Let’s Talk Socks

I want knit socks.

I don’t necessary want TO knit socks, but I want knit socks.

I’ve knit socks in the past but never for myself and I’ve only got 1 handmade pair in my drawer but I didn’t even knit those, someone else did.

I know that if I did knit some socks I’d probably do them toe-up, two at a time. I wouldn’t want to fall victim to second sock syndrome and I’d want to make sure that I use up as much yarn as possible to have as few leftover yards I can.

I have plenty of sock yarn, I have the skills and I know what I’d like to knit (knee socks, mostly) but still, I do not have the burning desire to knit them myself. I think I’m scared of getting them wrong? Of the socks not fitting right and if I did make them knee-high, what if they don’t fit my calves? I’ve got bigger calves and need to seek out the “wide calf” version of boots, most skinny jeans and even some leggings don’t fit these ladies.

If I did choose to knit socks I’m sure I’d start with a plain vanilla-ish pair or two to see which toe and heel styles work best for me. They’d probably be mid-calf in length and use a single skein of my stash yarn.

Not that I want to knit socks.

But if I did, I’d probably start with a pair out of this speckled skein of Plymouth’s Happy Feet in Blue Oreo.

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FO Friday: Super Quick Headband

As promised on Wednesday, I’ve got a finished project for you this week!

This headband is out of scraps of Malabrigo Rios from my long-ago published Transient Tunic. I used 2 strands held together and US 10s. No pattern, I just cast on 2, increased gradually to 12, knit in garter for a while and decreased gradually back down to 2 once I could wrap it around my head with a little overlap for tying.img_4754_medium2

I decided that I wanted one that could be tied rather than buttoned because I don’t want it to stretch out over time and be too big to be buttoned. img_4752_medium2

It took me 3 days to finish this but probably only about 3 hours of knitting total AND I used up just the amount of yarn in the tiny leftover cake I started with! Perfect stash busting (now if only those mitts had gotten the hint).img_4756_medium2

Did you finish any projects this week? Are you feeling the pull for quick knits as the holidays draw nearer?

WIP Wednesday:Bumps in the Road

Welp, the projects from last week have seen progress but both have taken mini-breaks this week.

The mitts are on hold until I can get another ball of yarn. Don’t you hate/love when that happens? You’re trying to stash bust and use up the scraps of another project only to find out that mere rounds from the end you are going to run out of the scraps and need to buy yarn to finish? Then what? You’ll have a stash busting project to use the scraps from the stash busting project!img_4729_medium2

Oh well, these things happen and I knew I was running the risk when I started.

The cowl design is coming along smoothly and I’m working out the details for the texture transition on the next piece. The road bump here isn’t yarn related, I just started a new project that I wanted to whip up real quick – a headband! That project is all wrapped up (finally something that was meant to be quick that actually was!) and you’ll see it on Friday!img_4725_medium2

What are you working on this week?

 

 

New Stash

I don’t talk politics on the blog (or online anywhere, really) but I can’t post this today without at least mentioning that I’m going to work through my fear and use it as motivation to be better, kinder and more loving than I ever have been before. We need more of that.

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Do you guys watch podcasts? I just started watching them and really only have 2 that I watch every episode – Stranded Podcast and the new Yarn Hoarder Podcast. Amy of Stranded Dyeworks dyes gorgeous yarns and sock blanks.

The other week a knitting friend and I decided to get some yarn – just a skein each – and order them at the same time to save on shipping. Shipping from the UK isn’t the cheapest but it was surprisingly quick! I expected it to take 3-5 weeks but it only took 2!img_4713_medium2

This is Fleet Street on her Oasis base – a 75/25 merino/nylon blend. This has been dyed with some navy and yellow with speckles and hints of red. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll make with it…I’ve got some ideas rolling around in my brain but you know I’ll keep you posted when I do pick something!

What are your favorite podcasts? I’m looking for more to add to my itty bitty list! Who are your favorite indie dyers?

Knit List #2

This is the second installment of what I’m calling the Knit List – an effort to reduce stash in a mindful way.

Recent early morning dog walks inspired this week’s Knit List – I have a ton of hats but with hair this long, it’s not always feasible to wear it down and I can’t have it up in a hat or I’ll look like a conehead (not my best look, let me tell you). I’ve got a few piercings in each ear and I think the extra metal causes my ears to get really cold really fast and with that comes a headache and general discomfort.

So this week we’re focusing on earwarmers and headbands to keep my ears warm while letting me wear my hair up!

I’ve got just a small amount of this Luna by Cascade Yarns and maybe an Aran weight version of the Blue Leaves Headband would be a good use of the pretty mint-colored yarn.img_3513_medium2

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I like the simple twist in the Hot Mess headband and could make a red version out of my little bit of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica.

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Have you knit any headbands? Any suggestions for me?

