Once Upon a Sock – December 2019

Hello December! It’s the perfect time to be knitting socks because the weather is undeniably colder and hand knit wool socks are simply the best for keeping toes warm.

I started ankle vanilla socks for knitting at a conference in October and got them off the needles in November.  The yarn is Red Heart’s Heart and Sole, purchased for super cheap from a thrift store.  I was surprised that it had wool content (73% Wool, 27% Nylon, according to Ravelry), so the 50g ball made a quick pair with Cascade Heritage for cuff, heel, and toe.

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I started another mindless vanilla pair, the bulk of the first leg was knit at the theatre! On the last Saturday of November, I saw Cats in Toronto with sister, best friend, and best friend’s daughter.  Somehow during Act 1, I accidentally created a yarn over extra stitch which I was able to correct during the intermission.  There is one little eyelet in this leg, but I’m not mad at it.  A good chunk of the foot was worked while watching A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood at the movies earlier this week. I do love a simple sock with stunning self patterning yarn. Little effort, maximum output.

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Finally, my Hermione’s Half Blood Prince Socks have seen progress in that I finished them last night! They just need a bath in Soak, but even on my sock stretchers, they look awesome. I’m really happy with these socks and can’t wait to get my feet in them! Clicking on the picture should mean you can see the pattern bigger. It gets a little lost on the darker yarn in the pictures…

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I have so much stash yarn that I really should not be buying more sock yarn; the question, however, is do I stash dive and use some of the self striping yarn or find a simpler yarn and knit something lovely and complicated… off to Ravelry!


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!

Thank you Paula for starting this! I’ve enjoyed having a monthly prompt to keep me writing!

Am I Becoming a Sweater Knitter?

With Weekender off my needles, I couldn’t wait to start something new, and what did I cast on? Another sweater. This time around, the pattern is Le Pouf by Beata Jezek, a great way to use up all that sock yarn I’ve been buying at frolics and fairs through the years. With the yarn held double, I needed six skeins of fingering to make this cardigan, and these ones just look so good together.

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The yarns are Northern Bay Fibres Luxury (Speckled Slate), Urth Monokrom Fingering, Lake Knit Yarns Loch Sock BFL (Lucky Stone), All Dyed Up! Fibres (Ivy, the darker green & Sir Ulrich with the lilac tones), and Stitch Please Amethyst Label (Men in Tights).

The Stitch Please has been in my stash since 2016 while the Urth I purchased a few weeks ago, the sixth skein needed to finish the sweater.

This pattern is free from Hedgehog fibres, but not long after casting on, I faced a dilemma: I like a LOT of directions.  This pattern gives guidelines on how to fade and go between the colours, but it does not give exact rows on when to do it, and this stresses me out, more than I expected.  Even though the sweater is coming along quickly (sock weight held double will do that), it’s not getting the attention it should because I’m the one who has to decide when to fade and that it just simply too much pressure.

Instead, I searched Ravelry and found a different pattern to start! Once again, I’m using up yarn that has been in my stash for what feels like forever. The pattern is A Cropped Sweater for Winter by Andi Satterlund, again a free pattern.

How many sweaters does one have to have in progress to be considered a sweater knitter? Asking for a friend…

End of the Weekend(er)

While I was stuck on sleeve island last week, having to reknit an entire sleeve of my Weekender sweater, the stay on the island was blissfully short. So short, in fact, that by the end of the weekend, I saw the end of my Weekender.

Isn’t blocking a wonderful thing? Excited to be finished with ends woven in, I took a quick pic with the sweater fresh off the needles:

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The bottom hem is puckering slightly and the arms aren’t sitting right (and while SUPER comfy, the pj pants don’t really compliment the sweater). But, after a bath with some Soak:

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Quickly snapped this before heading out the door for work. The morning smile is VERY forced, but the sweater, oh the sweater, it’s falling nicely, it’s boxy and drapy, and the Cascade 220 is only slightly itchy to my picky skin.

All in all, this was a great pick-up/put-down project.  It was simple enough to be able to visit and revisit when wanted, it had enough interest with the fake seam along the middle, and, in my humble opinion, it’s comfy, warm and flattering. My only downside was the sleeve decreases didn’t work out well with my shortish arms, but otherwise, I knit as per the pattern, no other mods, and it took four and a half skeins.

Weekend wasted on Weekender Sleeve

At least that’s what it feels like.  I’ve made good progress on my Weekender sweater, finishing the body last week, and I was basically working on first sleeve throughout the weekend. I’m 99% sure I did the decreases correctly (my math and simple time tables aren’t that bad), but by the time I finished, the sleeve was just too long…

And after this I was supposed to add 2″ of ribbing… Needless to say, I ripped it back. I may have cried a little bit…

Instead of decreasing every seventh row, I’m going to decrease every 5th for the same amount of repeats. HOPEFULLY it should work out this time. If not, I foresee this sweater going into a time out… 

Onto the decreases…

Once Upon a Sock – November 2019

Socks. Of course I’ve been knitting socks.

Earlier this month, I finished my 13th Doctor Socks in the most complicated manner. The extra effort really was worth it in the end as I’m super happy with their finish.

I really stalled with Second Sock Syndrome with my Hermione’s Half Blood Prince Socks. I love Sock #1, super happy with its finished result, but getting going on Sock #2 has been a slog. Maybe it was the 1×1 ribbing, maybe it’s a pattern that needs more attention to work on, maybe a combo of both. I really should get a move on though because, like I said, the finished sock is truly lovely.

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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!