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…

Mini Monkeys

monkeyI can’t get over blending sock patterns lately to keep socks for Z interesting. These are my Kiddo Kicks blended with the ubiquitous (for a reason) Monkey by Cookie A. Monkeys have an addictive texture that makes you keep wanting to knit just one more repeat. monkey-2I’m using leftover yarn for these. The green is some Shibui sock, but I don’t remember the color name. The upcoming color is leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Ochre. I had to alter the Monkey pattern chart by ignoring stitches 1 and 16 and eliminating rows 9 and 11 to make it work for the stitch count. To do the Monkey chart I had to have 28 sts on the instep to make the chart work. These will be a little bit bigger than the last pair I made her, but I’m sure they will be fitting by mid to late winter next year. This will make pair 4 out of the 5 (at least) I want her to have for next winter. After culling my stash I found so much great fingering weight leftover yarn that I’m sure I’ll always have some kid socks going in the background.

Toddler feet

kiddo charade-2Getting Z to model two pieces of knitwear in one week is definitely an anomaly. Maybe if I continually get input from her or show her ongoing projects she will be more enthusiastic about the end result. As soon as I showed her these socks she insisted on putting them on, even though it is in the mid 80’s outside. kiddo charadeThe variegated yarn is leftover Manos Alegria in Macachines. The blue is leftover Luna Grey Fiber Arts Astro in Harbor. I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern as a skeleton with the stitch pattern from Charade inserted for a pattern.  kiddo charade-3Z now has three pairs of socks in a 3-5 yr size that should fit for next winter. These have a little room at the toes for growth, but they’re not so big she can’t wear them as soon as it gets cold.

My TTTKAL Togue Pond was not finished on time, but it is done and drying after some blocking. Can’t wait to wear it!

Little feet keep growing

kiddo kicks-2Last winter Z outgrew all of her hand knit socks, so I’m working on getting a few pairs ready for next winter. The pattern is my Kiddo Kicks and I’m making the 3-5 year size for her since she turns three this summer. Yikes! Where does the time go?!kiddo kicks-3
The majority of the yarn is Shibui Sock in Sand and some long ago leftover Louet Gems Pearl Fingering weight in Brown for the top of the cuff. Zooey did not want to put these on to try yet, but she did want them in her drawer, so I’ll take that as a good sign. I think about 3 more pairs (making a total of 5) would do her well for the next cold season. For Charlotte I will probably whip up some tube socks since her feet will be growing at lightning speed.

Somehow I’ve temporarily morphed into a monogamous knitter! When I finished Breezy these socks were the only thing left on my needles and when I finished them I started some arm warmers for Matt. As soon as I said I didn’t know what to knit he supplied me with several requests including a new sweater, socks, or often requested arm warmers. I can always count on him to have a list of knits that he wants. I decided arm warmers would be the most interesting right now since I could quickly design them. After a little revision I settled on something he and I both like and I’ll have them finished to show off soon.

Socks in bed

Dear readers, I am officially on bed rest until my second kiddo comes. I’m 34.5 weeks, but yesterday I started feeling some contractions and went to the doctor to get checked. I’m a few centimeters dilated so my doctor ordered me to be on bed rest until baby girl number two is a bit more well done. She’s hoping I’ll make it at least another week. When pregnant with Zooey I was this dilated at 34 weeks and she came at 35 weeks and 6 days. I’m hoping this baby stays in at least that long or longer to avoid stays in the nursery. Last time I didn’t have bed rest, so hopefully rest will keep her in there at least that long or longer.

What’s a girl to do? It’s day one and I’m already restless mostly because I know this could be awhile. I’ll pass the time with a combination of knitting and reading or knitting and Netflix bingeing I’m sure. I’m still working on the baby blanket of course, as well as Breezy. I thought I might take up these socks again.shibui socks

They’re my pattern, Kiddo Kicks, in some Shibui Sock in the color Sand. I got this back in 2007 at ImagiKnit when I traveled to San Francisco. shibui socks-2Though the yarn is gorgeous, I never could get it to work for adult socks without major pooling. Kid socks it is.

