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: 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!

Once Upon a Sock: April 2018

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Hi All!

First, thank you to Stefanie for creating three new logos to choose from for our monthly sock talk. Is it awesome? So pretty! You may see different ones on each of our blogs and it will be fun seeing which ones appealed to each person. Second, it’s sock time and I’ve got a beautiful pair to show off!

Earlier last month, I completed the Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe pattern. Thank goodness I did because I spent most of the month packing, when I wasn’t working, and I wouldn’t have anything to show you today. My husband and I bought a new construction house (check out my Instagram for pics!) and closed in mid-March. We moved in 9 days ago and moving in comes with unpacking. Between going back to work, unpacking, and living in the dark ages (no phone, internet or tv until April 30th…fingers crossed), it’s been a challenge to get up the energy to knit in the evening. I think I’ve knit a total of four rows on my new socks since we’ve been here.

So, anyhow, I am in love with how the socks turned out. Blocking them made them so soft and I’m quite pleased with the way the yarn pooled within the stitches themselves. Here’s the information, in case you are curious.

Ravelled Here: Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe

Started / Finished: October 29, 2017 / March 11, 2018

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)

Yarn: Yarn Carnival High Wire 3-Ply in the colorway Equinox (53 grams or 259.7 yards or 237.5 meters…or just a little over half the skein) 🙂

Notes: Knit one at a time, cuff down. I went with the 64 stitch pattern; however the next time I would either go up a needle size or switch to the 72 stitch pattern. These are a bit snug going over my heel; however I’m sure will loosen up as I wear them. If so, then I would leave as is. I might also try her modification for higher arches (hence the tightness across the heel) the next time.

 

 

 

Aren’t they gorgeous? I may be a little biased 🙂 So, after I finished this pair, I was wondering what to knit next as all my yarn had already been packed up. Low and behold, that day I went to mailbox and my Yarnbox shipment had come in! My needles were not packed (who would pack something as precious as needles? Nope…I hand carried those babies over) and I thought the pattern offered with the shipment was interesting. I think this is the first time in three years of subscribing to Yarnbox that I’ve actually made one of the patterns that was written for the yarn. Go me!

The designer, Lorna’s Laces, hasn’t made the pattern available on Ravelry, but it is called Hygge House Socks. Perfect for the chilly new floors downstairs in my new house! It is knit with size US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and I know if I would just get going on these, they would be super fast! I was 10 garter stitch ridges in when I realized that they were way too big. I was knitting the Large size (60 stitches cast on) and I needed to go down to the Small / Medium size (50 stitches cast on) to ensure they fit. I’m currently 5 garter ridges into the first section. This pattern also uses two different colors and weights of yarn. Color A is Mrs. Crosby Harbor, worsted, in the colorway Tempest, a deep purple that’s kind of hard to photograph. Color B is Rauma Mitu, DK, in the colorway 8141, which is a dark pinky salmon…again, hard to capture properly. Here are the skeins caked up and divided into two for TAAT construction. This photo taken at the old house.

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And here’s my progress (new house carpet…only in the bedrooms and loft!):

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I look forward to sharing more with you next month. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I link up with a great group of knitters who also like to knit socks. In the last month, we’ve grown exponentially! If you are new(ish) to the blog, welcome and thank you for following! Let me introduce you to my friends and a few new ones too (blog links will be updated as everyone posts):

  1. Kathy B of Compassionknit
  2. Kat of (updated) Felinity Knits
  3. Katherine of (updated) Fiber and Sustenance
  4. Reanna of (updated) Knit, Reanna, knit!
  5. Liz of (updated) Knitty Little Sew and Sew
  6. (new member) Lynn of (updated) Minding My Own Stitches
  7. Steph of (updated) My Making Do Adventure
  8. Stefanie of (updated) stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric
  9. (new member added) Tammy of (updated) Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life
  10. (new member added) Meg of (updated) Intergalactic

Whew! Our group has grown from four to six to eleven in just a couple of months! If you’d like to join in too, drop one of us a line so we can let the others know, as well as send you the graphic for the blog post. Then, every month on the first Thursday, post about your socks and link up to everyone!

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

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: December Edition

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Hi All! Yes, I know it’s Friday and not Thursday. I remembered earlier in the day that I was supposed to post about my socks; however by the time I got home from knitting group and finished work, I was too exhausted to put two words together. I’m still on East Coast time so it has made things a bit challenging.

So, you know that in my last post I told you I was heading to Indiana for 3 weeks for my annual Thanksgiving vacation? I usually work the first week (I’m virtual with my company), take the week of Thanksgiving off, then work the third week too. This time I had an extra two days and thought I was going to get so much knitting done. Uhm….with cute little babies to love on, lots of arts & crafts and visiting with family…well, it just didn’t happen.

You know how when you are packing, you have all these good intentions and dreams of knitting all day long, every day? You pack as many projects as you can because you know you are going to have so much free time? Yeah, right. I brought 5 projects with me and finished one (a hat for my cousin.) In addition, I started a new pair of gloves for my Aunt and only got half way through one of them…I think it’s too big and I’m going to rip it back to the cuff. Go me! LOL

I figured that I would chance taking my metal sock needles on the plane…I’ve always been afraid to try that and have only brought wood DPN’s or wood circulars. Guess what? You can fly in the US with metal needles. So, anyhoo, I was able to eek out a few more rows on my sock. Yep, I got a whole 23 more rows done since my last post. Here’s the proof:

I love the way the color is pooling now that I’m in the stockinette portion of the leg. Just a reminder that I’m working on Mina’s Vanilla Sock Recipe with yarn from Yarn Carnival High Wire 3-ply in the colorway Austin Equinox. The color looks more like the bottom two pictures in real life.

I am getting ready to go on another three week vacation; however this one is a staycation due to my hubby having to work up through Christmas this year. So, let’s see what I can get done between now and the next sock post. I make no promises because as you well know, sometimes things don’t work out as we plan.

Every month, on the first Thursday of the month, a group of blogger friends and I get together to talk about our socks. If you’d like to join in, please let one of us know so we can add you to our links. Stefanie is rocking a pair of gorgeous new socks over at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons.  They totally have a Christmas vibe going on with the gorgeous colors. Katherine shows off some new Christmas yarn for her upcoming socks and talks about her year in socks over at fiber and sustenance. How in the world did we get to the end of the year already? As soon as Kat gets her post up, I’ll update her link at Felinity Knits. (Edited to update Kat’s link…check out her gorgeous rainbow socks and her gorgeous socks for the year!) Until then, check out her beautiful work on one of her past blogs.

I’m really, really going to try to catch you all up on the super secret projects that I worked on to take to Indiana with me. The gifts were all well received and will be well loved. I also have some super cute crafts to share that I worked on during our family and friends annual Christmas crafting day. If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a sneak peek with my last post which has multiple images of the finished projects.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

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!