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Fresh From the Wheel: Mutant Flamingos

I am not someone who cares for the color pink. I have never really been a fan of the more pastel like variations, the “hot” and neon versions don’t really trip my fancy and unless it is bordering on such a deep dark color that it can be mistaken for red, I probably won’t be interested in it. Of course with all things (myself included) there are exceptions to the rule. For me it comes in the form of those brightly often very pink birds, known as flamingos.

Flamingos have a rather odd place within my extended family, with the original exchange involving my grandmother, her youngest and those pink plastic birds that can often be seen adorning lawns. The overall tradition of exchanging flamingo based items means that my grandmother has a rather large and varied assortment of flamingo based products.

Thanks to the association of the birds to our matriarch I find myself uninentionally drawn to all things flamingo. Which means when I spotted this colorway in Spun Right Round’s shop I felt the overwhelming urge to buy it. Despite my aversion to almost all things pink I ended up inaugurating my new wheel with four ounces of this colorway on polwarth.


The spinning itself seemed to take forever, (mainly because I didn’t actually take the time to spin, funny how that works huh?) But along the way I discovered that not only does one of my cats love laying in fiber (he does) and not only does another one love to rub against any wheel, whether it is in motion or not (this one does too) but apparently the third (and final) cat has a very strong fascination with the actual act of turning fiber into yarn and even more fascination with plying. (There maybe a few sections of the finished yarn that has a bit of cat spit spun in.)


The singles were some of my thinnest yet, which was awesome, until it came to plying and then of course I was questioning my choices. Luckily with some perservernce (and a few nights worth of plying) I did manage to get the whole bit finsihed. I decided on a regular two-ply, because I hadn’t done one in awhile. (Hence the whole “ohmygoshwhatwasIthinkingspinningthisthin” moment(s).)

The finsihed skein went on my new niddy noddy, which should actually provide a closer measurement of yardage, and then had a little bath. It did end up poofing up a bit which was to be expected.


before the bath


After the bath

I am happy with the results and I do plan on using it to make something eventually. Am I the only one that doesn’t use their handspun? I have a big plastic bin filled with a variety of different levels of spinning (beginner to now) and for some reason I would rather just stash it all like some fiber deranged squirrel hiding skeins for a future date.

Maybe that can be a goal for 2016 (also anyone else astonished that the year is almost over? I find myself wondering what happeend to October, I feel liek one minute it was the start of Autumn and I blinked and now it’s the day beforeThanksgiving (in the US.)

Anyway the yarn ended up being a little under 600 yards after washing which means it is one of my best spins (in terms of yardage) yet. The fiber as I mentioned above was Polwarth and while not new to me, this was a pretty awesome four ounces to spin. Colorway was Mutant Flamingo and the shop is Spun Right Round (check her out if you haven’t heard of her, the colorplays keep sucking me in and I know I will cave eventually…and why not enable you along the way.)

For all of you celebrating tomorrow, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. To those of you not celebrating I hope you have an awesome Thursday.

Until next time.


So yes, I am still here and yes, I do still check in on the blog. I know it’s been quiet for more days than I would really like to consider, but as the title suggests, changes are afoot. The absenteeism towards the blog is thanks in large part to my body deciding to kick its own butt. Lately the fibro (and whatever the else may or may not be wrong) has been pretty awful, with a wonderful variety of symptoms that pretty much mean I have had less and less of a desire to do anything but attempt to sleep. Of course when it is 2 AM and you feel like you’ve been thrown down a flight of stairs while also rubbing your skin with sandpaper, sleep doesn’t always want to make an appearance. I’ve tried not to discuss the health stuff too much on the blog, because 1) private person, 2) trying to minimize and seem “normal” and 3) wanting to keep “that” and “here” separate. Of course the separate has meant almost a month since I last posted, which isn’t what I want either.

So I am going to try something a little different, what this means for you, my dear reader, is that there will hopefully be more posts, but they may include a small (or rather large)  part concerning the whole living with a chronic illness. I promise I don’t mind if you only come for the pictures, I will try to keep those coming as much as possible.

