I decided that my finished Modified Barley needed a pom. It had nothing to do with the fact this project is for a knit-a-long where the yardage in the project earns me imaginary points for a chance to win real prizes. I took Jellybean and PB to Joanns and we bought pom pom makers, four different sizes so that we can pom pom our hearts out.
Jellybean and I sat down one evening and worked through our first pom pom. Honestly it was challenging and I got frustrated because I was learning and the instructions were lacking in my opinion. Jellybean actually took the whole process in stride and told me “it’s okay if we make mistakes”. And in the end we made a serviceable pom pom.
I’m not sure how I feel about it on the hat. It’s maybe not big enough? I’m going to let this marinate for a bit. But the good news is that the pom used almost every last yard of yarn and I got more points for my KAL, lol. Because that’s what matters….
Yesterday when I talked about my scrap blanket obsession I mentioned the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL. This is the kind of knit-a-long I can really sink into. I get to knit what I want and yet still earn points towards prizes. And I have my game face on this year (famous last words…)
Behold the bag of possibilities. WIPs don’t count for this KAL so it’s all new projects. I did some stash diving and queue searching and came up with the following:
Each bag contains the caked yarn, needles and pattern. (I’ll tell you about the yarns later.) This way once the KAL starts I can pull a bag and go. These projects also represent some gift knitting, charity knitting and selfish knitting that I have been meaning to get to. Here’s hoping proper preparation prevents poor performance this fall!
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!
At least six podcasts I listen to are doing a KAL called the #bigbadbergalong that involved knitting any Melanie Berg the designer. And the Down Cellar KAL is using this as the October interception challenge for the Pigskin Party KAL. Well I say challenge accepted!
I know I’m in need of more mits for winter so I chose the Ice Cream and Soda Mits. Super simple yet oh so cozy mits. Plus they aren’t a huge time commitment. So I pulled some Knit Picks Brava Worsted from my stash and zoom I went.
I struggled with my tension and carrying the yarn up the mit to reduce ends being woven in. Totally not the patterns fault, just my technique issue. The second was a little better.
The edges roll a little bit but they are super squishy and oh so warm. I’m ready for winter! And scoring some super cool points in the KAL!! Anyone else doing anything Berg related?
Welcom to my OCD! I listen to a ton of podcasts and read blogs semi regularly. That means that this time of year I’m inundated with KALs. Don’t get me wrong…I love a good KAL. But I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed this summer.
I started to write down each KAL with the relevant pertinent data and I filled four pages in my notebook! I quickly decided I can’t do all of them or keep them straight on the fly. So I’m going to knit what I want and if my FOs happen to fall in one of these then I just might enter. I’m much happier with that decision.
I’ve made the leap into Craftsy and joined my first class. It’s Lucy Neatby’s Knit-Along 2016: Socks and over the coming year we will learn a whole heap of new techniques and have three new pairs of socks!
Confession time: I love thick yarn on large needles. I am totally in love with the instant gratification of a quick project. They just fill me with knitterly glee! On Wednesday, I had one finished Rye Sock…..well now the set is done!
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Yellow (I ended up using 211 yards or 113 grams of worsted weight yarn. Less than one skein of Simply Soft!)
Needles: US 4 and 5 dpns
Mods: I didn’t knit all the toe decreases as written in the pattern. I left out a few to create more room for my toes. It came out kind of square but very comfy!
I may or may not have accidentally made one cuff longer than the other. It is only about 1/2 inch so I’m not going to worry about it! I also had marked improvement on my kitchener stitch! Look at the right sock (first attempt) and left sock (second attempt) pictured above, much improved!
And now that I have conquered this pattern I’m going to knit some different colors/versions in wool! This set was just a test using acrylic to see if I liked the fit.
Don’t forget to swing over to Knitting Sarah and follow #sockswithsarah on social media and Ravelry. There are some really cool things happening over there! At enrollment is open for this KAL, so join why don’t you??