Raven Wing Socks – Done!

Raven Wing FO side

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Winter Jewel (Nov 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1 circulars (two at a time)
  • Pattern:  Raven Wing Socks
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 33 hours
  • Dates: 3/5/2016 – 4/5/2016

First 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern done!  I started backwards; this is the last pattern for that year.  I know the first pattern was my least favorite so I’ll probably end at the beginning.  Everything in between is up for grabs!

I liked a lot of things about this pattern.  The twisted cable and ribbing works well for me and looks much neater than the standard rib & cable.  It might be “cheating” because I know this is a tension problem but the results are so much nicer that I’ll stick with it.   I’m also quite happy with the colors and over all look.

Unfortunately I doubt I’ll wear these much.   Once the sock is on it’s comfortable but there is a non-stretchy point that makes it hard to get on & off over the heel/ankle.  The foot fits perfectly.  The heel is a bit too long and the ankle/leg is too small.  The heel flap is purposefully longer to accommodate the twisted stitches but I didn’t need that extra length. I did need more room at the ankle and leg and that wasn’t accommodated enough for me.  I know I have fat calves so maybe that was it.  I’ll watch that in the rest of the patterns!

Woobie Monkey – Baby Gift #1

Woobie Monkey FO

  • Yarn: Hikoo by skacel Simplicity (3.5 skeins Turkish Coffee, 0.33 skeins Sahara Sand)
  • Yarn Weight: DK
  • Needles: US Size 3 circular & DPN
  • Pattern:  Woobie Monkey
  • Time Spent: 21.5 hours
  • Dates: 3/8/2016 – 4/9/2016

Nephew #3 is on the way and of course some knitted baby gifts are a must!  My sister lives in Florida so I couldn’t quite convince myself to try for the  Reversible Celtic Baby Blanket.  I found this pattern at a local yarn shop while down in Florida and figured it was the perfect compromise.  It’s not a blanket but still something to snuggle against and who can resist a monkey head?

I did run into a couple of issues. I ran out of brown yarn and couldn’t find an exact match which I’m sad about.  Plus my face making skills are seriously lacking.  I figure it’s endearing and the baby won’t judge too much if the eyes don’t match.  It adds character right?  I just need to make sure it will survive the washing machine.  Otherwise baby toy will become cat toy!

Chicago 2016 YarnCon

YarnCon 2016

A couple weeks ago I went to Chicago YarnCon with some knitting friends.  This was my first year going; I never knew it existed before!  YarnCon is like a miniature Stitches if you’ve ever attended that.  It’s basically a yarn convention/fair geared toward the indie shops instead of the more well known places. I was surprised not to see those big name yarns but that was silliness on my part more than anything!

I’m happy to report that I stayed on budget and didn’t go crazy as you can see above.  I am firmly entrenched in the no pattern = no yarn buying rule.  That doesn’t stop me from buying more cute stitch markers though!  I bought some self striping sock yarn for my friend Laura’s birthday from KnitCircus Yarns.  KnitCircus was one of the busiest booths with a lot of fun stuff.  I lean towards boring colors so it was fun to shop for someone else!

The brown yarn is Show Stopper by Leading Men Fiber Arts for my Hence Sweater project.  I love this color. I’ve have a really hard time finding a brown I like.  Most of them are too red for me, but this one was perfect.  Hopefully I feel the same way when I’m wearing it!

After this, I’m thinking this is my list of  preferred yarn shopping experiences:

  1. Chicago Yarn Crawl (July 30 – August 7th this year!)
  2. Chicago YarnCon
  3. Stitches Midwest (August 4-7th this year)
  4. Online Stores

I do still prefer Stitches for classes.  I’ve never went to VOGUEKnitting Live but it doesn’t look like it’s in Chicago this year.  Any other yarn events I’ve been missing out on that I should try in the Chicago area?

Happy Easter & Acorn Teeth FO!

Acorn Teeth

  • Yarn: Knit Pick’s Palette: (12g) Whirlpool, (8g) Eggplant, (6g) White
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1 DPN
  • Pattern:  Acorn Teeth
  • Time Spent: 17 hours
  • Dates: 2/11/2016 – 3/4/2016

Happy Easter everyone!  The weather was perfect today to photograph my latest finished project (and I finally remembered to bring them home).  These are exactly what I was looking for as the Chicago weather goes wonky for the next month or two.

I’m not a huge fan of the afterthought thumb so I will probably avoid that in the future.  It’s easy to knit but not as comfortable to wear.  The biggest surprise was the Vikkel Braid.  I’m in love with this technique.  I will be keeping this in mind on new projects to give them a little extra something.

The photo is actually of my second glove after I made some tweaks. I decreased 4 stitches immediately after the Vikkel Braid for a better fit on the finger ribbing.  I also kept the same color for the entire thumb instead of casting off with a contrast color.  Lastly, you can’t see it well but I did end up cutting & re-starting more ends instead of carrying the yarn up for a neater beginning/end of round transition.

P.S. The tea in my mug is Argo Tea’s green tea ginger twist.  Yummy, and all gone now.

Raven Wing Socks – WIP

Raven Wing Socks WIP 2I finally started a Rockin’ Sock Club pattern from back in November 2013!  I needed a good airplane/travel project and found this ready to go.  Sadly back in 2013 I did not do the best job winding the yarn.  I have a very unequal split between the two socks.  Maybe with the size small I’ll have extra and not run out for either sock. The pattern isn’t written for two at a time but looking ahead it should be easy enough to accommodate with some minor needle adjustments after the heel.

I’m not sure if it’s the needles or the yarn but I am knitting this very very tightly.  I’ve even woken up with a sore thumb from it. My other (hibernating) Rockin’ Sock Club pattern didn’t have the same issue.  Maybe I’ll start working on those again after I finish the Raven Wing socks!