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


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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


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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


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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!


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A pincushion with no pins.

I have a finished cross stitch project! It is so sweet and I do love it so. I finished the stitching over the weekend and finished the cushion this evening after work. I trimmed the cross stitch to around 3/4″ outside the edge of stitching and cut a piece of yellow fabric to match:

I sewed the two together, right sides facing, with the sewing machine. Turned it inside out, stuffed it with Falkland wool, and ladder stitched the opening closed. Basted the pom pom edge on and voila!

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There is so much pleasure in creating such a purely fanciful, decorative item. I don’t plan on using it as a pincushion, but just as a pretty accessory for my sewing room. I just can’t stand to haphazardly stick pins my first finished cross stitch project. But gosh, is it precious! The pattern is one of the Spring Trifles by Shepherd’s Bush, stitched on 28 ct. linen.

I have also been knitting on my Snowmelt Mystery shawl and now that clue 2 is out, I can show it! This is such a fun knit, so easy and soothing but varied enough to be very interesting.

It would also seem that I am quite taken with cross stitching. After finishing the above, I immediately started a new project:

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This post is decidedly devoid of socks, mostly because the rainbow sock I have finished is too small and thus in timeout.


YoM day 38: Socks and cross stitch

YoM day 39: Socks and cross stitch

YoM day 40: Finished pin cushion and started shawl clue 2!


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Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

All play and no work.

February is the first month in many that I will not be travelling—for business or pleasure—at all. Yes, friends, I will be home every. single. weekend. I spent my first free weekend in delightful laziness. It was lovely.

While I was busy not doing laundry, I did manage to accomplish a lot, crafting wise. I finished the stitching for my Spring Trifles pincushion. I finally got the backstitching started, and finished rather quickly—much to my surprise. I am amazed at how it brought the piece to life. You can see it in the bees, one here is outlined and one is not:

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It makes such a difference! The finished piece is ready to be sewn up into a pincushion that I will probably never stick a pin into. I thought about framing the thing, but it would be so precious stuffed and sitting on the sill of my sewing room window.

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I also  knit one whole rainbow sock. I am thoroughly enjoying this yarn, Mothy and the Squid in Summer Skies, Rainbow Brite. It is the very definition of rainbow and is kicking off my rainbowalong quite nicely.

In secret knitting news, I’ve been working up the first clue of the Snowmelt MKAL. I’ve never done a mystery knitalong before, but the suspense is just amazing. I’m not going to show the actual project until the second clue comes out later this week, but here’s a peek at the yarn. It’s all from Peepaloo Fields, in Smokestack, Smitten, and Bumble (l-r).

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Anyway, I’m hoping I to sew up the pincushion in the next couple of days. I’ve been doing well with finishing one project per week. Sort of an informal goal that helps me buckle down a little bit on various WIPs that are nearly there.


YoM day 32: Sock and Snowmelt Shawl

YoM day 33: Snowmelt Shawl

YoM day 34: Sock and Snowmelt Shawl

YoM day 35: Sock and cross stitch

YoM day 36: Sock and cross stitch

YoM day 37: Sock and cross stitch


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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!