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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Merry Month of May Goals!

Happy May Day! As it's the first of the month, I shall entertain you with my monthly goals :) But first, we need to revisit April's goals....

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something!): Snape's StockingsWinkVanilla Latte SocksIce Socks, and Mirkwood
2. Pick a new fiber to spin.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Well.......Snape's Stockings and the Vanilla Latte Socks have been finished. Wink has had a little action here and there. The Ice Socks and Mirkwood have both been frogged. I may make Mirkwood someday but the Ice Socks are going to be reimagined into something else. We'll see what I come up with. 

I've been working with a blend of Finn & Suffolk that I bought in a destash almost two years ago. In fact, I've spun over half of it (I'm on my second bobbin). My original plan was to ply it with the purple merino & silk I spun a few months ago...but it's very sticky and it's telling me that it wants to be it's own project, meaning I'm going to ply it on itself as a two-ply. Eventually.

Fibery endeavors are waxing and waning lately. This past week has been particularly rough because I wasn't feeling any of the projects I did have going...so, I started a couple more. We're also not going to talk about the yarn diet because it's not been going well. If you go through my blog over the last month, I have a few non-club stash enhancements. ::sigh::

I mentioned a few new projects: Pacific Waves Hat, and another Pacific Waves Hat, both of which have been started and finished; a CashSilk Fern Scarf, a Gex sweater (which is a test knit), a Creeper hat, and a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth. Oops. Whatever, I needed to do some new things :)


Non-Fibery Goals

1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Clean the mantle/fireplace.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

Stormageddon's room is still in need of some attention. The buffet, mantle, and the fireplace have all had some attention (the buffet could use some more but, you know, small steps). The gym...well, spring break and sick children kind of messed up a few things but it's okay. It means my weight loss has been stalled a bit but I've come to terms with it and I'm okay. The bullet journal is great and the recipe journal is not. Oh well. 


But now we need NEW GOALS!

Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something): Wink, the CashSilk Fern Scarf, the Gex sweater, a Creeper hat, and a Bridal Shower Lace dishcloth.
2. Finish spinning the Finn & Suffolk blend, maybe get things plied and wonderful.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Non-Fibery Goals
1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room.
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Go through the pantry & cupboards.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).




I hope you have a Merry Month of May :)

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #18

Happy Sunday :) We all know why we're here but if you're a little lost, please visit the Year of Projects group on Ravelry for more information.

Anyway, let's get moving :)

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016

Unsurprisingly, I've not finished anything this week. I also did not do a proper FO Friday for my last Pacific Waves Hat...in fact, aside from the blocking photos, I didn't take proper photos of the finished project and it was gifted on Friday (because the repairs were done and Little Man's teacher's last day was Friday). Sooooo, I might do an FO Friday this week but it's going to be the blocking photo where I still have stitch markers indicating where I need to fix things. Oops. Oh well. At least I have those photos...otherwise, I'd have nothing.


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016
5. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth: started April 27, 2016
6. Creeper Hat: started April 28, 2016

First and foremost: Wink, the Fern Scarf, and the spinning have seen no action this past week. I've been doing other things.

Gex has moved onto the sleeves. I wound up doing a garter stitch, striped hem instead of the turned hem along the bottom and I'll be doing the same for the sleeves, once I get to that point. I'm still in the midst of Stockinette Hell on the first sleeve. I've had to take a break for a few days. I just wasn't feeling it.

Instead, I decided that starting a couple new projects was a good idea. Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking either....

I picked up some green Lion Brand Cotton Ease the other day and started a dishcloth. And I frogged it. I started a different one. And frogged it. And then I started the Bridal Shower one. And frogged it. I was, apparently, incapable of reading simple instructions wherein I forgot a yarn over during each pattern repeat on a row. ::sigh:: So, I restarted it with more stitches and I'm making the border wider and longer. I've not even started the "pattern" portion yet. I just finished the border and marked my extra border stitches. Maybe later today. Or not. We'll see how things go.

In addition to that, I was looking through my queue on Ravelry and found the Creepers All Around hat, remembering that I had a LOT of leftover yarn from the little Creeper I made for Little Man....but it was DK weight and the pattern called for worsted. So what, I can make that work. I cast on the medium size on US #5 (3.75 mm), worked ribbing for about 1.5" and switched to larger needles (US #7/4.5 mm). It fits him perfectly without blocking so it should be fine once it's been washed and blocked and such. Also, this is my first real true more-than-one-yarn-in-the-same-row/round project. So, in other words, I'm learning two-color knitting. Because it's a hat and I don't want it to pucker, I was very conscious of my tension when I switched yarns and had the floats on the inside. My gauge may have suffered a bit because of it but I think it'll wash/block out. In other words, GO ME!



