Just One More…

Ahh yes, the plaintive call of wild and domesticated knitters alike:

“Just one more” (row, round, stitch, skein, ball),

“Then I’ll get to” (sleep, housework, cooking, bathing, blogging).

I am not immune and that is why there was no blog post last week.

I had personal goals that I wanted to hit and, well, I figured you guys knew me well enough to know that if there was a gap in my blogging, there’s probably some good stuff coming in the next post.

And there is!

So here we go…

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Sockapalooza

In the last 2 weeks, I finished a whopping *4 pairs* of socks. Yes, I said FOUR.

Crocodilian Socks - Done Crocodilian Socks - Complete

The Crocodilian Socks (aka the Entrelac Socks from HELL) were finished first. As expected, the second one went a *little* faster than the first due to extensive notetaking.

BadgerDan declared them quite comfy and wore them most of last weekend. He does, however, mention that one really shouldn’t wear entrelac socks in workboots as they’ll give you some weird-ass welts on your instep.

Sound advice, thank you dear.

Garden Stroll Socks - Complete

Those were followed closely by the Garden Stroll Socks.

(Very cute – I really need to pick up some summer skirts to wear them with.)

Next past the finish line was my “fun stuff” project from the week before last.

Now, I may not have mentioned it before, but I try and do something quick and frivolous every week to break up the steady work on my epic projects.

Sometimes they get ripped out and you don’t hear about them, but for the most part, they do get finished and that’s the origin of all the bags, hats and other ephemera speckled throughout my posts.

I generally call them my “day projects” as they normally only take a day or so to finish.

Well, this time I decided to tackle some crocheted socks.

Why? Because you can never have too many socks.

(Do you *hear* the sarcasm? Yes, I know I have a problem. I’ll figure out what to do about it. Eventually.)

These ones I totally blame on the yarn which didn’t want to work for any other thing I tried to use it for and I just wanted it out of the stash before it influenced any of the other balls. (Hey, if stash can breed, it can also organize an armed coup.)

Patons Kroy Summer Moss

Behold – 2 upstart balls of Patons Kroy Jacquards in “Summer Moss”.

And here’s what they became:

Crocheted Carnival Socks

I used the “Ultimate Crocheted Socks” pattern by Dorothy Hardy which I had attempted about 5 yrs ago and gave up on, but managed to muddle my way through this time.

Crocheted Carnival Socks - Complete

I call them my “Crocheted Carnival Socks“.

Being toe-up, I simply continued the leg until I ran out of yarn and then proceeded to do the cuff in some solid Patons Kroy 4-ply in Burgundy.

I think they have been tamed quite nicely :D.

Bliosan Socks - complete

And last, but not least, I finished off my Bliosán Socks today!

Janel threw us a bit of a curveball with the last clue – shaped arch construction on the foot.

Bliosan Socks - Bottom Bliosan Socks - top

Sneaky. Clever. Pretty darned funky.

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Fun Stuff

Last week’s little fun project came in the form of a wee stuffed bird.

Stripey Chirp - front

Meet “Stripey Chirp“. He’s 3” tall and made out of scrap Noro Kureyon, and some other wools.

Stripey Chirp - side

(My apologies for the fuzzy photos, it was late at night when they were taken.)

The pattern is another one of Rebecca Danger’s adorable creations called “Chubby Chirps” and is available for free.

(I may have fallen down and purchased her Big Book of Knitted Monsters. Shhhhhh!)

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Epic Garter Stitch

What really has been taking my time up has been a slight obsession with my two blanket projects.

I finished the middle 12″ of the Patchwork Blanket which consists of 36 two inch mitered squares:

Patchwork Blanket - Centre Square

Sock yarn. 2.5mm needles. This is gonna take FOREVER!

So I decided to upsize the squares a little:

Patchwork Blanket - 6

The 6″ squares still take forever to knit (about a day each), but at least it *seems* like progress.

The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket has also been getting a fair bit of love:

Moderne Log Cabin Blanket - Block #7, 35 ridges

Block #7 is now over the halfway point… only 62 more rows to go.

This is Hockey Playoff knitting at it’s best :D. (GO CANUCKS GO!!!)

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A New KAL

A bunch of my Plurk friends twisted my rubber arm and suddenly I found myself participating in WendyKnits’ Summer Mystery Shawlette KAL

Lucky Penny Shawl - Clue 1

I’m using MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in “Copper Penny” on 4mm needles and decided to call it my “Lucky Penny Shawl“.

It’s been easy going so far:

Lucky Penny Shawl - Clue 2 Complete

The largest clue (Part 3) is due out in a few hours, so you know what I’ll be up to tonight :P.

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Next Week’s Agenda

All this clearing off my proverbial desk is to free me up to work on my nephew’s Christening Set which I hope to get done in the next 2 weeks.

I also have the last 3 clues left to do on my Dreamscape Shawl.

Never a dull moment around here.

TTFN.

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Distractions

I was going to comment on Sunday’s storm (which turned out to be the heaviest in 63 years), but suffice it to say we got 26 cm (9.85″) of snow in 24 hours. I am so glad we live in an apartment now and don’t have a driveway to shovel.

I’ve been working until 8pm at the shop almost every day and BadgerDan has been in Barrie all week so we’ve barely seen each other in a coherent state. Trust me, you do not want to see the state of my kitchen at the moment or the rest of the place for that matter. It looks like we were invaded by the gang from “Animal House“.

Even with work, I’ve managed to squeeze in some knitting:

Garter Stitch Jacket, Back Completed

The back of my Fleece Artist Garter Stitch Jacket is now done.

French Fable Socks

My French Fable socks are well on their way to being finished. I had to shorten the foot by 2 repeats. I should be done the pair tonight.

I was distracted by some stash yarn that wouldn’t leave me alone until I used them so:

2 balls of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in “Loro Barraquo” became

Celtic Vest

a “Celtic Vest” designed by Fleece Artist. It still needs a bit of blocking, but it flew off the needles. I can see me wearing this A LOT.

Earlier this year, I went on the Yarn Harlot Yarn Crawl in Toronto where we hit a wonderful shop called Americo Original. When we were there, I picked up a hank of their Dos Cabos 100% Handspun Llama. Super Bulky Heaven.

However, I wasn’t sure what I would make with it. I finally decided to end my agony of many months and made myself a simple garter stitch scarf with it.

Llama Garter Stitch Scarf

On 12mm needles it worked up in no time and to jazz it up, I added wooden beads to the tassels.

Beaded Scarf

Finished last night – I had forgotten how beautiful “basic” can be.

Every now and then I take on some commission knitting, and this was one project I couldn’t say “no” to. Knit for a 2 month old baby girl for a Christmas Gift – it’s her first Teddy Bear.

Baby Teddy Bear

It is made in Blue Sky Organic Dyed Cotton Worsted on 3.75mm DPNs from the “One Seam Teddy Bear” pattern by Eva McDonald.

Every child needs a stuffed bear – `nuff said.

Now that the DH has left to take his dad Christmas shopping, I sit staring at the chaos that is my living room and I realize (to my horror) that knitting might not be a priority at the moment. Dishes and laundry beckon to be attended to before I have to work the afternoon shift.

Crap. Being a grown-up really does suck sometimes.

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