Nine rounds. I made it nine whole rounds before these were tossed aside. I don’t even know why these were tossed aside.
I love the yarn. Love it. The pattern is going to be awesome when it’s done. These socks are completely me. A little lacy. A little gothy. An awesome colour. These are me.
But for some reason I started and stopped and then left them alone for way too long. Indecision? Knitting polygamy at it finest? Commitment issues? The moon and the stars weren’t aligned in a way that encouraged finishing? (Let’s go with the last one. That covers a lot of ground for all of us)!
Whatever the reason these are the next on the WIP list too be finished. I only have a pair of socks minus nine rounds to go.
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight fingering
Pattern: Vincent Price’s Happy Place
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My last FO of 2014 were a lovely new pair of fingerless gloves. I knit them while in my SIL’S new house and secretly prayed the whole time that I could finish them even more quickly than I did because that was a chilly house!
Have you ever tried knitting with frigid fingers? I do not recommend it. My well-practiced fingers became slow and sluggish, and that familiar rhythm of index finger and thumb working together got very confusing. (Don’t even talk to me about sleeping, or worse, having to time getting out of the shower just after the heat came on. Let me tell you, you only messed that last one up once!) But for all my current whinging we did have a great time, and I did get a lot of knitting finished. And even better, not a single family member ever complains about the amount of knitting I do, because they all know if they want the knits, they need to let me do the work. (I do, however have to have a little chat with my BIL about how much wine is too much wine to bring a knitter if you don’t want to watch them have to rip out work the next day while simultaneously cussing and openly weeping.)
But, I did have my last finish while I was there. These little gloves were a test knit and you can find them here.
These are fast and simple and I love how the cabling runs up the side of each glove instead of the middle. Half a skein of sock yarn and these puppies are ready to rock. The hardest part of these gloves was dealing with the house dog, Daisy, who generally reminds me of Eeyore. (If Eeyore had a glue sniffing problem.) She’s a laid back dog, except if there is yarn in the house. Because the only thing yarn is for is a place her keep her snout warm. So half the time I was chasing the dog out of my skein and the other half the time she was sneezing in the yarn so I was cleaning the yarn. FUN!!!!!!!!
Anyway, somehow despite the cold and the dog and the ridiculous amounts of food, I finished the gloves. They were worth finishing 🙂
Yarn: indigodragonfly Bright lights big city busy highway slow unicorn
Pattern: Luxury Holiday Garland
Yarn: Sock Yarn scraps
Needle: 3.25 mm
- Ironing the stars makes all the difference in the world. It’s okay if they look a little wonky when they are first finished. The iron makes it all better.
- Using i-cord instead of a crochet chain. It works fine.
For the last few weeks most of Canada had been in a little bit of a deep freeze. (Okay to be honest most of North America has been in a deep freeze). As I type this a lot of people reading it will really understand what I mean. It’s been cold, really truly, bone chilling cold. It’s the kind of cold that makes your car not work and have to be left in a parking lot at work over night so that it can warm up enough in the sun to move. It’s the kind of cold that makes you wonder if a hat, scarf, mitts, socks, and sweater (in addition to everything else that you have on) is really enough knit wear for a five minute walk to the corner store. It’s the kind of cold that makes you realize that as you are standing on your balcony for 30 seconds to assess the temperature and watching the ice crystals form in your coffee and that all the squirrels in the courtyard have donned tiny little knitted toques and scarves and that they are chasing the ever elusive and recently believed extinct Urban Penguin. (Just for the record we all know that they are not penguins. They are raccoons wearing thrift store sweaters in an attempt to stay warm. It just happens that the raccoons only wear black and white sweaters. I wonder if they are colour blind). (Ed. Note: The Urban Penguin is, in fact, a raccoon in clothing. The black and white theme is not because they are colour blind, it is because the other animals never invite raccoons to formal dress balls. Not that I can blame the other animals, because a raccoon at a formal event is a recipe for scandal. But I don’t blame the raccoons either. Take any opportunity you can get to wear formal wear. Tiny, well-insulated formal wear. Tuxedo snowsuits!)
