Knitted Holiday 2017

This year I was able to knit five different gifts this year. It was pretty much down to the wire, and I still need to finish a second sock for my brother and complete another gift, but I’m pretty happy with how many I was able to give this year.

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I made this pair of socks for my dad. For those that know my dad, he is not really a crazy colorful, striped sock guy, but the colors just reminded my so much of him and I wanted to make something special for him this year. Even if he just wears them around the house, it will make me happy.  I used Nomadic Yarn’s self striping sock yarn in “Meet Me in Montauk” with contrast heel/toe in Hazel Knit’s Artisan Sock in “Zest”.

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I knitted this pair mittens for Joey’s kindergarten teacher. I used some wonderfully delicious Bello worsted yarn by The Plucky Knitter in “Weathered Plank” held double for the mitten and some ancient Bernat Multi Sox I had in my stash for the cuff.

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You might remember these from #operationsockdrawer back in June. My sister Ashley saw me working on them when we went to see my sister Rozalyn’s concert and she loved them so much I decided to put them aside to give them to her for Christmas.

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I gave this pair of mittens to my sister Rozalyn. She works at the University of Chicago Lab School, so I wanted to make her something to keep her warm on her walk to and from work each day. I used Sheep Shop Yarn Co.’s Sheep 2 super-bulky in “Robin’s Egg” (discontinued) for the mitten and Luna Gray’s Mishgashi and Yarn Love’s Peterson Park held double for the cuff. (Both are Wool & Honey’s yarn club exclusive colorways.)

I also knit a pair of socks for my mom that I forgot to photograph. They nearly identical  to this pair, but the the dye lot was different so it was a much lighter pink color.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the number of gifts I was able to make this year and hopefully I’ll be able to increase that number in 2018.

 

 

 

As always, full project details can be found on my Ravelry page.

Stripes and Speckled Rollers

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Going down to the wire with the publishing . . . .November’s installment for #operationsockdrawer are languishing projects from earlier this year. This pattern is fantastic for using up those leftover bits and bobs of yarn from other projects and fly off the needles.  Full details will be on Ravelry shortly.

Most of this month’s knitting time has been devoted to secret Holiday knitting. More will be shared after they’ve been gifted! Only one more month left for #operationsockdrawer and I’m excited to cast on my final pair.

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Sgt. Peppers Socks

October’s entry into #operationsockdrawer might be my new favorite pair. This amazing self-striping yarn is from Must Stash Yarns as part of her Beatlemania collection.  Didn’t she capture the colors perfectly?


I went with the simplest of designs so the yarn could really sing. (See what I did there?) Soft and squishy,  I know they’ll be on repeat once the weather cooperates. 

As always, full details can be seen on Ravelry

Wool & Honey Socks

September’s installment of #operationsockdrawer might be one of my favorites.  The yarn is an exclusive colorway for Wool & Honey from ScrupticousPurl. The colors gorgeously recall summer on Lake Michigan; the sandy shore and inky water, the sky and clouds. So pretty! The yarn itself is so cozy and warm, I know that they’ll be in heavy rotation this fall. 

Although I really can’t stand the yarn, I decided to use it for the contrasting heel/toe  since it was perfect match. (Plus, now I used it all and now it’s finally gone!) 

I used this ever-faithful pattern. Which I’ve memorized long ago. All the detail on Ravelry


I also finished another pair of Rollers. Such a great way to use up those leftovers and super quick to knit, they’re great to keep in the car to work on when waiting at school pick up or at music lessons. I’ve already cast on my third pair! 

Painted Trillium Socks


August’s edition of #operationsockdrawer are all about the yarn. Woolberry Fiber Co. Simple Sock in the Painted Trillium is an exclusive colorway made for Wool & Honey’s Sleep Bear Yarn Club.

 The photo doesn’t do this hand painted yarn justice. Fades from creamy white to blush with flecks ranging from fushia to a deep berry, I wanted a simple pattern to let the colors sing. I chose Vanilla Latte Socks, a simple 6×2 rib that gave it just enough interest while still being mindless enough for watching TV or while waiting at Joe’s music lessons. 

