FO Friday: Mutatis Mutanois Socks

My shortie Mutatis Mutanois Socks are finally a FO!

Pattern: Toe Up Vanilla Sock over 68 stitches with gusset heel

Yarn: Nerd Girl Yarns Bounce and Stomp in the Mutatis Mutanois colorway

Needle: US 1 9 inch circ

I usually have pretty good sock mojo, but something about these just made them drag on and on for me. A feeling that ultimately made me make then into shorties. I found that decision very freeing and satisfying!

I used 203 yards or 50 grams of the yarn. So I have a pretty generous amount of leftovers to use on another project. I could have stood to make the ribbing a tid bit longer. As they sit now they are more like a no-show sock than an anklet. I can’t decide if that bothers me or not. But I guess if it annoys me I can always undo the bind-off and knit more with the leftovers!

P.S. These puppies scored me 21 points in the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL ❤

Happy Knitting!!

Mini Skeins Everywhere!

In case you haven’t noticed from my blog posts I’m kind of obsessed with the Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin Party KAL. In a recent Ravelry thread the KAL moderators floated the idea of a mini skein swap. I jumped on that hard!

The idea is to pick 12 mini skeins of sock yarn and mail out to 12 knitters and then receive 12 mini skeins from 12 knitters. I don’t have to mail them for a couple of days but I’ve already rounded my skeins up!

I made a Rav page for the swap in case you were interested in the details. That’s 513 yards of yarn in those pretty piles! I can’t wait to see what comes back!

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Bali Vanilla Socks

My Bali Vanilla socks are done and done!!

These are a toe-up vanilla sock over 68 stitches with a gusset heel. I used my very first and only skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Bali colorway. I made these with  size 1 US needles as I do with most of my socks. I used 328 yards or 75 grams of the skein.

The fit is beautiful and the colors just hit me right in the feels. If I were to confess…I do have a soft spot for jewel tone blues. That is my color comfort zone. I do have to give a shout out to Jellybean’s Grandpa because without his babysitting, these socks would not be done!

And bonus, these socks earned me 28 points in the Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin Party KAL 2016! Last I looked I’m up over 1,000 points. I must keep knitting!!! Only two more months (give or take) to keep playing!

Happy Knitting!!

Another Sock HO

I know it’s supposed to be Finished Friday, but I have a turkey hangover and post holiday food coma. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all! So today all I have is a HO (half finished object)

My Mutatis Mutanois socks had been languishing at the bottom of my bag. I know I have a lot of WIPs going but I usually happily bounce between all of them. I just didn’t  feel a draw towards these. The foot of sock number one was almost done. I decided life was to short to knit what doesn’t inspire so these socks became shorties. And viola the motivation to work on them reappeared!

I worked a gusset heel for toe up socks (from Wendy D Johnson’s free pattern) and did some a little rubbing before casting off. They could stand to be slightly taller but they stay up just fine as is. I did get some minor color pooling in the gusset but I’m not too fussy about such things.

The sock fits well so I’m powering through sock #2! I’m hoping the long holiday weekend in the US will afford me some extra Knitting time!

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Halloween Leftovers Cowl

Guys….it’s done!

I made a fingering weight cowl in less than a week! That is in large part to some long conference calls and some grandparent/Jellybean time that let me knit. But I’m stoked!!

I finished this up at my dad’s regional football game. Very fitting setting for the Pigskin Party KAL, no? I even used my Berry Colorful Yarnings leftovers to score bonus sponsor points in the KAL!!

For project specifics and a basic pattern, find my Rav notes here. I’m going to bask in my knitty accomplishment…

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Rainbow Brite Vanilla Socks

Tah Dah….my tonsil recovery knitting project is done!

They are just so bright and happy! And they match *almost* perfectly. I used Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow on size 0 US needles. The pattern is just a 72 stitch vanilla toe up sock. I put in an afterthought heel in a contrasting color.

I thought the grey suited nicely. I used about 340 yards of rainbow and 20 some yards of the grey. And it was awesome pick up/set down stockinette knitting when I didn’t feel great.

I turned these in for points in both the Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin Party KAL and the Carolina Fiber Girls’ Socktober KAL. I feel very accomplished given how crappy I felt!

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Earbud Cozy

I am participating in the Down Cellar Studio KAL aka the Pigskin Party 2016 which runs along the NFL season. In September you could win bonus points for projects that you could justify using in relation to football. I chose an earbud pouch so I could have my earbuds close at hand to listen to the games when I am out and about. 

I got the idea from Dani of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast because she made these for her kids backpacks/back to school. I started with the same pattern Ear Bud Pouch by Mary Keenan and then translated it to sock yarn and bottom up. 

My mods are in my Ravelry notes. It turned out a little small but still serviceable. But I suppose that happens when you only use 28 yards of yarn. And I scored 57 points for the KAL!

This has already been pressed into service and is living in my purse!

Happy Knitting

WIP Wednesday: Spooky Vanilla Socks

My Spooky Vanilla socks are cruising along…

I’ve finished the first sock and got a jump on the second one! I’m really trying to get the stripes to match and it’s working so far. Only two small fails, the first being that I wound my second small cake backwards so I have to work from the outside of the ball. Secondly I’ve had to cut the green yarn in the toe to make the stripes match. It really only means I have a couple more ends to weave in.

I’m definitely going to have a ton of yarn left from this generous skein from Berry Colorful Yarning. Just more yarn for scrap projects I guess!

Happy Knitting! 

FO Friday: More Mittens for Jellybean

After finishing the first pair of mittens for Jellybean I immediately cast on for a second pair. I’m under no illusion that as a 2 year old he’s not going to make every attempt to lose or destroy these mittens. Backups are a must!

Pattern: No Swatch No Gauge Mittens for Kids by Jean Gifford

Needles: US 5s

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in royal blue 

I used about 100 yards of worsted weight for this pair and the last pair. They are very quick to work up as well. This project also served as #dcspigskinparty2016 KAL project. I worked this in my team colors (aka my dad’s high school football team) to earn extra points in the KAL. And of course Jellybean gets more mittens!

These too need a good wash and block but are just waiting for winter to arrive! Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Mighty Rainbow Blanket

And so it begins…

I’ve cast on the and worked two rows of the first rainbow color. The yarn is very soft. I’m finding that the metal knit picks interchangeable needles I chose are not well suited for this. I need to dig through my needle stash to find other size 9 options before I continue.

I’ve for both plans to finish this for blitz points for the 2016 Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL. Fingers crossed anyway! It’s only 30 garter rows per color. Never mind the 240 stitches ☺️

Happy Knitting!!