Mother Nature is still throwing us some curve balls here in the Midwest. So I’m taking advantage and having probably the last fire of the season. Something about knitting and watching a fire just goes so perfectly together!
I cranked through my Puppy Love Worsted Hat and it’s almost done. I still need weave in ends, block it and then clip the ends. I think I’ll save the rest of the details for a proper FO post.
I’ve been a little sparse in the knitting and online world of late. It’s spring and that means one thing….annual audit season for local governments. I took a promotion at work back in December that has increased my responsibility and also we are down a team member. So its all hands on deck for financial reporting. Honestly….it’s exhausting and I have no brain space left after work. I come home to eat and play with my kids then I go to bed!
I’m just trying to figure out my new role and make sure all the accounting is good. This Office Space meme just about sums up my work day. I hope to pop in a few days a week here and then fire back up once the fieldwork portion of audit is complete.
Slowly at a snails pace, my Christmas Musselburgh is growing. I think am around 11 or 12 inches of hat body.
This project lives in my work bag and the hat itself is serving as a project bag. I am tucking the yarn cake inside the hat to make it portable. I have been knitting while I walk on my lunches and a little bit in the evenings when I can stay awake to watch a show or YouTube podcast.
It’s busy season at work so my knitting and blogging mojo has taken a hit. I am counting the days to May 31 for sure!
After finishing my Goth Kitty socks, I wanted some socks back on the needles. But I decided to cheat a little and use a sock snake to get a jump start on a project.
I cut the sock snake and ripped back about two inches of the tube. I re-knit about an inch of cuff with the same yarn. It was very ramen-y but workable. I took the tiny yarn ball and I’m going to create the toe of the sock.
I have some black yarn I thought I would use for the heels. But I may decide to go monochromatic for these? I’ll have to see how I feel when I get there. I am excited to get a quick win. The only caveat I have is these are 64 stitch count circumference, which might be too small for my feet. These might be a gift pile…..
My hat is almost 18 inches and I still have a good sized yarn cake left to knit. So I am fairly certain that I can knit to the full 20 inches before the decreases. I might be measuring more often that is necessary for the speed at which I knit.
My family really commented that they love the micro stripes that seem to be appearing in the body of this hat. That is really the fun of variegated yarn, you can really get some cool effects depending on your gauge.
I realized over the weekend that I didn’t show off my full Goth Kitty set of hat and socks!
As a recap, I knit a hat out of Knit Picks Felici in the worsted weight and I just finished sock in the Knit Picks Felici sock yarn. I really feel like the set worked out well! The colors really match well across the different bases.
I have tucked both into my woolen drawer for the next time I need to be toasty! Happy Knitting!!
I did manage to finish the Goth Kitty Vanilla Socks this week! Almost made the perfect matching set…..until I found a knot in my yarn on the second heel.
Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Goth Kitty
Needles: US 1s
I used roughly 85 grams of the 100 grams of sock yarn I started with. So I think that equates to about 370 yards of yarn. I have a US Women’s size 9.5/10 foot so I need most of the 100 grams of yarn to make a decent sized item for me.
I love how soft the knit picks Felici feels on my feet. It’s SOO soft and I have decent luck with keeping up with the wear and tear on them by washing them gently. I do with the heels matched but I will live, lol. These are off to the sock drawer for the next cold snap!
For Christmas the hubs got me a three month fiber club with WoolFiend. I have gotten two of three shipments. The first was a super fine micron merino in the Euphoria colorway (left)
The next month was a very appropriate spring colorway called “Waiting for Daffodils” in a 100% Romney blend.
I haven’t broken open either fiber packet and don’t have any designated spinning plans. For now I am loving watching what this dyer is doing with color. I may wait until the third installment shows up before I make plans.
My mojo is creeping back in around the edges and I picked up my Goth Kitty socks to finish the second vanilla tube and it flew off the needles.
I think the last time I showed these off, I just had the second toe worked out. I zoomed right up the second sock and did my dandiest to match the increases from the first sock. It’s always easier to make them up on the first one then to match the second one, lol.
Now I just need to cut my knitting and get the second afterthought heel installed. Then I will have a finished pair of socks!