Socktober

Thank you everyone for your kind condolences on my Daddy’s passing. I am slowly getting back to what passes for normal these days.

Even though I started these socks awhile back, I think the fact that I finished them in October means they count for Socktober, right?

Socks with wine 🍷

I also knit a hexagon or two but the stack doesn’t look any different, so no picture of that today. I’m going to close for now and finish math with my 10 year old. :-)

Carrying On

I have gotten very little knitting done in the past month since my last post. I am up to the foot section on my second sock and I have completed a couple more hexagons.

The main reason for my lack of knitting and blog silence is that I have been struggling with a death in the family. My Daddy passed away on 9-18-2020 after a surgical procedure. It mostly unexpected but his health had been on the decline since a heart attack in June 2017 and diagnosis of mild diabetes.

I felt like maybe God had been preparing me for this but it was still a terrible blow. I just haven’t been able to write about it but it didn’t feel right to blog without mentioning either. So, I am finally feeling like I can talk about it.

It’s funny because we weren’t what most people would consider “close”but he was a very big influence on who I am. I always thought my Daddy was the smartest person in the world and that he knew everything. He showed me how to think and do things for myself, even when I didn’t want to learn those lessons. He always encouraged my love of books and music by his own example. He showed by example that caring for people when they need help is a priority. He supported my choices in the way we raised our family (having 10 children, home schooling, home births, etc…) and never made me feel like it was as nuts as everyone else thought. He believed in me. I miss him very much.

Daddy and me — Norfolk, 1966
My brother and I on a hike with Daddy to the summit of Mount Washington, NH, 1975
Mama and Daddy – Jan. 19, 1965
Daddy – Navy circa 1965

I guess the one comfort in all this was that I got to have all 10 of my children here plus my brother who I hadn’t seen for many years. Having family around to deal with all the cleaning out of the apartment, and dealing with all the financial and legalities. We also have to handle what happens with my mom. She has advanced dementia and we have to find her a place where she can get full time care. So we are working on that situation as best we can with me here in Nashville, Mama in Murfreesboro and my brother now back home in Las Vegas.

Taking Daddy’s ashes to be in nature where he loved to be
The whole gang minus 2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren, in our back yard

Thoughts on Colors

I saw this on NothingButKnit blog yesterday and thought it would be fun to play along.

Feel free to answer in the comments or if you’re answering on your blog leave a link so we can all read about your opinions on color and how it pertains to your crafting.

  • What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting?
  • Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades?
  • Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color?
  • Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?
  • When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?
  • Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change?

Here are my answers.

  • Greens, purples and blues, pretty much in that order. These are the colors I gravitate towards. I have a few dislikes in there like hunter green, and I prefer blue purples to red ones.
  • I definitely prefer more muted subdued colors which is obvious to anyone when you look at my color palette of my hand dyed yarns. I just can’t resist mixing colors that are reflected in the natural realm.
  • Oddly the only change in my color mood as far as seasons go is that I tend to change my Windows theme color on my laptop. 😆
  • I don’t use pinks much, but do occasionally like a deep red. Same with oranges and yellows. I prefer those colors to be earthy if I use them.
  • I guess I tend to have a color I want to knit with and pick a project based on that. I find color pretty high on the list of consideration. Of course it also depends on whether what I am making is a shop sample or for myself or a gift. Color matters alot.
  • No. As long as I like the color it’s fine. I don’t need change since I am easily entertained.

Speaking of color, here’s a little something I dyed up for myself yesterday. I have that sweater idea brewing in my head and this will be what I use for it.

This is a sport weight 75%yak/25%bamboo blend that I bought back before the crap hit the fan. It feels so wonderful and I can’t wait to start working on this. I may have to swatch with it soon. :-) i am trying to stay on target with my other projects though.

I am finished with the first sock and cast on for the second.

On the afghan reknit project I have made six hexagons.

Recycling Yarn

Sometimes the hardest past about writing a blog post is coming up with a title. As you can see I failed at an interesting one today, there ya go. :-) Anyway, here’s an update on my sock progress; just the foot section left.

Here is the all the yarn from the afghan I ripped out on Thursday night. Surprising with a bit of help from my husband and my youngest it only took about 2-3 hours to get it into the balls above.

Then my little assistant and I got them all wound into skeins for washing on Friday morning.

I can tell you that I fully appreciated my tools (ball winders, yarn swift, and yarn box) for this task. I can’t imagine how much more time consuming and tedious it would have been without them. I wouldn’t have even thought I would need the yarn box, but the yarn being kinky made it annoying to pull from the center. It would stick and miss behave. So unwinding from the outside was better, but then it was jumping all over the place, winding around chair and table legs and so forth. The yarn box kept it nicely contained and made shorter work of the process. Who knew?

