Saturday, September 6, 2014

Freeway Sock Knitting


No, I wasn't knitting as I drove.  I let my husband deal with the freeway traffic.  We left early this morning to see our beautiful almost six-month old granddaughter, Isabella, who lives with her parents about 100 miles north of us.  I thought this would be a great time to do a little plain vanilla sock knitting.  I only managed a few inches, however, because we got stuck in traffic caused by people trying to get to a football game and I dropped a stitch.  I didn't want to try to get to fix itand risk messing it up further so I just put it away until we were home again.

I'm going to finish up some charity knitting projects I began this summer- hats and mittens for The Maine Mitten Project-- as well as 100 Preemie Hats for Doernbecher Children's Hospital (I'm on hat #66 now) before going full swing into sock knitting again.  You can see more about these projects on another of my blogs, Knitting for Peace.  

 Oh, and I also want to knit this adorable little tunic, Merridy,  for granddaughter Violet who'll be two years old in only a few more weeks. Violet is also getting a sibling in the Spring so I'll  have some more sweet little baby knits to work on over the winter. Yay for grandchildren!

Sock knitting, then, will have to be limited to plain vanilla socks made from self-striping yarn for the next few months. Not that I mind that. I don't like plain stockinette knitting all that much, but self-striping yarn helps keep me amused.

This sock yarn is from Undead Yarn on Etsy and it was 20% off!  Awesome!  I use size 1 dpns and a plain vanilla sock knitting pattern over 64 stitches.   


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sock Knitting Weather!

Well, maybe not just yet.  It's perfect today--in the mid 70's-- which is much more pleasant than the highs in the 90s we've been having, but it is still summer.  And I suspect the weather will probably stay nice for the  next few weeks; if we're lucky, into mid-October.   But I can see the leaves are  just starting to turn color.  Autumn is coming.

I've started knitting socks again today after a summer of knitting preemie hats as well as hats and mittens for The Maine Mitten Project. I need to put tags on all those hats and mittens.  And I'm on hat #66 of my 100 preemie hats for Doernbecher Children's Hospital.   I want to send everything in by the end of September.  (See one of my other blogs, Knitting for Peace, for updates on those projects.)

I finished two sweaters for Violet  and have the pattern and yarn for a little dress, Merridy, for her.  This winter I want to knit a few things for Isabella and, of course, some sweet little newborn sweaters for Violet's sibling who'll be arriving in the spring.

But socks.  Yes!  It's been a long time.  I found a couple of skeins of Paton Kroy Stripes sock yarn in Mulberry in my stash so I'm starting with those.    Nope. I didn't like how it looked and put it aside.  I've also ordered a few more skeins of sock yarn.   Not that I'm out.  Still, it's always fun to start with something brand new. And I couldn't wait for it to arrive even though it'll just be a few days.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

In the Woods

Yarn: 100% superwash merino wool, 100g,  400 yards. Colorway: Toasty from NoochFiber on Etsy.
Needles: Size 0 dpns
Pattern:  Flying Arrows, a free pattern on Ravelry

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sock Yarn!

Here are some sock yarn skeins I've purchased in the past few months. All of them are on Etsy.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Well Water

Yarn: Wishfox Dyeworks 80% merino, 20% nylon,100g/400 yards.  Colorway: Teal
Needles:  Size 0 dpns
Pattern:  Spring Forward, a free pattern on Ravelry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunflower

Yarn:  Unknown from stash
Needles: Size 0 dpns
Pattern: Gilly Socks, a free pattern on Ravelry

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Season of Light


Yarn: 75% superwash, 25% nylon, 455 yards from The March Hare by Etsy.  Colorway: Fields of Barley
Needles: Size 0 dpns
Pattern:  February Lady socks; free pattern on Ravelry

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Insomnia Socks #3



Needles:  Size 0 (2 mm) dpns
Yarn:  Opal Schafpate IV #5847
Pattern:  Plain stockinette

Friday, May 3, 2013

My Blue Heaven Socks

Needles: Size 0 (2mm) dpns
Yarn:  80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon; 3.5 ounces from Evermore Studios on Etsy.              Colorway: Morning Glory
Pattern: Hedgerow, a free pattern on Ravelry.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Insomnia Socks #2

Needles:  Size 0 (2 mm) dpns
Yarn: Two skeins of Regia Flusi #1804
Pattern: Plain stockinette

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

No Shrinking Violet Socks



Yarn:  Koigu #217
Needles: Size 0 dpns
Pattern: Merrily by IrishGirlieKnits on Ravelry.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Is it Spring Yet? Socks

Pattern: A free pattern found on Ravelry here.
Needles: Size 0 (2 mm) dpns
Yarn: 100% superwash merino wool,  100g/400 yards from Stricken Smitten on Etsy.  Colorway: Wild Rose Hips

I'd named these socks Is it Spring Yet? then changed it to Hurry Spring!  I changed it back again when I realized I'd already knit a pair with that name.  In any case, I am anticipating Spring's arrival.  I am tired of the cold, dismal weather we've been having and waiting impatiently for sunny skies and yards full of flowers. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Insomnia Socks #1 - A Series

Needles:  Size 0 (2 mm) dpns
Yarn: 50% superwash merino and 50% tencel  from Tricoterie on Etsy
Pattern: Plain stockinette

I haven't been sleeping well lately.  I haven't been sick; it's just the changing seasons I think, and going to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday will not help. 

I'll sleep for a few hours and then wake up and be unable to fall back asleep.  I've begun getting up for an hour or two, drinking a cup of hot chocolate and knitting.  Because it's the middle of the night and I'm not concentrating that well, I don't want to knit a complicated pattern so I found some self-striping yarn I'd bought a long time ago and began knitting plain socks. This has worked well for me. I've gotten some knitting done instead of tossing and turning and eventually feel sleepy enough to tumble back into bed and fall asleep.  I suspect there may be more nights like this in my future and that's why I've made it a series and called this pair #1.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Smitten Socks

Yarn: Three ply superwash merino, 420 yards from Sarah Brown Design on Etsy.  Colorway is Plum Pudding
Needles: Size 3 (3.25) dpns
Pattern: Sockapaloooza, a free pattern which can be found here.