Posts Tagged ‘socks’

I’ve been knitting so much lately. I was working steadily on Danny’s Screaming Monkey Socks, but then Sock Wars started and I had to drop them to knit as quickly as possible. Of course, I ended up with a super-fast assassin who knocked me out before I finished my second sock. My death was untimely, but I got some lovely socks out of the deal.

I put the socks aside, again, because Joshua’s school was having a “crazy hat day” and I wanted to give him something special for it. I knit up a Fish Hat for him that he loves!


I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for it and I was very happy with how it turned out. He got a lot of compliments on it at school and was so proud to tell people that his Mommy knit it!

Fish Hat!

And now the Olympics are almost here! I’ve signed up through the Yarn Harlot to join her in the Knitting Olympics for the first time. I also signed up for the Ravelympics. I’m going to be knitting Pomatomus for myself out of some STR Mediumweight I bought at Stitches and I’m going to use my leftover Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash (from my Margot sweater) to knit a Wurm hat. I’m also planning to finish a sad pair of socks I started over three years ago for my sister. They’re going to be for Joshua now because they fit him and not her!

Big plans and so much anticipation! Last night I finally finished Danny’s Screaming Monkey Socks because otherwise they’d have to wait until after the Olympics. He loves them so much – the colors, the ribbing, the pooling! He’s crazy, but I’m so happy. There’s nothing better than a man who appreciates hand knits!

Finished Socks!


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New Year!

I can’t believe that I neglected to post in my blog for all of December. It was a busy month, but I didn’t mean to let things slide like that. I’ve been knitting, but not accomplishing very much. I cast on for a scarf at the request of my best friend. It’s a Ravenclaw scarf and it’s slowly progressing.

Ravenclaw Scarf

I’m knitting it with Vanna’s Choice yarn because it was what I could afford that had the right colors readily available. It’s knitting up quite nicely and I hope to have it finished when I see her in a couple of weeks. I’ve also been steadily knitting on the Screaming Monkey Socks for my wonderful boyfriend. He gave me so many awesome things for Christmas and I’ve only got one sock to show for a month of knitting (I definitely neglected this, but I’m back on track with it!).

Screaming Monkey Sock!

The yarn is Creatively Dyed Yarn Beaches in the Diego colorway. He picked it out himself and he really likes the way it’s knit up so far. I just cast on for the second one and I’m excited to get these on his feet! I did a bit of selfish knitting that didn’t quite work out how I wanted. I knit myself the French Press Felted Slippers:

Felted Slippers

And while the pattern knit up nicely and felted quickly, they don’t quite fit my wide-ass feet. The length was perfect (I knit the largest size) but I didn’t even consider width as I worked. The next pair will definitely need to be modified to be wider (and possibly also slightly taller on the sides) but these ones are still cute and wearable.

Close-up of felted slippers

I won’t disappear for a month again. I need to keep myself accountable and I love putting progress up here.

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I finally found my good camera! I thought it was still packed, but I discovered that I had put it in a “safe” place and forgotten about it. It was only when I was looking for something else that I found it and realized how silly I’d been! I finished the first of my Jaywalkers and have started on the second:


I really like the way the yarn knit up in that first sock. I love the color and LOVE the yarn! I’ve put them on hold as my main project because I remembered something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now: knit stockings! This will be our first Christmas in a real house and I want Joshua to have a real stocking hanging on the stairs this year. I had a disastrous attempt last year, but this time I’ve worked out the size I want and am making up a pattern as I go. I love the yarn (Patons Classic Wool) and I love the colors (muted, but still Christmassy). I’m really enjoying this and I plan to knit more than one for my family this year.


It’s 8″ wide and I’m still deciding how long I want it. I’m going to duplicate-stitch Joshua’s name on it later and go with a white heel and toe with stripes for the rest. I love it so far!

Joshua is starting KINDERGARTEN in just over a week! I’m so excited and so is he. We’ve been busy planning for school and visiting with family. We drove up to Rochester this past weekend with my mother and younger sister to visit my older sister and brother-in-law and nephew for his second birthday party. His actual birthday is this Friday but she planned the party to not fall on Labor Day weekend so that people could actually attend. It was a fun time, but a long drive and we’re exhausted. I did get a good amount of knitting done, but not as much as I’d hoped.

