Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January socks: FO

Last week, I finished knitting my January socks. I'm so happy with these, they are perfectly squishy and so comfy. I really loved knitting with the yarn, it's Knitsomniac Designs in the Frankenstein's Monster colorway, the yarn is incredibly soft.

January socks

The pattern for these socks is Rye by Tin Can Knits, it's a free pattern written cuff down but it's very easily adaptable to toe up. For my toes, I use a turkish cast on to start, it's easy and looks great. I finally found my favorite and perfect fitting toe pattern, I knit Joan's Favorite Toe (first pattern on the page), it's written for finishing off socks but I knit it backwards.

January socks

Since I'm participating in the Personal Mystery Sock Yarn Club and all my sock yarn is in paper bags, I'm waiting until February to cast on another pair of socks. Holding off is not easy!

While I'm waiting to get started on February, I'm knitting a row or two once in awhile on my two at a time socks I cast on last year. It feels like it's dragging on now, I may not be a two at a time knitter, so I may switch to just knitting one sock soon that way they actually get finished and don't stay a WIP forever.

two at a time socks

Other than the little bit of knitting, I'm crocheting a new design by FreshStitches, I can't wait to get it finished to share, it's really fun. It's the only crochet I've touched this year! That feels pretty crazy to me but I'm sure I'll get back into the crochet groove again soon.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

December socks & 2015 sock plans

I finished knitting my December socks on New Years Eve, they were my first ever cuff down socks. I knit them as ankle socks and they fit, mostly well. I found that my gauge seemed to be much tighter knitting cuff down, I may have been feeling a bit more tense than usual during the week I was knitting them, so that's probably the reason for the tight gauge. At some point I'll give cuff down socks another try though. These socks were made from Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, I love this yarn and can't wait to buy more, I love the color changes.

December socks

I plan on continuing to knit a pair of socks each month in 2015. In addition to taking part in Liesl's monthly sock challenge, I'm taking part in the Personal Mystery Sock Yarn Club. You pick yarns for the year and then put them into brown paper bags, each month you choose a bag and knit socks from that yarn. This is something I wanted to do this year anyway, but I'm really glad that there are other people doing it now too, it gave me a kick in the butt to really get it done. There's a tag on instagram to follow, #personalmysterysockclub2015 and there's a thread in the My Sister's Knitter ravelry group to follow.

personal mystery sock yarn club

I don't have a big sock yarn stash, so I only had enough that I could fill six brown bags. I'll more than likely be buying more sock yarn to add more bags during the year. Some people added sock patterns to go with their yarns but I'm just going to pick a pattern once I see what yarn I'm using. Last year, I knit a lot of vanilla socks but this year I'm going to try to pick out more patterned socks, there's just so many great ones out there to try!

personal mystery sock yarn club

I chose my January yarn on New Years Day and was really happy that it turned out to be some new yarn that I was gifted in a Christmas swap I did through instagram. It's Knitsomniac Designs Sleepy Sock yarn in Frankenstein's Monster colorway. The yarn is so soft and squishy, I'm loving knitting with it!

January yarn pick

I'm knitting my socks using Rye by Tin Can Knits. The pattern is simple but it looks so amazing! I am very much in love with it already, I can't wait to have a finished pair. I already have my first sock off the needles!

January sock WIP

Those are my sock plans for the year! I decided against making real goals for the year because I'm not very good at sticking to them, I hate going back and seeing what I didn't do at all at the end of a year! This year, I'm planning on being as laid back as possible with my crafting. There's going to be lots of sock knitting and of course crochet! For blogging, I'm going to try to post at least once a week, maybe more than that soon though.

Did you make goals or resolutions for 2015? If you did, I'd love to hear some!

Monday, December 29, 2014

all the Christmas crochet...

Christmas is over! How was yours, I hope you all had a great holiday with your families. Ours was good, loud and fun, as it always is. I'm happy to be done with the chaos for another year though. I thought I would finally get a post up about what I crocheted this season, since I seem to have completely forgotten to get it done before!

Christmas Owl

I crocheted a fun Christmas Nelson Owl. I've been using a G hook for my amigurumi lately and I'm finding everything turns out so much more adorable! Maybe it's the tighter fabric or the smaller size of it but I love it, I think I may be sticking with the G hook from now on! This cutie stayed perched on our Christmas tree.

Christmas Owl & ornament

2014 Christmas ornaments

I loved the big owl so much that I decided I would make tiny Christmas Nel's for my kid's yearly ornaments. I finished crocheting all the pieces with plently of time to get them done before Christmas Eve when I give out the new ornaments every year, but I didn't actually sew them together until that day. I am a major procrastinator! I finished them with just enough time to get them wrapped up for the kids to open before we went out to look at Christmas lights. These are probably my favorite ornaments that I have ever given to the kids!


