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

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 3

Yesterday I talked about my current WIP’s…those that are actively being worked on. Today’s question jumps off of yesterday’s by asking:

Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Doesn’t everyone? Okay, maybe not everyone does…especially those that are monogamous knitters. I’ve got three that have been hibernating for a long time and I would dearly love to get at least one of them back in the current status pile. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

Chunky Blanket by Lynne Knowlton (free pattern)

I first saw this blanket on another blog and fell in love with it. I ordered the super bulky yarn and the humongous needles, as I didn’t have either on hand. I started out with 3 strands held together and size US 50 needles. Let me tell you, it was rough! It was way too bulky to work with and was hurting my hands and arms. I experimented a little and finally went down to one strand of yarn and size US 19 needles. That made it a little easier; however I think I was a little disenchanted. This was started on April 20, 2015…which was only a couple of months after I really started knitting, so maybe if I picked it up again now it would seem much easier than it did back then. For now, it lives in a drawer and the 50 bazillion balls of yarn are in a clear tote mocking me for taking up so much room for such a long time.

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Bernat Really Big yarn in the color Morocco

Folded Squares Cardigan by Purl Soho (free pattern)

I was so excited when I saw this pattern. One of my knitter friends from our Thursday Knitting Group Meetup knit this and showed it off during our Show and Tell session. All of us tried it on and it was fabulous. I immediately looked up the pattern and got to planning. I knew that I didn’t have enough yarn for it and definitely didn’t want to spend a gazillion dollars on the Purl Soho yarn, so off to Knit Picks I went. I think they were having a sale at the time and I purchased the Comfy Sport in the color Planetarium for a really good deal. I can’t quite capture the color on camera; however it is a beautiful blue that I think will be neutral enough to go with just about everything. The only thing I don’t like is that it is fuzzing inside my project bag. I hope that is not a harbinger of things to come. I started this on September 24, 2015 so it’s been almost a year since I cast on…and this is the one that I really, really want to complete. It would be so perfect for fall!

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30 Garter Ridges

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder (free pattern)

I have one of these socks complete and the other is about 10 rows into the cuff. I adore the yarn and was having such fun with the pattern. Why did I put them down and start another pair of socks instead? I started this project on September 26th and put it down for a long time for Christmas gift knitting. When I picked it back up in January of this year, I must have forgotten to mark a row complete on my pattern. I messed up the pattern in the foot section and have been debating for a long time about whether to just frog it and start over. Or to frog to where it was messed up; however I did that twice and still couldn’t get back on pattern. Indecision has kept me wavering and so this sits in its little project bag with a pair of my size US 1’s. Maybe, someday, I’ll pick it up again.

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

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 2

Hi All!

It’s Day 2 of the challenge and I’m ready for this one!

What is currently on your needles?

As you all know, I am not currently knitting anything because of my cubital tunnel syndrome; however here are the projects that I was working on before and will pick up again the second I am able to knit again.

The Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure (Free on Ravelry)

This baby has been on my needles the longest (since July 31, 2015) simply because it is a take along project and lives in my SUV. It’s one of those projects that you don’t need to keep count (after you cast on) and can stop and start whenever. I’ve knit this while standing in line for a concert, at doctor / dentist offices, at wineries, on planes, as a passenger riding in the car…you name a place where you can knit on something mindless and this hat has probably been there. I would actually like to finish it before I make my annual trip to Indiana for Thanksgiving as it is a gift for my cousin and she has been waiting a looooong time for it. The hat is 10 inches long and the pattern calls for it to be 13 inches before you start the decreases so I’m almost there. That should give me plenty of time!

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Almost ready for the second skein!

Trillian by Martina Behm (Paid for pattern on Ravelry)

My next project was started the day of the Olympics (August 5, 2016) and was supposed to be finished between opening and closing ceremonies. I cast on with a dear knitter friend who is in the Meetup Knitting Group I go to every Thursday afternoon. Hers turned out stunning! Although you may not recognize the name of this pattern, this designer also created the Hitchhiker, and this shawl is part of a Trilogy with four patterns. That doesn’t make sense to me; however I haven’t read the book (yet) and don’t know if that’s some sort of reference that others may know about. The Hitchhiker has been in my queue far longer than this pattern; however I couldn’t resist knitting along side my friend and since I purchased the whole set, there was no expense involved…except for yarn.