That's the Gex sweater. I'm on the sleeve already but I was working on my striped hem in this photo, which was probably taken last Sunday afternoon. You can see what I'm talking about and that's grand :)




And proof of my two-color knitting prowess! It's horrible lighting from Friday night but the hat is black with the green faces and you can see a more accurate depiction of the colors, particularly the green, here. If I keep on plugging away at this one, I'll have it done, washed, and blocked in time for an FO Friday post this week. We'll see, however.


In my "OMGCRAZYLADYWTFLSGBBQ" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (brother's baby!) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
11. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
12. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
15. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototypes in various weights/sizes, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*

I've done some readjusting of the lists....again. I removed the dishcloth I'm working on, added some more information about design work things, blah blah blah.


Anyway, moving along....Life in California!

This week was a bit all over and up and down and all around. Little Man spent most of last weekend and the early part of this week sick with a cold and a "phantom fever." I kept him home from school on Monday, which I wish I hadn't done but I didn't know what specifically caused the fever and it was better to be safe and keep him home, in case he had something really nasty. Several of his classmates have newborn siblings at home (seriously, there are three kids in his class that have newborn siblings at home within the last 3 months) and one of his teachers is very pregnant (her last day was Friday). So, let's not spread anything really nasty, kthxbi.

Unfortunately, he shared whatever he had with his own baby brother. Stormageddon's cold turned into an ear infection and I had him into the "after hours" pediatric urgent care on Monday night with a 103.3F fever (that's around a 39.6C fever, for my non-USian readers) that I couldn't get down in traditional ways (cool washcloths, lukewarm bath, Tylenol, ibproufen, etc.) and he was so grumpy and tired and sick and cuddly. I felt awful for my poor baby.




He actually fell asleep on me for awhile, which he does not do anymore. But he was so so warm. However, a dose of amoxicillin, a good nights' sleep, and he was fine (other than not wanting to eat anything put in front of him....except for crackers and 'Nilla Wafers). He'll be on the amoxicillin until Thursday but he's already much better. In fact, I'd venture to say that he's not sick at all anymore but I'm not going to mess around when it comes to ear infections.

Before all that, however, I went to a local Just Between Friends sale at the event center here in town. If you're not familiar with the idea, it's like an indoor garage sale solely for children's items (and maternity items) with several people selling items in the same place at the same time. You can find clothes, bouncers, strollers, cribs, diapers, toys, food stuffs (unexpired & unopened baby food, plates, bottles, breast pumps, etc), carriers, bikes, and so on. Seriously, anything you could want, you can probably find. I picked up some new clothes for Little Man and Stormageddon, some even still had original tags on them. You can find things for super crazy cheap. One of the things I found, and I found it to be a crime against handknits:


Nevermind the miscrossed cable on the sleeve. I found this in the 3T/4T section so it's for Stormageddon.....for $8.50. Granted, it's made out of acrylic, but someone spent a buttload of time on this and put in lots of love. I snapped it right up.




It's a little big on him for now but I'm not too fussed about it because he's going to grow. I understand why it was probably sold but it still kills me that I bought it for so little. I know how much time the Gex sweater is taking and with all the cables and seaming and such, this would have taken significantly longer. I'm betting the yarn, even though it's acrylic, probably cost as much as I paid....maybe not but close. Or not. Whatever. Still! $8.50 for that sweater!

I picked up plenty of other things as well but that one is worth mentioning, as I'm a knitter.

Because I spent some time with small sick children, this photo happened earlier this week. This is actually out my bedroom window. We live right near one of the PG&E substations so we have an obscene amount of above-ground wires going around our house, through our backyard, and so on. Also, our magnolia tree :)


One of the other reasons I kept Little Man at home on Monday is because I knew he had Open House in his classroom later in the week and I didn't want him to miss it. On Wednesday morning, after some caffeinated beverages at the coffee shop across the street from the school, about half the class' parents came in for Open House (the other half went on Thursday). Little Man had four activities that he was going to show/teach me. He did three out of four and I think he thought the fourth one he was only supposed to explain and not actually do. He explained the banana cutting activity but didn't actually do it. They use an actual knife on little trays with plates and toothpicks and such. And I do not mean a butter knife. I mean a paring knife (because it's small enough for small hands). But, he didn't actually do the activity. I think he thought he wasn't supposed to. Whatever, he did show/teach me the other three.


These are the brown stairs blocks and the pink tower blocks. They're similarly sized (in that the big ones can line up because they're 10 cm x 10 cm and the next sizes down are 9 cm x 9 cm, and so on) so you can line them up and they build on each other. This is actually a very concrete physical concept for calculus. Yeah, frickin' calculus. They have no idea that's what they're doing and there are other ways to visualize the same concept but that's what it can lead to.

After that, he pulled out sound cards and we worked on "t" and "c". There are flashcards with photos of items that have the beginning sound listed on the front of the card. He had some difficulty because there were some photos that he couldn't identify (like a helium tank and a taxi, for example) but other than that, he did quite well.

