Monday, January 31, 2011

Bumble Bee Yarn

I know. I know. I swore I wasn't going to buy more sock yarn. But I sold some yarn on Ravelry so I had a PayPal credit. And I have a VERY specific project in mind for this yarn. In the end, I decided it was better to use the credit for specific projects rather then buy more stash yarn.

In fact, it's a project I'm very excited about but I need more yarn AND new needles. That doesn't sound too good. At least I have the most important part. Although I'm starting to worry I may not have enough. Groan.

Oh. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the bee stripe colorway.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pink Tube

And here are my more spring-like colored socks. These are the Kai-Mei socks by Cookie A. I'm using Zen Garden Sea Sock in the Tides of Change colorway. When I ordered the yarn I was expecting red, not pink. The color has been growing on me though. I like all the small differences in color. Who knew there were so many shade of pink?

I've just been thinking about that last sentence. Since I have a girl who is quickly becoming a girly girl I imagine I will soon become all too familiar with each and every shade of pink.

These socks have become my easy socks for now. All the detail and pattern is in the foot. I'm really going to need new shoes when I'm finished with these.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Autumn Nuts

Last week I started knitting the Nutkin socks by Beth LaPensee. The yarn is Handmaiden Casbah Sock in the Autumn colorway. I love the pattern (so easy yet it looks so complicated)! I love the yarn (10% cashmere)! I do not love the color. Maybe it's just the wrong time of year to be knitting with autumn colors. I do have a more spring colored sock that I'll share tomorrow.

This is my first folded over cuff on a sock or anything else for that matter. My first new technique of the new year.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pink Snake

I finished The Girl's scarf about a week ago. I still haven't blocked it. I'll try to get a photo of her wearing it. It might be a little difficult since she doesn't have much interest in it. I should have knit her a pink alligator scarf like her brother's. When will I ever learn?

Another sign I'm a SAHM not getting enough sleep. I went back and forth between snake and snack when writing the title.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A finished pair

Last night I finally closed the heal hole and weaved in the ends of my Boobie-Skew socks. I've been wearing them all afternoon and I love them! The fit is tight (I can barely get them over my heal) but good. If/when I knit these again I'm going to make the heel a bit bigger and the foot a bit smaller. I think I'd also try a different toe. I don't think it needs to be so wonky.

I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Boobie #2 colorway. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn which is a good thing since I have three more skeins. I'm sure I'll be using it again before the year is out.

Up next, Cookie A's Kai-Mei.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why red?

Shopping from the stash can be hard. A friend of mine is getting married in April. When she told me her favorite color was red my heart sank. I don't have a lot of red in my stash. I have some great purple-red and some great red with orange and yellow. But not a lot of red. And certainly nothing that is machine washable.

Right now I'm thinking of knitting 198 Yards of Heaven with the two skeins of Noro Kureyon in the picture above. First I have to finish The Girl's scarf and The Boy's hat. Surely I can get those and all the socks done by April.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Enjoying some sun

It rained all weekend and today the sun finally came out. The kids and I took full advantage and went for a walk. It was great to get outside!

In knitting news I finished the second Skew sock. I just need weave in the ends and get some pictures. Hopefully the sun will be out tomorrow and I can get some good photos.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

So close

I'm almost done with the second sock! I think it's interesting how different the two socks look. The same yarn, same needles and same pattern can pool very differently. I'm sweating a little. I hope I have enough yarn. I forget stockinette uses a lot of yarn. I'll find out soon enough.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

A change of pace

As a friend noted I have been "crankin' the footwear out" lately. Today I cast on a large needle project. I wanted to start The Boy's hat but I can't find the needles I need. Instead I started The Girl's scarf. It's the Saroyan scarf in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Tickled Pink. I am making a mini version of the scarf.

Sometime this week I'll get to the store and get some new needles. I have no idea where they could be!

What is that thing?

It's strange to think this funny looking thing will some day be a sock. I know it will because this is the second sock. The skew socks are coming along nicely. I'm almost to the heal of the second one. More pictures soon I hope.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

And socks.

The Boy and I went to the Children's Museum this morning. I brought along a simple sock to work on. Either it wasn't simple enough (2x2 rib) or we were having too much fun. I managed to mess it up and spent more time unknitting then knitting. That ought to teach me!

More sock stuff soon.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


I FINALLY finished these damn socks! They shouldn't have taken as long as they did. It didn't help I pretty much knit the first sock three times. I do love them. The pattern is Charade and the yarn is Trekking XXL. I love that each sock is one color repeat! What fun yarn.

In the end I knit these on size US 2 needles. If I had to do it over I'd probably go do to US 1.5 and add more stitches. The fabric is really loose. From what I hear that means the socks probably won't last as long.

And here are the socks with a fierce foot eating dinosaur!! Roar!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2010! Wow. Another year gone. They only go faster and faster. Looking back 2010 was the year of the shawl and gift knitting. Of the 20 projects I knit last year one project was for me. Interesting.

I'm not doing an resolutions (again) this year. I'm just going to set some knitting goals. I found myself back into socks big time towards the end of the year. Enough so that I've declared 2011 the year of the sock. All of my goals are pretty much sock related.

1. Knit as many socks as possible.

2. Use as much stash yarn as possible.

2. Try as many new techniques as possible.

That's it. I'm done. Let the year of the sock begin!!

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