I started these when we traveled to St. Louis last week and I made myself take only small projects like baby pants and socks. I knew the projects would have to be small to be carted around in my camera case. Since I had 36 grams of this sock yarn left and I used 37 grams on the previous pair I made for Z, it seemed like a perfect fit. If you don’t already own a small scale that measures grams and you’re an avid knitter of socks or small items where each gram really counts, get one. They’re tremendously helpful.

Now Z will have at least two pairs of socks for next season.

Back to resting. Wish me luck to make it another week and a half at least!

Fast baby feet!

I pictured all kinds of cute mother/daughter poses for these matching socks, but in the end, Matt shot what he could as fast as he could, and we got a couple of somewhat clear shots. mama and baby feetZ and I are wearing our matching Prufrock socks. For hers, I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern, increased by 2 stitches (one on instep, one on sole) for the 1-3 yr size, and I left out one repeat of the wave stitch in the Prufrocks.

mama and baby feet-2I’ve only made her straight stockinette socks up to this point. I’m quite enamored with the look of her little patterned feet. I didn’t have enough yarn to make her a 3-inch cuff like I would have wanted, but I think they’ll be cute as ankle socks too.

This was part of my Ravellenic 2014 goals. I sort of flopped on my stated goals from the last paragraph of this post. I did complete the Hundertwasser socks, these Prufrocks for Z, I started new socks for Matt and got past the gusset pickups (going toe-up two-at-a-time) and I finished the knitting on the Pensacola Sweater for the film Tell Them of Us. That sweater is blocking right now, and I will do the seaming in the next couple of days. I did a lot of knitting, but I thought I would be making arm warmers for all of us, and I ended up focusing on socks. I did want to have Pensacola ready to ship by today, but it’s close enough to make me feel satisfied.  I had a little bit of a carrot on a stick to inspire me to finish, since I purchased the pattern for Wispers, but I wouldn’t allow myself to cast it on before finishing Pensacola… More about that soon.

Happy Monday! Did you all meet any Ravellenic goals?

Ephemeral socks

Socks knitted for babies and children are the most ephemeral kind of knitted socks. If they don’t lose them, they swiftly outgrow them. All of the baby sweaters and now toddler things I am knitting remind me of just how quickly Z’s babyhood is passing. She outgrows things, I make more. The outgrown garments serve as physical reminders of her changes.

I persist, perhaps foolishly, with more knitted socks for her. This will be her fifth pair for this year, but I’m making these a wee bit longer and wider than other pairs, hoping that they will fit a little next year rather than being just a little too big this year. prufrock

This is a mashup of my Kiddo Kicks and Prufrocks patterns. I am following the numbers for her size in the Kiddo Kicks (1-3 yr), but I’ve increased a single stitch on the top and bottom to make a better number for Prufrock repeats. I’m repeating the Wave stitch just twice for her size, then finishing the row as specified. These might end up being more like ankle socks since I had only 9.5 grams (40 yards) left when I took this picture. I ended up making the foot a bit longer to allow for more wear in the future.

I have to confess to a very bonehead thing I did on Monday. I pulled up my Prufrock pattern to look at the wave stitch for Z’s socks. In the adult pattern the repeating part of this stitch pattern is worked a total of three times across the foot. For Z’s size I’ll just work it twice. When I was looking at the original pattern it struck me as wrong that I only said to repeat it twice (thinking that it needs to happen a total of three times across the foot, so it should be repeated three times). I was forgetting that it’s done once, then REPEATED twice, for a total of 3 times. I guess in the moment the meaning of “repeat” (meaning it was already done once) was totally lost on me. I issued a correction for the pattern, then about an hour later realized there was nothing wrong with the original, so I issued a correction to my correction. That’s a bit embarrassing…. Ah, well. We’re all fallible human beings.