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: 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!

Sock Yarn Swap Success!

Hi All,

Yarn swapping on my end has been a total success! I know my partner, Tammy, has received her package and I can’t wait to read what she thought. I was very delighted to receive my package last Friday.

At first it was a mystery as to who had sent it. She made up a fake email address (it was so cute!) and sent me the tracking information; however I didn’t want to look at the tracking as I know it always contains the city and state from which the package was sent. I wasn’t sure if that would give it away since all of the lovely ladies that have recently joined Once Upon a Sock have introduced themselves via email.

She did let me know that she thought she forgot to put her name on it…and yes, that did happen. I knew that Kat from Felinity Knits, who hosted the yarn swap, would have her name so I let Kat know and she had her reach out to me. Who is it? Are you dying to know?

It was Reanna from Knit, Reanna, knit!

She stuffed a ton of stuff into that little box! I was impressed with her squishing skills and it makes me want to get one of those food saver machines so I can squish that much air out of things! Seriously, ya’ll. Check this out!

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And when I released everything from the package…I got to see all of this gorgeousness!

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Oh my gosh! This photo does not even do the yarn justice!

That purple sparkly one? It’s Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle in the colorway “Simply Succulent”. It is 92% Merino, 8% Other and is 120 grams. Wow, wow, wow! You cannot believe how much this yarn sparkles! Such a beautiful thing that makes my heart go pitter patter. Reanna let me know this was a color for the Loopy Ewe Winter Woolies mail order club last year. I am dying to cast this on right this very second; however I’m making myself wait. In the meantime it’s sitting next to me and I pet it like a little kitty cat every once in awhile 🙂

Now, as if that weren’t enough (and seriously, all I was expecting was one skein of yarn), she sent me 21 grams of Meadowcroft Dyeworks Rockshelter Sock in the colorway “Four-Twenty”, which is 100% Merino for some funkilicious heels and toes. I have the perfect yarn to go with this too and can’t wait to try it out!

And, on top of that, she’s letting me share in some memories with her by sending 91 grams of Ms. Knotty (from her LYS…Kid Ewe Not in Bridgeville, PA) in the colorway “Eat Sidewalk”. It is 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon. Reanna used this for a pair of no show slipper socks for her Dad and I know I am going to love making another pair of socks out of this. Again, such a beautiful color as well as feel to the yarn. Yep, I’m petting the pretties as we speak.

And we aren’t done there friends! She made stitch markers for the Maryland Sheep & Wool stitch marker swap in 2017 and she happened to have four of them left over. And, yes, she sent them to me! Here’s a close up of these adorable little markers!

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This was my first time participating in a yarn swap and I would love to participate in more of them! It was so exciting stalking the person to see what they liked, putting together a package for the person I got, and then waiting in anticipation to see what my swap partner got me. I am truly thrilled with everything I received. I send a humongous, heartfelt thanks to Reanna for all her thoughtfulness and care in choosing items that are absolutely perfect! I truly adore everything you sent!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Stealth Mode aka Stalking my Yarn Swap Partner

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Hi All,

I signed up for a sock yarn swap hosted by Kat of felinity knits and I’m so excited to have received my recipients name. I have been stalking her blog to see what she likes…I even found her Ravelry page! I am amazed at how much we have in common and can’t wait to see if she posts something on her blog giving some specifics. I’ve kind of got a sense of who she is and what she would like. After looking through several pages of blog posts, I can already tell that we have a lot of yarn in common…and if I hadn’t looked, I would have very easily given her something she already has and that I have too.

For the person who got my name, here’s some information:

  • I love all kinds of sock yarn and I have lots of it.
  • Here’s a link to my fingering weight stash so you can see if I already have what you might want to offer: Ravelry Stash
  • I do not want any acrylic; however am open to everything else.
  • My absolute favorite colors are purple, green and turquoise; the only color I don’t really like are browns, but I’m open to trying anything or any color.
  • I would love to try something that is local to you, if at all possible.
  • I love solids, stripes, variegated, speckles, etc. I’m not picky at all.

I’m super excited to start getting a package ready for the swap and can’t wait to see what I get!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Sock Yarn Swap? Yes, Please!

Hi All,

Happy Monday! I’m back with more sock stuff and a very quick message. After we posted our Once Upon a Sock post for April, Kat from Felinity Knits mentioned she would like to do a sock yarn swap if we were interested. Interested in new sock yarn? Yes, please! Sign me up!

There are a few little rules and I’m going to point you to Kat’s blog post, called Sock yarn stash swap!, to learn more about them. Be aware that anyone who wants to participate needs to let Kat know of your interest by EOD Wednesday, April 11th! It’s a quick turn around, so don’t delay! This is open to anyone in the world that loves sock yarn…and who doesn’t have a lovely skein sitting in your stash? I do, I do!!!

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