Grief Plus an FO and a WIP

Hi All!

I’ve been in a serious funk lately. It’s so weird to me that all of the family I physically grew up with are now gone. Grief comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, during this time of year and my mind has been full of memories and wishes for just one more moment of time with all of us together. My Mom (63) passed away in August 2014, my little sister Veronica (44) in October 2015 and my little brother Chuck (44) in June of this year. This is one of the last pictures that I have with all four of us together, taken in November of 2013.

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Plus, I’ve lost three of my four fur babies in the last two years due to age related illnesses as well as several friends 😦 So, while I’ve been busy knitting and crocheting, I haven’t really had the urge to talk about it…plus, I’ve been jumping from project to project, kind of like my mind, and have only finished a few things. Here’s one of them…plus a WIP.

I present to you the Sockhead Hat III. Yes, this was my third time making it. I think I’ve said before that this project is something that may be constantly on my needles as it is the perfect take a long project and super easy to pick up and put down. It’s also easily customizable for different head sizes.

Hat number 3 was on my needles for a long time; however it’s so worth it. I used a skein of sock yarn that I received from my Yarnbox Sock Club and I highly recommend it for the softness and utter feeling of luxury while knitting with it. It’s made of 80% Wool – Merino and 20% Manufactured Fibers – Nylon / Polyamide. It got even softer after blocking it. Here are the details.

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Slouch Hat III

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) 16 inch circulars / DPNs

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Glutton Sock in the color Alchemy (used 70 grams)

Started / Finished: 9/26/16 – 7/18/17

Modifications: Cast on with 136 stitches.

I can’t wait to pop this on my head to keep warm this winter. Plus, how could you not love this delicious color?

In addition, I have started another one in Worsted Weight. I had purchased four skeins of Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Arco Iris and only two of the four matched. This skein was so different from the others that I knew I had to use it for something on its own.

To tell the truth, it should have been done by now because it is moving so fast. I’ve just been concentrating on other WIPs instead and this one sits in my SUV, waiting for me to go to the doctor or be a passenger 🙂 But that’s okay. It’s not like I’m on a timeline for it and my knitting is not the boss of me. Here’s an In Progress pic. I’m just a little further along than this now and need to decide when I’m going to start the decreases to ensure I have enough yarn.

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I hope things are good for you! I’ve got some exciting projects coming up and I can’t wait to tell you more about them. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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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!

 

 

 

 

FO – Sockhead Slouch Hat 2

Hi All!

I’ve been promising a post on my latest finished object and here it is! This hat is something that I’ve been working on for over a year. A whole year, you might ask? Yes, an entire year. Why, you might ask? Well, because it was a take-a-long project! That means this was only worked on when I was out and about.

It’s been to quite a few places and could tell a few tales. We’ve been together on flights to Indiana, Florida and Hawaii. We’ve been to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, San Jose, Livermore, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino and Oakland…all in California. We’ve been together in dentist offices, periodontist offices, doctors offices and hospitals. We’ve been together standing in line waiting to get into concerts, as well as multiple wineries, book club meetings, parties and other sundry events. We’ve been together for a lot of passenger side car knitting.

I’m going to miss knitting on her and can’t wait to gift her to my cousin, Nichole. She’s been waiting a long time! I have since cast on and am working on another one. I’m hoping this one doesn’t take over a year to complete. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Hat 2 (Free Pattern called Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure)

Started / Finished: 7/31/15 – 9/26/16

Yarn: Patons North America Stretch Sock in the color Grape Gumball (62 grams / 1.25 skeins)

Needles: US 3 – 16 inch Bamboo Circulars and US 3 DPNs

Modifications: Cast on with 136 instead of suggested cast on amount as my first Sockhead Hat was a wee bit too big. Since I cast this on, the pattern has been updated to state that as long as you cast on in multiples of 8, you are good. I think this is a good size for a large head.

And here are some pictures with the brim folded and not folded! I love the way this yarn knitted up and have gotten a ton of compliments on it whilst out knitting at all those places.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

I absolutely love Rebecca Danger and her book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’ve made two of the patterns so far and they are really easy to follow. They make excellent gifts for my great nieces / nephews and are easily customizable. For the first monster, I followed instructions and used white felt for the mouth. For the second monster, I crocheted “teeth” and sewed them on. You can mix and match parts and once you’ve made one, you want to make more.

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Hugo the Couch Potato Monster and Petunia the Patio Monster

I’ve test knit a lot for Linda Browning and I love how each of her patterns can be built upon to make them larger or smaller, based on your preferences. She tends to write smaller shawlette patterns that fit her very petite ballerina daughter; however I’ve always sized up for someone that is a “regular” size. Last year, during the month of December, she offered one free pattern a day. So, if you look in my Ravelry library, you’ll see that I have most of them. Here are a few pics of the ones I’ve test knit for her. I have another one that is super gorgeous and was my first project with beads; however it’s still in stealth mode because the pattern hasn’t come out yet. (The pattern names are added to the pics, dependent on which method you use to view the content.)

Another designer I love is Joji Locatelli. I’ve purchased two of her patterns so far and really enjoy the ease of her patterns. You’ve already seen the picture of the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl that I blogged about on Day 6 and Day 7 & 8 of the challenge. I also purchased the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. For now, I’m waiting until I have a few more projects completed before I purchase her ebook titled “The Authentic Collection“. I want to knit every single pattern in the collection, so I feel it is a fantastic deal.

And last, but not least (because I seriously could go on and on…like yesterday’s post on yarn), Tin Can Knits. Because how could you have a post about favorite designers and not include them? I’ve knit two of their patterns so far (the Barley hat twice) and I adore their sense of color and style. Their pictures make me drool and wish that I lived in their neck of the woods; if only so I could wear everything they design.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 6

What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

This question is a hard one because I’ve loved almost everything that I’ve knit. I wouldn’t go into a project without first loving the pattern itself, or at least thinking I love it. I have knit with some yarn that I didn’t love; however that’s a question for another day. If I had to go by what do I personally wear the most?

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

I love this thing and get so many compliments when I wear it. I seriously need to knit a hat to go with it so I have something that matches a bit better than what I normally wear. I have yarn leftover from all three skeins and could easily knit a hat to match. I adore the colors I chose and the pattern was extremely well written. Just when you think you’re getting bored with one color, you switch it up. I did make a few modifications, which I listed on my Ravelry page. Also, using DK weight yarn instead of fingering really made this project fly off the needles!

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How gorgeous is this?

The second piece that I wear constantly is my very first Sock Head Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure. I love the color (Partie) in this so much and dearly wish this yarn had not been discontinued. I’ve looked everywhere for it and can no longer find it…believe me, I’ve tried! It’s my go to hat, which doesn’t match my cowl whatsoever. I do have yarn that would coordinate…maybe the skein of Neon Peach from Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that I recently won? See why I need a new hat and a new cowl? I would like to match at least a little 🙂 This is another one that gets a lot of compliments and is a ton of fun to wear and style.

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It’s like a party on my head!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!