Second Pair of Striping Socks Finished

DSCN4113  Finished kitchnering the toe shut when I got home tonight so my second pair of socks is now finished and I can get both pairs off in the mail to Mom.  She’ll have warm toes soon.  But two pairs of socks in ten days is pretty darn speedy knitting for me. But the thicker yarn and larger needles helped speed that along compared to the yarn/needles I usually use.

This brings my yarn used tally up to 1886 yards so far this year.  You can see all the yarny projects finished so far this year by clicking the yarn stash button in the sidebar.  All small projects but I’ve got some big ones I hope to finish soon.

Now I can get back to my striping project for Loopy Academy, which is about half done, and the sweaters in various stages of completion, and my wiggle wrap.   I still have one more Loopy Academy project for this semester to do, a slip stitch project, but I’m undecided on yarn so haven’t ordered anything for it yet.  I’m planning on making  From Russia With Wool.  I’ve made several projects using this designer’s patterns and love each one of them.

 

Today’s sewing

DSCN4111Instead of working on the quilt on my design wall, or layering the quilt I need to get quilted – I veered off in another direction.  I’ve been contemplating the PatchKats BOM and thinking about changing a few things in it and decided I wanted to see how a block looked sewn up, if I could get a Kat out of a FQ, etc.  So I decided I’d stitch up a Kat, but then as I was cutting it, decided a whole row of Kats is better than one Kat right?   So I stitched together a test row.  Other than forgetting to  reverse one Kat’s tail section and having to redo it, this is simple sewing.  It took longer to cut out the various fabrics than to stitch them up.

Fabric Stashbusting

While I don’t have anything quite finished to top stage to add into my stash report (should get a top finished by next week tho), I did have a friend shop the stash for a project so there’s about 3 yards less in the stash.  That makes the tally as of today:

Fabric purchased year to date:             9.0 yards (Kona fqs)

Fabric used year to date:                         24.5 yards

Net stash used:                                             15.5 yards

Today will be spent sewing in my jammies I think – I’ve cranked up the heat so the sewing room warms up, it’s in the single digits outside  — all the more reason to stay inside and sew.

 

Saturday Fun

Today was a fun day catching up with an old friend, who also used to be a coworker, who I have been friends with for more years than I can count.  We were both in our early 20s when we met and I still laugh about the fact that the first day of work when I met her (she was working at the law office prior to my starting) she report to another soon to become good friend “well, she looks normal.”  ROFLOL  Seriously – if you knew either of them, they should not be deciding who is normal and who is not.  But, anyway, years ago she wanted to learn to quilt.  So we’d get together, she’d prick a project, and I’d teach her how to make it.    She recently asked if we could do that again — she is not nearly as “handicraft impaired” as she was back then :-) and so today we headed off so she could buy fabric for her project.  She still had the pattern of something she had made way back when (probably 20 years ago since her oldest daughter is in college and she didn’t have children way back when we initially did this).   So several hours later, her project is all cut out, we laughed and talked and caught up on things – so a great way to spend a wintery Saturday.  She’ll be back next Saturday so she can start sewing.  It’s so much more fun to have a sewing buddy and actually makes me get in the sewing room (which I did tidy so we could actually work in there — not spotless but then it never is spotless for long anyway).  She needs to make two of the project she is making so I sent her stash shopping for her second one.  Her homework is to cut out the second one on her own.

While she was cutting, I worked on a quilt design I needed to do some changing on and then started sewing again on my Moda Because of the Brave challenge quilt.

DSCN4108 I got two more rows of blocks sewn together.  In the photo, the left half of the quilt is all stitched together, and then there are two single rows that I just finished, and I’ve pulled down pieces from the last two rows to keep stitching on.  So I think I’ll continue sewing on my own for a bit and see if I can’t at least get the rest of the blocks sewn into their rows.

 

As for the second pair of socks for Mom – yesterday morning I had turned the heel.  Last night I was able to finish off the heel gusset and get a bit more than half of the foot done.  I should be able to cast this one off tonight and start on the second sock.

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Knitter’s Gifts – From Head to Toe – the final installment

head to toe 76x96  Since I’m going to be busy tomorrow morning, I loaded up the final instructions for this project tonight so they are now available to download.

 

The final border which, if we are keeping in the “knitting” context, resembles a row of garter stitch or, in the quilting context, is made up of a whole heap of drunkard’s path blocks.  Now occasionally in EQ I draw a quilt design that looks great as an image but may not necessarily be easy to piece.  So I did actually test out these pieces since most drunkard’s path block sections I’ve made in the past were larger.   I’m happy to report that while I consider a drunkard’s path block putzy (no matter what the size of it – due to clipping one piece and having to pin each end) my two tester blocks went together very nicely.

 

Here’s the test blocks I made.

I just grabbed two fabrics off the top of a stack near me to try them. I was especially curious about the block on the right which is used only four times – once in each corner.  I’d never pieced one like that before and it was no more difficult than the block on the left.

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Sigh… yet another project (in addition to my Dog Pound Pals) that I need to get moving on and get finished since I still need to make some of the center quilt blocks.

