Once Upon A Sock – August 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is being able to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you are dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Last month, I shared with you that I hoped to have my Jelly Rolls completed. Guess what? It didn’t happen 😦 However, I did make some progress and I have a couple of tips that worked for me that I’d like to share with you. First, a progress pic:

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Front of sock and side of sock…these colors make me happy!

First, I had to move these to DPN’s to work on the heel. I only have two sets of DPN’s. One set is 8 inches long and one set is 6 inches long. I decided to use the longer needles for the front of the sock and the shorter needles for the back of the sock. Since they are slightly different colors, it makes it super easy to tell where I am. That’s one trick. BTW, I also track my stitches using a very complicated technique. Pencil, sticky note, and tick marks 🙂

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Here’s another tip. See how I have the needles sticking out of one sock? That means that is the sock I work on next. Here’s how I do it.

  1. When I start a decrease row (because I’m decreasing the gusset right now), I knit across the front stitches and then place the long DPN in the cake for the second sock.
  2. I continue on with my shorter needles and work on the decreases for the first sock.
  3. Then I stick the shorter needle in the cake for the second sock and move on to the decreases for that sock.
  4. The row after decreasing is always a knit row. I know I can work on the same sock, so I stick the needles back in the cake of the sock I’m working on as I finish each needle.
  5. I knit across the first row and put the longer DPN back in the cake for the first sock.
  6. I knit across both back rows and then stick the shorter needle into the cake for the first sock.
  7. I start the process all over again with Step 1.

I hope this makes sense…If not, let me know if I need to do a photo tutorial. This has really kept me organized, especially when I have to put everything down and walk away. I always know where I am, which is super important when knitting concurrently.

I hope these tips helped you! I am 6 rows away from having the gusset decreases completed and moving on to easy, breezy stockinette. At that point, I will put both socks back on magic loop and work TAAT. We’ll see how far I get before next month! I’m not promising anything this time…:D

PS…my blog will actually post at 9pm PST on the Wednesday evening before the first Thursday of the month to allow for anyone in the world to start posting on their Thursday.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon a Sock – July 2018

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Hi All!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is being able to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you are dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS imags Stefanie from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric created just for us. All three are included within my blog.

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Now that business is out of the way, let’s get to talking about socks! If you are new to my blog, welcome! If you’re not, welcome back and thank you for following! After last months debacle, I wanted to find a pattern to knit with the yarn I received from my sock swap partner, Reanna from Knit, Reanna, knit. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything that floated my boat with that particular yarn so I’ll save it for next time.

What I did find was a paid for pattern I’ve been wanting to knit since I started learning how to knit socks. It’s called Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner. I love the construction of these and can’t wait to finish so I can wear them while Summer is still struggling to appear in the Bay Area.

I decided to knit these concurrently so I am completing one section for the first sock, then moving to the second and so on. I’m knitting a 72 stitch sock with US 1 (2.25 mm) circulars for the sock itself and US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs for the heel flap, heel turn and possibly the gusset.

The yarn I’m using for the main color (A) is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply Self Striping in the colorway Rum Paradise. The yarn I’m using for the secondary color (B) is leftovers I received from a friend getting rid of her extra bits and is Spud & Chloë Fine in the colorway Dragonfly. I adore both of these colorways and seriously can’t wait to see what’s coming next with the self striping yarn.

I’ve messed up in a few places and had to restart sections due to my own misunderstandings of this type of construction (not the patterns fault); however have soldiered through and am falling in love more and more as I get further along. Here are pictures of my progress along the way. You can roll over each image to see what I was doing.

 

 

So, that’s where I am right now! Aren’t these gorgeous? I’ve completed the heel flap and turn on one sock and have moved on to the second. I dare say I may even have a completed set of socks by next months post!

