So Many Socks and Some Wool Piggery

Husband Socks: Wooly Mastadon

It has happened again. I finish one pair of socks and end up casting on two new pairs. To be honest I had no intention of casting on two pairs, just one: my husband’s socks. That in itself was an adventure.

For starters, these socks are a bit out of the norm for me. For the first time I’m knitting the toes, heels, and cuffs in a different color from the main body of the sock in an effort to stretch the yarn. The accent yarn is Premier Yarn Serenity Sock in Black. The rest of the sock is being knit out of Patons Kroy Socks in Turquoise Stripes. They are being knit on slightly larger sock needles, US size 1.5 (2.5mm) as opposed to my usual US 1 (2.25mm) needles. The biggest snag I hit was I originally cast these socks on with 72 stitches and that was way too loose. I cut the stitch count down to 68 stitches and I think we have found the formula for this pair and all future socks for my husband.

Mini Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

I’ve also noticed I just don’t want to leave the house, especially on my days off as of late. In order to entice myself to run some errands on an extremely dreary day this past week I told myself upon completion I could visit our local yarn store which I haven’t visited in years. Of course, one does not simply walk into a yarn store and leave without yarn. No, I left with two skeins of sock yarn (Opal and Trekking) and my most exciting purchase: a pair of US size 0 (2.00mm) 9 inch circular needles. I am beyond excited about these needles as I have been wanting to attempt this method of sock knitting. I got a size down since most people say their gauge gets looser on 9 inch circs.

9" Circ Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Naturally, I couldn’t wait to cast on with these needles, I had to cast on now. Thus I pulled out a skein of stash sock yarn, ONline Supersocke 4-fach Street Color. It’s a German yarn that I think will wear quite well as it feels like an Opal or Regia. I must say there is a learning curve to these needles, which I expected and planned for. As of right now I’m not sure where I stand as to loving this method or just letting it fall to the wayside. I’ll knit this pair of socks on these needles to really reach my stride on them and decide after that. I like that I don’t have to fiddle with 4-5 dpns or magic loop method but it is fiddly handling the yarn with such tiny points on the circs. We shall see.

I think that’s it for now. I’m off to knit on my socks and my Underwing Mitts. Until next time…

~Stay Inspired

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FO: Yet Another Pair of Socks

Toe Up Socks: Wooly Mastadon

You may be getting sick of the finished socks posts by now, but socks are something I can knit on autopilot. I don’t have to think, and for most of the sock I don’t have to even look at my work. This means I can bring this kind of project with me everywhere and knit in the moments available. This time around I had the added pressure of my husband asking when I was ‘finally’ going to start knitting his socks. I knew if I didn’t finish these socks first they would get set aside and left for a long time so I decided it best to finish these first and did just that.

Toe Up Socks: Wooly Mastadon

These socks were knit just like all my socks in a vanilla toe-up afterthought heal recipe (with placed yarn). It’s my usual recipe, 64 stitches on US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. The yarn is two skeins of Knit Picks Felici in the Steamer Trunk colorway, which I absolutely love! They are a perfect fall color and now that the weather is switching into full on fall mode, I will get a lot of wear out of these.

Well, I should go knit on my Sutures shawl (I’m so close to finishing it!) or maybe start my husbands socks. Whatever I chose Fall is officially here and with that cozy knitting time! As always…

~Stay Inspired

Another FO Round-up

Crazy Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Despite what my absence here may have suggested I did indeed finish a few projects over the past several months. I kept busy here and there finishing up older projects and starting some new ones. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Mom's Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Of course I knit socks. I finished two pairs, one for my Mom and one for me. I love socks because I can knit them without thinking which means I always have a pair on the needles or at least yarn for the next pair picked out and ready to cast on. Mom’s pair of socks was knit out of Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in the Laurelhurst colorway on US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. My crazy socks were knit out of Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in colorway 2 on US Size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles. Both socks were a dream to knit and perfect for travel projects.

Amigurumi: Wooly Mastadon

I also completed some amigurumi. First to be noted would be Pickett, the bowtruckle from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which is a fantastic movie if I say so myself and I absolutely cannot wait for the next one…who’s with me?!). He was part of my halloween costume and a popular little guy at work. Moving forward this past month a few more creatures came to life. A small amigurumi hippo flew off my hook as well as a knitted cat. Both are destined to be gifts for expecting moms.

Dad's Hat: Wooly Mastadon

Last but not least, I knit a hat for my Dad. When Knit Picks released the pattern for the Marled Rib Hat by Hannah Maier I wondered if perhaps it was the one, the pattern that would produce a hat my Dad would actually wear. This hat practically knit itself and in a few days I had this hat complete and ready for Dad to try on…and he liked it and requested two more! This is a huge success in my book. This hat was knit out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in the Bramble Heather colorway. Fun fact: this is some yarn I have had for years, yarn from my first ever Knit Picks order and one that my Dad actually went yarn shopping online with me for. Perhaps that helped make this hat a winner.

I think that about rounds up my FOs from over the past few months. I may have knit a dishcloth here or there but nothing major to note. What projects do you go to when you need a simple project? Do you have any family members who are tricky to knit for? I want to hear from you!

~Stay Inspired

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

 

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