His last activity was something called "Colored Bead Stairs 1-9." He had to line the beads up, count the beads on each little bar, then he had to color in circles on graph paper, cut it out, and glue it onto a bigger sheet. He did quite well, I thought, and he was so proud of himself.




The only other thing that happened on Wednesday, the day I went to Open House, was that the heavens opened up and I got drenched on my walk home from the school. I'm glad I didn't have Stormageddon along, though...he would not have been very happy.

Other than that, we had a pretty benign week around here. It started to get warmer toward the end of the week, leading to time in the pool and other outdoor activities.

I hope you've had a lovely week and are having a wonderful weekend! Have a sleepy Stormageddon :)


Hopefully I'll be back for an FO Friday this week....and it's the first of the month so I should have monthly goals :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stash Enhancement: Destash & JoAnn Fabrics

Happy Wednesday :)

I promised a Stash Enhancement post and I'm making good on my promise......mostly. See, I have a skein of Wollmeise Blend that I bought from someone on Ravelry via destashing......but I'll be damned, I can't find it! It's around here somewhere because I squeeeed a lot when it arrived but I must have put it away without photographing it. It'll turn up eventually. Before I'm dead, I hope.

But, I have other ones....


Yarn: Andes from Artfibers
Weight/Yardage: Aran/160 yds each
Colorway(s): Um....I have five of them.

I have a love of most everything from Artfibers and I was quite sad when they closed up their shop in San Francisco. So, I've been snagging up things I like when I find them. I caught these in a destash a couple weeks ago and decided they needed to be mine. So, now they're mine. No idea what I'm going to do with them....I'm pondering a stripey Baby Surprise Jacket but I'm worried I'll run out. I probably wouldn't but I'd still be worried about it. Whatever.




Yarn: Paton's Kroy Socks (top is 4-ply; bottom is FX)
Weight/Yardage: Sock/191 yds each (top) & 166 yds each (bottom)
Colorway(s): I don't know...one is a red/grey dealie and the other is a blue/grey.

At this point I need to admit that I'm just feeding my stash. It's hungry and wants all the yarn! But, in all honesty, after finishing my Vanilla Latte Socks, I realized that I needed some workhorse socks and Kroy is a workhorse yarn. I think I bought the above skeins for something like $6.40/each, which isn't bad when I know that means i'm getting a pair of socks (and then some) for less than $13...I've paid in the neighborhood of $30 for a skein of yarn to make a pair of socks. Soooo, two pairs of socks (and enough leftover to make another couple pairs of baby/kid socks) for $26 is not bad in my world.




If/when I find that skein of Wollmeaise, I'll share....but for now, this is all I have. I expect a club shipment or two soon enough but we'll see :)

Hope you're having a lovely day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #17

Hello and happy Sunday :) It's been a whirlwind around here so let's get going....

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016

Nothing has been finished that I'm aware of. I should have my latest hat ready for an FO Friday post this week but other than that, nada. I'm not even mad...


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
3. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
4. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016

I highly doubt any of you noticed but my WIP list is slightly smaller again this week. I frogged my Ice Socks. On Wednesday, I lamented that things were not going well and had not been going well for quite awhile. Later that afternoon, I looked at the socks, tried them on, strongly disliked what was happening, and I pulled the needles out and rewound the yarn. I've started doodling for a new project using the same stitch pattern and I might have something that works. Maybe. I don't know. But, the socks were frogged.

In other WIP news, Gex continues to grow. I'm getting ever closer to finishing. Other than that, I've not done much else. I did a partial pattern repeat on the scarf earlier in the week but that was about it. I'm dreaming of my next project. Again.

So, we'll see what happens.


In my "OMGCRAZYLADYWTFLSGBBQ" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)
6. Something for a baby (not mine) - sweater probably, maybe a toy or socks or lots of things...KNIT ALL THE BABY THINGS!

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Somethingsomething (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototype, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)
3. Organize my books/magazines/loose patterns. *started*


I've added to my lists and changed a few random things. Nothing major, just noting that my Ice Socks are no longer socks and that I have more baby things to make and that I need to get a grip on my books and magazines and loose patterns.

I've actually already started that last thing. I started by going through my loose patterns. I have three binders with loose patterns in sheet protectors. Two of the binders are very full and the third one has some room for more. So, I went through the patterns and created a spreadsheet, three actually, with the following categories: pattern, type (bag, sweater, hat, etc.), yarn weight, yardage, and needle size. Now I have a list of all the things I've printed....or, at least, the ones I can find. I'm sure there are more in other places right now (including a folder in my knitting bag). The next step is going to be actually going through my patterns with a critical eye, deciding what I really want to make and, thus, keep and what I'm willing to get rid of. Then I need to go through my queue and make sure I have everything queued properly. I need to do the same thing with my books and magazines. I've already given my books and magazines a combing but I imagine it could use another.


Okay, anyway, moving along..........