Until then, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon A Sock: June 2018

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Hi All! It’s that time again…the first Thursday of the month. If you are new here, welcome! If you’re not, welcome back and thank you for following! Last month we decided to do something new with Once Upon a Sock (OUAS) and created a link party. It worked out quite well and is much easier than updating links as each person posts around the world. I hope more people will join in; however the beauty of this link party is that you can hop in and out as you please. If you have something to talk about, link up! If not, skip til the next month. Also, you can crochet socks too…it’s not just knitting 🙂

The company I am using to host the link party has just come out with a beta version, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I did everything correctly this month. Also, to answer my own question from last month, apparently WordPress has some restrictions, one of which is that you cannot embed scripts or objects, thus you can only host a linkup that displays in an external page and not inside your post.

Therefore, you have to click the link from my page to see the other blogs that have linked up. It’s really easy to link up…just click the link button below and follow the directions. The only thing I ask is that you provide a link back to my blog when posting about it on your blog so that others can find me, in addition to the link party. FYI…I am on the West Coast of the US and am hours behind everyone. If there is an issue, I will find out about it when I wake up in the morning…please be patient if there are issues! I’m still learning 🙂

So, now that business is out of the way, let’s get to what we are really here for…socks!!! I really didn’t think I would have anything to talk about this month. I’ve spent most of the past month working on a crocheted baby blanket and also trying to get gauge on a commissioned crocheted granny square coat. I’ll talk more about both of those projects at a later time. I even took my socks with me on vacation and didn’t have time to work on them.

However, this past weekend I told my husband that I needed some down time. Some time where we didn’t have a single thing planned…and no picnic trips to the wineries either! Although that sounds relaxing, and it is, I still have to prep everything for said picnic and then know that I won’t get anything done once wine tasting has ended. I learned my lesson that too much wine and knitting do not mix.

So, I had a glorious whole weekend to work on my socks! I got quite a bit done and am pleased to share my progress. I have completed the leg portion of the socks and am ready to start the heels. Now, I have to figure out, do I want to knit them concurrently or one at a time until I get back to the foot? What method do you find works best for you? I’ve done both and prefer working on them concurrently because if I mess up something on one, I can mess it up on the other too…or go back and fix it immediately. If I’m working them one at a time, then the chance that they may turn out slightly different is possible and I prefer them to be the same.

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Ok…confession time. After I wrote the above, I decided to grab my socks to take some progress pictures. Remember how I said last month that I had to start over because the 60 stitch pattern was hanging off my leg? And I had to frog everything and go to the 50 stitch pattern? Well, it turns out that was a huge mistake. Also, why did I wait until now to try them on again? Do I ever learn my lesson about trying things on as you go? Argh!!! Although you see a picture of the sock on my leg, I had to fight to get it on. Socks should not be about fighting to put them on.

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I’ve also found that there are four very distinct ladders spread out evenly on each sock even though I’ve been knitting them TAAT on Magic Loop. How the heck did that even happen?

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Can I confess? I hate these socks. I think I have hated them from the very beginning. Maybe that hate bled into my knitting of said socks? I’ve decided to frog the and I don’t even know if the yarn will be reusable as I’ve cut it after every color change. I even knotted the two ends together. EEK! Here’s one last look at them. Bye socks!!!

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It’s time to move on to something that brings me joy. Life is too short to knit something you are not in love with. Ooh…that means I get to go hunt on Ravelry for a new sock pattern and decide which yarn will be perfect! Or go into my queue and try something I’ve been dying to cast on!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: May 2018

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Hi All!

We are trying something new this month with Once Upon a Sock (OUAS) and I hope you like it! With all the new bloggers joining us, and more reaching out each day, it was getting a little difficult to keep up, as well as time consuming going back to update each link to the specific blog post. Hopefully, this will make everything a little simpler!

Kat from felinityknits did the research and got me started with Inlinkz (thank you so much Kat!) and fingers crossed that I figured it out and it all works. Remember that this is my first time using this site, so please bear with me as I work through any kinks. I really hope this makes everything easier and less time consuming for everyone! And hopefully this posts at midnight my time…fingers crossed again that I wake up tomorrow morning and see people linking up!