In fibery news, I am woefully behind on my sock of the month club, with the gusto falling aside sometime in the middle of September. This wane in sock knitting was a preview of the waning in pretty much all knitting. I am currently working on the September sock (at least the second one at this point) and have cast on for the October socks, of course these turned out to be for the Giant and at his request the regular pattern is getting tweaked a bit (read as: bigger and longer) they are also in a painfully boring solid green color, that will be great dress socks when done, but for now make me think of how happy I am that I don’t have to deal with the grass needing to be cut any time soon (to be clear I don’t do the actual mowing, I just suffer the sniffle inducing results.)  I am still working on my sockblanket, but don’t have a decent picture at this time, which of course does no good, but just imagine what it looked like before, but a little bigger and with some different colors thrown in.

How are things going for you?

FFNF:Lamby Toes Hat

I have another FO to share with all of you today, which is awesome considering all the other stuff going on. The FO is another hat, in fact it is another sock head inspired hat, (I say inspired because I don’t follow the pattern at all, but still give credit where credit is do, right?) The yarn this time is new to me, in that this is my first FO from it. This poor yarn has been cast on and frogged multiple times, and I can safely say it lasted like a champ. All the frogging was due to user error or indecision, so this hat is more of a testament to overcoming that, than it is about producing a particular piece (make sense? If not, let’s just pretend for now.)


So the hat was a basic construction, cast on a whack of stitches (148 to be more precise) and then knit a 2×2 ribbing for as long as I could stand it, and then add a little more (does anyone else ever end up having to do that, the whole knit until you can’t seem to stand it, and then you realize it isn’t that much?) I ended up throwing in some increases on the first plain stockinette row.IMG_2083

I continued the plain knitting on and off until I felt the hat was close to what I wanted, and then it was decrease city. I couldn’t tell you how I did them because it was kind of a blur, but it worked and a hat was produced (cue the cheering crowds.)


I’m happy with the result and oh my gosh is the yarn so wonderful. This was from the lovely and talented Amanda, of Knot a Podcast fame, she has a shop on Etsy, Lamby Toes where you can get some of this beautifully speckled yarn for your very own. This colorway in particular is known as Bad Egg (on her moonpie merino base.) I can honestly say that this yarn is some of the most fun I have worked with in a long long time. So much so that even when I was in the deep knit/frog phase I did a custom order/custom dye, that Amanda managed to execute so wonderfully I keep pulling them out just to look at them.

IMG_1646I mean, right? Yeah definitely go check out her shop (and podcast!)

Until next time.

From the Wheel Wednesday

Hey everyone,

So it’s been a little while since I last had a FO of the yarn variety. This was not done on the new (and still unnamed) wheel, but Beatrice (the Prelude) and I took sthe February 2015 offering of the Moonrover Fiber club, that looked like this:


and along with my perpetual spinning buddy/fiber thief, seen here in a not so subtle attempt to procure belly rubs:


managed to turn it into this:


This is a lovely and squishy chain ply that does a rather awesome job of maintaining the colors, which is pretty great considering how abruptly they can change.


I will freely admit when I first got this braid in the mail I found myself seriously questioning my purchase of the three month membership. The orange just felt so out of place that even when I started spinning it the Giant and I had a conversation about whether I should even include it. Cooler heads prevailed and I am so happy I kept it in. Even with the chain ply the orange isn’t nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be, which is great because oh-my-goodness Lacey creates not only the best fiber I have ever spun but also the most saturated colors, that don’t come off on your fingers! I think you should go to her website and browse the loveliness, although let me warn you, involuntary gasps are known to happen. If you are a spinner and are looking for a club, definitely sign up, it is so worth it, especially because Lacey gives you an extra ounce a month, so you get 5 ounces of brilliantly created fiber that is dyed so well. For those of you that don’t spin, she also has some wonderful yarns. Seriously, go look. I mean…..right?


Okay that’s it for now, happy crafting everyone.


Wheel Wednesday

About six months ago I up and sold my Honey Bee spinning wheel, and I was left with Beatrice (my Prelude and first ever wheel) and my spindles. This had been fine with my output slowly just a little due to the single treadle process. Unfortunately Tour De Fleece was a big reminder as to why I had purchased the Blue Bonnet wheel in the first place. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a very devoted fan to my Beatrice, she and I have been together since my earliest days of spinning and she has survived three moves with no real complaints; the fact is a single treadle wheel and fibro pain does not always work out for a happy spinner.

