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Year in Review Part 1: Socks!

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I guess it’s that time of the year again! I figured I would split my review of the past year into a few smaller, more manageable chunks. Even though I’ve had several weeks of a break, my brain still feels a little fried from that last semester. Hopefully, things will get better soon! I’ll start today with everyone’s favorites, the socks! I honestly thought that I had made more than 6 pairs throughout the year, but I guess I’m wrong. I might consider making that a resolution for next year- knit more socks. Lord knows I have enough sock yarn in my stash!

Starting at the top and going left to right (and newest to oldest), there are the By the Seine River Socks using Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint. I remember modding the pattern to make it top-down, but they still fit like a dream! The stitch pattern isn’t bulky at all, but allows just a bit of breathability. Plus, I still have the other half of this skein, so you better bet there will be another pair in these colors soon!

Next up, there’s the Pillars Socks. These are also in Candy Skein Yummy, although this colorway is Arctic Mint. Somewhere along the line I messed up the stitch pattern a little, but I still think they looks awesome. Plus, this picture totally shows the electric blue of this colorway. Trust me, if you haven’t picked any up yet, you MUST try Candy Skein. The Yummy is her standard wool/acrylic sock yarn blend. It is definitely not the softest sock yarn I’ve worked with, but it is fairly hard wearing the the dye is holding pretty well. Plus, her colors are just out of this world!

I knit these little anklets using the ever-wonderful Knit Picks Felici Self-Striping yarn. I have no idea how they make sock yarn this soft, but it actually came out of the machine looking the same as when it went in! Alas, I sent these on to my sister for a birthday present, so I guess I’m just going to have to add on a skein to my next order ūüôā

Next are my Bubble Stream Socks. I remember this pattern being pretty awesome to knit- very entertaining. Still, I wish that I had added just a few stitches to it, because it does tend to not stretch the way stockinette does, making it a little tighter on my feet. I used the other half of the Candy Skein I mentioned earlier- it does knit into some awesome socks!

My Scrap Socks started as just being a fun way to waste time and use up some scrap yarn, but they did turn out into a pretty nice pair of socks. I love wearing them because they remind me of all of the projects I used the yarn for- even the gifts!

Finally, I started out the year with a pair of simple anklets using the rest of my Twilight Knits Superwash Merino Fingering Weight in the Duchess colorway. The first pair had faded a lot with some pretty heavy wear, but these haven’t yet. I just love those bright colors so much! And these are short enough that pretty much no one notices them, which means I can wear them whenever!

That’s it for now! Tomorrow I have a HUGE blog week(s) in review to share, plus I’ll show off my finished accessories from this year. Let’s get excited!

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FO Friday: Pillars Socks

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I finally managed to finish my pillars socks! I used just over 50g of some leftover Candy Skein Yummy (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon) in the electric blue “Arctic Mint” colorway. Can I just repeat how much I love Tami over at Candy Skein’s colors? They are always beautiful. The base for yummy is definitely intended for socks, however. It’s hard and just a teeny bit crunchy. While that doesn’t make it the most pleasant yarn to work with, I don’t think I’ll see any wholes in these socks anytime soon. It’s a bit of a toss-up, but one that probably won’t keep me from ordering from her in the future.

Artsy tilted shot.

I converted the socks from a cuff-down pattern to a toe up for a couple of reasons. First, I love toe-up, and pretty much have the toe and heel parts memorized, which, to be honest, is about all you need a pattern for beyond the stitch pattern. Second, this was the second half of a skein of yarn, and I wanted to use almost all of it. I succeeded there- I maybe, maybe have 2 yards left. Yeah!

Socks!

