Socks

I am part of the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook.  It's a wonderful group of women that LOVE knitting socks.  As part of that group, there are several events that take place that we can participate in as a group.

The one event that I am participating in this year is the Knit from Stash Sock Club event.  Basically, we all love knitting socks, but sock clubs can get pricey, so we're doing a knitting sock club from our stash.

The event started on 1 January, and so far I have finished one sock of this months pair.  The thing is, the yarn I am using is Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn (Spring Fling colorway).  Each ball is 50 grams, so I bought 2 balls-1 ball for each sock.  The first sock is done (Followed the instructions explicityly, except for two extra rounds I did because I couldn't figure out what the hell I was supposed to be doing and kept passing the point I needed to be at), and I have almost half the ball left still.  I'm not sure it's enough to make an entire other sock of the same pattern, so I thought I'd make an anklet sock to see if I could manage it.

It's looking good so far.  It's a lacy pattern, and I have jacked up the lace to much I'm surprised there isn't just a large hole on the top of the sock.  I am about 18 rows from beginning the decreases for the toe on this first sock.

I have also cast on for the second sock of my KAL pair.  Just the first round of the cuff is done.  I'll have plenty of time to work on it because I get off work early and my son is having his friends over.  4 15 year old kids who can take care of themselves, and my husband manning the grill-I am set for the night.  And they're coming over at around 5, so I have at least 4 hours of knitting before I need to go to bed or do stuff like blow out candles (16!  Call the fire marshal!).

Yep, my oldest boy is 16 now.  Can't believe it.  He was such a tiny dude when he was born, and now he's bigger than me.  Truthfully, it's not the hardest feat, being taller than me, but still.  Crazy.

Have a great Friday and Happy Knitting!

Finish Line

Crossed!

I finished my cozy thermal mitts! I was so excited!  I also found my crochet case with my yarn needles in it, so I could weave in the ends. (I did it as soon as I found it because I had already weaved in the ends of the first mitt).

This morning, I found that I had (Probably, maybe) blocked the first one already.  I'll have to check.  But it's a little bit bigger than the one that just came off the needles.  I tried to take the picture so it wouldn't show, but if you look, you can see the difference.

I am plugging away at my other projects, though I've been concentrating on my SOM Sock Club sock for the most part.  Just because I don't want to loose momentum.  What usually happens is I go, go, go, and finish one then the other just doesn't hold me like the first.  I have this thing where I don't enjoy making a project more than once, especially in a row.  This boredom is part (I think) of why I buy so much yarn.  I'm not buying yarn this year, so I have to get over this boredom and FINISH stuff!!

The sock is going well.  I'm really love it.  I tried it on the other day, and it fits PERFECTLY!  I'm so excited.

I'm a lot further than this picture, as of right now.  It's actually close to halfway down my foot.  I can't wait to wear them!  

So, the bad stuff.  I had grabbed my size 2 circular needle to use for something, and then I went back to work on my Vanilla Sock, and found that half of the stitches weren't on needles.  Apparently the size 2 circulars I picked up were the ones that the sock was on.  No idea how I pulled it out without realizing what the heck I was doing.  I left it alone, because I was sad and angry.  When I finally calmed down and went back to it, there was no saving it, so I frogged the whole thing and rewound the yarn.  I did that yesterday, and plan on casting back on later today, like when I get bored of the awesome pattern of my great stripey socks.  That means I probably won't do it, because I love that pattern!

That's it for today.  Just lots of sock knitting and a little blanket crocheting-I am getting to really close to being done with the blanket itself!  Then it's weaving in the million ends and doing the border! 

I hope your Tuesday is full of magic!

The Question

No, not the first question ever asked and yada yada...But a good one nonetheless.

This morning, my daughter asked, "Mama, are you gonna ever finish my other mitten."

And I hung my head in shame.

