I finished my Regia Fluormania socks a couple of days ago. Since this batch of Regia yarn has been known to have dye bleeding problems, I immediately did a citric acid dye fix recommended by The Knitmore Girls. I am still on bed rest, but it is not super strict bed rest and I am able to do small things in the house like getting snacks or water and going to the bathroom. Pouring water into a bowl and using the microwave seemed like an acceptable task…
For these socks I did two cycles of the dye fix and followed up with an additional soak in some Eucalan wool wash. There was still a little color in the water after both dye fixes and soaks, but I thought surely two treatments will do the trick. If not, I guess I’ll have some color fading, but for now this is the best I can do. Maybe when I’m off bed rest before I wash these for real (likely next fall when it’s cool enough to wear them), I can do a third dye fix just to be safe.
I learned about the color bleeding in this particular Regia colorway on The Knitmore Girls podcast. I’m a huge fan of Regia for their durability and crazy fun colorways. I’ve never heard of them having bleeding issues before, but I trust input from The Knitmore Girls and I was happy to have that information before I put these in the wash. The fun part of these socks is their crazy crazy bright color, so I want to preserve that if possible. There was a bit of bleeding during the jelly roll portion of the dye fix. If you want to know what the heck I’m talking about, check the bold link in the first paragraph for the dye fix instructions. I had woven in the top strand of yarn, but forgot to cut the strand before I rolled the socks up in plastic wrap and microwaved them. There is a faint vertical red line on one of the socks where an uncut red strand from one of the socks was pressed against the sock. I’ll be more careful next time I try this.
The socks are fraternal twins, since I wanted to maximize the amount of yarn I could use. There are probably 8 grams leftover. It’s not enough to make kid socks or even baby socks. I suppose I could have used every last bit, but I wanted something to be finished!
I’m still working on the Pinwheel baby blanket. I got to the addition of the third ball and took a break since it was getting monotonous. I’m not worried about finishing it by the time the baby comes because it will be warm out and I won’t be wrapping that kid up in wool anytime soon. I picked up my Breezy after a small break from it. While it’s cool enough I’ll be trying to finish it up. I know I won’t wear it this season, but it will be nice to have it finished. The weather here has been glorious and it’s making me resent bed rest, but it helped me remember a couple of spring/summer projects I should finish… I have a nearly done Linum Tee that will hopefully fit sometime this summer. I also have a Vitamin D that probably only needs a good couple of days’ work to finish. I’d like to get as many of these finished as possible so when I look at my Ravelry project page I don’t have a full top row filled with ongoing projects.
Whew, this is a long post. I’m still on bed rest and I haven’t been able to socialize as much as I like so this is a good outlet for now. Thanks for all the encouragement in the comments on my last post. Some of you ladies had MUCH more intense bed rest situations and that made me feel grateful for my situation and put things in perspective. My doctor told me that if I make it to 36.5 weeks I can get out of bed and resume light activities and leave the house. I’m about 35.5 now so I only have a week to go and I’m feeling better about it all the time. I’m really hopeful that I can make it that long without having the kiddo and I feel more confident every day that she is incubating as much as she needs and is growing well. I’ll keep up the knitting, reading, and Netflix in the meantime to stay entertained. I’ve had many friends stop by to socialize and bring needed items or treats and I’m very grateful to them. Having small doses of socialization through the week has made an immense difference in my mood and outlook and I’m so happy to have both supportive local and online friends. You all rock!
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.
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. Though 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!
I love when I can make matchy-matchy mother-daughter knits. Sometimes I do this by just using the same yarn for our projects like this one and this one. And sometimes I want to make us the very same thing in the same yarn. That’s what I did here with some socks: The yarn is the ONLine Supersocke Emotion III in color 1217 that I went a little crazy for awhile back. I used 73% of the skeing (or about 335 yards) for my socks, then stopped because I wanted to use some for socks for Z. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get hers as tall as I wanted with the yarn I had left, so I added a pink cuff with the Laines do Nord Baby Milk in Light Pink that I just used for Little Sister’s Dress. I think it worked out nicely and these socks are sooooooft.
They’re so cute when they’re miniature. Z is excited because they have purple in them, since she proclaims often that purple is “my favorite.” She even tells us that her lovely blue eyes are purple. The other day she was disappointed because blueberries were not purple and I helped her find compromise by making a purple smoothie with the blueberries for her. Toddlers are wacky little people.
I’d really like to be showing off a finished picture of Smithfield right now, and I’m so close (3 inches of sleeve ribbing) to being done. When the 70 degree weather hit last weekend I was somehow less motivated to work on a giant winter tunic. Instead, I thought I’d show some crazy bright socks that have been on my needles since September that I totally forgot about putting on the blog or Ravelry. It happens. The yarn is Regia Fluormania in color 7188 Neon Rainbow. I had to get this yarn the moment I saw it at my LYS. I’ve heard through the grapevine, aka The Knitmore Girls, that this particular Regia yarn has a reputation for losing some color in the wash. They recommend using citric acid to fix the dye. I’ve never had a problem with Regia socks not handing a hearty amount of washing and drying, but I’m going to follow through with the dye fixing advice.
I got distracted by several other projects and left these bright babies in my WIP basket. I will probably continue to ignore them until the larger winter projects are finished, but the colors make me happy when I see them peeking out of the basket.
Remember that sock yarn I was coveting? This is what it looks like with some knitting put into it. It’s ONLine Supersocke 100-Emotion III in the colorway number 1217. I’m making some plain stockinette socks and I’m up to the heel flap. This is where I sometimes get distracted and cast on another project. And I did. The other projects are sweaters so these socks will win out again as soon as the sweaters become too big to cart around.
I’ll have more details on selfish knitting projects 2 and 3 soon…
I 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.
These 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.
I began a pair of Simple Skyp Socks the other night when I realized I’d left my other sock project in my office. It’s hard for me not to have a pair of socks around for knitting. As my friend Jane Foster aptly puts it, “Socks are comforting.” I’ve seen Angela knit this pattern a couple of times, so they have been in my mind to use with heavily variegated yarn. The yarn is Manos Alegria in the colorway Pindo. I wasn’t sure I was completely fond of the color shifts until I hit the skyp part of the pattern. If you’ve ever made Charade socks, the interesting part of the pattern will be familiar to you. This is Charade with the addition of some purling. I think both patterns are brilliant with lots of shifting colors and the rhythm of the knitting is focused enough to engage you lightly, but I also find it to be a wine and knit night friendly project.
Ah, the colors.