Sunday, April 19, 2015

YOP Week #42


Finally, some new projects to show you.  I did finish my socks...after over a year?  I didn't try them on for the picture because I already had my shoes and socks on but I tried the first one on after it was finished and it fit like a dream thanks to Minding My Own Stitches expert advice.  She is our resident sock guru for the YOP group.
I ordered yarn for 3 new pairs as I will probably always have socks in the works either for myself or someone else.  I've noticed that once you start making them others want you to make them for them.  I taught myself to knit so I could make them for myself.  Do they have any idea what they're asking? LOL!  I never dreamt I would get the yarn in time to blog some of it but here it is.....there's another one coming and it was a custom order from Fishknits but she didn't charge me any extra....so sweet of her.  She'll be getting more of my business!  She's an Etsy shop and she makes this Canadiana yarn that makes your sock look like a Hudson Bay blanket.  Well, of course, I had to have it!  Those will be my Winter socks along with Springtime and Fall below.  I'll have to think about Summer socks....any suggestions?
  This yarn was very hard to find as I don't think they're making it anymore but I found some over on the designer's website.  I saw a pair Susan B. Anderson made up using this yarn by designer Kristin Nicholas and I wanted to try it.   Supposedly, you just knit as usual and it turns out looking like you did all this special colorwork like the Norwegian's do and which I love but don't know how....yet! LOL!
I reread Susan's blog post about it and checked the label and there were no special instructions so we'll see how it goes..........I got Springtime and Fall so of course I started on Springtime.....
I really haven't gotten far enough to see much yet but here's a closer look.........
Has anyone ever worked with yarn like this?  How does it just "happen"....is there anything special I need to do to make it turn out alright?  It must be magic! 
Here are Susan's socks in a different colorway.............perfect......I can only pray.....
Can you guess what it is now?  A little WIP of an amigurumi bunny.  I'm just starting to make the body now.  I get the biggest kick out of these little critters.  I might make myself a whole menagerie of them they're so cute!
I also started back on another WIP which I had barely just cast on when Christmas projects took over.............I haven't gotten too far yet but it's an enjoyable knit.  It's a Bee
 Blanket (as in baby but not necessarily) and I bought it as a kit from Knit Picks a while ago.  There are "cabled" bee designs later on in the body of the blanket and I didn't know how to do cables so I had to go learn that technique and now I know!  So, back at it...........
a few more preemie hats got done and I think I might be into April now.....catching up!
I measured the blanket I finished and it looks like I can get by with a yard of fabric for the backing and I found this wonderful tutorial on Pinterest for doing it.  Her blog is Italian Dish Knits and she's on Ravelry too.  She knitted a beautiful mitered square blanket then edged it with an I-Cord.....hmmmm, should I do that?  Would it add more stability to the blanket?  Then she hand stitched the backing to the edging and there is an overcast stitch to use so when the knit part of the blanket stretches it doesn't rip out your stitches.  Someone was thinking!  Brilliant!  There are so many smart and talented people out there and I thank my lucky stars for all of you!
 Hopefully, I'll be by later but there is supposedly severe weather on the horizon so we'll see. 
Happy Trails!

 







24 comments:

  1. I am anxious to see how your new yarn works out! You are busy as a bee! :)

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    1. Yes, with my Bee blanket...you're too funny!

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  2. I'm in awe of your talent! I love to knit but, I'm not very good at it! I know you'll figure out how to get that yard to work for you!

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    1. It's not really talent....you have no idea how many times I "start over"....it's more like practice makes perfect and I have a long way to go! LOL!

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  3. Looks like you are still creating. I love the socks too.

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  4. Actually, I have been busy with cleaning and clearing out and organizing and yard work. I only knit and crochet on my "breaks" and in the evening when the legs won't go anymore! LOL!

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  5. I have seen that sock yarn worked up and it works everytime. You will be so pleased with the finished product. Don't give them away either. Keep them in your drawer for your enjoyments. Make gift socks out of 'boring' yarn. Good job on all the projects you did this week. Can't wait to see the little bunny all done.

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    1. Thanks for telling me that as I was concerned about my cast on. Good advice about keeping my socks. I actually had no intention of making them for anyone else until my sock drawer is overflowing! lol!

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  6. I have seen that sock yarn worked up and it works everytime. You will be so pleased with the finished product. Don't give them away either. Keep them in your drawer for your enjoyments. Make gift socks out of 'boring' yarn. Good job on all the projects you did this week. Can't wait to see the little bunny all done.

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    1. the above comment was for you, Marsha.....not sure why it ended up above.

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  7. Glad to hear your socks are fitting! And glad I was able to help! One more pair and you'll be the guru :)

    The self-patterning yarn will do all the work itself - don't you worry! You know you could knit up sock blanks (swatches with the same number of stitches as your planned socks) and then handpaint your own patterns ... like maybe some watermelon socks or American flag socks. So many possibilities!

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    1. ohhhh....what a grand idea...don't get me started. How did you know I wanted watermelon socks?

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  8. The bunny will be so cute! And yes...we all love hand knitted socks! lol I'm lucky to have a couple of pair that my daughter in law knitted. They are so soft and comfy. Enjoy your week and all of your neat projects. Sweet hugs from Florida, Diane

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    1. I bet she is your favorite DIL too! She would be mine...ha! Ha!

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  9. Self striping and patterning socks are ADDICTIVE.... knitter beware!
    They are awesome tho!

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    1. And all this time I thought people were changing colors to make those stripes....I can feel an addiction coming on for sure!

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  10. I say the thrill of buying sock yarn never dies or even fades.

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    1. You are so right but I must admit it is when I see things made from the yarn that I fall for it. I've seen so many that look great until you make something with them and then the disappointment...so sad.

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  11. Love the socks, I have never used self patterning yarn, so I can only assume it is magic! Love the start of the bee blanket.

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    1. We shall see Lucy! I am not liking how they started out...I may have to start over. I think I left too much yarn for my long tail cast on and it messed the beginning up. I think you need to get off on the right foot...no pun intended...LOL!

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  12. I like all your projects and my favorite is that first pair of socks; the colors are so varied and the pattern too. Perfect.

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    1. Thank you Terra, it's been a long journey to get to the point where I could make a pair of socks but I'm so glad I persisted and kept going. Now, knitting is one of the great joys of my life!

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  13. You have been very busy! I posted on my blog last week, a photo of some yarn very similar to the sock yarn you mentioned that is hard to find. It is Arne and Carlos and knits up the same way--I found some online here, http://simplysockyarn.typepad.com/simply_socks_yarn_co/2015/03/regias-arne-carlos-sock-yarn.html
    It can probably be found on other sites. I was lucky to find a little shop locally that is stocking small amounts of it. I now own 2 skeins! :)
    xoxoox

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    1. Yes, I saw the Arne and Carlos and it is self-patterning too. Thank you for the link! I may have to stock up because they stop making certain yarns after awhile like fabric. Oh, please take a picture and show us!

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