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!

Progress and plans.

Yesterday, I got up pretty early for a Saturday to see Kevin and Astra off for a trip. Joshua and I stayed home and had a fantastic evening with my brother’s girlfriend, who was stopping through on her way north. We took a long walk, made supper, and stayed up late—for us—knitting and talking.

Before our lovely evening Joshua and I ran a few errands, one of which was a very important trip to my LQS. I’ve had it in my head for a while to make myself some spring bags, but mostly was looking to replenish my stock of solid white yardage. They were out of the solid white, but I did find some fun prints to stoke my creativity. I picked a solid to go with each and got out of the shop before any serious damage was done.

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I dug into the sunshine and clouds fabric this afternoon. I just love the sweet take on grellow. I made a lovely little project bag a la Jeni Baker’s tutorial on her blog, In Color Order. The tutorial is a great guide to making this cute little project bag, she takes it step by step with clear pictures and explanations. I am quite pleased:

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In knitting news, my revival socks are coming along really nicely. I’m falling in love with the yarn all over again, and can’t believe how different the new sock (top) looks from the old sock (bottom).

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I’ve also signed up for the second season of Helen Stewart’s Shawl Society. I didn’t participate last year, but I enjoyed the Snowmelt so very much that I decided to take the plunge this time around. The Shawl Society is a six-month club, with one shawl pattern released each month. I’m challenging myself to knit all six, let’s hope my steam holds out through September! Yarn hints for the first shawl come out tomorrow and I can’t wait to go stash diving.

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Finally, tomorrow marks my first 100 days of making! I’m going to do a bit of recap and I’m looking forward to taking a moment to reflect on this project.


YoM day 95-98: Sock knitting!

YoM day 99: Made a project bag and some sock knitting


Happy making!

Sock Revival.

This weekend I’ve been wanting to finish things up. Maybe it’s the spring cleaning bug—which certainly hasn’t extended to the house or laundry. Either way, I finished a pair of socks and my snowmelt shawl. More about the shawl later, but here are the socks:

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The Lemonade Shop, Sweet, Sweet Candy

This pink hurts my teeth it’s so sweet and pretty and these are pair 5 in my box o’ sox. After finishing two projects, I was in the mood to cast on but still on the finish-old-projects tear. Enter the ghosts from the graveyard of abandoned socks:

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These were all declared dead due to fit issues, most of them being too small. I had a weird period last summer of ill-begotten socks with major gauge issues. It was as if I was strangling the life right out of the yarn. I managed to fix that problem—still not sure how, beyond just relaxing—and my socks have fit just fine since. The unfinished socks have not rested easy, however. Since all of these sock projects are around a year or more old, they kinda feel new. Bam! Two birds with one needle, er, stone.

 

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Yarn Ink, Martini, a club colorway from early 2015

 

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Into the Whirled, Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey

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Marigold Jen, main is Lazy Days, contrast is Sunbeam

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Gale’s Art, Rockstar Rainbow

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KnittyandColor, Milky Way

My plan is to knit a pair of these each month through Sepetember. I’m going to start with the KnittyandColor pair. That—completely finished—sock is so small. So skinny that I can’t get it all the way on my foot, let alone up over my ankle. Oh well. I think there’s enough in the cakes to knit a whole pair so I’m going to try that. Then I’ll unravel the sock and wash the yarn for minis.

I’m excited to turn all of these zombies into alive and happy socks. I remember purchasing all of the yarn and it all still makes me happy to see, so I can’t wait to add them to my box o’ sox!


YoM day 89: Sock knitting

YoM day 90: Sock knitting

YoM day 91: Snowmelt shawl, started a new quilt top, and finished sock pair 5!

YoM day 92: Sock knitting and finished Snowmelt Shawl!!


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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!

Long weekend.

Throughout the year we take advantage of long weekends to do things. We go see family, go on weekend trips, I work, or we just try to get things done. Not on president’s day weekend. I make it a point to not plan anything or go anywhere. So you can imagine how I was daydreaming about all the crafting I would get done while hanging out at the house.

After my last blog post, I was inspired to rip out that toe and get my rainbow socks finished. So for Friday night D&D and all of my free time on Saturday, I worked on my socks. I cut a stitch in the kitchener of the toe, and pulled back the whole toe. I wound up needing to knit nearly another inch… not sure what I was thinking the first go round.

Late Saturday night, I was knitting away on my socks. The second sock was done and I wanted to finish up the re-knit of that first toe. And then I felt a twinge in my left wrist, with a side of serious pain. I wish I could say that I followed Kevin’s advice and stopped right that minute, but I knit a couple more rounds before another twinge made me stop.

The next morning, I got up and finished the rainbow socks. My wrist was hurting by the time I was done so I knew it was time to put away the knitting needles and figure out something else to do. Enter cross stitching. Since I’m right-handed, that’s where the sewing motion comes from. I have to say I was pretty bummed about the rest of my weekend containing no knitting.

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Rainbowalong Socks, yarn by Mothy and the Squid, colorway: Summer Skies, Rainbow Brite

Luckily, taking it easy seems to have done the trick. It felt much better on Monday morning and I knit my day away in bliss. I finished the second clue of my Snowmelt mystery shawl. I’ve been wavering back and forth about the low contrast with my color choices, but I’m digging it for sure now. So soft and sweet.

Last night, I realized that it had been a full 36 hours since I finished my rainbow socks. That meant, of course, that it was time to cast on another pair:

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Tempting Ewe Yarns, colorway: Rainbow Brite

Well, that’s a lot of pictures but I guess it turns out that I did get a bunch of crafting done this weekend. I enjoy seeing so many projects get a lot of love.


YoM day 48: Sock knitting

YoM day 49: Sock knitting

YoM day 50: Finished my rainbowalong socks and cross stitch

YoM day 51: Snowmelt mystery shawl and new socks cast on


Happy making!


Linking up to Finish it Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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!