I finally got the DJINNI in a bottle socks blocked! They have been off the needles for a while now but I wanted to wait to block them until I got my new smaller sock blockers which came while I was on vacation. The only thing I wish I would have done differently is to add one more set of repeats to the leg. I had plenty of yarn so that wouldn’t have been an issue. I used Knit Picks Palette colorway C726.
Well I started out making a baby boy blanket in blue camo yarn with a matching blue in a DROPS 19-6 pattern. However the baby shower started at 7pm and my friend Shelley was sewing in the ends for me as I was getting dressed at 6:45pm so needless to say I totally forgot to take pictures of the blanket – can you say *argh*
Well my next opportunity was the following week and I did get pictures of the pink baby girl blanket. The pattern for the body was Bunny Ear Blanket but I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to get the blanket finished in time so I did one round of double crochet fans around the entire edging and then a final round of treble crochet around the entire edge. I do plan to make a pink camo Bunny Ear Blanket following the original pattern next.
I’ve also finished the Whisper Lace Socks and they are currently drying so no pics yet.
These are Hedera knitted in OnLine Supersock Cotton Beach. I broke down and ordered a pair of sock blockers so these are my first pair modeled on the blockers instead of my feet 🙂 I’ve since gone through and blocked most of my socks since I like the way they look when blocked. Oh and yes that is my orange bath poof in the background 😀
In the seemingly never-ending task of destashing yarn by knitting it up, I have completed 2 more pairs of socks. Of course I still have leftover yarn from each and one day will make a pair of crazy socks out of the remaining yarns – should be interesting if not totally weird. First pair up is my first try at Shur-tugals inspired by Turtlegirl who has made 3 pairs in yummy yarn and has memorized the pattern (me memorize – yeah those days are so over). I used stashed Regia yarn in grey. It is really hard to see the pattern but they really are super cute!
The second pair of socks up was a Crystal Palace Pattern called Menehune Cobblestone and here on Ravelry. Again I used an already stashed yarn called Opal Zwerger Garn in Crazy. It well lives up to its name in the crazy color and pattern. I intentionally never try to start socks in the same place so they are not exactly alike. I love matchy matchy but am not interested in having my socks look identical. It’s my thing – my husband on the other hand will probably go crazy when I wear these because they don’t look identical. Dual purpose effected – I get to be different and drive him crazy all at the same time – it’s a win win situation 🙂
I’ve started another pair – further destashing – called Hedera. Socks are fun!!
For Valentine’s Day I scrapbooked some photos of us as children and as adults and framed it for my husband. He loved it and it’s on his bookshelf in his office.
I’ve started my first pair of Shur’tugal socks which Turtlegirl inspired me to try (she has done several and they were all gorgeous!!). I am really having to pay attention with this pattern 🙂
The other day my husband, Doug, asked me just how many socks I needed to make for myself and was I done yet? Humph. This coming from a man with a GINORMOUS drawer full of white, dress and camping socks mind you. For those who have never made their own socks or wouldn’t consider trying I can understand this statement especially when for $9.99 you can get a pack of 10+ socks at the neighborhood Walmart.
For those who have never worn handmade socks, I feel sorry for you. They are so much nicer, prettier, can be fitted to your foot, you can pick your own pattern, yarn, color, the advantages go on and on. Some do need to be handwashed but most yarn makers have come out with sock yarns that can go into the machine (although I still handwash these too). The prices are higher but most of the sock yarns are wool or wool blends or specialty yarns and you can sometimes find sock yarns at sale prices which is a good time to stock up on them. Anyway I will not quit making socks anytime soon unless I become impaired in the hands. There are too many patterns out there to make that are way prettier than anything I could ever find in any chain store.
These are my newest finished socks. The pattern is Wildflower Socks and the Ravelry link made with Knit Picks Memories 100% Merino Wool in colorway Redwood Forest. These are my new favorites! I love the pattern and the color is very similar to the one in the original pattern.
Wilbur wanted to be part of the picture taking too.
I am a follower of Turtlegirl and she has been working on socks lately and has inspired me to knit socks again (that and the fact that it’s been cold off and on and I had to give up the flops for winter). Sooooo I started a pair of socks!
I am knitting them using Wise Hilda’s Basic Ribbed Sock pattern and Opal yarn which is written entirely in German (the yarn not the pattern – i’d really be in a bind then). I’m assuming (here again I shall be careful because we all know what they say about assuming) that either the Farbe 3704 or the Partie 2 is the color # and possibly lot #. Basically the color is purple, blue & black with white. It is not a to die for color but it will work with parts of my wardrobe and that’s all that matters. That and I am using stashed yarn and this didn’t cost the hubby any more money 🙂 which will make him happy and I’m all about making him happy – most of the time anyway. The pattern calls for 1.5 double points but all I had were 1’s so hopefully the fact that I tend to stitch a little loose will make up for the difference. That or mom gets the socks since she’s the only one with littler feet than me 🙂
Another project that I have been putting off is taking up dress pants. Yuck. And that’s how I feel about it on a good day. I tried the whole stitch whitchery (i’m sure it’s spelled wrong but you know what i’m talking about) thing which works by ironing on the sticky stuff and will hold the pants as long as you don’t wash them. Which I did. Then the stuff starts letting go and the hem falls out and you have to wear really high high heels or stacked shoes and only part of the hem is hanging low and the rest is still holding and you just plain look funny. Which by the way is how I went to church Sunday and I was embarrassed at myself and now I am hemming the pants up by hand. Of course note that it’s 3 days later and I am just now going to get to the hemming after I finish posting about it in the blog and if I don’t get sidetracked by something more fun or interesting (like cleaning the sink or floor or something). It’s one of those chores that has to be done unless one continually wants to be playing with stitch whitchery and irons and I don’t, really I don’t.
I finally finished a calorimetry headband for myself. The rest that I made were for gifts for Christmas so it will be nice to have one for me. This was made using Sensations Angel Hair Stripes.
After making the previous neck wrap and liking it so much I made 2 more – one for Doug’s aunt and one for mom. Mom really liked the colors in the one I was making for Doug’s Aunt and since it only used one skein of yarn I made Mom one with the remaining ball of yarn. I used Lion Brand Tweed Stripes in Woodlands colorway.
Matching headband and neck wrap for me. The wrap was made using 10 1/2 needles and by casting on 120 stitches and knitting in the round. I made this one a little different by knitting the first 9 rows in an alternating knit, purl pattern (the last & first stitch were the same). The middle rows were made by YO, knit 2 together across and ending with the knit 2 tog. The last 6 rows were the alternating knit, purl and then cast off. You could adjust this pattern any way you wanted. I used 2 skeins of Sensations Angel Hair Stripes to make both.
I’m thinking about socks now since I’ve really enjoyed wearing the ones I already have. Although I probably won’t have them finished in time to wear this year as slow as I am with socks 🙂