Grainbow Revival Socks

Pair 2 of the sock revival is off the needles! I will admit, I was getting a bit weary of these by the end. I just kept eyeing my stash and thinking of what socks I was going to cast on next. But when I slipped these on to check fit and take a picture… Well, let’s let them have their day in the sun.

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The yarn is by MarigoldJen in two colorways that I honestly can’t remember and can’t find the tags or names for. I reeeaaaalllly hate that, but I guess I’m going to need to accept it. The colors are beautifully variegated, a wonderful gloomy grey with the rainbow. I was a bit skeptical of my choice of yellow, but I think it complements the main yarn nicely.

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These socks feel and fit amazing. The yarn is her BFL/nylon, and the contrast is her merino/nylon. I think they work nicely together. The socks feel sturdy and squishy at the same time. I couldn’t be happier with the fit. Tried and true, the Kirbywirby method for cutting in heels comes through again!

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I was a bit of a cast-on addict last night, and started a new pair of socks. PS. If you haven’t tried Peepaloo Fields yet, I highly recommend her yarn. It is achingly pretty:

 

And finally, I started my Waterlily! I knit two more gauge swatches. The pattern calls for 4.0 mm/US 6 and that definitely didn’t work. I went down to 3.75 mm/US 5 and measured wrong, so I also knit a swatch on 3.5 mm/US 4. Bizarrely the 3.75 mm and the 3.5 mm swatch are remarkably similar. I went with the 3.75 mm and wound up my skeins.

I cast on and got halfway through the second row before I fell asleep. It’s not much to show, but I’m proud anyway.

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We are in serious birthday mode over here in our corner of Maryland. On Wednesday, it was dear boyfriend’s turn. I fixed steaks–truly my best go at steak to date–and made cake, and we had a little celebration, just the four of us. I think he had a great day. I’m currently up to 3 birthday cakes in the past 2 weeks, and I’ll bake 2 more before the next 2 weeks are out. Whew!


YoM day 156: Swatching!

YoM day 157: Swatching and socking

YoM day 158: Sock knitting

YoM day 159: Sock and Shawl knitting

YoM day 160: Sock knitting

YoM day 161: Sock and sweater knitting


Happy making!

I changed my mind.

My dad always told the story that when I was a very little girl, I ordered vanilla ice cream and then decided to switch to strawberry. He said I looked up at him in awe and said, “I  changed my mind!” as if I hadn’t realized I could. This past weekend, I changed my mind again.

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I stopped mid-tink-back.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to knit the Sprite’s Fen shawl. I cast on the second Shawl Society shawl on Thursday night, the day the pattern was released. I love the pattern. The shawl, as all of Helen Stewart’s designs, is beautiful. Soft and subtle, lovely and elegant. But something just isn’t clicking for me. I think it’s the shape, semicircular shawls are among the least wearable for me. I may come back to this project, but it’s going in the hibernation cave for now. I had planned to knit each of the 6 shawls in the month they were released, but I suppose we’ll be revising that policy.

Instead, I’ve started something else. I’ve been daydreaming about getting started on my Waterlily since I purchased yarn for it a few weeks ago. I want to have it to wear this summer to work and on vacation. Plus, for some reason I have sweaters on my mind. I want to get this one done and get started on more. I’ve never been overly interested in garment knitting, but something has recently fallen into place for me and I am ready. I think.

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To that end, I swatched a couple of little swatches. Spoiler alert, I did not get gauge. By a long shot. It was vaguely correct before blocking, but after a bath is nowhere close. I do know that I’m on the looser side of knitters, so I probably should have gone down a needle size to begin with. Learning experience, right? Tonight, I swatch again!

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They may be too big, but they’re awfully pretty. Yarn: O-Wool O-wash fingering in Watermill

Once I get my gauge figured out, I’m planning to cast on this week. First sweater jitters are making me a little hesitant, but I’m too excited to let that stop me. Plus, it’s a mile of stockinette in the round to start–pretty soft launch if you ask me. I’ve also been putting some stitches on my Magical Marled Mystery Shawl. I never thought I would like seed stitch, but it has a good rhythm. And the squish is undeniable!

