2015 Year of Projects

Year of ProjectsHi Knitting Friends,

I was minding my business during lunch when I stumbled upon a new-to-me forum called ‘A Year of Projects’ in Ravelry. For those knit friends who haven’t heard Ravelry is an online digital platform with social media tools to help you organize your craft notes, store photos, purchase yarn and patterns. It is the end all be all for crafters. I can’t even image what my life would be like if Ravelry hadn’t been created. I am all about staying active on the blogosphere and have met several people through our shared interest in yarn and knitting. I feel optimistic about 2015 as the year for many new things– new commitments, friendships, and maintaining personal wellness.

Here are my knitting goals more in depth:

Complete WIPs:

  1. Khuno Cowl by Tanis Gray
  2. So Faux Cowl by Amy Keefer
  3. Elwood by Jenny Wiebe
  4. Fantoosh! by Kate Davies

New Projects:

  1. Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague
  2. Squall Line Shawl by Romi Hill
  3. Owlie Socks by Julie Elswick Suchomel
  4. Jozi by Clare Devine
  5. Prewitt Socks by Kate Atherley
  6. Squirrel Sampler Mittens by Adrian Bizilia
  7. Huxley by Jared Flood

**I’m pretty sure this is not an exhaustive list. When the holidays come around, I’m sure to have several additions.

Life is Good

Dear Knitting Friends,

July has been very busy for me. I finished my first pair of socks that fit and got married last weekend. Okay…okay… nobody have a freak out. I purposefully picked a day with my partner, wore my favorite dress, and grabbed sushi afterwards. And kept the news pretty close to my sleeves. It was a very special day for us and I am thankful to my supportive friends/family that respected our wishes for having a private ceremony. I don’t do well with large crowds and the thought of everyone watching me walk down an aisle or have to entertain 50+ for several hours was definitely not my ideal thing. I am happy that we will celebrate over the next two months with smaller crowd. My partner and I have had such an amazing time together and after four years– marriage seemed like the next best thing to officially do. My new discovery of the joy of knitting socks is another benefit of our partnership. Since she is slowly warming up to the idea that knitters can never have enough yarn and she supports my knitting time I feel like the luckiest lady.

Baltimore County on July 17, 2015

Baltimore County on July 17, 2015

WIPWed #1 A Star is Born

Hello Knit Friends,

First…shout out to Alicia M. of Woolen Diversons her July 15th post marks her 100th WIPWed, which prompted me to switch gears to start my own. For those knit friends who are new to my blog, I have recently ‘fallen down’ the sock knitting rabbit hole. It is so easy to do once you learn the basics of socks.

Almondine pattern using Madelinetosh Coquette.

Almondine pattern using Madelinetosh Coquette.

Two weekends ago has probably been the most enjoyable and productive– knitwise. I managed to finish two pairs socks. Three months ago, my partner told me she didn’t want socks. She’d prefer hats. When I finished the Rose City Rollers, I let her try them on. “Ohhh these are sooo soft.” I should have known I was going to get suckered. In the kindness of my heart, she now has a pair of socks that she will wear around the house. Is it too premature to predict that she will have some requests in the future for handmade socks?

When the heel arrives...a star is born.

When the heel arrives…a star is born.

Back to my WIP– Almondine pattern by Anne Hanson is from the Sock Knitting Masterclass book. It is the best, most recent resource that I’ve used to learn how to knit socks. I have made a couple of modifications to the pattern. Almondine has a plain garter stitch heel that I wasn’t too thrilled about– so of course I made a small change. I chose the sl knit/sl purl gusset with the short row heel. I’m all about things being sturdiness when it comes to clothes. I also made the sock cuff shorter by only repeating the lace pattern 3X. This pattern ideally uses 3 dpns, but I am using 2 dpns and 1 short circular needle for knitting the lace pattern on the instep. I find it easier to navigate and the stitches aren’t crowded on the dpn. These socks are for my mom so I am hoping that the math is working itself out. What’s on your needles? What’s you favorite sock yarn?

