Shawls

Imbue Shawl 

I love how my most recent shawl turned out. I knit it with some yarn that I bought in December of 2014 to use for some color work hats. I had found that the baby alpaca yarn was so soft that was slippery and hard to work with. It split when I was trying to knit with it. I was so frustrated with it that I stashed it away for a few years while I decided to figure out what to do with it.  I did take the white yarn out at one point and  dyed it teal blue.

This past January I set a goal to knit a shawl with it just to get the yarn out of my stash and I came up with this beauty. The teal blue and black combo is just stunning. By knitting this gigantic shawl I managed to eat up about half of the yarn that I had originally purchased. I am thinking of knitting this pattern again but flip flopping the colors so that it isn’t the exact same shawl. I think that I finally found the perfect shawl to wear with my black dress. I’ve been looking for something to cover up tattoos with when I go to funerals as not everyone in my family appreciates my pieces of art work the way I do.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: myself
  • PATTERN:  Imbue by Lisa Mutch
  • STARTED: Jan 24th 2017
  • COMPLETED: March 24th 2017
  • YARN:  Knit Picks Diadem Solid
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 707 yards
  • NEEDLES: 5.5 mm/US # 8

I love how this shawl turned out. It’s my favorite thus far!

I hope that you all have a happy, safe, creative weekend!!! ❤ Missy

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Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

March Socks

These are from some yarn that I dyed last year some time. It was one of my first experiments with using multiple colors and I wasn’t too sure how I was going to like it knit up. However, am really pleased with the results but I didn’t think there was enough purple in the yarn so I added some left over yarn from my Ridge and Eyelet socks.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: myself
  • PATTERN: stitch counts and heel turn are based on the Socks on a Plane pattern
  • SIZE: Woman’s 10.5 – 11
  • STARTED: Jan 22nd
  • COMPLETED: March 19th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Bare! Stroll hand dyed by me
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 259 yards/57 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: skipped the cable – shortened to ankle socks – bind off knit two stitches and then knit two together across –

I am enjoying the productivity that comes with feeling healthy. My house is cleaner and my WIP (works in progress) pile dwindled to just 3 projects towards the end of last week.

  1. Granny Stripe Afghan
  2. The Coziest Memory Afghan
  3. Granny Rectangle Afghan

I decided to reward my good progress by starting some new projects for myself.

  1. April Socks/Grand Central Station Socks
  2. Flax Sweater
  3. Spring into Summer Shawl

I hope that you are all having a happy, safe, and creative Spring!!! ❤ Missy

Socks

Ridge and Eyelet Socks 

I started this pair of socks way back in September but I lost interest in knitting them because they were being knit top down. I find that I prefer to knit socks from the toes up. I finally decided to just get on with it so I could use the needles for something else. These won’t count for my #boxosoxkal because I started them last year but they are done and I get to wear them right away. Oh and they are PURPLE 💜

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Me
  • PATTERN: Ridge & Eyelet Socks by Kathleen Taylor 
  • SIZE: Woman’s 10.5 
  • STARTED: September 3rd 2016
  • COMPLETED: March 11th 2017
  • YARN: Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 70 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.5 mm/US 1.5
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: I knitted a tube and closed the toes with a rounded toe. I’m not a fan of knitting a rounded toe but I don’t mind the way it fits. I added an afterthought heel 
Misc. Crafts

Stitch Markers and Progress Keepers 

I keep seeing the cutest little stitch markers and progress keepers in Podcasts and on Instagram. Of coarse I would like to own some of them but they are pretty spendy compared to the ones that I buy in bulk from the  Knit Picks website. I did the math and figured that I could buy 150 bulk stitch markers for the price of one stitch marker that I found on line. I admit that I am frugal

So I did the next best thing and I found a package of charms (shown in the top left corner) at Wal-Mart and I made my own markers. That was a lot of fun and I still had some jump rings and lobster clasps left over so I raided my jewelry box and made markers out of some of those items too.

I believe the rocks turned into pendants (middle picture) were made by my Father’s Paternal Grandmother. Ruby Pearl was a pretty creative woman with a much greener thumb than mine. I remember her house looking like a forest.

My favorite markers are ones that I made out of the fishing lures that my Father made earrings out of. I remember thinking that they were the coolest thing ever and I wore them a lot. I think that he would get a kick out of me repurposing and item that he repurposed probably 25 years ago.

I’m guessing that I held on to the “spotted” lure in the next picture because it was/is my favorite color. However, I just have say that I designed the lure on the far right. I was using some pinking sheers to cut up the sticky side of some post it notes and then I was sticking them all over my Grandparent’s kitchen table. Dad used the idea to make a unique lure to sell in his bait shop. If I remember correctly that one glows in the dark too.

Handmade Gifts, Socks

Striped Blueberry Waffle Socks 

Last week I was super productive. I managed to finish three pairs of socks, a cat blanket, and I made some stitch markers and progress keepers. I was pretty happy with all of the progress and then I woke up Friday morning with a sore throat and by Saturday I was pretty sure that it was strep throat. uhg… I for one can’t wait until summer break when my kids will quit bringing germs home from school.

These were the first pair of socks that I finished but since they were a gift I wanted to mail them before I shared pictures since the recipient is a blog reader. I hope that you like them Aunt Char

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Char
  • PATTERN: Blueberry Waffle Socks
  • SIZE: Womens  8 1/2 – 9  72 sts
  • STARTED: Jan 21st 2017
  • COMPLETED: March 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 370 yards/85 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.5 mm/US 1.5
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: I casted on 18 sts and increased until I had 72 sts
Grieving Loved Ones

Birthdays in Heaven 

today my thoughts are with loved ones… Daddy, Grandpa, Sweet Baby

Handmade Gifts, Socks

Sport Socks 

Good Morning! It sure is a bright and sunny day!!! 

I decided to try something different with these socks. I have never knit sport weight socks before and now I can see why people enjoy it so much. These worked up really fast. I intend on giving them as a Christmas gift to my Momma! I hand dyed both of the yarn colors in a kettle on my stove top and I really love the way the colors dispersed even though I was aiming for a specked yarn. It’s definitely a happy mistake. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Mom 
  • PATTERN: I casted on 14 sts and increased until I got to 60 sts 
  • SIZE: Women’s 10 – 11
  • STARTED: Feb 7
  • COMPLETED: March 7
  • YARN: Bare Stroll Sport Yarn 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 268 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/ US 2.5 

I also finished a second pair of socks but I’m waiting until the recipient gets them in the mail before I share pictures. I’ve made a good dent in a third pair of socks too. 

I hope that you all have a great week! 😻 Missy