Sox Fantasy

•January 17, 2017 • 3 Comments

I’m reaching that point in the Pine Forest Blanket where I’m itching to knit something else. Anything else if I’m being honest. As much as I love knitting something I know, I need to knit something new. 

I spent some time last night with my feet up looking at patterns on Ravelry. I came to a pretty quick conclusion that I must knit a pair of socks. I’ve mentioned the addiction, no obsession, no love I have for sock knitting. These are the patterns I have in my queue and a few new ones I added last night.

So what do you think? Should I buckle down and just finish the blanket already? Should I pick out some yarn and cast on some new socks? Have you knit any of these patterns? Which do you think I should cast on? Will I hold out and stick with the blanket? Will I cast on socks? Which pattern will I decide on? Stay tuned! 

Clessidra, A Love Story

•January 16, 2017 • 7 Comments

I see my story yesterday got your attention. Before I tell you how I happened upon Clessidra we have to have a discussion about Socks. 

I have a serious thing about knitting socks. I will admit that it verges on an obsession. I have knit a lot of socks. I wear them, I knit them for family and I advocate for others to knit them. The summit of sock knitting for me is kneesocks. Well fitting and stylish to be worn with a skirt. Forget that I never wear skirts. With the right kneesocks I might. Hey a girl can fantasize. 

In March of 2007 I was looking at Knitty, a particularly good sock issue with bmp, queen of cups and my dream socks: Clessidra. I remember it like it was yesterday. I looked at the pattern, a lot. I could picture myself wearing the socks with a navy blue skirt and a nice hand knit cardigan. 

I finally cast on the socks and knit them on and off for a few months. I talked about them quite a bit on the blog. I had some nice things to say and some not so nice things to say. After that they were never heard from again. I had given up and deposited them in the UFO bin. 

They’re still my favorite ever sock pattern. The highest point on the mountain that I have not reached with my sock knitting. 

Maybe we aren’t always meant to reach the summit. Maybe that goal is just out of reach so that we will continue to aspire to it. Maybe I’ll try again, fresh, with different yarn and the knitting knowledge I have gained in the almost ten years since I cast these on originally. It’s good to have a dream. 

In The Olden Days

•January 15, 2017 • 5 Comments

Come over here. I’m going to tell you a story of a time that did exist not too long ago. I don’t want to frighten you but this is a tale of a wild lawless time. If you get scared just take a moment and click this link. See it’s still there. 

Once there was no Ravelry. I know some of you think I’m telling tall tales. But really once Ravelry didn’t exist. Knitters who were computer savvy belonged to the KnitList and the really addicted knitters read knitting blogs or even kept their own knitting blog. Back in those Wild West knitting days there was little accountability. A project page with all the details was rare. Knitters played fast and loose with their projects. You could cast on a new project every day and never finish anything and no one realized. 

It was so easy to lose interest in a project

And just drop it in the UFO pile. Oops. It appears my secret hidden shame has been revealed. I have UFOs that never made it to Ravelry. I don’t even remember the name of some of these patterns. Three of the four will be frogged. Clessidra, the red cabled knee socks I’m not so sure about. Clessidra and I have had a rocky relationship but more about that tomorrow. I’ve kept you here long enough with my stories. Run along. 

17ufosin2017: Difficult or Easy

•January 14, 2017 • 4 Comments

In my post committing to the 17ufosin2017 project I made mention of the I Love Gansey socks. They are a preRavelry project that I dated based on the blog to August 2007. I was having a hang around the house day and I thought pulling out a UFO and making a decision to finish or frog was a good idea. I opened the bin that I remembered finding the pincushion in and found the bag containing the sock and yarn. As you can see I hadn’t even completed the leg. If I remember correctly I wasn’t enjoying the pattern. The decision was easy. 

Second of 17 UFOs dealt with and yarn to return to the stash. 

When Life Interupts

•January 13, 2017 • 5 Comments

The Pine Forest Blanket continues to grow, so much that I was wondering if the size was going to be a bit large but then I remembered my children happily dragging out larger blankets to make forts the living room. I think this will be just the right size. 

Knitting time has been limited the last couple of days. N, the boy who is never sick, is home sick from school. There have been emails(2) from the school telling how many, many children are out sick, with virtually the same thing. Wash your hands and drink plenty of fluids after reading this post. Then the furnace decided to act up and we had to have the technician come and cure that. Second visit in the last few weeks. I’m thankful for the service contract we buy from them every year. Add to that a husband with a half day of work or maybe it was a half day off, a trip to the doctor for me and the  ever multiplying laundry. All that left me with no time to blog yesterday and most of today. 

I’m looking forward to this long weekend. There will be knitting and no doubt laundry. Maybe a quick trip out for groceries. I hope you have a lovely weekend! 

WIP Wednesday: The Let It Go EditionĀ 

•January 11, 2017 • 11 Comments

I am ready to add the third skein to the Pine Forest Blanket. I knew I wanted to snap a quick photo for the blog before I sit down to attach that skein. I laid the blanket on the living room rug to spread it out to get a really good view. I took out my phone to take a photo and what do I see? A mistake! Can you see it, that odd line nearly half way up? I repeated the same row twice!! I felt a moment of dizzy spinning nausea. My immediate reaction was to think “Rip it out! That’s go to go.” 

See it in the center of the photo. I took another moment to think about the whole situation. It’s a blanket for a baby who will deposit bodily fluids and near solids on it. I don’t think he’s going to notice. Overall it’s not a huge issue. It looks fine. It serves it’s purpose. I’m going to take a deep breath and let it go. This is a learning moment. I am not perfect and my knits don’t have to be either. 

17ufosin2017 report: This cabinet has been cleaned and organized. Many outdated items were dealt with. I filled half a trash can with recyclable packaging and most of a trash bag with the contents of those packages. It’s been eons since I did this. There were things shoved in the back dated 2014. I’m not proud about that. Another thing that’s embarrassing is how many things I have in multiple: 4 boxes of salt, 2 of coconut oil, and 2 recently opened jars of peanut butter. Hopefully being able to see into the cabinet will prevent this in the future. 

This was dinner last night. Yes I cleaned out a cabinet and made a rather involved dinner. I feel so domestic. I used this recipe for Mexican Cauliflower Rice and this fajita seasoning which I sprinkled on the chicken which I baked in the oven with onions and green peppers. It was tasty and everyone loved it. It will be a once in a while meal because it took longer to wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen than it took to eat. That really should only happen on holidays. 

Satisfying Knit

•January 10, 2017 • 7 Comments

I’ve knit a lot of things: hats, mittens, blankets, socks, even gloves but nothing is more satisfying than a completed sweater. This is Puerperium by Kelly van Niekerk. The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby in flannel. The pattern is available in the newborn size for free on Ravelry. The larger sizes are available on a pay for pattern. This is the newborn size. 

I didn’t really plan to knit this sweater or buy this yarn for that matter. H wanted to go to Michaels. I said sure I can look at the yarn. I saw, then felt this yarn and thought it would make a nice…something. When I went looking on Ravelry to see what other people had made with this yarn I saw this pattern. I knew I had a baby to knit for, I had the yarn, the pattern was free and I’d seen my knitting neighbor knit one. How could I not give it a try. I’m so happy I did!

I love the way it turned out. The yarn is very soft and washable. The style is super cute. Now I just have to hope it fits the baby it’s intended for. Did I tell you that he was almost 3 lbs heavier at birth than his sister? I sure didn’t expect that when I was knitting it.