Once Upon a Sock – November 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 the ability 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’re 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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Can you believe it’s November already? My, oh my, how this last year has flown by. Pretty soon it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas. As it is, I only have 5 more weeks to work this year. Easy, peasy! Apologies to all of my blog friends for being so behind on reading. I was off the computer for two weeks due to a sprained ring finger on my right hand and I missed out on a lot! I’m slowly catching up though 🙂

I originally thought I would only be hosting this month and have nothing else for you due to the sprained finger. However, I was able to heal enough that this past Sunday I finished up my socks! Monday, I Kitchener stitched the toes and sewed in all the ends, as well as blocked them. Blocking made a world of difference in the softness level.

Can I tell you how excited I am to finally have these off the needles and onto my feet? It has got super chilly here in the mornings (40 degrees fahrenheit), although still warm afternoons (80’ish degrees fahrenheit), and I’m very grateful for the plethora of cozy socks to warm my feet. So, without further ado…here are the details!

Pattern: Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner (paid for pattern and totally worth it!)

Ravelled Here: Jelly Rolls

Needles Used: US 1 (2.25 mm) and US 2 (2.75 mm) (combo of DPNs and TAAT Magic Loop)

Yarn Used: Main Color was West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply Self Striping in the colorway Rum Paradise. I used 44 grams and have a little over half the skein left. The Contrasting Color was leftover bits of Spud & Chloe Fine in the colorway Dragonfly. I used it all up.

Started: June 16, 2018 / Finished: October 29, 2018 (Woo hoo for finishing in the same year!)

These were originally for my cousin, Nichole. However, she passed away on August 22nd and I promised I would finish them and wear them proudly in her memory. And that is exactly what I have been doing. These make me so happy when I see them. I want to knit them again and play around with the design; however feel like I should at least knit one other pattern before I go back to these. I haven’t figured out which pattern that is as of yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon. My yarn is calling to me. I do have the yarn picked out for my next pair of Jelly Rolls though 🙂

And for those that remember the original photo of the memorial tattoo that I got for my cousin, Nichole, here is the fully healed image 😀

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Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon A Sock – October 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 the ability 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’re 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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Remember how I said last month that I would DEFINITELY (fingers crossed) be finished with my Jelly Rolls? Yeah, that didn’t happen. Now, I SHOULD have been finished. I got up to the toes, and almost finished with the toes when I realized that I had made a mistake. Why did I wait until then to count my stitches to see how much further I had to go? Goodness only knows, but I did.

I guess it is one of the pitfalls of working magic loop and accidentally closing the loop at one end. When I readjusted the stitches on my second sock, I didn’t count properly. So, somehow I ended up with four stitches that were supposed to be on the front of the needles on the back of the needles…right before the toe stitches started.

Now, those that are not familiar with knitting (or a perfectionist) might say “Why didn’t you just keep going?” Why, dear friend, you are not familiar with the kitchener stitch, are you? You must have the same number of stitches in front as in back…you cannot just move the stitches back to the front…it would mess up the whole line of the sock due to the decreases! There is no way in the world you would spend that much time knitting a sock and then messing it up at the end, would you?

So, dear friend, I tinked back to the beginning of the toe. It was painful…it was slow because of the tiny stitches and the natural yarn that wanted to stick together. But I did it. I am now ready to move forward. And I’m not promising anything this month (these have been on the needles since 6/16)…that way I may actually get it done.

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See the orange to the blue section on the sock? That’s how much I had to frog…one stitch at a time 😦

BTW, I feel like I’ve lost my crafting mojo this year. I’ve barely finished anything and it makes me sad. My blog has suffered because of it too as I really haven’t had much to share. Send good vibes and / or prayers my way if you feel so inclined. I need to find myself again.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Once Upon a Sock – September 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 the ability 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’re 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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First, I apologize for the delay in getting today’s post out. I am currently on the East Coast so things are a little bit different. I also spent all day yesterday at the tattoo parlor getting memorial tattoos with my family for my dear, sweet cousin (more like a sister) Nichole. I will create a separate post for that. I just haven’t been ready to talk about it as of yet in the way she deserves. I included a pic of the finished tattoo below, in case you haven’t seen it on Instagram. The unicorn will be white when it heals. This is just the way my skin reacts to getting a tattoo. Remind me not to take Advil right before I go the next time 🙂

Second, I really thought I would make tremendous progress on my socks. I thought I would finish them. I even brought extra sock yarn with me. That did not happen due to stupid mistakes and having to frog back multiple times. However, I have made progress and I’d like to share that with you today.

Just a reminder, these are the Jelly Rolls by Mara Catherine Bryner. The yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners and the colorway is Rum Paradise. I am so in love with this colorway!!!! I did get to show them to my cousin, who they were for, and she adored it too. Once I finish them, I will honor her memory and smile every time I wear them 🙂

As of the last post, I was 6 rows away from having the gusset increases completed. I finished that, got through the contrast ribbing for the center of the foot, had to rip it all out because I kept getting messed up on which row I was on, reknit the contrast ribbing, and now I’m several rows into the stockinette of the foot. I may be able to breeze through that part sometime this week. So, yes, I’m going to say that I will definitely (fingers crossed) have a completed pair of socks to show you next month 🙂 Look how close I am to that toe! (You can click any image to make it larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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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: 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!