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?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

FO: Peppermint Mocha Socks

To be totally honest, I don't love these socks.  Not a huge fan of the yarn and I really don't like short row heels.  Luckily, my mother loves them so she gets a gift!  :)

yarn details
Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 74767
80% Wool, 20% Nylon
machine wash, lay flat to dry
$10.99 per 357 yard / 100 gram ball

project details
pattern: "Peppermint Mocha Socks" by C.C. Almon; available to purchase for $5.50 on Ravelry
needles: size 1.5 (2.5mm) wood dpns (knit picks)
yarn used: 0.78 skeins (279 yards)
size knit: medium (CO 64 st)
finished size: top of cuff to bottom of heel: 7.5”; top off cuff to top of heel: ~5.5”; back of heel to end of toe: 9”
duration: December 24, 2016 - April 2, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

FO: Blackbaud Booties

I work with a brilliant woman who is working magic on our database at work.  I was both excited and sad when I learned she was expected.  Excited, because, duh,; babies = happy news.  But sad, because it meant she would go on maternity leave!!  haha.  Anyway, our database is a Blackbaud product, so there are my Blackbaud Booties!

I was such a fan of the Rainbow Steps Baby Booties I made last year so I decided to whip up another pair.  I got some flack that the original pair was super tiny, so I made these ones on size 2 needles so they'd be a little bigger.  (This messed up the stripe sequence a bit, but I managed).

Rainbow Baby Booties

And, for the naysayers, proof this pair will actually fit a baby:

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow (24194)
dye lot 46549
fingering weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
218 yards / 50 grams @ $5.49 each

project details
pattern: "Blue Steps - Baby Booties" by Regina Willer (free on her blog); used the rewritten version by hellahelan  (on her project page on Ravelry)
needles: size 2 wood dpns
yarn used: about 20% of each ball - a little more than 74 yards total (I forgot to make exact measurements... oops!)
gauge: again, forgot to measures
finished size: ...guess what?
duration: March 11, 2017 - April 2, 2016

  • Helpful tip: when you want to make booties match exactly in self-striping yarn, it's important to note exactly where you are in the stripe sequence when you cast on, including the length of the yarn you use for the cast on tail.  Here, I started at the beginning of the orange stripe and made a CO tail the length of my arm. Writing this note down helps you start in exactly the same place on the second bootie.
  • To add the bows, knit a 7'' 2 stitch i-cord, tie in a bow and stitch to front of bootie (I added the bows to cover up the section in one of the booties where the color change looked weird in the garter stitch).
  • As I mentioned below, the stripe sequence didn't work out as perfectly as it did last time on the smaller needles.  At the top of the booties, there was only one row of red and it bugged me, so I decided to cut the purple stripe short and make the red stripe a little longer: I did ten rows HBS in the purple, broke the yarn and added in the red (Russian join), did four rows HBS in the red, then the 8 rows of plain stockinette (the part at the top that rolls over).  Hooray for problem-solving!
  • Originally thought I'd do a white sole on these, like clouds around a rainbow, but I hated how it looked...  way too much like candy corn!