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!

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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: January 2018

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Hi All and Happy New Year!

I have a little bit of progress on my socks this month, although not as much as I had wished. I fell down the rabbit hole of testing some new patterns for designers in the month of December and didn’t accomplish as much as I wished. I also messed up on my short rows and had to rip back to the leg and start over.

When we last spoke about socks, I had 20 rows of the cuff and 28 rows of the leg complete. Now, I’m happy to say that I finished up the leg with 60 rows, completed the German Short Row heel, and have three rows of the foot completed. I know the lighting is not the best on the image below; however it’s been dark and dreary here…no perfect light for photos. This is a 64 stitch sock, using Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe, and it was soothing to work on it while binge watching shows during vacation.

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I’m excited to see what the new year brings in terms of socks. I know I have a lot of patterns queued and can’t wait to see which ones spark my interest next. I also want to make more socks this year than last year…so I need to get knitting!

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; however I can tell you that Kat has some awesome plans for socks this year over at felinity knits. And she just recently finished an awesome pair of Rainbow Socks too! Also, check out Katherine’s new cast on with freaking gorgeous yarn at fiber and sustenance,  and Stefanie’s  at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons. She has also cast on with freaking gorgeous yarn and has some awesome progress. I can’t wait to see what they are up to! Both of them are knitting socks concurrently…I should have thought of that too so I don’t get second sock syndrome 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

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Hi All and Happy October!

I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are just starting to change on some of our trees, although it will take a tad bit longer for the rest of them to catch up. The nights are definitely cooler and the days are too, which is a relief after an unprecedented, super hot summer. Pumpkin everything has come out…although not all of it good. Have you tried Halo Top’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream? I’m not a fan because of the pieces of pie crust (think soggy pie crust…not crisp and flaky) in it. Plus, I think there are some things you just shouldn’t mess with from the original flavor. Pumpkin Oreos anyone?

One of the other things I love about this time of year is getting to wear socks again! Yep…it’s all about the socks. And due to being sick last week, I was able to finish another pair, just in time for this cooler weather! I’ve talked about them many times on the blog. I actually started the first sock back in September of 2015. Socks were not really a priority at that time, even though I was blogging about them every Thursday. I finished the first sock in March of 2016 and cast on for the second. Then I put them away for a really, really long time.

Last month, while trying to determine which sock pattern I wanted to work next, I finally decided to pull out that second sock and get it done. I was tired of them taking up a pair of needles and a project bag. Plus I wanted that extra yarn for my sock yarn blanket 🙂 I also made a solemn vow to myself to finish everything in my UFO and WIP projects before starting anything new. This pair of socks is the reason why I always knit them TAAT* now as I never want to get SSS** again. I’ve even blocked them and taken pictures. Go me!!!

Ravelled Here: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Started / Finished: 9/26/2015 – 10/3/2017

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 24 inch circulars

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock in the colorway Spectrum (used 96 grams)

Techniques Learned: With the first sock, I learned how to do my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. I’ve used all of these techniques multiple times since then; however this was my first! I also learned that there are some mistakes you can live with and some you can’t. If you look very closely at the sock on the right foot, you’ll see that I got off pattern on the foot section. I decided I can live with it since I’m the only one that will ever see it.

I had to throw that last picture in there because my dog photo bombed me 🙂 Hey! 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! I will link straight to their posts as soon as they blog about them.

Katherine at fiber and sustenance

Kat at felinity knits

Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

*TAAT = Two at a Time

**SSS = Single Sock Syndrome

Grief Plus an FO and a WIP

Hi All!

I’ve been in a serious funk lately. It’s so weird to me that all of the family I physically grew up with are now gone. Grief comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, during this time of year and my mind has been full of memories and wishes for just one more moment of time with all of us together. My Mom (63) passed away in August 2014, my little sister Veronica (44) in October 2015 and my little brother Chuck (44) in June of this year. This is one of the last pictures that I have with all four of us together, taken in November of 2013.

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Plus, I’ve lost three of my four fur babies in the last two years due to age related illnesses as well as several friends 😦 So, while I’ve been busy knitting and crocheting, I haven’t really had the urge to talk about it…plus, I’ve been jumping from project to project, kind of like my mind, and have only finished a few things. Here’s one of them…plus a WIP.

I present to you the Sockhead Hat III. Yes, this was my third time making it. I think I’ve said before that this project is something that may be constantly on my needles as it is the perfect take a long project and super easy to pick up and put down. It’s also easily customizable for different head sizes.

Hat number 3 was on my needles for a long time; however it’s so worth it. I used a skein of sock yarn that I received from my Yarnbox Sock Club and I highly recommend it for the softness and utter feeling of luxury while knitting with it. It’s made of 80% Wool – Merino and 20% Manufactured Fibers – Nylon / Polyamide. It got even softer after blocking it. Here are the details.

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Slouch Hat III

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) 16 inch circulars / DPNs

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Glutton Sock in the color Alchemy (used 70 grams)

Started / Finished: 9/26/16 – 7/18/17

Modifications: Cast on with 136 stitches.

I can’t wait to pop this on my head to keep warm this winter. Plus, how could you not love this delicious color?

In addition, I have started another one in Worsted Weight. I had purchased four skeins of Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Arco Iris and only two of the four matched. This skein was so different from the others that I knew I had to use it for something on its own.

To tell the truth, it should have been done by now because it is moving so fast. I’ve just been concentrating on other WIPs instead and this one sits in my SUV, waiting for me to go to the doctor or be a passenger 🙂 But that’s okay. It’s not like I’m on a timeline for it and my knitting is not the boss of me. Here’s an In Progress pic. I’m just a little further along than this now and need to decide when I’m going to start the decreases to ensure I have enough yarn.

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I hope things are good for you! I’ve got some exciting projects coming up and I can’t wait to tell you more about them. 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!