This is my second pair of socks I started with the the summer of Mason Dixon Knitting Field Guide #11 Wanderlust. I have enjoyed knitting socks for years but it was nice to see so many other people making fantastic socks.
I started with Barnyard Knits sock yarn 75%/25% merino/nylon color-way Shipwreck. They have beautiful colors so definitely check them out. I used the Hiya Hiya flyers in size us 2 and began working the picot cuff. This cuff is so pretty and definitely one of my favorites.
I bought my Hiya Hiya Flyers at Ewe & You Fibers in Windsor, Connecticut. Next time you’re in the north central Connecticut area check out Rachel’s shop. It’s a short drive approximately 5 minutes off I91, so no excuses not to stop and check her out!
I then chose the pattern Little Tents for this second pair. I typically do patterns that wrap all around, but I liked doing a front panel pattern for a change.
I then did a short row heel again on this sock too. I’m finding I like the short row heel because you don’t have to pickup the gusset.
Lastly here’s the finished pair! This color way “Shipwreck” from Barnyards Knit is fantastic! They have beautiful yarn so make sure you go check them out and grab a skein or two for your next project.
Glass hurricane is from PartyLite and I decided to fill it with yarn I need to cake for projects! There’s Mrs. Crosby’s which I bought at Webs in Northampton Massachusetts. Again 2 minutes off I91, so if you’re in the area it’s yarn heaven as many people know. Also there is Legacy Fiber Artz yarn in this picture so checkout their websites!
As many of my fellow knitters know it’s the summer of socks! Mason-Dixon Knitting has been hosting a sock KAL all summer long. I’ve at least gotten one pair done and I’m just starting a second pair. If you’re thinking about starting a pair of socks checkout the new MDK Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust. It has all the information you need to make a new pair of socks or 2,3, maybe 4 new pairs of socks.
There is still time to start your pair of socks now! There’s even prizes along the way! Checkout the link to the MDK KAL for all the information. https://www.masondixonknitting.com/the-wandering-socks-knitalong-is-coming-2/
I used Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarn in colorway: Stephen Towns. This is a 100% Superwash Merino. Checkout Mason-Dixon Knitting or their website directly. https://neighborhoodfiberco.com/collections
I started with the picot cuff for this sock. It’s just so pretty. Plus with the lace panel it’s so cute. These are so pretty.
This double eyelet rib panel is so pretty. I had thought about making a back panel on the leg too, but decided to just do the front. Maybe on the next pair.
Here is the finished pair! I just love how they came out. Now I’m looking forward to the fall weather to start wearing this beautiful pair of socks.
Finishing a pair of socks...
Clearly these socks were well overdue to get finished! I started them 6 years ago. Yes, 6 years is way overdue! Sad part I have other projects that are longer than that. Hopefully I will get 1 or 2 more finished for fall.
I decided to work on this WIP during my vacation. These socks only needed the toe finished, so they were towards the top of my list. After I finished my Sockhead hat, I moved this to the top of my list. I had completed the first sock quickly 6 years ago, because I was planning on showing a couple people how to knit a basic pair of socks. Unfortunately every time we tried to get together our plans fell through. I then started the 2nd one completing the cuff. Then a couple years later I did the leg portion finished. After that I worked on the heel a couple years later, continuing with the foot. But again stopped at the toe...
I used Socks That Rock yarn by Blue Moon Fibers. I couldn’t find the label so I don’t know the name of the colorway. Also since I was teaching a basic sock, I didn’t do anything fancy. I used a a 2x2 ribbing for the cuff and a knit 3 purl 1 for the leg and foot.
I was drawn to all the colors in this yarn. I feel keeping it simple really made the colors standout. As well, it even made some striping randomly on the legs.
Definitely more socks coming soon! They are actually one of my favorite projects thanks to Sue Stokes from Legacy Fiber Artz. She is an indie dyer with beautiful yarn now so be sure to checkout her website. I met her 7 or 8 years ago now, and her love of socks rubbed off on me. Thanks Sue for making sock knitting so much fun for many of us.
My local yarn shop, Ewe & You Fiber Arts LLC, has been collecting hats for the Hat Not Hate campaign started by Lion Brand Yarn in 2018. Luis Boris, the man behind Brooklyn Boy Knits, helps kids learn to knit out in communities with Lion Brand Yarn. This campaign has collected thousands of hats to date to help end bullying. Please checkout the campaign for more details and how you can donate and/or become active with their anti bullying campaign! #HatNotHate
Details on both hats can also be found on my Ravelry page.
