Podcast Episode 49 – A Weird and Wonderful Day

Housekeeping

Works in Progress

  • Second Solemate, my project page
  • Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Flushing
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars
  • Whitehorse by Caitlin Hunter, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Milky Way (limited edition discontinued base) in Nova
  • 3.5mm (US 4) & 4mm (US 6) circular needles (various)
  • First Edition sweater test knit by Dallas Ann Prentice AKA The Violet Pie, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Aubergine & Violet
  • 4.5mm (US 7) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables
  • Dormancy wrap test knit by Erin Kurup AKA Remade by Hand
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Peachface Fingering in Mystic
  • 3.75mm (US 5) generic circulars

Episode 45 – Long Podcast is Long

What I’m Wearing

Housekeeping

  • 2017 Stash Down going on in the Ravelry board
  • Our sponsors for the MAL so far are myself, Caroline of Clothesline Designs, Tamara of TamsCraftyKnits and Erin of Remade by Hand Designs
  • Please note that Tamara has closed her Etsy shop, she will still be selling on Facebook, more details will be forthcoming, check out her podcast for more details
  • Please contact me via Ravelry PM or at julieannec@mymuddlings.com if you’d like to sponsor a prize or go to PayPal to donate towards prizes
  • June chatter winner announced!

Finished Objects

  • In Dreams Vanilla Socks, my project page
  • Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in ‘UnTEAL We Meet Again’ & Rendezvous Sport Sock in ‘In Dreams’
  • 303 yards / 278 metres
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars
  • Dragon Tears Fingerless Mitts by Ashlea Konecny (modified, pattern used for base idea), my project page
  • Solar Flair Fibres Apollo in Bromeliad
  • 172 yards / 157 metres
  • 3.75mm (F) & 4.0mm (G) crochet hooks

Works in Progress

  • Mini-Skein Cowl, my project page
  • Lovebird Lane Yarns Mini-Skein Sets in Tonal & Variegated
  • 3.75mm (US 5) generic 24″ circular
  • Dragon Tears Fingerless Mitts by Ashley Konecny (modified, pattern used for base idea), my project page
  • Moda Vera Fayette in Plum Mix
  • 3.75mm (F) Boye ergonomic crochet hook
  • Picnic Blanket Socks, my project page
  • Finch Yarns Sock Yarn in Blanket Proposal
  • 2.5mm (US 1.5) HiyaHiya Sharps 9″ circulars

Coming Up

  • Herbarium by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, my project page
  • Bergère de France Bigarelle in Parme
  • Swatched on 3.5mm (US 4) generic circulars

FO Friday: Bellflower Socks

Morning y’all! I’ve finally finished some knitting and thought I’d share! These are the Bellflower Socks by verybusymonkey.

image_medium2I knit these for the July prompt for the Just One More Row podcast 12 in 16 KAL. Initially I was a bit unsure about the Lace prompt for July as lace socks aren’t my favourite. I was also a little anti this pattern initially. I didn’t have high hopes for still being in the running for the year long prize for the knit-along.

However, once I had a couple pattern repeats under my belt, I seemed to hit my stride. I think the biggest issue I had with the pattern is that it involves a lot of k3tog, sssk, and sl1k3togpsso. If you don’t speak knitter, it’s two types of 3 stitch decreases and a four stitch decrease. On tiny needles with unrelenting yarn it’s quite a lot to manoeuvre.

The yarn I used was just some Bella Baby Superwash Merino 4 ply that I got for $2 a ball at Spotlight. I don’t think I’d buy this yarn again. It’s a very ‘hard’ yarn. It’s not desperately soft with a fairly high twist. At least I can probably rely that these will be a hard wearing pair of socks.

This pattern features a star shaped toe; a technique I’ve never tried before. At first I got it confused with the swirl toe pattern and thought I was doing the wrong thing. But I trusted the pattern (who woulda thunk it!) and it worked out just fine. It’s really hard to get the sock flat toe-on to be able to photograph the star but you can extrapolate from this pic:

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See the little purl bumps? They make up the star shape. 🙂

Unfortunately I cannot count these in my Yarngasm Podcast Box O’ Sox KAL though as they’re not socks for me. Box O’ Sox is a selfish knit-along. 😉 However, my sister has just had her birthday so I think I’ll pack them up and send them off as a gift for her.

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good pattern. Now that I’ve realised it’s not a terribly hard pattern, I would knit this again. Definitely check it out if you like lacy socks. 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

P.S. Did you know I’ve started a video podcast? Check it out on YouTube. 🙂

#anneofjuliescrapdown

Hello friends! I am embarking on an endeavour that will help to clear my yarn stash. Read on!

I have realised that a large proportion of my documented yarn stash on Ravelry is partial skeins. The leftovers may be big or small but they are all now orphans as the original project they were for has been completed. As one of my goals this year (most of which I’ve failed miserably at fulfilling!) was to have a simplified, decluttered home I thought it was about time to get these yarns out of my stash.

