Yarn Used: Northbound Knitting Superwash BFL/Nylon Fingering in Midnight and Northbound Knitting Superwash BFL fingering in Flotsam
Pattern: Hermoine’s Everyday Sock by Erica Lueder
Needle Size: US1
My girl child loves the orange pair of socks I knit for her. But the soles are so dirty and I can’t get them clean to save my life. So she and I decided to go with a darker color yarn for her socks this time around.
From my post about Waffle House socks, you know I love Midnight. And I really wanted to give the socks a pop of color, so I used Flotsam for the toes, heels, and cuffs. I love using Northbound Knitting Superwash. I love the ply and I know I’m crazy but I feel like it’s more durable. That makes me sound nuts, doesn’t it?
I have no idea why this pattern is so popular. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a nice pattern. But I found it boring. I need to stay away from patterns that are just knitting and purling. I think that is the bottom line.
These were part of my February socks and I worked my ass off on them for my Girl. And after all that, the heels ended up not fitting on her feet. How frustrating! And also, how the hell does that happen???
Has that happened to you? Planned out a sock project only to have it not fit? What did you do?
Watched:Flashpoint, Arrow, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Supernova.
Yarn Used: Northbound Knitting Superwash BFL/Nylon Fingering in Midnight
Pattern: Waffle House Socks by Bklynhandspun
Needle Size: US1
Let me start off by saying that I could not get a good picture of these socks to save my life. Sometimes I’m luck with my phone and can get great pictures. And sometimes… well… not so much.
Midnight is one of my favorite colorways to work with. (On second thought, am I saying that about all Northbound Knitting yarn?) It gives just enough varigation to make the passed over stitches pop out, which I really dig. I didn’t want a pair of crazy colored socks and Midnight really just called out to me. It’s a dark grey with light grey sprinkled around. That’s right. I said “sprinkled”. And you know what? That’s what makes it fabulous.
The superwash BFL/Nylon has a nice ply to it and just like my Toxic Socks, it is soft and squishy. Hooray soft and squishy!
The Waffle House pattern is a little monotonous with its two row repeat. However, the PYSO made me pay attention. Plus, the socks remind me of thermal! And the recipient (Lisa), lives in Canada which makes me think she needs warm things and thermal reminds me of warm! My crazy thought process helped push me to finish the project.
I know I’ve been less than consistent with my blogging. As most of you know, life is sometimes crazy and gets in the way of my writing. I’ve been knitting like a fiend and have drafted up some blog posts so hopefully that will keep me more on top of things.
What have you all been knitting lately? Have you been on a sock kick like I’ve been?
Also, knitters, I need help! Most of the time I consider myself an advanced knitter, with knowledge on different yarns and how to do certain techniques and the like but I have gotten myself stumped. Northbound Knitting has some LOVELY single ply fingering weight yarn (and I recently acquired some) but I realized I’ve never worked with it before. Dear knitters, what do YOU (personally) use single ply yarn for? What is your favorite project using it?
Watched: Lost. More and more Lost.
Here is the second pair of socks that I knitted for February. Ok. So, check out that colorway. No seriously. Check it out. Flotsam is so beautiful that I want to shove it in my mouth. The teal, blue, tan, and green just made me melt into my chair with how gorgeous they were together. I can honestly say that I would not mind AT ALL knitting this pattern again. Especially with this colorway.
Northbound Knitting completely knocked it out of the park with Flotsam. The BFL fingering yarn transformed this Lacy Mock Cable pattern into something more than just a plain old sock. And I’m not going to lie, I’m a tiny bit sad about parting with these. But I’m sending them to Northbound Knitting to keep Lisa’s toes warm so I know that they’re going to a good home!
Watched: Lost. I think I paid more attention to the pretty socks than to the show!
What have you knitted that pleasantly surprised you? Or, what have you knitted that surprised you in a bad way? Let me know!
So far, February has been nothing but socks. I’m currently working on my fourth pair! The socks above are The Weasley Homestead by Erica Lueder and they are knitted with Northbound Knitting‘s superwash merino fingering in her awesome Toxic colorway. I sped through this pattern like nobody’s business. And I know it was quick because I knit the second sock in less than three days!
It was a nice knit because the color and pattern together make the sock less feminine looking. Even my husband liked it! Once knitted, you see pops of lime green, pine, and a navy grey. The base is soft and squishy and holds up to handwashing. Since these have been finished, I think I’ve worn them three times!
I found that I didn’t use all 400 yards, even though I did an extra pattern repeat on the leg. Although that may be because I used size 1 US needles instead of size 2 US like the pattern calls for.
Watched: I watched A TON of Lost while knitting these socks and while I had originally planned to make some comment about Valentine’s Day being Toxic (you know, because of the colorway’s name) I have really found that these socks remind me of the jungles that the survivors of Oceanic 815 survived in!
What do you find yourself watching while you knit? Do you read? Listen to music? Do you sit through entire TV marathons on Netflix while you knit?
I have been sick, had allergy attacks, gotten a sinus infection, and had to get my puppy fixed since my last post. So I am TERRIBLY sorry for the delay!
I have officially finished the first pair of socks of the year and officially can cross of January off the list of months for the 12 Months of North Bound Knitting Sock Project! It has been nice to have a somple project to do instead of something complex. It’s given me time to appreciate the color and yarn instead of focusing on a pattern so much that I’m just trying to push through.
Here are some of my notes about the yarn:
- It is Superwash BFL/Nylon fingering
- The yarn is softer knitted up than it is while knitting
- The color is dark red with hints of brown
I really just can’t get over how gorgeous the Northbound Knitting yarn looks knitted up. All of the stockinette stitches line up just so perfectly. It’s an OCD person’s dream!
I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions. It seems like an extreme amount of dedication that I just don’t have in me. Go to the gym? I haven’t been to a gym in my adult life. Quit smoking? Thats the one thing I HAVEN’T quit on. I just don’t have the stamina to do shit like that.
BUT this year, oh this year I believe I’ve got a resolution I can stick to. And with that, I’m introducing the 12 Months of North Bound Knitting Sock Project! Each month I’ll knit a pair of socks using gorgeous North Bound Knitting yarn. Any pattern I desire, as long as it is made with NBK yarn. And I’ll review the colorway/base so that all you lovely readers can know what I’m working with.
To start the year off, January is Superwash BFL/Nylon fingering in the colorway Cranberry. I’ve decided to knit a pair of plain jane socks to that the year off and because I’m just knitting stockinette, the rich cranberry color is coming out BEAUTIFULLY!
Do you all have resolutions? Am I crazy for thinking they are just a pain in the ass? If you have a resolution, or have had one in the past, have you ever managed to keep up with it?
Pics of Cranberry socks in next week’s post, I promise!
I’ve been knitting a lot of zen projects before the wedding (it went great, by the way!) and up until now. The stress of planning the wedding left me feeling scattered and forgetful so I needed something to easily knit and find my center with and now that the dust has settled (from the wedding) there have been a lot of stressful things going on and I, yet again, have found myself needing projects to help me find my zen (and keep me calm. Stress doesn’t help my Lupus at all!)
The following are my “go-to” projects for finding my zen:
1 – Meditation Mittens by Mary Keenan
2 – Plain Jane/Vanilla toe up socks
3 – Nightlock by Lisa Mutch
4 – Torrent by Lisa Mutch
5 – Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand
6 - Log Cabin Blanket (fingering weight yarn, doubled over, and using only scrap yarn)
What are your go to zen knits?