This week started out rather warm around San Francisco. We spent some time in the pool on Sunday, and things like laundry were delegated to "nighttime" activities because they created more heat in the house. I wish I could say I had photos of the boys in the pool but we forgot the camera. Oh well. We had our friends over again (because it was warmer at their house as they live on the other side of the Bay), and it was all very exciting. Or not. Whatever.

I also caught some lovely bulky cotton in a destash. So, I now have around 800 yds of Andes in five colors (~ 160 yds of each color)...which also means I owe you a Stash Enhancement post but that might be a week or two or three out. But that happened on Sunday...I think they arrived on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Most of the rest of this past week has been spent doing "normal" things, now that Little Man is back on schedule. I think Stormageddon and I went to the gym one day, we've been walking to and from school, we've been to Target and Costco and Safeway, we've watched the same movies over and over (Minions, Up, and The Peanuts Movie have been the big three...).

So, in lieu of no-excitement life around here, have some photos :)



Wearing Daddy's hat. No, it's not a good photo but he's so frickin' adorable that I can't resist :)


Stormageddon has discovered the lure of the iPad. Yes, we let our almost-20 month old son play with the iPad. Little Man was able to play with it around the same way so we're just being fair. And he loves it.


Oh look, the hat also fits Little Man :)



Pre-swimming lesson selfies in the car. We left reaaaaaaaaally early on Thursday for swimming lessons, as we were trying to get Little Man to take a proper nap and he would have flipped out if I had left when he could see me. We left almost an hour early...so I took the "scenic" route (re: drove through town instead of getting on the overly-congested 101 - that's US Highway 101, if you're not local). As a result, Little Man and I took goofy photos in the car for a little bit.


And since I'm spending a good half hour on a bench while Little Man is in the pool, I brought knitting. This was where Gex was hanging out on Thursday evening. I'm at the point where I'm going to start the hem so I think I'm going to go to the sleeves instead...I'm debating whether I'm going to do the turned hem called for in the pattern or if I'm going to do something a little different, in order to make sure the bottom of the sweater and the cuffs of the sleeves will lay flat. Because it's a test knit, my inclination is to do it to pattern specifications buuuuuuuuuuut, the other half of me wants something Little Man can wear in the end. I mean, he'll be able to wear it but I want it to behave itself. So, I'm back to pondering...


On Friday, I wore my Monkey Socks. These have been finished for almost three years and I still love them. The yarn is from Sun Valley Fibers and it is holding up very well. I've tossed these in the washer and dryer more than once but I usually handwash them. I've still not quite gotten over the fact that I managed to felt my Vanilla Socks, which were knit from a superwash sock yarn...so although these have lasted almost three years and have gone in the washer and dryer a few times, I'm still internally worrying that they're going to felt and I'm going to have to gift them to Little Man (which is what happened to my Vanilla Socks - once he outgrows them, I'm probably going to turn them into coasters or something...I don't know...). But, there's more to this photo and why I'm including it. Julie over at KnittedBliss is co-hosting an Instagram challenge (April 22-May 1) wherein you have a "subject" to photograph each day and you label said photo with #CraftyBlissChallenge. Friday's "subject" was "something you're wearing." Well, that's what I was wearing. Yesterday's "subject" was "I'm reading...," which, for me, could be any number of random things including a book for Stormageddon, listening to Harry Potter on my laptop, scrolling through stitch dictionaries, or catching up on blogs. Today's "subject" is "Making progress on....." and we'll see what happens with that one :)


Happy Earth Day from Fishface and Bubbleface.


Lastly, Stormageddon tried wearing Big Brother's shoes. Well, one of them...he couldn't find the other one and he didn't exactly do well....but he's cute, which is always good.



I hope you're all having a lovely week. I need to get back in here for an FO Friday and a Stash Enhancement and.......yeah, I'll wander in this week, I hope :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday :)

Last week, I talked about my Gex test knit...which is totally still happening.



This was taken last night, hence dark photo and my laptop (yes, I'm watching Archer). 

But I'm not here to talk about that one....that one is just in the midst of Stockinette Hell for awhile. I think I have another 6" to knit before it's the length I need. 

I'm here to talk about a design I've been working on for far too long. To be honest, the (very loose) idea came into my head quite awhile ago. It was supposed to be the second half of my Fire & Ice Socks. The Fire Socks are done, published, and fabulous. So I started the design for the Ice Socks. Last fall. Seriously, I started doing some charting and doodles and such in August. I finally had something I thought would work around January. I started knitting because swatching is for weenies. 

Aaaaaaaand things just were not going very well. The idea was that the design would spiral down the leg of the sock and then the foot would be knit without the spiral. 

Yeah, it didn't do that. At all. Not even a little bit. Plus, the decreases and increases were pulling the design in weird directions. 

So, back to the charting.....fixed the issue and started again. 


Now the decreases and increases were still pulling the chart in weird directions.

Back to the chart.....fixed the issue and started AGAIN.


This photo was from this past Saturday afternoon from my table at a nearby Starbucks. 

