Sunday, August 27, 2017

FO: Nothing Says Screw You Like Rainbow Socks

I have long coveted White Birch Fiber Arts' self-striping sock yarn, but I've never bought it before because it's kind of pricey.  But then one day I was just like, "whatever, let's splurge!" and it was totally worth it.  Life is too short to get cheap with your yarn.  Just do it.  ;)

Now that I had some fantastic self-striping yarn, I obviously had to knit some sock surgeons!  (I'm so predictable.)

Here they are:

and, the obligatory heel shot:

yarn details
White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 Self-Striping in Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
Fingering Weight
80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon
Machine wash & lay flat to dry
$33.00per 100 g /400 yd ball

project details
pattern:" A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel" by Emily B. Miller; available as a free Ravelry download!  And it has an accompanying YouTube video.
needles: size 1.5 wood dpns
gauge: 16.5 stitches 22.5 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 324 yards - 81% of skein (81 grams)
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock: 11''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.5''; circumference: ~7''
duration: April 6, 2017 - July 28, 2017


  • Used a German twisted cast on - my first time with this one, I give it two thumbs up!
  • Although I love the fact that you can insert the heel anywhere on these socks, I wish I had planned ahead a bit so that it would have been inserted in the middle of a blue section, or at least in the center of a rainbow section, or at least I should have bumped it up so it started at the bottom of a blue stripe instead of at the very top of the rainbow stripe.  They still look nice, though!

Saturday, August 26, 2017


I deeply regret selecting these dark needles for use with this dark yarn...  it's so hard to see the stitches!

There's not much to be done about it at this point.  It's always a bad idea to switch needles mid-project -  I don't want to risk it changing my gauge.  And I'm already on the heel gusset, so certainly not going to start over.  I guess I'm just stuck with this headache and must try to find some comfort in knowing that I have learned a valuable lesson!

Friday, August 4, 2017

FO: Berry Patch Socks

Time for yet another pair of Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel Socks in Knit Picks Felici.  Yes, I love this yarn and technique!  I always have a pair in progress.

One thing I especially love about these socks is that they are perfect for gift giving.  You can knit the whole base of the sock without knowing who they need to fit.  I had these ready for quite a while, knowing I wanted to gift them to someone, but not knowing who.  When I decided that I wanted to give them to my old college roomie, it was so easy to just get her shoe size and pop the heel in.  (Actually, I still remembered her shoe size... 13 years later. Now that's friendship, haha.)

Without further ado, here are the socks:

Socks with with self striping yarn.

I did a little mismatching on the heel:

Striped socks - knit picks felici.

And this part always amazes people... the big snip!

inserting an afterthought heel

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Blackberry Jam
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 46554
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$5.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern:" A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel" by Emily B. Miller; available as a free Ravelry download!  And it has an accompanying YouTube video.
needles: size 2 wood dpns
gauge: 16 stitches 19.5 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 322.6 yards - about 75% of each ball
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock - 10.25''; back of heel to tip of toe: 10''
duration: January 10, 2017 - July 3, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

FO: Nebula Socks

I had so much fun knitting the traveling twisted stitches in my Drachenschwingen socks that I decided to pick another really fun and complicated-ish pattern.  (Though, I did take a little break in between!)

I've been on a big Cookie A kick lately, so I decided to go with her awesome Nebula pattern.  The charts were fairly easy to memorize, but you do need to pay close attention to the pattern.  Can't completely zone out while you knit these.  Still, a very fun knit indeed!

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll in Duchess Heather
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 174017
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon/Polymide
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$4.69 per 50 g /231 yd skein (purchased in Nov. 2016)

project details
pattern: "Nebula" by Cookie A, available for $6.50 on Ravelry here.
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) nickel-plated circ (magic loop)
gauge: 19.5 st and 25 rows = 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 374 yards - 1.62 skeins
size knit: medium
finished size: bottom of heel flap to top of cuff: 9"; heel flap: 2.25''; back of heel flap to tip of toe: 9"; toe: 1.5"; leg circumference: ~6.25".
duration: February 4, 2017 - June 14, 2017


  • The only note I have is that I started knitting these on bamboo dpns and the tips were way too dull to manage the traveling twisted stitches.  I switched to my super pointy Knit Picks nickel plated circs and worked the pattern in magic loop.  Made all the difference in the world!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Amazing New Yarn Bowl!

I'm so excited about this amazing gift from my old college roomie, Paige.  She made it herself, so talented!!!

She put a super heavy base on it, which is perfect - the bowl stays totally sturdy even if you give the yarn a firm tug.  I suspect this is more of a coincidence than an intentional design feature on her part, but it makes this way better than my other bowl.  :)

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

More of My Favorite Things!

It's been a while since I updated you on the progress of my Favourite Things infinity scarf.  It's sort of at a stand still at the moment because I'm not happy with the motif I've just added and I'm trying to decide if I should rip it out.

As you know, I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so it was an obvious thing to include in my scarf.  I found a ready-to-go chart of the Buffy B on an old Craftster thread and hopped right to it without doing ay kind of gauge check (isn't that how all my sad stories start?)

Anyway, as you can see, my stitches are taller than the gauge of the person who designed the chart, so my B is stretched out.  People are telling me that it is still recognizable and not as bad as I think.  They may be right.  What do you think, dear readers?

So, in conclusion, things are on pause until I decide what to do here.  In all likelihood, I will rip it out.  Why...?  Because I wish I had ripped out the cats at the beginning of the scarf, and I didn't because people said they looked fine, and now I regret it.  I think I may just need to trust my gut when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Anyway, here is a little video of the scarf so far, before I started the B.  It's pretty fun!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

To Finish or To Frog?

Last Spring I began knitting a cowl out of sock yarn... which is exactly as tedious as it sounds.  I chose this pattern because it's supposed to look awesome with variegated yarn, but I'm not sure the effect is anything to write home about.  Also, I don't even wear cowls.

So, all of the above signs point to frogging this beast.  But... I've already put so much work into it and I'm halfway there... and someone I know would surely wear it.  Right?  Are these just excuses we tell ourselves?  Or valid reasons to slog on?