Finished, nonetheless.

I did not finish the socks in time. I’ve come to terms with that fact. I’ve decided that really February is a short month and doesn’t count, right? Right.

All jesting aside, I just couldn’t get it done. I didn’t have the knitting mojo for it at the beginning of the week. I did learn that I can knit a complete heel flap on the train from College Park to Tenleytown and back.

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The knitting mojo was back on Wednesday with a vengeance and  I finally finished them Thursday evening. I just adore the finished pair. The colorway is a little out of the box from my typical palate, warmer I think, but that’s one of my favorite parts.

The yarn is Tempting Ewe Yarns in the Rainbow Brite colorway. It’s on their Ewe So Happy sock, which is a plump and squishy 90/10 merino/nylon. These may be the squishiest pair of socks I’ve knit. Ewe So Happy Sock comes in an over-sized skein of 125 grams. I had about 57 grams leftover after these, which is plenty to make another pair of socks with! I am thinking about making a pair for my sister-in-law, the colors remind me of her.

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I decided to do a contrast toe for these and picked out a mini I had received from a friend a while back. The yarn is Countess Ablaze in Orange Fizz. I was a little afraid of running out, since I only had 6 grams of it so I did a mini contrast toe.I just knit the first three decrease rounds before adding in the orange. Normally, I’d put in the contrast for the first decrease row, but this was a cute change.

These are my fourth pair in my box o’sox. It makes me excited to be a third of the way to a full box already. I remember the year where I just couldn’t get 12 pairs done and that feeling of progression is nice. I  do just love knitting socks and it brings me joy to see them in my box. I’m considering not wearing them until next year, having a whole box of pristine new socks at the beginning of next year is awfully tempting.

My next pair is already on the needles. The yarn is from The Lemonade Shop in Sweet Sweet Candy. I’m enjoying these but also thinking about my Snowmelt shawl, the last clue is out!


YoM day 58: Sock knitting

YoM day 59: Sock knitting

YoM day 60: Sock knitting

YoM day 61: Sock knitting


Happy making!

Just when you think can’t.

I just knew that this would be the week I wouldn’t finish anything. I knew it.

I finished a sock last week and cast on the second. I got through the cuff and then decided that maybe I should try on the first one. The sock is too small. Too short, to be specific. Why on earth, how in the world would I knit it too short? Did I get impatient? Not measure correctly? Fudge it and fool myself? Well the sock is too short and so into timeout it went. I am still a little mad at it, but I’m coming around to the thought of ripping the toe out. It will have to be done because I love these socks already, the yarn is heartbreakingly rainbow.

And so, I pulled out my hat. This past winter I made hats for both kids, both brothers, and Kevin. I cast on a hat for myself at the beginning of this extravaganza. I received this skein of yarn from Baerenwolle, it was her speckled surprise club for September. The colorway on the far right below is Coral Reef and I just positively adore it. So much so that I wanted it to be front and center, right on top of my head.

I cast on for a sockhead hat, wanting to let the yarn shine in something simple. I really hated knitting that hat. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is straightforward and just fine. But there is something about knitting 4 inches of ribbing and 5 inches of stockinette in fingering weight yarn. Ironic, I know, since I spend 90% of my craft time knitting vanilla socks. But still.

Anyway, after my socks went into timeout, I pulled out the hat. I have to have some mindless knitting for our Friday D&D games, so the hat was perfect. That was until I reached the point where you put the stitches on DPNs, and realized that I didn’t have the right sized needles. I’ll be honest with you, there was cursing. After the cursing, there was Knit Picks. I ordered the requisite needles—and their crochet kitchen kit, but that’s neither here nor there—and waited. They magically arrived 5 days early—about 2 hours ago—and I immediately opened them up and finished my hat.

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I am so happy that I actually had a finish this week and that it’s this hat. I’m so pleased with it. I especially love how it looks on. The pattern, the color, the squish: perfect. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t contemplating another one already…

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I’m squaring myself up to rip out that toe. Maybe in time for my mindless knitting tomorrow night? Maybe.


YoM day 41: Hat

YoM day 42: Hat and cross stitch

YoM day 43: Socks and cross stitch

YoM day 44: Socks and campaign writing

YoM day 45: Socks  and campaign writing

YoM day 46: Socks and campaign writing

YoM day 47: Socks and campaign writing and finished my sockhead hat!


Happy making!

What else would you do at sunrise?

