FO Friday: Nicole’s 2017 Christmas Socks

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!

Happy Knitting!!

 

Cast On: Crazy Watermelon Socks

I decided I needed a little selfish sock knitting after the last couple of pairs of socks have been for gift knitting. I have a golden skein, so to speak, sitting in my stash. It’s my first ever Miss Babs yarn. I got the Hotshot base in the Drunken Watermelon color. I have had it since 2016 and it’s been calling me for months.

Well, I listened and it’s wound up and ready to go in my 19 stitches bag. I just haven’t decided if this variegated yarn wants to be a pair of vanilla socks with gusset heel or if it wants to be some other pattern.

I can’t wait to dive into this summer inspired yarn! Happy Knitting!

WIP Wednesday: Nicole’s Christmas Socks #2

My purse knitting has seen some action lately. I have had several webinars and waiting room times. The first sock of my second pair for my sister’s Christmas socks are past the heel. Boy, that was some sentence to write….

The yarn is still not striping as clearly as Felici has for me in the past. But again….no one will care but me. And the farther I get on these socks mean the closer I get to Christmas knitting being done!

P.S. Jellybean loves these pinks and keeps asking to help me “yarn” them! ❤

Happy Knitting!

Airing Of The Stash

I recently got some time home alone while the husband and Jellybean were off on an adventure. I decided to do a LONG overdue airing of the stash. I pulled all my bins out of my yarn shelves and sorted each box. I checked for bugs (none found thank god) and resorted them into what I feel like is better groupings. Purely arbitrary I assure you. But it made me feel good.

I took these hodge podge drawers….

And got all the yarn to fit into my plastic shelving. Literally my whole stash is in this photo…bags, needles and all! I even managed to identify four skeins to de-stash!

Happy Knitting!

FO Friday: Baby Sophisticate #8

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

Mods: None

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.

Happy Knitting!

Project Planning

Mothers Day is right around the corner! While at the Mid-Plains Fiber Fair I picked up yarn for a specific project….my mothers day cast one!

Ravelry got me the other day. I saw the Nangou shawl by Melanie Berg and fell HARD. It’s a two color shawl worked mostly in garter. I needed at least 520 yards of main color and 100 yards of contrast. And I boy did I find what I needed! I have 800+ yards of the Hansen Hand Dyes and the normal 400 yard skein of the T&H Fiber Works.

I’m stupidly excited for Mother’s Day to get here so I can cast this on. I’ve already loaded the project bag with the yarn, pattern and needles. I still have to cake the yarn but I’m going to pet the pretties for just a little while longer before I do that.

Does anyone else do a Mother’s Day Cast On out there?

 

Cutting In The Heels

I finally worked up the courage to cut the afterthought heels on my sister’s Christmas Socks! (I was at my parents house with the toddler distracted and using Mom’s Ott light.)

I started by watching KirbyWirby’s YouTube tutorial and with my blank canvas of a sock.


Then I threaded my needles in at the correct measurement and stitch count.


Then I held my breath and……cut my knitting! And ever so carefully pulled out those stitches.


Doesn’t look half bad! I managed to cut and get needles in both socks. I only dropped one stitch and just caught it with a removable stitch marker for now. I didn’t have the time to start actually knitting the heels. So I just slipped on a WIP cozy and put them in my knitting bag for later. At least the stressful part is done!

Happy Knitting!!

Knitting In Public

Yesterday I talked about my festival adventures. Well, after dragging my momma and auntie around the festival I took them to a quilt shop to support their craft addictions. They browsed fabric and notions while I knit in a easy chair!


My sisters second Christmas socks saw some good progress! And no one batted an eye at my podcast listening and knitting in public. I love being around crafty people!

Happy Knitting!!

Festival Adventure!

I heard about the Mid-Plains Fiber Fair on the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast awhile back. It was held in York Nebraska, which is a not so bad drive from my parents house.

So I left Jellybean with Grandpa and I loaded up the car with my mom and aunt and headed out!


It was a beautiful day and we arrived in short order!


It was the first year and relatively small but well organized and very nicely laid out. There was a ton of raw fiber and a lot of alpaca yarn. Neither of those things are my sweet spot but I found a couple of gems to come home with.

I got a shirt from KnitBaahPurl. It’s complexly adorable.


Then I was on the hunt for yarn for an upcoming shawl. I found the main color at Hansen Hand Dyes. It’s their Mega Merino skein of 820 yards of SW Merino in Boys Don’t Cry.


And the contrast color at T&H Fiber Works. It’s their Heather’s Favorite sock in Blue Suede Shoes.


Lastly I picked up some new buttons for my knitting bag 😍


I also pointed out some items to my mother who might have done some Christmas shopping!

The festival was fun ans I’ll definitely go back. It was especially fun to spend the day with my mom and Aunt!

Happy Knitting!!