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And We Have a FO and a Half FO…

We have a finished scarf!  The scarf is about 66 inches long.  I wasn’t really sure how long it should be.  I didn’t want it to be too long & I didn’t want it to be too short.  So I kinda decided 66 inches would be a good length.

Just to recap, this is the Dapperly Dashing Scarf & Hat pattern  by Stormy Tetreault.  I loved the pattern it was simple & fun & the pattern looks great!  It’s not a simple rib or exciting cables, but the pattern keeps the hat & the scarf interesting.

I do have to say when I started knitting the scarf I was stumped by the “wool forward” stitch.  I searched You Tube & found a couple of instruction videos, I watched them, watched them again….and I said to myself, hmmmmm  that looks a lot like a yarn over.  But I still wasn’t sure that I was understanding the stitch correctly.  So I googled again & read a few posts about the difference between wool forward & yarn over, which to me seemed very similar.  I decided that I would just go ahead start the pattern & see what happens.  So, when I got to the last 3 stitches I moved the yarn to the front & slipped the last 3 stitches.  It made a very nice edge.  I really liked the way it came out.

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Not a Whole Lot Going On

This week’s post will be pretty small.  I don’t have anything new going on from last week.   Still working on the same WIPs so I will just give a quick update.  I’ve been focusing on my scarf & my socks mostly this week.  I started the dishcloth, did about 5 rows & ended up ripping it out because I missed something along the way and just haven’t picked it back up again.

Since I only have about 1 1/2 – 2 hours of knitting time each night when I get home from work, I’ve been splitting that between the scarf & the hat.  LOL, One hour for you & one hour for you.  LOL  🙂

I’m really enjoying the Dapperly Dashing Scarf.  It is a quick 4 row repeat & I just love the way it comes out.  I have about 34 inches done so far.  This may be my go-to pattern when I want something quick and pretty.  🙂

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Football Season = Lots of Knitting!!

This weekend was a busy football weekend for us!  We had a huge college game on Saturday (UM vs UF)  and the start of the NFL on Sunday.  So that equals a lot of knitting time for me!  I love football!  Being an ex-cheerleader, football has always been part of my life ever since I can remember!  Though, now-a-days I am watching from the couch with my knitting in hand!  🙂

This weekend I was able to finish the Spooky Socks!  I think they came out great!  The pattern I used was Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes.  I loved the pattern.  It was easy to remember & it didn’t overpower the stripes of the yarn. I used Knit Picks Felici yarn and cast on 64 stitches but I think next time I will cast on a little less, maybe 56.  I think they could be a tad tighter fitting.  But that is just me being super picky!  I did a K3P1 for the ribbing for about an inch.  I also made the leg of the sock a little longer than I normally do.  I think I usually make the leg of my socks 6 inches long but I did 8 inches on these.    The heel flap was done with the slip stitch rib and the toe shaping was done with the rounded wedge toe & I grafted the stitches with the Kitcheners stitch.  I am sure the recipient is going to love these socks!  I can’t wait to give them to her!  🙂

Spooky Socks

Spooky Socks

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Tragedy on the High Seas

I’ve been gone for a few days, taking a well deserved break from reality!  We went to Cocoa Beach and then on a short cruise to the Bahamas.  It was such a relaxing get away!  I brought along my spooky socks to work on if I had some downtime.  I had put them in a small canvas bag and also put my Nook, the boarding passes & passports.  No problem!  I knitted a little almost every night except the last night on the ship.  That night we were re-packing and getting everything ready for the next morning and of course as it happens on every vacation you leave with more than you originally had.  So I placed a few more things into my little canvas bag…no problem!  We got off the ship fairly early & headed home.  Halfway home I decided to take out my knitting and do a few rows.  Well, apparently at some point a needle or two slipped out of my work!!

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Another sock :-)

I started working on my “spooky” socks.   I wanted to do something other than the ribbed sock but I didn’t want to do anything super complex.  I was going to try the Jaywalker pattern but it intimidated me a little.  I think I will save that pattern for my next project.

