Stunning Socks

I’ve neglected my knitting blog for so long now. Working full time and being a graduate student seems to have sucked the life out of me. Since I’m in between programs at the moment, and taking some time off, my crafting is picking up. This post by Knitting Sarah gave me some inspiration to share my latest socks.

These are afterthought heel socks and the yarn is the Atom colorway from String Theory Colorworks. I did also use one of their heel/toe mini skeins in chartreuse. String Theory is one of my absolute favorite dyers and everyone who has seen these socks has tried to convince me to give them to them. Alas, as much as I love them myself, I am giving them to my mom this Christmas. If they weren’t slightly too small for me I would very likely keep them for myself. Darn my big feet!

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Review Archive

I’ve been a book reviewer over at All About Romance for over a year now. The following are the reviews I’ve contributed.

Grade Title Author Book Type Sensuality Published Reviewed Reviewer
D- Straddling the Line Jaci Burton Contemp Hot 07/2014 07/28/2014 Haley
A- Suddenly Last Summer Sarah Morgan Contemp Warm 07/2014 06/27/2014 Haley
C Hope Ignites Jaci Burton Contemp Hot 04/2014 06/26/2014 Haley
C- Shadow Spell Nora Roberts Contemp Warm 04/2014 05/12/2014 Haley
C Teach Me A Lesson Jasmine Haynes Ero Rom Burning 04/2014 04/16/2014 Haley
C+ The Wife He Always Wanted Cheryl Ann Smith Eur Hist Warm 09/2013 03/27/2014 Haley
C+ Melting the Ice Jaci Burton Contemp Burning 02/2014 03/19/2014 Haley
D- The Pirate Bride Sandra Hill Viking Hot 12/2013 03/14/2014 Haley
C The House on Main Street Shirlee McCoy Contemp Kisses 11/2013 03/12/2014 Haley
B- Wildest Dreams Toni Blake Contemp Hot 12/2013 01/24/2014 Haley
D Candlelight Christmas Susan Wiggs Contemp Kisses 11/2013 01/08/2014 Haley
B+ Searching for Someday Jennifer Probst Contemp Hot 11/2013 12/23/2013 Haley
C Hope Flames Jaci Burton Contemp Hot 01/2014 12/16/2013 Haley
A Finding It Cora Carmack New Adult Subtle 10/2013 12/04/2013 Haley
B+ Sleigh Bells in the Snow Sarah Morgan Contemp Warm 11/2013 11/25/2013 Haley
C- A Song at Twilight Pamela Sherwood Eur Hist Subtle 10/2013 11/21/2013 Haley
A- The Naughty Corner Jasmine Haynes Ero Rom Burning 10/2013 11/01/2013 Haley
C+ Dark Witch Nora Roberts Paranormal Warm 11/2013 10/28/2013 Haley
F My Favorite Mistake Chelsea M. Cameron New Adult Warm 2013 09/27/2013 Haley
C+ Lost to the Desert Warrior Sarah Morgan Series Hot 09/2013 09/11/2013 Haley
Grade Title Author Book Type Sensuality Published Reviewed Reviewer
C I Only Have Eyes for You Bella Andre Contemp Hot 09/2013 08/26/2013 Haley
B The Marriage Merger Jennifer Probst Contemp Hot 08/2013 08/19/2013 Haley
B To Sin With a Viking Michelle Willingham Viking Hot 08/2013 08/06/2013 Haley
C- Honey Pie Donna Kauffman Contemp Warm 05/2013 07/25/2013 Haley
C Three Little Words Susan Mallery Contemp Hot 08/2013 07/22/2013 Haley
B+ Siege and Storm Leigh Bardugo YA Subtle 06/2013 07/12/2013 Haley
A Carolina Girl Virigina Kantra Contemp Warm 06/2013 07/01/2013 Haley
C+ Nautier and Wilder Anthology Rom Susp Hot 04/2013 06/20/2013 Haley
B The Look of Love Bella Andre Contemp Hot 06/2013 06/14/2013 Haley
D A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and
Curses
Molly Harper Paranormal Subtle 06/2013 05/24/2013 Haley
B+ Half Moon Hill Toni Blake Contemp Hot 05/2013 05/17/2013 Haley
C+ True Erin McCarthy Contemp Warm 05/2013 05/09/2013 Haley

A Gradient Thing

I finished my gradient yarn I mentioned earlier, got it plied, and washed. I was able to maintain the color changes so well. While this is not the softest yarn (its Corriedale, so that’s to be expected) but the evenness of my spinning has improved so much, and the colors are so pretty, I can’t be too concerned about that.