Now this makes things tricky. Especially the smaller quantities. I don’t like to waste yarn. Often the amounts I have are not quite a newborn baby hat, but they are far more than throwaway quantities. I have a Memory Blanket going for both fingering and worsted weight, and I’ve started knitting hexipuffs for a Bee Keepers quilt, but what to do with the rest? Thank goodness for the Ravelry pattern search function!

I’ve decided the way I will go about using up scraps and getting them out of my stash is to have a ‘scrap down’. I will systematically go through my stash alphabetically, and find something to make from my scraps. 🙂 And I’ve already ridded myself of two entries from my Ravelry yarn stash! I am using the tag ‘anneofjuliescrapdown’ on my projects on Ravelry and also on Instagram if you want to keep up with my progress!

The first project in my scrap down is this Be Loving beanie (free pattern), using some 8 ply/DK wool.

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As I didn’t have enough yarn to make a whole hat, I striped two coordinating colours and I love the result! My project page here.

As I didn’t quite use up all that was left, I crocheted up some little cuties called Dream Drops (free pattern)! How cute are these?!! Squee!!!

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After that, my yarn was all gone! And I got to move two stash entries to “All used up”! 😀 My project page here.

My next project is some mis-matched socks using up some acrylic fingering weight leftovers. I don’t have enough of either yarn to make an entire pair of socks, but should have enough to knit two socks total so I thought I’d swap out the ribbing, heel and toe to be the other colour and have some same but different socks. I’ve had this idea cooking for ages and now that I’m focused on scrap-downing (totally a word) I’ve cast them on! I only started today so here’s my progress:

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I love how the flecks of grey in the variegated yarn match the grey of the cuff. I’m gonna love these! I’m going to be doing my first afterthought heels on these socks. I found a pattern on Ravelry by Laura Linneman of the KnitGirlls podcast. I don’t actually watch the podcast but this was a free pattern and I’m only really using it to guide me on the afterthought heel, the rest of the sock will by my usual vanilla style. I shall keep you posted with how I go! My project page here.

I’m thinking that a lot of these scrap projects can go in a box and I can use them as gifts throughout the year. My tastes and colour preferences have changed since I purchased a lot of this yarn so I thought it would be a good option to have a gift box of hand knitted/crocheted items to give away. 🙂

So, what do we think? Do you need to have a scrap down?

 

 

Busy bee!

So I’ve just had the most wonderful long weekend of knitting! It’s been so relaxing and I’ve got a lot done. I work a casual job and I wasn’t required on Friday so I had three days to relax, recharge and knit!!! All these projects are being knit as part of the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL 2015.

I got a lot of progress done on a pair of vanilla socks. So much so I was able to finish them yesterday!

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Wizarding Socks

These were knit in Knit Picks Felici in the Wizard colourway. I was glad that I didn’t find any knots in these balls of yarn. The last socks I knit with Felici had at least one knot (not even in stripe sequence!) per ball. Not happy Jan. But these two balls were fine. I knit these on 2.5mm 9″ circulars, casting on 64 stitches. Originally my vanilla socks were using Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks recipe but now I just do it all from memory. I added two rows to my heel flap (total 34 rows) to allow a little more room through the heel/instep area. These slide on much better than most of my socks so I’m very happy with the fit. I love these colours and was also so happy that the two colours of nail polish I’ve worn this week matched two colours in the stripes! 🙂

My second FO of the weekend was for the October Interception for the KAL. It was to knit a stuffie for bonus points. You get even more points for a uniform in your gridiron team colours but being an Aussie, I don’t watch US football so I skipped the uniform.

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Bonbon bunny!

This is a Susan Claudino pattern. It is available on Ravelry for US$6.00. It’s the most unique toy I’ve ever made. All the appendages get knit into the body/head as you go. It was a lot of fun to knit and think the FO is just so cute! I knit her with some Panda Circus self-striping acrylic 8ply yarn. The colourway was Fairy Floss. My project page here.

The last project that I put a big dent in was my Aisling shawl.

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Granger is helping. 😉

This is being knit in Knit Picks Stroll tonal in the Shale (light) and Inverness (dark) colourways. This is available as a Ravelry download for US$5.00. I have completed the body of the shawl and am now about to start the edging. I didn’t have enough yarn to finish the last row of the last section of raindrops so I just made it up with the darker colour. Hopefully I’ll have enough of the Inverness to complete the edging. It seems that a lot of other people who have knit this pattern have run out of yarn so fingers crossed. Otherwise I’ll need to order more from the US. I love the Inverness colourway so it won’t be a tragedy if I have a bit left over from an extra skein. 😉

So that’s what I’ve been knitting. I need to have a project done by Saturday for my sister’s birthday so that’s what I’ll be knitting on this week. Hopefully I’ll have an FO Friday for you!

Happy knitting!

Just a quick one for this morning…

I have a very full day today so no long post, but I thought I’d share my latest FO; a pair of full sized adult socks! My very first and I doubt my last. They were made from Susan B. Anderson’s ‘How I Make My Socks’ pattern. My Ravelry notes and more pics here.

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