Cast On: Toxic Oreo Vanilla Socks

The needles from my Sand Castle Cashmere Vanilla Socks were feeling chilly and lonely so they told me that I needed another pair of toe up gusset heel vanilla socks.

After a fun trip through my sock yarn stash I found my precious skein of Toxic Oreo from Lemonade Shop that I have been hoarding. I can’t wait to see how these speckles work up in all their rainbow glory. I was so enthused that I didn’t even cake up this yarn. I hand wound a ball and just got to work!

I have cast on my pretty standard vanilla sock of 68 total stitches on a US 1 needle. This yarn might be light fingering so I’ll have to see how the fabric works up. But for now I have completed the first toe and I’m ready to cruise up the foot.

Happy Knitting!!

Winter Winding Party

Here comes the cast-on-itis! I couldn’t deny it any longer so I threw myself a winding party!

In this pile I wound three skeins for my Into The Light shawl, one skein of DK sock yarn for some bed socks and the full skein from my 2020 Advent calendar. PB even helped for a little bit. He was mesmerized by the swift turning and turning and turning. But then he got bored and asked for the iPad, lol.

I definitely have a theme going here. I’m in a very pinky/purply place I guess. The front three skeins will be faded for my Into The Light garter shawl. I guess the outlier would be the teal DK skein for my bed socks. But that was a mystery skein so I didn’t really get to pick the color.

And true to cast-on-itis I have already kitted up that yarn into bags with patterns, needles and notions. From left to right there is: Into The Light in my TanneCasey bag, DK vanilla bed socks in my TanneCasey sock back, and 2020 advent socks in my Supernatural Yarns project bag.

Now I just need to find the time to get all this knitting done!

Baby Dreams Blanket Progress

My Baby Dreams Blanket is now four skeins in out of ten. And this project continues to delight me. It’s soothing and I’m getting closer to crocheting without looking every single stitch.

I am being very consistent to make sure all my skein changes are happening on the same side (on the back in this picture). That way I can attempt to hide the ends all on the same side and keep the other side clean. I am very glad I dropped down a couple of hook sizes. I am liking the fabric is not as open as my previous Knit Picks Biggo blankets.

Happy Crocheting!!

Finished Carbon Sprinkles Vanilla Socks!

I couldn’t wait for FO Friday, I had to share these today! My Carbon Sprinkles Vanilla Socks are DONE.

Pattern: My own toe up vanilla sock “recipe” with 68 stitch count

Yarn: MudPunch Slash Self-striping in Carbon sprinkles color

Needles: US 1s

They fit my freezing feet and go a decent way up my leg. They maybe don’t have enough negative ease in the foot but the ease is just right for the leg so they won’t sag too much. I washed them on their own and didn’t see any dye come off in the water. That’s always a relief to me when I there is red and black in the same yarn.

I am really really happy with them and pretty pleased they match almost exactly. That is not a requirement for me but its nice when it works out that way. 10 out of 10 would knit this dyer’s sock yarn again. Its plump and bouncy and her color sense is on point. Ravelry tells me she uses an 80% SW merino and 20% nylon blend.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Half Double Crochet Dosh Cloth Set

I needed a simple and quick project for an impromptu zoom knit night. Normally I would grab socks but I got a wild hair and grabbed my crochet hooks and a ball of Lily Sugar N Cream.

I started with the dishcloth. How many stitches did I chain? I have no idea I just did my version of half double crochet until I got a cloth that looked square adjacent to my eyes. I still had meeting time and cotton left. So I held the yarn doubled and knit a long rectangle. I then folded it and seamed it into a dish scrubbie.

Now I’m left with a dish set of sorts. Not sure if this will go in my kitchen drawers into the kids play set. But it got one ball of kitchen cotton out of my stash and turned into a useful item

Happy Friday and Happy Crafting!

All The Canadian Sweaters Quantities

I have been zooming every Monday evening with the ladies from the Wet Coast Wools LYS (Vancouver, CA) for their knit night. I enjoy it very much but I was WILDLY enabled this past month.

