit. I used office supply binder hooks to hold the hood and the blanket together for placement and sewing. I learned that I should use a much smaller hook with the yarn for the horn as it came out way too big. I also learned that since the stitches were larger, white fiberfill does not look as good. Although the horn is secure, it is not as firm as I would have liked. I also learned that gauge really does matter when you are trying to make a toddler size blanket. It turned out to be sized for a teenager. This was originally for Iris aka “Rainy”; however I gifted it to her Mama instead.

Ravelled Here: Unicorn Blanket by Keri Palbicki

Started/Finished 9/12/17 ~ 9/23/17

Yarn: Blanket used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Celebration; horn and hair used Lion Brand Landscapes in the color Boardwalk Promenade

Hook: Size US P (11.5 mm)

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I called the second one, Unicorn Shlanket since it’s a hybrid between a hooded shawl and blanket. I incorporated all of my learning from the original blanket, although I knew I wanted to make this a special fit for my cousin Nichole.

I made the hood with a size US M/N (9.0 mm) crochet hook, which made it much smaller. I also used a size US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for the horn. I bought black fiber fill off of Etsy to stuff it with and it made a world of difference! I also made the mane much fluffier than the first by using a ton more yarn. I decided to make the hood first so I could maximize the amount of yarn used in the shlanket part and this turned out to be a wise decision.

The shlanket itself was made with a US P (11.5 mm) crochet hook and I decided not to add the fringe since it was so long. Unfortunately, I do not have finished pictures of the full shlanket because I forgot to take them before shipping this off to my cousin (hint, hint!) and she has not gotten back to me with final pictures. I do have picture of the hood however, and I think you’ll agree that it turned out much better! Also included is a picture of the “In Progress” shlanket part. I used the same yarns; however the shlanket is in the color Fisherman instead of Celebration.

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Until next time, Happy Knitting or Crocheting!

 

 

Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

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Hi All and Happy October!

I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are just starting to change on some of our trees, although it will take a tad bit longer for the rest of them to catch up. The nights are definitely cooler and the days are too, which is a relief after an unprecedented, super hot summer. Pumpkin everything has come out…although not all of it good. Have you tried Halo Top’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream? I’m not a fan because of the pieces of pie crust (think soggy pie crust…not crisp and flaky) in it. Plus, I think there are some things you just shouldn’t mess with from the original flavor. Pumpkin Oreos anyone?

One of the other things I love about this time of year is getting to wear socks again! Yep…it’s all about the socks. And due to being sick last week, I was able to finish another pair, just in time for this cooler weather! I’ve talked about them many times on the blog. I actually started the first sock back in September of 2015. Socks were not really a priority at that time, even though I was blogging about them every Thursday. I finished the first sock in March of 2016 and cast on for the second. Then I put them away for a really, really long time.

Last month, while trying to determine which sock pattern I wanted to work next, I finally decided to pull out that second sock and get it done. I was tired of them taking up a pair of needles and a project bag. Plus I wanted that extra yarn for my sock yarn blanket 🙂 I also made a solemn vow to myself to finish everything in my UFO and WIP projects before starting anything new. This pair of socks is the reason why I always knit them TAAT* now as I never want to get SSS** again. I’ve even blocked them and taken pictures. Go me!!!

Ravelled Here: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Started / Finished: 9/26/2015 – 10/3/2017

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 24 inch circulars

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock in the colorway Spectrum (used 96 grams)

Techniques Learned: With the first sock, I learned how to do my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. I’ve used all of these techniques multiple times since then; however this was my first! I also learned that there are some mistakes you can live with and some you can’t. If you look very closely at the sock on the right foot, you’ll see that I got off pattern on the foot section. I decided I can live with it since I’m the only one that will ever see it.

I had to throw that last picture in there because my dog photo bombed me 🙂 Hey! Did you know that my friends and I blog about our sock knitting the first Thursday of every month? If you would like to join us, please let one of us know in the comments and we will be happy to link up with you! In the meantime, check out my very creative knitting buddies to see what they are up to this month! I will link straight to their posts as soon as they blog about them.

Katherine at fiber and sustenance

Kat at felinity knits

Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

*TAAT = Two at a Time

**SSS = Single Sock Syndrome

Once Upon A Sock: August Edition

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Hi All!

