Holy moley…..I have a finished shawl!
Four days later and I have a FO! This is my The Age of Brass and Steam in the gradient Rivulet set from Island Yarns. I literally just couldn’t put this down!
It’s all curly in this photo but it’s actually drying/blocking as we speak! If I can’t talk my hubby into it I may have finished photos tmw…stay tuned….
Boo-yah! Another Christmas knit is in the books! The first pair of my sister’s Christmas socks done done done!
The heels went swimmingly. And look pretty great in my opinion. I even managed to make them almost identical! My project details are here:
Pattern: 68 stitch toe-up vanilla sock
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Splash
Needles: US 0s
These babies are now tucked away in my cedar chest awaiting December. They also counted for my May entry towards the Down Cellar Studios 12 Months to Christmas KAL!
I have another Christmas knit in the bag! My 8th Baby Sophisticate has buttons and is blocked.
Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran in Navy (I used just a few yards shy of one full skein of this yarn)
Needles: US 7s
I’m especially proud of the buttons. They are shanked buttons with little sneakers. I found them at the quilt shop I took my mom and aunt to.
This wasn’t my best button band ever. I’m not sure I got the ratio of picked up stitches right. But for a baby knit that is just going to get chewed and puked on….it’s good enough. No one will notice but me. To be honest I’m just glad this is done and I can move on to other things. I seem to be suffering from a bit of the knitting fever, lol.
I finished Mere’s Heart Mitts….
I am pleased with them as a project as a whole. I don’t like that I didn’t get the placement of the heart just perfect on the right mitt. But when you put them on it’s much less noticeable. (p.s. the app on my phone that mashes photos together is a great way to get photos of yourself wearing mitts if you don’t have a photography assistant handy)
These are pair of mitts of my own improvisation. My Ravelry pattern notes can be found here. I only used 1/3 of the skein so I have plenty to make a second set. But honestly….I don’t want to. This yarn is perfect for Mere. She is fun and spunky and just about the most beautiful person on the planet. I know she will love these. They are her…..just not me. If I knit them I honestly wouldn’t wear them. The highly variegated nature just doesn’t show the heart as well as I would like. And the colors don’t really match anything in my wardrobe.
I did some noodling on this because I still wanted to have something to “match” her so we could be hand knit buddies from across the country. I think I will make a pair of shorty socks with the remainder of the skein. I will work the heart chart into maybe the toe or possibly on top of the foot. I can wear any color inside my boots and then I will just feel the love on my toes instead of my fingers!
Now if you will excuse me, I need to get these babies wrapped up and ready to gift to Mere! Happy Knitting!!
My second Christmas present for 2017 is done! Dad’s Camo Socks are officially a FO…
I’ve actually had them done for awhile, but I couldn’t coordinate a toddler free moment in the natural light of day with the husband to get some modeled shots. Even then I was only able to grab two snaps before the toddler required saving from some perilous adventure like trying to jump off the furniture like superman does. Even then the second shot includes blurry wiggly toes, lol.
For those with inquiring minds, these are a 72 stitch toe up vanilla sock with gusset heel. I used size 1.5 US needles and a single skein of Cascade Heritage Prints 150. This yarn is just such a great way to make socks for size 13 US feet. It’s basically sport weight so it goes very quickly and the 150 grams is the perfect size for these huge socks! I stopped in my LYS to grab another skein and I they were out….now I need to find where to source more
The Storytime Scholar sweater is done! I made it just under the Pigskin Party KAL deadline. It has been washed and ends woven in. I went to sew on the buttons and I was informed by the tiny terrorist toddler that under no circumstance did it need buttons….
The upside is that he has actually worn this out to daycare and several times around the house. The pockets were a huge hit. I think I will wait until he forgets about it and add buttons later. He’ll never notice….I hope…
I only got one halfway decent photo of him and it was from behind…before the ends were woven in. But such is life with a toddler!
For those with inquiring minds here are the project details:
Pattern: Storytime Scholar by Lisa Chemery
Needles: US 10 and US 9
I used approximately 465 grams of yarn or 511 yards. That is just over four and a half skeins of Knit Picks Biggo. I used some rabbit heather colorway from my stash.
My This Ain’t a Scene Sockhead Slouch hat is done done done!
I used some Countess Ablaze Blueface Baron Fingering in the This Ain’t A Scene colorway. I won this jewel of a skein back here. I followed the Sockhead Slouch by Kelly McClure using 3 US needles. I didn’t check gauge and I’m not sure I measured completely accurately in each section. So my hat isn’t as slouchy as some I’ve seen. And I’m pretty sure that due to knitting the decreases while knitting in the wild made me have some unintentional design features, lol. But it’s finished and fits me nonetheless.
I gave the hat a nice bath and light blocking to even out my stitches. And i’m looking forward to wearing this hat yet this winter!
It’s a happy day! My Happy Valley Vanilla Socks are done!
You have to love the simplicity and speed of toe-up vanilla socks with sport weight yarn! I knit these babies in 12 calendar days without too much hassle. I successfully made it without any pooling or flashing. Just some mild striping. I used 98 of the 100 grams of yarn in a simple toe-up vanilla sock with gusset heel. I knit the leg until my ball of yarn got small enough that I was worried and then started ribbing.
I will admit one sock is slightly smaller than the other. It was the second sock. I’m not sure if it was just the rush to finish them or what. I thought I held the second one up to the first to make sure I was starting the various phases at the same time. It’s totally not enough difference that they don’t fit. And no one but me would probably even notice!
All I know is that Winter is still here in Kansas and I have another finished pair of socks for my drawer!
Guess what I finished on Christmas Day? The Cygnus Vanilla Socks are done!
Pattern: 60 stitch toe-up vanilla socks with afterthought heel
Yarn: String Theory Orbit in the Cygnus color
Needles: US 2
I used 98 grams of the 100 gram skein leaving just enough leftover for future sock mending. They are snuggly and warm and boy, do those stripes just POP! String Theory Colorworks is definitely one of my favorite dyers!
These are also special because these are my 2016 birthday socks. I got the yarn from my husband and cast them on for my birthday cast on project. Bonus points for finishing them Christmas Day 🙂
I finished my Mighty Rainbow Blanket!
All glorious 2,080 yards of squishy garter stitch is done done done! I’m soooo happy with this project. It’s soft, it’s huge, and it’s warm!
I didn’t remember to measure this for a finished measurement but it’s all of 10 skeins of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch. This project scored me 600+ points in the Pigskin Party KAL too! I just can’t wait to cuddle under this while the snow falls!