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.

The Wind Tunnel

I have the wind tunnel set up in the sewing room.

DSCN4097Things look a bit – more than a bit – askew in the photo because I’m standing off to one side of the blocking boards since I just pulled them off the table to drop to the floor.  So all after noon there has been a fan blowing at each end.  I think my vest is nearly dry and I tossed the Hobbit Shoes on there to so they get a bit of help from the fans in drying.   Hmmmm my Hobbit Shoes might not look bad with that vest. LOL  Actually the colors aren’t true for the vest but in the photo they look like they could go together very nicely.

I did not get as much cleaning done as I had planned (oh drat and darn! ) ;-) because when I was talking to Mom, she said she could use some wooly socks which I am all to happy to Provide.  So pulled out some yarn and have about 3″ done using one of my favorite sock patterns from Ravelry, Nine to Five.  I’m using smaller needles than I use for me and boy does it seem to be knitting up so much more slowly.   I may need to make her some bed socks too out of some heavier weight yarn to keep her tootsies warm.

Happy Valentine’s Day

wackyhearts   I was going to add the Wacky Hearts pattern back into the free patterns (yes a glutton for punishment) but the file got dumped off the computer to some jump drive or disk and I’ve got too much to do other than launch a search for it today.  So at some point it will be added.  We did this one back in 2011 when the block of the month (so to speak) project was actually a Year of Wallhangings – representing the month of the year.  This was of course from February.   There are photos of this design made by other participants on the Flickr group page (I think there are some there) and if you go to PAGES in the sidebar, under BLOCK OF THE MONTH there is a title called YOW – projects by blog readers, you’ll see some of the ones made at the time we were doing these monthly wallhangings.

But my Valentine goodie this morning – they were handing out freshly made chocolate dipped strawberries – yum.  I’ve already ventured out into the bitter cold. It is so incredibly windy and we hit the high for the day about 7 a.m.  and it was 8 degrees.  Temp is going to continue to drop from there all day.  I am so glad I did not have to stand and wait for a bus today – it would have been brutal.  So after breakfast out, a stop at the bookstore (buy one get one sale movies so I have two to keep me entertained) and my very bare cupboards and fridge are replenished – I am not stepping foot outside the door until I have to go to work on Monday and by then the winds are suppose to stop.

Before I reward myself with some knitting or quilting – there’s some cleaning to be done around here.  Need to tidy the kitchen first so that I can start my Luau Vest soaking and get it blocked this afternoon.

Hobbit Shoes

DSCN4093  This is the before picture of my Hobbit Shoes.  The seams are all sewn and that’s one of my old sandals laying on the bottom to show how much bigger they are than my big sandal.

 

Of course as I was sewing them together last night I couldn’t find the pattern laying any where by my knitting chair and I was too snug and warm under my quilt in said chair with the winds howling outside and the minus 20 windchills to want to get up and go in the sewing room and turn on the computer and double check the sewing instructions for the Hobbit Shoes.

I remembered that you just held them WS together to stitch them shut but I sort of seamed them like I do sweaters  and pulled my stitches tightly – forgetting that that seam too and my seaming stitches would all felt up – I would not have needed to pull them so tight.

So I started with a short hot wash cycle and stopped it after the water drained to check on them (they were secured in a pillowcase during felting and some towels thrown in to the load).  After the first run through they had not felted much  – I wanted to make sure how the multicolored yarn would felt since I hadn’t used that before and didn’t know if it would felt at the same rate as my Cascade on the bottom.  It does so I changed to several heavy duty hot loads checking after each one, stopping it after the initial wash water had drained and skipping the cold rinse cycle.

And here they are drying.

DSCN4094It’s a lousy indoor photo since it’s gray and gloomy out this morning (and snowing and in the single digits) but I’ve got that pair of sandals I used above in plastic bags and shoved in side the Hobbit Shoes to shape them to the right size.   Now the result of having pulled my seams up tightly rather than loosely — your Hobbit Shoes get nipples on the toes where the end of the seam is – which just makes them even funnier.  If I had sewn more loosely the ends of the seams would have rounded out more.

These felted down to nice thick slippers which I think will be great to wear around the house (since I never wear shoes when home) and keep my feet nice and warm.  Once they are dry, they will get a shave with the sweater shaver to de-hair them and the colors will bright up a bit and I’ll take a better photo.  Now I just have to wait a couple days for them to dry completely.

on the needles – Friday the 13th

DSCN4092  My Ounce of Flounce  – Loopy Academy striping project – is moving along nicely considering I just cast on for this project two nights ago.  Simple garter stitch.  I’m just sort of winging how many rows of stripes and how wide they are in the middle.  This is going to be very soft and light to wear.

The cast on took a while since I decided to make it longer than the pattern called for – I made it half again as long in number of stitches so casting on for the flounce took a good number of stitches.  The yarn, tho sport weight actually feels more like fingering so I went down a needle size from the pattern to get the fabric I wanted.  This is great tv/bus riding knitting.

I’ve updated my 2015 knitting stash page to add in this yarn purchase for this project.  So the totals to date – 206 yards used and 1380 yards added.  The good thing – everything that’s been added to the stash is for my two Academy projects and it will soon go in the used totals.  I’ve got my Hobbit Shoes on tap tonight to get their seams sewn so that I can get them felted this weekend.  I also plan to get my Luau Vest blocked so I can seam and finish the trim.  And just maybe I’ll finally get that last seam sewn on my featherweight cardigan so I can get the trim finished on that one two.  Can’t wait to add some more finished photos to the stash page. :-)   Check out what is on everyone else’s needles at Judy’s.