I got through the first pattern repeat and got into the second......and, seriously, I'm so frustrated that I'm considering scrapping the idea entirely.

Now the increases and decreases are changing the length of the side panels. The main pattern panel is perfectly fine and I don't know that I need to change anything with respect to that. But the side panels are dragging downward and it just doesn't look right and is not my original vision. 

I'm frustrated. I don't want to rip this out again. But I'm not happy. This has been weighing on me for the past few days now.




And then I went and read Josiah's blog post for today (no, I'm not the Renee he's referring to). Something that stuck with me: Be willing to have something go wrong; it isn't a failure if you've learned something. It goes along with the idea that if a project fails or, in my case, isn't working out the way you envisioned, you can go back and have a "do over" of sorts. Now, this isn't always the case but with knitting and knitting design, you can go back and fix things that aren't working.

Oh, and then something else popped into my head from Big Hero 6: SHAKE THINGS UP!



What did this all make me realize? Maybe this pattern just doesn't want to be socks. Maybe it wants to be fingerless mitts or a cowl or an infinity scarf or........


In other words, I'm going to shake things up. I'm going to look into other options. I might even swatch.



So, thank you to Josiah for that post because it was just what I needed to hear this morning.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monthly Goals: The Mid-Month Update

Day (or three) late, dollar short......whatever, I'm here with my mid-month update for April :) So, let's not delay any longer!


Fibery Goals
1. Work on the following (and maybe finish something!): Snape's StockingsWinkVanilla Latte SocksIce Socks, and Mirkwood
2. Pick a new fiber to spin.
3. Partake in a fibery endeavor at least 4x/week.
4. Yarn Diet (Clubs don't count).
5. Design work.
6. Clean out the yarn closet.
7. Anything else that comes along.

Things have been going well here....to a point. I finished Snape's Stockings and my Vanilla Latte Socks. Mirkwood was frogged and I might restart it someday but not right now. Too frustrated. I've been spinning a Finn & Suffolk blend that I bought last summer from a lovely local(ish) woman's destash. I've got over half of it spun (I'm on the second bobbin). I expect it will grow up to be a two-ply but we'll see when I get that far. My yarn diet....um, let's just not talk about that. I've done some design work, I've done some cleaning in the yarn closet, and I'm trying to knit a little every day. I've also started two new projects: Gex (a test knit) and the CashSilk Fern Scarf. I'm working on the body of Gex right now and the scarf is going to take awhile...I've only done two pattern repeats so it's only a couple inches long. Oh, and I've started and finished a couple more projects. 


Non-Fibery Goals

1. Reorganize in Stormageddon's room
2. Clean the buffet.
3. Clean the mantle/fireplace.
4. Gym and/or some other form of exercise.
5. Work on the weight loss shit (woo).
6. Keep up on the (new) bullet journal.
7. Work on recipe journal(s).

I've not done as well on this side of things. Stormageddon's room is still in need of some organization, the buffet is still a hot mess, and the recipe journal hasn't been touched one bit. The mantle was cleaned off over the weekend, I've been going to the gym here and there, and the bullet journal is going as well as expected. I keep up, which is a good start.



So, there's my month. Whew! I may or may not be back on Friday with an FO Friday but we'll see how the week goes. I still need to do some repair work on the project before it's ready but it's been washed, at least :)

I hope you're having a lovely Monday!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Y5: Self-Imposed Year of Projects - Update #16

Happy Sunday! Let's get going!

FOs (Finished Objects)
1. Fire Socks: started April 15, 2015; finished January 6, 2016
2. Nottingham for Stormageddon: started January 12, 2016; finished January 14, 2016
3. Design proposal for Fire Socks: started January 13, 2016; finished January 18, 2016
4. Purple merino/silk spinning (singles): started toward the end of Tour de Fleece (July 4-26, 2015); finished January 29, 2016
5. Nottingham for Little Man: started January 17, 2016; finished February 1, 2016
6. Swirl Hat: started December 16, 2015; finished February 4, 2016
7. Swatch for Marly Bird class at Stitches West: started January 8, 2016; finished February 7, 2016 (no project page)
8. Fire Socks design (the actual pattern writing & photography part): started February 6, 2016; finished February 12, 2016 (link to the preview; pattern went live on Saturday, April 2nd)
9. Mountains Beanie: started February 9, 2016; finished February 17, 2016
10. Rathmore: started February 25, 2016; finished March 4, 2016
11. Dragon's Egg Socks: started September 2, 2013; finished March 9, 2016
12. Creeper for Little Man: started March 4, 2016; finished March 10, 2016
13. Mother Bear Project #1: started February 22, 2016; finished March 12, 2016
14. Asshole Corriedale (spinning project): started March 23, 2016; finished March 24, 2016
15. Pacific Waves: started March 9, 2016; finished March 25, 2016
16. Freeport Vest Frogging: started March 29, 2016; finished March 29, 2016
17. Pacific Waves: started March 31, 2106; finished April 2, 2016
18. Vanilla Latte Socks: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016
19. Snape's Stockings: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016
20. Pacific Waves: started April 3, 2016; finished April 15, 2016

So, it appears that I've finished a couple items this week. You can read about Snape's Stockings, as well as the Pacific Waves hat (#17) and the Vanilla Latte Socks here. And then, Friday afternoon, I finished up another version of the Pacific Waves hat (#20). It's currently in need of some more attention, specifically weaving in ends and some minor repair work (the yarn had some breakage in the plies in a couple spots). It has, however, had a trip in the Eucalan/water mix. So, I've got that going for me.