Gable Stripes


July’s entry for #operationsockdrawer was technically done at the end of June, but I wasn’t able to finish washing and blocking them until after our vacation. 

This self-striping yarn is from Nomadic Yarns, an indie dyer on Etsy, and the colorway is “Anne with an E” – inspired by Anne of Green Gables. It was rather addicting to knit and was perfectly soft and cozy for socks. They’ll feel wonderful warm this fall. I had some Anzula Squishy leftover from this pair, and it was just enough for the contrasting heel/toe. It definitely added another level of coziness – I’m tempted to make an entire sweater using that gorgeously soft Anzula. 

Pattern was another mash-up of Silver’s Sock and Smooth Operater. As always, more details can been found on Ravelry

Seven Year Socks

I started these socks on June 24, 2010. I completed them on June 25, 2017. During that times we’d moved around the Midwest, had a family, celebrated life, mourned losses, and generally had a busy, happy life. 

I finished the first sock fairly quickly, but hated the pattern and the yarn I was using. Banished to “second-sock island,” I would occasionally dig this project out and cast on the second sock, only to quickly stuff it away again and cast on something more pleasurable to knit.  

There was nothing inherently wrong with the pattern. Hedgerow Socks is not overtly difficult, I think it was more the fact that it was not completely mindless like ribbing/stockinette, but wasn’t challenging enough to hold real interest. Result: annoying. Add that they were on Size 1 needles (think toothpicks) and I was doubly annoyed.  (I lost the original set of DPNs I used and knit the second sock on Addi turbos using the magic loop method -slightly less irritating.)

The yarn, Berroco Comfort Sock, was a poor choice. It’s a nylon/acrylic blend that felt dead in my fingers as I knit it. It was a rookie knitter mistake to buy it. It made a beautiful, soft and squishy, durable pair of socks but the process of knitting them was gross. 

So, the project languished on as half-finished until this Spring. Determined to clear out my last few forlorn UFOs (unfinished objects), I resigned myself to knitting the equivalent of going to the DMV: not pleasurable, seemingly lasts forever, but a feeling of great satisfaction when completed. These will not count towards #operationsockdrawer, instead I’ll be gifting these to my mom, she’ll love them and I won’t have to look at them again. 

More details can be found on Ravelry

***The above photo reads much darker than in real life. The true color is more of a silvery gray-blue with sparse hints of light gray and muted cornflower. (See below)

Pixy Stix

June’s edition of #operationsockdrawer is pretty early due to some marathon car knitting over Memorial Day weekend. 

I have to admit that these my be my favorite so far this year. The yarn is from the very talented The Lemonade Shop (she also dyed the yarn for my Alternative Facts) in the Pixy Stix colorway. This yarn is soft and squishy while still having great stitch definition and strength. I love the subtle rainbow speckling on the creamy white background. Perfect to accent, but not overpower, the simple lace patterning. The pattern is Tadpoles by Jenna Swanson. It was the perfect traveling knit, easy enough to memorize while still holding interest, and it was a bit addicting seeing each twist take shape. I’ll definitely use it again. As always, full details are on Ravelry

Scarlet & Gray Crews


May’s installment for #operationsockdrawer was inspired by a stash dive. I have a relatively small amount of stashed yarn, but some of it is ancient. I had two skeins of Koigu Premium Merino, one scarlet and one gray, that I bought at Purl Soho back in 2010, I think. In honor of that trip, I decided to use their Striped Crew Sock pattern. I modified it by shortening the cuff to 4″ ( I just couldn’t handle the 1×1 ribbing with alternating yarn for much longer) and alternating the main color for the toes/heels. As always, full details are on Ravelry

After finishing and blocking, they are tucked into my sock drawer, awaiting college football season. 

April’s Alternative Facts 

April’s edition of #operationsockdrawer is complete. I decided to use The tried-and-true Silver’s Sock Class pattern, since I would be working on these while traveling and I have it memorized. I also wanted something rather simple to showcase this gorgeous yarn. I picked it up at Michigan Fibre Studio when they were having a trunk show for The Lemonade Shop, a Colorado-based Indy yarn dyer. I love her fun use of color and great names for her yarns. This colorway is Alternative Facts. Complete details can be for be on Ravelry