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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Catching Up!

We're all still here!  I've had some busy mornings so blogging has been neglected, but we're all doing well and I'm still knitting.  I thought I'd use this morning to catch up since I have a lot to show you.  

Honey Badger Socks

Let's start with something you've sort of seen before.  The yarn is Madelinetosh Twist Light in Hydroponic which is what I used to knit a single sock in Vanilla is the New Black.  It was weirdly big around the ankle area, so I frogged it.  Then I started knitting Ocean Mist socks with this yarn.  I thought the large, regularly occurring cables would be able to stand up to the speckles of the yarn.  I was wrong, but didn't admit it until I was knitting the heel flap, so I frogged it.  At that point I seriously considered putting the yarn in time out to let it think about what it had done, but I decided to try one more time (third time's a charm and all that, right?).  It worked!  These are the Honey Badger socks, and like the Honey Badger, at this point in trying to turn this yarn into socks I just didn't care.  The stitch pattern isn't super obvious, but I think it works and I have a finished pair of socks.  (I should probably note, that I didn't really knit these completely like the pattern said.  I just used the four round repeat stitch pattern and used it over the whole sock.  I'm kinda lazy like that, but I'm happy with my socks, and after all, Honey Badger doesn't care anyway, right?)  These were my fifth pair of socks for the Second Quarter Craft A Long for ESK, and after a little bit of math (that I did twice, just to be sure) I realized that I'll be able to max out on yardage with only one more pair of socks.

Sea Aggie Mom Socks

Meet the sixth pair of socks for ESK's Second Quarter Craft A Long!  These are the Ocean Mist socks.  Yes, the same pattern I tried with the Hydroponic colorway, but these are knit in Hazel Knits Blueprint Sock in the Giddy Up colorway AKA Texas Aggie maroon.  I loved the sock pattern and still wanted to knit it but I had learned the hard way that I needed a more solid colored yarn.  It's working perfectly in this yarn, and since it's A&M maroon and the pattern is Ocean Mist, I'm calling these my Sea Aggie Mom socks!  Caleb will probably roll his eyes at me but I know he'll be secretly jealous.  I'll knit him some socks with a maroon stripe or something.  He doesn't like full length socks or much pattern, but he needs some Aggie socks too.  

Teal combo spin

Finally, I have a non sock and non knitting (yet) project to show you - I've finished the second bobbin of my combination spin.  These first two bobbins are spun the same way with the rovings divided exactly the same way to get (hopefully) the same type of color distribution and lengths.  I'm trying to get shorter color sections on the remaining bobbins to really break up the different color sections and I've already started spinning the third bobbin!

Whew!  I'm exhausted after all that, but now you're all caught up!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week!  Stay hydrated!

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Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

Thanks for reminding me about the Honey Badger sock.

There's a caveat to "in your library" on Ravelry: if you didn't actually download the pattern, you don't have it. I made that mistake in the past, and lost some patterns that went unavailable. Now, when I go back to the library I check on my patterns. When they have been downloaded there is a note under "location", usually saying Knit Companion. I'm still catching up on wayward patterns and Honey Badger got saved today!

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