Socks – the early days

As mentioned in the last post, January was dedicated to learning to make socks.

This was the first pair, bed socks, made with a little heavier yarn and bigger needles, top down and one at a time, using Stacy Trock’s pattern, Easy Peasy Socks for First Timers. I made them on dpns and learned to Kitchener to close them at the toes.

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Bed Socks
Bed Socks

Since then, I’ve made a couple more pair, the first toe-up one at a time on two 24-inch circular needles.

Second Pair
Second Pair
Second Pair. Toe-up.
Second Pair. Toe-up.

And the third pair, toe-up, two at a time, on one long circular, magic loop method.

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Pair 3  2AAT Magic Loop
Pair 3
2AAT Magic Loop

I spent a long time wishing I could learn to knit so that I could knit socks. And now that I have conquered that big fear and desire, I hope to knit many more pairs! I haven’t decide which method I like the most, but I suspect probably the last. All I know is, I may never make one sock at a time again after learning two at a time. I love the toe-up method because it is wonderful being able to use up all of your skein of yarn by working up as much of it as you can.

I currently have two more pairs going. The first is a very plain vanilla pair being made in a rainbow colored sock yarn – long color change. I’m using very small needles and have several other projects going, so I suspect these are going to take a while to finish.

Rainbow
Rainbow

The second pair have a little bit of pattern in them and are being made with another hank of yarn from Indieway Yarns in Lutsen, MN. I love how these feel.

on Indieway Yarns Lou Alice Colorway
on Indieway Yarns Lou Alice Colorway

If you are a knitter thinking socks are way beyond your abilities, or believe they are just too difficult, as with everything else in knitting, I believe you should just jump in and give it a try. There are many great youtube videos out there to help and so many terrific patterns and tutorials on ravelry. Dive in and give it a shot. It’s just yarn. Rip it out and try again if you don’t succeed.

I’ve found the videos of Liat Gat to be very helpful, as well as many others. Don’t give up.

Click Clack

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Cables in gray

We interrupt this silence with an actual update. I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. I’ve actually been playing with fiber and sticks. I’ve been making lots of things.

This is my current project. Most of what I’m making right now is of the knit variety, which blows my mind. But I’ve finally caught on. Not saying that one is better than the other, Just that now that I’ve got a handle on it, I want to keep doing it until I’ve learned and become comfortable with it. So I keep doing one project after another. This is the second blanket of this pattern. The first is here in purple.

Cables and seed stitch
Cables and seed stitch

I spent all winter knitting with the exception of a few quick crochet projects. Every time I learn a new technique, something else comes along that I want to learn. January first was my deadline for starting socks. I’m working on two more pair that will join the first three pair I made in January soon. It has to be good for the aging brain to work new things into the wrinkles, eh?

Speaking of aging brains, my baby is twenty-seven years old today. Happy Birthday, dear girl.

More additions to my finished work…

Pattern - Critron by Martha Simonsen / Yarn - Stroll Handpainted SW Merino from Knit Picks.
Pattern – Critron by Martha Simonsen / Yarn – Stroll Handpainted SW Merino from Knit Picks.

Again, this is over the course of the past several months…

Another Michele DuNaier pattern, this one combines knitting and crochet:  Kerfuffle. / Yarn Principal DK Fine Merino from Indieway Yarns.
Another Michele DuNaier pattern, this one combines knitting and crochet: Kerfuffle. / Yarn Principal DK Fine Merino from Indieway Yarns.
Pattern - Southern Lights Cowl by Tracie Barrett / Yarn - First-String Plus SW Merino 2-ply from Indieway Yarns
Pattern – Southern Lights Cowl by Tracie Barrett / Yarn – First-String Plus SW Merino 2-ply from Indieway Yarns
Hexi baby blanket with various worsted acrylics.
Hexi baby blanket with various worsted acrylics.