I call it a win :)


WIPs (Works-In-Progress) - carried over year-to-year
1. Wink: started January 5, 2015
2. Ice Socks: started January 7, 2016
3. Finn & Suffolk singles: started April 1, 2016
4. CashSilk Fern Scarf: started April 7, 2016
5. Gex for Little Man: started April 8, 2016

Aside from finishing up the two projects noted above, I've spent most of this week working on the Gex test knit. You can read about my progress here. Right now, I'm in the midst of stockinette hell...for another 9", at least. Given that Little Man is tall, it's probably going to be more like 11". I'm also having some internal panic that it's not going to be big enough. Once it's a bit longer, I'll be able to move the arm stitches to some interchangeable cables and have Little Man try it on. I also understand that the yarn is going to grow a little when I wash it....but still, I'm worried that it's too small and I'll have to make it again in a bigger size.

I also pulled my wheel down, finished spinning the first half of the Finn & Suffolk blend, and started the second bobbin.

Oh, and I had to frog and restart the CashSilk Fern Scarf because I am, apparently, still incapable of reading charts. There are symbols for a s2kpsso and k3tog and they lean differently and instead of, you know, paying attention to my chart, I just kept going with my s2kpssos instead of switching to the k3tog when I was supposed to. I did try to tink it back and fix it....but that just didn't happen. So, frogged it and caught back up to where I was and knit a few more rows. So, I suppose that's a win. It would have been a bigger win if I hadn't screwed up in the first place. I think I've got a whole two pattern repeats finished. It's only a 12-row chart but it's still slow-going sometimes.

Let's just not talk about those other two projects.....I've touched my Ice Socks but that's about it. Maybe a couple rounds of ribbing...maybe.


In my "OMGCRAZYLADYWTFLSGBBQ" lists...

Children's Items
1. George's Vest (for Stormageddon - probably the largest size; YOTH Little Brother from Stitches)
2. House Hat (one each for Stormageddon and Little Man - worsted, two contrasting colors)
3. Arthur the Alien (for Little Man - worsted; any colors)
4. Holiday Countdown Stockings (for the family - Aran/worsted; four colors)
5. Mirkwood (for Little Man - worsted or bulky; any colors)

Items for ME (selfish knitting, FTW!!)
1. Vanillaish Socks (using one of my Harry Potter Yarns)
2. Paradiddle Socks (using a solid or semi-solid sock yarn)
3. Hermione Hearts Ron (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
4. Hermione Hearts Ron Fingerless Mitts (sport weight; solid or semi-solid - Plucky Primo in Petunia?)
5. Classic Silk Mayfaire Camisole (Miss Babs from Stitches Midwest)
6. Stormont (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
7. Sockhead Hat (sock; any colors)
8. Moab Shawl (sock; any colors) *need pattern*
9. Prowl (DK; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*

Secret Sock Club Bags - Pick a bag at random; do pattern with yarn
1. Scotch & Soda Scarf (using Briar Rose Fibers Wistful, leftover from my Icarus Shawl)
2. Jabberwonky (using KP Felici in Abracadabra)
3. If You Know Where To Go (using KP Felici in Green Veggies)
4. Gardener's Socks (using Malabrigo Sock in Indiacita)

Stranded Knitting
1. University of Wisconsin Ski Hat
2. University of Wisconsin Christmas Stocking
3. University of Wisconsin Button Beanie
4. Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

Christmas/Charity Bin
1. 198 yds. of Heaven (worsted; any colors)
2. Phillip and Mr. Grum (sock yarn; any colors)
3. Comfort Food (Aran; solid)
4. Fine Fella (worsted; solid or semi-solid)
5. November Leaves (Shelter from stash) *need pattern*
6. Skinner Hat (sock; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
7. The Shoemaker's Hat (bulky; solid or semi-solid) *need pattern*
8. Roll Out The Barrels (cotton; any colors)
9. Sweeny Todd Scarf (worsted; any colors)
10. Bridal Shower Lace Cloth (cotton; any colors)
11. The Snowmen Cometh (worsted; any colors)
12. Sunburst Dishcloth (cotton; any colors)
13. Starfish Cloth (cotton; any colors)
14. Seamless Circular Cloth (cotton; any colors)
15. Tombreck (Aran/worsted; solid or semi-solid)
16. Premie Spiral Hat (for hospital donations - sport or DK; any colors)

Designs
1. Ice Socks (knit prototype and pattern for submission)
2. Susan's Hat (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.; knit new prototype from Babs K2 from Stitches)
3. Little Man's Baby Blanket (make proper - photos, pattern, etc.)
4. Paradiddle Socks (knit prototype - see "Items for ME")
5. Pacific Waves Hat (knit prototype, pattern for submission? self-publish?) *I've started this*
6. Stormageddon's Baby Blanket (design process, knit prototype, etc.)

