WIP It Wednesday, September 28th

I know it’s been a super long time but I actually have some WIPs on the needles I want to talk about!

First up, Rock Pool socks from Beyond Vanilla Socks Pt. 2 by the lovely Mina Phillip. Black and green rock pool socks on needles

I basically always have socks on the needles these days, and these are my first patterned ones! I’m really liking how it’s working up! Yarn is my own, Snape, Snape, Severus Snape!

This one is going wayyyy slow because I have to sit down and be able to concentrate, but it was a free pattern and I thought it was beautiful! This Tokerau Shawl is being knit up in some Pirrrates Yarn and Mad Tosh!tokerau_shawlwip

P.S. Love my Walking Dead Bag! P.S.S Less than a month until it comes back!

Next up, a Baby Vertebrae in finger weight, in a 6-12 month size for Ross #4 (who is a chunk!) babyvertebrae

I just bound off the body today, it has gone so quick!!

Last but not least, my Alar Shawl, that I finally finished the first front panel!

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This has been a labor of love, I even have high hopes to wear it by November! Ha, yeah we’ll see about that 😛

Whew…so glad to me producing knitting and blog posts again!

Omg. I’M BACK!

So let’s recap the last…6 months!

We bought a house,

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Our very first house!!

 

Had our 4th baby,

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It’s a baby!

Husband was retired from the Navy, started his civilian job, I finished up Super Girl’s 1st grade courses, did all this shawl knitting,

Bought a car,

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and FINALLY opened up my online shop with wool dryer balls and stitch markers! Yayyyyyy 🙂 IMG_5368

Check it out here!

Whew! It’s been busy! I fully intend to start blogging again, I just need to get back in the habit. I miss all you wonderful people! Quick and dirty catch up, I’ll start with actual details again soon! Happy knitting, friends!

First FO Friday in February!

I’m not sure the feeling of accomplishment from a potential FO Friday post will ever go away, I love it!

First up, I finished and blocked my Felici socks….

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While I’ve heard great things about this yarn, it is super soft but I’m not impressed with the dye job. I know self-striping is it’s own art, but I expected it to be more uniform from a commercial dyer such as Knit Picks. Oh well. The colorway is Baker Street, and I may or may not have bought it because I am SHERlocked 😉

My second FO is the Abundant Cowl I started this week, it was such a quick and satisfying knit! I had no idea what I would make with the Manos Maxima when I picked it up, because I find a project I want to do THEN find the yarn. I’m working on building my yarn stash though, and I’m thinking I will be buying yarn whenever I see some I reallllllllly like because I like having it already on hand!

Lots of satisfaction and distraction for this crazy time in my life!

Let me see your FOs!!

 

Catie

WIP Wednesday and General Life Update!

Well, here we are almost half way through February. How did that happen?! I wish the Navy moved that fast (ha.), we are STILL waiting on the final paperwork for Husband’s separation. But good news is that his new boss is an ex Marine and is understanding of all the hoops he has to jump through, and we are using the new company to pay for our move at the end of the month! We will be in our house, finally, after almost 2 months since closing, in just a few weeks! To say I’m overwhelmed at the moment is an understatement and I’m having a hard time processing all the feels. There’s still a lot of coordinating and potentially money on the line, I’m just super done with this whole process.

To try and quiet my mind and nerves, I picked up my Cozy Memories Blanket again this week and added 3 squares in a sitting! I’m up to 20 squares total, and I still feel like my squares are small compared to some others that I’ve seen but oh well. They are 32 stitches cast on, so not sure why they seem small.

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top right 3 are the newest additions!

I was on Ravelry on Monday and came across this cowl pattern that stuck out at me, the Abundant Cowl, and lo and behold I actually had the perfect yarn and free needles for it! This is my first time working with Manos Maxima, I had picked it up a few weeks ago at our LYS sale. I’m not sure if it’s just sticky or if it had been manhandled on the shelf, but it was so stuck together it made winding a PIA. But now that I’m trucking along it’s gliding on the needles and I love how it feels, I can’t wait to wear it!