And I suspect that this “I will never be warm again weather” is what is causing my two blanket WIPS to be getting so much love lately.
First up is Vivid. I’m still chugging along on this and the stack of squares has grown considerably. In fact I am well over the half way point! I’m really looking forward to having this finished. Not because I am tired of knitting it, I just want to be able to add another blanket to the pile of blankets on the sofa that the Hubby and I currently hide under.
The other is the Epic Blanket of Insanity or the Project That Will Always be There (Ed. Note: In the spirit of the term WIP, I refer to the EBI as TWE, or The Work Eternal). There is zero chance that this will be finished before the end of the winter. But knitting this is like knitting hope in yarn form. I knit this knowing that when it is finally finished, sometime around my retirement years, (that’s probably at least 20 years from now – for once I’m setting realistic goals for my knitting), it will give me and the Hubby warmth and protection from the cold and something else to snuggle under since we fully intend to still be snuggly 20 years from now.
(Further, and final, Ed. Note: The Editor regrets any typos he may have missed. I’ve only been inside for half an hour, my glasses still haven’t unfogged.)
I hope that the rest of your are warm and safe and happy. I have my knitting
and whiskey to get me through this long, cold, winter.
Everyone has their own holiday traditions. I’m fairly certain that is universal regardless of what you celebrate at this time of year. We all do something that helps to make the holiday our own. Sometimes those traditions change over the years, and sometimes we add new ones.
This year my BFF started a new tradition in her home for her children involving 24 little lovely crafted handknit socks. Sometime last year, my friend explained that she wanted to make an Advent Calender for the kids out of little stockings to hang by their fireplace. She set herself a goal of two socks a month and then raided my sock yarn ends that have started to
take over my flat collect from the Epic Blanket of Insanity.
And then she started knitting. Every time I saw her she was knitting one of those damn socks. I have to give her serious Kudos at this point. With two kids under the age of four at home, I think she used almost every spare second of her knitting time to make these socks. Me? Can’t say it would have happened. But then again, and I make no secret of this, I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to my knitting projects and so things take way longer than they should to finish. If I’d been in charge of knitting that for them, they might have received it in time for next year, or maybe this year in little groups of four or five and then I would make myself insane trying to finish the rest of them on time. But not Miz K, all 24 socks were in fact finished by December 1st and ready to be hung.
There was however a brief moment of panic when she thought she had either miscounted or lost three socks. And of course she discovered that while hanging the other socks up. After a few moments of Miz K preparing to throw herself off a sheep, (I envision this being the knitterly version of jumping off a cliff), and madly trying to make three more socks in record time, she instead looked in the few places that it seemed logical for three little knitted socks to migrate to; the bottom of the stroller, diaper bag, purse, and other project bags. A few minutes later she texted back to let me know that she had found them and in that moment all was right in the world of tiny knitted socks. Then all 24 stocking were hung by the chimney with care and her incredibly fortunate children woke up to a treat.
Each little sock was knit on 2.5 mm needles. She cast on 40 stitches and knit top down. They are essentially a very tiny, plain, straight forward sock. It’s a basic heel flap and a grafted toe.
It’s twenty four days of her children having little surprises to wake up too and yummy chocolate to have as a treat. And twenty four days that her children won’t really appreciate until they are a little older and they realize that not every child has people who knit things for them all the time. But until that happens, this is a great memory for them to be building.
Just in time for the weather to start getting colder, I have another pair of finished socks to add to my collection. Ten days from start to finish, these are super fast and fun to knit. I’d like to say that I looked at my stash and decided that the yarn I used would make an excellent pairing for this pattern. But in reality, it was already in a cake and on the top of the pile and I was too lazy at that moment to dig out my swift and winder and look for a different skein. So I grabbed it and knit away. And I have to say that the final product turned out just fine.
Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN: The Sock-quel
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I can’t believe that the month of July is already over. It went by faster then I could keep up. In reality, I probably could have kept up a little better, but last week my Hubby and I decided that we needed to “vacation” on our balcony. Once I was home from my internship and my school work was done we decamped to the balcony for dinner and drinks and usually stayed there until after dark. We ignored the computer and our phones and spent a lot of time talking about going on a real vacation again. It was lovely and I have this feeling it may happen again.
But, I did accomplish two things from my YOP wish list for July.
First, I finished my Mama Vertebrae.
I’ll post more pictures later this week. Just wanted to give you a little sneak peek.
But it is clearly finished and with that accomplishment I managed the second goal of having five skeins out of my stash. (The sweater only took four, but I gave the last skein to my BFF so she can add it to her 5 skeins of Turtle Slippers). Admittedly I ended up inheriting 3 skeins from another knitter so I am in reality only 2 skeins closer to being organized. What can you do? How would I call myself a knitter if I turned down three free skeins of beautiful yarn that needed a new home? That would make me a pretty crummy knitter, and a terrible friend don’t you think?
The other knitting that seems to have taken over is Vivid. I love knitting these squares. I’m up to eight and finished with the white yarn, The remainder of the yarn has been tossed into the pile for the EBI so it’s win/win!
This is the most recent picture of the Epic Blanket of Insanity, (EBI). It’s actually much larger than this. I really need to take new pictures.
Squares for Vivid.
I would like to say that I have a plan for the rest of the month. But, I really kind of don’t. I am really hoping to finish the socks for my dad and I’m fairly certain that the blanket will get more love. Beyond that, I’m not sure where the month will take me.
My goal: 5 skeins out/month
August 4/0 (I de-stashed 3 skeins this morning! Yay – yummy yarn finding a new home! Last skein is in the blanket)!
On My Needles:
This falls into the category of Oops! A few months ago on Ravelry I discovered the pattern for Vivid. For months I would log into Rav and somehow find myself staring at this blanket. I would check out other people’s blankets and think about making one for myself. Then I would remind myself that I have a very limited amount of knitting time right now, and that I really don’t need another blanket, and I would walk away. And then I would come back the next day and do the whole routine again. In May, I broke down and added it to my queue (so that way I could go and stare at it whenever I felt like it). And since then I have ignored it…..mostly. Until this past Sunday, when in a moment of weakness spurred on by exhaustion and a serious case of startitis I found myself downloading the pattern and digging through the yarn stash to find acceptable yarn. And then, in the blink of a knitterly eye there I was half awake on the sofa with the yarn on the needles and my first square cast on. OOPS!!!!
And you know what? I love this pattern! I was a little concerned that I was nowhere close to getting the right dimensions, but a little bath in some hot soapy water and Voilà!! Dimensions achieved. Two little variations to the original pattern – it should actually have two more border rows but in my dreary eyed state I read “repeat the last two rows four times” and missed the “four times more bit.” Also, try as I might on Sunday, learning a new cast on method just wasn’t going well, and I gave in and opted to go with a long tail cast on. Each will be cast on the same way and I’m calling it a designer feature. And…..the whole thing is being made with stash yarn!!!!
Between My Pages
This past week I was able to indulge in something I haven’t really been able to do for months. I got to read a book that wasn’t school related!!!! It really was a joy to read for pleasure again. And what I read was this.
Yes this is the same book that is the basis for the movie Fight Club. First let me start by saying I love the movie. I think that it’s brilliant and well acted and I have watched it more than a few times. Reading the book has not changed my opinion of the movie at all. In fact, it has given me a whole new respect for the movie because I am not really certain how the directors managed to make something as streamlined as they did from this book. To point out, I think the book is a very enjoyable read and well written. But one could say it is, perhaps, a bit odd. However, if you enjoyed the movie give the book a go. You won’t be disappointed. And, in my humble opinion the book has a way better ending than the movie does.
