I have a serious case of Cast On-itis and I’ve held it in check to try to finish Jellybeans sweater. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on that project so I indulged myself.
My lunches at work involve quality time with my constant companion aka my breast pump. So I spend about 45 minutes sitting. Turns out that if I eat before I pump then that time span is just enough time to start a toe up sock toe. This is some Regia Fluormania that has been in my stash for awhile. Between the obnoxious color and the fact I didn’t have to wind it made this the perfect yarn choice! My sock needles were cold…..what’s a girl to do!? CAST ON ALL THE SOCKS!!!This will be my bedtime knitting as the Mood Indigo currently resides in my purse. I really should finish the soon too….
Warning: This post contains some ridiculous #momlife truth and sneaking knitting tricks….
One of my Big Bang Vanilla socks has a heel….despite a dastardly knot in the heel yarn. I put my big girl pants on and decided to cut the yarn and take out the knot and just have a couple more ends to weave in. I couldn’t bear the thought of feeling a knot or join on the heel of my sock. And it worked and I have a lovely contrasting heel complete!
Some of you are thinking….what about the mom truth and the sneaky knitting? Well as you might surmise from the photo backdrop….I knit the last of this heel in my master bathroom while PB slept. Yep….I legit sat on the lid of the toilet listening to a podcast and carving out some knitting time. The bathroom was close enough PB won’t cry from being left alone and it has light to see what I’m doing without waking up PB. It wasn’t super comfortable or my finest knitting moment…..but it was the self care time I needed and I have one finished sock! I am pretty sure this takes my knitting (and mothering) to a whole new level. But what mom hasn’t hidden from her kids in the bathroom a time or two??
I did have a sort of bummer. No….those aren’t the new Flexi-Flip needles. They are horribly bent cheap aluminum needles from Joanns. This project went to work with me a few times and was in my backpack a time or two. Not real sure how they got bent but I’m guessing someone either stepped on them or sat on them. I’m not heartbroken as they are under $10 at Joanns and I have several sets of size 1 DPN needles anyway. I can just use the two remaining good needles from sock #1 and get this bad boy finished up. Fingers crossed…
I don’t have any FOs this week, but I do have a HO! My first Electric Mayhem sock is completed. Okay, the tube is done and it still needs a heel in full disclosure. But that’s just a minor detail right?
But LOOK HOW PRETTY THIS IS!! I bow down to the prowess of indie dyers who can self-stripe and make gradients. This is a KnitCircus yarn for those who are curious. And I purchased a 75 gram set so I would make a me sized sock without wasting a precious inch of the wonderful color.
Jellybean is currently hunting Storm Troopers in the backyard before daycare. And so I treated myself to coffee and casting on the second sock on the back patio. Don’t you just love when your baby bump and knitting coordinate?
I would like to say that I carefully did math and made sure I had enough tube for both foot and leg. But that would be a bald faced lie. I knit the tube until I couldn’t stand it anymore and then knit up the tandem sock to match. I did measure and the tube is 14 inches so I’m probably okay.
I am pleased at how well the stripes matched up. I did intentionally try to do that but I was worried because the cuffs were slightly different from the beginning. I’m guessing that one sock is every so slightly shorter/longer than the other one because of the different initial yellow stripe difference. But I don’t care….if you are that close to my foot to notice then you deserve a kick to the schnoz. These are sparkly and just my everything right now!
This past weekend I bundled up in the mom van with my mother and my Aunt and we trooped to Wamego to Woolfest 2018! It was Wool Power this year with a lovely Wonder Woman theme running throughout.
It was a nice morning out and about without Jellybean in tow. I was able to peruse the yarn and inhale all the woolly goodness. I didn’t remember to take any photos while were there. It was just nice to spend time with my mom and pick out some goodies.
I did manage to stay within my budget and go home with a little cash. But some of that was because my mother stepped in and bought some of my yarn. I got a new to me dyer Apothefaery Fabrications in her Delightful DK base in a speckle green color for the Baby Vertebrae. I purchased a stitch marker set from Th’Red Head Yarns and its a sheepy themed set. My mother got a BB-8 themed bag from Aunt Stephs Handmade Gifts. She thought Jellybean would like that. My one “just because” purchase was some Knitty Bits 2 sock yarn from Two Windows Dye company in a yellow stripey colors plus some assorted minis for my scrap blanket. And last but not least I hit up a favorite yarn dyer, the TreasureGoddess yarns. I picked up DK treasure skein in Song of the Siren for the Half Theory hat and a gradient set in greys in the Cashmere Super Toes base for the Knitting at the Library Cowl. They even through in some pirate sheep can koozies with our purchase.
The festival was well attended and I was very happy with all my purchases. And it was nice to spend the day with my family doing non-mom things. Now with all this new yarn….I need to get knitting!!
I have started the cuff but I’m not sure how much taller I’m going to get. It may come down to yarn management. You can see my heel waist yarn in the light color. I know I want to start with a navy section right before a green stripe. Just to satisfy my own OCD. So I may knit the cuff until I get to that repeat. I’ll just have to see.
I’m slowly working on my Zigzagular Socks. I’m converting these to toe up so I’m having to think through the construction and the pattern to wrap my over tired brain cells around that all.
I’ve knit the stockinette toe for the right sock and places stitch markers for the pattern section. When I get a minute to concentrate I’m going to try to work through a chart repeat to see how this goes.
I made a series of realizations whilst working the toe increases. A) this yarn is more of a light fingering B) the ideal stitch counts for my foot at this guage fall in between the pattern counts C) my sister’s shoe size fits the 64 stitch count and guage perfectly. So basically my knitting subconscious is telling me these need to be for my sister. I don’t have the warewithall to both follow the chart, work my first cables and modify this to fit my foot. Baby steps….I’ll get the pattern in my fingers/brain first and then do another pair for me. Besides it will knock an item off my Christmas to do list!
The first sock is done. This is a 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock with afterthought heel. I like the afterthought heel for preserving the stripes but I’m not sure it’s the best fit for me depending on my gauge/stitch count. But it works well enough to keep using for now.
I’ve started the second sock. When I wound the yarn I made sure to get two matching balls that started with the same stripe. However, I didn’t even use close to 50% of the yarn for the first sock so I’ll have lots of leftovers. But I’m really enjoying the cashmere content in these socks so leftovers would be the worst thing ever!