Sockapella

No, not the group from Pitch Perfect (although I watched that for the first time this weekend). Hubs and I went to go see Rockapella last night – was it really only last night? Wow – and of course I’d brought my knitting. I got in a few rows before thing settled down.

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We were almost in the last row, but we were in the dead center, so that was good. We’ve seen these guys before and they put on a great show! I grew up watching Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and even though many of the group members are not the same, it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that music like this has outlasted much of the other stuff I listened to growing up. Also, the vocal percussionist complimented my necklace at the CD signing, so. I might have squeed all the way home, you don’t know.

P.S. No worries, we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled lack of posts shortly.

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FO: Pathways

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Pattern: Pathways by Erica Harbin

My Ravelry project page: Here ya go!

Yarn: Tidal Yarns, 48 grams. It doesn’t have much info on the label, and the label is lost on my kitchen table somewhere, but it seems to have been a worsted two-ply. I bought it back in 2010 at Vermont Sheep & Wool.

Timeline: 11.9.14 – ??? (man, I am just really bad at keeping track of finishing things these days)

Needles: US size 6, Magic Loop

Size: indicated in pattern

My Modifications: I think the only thing I didn’t do was read the instructions for the ribbing, so I had to fudge a little in the first row. I Magic Looped with the longest cable in my interchangeable needle set, which was difficult, but doable. I did purchase a longer cable after this knit, though!

Opinions: I had wanted to use old yarn, and 2010 counts for sure! I did want to make a Habitat that fit, but gauge was not in my favor. While watching Once Upon a Time, I really fell in love with all of their knits, and was so excited to find free patterns for many of them. It was a great, easy-to-follow pattern that offers a lot of bang to keep you interested. I would definitely knit it again!

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FO: Christmas Socks

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Pattern: Favorite Socks, by Voolenvine

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the colorway Jingle, 52 grams/approximately 266.7 yards

Timeline: 11.14.14 – ???

Needles: US size 0

Size: 64 stitches

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My Modifications: I did an afterthought heel to preserve the striping. I learned a lot from my last pair of socks. I didn’t micromanage the yarn, and that did lead to a quirky strip on one of the heels, but I don’t care! I also decreased for the heel and then knitted additional plain rounds to try and round it out a bit more. They’re not perfect, but I’m getting there more and more with each pair!

Opinions: Well, so far I’m in the Felici camp. I bought this yarn when I heard it was discontinued, and what a pleasure to knit with! I can’t speak to the sturdiness or washability of the yarn, but it was an enjoyable experience and it was fun to work with self-striping! Would buy again (and did, at the sale, but that’s another blog post …).

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FO: 90s Socks

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Pattern: No specific pattern, just me playing with numbers.

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in the colorway 01 pink/purple, approximately 57 grams/248.5 yards

Timeline: 6.22.14 – 11.14.14

Needles: US size 0

Size: 64 stitches

My Modifications: Well, it’s easy to modify when you aren’t using a specific pattern. There are specific notes on my Ravelry project page, if you’re interested in the scattered thoughts popping around in my brain. I did an afterthought heel as practice, and I’m not completely sold on it yet. I did end up having to rip out the toe and add an additional 18 rows because I don’t math good. (I did learn that I have the skill to pick up the correct stitches and rip back properly, so that’s something.)

Opinions: I spent most of my formative years in the 90s, so when I saw this yarn at my old LYS, I had to buy it. It seems pretty sturdy, and I think it will stand up to wear well. A word of warning: the wash bled HOT PINK. And then some more hot pink. And then pink. And then muted pink. I finally gave up. These will be hand-wash separate for a while.

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FO: Easy Stripey Gauntlets

Pattern: Easy Stripey Gauntlets, included in a kit by Kama Suutra Fiber Arts

Yarn: Kama Suutra Fiber Arts Skinny Stripes in the Lipstick & Leather colorway, approximately 53 grams (I’d love to tell you yardage, but it’s not listed)

Timeline: 5.15.14 – 11.9.14

Needles: US size 2 bamboo circulars, 120 cm long

Size: Sm/M, elbow length

My Modifications: Not many – I followed the pattern for the most part. I think I made the thumb hole a bit smaller than the pattern said as I felt it was pretty big. I edited a few parts in the pattern to make more sense to me, but as it came in a kit, I don’t think it makes much sense to tell you what I did.

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Opinions: I bought this yarn four years ago at the WEBS tent sale – she was a vendor in the parking lot. Four years ago, I totally intended to wear these, but learning how to Magic Loop was intimidating. I finally got around to starting them and realized they’d be much better for someone else, so off they’ve gone.

