Flash of Briliance or Flash of Crazy

Okay, this post may be a flash of brilliance or a flash of crazy…I’m not sure. I have a bag full of tiny balls and not so tiny sock leftovers after working mitre squares from my Sock Yarn Memory Blanket. Look at all that crazy color!

I’m also a subscriber to Mary of Kino Knits newsletter. And one of the perks is coupons and sometimes a free pattern. She recently launched the Daunt Cowl and it’s free to subscribers. It’s just so gorgeous!!

Daunt Cowl

Photo credit: @Kino Knits

What would happen if I made a crazy scrappy Daunt?? I could maybe make a rainbow, or just work crazy random colors, or maybe a stay in a single color family? I wouldn’t necessarily have enough of any one scarp to complete a stripe as Mary shows. But who’s to say my stripes need to be equal? I have some neutral sock yarns in stash to work in between. This pattern is specifically designed to use up bits and pieces. I am REALLY feeling the siren’s call of this project. All I’m missing is short circumference size 4 needles….

I think I need to send the toddler on a play date and just spread all my leftovers on the floor and have a party!

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My Dog is Fancy

I have the bestest, most loving, and snuggly Lab of all times. Dex is my fur baby and I couldn’t love him more. He’s our only dog after we lost Chloe two years ago. And I know he gets lonely so I’m the crazy lady that sends him to Doggie Daycare once or twice a month for some exercise and socialization. This photo was taken after a FULL day or running and swimming. He was so tired he couldn’t even hold his head up to watch the squirrels so he rested it on the sill. And ever the gentleman, he crossed his paws. I heart this photo so much I just had to share 🙂

HO Friday: Mom’s Christmas Socks

With some personal perseverance and some Knitflixing, I finished the leg of the first sock for my Mom’s Christmas Socks!

I am using size 2 needles and my mom wears a size 8/8.5 US women’s shoe. I cast on and worked 66 stitches for the foot to get the circumference where I needed it. Right before the heel I decreased away two stitches to get the count to 64 to make the heel turn work. And then after the heel I went back to 66 stitches for the leg. And finally before the cuff I increased up to 68 stitches for both roominess and to make by 2×2 rib work. I’m just so please with this sock! I managed the whole sock in roughly a week and a week that involved a lot of sleep deprivation!

The sock fits me nicely as well. I’m a size longer than my mother but my foot is not a wide. So I feel like the fabric is very forgiving will conform to the foot very well. Now I just need to make sure I cast on the second sock and get a cooking. I’m hoping to get this finished so I can enter into the 12monthstoXmas KAL, the Pigskin Party KAL, and possibly the Double Dip KAL by the Bede Sisters Podcast.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Reyna

During my tomato madness last weekend I decided to pull a project from my Pigskin Party KAL prep. I cast on for the Reyna Shawl by Noora Laivola.

I had some beautiful speckled Hawthorn Speckle Handpaint in the Cosmic Speckle in my stash. This yarn told me it needed to be something squishy in garter stitch.  I’m loving how the pops of color are popping up!

This pattern is just so amazing. It’s a free pattern and has been knit over 5,000 times. I’m probably the last person on Ravelry to stumble on this one, lol. The pattern fits on one page, it’s well written, and you guys it has a row tracker check box thingy! With as much as I have to pick up and put down my knitting this is a life saver! I completed the cast on, one garter section and one lace section in one sitting.

I can quickly feel this project becoming addicting!! This yarn is just so yummy I can’t wait to see the finished product. I was thinking this was going to go into the gift box…but I may not be able to part with it!!

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Mom’s Christmas Socks

As I mentioned before the hubby took Jellybean for the weekend this past weekend and I was FREE! I also happened to have a weekend get-together with some coworkers at a local vineyard winery. My coworkers know I’m weird and if they didn’t know….they do now! I took my Mom’s Christmas Socks with me because I had just literally turned the heel the night before. You guys….I got almost four inches of leg done despite partaking in Wine Slushes and generous sampling! It was just so amazingly soul restoring to laugh, knit and just enjoy the company of others. I definitely don’t do that enough!

My coworkers were so gobsmacked that I could knit without looking. And they thought I was counting and manually making the pattern appear. (I did break that illusion by showing them the yarn ball but they were still duly impressed.) These print yarns from Cascade Heritage are just my favorite go-to gift knit yarns. The patterns are amazing, the fabric is pleasing and they are easy care for non-knitters! I hoping to knock out the rest of the leg and cuff this week. Stay tuned!

Happy Knitting!!

