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!


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.


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!



Once Upon A Sock – August 2019

More sock progress this month!  I’ve finished one sock that will be a present.  I don’t want to share pics of the sock or yarn until both are finished and gifted, but I WILL say that this pair was made with the Vanilla Latte Socks pattern by Virginia Rose-Jeanes.  I’ve made this pattern twice before and love its simplicity with enough interest to make the progress feel faster.

With a few days with high heat and humidity, I took myself to the movies and got some movie knitting done. These vanilla rainbow socks are making me super happy. The yarn is Regia Pairfect.  The only thing stumping me is how to do the heel.  I’m thinking of grabbing some left over stash yarn for heels and toes and making it a heel flap (which is very likely what will happen).  Afterthought heels aren’t really my jam, so it will likely be a flap. However, if I do afterthought, then I don’t have to work as much before continuing with the heel… hmmm…. if anyone feels strongly either way, leave a comment.  Apparently, I’m changeable!

And finally, the dreaded Kroy socks are still in progress, although sock #2 is creeping along round by round.  I swear, Kroy, never again!

At least the colours are pretty.

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.


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!


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!


How simply MARVELous!

In anticipation of last year’s Avengers Infinity War being released, I took to my needles and made my Captain America Shawl:


The pattern for this lovely piece is A Little Old Fashioned by Lalíe Roque.

I’ve been waiting (not so) patiently for the release of Endgame, but before that happened, I fell in love with a new Marvel hero: Captain Marvel. She kicks ass.  She is what the MCU has been waiting for. There have been strong female representation (I’m looking at you, Black Widow), but by FAR, we’ve seen men taking the lead while women are (typically) in need of rescue. Not with Captain Marvel. During the big fight scene at the end, I couldn’t help but get more excited about Endgame, because I’m just waiting to see this strong woman face against Thanos, and I don’t think he’s gonna stand a chance.  

I saw Endgame last night with my usual MCU movie watching gang, and once again, I wanted to wear something knitted. As amazing is Cap is, there’s a new Captain in town. So I took to my needles.

I made this:


I didn’t use a pattern to create this shawl; I used four.

I was HEAVILY inspired and influenced by Taking Flight by Katherine Belisle. Her shawl is a masterpiece. It’s made with worsted yarn, complete with lovely lace panels and pattern repeats. Simply stunning.  Unfortunately, I was under a time deadline with fingering weight readily available. So, I improvised.


My shawl follows the semi-circular recipe from 5 Basic Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet by Derya Davenport. It was a very simple, easy to remember garter pattern, and I followed the colour structure outlined in Taking Flight. Towards the end of the shawl, I wanted the bottom border to be different, so I pondered for a few days trying to figure out how to finish it off. Many years ago, I made the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz, featuring a very simple but effective ‘elongated’ garter stitch, providing me the perfect way to finish off this shawl.  Finally, I was struggling for the 8 point star before I found the Star Afghan by Bernat Design Studio, which provided the stitch structure needed to create said star.  It all came together into my wonderfully marvelous shawl for Captain Marvel.

I am utterly thrilled with this shawl. Thrilled. What’s wonderful about it also is that it is more subtle than the Captain shield, so this piece could be more versatile than the shield, meaning I could incorporate this into my every day wardrobe, and only those in the know would really appreciate how nerdy it is.