Once Upon A Sock – September 2019

How is it already the first of the month? I think I wrote about most of my sock updates in my last post, and the socks I was working on then, I’m still working on.

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My Half Blood Prince socks are just past the heel and gusset. I must say, I’m OBSESSED with this yarn. I bought it back in April when I visited Montreal, bought from Espace Tricot. The yarn is Asylum Fibers (I can hardly resist the Canadian urge to spell it ‘Fibres’), and this yarn is so very soft. I’m a bad knitter who didn’t knit my gauge swatch which, to be honest, made me a little nervous. When I’ve knit lace socks in the past, they’ve typically been more loose than my stockinette socks, but the cables seem to counteract the loose lace, so all in all it’s looking go so far!

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I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my Doctor Who socks. They came with me last week when my friend and I went to the Canadian National Exhibition (or, to those in southern Ontario, the CNE or The Ex as it’s better known as). We ventured to The Ex because we had tickets for a concert at a neighbouring venue – I may have also snuck in a few rounds between the opening act and headliners. This is the yarn I overdyed, and while I may have made it a wee bit too blue, I’m not mad at how it’s coming together.

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Well, that’s all for now. Back to the knitting!

 


About Once Upon a Sock: On the first Thursday of the month, a number of sock-knitting bloggers share their progress with the theme “Once Upon a Sock,” an awesome initiative co-ordinated by Paula @ Spin A Yarn! It’s well worth checking out the other posts because it’s always interesting to see what other people are looking at; it’s like sock yarn eye candy!

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Wonderfully lazy summer days

I’m about halfway through a week off from work and am taking full advantage of having very little on my agenda. Little on the agenda translates to house tasks, reading, and knitting.  I exterted quite some energy this morning getting my kitchen windows washed, overdue for a good cleaning as the world looked a little grey through them, and that’s not a metaphor.  My windows were an embarrassing shade of grey. It’s also tomato season and my back yarn garden hasn’t disappointed in its tomato crop, so I’ve been stewing and freezing, as one does.

On the knitting front, I happily got the ‘secret socks’ finished in time for my mum’s birthday! I made her a pair of Vanilla Latte socks with the songbird yarn I bought at this year’s Knitter’s Frolic, Red Wing Blackbird colour way. Quite happy with them, I must say.


I’ve been working on my Weekender sweater, although, I started a few rounds outside this afternoon and had to put it aside  – it’s a little too warm to have this wool sweater draped on my lap while knitting it. Instead, I worked a few rounds on a pair of socks, using the Hermione’s Half Blood Prince Socks pattern. Its stitch pattern is based on the hat Hermione wears in this movie, and I am THRILLED with its progress! The yarn is by Asylum Fibers, and it is so darned soft.


I also got a very early start of a pair of socks I’ve wanted to make for a while. I love Doctor Who, and Jodie Whitaker’s 13th Doctor may be one of my favourite incarnations of the character. Her doctor has a fantastic costume, and it appears that she wears blue striped socks under her boots.  I bought this blue and white striped Regia, also at Frolic, and yesterday, I over dyed it so that the white became a light blue (and the already blue became a little darker). The blue ended up a little more neon than I hoped, but I’m embracing it. I’m going to make these as a simple vanilla with 1×1 ribbing at the cuff; I hate 1×1 ribbing, so I know the cuff will be a slog.


Enjoy these last lovely days of August!

The Blue Brick’s Grand Opening

On Friday, my friend and I took a little road trip down the 401 and QEW (those are major GTA highways, for anyone who isn’t familiar with Ontario roadways, and really, if you’re not from Ontario, why would you be? Oops! Tangent), road tripping to The Blue Brick Yarn’s grand opening!

