Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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Socks, socks and more socks!

So, March has shaped up to be an eventful month. Some good, some not so good. But, that’s life. So, let’s start with the good. πŸ˜‰

The return of my sock knitting obsession is still in full swing. Since the last post, I have finished 3 pairs of socks, and started another pair over the weekend. Here is what we have:

Fruit Stripe Gum Socks

Fruit Stripe Gum Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Fruit Stripe Gum Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (Discontinued)
Colorway: Foxglove
Needles: US 1 Knit Picks Rainbow DPN’s
Started: 3/5/14
Finished: 3/9/14
Notes: Knit as per pattern. And let me just say that this is a really fun pattern to knit. A great pattern for self-striping yarns. These were made for my best friend, Miss PJ, for her birthday.

Arrow Lace Socks

Arrow Lace Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Hiya Hiya Arrow Lace Socks I (Cuff down)
Yarn: Lorna’s Lace Shepard Sock Multi
Colorway: Mixed Berries
Needles: US 0 Brittany DPN’s
Started: 2/9/14
Finished: 3/12/14
Notes: This was a test knit. While I did like the pattern, it was a bit big, despite being knit on size 0 needles.

Pink Ribbon Socks

Pink Ribbon Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Pink Ribbon Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll
Colorway: Rouge
Needles: US 1 Knit Picks DPN’s
Start: 3/12/14
Finish: 3/21/14
Notes: These were made on commission. I was asked to only do 1 repeat of the Ribbon pattern. I love the texture of the seed stitch on each side of the Ribbon section. When I first started knitting socks (way back when), I had tried to knit this pattern, but wasn’t very good at reading charts, so I gave up. Now that I have made a pair, I really like this pattern, and will most likely be making more.

These are my finished socks for this month, so far. lol. These make pairs # 8, 9, and 10 toward my goal of 20 for the year. I am more than on track, and look to over shoot my goal, which is always a good thing. I have started another pair on commission. These are being made for a co-worker. I have the first sock complete, and started the second sock last night. I do hope to have these done no later than tomorrow, so I can keep working as I still have 5 more pairs that are on commission. Plus, I do have a few pairs that I want to make for myself, and after a quick peek at my stash on Ravelry, I see that I have enough sock yarn to knit up 92+ pairs. Wow! That’s a lot. πŸ˜‰

Other than all the sock knitting, I did get to go out with my best friend for her birthday. We did a late lunch at The Jury Room in downtown Columbus, then made our way to Easton Town Center for some shopping and a late dinner. The husbands and Miss Tammi joined us. It was a blast!

Now, for the bad. I had to put my car into the shop last week. Good thing is, the guys I work with have the hook up for a great mechanic. I dropped it off Thursday afternoon, he started on it Friday morning, bright and early, and it was done by end of business. Which really amazes me. Had I taken it to the dealership, it probably would’ve taken several days, and cost me twice as much. Granted, it cost me a pretty penny to get it fixed, but the mechanic didn’t take advantage of me like the dealership would’ve. So, even though I didn’t pay out as much as I could’ve, it was still a lot. Good thing I have all the sock yarn in my stash, because it looks like I’ll be knitting from there for a while. πŸ˜‰

Well, until next time…. Happy knitting & sewing!

Would rather be knitting (featuring FO’s)

This is what my brain as been saying to me lately. I get up everyday, go to work, and try to work while my brain is constantly going over current and future knitting projects. I somehow make it through the day, just to get home and have to start dinner. Once things are settled, I am finally able to pick up my needles. But, I have a couple of finished objects to share. I finished the Hue Shift Afghan in the Baby color kit:

IMG_20140226_201416_689Stats:
Project: Hue Shift Afghan Kit from Knit Picks
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport Weight
Colorway: Baby
Started: 12/28/13
Finished: 2/26/14
Notes: I knit this exactly to pattern. This was a kit that I ordered from Knit Picks, so it came with all the yarn needed, as well as the pattern. I did run into an issue that seemed to be common with this kit. Despite being just under gauge, there were 2 colors that I ran out of. I did call Knit Picks to advise them of this, and they willing sent me more of the colors needed. This is why I love Knit Picks. I have very few problems, and for the few that I have had, they have made it right without costing me extra money. As for the pattern, I will say that it’s very addictive. This blanket is so cozy, and little Miss Jellybean has claimed it. Every evening, she expects me to sit down and cover up with it, just so she can stretch out and take her evening naps. I still have the Jewel Kit to finish, and I am thinking of make a couple of more in custom colors.

After all of that, I needed to get in a few quick projects, so I kept moving on my personal goal for pairs of socks knitted in 2014. Here is Finished Pair #7:

IMG_20140303_204651_473Stats:
Project: Strawberry Latte Toe-up Socks
Yarn: Claudia’s Handpainted Short Sport (Discontinued)
Colorway: Strawberry Latte
Started: 3/1/14
Finished: 3/3/14
Notes: I decided it was time to challenge myself to something I have never tried before, and made some toe-up socks. I am normally a die-hard, top down on DPN’s type of sock knitter, but decided that I maybe at least needed to try something else. I can definitely see the appeal of this type of sock. It makes sure you can use the entire amount of yarn purchased. I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, then improvised a off centered 2×2 ribbing, a short row heel, and then a sewn bind off. I love these socks. The sport weight makes them nice and squishy and warm. Now, after trying toe-up socks, I am wondering if I should give knitting socks on circs a try. Hmmmmm……. That may be the next challenge. πŸ˜‰

After working on afghan projects for so long (in the past 6 months – 2 completed, 1 at 75% done, and one that still needs to be started), I will be working on socks for a while. Of course, it helps that I have been commissioned to make 6 pairs of socks. That should keep me busy for a couple of weeks, since my sock knitting speed has increase considerably. Then, add to that a pair of birthday socks that will be going on the needles as soon as I get the 2nd sock of a test knit done, and then a pair of Β new socks in shocking orange for Annie, and I will be more than 75% to my yearly goal. So, let’s see what I can do over the next couple of weeks. Until later…. Happy Knitting & Sewing!