COVID Consolation Prize

Our family finally got caught by COVID. Three out of the four of us tested positive. The hubby and I went on our first real dinner and movie date in two years and came home with COVID. Pretty poetic, right?

We spent all of last week laying low and staying home. We are on the mend but PB can’t go back to daycare for another week yet. It’s been hard, trying to work my busy season from home and keeping two kids in good spirits. So I purchased myself a consolation prize….some Chromatic Yarns/Corner of Craft goodies.

I picked up a sock set in her her Naiad colorway and a beaded unicorn stitch marker. The sock yarn is BFL/nylon mix and I envision it will be socks some day. I have already put my stitch marker on my current Stark Effect Socks.

Happy Knitting!!

A Resistance Collection

I may not be knitting much, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying! I am a patron of the Corner of Craft patreon. And that provided me early access to a recent collection launch for Chromatic Yarns. Hannah is a dyer that uses D&D themes. I don’t play D&D but I love Hannah’s colors!

I picked up the entire Resistances Collection on her Sturdy DK base to make a faded something….probably a sweater? From left to right the colors are:

  • Cold Resistance
  • Lightning Resistance
  • Charm Resistance
  • Poison Resistance
  • Chaos Resistance
  • Spell Reistance

I think they are ALL amazing and make me itchy to cast on a DK sweater. I have found that is my most worn weight of sweater that fits my climate both at home and work. Now I just need more time and more energy, lol. That or less adult responsiblities!

Happy Knitting!!

Tiny Wee Things

I managed to create some more cute tiny things. This is a Tiny Tree Sock and a Wee Sweater from Imagined Landscapes.

This is the day two color of my Chromatic Yarns 2021 Advent Calendar. It’s a lovely tonal green color and I barely use any yarn at all to make these. They are a bit fiddly and usually take a full evening plus a little to finish both.

I still have 22 days to go, lol. But I feel a garland coming in my future! Happy Knitting!!

2021 Stitchmas

I have a Corner of Craft/Chromatic yarns addiction. I just love her aesthetic and like to use my money to support small creative businesses. In addition to her 2021 Advent calendar, I also snagged her 12 days of Stitchmas package. It was 6 minis and 6 stitch markers opened starting after Christmas.

I even was a good kid and figured out how to label all the minis so I can keep track of the colorway names. Do I have a plan for these? No I do not, into my memory blanket bag they will go!

I do have plans to use the stitch markers. I am really gravitating to the earring back clasp stitch markers as my go-to. They can easily go from stitch marker to progress keeper and back. I think my favorite is the snowman mug of cocoa.

Do you have a favorite?

Cast On: Tiny Tree Socks

I decided to start using my Chromatic Yarns 2021 advent calendar. I showed you guys the totally unboxed version yesterday. The first mini up is called Magic Aura (all her yarn is D&D themed) and its on a BFL and nylon base.

Whimsy led me to want to make a ton of cute tiny things with this calendar. And the first of that list of things were tiny socks for ornaments or a garland. I ended up using the Tiny Tree Socks pattern by Summer Lee (Rav Link).

And the finished thing is WEE TINY. Like maybe the size of my thumb? It was super quick to make in just over an hour. I did use DPNs which aren’t my favorite and a little fiddly to start but I got in the groove.

Now I just have 23 more colors/days to do! Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: DK Ripple Bralet #2

I have a finished DK Ripple Bralet that is both beautiful AND fits me this time.

Pattern: Ripple Bralet DK by Jessie Maed Designs (Ravelry Link)

Needles: US 2s and US 6s

Yarn: Chromatic Yarns Sturdy DK in Eldritch Blast

Mods: I made the straps shorter than I measured my body/shoulders

All in all I’m really pleased with this project. It fits well and the yarn feels soft and warm against my sensitive bits. The straps are perfect and don’t slip off my shoulders. The shorter length was definitely a good idea.

I am not sure I would knit a whole drawer of these but I’m happy to have this piece in my wardrobe for those extra chilly days or evenings. I could see this as a warm under layer under a slouchy t-shirt or dress.

Happy Knitting!!

Down To The Last Strap

I am SOOO close to finishing this long languishing “sweater”. My DK Ripple Bralet is down to the one last strap.

Based on a lot of pattern notes and comments from others who have knit this bralet I have purposely knit the straps shorter than I would think they needed to be. The first strap is 12 inches where the measurement on my body is 14 inches.

I have the second strap on the needles and the first strap is on holders waiting for me graft it to the body. I really really hope to get this sweater finished this week. I have this urge to clear the needles before my Christmas Eve cast on!

Happy Knitting!!

Close To A Bralet

I put my big kid pants on and picked up my languishing DK Ripple Bralet. I had stalled in the main body section and didn’t have the concentration to read the pattern move to the next section. It was all in my head and for no good reason.

I picked up and counted and managed to figure out I was on track with the pattern. I completed the top band section, cast off the back and knit both cups. I made the decision to knit both cups before starting the I-cord straps. Mostly because I wanted both cups to match and I was not in a mood to knit I-cord yet.

We will see how fast the I-cord mood hits me. I did have to open a second skein of this Chromatic Yarns DK yarn. I don’t think I will use hardly any of it but for sure I could not eek this project out of a single skein for my size.

Happy Knitting!!

Ribbing Is Slow

I am still slowly working my way through my second attempt at my DK Ripple Bralet. I haven’t really been serious about this project and it’s only seeing progress on long Zoom meetings or family movie nights.

I’m learning lessons from my gauge errors on my first attempt. So therefore I know how much body I need to knit. And man….ribbing is slow. My default is 2×2 rib and this is not that so it “feels” weird to my fingers and I’m just naturally slower than I feel like should be.

I mean I know since my last post on these I have added a good three inches of ribbing. But it feels like I knit and it never grows. My rational brain knows that is not true but my pandemic brain is frustrated! I am pretty sure I need another three inches of ribbing before I start the strap portions.

I think this is my slow and steady “turtle” project so I am just going to breathe and keep knitting on this one. Happy Knitting!!

Progress ON DK Ripple Bralet #2

After my first and failed attempt at the DK Ripple Bralet, I have successfully cast on and I’m well into my second attempt. This one is two sizes bigger than before and my gauge is in the zone.

I powered through the twisted 1×1 rib and I’m comfortably into the body of the bralet. I didn’t bother winding my yarn into a cake and I’m just working from my ball of yarn I made while frogging. I have virtual accounting leadership conference coming up soon and I’m hoping to power through more of the body.

Though it does take my brain some thinking to do 3×3 rib when my autopilot instinct is 2×2 rib. But after 10 years of knitting, my fingers can feel when I am trying to do the wrong stitch and it’s pretty easy to switch. Fingers crossed I can get this done before true winter sets in here in Kansas.

Happy Knitting!!