I picked up this Classic Shades yarn at my local yarn shop Ewe & You last month to make one of my hats to donate. The color changes gradually and subtly throughout this hat. The pattern is Jimmy’s Bulky Beanie by Laura Zander which is free on Ravelry.
Now my other hat I wanted to use the Perky Little Hat pattern. I needed super bulky yarn so I grab some leftover blues of Malabrigo Rasta. Rasta is my favorite super bulky yarn. The Perky Little Hat is by Sharon Lentsch and free on Ravelry.
Both these hats were fun to make, and I was happy to contribute to a great cause.
Does anyone else have a cause or campaign they enjoy donating handmade projects to help people?
Happy knitting, crocheting, and any fiber making you enjoy! 🧶
My vacation earlier this month was time to check off some WIP’s before starting any other new projects... I picked a hat I casted on back in January, a pair of socks I casted on in 2013, and a sweater I have to finish from 2012, yes no typo there it was 2012 when I casted on this sweater. Then I worked on my Soldotna as well.
First up my sockhead hat by Kelly McClure which you can find on Ravelry as a free pattern. I used Legacy Fiber Artz yarn Jess Mariano in their Cozy Toes base (MCN fingering weight) and Grey Gardens in their Cloud base (mohair & silk) for a great halo effect. This hat is so soft and cozy, which will make it a great hat for this winter.
This picture was back a few months ago when I was working on my Endless Wrap, which came out fabulous. Checkout my post on it here.
So if you are in need of some zen knitting the Sockhead hat is a great project. Happy knitting to all my Fiber friends out there!
I’ve been doing more knitting lately. I’m trying to finish up some WIP’s, and this one has been on my needles for over a year. It’s a gift for a friend. That same friend helped me finish putting together some Ikea bookcases for me to be able to see my yarn. Now I can start using more from my stash rather than running out to buy some more yarn for that sweater pattern calling my name.
This pattern is the Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager. I decided to use Malabrigo Rios in Pocion. These skeins of yarn have so many colors. Plus I love how it will pull out colors against what you are wearing with this wrap.
This pattern was great for using some texture with a little lace work between breaking up some ribbing down the other side. I found this was also a great knit while watching tv since the pattern repeats the same 8 rows. Once you’ve gotten through 3-4 repeats it’s easy to keep going without having to keep looking at the pattern.
This wrap is so long, which is great at keeping you warm on that cold winter night. I’m 5’ 3” and it’s actually a little more than twice my height in length! Yes it hits the floor when I put it on, but my friend is about 5’ 10” so it won’t hit the floor on her.
Happy knitting! I hope you enjoyed this pattern.
I just finished up my very first KAL! So for those of you who don’t know, a KAL is short for “knit along.” This was a KAL for Legacy Fiber Artz, which you could knit or crochet a shawl using DK weight yarn 🧶. So in the 6 weeks you had to complete your shawl, and follow along with everyone else on the Ravelry “chatter thread.” Then you post your FO (finished object) on the “FO thread” to enter for a chance to win gift cards for their Indie yarn in fabulous colors and different yarn bases.
This project started with a fabulous pattern by Andrea Mowry. DreaReneeKnits.com and Ravelry are where you can purchase the pattern for yourself. Click on the link or picture to purchase.
Although Andrea used 3 colors in her version, I used 4 colors. The Buttercream Frosting I used for the thinner stripes and Wedding Cake for the thicker stripes.
The beautiful spring colors I chose from Legacy Fiber Artz romance collection Pocketful of Posies (MC), Buttercream Frosting (CC1), and Wedding Cake (CC2). Then from their holiday colors Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel (CC3.)
The very beginning of my shawl I started with Pocketful of Posies as my main color, alternating with Buttercream Frosting. Pocketful of Posies has shades of blues, greens, and yellows, which gives you the chance to use many color combinations.
This picture shows the variation of the yellows. Wedding Cake is the top left and a bit darker/richer than the Buttercream Frosting in the bottom right. Pocketful of Posies is the bottom left, showing the multiple shades of blue, green, and yellow.
Below you see how the blue of the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel pulls out the blue in Pocketful of Posies.
Here is my FO! I love how “springy” it looks. I’m looking forward to some warmer days where a shawl is all you need instead of a coat.
Happy knitting everyone!
Well despite trying to get some knitting projects finished the past couple months, I just had to make this Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure. This is a great knit if you want some zen knitting, which I’ve needed in between finishing a pattered wrap I’m still trying to finish.
