Monday, February 19, 2018

Sock Vlog #2

So I just taped another sock vlog, if you'd like to give a look...it's about 10 minutes long....


These are the socks I talked about in the video....most of the time I do a vanilla or ribbed pattern with a heel flap, especially for the self stripe yarns.  I did not include the socks that I am planning on frogging...

Kai Mei by Cookie A in Dreams in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest
Vanilla Sock in Arne & Carlos Design Line for Regia
Folding Chairs by Knitted Wit in a 2x2 ribbed pattern
Hudson Bay Socks by Susan B. Anderson in Fishkill Knits Canadiana
Candy Cane  Vanilla sock by Mothy and the Squid in Candy Cane
Zombie Valentine Socks vanilla sock by Brazen Stitchery in My Zombie Valentine, heel is red from Two Sisters Yarn
Just Keep Swimming 2x2 rib by Eat Knit Dye in Just Keep Swimming
Muertos Vanilla pattern in Desert Vista Dyeworks in Dia de las Muertos
Games socks Vanilla Latte pattern in Eat Knit Dye in Flags and Dreams

I realized I left one of my self stripe yarns out....the pattern is Espalier in a yarn from Friday Studios

Thanks for watching...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 6


2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Elephant Reserve - February 11, 2018
Bunny Hat - February 12, 2018
Blue Wave - February 12, 2018

Well look at that! I have three finishes!

I finished Elephant Reserve baby sweater....just need to sew on the buttons....which ones do you like?
The back of the sweater:
I did find some elephant ones, but they are way too big and fiddly..so freaking cute though!

I whipped up a Bunny hat for another baby too (lots of babies being born!)...so I gave her four hats...will be making more throughout the year...
Did I show the others?  Here they are:
I copied the pink snowflake hat from her baby shower cake.
And I finished the Blue Wave hat for myself...hard to get pictures of yourself....
I freaking LOVE this hat!  I used Backyard Fiberworks Field, a worsted in Deep Creek and Natural. The outside pictures are better, but wasn't sure how well you could see the BLUE 2018 on the front.  The hat pattern is free on Ravelry

And I started another pair of socks (my font just changed and I can't figure out why?) Anyway...I saw EatKnitDye working on her socks...checked her etsy store and she didn't have any more skeins/balls...commented on her IG picture and she dm'd me that she did have another...so excited!!!

I did frog one of my shawls that I had barely started...

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17
Fortune's Shawlette - 5/20/17 - Finished ball 2    

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...
Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...

Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...Folding Chairs - (2/17/17) - Her Story plain vanilla
Zombie Latte Socks - (6/27/17) - need some zombie socks come Walking Dead premiere!
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Hudson Bay Socks - (6/21/17)

Muertos - 8/13/17
Twas the Night - 12/24/17
Test Knit - 2/4/18
Games Socks - 2/15/18

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen
Sea Glass (4/13/17) - a Zauberball shawl - frogged 2/15/18

Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 

Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


SO that has been my week, what about yours?  I have a root canal on Monday, so not looking forward to it...I've had several....yuck!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stitch Along Week 7

Good morning my lovelies!  Doing this really quick before I leave for work...I had Monday off, so was thinking today was Tuesday!

Here's a cute idea for the day and some yarn.....I found it here
Happy Valentine's Day!

So I finished three!!!! projects this weekend!  I will be posting them later in the week!

I am now concentrating on socks....turned a heel! These are my Hudson Bay socks
 Plunging along on Jessica Jones...it's taking forever!
Yesterday I got some Games inspired yarn that I'm going to start some socks with today....

And I have to go now....please link back if you link up...thanks!






Sunday, February 11, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 6


2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018

Good Sunday morning!  I am waiting for the Games to begin again today...it's Sunday...they should have them all day!

Haven't worked on much this week...did get the color work done on the Elephant Reserve sweater, but I still have button bands, the bottom border, and sleeves to complete...
and I have to find buttons.....

also worked a bit on the sock test knit....and some on the neverending Jessica Jones cowl....


