Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why didn't the text for my sock pictures send!?

Dunno, but here's the deets about the previous posts sock pics.

I finished half of a project and was so excited I decided I should commemorate the occasion with a blog post. I bought this yarn from Wool Sundae on Etsy, I copied Brianne from the Knitworthy video podcast with the exact colorway she was knitting a sock in. It's the Sundae Sock base in Dark Side of the Rainbow. The pattern is Scylla Sock by Fiona Bennett and it only took me 2.5 months for one sock! Considering I have three unfinished socks on the needles currently from mumblemumble years ago, this is lightning speed. I wanted a slip stitch pattern because Brianne's slip stitch sock looked so beautiful but she said the pattern had issues so I looked for another.

I like the pattern, it's not complicated and I love the way the heel looks but boy it sure is hard to take a picture of your own heel. One bit of advice, I normally knit a 56 stitch sock because I have crazy narrow feet. This was a 64 (I think) stitch sock and since I'm not good at altering patterns I just went ahead and followed it - it fits fine because all the slipped stitches cinched the sock in. So if you have a normal width foot, you might want to increase he stitch count by a bit. Maybe not a lot because I do knit tightly and that may account for some of that.

Btw, sorry for not linking anything, I am posting from emails because it's easy and I'm lazy. If I get super excited, I may go back and link junk.

Lightning strikes when I post twice in a week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Once every two years

It's totally normal to only post every 48 months, right? Well don't tell me if it's not acceptable because I won't be able to handle it. There's no way I can catch up on two years worth of knitting so I'll just post what I made recently.

Miss Babs Yowza is awesome! I wanted to make the Oriental Lily dress by George Hallam and picked the Perfectly Wreckless colorway which is just breathtakingly gorgeous. I wanted a contrast color in blue that I could make a boy sweater with the left overs and emailed to ask what colors would match the colors in Perfectly Wreckless. They responded back (yay customer service!) that Indigo Bunting would match best. The dress worked up super fast and I had a ton left over. I had made short sleeves because I was afraid of running out of yarn, I need not have worried as I had enough yarn to make a matching hat and scarf, ha! The dress is big enough to fit again next year, it's really a bit big this year but oh well.

With the left over blue (lots of "leftover" as I only used a small amount for the contrast obi and cuffs), I made the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates in the 12 month size. It ended up a great size though I had hoped it would fit two years in a row, no luck there I think. With decreasing cables, shawl collar shaping and sleeve attachment, it was probably more than my poor depleted brain was really up for but I did manage to complete it. And still had enough yarn left for a hat and trim for the scarf.

The hats are both made from the Earflap Hat pattern on Petite Purls but without earflaps, instead a garter ridge border. I think I made the 17.75" size for both. And I accomplished my goal of using almost every bit of Yowza, just a tiny little bit left!! The scarf was just a garter border and stockinette with a garter edge and a couple rows of garter every 10 rows to help decrease the rolling that happens with stockinette.