Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

Bright & Cheery For My Dark Soul 

Hello All! Wow! Summer has arrived! It has been so hot and dry these last few weeks. My yard and landscaping are dead but the stinky tree is still alive and well. 

The other day my daughter over heard me saying that my newest socks will be bright and cheery in the dead of our Midwestern winters. She replied that they are perfect for my dark soul. I’m pretty sure that was not a compliment but it sure was funny. 😂

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Afterthought everything 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: June 1st
  • COMPLETED: June 14th 
  • YARN: white – Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn & striped – Patons Kroy in the shade of Meadow stripes 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 65 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1


I thought that I’d share some pictures of how an afterthought everything sock is knit up. 

Hope you all have a great week! Take care! 

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Allergies, Box0Sox, Socks

Melted Crayon Socks 

Wow! I love how these socks turned out. This is the last skein of my anniversary yarn. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to knit with it. I think that they make great cheery socks. The ribbing that I added makes them extra soft and squishy. 


RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: basic sock plus 3 x 1 rib 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: May 22nd
  • COMPLETED: May 29th 
  • YARN: Knitted Whit Victory Sock in the shade of Melted Crayon 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 335 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/US 2.5 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES:  – Judy’s magic cast on 32 stitches  – Increase to 60 sts – Knit 3, purl 1 rib


Here are the other items that I knit with my anniversary yarn… 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat
  • STARTED: October 24th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 2016
  • YARN: Knitted Wit Pixie Plied in the Shade of Bad Santa
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 280 yards/70 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 92% Wool – Merino/8% Other
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 and 3.25 mm/US # 3

* School is out for the summer so I have extra helpers in the house. This year I ordered workbooks from Amazon and I plan to bribe encourage my kids to do a page each week day. They also have; reading goals, creative goals, cooking lessons, chores, and outdoor activities to complete before they are allowed to play with their electronic toys. Their response was that I’m the worst Mom ever. 🤣

I managed to get food poisoning at the end of last week. I’m pretty sure that I made a smoothie with spoiled Greek yogurt. I figured out that the yogurt was bad when I went to make another smoothie a couple of day later. I don’t think I’ll eating yogurt anytime soon. 

If that wasn’t bad enough my sinuses are so swollen and irritated that I’ve had a headache that has settled right behind my eyes for the last five days. All I’ve wanted to do is sleep. 

I hope you are all having a happy and creative week! 💞 Missy 

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks, The New York Collection

Grand Central Socks 

Hey All! I’ve had another productive crafting week. I’ve finished this pair of socks and I’ve knit four dishcloths. The weather hasn’t been the greatest but hey that’s spring in the Midwest.

I received some good news and not so great news since my last post about our refrigerator that decided to die on April 12th. Last weekend we were able to purchase a new kitchen appliance set (refrigerator, stove, and microwave) on sale at Lowes. The bad news is that the refrigerators that were on sale were on back order and won’t be delivered until May 17th!!! Part of that delay is because we live in a small populated area and they only deliver here one day a week. Over all we were really happy with the service that we got from Lowes! Yay for businesses that sponsor NASCAR drivers. 🚗

Anyways, back to these super cute socks that I knit. The designer is Mina Phillips of the Knitting Expat fame. She designed a series of sock patterns based on her experiences of moving to New York City. I just had to buy the New York Sock Pattern Club. The club includes 7 patterned socks that are released monthly starting on March first 2017. Plus a bonus pattern plain vanilla sock pattern. I paid $17.00 for 8 well written sock patterns which is a great deal when the patterns that I generally buy are priced in between $3.00 – $6.00. I plan to knit all of the socks to add to my #boxosoxkal2017. I have already started the second pair of socks in the series called The Avenues Socks 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

I hope that you all are having a wonderful week! ❤ Missy

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

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

February Socks

I’m so happy to have my February socks finished for the #boxosox KAL. I’m still feeling unproductive and unfortunately this cruddy cold is still making its rounds through our house. Hopefully soon I will start sleeping better so that my productivity can increase.


RAVELRY NOTES

RECIPIENT: Me

PATTERN: stitch counts and heel based on the Socks on a Plane pattern

SIZE: Women’s 10.5

STARTED: Jan 17th

COMPLETED: Feb 18th

YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Glimmer – hand dyed

YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 208 yards

FIBER CONTENT: 70% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Stellina

NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 – 47 inch Knit Picks circular

MODIFICATIONS: two at a time – I also skipped the cable – shortened to ankle socks – bind off knit two stitches and then knit two together across

 

these socks were knit from the scrap yarn left over from this sockhead hat that I knit last year

 

RAVELRY NOTES

RECIPIENT: me

PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat

SIZE: one size

STARTED: July 18th 2016

COMPLETED: Aug 20th 2016

YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Glimmer – hand dyed

YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 254.7 yards

FIBER CONTENT: 70% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Stellina

NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 & 3.25 mm/US # 3

MODIFICATIONS: none

 

I hope that you all are having happy, healthy and creative weeks. ❤ Missy

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

Ugly Ankle Socks

I managed to knit a pair of socks with some yarn that didn’t quite turn out the way I had wanted it too. I figure that ankle socks to wear a round the house will be a perfect use for yarns that I am not totally satisfied with. I also knit a little mini sock to hang up in my craft room

