Sunday, October 7, 2018

FO: Daphne


I bought this lovely hand dyed yarn on a visit to Portland, Maine a few years ago and I've been saving it for something special.  Then a few months ago I just decided that I didn't need to wait for any special occasion - using the yarn itself would be the special part.  I loved the Daphne socks I made for my friend Kira last year, so I decided to do another pair of those.



yarn details
String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Blue Hill
Dye Lot 385
Fingering Weight
80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$32.00 per 113 g/400 yd skein (purchased in August 2016)

project details
pattern: "Daphne" by Cookie A, $6.50 on Ravelry
needles: size 2 (2.75 mm) wood dpns
gauge: nope
yarn used: 265 yards - 0.66 skeins (75 grams)
size knit: M
finished size: bottom of heel to top of cuff: 9.25''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.25''
duration: June 30, 2018 - August 4, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

FO: Lettuce Leaves

These are some socks that I designed myself.  I actually finished them last November, but I haven't posted to the blog yet because I had this grand plan to write up a pattern for them.  But I didn't. Anyway, I must face the truth that I am probably never going to get around to that, so I'll just go ahead and post now.

If you go to my project page on Ravelry, there is a picture of the chart I created and enough notes on the construction that you can probably figure it out if you want to recreate these - feel free to ask me questions if you get stuck.  I've also seen some other socks on Ravelry using a similar (or maybe the same?) stitch pattern so you could try to hunt those instructions down as well. You can also look at the notes I took on my Cheerie-O's socks, which are pretty much the same as these with a toe-up construction.

Without further ado, here is a photo and the details:


yarn details
Malabrigo Sock in Lettuce
Fingering Weight
100% Superwash Wool
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$20.50 per 100 g / 440yd skein (purchased in April 2017)

project details
pattern: none
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) wood dpns
gauge: 9.6 st and 13 rows - one inch in stockinette
yarn used: 378 yards - 0.86 skeins
finished size: bottom of heel flap to top of cuff: 7"; back of heel flap to tip of toe: 9.75"; leg circumference (unstretched): ~6.25".
duration: July 30, 2017 - November 6, 2017

Saturday, August 25, 2018

FO: Speckle Monkeys, Take Two

A lot of people were fond of the Monkey Socks I made out of that Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle yarn last year, including my good friend Eli.  Even though this yarn isn't my first choice in the softness category, I'll have to admit that it made some cute socks.  Eli deserves cute socks, so I did it again. 



This time I tried a variation on the Monkeys pattern, called No Purl Monkeys, which is pretty much the same pattern, you just ignore where it tells you to purl and knit those stitches instead.  I don't have strong feelings one way or another about which variation I prefer.  They both look nice and the pattern is insanely simple, with or without purling.  There is no bad here.


yarn details
Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Jupiter Speckle
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 27216
80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon)
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$10.99 per 100 g /357 yd skein (purchased in January 2018)

project details
pattern: "No Purl Monkeys" by Cookie A (details on Ravelry)
needles: size 1.5 (2.5mm) nickel-plated circ (magic loop)
gauge: nope
yarn used: 310 yards - 0.87 skeins
finished size: bottom of heel flap to top of cuff: 7.75"; back of heel flap to tip of toe: 9.75"; leg circumference: ~7.5".
duration: May 27, 2018 - July 4, 2018

notes

  • skipped row 2 of the main pattern
  • did my normal toe mods :)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

FO: Cinna Socks

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Another pair of Cookie A socks off the needles!  The pattern is called Senna, named after her niece, but it was released in the 2014 Sock Club Collection which included Girl on Fire and Tribute, so I always assumed these were also Hunger Games inspired for the character Cinna, so that's what I'm calling mine.


This is a fun lace pattern with a few cables - wasn't difficult at all.  The cables are conveniently placed where you change dpns, so you can easily get away without using a cable needle, which was cool.  This WIP picture shows the stitch pattern a little better than my artsy photo above:


yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll in Saphire Heather (buy here)
Dye Lot 198303
Fingering Weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$4.69 per 50 g/231 yd skein (purchased in January 2018)

project details
pattern: "Senna" by Cookie A, $6.50 on Ravelry
needles: size 1 (2.25 mm) bamboo dpns
gauge: 19.5 st x ~21 rows in 2'' of stockinette
yarn used: 342 yards - 1.48 skeins (74 grams)
size knit: M
finished size: bottom of heel to top of cuff: 9''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.5''; leg circumference: ~7.5''
duration: April 22, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

FO: Graphically Gray Baby Blanket

You know how much I love to knit baby blankets, so it must be someone special who prompts me to do it! I made this one for my boss's new bundle of joy, Violet.  (Had I known her name before I started knitting, I absolutely would have incorporated some purple into the mix!) 

