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: May Edition

Hi All!

What do you think of the cool new graphic for our header? Thanks go out to Stefanie (see below for the link to her blog!) for creating it and sending it to all of us to use in our monthly Once Upon a Sock posts! I think it’s super cool 🙂 I’ve also decided to copy some of my fellow sock knitters and use the month in the title versus the sock pattern.

Last month I showed you my progress on the Baby Mitten Socks and my Smooth Operators. I finished the Baby Mitten Socks; however need to tell you a little story. While we were in Hawaii, I must have been fascinated by the view because I accidentally doubled the heel length in the sock I made. I happened to notice that I did the same exact thing when I made my first pair of these! However, at that point, both socks were the same, so no worries.

I decided this weekend that I would get that second sock completed so I could blog about them today and lo and behold, after I finished, I noticed a marked difference in heel size!

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See the difference in the back of the heel? The sock on the left was completed in Hawaii and the sock on the right was completed on Saturday.

So, did I read the pattern wrong this time? Or did I read it wrong the other three times I’ve made this sock? Since it’s a free pattern, I’ll post the part here. For the pattern, she uses a different color for the heels; however I’ve been making them a solid color.

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With contrast yarn, k16 sts, placing them onto one needle. You will work back and forth on this needle for the heel.
Next: k1, p14, k1. K 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 11 rows, ending with a ws row.

Now, the first time I made these socks, and the first sock of this pair, I knit 22 rows for the heel. However, when I knit them on Saturday, I read it to knit for a total of 11 rows (which is exactly what is says) and that’s what I did. I think I knit it correctly on Saturday, which makes sense because you pick up 9 stitches later in the pattern. All I know is that I I couldn’t leave it as is. I had extra sock yarn, so I decided to knit another sock on Sunday. I’m sending the sock I knit in Hawaii, just so Mama can have that sock too…she may want to frame it or something 🙂

Here’s pics of the bigger sock with the two matching socks and pictures of the final socks. So super cute!!!! *You can click on the photos to see a much larger image!

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks 2
Needles Used: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 1 (2.25 mm)
Yarn Used: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Anna Plantain
Started Finished: 3/15/17 – 4/30/17 (I really completed the final pair this past weekend)

I also made some progress on my Smooth Operators; however this is already long, so I’ll save it for next month when I hope to have even more!

Also, have you seen these AMAZING Hogwarts Socks? OMG…I about died when I saw them! (Pattern picture is © Pauliina Mathlin, the Designer of the socks!) The pattern is also FREE!!!!! Once I get some free time, I am going to have to make these.

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Why don’t you go check out my fellow sock enthusiasts? 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!

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks (FO)

It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s all about the socks! First, I would like to welcome Kat from Felinity Knits to our little band of sock knitters! She has an awesome sock post this month and I’ll link it below.

I was able to finish the baby socks that I talked about last month! They are so adorable and so teeny, tiny. I’m hoping they fit a newborn, as most socks I make don’t fit until 3 months or longer…at least for babies. I was also able to get a couple of more rows done on my Smooth Operators; however again, not enough to show a new picture. Even though I haven’t gotten in much sock knitting, I have actually been knitting a lot! I’ve made a baby hat and am working on a baby blanket that I will blog about at a later date.

So, let’s talk about these baby socks.

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks by Barbara Prime (Free pattern)

Started / Finished: 1/26/17 ~ 2/18/17 (I was taking my time; however these are easily a 1-2 day project)

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s

Yarn: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Mana Pool (16 grams)

I did have a little snafu while working on the first sock. Why is it that although I find Kitchener Stitch easy, I can never remember it? I had to look it up on a YouTube video. Unfortunately, I was looking at a video for using the Kitchener Stitch to graft together two squares (wrong sides facing). So, I turned my itty bitty sock wrong side out and happily went on my way. I decided to turn it right side out to check my work before weaving in the ends…needless to say, I figured out I did it wrong. I had to remove it and start over. Argh! That was a pain that definitely needed daylight and a lot of patience…check out these progress pics! I put each stitch on an individual stitch marker, then I used cable needles to make sure they were oriented in the proper way before finally placing them back on the needles. I felt so accomplished when I finished it successfully!

And now for the final pics. Mama is super happy with them…at least pics of them. I will pack these up with the hat and baby blanket for a sweet little gift.

Would you like to join me and my fellow sock knitters? We post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up with each other. Just let one of us know so we can add you to our list! Here’s my partners in crime and their most recent sock posts.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks

Hi All!

