Happy New Year!

I stayed in last night, because I’ve never done that before (and I think I was trying to come down with something but I was all, “Hell no.”), and it was quite pleasant.

I spent the evening watching YouTube videos on my TV, and knitting. Went to bed around 11.

Then I was awake at 6:45 this morning.

So we’re going to be getting a jump on today!

I think the first order of business (after breakfast) is to go through my stash and make sure everything is in Ravelry. I got really lazy last year, so I’m sure stuff isn’t there that should be.

Though my recollection of 2015 didn’t see me going too apeshit when it came to buying yarn. Had a few road trips (souvenir yarn!), couple of events… I think  the damage wasn’t too bad. Especially when you compare that to the Carnage of Rhinebeck in 2014.  I went with friends and we all enabled one another until our credit cards wept.

So, yes. Get stash in order.

Then, if I’m not too overwhelmed, we’ll take a look at projects. I’ve been really lax on that front, and this weekend sounds like a good of a time as ever to get that together.

Until next time!

 

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2016, Here I Come!

Hi all!

 

Been thinking about 2016 and knitting resolutions.

While I want to state that I’m going Cold Sheep for 2016, I’ve usually failed at that, especially when travel has been involved. Or YarnCon. Or a Lorna’s Laces tour. Or when they have a REALLY good sale on a yarn I happen to like at Webs. (I’m looking at you, Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted).

I have settled on knitting 16 pairs of socks. I have 40-50 (I haven’t counted in a while) skeins of sock yarn, and I’m pretty sure I can do 16. I have 2 pairs of socks on the needles- those don’t count.

I’m also going to knit a lace curtain. With beads. Because I got a copy of Marianne Kinzel’s First Book of Modern Lace Knitting earlier this year, and there’s a pattern for lace curtains, and I was like, “I have a cunning plan!”

And maybe I’ll hang it on a window, maybe I’ll use it as a wall hanging. I don’t know yet. I also have to figure out colors and all that jazz. Luckily, I’m friends with creative types that can give me hints.

Until next time!

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FINISHED!

So, I finally finished the Owlie socks!

I actually finished them a month ago, and completely forgot to blog about it.

Here they are, in all of their glory!

Here they are, in all of their glory!

These had a false finish, too.

I was super-excited when I thought I had finished them. I kitchenered the toe, cut the yarn, but before I wove in the ends, a little voice said, “TRY IT ON!”

And I did!

It was… tight. But knit fabric stretches, and I figured my gauge had changed or something.

Then the little voice said, “Hmm… put the other one on.”

That one was comfortable.

Crikey, had my gauge changed THAT much?

I put my feet side-by-side. Took me a moment, but I spotted the problem – I completely omitted a pattern repeat.

*facepalm*

I believe it was the Yarn Harlot who said, “Experienced knitters make bigger mistakes faster.” I’m tempted to embroider this on a pillow.

So I ripped back and re-knit, and finished and it was good.

I look forward to wearing these in a few months when the weather cools off!

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Closing In

I’m now at the second toe for the Owlie socks.

In the meantime, I finished my rainbow socks, started and then finished a hat.

Soon I will have another completed pair of socks to throw on the pile.

Here are my rainbow socks. No pattern, just winged it.

Done!

Done!

And here’s my hat. It’s the Hinagiku Hat (Rav link) pattern, and I like it so much I’m going to make another one.

Hinagiku Hat using The Wool Dispensary's Deadliest Poison in Flying Fishers

Hinagiku Hat using The Wool Dispensary’s Deadliest Poison in Flying Fishers

Hopefully I’ll have finished pair of Owlie socks the next time I post!

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Second Sock Syndrome

I’m a pretty well-addicted sock knitter.

When I cast on a pair, you can bet I’m going to finish both socks.

Sometimes I complete them quickly, sometimes it takes me a couple of months.

But there was one pair that had about a year between finishing sock number 1, and starting sock number 2.

And that would be my Owlie Socks.

I came across the pattern on a sock challenge (which, if you’re like me and you like knitting socks, you should check out a challenge of some sort. Gets you out of your comfort zone regarding construction, patterns and introduces you to new designers!), and it’s cabled and there are beads and there are owls on it!

But I completed the first sock, and… nothing. For a year.

Now, when it comes to Second Sock Syndrome, I don’t judge who gets it. You complete a sock. You lose interest in completing the other sock. World isn’t going to end (plus, knitting is supposed to be fun. Knit what you WANT to knit).

But me? The sock-knitting addict? Get Second Sock Syndrome? Unheard of!

I found my interest again, and I picked it up recently. It’s going along at a fairly nice clip. Sure, there’s cabling (and before anyone suggests cabling without a cable needle, it doesn’t quite work for socks), and there are beads and charts, but it’s coming along nicely.

Here’s a shot from the weekend, where I took over the sunroom for a bit:

Sock and cat

Sock and cat

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Rainbow Socks!

That yarn I picked up from YarnCon? The one from Magic and Moonshine?

Can’t put it down.

Sister and I went to BadHappy for some brunch-y poutine (if you don’t know what poutine is, go look it up. It’s amazing. Also, if you’re going to go to BadHappy, go hungry. Seriously), and I had to bring my sock with me.

LOOK AT THE COLORS!

LOOK AT THE COLORS!

I’m doing a plain sock, with an afterthought heel.

I’ve never done an afterthought heel, and after a friend explained it to me at YarnCon (you’re basically making another toe), I decided to give it a shot.

I cast off the first sock last night, and immediately cast on a second one before I got too sleepy to continue.

Before I go, here’s a shot of Chicago:

Chicago

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YarnCon 2013

YarnCon this year was a blast!

There were a few changes – it was held in the spring rather than the fall. And the location changed to the Plumbers Union Hall, where there was ample FREE parking. And it lasted 2 days.

Without further ado, here’s what I got!

From Magic and Moonshine, 2 skeins of Fiddi Widdi Wow Wow:

She Comes In Color

She Comes In Color

There's a Rainbow Dripping Down Her Leg

There’s a Rainbow Dripping Down Her Leg

From Grinning Gargoyle:

Skinny Super Twist Fingering in Signature Red

Skinny Super Twist Fingering in Signature Red

Daphne Fingering in Storm

Daphne Fingering in Storm

From The Wool Dispensary:

Useful Restorative in Ogre Bogies

Useful Restorative in Ogre Bogies

Useful Restorative in Georgia Building Castles

Useful Restorative in Georgia Building Castles

Deadliest Poison in Flying Fishers

Deadliest Poison in Flying Fishers

Greater Stimulant in Badass Unicorn

Greater Stimulant in Badass Unicorn

I also cast on a sock the other day in the Fiddi Widdi Wow Wow in the “There’s a Rainbow Dripping Down Her Leg” colorway.

It's stunning

It’s stunning

I have a feeling those socks are going to be done soon, as I can’t put them down!

As for the rest – there are 2 more pairs of socks planned, and the rest will become hats. I’m hoping that knitting for cold weather will be the thing that will chase the last vestiges of winter out of here!

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