Once Upon a Sock: December Edition

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Hi All! Yes, I know it’s Friday and not Thursday. I remembered earlier in the day that I was supposed to post about my socks; however by the time I got home from knitting group and finished work, I was too exhausted to put two words together. I’m still on East Coast time so it has made things a bit challenging.

So, you know that in my last post I told you I was heading to Indiana for 3 weeks for my annual Thanksgiving vacation? I usually work the first week (I’m virtual with my company), take the week of Thanksgiving off, then work the third week too. This time I had an extra two days and thought I was going to get so much knitting done. Uhm….with cute little babies to love on, lots of arts & crafts and visiting with family…well, it just didn’t happen.

You know how when you are packing, you have all these good intentions and dreams of knitting all day long, every day? You pack as many projects as you can because you know you are going to have so much free time? Yeah, right. I brought 5 projects with me and finished one (a hat for my cousin.) In addition, I started a new pair of gloves for my Aunt and only got half way through one of them…I think it’s too big and I’m going to rip it back to the cuff. Go me! LOL

I figured that I would chance taking my metal sock needles on the plane…I’ve always been afraid to try that and have only brought wood DPN’s or wood circulars. Guess what? You can fly in the US with metal needles. So, anyhoo, I was able to eek out a few more rows on my sock. Yep, I got a whole 23 more rows done since my last post. Here’s the proof:

I love the way the color is pooling now that I’m in the stockinette portion of the leg. Just a reminder that I’m working on Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe with yarn from Yarn Carnival High Wire 3-ply in the colorway Austin Equinox. The color looks more like the bottom two pictures in real life.

I am getting ready to go on another three week vacation; however this one is a staycation due to my hubby having to work up through Christmas this year. So, let’s see what I can get done between now and the next sock post. I make no promises because as you well know, sometimes things don’t work out as we plan.

Every month, on the first Thursday of the month, a group of blogger friends and I get together to talk about our socks. If you’d like to join in, please let one of us know so we can add you to our links. Stefanie is rocking a pair of gorgeous new socks over at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons.  They totally have a Christmas vibe going on with the gorgeous colors. Katherine shows off some new Christmas yarn for her upcoming socks and talks about her year in socks over at fiber and sustenance. How in the world did we get to the end of the year already? As soon as Kat gets her post up, I’ll update her link at Felinity Knits. Until then, check out her beautiful work on one of her past blogs.

I’m really, really going to try to catch you all up on the super secret projects that I worked on to take to Indiana with me. The gifts were all well received and will be well loved. I also have some super cute crafts to share that I worked on during our family and friends annual Christmas crafting day. If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a sneak peek with my last post which has multiple images of the finished projects.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

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Once Upon a Sock: November Edition

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Hi All!

As I typed November edition, I was like “What?” How can it already be November? This year is going to be over before I know it. I have been super busy making for some family/friends (surprise) so haven’t been able to blog about anything. I leave next Saturday (11/11) for my annual three week trek to Indiana and will update ya’ll on what I’ve been up to the last few months once all gifts have been distributed 🙂 For those that are curious, you can always get a preview by looking at my projects on Ravelry. While you’re in there, add me as a friend! I love catching up on others projects and getting inspiration from what others have made.

This past weekend I realized October was almost over and I hadn’t started a new pair of socks. Part of that has been indecision on which pattern I wanted to work on and part of it has been which yarn I wanted to knit. I have so many patterns and so many skeins of yarn and I want to knit them all. In the end, I decided to go for a vanilla sock with fall colors.

Earlier this year, I purchased Mina Phillip’s Sock Pattern Club called The New York Collection! She released a new pattern each month in which were inspired by her move to New York City. I am so excited to knit each pair and had a super hard time deciding. Within the release, she also included her recipe for Vanilla Socks. I wanted something kind of mindless and super simple as I cannot concentrate on anything complicated right now. Of course, I forgot to divide the yarn in half for TAAT knitting, so I’m doing something I pledged never to do again and hope against hope that I don’t get second sock syndrome again…knit one sock at a time.

I am in love with the yarn. It was from one of my Yarnbox Sock Club months and the brand is Yarn Carnival in the High Wire 3-Play base. It is 100% Superwash Merino and the color I received is called Austin Equinox. It reminds me of Harry Potter colors. I love that I get to experience so many different yarn brands through this subscription that I normally would not buy. There is no nylon in it, so it’s not as stretchy as some yarns and I am interested in how well it will wear.

