I’m a finisher!

This past week my goal has been to finish off my WIP’s. Even though I did cast on the “My Little Secret Crop” by Jessie Maed Designs, I did get some socks completed!

The first finished pair of socks is the “Rose City Rollers Littles Edition” by Mara Catherine Bryner. These are a simple sock with a rolled cuff making it even faster since there is no ribbing. This was my first time changing colors for the heel and toe and I think it came out awesome! My mom sends me her sock bits to make baby socks so I’m not sure what yarn was used. I used Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina DPN 5″ size 1. I really like using the smaller length double pointed needles.

My goal this year is knit all the different methods for adult socks. I just finished up my pair using a 9″ circular needle. I used ChaioGoo in size 2. The yarn is Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock in colorway Pueblo. It’s an acrylic yarn but works up so soft and nice. This was my first time using a self-patterning yarn and it adds so much class to a simple sock. I think this method is a distinct love ’em or hate ’em. The first couple of rows are pretty finicky. If you are working with a small sock the stitches can get pretty spread out. I’ve heard that dropping to an Addi 8″ can help out a lot with that issue. Its also a bit more taxing on your hands. Your hands are so close together you kind of feel like a giant knitting and can be really tense. If you are doing a basic stockinette sock I think these small circulars are the way to go. It’s so fast since you aren’t switching needles so much. For the heel I tucked the top of the foot stitches still on the circular into the cuff and used a couple DPN’s to do the heel flap and to pick up stitches. I added a stitch marker to keep the top of foot stitches together and worked all the stitches back onto the circular for the gusset. For this pair I added some ribbing on the instep. Once I got to the toe I did the decreases til I was too small to work with and then I split them one side stayed on the circular and the other side I used DPN’s to finish.

Last Monday’s start point.
A late Sunday night finish!

I have a sweater that is about 75% done. After taking a good luck at it I realize that it is ginormous! I made it in a size large with intentions on giving it to my husband. He would drown in it! I have just really fallen out of love with it but with the back, and sleeves done, I’m too close to give up on it! One of these days I’ll get tired of seeing the project bag in the living room and get busy with it.

I hope ya’ll are staying happy and healthy!

Happy Knitting!

Stayin’ Home and Knittin’

Whew! The last couple of weeks have been intense. It doesn’t look like it’ll be getting back to normal anytime soon.

With so much time at home now how are you filling it? Are y’all starting new projects or getting all those projects finished up?

This week I’ll finish up my first test knit! I am so excited to start doing some testing. This is a 0-14 year old pattern called Calendula by Agasalhos e Bugalhos. Its a simple raglan down kids sweater. The designer has added so many graphs and pictures that it’d make for a great beginner project. The yarn is Yarn Bee Chloe colorway breezy sunrise. I’ve made this a size too big for my kid now that way she’ll have it for next winter!

Calendula sweater by Agasolhos e Bugalhos

I have gone down a rabbit hole for making socks. I didn’t realize how many different ways there were. There is magic loop, double pointed needles, 9” circular, and flexiflips.

Magic loop is the long cable way to do things. These Addi turbo needles are on my wishlist! I want to try this way so I can do two at a time to see if that’s my thing. I think it’d be so fast to knock out a pair and have them match perfectly!

You either love double pointed needles, or you hate them. I love them. I didn’t know though that there are short teeny tiny needles that are great for doing baby socks. It kinda feels like you are knitting with toothpicks but its nice not having so much needle and so few stitches.

Rose City Rollers Littles with some scrap yarn

I’ve also started using a 9 in circular pair of socks. These so far are in the middle of the sock game. The beginning is really fiddly to work with and if you are doing a smaller sock its a bit stretched. But it does go by really fast. This has sat in the car so whenever my husband drives me around I can get a couple of rows in. I think on this sock I’m going to use some DPN’s to make the heel but the next sock I”ll try and do the heel on the circular. I’m doing a plain Jane cuff down sock pattern.

This next way I just learned about! I was talking to my mom and she recommended them. These are double pointed flexible needles. Addi has been the first to make them and call them Flexiflips but there are other brands out there now. It looks like magic loop and double pointed mixed together.

One of these days I’m going to try out adding some thread in the toes and heels to make a heavy duty sock. Now to knit all the socks to find out which way is the best!

I think as soon as I bind off I’m casting on. There is just so much that I want to do!

Be safe out there and wash your hands.

Happy Knitting!