27.3.17

Knitting Socks




If you follow on Instagram, you saw that I cast off the pair of socks for Cole and he's been wearing them all week.  In fact I had to sneak them out of his bedroom after he went to sleep to air them out! Wool is great like that isn't it?  A night on the clothes line and they smell good as new.  This week I've cast on a pair using Kroy socks.  The boys bought it for me for Christmas and it is so much softer and nicer to work with than the last yarn.  I'm really loving the colors, too.  I had fully intended this pair to be for me.  Ha!  Cole already asked if he could trade me these for the other pair.  Oh, and could they be shorties instead, since he pushes all his socks down around his ankles anyway? 

So, shorties it is.  I'm using Susan B. Anderson's Smooth Operator Sock  and then planning a Kirby Wirby afterthought heel.  I have to say that knitting a tube is so much faster than turning a heel and building a gusset.  If these fit well, I'm not doing gussets ever again!  

How about you?  What's on your needles this week?


22.3.17

Knitting Project Bags







It happens every spring... I get the sewing bug.  This year it hit me when I was perusing the knitting needles at the craft store {Which they have none!  Do they really only sell bulky sized metal straight needles?  I can't be the only sock knitter in Wisconsin.  But I digress...} when I happened to walk past a display of fat quarters.  I don't normally get excited about fabric or even pay attention to it for that matter, but the tiny rectangles were all tied up with a sweet little ribbon and were just the pop of color I needed in my life right now. It was like a present waiting there for me, and it was fifty percent off.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I had to have them.

Fast forward a few days and I'm casting on a sock with the yarn I found at the thrift store last month. 
I went to find my basket I usually use for small projects, but it was full of eggs {Yay, the free loaders, ahem, I mean hens, are laying again}.  Then I noticed the little package of fabric sitting on the shelf and that it just happened to match my yarn, so I decided to make a project bag. {I used this pattern here, with a few modifications}.  I paired the fat quarters with some upcycled fabric from a skirt I found at the thrift store, too.  It has the feeling of a cotton canvas and worked perfect for adding stability to the bag.  

I have never had a good quality knitting bag and now I know why everyone likes them so much! The square corners make it sit flat and with the lining, I can fold the top down to use it as a knitting basket. Two fifty gram balls of sock yarn, along with my pattern, needles and notions fit inside.  I also like that it's squishy enough to fit inside my backpack and take it with me everywhere. 

I liked mine so much that I decided to make three more for the shop too.  These are seriously addicting and I'm already cutting fabric for more.  I hope you like them, too!



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