Cast On: Cheery Vanilla Socks

After finishing my Big Bang Vanilla Socks I felt the pull of having an empty sock project hole in my knitting life. I finally snagged some elusive knitting time at work during a conference call that coincided with PB taking a nap.

I cast on both toes of my Knit Picks Felici in the Cheer colorway. When I went back to work after maternity leave I had this project all kitted up and stored safely in my desk. I’m doing another toe up vanilla sock but this time over 72 stitches because I like to use US 0 needles on Felici yarn. It’s a bit thin than I like for size 1 needles. And I did my best to make the two socks match as best I can. My plan is just to crank out some tubes and do afterthought heels later.

It just felt good to get needles in my hand and have some soothing knitting while Iistened to coworkers “discuss” their opinions on our ongoing project, lol. Now as a working mom of two I have to grab my knitting time where ever I can….even if it’s 5 minutes.

Happy Knitting!!

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It’s Back to Work I Go….With Knitting Of Course

I am back to work today. And my desk wouldn’t be complete without a project tucked into it’s drawers to save me during long and boring conference calls/webinars. But I finished my “desk knitting” before PB was born and never replaced it. So when I was packing baby gear to deck out my office I also did up a project bag with some knitting.

I grabbed two skeins of Felici self-striping in Cheer and my US 0 needles and threw into a project bag. The socks are not started and lord knows between catching up on work and taking care of an infant while at work I won’t have time to actually knit. But I find it oddly comforting to know it’s there just in case I need it!

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Am I the only one who stashes knitting like a squirrel stashes nuts?

Yarning Again

My knitting mojo has been a bit illusive lately. Even though I have lots of things on the needles and I love them all….I just can’t quite get excited about them. I’m in my third trimester and outside of ice cream or a nap not a lot make makes my heart go pitter patter, lol.

I got a small boost in my knitting realm the other day, I was the lucky recipient of a giveaway on the Bede Sisters Podcast and the host Kay. She’s a delight to listen to and the giveaway win is just the pick me up I needed! I received this special package in the mail…

And in it was two skeins of Felici Sock in the Soft Serve colorway. They are the most delicate Easter/ice cream colors and this yarn is my sister’s FAVORITE to receive hand knit socks in. She loves the soft fabric it creates. I’m not sure given my impending due date that these will hit the needles right away, but it’s nice to tuck away some yarn that I know will have an enthusiastic recipient.

I was also weak…..my job has really stunk here lately. Like it’s been super stressful and busy and just a hot mess where I may have actually cried one day. I sort of self-medicated with some super super duper wish list yarn. I have one pair of KnitCircus socks from their gorgeous rainbow gradient and I have been craving their yarn since then. And having an internet enable smart device while pregnant and stressed is a heady mix.

I picked up some KnitCircus Greatest of Ease 75 gram matching sock set in the Electric Mayhem color. These will need to be on my needles SOON! They are a pregnancy dream….already matched and wound into ready to knit cakes. Now I just need needles and a bag and I’m good to go. Soon my pretties….soon….

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Nicole’s Christmas Socks Take Two

I kinda let time get away from me. I’ve been in the thick of many large projects at work and at home. I didn’t even think I was getting much knitting time. Then I looked in my purse and saw these….


I managed to finish the first sock of my sister’s second Christmas pair! And then I’m past the heel of the second sock! I could possibly finish this soon. Those words of course could be the death knell for this project, lol.

Happy Wednesday and Happy Knitting!

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!!

 

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!

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!!

All But The Heels

My sister’s Christmas socks are really really close!


I have the tubes done and the remaining sock yarn stuffed in there (so I don’t lose it 😃)! I am going to see my parents soon so I hope I have time to get her foot trace. Then all I have to do is whip out two afterthought heels!

I am for sure going to insert lifelines through the stitches before I start snipping. Then I can insert the dpns into the stitches using the lifeline after the opening is created. I’ve done some googling and I feel like this is going to reduce my anxiety level. Stay tuned…..

Flying Felici

I’m plugging away on Nicole’s Christmas socks and I’m just about to the ribbing on sock #2.

This self-striping sock yarn is just so darn addictive. And Felici is so soft that it’s a treat to work with. My dad informed me that he has the traces of my sister’s foot. We just need to be in the same place at the same time to exchange. I’m still nervous about cutting into perfectly good knitting, but I shall persevere!

Happy Knitting

Going Bold….With A Tube Sock

I’ve been quietly knitting away on my sister’s Christmas socks. I have a soft spot in my heart for Knit Picks Felici. And I decided to go bold….a true afterthought heel!

There she is, a true tube sock at this point. No waste yarn for heel placement. I still don’t have the trace of my sisters foot and the knitting was going so fast I didn’t want to stop. This sock is done and ready for heel placement. Once I get the measurement it should be alright given that I have good light, sharp needles and no toddler distraction…

At any rate I started the second sock!

What is it about self-striping that makes this kind of sock project so potato chipy???

Happy Knitting!!