Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Striped Socks: #2 Done in 2018

Striped Socks

I am on a roll finishing up lingering projects this month... specifically socks!  This pair #2.  The yarn is Patons Kroy Socks Stripes and the colorway is called "Blue Striped Ragg".  The socks are ribbed (knit 3, purl 1) and I inserted an afterthought heel in navy blue. The navy blue yarn is Knit Picks Stroll.  One thing bad about letting projects linger is that it is difficult to duplicate the second sock if you don't make some notes while making the first sock. That was the case with these socks.  Usually I take some notes!  Oh well.  They are done and I am happy with that!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Opal Socks: #1 Done in 2018

Opal Socks

Opal is a brand of sock yarn and it comes from Germany.  Over the years, I've seen other folks using Opal yarn when making socks but I had never seen Opal yarn at any yarn shops I had visited. I was in Des Moines, Iowa, visiting my mother-in-law several years ago.  There is a cute little old historic shopping district called Valley Junction not too far from my mother-in-law's home and I discovered a super nice yarn shop there.  They had Opal yarn there so I had to get two balls of yarn.

I started this pair of socks a number of years ago. I needed to bring a pair of socks to work on when I was flying to go visit my folks in Oregon. I started the sock (toe up, one at a time) and got to the heel. I made a mistake in the heel and just tossed the sock aside.  Why do I do that?

This month I am determined to finish up works in progress.  This is one of three pairs I've finished this month!

Here are some photos of the yarn label. I think the colors in the yarn are inspired by the beetle-looking creature on the lower right hand corner of the label.  I think Opal must have had a series of yarns inspired by rainforest creatures. This colorway is called "Ecuador Elly".

I knit these socks on two circular needles (needle size 2.25 mm), and I knit the socks from the toe up. I only cast on 16 stitches to start (8 stitches per needle using Judy's Magic Cast on).  Next time I make toe up socks, I need to start with more stitches; these socks have a very pointy toe which does not suit the shape of my foot. Live and learn!  I increased to 64 stitches and then worked a Fleegle Heel.  To bind off, I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

I'll have more posts about completed socks in the next few days.  I am working on finishing up pair #4 right now and it's only the 15th of January. Woo hoo! I am on a roll!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Trillian No. 2

Trillian No. 2

Trillian is a very nice shawl pattern from Martina Behm.  I like her designs.  This is the second Trillian I've made.  The yarn I used in this Trillian was a super nice gift from my friend, Belinda. She got this yarn for me a few years back.  We enjoy getting souvineer yarn for one another when we travel.

This yarn is called "Wandering Wool Ausable Sock Yarn" and is in the Bering Sea colorway.  The yarn is 80 percent Merino wool, 10 percent nylon, and 10 percent Cashmere goat! So nice. The yarn shop Belinda visited is called "Looped Yarn Works" in Washington, D.C.

The Trillian pattern calls for 150 grams of fingering weight yarn.  Most fingering yarn I find is just 100 grams so my Trillian is on the smaller side but I still love it. The project really grows when you block it.  If one were so inclined, you could purchase two 100 gram balls of yarn and make an even larger Trillian. I may just have to do that some day.  It's a fun knit and the pattern is very easy to memorize.  I like to work on this type of project when I am traveling or hanging out at the knit shop.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sylvia’s Socks

Sylvia's Socks

My son and his girlfriend joined us for Christmas this year. Of course I had to make some handmade gifts for Sylvia.  I decided to make her some socks; my son selected the yarn for her socks out of my yarn stash.  This is Wisdom Yarns "Pix" in the colorway called "Paisley".  As you can tell, I worked hard to make the socks matchy-matchy.  I used 2.25 mm needles, 64 stitches, and a Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  I got this yarn in Seattle after returning from a cruise to Alaska. 

Sylvia wore the socks a few times while she was here and I think they fit her well.  She had gotten a cute pair of shoes from one of her aunts for Christmas and I noticed that her socks kind of matched her new shoes.

I liked how Sylvia wore her socks. She tucked her jeans in the cuff of the socks. Here she is wearing the socks with leggings.

I have been finishing a lot of knitting projects lately.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  Stay tuned!

A Knitter Goes for a Walk

I went for a walk this morning
Handknit cowl.
Handknit hat. 
Handknit mittens.
Handknit socks. 
Still froze my butt off. 

That is all...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fish Bowl Socks

Fish Bowl Socks

Isn't this yarn pretty? This is yet again one of those instances where I bought a beautiful hank of yarn and I could not tell how it would knit up when I worked with it. I did try out this yarn in a shawl pattern before I settled on making socks. You just can't go wrong with socks.

I got this yarn at the Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland, Colorado, in 2016.  I love the yarn from Western Sky Knits and the colorway is called "Fish Bowl".  You can see the Western Sky Knits  website here: www.wsknits.com

I have two other pairs of socks knit up in Western Sky Knits yarn and the socks have really held up nicely.  This time around, I tried out a new pattern called "Make Your Heels Strong".  I have been using the Strong Heel recently and I really like it. I had a class at my local yarn shop recently and, in the class, I taught how to work the Strong Heel.  When I was doing a little homework/research for the class, I came across the "Make Your Heel's Strong" pattern so I had to give it a try.  What is interesting about this pattern is that, as you add stitches to form the Strong Heel, you work the new stitches into the k2,p2 ribbing on the back of the heel.  I hope you can sort of see that in some of the photos.

The socks look funny when they are lying flat; the k2,p2 ribbing in the cuff/let portion makes the sock drawn in on itself.  The foot is all done in stockinette stitch and looks disproportionately huge in comparison.

This was a great pattern to try.  Here is the pattern link if you'd like to check it out.  Click HERE.  It is a FREE pattern.

The yarn pooled in an interesting way, don't you think?  I love my new socks.  On to the next pair of socks!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Emergency Knitting Ornaments

Emergency Knitting Ornaments

I wish I could take credit for this super cute Christmas ornament idea but this is a project idea I saw on Ravelry.  The pattern instructions can be found here (Ravelry link HERE).  It's very simple.  I made some mini-skeins of yarn and tucked them into these glass ornaments.  On my computer, I printed out a sheet of paper with the words "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS".

These ornaments are on the Christmas at my great local yarn shop called "Yarned & Dangerous" located in Canon City.  The ornaments are all available for a minimum donation of $10.00, with all proceeds going to our local Human Society.  Yarned & Dangerous has a great Facebook page.  The shop owner, Ann, is always posting photos of projects completed by the shop's customers, as well as great patterns from all over the Internet. I encourage you to check out the Facebook page and follow along.  Even if you don't live in Colorado and might not ever set foot in the shop, I guarantee you fill find some creative inspiration on the Yarned & Dangerous Facebook page.  Here is a LINK for you if you are interested (click HERE for the Facebook page)

For the mini-skeins, I used left over sock/fingering weight yarn.  I used a hard plastic quilting rectangular shaped quilting ruler which measures 6 inches x 12 inches. I wrapped the yarn around the ruler (around the 12 inch length) about 15 times and then tied the yarn together.  I got a little more instruction on how to wind the mini-skeins from watching a YouTube video which you can find HERE.  One thing to keep in mind when making your mini-skeins is the narrowness of the ornament opening. I made some of my mini-skeins a little too large and really struggled to get them through the ornament opening.

Pretty cute, right?