I ended up doing a pattern by Virginia Rose-Jeanes called Vanilla Latte.  I picked this pattern because it was easy to remember and it showcases the stripes of the yarn instead of overpowering them with pattern.  This is the yarn that I bought from Knit Picks (Felici self striping). I’m about an inch and a half from finishing the cuff.  Someone is going to love these!  🙂

Spooky Socks

Spooky Socks

Update on the Comfy Socks

I have been really enjoying knitting socks again!  And I really love the yarn that I bought last week!  It is so soft and because it is a worsted weight it knits up very quickly.   I am doing a plain ribbed sock using a very basic pattern by Ann Norling and the first sock is almost done!!  Yay!  I should finish it up today & then start on the second sock.

I have been listening/watching a couple of podcasts & on one of the last ones that I watched they had finished a pair of socks and had them on this little sock shaped thingie.  So I instantly went on line to see what this was.  Sock blockers!  I need those!  LOL  🙂  Apparently I should block my finished socks after I wash them the first time.  This helps even out the stitches and just makes them look all even and pretty!  So I will be calling my newly found yarn store this afternoon to see if they have them, if not I will be ordering them from Knit Picks.  They come in 3 sizes so I’m thinking of just getting all 3 since I hope to be knitting lots of socks this year!

Here is the picture of my comfy socks so far!

Comfy Socks

Also this week I added my beloved yarn stash to my Ravelry notebook!  That took me about 2 hours!  I didn’t realize that I had so much yarn!  But I love that now I can just go to my Ravelry page and pick a yarn and see different patters that the particular yarn has been used in.

I should not be wanting to buy more yarn since I already have so much, but I’m dying to go back to my new found yarn store & get something!!!  I have a very busy weekend coming up so I should be safe this weekend from adding to my stash.  I have the first of 3 weddings within 7 months to go to.  The second wedding is in December and it is my daughter’s wedding!!  So excited for that!  🙂

It’s a Whole New World!

I’ve had my blog for almost a month & I have to say it has really opened my eyes to a wonderful knitting/crochet community!  You see, I am the only person that I know of that knits in my little circle of family and friends.  When I need (or want) yarn I went to Michaels or ordered from Mary Maxim or Knit Picks.  When I wanted to knit something I looked for patterns on the Lion Brand website or looked through the various catalogues or magazines I had.  But with this blog, I have discovered what seems like a whole new world!  I’ve been able to connect with other people that knit/crochet & have read about the projects that they are working on.  I had no clue there were so many people that knit!  I love it!  It is so exciting for me to go through and read the different blogs!  I never knew about spinning your own yarn!  It sounds fantastic!  One of these days I am going to try it!  And also dying your own yarn!  I’m also going to try that!  And one of the biggest things that I have discovered is this wonderful website called Ravelery!!!  I am AMAZED at everything that is on here!  OMG, I can spend hours & hours just browsing through the different patterns! Continue reading

Working on More Than One Project….

I know there are several knitters or crocheters out there that have several projects going at one time.  My mom used to do it and at any given point she could be working on a scarf, a sweater and a pair of socks.  I have such a hard time starting something else when I’m not finished with my original project.  I tried it once and I just couldn’t do it.  I kept thinking about the original project that I had started and how it was just sitting there waiting to be finished.  I almost felt guilty for putting down my original project and picking up something new.  I couldn’t enjoy the new venture I had started.   Continue reading

How I Started Knitting…

For as long as I can remember my mom always had yarn & needles in her hand.  We lived in a small town south of Boston.  So she made us all sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and anything else you can think of.  I never had much interest.  Even as a adult, it never interested me.  But then one day I read a book by Debbie Macomber, “The Shop on Blossom Street”,  and I was totally hooked.  I can’t remember which book in that series was about knitting socks but I wanted to knit socks and knit them now!  I called my mom and told her I wanted her to teach me how to knit socks.  She was so happy to teach me how to knit!  She came over the following weekend with her favorite yarn (Homespun by Lion Brand) and a set of needles for me.  She said she bought me the wooden ones because they were the best to learn on.  And we started. Continue reading