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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 🙂

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: Striped Anklets

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From the top, tucked under a pair of jeans

This pair of socks pretty much flew off the needles in under a week, they were so addictive. I used just one 50g skein of Knit Picks Felici (75% Merino, 25% Nylon) in the Moonlight Colorway. It was definitely an odd combination, but I think it ended up working out. The yarn is incredibly soft, and I absolutely love that. On the other hand, I don’t think the stripes are exactly uniform- some colors seem a little bit shorter then others. In the long run, that’s not a big deal, but it is something to consider if you’re thinking about some stripey socks.

The second sock

Interestingly, my second sock ended up starting out in a different spot then the first sock, so the colors are different. Still, considering how eclectic the colors are, I don’t think it takes too much away from the overall feel of the pair. I am considering giving these to my sister for her birthday. I gave her a pair in stroll (which is nowhere near as soft) a couple of years ago, and she says she basically only wears those around the house, so I figure that a pair as soft as these will also make great house socks. And that way, I can work on other pairs for myself!

See- the sequence is really off.

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

Wip Wed: Olympics Edition

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mmmm

I have something pretty stupid to admit to you guys: I just spent an hour and a half in a doctor’s office, and I did not bring a single thing to do. Not the book that I just picked up from the library or the second sock that I have just started. Nothing. And what is even worse? After waiting that long, I literally saw the doctor for a grand total of 3 minutes when he renewed my prescription. It was just a horrible way to spend a morning. In consolation, I stopped at Dunkin on the way back and bought an unreasonably large Medium iced coffee (coupon for any coffee for $1!) and will enjoy it for the next couple of hours 🙂

Zest

After giving the coffee a couple of minutes to set in, I began the process of taking all of the pins and wires out of my sweater and picking it up off of my blocking mats. I’ve been watching the Olympics (women’s gymnastics on the floor, volleyball, and everything nice in life) while sewing up the side seams. I was going to continue to do the button loops, except I just remembered that I HAVEN’T BOUGHT ANY BUTTONS. I’ll have to find some- probably something really simple to not take anything away from the wonderful lace. Maybe in white? Would that pop too much? What do you guys think? I’m always really hesitant when I pick out buttons.

Striped Socks

Also, remember those socks that I cast on while the sweater was blocking? Well, I finished the first one in a record two days (admittedly, they’re only anklets and I’ve spent plenty of time glued to the TV) and I will probably start the next one soon. I’m going up to school with my mom to check out some things in the apartment, so that’s 2 hours of knitting time in the car, and probably more from traffic.

Cast On Monday

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Over the weekend, something magical happened. On Sunday afternoon I finished the yoke that would never end. I was so excited by this, that (after awkwardly trying on the unblocked lace sweater which was, of course, too small) I blocked my Zest Cardigan right away. Go me!

closer up

You may notice that one of the sleeves is shorter than the other one. I’m a little concerned by this- they both used the same amount of repeats, but something about the angle of how I was blocking them on the floor made it a lot harder to get length out of one than the other. We’ll see what happens when they’re finished- I can always re-block it!

Just a toe

In order to give my hands something to do while the Olympics are on and the sweater is still blocking, I’ve just cast on a quick pair of socks. This is just the beginning of a toe. I only have one skein of Knit Picks Felici, so I guess they’ll just be anklets. Although with my small feet, they’ll probably go up past my shoes a little.

Felici, already halved

Felici is an incredibly soft self-striping sock yarn. I just looked at the label, and it’s 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, so that explains it. I’m using the Moonlit colorway, which is stripes of purple, violet, blue, teal, and lime green. I have no idea how it will look, so it’s probably best that they will be safely tucked into my socks! I took the time to half the skein with my teeny-tiny yarn scale. The measurements aren’t exact (there’s one ball of 25.1g and one of 24.3g), but it will probably be a good indicator of when to stop. In any case, I’m using the smaller ball first, so I won’t have to do too much ripping!

Locke St. Cardigan pt. 1

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So how did you like that quick succession of designs? I hope you guys go try some out. Remember, the Kaylee hat will only be free until the end of the week, although the Twist and Slouch hat will be free forever!

So what have I been working on in the mean time? Well, there’s a secret project that I can’t really tell you about, so I’ll show you something else…

Swatchy...and I actually washed and blocked it BEFORE I measured!

That’s my swatch. What is it for? Well, it’s the Locke St. Cardigan. Knitting to Stay Sane put this pattern out a couple of weeks ago, and judging by the fact that I keep going back to the ravelry page and staring at it, I think it’s a keeper!

a nice, heathered dark green. I don't think it's too dark to see all of the nice detailing, though.

I grabbed 15 skeins of Swish DK in Forest Heather from Knit Picks, and it came in really, really quickly. They were having a sale on the bags of 10 skeins, so I had to grab one of those and then get 5 separate. I probably should have just sprung out a couple more dollars for a whole nother bag. I would have most definitely used it the extra at some point, and then my yarn would all be from the same dye lot. Although the numbers are very different, I haven’t been able to tell the difference, so hopefully you won’t be able on the finished cardigan, either. In the end, I’m pretty happy with my yarn choice. Even though the Swish is superwash wool, you wouldn’t know it with the feel. It’s very soft, and I’m pretty happy with that!

sleeve! Sorry it's upside down, the light was...backwards

While the pattern for the Cardigan is…long…I printed it all off. That way, it’s much easier to knit while watching TV on my computer. It is definitely a very complicated pattern, so I’m very glad that I did. Luckily, she starts with the sleeves. I think that’s a pretty good idea- it’s like dipping your toe into the shallow end of the pool! Plus, I won’t have that time when I feel like I’m almost finished with the sweater and then end up astounded that it takes so long to do the sleeves.

I don’t envision this pattern going very quickly. Between the crazy cableing and DK yarn it will definitely be a long-term project. That might be what I need right now. I have been stress-knitting a lot, so I need something that I won’t burn through very quickly. Hopefully, though, I’ll have some progress to show you this Wed. It might be a quick post- although the stress is high, the time for knitting and posting is not. Sorry!

Technically, the colorway is moonlight or something like that. I think I'm changing the name to Birthday Party!

And, by the way, I wanted to show you the other thing that came from Knit Picks. I grabbed a skein of self-striping Felici Sock Yarn. It’s surprisingly soft, and I’ve been coveting other people’s striped socks for a while. I bet this is gonna make a fantastic pair…eventually!