Is this your first time here? A group of fellow bloggers and myself just so happen to love knitting (crocheting) socks. We post on the first Thursday of every month about our sock progress. If you would like to join up, write your own Once Upon a Sock blog, then click the link at the end of this post and follow the instructions. Other bloggers will be able to come back to this page and see your link and you can check out theirs too. Easy, peasy! One of the great things about this is that you don’t have to post every single month…just link up when you want to!

We have three different logos and you can choose your own by copying / pasting from any of our blogs. I happen to have all three in my blog today. Or, you can reach out to me and I’ll be happy to send them to you! Stefanie from stefanie crafts with wool paper fabric created the logos and they are awesome! I hope you’ll join in the fun and look forward to reading about your socks!

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So what’s happening on my end? I didn’t think I’d have any progress this month with my Hygge House Socks; however I was able to get in 11 more rows on each sock. Woo hoo! I have finished the initial set of garter ridges in Color B and the first set of the pattern itself in Color A. I’m getting ready to switch back to Color B again for more garter ridge. You can see the dips and swirls caused by the pattern already happening.

It’s hard to see, but the yarn is actually purple and pink. I tried to take a close up pic of the yarn since most of the time it photographs very dark. I think these are going to be super cozy when they are finished. The yarn is uber soft and has such a nice halo.

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Other than that, I’ve been working on a baby blanket that I hope to have wrapped up soon. Check out my last OUAS post to see more information on the project itself and the yarn. Once I finish these babies, I will post all the information again. BTW, isn’t this lazy susan yarn holder awesome? Check out my latest Instagram post for more information!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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!

 

 

Once Upon a Sock: March 2018

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Hi All! I know I say this every single month, but seriously…where did this last month go? This is two months in a row where the 1st of the month has landed on a Thursday and you know what that means? It’s sock time! For those that would like to join along, we post about our sock progress (or lack thereof) every month on the first Thursday, with the title of Once Upon a Sock. We then link up to our other blogger friends who love to knit / crochet socks. This month, we have two new bloggers joining us! If you would like to too, please let one of us know and we’ll keep adding to the list 🙂 So, before we talk about the progress on my socks, let me introduce you (all blog links will be updated throughout the day as others post their sock post):

Kat at felinityknits has super cute shorties to talk about this month, but shhhh…one set is a secret. Seriously…they are gorgeous!

Stefanie at Stefanie Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric has a new domain and blog name (so old links from posts may no longer work soon…she was Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons); however she’s still with us knitting socks! She has a little progress on her Harry socks, so go check them out! And if you want some serious yarn envy, check out her post on Stitches West 2018.

Katherine at fiberandsustenance has a new look and feel to her blog; however still the same link and name. I’m sure we’ll see something beautiful soon on her blog. As soon as I hit publish, Katherine’s blog post appeared! We must have been writing at the same time 🙂 She talks about her sock progress, new sock needles and is knitting with some seriously beautiful yarn.

Our newest bloggers are:

Steph at My Making Do Adventure has joined in with gusto! Her first sock post is up and they are absolutely gorgeous! Learn more as she ventures into the fun world of sock knitting.

Liz at Knitting from the hip also has her first sock post up! She talks about her sock yarn blanket, baby booties and shortie socks. And maybe a little naughty sock yarn purchasing? Tee hee!

Also joining this month is Kathy B from CompassionKnit.  I’m sure she’ll have something soon too and I’ll edit here as soon as it’s up.

Edited to add: In breaking news, we have another sock knitter joining us! Wow, this has never happened before! Please welcome Reanna at Knit, Reanna, Knit! who is bravely learning all about socks and the multitude of techniques that can be involved. She is one courageous lady! I remember trying each of those techniques…one at a time!

