Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kid Socks - DONE!

I used the Purl Soho Toddler Sock pattern to use up the left over yarn from my Smooth Operator Socks. I started the socks with the smaller ball of Knit Picks Felici in Marsh and ran out just before the toe decreases. Take a deep breath and do not panic... I dug into my stash and found the leftover KP Felici in Mermaid and even though it doesn't quite match I joined and finished the toe. One sock done, Cast on for the second side and at the toe decreases realized that I have more than enough yarn to finish both toes. But decided to cut and join the Mermaid to match the first sock.


These socks fit him now and with a little bit of room to grow. So we have almost matching socks. but it is mama made and that is what counts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Slowly, slowly, slowly....

One by one, I am getting the star squares done. There were 25 more to do and I thought I would get a chunk done last week while waiting for car maintenance. My plan was to get all 25 blocks prepped, but once I got started ran out of glue. Best laid plans....

However, it became my "lunch project" this week and as of today there are only 10 more to go.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks - DONE

So the deadline for the Smooth Operator Socks KAL was on August 22nd and I knew I wasn't going to make it. Did you see all the wonderful sock yarn in the KAL thread! It was so tempting to order some of those bright and cheerful skeins with creative names like "Hello Little Birdie", "Family Reunion", "Rainbow Bouquet" and "Rainbow Trout Stripe". I kept knitting and finished a few days later.


I love that the stripes are almost matching. I started the heel with the cuff facing the wrong way so the double up on the light green is on the heel of one sock and the leg of the other. I also made my foot too long, so I ended the decreases on the toe abruptly.See the sock on the right? It should decrease nicely similar to the heel, but I stopped before it got too long.
It fits fine, and there were some great tips in the pattern. I'm glad I tried, it but I think it will be returning to the regular gusseted sock.... do I hear another Fretful calling?...

Monday, August 15, 2016

The SALT collection - DONE

I finished the last dishcloth in the SALT collection by Aimee Alexander. A lovely set of simple to knit cloths. Here is my Refined Salt:


And here is the completed collection. The 2 pink ones are folded. I managed to make a matching set.

I think I will be knitting many more of these for my gift stash.
Happy knitting!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks - WIP

I have been itching to start another sock and the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson fits the bill. It first caught my eye on Instagram and learning a new heel sounds like fun. There is a KAL which is perfect for me because to join you just need to start a pair, The KAL ends on August 22nd, but there is no pressure to finish. So stash diving, once again, I came up with 2 skeins of Knit Picks Felici in Marsh. I took some time to find the same color repeat on both skeins and cast on my normal 64 stitches.

Smooth Operator Socks
And we're off....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Washcloths anyone?

I joined the Salt KAL in the Polka Dot Sheep group on Ravelry. Four washcloths to knit in the Salt collection. I dug into my cotton stash (which I keep saying I will not add to) and got started.

Sea Salt
Yarn: Peaches and Creme in Strawberry Stripes

Infused Salt
Yarn (left): Knit Picks Dishie in Coffee and Peaches and Creme in Strawberry Stripes
Yarn (right): Knit Picks Dishie in Coffee and Knit Picks Simply Cotton in Golden Heather

Himalayan Salt
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton in Golden Heather

All so far are quick, fun knits and have given me a head start on holiday knitting.You have until the end of September to knit all 4 cloths to enter the drawing, but there are random prizes given out in the KAL thread. I am so happy to have won a free pattern from Polka Dot Sheep when I posted my start to the Sea Salt. There are many wonderful patterns to choose from. I settled on the Harvest Moon Blanket. 

The last pattern in the collection, Refined Salt, was released today. I am looking forward to casting on to finish the collection.
Happy Knitting.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Zephyr Cove - DONE

Add this to the list "finished stitching, needs to be blocked!" A tiny bit of the dark blue (Jay) left, but I was playing yarn chicken with the light blue (Frost). And I lost, so I bound off a few rows short.

Pattern: Zephyr Cove
Published in: 7 Small Shawls; Year 3: Home is Where the Heart Is
Designer: Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Yarn: Knit Picks Glimmer in Jay and Frost

Yes, there are ends to weave in and blocking will help even out the garter stitch. This project gave me fits on the stitch count. Many rows were ripped back and reworked, so I am glad to have these off the needles.