Summer Check-In

Summer Patio 2016

Wow. Where did the summer go? Oh yeah… knitting! So here’s just a quick re-cap and check-in on what I’ve been knitting this summer. (Hint: it’s all the socks and a shawl.)

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  1. Ghosts in the Cobblestones Socks: Cobblestone Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Ghostbusters by Lolodidit. Currently knitting for the Lolodidit Sock KAL.
  2. Northern Pines Shawl: Whispering Pines Shawl by A Homespun House, knit in Sansa by Sweet Sparrow Yarns.
  3. Sylvia’s Pebbles Socks: Pebbles Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Sylvia by Junkyarn.
  4. Have We Done the Zombies Yet? Spoilers… Socks: Spoilers Socks by Javapurl Designs, knit in Zombies!! by Lolodidit. Knit for The Knitting Broomstick’s Doctor Who KAL. (Eee! I got a giveaway prize!)
  5. Driftwood Dollhouse Socks: Driftwood Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Dollhouse by Hedgehog Fibres (June Sock Club color way).

And there’s a new project I’m starting while I finish up my Ghosts in the Cobblestones Socks: my Morning at the Dragonfly Inn Shawl.

Morning at the Dragonfly Inn Shawl

This is the Coffee Date Shawl from the Coffee with C.C. book (which I’ve talked about before) and I’m double dipping into both the Coffee with C.C. KAL and the Gilmore Girls KAL for this one! I’ve discovered Gilmore Girls this summer. I am so excited to knit up a shawl inspired by that wonderful show. Because of the New England collegiate/prep school setting of the show, I opted for Sweet Sparrow Yarns tweeds (Julie’s House Wren base). I had this picture in my head of how this should look. To help that dream come true, Julie was so sweet and dyed up a custom color way for me! Quiet Morning is the custom color and it’s a perfect fit with the gorgeous tonal browns of You Can Do It, Brucie! and the stunning Robin’s Egg blue. (Tangent: Brucie is inspired by one of my favorite moments from Matilda! He eats ALL the chocolate cake!)
Sweet Sparrow Yarns Bundle

Anyway, I hope you’re all having an amazing summer and that you’re staying cool in the insane heat we’ve been having! I hope to check in more frequently this autumn. Thanks for stopping by!

 

The Queue vs The Knitting Broomstick

Sweet Sparrow Yarns: Mary in Magpie

Well friends, my knitting queue has been officially hijacked. Not only have I discovered sock knitting… I’ve discovered the wonderful world of knit alongs (aka. KALs) and podcasts. Once I decided to participate in The Knitting Broomstick’s Coffee with C.C. KAL, my summer making plans took a sharp detour! So, yeah, in the battle of The Queue vs The Knitting Broomstick? TKB for the KO!

Backing up here…. The Knitting Broomstick is an awesome YouTube video podcast hosted by Jilly (@veganjilly on Instagram and Ravelry). She has a love of all thing literary and geeky—basically, she’s a girl like me! I love her friendly, enthusiastic way of presenting her WIPs and FOs (not to mention new acquisitions!). But the best thing about her podcast is the way she actively works to build the community and engage her viewers with giveaways, themed KALs, and lively discussions.

One of the KALs she’s hosting at the moment is a year-long KAL to knit the entirety of Coffee with C.C. by C.C. Almon. The book contains six sock patterns and one shawl. Doable by year’s end! And these socks are amazing! I really do want every single one of them on my feet this fall. I have the first pair finished as of last night.

Coffee with c.c. 1: I love you more than pumpkin spice
FO Pumpkin Spice Latte Socks

Finished Object Pumpkin Spice Latte Socks

These are my “Mary’s Pumpkin Spice Latte” socks. The yarn is from Sweet Sparrow Yarns in the Magpie base in the Mary colorway. Cute Julie (@julierosesews) themes all of her yarn after books! Mary comes to us from The Secret Garden in an array of golds, browns, greens, burgundy and pink. Like a garden coming to life. The Magpie base is 75 Superwash Merino, 20 Nylon, and 5 Gold Stellina. Oh yes… that means this yarn sparkles like crazy! It’s warm and golden like a September afternoon. This yarn was magical to work with; I kept going just to see what the next color was going to be and how it would work into the sock.

