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Waffle House Socks [February Socks Part Three]

18 Mar


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


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!

February Socks [Part One]

18 Feb


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?

Cranberry Socks

15 Jan


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!

New Years Resolutions

3 Jan

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!


Zen Knits

11 Dec

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?

I’m In Love… An Interview With Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting

19 Jun

I don’t review things I don’t like and lie to my readers, pretending I like things I really don’t. And I don’t go on and on about people/things/yarns/patterns that I don’t absolutely fucking adore. Case in point – I absolutely adore Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting. Her designs are amazing, her yarns are exquisite, and she is an absolute joy to know. So when I found out she had two new designs coming out, I really felt like it was time to re-interview her and see what was going on with one of my favorite people in the Knitting World.

Everlong Legwarmers by Lisa Mutch

Everlong Legwarmers by Lisa Mutch

Miss Vicious Knits: Where is your yarn being sold?
Lisa Mutch: As of right now, besides the nbk Etsy shop, nbk yarns are being sold at Lettuce Knit in Toronto, Canada, Jules Wollshop in Bielefeld, Germany, Yarnaholic  in Chiba-ken, Japan, Meadow Yarn in Suffolk, UK, and in the US at In The Loop in Norfolk, MA and Do Ewe Knit in Hoboken, NJ.

MVK: What are some description words for these new patterns?
LM: uhm…descriptive words for my designs are always kinda the same. Simple, geometric, bold…..that sounds like such a shit answer though.

MVK: Any new color ways coming out?
LM: Yes, always new colourways coming out! Every month I release a new colourway for the nbk yarn club but also try to add new colourways to the updates when I can.

MVK: How do you keep coming up with these patterns? What inspires you?
LM: I have so many design ideas, I just can’t seem to knit them fast enough!  I don’t know exactly where they come from but usually stem from an idea for something I would want to wear. I’m very particular with my clothing and shawls and often will look at patterns but can never find exactly what I have in mind. So I just create it myself.

Nazar Shawl by Lisa Mutch

MVK: How do you manage your time? You’re ridiculously busy but still manage to design, dye, take care of two kids, and knit for yourself!
LM: How do I manage my time? Good question! I am slightly obsessive with list making and being very organized. Every day I follow my to-do list and try to be as time-effective as I possibly can be, while still spending quality time with my children and saving a little bit of time for myself every day. Usually in the evening, after the kids are in bed is my quiet, alone time. And chances are you can find me knitting, having a glass of wine then.

MVK: Who are designers/dyers that you look up to?
LM:  There are lots of dyers and designers that I like but honestly, I try not to pay too much attention to what everyone else is doing. And that makes me sound like a snob, which I’m not. [MVK NOTE: It’s true, she’s not!]

Nazar by Lisa Mutch

Nazar by Lisa Mutch

MVK: What do you have on  the needles right now?
LM: Right now I’m working on a few new designs. A merino/silk dk cowl, an alpaca/silk/cashmere shawl and a few other ideas I’m swatching for.

MVK: We’re halfway through 2013. Did you have a knitting goal for the year? Have you achieved it?
LM: I don’t really set out knitting goals for myself, I just knit.

Nectar, Oleander, Medusa, Sapphire, and Nocturne

Nectar, Oleander, Medusa, Sapphire, and Nocturne

MVK: What should we be looking for from you over the next six months?
LM:  I don’t have anything exciting coming up soooo……yarn fiber and knitting patterns?

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Gelato socks by Chrissy Gardiner using Nocturne by Lisa Mutch

MVK: Every knitter has a “DUH” moment with a knitting project. Tell us bout one of your funniest knitting adventures.
LM:  I have been thinking hard about this one, but can’t come up with anything! I’m so boring.

MVK: You’re becoming rather larger (and, you know, a “big deal”) How does that make you feel?
LM: Haha, I don’t know about a ‘big deal’ but you’re right, things are steadily getting busier and busier over at chez nbk and to be honest, it’s so flattering for me. To think that so many people all around the world are knitting designs I’ve created or knitting with yarn I’ve dyed, is amazing. I feel very lucky, grateful and proud of all the recognition and positive feedback I’ve received from so many people.

Gelato socks by Chrissy Gardiner using Nocturne by Lisa Mutch

Gelato socks by Chrissy Gardiner using Nocturne by Lisa Mutch


Lisa’s newest designs are a comfy pair of legwarmers called Everlong and a beautiful shawl named Nazar and they’re coming out soon!

In the next week or so I plan on posting interviews with the amazing Ruth Garcia-Alcantud of Rock and Purl and Miss Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots. There are many designers and dyers of the knitting world that I think my readers should be exposed to. And these are just two out of many! If you could ask any designer/dyer any question, who would you ask and what would it be?