Pink toes

baby feetWe had a couple of cold nights and I immediately wished I had made some baby socks for Charlotte, so I made some. These are some scrappy socks. I used a teeny bit of leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Whirley Fig and some Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Pewter. Working from the toe-up I cast on 12 stitches (6 per side) and increased the toes until I had 32 stitches total. Then I knit for about four inches and then did an inch of ribbing and cast off. These are plain ol’ tube socks so she can wear them through the winter as her feet grow. baby feet-4They fit well, but next time I might make them a smidge wider. I suppose she could also wear them as mittens if needed. baby feet-2Charlotte was 4 months old on the 16th and she’s a pretty happy little lady. Unless she’s looking at me like I’m a weirdo for taking her picture: baby feet-3I haven’t been as responsive to blog comments as I’d like to be and I’m sorry for that. I love reading your comments and greatly appreciate them. I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks and it’s definitely mentally taxing. In my other work life I’m a school based therapist at a school I adore. It is a wonderful job and most of the time but I often leave feeling like my brain has had a big workout all day long, so I’m not as active with responses as I’d like. I will always try my best to get at least one or two blog posts out a week because I love love love doing it. When I started this thing I really didn’t think anyone would read it, and I feel completely chuffed that people do, that I’ve made some friends from doing this, and I’ve also learned from a wonderful and vibrant community of knitters out in the world. I appreciate being part of the conversation.

Socks are good company

Sock projects will always be good company to me. Since I became obsessed with socks about 7 years ago hardly any time has passed between casting off one sock project and starting another (or having several going at once). Whether patterned or simple stockinette they are always good company due to their portability and functionality. I will always wear hand knit socks in the winter. Always. When I pared down my sock drawer I cast off those that were no longer favorites to my mom. She luckily has the same size feet. I think I’m down to about 16 pairs after ridding myself of some of them… summer socksThis yarn was gifted to me from Carina in Germany, simply because we both love Regia. Isn’t that sweet? The yarn is Regia Cotton Summer Smile in the colorway Marigold. It was a joy to knit and watch the happy oranges and pinks change. My favorite bit is the really multicolored part that reminds me of Fruity Pebbles. summer socks-2I did my usual heel flap that wraps around from the bottom of the sole to the back of the heel as I knit the socks from the toe up. When people ask me what sock pattern I’m using or what my favorite sock pattern is, I tell them I like my own! All of my socks are knit in this way, and if you’re wanting a basic one you can look at any of them and just ignore the cable or lace instructions if you want a plain sock. Some are free, some are for sale. Check them out. Experiment. I love this heel because it provides strength and cushion all about the heel.

Cast on some socks this summer and have warm feet in the fall. Favorite sock patterns? I’m always looking for more sock love.

More home love

chevron towelI finished another little hand towel. It’s called Seed Stitch Chevron Hand Towel and it’s available on Ravelry for free. It’s meant to be knit on a size 5 needle in DK weight yarn. I used a 7 and the Knit Picks Dishie I got last week in the color Clementine. I think it might be better one needle size down, but I’ll also have to see how it washes and dries since it may even out and snug up a bit with some drying. chevron towel-2The pattern was fun and kept me going through one more repeat… I’ll likely make a few of these. chevron towel-3It’s also reversible. Zooey saw it finished and on the coffee table this morning and she said, “It’s done?” Then she wanted to put it in the bathroom immediately. So there it stays.

I was inspired by Michelle’s latest post to check out Knit Pick’s 52 Weeks of Dishcloths. I showed this pig to Zooey and she wants one immediately. She may not wear the clothes I knit, but it seems like she’s happy to use the dishcloths and hand towels. I’ll count that as a win.

Monkeying around

monkey-4This kid is so hard to pin down for photos! She’s modeling her mini Monkey socks. I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern and combined it with Monkey. See my Ravelry project page for more project details. monkeyThese are about a half an inch too long right now. You can tell the toe has some slack. They will likely fit by next winter I’m betting. monkey-2She was happy to put the socks on, it took some major cajoling to even get these few photos. What a little monkey! monkey-3I plan on making her at least one more pair for next fall/winter. Maybe some mini Hermione’s Everyday Socks would be cute. I love using up sock leftovers for pretty little kid socks.

