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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I Almost Gave In

Awhile back I posted about the Beekeeper Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits being the blanket everyone is making. The pattern still seems to be oddly popular. Back then, I was very dubious about the pattern. It seemed like it would take an eternity to make. The result would be very heavy. I don’t knit socks and don’t have scraps laying around. However, I saw the kit over at Knitcrate and decided to give it a try. My Koigu mini-skeins, needles, pattern, and fiberfill arrived, and I was ready to try it out. For the first two puffs, I had really decided to knit this monster. Even though I knew that it would take around 600 puffs to make a decent sized blanket. However, I sat there looking at the little pile of mini-skeins and realized that I had not overcome my desire for things to match.

Now, I am the daughter of a quilter. In fact, my mom opened her own quilt shop when I was 10. Although I do not quilt myself (I’ve dabbled once or twice with no real prolificacy), I have gathered up bits and pieces of quilting knowledge through osmosis. Mostly because I used to spend my afternoons when school let out at my mom’s store, waiting to go home at closing time. When I started considering how I could turn the Beekeeper’s Quilt into something I would actually like, I decided to look to the quilting world for inspiration.

There is a vintage quilt pattern known as Grandmother’s Flower Garden. It is small hexagons (1 or 2 inches) pieced to look like flowers with little white “paths” between them, or green “vines”. I decided this could be the perfect motif for the Beekeeper Quilt. All I would have to do is get skeins of sock yarn in colors I liked and arranged the final product like the quilt pattern.

I wanted to do the colors in something I wouldn’t normally pick. Since the quilt pattern is from the 1930’s, those colors seemed perfect. I went on Eat.Sleep.Knit and started hunting. I ended up with three skeins which, while they aren’t totally the 30’s style, will work.

From left to right I got Manos del Uruguay Fino in Crystal Goblet, Dream Smooshy in Rosalita, and Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Straw. I bought all of these based purely on color and cost so it was a gamble, but I am incredibly pleased with all of the yarns. Also, once they arrived, I realized that I hadn’t ended up with such random colors. In fact, they match the new colors in my living room. You can see the yellow throw pillow in the back there.

photo 1I started talking to my mom about my idea and it started to change. I originally called to ask if she had a pattern at her shop that would show how to lay out the flower colors. I began to describe the Beekeeper Quilt to her and she started poking holes in my plan. Firstly, why do they need to be puffs? We live in Texas where its warm so you don’t need a lined blanket. If they were just knit flat, it would use half the yarn, take half the time, and be lighter. Plus, the hexipuffs are connected by tying the corners with scrap yarn. That makes the back ugly because of all the strings hanging down. After my discussion with her, I had totally changed my idea.

Instead, I found the Six’es pattern on Ravelry. It is still hexagons, still done with sock yarn, but it is a single layer that is more neatly seamed together.

I guess I am still bucking the trend. Also, I’m excited about my quilt/knit hybrid, it brings together my mom’s world and mine.

 

Not Cheating, I Swear

Some new yarn came in from Sundara. Now, I know I said I was going on a yarn diet, but I promise I’m not cheating since I technically ordered this before the start of my diet.

This is their Sport Merino Two base in Summer Shadows, Morning Light, and End of Summer. I really liked that the inspiration for these colors was the art of Monet. Tis collection was Sundara’s August colors.

I don’t just love the three colors together like I thought I would, but I think that once I knit with them, they’ll blend a little bit better.

I am planning to make the Color Affection shawl (aka the shawl everyone and their mother on Ravelry has knit). I think the narrowness of the stripes will work well with these colors together. At least, I hope so.

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Finished: Canyon Breeze Cowl

I finished my moebius cowl from the first month of the Mountain Colors Yarn Club from Paradise Fibers. The pattern was called Canyon Breeze, but I can’t find it on Ravelry so I don’t have a link for you. The yarn is Mountain Colors Monarch in Harmony Aspen. The cowl had a faux-cable pattern which I’m almost certain I did wrong but the result was fine. I didn’t understand the whole “skip two stitches, knit into the 3rd stitch” part. I was knitting into the front of that stitch instead of knitting normally but that’s ok. I also had to learn the kitchener stitch and provisional cast on for this project.

I will be giving this to my boss, because she loves blue.

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Fountain Shawl

The yarn for my fountain shawl finally arrived! I saw this collection of beautifully dyed, gradient skeins from Knitcircus on Etsy. I knew it needed a lovely shawl pattern to go with it. There was a little snag in getting the yarn here because it took more than 3 weeks just to ship (I won’t even get into that situation). But it arrived, plus a little gift in pretty Butter Lettuce. I have no plans for the green yet, probably a hat.

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The pattern I chose is called Juturna, who is the Roman goddess symbolized by by fountains. The name, symbolism, and style of the shawl all fit with the colors so perfectly. I’m excited to try this out.

 

Another Let Down

New ImageMy July Yarnbox came today. Last month, I wasn’t overjoyed with the yarn that arrived because the color was not at all my taste. This month, it is the style of yarn I’m not crazy about.

The yarns are from Darn Good Yarn and all of them are from recycled materials. Although I appreciate the mission of Darn Good Yarn, I’m not big on novelty style yarns. Darn Good Yarn has a mission of helping women in India and Nepal to earn a livable wage through yarn production. I think that this goal is fantastic and, if you like the style of yarn, this would be a great company to shop at.

The blue, recycled silk yarn is ok. It’s sort of soft but has a very heavy texture to it. It could make a funky hat. However, the ribbon yarn (made from pieces of saris) is just not my thing at all.

I think that Yarnbox has a great concept going, I’m just worried that whoever selects the yarn and I have very different tastes. So far none of the colors or textures have been something I would select for myself. I’m subscribed for one more month, but I have a feeling I’ll be cancelling after that.