So for my birthday I ended up purchasing another wheel, this time opting for not only something lighter (a chief reason I parted with the Honeybee, it was just so heavy) I also decided to stay within the Kromski brand. Aside from the many years of happiness I have gotten from my Prelude, the fact that the new wheel’s bobbins would be interchangeable with Beatrice definitely didn’t hurt.

Let me introduce you all to the newest member of the herd, a Kromski Sonata:


It is still nameless at this point, although I can’t help but feel a little bad. The first two wheels received their names close to their arrival and this wheel has been around for at least a few weeks. Not to worry though, she spins like a champ regardless.

How about you? Do you name your wheels, how about your spindles? Do you name your knitting needles, or is that too far? I have only named my wheels and the rigid heddle loom I used to own, for some reason the spindles haven’t gotten names and I think my track record with knitting needles prevents me from naming them.


Where’s The Introverted Knitter Been?

Ira McKnitty-Pants coming to you from our studios. It appears our local Introverted Knitter has been MIA for quite a while now, and this reporter took it upon himself to discover just where she has been.

I sat down with IK recently and discovered that the last month or so has been a whirlwind of trips, familial obligations and attempts at recovering from it all. IK revealed that the last bit (recovering) has felt next to impossible, combined with the fact that a few different co-workers have decided to become the company incubators for some type of viral infection. As she recounted me with the less than pleasant details of the germ infestation that seems to be occurring around her, I could see that fatigue was taking its bitter toll on our young knitter.

Luckily IK seems to still be in good spirits as regaled me with a few highlights of her recent trips. It appears that IK had a birthday last month and although birthday’s tend to be a whole hot mess of an affair for her, none the less The Giant and her made a trip to Kansas City for a short weekend away. I am told that The Giant was a particularly good sport and was even willing to rename the reason for the trip as something other than a birthday celebration. (It is of this reporters opinion that The Giant is particularly thoughtful and a great person overall.) The trip it seems was a success, with the two of them able to visit a few different stores, including the famous Yarn Barn, unfortunately the business, and time restraints prevented IK from being able to purchase anything. She continued her narrative by explaining how the two managed to make it to the World War I museum, despite a marathon bisecting the route their navigation tried to take them.


I am told the two made it and were able to tour all parts of the museum,which was a truly humbling experience. IK revealed to me that her familiarity with this war was not nearly as great as the second World War. Although she knew the basics, the museum itself and the staff that were present, provided her and The Giant with a new and vast perspective of not only the war itself, but the life and times of those back home as well.

IK also mentioned that her favorite part, aside from climbing to the top of the tower pictured above, was the tribute to Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting circle and the effort of the men and women at home and abroad who picked up the needles and ‘knit their bit.’



The journey continued for IK and The Giant, with the two of them packing up and heading off to a new to her location for another short trip. This time the two made their way to Seattle, WA to see IK’s best friend. (the one who has just recently moved away. When pressed for details on the situation IK remained stoic while she told me that her best friend earned the opportunity of a lifetime and that it was something her friend had to do.) IK told me that this was her very first time visiting the Emerald city.


Despite turbulence and a queasy stomach, the pair arrived in tact and were able to meet up with her best friend. A whirlwind trip that went far too quickly found IK and the Giant exploring a bit of downtown Seattle.


There was a visit to the famous Pike’s Place Market, and they even got to witness the well-known fish throwing. Although I am told by my sources that the video seems to not want to load. IK was able to share with me a photo of a rather odd-looking creature, known as a Monk Fish.


The trip was made even more exciting by the fact that the President of the United States happened to be in the very same city, and as luck would have it, on the very same street (eventually.) IK told me how she pointed out the fact that a small gathering of people and a large collection of police officers may have something to do with POTUS being near, at which point the Giant requested they stay and view the motorcade. The two stood along the ever-growing crowd, waiting for the President to ride by. IK showed me a photo of a helicopter, which this reporter acknowledged as very cool, despite the opinions of the rather silly people around her,

that couldn’t believe they had to wait to cross the street.IMG_1849



I am told that the photo below was one of two limos that passed by and that either one contained the POTUS, which marked the second time that IK has seen him in person. Although IK was quick to point out, that the first time was when he was an US Senator on the campaign trail. IMG_1868

It is of this reporter’s opinion that it was a rather cool event to happen to stumble upon.