Coming soon: the mini Gemini sweater that won’t fit her until she’s at least 5…

Warming the home

We moved just last week and I wanted to add some little touches here and there. There is always an adaptation period when moving into a new space and for the most part this space immediately felt cozy and like home to me. There are some rooms that get great light, all the walls are a soft grey, and the living area floors are a beautiful wood. I liked the space before we moved in, but after we had most of the things in their places I really began to love it. Well, I knit things for those I love. I decided the house needed a little gift, so I made a few things. home warmingThe dishcloths were inspired by my grandma. I got to see her last weekend for the first time in ages and we spent some nice time knitting together. She worked on some dishcloths while I worked on my brother’s sweater. The sleeves on that sweater turned out to be a bit of a minor disaster, but that’s for another post.

When I got home I thought I should make myself some dishcloths. As Matt and I were packing I threw many out that seemed to used or stained for my liking. Making cute new ones has even more appeal, plus I got to use up some yarn that’s been in my possession since about 2006. Double bonus. The dishcloth pattern is this onehome warming-2For the hand towel I just cast on 49 stitches in the Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn and did garter stitch and seed stitch whenever I felt like it, alternating colors or striping once in awhile. It ended up being about 10.5 inches wide and 25.5 inches long. I used almost a full ball of the tan and the yellow and only about 1/4 or less of the teal ball. The variety in the pattern kept things interesting. home warming-3That used up all my Sugar n’ Cream stash, but I think I might just have to try some Knit Picks Dishie and make more towels and dishcloths. Scroll down on the Knit Picks link to see some lovely dishcloth ideas. I really like the idea of having a few lovely towels to put up in the bathroom and kitchen. I’m inspired to make this one and this one. Why not get joy out of the things you use and surround yourself with more beautiful knits to touch on a daily basis? I see nothing amiss about that.

Immie!

immie tee-4I’m pretty sure Z and I both adore this tee. It’s an Immie Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I made a lot of changes to the pattern. I knit it top down so I could use all of the yarn, leaving just under 4 grams left. The yarn is Super Sock in Orchid by Pigeonroof Studios. It is vibrant and soft and I can’t wait to use her yarns again. immie tee-7I’m very much in love with this design and the intriguing and gorgeous lace pattern. Since I worked this top-down the lace is upside-down from the original pattern, but I love it both ways. immie tee-5The chest is 21″. I added increases on the sides to make it more like a tunic. The increases are about every 1.25″ under each arm and I did them 6 times, making the bottom about 4″ larger than the chest. The length is 12″ under the armpit. I’m always hoping a garment can fit the following year. immie tee-2On the arms I did some short rows and added a little ruffle by doubling the stitches on that section. At first I thought it might make the top way too girly, but when it was done I really liked the effect. immie tee-3Z was happy to wear the top, but I couldn’t get her in bottoms. She was happy to wear an apron, so I considered that a compromise. We have been discussing the word “compromise” lately in our house as Z learns more and more about how to try to convince us of things. With Z I pretty much get photos whenever I can, so pantless photos with a milk mustache work just fine for me. Toddlers are MOVERS. immie tee-6There is an adult version of the tee and I would love to make it for myself someday.

Finished TTTKAL Togue Pond

I finished this about a week ago, which was technically past the original deadline, but I’m happy to have a new summer tank to wear. togue finished-2I love participating in Shannon’s knitalongs. I only learned about them a couple of summers ago. It really motivates me to get a project finished in a timely manner. It’s been a bit harder to have as much knitting time with two kiddos, but I’m taking advantage of baby sleep time to knit as much as I can. Knitting and baby cuddling are way more important than household chores, am I right? togue finished-4I used the size 42″ numbers in Togue Pond to get around a 37″ bust because I was working at a smaller gauge using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Spryte. I would have loved to make this in linen like the pattern calls for, but I’m trying to use more of what I have on hand.  I spaced out the decreases farther and added some additional ones to get to the size I wanted. togue finished-3I love the clean lines in the shaping on this pattern, and I love the slight hi-lo of the top. togue finishedI could definitely see myself making another one of these.

Do y’all know about the Summer Sweater Knitalong on Shannon’s blog? It usually starts at the very end of July and goes until the end of September. I can’t wait! I did allow myself to buy some yarn for this one. I plan to make Marshal by Norah Gaughan. I ordered some Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive Oil to make it. In the meantime I have some other projects to keep me busy. More on those soon!