Plied and resting

Plied and resting

 

Finished skein

Finished skein

 

Appreciated Knits

As knitters, we all know that giving away your hand knit items does not guarantee they will be appreciated. I personally like giving my knitting to others because, if I keep it for myself, whenever I pick it up I just think of all the time and effort that went into creating the item. It makes me less likely to actually use whatever it is because I’m so worried I will damage my hard work. The thing is though, handknits are meant to be used. That may mean the occasional snagged stitch or stain. Especially for baby items.

When my (now former) coworker told me he and his wife were expecting their first child, I knit up a sweater and hat for them. Once little Miles arrived, I began to see the hat I knit for him popping up in various baby pictures. Unfortunately, the hat was too big and, since it is the coldest part of winter, I knit up a simple hat to send to him.

After the hat arrived, the Dad sent me the obligatory “here’s my baby in the hat you sent” picture. It actually fit and was super cute. Since then though, I have seen the hat in several pictures that have shown up on Twitter and Facebook from the parents. Baby Miles seems to be sporting my little hat for so many of his outings.

So when I had an absolutely terrible day yesterday, I noticed a post in my Twitter feed with a picture of that sweet little baby in my hat. It really made me smile to realize that the little hat I sent down and pour hours of my life into is really getting used. It is out there keeping that charming little head warm and that was such a great feeling.

Of course, that now means I have to knit all kinds of things for Miles now that I realize his parents will really appreciate them. Luckily, that is no hardship.

At the Wheel

I am trying my hand at some gradient yarn spinning. I got this gorgeous fiber from Fiber Artemis on Etsy. I thought to split the roving and evenly down the middle as I could, then spin each one so that, hopefully, when I go to ply, the colors changes will be maintained. Since starting this, I have learned that I could have done a chain ply but… whatever.

This is, by far, my most even single I have spun yet. It’s still a long way from truly even but I’m pleased with my project. It is also the thinnest I have spun. The singles are still looking rather fuzzy but maybe that is the fiber? It’s a Romney, I believe, which I’ve read is a rougher, fuzzier wool.

I finished one bobbin last night and I have already started the second. I am really excited to see how this turns out so that I can figure out what to make with it.

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Legitimate Handspun

I finished my first ever skein of handspun yarn that I was able to look at and thing “Hey, this actually looks like yarn. Someone could knit with this…” It still has some serious think and thin spots, but it is far more even than my last two attempts that I have made since purchasing my wheel.

The color is Iris, which I think is perfect because it does remind me of the irises that used to grow behind my parents house. The fiber is… Merino top? Or something like that. I know there is a tag around here somewhere but it has been so long since I purchased this I can’t quite remember. I actually bought the fiber ages ago when I thought I was actually going to spin on a drop spindle. The drop spindle and I didn’t get along and the fiber just waited around.

I have already been knitting it into a little headband/ear warmer that I will have pictures of soon. It is blocking now and then I need to sew the bow on. There may even be enough left to make some fingerless mitts to match.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I am really excited about this. For the first time since my wheel came home, I feel like I’m actually using it correctly. Plus, to add to my excitement, the singles on my wheel right now are coming out even better and more even. .

It’s hard to tell in the photos but the fiber had a bit of something sparkly mixed it so it has nice shots of glimmer.

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Let There Be Sock!

I finished knitting my first ever sock! The yarn is a wonderful handspun from one of the ladies at my knitting night and it made the sock process a joy. I had originally planned on giving these sock pair to my mom (since I am not much of a sock wearer) but it came out fairly large. I have big feet and ankles so it fits me and I guess that means it’s meant to be mine. It still is slightly looser on me than I would like but, considering how rarely I wear real socks, I’m not concerned.

The weather in Texas yesterday was over 70 degrees so I got to sit on the patio and take a couple pictures. Of course, because this is Texas and we have fickle weather, it’s back down to 40 today.

In even bigger news than finishing one sock… I actually started the second! I did the ribbing last night. Take that, Second Sock Syndrome!

Of course, sock knitting has turned out to be perfect for watching my Korean dramas. All the stockinette means I don’t have to watch my hands so I can read the subtitles.

Can I just say, photographing your own foot is an awkward process…

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