See.  This is always what happens.  I start a project, get all excited about it.  And I never finish it.  This is why I'm trying to make this year my year of finishing things.  All the projects I've been procrastinating on, I want to finish.  I want that sense of accomplishment I was looking forward to when I started it.  And I want some damn warm blankets that are all for me and won't end up smelling like teenaged boy feet.

Yesterday, I finished my own Cozy Thermal Mitts.  I figured these would be easiest because all that was left was the thumb and weaving in the ends of the second mitt.  It's done, except the weaving in ends.  I can't find my case with my needles and crochet hooks.  The thing that's been with me since the beginning of this crazy ride.  I'm sure I've just 'put it away' somewhere and it'll turn up shortly, but in the meantime, I'm stuck with these long ass tails of yarn hanging off this mitt.  I'll try to add some pictures, because of course as soon as I was finished and ready to take pictures, I found I didn't have my needles and my phone had died.

Today, I'm going to work on the second mitten of Halle's mitten set, using the Handful of Berries pattern from Manos del Uruguay, which apparently I never made a project page for on Ravelry.  Ooopsie!  They are done in Red Heart Soft yarn in Embers and they are to match her socks that I made for her birthday , which were also my first pair of sock ever.

It shouldn't be too hard.  It uses size 6 and 8 DPNs and worsted weight yarn so it'll go fast, if I remember correctly.

A mitten and a sock are what I'll be working on today.   Hopefully I'll have some pictures of either or (even better) both for you tomorrow.

Happy Monday!

2015, Year of the Finish

Happy New Year!

Before the end of 2014, I decided that my last yarn purchase, which was sometime mid December, would be my last purchase.  I decided that 2015 I wouldn't buy ANY new skeins or balls or hanks of yarn.

The thing that bought this on was a Knit A-Long in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook.  The idea behind this KAL is that we all probably have a lot of yarn that hasn't been used, and that sock clubs are awesome but can get pricey, so why not just make a pair of socks each month from what we already have on hand.  Greatest idea EVER.

I went through my yarn, knowing for a fact that I did have several skeins of sock yarn, enough (I thought) to bring me at least through half the year.  And I figured, if I didn't finish the KAL, so what OR If I managed to not buy yarn for six months, heck, that's a feat in itself.

I brought out all my sock yarns, bagged them up into twelve bags, and had some left over.  There are going to be a total of 14 patterns released for this KAL, but I thought I'd have a tough time making it to the 12 bags.  Of course not.  PLUS on top of that, I have several sock yarn socks that I haven't finished yet.

That thought brought me to the realization that I have a LOT of projects in various stages of being 'almost' finished, that I keep putting aside to start new ones.

THAT brought me to the idea of 2015 being the Year of the Finish.  Meaning, finally finishing all those projects that I started in 2014 or before (yep, I have some of those too).  I mean, I have a set of fingerless gloves that only need a thumb done, but I keep ignoring them.

So the basic plan is to make the (at least) one pair of socks for the KAL a month, and continue working on the projects that have been basically collecting dust in the house.  Hopefully, by the end of the year I'll have 12 pairs of socks, two new large blankets, some mittens and a lot of room in the yarn closet!

I am afraid I won't have the will to not purchase yarn, as the last few days I keep thinking about how I could go to the yarn sale at Michael's or just pick up a ball of sock yarn at Tuesday Morning.  So far it's been good.  I have only gone to TM to look for a circular needle (they didn't have the size I wanted).

I think I'll be pretty busy, though.  Especially since in Arizona it's warming up...those two weeks of winter were ridiculous!  I need my tote back to put the blankets away in!  Right now it's full of random balls of yarn that I have no place for.

What are you doing this year??  Have you made resolutions?  I don't like to call it a resolution.  It's more of a pact, or a promise.  I'm hoping to save a lot of money this year by not buying yarn and providing lots of cool new things with what I have on hand for friends and family.    If you'd like to follow my year, I'll be posting on instagram (Shirley_Mirley) and using the hashtag #yearofthefinish and #finishwips