This hat in particular is great because it’s a unisex hat and can be adjusted in size easily. I used US size 3 circular needles (since I didn’t have size 2.5 circulars) and cast on 144 stitches. I made it the length called for in the pattern, so I could get a good feel the pattern. As well, if you want it less slouchy or even beanie size you can decrease the ribbing and/or stockinette stitch accordingly.
I used Cozy Toes yarn in Plaid Flannel by Legacy Fiber Artz LLC. This yarn is sssooooo soft! It is Merino and Nylon with just the right amount of Cashmere, which I love in my sock yarn.
A quick pic of when I started this hat back in November below. This is a really quick knit despite the month and a half I took because of some other projects I have been working on.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope you stop by again soon. Keep your eyes out for a couple other projects soon.
List of Supplies
Sockhead Hat pattern by Kelly McClure
Also on Ravelry
Cozy Toes sock yarn in Plaid Flannel by Legacy Fiber Artz
Merry Christmas and I hope you’re all having a good rest and making some memories with family and friends. Take some time to relax and reflect on the good things. Hug the ones you you love today.
My card today was because a friend was looking for a card, although I’ve been so busy I carved out time to finish this card. I had started coloring this image a few weeks ago and decided to finish it up and send it out at the last minute for her.
This church is perfect for the holiday season. I actually used a digi image and printed it on my Whisper White cardstock. I colored the image with my Stampin Blends.
I went back with colored pencils and added some depth. Then darkened some of the nooks and crannies with a black marker. Then I added highlights using my white gel pen. I grabbed my oval stitched die to cut out the image and used Night of Navy ink to blend in some of the background and edges. I adhered it to some Night of Navy cardstock and used pop dots to adhere it to an A2 sized card in Pear Pizzaz.
I added a few white enamel dots for added bling. Then stamped the banner in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and adhered it with pop dots. As well, I used the Night of Navy on the sentiment inside the card.
I hope you enjoy your holidays and thanks again for stopping by my Blog today. Happy stamping everyone.
List of supplies:
Stampin Up products
Night of Navy cardstock
Pear Pizzazz cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Night of Navy ink pad
Power Poppy products
O Holy Night stamp set
My Minds Eye
Enamel dots in Winterberry
Gina Marie Design products
Stitched Oval nesting dies
Color Tones Colored Pencils
White gel pen
*paper trimmer, scissors, and double sided tape
It’s Christmas Eve and I hope everyone is enjoying the day. Don’t forget to slow down a little today. For me working in healthcare, it’s my holiday on. Despite having to work the holiday, I will try to carve out some quiet time this evening. Hallmark is definitely my go to channel for a happy Christmas movie, since I see enough sad stuff at my other job. What is your guilty holiday pleasure?
Christmas Eve with my family is one of my best memories. My parents, sister, and I would get a little dressy and go visit family. We usually stopped at about 5 or 6 houses, Aunts and Uncles, a couple cousins, but our last stop was always my Uncle Albert’s. His house always filled with lots of family, and my Aunt always getting us a little gift we usually needed. I looked forward to that gift every year, which was usually an umbrella. My cousin Mickey and I reminisced about this very memory a couple years ago. We miss them dearly, but cherish those beautiful memories of family. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with family and friends, and take a minute to enjoy the moment.
I got this sweet stamp set at Inspiration Station in Stafford, CT. It’s a great store if you are in the area and looking for something specific or just to browse. I decided to stamp the images in Momento black ink on Whisper White cardstock and the “Believe” sentiment in Real Red ink.
I used Real Red for color since it’s the best red for Santa’s hat! Then finished coloring the boots with my Spectrum Noir markers. I adhered the image to my DSP. Although the stars are pretty, I truly love all plaid DSP!
Finishing touches, I added prisma glitter to the furry boots and hat, plus a few Red Rhinestones! You can never really have too much sparkle on a card for Christmas, am I right!
Then I “popped” the DSP onto Real Red A2 sized cardstock. After that I took another piece of Whisper White cardstock, and added the sentiment in Real Red ink for the inside of this Christmas card. Don’t you remember being little and waiting for “The Big Guy” to bring you all your gifts.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy stamping and hope you stop back again.
List of supplies:
Stampin Up products
Real Red cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Festive Farmhouse DSP
Under the Mistletoe DSP
Real Red ink pad
Real Red marker
The Big Guy is Coming mini stamp set
Lawn Fawn products
Spectrum Noir Markers
*paper trimmer, scissors, quickie glue pen, and double sided tape