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!

Quarantine Knitting

I have been carelessly casting on. If I’ve got the needles and the yarn I’ve just been going for it. My family will be moving to Washington state the end of the year so the more knitwear the better!

I’ve started and completed my first shawl! The only reason I chose this pattern was because I had the recommended yarn. Here is the asymmetrical shawl pattern by Yarnspirations. It uses one cake of the Caron Latte Cake. I really enjoy working with this yarn. It is fuzzy and is really soft. Knitting with it is so smooth and fast.

Last week I challenged myself to make one washcloth a day. I learned the garter slip stitch and kinda fell in love with the way it worked up. The last day I tried to do a mitered square and let’s just say that’ll go into the ‘messed up but usable’ pile. Its not the best but it’ll work. With Hobby Lobby being closed I’ve had to chose different cotton yarn. There is a big difference between them. The Lily’s Sugar N Cream yarn is coarser then the Hobby Lobby brand I’ve been using. It is still really great yarn that you can find at Walmart and Amazon.

I’ve actually done something out of my queue! The Sideways Sweater by Adella Dutra has been so fast and easy to do. Unfortunately I’ve run out of yarn with just one sleeve to go! Luckily I have time to complete it. This is another sweater to add to next winters wardrobe for my little miss. I’m using my favorite needles by Knitters Pride.

I had an impulse purchase. I’ve eyed this yarn at Walmart for awhile now and decided why not. This is the “I wanna make a blankie” yarn by Lion Brand. It is so thick and squishy to work with. I took a break from the needles and figured out how to do corner to corner with crochet. I think it took me three days to make this monster.

Seeing all that I’ve finished I think that I’ve needed to just do some mindless knitting. The days are so out of the ordinary that the easy patterns are really comforting. Hopefully I can get some of my mojo back and do some more challenging knits!

This week my goal is to be a finisher! I’ve got two socks, a blanket, and a sweater to finish. I’ve only thought about starting a new project like five times today. 🙂

Stay safe and 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!

Stitch of the Week: 4

Cartridge Stitch

This week’s stitch is an easy one. It is a 6 row repeat. Adding a purl row in makes the fabric look like a horizontal rib pattern. The wrong side and right side look the same.

Cartridge Stitch

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit

Row 4: knit

Row 5: purl

Row 6: knit

Cast on as many stitches as you need and repeat the 6 rows for as long as you need.

Happy knitting!

Dream Knits

If you are anything like me as you are working up one project you have the next one in mind, and the next, and the next. I can get lost for hours perusing different knitting sites and planning what’ll be next on my needles. Here are a couple of things that are on my queue. Whether it’ll be what I’ll cast on next or a project for down the road these guys have my attention.

First off, I have accepted that I am a sock knitter. I think that socks should always be in your WIP collection. Rose City Roller Littles Edition by Mara Catherine Bryner are next on my needles. They are the cutest little socks that seem like you could knit them up in an hour. My mom has collected some of her ends and bits from her sock making for me that’ll make up some awesome socks for a toddler. ‘Cuz who needs matching socks? Not a 1.5 year old… or me for that matter.

© Mara Catherine Bryner

To go along with my sock obsession I really want to try the different methods for knitting them. Most people go with the magic loop or the double pointed needles method. I have heard that these 9 in needles can really speed up the process. It won’t work well for baby socks but I want to give it a go for some adult tootsies.

When I saw this pattern I knew that I had to have it. The Witching Hour by Dear Ingenue is one of the coolest colorwork sweaters. This is definitely not your grandmammy’s sweater. It makes me want to binge watch ’21 Monkeys’ tv series.

© Dear Ingenue

I have recently fallen for cropped sweaters. They are so versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. That makes Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak on my list. Its a simple raglan construction top with great detailing and with bulky yarn it’ll knit up in a jiffy. I think it’ll be a good sweater to do for when you need a relaxing, tv watching project.

© Jacqueline Cieslak

© Jacqueline Cieslak

Split Back Tank
© Samantha Stadter

I love all of Samantha Stadler’s patterns. Most of them are free too if you go to her blog https://samsweaterz.com/. I can’t decide which I like more the Split Back Tank or the Calion. Either one would be great and airy for summertime!

Calion
© Samantha Stadter

This is really just the readers digest version of my ever growing ‘want to knit’ list. There are so many creative designers out there that keep my list never ending. What’s one of your dream knits?

Happy knitting!

Stitch of the Week: 3

Linen Stitch

The linen stitch is so much easier then it looks. If you can knit and purl then you can do this stitch.

Right side
Wrong side

YF- move yarn to the front of work

YB- move yarn to the back of work

SL- slip stitch

Cast on an even amount.

Row 1: (right side) *k1, yf, sl 1, yb; rep from * to end.

Row 2:(wrong side) *p1, yb, sl 1, yf; rep from * to end.

Repeat these two rows.

yf, sl 1, yb right side

Moving the yarn to the front and back wraps the slipped stitch making the unique design. This makes for a pretty dense fabric that is great for scarves, cowls and dish towels.