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RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: loosely based off of the Socks on a Plane pattern
  • STARTED: Jan 11th
  • COMPLETED: Jan 17
  • YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering weight hand dyed by me 😉
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 255 yards/55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • SIZE: Women’s 10.5/11
  • MODIFICATIONS: loosely based off of the Socks on a Plane pattern. I followed the pattern from the toes to just after the heel turn. Then I started the cuff
  • NOTES: next time knit one round and then decrease one round (4 stitches) to see if the cuff fits over my scrawny ankles better

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Handmade Gifts, Hat, KAL/CAL

Bulky Waffle Stitch Hats

I made a huge dent in my Christmas gift list this week…

Bulky Waffle Hats

RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: Bulky Waffle Hat by Linda Suda
  • STARTED: September 24th
  • COMPLETED: September 28th
  • YARNS: Tan Hat –  Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in the shade of Camel Heather, Grey Hat – Lion Brand Heartland in the shade of Mount Rainier, Blue Hats – Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shades of Celestial and Gulf Stream
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: I used a total of 935 yards
  • NEEDLES: 6.0 mm US # 10
  • SIZE: Large Adult
  • MODIFICATIONS: pattern called for bulky yarn – I substituted 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together

I entered these hats into a hat KAL and a Christmas gift KAL

I hope that you are all having a great week. I’ve been trying to get my Christmas gifts finished so that I can concentrate on my first craft sale in November. It’s hosted by my Great Aunt & Uncle so it should be a really fun time and an educational first step into the craft sale world.

I hope that you all have a great weekend. ❤ Missy

KAL/CAL, Socks

Blueberry Waffle Socks

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RAVELRY NOTES

These socks are super cute and the best fitting socks that I have knit thus far. I used a sewn bind off for the cuffs and an afterthought heel. I modified the afterthought heel by adding three extra rows before starting the pattern. I knit these socks on US # 1 (2.2.5 mm) needles with Knit Picks Bare Stroll yarn that I hand dyed with Teal Greener Shades dye. I plan to add this pair of socks to the #boxosoxkal on Ravelry

Handmade Gifts, KAL/CAL, Shawls

The Because I Love You Wrap

WOW, I might be a bit biased but isn’t this shawl stunning? It’s the Because I Love You Wrap by Amy Meeks. She’s the Sister of the designer of the shawl that I knit last week. Aren’t they both super talented designers?

Because I Love You Wrap
RAVELRY NOTES

I knit this shawl with yarn that I dyed several months ago. I love how it turned out. I am just disappointed that my picot edging on the left edge didn’t lay down better. I wonder if some starch would help in the blocking process but I don’t want to wear something stiff and crunchy around my neck either.

 

I have started a second Wendy Sky Shawl. This one is for my Step Grand Mother. I’m thinking about using the scraps from all three Wendy Sky Shawls to knit a hitch hiker shawl for my daughter. I think that pattern should be fairly easy to modify so that it fits a pre-teen girl.

 

Handmade Gifts, KAL/CAL, Shawls

My First Wendy Sky Shawl

When I first heard about the Wendy Sky Shawl I knew that I had to make one in colors that my Sissy Brittany would have liked. Wendy’s Sister Debby designed the pattern in her memory and 20% of the all pattern sales will be donated to the San Diego School District’s Program for hearing impaired and deaf children. What a great cause!!! Check out the Periscoping Sister’s Raverly Group

This is one of my favorite pictures of Brittany. It was my inspiration when dying yarn to knit this shawl with.

Brittany

I knit this shawl with size US 6 knitting needles and yarn that I hand dyed myself. I used Knit Picks Stroll Bare yarn as a base.

Mom's Shawl
Mom’s Shawl

RAVELRY NOTES

I have yarn set side to knit two more of these shawls. One for my Step Grandmother and one for myself. Each shawl will be slightly different considering I had three attempts at dying the green yarn. This was the one that my Mom liked the most.

 

KAL/CAL, Shawls

Lafayette Shawl

This is the first time that I have knit a pattern off of the info band on a skein of yarn. My Mother gave me the yarn for Christmas last year and then she hinted that she liked the yarn. So to be a smarty pants I decided to knit the pattern that came with it and give it back to her. I plan to save the paper info band that came with it to use as packaging for the shawl this year for Christmas.


This shawl was a blast to knit with worsted weight yarn. It worked up really fast and has just enough details in it to keep the knitting interesting but its not complicated in the least bit. It could be easily knit with a fingering weight yarn and made bigger by knitting more than the 7 sections that the pattern called for.

lafayette shawl

RAVELRY NOTES

While the shawl is gorgeous it was really a pain to photograph. I had to take a picture in the natural light to get a decent picture of its colors. Not the easiest thing to do in the snow.

This is my first Christmas gift completed for this year and my first entry for the #shawlalong2016 which runs from January through March I believe. It’s in the Andre Sue Knits Ravelry Group as well as a few others.

I hope that you all have a happy, safe, and creative weekend.