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One Down

April 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off on One Down

Woot.  Thanks to actually concentrating on the sock, and a bonus amount of knitting time last night as we went out for dinner, I finished the first sock while on the ferry this morning.  Here it is lounging next to the ferry pier after I got off the boat.

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Thanks to the early A.M. sun actually shining, the colors are a bit washed out.  The blue reads a much deeper blue.  I’ll cast on the second sock on the way home tonight.

Thanks to a couple of Jamberry parties on Facebook a few weeks back, I found a nifty way to “polish” my nails without giving up the drying time, sitting idle.  As someone who barely bothered with the nails (pedis are a totally different matter), I’m really enjoying these wraps.  They’re just cool.  Here’s what I’m wearing now.  The wraps come on a sheet with enough for two manis and two pedis. 

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Less than an hour later I have this:

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I took these pictures Sunday and the wraps are still going strong.  No lifting, no peeling, nothin!  Best yet, I have ridges that run the length of my nails that I don’t need to buff off in order to get these babies to stick on properly.  I’m sold πŸ™‚

–Craft on!

Tags: Socks

Socks

April 1st, 2015 · Comments Off on Socks

I’m thoroughly enjoying knitting with my handspun!  I love how this sock is coming out.  Here she is sitting out in the sun this morning after I

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I finished the heel yesterday and started cruising up the leg this morning.  Didn’t knit on the ferry but read with a cup of coffee in hand instead.  I’m hoping to have this sock finished this week and take a week or so to finish its mate.  My goal is to knit 12 pairs, at least, this year.  I need to keep up with the influx of new yarn.

I’ve noticed that no matter how many sock patterns I collect, I almost always knit the same, plain sock over and over again.  The only difference is the yarns used.  They are very much mindless in that sense.  I guess that makes me a circular sock machine.  I do need to break out the CSM to start in on the backlog of yarns that I’ve amassed.  Maybe this weekend.  I’m still not confident enough in it to use the good yarns on it, but I do know I like how the Legare handles much better than the AK’s that I had in the past.  Then I’ll have to conquer my fear of the ribber.

Craft on!

Tags: Socks

Finishing

March 30th, 2015 · Comments Off on Finishing

With the ankle being what it is, I’ve had more sitting around time than I’m normally used to.  It is getting better and I managed to commute into the office this morning without too much of a problem.  I am sore though and halfway from the ferry thought it had been a bad idea to even try it.  Sitting down now, it is much happier.  It will be even better when the ibuprofen, which I meant to take before I left the house but didn’t, kicks in. 

Anyway!  I finally finished that pair of socks.  It is safe to say, that was my last pair of two-at-a-time-afterthought-heel socks.  I didn’t like the afterthought business, nor was I very happy with the two at a time.  Might be why it took me so darned long to finish them. 

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The yarn, as it almost always is, is from itw.  The Rav project details are here.

Along the finishing line, I also *finally* wove in the ends on the last pair of socks.  These go back a long ways.  Didn’t realize they were sitting around waiting for that. 

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These babies are for Miss Kat.  And yes, as soon as I was done with my socks, I took care of hers. This meant that it was time for new socks!

I haven’t knit with my own handspun in a while, it was time.  I recently posted this yarn as I spun it.. The fiber was spun and plied on my Hansen.  I did it a true 3-ply.

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For the curious, this is the fiber info:

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All wound up and sock started:

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Why yes, one at a time πŸ™‚  Here it is this morning on the train:

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Love it!  As of getting off the ferry this morning, I am ready to start the heel.  Which I didn’t do this evening.  Tomorrow is another day.

I also finished up another project that has been hanging about.  The knitting has been done a while, I wove in the ends. All that remains is a good soak.  Qualifies as finished in my book πŸ™‚

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This was my second Emergency Landing, and probably not my last. It’s a nifty little sweater and I’m quite pleased with how it came out.

Not to be done there, I also plied more yarn.  This final batch is 4oz braid of ITW in Inara, Polwarth/Mulberry silk.  I spun it on the Pegasus and n-plied on the Hansen.  It shall become socks.  Maybe.

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And on that note, I’m tired and sore.  Going to enjoy watching pre-season baseball and call it an early night.

Tags: Adult · Socks · Spinning

Not crazy

March 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Not crazy

I have to admit that I’m not crazy about the after-thought heel. I’m also not thrilled with two at a time. Halfway through this pair I swapped them to one at a time.

I just finished the heel of the first one and am fighting the urge to rip the second back and do a normal heel.

I’m getting nice knitting time since I stepped in a pothole and rolled my awesome right ankle. I’ve been off my feet since Thursday πŸ™

– Craft on!

Tags: Socks

2015.2

March 10th, 2015 · Comments Off on 2015.2

Yup I do still knit socks!

Having decided a few pairs back that two at once isn’t all terrible, I on another pair that way. I didn’t like the heel I had been using so I’m trying something different and new this go around. Would you believe that after all these years of knitting socks that I’ve never done an afterthought heel? Hard to believe I know! I’m finally trying it now. So far so good. That reddish pink row is the placeholder for the heel.

The picture was taken yesterday so I’m a little further along now. Hope to finish up the tubular knitting in the next day or so and then get to the heels. If I like this approach, I might just invest in some semi solids to use for heels and toes πŸ™‚

– Craft on!

Tags: Socks · Uncategorized

Challenges

January 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sometimes there are serious challenges to being able to complete a project. You can run out of yarn. You can run out of time. You might not have the right needles. I have a new reason to not finishing the current project. Serendipity.

She sees me knitting something sweater sized and immediately nestles in my lap underneath it.
Now this cat never sits in my lap, unless I’m knitting.

– Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Knitting

Another New Year

January 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off on Another New Year

Happy New Year and all that. After having quite a few days off, I’m back to work for a shortened day today.  That means more train knitting while listening to audio books.  Here are the first sighs of the year. These are for Kathryn and is the leftover yarn from my last pair.