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Lovely, squishy garter stitch in Miss Babs Yowza…yummy!

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson (Paid for pattern on Ravelry)

And last, but not least, my Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I started these as part of the #sosKAL on July 10th and was happily knitting along with some of my blogging friends and Thursday Sock buddies when the disaster known as my cubital tunnel syndrome kicked in. I should have known better than to just work on teeny, tiny needles for a whole week with no other project to take a break. I did make a lot of progress ; however I am paying the price for it now. I still love them and can’t wait to get back to them…I just won’t be knitting solely on them ever again. Lesson learned!

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Love, love, love the stripes!

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

I’ll be back tomorrow with the next question. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

 

Thursday: It’s NOT All About the Socks

Hi All! Another Thursday has rolled around and as you can see by my blog post title, today is NOT all about the socks. I’ve gotten a measly three rows finished since last week, as you can see from my progress keeper. Just a reminder that this is the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson.

What happened? Well, I was planning on knitting more; however after all the sock knitting of the week before and not switching to another project, my cubital tunnel syndrome started kicking in again. I thought I could fight through it and cast on a new pattern Friday of last week. It’s for the Olympic Knitathon that is being hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life. I recently purchased some yarn from Miss Babs called Yowza – Whatta Skein, in a light worsted weight, and was dyeing (pun intended) to knit with it. The color is called Beachglass and is so soothing and beautiful to look at and touch. Look at this yarn baby! It’s humongous! I wanted to cuddle it and snuggle it and keep it with me all the time.

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The pattern I chose is Trillian by Martina Behm. I did fantastic on Friday and knit 50 rows of the pattern. Did I tell you how squishy and mushy and just delightful this yarn is? Oh, yes! It’s a dream to work with. And the pattern itself is super easy. Just what I needed to be able to knit and watch the Olympics.

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Saturday was a bust because I realized that I had forgotten to do one of the increases four rows back (out of the four rows I knit on Saturday) and it was super noticeable. So, I tinked back and put it down for the day. Plus, we went to pick up our wine shipments at three different wineries, did some wine tasting and then shared a bottle of wine with some sushi. Who can knit after all that?

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Sunday was a little more productive and I got to 90 rows completed! Oh, that lovely yarn. Don’t you want to just cuddle up with it? If you’ve never tried it, you must!

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And then I woke up Monday morning, with pain shooting up my arm and numb pinkie / ring fingers on my right hand. And I had to work on a computer all day. I haven’t been able to knit a single stitch since that time 😦 So, although I wanted to knit on my socks and my shawl, nothing is happening until I heal. And that is my story for this past week folks. How was your week?

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 (currently on break, but will be back soon!)

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 Thursday has rolled around it it’s time to talk about the socks! As you probably already know, I am currently working on the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I have been able to work on them exclusively since Sunday of this week, as I finished my baby cardigan on Saturday. Everything went into the mail to my niece on Monday and I can’t wait to see what she thinks.

I didn’t want to start any new projects until the start of the Olympic Knitathon that is being hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life, so it really has been all about the socks this week. All the details are included in the link and it starts tomorrow if you want to join in. I still haven’t decided on the yarn or pattern, so I need to get a move on! (Alex, I just noticed that we are participating in different games for the Olympics…now I understand why you were confused by one of my comments 🙂 )

I wish I could say that I have finished socks…I find that I tend to slow down when knitting socks. My speed isn’t there yet; however I know the more I practice, the better it will get. It took me 60 rows of stockinette to get to the 6 inch length for the leg (I was at 36 rows in the last post). I inserted the waste yarn and have knit 7 rows of the foot. I need to get to 2-3 inches past the waste yarn before I go back and work the heel and estimate that will be approximately 29 more rows.

You can see from the pictures below, the waste yarn for the afterthought heel (isn’t that pretty yarn?) and how much progress I have made since the last blog post with the progress keeper. Not too shabby!

 

There is a KAL for the pattern and I’m loving all the finished projects. You can check out the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry to see more! And don’t forget to tag your projects on all the social medias as #SOSkal.

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! 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!