Speaking of color, I asked what color the nursery was going to be and I got back a mix of gray and white with pink accents.  I couldn't stomach the boredom of making a fully gray baby blanket, so I decided to try this chevron design, which turned out pretty cute:


I used Knit Picks Comfy yarn here, which is the only yarn I will ever use for baby blankets - it is SO soft and durable in the wash.  I first used it to make a blanket for my niece and it has become her official blankie, goes everywhere and has held up.  Her mom recently told me, "whatever you paid for that yarn, it was worth its weight in gold." 

Anyway, here's an "action shot" of the chevron blanket with the adorable squishmallow that my boss gave me, as a thank you for stitching up his toddler's favorite stuffie when he got ripped.  (In case you haven't picked up on this, my boss and I are total bffs... lucky me! Nothing worse than having a bad boss!)




yarn details
Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in White, Whisker (gray), and Flamingo (pink)
Worsted Weight
75% Pima Cotton 25% Acrylic
Machine Wash Gentle / Tumble Dry Low
$2.99 per 50 g/109 yd skein (purchased in November 2017)

project details
pattern: "Graphically Gray" by Wilma Peers in the book 60 Quick Baby Blankets (I got it used for about $6 on Amazon)
needles: size 6 and 7 nickel-plated circs (see note below)
gauge: I actually did check the gauge here, but I forgot to write it down
yarn used: 3.4 balls of Whisker (368 yards);  3.2 balls of White (342 yards); 0.5 balls of Flamingo (52 yards)
finished size: about 29'' wide (that's all I wrote in my notes, not sure why I didn't measure length? But I believe it was roughly square)
duration: February 2, 2018 - April 14, 2018

notes

  • The last time I made a baby blanket, I noticed that I was rowing out - which means your purls are looser than your knits and it makes a weird pattern on the reverse side - so I decided to try a new trick this time by using two different needle sizes.  I did my knits with a size 7 and my purls with a size 6. (This was super easy because I used interchangeable needles, so I just put a 6 tip on one end of the cable and a 7 tip on the other)
  • I read a lot of complaints on Ravelry that my fellow knitters didn't like the pattern instructions for the triangles at the ends of the blanket, so I followed their notes, but also sort of did my own thing. Jessica7965's notes were really helpful, but I added some W&T's in my short rows; I added a photo of the scribbled notes I took on my Ravelry project page if you want to check that out.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sock Blocking & How to Soften Yarn!

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I'm blocking a pair of socks this afternoon and I thought I'd give you a peek into the process. This is a pair of no-purl Monkey socks that I made for my friend Eli (she loved the last pair of Monkeys I made, but they weren't the right size for her).


The yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle, which is absolutely beautiful yarn, but it's not as soft as their Stroll yarn, which is my favorite... but, never fear, Beyond Soft is here!  Whenever I want to soften up yarn a bit, I will let the project soak in a sink of warm water plus one capful of this stuff for about 10 minutes.  Then you drain and lay flat to dry.  Voila!

You might spy some sock blockers in this picture too.  It's actually pretty rare that I will use these to block socks (I usually just use them to take pretty pictures). There is always a risk that sock blockers can stretch out cuffs too much so I avoid using them, but, every now and then lace is just stubborn and you need a little help to open up the stitchwork.  That's what happened here.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

My Swift Cover & Crushing Those Little Moments of Frustration

I was using my umbrella swift today and it occurred to me that I have never shared a picture of my adorable swift cover from Slipped Stitch Studios.



Before I got this cover, it was always such a pain to store my swift, because those little arms would catch on everything when I tried to take it out or put it back in the closet.  Those little frustrating moments are something I learned to deal with and I didn't realize how much they bothered me until I got this swift cover and suddenly all that pain was gone and I could move it around the closet with ease.  I don't remember how much I paid for the cover - I recall thinking that it was a bit of a splurge - but it has been worth every dollar for sure!

Anyway, the lesson here is: all those little moments of frustration add up.  When you are given an opportunity to make something easier on yourself - take it!  Something as simple as putting your swift in a bag can make a real difference in your quality of life.