IK told me that their trip ended with a dinner and dessert with the best friend and a little tour of a small portion of the Seattle area. I am told downtown at night is even more beautiful than photos would suggest.


It would appear that IK was not only happy to visit her best friend, but she also found a new city to love. I am told that plans are being made for a return trip soon.

I am Ira McKnitty-Pants reporting.

Quick Hat

Hello. I have a small update in terms of knitting progress for you. I am still dealing with the effects of the chaos that is going on. I’m not quite ready to share the details just yet, but I do have a finished object, finally. 

With knitting being on the back burner I knew I wanted something that would be relatively quick, and keep me entertained. Of course what it takes to keep me entertained when it comes to wool is pretty simple. 

Case in point. Self striping sock yarn. I dug in my stash for something to take on a road trip this past weekend. The giant and I were taking the day to go up to my grans 85th birthday party. So between the early morning coffee run to the drive up there and the actual drive while rocking out to tunes, I managed to make a whole lot of progress on a hat. Lucky for me (only sort of) I didn’t drive (gotta love car sickness+medication) and so my hands were free to knit. Unlucky for me they still act up from time to time, so I have to pace myself. 

In the end it was a pretty good day and by the end of the weekend I managed to finish the hat. 


Yarn- knit picks Felici in Rustic Cabin

Needle size-US3

Simple ribbed brim slouchy style hat. 

I did manage to use up almost all of one ball, which means a pair of fingerless mitts might be in my future. 

   The photos are blurry thanks to shaky hands, but I think you get a good idea. 

How’s your knitting going?

Hold Over

The month of September is always been a bit of an odd one for me. I have a lot of emotions and memories tied to this month and for the most part I have been just letting them play out as they will. Overall things have been in a constant state of flux around here. I often find myself so worn out that by the time I would normally be posting I want nothing more than to curl up under the air conditioning and forget about everything. Crafting has slowed considerably, which I find myself a bit bummed about, although not enough to be an impetus for production. I know that the heat of the final fading bits of summer have had a lot to do with it, the heat that is still holding on, causes a serious drain on the limited resources, combine this with a variety of emotional upheavals and you get a recipe for silence on the blog.

Rest assured that nothing too serious is going on and hopefully with the coming cooler weather a return to crafting and posting should occur. I know it’s something we all tend to say when the absence has grown, and I also know that if you are reading this, you will probably stick around whether there is a post the next day or not.

I figured it was worth noting that right now I am feeling a little lost, but I am hoping to find my way and myself again soon. Until then keep your chins up and your fingers flying.



Scotch Broom

Here we are, finally making it to Friday. In a week that has felt agonizingly slow it’s nice to finally make it so close to the weekend. I have some finished spinning to share (finally) and while there are technically a few more days until the start of Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, I can’t help but feel inspired for all things cooler, darker and more pumpkin-y.

This is fiber from Edgewood Garden Studios (on Etsy, she makes lovely stuff and is wickedly fast with her turn around times) it’s 4.1 ounces of Falkland, in the Scotch Broom colorway.image_medium2 (4)

When I started spinning this fiber I knew that one of my main issues when spinning on my wheel has been over twisting my singles, so in order to combat that I made a point to not add nearly as much twist. Unfortunately I ended up exercising an overabundance of caution and ended up under twisting the singles enough that I had problems plying.


By this point I was willing to take the hit on a few yards and just accepted the mistake. I ended up chain plying the yarn simply to keep the colors as separate as possible.


I am rather fond of the skein and although Falkland is a bit too scratchy for me to wear next to skin, I can’t help but want some way to wear it. So for you spinners/knitters out there, what is your go to pattern with a wool that is just a bit too much for you but is something you still want to wear? Any suggestions for a this lovely skein?


Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful weekend and that the weather is cooperating as you move into a new season (no matter where you are.)



Ira McKnitty-Pants Reporting on a Lucy for Marja

Good Day Folks, Ira McKnitty-Pants coming to you from the blog of the Introverted Knitter. It appears that IK has been missing from the blog for a few weeks, my sources tell me that she is doing okay, but that life has decided to heap an extra handful on her plate. Rest assured that she is hoping to return to her regularly scheduled blogging in the next few weeks.

