FO: Socks!

Sock FOs: Wooly Mastadon

As you may have gotten from the title, I have some finished pairs of socks to share with you today. Not being quite prepared I didn’t share them as quickly as I had hoped and dived right into a mini four day vacation with my family and boyfriend. Vacations by the lake are amazing, vacations by the lake at your Grandmother’s house are even better. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I didn’t take photos this time as I was thoroughly enjoying the sunny weather, and for you that meant no blog post to show off my socks. Well here it is!

The first pair (rav link) I finished actually just before my WIPs roundup post went up. I knit these out of Cascade Yarns Heritage Wave in the Solar colorway on US 1 (2.25mm) dpns. It was an enjoyable experience and the way the color plays on the socks is so cool. I don’t have any socks on the red side of the color wheel so they fill the void nicely.

Sock FOs: Wooly Mastadon

The other pair of socks I finished are these stripey beauts (rav link). I knit these magic loop (my ususal) out of Knit Picks Felici Fingering in the Sprinkles colorway. These were so much fun to knit as I always wanted to knit ‘one more stripe’. I may need to cast on my other skeins of Felici soon.

Well, there you have it, two new pairs of socks ready and waiting for fall. This year I’m on the fence, do I want fall to begin yet or not? The pull of wearing warm woolly handknits again is certainly getting stronger. I guess I’ll take what I can get!

~Stay Inspired

 

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Currently Knitting

Waiting for Rain: Wooly Mastadon

As promised today I’m stopping by to share my current projects with you, or my WIPs. I think I’ll start in the order that they were cast on or oldest to newest. I would also like to add that some of these have been sitting, but my knitting mojo…my creative mojo…is back so these should all be completed soon to make room for more new projects. My habit of browsing Ravelry for new patterns has also returned and I want to knit all of the things. I’m also open for suggestions. Okay, on to the knits:

Waiting for Rain: Wooly Mastadon

My oldest WIP for the moment (that isn’t in hibernation) is currently my Waiting for Rain by Sylvia McFadden. For a while everyone was knitting this and I couldn’t be left behind. Then in good ol’ Tori fashion, I let the project sit because I was convinced I had to be 100% focused on the project. Not so! The garter sections are a great break from the lace panels and even those are a joy to knit and make perfect sense. Now I can’t seem to put it down and can’t wait to have the finished product in my hands.

The specs: (Rav Link)  yarn, Knit Picks Stroll Fingering hand-dyed by me ; needles US size 6 4.0mm

Scrap Ghan: Wooly Mastadon

Next up, my Granny Scrap Ghan. I gave up on my last afghan project and put it into hibernation months ago, but kept getting the itch to work on another one. Thus, I decided on one big granny square as it is currently the only type of afghan I enjoy making. I love this project although it has been getting less love during the hot summer weather.

The specs: (Rav Link) Red Heart Super Saver in various colors (using up scraps); hook US size H/8 5.0mm

Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Socks: Wooly Mastadon

On to the socks! I will bundle these two projects together to a point. I knit all my socks toe-up with an afterthought heal (with the placed waste yarn so not a true afterthought heal, I know) on US size 1, 2.25mm needles. The only difference between these two pairs is one is knit magic loop method on what I believe is a 32 inch cord (my preferred method for my travel project socks) and the other is knit on dpns. I tried Knitters Pride Karbonz for the first time and I love them! The stitches don’t slide off the needles and they are light weight. In fact those socks on dpns…they’re finished as of Friday! Yay for a new FO. I’ll share some photos later this week.

The specs: (Rav Link) DPNs: Cascade Yarns Heritage Wave in Solar; needles Knitters Pride Karbonz US size 1, 2.25mm

(Rav Link) Circs: Knit Picks Felici Fingering in Sprinkles; needles Knit Picks Fixed Circulars US size 1, 2.25mm

Dishcloth: Wooly Mastadon

Dishcloths, oh dishcloths. When my Mom asks me for something like this I can’t say no. Thus I pulled out some leftover cotton from a box of yarn from my Aunt and got to work. The pattern is from an old knitting book that I adapted to fit my needs and it is her favorite dishcloth by far. It’s a simple project and a quick knit during the summer heat.

The specs: (Rav Link) Misc Scrap Cotton; needles Hobby Lobby (no idea the exact brand) fixed circs in size US 6 4.0mm

Well, that’s it. This is what I’m currently working on. As many of these projects are close to completion I’m looking for my next project. What should I knit next?

