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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Footie Sock!

Footie sock 
When I finished my Blue Fluffy Unicorn socks, I had some yarn left over.  It wasn't quite enough for a pair of footie socks, but it was pretty close (I need just under 50 grams).  Fortunately, I had just enough left of the Pop Rocks (this is the Pop Rocks that I used for the cardigan, and then knit a pair of footie socks with it, and then used it for toes and heels in another pair of footie socks) to make another pair of footie socks.  I didn't have enough Pop Rocks for both toes and heels, so I knit the toes and then added a few rounds of Fair Isle patterning.  I decided to add some more patterning on the instep as well.

I haven't weighed things after finishing this first sock, but I think this should use up the rest of the Pop Rocks and the rest of the Blue Fluffy Unicorn.  That makes me a bit sad, but I can always wear the socks!  Also, knitting sparkly, magical unicorn rainbow socks is a great way to procrastinate on weaving in eleventy million ends on my gloves!


Monday, October 24, 2016


Three oaks gloves 
The knitting is finished on my gloves!
Three oaks gloves
I still have to weave in a few ends though...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

My Blue Fluffy Unicorn Socks

My Blue Fluffy Unicorn socks 
Finished!  Blue sparkles, rainbows, magical socks - what's not to love?  Happy knitting project!

The socks are basic stockinette socks with K2, P2 ribbing at the cuff and a Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  The yarn is The Lemonade Shop's Sparkle Sock in Blue Fluffy Unicorn.

Have a great weekend!  I'm going to try to finish my gloves.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

And There Shall Be Fingers!

I've started on the fingers for my gloves!  This is the first glove and there is much trying on and many notes.  Once I've finished the fingers there will be The Weaving In of Ends.  That should keep me out of trouble for a while.  I've probably got several more hours worth of work on these, but my gut is telling me that I'm on the home stretch and will soon be able to cast on something new.  I'm trying to ignore my gut until these are completely finished.  I do hope to get them done over the weekend.

Thanks for the hints on marking my end of round in crochet!  I'm going to give them a try.  I knew there had to be a better way to do that.

I'm going to go now, my brain is pretty sure I don't need spaces between the words this morning and also my spelling is rather unconventional.  I've retyped this enough times to have written two extra blog posts.  It's time for caffeine!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sepp the Seahorse

Sepp the Seahorse 
I had some quiet time yesterday afternoon and I got a few more inches worked on Sepp the Seahorse.  Crochet involves more counting than knitting, and while I can usually figure out where I've gone wrong on blanket squares, when I'm making a creature, I tend to get confused.  Staying on top of my counting is the only way I stay reasonably sane, and that means no TV and it helps if the house is quiet.  On this project, the tail is shaped by the stitches (the stitches on the outside of the curl are taller than those on the inside), so that kind of helps when I need to figure out where I am, but if my end-of-round marker falls out, it's very scary.  The problem is that on Sepp (and most other amigurumi type of creatures), you don't work in rounds, you work in a single, giant spiral.  It's a lot like knitting in the round that way, except you can't use your double pointed needles to figure out where the rounds begin and end.  I usually hook a locking stitch marker through the last stitch of the round, but locking and unlocking it takes a lot of time, so I just loop it through the stitch and leave it unlocked.  This means I sometimes knock it out and then chaos ensues.

If there's an easier way to deal with this, the keeping up with where you are in crochet, I'd love to hear about it.  Maybe crocheters just figure out how to read their work better than I can at this point.  I'm working on it though.  If I keep dropping my marker, I'm going to get pretty good at it!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

One Blue Fluffy Unicorn

My Blue Fluffy Unicorn 
I finished my first Blue Fluffy Unicorn sock and I've started the second one.  It's just as amusing as the first: sparkle, sparkle, sparkle, oooh look - a rainbow! - sparkle, sparkle, sparkle....  Do you have an inner monologue while you knit too, or is it just me?

On a completely unrelated note, I was watching Harry Potter this weekend and I realized that I really need to go back and re-read as well as re-watch the Deathly Hallows.  I kind of avoid that one because it's so sad, but I think there are some things I might have missed the first time through.  I'm pretty sure I've only read it once and I think I've only watched those movies one time from beginning to end.  I've caught bits and pieces while flipping channels, but not the whole thing.  The other books and movies have all been read and watched to pieces. 


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Crown Tee

I've begun the body of my Crown Tee, which is my nupps project for Loopy Academy.  It also involves a provisional cast on and a hem, and just like the sleeves, it's rolling up and looking sad.  Also, the color is proving impossible to photograph correctly.  Overall, this might be an ugly duckling project while it's in process.  Once it's all finished, the hems are sewn down, and it's blocked, hopefully it will be a different story.

In the meantime, have a great weekend!

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