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!

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!

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!

Once Upon a Sock: May 2019

When the first Thursday in April came along, the date that is typical for releasing the Once Upon a Sock posts, I was walking thousands of steps all over Montreal, then trying to recover onboard a Via Rail train back home. Needless to say, I didn’t write anything sock-y last month.

For May, I am pleased to show progress in a few pairs.  The last time I posted about my Leo and Roxy socks was for March’s Once Upon a Sock;  they were finished in time for the Montreal getaway, keeping my poor, tired feet nothing if not warm.

I also finished my plain stockinette socks, a good go-to pair for ‘keeping the hands busy’ knitting. The yarn is Opal, and it does this fabulous, effortless self patterning thing, making the socks look far fancier than I ever intended. I haven’t worn these, nor have I decided if I’m going to be selfish and keep them, or if I’ll tuck them aside…

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While in Montreal, I bought a gorgeous skein of Biscotte self-striping yarn.  This is my second Biscotte skein, and I LOVE this yarn. It is unbelievably soft and lovely to work with.  Over the Easter weekend, I took myself to the movies, cuff completed, and ready to start the leg.

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Once again, I am completely enamoured with a simple stockinette sock, where all I’ve had to do is knit over and over.  I essentially got the leg worked up while watching Shazam!, worked on the heel and gusset through the following week, so by the time I sat to watch Avengers Endgame, I was ready to work the foot.

And then, this happened:

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While I LOVE working on socks, I may not be as sock happy through the next month. I’m really itching to find a different project, something less sock-y, more time involved… maybe a sweater or t-shirt is on the horizon… 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!