It’s been awhile

Wow, it seems like it’s been forever since I last posted about anything. I got a new job in the middle of February and it’s kept me pretty busy. I started out as temp at my job and have recently been hired on permanently. It’s super exciting. I also bought myself a car for some much needed freedom in May. It’s now late June and my birthday is right around the corner. I’ve still been knitting of course, just a lot less then I would like to be.

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I recently finished a pair of Ravens in the Snow for my best friend Rachel as a late Christmas present. She absolutely loved them. Her reaction was worth keeping them a secret for so long.

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I also finished a pair of socks for me recently too! They are Basket Case Socks by Wendy Johnson in the Knit Picks Stroll colorway Everglade Heather. I absolutely love them! They took some time to make because I don’t think there was a single row without one stitch or another being crossed somewhere.

Every summer I take part in a knitting competition called Tour de Sock. There are 6 sock patterns that come out and a certain amount of time to knit them in to get points. I don’t care about the points as I do how much fun it is. There are always some really pretty patterns. So far we have Wye, Kam Chu and Roll the Bones just was released last night. I have only finished Wye so far.

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Kam Chu is being worked on in a very pretty pinkish purple yarn. Roll the Bones will be a caramel brown and dark forest green. Pictures of them will come soon. In addition to socks, I’ve been working on finishing a few WIPs and I also started a new shawl. I’ve had this yarn in stash for awhile, wanting to find the perfect thing to use it for. It is a blue and brown variegated yarn, perfect for anything Ravenclaw. I finally settled on making an Elise Shawl with it. I keep the shawl with me in my purse so I can work on during my breaks at work and not have something that is overly complicated for work knitting.

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Until next time, keep knitting!

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WIP Wednesday: Basket Case Socks

I’ve been working on a lot of things for my etsy store this month and not a lot for me. About a week ago I started a pair of socks with a shade of green yarn I’ve been wanting to use. I have several yarns that have been sitting around for awhile, waiting for the perfect pattern and this green was one of them. The pattern that ended up fitting with them is Basket Case Socks by Wendy Johnson. She’s one of my favorite sock designers and I have both of her toe up sock books.

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The first repeat took the longest because I haven’t done 2-at-a-time socks in quite some time and the cabling took some getting used to. They should go much faster now. It’ll be nice to have new socks. One of the socks from the last pair I made ended up vanishing so its taken me months to want to knit socks again.

WIP Wednesday: Purple Magic Socks

One of my crafting goals for 2014 is to make 12 pairs of socks. That’s just one pair a month. Easy. I wanted to do that last year but then for whatever reason, hardly made any socks. I’ve missed sock knitting. The first pair of the year is an easy pair. For Christmas I got a skein of self-striping sport weight sock yarn from my aunt.

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I’m actually farther than the picture shows as I took this a few days ago. The first sock is now completely done and I’m working on the second. There is no pattern to them – just plain knit socks.

FO Friday: Mistborn Socks

While one of my best friends was on vacation and thus, not online much, I wanted to knit socks and couldn’t think of a pattern that was perfect for the only sock yarn I’d packed. One of my other best friends came up with the perfect combination and we decided to surprise Rae (the best friend who was on vacation) because we knew she’d squee.

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Pattern: Nain
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Thunderhead
Needles: 2mm
Mods: I did 10 rows of ribbing instead of 8 and two full repeats instead of the 1.5 the pattern called for. I’m glad I did because it came out to the perfect length I wanted it.

The main inspiration behind the combo was Mistborn and the swirling mists that come out at night. If you haven’t read the trilogy, go do so now. It is amazing.

FO Friday: Norwegian Rose Socks

They’re finally done! Actually they’ve been done for awhile. I’ve been meaning to make this pattern for a long time, I just never actually did it. It also took me two tries to make a pair of fair isle socks that could go over my heel. They’re still pretty tight too. Maybe the next time I do a pair of full fair isle socks, I’ll go up another size.

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Pattern: Norwegian Rose Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Natural and Blue Topaz
Needles: 2mm and 2.75mm

All in all, I’m really happy with the way they turned out.

Tour de Sock: Stage Two, Day Two

It is time for stage two! I’m absolutely loving how the designer combined both colorwork and cables. I didn’t get much knitting done on stage two yesterday because we had company that I needed to entertain. I also didn’t pick the best color for a main color – dark green. I can see to knit with it at night but its harder to knit than a lighter color.

Stage Two – Chicane Socks

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered just how difficult it is to knit colorwork 2aat. I managed it though. However, I can’t do the cables 2aat. There are several rows where stitches need to be moved around and it it just easier if I knit them separately. 

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It’s hard to tell that the yarn is a dark green/silver pair instead of black/white pair. If I ever do this pair again, I’m thinking of making them like this. It’s a neat way to do it. I just didn’t have enough silver left to be able to do that. The picture was taken before I gave up and put one sock onto dpns.

Tour de Sock: Stage One, Days Two and Three

I didn’t get around to finishing the socks yesterday like I wanted to. The heels and gussets took longer than I thought they would. But I did learn a new way to pick up stitches with these socks (even though I learned it after I picked up the stitches…) and a way to finally make sure that I don’t get any holes where I rejoin the sole stitches to the instep stitches. 

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I got almost to the toe before I went to bed on Day 2. This sock was made in stages over three days. Cuff and leg on day one, heel and gusset on day two, the rest of the foot and toe on day 3.

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As it turns out, I did too many pattern repeats for it to fit my 9″ foot. The sock is super stretchy and because its just too long, I can’t be comfy with it having the extra inch. I will, however, be making this pattern again. Maybe exactly the same way because I love them so much. Just not for awhile!