Socks – and then some…

I have yet to complete a pair of socks...er even one sock...but I am going to finish my sweater - hopefully before the weekend is over.

I wanted to share this blog that is full of fun patterns and mad skill. Today the focus happens to be sock construction...and I will be revisiting this after my sweater is complete.

Just so you have a fun photo to view this is another holiday gift that I knit up for Simon's 2nd grade teacher - Mrs. Rothwell - whom he loves dearly. And I love this boy dearly...my little potato.

Simon's Scarf Gift

I knit this from some local yarn - made in Corvallis - Mountain Colors is the brand and boy is it colorful. It was a fun project - I knit most of this scarf in the hospital (doula-ing) while the little nugget below was being born.

adam

His mama was my yarn bomb buddy.

Here is a pretty cake of Mountain Colors yarn - which I will most definitely be using again.

Mountain Colors Mama Loves Knitting Mama Loves Knitting

Happy Knits.

 

Yarn Cubby

Yarn Cubby

So I've never been the girl with 25 pairs of shoes...but boy did I find a way to fill this puppy up. I'm going to do whatever I possibly can to just keep my yarn in ONE of these and not go and get myself a second one. I best get to knitting! It is a shoe rack I found at Lowe's in an attempt to find some shelving for my store. I stared at it for a bit and realized it would be the most perfect new home for all of my tasty yarn. I love being able to look at it and not have it buried at the bottom of a basket that I must dig through for inspiration. When I placed each skein/hank in its new home yesterday I was thinking about what I might use each of them for...so I've got all kinds of new project ideas up my sleeve. I'm thinking some felting is right around the corner.

Rainbow Blanket

In the meantime however, I'm still plugging away, when I have idle time, on this colorful blanket. I think I've finally decided that indeed it will be a blanket and I don't think it will be much longer before I've used up the entire ball of yarn. My pattern (or lack there of) is just to knit, knit, knit creating a simple garter stitch throughout. I like to throw in some flavor every now and then with a few rows of knit two, purl two (k2, p2) making a ribbed pattern. I don't have much of a rhyme or reason to when I add these "special rows" but I try and fold the blanket over to see if it is time for another row or three of variation.

Hiding

I asked a special someone to cozy up in the blanket this morning for a little photo shoot and this is what I got out of the deal. I was feeling a bit worried that the blanket wasn't going to be wide enough but it seems to be just right for a 3 year old. Gussy asked me if it was for him on Sunday, "Mama is that for me? It is so cute!"

Peek Closed Eyes

He told me the blanket matched his arm warmers this morning. "How did you do that Mama?"

Well Goo - I did it on size 11 single pointed needles with a giant ball of variegated yarn!

Cozy Sock Yarn

I'll leave you with a pretty view of some of the skeins of sock yarn that were gifted to me by my parents this past week when they visited. My collection really skyrocketed when they came to see us. Look at how nicely they fit right in their little cubby. Thanks for my bag full of birthday yarn Dad and Jan! I'm still in the same place with my socks that I was a few weeks ago, I'm the kind of girl that likes to keep my options wide open and I like to have at least 3 knitting projects going at once - I also like to be reading a few books at once to appease whatever mood I might be in.

I hope the next time I share something I'll be done with my blanket and started on a brand new project. I'm close...so I don't doubt it. Happy Knitting!

Weekend of Inspiration

Great Aunt Jean

We spent our weekend in Coeur D'Alene, ID with my sweet Great Aunt and Uncle. Now here is a master knitter! She's 86 years old so doesn't really do much knitting anymore, it makes her fingers go numb, but she's got a lot of experience under her belt so during our visit I asked questions and wished the entire time that she lived closer (not just for knitting assistance of course). Our visit was sweet, my little boys got to spend some time with who they called Grandpa and Grandma. "I want to go back to Grandpa and Grandma's house." I mean they are Grandma and Grandpa after all, just not ours...but we like to take as many as we can get our hands on.