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I’m not sure what exactly you would call the last 10 months of my life. Strength building? A bonding exercise with my Husband? An opportunity to learn many valuable life lessons that have (truly) made us wiser and will in the long run make us much happier? An adventure of the most unpleasant sort? My dad, (an ever graceful and polite man), summed it up fairly well when he said to me “You know that old saying that you never are given more than you can handle? Well that’s just a whole lot of phooey isn’t is?” Except the word he used wasn’t “phooey” and generally I try to keep that language out of my writing.
There were nights when my Hubby and I would crawl into bed and realise that we hadn’t eaten dinner because we had both been left too exhausted from the day we had just had and were too overwhelmed by the thought of what might happen the following day to have even suggested cooking anything. The bottom line is that it’s been a wild ride and it seems we may actually be coming to the end of. Which is all just as well because I had really reached the point where I had had enough of this ride. We’ve figured out what needs to be figured out and learned our lessons well and now it’s time to move on and maybe have the whole world stop spinning so fast ALL THE TIME!!!!!
There were a few things that just fell to the wayside. I’ve almost completely stopped running. I miss it. It’s such a good way to clear my head. So my goal this week is three short runs of 2-3K (think that works out to about 4 miles/run). And I couldn’t bring myself to sit down and type any words here. I thought about it. I just couldn’t do it.
But, the one thing I did do was keep on knitting. I knit through it all. I knit because I needed something to comfort me. I knit because I needed a distraction. Sometimes I knit because I really didn’t know what else to do.
And I knit a lot of these.
I’ve been on a sock binge. The Vanilla Lattes that I discovered in the late autumn became my pattern of choice. These have become my “go to” socks. They are fast and simple, but not boring. I can put them down and pick them up later and with a glance know exactly where I am. I don’t need the pattern any more and I know how to fudge them a little if I have too. Some days they were all I had the energy to knit. But, I can’t really complain about these socks. And I know my Hubby isn’t either.
These are his first pair. And his next pair is almost finished.
More pairs are planned for Christmas gifts. And that’s fine with me. This simple little sock pattern has served me well and I see no reason to not keep making them.
One little update from the past few months. My SIL has recovered from her surgical issues and there doesn’t appear to be any lasting effects. (We all are very happy about that). And, she makes very tasty shortcake.
That’s the same dog who licks my yarn eyeing up the shortcake.
PS Thanks for all the on-line love. It really doesn’t go unnoticed.
It’s been a rough week. Most of this past week has been spent in the hospital with my SIL. She had a “routine surgery” two weeks ago that turned out to be anything but routine and has had two surgeries since then. My husband and I spent the whole week going between work/school and the hospital. I am convinced that the fact that I am a knitter kept me sane and from drinking heavily. I knit through her first surgery and most of her second. I knit while we were waiting for her pain medication to be delivered. I think I actually knit more than I ate over the last few days. Having yarn and needles in my hands kept me from screaming at the hospital staff a few times. (Just to be clear, I grew up with an ER nurse and have nothing but respect for all hospital staff. But when no one checked on my SIL for 12 hours, even after we had gone down to the nursing station to request someone in the room, I started to come a little unhinged). But, I did get a lot of knitting finished.
First, I finished my socks. They are almost a perfect match!
Pattern: Vanilla Lattes
Next, my Wurm hat that looked very unhat-like last week is off the needles.
My Barndom sadly looks exactly the same as last week as it really didn’t make for good hospital knitting.
My Jaywalkers did get a little love, but they still look about the same.
And finally an unscheduled cast on for my Husband happened.
I had planned to finish the Jaywalkers before I started these, but I felt the need to cast these on and I didn’t have the energy to fight with that. So, Lattes for my hubby in Sweet Georgia have been added to the list. (My BIL suggested that I could make them for him if my Husband didn’t like them. No luck there Dude).
So knitting wise it has been a very productive week and we are hoping that with the last surgery that my SIL is finally out of the woods and on the path the recovery. Fingers crossed.
Lattes for me