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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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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Finished Project: Promise Me Lace Shawl

Finally, I got this photographed. I finished it October 1st and got it all blocked and pretty, but had yet to take any decent photos. So here it is, my first-ever lace shawl. And the first time using beads. And the first time using mohair. And the first time knitting with lace weight yarn. So, yeah, this is a bit of a personal accomplishment for me. I am superbly pleased by the result. The pattern is Promise Me by Boo Knits and is deceptively easy to knit. The yarn is Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry. The beads were some random ones from Joann’s in the color Moonstone Mix. I didn’t have the frustrations with the yarn that many reported, although I admittedly would not have wanted to frog any significant number of stitches. Luckily, that wasn’t an issue in the project. Actually, it went shockingly well. There is one little section where I got a stitch off in the pattern repeat, but since it only affected about 12 stitches, its probably only noticeable to me. This was also the first time I’ve ever done a picot bind off and, although I’m pleased with the result, it took ages. Seriously, I clocked about 4 hours on just binding off.

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A Brief Post and a Brief Sock

I have had ideas for so may posts here, I even have pictures taken of so much yarn. Sadly, being busy, having migraines, reading, yarn crawling, and (yes) actual knitting has kept me away from the blog. So I just wanted to briefly share the tiny sock I knit. It is rather poorly knit as I wasn’t in much of a mood to follow directions I had to read. But it’s a sock, and it has been placed on the little blocker and pinned to my craft room bulletin board. I got the supplies and pattern as part of a Wee Tiny Sock kit on Etsy, however I can no longer find any available. The designer is Meg Bakewell, who has cooked up some really creative variations on the Wee Tiny sock. I have another blocker from her that I will have to use eventually. I think the yarn is Silk Cloud by Shibui Knits . 

There is actual a circle cut out of the blocker with a strand of decorative beads across it but my sock came out too tall and covers it up.

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Finished Project: Knit Night Gloves

Well, I finished the first of the Knit Night Gloves back in February and I only just now got over Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Glove in this case) and finished the second. It turns out the cure was to finish one slipper and be so desperate to avoid doing the matching slipper that I would work on this long-dormant project.

I had one snag… I decided to stay up incredibly late last night to finish the glove, in spite of my migraine. So, there I sat at 3 a.m., pounding migraine, hurriedly finishing this glove while watching The White Queen. I have now learned that early morning hours plus a headache does not equal the best pattern reading. I took “repeat for rows 3-5” to be “repeat 5 times”. So, the second cuff turned out a couple rows longer than on the first glove. I think I’ve basically decided that I can live with the mistake because I honestly don’t want to tink back the entire bind off edge and two rows of stitches. Also, I made these gloves and the matching hat because I bought the yarn on a very special vacation to New Orleans and really wanted to use it up. I’m not much on wearing hats or gloves (especially fingerless ones), but the memories from that vacation make the yarn too precious to give away, so I will most likely end up keeping them and not actually wearing them. Basically what I’m saying is, it really doesn’t matter that they don’t match.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Zarzamora and the pattern is Knit Night Gloves. 

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This picture doesn’t do the pretty color justice

A Change of Pace

So during the week I was doing my comprehensive exam, the internet went out 4 times. During downtimes I needed something to calm me down so I wouldn’t call and say terrible things to my internet provider. So, I pulled out my Ashford Knitter’s Loom and the Irish Spring Scarf kit from Bluebonnet Hill Alpacas. I have only used the loom maybe 3 times in the 2 years I’ve owned it so, needless to say, I’m not real great at this. I have a hard time getting my edges even. When I started this project I Googled how to do that and, I know this will shock you, but the solution given was “go slowly and carefully”. Crazy, huh? I also don’t beat my rows very evenly. I think I was able to improve my edges this time over the last time but on my next project I’d like to focus on beating really tight and even.

Here’s the process. Also, please excuse the finished project pictures. I took the scarf in my purse to show my Mom (I like to try and justify her purchasing this loom for me) and it got wrinkled. I haven’t had a chances to straighten it out again.

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Finished Project: Bias Shawl

I finished this shawl a couple weeks ago but hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures or posting, so here it is. This is my Self Fringing Bias Shawl by Greta Dise. I used Brooks Farm Yarn’s Surrey Duet. I’m not sure what the color is called but I’ve been thinking of it as fruity mentos colored. They haven’t gotten the yarn online yet but it is really awesome. It’s a soft, squishy mix of wool and alpaca with a light halo and a little sheen. The pattern was incredibly simple and easy to follow but did include the controlled chaos of dropping 8 stitches at the end to create the fringe. I may go back and add some beads to the fringe but I’m not sure. I’m not a shawl wearer so I need to find someone to give this to.

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