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Lest anyone worry that I’ve not been knitting any socks, behold:

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My second pair of revival socks is off and running. I’ve fallen back in love with these. It’s great to start working on an old project and get that rush. That “oh, this is why I fell for this yarn” feeling is so fun.

In other news, I took the kids to the library yesterday afternoon.  They got something like 1000 books, which they are already tearing through at breakneck speed.

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Not pictured, 4 humongous reference books for a super secret design project that I’m getting started on. This one will be a long process so some of my making time will be off the books until I can share. I love surprises.  


YoM day 150-151: Sock knitting

YoM day 152: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM day 153: Sock knitting

YoM day 154: Sock knitting and sweater swatching

YoM day 155: Sock knitting and secrets


Happy making!

Birthday Socks.

Today is Joshua’s birthday. He is twelve years old and we have celebrated. I made him a pair of socks:

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Main yarn is from a mini skein set, Friendship is Magic, by Vivid Yarn Studio. Heels are in Candy by KnittyAndColor.

These came out beautifully. As always, Joshua’s design choices astound me. He picked the order of the stripes, but I decided how wide and how many repeats. He also wanted pink heels. Pink heels! I would have never thought to do pink heels, but they work perfectly! I love letting Joshua take creative control of the things I knit for him. We’ve had two amazing stripy hats in the past, all designed by Joshua.

While the finished product was definitely worth it, I’m not dying to knit any more mini skein striped socks. That was a lot of work and a ton of ends. By the end I think I wove in 56 ends! I cut the heels in and I was scared to death after all that joining and weaving.

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All in all they turned out beautifully. If you’re curious, I did a 15 row 2×2 ribbed cuff and then striped the minis every 11 rows. I was going to do 10 but because I can’t seem to count, 11 it is! I used the back join method to join and cut in the heels a la Kirbywirby. He loves them and I’m pretty sure he had a great birthday.

We went home to North Carolina and spent a relaxing weekend with family. One of my brothers made some homemade sausage that was delicious and may inspire me to try my hand at sausage seasoning. We ate a lot, played outside, and shot off fire crackers. My sister-in-law and I made a raspberry lemon birthday cake and we had a lot of fun with the trick candles I had brought. It honestly took Joshua forever to blow them out.

We’re back home to Maryland now, some of us enjoying our new presents, others of us continuing our car knitting:

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These are my second pair of revival socks and I’m about ready for the toe. It’s been a great weekend, wonderful to celebrate my not-so-little sweetheart.

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YoM day 146-149: Sock knitting


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Fairyhill Shawl.

I am enamored.

IMG_20170525_112127_957I have finished my Fairyhill shawl! This is the first shawl in Helen Stewart’s Shawl Society II, a six month shawl club. I really enjoyed knitting it, it’s surprisingly simple for how beautiful the pattern knits up. I don’t knit much lace and this was a perfect project for stretching my lace legs.

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I chose the colors for the shawl on a whim. The main body yarn is by Tilting Planet, on Apollo Sock in the Papaya colorway. The border is StressKnits, on Sparkle Sock in the Refresh colorway. Putting them together was a weird gut reaction, but out of my comfort zone at the time. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with this combo. It seems everything I knit is a variation. A look back at the knit:

I was still not 100% sold as a I knit up the shawl, thinking maybe I should stick to one color. As I added in the contrast, it almost seemed to be not contrast-y enough! As the border grew, though, I really started to fall in love with it. I think I could have finished it a solid day earlier if  I hadn’t been stopping to look at it so much.

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As usually happens, blocking really brought it life. It may be my new favorite shawl. I love it so. The colors play so well together, I can hardly stand it. Beyond the color though, the drapey, generous shape and gorgeous lace really sing.