How in the heck did I miss yesterday’s monthly sock post? I was reminded when I opened my email this morning and saw a very lovely post from Stefanie, one of our newest members, to link up. I think it may be because I have been trying to stay offline for a bit to allow my heart to settle back in and stay away from news that only makes it race again. I have tried to keep up and counter false stories with the truth; however it’s exhausting and I don’t think I can do it for four (or eight) more years. I will certainly have a heart attack.

I have made very little progress in the last month on socks. I’ve been working on a baby blanket and switching around between 5 other WIP’s. I did knit two more rounds on my Smooth Operators…not enough to post another picture.

I have a couple of friends that are having babies in the next few months, so I thought I would make some baby socks (and probably hats too) to go with their baby blankets. I saw this pattern, Baby Mitten Socks, when searching Ravelry and thought it was genius. It looks like a regular sock versus most bootie type patterns for babies. It’s also knit out of sock yarn and size US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s. I’m using a 20 gram skein of Toes Etc. from Kat’s Kettle in the color Mana Pool. Her shop is currently empty; however she posts on Instagram when she has shop updates. This pattern was born out of the need for the Designer to find socks that actually fit her baby and didn’t fall off.

Normally I would knit TAAT; however thought it was overkill with this pattern. Hopefully next month I’ll have a complete pair and some more progress on my Smooth Operators so I can finally take an updated pic. Look how freaking adorable these are!

If you would like to join our merry little band of knitters to talk about socks on the first Thursday of every month, please let one of us know so we can add you to our little link up party! Join Maggie at Project(s) in Progress, Katherine at fiber and sustenance, Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons and myself as we talk about our sock adventures!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock

Hi All!

It’s Thursday and it’s usually All About the Socks…notice the name change for this post? That’s because there has been a little behind the scenes discussion about weekly sock posts for our merry band of knitters who have linked up to post about socks. Posting every week is kind of hard because, let’s face it, you don’t always get a lot of progress done in one week. Especially if you have a deadline for another project. So, we have decided to change to once a month posts about our sock progress on the first Thursday of the month. In addition, we thought a name change was in order so we could be consistent within the group. We tossed around several ideas and then decided on “Once Upon a Sock”. Pretty catchy, huh?

So, you guys know that I am recovering from cubital tunnel syndrome. Last Thursday I finally started feeling well enough to start knitting again. I even finished one of my WIPs…more about that in another post. I thought that if I knit a minimum of one row (x2 since I’m working TAAT) per day, I would make some serious progress on my socks. What have I knit since last Thursday? Exactly one row. Yep, one row. At least it’s progress! I’ll show you a picture of what it looked like the last time you saw it as it’s not worth taking another picture for just one row.

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Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson

If the thought of posting every week about your socks stopped you from joining up with us before, maybe you’ll think about once a month? All you have to do is post about your sock progress on the first Thursday of each month and link up to the other sock knitters participating. Just let one of us know in the comments section. Let’s see what kind of magic we can make happen between now and the next post on November 3, 2016! BTW, I will be out of town that week for my BFF’s 40th birthday; however I will still post.

Before you go, please check out our current sock knitting group…Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance. I’m sure you’ll be delighted with their offerings.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 15

What was your least favorite pattern and why?

I don’t know if it’s fair to blame the pattern on this, because it’s not the pattern’s fault. The pattern is actually written very well. This was a case of the yarn not falling in with the pattern, along with the deadly combination of having a severe cold. That’s what made it my least favorite pattern that I’ve worked on.

Shelves Upon Shelves by Erica Lueder (designer of Hermione’s Everyday Socks)

I wanted to join in for a Harry Potter KAL and chose the Wizard colorway of Knit Picks Felici. This is not a super stretchy sock yarn. Take that into account with a slip stitch with yarn in front pattern, and you’ll see why it was not the perfect match. This pattern really, really needs a super stretchy yarn.

This was my first time working on TAAT socks and they were moving very quickly. I really loved the pattern itself and the construction. Silly me did not try the socks on while I was working on them. Last time I did that! Looking back over others notes on Ravelry, I should have known. I think this could be an edit to the pattern…when you are working on a slip stitch with yarn in front pattern, use a super stretchy yarn! Erica did note that you should be very careful to keep your yarn that goes over the slip stitches loose. Here’s a pic of how far I got before I tried them on and found out they didn’t fit.

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Heel and Gusset Complete

I tried them on several different people. They didn’t fit. I cried just a little…then frogged them. As I frogged them, I kept trying them on. I got all the way back to the ribbed cuff before they would finally go over my heel. So much wasted knitting time! Lesson learned…always try on your socks while knitting.

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

Thursdays are usually all about the socks…and yay! My 30 day challenge question of the day happened to be about socks! Go check out what my fellow Thursday sock knitters are up to!

Still Active

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

On Break

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Until next time, Happy Knitting!