Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hot off the Presses!

As I finally got around to sharing the story of my nephew's blanket with you, the next step was to edit & post the patterns for the afghan squares.  As I was puppy-sitting our limping husky Sunday morning, I decided this was as good a time as any.  So I got some tea, sat down at the kitchen table & proceeded to kill my laptop battery making edits and creating PDFs.

If you are on Ravelry, you can check out the patterns on my pattern store page. Some are free and some are for purchase, but faves and queues on Rav are always free!

If you have any questions on the patterns or charts, please PM me on Ravelry.  I'm happy to help!

Disclaimer - Since I created charts for a few trademarked/copyrighted logos for my nephew's blanket, I can't publish those.  I don't want the Marvel Universe banning me - then I'd never get to meet Thor.

I hope to add few additional designs in the near future!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Socks and more socks!

It's safe to say that socks are my happy place.  I like socks.  I wear them nearly every day even in spring and summer, as I work in an air conditioned office.  Also, hand-knit socks make me happier than store bought ones.  Socks are super-portable, so I can grab a project bag and go and work on a sock while I'm waiting in line, in the drive-through at the bank, waiting on food at a restaurant, or just sitting in my car at the park at lunch, enjoying some peace and quiet.

Sock knitting makes any place a happier place.  Happily, I finished 2 pairs of socks in April.

My Fork In The Road Socks by Lara Neel introduced me to my new favorite afterthought heel: the thumb-joint, hat-top heel.  Not easy to say, but fairly easy to knit and fits my high-arched feet really well!

These were done in Fibernymph Dye Works yarn, the Baubles colorway (part of her Christmas collection).  These are happily sitting in my holiday sock bin, waiting for their time.

As you can see, the heel rounds just like the top of a hat, and while I don't recommend doing the heel while you're knitting two-at-a-time, with the socks still on the needles, I do recommend the heel. Lara has a tutorial for knitting this heel continuously from the top-down, using a provisional cast on; I tried it several times and my mind just wasn't having it, so I decided to work mine as an afterthought - it worked out just fine!

My Ninja Chop! socks started from this adorable kit from Knit Mona.

A friend had just sent me this picture and informed me of my knitting superpowers when these kits became available, so this was perfect! And I will gladly take any excuse to buy Jacie's yarns - her bases are super soft & her colors are saturated, but don't fade or bleed.  If you like yarn, definitely check out her shop!

These socks were to become great basketball knitting during the NCAA tournament where I could watch BB, mindlessly knit and look down at the stripes and smile. Mission accomplished.

I finished these in the car on the way to a friend's house and love wearing them.  Also, they double as Buckeye colors, so I'm sure to get plenty of wear out of them this fall.

These pairs mark pairs 5 & 6 for the year. Halfway to my goal for 2015!

But wait - that's not all!

Since I have experienced an on-going bout of startitis this spring, I have several more pairs of socks on the needles.  They aren't finished yet, but that is all part of my diabolical plan to win Stash Dash. My strategy involves being a dark horse, and not knitting a single sock heel until after school lets out.  We'll see how this serves me.

Socks that just need heels:
Won, Not Done - More scarlet and gray
Striping Fall Regia Socks
One of my Spoilers Socks (the second is on the needles)

Queued up socks include another pair of striping Regia, in pinks this time; some Fab Funky Fibres Rainy Day Rainbow; several pairs from my Melissa Oakes TAAT sock books; and more vanilla socks of course.

Who doesn't need more happy place in their life?