Sock Madness

Last week, the first day of spring brought a lot of promise that warm weather was heading to upstate New York. That morning we awoke to rain and most of the snow had melted during the night. Of course it was only 33 F outside so walkways were icy, but it was a nice change from the blistering cold that consumed our winter.

Yay, geese!

The geese returning north was another welcoming sign that spring is heading our way! ๐Ÿ˜€

Of course that spring feeling didn’t last long. The very next morning we had a blanket if snow covering the ground. The look on my sons was one of bewilderment and heartbreak all at the same time. He turned to me and said “but mom yesterday was spring!”, poor kid.

Since things are still cold around here I have been inspired to finish up some socks I have had on the needles, so that I can start on more socks! ๐Ÿ˜€

In January I had decided to start knitting a pair of worsted weight socks for my son to wear when he was ice skating. Of course I had good intentions of finishing them during prime ice skating season, but they have been lying about missing one toe and two heels. when I picked them back up last week I was amazed at how quickly they were finished.!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚Worsted Weight Socks

These are knit with Paton classic wool in the Lemongrass colorway. I just love how bright they are!

Also languishing on the needles had been a Nagini sock that I had cast on way back in July!

I am not very satisfied by how this sock turned out, which could very well be the reason I stopped knitting on it. The sock is knit toe up, which isn’t my favorite way to knit a sock but I have had successful results in the past with this method.
When I found the sock the heel and heel flap was already knit I just had to knit the leg and cuff. When I tried it on afterward I noticed that the sock is more than an inch longer then my foot. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Nagini Socks

To frog or not frog, that is the question.

If the only problem with my Nagini socks was that is was too big then it would be easily solved by gifting them to someone with larger feet. However, the real problem is now that I have it finished I can’t seem to find the other sock, which I am almost positive I had already knit and finished eons ago. Or the other skein of yarn to knit the second sock in the event that my memory is completely failing me, sigh!ย  Well at least I have one sock done in the event the other one decides to show up. ๐Ÿ˜›

Until then it is on to a new pair of socks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

February was a Bust!

We all have those days where nothing seems to go right. Well I had one of those months! After finishing up my Color Craving Shawl on February 1 I have no time to finish up and/or work on any projects.

February had such promise in the beginning. I was looking forward to participating in the Ravellentic games and had several projects lined up. However life got hectic and crafting was put on hold.

Now that March is here I am hoping that the new month bring a new start to my projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Color Craving is Finished!

Wow what a busy month January turned out to be! Yet I don’t feel as though I have accomplished much.

My month was consumed with knitting my Color Craving Shawl by Stephan West. But it is finished; it is finally finished!! WOOHOO!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have to say for a garter stitch shawl it is definitely a challenge!

scrunched up shawl

I opted for the picot edge bind off.

I love that Stephen gives you 3 different bind off options! I chose the picot bind off. I think the results are smashing, however if I had known it was going to take me 3 days of knitting time to finish the bind off alone I may have chosen more wisely. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Eh, who am I kidding? The finished results are well worth the extra time and effort.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Streached out shawl

Finished shawl measures 68″ long and 36 1/2″ at it widest point before blocking!

Besides knitting the shawl I have crocheted 10 preemie hats for Precious Preemie Project โ€จ . I am planning on Whipping up a few more this week before mailing them off. I am looking for small projects to work on before the Ravellentics start on Friday February 7. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Stash Down and Library A-long

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through January! I figure there is no time like the present to actually start putting my goals for the new year into action.

If you remember my first goal for the year was to refresh my stash (if not you can read about it here). I have decided to put this into perspective and figure out how much yarn I actually had in my stash.ย  While ravelry is great for logging your yarn into to virtually see what you have It really doesn’t tell you flat-out how many yards you have squirreled away. So what does any logical person do in this situation? Well they create a spreadsheet of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

Wait a minute… what do you mean this is not what “normal” people do?!? ๐Ÿ˜•

Well a spreadsheet of course is an awesome way to track yarn by weight, yardage and date purchased. However the actualization of the numbers is over whelming! I knew I had quiet a bit of stash but I thought it was manageable. As a matter of fact I thought I had maybe a year or twos worth of yarn.

Well I can tell you I was very wrong! It turns out that I have 19,429 yards of yarn and that is just the yarn that I entered in my ravelry stash! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I will be spending sometime this weekend finding the yarn that I have managed to “overlook”.