Unfortunately, I am not completely sure that I’m sold on the stitch pattern. It might have been the toe-up conversion, or I might have just not done the stitch pattern properly. I just think that it doesn’t exactly match the neatness of the socks in the picture. This probably would have been something to investigate a little more BEFORE I started working on the socks, but who has time for that when you JUST HAVE TO CAST ON. In the end, they were fun to knit, and it’s not like anyone is going to spend enough time staring down at my socks to notice that it doesn’t look completely right. Maybe blocking will help? I don’t normally block my socks, just wear them for a while and then wash. That’s something to consider!

Close up of the stitch pattern.

For more FO Fridays, check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed: Still working on the socks

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I am so close to almost being finished with these socks that it’s not even funny. I literally have 9 rows of 1×1 ribbing and a sewn bind-off left. That’s maybe an hour of work. I can feel it. It’s going to happen. By the way, they’re Pillars Socks made in Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, converted to Toe-Up.

Ok, I’ll admit it: this is the first sock. The second one is downstairs by the TV. So far away!

I also put some time into my Zest Cardigan yesterday. In the morning, I stopped by Hancock Fabric for buttons. Did I mention to you guys that Hancock is around the corner from my apartment. It’s a good thing that the best yarn they have is Wool-Ease, or I would be stopping there every morning on my walks. In the end, I decided on cheap (really cheap- 70 cents for 6) black buttons. They blend really well with the sweater and are light enough to not warp the fingering weight lace at all, which is pretty good.

Buttons!

I tried to make afterthought buttonholes, tried being the operative word. I don’t know how well they’ll hold… I followed a couple of tutorials that I found after a google search. I had looked in a couple of the knitting encyclopedias in the library (you know, the ones that are so big they would probably make a shelf collapse), and they had surprisingly little information about them. Even Principles of Knitting didn’t have more than a short entry. Still, I think they ended up working out. I’ll make sure to get pictures for Friday!

Buttonholes. I’m afraid they’re growing…

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed.: Footy Fever

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I can’t believe that it’s been a week since my last post. I have absolutely no excuse: I haven’t been that busy, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, etc. I SHOULD have been posting. Oh well, all’s well that ends well.

As far as my Zest Cardigan goes, it’s still sitting in a corner, mostly finished. I even wove all of my ends in! I still need to solve the button problem, however. I don’t have any buttons yet, and I’m afraid to get any until I figure out how I want to do it. The pattern calls for a couple of button loops around the top so the sweater can flare out, but I usually don’t really like that look. Plus, I went up a size, so there’s considerably more ease then I think the designer intended. I am considering doing afterthought buttonholes so I can wear it like a regular, button-up cardigan. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint

In the mean time, I seem to have caught sock fever. I finished my striped socks last Saturday, and immediately started looking for another sock pattern to pair with stash yarn. After settling on my leftover skein of Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, I browsed through the sock patterns in my ravelry¬†queue. By the way, did you know that you can organize your queue by tags? I’ve done it so that I have separate¬†lists for socks, things I want, and present ideas. It made life a lot easier!

Pillars Socks

From that list, I picked out the Pillars Socks. Of course, me being me, I had to convert it to toe-up, which I think may have messed with the design. Or maybe it’s just how I knit. But as I almost finish the first sock, I keep thinking to myself that I would have been much better off with another pattern, maybe these. Anyway, here’s my goal: without stopping, I am going to finish this pair of socks. I will not rip. I will not be disenchanted. It will happen, and then I will move on to the pattern that I want. I promise!

I dunno. I just think it looks a little…strange.

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

Blog Week in Review and a FO!

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Just as I predicted, I grafted the toes on my socks together this morning. I don’t have much to say for them, other than the fact that they’re made from Candy Skein Yummy¬†in the Arctic Mint colorway (that was the January colorway of the month) using the Bubble Stream pattern. I just love them, and they fit really, really well. Since I don’t have too much to say, why don’t you look at the pictures in between all my featured blogs. Sound good?

One sock, two sock, red sock, blue sock!