SockLust Madness

Hi Knit Friends,

I’m in love….well that’s nothing new. I’m always in love, but more specifically >>> with handmade socks. I love socks. I sleep in socks. I make socks on public transportation. Socks make me happy. Every holiday I can count on my sister to gift me socks. One can never have too many. I accept this new obsession and no one will ever have to question my knit passions. Give me saturated colors (minus pink), textures, twisted stitches, and endless stitch markers.

Today…I want to share a photo collage about socks that I am crushing on. I don’t subscribe to any knitting magazines because I have never found one that has spoke to my heart. Normally it is just one pattern that I find in a magazine that gives me heart palpitations. Prewitt Socks by Kate Atherley. I had to do two pictures because the bottoms are striped. Talk about a bad sock (in a  good way). All the socks in this post are in my queue just waiting for me. It would be selfish of me not to share such beautiful sock patterns. Some of my virtual knit friends have me hooked on socks…so it’s only fair to entice them with pattern options. I have a verbal agreement with a knit friend to make the coffee Gimme Socks as a Fall KAL.

(Left to Right) Vörå-Inspired Arm Warmers, Committee Socks, Jumping Jacks, Prewitt Socks, Gimme Coffee

(Left to Right) Vörå-Inspired Arm Warmers, Committee Socks, Jumping Jacks, Prewitt Socks, Gimme Coffee

I’m itching to do some stranded colorwork with socks. The construction of the Prewitt socks bring me joy. How super are stripey socks bottoms? I can’t wait. I already have one skein of brown, but the colorway looks like a dark brownish green.

P.S. I would like to thank onemilljellybeans for inspiring this blogpost. Her Committee socks gives me life. I will never sleep again. What’s on your sock needles?

Assistant Knit

Dear Knit Friends,

I have an announcement to make. It’s official I have been coined ‘the sock knitting fanatic’ by my LYS friends. It is the best compliment one can be granted. Imagine that it’s up there with the question of what do you want to be when you grow up?!? Well I always said I wanted to be a teacher or psychologist. No longer am I disappointed in career choices. I never got around to be an official ‘teacher’– neither was I a psychologist because my tolerance for people is low. [Hold your side eye friends….I’m introverted so my tolerance for foolishness is not very high].

Rose City Rollers- Cascade Heritage Paints

Rose City Rollers- Cascade Heritage Paints

I enjoyed my three-day vacation in which I spent time at my LYS. I made a new friend and got reacquainted with a couple of regular knit friends. Fun thing… both my knit friend and I were making the same project. Plus I have about five IG friends who are also making the Rose City Roller socks too. This is very cool. I managed to Kitchener with an audience and turn the heel on my second Rose City Roller. I wear my ‘sock knitting fanatic’ badge with honor. Some people garden, read, run marathons– but I knit socks. And I have a Facebook group to feed my habit.

Petty Harbour in Tempting Ewe Limited edition by Colorwae

Petty Harbour in Tempting Ewe Limited edition by Colorwae

I’m also almost back on the wagon with my 12madein12 knit projects. I will probably need to complete 2 projects this month in order to get back on track with my knitting goals. I think I projected to complete 2 pair of socks. I’ve squeezed in the Rose City Rollers as Summer socks so I might be able to do a couple pairs of those. Who knew that the cuffs were time suckers. :)

Dear Maddy: I LOVE U

Hi Knitting Friends,

Madelinetosh sock Coquette

Madelinetosh sock Coquette

I cannot hide my Madelinetosh obsession even if I tried. I was in my LYS near my job last weekend trying to be good. What do they say about ‘good intentions’ >> someone always finds trouble. I have an aversion to the color pink, but I promised my mom that she would have socks. I am aiming for Thanksgiving to be the due date >> so I hope to start soon or at least run through some patterns. Here are my top choices? What do factors do you consider before knitting socks?

(Left to Right) Cadence, My Cup of Tea, Gladys, and Wendel

(Left to Right) Cadence, My Cup of Tea, Gladys, and Wendel

My Cup of Tea socks by Robin Lynn / Cadence by Verybusymonkey

Wendel by General Hogbuffer / Gladys by The House of Hogbuffer