As for me, I have been able to reach out to our intrepid knitter and ask her what she has been up to lately. It appears she is keeping things a little close to the chest and would only reveal one completed project at this time. In a rather amazing exchange, IK was able to secure some amazing hand spun and a pattern that she herself wanted for the longest time. In order to achieve this, our very own IK was asked to knit this pattern out of said amazing hand spun for our lady Marja (the wonderful) from the comments. The hand spun came from Marja and was not only some of the softest, but I am also told some of the prettiest that IK has worked with in a long while.

The pattern, as IK described is a pay for pattern known as, Lucy, which came out in Knitscene Winter, 2012. Lucy is a hat, that features a short row section that produces a vintage inspired cloche. It is of this reporters opinion that the pattern is one that not only seems visually interesting, but also maintains enough details to keep the knitter zooming along. IK mentioned that she worked the pattern exactly as written, with the exception of adding about a half-inch more length to the overall hat shape. I am also told that the majority of the yarn is from our lady Marja’s, hand spun, with the band being composed of some knit picks yarn of unknown origin but is called something akin to doe.


All in all IK seems to be pleased with this finished object and has revealed that she hopes to make another one in the near future. When pressed for details, IK replied she had to get back to work and left this reporter wanting for answers.

Until next time folks, I am Ira McKnitty-Pants reporting.

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2015- World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for this year is reaching out, saving lives. This can be for those who have ever contemplated it, for those who have attempted, and for those who have had it happen to others in their lives. Reach out, if you need someone to talk to, if someone needs to talk, reach out. Depression is horrible, but you don’t have to go it alone, contact 1-800-273-8255, if you feel like harming yourself. You are worth it, you are important and you matter.

Links for a variety of info:

International Association for Suicide Prevention

Take 5 to Save Lives

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

8 Pairs Down

Feel free to mark August off the imaginary list that I am keeping, because yes indeed, those socks are finished. I knew that these were going to be quick knits and even though I spent a lot less time on them than I wanted to, I still managed to finish before the end of the month. The early finish is a win in my book and one I am very happy about. IMG_1640

This pair is from the Rose City Roller pattern, with a few modifications.

  1. I ended up using a larger needle than was called for (lucky for me it worked.)
  2. I opted for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, because I wanted the practice (it worked.)
  3. I modified my toes to see if I could get them a bit more rounded (it halfway worked.)

I ended up using less than 50 g (I am not sure how much less, but rest assured it was more than enough to add a square to the blanket-o-doom) and the pair fit my feet with a little bit of room (which means they may work for gifts.) The yarn itself was some old Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Tuscany colorway that has been in the stash for quite a while.  This yarn in general has never been a favorite of mine because of the pooling, although you may notice that there isn’t any to be had in the above pair. Speaking of the above photo, the yarn may look like it is red with a few highlights of orange-red (true) and gray stripes (they look more green-gray in person) as such I feel the need to unofficially call them Freddy Kruger socks.

Of course now I get to wait about a week until I draw for the next month, which means I have some time to work on a few things. Mainly spinning, I am still working on a moonrover braid that has been on the wheel forever (okay about two months) it doesn’t help that I am spinning fine and that my spinning time is constantly being thwarted by this adorableness. IMG_1642

Because as soon as the fiber comes out he will come jogging from wherever he is in the house; of course his ultimate goal changes between the procurement of belly rubs and building a nest in the fiber, either of which he can safely say mission accomplished.

How’s your crafting going?

August Sock update

It’s not quite the middle of August and I am already half-way through this month’s pair of socks. The Rose City Rollers pattern definitely helped we hit this point already. The sock is a little cuff length thing that leaves me thinking I can eek out a full pair with one skein, and have enough left over for a small square on my scrappy blanket. The yarn has started to grow on me, and it probably has a lot to do with the pattern (the fact that I am using slightly larger needles 1.50mm doesn’t hurt either. Instead of having a large mass of pooling and random blobs all over, I am left with something that makes me think of that old frightful Freddy.


The striping isn’t exactly straight stacking, instead it is a spiral which doesn’t really matter to me because at the very least there isn’t any blobs. As some of you may be able to tell from the above photo, I decided to do the Fish Lips Kiss heel instead of the one listed in the pattern. I am confident in saying that this time around the heel was not only easier but also better. I want to thank Serenova for the helpful advice, I do think you were right and I must have not knit the last two pairs at the right point, so thank you!