IMG_4518.jpgI also thought I should maybe try to knit something for Baby #4, but when I attempted to cast on socks I was too tired and messed them up, and haven’t gotten up the guts to try again haha. Such is life. I’m still at a loss for what to make for him, I still have a good handful of blankets and it’ll be hot in Arizona sooooo suggestions?? haha

Whatcha working on??

Catie

WIP Wednesday

My first WIP Wednesday post in a while! I always plan to write one, but honestly I’ve been stuck on a few WIPs for several weeks so I wanted to have something fun to write about, and now I do!

Mermaid tail for Super Girl has sat untouched since last month and I kind of feel bad about it. But then again not really. So moving on!

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Sockhead in Dexter yarn!

I’m almost to decreases on this Sockhead hat, and I’m super excited because this is a gift, but also I need these needles back for socks! I’ve never had an itch to make socks but oh man, I do right now!

And I’m still trucking along on The Doodler, I have one more cable for Clue 2. I am envious of all the people on Instagram that could knit a clue in a day! This has taken me so long for several reasons:

  • Kids. I have to sit down in the quiet to concentrate
  • Christmas knitting was my excuse in December
  • I just lost my mojo for it. It really stunk.
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Almost done with Clue 2!

It’s already huge, I really can’t wait to be done with it!

What are you working on??

Catie

FO Friday!

I am sooooo excited to finally have some FOs to share!

First up, my third and final Baby Vertebrae for 2015! This was for one of my very best friend’s fourth baby, who was due in January. I’ve had this Dexter kit from Orange Jellyfish Dream for a few months and wasn’t sure what to make with it.

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Dexter Kit from OJD! Slice of Life and Killroom, how could I not??

My friend and her husband are also fans of Dexter so I figured it would make a good baby sweater and I could use both colors. The week of Christmas she had been saying she had a ton of pressure and some other per-labor symptoms, and I realized this project had been put on the back burner due to Christmas knitting and my Doodler (OOPS!). I got my butt in gear and finished it on the 28th, blocked the 29th, and her baby boy was born on New Years Day, WHEW!

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Baby Vertebrae done just in time!

In the midst of the craziness, these fingerless gloves for my other BFF got separated and the first mitt sat lonely for several weeks before I felt like making the next one. These are in Patons Kroy Springtime something sock yarn that is more like a DK weight than fingering so when I got an email form KnitPicks with a DK weight fingerless mitten I was alllll over that. Truth be told these were boring, but I really love the finished project and Husband has requested a pair as well haha.

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Fingerless Mitts

And finally, I am totally including my finished Clue 1 of the Doodle because I was stuck forever and played yarn chicken and lost. So, they are deserving of a FO Friday post lmao.

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The Doodler Clue 1: Complete!!

I’m hoping to completely finish Clue 2 this weekend! What have you been working on and/or finished??

Knitting Goals for 2016 (better late than never!)

Everyone has resolutions, but knitters get to do something fun, we get to plan and plot and buy yarn! I’ve been meaning to write my list but life has gotten in the way, at least this week it has been all good things!

  • I had originally planned on making myself a sweater, preferably cardigan in 2016. But, with having a baby in May, I am already surrendering to
  1. Limited time I will have to actually concentrate on a more complex pattern or work
  2. I won’t feel like myself or be back to a normal size for awhile.
  3. Living in Arizona for the foreseeable future
  • So, a cardigan may be in the books for 2017.
  • I am seeing socks, hats, and shawls for 2016. Smaller projects, varying skill levels, quicker finishing time, plus less bulk on me/baby in Arizona heat haha.
  • I have a shawl pattern written up, and I have an idea for a hat but I need to actually write it down. I’m hoping to release both in the first half of the year!
  • Baby knits, because I knit for everyone else’s baby I should probably knit for my own! With a May baby though, I’m thinking I want to do socks and maybe a light blanket (does such a thing exist?) for him. We’ll see.
  • Possibly become a certified instructor via CYC

What are your knitting goals for 2016? More or less than 2015? Different? I love the forward momentum I feel from knitting, like every project I finish I now have the knowledge and experience to do more.