~Stay Inspired

 

Some Small FOs

FO Friday: Wooly Mastadon

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to show you some FOs, but finally I have gotten a few things off the needles to show. Neither are very grand or exciting but it’s good to have them done. First off, I finished another pair of vanilla socks. Per usual, I knit them toe-up with an afterthought heel (with the placed scrap yarn) with the magic loop technique. Clearly I have settled into this style since I’ve knit the last 10 pairs of socks this way and am not sick of it yet. These socks were knit on size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles out of Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Meadow colorway. Can we take a minute to admire the almost striping effect this yarn had on these socks? It’s lovely and it was exciting to knit to see how the colors would react. When I saw this in the skein I had no idea it would turn out this way and I absolutely love it. One more side note, it is entirely ironic when I finished these socks because I happened to finish them on our hottest day of the year thus far, a 90 degree (Fahrenheit) day. Yeesh, I didn’t even try them on it was so hot, but they are done and they are awesome.

FO Friday: Wooly Mastadon

My second FO is a much smaller one but I thought it should be noted. I’ve had dishcloths on the needles for months for my Aunt. The honest truth is I completely forgot about them. Well, when I finished knitting my socks I wanted to pick up another project but it was far too warm to start anything big so I found these and finished them up. There are six dishcloths in varying patterns, a bit wonky but my Aunt loves them and will really appreciate the gift.

That’s about it for this week. Lots of fun things to come in the future. Happy Friday!

~Stay Inspired

Sock Progress

WIP Socks: Wooly Mastadon

I missed this last Friday, it flew by. But that means good things are ahead. I was out of town last week, and of course that means possibly breaking my several month span of not buying yarn (for 6 months I might add). I behaved….but it was hard. Anyway, with that I have been knitting. I’m pretty close to casting on Waiting for Rain, but I can’t knit lace in a car so I brought along my toe up vanilla socks. They are coming along very well, I am past placing the waste yarn for the heel on the second sock. The sock bug is coming back slowly but surely. Hopefully they will be done soon.

Watch for more fun later this week but for now, happy Wednesday…we’re halfway there.

~Stay Inspired

A Week of Projects

Sock Knitting: Wooly Mastadon

It has been a week of projects, of finishing things, getting caught up in socks, and starting a new knitting project. This week I finally got the urge to go full force back into spinning and ended up finishing the project currently on my wheel (finished skein photos will come soon). Next on the wheel, some fiber my mother picked out for me to spin up and knit into a lace shawl. I can’t wait to start it, perhaps that will be a project for the weekend…I get a weekend off!!!

Spinning: Wooly Mastadon

As for knitting, I’ve been reaching for my socks at every spare moment, especially at work on lunches and breaks. It’s my popcorn knitting right now, I say just one more row but that almost always means five or six. I love how the colors are making a striping pattern and can’t wait to wear the finished socks.

Moulin Rouge: Wooly Mastadon

Finally, I started knitting my Moulin Rouge shawl by Kirsten Kapur. I dyed up the yarn this past summer and am not set on the color. If all fails, I’ll overdye the final shawl but I want to see how the color plays with the pattern first. Right now, my shawl just looks like a fluffy catterpillar, but I am hoping to knit a few rows here and there and have a beautiful shawl this summer.

With that, I leave you for the week. It has been a week full of projects and productivity and sunshine. Hopefully the weekend follows suit. Here’s to a crafty fun weekend full of fun, fiber, and yarn.

~Stay Inspired

FO: Crazy Socks!

FO Socks: Wooly Mastadon

They’re done, they are finally done! This past week I finally completed a pair of socks that has been on the needles for far too long. I started these socks back in October and have had them on the needles since. I have no idea why it took me so long to complete these other than the fact that that holiday knitting cut into my time quite a bit and that I had some fun life things going on as well. However, I love how they turned out. The yarn is some Knit Picks Stroll I had dyed in college with the help of my fiber professor a few years back now and I just love the results. Per usual I knit theses socks using my basic vanilla sock formula, toe-up with an after-thought heal (the cheater style with the lifeline placed heal) on US size 1 needles (2.25 mm). They are indeed in your face bright but I will wear them with pride. Here’s to another pair of socks completed and in the sock drawer, yipee!

~Stay Inspired

A New Project: Socks

More Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Because my most recent sock project is now complete (FO photos to follow) I of course must plan my next pair of socks and share it with you. Thus I decided to go into the sock yarn stash and pull out some yarn that I have had for quite a while now, some Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Meadow colorway (project page here). I love the color combination and have no idea how it will knit up so this should be a fun surprise. On a slightly different note, it’s the middle of the week! Halfway there. Hope your week is going well and that lots of knitting/crocheting/spinning/fiber fun is happening. Enjoy!

