FO Fest!

*waves* Anyone still out there? It’s been a busy, hot summer. We’ve had vacation, we’ve been on day trips and I have had finished projects languishing with no pictures. *gasp* Today, I finally have pictures. Yay!

The socks are fraternal twin socks made with Spud n’ Chloe. The cream sweater is the Lily Cardigan by Marie Grace Smith and was made with Blue Sky Fibers’ Alpaca in sport weight. The green sweater is Allegro by Marjorie Dussaud and published on Knit Picks’ website. It was knit with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in Grasshopper. And the crochet chevron is for my niece to beat on at college, so it was crocheted with Red Heart so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. 🙂

Now I’m working on Cadillac Mountain in Calyce by Anny Blatt and am just adoring it! 🙂

Tonight on my needles

I truly wish they would stop changing the update page and just leave things alone. ARGH

Anywho. I’m currently working on yet another pair of socks. I’m pretty sure the yarn is Lana Grossa, the pattern is Abbey Morris’s Dancetty. I thought it would work nicely with the different colors in the yarn. I really like how it’s striping up! 🙂 2016-02-04 19.49.51

FO …. Thursday?

At last, I have not one, but TWO FO’s to share this morning. These are my second and third pairs of toe up socks. The green is Trekking XXL and the rust on the right? I have no idea, but I adore it. Soft and smooshy. Not to say I don’t adore the Trekking, but it’s got a much “stiffer” feel to the yarn.

The rust pair has been done for a bit, the green close to it, but I had to redo the heel on one because it was lop sided (and stayed lop sided, for some reason), then I had to redo the cuffs on all of them because they were too tight to get on over my heels.

Pointer. I discovered that I REALLY like size one for the foot and heel of the sock, but some where in the leg, I need to switch up to a size two needle to have it be loose enough to get on over my heel. Fits beautifully this way. 🙂

Now I’m on to wrap up a pair of cuff down socks that I have had going since spring because I keep getting side tracked. Truly considering an afterthought heel on these just for the sake of speed.

What is everyone else working on? Hm?

On my needles this morning . . .

I am still poking away at mastering toe up socks. The harvest colored socks in the photo above need the cuff bound off again because it’s just a whisker too tight. The green are still snug when pulling it on over the heel, but I like the fit everywhere else. I need to figure out a solution to that and think going up a needle size on the cuff and bind off would do the trick. I think? 🙂

Even though my veggies are doing horribly this year (very late, wet, COLD spring), my herbs are doing amazing. I’ll actually have herbs to dry this year to use over the winter, which has never happened before. I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about it. I’m even contemplating building another garden on the other side of the steps to add on for next year – calendula, more basil, some other healing herbs. 🙂

1/2 an FO?

I cast off the first sock this morning and will start its mate tonight. BUT. It fits perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. I’m not sure that I will do every single sock ever toe up, but I can definitely see why people like them. And the heel! How wonderful to not have to pick up the stitches. 🙂

So, here’s my Half FO for FO Friday. 🙂

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Let’s shake things up

I love knitting socks. I’ll wear nothing else and love to try new patterns. They’re how I started knitting (my husband asked for a pair when I hadn’t done anything for years and what I HAD done was simply garter stitch when I was a child).
But I’d never knit a pair of toe up. Frankly, the toe and its different methods for cast on intimidated me. Finally, a week or so, I bit the bullet and cast on my first toe up sock.

The pattern is from Wendy Johnson and I did the figure 8 cast on. I have to admit, after doing so many pairs cuff down, it feels downright ODD to do it in the other direction. I had a very hard time picturing the heel as I was going (gusset with short rows), but I took the advice I’d given someone when I’d taught them to do socks and told them it would make sense in the end – and it did.

I’m on to the leg now, I’ve completed the heel, and I have to admit that I can see why people like toe up. 🙂 I’m hoping I can get it finished tomorrow morning before heading down to the yarn store for work tomorrow. Hope hope!

So here it is. My first toe up sock knit in Regia. 🙂 Love it!

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Thursday’s Needles

The socks are coming along. I’m on the homestretch now and have one repeat to left to do before a few rounds of stockinette and then the toe decrease. I DO love this yarn and I do love the pattern so much, it’s just been very challenging to work on.

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Also, a Sock Yarn Blanket update. 🙂 It’s starting to take shape but obviously has a way to go. I’m definitely not wide enough yet, though I’m undecided how much wider I want to go. Definitely about half again as wide, so I can curl up with it on the couch.

And you know, for someone that doesn’t generally like pink, I have a lot of it. LOL

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Socks on my needles today

I ALWAYS have a pair of socks on the needles. Right now, it’s these and I’m very anxious for them to be done. For one, there’s always the wonderful feeling of a new pair of socks. But also, the yarn is a very dark cinnamon color and I just have horrible eyesight, so it’s been a challenge knitting with a darker yarn.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Merlot Heather and has been just wonderful to work with. The pattern is Robin Lynn’s My Cup of Tea. The pattern is great and does go by quickly and they fit so well! 🙂

Not sure what the next sock will be, something springy, of course! 🙂

Progress…

There’s not a lot of knitting going to be done to these this weekend, unfortunately, but there is progress! I’m really considering doing the heel and toe of these in a nice soft, heathered gray. (I wish the color showed up more accurately, but it’s gloomy out, so the lighting is rather sucky. LOL It’s really pretty pinks/roses)  Hmm..

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