The shop ran a huge sale after Christmas on their yarns and add to that the favorable exchange rates for Americans…..I fell down the sweater quantity hole. I ended up giving Glenda all my Christmas monies (and then some).

I picked up six skeins of Lagom by Katia in a wonderful heathered grey color on a worsted weight. That is roughly 1,300 yards of yarn to make a nice nuetral sweater. Next up is eight skeins of Holst Garn Coast in a brown color. This is a fingering weight yarn I intend to hold double for a garment of sorts. Lastly I grabbed five skeins of Briggs and Little Regal in a heathered blue. This is another worsted weight but this one is pretty sheepy feeling. I think this will need to be a cardigan to be worn over an under layer for my princess skin.

All in all it felt nice to add some heavier weight to my stash. I have a TON of fingering/sock but I tend not to buy the heavier stuff to have on hand. I’m working on that in 2021.

Happy Knitting!!

Blanket Happy Place

I have found my happy place. The kids are asleep, the fire is roaring and I have a warm wooly blanket in my lap. I’m still cranking through my Baby Dreams Crochet blanket.

I counted and I have completed six out ten skeins in this blanket. And I think my tension is getting better and I’m maintaining my stitch count in the blanket so the blanket should be more square than tapered. I’m still getting used to crochet so I am happy with my improvement from my first few blankets.

And with all the chaos in my job, the world and having two kids. I find something very cathartic to light a first and listen to the crackle and pop while the flames dance away. Not to mention my tootsies feel nice and warm!

Where is your happy place?

Carbon Sprinkle Heels

Both of my Carbon Sprinkles Vanilla Sock tubes are now complete!

They ended up matching quite nicely to one another. Not a requirement for me but a pleasant outcome. I need to install the afterthought heels and I will have the cutest socks to add to my drawer.

I do plan to use the striping yarn to do the heels. I will do some color management to make sure the heel placement falls in the middle of the speckled stripe and then start the yarn for the heel at a corresponding place. Usually I can finish the heels in two or three evenings? We shall see…

Happy Knitting!!

Wishful Knitting: Into The Light

I watched an old YouTube video from a new to me podcaster, Chevas of Chevyrell’s Stuff. This one is swearing friendly and I love it but it may not be for everyone. But I digress, she had knit a couple of the pattern Into The Light Shawl pattern (rav link). And I’m obsessed I can’t think of anything else I want to knit right now. It’s a gorgeous triangle pattern with all garter stitch and beautiful yarn fading.

I haven’t let myself cast on yet but I did some stash diving in my fingering weight stash and pull some possible combinations. This pattern needs three colors of sock yarn with the yarn intended to be held double.

My first combination is a pink to purple kind of transition. A skein of Into the Whirled, Knitted Wit victory sock, and skein I forgot to read the label for. But this is a light to dark kind of fade.

My second combination is my runner up. It goes from a light blue and grey mix to blue hues to finally a decidedly more grey dominant mix. I know the left skein is from Knitterly things and I didn’t write down the rest, lol. I like this combo and its growing on me but I really am leaning strongly towards my first pick.

It was really fun to dig through and play with different combinations of all this fun yarn I bought many moons ago. I need to clear my needles a bit but this is for sure my next cast on!

Happy Knitting!

FO Friday: Dumpster Fire 2020

I have finished my Dumpster Fire 2020 ornament! And the the duplicate stitch was bad but not insurmountable.

Pattern: Dumpster Fire 2020 by Kino Knits (Rav Link)

Yarn: Wonderland Yarns and Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter yarn the Dumpster Fire colorway

Needles: US 4

Mods: Only modification was to use a US 4 needle instead of a 3 because that it what I had at hand.

This pattern was pretty quick and I would totally do again. Which is good because this one ornament only used about 40 yards of the 300 yard kit. For now this is photographed on my tree (yes its still up…the world is crazy and the tree makes me happy) and it will eventually get tucked away with the Christmas decorations.

For sure I need more practice on duplicate stitch but the numbers are legible and look normal-ish from farther away, lol. All in all this project was very carthartic!

Happy Knitting!!