There are three different sizes in the pattern and I cast on with 64 stitches on size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles. I probably could have gone up a needle size or cast on for the 72 stitches instead. I have been trying on the cuff as I knit it to make sure it goes over my foot and although it is a little tight going over my heel, it does fit. I am knitting them on two circular needles versus the magic loop method or DPN’s. She offers different ways that she does the cuff and I chose to do twisted rib, which I’ve never done before. I have to say that it felt weird to me and I’ll probably do the regular ribbing in the future. The cuff is complete at 20 rows and I have five rows of the leg (plain stockinette) complete. I will be on vacation for part of the time while I’m in Indiana and hope to have more to show you next month!

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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!

Katherine at fiber and sustenance

Kat at felinity knits

Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock – September Edition

Hi All!

This is going to be a short post today as I’m on vacation and am writing this post on my iPhone instead of my computer.

We are currently exploring Northern California and having a fantastic time. We’ve been to Novato, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Sausalito and other small cities in Marin County, including a visit to Muir Woods today (breathtaking!) I brought lots of knitting with me; however I have knit nothing on my socks this week.

After my last post, I was trying to decide which sock pattern to start next. By the middle of the month I still hadn’t decided. I happened to look over at my UFO bags and remembered that I started the Hermione’s Everyday Socks in 2015. I finished one sock and 10 rows of the second sock by early 2016. I decided that enough was enough and I needed to finish that HO and make it a FO.

No, I don’t have a FO, but it’s now a WIP instead of a UFO! Woo hoo!

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 just moved to the U.K. and she’s made a little progress on her socks! I haven’t had a chance to see if she or Kat from felinity knits has some amazing pics of her socks in progress during her recent trip to Canada! Go check them both out for some fun times and gorgeous pics. have their Sock posts up as of yet for this month; however I’ll update as soon as I have access to email and my computer!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

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!

 

FO – Rainbow Baby Blanket

Hi All,

Mama (aka Megan) and the family have received their package, so it’s time to start blogging about everything I made for Baby Rainbow (aka Rainy). In case you missed it, here are the Baby Mitten Socks and Tulip Stitch Headband I made for her and blogged about in the past.

Let’s start with the Rainbow Blanket. I knew that Megan might like a rainbow blanket. The first thing I did was start a Baby Rainbow board on Pinterest and send it to her to get an idea of the colors she was drawn to. She really liked the natural colors of the rainbow versus the pastel palette that I liked so I’m really happy that I sent the board to her first. I did not let her pick the blanket itself because I wanted it to be a surprise.

Next, I had to decide if I wanted to knit or crochet. Knitting takes longer; however crochet uses more yarn. After thinking about it, I knew I was starting so far in advance of her due date that I could do either. After that it was a simple agonizing choice of which blanket. Guys…there are literally hundreds of thousands of baby blankets out there! I was very attracted to the Honeycomb Throw by Red Heart just because of the way it looked. While browsing pictures of others FO’s in Ravelry, I saw a rainbow one and was immediately hooked.

I knew that I was going to have to buy yarn, even though I’m on a yarn diet, because I didn’t have all the colors of the rainbow. A lesson learned here…I had Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Lemon and Pumpkin. When I went to the store, I bought Caron Simply Soft in the other colors I needed, plus the sparkly white for the cloud appearance of the border / honeycomb pattern. Don’t do this! I repeat…do not do this! Although everything worked out in the end, the Red Heart was a thicker ply than the Simply Soft, even though it was listed as the same ply and weight. It had me really worried the entire time I was making the blanket.

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One set of rainbow complete!

I swatched and didn’t like the fabric on the recommended needle size of US 10 (6.0 mm) so I went down to a size US 8 (5.0 mm). I also knew that I didn’t want it as big as the throw size from the pattern, so I had to do a little math to determine the proper size. I wound up casting on with 142 stitches. I needed 10 stitches total for both ends (the border is knit at the same time as the honeycomb pattern) and the honeycomb pattern itself was in multiples of 8 stitches + 4. My math was correct (yay me!) and the final blanket wound up being a perfect size of 32″ x 40″. She’ll be able to use this her whole life if she wants.

Also, this…for those who do not like finishing…this would be your worst nightmare. Look away if you must. Believe me, I was not going to wait until the end to weave in all those ends. I think if I would have waited, I would have never finished it.

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Ends Galore!!!

I washed the blanket in Newborn Dreft and then steam blocked it since it’s acrylic yarn. It turned out super soft and snuggly and smells so good. Normally, I would list out all the information, however I’m going to send you to my Ravelry link this time for the project because there is just too much yarn to list and too many notes 🙂 All in all, I really loved the pattern and would definitely make this again. The honeycomb pattern itself was easy to memorize and a lot simpler than it looks.

Without further ado…the FO!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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!