With numbers like that I figured I needed a really good plan! Well it just so happens I have one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Arlin from The Lost Geek podcast (if you have not listened to the podcast go over and check it out!) has come up with a library a-long. Which is an awesome way to use stash and use patterns that you have already purchased that you haven’t used yet, that were purchased before 1/1/2014! What a great idea! I mean I have so many patterns that I have purchased that I have wanted to make but then set it to the side and make something else.

The best part about it is that the shawl I have been knitting counts for both the stash down and the Library A-Long, as well as the preemie hats!! I can’t wait to search through my books and magazines to find patterns I love, that work with the yarn I have!

 

Progress!

Last time I posted I mentioned how I signed up for Homespun Podcast‘s shawl KAL for the month of January.

Well I am happy to say that I am making some progress on my Color Craving shawl, I have just finished knitting the first section, and later tonight I will be picking up the stitches in order to start the second part.

My Color Craving Shawl today after I finished the first section!

The first section has a hairpin turn in the middle that was difficult because I had to push all the stitches around the turn close to the end of my needles making them tighter then my usual tension. This made my hands and wrists sore and slowed me down. As the rows got longer the easier the turn was to make, but was still outside my comfort zone.

I am a little nervous about finishing it up before January 30 and wish that it didn’t require me to think so much. Not being able to knit on when the kids are up really limits the amount of time I can actually work on it. I am hoping that the second section requires a little less concentration. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

I am happy to say that I went out and bought a new charger to my real camera! However after taking a bunch of great pictures I sat down to upload them to the blog and I realized that I don;t have the USB cord to connect it!! Ugh!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย So I am sorry I am still using iPhone pictures…maybe next week. sigh

Color Craving and Tiny Hats

The first weekend of the New Year, how exciting! As the first few days of the year come and gone I have been busily working on and planning knitting projects.

Molly and Clare from the Homespun Podcast are hosting a shawl KAL (knit along) this month. That means that on January 1st (or after) anyone participating casts on a shawl of their choice and has until the end of the month to finish the shawl. I have chosen to knit a Color Craving Shawl by Steven West. I bought this pattern way back in August to knit, as part of the mystery knit along that Steven West had designed it for. However I was way too busy then to actually knit it.

I am using Knit Picks Pallette yarn in the color ways rouge, heather marble and alfalfa. Pallette is a fingering weight yarn made out of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.

Ooh, so pretty!

I love the rich saturated colors of the yarn! (It is not red but a bright pink!) ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so excited to get it cast on that I was starting to worry after several false starts, but I finally got the shawl cast on late Thursday night. This pattern definitely takes a lot of concentration but I am loving seeing how the colors are looking together!

Color Craving

My Color Craving Shawl, only 25 rows knit so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have designated this as my after the kids go to bed knitting. There is no way that I have the brain power to knit this while the kids are around without making a ton of mistakes. So while the kids are up and about I have started making preemie caps for The Precious Preemie Project charity group that collects and distributes preemie hats to NICU’s in the United States.

These little hats are so tiny and quick that I am able to crochet or knit one up in no time at all! It is a great project to fill in the gaps in between household chores and kids random requests. ๐Ÿ™‚

preemie hats

It is so much fun creating these little hats!

I can’t wait to see how many of these little hats I can make this month! I love the fact that my love for knitting and crocheting will make a difference in someone’s life. ๐Ÿ™‚

I would like to apologize for the crummy pictures there isn’t enough natural light available this time of year to take good pictures. It doesn’t help that these were taken with my phone camera because I have yet to locate the charger for my camera since the move. I promise to look for it more this weekend though. :O)

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Hello again my friends! Happy New Year! I am so happy to be sitting at my keyboard blogging again, it has been far too long since my last post!

Toward the middle of last year things got really hectic, I moved and the kids started a new school. This might not seem like a big deal but it was enough to throw my whole free time schedule out of whack which left little toย  no time to knit or blog. However, I would like to believe that this is all behind me know. With the start of the New Year I’d like to get back in the swing of crafting and blogging about my projects and other tidbits of my otherwise mundane life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Like last year I would like to start off the New Year by posting what my “goals” are for this year and taking a moment to reflect on my goals for last year too. Last year my goals were to finish up WIP’s and to have no more than 3 projects on the needles at all times. I would like to think that I have achieved this goal. I started off 2014 with only 3 projects in progress and 2 of them are socks (another is a Christmas present that I am still working on). ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night I finished up a pair of socks for my daughter that had been in the works since October. So even on the last day of the year I was still whipping up WIPs ๐Ÿ˜€

Tiny little feet!

