The Second Purple Rain Sock

Not one to let my needles get cold…I have cast on for my second Purple Rain Vanilla Sock. I needed to get my easy purse knitting restarted as I am taking a friend to some medical appointments this week.

I really enjoy making socks with my nine inch circular needles. I can’t cast on the toe of course, I do use DPNs (double pointed needles) for those. After I get the last increase round done I move my sock toe to the small circulars.

Because I have the first sock done I will need to pay a little more attention to this project to make sure I mirror what I did on the first one. I didn’t do a great job of taking notes or putting in markers. I was just winging it, lol. Guess I’m paying for that decision now!

Happy Knitting!!

HO Alert: Purple Rain Vanilla Socks

Boom! I have a finished cuff/bind off on my Purple Rain Vanilla Socks. That means this Friday that I have a HO (half finished object).

Other than the dark line in the foot where the marling broke, I am pleased with these socks. The gradient is really cute and there were more transitions than I expected.

I think I ended these socks in the nick of time. They do fit my calves but only just so. If I had gone much taller I would have needed more increases to fit on my leg. Now the challenge is to start sock number two and mirror what I did with sock number one. I have some medical appointments coming up that I need purse knitting for. Sock number two should be a good choice!

P.S. It’s really hard to take photos of one own’s feet….I almost fell off the chair I was sitting on, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

So Over This Sock

I have affirmed my decision to be freaking done with this sock. I have added some dark pink and I STILL HAVE A WALNUT SIZED BALL OF YARN! This Purple Rain sock is going to be bound off and I’m moving on.

The silver lining of this decision? I’ll have a little scrap to add to my memory blanket. And I bet I will have a little nugget left from sock number two so that it might get a full square? I am the boss of my own knitting and I don’t have to use up every little scrap!

Happy Knitting!!

Sock Surgery

When I was tossing my bin of hand knits I found a bag of socks that I had stashed away like three winters ago. I remember that I took these out becuase they had some sort of problem. But past Rachelle left NO NOTES, lol.

I took some time to try them on and deduce why I pulled them from sock rotation. I ended up with one pair with a too tight bind off and two pairs where my afterthought heels were too small and the socks slid down my foot.

I’m going to fix the blue/purple socks with a better bind off. I am fairly certain these were my first ever pair of socks from indie dyed “special” sock yarn. I want to keep them in my drawer.

The two pair that are too small have no sentimental value as they are Knit Picks Felici and some Dove Roving yarn that bled. These two pairs will find new homes with someone with smaller feet….possibly my sister. Feels very freeing to make decisions and move some items out of the “to do” pile!

Happy Knitting!!

A Cuff That Never Ends

I have to admit, this sock feels like its never going to end. I keep knitting and the leg is crazy tall….but the cake of yarn is not ending!!

I started the cuff of my Purple Rain socks and worked through one color but I believe there is still TWO MORE COLORS. These legitimately might end up being knee high. Or so tall they don’t fit my calves….

I still love these socks….but I am ready to move on to #2. I may just add a little more pink to the cuff and cut my losses….

Happy Knitting!!

Be Still My Heart

My daughter amazes me almost every day. But at a recent trip to a local pool she casually got out of the water and asked for my knitting. She took those needles in her tiny hands and very slowly and carefully transferred a stitch back and forth on the needle tips. She very clearly knew where to place the needles and probably “knitted” for a full two or three minutes

Be still my heart….

(Yes, she dropped stitches but I totally fixed that when she wasn’t looking)

Happy Kniting!!

Cast On: 2020 Advent Socks #2

I may have already ordered not one but two yarny advent calendars…..sue me. But it really made motivated to keep working through my agirlandherwool advent calendar from Christmas 2020. I really liked how the first advent/scrappy socks turned out so I am casting on another pair.

I decided not to use the full skein/main color in this pair. I’m just diving right into the minis since they are 20 grams and go really far towards making a sock. I split the mini into two 10 gram balls and I will work each sock concurrently to make sure I keep the colors the same.

Depending on how many minis I use, I might even squeak out a third pair? My main goal is to get all the minis knit up before the other calendars show up in November, wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!

FO Friday: Knee High Christmas Socks

At long last I finally have my (Not So) Knee High Christmas Socks off the needles!

Pattern: None, a 72 stitch sock snake with toes, heels and cuffs hand knitted on

Yarn: Lolodidit Plush Sock in Hippo for Christmas

Needles: US 0s

Since I decided to scrap the knee high concept and just make regular socks, I ended up using the main yarn for both cuffs and heels. Plush Sock has a generous put up of 430 yards and I ended up consuming 84 grams or 360 yards of the yarn. So I have some nubs of yarn leftover for my scrap blanket.

The fit is pretty decent they are not tight on my calves as I had expected. They do come up a tad bit higher than my regular socks. These will be nice boot socks for the winter. I do need to do a citric acid soak on these as I’ve had the speckles on Lolodidit yarn fade on past projects.

Happy Knitting!!

Knitting Pool Side

Summer is in full swing around here and that includes swim lessons. Jellybean is taking group lessons and PB has parent/tot lessons. My hubby took to the water so I was free to lounge poolside with Purple Rain Vanilla socks.

This still sock number and and I’m fully past the heel and working up the leg. I think I have one grey/purple color left before the final pink. My plan is to work the pink section 2×2 ribbing to close out the sock.

I did have another swim parent, a dad to boot, recognize my knitting and correctly identify it as a sock. I missed Knitting in Public day earlier this June so I am counting this as my event, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

A Purple Rain Heel

Purse knitting for the win! I have reached the heel on my first Purple Rain Vanilla Sock

This yarn is turning out less gradient and more color blocky. But I am considering that a pleasant surprise. I am still struggling to make sure I don’t split the plies on this yarn but as long as I pay attention, its not horrible. My plan is to just knit up the leg until I get the last color block and then add the cuff. And I will make the cuff until I run out of yarn!

My one bummer is that in one of the darker purple sections had a ply break. And that run away play wound it backwards on to the previous yarn. So now I have a line. The dark line is where I have three plies of yarn that is immediately followed by a lighter section of just one ply. This could potentially be a week section of the sock. For this reason I won’t gift these socks. I figure if something goes wrong then I can always mend or patch what blows out.

But it has been good for my knitting mojo to have this project showing such good progress. It makes me feel accomplished even though I can’t seem to find big blocks of time for knitting!

Happy Knitting!!