Tomato Madness

This weekend my husband took Jellybean all by himself to the Kansas State Fair and to see his side of the family. You guys….just between you, me, and the blog….I haven’t had a weekend alone in my own house for THREE YEARS. Since before Jellybean was born, for real.  I’ll let that sink in….and with the recent sleep jihad by Jellybean (we have been to a doctor and we all agree that he’s having legitimate allergy/sinus/bloody nose pain and issues….my baby has to have very minor surgery and it breaks my heart but it will help him and Lord knows we ALL need to sleep better)

But I digress, I had almost the whole weekend! Jellybean got me up multiple times between 4 and 7 am the night before so I decided to be industrious after they hit the road. I pulled seven or eight gallon bags of tomatoes frozen from our summer garden and started simmering tomato sauce. This is most the ingenious thing my grandma taught me. Since my tomatoes didn’t set enough at one time to make batches of sauce we freeze them in bags after being washed and de-stemmed. When you pull them out and dunk them in warm water the skins slough right off and the flesh can go right into the cook pot. There is no blanching or peeling….its amaze-balls!

It was hot and messy but in the end I made 3 1/2 pints of super hot jalapeno salsa for the hubby. And then 12 pints of plain tomato sauce for cooking. I’m sooo happy to be filling my pantry with these goodies for a fresh pick me up mid-winter!

I did a fair bit of knitting as well while the sauce was simmering. I’ll show you that later this week….stay tuned!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Mom’s Christmas Socks

During a recent visit to my parents, my Aunt Barb pulled me aside and said that my mom was bummed that she was the only one in our immediate family who hadn’t received any hand knit socks. Well, what knitter can resist the sirens call of that kind of request!

I pulled some Cascade Heritage Prints in the Christmas colorway from my stash and some size 2 needles and immediately cast on. Now she is roughly a size 7/7.5 US women’s shoe. So I’m pretty certain I’m going to work a 64 stitch sock but I’m not sure how much length she needs. I kind of want this to be a Christmas surprise so I need to find a way to steal a peak at her favorite shoes….


Happy Knitting!

FO Friday: Knitted Knockers

Earlier this week I showed you my cast on for some Knitted Knockers. I literally finished the first set of A-cups in two evenings. They turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. The second one was much improved from the first as I remembered all the tricks to working in the round on double pointed needles.

I used the approved Cascade Ultra Pima in yellow. The a-cup used 25 grams or roughly 55 yards of yarn. And I measured out the stuffing to make them evening filled. The trickiest party is getting those first few rounds done where you don’t have many stitches on the needles and it’s easy to twist.

I was so enamored that I cast on and finished a second pair! This time I made B-cups in royal blue.

These two based on the weight of the un-stuffed items used 25 grams or 55-56 yards of Cascade Ultra Pima in royal blue. The best part is that each knockers counts as a finished object for the KAL. They each earn me 3 points for yardage, 4 points for charity and 4 points for using my team colors. So in just a couple of evenings I scored 22 points!

Happy Knitting!!

Into Hibernation: Part Three

Today I bring you the last installment of all the WIPs going into hibernation because of the Pigskin Party KAL.

Today we have Mitred Square Memory Blanket. These past couple of months I have really been able to bust out a lot of new squares. I’m happy that I purchased sharper metal tipped needles. The join still catches once in awhile but I can live with that. I really just can’t get over how crazy pretty the mix of all these yarns are. This will be the WIP I miss the most…

Into Hibernation: Part Two

Today I bring you the second WIP going into hibernation due to the Pigskin Party KAL. These are my Vacation Vanilla socks. I finally made myself make a decision about where to place the cuff and finished the first sock.

I have to admit this project was created sort of on the fly. I was on vacation this summer and needed another project on the needles after finishing the one that I had packed. So I had the yarn shop wind this right up and I cast on a vanilla sock with the needles I had on hand. They are size 0s which are not what I usually make socks on. But this yarn seemed on the lighter side of fingering and I went up to 72 stitches to compensate. But as I was knitting those niggling thoughts kept creeping in that this sock looked very skinny for my big girl feet.

Well turns out I skated through by the skin of my teeth. The foot fits beautifully as does the heel. But the leg is a wee bit snug. These will not fall down for sure. I did increase three stitches every inch or so as I went up the leg. You can sort of see my increases in the photo above. I’m so glad I did and honestly it could have stood a couple more. The fabric is really stretched at the top of the leg and cuff.

But if anyone is that close to my foot so as to notice that detail of the fabric they are going to get a foot to the face, lol. As with my Drunken Watermelon socks I did go ahead and cast on the toe of the second sock and get started in the round. These will be my “emergency movie theatre or spontaneous car trip knitting” if I happen to need an easy vanilla project.

Happy Knitting!!