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Waffle House Socks [February Socks Part Three]

18 Mar

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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.

The Yarn
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 Pattern
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.

February Socks [Part Two]

20 Feb

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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!

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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!

February Socks [Part One]

18 Feb

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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?

Make Up Your Mind

4 Jun

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I’m trying to decide if I like knitting plain socks anymore. Maybe I just need a challenge.

FINE. YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU WANT.

14 May

For fuck’s sake. OK. YOU WANT PICTURES? YOU CAN HAVE PICTURES!

A tub full of commissioned socks for men. 100% alpaca wool.

A tub full of commissioned socks for men. 100% alpaca wool.

And I hated knitting them. I really like the person I knitted  them FOR. Just not the yarn I was asked to use.

Plain Jane sock

Plain Jane sock

Plain Jane sock using Northbound Knitting Fingering in Nautical.

IMG_5459Plain Jane socks using Knit Picks in Minty.

IMG_5627Socks for KristiLynn using Knit Picks.

Yarn for cup cozies!

Yarn for cup cozies!

The grey yarn was dyed by Lisa of Northbound Knitting and the orange was dyed by Knitted Wit.

IMG_5650 IMG_5648 IMG_5636These three are examples of cup cozies that I’m knitting as wedding favors for my wedding!

More plain jane socks from a local yarn dyer whose name I can't remember and if I recall, can't be found online anyway.

More plain jane socks from a local yarn dyer whose name I can’t remember and if I recall, can’t be found online anyway.

IMG_5725A work in progress pic of Drizzle by Meghan Jackson using Berry Colorful Yarnings in Cheshire Cat.

LAST ONE.

LAST ONE.

This was a last minute Mother’s Day gift for my momma. She’s allergic to wool and most other things so I knit her this Storm Fir shawl by Fiddle Knits in Sprout (100% Organic Cotton) by Classic Elite Yarns. The colorway is Steel Blue which you really can’t tell from this picture but I swear, it is.

 

My Fingers Hurt

31 Oct

It’s been awhile since I posted. No real excuses to be honest. Other than I’m lazy.

Here’s a picture collage of what I’ve been working on since the lost post.

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Starting from the top left corner, I’ve been working on a Vanadium by Lisa Mutch, trying to learn how to crochet, Five by Five by Felicia Lo, Hull by Lisa Mutch, Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker, and two pairs of Lifestyle socks.

The yarn I’ve been using has all been Northbound Knitting, Berry Colorful Yarnings, or Candy Skein, except for that delightful watermelon looking yarn which was hand spun by Weekend Knitter.

I’ve been keeping myself super busy. And I plan on continuing to do so. There are some designs by Meghan Jackson that I’m itching to get at.

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[Photo Courtesy of Alex Tinsley]

Plus, even though I live in San Diego and they is really no need for hats, I am going to knit the Polaris hat by Alex Tinsley for myself. And Lisa Mutch will soon have a new design in the winter issue of Pom Pom Mag called Edda that I’ve decided I DESPERATELY need in my life.

Things have been busy, my darlings. And with Christmas/Festivus right around the corner, I don’t have time to stop!

What have you been working on? Are you planning on knitting for Christmas/Festivus/Winter Holidays?

What A Morning…

28 Jun

You ever get that feeling of “things should be running smoothly and just aren’t”?

I had that feeling this morning.

I’m mentally all over the place. I’ve been doing so many projects that my brain is having a hard time organizing them all. And instead of being sensible, and cataloging everything on Ravelry, I’ve just been churning out projects as quick as I can. Because right now, knitting is the only thing keeping me zen. And I SERIOUSLY need zen right now.

I had been keeping busy by working on a pair of socks for my wonderful, most fantastic, self-proclaimed bitchzilla, & kickass friend, Kim. You know, those Pirate Danger socks I wrote about? Yep. Those are for Kim. And either the pattern directions just don’t make sense to my brain, or I’m an idiot. Either way, the socks are something I’ve kinda been putting off. I have one sock done and part of me just wants to send Kim the one sock with promises that the other will be on it’s way… before the end of the year.

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So I have one of those done. And then I stopped so I could test-knit Heliophysics for the most amazing Meghan Jackson. I had SO much fun with it. I was sad when I had to bind off! (Heliophysics will be available for individual download in October. Right now it is currently a part of the Wrapped Up in Yummy Yarn Club and the pattern is available through the club.)

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And then I wanted MORE Meghan Jackson knits. I couldn’t stop myself. So I am almost done with a top secret test knit for her (as soon as she gives me the ok, I’ll share it with you. I promise!) But here’s where I come back to “things should be running smoothly and just aren’t.” This morning I left the top secret test knit at home. I am about 10 rows away from binding off, and in my hurry to leave this morning, I had boychild throw in a ball of yarn for Kim’s second Pirate Sock (which I figured I could work on AFTER I bound off on the top secret test knit) but completely forgotten that the top secret test knit was not in my purse, that I had taken it out last night.

BAH!

And with the way the weather has been here (HOT), it’s hard to knit at home where there’s no air conditioning and my hands get sweaty and then the yarn gets locked up on my needles (knitters, you know what I’m talking about) and then I throw down the project in frustration and have to make sure to write down SOMEWHERE where I left off, otherwise I am COMPLETELY fucked and have no idea where I stopped knitting.

Things should be running smoothly. And they just aren’t.

And rational people would say “Well, why don’t you work on it tomorrow?” You know what I say to you rational people? Shut Your Fuckin’ Pie Hole! I HAVE A SCHEDULE! I have knitting plans and things that need to get done and if it gets messed up then I feel COMPLETELY disorganized. And right now, my knitting is the only thing in my life that IS organized.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who gets worked up like this. Are you as anal about getting shit done in a timely manner as I am?