January (2018) Socks

January (2018) Socks

Aw, look at those little sock butts. I used Susan B. Anderson’s Smooth Operator sock pattern to make these highly-satisfying afterthought-heel leg tubes. I really can’t decide if I’m a fan of the fit on this type of construction but I do love the simplicity of making a nice long sausage casing with a touch of shaping at the toe. It’s very soothing. Until you have to put in the heel and things become fiddly and confusing and somewhat hilarious aesthetically. Hence, the sock butts.

The yarn is really the star of the show. I snapped up this awesome self-striping skein from Gynx Yarns, a lovely Etsy shop that is no longer in business. The colorway is “Preppy Gothic Mermaid,” which is an inside joke of sorts between Laura, the dyer behind Gynx, and her two podcaster/knitter friends. The navy/white stripes are “preppy,” the grey/mauve are “gothic” and the blue/green are the “mermaid.” Each descriptor represents one of the people in the friend trio, if you will. Although I’m aware of the backstory I really purchased this yarn because I think the colors work well together, and Laura is (was) a wonderful dyer. I only have one skein left of her yarn and although I’m looking forward to casting it on, I’m sad knowing it will be my last opportunity to enjoy Laura’s fun colorways.

I knit the heel using a OOAK skein from Voolenvine Yarns that turned out a lot more peachy than pink, unfortunately. After I did the first heel I considered ripping it out and finding a better match but the realist in me said, “you want to be done with these.” Anyway, no one (especially not me) is going to see the heel when these are on my feet. Note to self, check color matching by a window with good light, not in your imaginary mind’s eye, in the dark, at 10 PM.

The light in these photos is disturbingly blue (even after a bit of Photoshop adjustment), and I think that’s because I imagined “blizzard light” to be a bit more natural than it really is. Don’t be concerned, I didn’t go outside to do this, I just sat by my bay window which had ice developing on the inside of the window frame. Michigan is no joke. More like, my rental townhouse is as ancient as an Ent from Lord of the Rings. (That reference is what I call a “nerd alert.” Heads up, everyone.)

Link to my Ravelry Project is here.

Vanilla Latte Socks

Vanilla Latte Socks

Happy 2018! I mean, happy 2019! This post has been sitting in my “drafts” folder for more than a year, so a little confusion about the date is normal from my perspective. These socks were a birthday gift for my husband in November of 2017 (LOL, I’m unbelievably on top of things) and are made out of Dream in Color Classy yarn in the colorway “Chocolate Night.” This yarn is incredibly soft, so my fingers are crossed that it will hold up well to regular wear; although I love cashmere, it’s not exactly the hardiest material. I did the heel and toe in some random coordinating green from my stash. I think it gives the socks a definite nature/tree vibe.

I used the Vanilla Latte pattern, which is free on Ravelry. It’s a good one – simple with a little interest – and I imagine I’ll use it for myself at some point. I think the pattern ends up being a little offset somehow after the heel turn (when it’s only on the top of the foot), but I obviously didn’t care enough to take any notes on this so it will probably happen next time, too. I’m trying to be less of a perfectionist, so I call this a win.

The weather here is currently a total disaster with gobs of snow, freezing rain, and something gross called “wintry mix.” I know I should be feeling lucky that this Michigan winter is only really hitting us in January (the Fall was really quite forgiving), but the addition of having a puppy to walk really makes it that much less pleasant to overcome. At least puppy likes snow.

I’ll be back with a backlog of makes, hopefully interspersed with more timely content. Time to get back on the (blog) horse.

Better Late than Never

Better Late than Never


They’re done!  Even though these weren’t done for Christmas, which was my ultimate plan, I’m still pleased that they were finished right at the beginning of the year.  I’m planning on wearing them year-round, thank you very much.

This time around I used the Favorite Socks Pattern by Voolenvine, although I made a few modifications since my usual stitch count for socks is 56, and this pattern used 64.  It ended up being a mish-mash of Favorite Socks and the Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock, which uses 56 stitches.  I also tried a new technique, suggested by mmontzka of the Stitched in Sweden podcast, which was to cast on more stitches for the ribbing, and then to decrease for the leg, so I cast on 64 stitches, did my two inches of 2×2 ribbing, and then decreased every eighth stitch to get down to 56 stitches for the leg.  Time will tell if I like this or not.  The festive yarn is from Voolenvine Yarns in Holly Jolly on the Footsie base, which is a BFL/nylon blend and should hold up well for socks.

Every blogger and podcaster has been posting about resolutions and end-of-year reviews, and although I’m a fan of reading them, something in me hasn’t warmed to the idea of writing a post myself.  I have been reevaluating my podcast and blog to see where I really want to take this knitting/sewing/crafting thing, and I’m hoping to get a good balance for 2016.  Considering the pros and cons of podcasting vs. blogging vs. doing nothing at all is one of the reasons I haven’t put out a podcast episode in awhile, but I haven’t fizzled out yet!

In the meantime, here’s a picture representing my Christmas experience, in case you were interested.