Checking In – Changing themes – And trying to get photos to line up…

Still making shawls/wraps. Finally doing some knitting. Have a little bird telling me I should start trying to sell some of them. Maybe. Some day. A few photos of some of what has rolled off the hooks since my last post.

Pattern - Oats by tincanknits
Pattern – Oats by tincanknits / Yarn – Lux MCN Worsted from Indieway Yarns on Etsy
Pattern by Michele DuNaier
2014 Downton Abbey Mystery CAL / Pattern by Michele DuNaier
Intersect Hat Pattern by Lara Smoot / Yarn - Best Worsted Merino by Indieway Yarns
Intersect Hat
Pattern by Lara Smoot / Yarn – Best Worsted Merino by Indieway Yarns
Matching Intersect Mitts Pattern by Lara Smoot / Yarn - Best Worsted Merino by Indieway Yarns
Matching Intersect Mitts
Pattern by Lara Smoot / Yarn – Best Worsted Merino by Indieway Yarns

And finally for now,

Sea Silk scarf made for Swap. Pattern - Andante Scarf by Melinda Miller / Yarn Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk.
Sea Silk scarf made for Swap. Pattern – Andante Scarf by Melinda Miller / Yarn Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk.

Heading in to February

That means the Ravellenic Games are just around the corner. And that means I’m going to be busy trying to make a lot of stuff in a little bit of time. Which, of course, means that I won’t be updating here for a couple of weeks (even less opportunity, I should say).

I’m on four teams this year, that’s three more teams than I was on last year. I won’t be attempting to compete in more events, I’ll just be trying to keep things more organized by spreading my work around a bit more.

For Team Indieway, I hope to compete in the WIPs Dancing event on at least one project, and Cross Cowling and Single-Skein Speed Skate for another.

For Team CCOCOGA, I plan to compete in the Short Track Shawl and Single-Skein Speed Skate and possibly Beading Biathlon.

For Team Catty-Corner, I’m a little iffy but I think I’m competing in WIPs Dancing here, as well.

and For Team MAD Cap, I believe I’ll be competing in the Hat Halfpipe and Nordic Colorwork Combined.

It feels a bit of a stretch for the time involved, but with the weather as cooperative to doing hand crafting as it has been, I think it will be no problem!

Checking in Before Year End

I thought that since it had been so long, I should do a quick check-in. I’ve finished up a few projects since my last post and started a few projects and am about to start even more… So before 2014 kicks off, I thought I should do a little “where I am” and “where I’m going” in my yarny endeavors…

First, a few FOs since the last update:

Twisted Rib pre-blocking
Twisted Rib pre-blocking
Twisted Rib post-block and ready to gift!
Twisted Rib post-block and ready to gift!
I completed a knit scarf for HBB for Christmas. Still in process here, but trust me, it is finished.
I completed a knit scarf for HBB for Christmas. Still in process here, but trust me, it is finished.
Jenny's Faith
Jenny’s Faith
Jenny's Faith made with Indieway yarn. Check her out on etsy. Most beautiful dyed colors...
Jenny’s Faith made with Indieway yarn. Check her out on etsy. Most beautiful dyed colors…

I’m still currently working on the Tunisian beauty with Wendi’s yarn in the pattern Love is a Prism. I haven’t gotten much further than the last time I would have shown it. I’ve cleaned up my projects a little bit, frogging a few, putting a few away to be finished some day in the future. And I’ve done a little bit more knitting, starting a project just tonight with some really lush DK yarn. It’s a cowl and I’ll show a picture later in the week when I do another post showing other things I’m working on.

I hope 2014 is a more peaceful year for all, calmer, one with more love for all of the world.

Peace.

WIP Wednesday – 11/13/2013

Knitting!

I know it is far from spectacular, but I’m just happy to be doing it again and getting some gifts and potential holiday fiber work finished.

Banyan Trees Practice Square
Happy Turkey Day! dishcloth
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Baked With Love for the Holidays
Twisted Rib Cowl
Twisted Rib Cowl