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Now, I can’t wait for the next installment of the Shawl Society. I’m thinking about using a laceweight that’s been kicking around the stash for ages. It would be amazing to use only stash yarn for the whole club. If there are worsted or dk weight shawls though, we could be in trouble. My stash leans heavily in the fingering direction.

All in all, this was a joy and I cannot wait to see what else Helen has in store for us!


YoM day 143-145: Sock knitting


Happy making!

The Last Word.

This weekend was lovely. It was cold and dreary and I was still recovering from a fairly nasty cold, but it was lovely all the same.

A dear friend of mine came into town to spend a day with us. We had cocktails Friday night and had a deliciously lazy Saturday. We made french toast, took a long walk, and played scrabble all afternoon. Perfectly lovely.

Sunday morning, I slept in for the first time in weeks and weeks. I woke up refreshed and ready to finally finish my Fairyhill shawl. I only had a few rows to go and finished the knitting over coffee. The bind off, simple as it was, took me forever! I’m not particularly fast at anything, and binding off 399 stitches is a job for me.

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I finished the binding off and settled in to weave in the ends on the shawl–4–and the ends on Joshua’s first birthday sock–around 20. Still, I actually like weaving in so it wasn’t too bad.

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Once those were done, I set in to block the shawl and start the second sock. I used to be pretty bad about putting those things off–second socks, weaving in ends, blocking. But I find that I have the most gusto for those steps as soon as they are called for, so I try to go for the finishing immediately.

To finish off the weekend, I made an amazing cocktail last night. I’ve been doing a bit of research on how to recreate the delicious cocktail I had in San Jose, the Last Word. I seem to be doing a fine job of it, as Kevin is definitely a fan.

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All in all, it’s a simple cocktail. Only four ingredients, mixed in equal parts. Two of those ingredients are rather special: green chartreuse, a very herby liqueur, and maraschino liqueur, which is surprisingly un-sweet. They blend with gin and lime to give a flavor both light and deep. On a side note, did you know that the color chartreuse is named for the liqueur?

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If you would like to give it a try, combine ¾ ounce each gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Shake very well and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Cheers!


YoM day 139: Shawl knitting

YoM day 140: Shawl knitting

YoM day 142: Sock and shawl knitting, finished Fairyhill shawl!


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The best laid plans.

Let’s talk about what I said at the end of my last post. Brimming with hope about all I had accomplished that morning and excited for a long plane ride full of knitting, I wrote about how I’d like to come home with a finished object or two. And then the crafty fates just laughed and laughed.

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I got on the plane for San Jose on Saturday afternoon and knit on my Fairyhill until we landed. I knit and knit and knit and got so much done! Well over half of the border finished. It was a nice flight, but I was pretty tired by the time I made it to the hotel. I had some supper in the hotel bar and went to bed.

Tired or not, because I’m always on east coast time, I woke up at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. I called my mom to wish her a happy mother’s day and we talked for a little while. I then settled in for a nice little knit and some coffee. I managed to finish the first sock tube of Joshua’s socks, just in time to get ready for work. On my way out the door, Kevin called to wish me a happy mother’s day and I talked to Joshua, too.

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Someone is going to have to weave all of that in. Someone.

While I wanted to get a bunch of knitting done, I also wanted to check out the local area around my hotel. I had heard of some great bars with great food, which is right up my alley. On Sunday, I went to Original Gravity Public House. They are a craft beer joint with great housemade sausages. I had supper and took a pint back to the hotel to enjoy with my knitting.

After work on Monday, I came back to my room and thought I’d cast on my next revival socks. I literally knit three rows before my stomach was rumbling so I put the teeny cuff away. I decided to check out Paper Plane. I love making old school cocktails at home, but seldom find a place to order them out. This bar was just the ticket. I described the kind of cocktail I like, gin and citrusy, and Christian whipped something up for me:

I could go on and on about this cocktail. I’m planning to make it for Kevin and a friend of mine this weekend. I probably will go on and on about it then, wink wink.

