Hue Shift Afghan – Finally Done!!

Hue Shift FO Small

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
    • Color A: Sky (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color B: White (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color C: Dove Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color D: Cobblestone Heather (118 grams = 1.18 skeins)
    • Color E: Black (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color F: Umber Heather (116 grams = 1.16 skeins)
    • Color G: Sienna (108 grams = 1.08 skeins)
    • Color H: Camel Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color I: Cream (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color J: Tranquil (117 grams = 1.17 skeins)
    • Color K: Solstice Heather (200 grams = 2 skeins)
  • Yarn Weight: Sport
  • Needles: US Size 5 ( 3.75 mm) circular
  • Pattern:  Hue Shift Afghan – Decor Colorway
  • Time Spent: 140 – 150 hours
  • Dates: 3/28/2015 – 7/26/2016

It’s done!  My first “real” sized blanket and I finished it.  The mitered squares are done, the border is done, all the ends are weaved in, and pictures have been taken.  I’m done.  It may have taken over a year and around 150 hours of work, but I’m done.  Plus, I accomplished my original goal to regain some knitting ground!  I’ve regained most, if not all, of the skill I had before my knitting break.

I’ll be honest, this blanket has a lot of character.  By which I mean flaws, mistakes, or intended uniqueness.  Whatever you’d like to call them.  My gauge is all over the place on different parts of this blanket.  I ran out of yarn and have a few mismatching dye lots in there.  Two sides of the border are one dye lot and the other two are another, and yes you can tell!  One entire quarter I cast on with the wrong set of colors so that quarters didn’t line up with the rest as they should.  This was my first time doing mattress stitch and some places are a bit questionable.  But you know what, I like my blankets with character!

Crest Socks – FO!

Crest Sock FO 1

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Fleur de Couleur (May 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 2 (2.5 mm) circular
  • Pattern:  Crest
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 16 hours
  • Dates: 5/28/2016 – 6/24/2016

I’m so behind on posts that I never even got to share a WIP for these socks!  These are the third pattern for Rockin Sock Club 2013.  Half way done!

This time I did have little holes where I joined the heel flap back to the leg but I think I know what I did.  I actually picked up one too many stitches down by the leg, I always assumed these gaps were if you picked up one too few stitches.  I’ll try this out on my next pair to see if that’s true!

These were knit two at a time so no size discrepancies here.  They fit well but I thought the toe at the ribbing was too much for me.  I’ll probably continue in pattern for a bit longer before switching to the toe ribbing if I knit these again.

Petrosinella Socks – FO!

Petrosinella FO Right

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Hope Springs Eternal (March 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) dpn
  • Pattern:  Petrosinella
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 25 hours
  • Dates: 6/15/2014 – 5/28/2016

Second 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern done!  Looks like third time is the charm after all.  My first attempt at this sock was in May 2013 but that sock was frogged.  My second attempt hibernated for almost two years, but now these socks are finally done!

I found out that second sock syndrome isn’t the only risk of doing one sock at a time.  My socks aren’t quite the same size.  When I realized my first sock was a little too big I unintentionally used tighter tension on the second sock even with the same needles.  I’m really not seeing any reason to ever do one sock at a time again unless it’s absolutely necessary!

These socks are a bit big so they will probably be lounging socks.  I’m also not very happy with the color pooling.  Otherwise these socks are comfy and will be nice to wear around the house.

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!