It was hot and sunny, so they were dry in no time. Then it was back to the yarn swift and ball winder.

Now don’t those look lovely? All recycled and ready for a new life. That little hexagon is what I am planning to do with all of this. You can knit one or many two up in an evening. I found it on Webs Yarn. I am only using the hexagon shape from the pattern and will be knitting my own color combinations and assembly when I get to that point. It’s a pleasant break from sample knitting at any rate.

More random knitting

The fingerless mitts are finished and I’ll show you them in a minute but here’s what I started after stash diving a few days ago.

I am just making a plain old pair of ribbed socks with some sock yarn I had marinating in the stash for who knows how long. I still feel a sweater coming but this will tide me over until I make a decision on that. I have a few ideas for some stash yarn. You’ll be the first to know about it when I decide.

Here’s something else I started messing around with today.

I made this blanket for my husband years ago, but he has been saying he would prefer it to be smaller. So I am finally ripping it all out. It was knit with Cascade 220 double stranded. Once I get all the seaming ripped out I will need to rip out the squares and separate the strands into separate balls. Then I need to skein them up so I can give it all a good wash and dry to get the kinks out. I have an idea for what I will be doing out of this too. More on that next time.

Here’s a peek at what Jerry is working on for the time being.

These should be ready in time for the virtual festivals coming up soon.

And last but not least, here are the finished mitts. I’m sorry for the boring picture but it’s impossible to take a picture of both of your hands without a tripod. :-) No pattern at the moment but maybe in the next month or so.

Wednesday

Here is my Cables and Lace Baby Blanket swatch in Classic Merino Superwash Sport all blocked and looking lovely. It should take about 3 skeins to use this yarn to make the smallest size. It takes 4 of the Organic Cotton Sport for the same size.

I got back to work on the fingerless mitts I am making. It’s been a nice change to work on small things, especially the mitts. I haven’t made anything using my dpns for awhile. I feel like it might be time for a sweater next though. I should probably browse through my patterns or maybe design a gansey I have had in the back of my mind for quite awhile. We’ll see after I finish the second mitt.

A little side knitting

I finished that first fingerless mitt and dutifully cast on for it’s mate. But then I got diverted with a little side project.

Two years ago I designed my Cables and Lace blanket. I knit the original with my Organic Cotton Sport yarn.

I have always intended to make another booth sample using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport. Since I have a few remnant balls of this hanging around, I got the idea to just make a big swatch to show it in this yarn rather than a full size one.

I will probably do one more repeat of the lace then the top border and call it good. It only took a few hours to get this much done so if I get to do any knitting today I should have it done soon. Then it will be back to the second mitt.

Have a good weekend and see you soon 😊.

Small Progress

I have been slowly working on this project and I am almost done with the first one. I have been waiting to get to this point so that I could weigh the yarn I have left to see if I will have enough to work the second. You see I debated incorporating another color or two 🤔 but was feeling lazy about the extra effort of doing it. So, I proceeded and hoped it wouldn’t bite me in the end. I feel safer now since the mitt at this point is about 27 g and the ball is 39 g. Whew!

I like that pretty row of decreases travelling down the forearm. I like wearing these long gloves under a jacket when it’s cool out. I only wear short sleeve t-shirts all year and these give some extra warmth with a hoodie without having to wear long sleeves. Long sleeves annoy me around the house because they get in the way when washing, cooking, or really any kind of work. At least that’s me anyway.

Ok, that’s what I have for now. What’s on your needles?

Shawl and Hair Sticks

I haven’t made much progress lately on my knitting project. I have been working on our new Shawl and Hair Sticks.

It took almost a week to get the final coat of finish on them and get the pictures, editing, and website updated. But they are finally ready for their official launch!

I have used them for holding on a shawl, as an alternative closure for my little swing cardi, but most often in the southeastern summer heat I am using mine to pin up my hair.

Our introductory price is $15 for double prong style. We have a limited amount of Single prong style at $11. These may be only occasionally available depending upon demand. More information on the website if you are interested.

Something a Little Different

I’ve been working on this little project that I started awhile back. It’s just a simple long cuffed fingerless mitt pattern that I worked up last fall. I used my Classic Merino Superwash Sport weight yarn for the original. I have a lot of remnant balls of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn and decided to make a version from some of that.

That is all the knitting I have going at the moment. I’m calling it a palate cleanser after all the lace knitting I have been doing this year. I have a couple things in mind for later and I will let you know when I pick something out.

Here’s another little something we’ve been working on. These are great for Hair Sticks and for Shawl or Sweater Sticks.

I have been getting the finish on them today and should have them ready to be photographed soon. I’ll let you know when they are ready for order on the website in case you need one. :-)