Analysis Paralysis

I’m having knitting pattern fever. In the past week I have printed patterns and pulled yarn to make:

  • some knitted knockers from some Cascade Ultra Pima leftovers in my stash
  • yarn for at least three new pairs of socks
  • yarn for Christmas stockings I’m still not sure I want to make

This is of course not counting the two sock WIP, baby sweater, and ongoing scrap blanket sitting in my project pile. And lets not think of the socks and shawl sitting in Area 51 downstairs.

I just can’t get my heart or brain to decide on what to work on. I want to do ALL THE THINGS but of course I don’t have the time for that. Oh but twer it true. My sock mojo seems to be winning. But I am kinda digging the quick win of some small knockers and supporting a great charity. But I guess as long as I’m knitting I’m winning!

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Baby Sophisticate #8

My latest Baby Sophisticate is cruising right along. I through the raglan increases and divided for the sleeves. (please ignore the dog hair…)

I really like the color but I can say this yarn can be a little splitty. It’s Cascade Heritage Cherub Aran in navy. It’s very soft from the acrylic content and should be easy care for the new mom and tiny treasure. So I can think I can deal. The baby shower is set for April 30th so now I have a deadline! Should be easy as pie…famous last words.

Helping Hands

My hands have taken a beating lately. Between cold/flu germs, diaper changes and 60+ degree weather changes my hands are dry and cracked. And one day while perusing my blog feed I saw Knitting Sarah talking about the same thing. And she was hooking up with Love+Leche to offer a deal. I have dabbled in lotion bars in the past with success so I jumped on her coupon code.

I got a lotion tin in the citrus-rose scent and a mini bar in the lemongrass color. 

I have noticed a huge improvement already. My open cracks are closing up and my hands are dealing better with the constant washing. I’m having to apply at least three times a day but my hands are burning anymore from the painful dry skin. And listening to podcasts this past weekend I think I heard The Two Ewes podcast doing their coupon code with Love + Leche as well. I highly recommend this all natural bar!!

Happy Knitting!!

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

FO Friday: Mere’s Heart Mitts

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!!

Cast On: Another Baby Sophisticate

A dear friend from literally pre-school is having a little baby boy. She and her husband worked and prayed very hard for this miracle. So I want to make something extra special. I’ve already knit a blanket.

Now the little mister needs a sweater! I am going with an old standby…the Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down. I pulled some Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran in a navy colorway from my stash. I bought this for a Jellybean sweater but he quickly outgrew this yardage before I could get knitting.

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Ravelry tells me that this is the 8th such sweater I have knit. Nothing wrong with a great classic! Do you have any repeatable patterns?

 

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!!

FO Friday: Dad’s Camo Socks

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

Happy Knitting!

WIP Wednesday: Toe Up Sock With A Difference

I made it past the heel on my Toe Up Socks With A Difference. These had kind of languished at the bottom of the WIP pile. I had completed the stockinette foot and was ready to start heel. This is a new to me heel construction and I needed time and brain space to sit down and just work through it. Both had been in short supply lately, but I finally made it!

The heel is a double gusset heel worked on the bottom of the foot. I’m following a Wendy D Johnson pattern that is free and found here on Rav. It was easy to follow and a pretty slick construction. Time will tell if it’s more or less comfortable than a traditional toe up gusset heel.

In the mean time I need to finish the leg of this sock and get moving on the second sock!

Happy Knitting!!

Prize Surprise

Awhile back I completed the Ice Cream and Soda mitts by Melanie Berg for the #BigBadBergALong last fall. I entered my FO in several of the podcast group contests. Well turns out I won in the In A sKnit group!

It’s a lovely small project bag made by 19 Stitches.  

Inside was a veritable treasure trove!

I received an adorable set of stitch markers, a mini skein, a frixion pen, and a matching WIP cozy. I may have done a little happy dance when this arrived in the post. I highly recommend checking out the video podcast by Krisluvswool and 19 Stitches Etsy shop.

Happy Knitting!