Spinning
1. Spin approximately 4 oz of either a grey wool or white merino to ply with the purple silk/merino listed in the FO section above.

Other (for things that are fibery/crafty in nature but not specific to knitting or spinning)
1. Organize my handmade stitch markers
2. Make more stitch markers (to sell? donate? hoard?)



I'll be honest, I kind of feel nekkid with only five WIPs going, even though two of them are sweaters. I'm kind of having that urge to start something else....quite possibly some rainbow socks, as soon as I find some white for the cuffs, heel flaps, and toes. But those will be my "travel" knittings. Sooooo, there's that. And one of my WIPs is a spinning project, so for some reason, my head doesn't equate it with "WIP." In other words, my brain thinks I have four WIPs and that I need more, especially as only one of those WIPs are a pair of socks. Meh. Whatever.

Onto reality.....

Little Man went back to school this week, which was a Godsend. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with him this summer when he's home for eight weeks straight. I have a feeling we're going to have lots of playdates and time at the park and trips to the zoo this summer, which is perfectly fine with me.

But it's been a week of readjustment. We were all going to bed later than we normally would and, thus, getting up later than we normally would. So, just the time readjustment alone was pretty rough. I think we're back to normal but we'll see how things go tomorrow morning. And then there was the actual walks to and from school. It's not like it's a long walk to and from school (1.2 miles, round trip, twice a day)...but when you spend two weeks not doing it, it's a little rough doing it again. So, I've had sore legs, which I still find rather strange. Oh well.

Before all that started, last Sunday, we did a few things around the house. We dug out some annoying bushes along our driveway and planted hops (as in things you use in beer-making). So far, only one of the five have sprouted, which is fine...we're hoping the other four sprout soon. We also worked in the greenhouse, pulling the radishes, replanting some of the other plants that were getting waterlogged (eggplant and runner beans, specifically), and other yardwork like mowing the lawn, weed whacking, and leaf blowing. It was all very exciting.

Little Man also collected his first carrot bounty.


Normally, we wouldn't have pulled this carrot but it was in a bin that was partially waterlogged and it was mostly out already. So, we pulled this wee little carrot.

We found this guy on our walk home from school on Monday.


This snail was HUGE. The ledge it's sucking onto for dear life was about 2" from top to bottom. So, like I said, HUGE SNAIL. We could see it a couple houses away, though we didn't know for sure it was a snail until we were closer.

A lot of the rest of the week was spent taking care of a few things that just have been driving me nuts but that I've not had the time with which to deal with them. The hardwood floors were swept, the mantle was cleaned off, I dusted the TV & TV stand, cleaned the TV screen, cleaned the stove (the top, including washing the grates), cleaned the fridge face, found our dining room table under all the paperwork, the carpets in the bedrooms were vacuumed, laundry was done, blah blah blah. In other words, we were rather productive.



Stormageddon loves this monkeybunny (it's a "sock monkey" that's dressed as the Easter bunny). He was giving it a hug when I took that photo.

The next morning, this happened:


A boy and his breakfast. He sat in daddy's chair with his boppy and milk and called it good while I was getting Little Man going. Silly boy.


Honestly, I've no idea what Little Man drew but he drew this on the pavement at school. I took a photo because he asked me to. I think he did this on Friday morning because it wasn't there before school and he had me photograph it when I picked him up.

In other crafty-esque things, these happened:


These are two 5x8 sketchbooks (roughly an A5, if you're not from the US), made by Canson (they come in a 2-pk). I took Little Man to JoAnn Fabrics and had him pick out two sheets of scrapbooking paper and two sheets of cardstock. Then we went to Flax Art & Design here in town, where we picked up the sketchbooks and some book binding tape. As you can see, he was into water-themed paper.

I glued the scrapbooking paper onto the cover and pressed it down lots. I covered the spines with the book binding tape, obviously. I then cut the cardstock in half and used that on the inside cover. I glued it down but because the scrapbooking paper didn't work exactly the way I had envisioned, I needed something else...and in comes Washi Tape. I had some that I haven't used and covered the edges of the cardstock on the inside cover. So, he has a couple fake fancy sketchbooks. He loves them. I'm considering taking actual proper book binding classes. I've got the gist of what to do but I want to make something that's actually, you know, nice. We'll see. I've got supplies to make a couple more for myself at some point. It's a pretty easy way to make something "yours" and look better than just the plain cover. It's not perfect and there's plenty of room for improvement but for the kiddo, it's fine.