Did you enjoy my posts about Baby Rainy’s homemade gifts? If you haven’t checked them out, please do! You can find the links in the menu bar to the right. I would love your feedback. This year is flying by and this past month has been no exception. I didn’t meet my goal of finishing my socks by the 1 year anniversary of starting them; however I did finish them in the same month 🙂 I absolutely adore the pattern, fit and yarn…I guess I just love everything about them!

Ravelled Here: Smooth Operators by Susan B Anderson

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) magic loop

Yarn: String Theory Colorworks Inertia Self Striping in the color Putnisite

Started / Finished: July 10, 2016 – July 23, 2016 (Whew!)

New Techniques Learned: Afterthought Heels…this was new to me and scary as heck when I first started taking out the waste yarn, but now I love the method and will use it for future sock patterns. Especially for self-striping sock yarn!

I knit these TAAT and they took forever; however I’m so happy to be finished with them! They are super soft, especially after blocking and I know I’ll get a ton of use out of them.

Now, I just need to decide what I want to knit next. I’m leaning very heavily towards the Rose City Rollers or actually knitting the pattern from this months Yarnbox Sock Club, Call Me Ishmael. My yarn for the sock club just went in the mail yesterday, so I don’t know what color I will receive as of yet. Maybe I’ll wait until I get it and then decide. Regardless, I will have another pair on the needles again soon!

Me, and my fellow sock knitters, link up the first Thursday of every month to talk about our socks. If you would like to join us, let one of us know and we’ll be happy to add you to the group! I know that Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons is taking a social media / blog break for the months of August and September. Katherine from fiber and sustenance is currently on a cross country road trip with her hubby and I’m not sure if she’ll have time to post about socks this month; however check out her journey! She’s got some awesome pictures and lots of knitting!!! Finally, Kat from felinity knits has her sock post up for the month and it is an absolute stunning show stopper! Check her out!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

FO ~ Baby Footwear

Hi All!

In my last blog post, I talked to you about the cute little headbands I made for Baby Rainy. This time, we’ll talk about footwear. Now, you know that I already blogged about her tiny little Baby Mitten Socks a couple of months ago. What you didn’t know is that I also made her a pair of booties and a pair of flip flops! Let’s start with the booties first.

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Easiest Baby Booties Ever…free pattern on Ravelry

How freaking adorable are these? I decided to use the Sparkle White yarn I used for Rainy’s headbands, which was leftover from her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket. These are quite the cool little construction. They look like a capital T before you fold the edges over and sew them together, then you turn them inside out to get the affect shown above.

I could have sworn I took a picture before I sewed them up so I could show progress pictures; however I can’t find them for the life of me. This is a free knit pattern on Ravelry titled Easiest Baby Booties Ever! by Gina Michele. They really are quite simple; however I highly recommend watching the YouTube video where she goes over construction and sewing together.

These can easily be made into larger sizes and seem like they will be a perfect fit without falling off of Baby Rainy. I did make the newborn size, so I may have to work on another pair for when she’s a little older.

 

I was able to find the in progress pictures for these adorable little flip flops. Again, I used the Sparkle White yarn that was left over from the blanket and some leftover yarn from the Tulip Stitch Headband. I thought they would look super cute together. This was another free pattern ($2.00 on Rav but free instructions on her blog) on Ravelry called the Baby Strap Flip-Flops by Bethany Dearden and is crochet. I’m so glad that I can crochet and knit 🙂 It makes it so much more fun when I see patterns and don’t have to worry about whether it’s one or the other.

These took quite a bit more time than the knit booties due to all of the sewing together; however they were still super simple. One thing that I would change is to wait to weave in the ends until the end. I wove them in at each step and I could have hidden some of the ends better if I had waited. She also has a YouTube video that helps out with instructions that might need demonstration. That’s how I found the pattern in the first place! Again, I made the newborn size since she will be born in August.

I cannot wait to see these on Rainy’s little footsies! To keep those footsies clean, I also included The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha. I’ve made this before; however this was my first time making a project using the Portuguese Knitting style. I really enjoyed the technique and hope to use it in future projects that are all garter stitch. I find the Purl stitch to be relaxing when using this method. The yarn was Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists in the color Squishy Twists.

I’ve now blogged about all the gifts that I made for Baby Rainy. Sweet Mama has promised lots of pictures of Rainy wearing / using everything once she is born and I’ll update my Ravelry project pages at that time. It was so much fun making stuff for a baby girl again after the rush of boys lately; however I’m super happy to be back to knitting for myself. I have more finished objects to blog about soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!