Previously, I asked: Can I knit a second, full pair of socks by the end of the month? It turns out that I can. I finished the second heel after work today, which is why this picture is so dark.

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These socks really flew off of my needles, but they did do a bit of traveling. Last weekend, I stayed in Washington, D.C. for a work conference. I had a tough Saturday, but at the end of the day  I crawled into bed with my sock and a big glass of water and knit away until I couldn’t hold my eyes open anymore.

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Sunday morning, I woke up early as usual and had plenty of time before I needed to be in a session. I made myself a—surprisingly delicious—cup of hotel room coffee. I pulled out my sock and sat on my bed and watched the sun rise over the city. Such a calming and peaceful morning.

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I knit these as sock tubes and then cut in the heels, kirbywirby style:

I love the way that method works! These are knit out of Supercraftygirl in Day Drinking and the contrast color is Yarn Ink in Zest. I’m waiting until tomorrow to cast on the next pair of socks, but boy are they going to be rainbowy and delicious.


YoM day 27: Cross stitch and sock

YoM day 28: Sock!

YoM day 29: Sock!

YoM day 30: Sock!

YoM day 31: Finished my second pair of January Socks! (plus a little hat afterwards)


Happy making!

I sure do love a knitalong.

I have underestimated the difficulty in taking nice pictures of my making on a daily basis. We have instituted a new morning schedule in our house, which means I leave before the sun is truly up and shining bright. And since it’s winter here in Maryland, I am also not really home before dark.

This is a temporary and small problem. But it has been a stumbling block to my drive to post this week. And so, in lieu of WIP pictures today, I thought I’d take a look back at a couple of fun knitalongs that I participated in last year and plan to do again.

Box O’ Sox KAL

I had hoped in 2015 to knit a dozen pair of socks and made it to 7. That was up from 1 pair in 2014, so I was happy with that progress. Last January, Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast hosted a Box O’ Sox knitalong. The goal was to knit a dozen pairs and put them in a box. I finished my box in October, much to my great surprise and excitement.

I knit another 2 pairs after that, one for my mom and one for my Christmas Eve cast on. 14 total pairs of socks! I learned so much about fit and what I like in a sock. I am definitely going to knit another box o’ sox this year!

Note: if you hover over and/or click on the images you can see captions detailing the yarn colorway and dyer. I did manage to snap a few pictures of my first two pairs of socks for the year:

They were tiny starts this weekend, but hey, cuffs are my least favorite part.

Rainbowalong

When she was little(r), my partner’s daughter used to say that her favorite color was rainbow. I have always agreed with her that rainbow is one of the more superior colors out there. To brighten the dreary winter, Dianne of the Suburban Stitcher Podcast hosts an annual knitalong in February, called the Rainbowalong. The only requirement is to knit something rainbow. Last year I knit rainbow socks, or rather, martian rainbow socks:

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Martian Rainbow, Must Stash Yarns

This year I have 2 pairs of socks planned… I do love to knit a rainbow.


YoM day 6: Cast on two-at-a-time socks

YoM day 7: Cast on new socks and hat progress

YoM day 8: Hat progress

YoM day 9: Ripped back and fixed days 7 and 8’s hat progress

YoM day 10: Finished Kevin’s hat!

YoM day 11: Sock knitting


Happy making!

Year of Making

A Year of Making

 

Last year around this time, I was inspired to choose a word to encapsulate a goal for myself for 2016. After a great deal of thought, I chose “make.” I chose make because that was what I wanted to do, I wanted to become more of a maker: to produce, to create. I feel that I achieved the goal I had in mind at the time. I finally knit 12 pairs of socks in a year, I canned something other than jam, and I made Christmas gifts for my siblings.

As 2016 draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about how to proceed. Whether to choose a new word or to continue with my word in a new way. I stumbled across an Instagram post tagged “yearofmaking” and that got me thinking. What would a year of making look like for me? I know that I would not be able to make something everyday, unless we start counting messes and spaghetti dinners. But can I work on a making project every day? I think so. I hope so.

Sweaters and shawls, quilts, canned goods, preserved goods, perhaps even bread. My goal is to put energy into a making project every day. Some days that will amount to a few rows on a sock, and that is ok. I plan to chronicle my progress here. I often see the sentiment that a year from now, you will wish you had started today. And so today, I will post this first post and knit on my sock and look forward to the promise of a new year.

2017 will be my year of making.