I've ordered some mini skeins to do contrast heels....not sure I'll do toes....so I just started the heel on my Zombie Valentine socks
For those of you that do the Fish Lips Kiss heel...do you do the whole cardboard thing before hand? just seems like a lot of work.....but I want to use that heel on my Nemo socks....cuz, of course!!!

Not much has changed in the WIPs categories, as I had no finished objects...

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17
Fortune's Shawlette - 5/20/17 - Finished ball 2    

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...
Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...

Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Blue Wave - 1/15/18

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...Folding Chairs - (2/17/17) - Her Story plain vanilla
Zombie Latte Socks - (6/27/17) - need some zombie socks come Walking Dead premiere!
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Hudson Bay Socks - (6/21/17)

Muertos - 8/13/17
Twas the Night - 12/24/17


Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen
Sea Glass (4/13/17) - a Zauberball shawl

Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 

Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy



Friday, February 9, 2018

Self Stripe Obsessed

So I have loved self stripe yarn for awhile.....it's a little out of control right now....on Sunday, I decided to pull all the self stripe I could find, as this year is my Year of the Self Stripe Sock....I'm going to try different patterns with my self stripe......not saying I won't buy more this year, but at least this will show me what I started with....also if you have any recommendations of patterns that are good with self stripe, please let me know....thanks!

White Birch Fiber Arts: Left to right
I Get By,  Resist Voldermort, O' Christmas Feet, Santa Baby, Dry Clean Only, Do You Ever Science?
Signs and Wonders, (top) Nasty Woman (I think it's DK), Nevertheless She Persisted, Travel Agent for Guilt Trips.  I have a partial skein of Mr. Yuck (also DK), not in picture. The wound skein on the top is The Full Monty..

Quaere Fibre: From left to right
The Dragonfly, Lane, Socktober 2016, Christmas, Hydrangea Love, Georgian Doors,
on top: Rustic Succulent w/a contrast skein...I think I'm missing one, as it was a club....hmmm
And the Time Traveler kit.....and, according to my Ravelry stash, I also have Vincent and the Doctor...I'll have to stash dive to find that!  I also have a pair of self stripe mitt WIP in Christmas Self Stripe

Desert Vista Dyeworks:
Zomwhere Over the Rainbow, Zombody's Eating Candy Corn, Zombody's Driving the School Bus, Victorian Christmas, If They Kill Abraham.
I also have a pair of socks on the needles with Dia de los Muertos, and some stripey mitts with Zombie Go Bragh.
Mad Color Rowena (Ravenclaw House), Bright Side
Two Sisters Yarn Company: The Last Jedi, Gothic Rainbow
Rock and String Creations: Derby Day '16, Appalachian Autumn
and I found more Mad Color: Roam, Evil Queen, and a bulky Gryfinndor
Neeley's Knits: Wicked Witch of the East, A Day in Stars Hollow (with a grey contrast skein, not in picture)
and Stargate Atlantis in DK
Some holiday colors...these may NOT all be self stripe....
Knitmona in Favorite Colors
Brew City in Reindeer Kisses
MarigoldJen in Ghost Witch
Blue Ridge Yarns in Trick or Treat

Fibernymph Dye Works in Peacock Blue/Chartreuse
Turtlepurl Yarns in Trenchcoat
Biscotte & Cie: no color names on the tags, but I know the last one is watermelon colors...
Poste Yarn in Netherfield and in Ashikaga Park, this is Corriedale, so I'm interested to see how they wear....
Two Hands Knitting, local to Connecticut..no colorname, it's a 3-ply
Not sure all of these are actual "self-stripe"
djfleesh handknits in Grown Up Fairytale (sport weight)
Play at Life in Chofetti
Berry Colorful Yarnings in Lavender Setting
Little Heart Yarns in Daisy Daisy
Wooly Wonka in Elphaba (50/50 silk and SW BFL) I think it's too soft for socks
Artistic Yarn by Abi in Grainbow and Bacon & Eggs
Must Stash Yarn: Daily Eggs, The Last Jedi, Jyn Erso, Leia, Rey
Mudpunch in Concrete Bed
Indulgence (I used part of this to make Jelly Rolls for a friend, I'm going to make some for myself)
Knit Picks in their Dr Who inspired Felici..just to try it...I bought two other colorways, but gifted them to others...
Holiday Yarn in Packers (not sure it's an actual self stripe)
Manic Pixie Dream in Cloudy with a Chance of Rain
Brazen Stitchery in Kiss Me, I'm Irish (tried two at a time with these, but didn't get far)
Miss Babs in Witch's Potion (again not sure it is a self stripe)
Witch Candy in Bustin' Out of Bushwack (black series)
Friday Studios in Captitol Couture (it was a club, one skein I finished, and another is started)
Found another Berry Colorful Yarnings, it was a kit in Deep Rainbow
Yarn Enabler in Marvin Says
Witch Candy in Cloud Splitter
String Theory Colorworks in Free Radical
Tri'Coterie no colorway