I have made a point to cast on the second sock and have already worked a few rows, this action combined with the fact that these socks are so quick, should allow me to finish before the end of the month (I would say sooner, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.)

So how is your crafting going? Anyone else have an almost pooling-blob disaster averted thanks to a variety of reasons? Are you a fan of pooling-blobs? Have you tried the Rose City Rollers pattern, what are your thoughts?

August Socks

I had drawn my August socks back on the first of this month, but I didn’t bother casting on until Monday night. I think it might have something to do with the yarn. This month the yarn chosen is some Knit Picks Stroll Multi in a colorway I really don’t care for, Tuscany. Of course when I purchased this yarn back in 2010/2011 I really did like the colors, of course this was also when I was fairly new to knitting and didn’t realize that I am not the biggest fan of the way this yarn pools.

Anyway in order to get this pair done (and to possibly secure another score for the gift box) I decided to use a pattern. I don’t usually use patterns when knitting my socks, I may have used them once maybe twice at most. This time however, I decided to try out the super popular Rose City Rollers pattern, which is a short rolled brim of a sock that should hopefully result in a rather quick knit. I may tweak the pattern ever so slightly and tack on a Fish Lips Kiss Heel instead of the one listed in the pattern, if nothing else I would like a little more practice at it.


So far so good.

Tour De Fleece-Limited Finish

Well Tour De Fleece has been over for a few days now and I realized I never shared my final totals. This TDF was not my best by far, but I knew going into it that I wasn’t going to get much done. I think not having a double treadle wheel (or at least the ability to switch out legs) definitely hindered me this year. I ended up with a small blister on my toe (a common occurrence for me) which definitely hindered my progress. The results, however diminutive compared to previous years are still wonderful.


On the left is the wheel spun and only finished skein from the tour. Edgewood Garden Studios- Bee in Your Bonnet  with a chain ply. This BFL fiber was a joy to spin and the chain plying actually went fairly well considering how little I actually seem to do it.

The spinning on the right is still a spin in progress. I haven’t even made it through the first strip I ripped off, which I am surprisingly okay with. This is a BFL mixed with Firestar which is a first for me. I can safely say that aside from the sparkley fiber I randomly find on me or in the air this is a great spin. The fiber is from Yarn Geek and as the lovely Marja (we all know the lovely Marja, she is the giver of handspun, the one who introduced me to Bossie spindles and is all around an awesome lady) pointed out the colorway is Brigitte the Magnificent. The color is bright which is surprising for me, but as it’s being spun it does seem a little less in your face. I am hoping to chain ply this as well once I mange to get through it all, but who knows when that might happen.

Overall the Tour wasn’t the greatest, I didn’t focus on it nearly as much as I had hoped, but for the most part I did manage to spin at least a little bit most days, and so I am going to chalk it up to a win.

How did your Tour turn out?


FFN: July socks and a catch up pair

I am unofficially caught back up on my 12 pairs of socks in 2015. Thanks in part to the fact that I finally finished a miscellaneous pair for the giant. These were cast on back at the beginning of the year, but since I didn’t make my June pair of socks I kicked it into high(er) gear to work on these.


These are from Regia sock yarn and are my basic Giant pattern, although I do think I knit the cuffs slightly longer as well as the heel flap. This pair is too big for my blockers, but the Giant was MIA when these were getting photographed so just imagine they aren’t as frumpy looking okay? This pair will probably hang out in my holiday box for now, although I can’t say if the Giant will actually get them for a Christmas present or just when the weather turns cooler.

In slightly related news my July socks are also off the needle. I actually finished these last Saturday, but we went out-of-town and I had stuck them in a bag and forgot to post the photo. Speaking of photos, you may notice that there is some oddity with the pair shown below, for some reason the sock on the right decided to swirl/stack and the sock on the left pooled. As far as I know both pairs were knit at the same gauge and on the same needles, and I can safely say the yarn came from the same skein. I can’t say I mind the difference, I just found it a little perplexing.