 

And more speedy stripes on the needles

DSCN4106 I found more of the same type of sport weight yarn I used for Mom’s first pair of striped stocks in the stash so these are Mom’s Striped Socks Revisited.

I started them last night and just got the heel turned while sipping my morning coffee.

I took the day off work and have much to accomplish and a busy weekend ahead so enough knitting for now and on to the list of things I need to get done.   My Hobbit Shoes have come in very handy  – they are keeping my feet toasty warm as the zero degrees temp (it was minus 11 yesterday when I went to the bus stop so heat wave to zero today so far) – but those cold temps are sure making the floors around here cold – not a problem with my Hobbit Shoes tho.  I’m thinking I need to make a wild colored or maybe striped pair next, or maybe add some stranded colorwork.

 

My sweaters haven’t progressed much since last week.  The sweater vest is actually blocked and I think after being on the blocking boards all week, the pieces are certainly dry and I can clear all that away – just haven’t had time.  The other two sweaters were set aside while I worked on socks but I’ll get back at them in the next day or two.  I told myself I must finish the pieces for my CF Deep Winter KAL sweater and get the CF Featherweight finished before I start on the next sweater.

I came across the Winter Weeds Cardigan pattern on Ravelry yesterday.  I love the detail on the back of it.  What a great way to add interest to a plain sweater.   I won’t be making that exact sweater — I prefer seamed sweaters and regular sleeves rather than raglan — so I’ll generate a CustomFit sweater  and then incorporate the design on the back into it.  I just think it’s so pretty.  If you look at the project pages for that sweater, there’s a yellow one I absolutely love – I love yellow and the design really pops on the back.

As for my Knitting from the Stash,   you can see the finished projects at that link — a whole three of them now for 2015 so far but more to be added very soon — and as you can see from the numbers below — even with my yarn purchases for the first two Loopy Academy projects this semester (and only one of those projects done so far), I have still knit more than I have purchased.

Stash Yarn knit up to date:  1476

Yarn added to Stash to date:  1380 

Okay – I must get busy around here.  Check out all the other items on the needles at Judy’s (who I emailed about that Winter Weeds Cardigan and she loved too so she just might need to buy more yarn too) ;-)

 

Speedy Stripes

DSCN4104  Mom’s Striped Socks  were the speediest socks I’ve knit.  Too bad I don’t have more sport weight yarn for socks but then since I don’t wear socks that thick it wouldn’t do me any good anyway. :-)  But boy were they a fast knit.  I was afraid I’d run out since I made the legs a bit longer than I usually do but no shortage of yarn.  Four days from cast on to finish.

And finish number two for 2015 and some yarn used to add to that stash knitting tally.

Speedy striped socks

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It’s amazing how much faster sport weight yarn and a slightly larger needle can knit up socks in record time.  I started this one late yesterday afternoon and just have to stitch shut the toe and bury the ends.

These will be for Mom.  Don’t know if she’ll be able to wear them as regular socks since they are thicker than fingering weight but if know, she’ll have a new pair of bed slippers to keep her feet warm that are thicker than the ones she uses now.

The stripes remind me of Easter egg colors.  The yarn is Online Supersocke 6-fach in Vegas-Color.  Now to kitchner that toe shut and the cast on the second one.  And where did that yarn come from — yes it’s from the stash!  I need to go pull out a fingering weight hank or two in more sedate colors to make her a couple more pairs.  I started one pair, using the Nine to Five pattern which I’ve made several times and for some reason I grabbed the wrong size needles so they are smaller than I like and tho I usually knit somewhat loosely, the yarn I was using for those is really wool and I think it’s just the drag as it slides across itself that is making my knitting so tight.  I got about 4″ of the leg done and the next day my hands hurt like crazy.  Hate to waste what I already knit but those are getting ripped back for sure and I think that yarn will just be a pair of vanilla socks on larger needles.

I’m not sure if I even completed a pair of socks last year (I started several) so I think I’m way ahead in the sock department – or will be since I hope to have these done by the weekend.

Hobbit Shoes

My Hobbit Shoes were dry this a.m. and couldn’t wait to try them on.

DSCN4101They are the perfect fit!  And oh so warm, even after I stepped out onto the cement outside my door in my jammies this morning to get a photo in actual daylight.  I did not loiter long though since it’s not a fit day for man or beasty or woman in hobbit shoes to be outside since the temp is zero and the wind chills are – well whatever they are they are just too dang cold!

I love that these come up around the ankles and keep them toasty as well, whether the tops are folded down or up straight.  My worry was they would slip around but they are a great fit.  They need a shave with the sweater shaver (which obviously was put somewhere “special” and not back in the drawer where it usually resides) so that will have to wait but then the colors on the top part of the will brighten up a bit with the looser halo of fuzzies removed.

Hot biscuits just came out of the oven  and are calling to me ….

Oh – and no update on today’s State of the Stash – Fabric Stashbusting front.   The numbers remain the same as last week.  No sewing time this past week but no fabric purchases either.