Second Wind

For those of you dear souls who actually read all of my posts, this is really a continuation of the Marathon post below. Otherwise, jump in! There’s actual knitting content here.

First though, we have to take care of some coffee swap business. Holly wants to know:

As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself?

You mean other than socks?! I’m supposed to be doing some lace and other holiday knitting, but there are November/early December birthdays that require some knitting too. I’m not working on anything for me right now, and the goal is to not knit for myself until after the holiday knits AND my Pay it Forward knits are complete. As this was my first calendar year of knitting, I did find myself picking non-wool, smaller items in the heat of summer, save socks of course.

No, I haven’t finished the Jaywalker yet, but thanks for asking. It seemed like a good plan at the time to knit my child-footed mother inlaw’s socks on #0s, but – DUH? – little needles mean little stitches, which all adds up to taking forever to knit one friggin’ sock. I do love the pattern, so that helps, but after whipping out the Knight’s pair in no time, this is a humbling reminder that even short woman socks can take a long time.

So how ’bout those finished Fred socks? They’re lovely, the really are. (And yes, the Knight wanted them that short.)

Details:

Pattern – Beaded Rib from Sensational Socks.
Changes – I’m in love with the magic cast-on from Cat Bordhi, so that’s what I used. Yes, toe-up, with a short-row heel.

Needles – Size #2 circs, my Harmonys.

Yarn – Alabama Fiber’s custom, Fred’s Yarn

And now, those pesky, tiny Jaywalkers. They’re being done in KnitPicks’ Felici, in Hummingbird. I am in love with this pattern. It might replace the Monkey as my favorite sock pattern, but you know I’m fickle. I’m almost done with the foot decreases now, and with a not quite size five ladies shoe as my goal and a 2″ toe, I really think I can finish them tonight. That is of course, if I quit blogging and return to knitting, but a girl’s gotta’ eat, right? I can blog and eat, but I can’t knit and eat, so cut me some slack, will ya’?

The other thing that slows me down on these socks is about every ten rows or so, I have to stop and admire ’em. If I didn’t know that I’d get to see them nearly every time they’re worn, I don’t know if I could give them up. Soft yarn, pretty stripes… Yeah, that’s why they call it yarn porn. I do have more Felici for the Knight – in the Firefighter colorway! – but I’m thinking I need another colorway for me too. I might not get around to knitting them in the next decade, but when I do, I’ll love the way this yarn and this pattern groove together!

I’m doing beach laundry and missing the sound of the waves breaking. So to console myself, I offer this:

It’s the view off the front porch on a clear day. I miss you, OBX. The good news is, we’ll be back. My aunt and I spent 40 minutes on the phone today, talking about the beach. They’re headed down tomorrow for a couple of days.

Last, but hardly least, I offer some evidence of non-knitting crafting. I’ve mentioned before that a group of us gathers monthly to scrap and stamp. Last night, they got all organized and we had both a scrapping “take away” and a stamping workshop. I know some of you enjoy those crafts too, so here’s what we did:

Creative Memories door journal box:

Stampin’ Ups gift tags and card:

Please note all of the purple. Gah! It’s growing on me. Especially when paired with a green, I’m starting to like it. Not that I had a choice; these colors were pre-selected for the mini workshop.
Well, dinner’s done, so that means I should wrap it up here and return to the sock. Thanks for reading!

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Froggin, a Monkey, Harmony and a Penguin

Well, after about a dozen false starts, my poor Sock it to Me pal has a sock in progress. Recognize it? Yep. It’s a Monkey. I’m really enjoying the pattern, and the way the Knitpick Memories is working up in it. And yes, those are DPNs you see. Turns out I miss the little buggers when I stay away too long. They’re the Addi 2.50 mm #1s I bought during the Sockza crisis. I like them too, but I think I’ll be buying the lot of the Knitpick Harmony needles. Every size, every style… Seriously.
Guess what?! That color is also as close to accurate as I can get. It’s a fun colorway, and I do hope it will please my pal as much as it is coming to please me. (For those of you serving as my confessors, pause for the SNOL at the irony of that statement. You’ve earned it.)

Of course, I couldn’t stay away from Summer Daze. (More irony; it was in the mid-40s this morning. No Indian summer happening here.) If you click on the photo, you can see my happy, beloved Harmony circs. Honestly, had I ordered a larger size (these are wee 2.25 mm #1s), I think I would carry them around and/or wear them in my hair. They’re that pretty, even with the diminished colorations in the wee needles. I’m not a metal girl anymore. I suspect my tried and true metal KnitPick Options will alway have their purposes (wool?), but these lighter, warm, little works of art have my heart. A couple of reviews on the Tofutsies group have challenged their use with variegated yarns, and I don’t think you can get more colorful than this one, and I had no trouble at all. Now, I will have to set this treasure aside and focus – FOCUS! – on the socks with a deadline.

Friday night, I made an attempt to channel my inner scrapbooker. She wasn’t quick to come out, but she did join hands with my not-so-inner shopper and swipe a couple of baby-related items so I can (get this – multi-crafting!) scrap my photos of the babies and blankies I’ve connected with my gifts this year. She did leap to the front of the bus during this little project. I love to journal in my scrapbooks, so a cute journal box is always a hit. My sweet consultant punched and cut out all of the pieces for each of us, so all we had to do was follow along with the adhesive of choice, but he’s a doll. My stepson likes “pingwings” so it will go somewhere on a page about him.