IMG_1598The socks themselves are a bit shorter than my usual vanilla pattern, but this wasn’t for any particular reason. They were also knit on US size 0 (2.0 mm)needles instead of my traditional US size 1 (2.25 mm) and lastly I tried the fish-lips-kiss-heel for the first time (well second but that first time didn’t really count in my opinion.) The heel seems to fit pretty well but I still ended up with a hole/gap at the side, anyone happen to know a fix for that?

As for other knitting it’s been pretty mundane, I don’t have any new projects on the needles and the blankets haven’t had enough progress to warrant a photo. I do plan on waiting until Saturday to pull my August socks but since I don’t have much else on the needles it might be time to browse my queue on Ravelry and see what I might be able to come with.

Anyone have any ideas for a need to knit pattern?



A fond farewell….

Last Friday marked my last day of work at my old job. It was a full day and one where many goodbyes were shared. As is the tradition with that particular work place we had a food day (this is the usual M.O. for any type of celebration) the co-workers in my department were gracious and we all enjoyed a variety of different treats to mark the day. Along with the goodbyes and the treats I was able to give two mother’s to be gifts that were variations on what I had been planning, prior to to leaving of course. Unfortunately only one of them were there on my last day, but a coworker promised to deliver it this week so she should be opening it sometime soon.

I had originally planned on making cardigans for the wee ones since they are both due towards the end of summer/early autumn, but I ran out of time and so instead I went with something a bit simpler and still really adorable.



For the hats I followed this pattern, keeping it the same throughout. it was my first time knitting the basic rolled brim hats in fingering weight and I wanted to make sure they would fit. Whereas with the little mittens I ended up shortening the cuff length a bit on both, otherwise I followed this pattern.

In the end it was good to be able to give these two mother’s to be something for their little ones. As soon as I found out that they were pregnant I had planned on making something, and while I would have preferred to have done an actual cardigan, the straight up loving reaction I got for the hat and mittens made it oh so worth it.



Live coverage of the Tour De Fleece

I am Ira McKnitty-Pants reporting to you live from the home of the Introverted Knitter. July marks the Tour De Fleece, a self designed competition where spinners attempt to spin along with the cyclists of the Tour De France, and once again this year, our intrepid Introverted Knitter has decided to jump on board. A relative late comer to the competition, she began her spinning with no real plan in mind.

I am told the first few days of the Tour saw tremendous amounts of spinning, but an unfortunate injury in the form of a blister on her toe, caused IK to have to ease off the treadling. Instead the focus for her came down to spindles, she quickly made progress on one of her spindles, although I am being told that as of now she is still on her first half of the first braid. It’s of this reporter’s opinion that IK seems to have taken a far more leisurely pace than she originally anticipated. It appears that “real life” has intervened during the tour and IK has had to cut back significantly on her spinning time, I am told that she has been dealing with transitioning into a new job, but when I reached out for a comment there was no response. We will keep an eye on this part of the story of any coming developments.

In related news it appears that IK has taken to her supported spindle and has begun working on some lovely BFL fiber. I do know that this was one of the goals that she set for herself for the Tour. It seems that this part of the tour is going well and IK seems content to work on spinning up four ounces of the stuff.

In the end it seems that despite the chaos that can ensue in the lives of these spinners, there is still a little fight left in this spinner and as the Tour begins to wind down, we can expect to see something from the Introverted Knitter.

I am Ira McKnitty-Pants reporting.


Sock Blanket Update for July

So here we are almost halfway through the month and I finally remembered to take a photo of the latest progress with my sock blanket. The last time you all were given a peek it looked like this :IMG_1413

This was back in May I believe, so there has been some significant gains since then. The blanket now looks like this:

I am still building mainly along the two sides with coverage being filled in the middle as needed. You may be able to spot the duplication going on at this point, but I am more than okay with that since the goal is to use up scraps and left overs. It has definitely become a filler project, working rather well for those times where I want to knit, but either don’t want to start a new project or am not sure what to work on, which is kind of how I feel right now anyway.

It’s odd I only have a couple of WIPs that aren’t straight long-term projects on the needles right now, and for some reason I can’t bring myself to cast on anything else. Okay that is not entirely true, I have cast on a few things, but I ended up ripping them out fairly quickly. I suppose I can chalk it up to the heat and the fact that I have been a lot more fatigued lately, who knows? I am sure that the knitting mojo will return, and until then the blanket is here ready for the next square.



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