So I've got a few different projects in my bag these days, Aunt Jean is holding one of them above. She was teaching me how to increase and yo (yarn over). I don't know how to do either of them and I wish I'd had a video camera...maybe I'll have to take a trip back soon for another "lesson." The project above is something - not sure what yet - I'm thinking a baby blanket. That is just a side project though, nothing too challenging just something to keep my hands busy when I want to turn my brain off.

sock start

This is the real project right now. I am attempting some socks for the first time. So here is the start on size 2 dpns (double pointed needles - look at that lingo!) or as Grandma refers to them "toothpicks". This sock yarn is so pretty though. Thanks Jan! It is Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Sock Weight. 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon and so soft.  The color on the label is Indigo and I'm just following the pattern inside the sock yarn label. I'll share when I'm done. It is just a tiny taste of my birthday present that I mentioned previously (40 ish skeins of yarn coming in about 3 weeks).

I wished I'd been to the heel so I could get some assistance, but this is about all the further I made it while we were visiting.  According to Great Aunt Jean the hardest part is the heel, that reinforcement. Hopefully I actually finish this pair of socks, I know now why people buy their socks, and don't knit them.

my first sock

Oh and I knit inside out for some reason? I don't know what the deal is? So the reverse of this sock looks much better, but I didn't take a photo of it for some reason? I'll flip it when I'm ready to do the heel. I'm hoping one day I'll have something that somewhat resembles Great Aunt Jean's socks.

GA Jean's Socks

These are some socks she knitted herself (just one pair of about a million) using variegated yarn. She's made argyles and all different kinds, she had a few examples to show me, along with probably 20 sweaters that she made for her grandchildren years ago (all of them amazingly beautiful)! So we had a really sweet visit and I was definitely inspired.

Oh and we stopped at several thrift shops, and at one hit the jackpot, tons of old knitting pattern books, 25 cents a piece! I am making a sweater next. Aunt Jean told me I should have probably started with a sweater...she thinks that would've been easier than socks.

Sock Close

Hopefully I'll have a photo like this, of a sock I've knitted myself, very soon! Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!

The Final Ribbed Hat

New Hat

At least for a bit. I will try and ease my desire to make another one. They are pretty darn fun to make, but I need to branch into something new. I'm thinking socks, mittens or toys. Knowing me I'll probably start with toys. Easter is coming so I'd like to fill baskets with knitted treasures - maybe some knitted sheep, bunnies and chickens. Fun!

Hat In Progress

This variegated yarn I fell in love with in Loopy I got a gift certificate from my good friend and used it promptly...how can a girl deny herself some yarn for free? It is Rowan Colourscape Chunky Yarn by Kaffe Fassett. It is 100% Lambswool, from England. It has to be hand washed and cannot be dried (which might be obvious). The color listed on the label is just Colourscape 0440. It was the yarn pictured in my post beside the bottle of bourbon, so I started working on this hat at Elkhorn Hot Springs. I couldn't finish until my double pointed needle collection arrived, I was using some size 10 circular needles, on loan from a friend, and didn't have the double pointed size 10 needles to finish my hat. Well they came in the mail, and upon using them for the very first time I got a sliver, kind of a drag, but I guess you get what you pay for. Luckily they are under warranty for a year so a new set is being shipped on Monday. They are U-nitt needles, just FYI. I was only using them to decrease the top of my hat - so I used them for about 1/2 hour and that was it. So that was a bit disappointing - but I did finish my hat! Oh and the pattern I used was just the same as I've been using for all of my ribbed hats, I just knit 2, purl 2 the entire way around. I can't remember how many I cast on with at the beginning, I want to say like 88? I just checked and it was 88. I might have actually done a little bit less if I had it to do over, but it fits alright. I just like hats to be nice and snug to keep my ears warm.

Top View HatSide HatTop Hat

This yarn had some variation in thickness so you can see it some holes - or what looks like some holes. I mean I'm not saying I'm a perfect little knitter heh...because I'm obviously not...but the yarn was to blame for some of the imperfections, but I think that actually gives the hat some more character, and I still love this yarn so much!

Just a few more photos and I'll sign off.

Another View HatFront View MamaFinal View

Look at that pretty color variation. Not sure who this hat is for, I thought it would be for me, we'll see...maybe someone special will get it, for now, I'll be the model. Something new and exciting to come soon.

We got our chickens a year ago for August's birthday, but they arrived two days early, so their birthday is really three days before Gus's...but for Gussy's birthday we had a coop building party, so in turn our chicken birthday is rapidly approaching. The kids already decided we are making them a special birthday cake, maybe Mama will knit something special to coincide.
Ooh and I have a whole mess of wool sock yarn on the way from Grandma Jan as a really early birthday gift. Yay!

My Boys - Ribbed Hats

Happy Knitting!