Can you guys tell that my brain is a little fried right now? I gave myself most of yesterday evening and this morning off after finishing a pretty rough paper, but now I’m back into the groove of another one. I don’t think my brain actually had time to recover…right now I’m up in the attic lounge of my dorm. Considering how busy our library gets during finals, I figured it would be my best chance of getting a whole table to myself. Judging from the fact that the other two tables are occupied by one guy eating Qdoba while studying and another person who is taking his afternoon nap with his head on his textbook, I don’t think I’m wrong.

From the side. I know it looks like it is slouching a little, but I think it’s just how I’m pointing my foot.

And now, before I forget, Blog Week in Review! I’m going to keep this pretty brief, because I do have to pick a couple of books up from the library today and my battery is at about 20% power.

First up, the Yarn on the House’s finished Flukra shawl is everything that lace should be: light, airy, intricate, beautiful. I could go on and on, but you should really check it out yourself!

Next, Peacefully Knitting’s Cotton Raglan Cardigan looks like a perfect cover-up for cool spring and summer nights. I’m a little jealous about her seasonal correctness: I can’t ever seem to finish pieces in time to ACTUALLY use them for the right season. This year, I vow to knit a pair of mittens BEFORE it gets cold. Promise!

Looking down from above. Artsy!

Knit York City just made a Pomme de Pin Cardigan, which I actually really like. The light-weight lace with long sleeves would probably have been perfect for the weather here a couple of weeks ago. Woops.

Learner’s Per-Knit is showing off a finished pair of jay-walkers. I know just about everyone in the world has done this pattern, but I can’t seem to get enough of looking at it. Plus, her yarn choice is really perfect, and if Blue Hands Fibers wasn’t out of business I would probably be browsing their online shop right now.

Now I look like a ballet dancer!

Well, that’s it for me! Mr. Nappy in the corner just woke up, so I guess that is my cue to try and get out of here. If you would also like to participate in my Blog Week in Review, PLEASE click on the Mr. Linky below and add your blog. I would love to see it, and I bet other people would, too!

Guess what came in the mail today?

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So, early this morning I FINALLY got an email that there would be a package waiting for me at our campus post office. I got my slip, waited in line for a long, long time, and finally got this:

Super apologies for the lighting; it doesn't matter that it is 2:00, it's still winter!

It is a skein of the Yummy Series (75% Merino Superwash/ 25% Nylon) Sock Yarn from Candy Skein. Tami, who does the WIP Wed and FO Friday links, is the magician behind candy skein. When I saw the January Sock Club colorway, Arctic Mint, I simply fell in love with it, and when I heard her sale promotion on the Playful Day Podcast, I couldn’t resist. The yarn is a lot softer than some of the others that I’ve tried, and it doesn’t have that superwash feel. By that alone, I would really consider making a lace scarf out of it instead of socks…but the colors are so, so vibrant that I’m afraid that it might be too bright for a scarf. Even so, I’m sure to get at least one pair of rocking socks out of this! It really is a fantastic yarn, priced very reasonably. I’m sure I’ll go back to Tami for another colorway sometime soon.

Sleevies

Besides the new yarn, not much has been going on. I’m still working on re-knitting the first sleeve of my Rocky Coast Cardigan, but progress has been slow. I’ve just discovered that I’m going to have four papers due in the week before Spring Break, so I’m going to get started on that. On top of the usual madness, I’m a member of my Hall Council, which is like Student Government for the dorm, and the shit has really hit the fan there. I’m supposed to be planning a big event on Sunday, but none of the executive board has offered to help me out, which is making it really, really difficult. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull it off! And even if I don’t, I have plenty of yarn to console me ūüôā

It's starting to look like a cardigan!

Now, I’m finally going to go a week back and reveal the winners of my contest! Katie guessed correctly: I do go to the College of William and Mary. Katie, if you check your email, you’ll see one from me! I’ve included a promo code to get a free pattern from my design shop on ravelry. As a heads up to you and everyone, I’ll have at least two new patterns out by the end of the month, so you might not want to cash it in right away…