Friday, July 19, 2019

Crazy About Yarn

On Monday I shared my Awaiting Fulfillment Socks. Today, I'm going to share the sock yarn I bought to be ready for that sock knitting machine.
I discovered that Knit Picks was offering their Summer 2019 Felici at 20% off. How could I not invest in the new collection of striping yarns? I added two of those to my shopping cart, then started adding Stroll Sock in solids for contrast heels and toes. I think Knit Picks changes their Felici colors once or twice a year, so if you see one you like you should pick up a couple balls while they are available.
There is also one set of Stroll Gradient Duo in there. I couldn't resist picking one of those up because it is on sale. I'm so glad I added those solids. I have so many more options! If you haven't tried Felici, or Stroll Sock, I recommend you give it a try. It is very soft for a reasonably priced sock yarn. Note: these are all 50 gram balls so make sure you buy enough!
I went through the packing list and sorted everything. Such a great collection! I should see if I have any other Felici hiding around here and add it to the big box of sock knitting. Everyone might want to expect socks for winter solstice.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Knit Picks Fixed Circular Sock Knitting Needle Set (appropriate for magic loop sock knitting)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Crochet Madness

I fear this might become a regular thing. Last week I shared my Cakes Two to Tango Shawl and this week I get to share the finished shawl.
This is where I left off last week. I worked on it a little every day.  It's a really quick project if you're an experienced crocheter.
I was a little concerned when I hit the white section of both cakes at the same time. I think at least one of these sections was supposed to a color and there was some failure at the factory. That doesn't bother me so much as it is still a finished object and will keep someone warm.
Two 150 gram cakes made a generous shawl.
It's a simple enough project to keep your hands busy when you're doing other things, like watching television.
Bundled up around your neck it should keep off a winter chill. The fabric is soft and has great drape.
This is my next pairing. If I keep going, I can finish several way before winter comes. Colors: Sirens and Harpy.

Find the pattern on Ravelry: Cakes Two to Tango

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)
Lion Brand Mandala is available on Amazon, though you might be able to find it cheaper locally.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Awaiting Fulfillment Socks

On May 6th, after returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do serious internet research, select my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a high-precision machine. What I wasn't expecting -- in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world -- was the long lead time. I'll talk about that experience when my circular sock knitting machine ships and arrives at my door. Until then, I decided I would hand knit some socks with the same stitch count as the cylinder I ordered so I would be ready for a comparison. What I learned is that you can hand knit more than a single pair of socks while waiting for that sock knitting machine to ship, even if you don't knit very fast. Anyway, this post is really about the socks, not the machine.
Because I was experimenting with socks that I will try to replicate on the circular sock knitting machine, I chose the Trust Toe Up Sock. This is a free pattern on Ravelry. I don't know that I've knit many socks from the toe up and my prior experience with the afterthought heel wasn't positive. But, I was going to give it a go -- for science!
I cast on from the toes on May 27th. This was my take-along project from then until last weekend when I got to finishing the afterthought heels and weaving in those ends.
I knit while waiting for Sunday breakfast. 
I knit while riding in the car. 
I knit while waiting for a doctor's appointment. 
I knit while drinking coffee. That piece of red yarn is where the afterthought heel goes. 
And in the car. 
I added a 1 by 1 ribbing cuff. I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off, but I didn't do the right stitch for the purls. I'm not bothered by this; I still have wearable socks. Then it was time to pick up those afterthought heels.
It wasn't difficult, even if it was a little stressful. Closing up the possible holes at the corners was the most challenging. I did use a YouTube video by The Chilly Dog to help me along. 
I used the Kitchener Stitch cheat sheet from the Tricksy Knitter to finish off those afterthought heels. No matter how many times I use this stitch I refer back to this cheat sheet to stay on track. This isn't the point at which I want to fail. 
After what seemed like forever, I was finished.
There you have it, a pair of finished socks. Time to knit: almost seven weeks; 48 days. And I'm still waiting for that circular sock knitting machine to ship. I have learned that I will likely use the knitting machine to knit the monotonous part of sock knitting, the endless rows of stockinette and then finish off with afterthought heels and toes in a contrasting, or coordinating color. That way I will still have projects that are easy to carry with me. 

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sock Yarn
Pattern: Trust Toe Up Sock
Kitchener Stitch cheat sheet from the Tricksy Knitter
Afterthought heel: The Chilly Dog
Bind-Off: Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Knit Picks Fixed Circular Sock Knitting Needle Set (appropriate for magic loop sock knitting)
Knitter's Pride medium sock blocker

Friday, July 12, 2019

Charity Quilting

A couple more quilts pieced by Mary for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
And another by Mary. She makes panels so much more interesting than a panel tries to be.
This is the stack of quilts I have ready to go back for binding.

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Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 42