Ok…now on to the socks! I’ve been a busy little bee this month. I managed to complete the cuff, leg, heel and get 13 rows into the foot of the second sock. No Second Sock Syndrome (SSS) for me…Woo hoo! I really wanted to get the whole thing done and move on to a new pair; however we’ve been super busy on the home front too. I’ll tell you more about that next month. Just keep your fingers crossed for us. I know, so vague 🙂

I’m sure the rest of the sock will fly by, just like this month will and I can hopefully start a new pair or at least think about what I’m going to knit next and let you know about it. Sorry for the lighting in these pictures. It’s raining here (it’s so exciting! Seriously…I live in San Jose, CA and we received barely any rain at all this winter) and so I’ll just have to live with it.

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BTW, just a reminder. These are Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe by Knitting Expat Designs and I am using Yarn Carnival High Wire 3 Ply in the colorway Austin Equinox. I’m knitting them with size US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles. I wish I would have gone up a size, 72 instead of 64 stitches, or increased my needle size as these are just the tiniest bit tight. However, I know with experience that they will loosen up while wearing them.

In other news, my poinsettia has finally decided to start changing colors! I received a humongous poinsettia as a gift in 2016. In early spring of 2017, I severely chopped it back and it has grown into this gorgeousness since then. It almost makes me sad to have to chop it back again. I also should have pinched some of those leaves; however I didn’t have the heart to do it. This is the way it grows in the wild, right? Maybe I can be a little more ruthless this year. We’ll see! Anyhoo, it seems that we’ll have another sock knitter joining up as we post on April 5th next month. If you’d like to join too, just let one of know! We’ll get the word out.

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Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Paula

Once Upon a Sock: February 2018

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Hi All and Happy February! My, oh my, isn’t time just zipping right along? Before you know it, we’ll all be wrapping up our year again 🙂 I have some progress on my socks that I’d like to share with you and a little tale of woe. Can you see what’s wrong here?

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Kitchener Stitch gone wrong!

I thought I had the Kitchener Stitch memorized. Apparently, I didn’t. Look at that weird toe! Thank goodness I figured it out before I got ALL the way to the end. Then I had to remember how to undo Kitchener Stitch…which wasn’t so hard, just frustrating because I had pulled the stitches tight. What did I do wrong? I did the opposite of what you are supposed to do. I was inserting as if to purl, then knit on the front needle and then inserting as if to knit, then purl on the back needle. Totally backwards! A quick YouTube video search was performed to remind me of the correct way and I was on my way 🙂

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Kitchener Stitch done right!

Does that mean what you think it means? Why, yes! I have finished one sock! And I even wove in the ends. And I did not get second sock syndrome (SSS)! (Insert cheers here) I actually wanted to be further along with the second sock than I am (13 rows in out of 20 for the cuff); however my fingers started going numb again on my right hand and I had to back off. I’ve been crocheting instead and am working on a sweet little test pattern for Valentine’s Day that I’ll share with you once its been published. BTW, just a reminder that this is Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe pattern and the yarn I’m using is Yarn Carnival High Wire 3 ply in the colorway Austin Equinox.

 

While you’re here, go check out my fellow sock knitters. Every month, we blog about our sock progress, or lack thereof, and link up with each other. If you’d like to join us, leave a comment for one of us and we’ll add you to the list! I will update blogs as they come out.

Kat (updated) blogs at felinity knits and she has a gorgeous sock HOTN…along with a beautiful cable knit hat that she’s calling on for testers, if you are so inclined. Just head over and let her know 🙂

Katherine (updated) blogs at fiber and sustenance  and has her belated sock post up! Yay! Who else has memory lapses and forgets what day it is? I do! BTW, she’s got some awesome socks on her needles, picked up after languishing for 10 years, and a whole lot of socks in progress! Go cheer her on to complete some of those beautiful socks!

Stefanie (updated) blogs at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons and this month, talks about keeping track of different heel types to see which one fits best and has some awesome Harry Potter-esque sock progress.

I’ve also been thinking about trying to crochet my first pair of socks. For my fellow crocheters, have you ever done this and what do you think? Are they as comfortable as knit socks? Any pattern recommendations?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!