That’s the name I have given my modified socks: Sorta Peaky. I’m using two patterns for this sock. The foundation is the Beginner Toe Up Socks for Magic Loop. I’ve knit this pattern before (in worsted) and really like the simplicity. The pattern is Peaks ‘n’ Valleys. This is a simple two row repeat. So easy I don’t need any kind of cheater (paper, counter) when I pull it out while on the go.Read More
If you dig around in the nooks and crannies of my house, you will find unfinished projects all over. As with a lot of knitters, I start a project and then find a new pattern or a pretty new yarn that just must. be. knit. NOW. Right now, I’m in that danger zone. I have three active projects. That is the limit of my attention span. If I’m not careful, something new and pretty might catch my eye leading me to abandon one of these projects. And that would be a pity.Read More
Sunday afternoons tend to be a quiet time at the homestead. I often spend the afternoon ignoring housework and deciding what to knit next.
Socks are a really portable project. My Hitchhiker shawl is getting a little long to pull out for a quick stitch break and 198 yds. of Heaven is not a portable project. A simple sock project seemed to be the next best option to start.Read More
I knit my first pair of socks* last winter. It was time to learn something new so I purchased an ebook and set off to learn basic sock making. I decided to try toe up first and quickly whipped up a pair of worsted-weight socks in a squishy Malabrigo (which now needs to be darned as I quickly wore holes in the lofted yarn from wearing them too much).Read More
Pattern: Hitchhiker. Love it. Love. It. I haven’t quite memorized it, but I anticipate that I will soon. This is a fun pattern to knit with enough changes in each row to keep it interesting. But simple enough to carry out-and-about in my purse or to knit while watching TV or chatting with friends. Being me, I don’t trust my row counting abilities so I keep a row counter on hand to know exactly when to bind off those stitches. I’m so in love with how this is turning out. This is not a free pattern but I can see why a lot of people have knit this shawl. I can easily see this being a holiday giving favorite.Read More
I recently finished a beautiful, lacy scarf. I blocked it as best as I could with towels and pins, but it just didn’t open as evenly as I hoped it would. I figured it was time: blocking wires.
I had recently received my Knit Picks catalog and while I was adding the wires to my cart, I remembered I needed Soak Wash (have you tried this stuff? It cleans but you don’t have to rinse it out!) and my neighborhood shop didn’t seem to carry it anymore. Of course there are about a hundred yarn and craft stores of all sizes within five minutes of my house, but, well, isn’t online just easier sometimes? And, gosh, if I spend $50 I get free shipping so I PROBABLY should add in some of that beautiful yarn I just saw in the catalog. I’ve heard Knit Picks yarn is really nice to work with so isn’t it my blogging duty to try them out?Read More
I love Malabrigo yarn. It’s soft and squishy and the color is always beautiful. I made my first pair of socks in Malabrigo. They were soft and warm and the beautiful, fluffy loftiness of the yarn found me wearing holes into the bottoms of the socks long before I expected.
After knitting the socks—but before getting the holes—I purchased one skein of worsted Malabrigo in a beautiful purple color. One skein. What could I do with one skein? Because I wasn’t going to make another pair of socks and it might be kinda short for a scarf.Read More
We all do it. A quiet moment at work. Waiting for dinner. A commercial break during a season finale. That short time before bed when everyone else in the house is asleep.
We search. Maybe for hours. Collecting and saving and downloading patterns we may or may not ever make. But we have them. The beautiful somedays. The potentials. The maybe-if-I-find-the-perfect-yarns.
The free patterns on Ravelry are downloaded. The pay patterns are added to queues and libraries. Websites are visited. Blogs scanned.Read More