Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socks and Not Socks

Getting behind in posts again.  The winter is really getting to me, all it did here for two months straight is snow.  Once it started the last week of January it didn't stop.  And it's so darned cold all the time.  Today we have a rainfall warning, so hopefully some of this snow will melt, but I'm sure lots of people will flood.

I finished up a pair of socks.  The pattern is Aramis, the  yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in sunstone.  Ravelry details here.

This is probably one of the cutest baby hats I've ever made.  I used leftover Heritage Yarns Cascade, and the pattern is Pixie Hat.  I did a 4-stitch i-cord for the tie, it turned out really cute. The doll it's modeled on is newborn size, so the hat is a smidge big on her.  It's ribbed so it has a lot of stretch and would probably fit up to six months old, maybe more.  Details here.

And I finally got the gumption to finish the baby blanket that I started way back in September.  I got it half finished rather quickly, but then it sat idle for several months.  It turned out well, the yarn is soft and washed up nicely.  The pattern is Sunny Baby Blanket, the yarn is Mary Maxim Woodlands, details here.

I've got some more stuff to show, but I will save that for the next post.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

All Socks, All the Time Part 2

Remember how last post I said we had our first snowstorm of the season on like January 27, something like that?  Well, we're making up for it now.  That's all it does now is snow, at least twice a week.  This is the most snow we've had in years, and it's so cold all the time.  I heard on the radio the other day that it's the coldest February in 20 years.  It's hard to shovel and snow blow now because there's nowhere to put the snow, it's hard to pull out of the driveway because you can't see past the snowbanks.  People's roofs are leaking because of the snow and ice build up.  Part of the Halifax Curling Club's roof caved in because of the weight of the snow.  And today now it's nearly +10C, we've got a rainfall warning, everything is melting, there's some flooding happening places and more roofs leaking.  Then Tuesday back down to -8C, rain or snow for Wednesday, and back in the negatives temperature-wise for the rest of the week.  The winter that never was is now the winter that will never stop!  We'll have snow on the ground til May the way this is going.

Anyhoo, I have more socks to show -- SURPRISE! First up are a pair of Par 5 socks knit with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in rose quartz.  Really nice socks, that yarn is a bit thick, so they're nice and cushy soft. Details here.

I made a pair of plain old vanilla ribbed socks for me with Patons Stretch Sock in fruit slices.  I really like this color, they look like jeans socks to me.  Details here.

I used the leftovers for a small pair of ankle socks size 5/6.  Details here.

Lastly, another pair of socks from Socks That Rock in Fred Flintsone, the pattern is Porthos.  Details here.

Next post will probably contain socks, but there IS a FO that is NOT a sock, lol.

Happy knitting!

PS  Remember last post I had a picture of socks that I knit for my youngest boy's school band, they were doing a raffle draw for a big Valentines Basket?  Guess what -- I won it! So I won my socks back, lol.  Along with a whole bunch of other stuff including candy, bath and body stuff, candles, gift cards, jewelry, odds n ends, and a gift certificate for a night at the local Best Western!

Friday, January 30, 2015

All Socks, All the Time

Well this week, believe it or not, we had our first snowstorm of the season.  The kids got their first storm day on Tuesday, and they ended up with Wednesday off as well because the roads were so icy in the morning.  We only got about half of the snow that we were supposed to get, so 5-6" instead of 12"+, which was fine by me.  It was super duper windy, and it warmed up and changed to a lot of ice pellets and freezing rain.  Our snow is all crusty and crunchy.  I went out after supper with the snow blower and was pummeled with ice pellets the whole time.  Up til Tuesday we got a little dusting of snow a couple of times, and inch or less, nothing a broom couldn't handle or just leave and let it melt off when the sun came out.  Tonight it's supposed to snow a couple of inches, change to freezing rain, then rain, then back to snow tomorrow night and cold on Sunday, so everything will be a skating rink again.  And possibly snow on Monday.  I hope this wasn't the start of something, I was enjoying a snow-free winter just fine.

My first FO of the year was - surprise! - socks.  First up are a pair of vanilla socks for me knit out of Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat in Johnny Jump Up.  Ravelry details here.

I used the leftovers to make a pair of Little Johnny Jump Ups.  I didn't have enough yarn so I used some leftover Kroy for the toes.  Details here.

And also a pair of socks for me, Weasley Homestead Socks.  Details here.

The Littlest One's school band is making a Valentine's Basket to raffle off to raise money, so they wanted all of the band students to bring something in.  One of the things they listed was funky socks.  So I made a pair of socks with lace hearts, ankle version as I was short on time before I found out anything about it, they wanted the donations in today.  These were finished last night and photographed this morning.  The pattern is Cairi's Sweet Heart, the yarn is Herrschners Sock Yarn Solids in royalty, details here.

And also out of the same yarn a pair of Columbia Socks.  Details here.

Happy knitting!

Monday, January 12, 2015


I missed two FOs off my list for 2014. They are included in my grand total of 86 and 56 pairs of socks, but I forgot to list them in my shortcut to FOs of 2014.

First up is a pair of ankle socks knit with leftover Herrschners Sock Yarn.  Ravelry details here.