FO Friday: Knucks for ‘Nea

As I promised last week, these are finished! It feels really good to have finished a project so quickly after months of long-term knitting (especially those things that were supposed to be quick and ended up…..not being quick).img_3843_medium2

I knit these out of my Knick Knack Knucks pattern and used Premier Yarns Debra Norville Serenity in a purple-y stripey colorway. I don’t think I made any modifications except picking up the stitches for the mitten flap instead of knitting it separately and sewing it on afterwards. This is the first time I’ve used this yarn and my choice to use it was made primarily by the fact that I couldn’t find any Patons Kroy in an acceptable colorway. Serenity is noticeably softer than Kroy but that make me worry (probably incorrectly) about the durability of it. I’ll report back as soon as I hear one way or the other from the recipient!img_4701

These are for my younger brother’s girlfriend – they just moved to Bozeman, Montana and since she asked for a pair while we were on our backcountry Yellowstone trip, I think this as good a time as any to fulfill her request. I imagine with the winters of Southern Montana she’ll need something to keep her hands warm when she’s not on the slopes! On the up-side, I’ve never been to Bozeman and this might be just the excuse I need to get up for a visit!

Have you finished anything this week? Have you ever been to Bozeman?

WIP Wednesday: Two Newbies

Did you guys all have an excellent Halloween weekend? Mine was great – definitely busy and a little bit crazy – but over all pretty darn good!

I’ve been alternating between two new projects this week – one will look oddly similar to my previous project and one is totally different. And I’m going to apologize in advance for the poor photo quality, it’s dark so early in the evenings and the sun doesn’t come up until so late in the mornings!

As soon as I bound off the last mitt of the knucks I was working on last week I cast on for a pair of plain fingerless mitts – I don’t plan on adding fingers or mitten flaps to these. So far I’m working on the thumb gusset increases but it’s good purse knitting to have on hand and I wanted to use up as much of the ball as possible.img_3920_medium2

My other project is a new cowl design with some absolutely stunning indie dyed yarn from Erban Studio. I first saw this yarn when she posted it on Instagram and then before I knew it, it was at my door!img_3919_medium2

This is a fabulous, single ply superwash and super soft yarn – could be merino? I’m not sure, the label only said superwash fingering. And aren’t those colors just perfect? I don’t have too many speckled yarns in my stash yet but I’m working up a new design with this one that I think will highlight the speckles perfectly.

What are you working on this week? New stuff? Old stuff? Has anyone started their gift knitting yet?

WIP Wednesday: Knuck Number Two

These knucks are knitting up pretty quickly compared some of my latest projects! It’s fun to make such swift progress, isn’t it?

I finished the fingers and thumb of the second mitt the other day and started on the first flap! Because I don’t really like seaming, I decided that instead of knitting the flaps separately and then sewing them on that I would pick up stitches on the back of each hand, cast on the rest and knit them already attached. I picked up 17 sts on the back to make sure that I could start and end this picked up section with the k2 to keep it a bit cleaner (not that the recipient will notice but if it makes me feel better, why not, right?). After these two flaps I’ll make sure all ends are woven in and they’re donezos!img_4684_medium2

Side Note: You can see in the picture above that the body of the hand and the thumb look a little….spirally bumpy? That’s a result of me shifting my dpns around as I knit to avoid ladders between needles. That shit blocks right out (it really does, this isn’t one of those “that shit will block right out” prayer moments, I’ve actually tried it and it does block RIGHT out).

Sounds like a lot but I’m hoping to have them done and have a new WIP to show you next week, so fingers crossed!  img_4686_medium2

What are you knitting this week?

Plan B

Last Thursday night we wanted to go camping. We picked a spot, mapped it out, packed up the car and the dog and off we went. img_3805

The drive was gorgeous, of course, we explored some new roads, saw some wildlife, some changing leaves and gorgeous views of mountains and the city. When we got to the road to get to our campsite, however, we started seeing a lot of signs. A lot of “4WD ROAD” and “EXPENSIVE TOWING FEES.” and “HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES ONLY!” types of signs.

Sadly to say, my little Subaru can handle mud and snow and ice but it does not have a high clearance. We poked along as far as we could on the road and decided to turn around when the going got too rough.14691922_10154672662589343_7628246782336569446_o

After squashing my poopy ‘tude, we decided to have ourselves a little picnic overlooking the reservoir we planned to camp next to. We cooked up our dinner, drank our milk stout and watched the sun set. Nick with his hangdrum and me with my knitting (and Lisa with her….enthusiasm). 14715096_10154672662759343_7262125862334830586_o

It wasn’t exactly how we’d planned it, but we tried to make the best of it and ended up having a great time. Lots of layers and being bundled in knits helped.

Did you have any adventures this weekend?

Test Knitters Needed

Crimeny it has been a loooooonnnnggggg time, hasn’t it? I’m sorry. I could go on and on about what happened and why the blog fell to the wayside and how I promise to keep it up this time around but let’s skip that and just get back into the swing of things, shall we?

Conveniently, the last time we chatted here I was talking about the projects that I actually currently am looking for testers for! Yay! The Universe does work in mysterious ways!

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The Clover Blossom top is an easy-to-wear pullover that has a unique construction. It’s knit flat, there’s a little seam and then stitches are picked up for the waist ribbing. This sample was knit out of a linen blend and I’ve got another sample out of 100% wool so I’m excited to see what other sport weight yarn knitters will choose to work with!

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I’m only looking for one or two testers for this and more information about it can be found in my Ravelry Group.

Ideally it won’t be another 3 months before our next chat, I hope your summer went well and that your fall (these seasons assuming northern hemisphere) is starting off well!