The yarn is quirky. I don’t quite know how to describe it – it’s almost like it’s got elastic in it and it’s a bit kinked, but it’s 100% superwash merino. It was enjoyable to work with, and I have enough left over to make a few pairs of mitts, which I’ll probably do. The dye job is quite nice, as well, and I don’t remember any significant bleeding.

This is the pattern I taught myself to Magic Loop on, and while it’s not the first project I finished, it remains the first, warts and all. I’m very glad to have added this tool to my toolbox and I use it frequently. I liked having everything in the kit, as well. I will definitely keep an eye out for more of her yarns.

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FO: Thank God it’s Sock Day

Pattern: Thank God it’s Sock Day (clues downloaded individually), Ravelry-only

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the colorway Waterlilies, approximately 51 grams/219.3 yards

Timeline: 5.7.14 – 10.9.14

Needles: US size 0 aluminum DPNs, 5 total

Size: 64 stitches

My Modifications: I used the Twisted German Cast-On over two needles to make sure they were loose enough to fit my calves. When I got to the heel flap, I knit one row plain to get me to the WS. If I knit this pattern again, I would start with the RS for the heel flap. I also misread the toe decreases, so I ended up with  32 stitches – they’re a bit short, but wearable.

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Opinions: I won this yarn in a contest, and wanted to try some more complicated socks. I think I should have let the yarn do the talking, though. I wish now I had made the larger size, as these are so stretched-out on my calves I don’t think they look very good. They are definitely wearable, but I don’t think it was the best yarn/pattern match, and that’s my own fault. The pattern is easy enough to follow, and all mistakes made were my own. I appreciated that it was free, and I would consider using it again with everything I know now.

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The Llama Tamer

You know what throws a cramp in your already-sporadic blog posting style? Moving. Seriously. I have actually finished four projects and one yarn since I’ve moved and I have blogged about exactly one of them. Sometimes I think I should just be crazy and try a quick video podcast, but then I think about how it would be 10 seconds long because normally nothing gets done from week to week, and that would be a pretty boring podcast.

Anyway, case in point is that this picture is from September 5th, and I’m just now posting it. Holding these llamas led to my learning about the spinning guild, and this is also the least-flattering picture of me in the history of pictures of me that I post outside of Facebook.

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Also, I’m not going to lie, the lady thrust the leashes at me and said “hold them” and I was afraid one of them was going to bite me or something. That smile is actually thinly-veiled fear. It’s probably a good thing I just have cats.

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FO: Lilacs for Lila

Pattern: Lilacs for Lila by KnittedBliss (Ravelry download only)

Yarn: Ella Rae Cozy Soft Solids in the colorway 31, approximately 42 grams/89.5 yards

Timeline: 7.16.14 – 9.21.14

Needles: US size 1 Addi Turbo circulars

Size: 6-9 months

My Modifications: Well, I just looooove knitting loosely, so I had to go down 3 needle sizes to get gauge … ugh. I stuck to the pattern, but I misread the sizing once I got to the eyelet rib portion, so that’s a bit longer than it should be. I also made the I-cord with 5 stitches, which makes it a bit more difficult to tie, but I felt it would be sturdier in the long run.

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Opinions: Yes, I had sworn off baby knitting. But when a family member is having the baby, sometimes you just have to suck it up, especially when they specifically ask for a baby hat. This was an enjoyable knit, but the reason it took so long is that I realized I had made it about an inch longer than it was supposed to be, so it languished on the needles — and then I moved. The hat was finished after the baby was born, but that’s why I made it a larger size. Mom loves it, baby looks cute in it, and I have enough yarn left over to make another one — if and only if it’s another family member.

This was my first time making I-cord, so that was interesting. I feel like I don’t quite have the hang of it yet, so it’s a bit loose in the back, but I’m sure I’ll get there. What a pain having to sew the ties on, though.

Also, it is really difficult trying to hold up a teddy bear while trying to take a picture in your awful bathroom light, just fyi.

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StormCoast’s Blue Period

In case you hadn’t figured out yesterday’s brainteaser, I’m going to spell it out for you a la Lady Greenskeins.

What is it with me and blue sock yarn? If the 3/4 examples yesterday didn’t do it for you, may I present:

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Jojoland Melody Superwash, 9/10.

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Colinette Jitterbug, 7/10. (I actually have made socks out of these, in my defense.)

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Dream in Color Smooshy, 3/09.

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Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets Fine Merino, 9/10.

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Fiber Stash Twinkle Toes (in the colorway StormCoast, yee!) 10/13

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The Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors Sock Yarn, 10/11

 

I’m not saying I have a problem, but … I have a problem.

 

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One Of These Things

Is not like the others.

happyfeetPlymouth Happy Feet in the colorway 21 (what a name, eh?)

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Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in Abalone

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Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in Merry Fallmas

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Voolenvine Yarns Lush Fingering in Lady of the Lake

 

Didja figure it out?

 

 

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