 

I’m Back!

It’s been a few months since my last post, I wasn’t quite in the tail end of my morning sickness. Since then things have been crazy, and I’ve slipped into the chaos. Husband finally submitted his disability package mid-October, and we are still waiting for an answer. He accepted his dream job and we are currently in contract on our dream house, now all we have to do is pray to every God, Saint and Voodoo god that the Navy doesn’t screw us over!

Last week we found out that Baby Ross #4 is a ….Boy!!! So excited for that!

And in the midst of all this crazy, there has been lots of knitting. Because up until a few days ago when my mojo left, it was the only thing keeping me sane.

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Mitten Ornaments!

I made about 10 of these mitten ornaments, originally a Red Heart pattern but I had to change it up.

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Age of Brass and Steam, in Northbound Knitting Gothic

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Age of Brass and Steam, in Northbound Knitting Velvet Underground

My favorite online yarn store, Eat. Sleep. Knit. had a sale on some Northbound Knitting in October? (I think? These last 4 months have been a haze haha) so I scooped up some Merino Cashmere DK and made my mother and Husband’s mom Age of Brass and Steam shawls! They turned out so well I wanted to keep them both for myself. Also if you have not purchase from ESK, I highly recommend doing so. They have a great selection and you get a scratcher with every purchase, so far I’m up to $20 in store credit!

My life has basically revolved around Christmas knitting the last few months (Minus a Doodler I’m currently stalled on), and this little mermaid tail is going to JP! IMG_4070.JPG

I’m making one for the oldest, but I’m not currently in the mood to talk about how much I hate it haha.

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Ho Ho Ho!

And finally, some Vanilla Christmas socks for myself. Because I can.

I decided to resolve to recommit myself to blogging, because I do really love it! I’m not waiting until 2016 though 😉  Cheers, friends!

An Adventure in Sock Knitting: 2 New Methods in One Pair of Awesomeness 

I knit my first sock last year while on vacation, and it never gained a mate. I made my first pair October of last year which went to Husband. He promptly stepped in a puddle of pee with them on and that was the end of that. *facepalm*

I finally bought some wool wash and cleaned them up, and the toes fell apart. *DARN YOU KITCHNER STITCH!*

*deep breath*

This year has yielded 4 pairs of successful socks, and I’ve learned a lot. I finally attempted my first two at a time (TAAT) socks AND a Fishlips Kiss Heel (FLK) this month!  


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First attempt was a bust because Patons Kroy is much thicker than the sock yarn I have been using. I got these and 2 balls of another color way on clearance at Joann’s for $2 each. How could I not buy them?!Moving on, restarted with correct gauge, they progressed nicely!  

 
Then came the heel. I’ve heard many knitters and podcasters sing the praises of FLK heels, so I thought, Why Not?? There had to be a better way than a heel flap. I purchased the pattern and was super impressed to see all the detail put into the pattern! If you have been wondering about it, do it. I have 0 regrets. But one thing, how come NO ONE has mentioned the awkward cardboard cut out you have to make?! Haha, everyone got their foot traced, and the proper marks made(buy the pattern!).

It took me 90 minutes to do both heels for the first time, but I don’t think I will ever go back to a heel flap, it’s amazing!  

Ahhhh fresh turned heels!

 
I knit the feet (foots?) over the last few days and finished them up today. They are seriously the best fitting socks I have made to date!  

 
Husband tells me he can’t wait for it to get cooler so he can wear them…hopefully these socks will never meet pee 😉 

Do you have a favorite way to knit socks?? I want to hear it!