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!

Mother-daughter socks

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: Momdat socksThe 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.

Momdat socks-2They’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.

Blinded by the socks

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. regia socksThe 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.

Let the selfish knitting begin

selfish socksRemember 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…

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.

Socks of many colors

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.”  skyp-2I’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.

skypAh, the colors.

Socks for everyday

I’ve started a pair of the ubiquitous Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and the repeats are autopilot enough to work on during meetings at work, or possibly during a movie in the theater.  That’s an important part of choosing a sock pattern for me.  I have to have at least one small project that takes very little of my attention so it’s unobtrusive enough for me to work on it when I have to put the majority of my focus elsewhere, yet I want to keep my hands busy.  hermioneThis pattern is extremely simple, but makes a nice texture.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  There is some odd pooling that looks a bit like tiger stripes, but I’m just going to go with it.  hermione-2The yarn is nice, but has a ton of twist in it.  I suppose that might help the socks last longer in a 100% merino yarn, but it’s occasionally annoying while knitting.  I’m altering these to go toe-up, and I’ll do my usual heel flap.

I am super excited to be on Ravelry’s front page for my Kit Camisole the past couple of days!

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My Waterlily is on the blocking board!  I finally had some quiet time to sit down and think about the kitchener and neck.  Pictures soon.