Skyping into Socktober and a sock sale

skyps-4I finished up the Simple Skyp Socks I’ve had on the needles since mid July.  About time, huh?  They took a backseat to many other projects in the last few months. skypsThe yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegría in color A8855. I love how looks knitted.

skyps-2I did these toe up and added heel flaps. The pattern was simple (as stated in the name) and fun. It highlighted the color changes well without being overpowered by them. It’s good to have simple sock patterns that work well with highly variegated yarns in my knitting arsenal because I’m an addict for very colorful sock yarns. skyps-3This pattern and I will definitely meet again. And hey, it’s SOCKTOBER. I nearly forgot! I’m casting on some Monkeys today, and putting all of my sock patterns on sale for 25% off through next Monday! Use the coupon code SOCKTOBER to redeem the discount. Happy Socktober!

Weekend treat

I love when I come home and find that something pretty has arrived in the mail. I received some Republic of Wool Twist Fingering in Artificial Light. Behold: repofwoolThe colors make me very happy. I see peeps on Instagram posting all the time about beautiful sock yarns. Sometimes it’s really dangerous to look up those dyers… Dangerous and beautiful.  I want to get my Simple Skyp socks off the needles before I turn this Twist Fingering into socks, but luckily those are only an inch of ribbing away from being done.  I’m hoping to see Gone Girl this weekend and they’ll make a perfect movie knitting project.

Continued progress

I’ve made some continued progress on the knitting of Vitamin D.  I finished the sleeves, which the pattern instructs to finish before doing the body.  It’s nice to have them done, and I now know if I have a little extra yarn I can tack on an extra inch like I’d like, rather than risking shorter sleeves.  vitdsleeves-2This has been sweet relief from any knits that require thinking.  I’m in the middle of two designs.  Well, really it’s an adult design and a mini version, but that’s where the thinking part comes in.  I have the pattern written for the adult version, and most of it mapped out for the mini version.  With some input from my helpful tech editor I’m whipping it into shape, but it requires so much thinking that it feels like serious homework at this point, so I’ve been burying myself in simpler things, like soothing Vitamin D.

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Fortifying for fall

When I was having a rough day last week I cast on a Vitamin D.  There’s nothing like casting on a new project as a pick-me-up.  vitamindshoulders-2I’m making about a 35″ chest size.  Since the yarn I wanted to use came out nicely at a 22 sts and 28 rows over 4 inches, I decided to just cast on the XS size because using those numbers at my altered gauge got me the closest to the size I want with the bonus of doing no additional math.  That’s my favorite way to alter a sweater pattern size.

vitamindshouldersThe yarn is Louisa Harding Aimee in the color Cupid.  It was deeply discounted recently at my LYS and I bought the rest of it.  It is 90% cotton and 10% cashmere, so it has a very nice hand, but it’s also going to work well for several seasons.

I’ve been eyeing the Vitamin D pattern for a long time, so it was time to just cast one on.  I had originally planned to make a 3/4 sleeve Gemini pullover with this yarn, but I changed my mind as I lusted after swingy open cardigan patterns all over Ravelry.  This isn’t a color I wear a lot of, but it makes me happy and I think it will work with several tanks and dresses I have.

Z’s Like Sleeves tunic is finished and needs blocking.  It’s huge, but she could wear it this year.  It remains to be seen whether or not I’ll be able to get it on her to try on.  She’s been a little knit-opposed lately.  I’ll probably have to start slapping intarsia bunnies all over sweaters to get her excited about them again.

Always growing

This is my progress on Zooey’s Like Sleeves so far.  I finished the back and the work on the front is only a few episodes of the Gilmore Girls away.  like sleeves backI’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls occasionally. I love that series so much.  Oh, the knitting.  The pattern is called Like Sleeves for Kids and the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky.  Z and I won’t be wearing the same design, but we will have sweaters of the same color for this season.  I added about an inch and a half length and I’m making the size 3/4.  It will be big on her this year, but will possibly fit for two more.

I love the garter stitch shaping at the top. like sleeves back-2As much as I’d like to churn out the rest of this immediately, I have a little secret project to finish up first.  I’ll be back with details of it soon!

Hermione’s Everyday Fall Socks

hermione-2I finished these a few days ago and felt like I should get them up on the blog before I hand them off to my friend, Susan.  The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks, a free and fairly ubiquitous sock favorite on Ravelry.  It’s an easy pattern repeat that works well with variegated sock yarn.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  It reminds me of fall apples. I did it toe-up with a heel flap, rather than top-down as the pattern specifies.

hermioneThese are hasty kid-just-went-down-for-a-nap photos, so you can see the line from the hand knit socks I was wearing all morning above the cuff of these.  I’ve got a few other projects hanging out on the needles.  One is a secret birthday project, one is Linum Tee (which I can’t seem to make myself want to finish though I am maybe 2 inches from doing so), then I have Simple Skyp socks, a pair of Regia Flourmania socks that I haven’t photographed yet, and a Like Sleeves for Kids.  I’m thinking of casting on a Vitamin D any second, because it seems like a great summer to fall transition piece.

Sweaters in the summer

finished coda-2I’m pretty thrilled with my SSKAL 2014 project, Coda.  The sweater is a lovely Brooklyn Tweed pattern, by the talented Olga Buraya-Kefelian.  The yarn is Cascade 220 (one of my all time favorite workhorse wool yarns) in Summer Sky, an apt name for a summer sweater project. It’s been crazy stinkin’ hot here in Arkansas, but surprisingly the weather was in the low to mid 60’s for part of the day yesterday and today, and I got to actually wear this for a few hours yesterday.  Amazingly good timing to finish. finished coda-3I adore this pattern.  It has impeccable little details, like tubular cast ons and bind offs that make it look really polished.  It’s reversible, which is very cool.

finished coda-4I sort of wish I had made the smaller size, at least somehow in the top piece, because the yoked side (with the curved arch) seems to have more material than necessary at the top and can look a bit balloonish if I don’t keep my shoulders back. finished codaMaybe I can just think of it as extra incentive to work on my posture.  This was a very fun and engaging knit.  I’d put it at a 3.5 out of 5 skill-level wise.  There are lots of areas of stockinette where you can tune out and relax a bit, but the cables pull you back in and keep you on your toes, as well as the raglan and yoke shaping for the top piece.  Luckily, the pattern included row by row instructions for some of the trickier parts, so you can follow along with a row counter easily.  finished coda-5I can’t wait for more chilly weather to wear this!