Friday, December 6, 2019

Dad's 2019 Knit Christmas Socks

My dad's Christmas gift has become just as predictable as me overdoing it with pigs in a blanket on Christmas Eve. But I kind of like that, and I like thinking that his drawer is slowly being stuffed with more and more hand knit socks. He appreciates them and loves them, and so I just keep making them. (Meanwhile many other family members have been cut off from hand knits. You know who you are!)


Pattern: My own cuff-down with 64-stitch cast-on

This is a fun, quick way to incorporate colorwork without doing the actual work. Around this time of year, I'm all for that! Plus when I do floats on socks, I don't feel like they stretch out quite as nice.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Yin-Yang Kitty Knit Socks for Danara

Christmas came early for my friend Danara who visits every Thanksgiving. Last year I made her a pair of knit socks for the first time, and she said she never wears them because she doesn't want to wear them out. We decided she needed a second pair so that having the one pair wasn't such a big deal. (I know a lot of people feel this way about knit socks.)

If you know Danara, you'll know that kitties are the perfect sock for her.



Pattern: YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Black and White

Friday, November 8, 2019

Alex wore his fox sweater!

I made this fox sweater for Alex back in April, so today was the first day he was able to actually wear it. It was a big hit at work, so I snapped some photos when he got home. Of course, Nietzsche had to get in on the photo shoot, as he usually does.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Arne & Carlos Pairfect Pair Knit Socks

Another pair of socks to celebrate fall! It's overcast and yucky today, so we're inside watching Breaking Bad. Can you believe Alex has never seen it? It's been so long since I watched it, so it feels a little new to me too.

This is another pair of Arne & Carlos yarn. I love how easy it is to get a pattern on these. I recommend this yarn if you don't want to deal with colorwork or if you just want a colorful pair of socks with very little effort.


Pattern: My usual cuff-down pattern, following the instructions on the yarn label

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Random Sewing Projects (One Involving Hedgehogs)

I did quite a bit of sewing over the summer, but I wasn't great at updating. Here are just a couple of my faves.



Pattern: Moneta by Colette Patterns
Fabric: Doodles Hedgehog Knit Fabric from Joann

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Alex's Fall Arne and Carlos Knitted Socks

Fall finally arrived today. It was more than 90 degrees on Thursday, and I was worried it was never going to happen! Alex celebrated with a pair of socks I made a few months ago.



Pattern: My usual cuff-down sock pattern
Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos 4-f├Ądig in 3764 Orchard

This is not the Arne and Carlos yarn with the starter color, but this one works just as well as long as you're comfortable making your own pattern. I'm going to make another pair similar to this for my dad for Christmas this year.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Adiantum Knit Sweater

This sweater was in my Ravelry favorites, but I wasn't planning to make it until I saw some amazing yarn on sale at Black Mountain Yarn Shop that was perfect for it. So I moved it up in the queue.

After working on Alex's For Fox Sake sweater, I was looking for something pretty simple. This sweater did the trick until I got to the yoke. If you're thinking about making it, don't try to watch TV or socialize while you're working on the yoke. It's a wee bit complicated, and it doesn't help that I was reading the chart from my phone screen.


Pattern: Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 28: Spring 2019
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Little Brother in Kale and Portabella