I got back to the hotel, got things ready for the next day and settled in for a little shawl knit. Now by this time, it was all of 10 p.m. but I was so very sleepy. It takes me days and days to get used to another time zone, so I was all out of whack. I knit one row and was nodding off over the shawl, so I just went to bed.

As I went through my last day at the convention center and finally flew back home, I developed a pretty nasty cold. I think I’ve probably knit all of about 100 stitches in that time. I don’t remember the last time I felt too sick to knit. My year of making compelled me to try and put the effort in, but the sneezing and wheezing made me put the needles down half a row in each day.

Now I’m home and still feeling pretty awful. I pulled out my shawl this evening and noticed that something seemed off. It seems that what I knit while falling asleep and while sick did not go so well. So I tinked back and we’re ready to move forward again. This is the status of the shawl and the revival socks:

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Yep, not much there.

I didn’t get nearly all the knitting done that I had hoped on this trip. As much as I travel for work, you might think I would learn that I don’t actually get that much free time. At least this time I had a great cocktail.


YoM day 133: Sewing, shawl knitting

YoM day 134: Sock knitting

YoM day 135: Shawl knitting

YoM day 136: Sick barely sock knitting

YoM day 137: Sick barely shawl and sock knitting

YoM day 138: Sick barely shawl tinking


Happy making.

Pack it up, pack it in.

At the end of my last post, I was wondering if I wanted to stay true to my Fairyhill shawl or if I wanted to cast on a million other things. It turns out sort of both and neither. I did not cast on anything new, but I cheated on the Fairyhill a bit anyway.

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First things first, the Fairyhill. It’s coming along beautifully. I’ve added the second color, Refresh by StressKnits, and I’m nearly at the 60% mark. It needs a touch more concentration now that I’m to the lacier section, but it’s still a really relaxing knit. I’m flying to California today, so I’m taking it on the plane. I would love to come home ready to block it.

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I’ve also been working on Joshua’s birthday socks. They are so fun and colorful, I can’t wait to give them to him. He picked the order of the colors but I haven’t let him see them after that. He wanted shortie socks, so I’m knitting a wee sock tube and I’ll cut in an afterthought heel later.

This week, I’ve been doing a little bit of sewing. And by a little bit I mean I’ve been making little things. I finally got some crushed walnut shells in, so I’ve been itching to make a new pincushion. I used some corner scraps from my Layer Cake Pop Quilt. They were little half-square triangles so I just sewed them together, trimmed them to 1.5″ squares and made a 9-patch. I quilted the little thing with straight, diagonal lines and used a random charm pack square for the back. I filled it with 50g of crushed walnut shells, but I think it could’ve use more.

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The side that I closed after filling it is wonky, but it’s super cute anyway. In more sewing news, last night I was looking at my Halloween notions pouch and decided it was time for something fresh on that front. I got started on it but decided to go to bed when I sewed the zipper in without bobbin thread. This morning I finished it before my coffee got cold.

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It’s so cute! I’m a complete novice with zippers, they give me a fit! But at least this guy turned out ok. I made my mom an identical little pouch for Christmas and I’m glad I finally made myself one. I used a tutorial from Jedi Craft Girl.

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Now I’m in the middle of packing for today’s trip. Of course, I had to throw in my next pair of socks… just in case. I tend to over-pack the knitting, but heaven forbid I ever ran out on the other side of the country. These are my second pair of revival socks. Both yarns are from Marigoldjen, but I’m going to have to do some research to figure out the colorway names.

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Well, here’s everything going to California today. This is a work trip, but I won’t have any coworkers there so I’m planning to put all of my free time into knitting. I’d love to come home with an FO or two, ready to cast on something else fun. Now to go get a shower and finish the suitcase. At least the important stuff is packed.


YoM day 129: Shawl knitting and sewed up a pincushion

YoM day 130: Shawl knitting

YoM day 131: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM day 132: Sock and shawl knitting


Happy making!