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!

 

Once Upon a Sock: July Edition

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Hi All!

I swear my blog is becoming only about the socks lately. I promise, I have been super busy crocheting and knitting…you can check out my Ravelry projects page if you want a preview. My last 8 finished projects are for Baby Rainbow and I’ve only blogged about 2 of them. I haven’t wanted to share everything because I want it to be a surprise for the new Mama. The package was delivered to my cousins house on Monday, so hopefully the family will visit soon. Then you’ll be sick of the blog posts…LOL

So, my socks. I was hoping to finish by this months post and it didn’t happen. I did get 15 more rows per sock (30 rows total) and I’m getting close to starting the toe. You can see in the modeled photo that it is nearing the edge of my toe. I have fat, long (2 inch or 5.08 cm) toes so I know that when I get to the bottom of the big toe, I am read to start. This makes me super excited as I am itching to get to my next pair of socks. These are the Smooth Operators by Susan B Anderson.

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Progress…as noted by the progress keeper!

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Almost ready to start the toes!

I’ve been very happy to have such bright projects to help me heal with grief once again. My little brother, Chuck, passed away on 6/10/2017. He was in agony every day from multiple hernias, kidney failure and liver failure due to Hepatitis C. I’m glad he’s no longer in pain. It makes me really sad that everyone I grew up with…my Grandma, Mom, little sister, and now my little brother, are no longer with us.

A week later, my nephew was shot in the stomach and is currently still in ICU. Luckily things are getting better and hopefully he’ll be able to go into a regular room soon. His feeding tube and catheter were taken out today and he’s allowed to eat a liquid diet. He still has a long road of physical therapy; however I believe he will make it through.

The day after that, one of my Meetup Knitting group friends lost her battle with cancer. I’m attending a Celebration of Life for her tonight. Believe it or not, I could go on; however I don’t want this to turn into a pity party. In addition to knitting, I decided to do something bold to help me deal with rampant emotions. It makes me smile every time I catch sight of myself in a mirror.

 

 

 

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: 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!

Thursday: It’s Usually All About the Socks

Hi All! I wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth. I mentioned in my last sock post that I woke up the Monday after the Olympics started with cubital tunnel syndrome, after getting such a stellar start on my Trillian Shawl. I’ve been wearing an arm brace and elbow brace while I’m sleeping and it always feels so much better in the morning. Then I work all day on the computer and I’m back to pain and numbness in the evening. I think I may need to start wearing them all day. This is seriously cutting into my stress relief!

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Isn’t this pretty?

Yesterday, I really wanted to work on my socks so I would have SOMETHING to post about today. I knitted exactly two whole rows. My wrist / hand said “No way! You are not knitting again until I say so!” Wow. Yippee. Can you feel the enthusiasm? I went out to my knitting group today and managed three rows on my shawl. Then the wrist / hand duplicated its thoughts from yesterday. It was good to get to see the girls again and chatter though, so totally worth the drive!

So, here I am…with the Sock KAL over…the Olympic Knitathon over…and little to show for my efforts. This makes me sad because I was so excited about both of them. Although, I did sneak in a little something which I’ll tell you about in another post 🙂

Although I have not been able to knit, two of my fellow sock knitters have amazing accomplishments on their socks this week. Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and be wowed and amazed at what they are doing!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

I hope and pray that I will heal soon so I can get back to my stress relief and join my knitting buddies!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! I’m sad to report that I have only completed 11 more rows on my Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. The good news is the KAL has started and you can check out the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry to see more! There is a hashtag to use on social medias and is #SOSkal…keep a look out for it when you are doing your social media thing. I know several of my blogger friends are working on these socks and it’s really cool to see everyone’s progress. Melinda from KnitPotion finished hers this morning and they are truly stunning! Go check them out if you don’t believe me.

I also want to say a huge Thank You to all who responded on my dilemma with the baby cardigan. I’m moving smoothly along and can’t wait to share the FO!

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Eleven rows equated to two more stripes! I’m moving my progress keeper each time I update you on my progress, so you can see what I’ve accomplished. Isn’t it cute?

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. See below for my fellow Thursday Sock Knitters! We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! Another week has flown by. Luckily, it’s a short work week because of Independence Day…which also allowed me some extra knitting time! I’m about to start the decreases on the monster I’m making for my great nephew, Athan. It’s turning out super cute and hopefully I’ll blog on the finished project soon.

This is Thursday, so let’s get to the socks. Last week, I discussed that I might make them shorties. I did and they are finished. Woo hoo! I am absolutely in love with the way they turned out and I learned a lot making them. Here’s the info:

Ravelled Here: Amy’s Favorite Toe Up Socks

Started / Finished: 5/4/16-7/4/16

Needles: US 2 – 2.75mm (2 – 24″ ChiaGoo Red Lace)

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Color Baltic

Techniques New to Me: Figure Eight Cast On, Two At A Time (TAAT) Toe Up, Gusset / Heel Construction of this pattern (I loved it because there were no stitches to be picked up!), Unbind off (can’t remember if I’ve done this before; however I had to look up how to do it), attaching new yarn in the middle of a bind off.

Wow, that’s a lot of new techniques under my belt! You might ask why I had to unbind off and attach new yarn in the middle of a bind off. Well, silly me made a newbie mistake and bound off in a non-stretchy bind off following the ribbed pattern. I had cut my yarn when I decided, hey, you better try those on. Yep, you guessed it. It wouldn’t fit over my heel. I had to undo my bind off and ran out of yarn when doing JSSBO. Here’s a pic of where I was when I had to attach new yarn. So close, but there was no way I was getting to the end with that little bit.

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In addition, I now know that instead of just starting the rib section directly after the heel, I should knit a couple of rows of stockinette. I had two little holes on each side of the foot since I decided to immediately start the 2×2 rib. Luckily, these were easily fixed with some additional sewing. I wish I could discuss the heel construction, as I thought it was one of the easiest heels I’ve ever completed. Since this is a paid for pattern, I can’t really do that. I did do a Google search to see if I could find a name for the type of heel; however couldn’t find anything. It might be time to check my sock pattern book.

After washing and blocking, the toes are a little loose; however the rest is a perfect fit! Once I finish the monster, I will decide which pair to cast on next. I have a lot in my queue and can’t wait to get started on the next pair! I’m thinking of the Blueberry Waffle socks…but that may change by next week.

We’ve got quite a bevy of others joining up in our weekly Thursday Sock knitting adventures. So exciting! If you would like to join in, just link to your next Thursday sock post and let us know so we can add you too!  I’m going to take note from Alex and put them in a list for you:

Alex – alexand knits (linked to this weeks sock post)

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune (linked to this weeks sock post)

Jennifer – a creative yarn (linked to this weeks sock post)

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance (linked to this weeks sock post)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!