Another project I crocheted for Christmas is this adorable snowflake! It's a new FreshStitches pattern called Sally the Snowflake. I loved making this piece! She'll be up for the duration of winter, I love her so much!

That's all I have in pictures this year. I didn't crochet any gifts this year, I thought I would make toys for the kids but I never sat down to make real plans, so it never happene. I did knit a coffee cozy but forgot to get a picture of it. I really loved knitting it, so I'll probably knit a few more eventually! That's all I've got for today, I'll probably be back soon, probably before the new year, to share my December socks! I know I wasn't going to knit any this month, but the itch got the better of me!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

November Socks

It's been awhile since I last posted, didn't mean for that to happen again! Instagram really is too easy to get caught up in I think, I post there pretty often. I don't want to stop with the blog though, I just need to figure out a way to make it a priority again, next year it's something I'll work on.

my baby girls

There's been plenty of things keeping me busy lately, my daughter's both turned a year older! I now have 10 year old and 8 year old girls. That's just crazy to me, every year I think the same thing. The picture on the left is my 10 year old and the right, my 8 year old. Once you're finished with the baby stages, kids seem to grow up incredibly fast, no matter how much you wish they wouldn't. Their birthdays were on the 6th and 8th of this month, we kept those days just for us to celebrate this year but they'll be having a fun bowling party with friends this weekend. I plan to keep advil in my pocket as I'm the only adult with them all.

Anyway, on to my November socks! I finished them on the last day of November, just in time! Getting them off the needles was incredibly exciting to me, they felt like a huge accomplishment. They're a Christmas present for my boyfriend, I'm pretty sure he still has no idea I knit him a pair. It was hard to keep them a secret, I love showing off my socks! I already stuffed them away so I won't be tempted to give them to him early.

I did it!! I finished a huge pair of socks!  I need to get them wrapped so I'm not tempted to just give them up tonight. I'm so excited to have this gift done! #christmassocks #sockknitting

I knit these socks at 72 stitches on size 2.25mm needles and did a basic ribbing pattern. I decided to knit the leg to the same length as the foot, I think that's probably a good length for men, I hope? The yarn that I used is Opal in the Wacholder colorway. I'll definitely use this yarn brand again, it's not the most soft yarn but it feels like it will hold up well.

I have a pair of socks that I'm knitting two at a time that I thought would be my December socks but I think I'm going to take a small break from sock knitting this month. I still have a few Christams ornaments to finish crocheting and I want to finish my Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler before the 2015 sampler starts. I stopped stitching by June, so I have a lot to catch up on!

I fell behind just a bit this year! I'm determined to finish before next year's though #frostedpumpkinstitchery #onceuponatimesampler

I'm linking up to Liesl's Monthly Sock Challenge today.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sock Saga

I think it's safe to say now that I am a sock knitter. I never thought I would say that, it always seemed so intimidating to me to even try it. I'm so happy that I did try because I love knitting them! I decided that for Christmas, I would knit a pair to gift. I measured everyone's feet in this house and said it was just in case I ever decide to knit for someone else. But, obviously I am knitting for someone, he has no clue! It's hard to not show off what I'm doing because I get so excited about my socks. I've had some issues with said Christmas gift though, let me share...

I started with Malabrigo Sock Yarn and the Syncopation sock pattern. I knit all the way to the heel, loving the pattern and then realized the yarn was not superwash. Superwash means that you can throw socks in the machine and probably not have to worry about them. I know that I would accidently throw these socks into the wash, they'll be worn by a man afterall. Although, now that I've already frogged them, people have said that the yarn is superwash, I'm not sure but I'm over worrying about it, I get to use the yarn for myself now!

After that, I went to Michaels and picked out some Lion Brand Sock-Ease. I started on some plain vanilla socks but the yarn was so rough that it was cutting into my hand so badly, I couldn't keep knitting them. It's a pretty color though, it's Toffee, it's too bad it's so rough.

Lion Brand Sock Ease

I finally ended up going to a yarn shop here and found a lot of Opal yarn. I bought a skein in the Wacholder colorway and cast on right away. I'm knitting the sock in a basic 3X1 rib pattern. I'm really enjoying working with the yarn, it's definitely not the softest but it's not cutting me and it feels like it's going to wear really well.

Opal socks

I think these socks will be my November socks for the monthly sock challenge, I'd like to get these done early! I'm really close to having the first sock finished, so I think I can do it. I planned on possibly knitting a second pair but I think I'm going to stick to just one so that I'm sure the socks fit him perfectly. Maybe next year he'll get a stocking full.