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I went to the knitting group again last night. They weren’t kidding when they said it was huge on Mondays. There were SO MANY knitters there, it was awesome. I met a bunch of nice girls and got to talk about some of my favorite things (ah, like my love for Jason Segel!). I also managed to finish (including Kitchenering the toe and weaving in the ends) Danny’s socks! So the first one took more than a month and the second less than a week? So strange, but so it goes. I still can’t find my good camera (and I unpacked a lot more stuff looking for it) but at least these photos were taken in the daytime, so the color is more accurate.

Danny's Socks

These were knit on US1 needles with Cascade Heritage Paints color 9872. I have plenty of leftovers from the skein and I’m thinking of maybe striping the green leftovers with these grey ones for some ankle socks. We’ll see.

After I got home last night I asked my boyfriend to help me wind up some Socks That Rock (a Valentine’s gift from him) so I could start a new pair. We wanted to watch Buffy at the same time, though, so I let him off the hook (he’s never seen it before – we’re currently in Season 2) and wound it myself. It took a while to figure out the right rhythm, but I finally have a center-pull ball that I’m proud of. I started working on a pair of Jaywalkers because I’ve knit a lot of Monkey socks and I really like the Jaywalkers I got from Sockapalooza.

Socks That Rock!

This is Socks That Rock Lightweight in Turquoise, US1 needles, and the Jaywalker pattern. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! It’s my first Socks That Rock and so far I like it. I have one other skein, of Silkie STR, also from v-day. It makes me so happy to finally be able to knit it!

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Knitting Group

While the large task of unpacking is still underway, the living room is finally livable (I even have a knitting corner!) and that was the biggest burden. I’ve begun knitting again! I stopped for quite a while in there because everything was packed away and I couldn’t justify sitting and knitting when there was work to be done. But now the work is nearly finished and knitting helps take the edge off.

I’ve been working on Danny’s socks because they’re small and portable and I actually have enough yarn to finish them. I’d had the first one languishing for nearly two months because I only knit it intermittently while I worked on the “baby” blanket and Percy, but it was the only readily accessible project, so I finished that one off three days ago. And in some actual knitting time I’ve somehow managed to turn the heel of the mate.

I took a crappy photo just now. Crappy because a) it’s really late and so the light is artificial and b) I discovered that I cannot find my camera. It’s in one of the still-packed boxes and while I looked where I thought it was… it wasn’t. But that’s a hunt for another day. I found the camera that only photographs well in bright natural light and since I don’t have that readily available I ended up with a crappy photo.

Danny's Socks

And tonight (well, Thursday night) I went to a knitting group for the first time in a very long time. I’ve moved around so much (from Islip to Bayside to Elmont to Franklin Square and finally to Hicksville) that I haven’t had a chance to find a steady knitting group. The issue of a car and a babysitter always came up, too. But now that we live with my boyfriend and it’s a pretty permanent thing, I was finally able to consider a knitting group.

I looked on Ravelry and found a group that meets in the Panera that’s about 10 minutes from home. I was VERY nervous about going because I’m always shy around new people. But I’m so glad I went! I met a bunch of really funny really nice women and the time just flew! I got to knit on the sock (and rip out most of the heel flap because I found a messed up stitch that I couldn’t fix) and just talk and relax and enjoy being with other knitters. I felt so good on the drive home and I gushed to Danny about it for quite a while when I got home.

I’m still pretty excited about everything, but it’s super-late now and sleep really should have happened quite a while ago. I will take more, better photos when I find my camera. And I will be able to update with more regularity now that we’re pretty settled in the new house.

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Finished Green Socks

This weekend we drove up to Buzzards Bay, MA for my cousin Emily’s wedding. The trip was an all-around wonderful thing:

I spent a long road trip with my boyfriend, son, and little sister.
I got to visit with my older sisters, brother in law, his little sister, and my nephew.
We went to an amazing wedding!
The ceremony was awesome: it was officiated by Emily’s sister Kate and it was so personal and touching and just amazing. I was so glad to be there for it.
I also got to visit with cousins, aunts, uncles, and my dad.
I got a lot of knitting done, too!

I chose not to work on Percy and instead switched back to the green socks. And today? I finished them! I love them and think they will do a fine job replacing the first ones I knit (one of which I recently lost).

Green Socks Finished!

Green Socks Finished!

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