100 days of making.

On each of the last one hundred days, I have put time into making. Some days, it’s been hours and hours of knitting or sewing and others it’s been just a few rows on a sock before I fall asleep. All in all, it’s been a great experience so far. I’ve become much more mindful of my time and it’s become easier to squirrel away a few minutes to myself no matter where I am.

I keep track of what I do each day in a little spreadsheet. According to the spreadsheet, I have knit on 88 of the last 100 days. 88! That’s a lot of knitting. I think it’s easy to see where my passion lies. 77 of those included sock knitting. If you’ve read this blog before, you probably aren’t surprised—I do love my socks. There was a bit of shawl and hat knitting thrown in there as well. The rest of my days were spent sewing, quilting, and cross stitching, with one evening of kraut mixed in.

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This is my first 100 days worth of finished objects. It’s a pretty happy lot to look at, if you ask me. I am by no means prolific, but I’m happy with my progress. In the first one hundred days of last year, I had made three pairs of socks, a shawl, and a hat. This year, I’m up to 16 FO’s! That’s quite the increase.

I always think of myself as a product maker. I want the thing—the shawl, the quilt, the jam—so I make it. It makes my heart soar to see all of the projects I’ve finished, to use them and love them. But one thing I’ve learned over the last 100 days is that the process is equally as heartwarming. Making de-stresses me and stokes my creativity. Writing this blog has helped me see all of the stories that are woven into every project I make and that has been a wonderful discovery.

I can’t wait to see what the next 100 days has in store for me. We’ll be well up into July at that point so I hope there is a fair bit of canning alongside the socks in my next collage.


Year of Making Day 100: Sock knitting, what else?


Happy making!

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Socks, lies, and video game.

This weekend I set out to knit a second sock, attach the binding to a quilt, and make a drawstring project bag and a new notions pouch. How many of these things did I finish? None. Not a single one. I blame the people of Pelican Town.

Saturday afternoon, I decided to check in with my character on Stardew Valley. If you are unfamiliar, it is a Harvest Moon-esque farming game. I had a very enjoyable time planting crops, mining ore, and wooing one of residents of the aforementioned Pelican Town. I don’t play video games very often, but boy when I do, I play hard. I did knit a fair bit of sock this weekend, but mostly I played.

To make up for the lack of serious making, I present you with pictures of lovely things:

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So close and yet so far. Tempting Ewe Yarns, Rainbow Brite, Countess Ablaze in Orange Fizz

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Hand knit socks and Cosi kitty paws.

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One batch of kraut is done! We had it on hot dogs Friday night and it was amaaaazing.

Oh and in an exciting turn of events, I won a prize! I’ve been participating in the Suburban Stitcher Rainbowalong and therefore, dutifully utilizing the #rainbowalong2017 tag. Anyway, Dianne—the Suburban Stitcher herself—selected a couple of winners from the hashtag and I was one! 

I received the prize over the weekend and it is so rainbowy and wonderful! There’s a really cool unicorn rainbow bag and fun stitch markers from Kitchen Counter Crafter, a snowflake cupcake progress keeper from Sucre Sucre Miniatures, and a skein of beautiful Marigold Jen yarn. Many thanks to Dianne for this bounty of rainbow fun!

Well, I now have two days to finish my second pair of rainbowalong socks. Two days in which I not only have to work but work late one night. I guess that’s what I get but at least the virtual chickens are happy. Wish me luck!


YoM day 52: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM day 53: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM day 54: Sock knitting

YoM day 55: Sock knitting

YoM day 56: Sock knitting

YoM day 57: Sock knitting


Happy making!

Sometimes you finish things.

Sometimes you don’t.

I finished my January socks! I knit them mostly on the plane from Baltimore to L.A. and back. I felt very good about the progress, but I have a teensy secret. They are 56 stitch socks… Normally I knit 64, but I was curious. Joshua’s socks fit me very well at 56 stitches so I thought I’d give it a try with my socks. I like them. The stitches pull a little so I need to wear the socks and see how they do over the course of a day. But, boy did they fly—literally.

The yarn is The Lemonade Shop‘s Simple Sock in the Goldfish colorway. I would knit a thousand things out of this colorway. Once I started knitting it up I could really see how varied and deep the color is, even though it is so subtle.

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I started two kinds of sauerkraut. The recipes are from Ferment Your Vegetables by Amanda Feifer and are very easy to follow. I’ve tried to make sauerkraut before and it did not go well. I think my problem was weighting. I invested in some pickle pebbles for this venture, so fingers crossed that this batch works. It will be 2-6 weeks before I can report back on how the kraut has fared.

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I started—and will not be finishing—two projects. I love the pattern for the Jelly Rolls, but these are too small and I’ve lost a little bit of my gusto for them at the moment. I just love a vanilla sock and my mind keeps drifting off and wanting to start a pair. I also started the Infinito Cowl, but I’m second guessing my color choices. I believe I’ll rip it back and change the teal out for another color.

I’m in a rather impatient, frantic making mood. Things that aren’t bringing me joy aren’t getting worked on, which is just fine by me.  It’s my hobby and I’ll frog if I want to.


YoM day 17: Finished Goldfish socks, cast on Infinito and Jelly Rolls, started kraut

YoM day 18: Worked on 4ish knitting projects—I’m telling you: frantic.


Happy making to you!