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Friday, January 16, 2015

FO: Footie Socks

I was drawn to this pattern for footie socks because my mother lives in Southern California and, while she loves to receive hand knit socks from me, it is a little warm for them down there.  So, I thought these socks would be a good compromise, and they are!  She loves them.

Be forewarned, my fellow knitters: this pattern is a doozy!  It's more of a formula than a pattern and it requires a little math and a lot of careful attention to detail.  The cool thing about this is that you can make the socks out of any weight yarn with any needles that you like, which I dig.  Getting through the complicated mathy parts wasn't so bad, but I did have a heck of a time with the prescribed method for the short-row heel.  It has you double wrapping the stitches which was really awkward for me and it looks pretty messy.  Next time I'm just going to do it my own way.


yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Gypsy
Fingering Weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
dye lot 9597
Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low
$9.99 per 100 g /462 yd skein

project details 
pattern: Footie Socks by Miriam L. Felton ($6)
needles: size 1.5 bamboo dpns (2.5mm)
yarn used: 0.36 skeins = 166 yards
finished size: 8'' long, heel to cuff is 4''
duration: April 29 - October 19, 2014

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hello 2015!

My poor little blog, I'm sorry I sort of abandoned you last month.  You know how the holidays can get... but I'm back, for today at least!  Let's make it count!

I've been busy clicking away at a few projects: my tweed business casual socks, a new pair of stripey jaywalkers, a mystery animal, two blankets, and a hat!  Whoah!  See why I've been too busy to blog?

I'm really loving the new jaywalkers that I casted on right before I went away for Christmas so I would have something to knit on the plane.  I scored a ton of felici yarn when Knit Picks brought it back for their Black Friday sale, and this is one of the colorways I snagged: Time Traveler.  It has sort of a neat vintagey feel to it, no?


I also made another Koolhaas hat out of a blackish-grey tweed yarn I had in my stash.  I marathon-knitted it over the New Year's weekend.  I don't have any pics to share, but I'll get some eventually.  Here is a progress pic I took when I was just a few inches into it:


My brother and his wife are expecting another baby this Spring, so I've also been working on a baby blanket for my new niece.  At first I wanted to make her the popular Owl Obsession blanket (which I also snagged the yarn for at the Black Friday sale), but I got one owl into it and realized that it was sort of a stupid idea to make a baby blanket out of 100% wool, so I went back to the drawing board.  I am now making an awesome rainbowy blanket instead - it's going to be fabulous!  I received the box of yarn for it yesterday and the colors are amazing. Can't wait!

Well, that has you sort of caught up on my happenings.  Until next time...  keep knitting!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Mid-December Update

I've been a busy-bee this month.  Haven't been blogging, but I promise my needles haven't been at rest.

First, I finished the Sugar Maple Shawl.  Yay!  Here is a picture of Roxy helping it block.  (Let's hope my Grandma isn't allergic to cats....)


And I'm also making this, but I'm afraid I won't have it ready in time for Christmas.  What on earth could it be???


I am going to be doing some travel for the holidays and I'd really love to get a mindless sock project going to work on while I'm on the plane.  However, I can't find my extra set of size 2 dpns that I need for my go-to simple sock pattern (Jaywalkers).  I'm so annoyed by this.  I may just have to say a prayer to the gauge gods and try knitting it on the 1.5 needles that I have free.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NaBloPoMo Wrap-Up

Well, I did it.  I posted every day for a month.  Let me tell you, it was really hard!!  I have a new-found respect for bloggers who update their blogs daily!  Some posts were total fluff, but I think I got a few in there that were posts I have been meaning to write for some time.  All in all, it was a fun experience, but I don't think I'll ever do it again!!  haha.

I still have a couple of FO posts that I meant to post this month, but didn't get around to it.  Yes, that is how lazy I am - I was forced to write daily, but still couldn't manage to post my FOs!!  Those posts take a lot of effort because I have to look up/remember all the details of the project, plus take pictures.

In addition to posting every day, I also set some other goals for myself in November, most of which I did not complete.  I wanted to do something with my Hexacomb Cardigan and I never touched it.  I didn't make it to a knitting group, sadly.  But I did almost finish the Sugar Maple Shawl!  I am in the middle of casting off as we speak.

Well, this was fun.  See you next month!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Cat Trap!

Have you seen the latest internet phenomenon, #catsincircles?  Well, I decided I had to give it a try with Roxy.  It goes like this: you put a circle on the ground and your cat is compelled to go sit in it.  I was skeptical, but it totally works!!  Check it out:


Roxy is a little embarrassed that she fell for this silly trick, but she is just happy to be part of the #catsincircles phenomenon and not the #catbreading one.  So, it's a win for her.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Craftsy's Black Friday Sale!!

OMG - I've never seen a Craftsy sale quite like this!  If you can believe it, ALL classes are $19.99 or less! You've got to get in on this action!  (FYI: that's an affiliate link, which means I get a little extra yarn $$ when you use it!)  The sale ends on Monday at midnight.

So, here's my dilemma: I am pretty much already enrolled in every Craftsy class I want at the moment.... plus, I already pre-paid for 5 classes at $20 each a while back, and I happened to recently acquire a credit for a free class, so... I may not be able to do too much with this sale.  But, you know me, I'm sure I'll find something that I just have to have!  I'm going to be on the lookout for some $9.99 classes.  Maybe a cooking one?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am hosting the big dinner at my place this afternoon, so no time to knit today and definitely no time to blog!  I hope you have fun plans too!