Happy Friday! To celebrate this week I have a new pair of socks to snuggle my feet in. My Antagonist Vanilla Socks are done, washed and blocked!
Pattern: Toe Up Vanilla Socks using 68 stitches and a gusset heel
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks BFL Nylong Fingering in Antagonist color
Needles: US 1s
These are the perfect socks. They have a nice sturdy fabric thanks to the BFL fiber content but they are still next to skin super soft. The speckles really pop out of the dark grey main color. The fit is really good with plenty of room in the heel and the cuff hugs my leg just right amount.
I do have a decent amount of yarn left from the skein. I used 68 grams or 272 yards in my socks so I have roughly 130 yards left for my scrap projects. Which I’m not mad at. I definitely see more BFL socks in my future.
My Fluffy Sockhead slouch is done just in time for the temperatures to hit 70 degrees here in Kansas. Oh well, it’s super soft and a nice treat to tuck into my cedar chest!
Pattern: (Heavily Modified) Sockhead Slouch by Kelly McClure
Yarn: Apothefaery Fabrications Halo Brushed Suri and Middle of the Road Sock, held together
Needles: US 3 and US4
Mods: I used the basic stitch counts and decrease instructions, but otherwise I did my own thing with length of brim and length of slouch
I may have gone overboard after my too tight Everyday (Not So) Slouchy Beanie. This one is WAAY big on my head. It is a roomy fit for sure. It still is a functional and VERY warm hat. But I might have over corrected and gone too big. Nevertheless, I’m not ripping it out as I like the color blocking and it feels to good to empty a pair of needles.
This hat is for sure destined for the gift bin as the perfect head will present itself in the future. Maybe my next hat will be Goldilocks and fit JUST right?
Yarn: Apothefaery Fabrications Middle of the Road Sock and Halo Brushed Suri Alpaca
Needles: US 1 and US 4
Mods: Because of my gauge issues, I didn’t knit the full slouch so I could save some yarn for a second hat.
This hat fits my kids SUPER well. I can get it on my head but it’s REALLY tight. I blindly followed the pattern and made the medium size without checking gauge. Silver lining, the hat is very very warm. I’m not sure I’m going to trust my children with a hat made with indie dyed yarn. But I’m not sure I’m going to wear this either. So I am going to let this FO marinate in my cedar chest for the summer to see how I feel about it later.
The yarn is delightful! You can see the halo of the suri alpaca and the colors are very rich. I might have been drowning my canceled fiber show blue by popping over to Apothefaery Fabrications to buy more of her Halo Brushed Suri in some neutral colors. I want to try some more projects with this yarn!
In an attempt deal with my current load of stress..I’m knitting more F Bombs! My second one is off the needles!
I really think my duplicate stitch needs work but is improving. This time I held the red yarn held double double to see if I can improve the coverage and making the F more pronounced. I think I like how the stitches stick out, but I think I can make the stitches more cohesive.
I’m giving myself a break considering I’ve been a supervisor for 60 days and a worldwide pandemic has hit in the meantime. I’m going to keep knitting through adversary and strife! I think I’m going to start a third F Bomb…..
Yarn: Bernat Satin Solids in black and some scraps of Caron Simply Soft for accents
Needles: US 5s
The knitting of the bomb portion went pretty well. I was getting a nice fabric on the 5s and none of the stuffing is showing through. My crochet for the fuse could be a bit tighter but I think it looks very fuse like. Now, my duplicate stitch is ATROCIOUS but at least successful for my first go at it.
I have looked at several tutorials now for the duplicate stitch and I think having this piece being in the round and the fact that there is stuffing on the inside makes this process not as simple as it would be for a flat piece. All I really need is more practice and I think I can improve.
I really liked this pattern and I think I’m going to crank out a few more to give out to coworkers and family once it’s safe to be in the same place at the same time again. I am finding this kind of knitting to be very cathartic!
Pattern: My own 72 stitch toe up vanilla sock “recipe”
Yarn: Biscotte Yarns Bis-sock in the Bullseye colorway
Needles: US 0s
I used roughly 300 yards of yarn or 70 grams of this skein of yarn. They socks are in between my normal tall socks and a shortie sock. I have absolutely no rhyme or reason why. I just got tired of knitting the first sock leg and put the cuff on. So I made the second one to match. Perfectly scientific, right?
They fit quite nicely and almost perfectly match. It’s getting warm enough that these will likely go right into summer sock storage. But I needed this win this week. I can’t control the world but I can knit some royally good socks!
Yarn: Valley Yarns Franklin Natural coned sock yarn and all the fingering weight scraps from my stash
Mods: I modified this pattern for DK weight yarn (fingering held double) to make a scrappy marled version of this blanket.
This project just ticked all the boxes for me and I’m almost tempted to cast on another one! It was very to memorize and easy to read where I was when I put it down mid repeat. It used up a TON of scraps from my stash. When I weighed this behemoth it weighed 822 grams. Based on some maths I did based on the average sock yarn statistics….this blanket used rough 3,300 yards of yarn!
And I finished this in about a month and a half. That is lighting speed for me and a blanket. But I will fully admit that this became a knitting obsession and I didn’t really work on much else for that period. I did notice that when I was taking FO photos that my blanket is not perfectly square. I found that at multiple times I had to fudge my decreases on the last half because I didn’t have the right number of stitches. I’m pretty confident that this led to the last half being slightly bigger than the first half.
But I don’t care, I have a new snuggly blanket that is 100% mommy’s and no one else can use it without permission! Happy Knitting!!
The Sherwood Forest Wrap is off the blocking boards and ready to wear. Jellybean and I put it through its paces for its finished object photos. It was more challenging that we anticipated. It has lovely drape and really showcases the Knitcircus hand dyed gradient very well though.
After much debate, Jellybean and I decided this was the best way to wear the “scarf”. I simply just folded in half and secured with my shawl cuff. This way you can see all the colors and the different textures. Speaking of textures I did see some gauge changes in this project. There are some loose spots and some tight spots. Jellybean told me that just makes it extra unique. He’s a pretty smart kiddo.
This project has me noodling another rectangle wrap. I will take what I learned an adapt a sort of “design my own” wrap. I have a gradient set in my stash from BlueberryChickYarn in a set of purples. It has less yardage than the KnitCircus skein but I think with some tinkering with the stitch count and pattern repeat sizes I could make a wider and shorter stole to wrap up in. But that may have to be a wishful knitting idea until I work through some of my unfinished objects. Who knows…maybe I’ll just cast on all the things!