And the Gobstoppers!!!!!  I am very addicted to these!
Bottom Up:
Eat Knit Dye in It's Not Easy Eating Greens (with coordinating mini)
Nomadic Yarns in Neville
djfleesh handknits in The Diamond in the Sea
Lollipop Yarns in Happy Weekend
Knitmona in Highlighter
CuppyCake Yarnz in Sunny Skies

Whew! That is A LOT!!!  And scrolling through my Ravely stash to check on some names, there are many I missed!  I have a couple of Holiday Flock Sock Yarns that are self stripe...a few more Mad Color ones and another Blue Ridge one with blue and white stripes and a red contrast color....

So now to start my Year of Self Stripe Socks...while finishing up my other 11 sock WIPs and other projects...can I do it?   I'm not setting a number goal...but I do have some goals..

1. Afterthought heels...have never done one
2. Try toe-up again
3. Try two at a time again
4. Figure out that whole Fish Kiss Lips Heel thing....it just seems like a lot of work..doing the foot cut-outs and all the math! Ugh math!
5. Found other patterns to work in self stripe yarns...





Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stitch Along Week 6

Good evening!  Well we are waiting for some more snow to fall...school has not been canceled yet, we'll see if they do.....we are scheduled for a half day, but then they'd be dismissing the kids during the worst of the storm...so, maybe I'll get a call at 5:30 a.m., maybe not....

Not been working on much since the weekend....I did start a test knit for a stripey pair of socks, but haven't been given the go-ahead to post things yet....

And I did post on Sunday that I started working on the Elephant Reserve baby sweater again, but I haven't picked it up since Saturday....

I am hurting quite a bit today, probably from the incoming weather...my feet and ankles really hurt...and my hands hurt a bit....

I do have a post ready of all my yarn stripey goodness.....look for that in the upcoming days....hmmm...I feel like I need to post a picture or something....
OMGosh!  I started following #selfstripingyarn on Instagram...yeah a whole lot of new indie self stripe yarn!  I am very tempted!!!!

So what have you been up to?  Please link up and link back..thanks!




Sunday, February 4, 2018

Year of Projects: Week 5

2018 Finished Projects:
Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018
Shamrock Hat - Jan 20, 2018
Snowflake Hat - Jan 20, 2018

Nothing new finished this week.....and I'm working on WIPs not on the list!  So my friend's baby boy was born and I have not finished the sweater, so that is first priority


 Just getting to the ears!

....then I volunteered to do a test knit for self stripe yarn....I think today I'm going to wind the majority of my self stripe yarn, so it is ready to go...I know, I know that whole thing about winding yarn before using...but my setup is a pain in the ass...so I try to wind a bunch at a time.  

Since this is the year of the self stripe...I'm going to wind a bunch of it! And since I'm going to try that Box o' Socks thing...I do want it all ready to go....

My husband just told me to take a picture of all the project bags with projects in them and then list their contents...maybe I'll do that!

And that is my plan....

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17
Fortune's Shawlette - 5/20/17 - Finished ball 2    

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...

Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...

Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Blue Wave - 1/15/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches. 

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...Folding Chairs - (2/17/17) - Her Story plain vanilla
Zombie Latte Socks - (6/27/17) - need some zombie socks come Walking Dead premiere!
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Hudson Bay Socks - (6/21/17)

Muertos - 8/13/17
Twas the Night - 12/24/17


Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen
Sea Glass (4/13/17) - a Zauberball shawl

Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 

Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy