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!

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!

 

 

 

 

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 24

Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

I haven’t made my own pattern or dyed my own yarn; however I am interested in doing both! I’ve watched videos on YouTube for how to dye yarn and I think it would be super fun. I just need to make the time to do it…plus I really need to whittle down my stash before I jump into buying more yarn. I’ve also got some ideas floating around in my head for some hats, cowls and shawls. Maybe one day they will jump out of my head and onto paper.

I did however add to a pattern! I made Hugo the Couch Potato Monster for my great nephew Athan and I didn’t want to use felt for the teeth, as was called for in the pattern. He’s three years old and I was worried that he would tear it off or it would come off in the wash. So, I crocheted teeth and sewed them to the monster. Does that count as making my own pattern? I looked online and on Ravelry and couldn’t find anything that I liked, so I just started experimenting.

You can read more about it on my Ravelry page if you would like to use the pattern for the teeth in one of your future projects. Here are some pictures that I haven’t shared…Athan with his new monster and some pics of the blanket that I crocheted for his new brother Anden! I think he likes it 🙂

 

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 21

Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

Absolutely! Holidays, birthdays, new babies…just about everyone in my family has received some sort of knit or crochet gift at one point in their lives. Remember that I just started knitting in February of 2015, so last year was my first year to knit for family. It was kind of rough as I knit for 25 different people. Granted, 19 of those projects were hats (with 6 of those being for toddlers / babies); however I also made a shark blanket and 5 cowls. Trust me, I will not be doing that again!

My goal for this year was to make washcloths (along with a bar of homemade soap) or hot water bottle cozies (with the hot water bottle included). Since I’ve been on hiatus due to my knitting injury, I don’t know if I will be able to knit for everyone…or to even knit at all this year for the holidays. I have the yarn for both, the patterns, the hot water bottles and the soap. I just don’t know if I should put that kind of pressure on myself again. I like to knit for pleasure…not against deadlines of that magnitude for that many people and I should have already started 😀

Following up yesterday’s image of Knit in Public Bingo with Christmas Knitting Bingo by Andi Satterlund of Untangling-Knots.com. I’m somewhere between “I’m never knitting Christmas presents again.”, “I’m not knitting anything this year.”, and “I know I swore off Christmas knitting, but…”.

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

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Oh, and check this out! After I posted this, I found out that it is my 100th post! Woo hoo!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 20

Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

Absolutely! I’ve mentioned before that I go to a Thursday Knitting group through Meetup and we meet at a Le Boulanger. We try to get the biggest table they have because we can have up to 14 people. We get questions all the time…and even some requests from time to time for consignment pieces. Everyone in the group is very friendly and we all love talking about our passion.

I also knit at wineries (when we stop to enjoy a bottle and a picnic), doctor/dentist offices, in nursing homes / at the hospital, in the airport / on planes, while waiting in line for concerts, in the DMV, while talking at our book club…pretty much anywhere that I am waiting or have some time and can still talk to others.

I get a lot of people who ask if I’m crocheting and what’s the difference between crochet and knitting. I do both, so it’s easy to talk about. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone that has been offended…just curious and wondering if they could pick up needles too to pass some time while waiting.

Maybe you should play this game the next time you knit in public? I think I’ve heard each and every one of these and it sounds like lots of fun!

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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 18

Do you knit English or Continental?

English; however I flick instead of throwing the yarn. Wow, that was an easy question, right? I guess I could be finished there; however that would not be a very entertaining blog post, now would it?

Here’s a video of Stacey from Very Pink Knits demonstrating this style. I’m not as fast as her; however this shows you the method!

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The very first project that I made, I kind of instinctively used the English method. I’m not sure why as I’m used to holding the yarn in my left hand when crocheting. It just seemed easier somehow. After I started again, I signed up for a Craftsy class called Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel. I never finished the class because I was finding everything I needed on YouTube; however she does teach you to knit Continental style. I tried…I really, really tried; however I could not get the purl stitch down. I think if I went back and looked at it again, it might be easier since I’m experienced now.

I also wonder if I tried to knit Continental if it would help remove some of the pressure of holding the yarn with my right hand and ease the burden of my cubital tunnel syndrome? I’ll have to perform more research to see if it might be worth it.

Another knitting style that really interests me is the Portuguese style of knitting. There is a lady who occasionally attends my Thursday Knitting Meetup group that knits this way and I find it fascinating. So much so that I purchased this gorgeous set to start practicing in December of last year. Have I done it yet? Nope, however I hope to try soon. This may also be a way to help with my cubital tunnel syndrome!

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

Until next time, Happy Knitting!