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
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.
How’s your knitting going?
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.
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.
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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.
This pair is from the Rose City Roller pattern, with a few modifications.
- I ended up using a larger needle than was called for (lucky for me it worked.)
- I opted for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, because I wanted the practice (it worked.)
- 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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
The 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?
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.
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.
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.
I have decided to join the mix of other spinners out there and participate in Tour de Fleece. I am on a couple of teams, but joined the first day of the Tour. This is my first year on a team (or teams) so we shall see what comes of it. So far my spinning has consisted of two different methods and a mix of fibers.
On the wheel is a lovely BFL from Edgewood Garden Studios in the Bee in Your Bonnet colorway. This fiber is wonderful and the colors are so saturated it makes me smile whenever I work on it, the colorway name doesn’t hurt either. I am spinning this fiber ridiculously thin, which means of course the going is slow. I did manage to get the beginnings of a tiny blister on my toe as of Sunday night, this reminded me why I wanted/had a double treadle (but that has been sold and I am saving up for my next one.) I did give my foot a break and manged to spin a small amount with the other foot.
The other focus has been a BFL blend which includes a new to me fiber, firestar (the tag states something about nylon so I am not sure if that is a third fiber or if the firestar itself is composed of nylon…) This is from Yarn Geek Fibers and is in the Summer Beaches colorway (I believe.) One thing is for sure the fiber sure is shiny. I didn’t necessarily mean to pick to BFL projects (although who could blame me, right?) Although the firestar is providing a different take on it all, it has been interesting to see the difference between spinning on a wheel and spinning on a spindle.
So far I am just enjoying the process, I think I will be happy to get these two completed before the end of the tour. Both projects are pretty thin and i am thinking at least one will end up being a chain-ply, although I may be persuaded otherwise.
Are you participating in the tour, if so how is it going for you?
Well it would seem that posting about not feeling like I have a lot to post about has inspired me to set to work on some things to show you all. I have made some progress on my July socks and I figured it might be worth a peek.
This was taken last night and so the lighting is a bit different from natural light, but I think that you can at least see the way the colors are playing together in the sock. As with the other Sweet Georgia socks this is a variegated skein that is pooling in a bit of a corkscrew pattern. While I am a big big fan of self striping yarn and I would love for these colors to be in nice neat stripes, I am simply loving the way they are combing.
This sock is reminding me just how much I love Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn, you may remember this was the yarn that caused me to go out and buy a second skein of the stuff before I had even finished my first pair. This is also the yarn that I used to make a pair of socks for the Giant out of the same colorway that I used for a pair for me (aka two skeins bought separately out of the same colorway for two different pairs of socks.) If you would have asked me before if there was a way (aside from self striping) that could cause me to enjoy this yarn more, I wouldn’t have been able to think of anything, but now that I am knitting with size US 0 (2.0 mm) I find myself even more in love. The yarn is knitting up into a nice dense little sock of squishy wonderfulness that it is all I can do to try the thing on as is right now. I can definitely see the appeal of knitting with the smaller needles, simply for the squish factor. It feels like a soft dense cloud, but still with a bit of springiness to it.
The sock itself is progressing well considering it is only the third of the month, I have been knitting on it fairly exclusively the last few days which helps. I am still not taking any knitting to work, which means that all knitting is done after hours. I find that overall I don’t seem to have too much on the needles right now and even less that isn’t in long-term hibernation. I think the fewer projects probably has a bit to do with the fact that it is Summer, the humidity, heat, and I do not play well together; additionally I find myself with a lack of inspiration right now. I can’t seem to find anything that I am just dying to knit, nor do I have any real deadline knitting which seems to result in very little for me to work on. I can’t complain too much I know that the yarn isn’t going anywhere, but it would be nice to catch some startitist and want to cast on all the things. Oh well, what’s a knitter to do?
How’s your knitting going? Anyone else finding their knitting inspiration slowed right now? Do you relate it to the weather or something else?
The pair of socks I was hoping to finish before the end of June didn’t get done. Instead of dwelling on this fact, I have decided to forge ahead and I picked my sock yarn for July.
I think this yarn helps me stand a good chance of getting back on the personal sock club bandwagon, which is probably going to be needed as I have decided to go down a needle size to a US 0 (2.0 mm.) The decision to go down was born out of a desire to produce a denser fabric, and while I think the Sweet Georgia is some seriously good sock yarn I have noticed a few of my softer yarns seem to be getting a little threadbare in far too short of a time.
As far as June goes, I am going to chalk the whole thing up to experience; the yarn and I just weren’t able to come to an agreement on how it wanted to be worked up. The first few attempts to knit a pair of socks were met with splits and odd tension issues, I switched to bamboo needles hoping that it might help to at least give the yarn something to grip to, this worked but it was still splitting too much for my tastes. I am thinking that after a bit of a time out I may try this yarn again, I do want to give it a try since it has such a nice feel to it.