~Stay Inspired

More Socks…

WIP: Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Well, we’re back to the daily grind. It’s Monday and most of us are plodding through our days at work, hoping that the general atmosphere of the place usurps the sad Monday vibes and maybe, just maybe your coworkers won’t bite your head off. I know the feeling. This week for me is different as I’m working the weekend so I get to avoid the general Monday melancholy, but that doesn’t mean my week won’t start. I thought that since last week I shared all of my FOs, that this week I’d share what I cast on. I’ve been busy and of course when you finish something it gives you license to cast on something new, right? Granted the only projects I had lingering after that finishing spree were my Christmas mittens (which I am slowly revising, more on that later) and my scrap ‘ghan (which is just going to take me years to finish…I’ve come to terms with it. Remind me to stick to granny squares next time, will you?). Regardless, I am busy with some new projects.

To start, I thought I’d share my most predictable new addition to the WIP family. You guessed it, it’s another pair of socks. Per usual, I am knitting these toe-up with an afterthought heel (the kind where you place the waste yarn), a plain vanilla sock. What makes the socks special to me is the yarn. I died this yarn in the fiber studio in college my last year there with my professor. I was the only one interested in yarn and fiber dying in the class but my professor was willing to share that knowledge anyway. I dyed up this skein of yarn, not really knowing how it would knit up or how to place colors to get a certain result. Well, I’m loving the bright chaos that is ensuing. I don’t remember the exact yarn this was dyed on: it was a Knit Picks bare base, probably their Stroll base because I remember it being a superwash merino/nylon blend. I love knitting with this yarn, it is so soft and the color play is so much fun.

Well, that is my first WIP of the week. I’ll have a few more to share soon. The thing is, I still want to cast on another sweater and perhaps a cowl. Any suggestions? The week is just beginning, hope it’s a creative one!

~Stay Inspired

A Couple Weeks of Crazy

FO Socks: Wooly Mastadon

I disappeared again, but for much longer than I thought. It’s cliche, I know. You disappear and then either you vow to post at your regular schedule or you say you’re going to step back from the blog and just let it be. I won’t commit to either at this point. I like posting on a schedule and often: it keeps me focused. However, sometimes it just doesn’t happen, like the past two weeks proved. I wasn’t idle. For starters I was training in for a new position at my job at the grocery store and lets just say it took a lot of brain-space, time, and energy (and will take a lot more, I won’t learn this quickly but I am more comfortable with my job each day). I still am not comfortable taking care of everything on my own in this position but I am enjoying doing something different. Thankfully I have learned to laugh off my mistakes or stupid comments (within reason, I’m not stupid) so training went decently well. That being said my knitting time went to sitting on the couch taking a break from thinking, walking my dog around the neighborhood looking at fall colors, and doing some necessary graphic design projects with looming deadlines.

But that time away from the blog also gave me time for things to happen. I hate when a blog is stagnent, and all you see are the same projects over and over again for weeks. With this brief, unplanned, hiatus, I was able to get some things finished, start some things, and brew a little more creativity.

FO Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Thus, my first (of a few more this week!) FO to share with you is my toe-up socks. I had started these at the end of August so it took a little over a month to knit these. They did go quickly, mainly because I knit a shorter cuff on these socks. I was worried about running out of yarn, but as usual, it worked out in the end. I actually like this length so perhaps more socks will be knit like these. For now, it is an FO after a stagnant quiet time here on Wooly Mastadon. Don’t worry, I’ve got things to share.

~Stay Inspired

I’m Getting There

Splitstone: Wooly Mastadon

Yet another week, and another hot one at that. Can we please just get into weather that is more like fall. I’ll even accept 50 degree temps if it could just get out of the 80s. Ah well, the life of a Northern Midwest girl involves loving cooler weather. Seeing all of the scarves, purchased or knit, has really gotten me wanting to be able to wear the stuff. Ah well, I am also here to share my knitting progress with you. I will do just that.

My toe up socks had gone on a bit of a hiatus, but they are now back. I had just not wanted to cast on the toe of the next sock, but I got over that hurtle one early morning before work (say around 6:30 in the morning). Now I am set to go, no excuses, but not enough progress to share a picture.

My other project, which has been almost all that you’ve seen around here lately is my Splitstone. I have been pretty monogamous on this project with my goal to finish it by October 10th (I started it on October 11th of 2014 and I don’t want to let it hit a year). Thus I am happy to say that I have divided for the…sleeves? I don’t know, it’s a vest so perhaps dividing for the armholes is more appropriate. Either way, I am chugging away on the back portion and will soon be close to working on the front again. I am loving this knit and the way it is turning out! I can’t put it down and it has been the cause of many late nights (and thus hard mornings at work, haha).

Splitstone: Wooly Mastadon

With all this, I am so ready for fall. I love the decor, the sweaters, the need for a sweatshirt outside but not a jacket, being able to wear jeans and not melt, hot tea, small fires in the fireplace, outdoor reading, all of the scarves, all of the fiber crafting, knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving, just everything about fall. I’m ready, and hopefully will be ready with some awesome socks and a vest quite soon. Until then, I’ll just cheer on the tomatoes to ripen.

~Stay Inspired