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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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

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.!Β  πŸ™‚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. 😦

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!Β  Well at least I have one sock done in the event the other one decides to show up. πŸ˜›

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

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!!! πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜‰Β  Eh, who am I kidding? The finished results are well worth the extra time and effort.Β  πŸ˜€

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 
 . 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. πŸ™‚

 

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 toΒ  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. πŸ™‚

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). πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

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!Β 

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, IΒ  was in the midst of a ton of baby knitting for my sisters baby shower this spring.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Yay! She Like it!

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

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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  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.Β  The only thing I had left to finish on it was to sew on the buttons and add the legs to the sheep applique.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

 

 

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

Elefante

Last week I mentioned that the month of February was going to be mostly baby knits, and I have finished my first baby project for the month. Shortly after posing last week I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, using size 3 dpns (double pointed needles). I used an array of worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Working with stripes is a challenge especially when knitting in the round. Often the stripes don’t line up exactly where they join. I tried to use the jogless stripe technique (the tutorial I used can be found here) and I think it turned out alright.

Body of elefante (work in progress)

You can still see where the stripes join but not as noticeable as if I hadn’t used the jogless striping technique.

Everything was going great until I was almost done with the head of the elephant and my boy friend points out that if it is supposed to be an elephant shouldn’t it have a long trunk. After taking a good look at it I had to agree it looked more like a pig snout then a trunk. I reread the directions and noticed I overlooked a tiny part in the directions that said – continue knitting until trunk measures 1 1/2″. 😦

Of course I frogged and re knit the head. Better to redo your mistakes then to hate the finished project, even though I had thought about leavening it the way it was. πŸ˜›

Side profile of the elefante.

Side view of elefante.

 

front view of elefante

The elefante is all finished! Ends weaved in and all!! πŸ™‚

I still have to order the yarn for the other projects that I had planned on doing this month. Which left me with nothing to knit! :-O So I spent a good part of the night last night looking for a baby pattern that I could do, while waiting, with yarn I had on hand.

I decided on knitting a Baby Sophisticate sweater by Linden Down. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and has been knitted than 4,400 times! I have just cast on today using red heart yarn in heather grey. I am also ordering buttons now, hoping they will arrive around the time the sweater is done. πŸ™‚