Once Upon a Sock – July

After taking a sock-pause in May, I was back to sock knitting through June.  This was in large part because my pause project, the Flying Vee, came off the needles not as expected, so as that sat in a time out, I started a pair of Skimmer Socks.  I needed something that would finish quickly, that satisfaction that comes from fast projects. I must say, I’m pretty happy with them!

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Both yarns used were hand-dyed. They’re sock happiness.

I’ve been working on a pair for my grandfather as well.  He got sock #1 for his birthday at the end of the month with a promise that sock #2 was on my needles and will be forthcoming.  Seeing as summer has arrived in southern Ontario, warm woolen socks really won’t be needed for a few months yet, he was more than happy with the promise of a second sock. This is the pair I’m making with Kroy, and it may be my last because I’m really not enjoying working with a yarn that is as heavy as Kroy is.  They say it’s a fingering weight, but I really don’t believe it. I was able to work on this sock while camping last weekend, so the leg is about halfway done.  Half the battle, in my mind.

Finally, a birthday present pair of socks for my mum was started. I LOVE the yarn. I want to post all the pictures of the yarn, but for now, that will have to wait for another month or two.


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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Mini escape from reality

I’m slowly crawling back to reality after enjoying an extra long weekend.  We just celebrated Canada Day; falling on a Monday makes the holiday a convenient long weekend, and taking the Friday before off meant is was extra long.

I hit a moment earlier in June where I just needed to unplug and get away, so I managed to book one of the only reservable Provincial Park camping sites in southern Ontario. We take our holiday weekends seriously. It was nice for me that the campgrounds was only an hour and a half north of home, so it wasn’t too much of a trek.

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One thing about me and camping – it rains EVERY TIME I go. This isn’t an exaggeration.  I’ve camped every summer in the last four years, and it has rained Every. Time. When it does, it makes me question why I go. It’s wet, it’s inconvenient, but then the sun comes out and I remember why I go.

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Knitting inside my tent while outside it rained. Note the rubber boots! So glad those were in my car!

While camping, it really struck me what an unusual activity it is. You pack up the comforts from home and do the same things (cook, eat, sleep, shower, etc), but the difficulty level just shot up from ‘beginner’ to ‘advanced.’ Wanna make coffee? Here’s your propane stove, walk to the water pump, boil it, then pour it into your french press. Sleeping? Here’s your mat on the ground and sleeping bag. And it really strikes me how campgrounds really do become mini makeshift villages. Everyone has got their own set up, their own way the site should look, there are the trailers, the palatial tents, the food shelters, or their tiny tents which do the job.

As I said, Friday was raining and grey and mosquito-infested (my poor ankles surely provided enough sustenance to support the local mosquito population), but on Saturday, the sun came out, and sitting around my site and the beach was exactly what I wanted. I read three books over my mini getaway, got a whole lot of knitting done, and I discovered a new use for that cup holder in camp chairs. That was totally intended to hold yarn, right?

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On frogging and starting again

A few weeks back, I bragged about my Flying Vee, that it was ‘flying’ off the needles, which was completely true. I loved this yarn and watching the project take form.  Fast forward to last Saturday, and I finished it. I got the last stitches bound off, wet blocked and dried and started seaming it together. That’s when I knew I had a problem.

The t-shirt is written so that it tapers at the waist, and I was a little concerned about needed a little more ease for my middle, so I was making the shirt with a mod the designer provided for more room at the waist. In the middle of seaming, I tried it on and was crestfallen to see how it was fitting on me. It was roomy in all the wrong places, doing me no favours and not giving me a flattering silhouette.  I’m okay with the loose, boxy sweaters (my Joji Boxy is high up on my favourite sweaters ranking), but this one just wasn’t working like I wanted it to.  I sent a picture to a friend, I Facetimed with my sister, all for that extra set of eyes and extra opinions.  The result was unanimous. I ripped it all out.

Angry at this project going south, I rage-finished my pink and black vanilla socks and rage-started a set of skimmer socks, all before I could face that blue yarn to cast on one more time, this time as the designer wrote it without the waist modification.

I got there. It took a day or so, but I re-cast on Monday and knit a few rows to get it started.

Once Upon A Sock – June 2019

(Okay, this is a day late… oops!) This may be one of the least exciting Once Upon a Socks to participate this month, because, not much happened!  After April, where I felt like I was exclusively knitting socks, I was eagerly looking for something different to work on, and that became my Flying Vee shirt.  Because of my excitement over this project, not much sock knitting was done!

I got a few more rounds worked on my pink and black vanilla socks.  Sock 1 knit up with a few movie watching adventures, and part of the foot of Sock 2 were worked on while at a City Council Committee Meeting (exciting stuff, huh).

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Photo courtesy of last month – image this month’s is past the heel, and the second stripe of black is being worked.

I’ve also been working not-so-diligently on a pair of socks for my grandfather, and it struck me that why my enthusiasm isn’t great is probably because of the yarn.  I’m using Kroy, a workhorse of a sock yarn if ever there was one.  While working with it, it feels like a heavier sock yarn than others, and this extra bulk, while I’m sure it will make a cozy pair of socks, is rather annoying to work with on my beloved 9″ circulars. Because I’m not enjoying working with this yarn, I’m not working on this sock more than others.  Hopefully, once I’ve finished the Flying Vee, I’ll try to avoid casting on another sweater and dedicate myself exclusively to these socks, at the very least to get ONE of them done.


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!

Flying Vee is Flying

Earlier in the Spring, I felt like all I was knitting was socks. Please do not misunderstand; that is not at all a bad thing.  My warm toes are always happy for socks, but I was really wanting to start something new.  I had quite a bit of sock weight yarn in my stash (shocking, I know) and really wanted to make a garment.

I was really pleased when I found Flying Vee by Stephanie Earp. It is a fingering weight shirt which could either be made with long or short sleeves; I’ve opted for the short sleeve version.  I loved that it had the middle panel where a fun sock yarn really could pop.  I had two options in my stash, and with the help of Soper Creek Yarns, we narrowed the choice to Riverside Studio Supersock Superwash Merino Nylon Fingering in Raspberry and found an amazing Cascade Yarns® Heritage to compliment it as the main body colour.

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Here are the two yarns, Cascade being the dark blue (and although this photo doesn’t show it, the heathering is pink), and the light blue/pink/purple is the Riverside.  The bag likely dates to the 70s, and it is new-to-me, likely owned by my great-grandmother who was a member of the York-District Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers.

Well, this t-shirt has been flying off my needles. I had a few moments of confusion around a modification provided to allow for more ease at the waist.  There were two of us, and I would consider us (my friend, especially) to be confident and competent knitters, and at times we were interpreting  these short row instructions completely differently! My default go-to move is simply ‘I’ll just try it and see what happens.’  I’m pretty happy that I only had to completely frog it once!

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It’s an interesting construction; rather than being knit top-down, or bottom-up, it’s knit from side to side, and the centre ‘V’ is achieved through short rows.  The front is completed, and I’m making very good progress on the back. Hopefully I’ll have a new shirt ready for wear in the coming weeks!

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