Seriously?????

I haven’t bothered to even turn on my computer much at home this week because every time I do I want to scream.  The barrage of emails saying “I can find the free pdf patterns” continues! I counted them up and there have been 20 emails since February 9 when I posted what I thought were rather explicit instructions (after the first deluge of emails).  This is insane.   Clearly I live in some odd little universe where I expect people to actually read what I write and what is in front of them — reading and comprehension, very important.   And yes, if you think I sound  a bit  very bitchy about this – I am.  Probably my all time pet peeve of blogging — I share something like a pattern for free and then have to waste time repeating myself over and over — 20 emails/two minutes to answer each one would equal an hour of my time sucked away that I can’t get back.  And it also makes me wonder why I would aggravate myself by adding any more free patterns if I have to deal with this nonsense!

I don’t know what part of my instructions to find the free patterns was not comprehensible but if words don’t work, we’ll try this one more time for those of you who always preferred picture books to actual words.

When I say to Go to the side bar – that is that column on the right hand side of the blog from where the text of the blog post is actually written. My picture is at the top of the “side bar”.

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That is what the top of the sidebar looks like.  You scroll down the sidebar until you get to PAGES.

So you scroll past this

2 and past this

3until you get to this

5 Notice in the gray header area it says PAGES.   If you look down this list to the bottom where this image stops, it says

FREE PDF QUILT PATTERNS.   Underneath that heading there is a listing of all the free patterns. that looks like this

 

6 You click on one of those names and it will open up a separate blog page.  On that blog page will be a link to get the pattern, or some may say they are no longer available (ones I haven’t reactivated yet) or I think one or two will tell you that the pattern is available for sale at Electric Quilt (it was a free pattern prior to my selling it and you can only now access those I sell through Electric Quilt if you have EQ7).

Now if you still can’t find  Livin’ the Tweet Life and Bird Bath then I guess you really weren’t meant to have them.

If anyone dares to tell me they still can’t find the pattern, may one million moths descend upon your house and eat holes in all your fabric stash.  Yes, comments are turned off and don’t send me emails. I don’t what to hear a single thing on this topic again.  Luckily once I rant about something I get over it quickly and, so as not to spoil the fun for all those who are able to find the files all on their very own (gold stars to each one of you!),  there will be additional free patterns that get added to that list – just not today!

Loopy Academy Project 2

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My BOF from TLE has arrived with my yarn for Loopy Academy project 2.  Two of the hanks are wound – baby cakes – they look funny since they’re so much smaller due to less yardage on these hanks.  It says it’s sport weight but it feels a bit thinner but I think the colors will be lovely together.  And it feels so lovely soft  due to the baby alpaca and pima cotton blend.

Now to go find the right size needles so I can start on my Ounce of Flounce scarf.

Loopy Academy Project 2

I haven’t sewn up or felted my first Loopy Academy project yet but soon.  In the meantime, I decided I’d figure out what I wanted to do for the second project – either a striped project or a slip stitch project. I opted for the project with stripes first.

I’m going to be making An Ounce of Flounce.  It’s just a short little scarf with a bit of ruffle on the edge.  It’s been in my Ravelry library for a while as something I wanted to make and now is the time.

My yarn is now ordered – Manos del Uruguay Serena in Wildflowers and Oyster.  The Wildflowers has such soft coloring – makes me think spring.  The Oyster looks like it will be a very close match to the Wildflowers so the stripes should blend a bit more rather than stand out – which is the look I’m going for.  I’m also going to use the Wildflowers for the main color (where the brown is used in the original pattern).  There looks to be a bit of pink in the Wildflowers but I’m hoping more toward purple shaded than pink (those who know me know I don’t like pink) but in any event even if there is pink in there it looks like a pretty blend.

wildflowers and oyster

The real clincher when I was looking at the patterns is that since this is a short scarf it’s held in place with a shawl pin which made me remember my lovely butterfly shawl pin I bought not long ago but haven’t worn yet.  I think the butterfly wings will look perfect against this yarn.

The yarn is a blend of alpaca and pima cotton so warm but headed toward spring with the cotton – may be just right around my spring coat collar for those blustery days.

More yarn coming in but soon there will be more yarn used up so it will all even out — and I’ll really be in the black for my knitting stash report  if I finish one or two or three or four of the sweaters that are in the works.  LOL  I pulled out my Wiggle Wrap to work on during the bus ride today since I forgot to wind more yarn last night for one of my sweaters.    The Wiggle Wrap is a great pattern you can pick up and put down and no worry about losing your place since its such an easy pattern but I’m getting ready for that to be done soon — but I want it really long so I shall continue on.  But now to wind more yarn for my purple sweater.

 

It’s a conspiracy to drive me insane

Holy smokes – emails galore in my inbox this morning all variations on the same theme “I can’t download the files” or “the links don’t work” for the two latest projects I brought back out of retirement.

Well the links can’t work because there are no links on yesterday’s blog posts.  All my free patterns are on separate PAGES.  Under my photo on the blog are instructions on how to find the Free PDF Pattern pages (silly me for expecting people to read rather than just sending an email that something doesn’t work)

When I say:  Check  out the Free PDF Pattern Pages for two more past projects……

that means GO TO the PAGES list (which is in the sidebar of the blog) find the FREE PDF QUILT PATTERNS, find the name of the pattern you want and open that page.  On that page you will find the active link.

If you are new to the blog or have never download a Box.Net pdf, then read the link at the top of the blog called Copyright/use of my patterns.  It explains how Box.net works as well as other important things you should know if you are using my patterns.