These are the socks I finished up New Year’s Eve. I let my daughter stay up until 10pm so I could get her to model them when they were finished. LOL

As for my goal to learn to sew, well… that one didn’t happen. To be completely fair though I did try to sew a bag but my sewing machine hates me and I can’t seem to get it threaded let alone sew anything! And the goal about blogging well I made an effort but clearly need to devote more time towards it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for 2014 Goals:

  1. Refresh my stash! Now this doesn’t mean that I am going to go on a wild yarn shopping spree (although that does sound delightful!) What I mean here is that I really want to use up quite a bit of the stash I have (mostly acrylics) and slowly replace it with better yarns (natural fibers).
  2. Learn a new craft. This can be anything from sewing to spinning to food art.
  3. Whatever I do have fun! Too many times this year I found myself gritting my teeth to finish a project because my goal was to finish all things!ย 

I would love to hear what your goals are for 2014. I hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday!

Where Do I Begin?

Wow, I am seriously ashamed of myself for my lack of posting the last 3 months. It has been so long since I posted I am not even sure where to begin! So today I am going to talk about the progress I made on the WIPs I had in progress back in *gulp* April.

For those of you who remember, Iย  was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring.ย  I finished the Baby Pears the Blanket Buddy by Julie L. Anderson.

 

Elliot the Elephant

His ears a little off but I think it adds character. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made him out of Knit Picks CotLin yarn, which is 70% cotton and 30% linen. He is 100% machine washable which I think is a must for baby toys. I thought the pattern was such a fun easy knit, but sewing on the ears was a huge challenge!

I am not sure about anyone else but I am always very nervous about gifting hand knits to people. However I had nothing to fear because my sister loved the gifts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yay! She Like it!

My beautiful sister opening one of her gifts from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since this picture was taken in April my nephew has been born. As a matter of fact he is almost 2 months old already! I was lucky enough to have been asked to make him a photo prop costume by my sister for his first professional pictures.

Can he get any any cuter?!

My adorable baby nephew in his turtle costume.

My sister asked me to make a turtle cape by Eliabeth Spivey. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green and Lion Brand tweed stripes in the Tundra colorway. The yarn was held double so it crocheted super quick.

I should be all caught up on projects that I was posting about way back in March and April now. I am going to make every effort to post at least weekly for the remainder of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sheepish Sophisticate

As April blows in so does the urgency of finishing up the baby knits I started in February. My sister’s baby shower is this coming Saturday.ย  It didn’t hit me exactly how close it was until I sat down Easter night to relax and I pulled out my new In Threes project that I cast on the night before.

I quickly put aside the cardigan and went to get the Baby Sophisticate Sweater that I knit several weeks ago.ย  The only thing I had left to finish on it was to sew on the buttons and add the legs to the sheep applique.ย  I ordered the buttons from Etsy. The name of the shop is Forbeadin’ Treasures, there is a lot of cute buttons to check out.

Sheepy buttons

I used the same technique to sew on the buttons as I did for the Hungry Caterpillar In Threes Cardigan.

For the legs of the sheep applique I used the duplicate stitch, which is a new technique for me. I can’t say that I am absolutely thrilled with the way the duplicate stitch came out. Yet at the same time I don’t hate the results either. I am sure that, like most things, the more I use the technique the better the results will be.

Sheepish Sophisticate

From a distance the misshapen duplicate stitch is hardly noticeable. ๐Ÿ™‚

I paired the sweater with a pair of longies, that I had made after I first found out that my sister was expecting. As well as a pair of lamb booties that I recently finished up the seaming on.

Sheepish Outfit

I think the set goes really well together. :-D.

I am hoping to sew together the elephant blanket in the next day or two. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t get to all the projects I had planned to make for the shower, but I at the same time I am thrilled with the ones that I did get to. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

In Threes Finished

This morning I finished up the In Threes Cardigan that was working on. Just in time too, this afternoon was my niece’s 2nd birthday.

In Threes

Yay, it’s all done! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am always a little nervous when it comes to attaching buttons. I am afraid that they will fall off or sag and not look the way I envisioned. So when I put the buttons on this cardigan I decided to used the grosgrain and button tutorials that the Knitmore Girls made.

Back side of button band

The backside of the button band with grosgrain ribbon and backing buttons.

I have watched these videos a few times over the past couple of months, then watched them again while sewing the buttons on. I have to say that I found the videos to be very helpful. I managed to get the buttons to line up perfectly with the buttonholes and the ribbon on the back of the button band provides excellent stabilization so the buttons don’t sag on the knitting.

In Threes

I couldn’t be happier with the finished results.

I am also very pleased with how great the sweater fit my niece.

It's hard to get a toddler to stand still for a picture!

My niece happily wearing her new sweater. ๐Ÿ˜€