Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunshine and Sox

The sun is shining but as you can see the temp is not all that warm.



When I was putting some correspondence in the mail box at the street earlier this morning
it wasn't that cold out 
unlike yesterday when the temps were in the low 20s
and I swear it was the coldest, cold day we've had this winter.
THE day for wearing all the handknits possible 
hat, cowl, cardigan , mitts and sox.


Speaking of sox.
A second pair of the Broken Seed Stitch Sox is on the needles.
I'm lovin' this pattern and the results.



You may notice each sock has their on needle.
What with using two ball of yarn at a time,
it is much easier to have each them on their on own needle.
I'm still knitting them in somewhat of a two-at-a-time manner with an inch or so on one sock and then on the other.
They seem to go fairly fast,
probably because the pattern is a simple one
and now that I have inserted the waste yarn to mark where the afterthought heel goes and only the instep portion is in pattern it IS smooth sailing.

The neat thing about this pattern is 
that I can modify the pattern to knit either toe up, 
or as this pair is, cuff down.  

Since I am using scraps or mini skeins
as long as the yarn lasts until the cuff and leg portion 
is finished to the point I place the afterthought waste yarn marker I'm a happy camper.  
That way the pattern shows above my shoe and the foot portion can be any color or pattern.

Luckily the yarn I'm using is enough to last well into the foot of the sox . . . . .
so far : ^ )

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The weather being what it is
this afternoon will be just the time to finish our audiobook by John Sandford.

Have a good one.

hugs 'n smiles





Friday, February 20, 2015

Tri-Color Infinity Scarf

Winter has finally come to mid-Missouri.
In celebration of  it's arrival
I decided to knit a scarf to keep me extra warm for the duration.
Selected three yummy colors from my Yarn Stash 
- Conch, Tapistry and Smudge -
in a blend of 70% Merino,  20% Cashmere 
and 10% Nylon 
Ever so lovely for snuggling.

Rather than leaving it as one long scarf
I grafted the ends together to make it an infinity scarf.




Seems we're in for an icy/snow mix overnight and into tomorrow.
A good day to stay home and listen to our newest audiobook.

hugs 'n smiles



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Same Yarn, Different Result

A year ago this month this vibrant skein of yarn came into my Yarn Stash
Oh, I love how vibrant the Gold plays with the
pinks, purples, blues and green.

I just knew it would be knit into a wonderful pair of sox.




Lesson learned:
once knit up 
it's not always what one expects.

Thus,
V
V
V


My Honey Badger Sox
NOT what I expected or wanted.
un-happy face

Those vibrant Golds are just not 'popping'.
It seems the darker green and blue are predominate.
Not the outcome I expected.



They are in my sock drawer,
but have never really, truly been 'in like' with them.

Fast Forward to this past December
There are posts on Instagram
from a knitter in Norway
who is making use of leftover colorful yarns
combined with white 
to create a wonderful pair of sox.

This gal in Norway is a prolific knitter.
Could it be winter snows that keep her indoors?
Already this year she has knit 17 pair of sox.
Yes, that's right, 17 pair.

Anyway, after seeing three or four pair of her sox knit with this combo last December
I decided I must give it a try.

I picked up my leftover ball of yarn with the gorgeous golds, 
got out the white yarn
and here's the result.
! ! ! ! ! 



Must say,
these are much more to my liking.
The alternate rows of white yarn do lighten the entire project.

Lesson:
Must find just the pattern
for every skein of yarn.

These will be worn with love.

hugs 'n smiles

p.s.   The first pair from this yarn [Honey Badger Sox]
have, in the meantime, found a loving home.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be My Valentine !

Be My Valentine ! 


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mink and Chasmere

Bare Naked Yarn Club is the idea of
Anne Hansen - knitwear designer.
My most very favorite designer.

The club gave knitters an opportunity to experience knitting with yarns that are in their natural state.
No dyes.
Most of the shipments I've received are of a uncommon source.

Yak from Inner Mongolia
Camel grown and spun in Mongolia
Muga Silk
Natural grown Green Cotton yarn with the Infusion of Copper
Merino wool from MONTANA
Cashmere
Alpaca
Hemp


This post is about the most recent club shipment.
It's a wonderful yarn that is a blend of 80% Mink and 20% Cashmere and is fairy light.
A dream come true.
Mink, ladies, mink  ! ! ! 




I love the pattern of this scarf designed by Anne Hansen expressly for this Mink/Cashmere blend.


It is now a cowl rather than a scarf.  It suits it better I think.
It measures about 8" by 53" before joined to make it a cowl.


This, too, is to be gifted to a beautiful friend.

Oh, oh, not to fret.  I have another skein of this yummy yarn.
Don't know yet what it will become.


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Gifted to Me

This past summer a friend visiting from the U.K. 
gifted me 
a gorgeous skein of yarn in Autumn colors.
The most beautiful Orange
and nips of deep lavender
a gal could love!

Perfect for a lovely pair of sox.

Doreen, you're one sweet friend.



I enjoyed knitting with this yarn.  
'Round and round I knit
I could hear a little voice telling me that these sox should be, in turn, gifted another friend.


And here she is
keeping her feeties warm and toasty
at the end of a busy day.

Thank you Doreen for your kindness.


Everyone, keep warm
as Winter has not made her departure
quite yet.

hugs 'n smiles 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

This Evening's GORGEOUS Sunset


Pink and Grey with pale blue  just gorgeous.

hugs 'n smiles

Btw, Dianna, downloaded this photo via
'My Computer' selected from the Start menu
rather than usual Picasa
Does not require file extension [i.e, .jpg],
go figure.

LOOKY WHAT HAPPENED ! ! ! !

More fooling around
and was able to post these
sock photos.

This first pair is Spats


Neon Blue



Brown Stripes



Go for the Green



Fri-bak with Gray



It required dropping the extension [.jpg] before it allowed uploading.
Go Figure ! ! ! 

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These are not the entire sock collection from this stint of knitting.
Once I know Blogger will allow me to choose and upload photos there will be more photos
! ! !   fingers crossed ! ! !

Take care, stay warm 'til tomorrow when our temps are forecast in the fifties F.

hugs 'n smiles

Crazy Blogger

Seems like Blogger is being Contrary.

It will not allow me to choose photos to post .

How in the heck can we blog without eye candy????????

Let's give it a try.
[this is where normally there would be several photos]
Have been knitting Hubby sox to replenish his sock drawer.
These seven pair [see pretend photo] were knit between
September and end of January.

These three pair of Waiting for Winter Mittens were knit during that same span.
[photos of one pair of Deep Sea Jelly Fish colorway, two in charcoal gray]
They are as simple as ever.
Just Like Sox !!
Except for the thumb and it is shorter than the normal sock, thus less yarn needed.
I loved making these for Hubby, and both Daughters.

Four knit hats were also knit.
{see photo, oopps, forgot, Blogger is being mean to bloggers}

One hat each in:
Gold-ish Green
Barley colored
Grasshopper Green
Denim Blue

ALL FOR ME ! ! ! 

For you Rav-ers these Projects are on
my Ravelry Project Page  click here.

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#*&$@#%&*
So this is what it's like to post without photos.

WAKE UP BLOGGER we want photos ! ! ! ! 


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