The Blue Brick is one of those dyers who is creating really amazing yarns. She specializes in gradients and tonals, and her colourways are inspired by photographs she has taken. My friend has loved this dyer for YEARS, and I must admit that even though I haven’t bought a lot of her yarn in the past, I certainly have done my fair share of lusting over her beautiful yarns.  I’ve had a skein of her yarn (Cobblestone colourway) in my stash for some time, waiting for the right project to come along. I so adore this yarn and want to make the project as special as the yarn deserves.

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Cobblestone sock yarn from The Blue Brick

The opening event was yarn filled, rounded out with cupcakes, cookies, and an open bar. It was also very well attended! The space was filled with knitters looking to support this amazing business, and supported they were! The line I waited in to buy my skein must have been at least an hour wait, but it was totally worth it. You couldn’t help but chat with others in line with you, admiring the skeins they had in their arms ready for purchase.

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I was a rarity, only buying one skein (but isn’t that just typical me), and I was SO lucky to have it.  The colour is called Muscovy, a tonal that goes from teal to blue to purple and finally to grey. There couldn’t have been a better colour for me.  I saw this skein in another knitter’s hand and simply said, ‘That is stunning.’  She looked at me, held out the yarn and said ‘It’s yours. I can’t find more to make something I want to make. Take it.’ I was, and still am, thrilled with this colour.

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I don’t know what it will grow up to be, but the odds of it becoming a cowl are quite strong. Not only is the Blue Brick a fabulous dyer, but she also has patterns on Ravelry as Shireen Nadir; I’ve made her Escarpment Cowl three times now. Her designs are meant to highlight her yarns, so I may see if there’s something perfect for this DK skein.  I’m leaning strongly towards the Samwise Cowl, strongly enough to have bought the pattern on my lunch hour.

Totally Tubular

After finally finishing my Flying Vee, a project that has been on the go for four months, I had a moment on Saturday of ‘what am I going to do with myself now?’ My secret pair of socks are still on the go; sock #2 needs a lot of attention to be done by deadline, but whatelse was I to start? I still largely consider myself a project knitter, but socks don’t count. I never not have socks on my needles.

Back in January, I bought The Weekender by Andrea Mowry; in May, I bought enough Cascade 220 to make the sweater.I was perfectly positioned to start this project. It also provided the opportunity to try a new cast on method – the Tubular cast on.  The advantage to this method is the aesthetic – when used when a pattern calls for ribbing right away, it makes the ribbing look absolutely seamless, like there is no cast-on edge at all. After a few false starts, I got the hang of the motions to cast on.  I did not get the hang of counting the cast on stitches (they can get all twisty-looking on the needle initially), so I literally counted out all 117 cast on stitches as I was doing it, where if it was a normal cast on method, like long-tail, I just go through the motions and count at random intervals until I get the required amount of stitches.

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But gosh darn it if this isn’t just the tidiest looking cast on edge. It was totally worth the fuss of the cast on.

And, because you may be curious, here’s me wearing my Flying Vee. My hair, which I just dyed and LOVE, still doesn’t like the humidity, so it’s much bigger than I would prefer it to be!

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My weekend of self care and knitting

About this time last week, I was feeling burnt out.  I had to real reason to be feeling as such, having just come off a week’s vacation a little bit before, but I was feeling run down. Thankfully, last weekend was a long weekend here in Ontario, and I took an extra day off, making the long weekend super long.  I knew I needed time for self-care, disconnecting, relaxing, re-centering.

I accomplished just that. Books were read, tv shows watched, a cat was cat-sat for my parents, allergies were slightly aggravated, and things were knitted.

I FINALLY got the socks for my grandad finished! Despite my frustrations with this yarn, I was super happy with how it finished.

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They are squishy and will be very warm once the weather necessitates warm socks.

As well, I made very good progress with the Flying Vee t-shirt! I’ll HOPEFULLY have it finished, seamed, and blocked by the end of the weekend.  Despite my bumpy road with the project, you know, the whole frogging incident, I’m still loving how the yarns look together, and I’m just hoping this time, it will live up to my expectations.

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This past weekend was everything I needed to be.