In other news I have been battling a tension headaches and sinus/allergy issues lately which has left me feeling wiped (of course Fibromyalgia doesn’t help matters.) This has meant less crafting overall which is a big reason for the lack of updating here, I feel like if I don’t have something to show, then I don’t have something to post about. It might just be a justification in my mind, in which case I would love to hear from you. Do you all only come for the photos? Are there any topics you are interested in hearing about? Any burning questions you want me to answer? In other words I would love to hear from you all as well.
Well i think that is it for now, until next time.
at least that is how I feel about the fact that my June socks are not going to happen. The socks, or rather the very partial beginnings of the first sock have been frogged. I have about a week until the end of the month and this past Saturday I saw the writing on the wall. The socks were not going to work. After a rather disappointing start, the month of June seemed to be following closer to how March turned out for Caesar, than anything resembling a victory. I ended up give the sock very little attention this past month and when Saturday rolled around and I was just putting in the waste yarn for a heel, I came to terms with the fact that I was just not into it. At this point I considered my options:
1) Continue slogging through the socks, overcoming a lack of interest, a difficult yarn/needle combo, and a short time frame.
2) Put the sock down, leaving it to languish on the needles, a slow and quite death until sometime in the future I needed to scavenge for those sock needles.
3)Attempt to figure out a way to cast on and knit a completely new pair of socks out of the same yarn in a little over a week.
4)Attempt to figure out a way to cast on and knit a completely new pair of socks out of different yarn in a little over a week.
5) Deny all existence of said socks and pretend that I had never even drawn for this month.
6) Frog the damn things and be done with it.
As you may have realized I opted for number 6. I am still planning on pulling my sock bag for the month of July, and I am hopeful of continuing to keep my goal of knitting a pair a month. I have even think I might be able to get there on a technicality for June. I have a pair, well it was more like 3/4 of a sock, that has been on the needles since January. I picked these up around the same time that I realized the June socks weren’t working, but I wasn’t ready to pull the plug. I managed to finish the foot and toe, as well as make it through the ribbing of the second sock. This pair is for the Giant, so I might be pushing close to the deadline for these as well, but I am thinking I might still follow the attitude of Honey Badger and not worry so much.
Happy Friday! We finally made it. I have a quick FO to show you, one that took me less than two full days to complete. I have been working on quite a few projects and almost all of them are fairly long hauls and I found myself wanting something that would provide me with a relatively instant gratification. I dug around my stash and found this beauty hanging out in my Hand spun section, although it wasn’t my hand spun.
I have spoken before of the wonderfulness that is Ms. Marja, you all remember Marja, the spinner extraordinaire who is generous with her finished yarns (thanks to the fact that she herself doesn’t knit…yet) Of course I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have a friend like her, and not just because she gives away such lovely items. She is an honest to goodness awesome person and a real joy to be around. Okay enough with the mushy stuff.
The hat was knit out of a lovely chain plied yarn that I have no details on other than the fact that it is something really soft and brightly colored. To me it just seemed to make sense as a hat, and that is what it became.
A lovely little 2×2 ribbed hat that is long enough to cover my ears and short enough that the pom-pom puff on top doesn’t look too silly. I love this hat, I love the way the striping worked out and the fact that it is dense and squishy; it makes me almost wish for winter (but let’s not get crazy here.) The pom-pom was some generic white wool out of my stash and while I almost wonder if it should have been bigger, the Giant feels that it is just right.
Note the excitement on my face. Now to dream of cooler days and look about for the next projects to cast on.
I finally (and I mean finally) finished a spin! This was plied on Sunday and rested until last night. The long resting had little to do with the fiber and more to do with the fact that I didn’t manage to wind it off until then.
The singles were spun on my Bosworth spindle over the course of a few months. The colors varied between a vibrant green to a deep grape purple, with a muddying of the two in between. The fiber wasn’t the best I have ever spun, I think it had been handled a lot before I claimed it as mine. I was drawn to the colors at first and then the fact that it was BFL clinched the deal for me.
The plying took considerably less time, I opted for my wheel simply because I wanted this skein to be mine sooner. I noticed that once again I seemed to have under spun the singles. I find that when I am spinning on my spindle I always feel like I am getting just the right amount of twist, maybe even a little over twist, but when I transfer to the wheel it always seems to be under spun. Any spindler’s out there have any suggestions or tips? Have you had this happen to you?
The yarn was given a bath after this last photo was taken, so I don’t have a yardage count yet. It is one of my thinnest spins so I am hoping for some nice distance. I opted for a two ply which meant the colors were a bit muddled, although there are definitely a few sections where the colors lined up to create a deeper hue. Over all I am pretty fond of it (come on who wouldn’t be, it’s BFL) and I am thinking a shawl is in its destiny, although which one remains to be seen.
How is your spinning going?