Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hmmm, a pair and a half

In the beginning of November I knit a pair of socks - I thought....
No lie, as I was working in the last loose end of the socks I looked down and saw not a pair of socks BUT two left feet! I was so angry at myself I swore off socks - for a few weeks...

But now, the California Dreamin' Son-In-Law is soon to have a birthday and he does love his handknit socks - so I pulled out matching yarn to the original pair of left footed socks and knit the right, right sock. 

Now, I have an odd left sock but plan on buying some matching yarn in the near future and then strangely, I think I'll be ahead somehow....

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Striped Socks

I have plenty of sock stash but can never seem to turn down a sock yarn sale. Cascade is a favorite yarn brand of mine but I'd never tried their striped yarn before. So, when it went on sale I bought yarn for three pairs of socks.

The stripes are very busy and I live by the saying "You can have pattern (print), or you can have texture (cables) but you can't have both",  I knit a very vanilla pair of socks. They turned out great and were a quick knit.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks, with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints
Colorway: Phoenix
Needle size:US Size 1

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My New Year's Resolution

I'm not much for New Year's Resolutions. I seem to follow my bliss not only in life but my knitting as well. This year, however, I vow to complete my Down the Rabbit Hole Sock Blanket.
This blanket is really catching on in the knitting world, probably for the same reason I started it - the blanket uses up all your leftover bits and bobs of sock yarn. Many podcasters are lovingly calling the very same blanket their "cozy memories blanket." However, as I look at their completed blankets, they seem quite small and some are even changing their minds about three months into the project and making pillows.

My saga began almost three years ago and can't be over soon enough to suit me. The family has been watching this blanket steadily grow and have offered much encouragement over the years. During this holiday I told the daughters 2016 was the year it would be completed AND I was going to use the blanket to cross the finishline for the 10K Stash Dash!

The girls were certain there was cheating afoot. How could I win the 10K with something I'd been working on for three years? I tried to explain but LaLa's Race Rules are complex and it's only because I've watched the podcast since it's infancy I know and understand the them.

I vowed to knit one mitered square a day, i-chord around the edge as I go and work in the ends every Sunday, just hoping this will be enough so, in May when the bell sounds the beginning  of The Dash,  I'll be able to knit 5 squares, work in a few threads, i-chord round a few edges, and head straight for the finishline!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

First pair of socks 2016

I’m a little disappointed in this yarn. I KNOW, I KNOW…. the industry standard states a knot of two in the skein is acceptable but these socks needed to be tall. About two thirds of the way through the first sock there was a knot then in the next color stripe a major flaw - solid turquoise instead of flecks. I cut the yarn and finished a perfect sock.

But then at the same spot on the second sock I realized there wasn’t enough yarn. Thankfully I had saved the reject yarn and The Chick was there to give input saying she wanted the length over the perfection. So, two slightly mismatched socks were the result. bought several of this type of yarn in different colors, I hope I don’t run into this problem again!
Pattern: Vanilla Bean Striped Socks
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints
Colorway: 12 Spring Bouquet
Amount: 1 skein
Needle Size: Us Size 1