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….
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.
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! ❤
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!
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…..
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!
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???
My sister and I didn’t always get along, especially as teenagers. But now that we are both…ahem…over 3o, we’ve settled into more of a comfortable place. She is most definitely knit worthy as she lives in upper elevation Colorado climate. I have given her many of my sweaters that I knit Pre-Jellybean that no longer fit. But one thing I haven’t knit for her specifically are socks…
I decided to rectify that. I had my dad get a trace of her foot on his last visit. And I pulled some Knit Picks Felici from my stash. I lost the ball band but I believe this is the splash colorway. I know my gauge and tension in this yarn so I could start straight away.
This is a 68 stitch sock on size 0US needles. I’m going to make a toe up sock with afterthought heel. I don’t have her foot outline yet so I may have to knit a tube and do a true afterthought heel without waste yarn if I get that far before I reach the heel section.
I saw on the Ravelry boards for the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL that the November interception involved self striping yarn…..but not socks! Well I went digging in my stash for some of those lingering single skeins of self striping sock yarn. What better way to stash bust and earn extra KAL points. After careful consideration I pulled a skein of Knit Picks Felici in the Sweetheart color. A really nice mix of pinks that I chose because it made me happy.
I perused my Rav favorites and rediscovered the Manic Panic Coke by Sarah Core. It’s a simple cowl worked with slipped stitches that should help my stripe repeats really shine. I opted to work the small size that called for 333 stitches. And I ended up using size 7 needle because that’s what I had in wood needles at the correct length. I managed to cast on after bedtime with Jellybean and get a few rows in.
Boy is that a lot of stitches. It’s very bunched up but I made sure not to twist. I made one small mod already. I cast on as called for in the patten but after that I worked two rows of garter stitch before starting the slipped stitch patterning. I really just felt like defining the edge before establishing the pattern. Plus it helped me make sure my cast On was neat and not twisted.
To count for extra points in the KAL I need to finish this by November 30. So this may replace my purse project of vanilla socks so I can get some good knitting time into this!