Other than that, it's been a fairly standard week around here :)

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2016

FO Friday: I FINISHED ALL THE THINGS!

Happy Friday! Okay, my blog post title isn't exactly accurate....but it feels like I've finished a bunch of items lately, which isn't a total lie because some of them were long-running WIPs. So, FINISH ALL THE THINGS!

Let's see what I've got this week! I suppose I should start with what was completed first...

Pacific Waves Hat (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Pacific Waves Hat, still unpublished by me because it's still not ready

Time Frame: started March 31, 2016; finished April 2, 2016

Yarn: leftover Knit Picks Swish DK in Orange

Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) & US #8 (5 mm) Signature DPNs

Size: I used the numbers for the newborn size but because it's DK, it came out premie sized....

Modification(s): It's my pattern so I'm still figuring out a few things. The numbers I've got are for worsted weight so I'm working out how it translates to DK weight and, in this case, the numbers for the worsted weight knit in DK yarn give me a size smaller. I'm not positive if it's true across the board...I'm working on a 0-6 month size in DK weight to see if it'll come out newborn sized, and so far, it appears that is what will happen.

Thoughts: I have no idea what I'm going to do with this wee little hat. Seriously, this hat is tiny. I suspect that it's going to wind up going to the hospital for the NICU. Or, perhaps, for a toy we have around here...but really, probably the hospital. It was made specifically to test the pattern in another size and I screwed up by using a DK weight and I just rolled with it. Soooo, there's that. It's tiny, though.


Anyway, moving along....

Vanilla Latte Socks (link to Project Page)


Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes

Time Frame: started November 19, 2015; finished April 6, 2016

Yarn: Paton's Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in Blue Striped Ragg

Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) - two long circulars

Size: Medium

Modification(s): I had a few modifications...I did Jeny's Stretchy CO over two needles, the cuff ribbing was done in 2x2 with all the knit stitches done through the back loop (tbl), and then things got weird for a bit. I stole two stitches from the end of the last repeat and moved them to the beginning of the new round for the heel flap, which I did my usual Modified Eye of Partridge heel flap over 34 stitches...except I did my rows backwards (they were facing correctly but I started on a "s1, k1" instead of the "k1, s1" but, whatever. The idea was that I would keep the garter strip down the heel flap and eliminate unbalanced socks.


So, my numbers were different for the heel turn so I did my usual Rounder Heel, which is fine. And because I stole those stitches for the heel flap, the foot of my sock wouldn't be unbalanced. What I mean is that if I had knit the sock per the instructions, I would have had four garter strips down the foot and on one of the sides, I would have had gusset decreases right next to it (if I even did my gusset decreases there - which I didn't) and it wouldn't have been centered, which would have driven me nuts. I'm one of those people that doesn't do asymmetrical in my socks. Things have to be centered or evenly distributed....and these wouldn't have been. But by moving everything just two stitches over, suddenly things were centered. And it worked. And it didn't drive me nuts.

Thoughts: I love these socks and I might actually make another pair. They're perfect for travel/kid knitting because they've got just enough interest to keep things going but they're the kind of project you can just work on while watching TV...which doesn't mean I didn't have to go back and fix a few mistakes here and there but, for the most part, these were my "I'm at swimming lessons/soccer/friends' house" knitting. That may be part of why they were finished so quickly in comparison to some of my other socks (nope, not side-eying my Dragon's Egg Socks OR the next ones I'm going to show you...).

And lastly..........

Snape's Stockings (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Snape's Stockings by Erica Lueder

Time Frame: started August 20, 2014; finished April 11, 2016

Yarn: Happy Fuzzy Yarn Merino Tencel Fingering in Steel & Pearls

Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) - two long circulars

Size: One size (72 sts)

Modification(s): The pattern calls for 20 rounds of ribbing; I did 15 rounds. I did my usual Modified Eye of Partridge heel flap starting on the WS (because of how this pattern was written, it made more sense to do it this way). The heel turn I left alone as it worked out pretty well. I did my double gusset heel decreases (with k2tog & ssk on the edges instead of the other way around). I started evening up the toe decreases on round 24 of the pattern (because my instep had more stitches than my heel). I think those were my only modifications. Well, I ignored the toe decrease instructions and did my usual toe decreases, but that's fine.

Thoughts: This is a good, solid pattern....but these socks did end up being a little big. I don't know if that's a function of the weight loss or if they were just going to be that big. They have some stretch to them so I suspect it's the socks themselves. If I were to make them again, I'd probably go down to a US #0 (2 mm) needle, or maybe even a US #00 (1.75 mm) as there really isn't a way to modify the pattern otherwise. Sooooo, there's that. I think I'd also opt for a solid or semi-solid yarn. The pattern gets lost in the stripes....not that I'm not going to wear these because I totally will. Just things to ponder....



Anyway, I hope you're having a lovely Friday :) I should be back on Sunday with my Year of Projects update!

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