 Secondly is a pair of socks knit with Premier Yarns Wool Free Sock Yarn Stripes.  Details here.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

FOs of 2014

FOs of 2014:

socks -- 56
scarves -- 1
cowls -- 3
felted slippers -- 5
monkey slippers -- 3
dishcloths -- 10
afghan squares -- 3
hats -- 5

Total FOs for 2014 -- 86

FOs of 2014:
Dad's 2 Pair Socks 21, 22
Fiery 5th Avenue

3 Pair Felted Slippers
3 Pair Ankle Socks
Mr. Dress Up Socks 23
Denver Cowl
Fiery Vanilla Socks 24
Trevor's Whiney Socks 25
Calypso Socks 26
Posh Pink Socks 27
Pink Grapefruit Mock Cables 28
Red Cherry Mock Cables 29
Lagoon Riverruns 30
Pink Camo I, II, III 31, 32, 33
Grape Gumballs 34
Spearmints 35
Afghan Squares
Spearmint Ankle Socks
Grape Gumball Ankle Socks
Vanellope Von Schwweetz 36
VVS Ankle Socks 37
My Sugar Plums
Trio Sparkly Ankle Socks 38, 39, 40
Lace Rib Socks 41
Candy Cane Ankle Socks
Oh, Susannah Cowl
Blue Ice Socks
Fruit Slices Big and Small
Cherry Sours
Cherry Sours Ankle Socks
Pumpkin Spice Big and Small
Grape Gumballs Big and Small
Spearmint Big and Small
Space Invaders
Open Studio
Fish Head
Commotions Slippers
Bird of Paradise Slippers
Ten Dishcloths
Vanilla Twilight Socks
Candy Cane Broadripples
Sock Monkey Slippers
Munchie's Jecks
Munchie's High Hopes
Munchie's Ribs
Serenity Now Socks
Angela's Birthday Socks
Four Beige Pairs
Sock Monkey Slippers, Again
Step FIL Christmas Socks
More Sock Monkey Slippers
Irish Hiking Scarf
Be Kind Hat
Munchie's Christmas Socks
Thorpe Hat

Ankle Socks
Bruised Socks

In case I missed posting something to my blog, and it's missing from this list, you can check out my Ravelry page for my friend, M's, ankle socks for the year.  I also knit two pairs of peaceful plum socks but only see it once in this list.  They are located here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Christmas Eve gift opening, traditional one gift each.

 YoYo with a Brain.  (Don't quite know why it's called that, just seems to be a yoyo.)

Gearmaster set that is yet to be mastered.

Vanilla egg nog and Christmas Chips Ahoys.

The loot, pre-opening.

The girls always get a stocking with new toys.  Jewel always rips the stuffed ones with squeakies apart in five minutes.  This year she didn't, they are both still intact.  Odd.  Must be mellowing out in her older age.

They got some new video games...

 New drumsticks...

The Big Bang Theory Trivia Game...

 Casino games...

 Christmas Lego sets...

 A new gaming chair...

 And a new record player.  Plus lots of other things.

Happy Holidays, and Happy knitting!


In reviewing my FOs of the year where we're nearing the end for a tally count, I realized that I missed something.  I made a pair of ankle socks in Mary Maxim Twinkle Toes socks in candy cane.  I had knit a pair for my friend, M, and I was making another pair for a different friend, but I made them a bit too big.  I gave them to M for Christmas and didn't realize til it was too late that I had already given her a pair just like them.  She visited Christmas night and was wearing them, I told her sorry that I have her two pairs the same, but maybe she could give her daughter one of the pairs.  She argued at first that I didn't give her a pair already, but once she got thinking she remembered I did.  Not that she would ever mind.  I seem to have forgotten to take pictures of the second pair, but they're the same except the striping might be a bit different.  Details here.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Final Christmas FOs

For someone who wasn't planning on knitting anyone anything for Christmas this year, I seemed to manage to knit quite a few things.  Here are the rest of them:

First up is a pair of socks for step FIL.  The pattern is one I whipped up one time for Hubs, the yarn is Herrschners Solid Socks in royalty.  Ravelry details here.

Next up is another pair of sock monkey slippers based on this pattern.  The yarn is Patons Shetland Chunky in oxford grey and aran.  These aren't my favorite knit, I made the first pair as a request from a friend.  Then I made another pair as a request.  The friend that this pair is for, she saw the first pair I made and expressed her desire to have a pair.  Unfortunately, when she opened these there was yet another friend there who now wants a pair for herself and her daughter.  So it looks like at some point soon I will have to make two more pairs.  But first I need more grey yarn.  Details here.

Every Christmas I seem to make at least one Irish Hiking Scarf.  This one was knit with Patons Shetland Chunky in oxford grey.  The original pattern has three cables and uses worsted weight yarn, I usually change it to two cables and chunky yarn.  Details here.

 I whipped up a Be Kind hat for another friend using Kertzer Accent Worsted in seaport.  I used 4.5mm needles instead of 5mm needles (couldn't find 5mm circs), and I cast on 100sts.  Details here.

One of my hand knit sock junkies got himself another pair, these bring the count to five pairs now, I think.  Plain old 64st vanilla socks, the yarn is Mary Maxim Simply Sock Yarn in walnut.  Details here.

And my final Christmas knit is a Thorpe hat.  I modified it from chunky yarn to heavier worsted weight yarn.  I had found some Briggs & Little Heritage in a dark green in the stash that I had forgotten about.  I used 4.5mm needles, increased the stitches to 96, and fiddled with the earflaps a bit.  Details of my mods here.

Happy knitting!