The pattern itself kept things interesting with its crazy cable up the front and twists on either side. That cable was a doozy… I messed it up multiple times. Luckily, you can’t really tell. I also screwed up the bind-off on the first sock, but it still fits up over my heel, so it’s all okay!

Modifications? I dropped down to size 1 needles, knitting 72 stitches. My magic vanilla sock strategy is size 0 needles with 72 stitches. So, I kept the stitch count, but couldn’t get the cast-on just right on size 0 needles. On my next pattern in the book, I’m keeping the size 1 needles, but dropping to 64 stitches to get a slightly slimmer fit. They don’t feel like they’re going to fall down or anything… they could just be a little snugger.

Lessons learned from this: do not start a new technique, whether it’s a new cable, a new cast-on, or a new bind off, until you’re sure you know what the outcome is supposed to look like. I had to watch three different videos on the Judy’s Magic Cast-on technique before I understood fully what was going on. But now that I get it, I’m converted to toe-up socks for life! I just need to practice on those size 0s.

HO Pumpkin Spice

Half Object Pumpkin Spice Latte Socks

 And now of for the double-dipping…. Another podcast I adore is A Homespun House with the amazing Molly, who is hosting a KAL for knitting with Stellina. One pair of socks. Two knit alongs. Done and done!

Next up…. I’m hoping to do the Espresso Macchiato socks on Sweet Sparrow Yarns’ Miss Honey (Matilda!) colorway in the Nuthatch base. The yarn does stripe, but probably not as pronounced as I’ll need for this particular pattern. I’ve cast on the toe and I’ll know by the time I reach the full 64 stitches whether or not I can Macchiato with this yarn. (BTW… Macchiato is totally a verb.)

I still plan to get Jordan’s Bitty Breeze cardigan finished by autumn; but any additional knit shirts or cardigans I’d planned for me this summer have been de-queued in favor of SOCKS! (Notice I said knit there… I’m still sewing.) I’m also planning to do a lace shawl from the first issue of Making. More queue-jacking there! Perhaps that will be my Ravellenic Games entry this year. Mmmmm.

Making Zine Tulip Shawlette

Making Zine Tulip Shawlette

April Queue Check & Goals

With March done (and DONE!) let’s take a quick peek at the Spring 2016 knitting queue….

Alpinism by Maria Krebs

Finished last weekend! My sister Jen texted me and asked for a sporty headband to keep her ears warm while she trains for an upcoming 5k with her daughter. So this was a last-minute addition to the Spring 2016 queue. Knit up in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn for extra durability.

Rosemont by Hannah Fettig

Blocking! I had this one in the queue for next fall… but then Hannah announced an Instagram fashion show with lots of awesome giveaways for the anniversary of her Home & Away collection (which I so love). Yeah, this was another one that moved up the queue unexpectedly. More on this project by itself once it finishes blocking. Really hoping to make the 4/10 deadline!

SCHOOL GIRL SOCKS BY CABINFOUR

This is the one thing that was actually in the queue heading into March! This pair of socks fits great inside my Madewell ankle boots, and keeps my feet cozy but not hot. Awesome! I used some leftover yarn from Jen’s Simple Hat to make myself a pair of “Peacock Girl” socks. That makes me smile probably more than it should.

Next up? A pair of Favorite Socks by Voolenvine for Chris and a Bitty Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig for my niece Jordan, both of which I cast on this week.

Singer Stylist - New

In other making news, I got my sewing machine! I’ve been practicing with it and ran through a Tilly & the Buttons Make Friends with a Sewing Machine online workshop to get a handle on things. I’m happy to say that it was mostly a refresher, though I know I’ll be referring back to the troubleshooting and cleaning section in the future.

I’ve purchased some nice fabric (a light chambray and a Brussels Washer woven)  from Fancy Tiger Crafts in Colorado and a Tiny Pocket Tank pattern from Grainline Studio.  I’m planning on making two basic tanks to wear under my knit cardigans for this season and then expanding my skills for Summer.

Making Plans - April 2016

How are your Spring craft goals coming along? Do you prefer to plan things out or wing it? I’m definitely a planner: as long as I have a plan at any moment, I’m good. That plan can change, but I just need to have a plan… any plan. Ha!

Hope you’re all having a great week!