For the Love of Socks

Feb 16

For the Love of Socks

Thanks to a quick kid-free getaway at the start of the month, I made a lot of progress on the socks in my last post. And now they are all finished!

Finished Socks for the Family

Nutmegknitter's socks for the family

I used the Breamish pattern for each of the kids, with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and they are perfect! Have you heard of a sock ruler? I bought one and noted everyone’s foot length and spots to start the toes on it. Having this handy ruler meant I didn’t have to keep trying the socks on each recipient. I did try the socks for my son on him when I checked them against the ruler and he asked for another pair of socks right away. Nate’s socks are from deep stash, no label, a nice blue-grey marled yarn. Lorelai’s socks are in Plymouth Yarn Neon Now.

Business Casual socks in MrsCrosby Train Case

Dan’s socks are the Business Casual pattern in the Squid Ink colorway of Mrs. Crosby Train Case – the inside photos do not do this colorway justice. It’s the coolest palette of greys and a subtle purple. Of course, I’m still thinking of the next several pairs of socks to be made! I am pretty sure I have enough leftovers of the Squid Ink to pair with a purple or pink for either stripes or contrasting cuffs/heels/toes for me. Nutmegknitter's Rainbow Oops socks

In January, I finished socks for me! Plain vanilla, because the rainbow stripe work of Vesper Sock Yarn doesn’t need anything else. Fish Lips Kiss heel again – I have this one memorized!

Year of the Dog

I never need a reason to celebrate dogs. I’ll be winding up my Ancient Arts MCN DK in “Brindle Dog” to make a pair of Winter Weekend Socks. Look at how great this colorway matches my brindle buddy!

Year of the Dog Brindle Dog socks

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Sock Bug Bites Again

Jan 31

Sock Bug Bites Again

I finished a pair of socks last weekend and immediately wanted to cast on another pair! Rarely do I make socks for anyone other than myself. My husband has proven to be sock-worthy and I made two pairs of socks for my daughter, which she has outgrown. So I’ve let myself be distracted from my other projects to work on making socks for my little family.

What’s in the bags?

What's in the project bags?

My husband’s socks are in the Stitched by JessaLu Princess Bride bag. The pattern is Business Casual, in Mrs. Crosby Squid Ink, picked out by himself at Webs on our trip to Montreal (ages ago). These have been hibernating for too long and it’s time to get them done! For my daughter, I’ve pulled out Neon Now from Plymouth Yarn, from a previous pair of socks I tried to make for her, and those aren’t cast on yet. Everything is ready in the Ninja Bunny Knitty bag. Socks for my son are in the Wild Things bag from Little Skein. I have no idea what the yarn is. I found it in the stash, next to a partially completed sock that was hibernating, no tags, and I didn’t enter it in Ravelry. Breamish is the pattern I’m using for the kids’ socks.

What am I reading?

I’m still reading Radium Girls. It is fascinating, especially considering what the workplace and healthcare laws are like today. The company flat out lied and misled the women and their families.

 

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FOs from a while ago

May 13

How about another round of blog-catch-up? I have a few finished items that I can share in a “Finished Object Friday” post!

Sideswipe Socks  Sideswipe Socks

These socks fill a requirement for the Sophmore semester of Loopy Academy – knitting socks in a new-to-you way. I have knit socks toe-up & top-down, on double pointed needles, magic loop and two circulars. These are knit flat! The pattern is Sideswipe, the yarn is Fibernymph Dye Works Self-Striping in Polly Wanna Cracker? It was very fun to make them and they felt like a quick knit. I am happy with them, but they are slightly tight in getting them on over my heel. Sadly though they are still sitting on my desk on the sock blockers and I haven’t worn them yet.

Neon Pink Tube Socks Neon Pink Tube socks take 2

The second pair of socks were knit for my daughter. She was still wearing socks I knit her back in 2013. She has grown and you could see the socks didn’t fit proper anymore. I had a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh DK that was supposed to be a pair of flittens for her, but I hadn’t gotten too far on those, so I re-purposed it for tube socks. The pattern is Around and Around, they are fabulous. DK weight yarn and size 4 needles made these a really great project, even doing them one at a time. The cuff is slightly tight, so pulling on over her heel is tough but workable. I really need to work on a stretchier cast-on, and maybe add a repeat – I don’t think she would need the next full size up in the pattern as it is ribbed. I will make these again for sure.

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AtoZ Challenge J is for

Apr 11

j is for
Yarn: I do not have much “J” yarn in my stash. Any “j” colorways have already been used, or are part of a longer name (Aqua jet or Deep Sea Jellyfish). So today I’m sharing my skein of Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Windham base, Clear Skies colorway.

Java Socks

Photo Credit: © Cailyn Meyer

Pattern: When I was browsing my queue, the Java Socks jumped out at me right away. I think they will be perfect when paired with my Gilmore Girls Yarn Club “I need a Coffee IV” colorway! I like the cable design on these too, it would keep the knitting interesting.

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Weekending

May 18

Weekends are for memory making, relaxing and enjoying quiet moments of our days.
I’m not able to finish out this years Knit & Crochet Blog Week. I suppose I could play catch up, but I would really rather just keep moving forward. I was interrupted by real life happenings – not all of which were good. This week life offline and outside the yarny world needed more of my attention. Baby steps, stitch by stitch, bird by bird and all that.
This weekend, thankfully, has been better than I expected.
  • I visited my niece – she’s still in the hospital following another surgery, but she started to interact more and seemed to enjoy playing with a pinwheel I brought her.
  • I started reading The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes and love it. That woman has a brilliant way with words.
  • A box of yarn arrived for me on Saturday – payment for a sample knitting job and yarn for the next sample knitting job.
  • Saturday’s mail also brought me a kit to make a stitched bamboo pendant necklace. I started and finished that project on Saturday night.
  • I’m having trouble finding skirts to wear this summer. I’ll know it when I see it, until then I’m browsing pinterest and thinking about sewing myself something.
  • (side note, did you see this stitch along at Untangling Knots – knit a sweater / sew a garment to end up with an outfit!)
I’m planning on sharing more details of some of those points in upcoming blog posts, so I hope you’ll check back or click the button below to follow me on Bloglovin! Until then, I hope your weekend is crafty, restful and refreshing!

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5KCBWDAY3 – Image Handling Experiment

May 14

Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers.

This is an old picture, but one that I thought about a lot today. It’s been a crap year in a lot of ways, with several family members dealing with health issues and hospital stays. Today, one of the littlest members of my family is still in the hospital. I am trying to distract myself with work and yarn and knitting.  I went looking for a quote and this is the first one that jumped out at me.

heartquote

I haven’t played much with adding text to photos as an image technique. I like it, but it’s very easy to fall down a rabbit hole – which font is best? which font color? shadows or no shadows? It is hard not to over think these things.

 

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