Stress mending

I don’t know about you, but Election Day and night dragged on forever for me. I told myself to mend a sock anytime I had the urge to check the news. By the end of the day I’d mended almost all my handknit socks.

I started out with my standard knitted patch, but it looked terrible so I experimented with weaving, duplicate stitch, and a very new-to-me concept of a crochet mend. This turned out to be my fave, because it looks like fancy doilies on my socks.

This has also been a reminder of some of the less fortunate yarn choices I made when I was new to sock knitting. The bottom two socks are very silky and beautiful, but have worn through a lot, especially the one on the right.

And the bottom left socks? Somehow I chose a needle that was too big so the socks are loosely knit and ended up as knee-highs, even though they weren’t meant to be.

Overall, it was a very productive day and keeping my mind on mending helped my mental state.

How are you faring in these uncertain days?

Angee socks!

When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.

Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!

The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.

Stay safe!

Mini progress

It’s been four or so days since I casted on for the Mini Mania scarf. This is what I’ve got so far:

 

It’s over an inch, but not yet two inches wide.  The  knitting is slowed down by 1) stopping to admire it and 2) choosing the next color.

 I’m only doing two rows of each color, so the color changes happen often.  I’m basically trying to do light/dark/light, but the results aren’t always what I expect.  I love it, though!

And an unofficial knitting challenge

In addition to the ‘official’ stash exchange challenge, I’ve also challenged myself to knit up some lonely sock yarn that has appeared at our stash exchange for about 3 years in a row!  I decided to knit it up right away so there will be no chance of it returning.

I would it up the day after the exchange, and casted on two days later.  I decided on the sock pattern “Monkey” by Cookie A., as I’d knitted it before and found it a fun and quick knit.  It also looks cute in variegated yarn, which is what I scored at the stash exchange.

I casted on at knit night last night, and at the end of the evening it looked like this:

Shlogging through the ribbing...

Shlogging through the ribbing…

After spending most of today in bed watching Harry Potter and knitting on and off (I think my on/off cold has turned into a sinus infection), I have this:

The fun part!

The fun part!

The pattern is fun to knit– it’s interesting enough not to bore me, but it’s not so difficult that I have to look at the pattern too much to make fast progress.

PS- the yarn is Lorna’s Laces Sock (striped or multi?  I don’t know) in the colorway Daffodil.

Lucky me!

At my sock knitting group this morning, I had a wonderful surprise! You may remember the silly “toe-down” another knitter and I did last week as we raced to finish our current sock KAL- well, we joked at knit night that the loser should gift a skein of sock yarn to the winner. Neither of us finished the toes at knit night, but I did finish later that night, and she remembered what we’d talked about, so today I received this!

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Having myself forgotten about the prize, I was very surprised and pleased! Yet at the same time, I feel undeserving because I hadn’t woven in my ends until today. So I will reciprocate with a runner-up/weaving-in-ends-first-prize, but shhhhhh, don’t tell her!

The much-anticipated Toe-down

Well! Here are the contenders, before the toe-down began! The two pairs of socks prepared two-at-a-time on a circular needle, ready for the ties to be knit!

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We both knitted furiously, but alas, when I came home I had only this much done:

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The other contender’s socks were in a similar state, but I imagine she’s either finished by now, or she will have finished by noon tomorrow!

Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to finish my pair up, and now I have these:

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But I also have a great number of ends to weave in!

Caught up!

Between yesterday evening and tonight, I was able to recoup what I had to frog yesterday on my Pole Dance socks.
Compared to this:

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This looks much better :

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I really kind of freaked out when I tried on the mistake version and found that it was too tight and didn’t swirl nicely… Such a relief to have it corrected ! I ‘ll get both set up to knit the toes, then wait til Tuesday knit night to have a toe- off with the friend with whom I’m in friendly competition!

Too excited.

I had an insane amount of time to knit today, and I was able to complete color #2 on my Pole Dance socks.

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Unfortunately, I did it wrong! The entire section twists the wrong way and is unwearable !

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I had to frog back to the cuff, but managed to regain about three inches this evening. So much for my competitiveness! 😦

Unprecedented progress/it’s all her fault!

Confession: I have something of a competitive nature, and a friend who is also knitting the Pole Dance socks in our current KAL has been making great progress with hers. Each time I see her latest WIP photo, I’ve been motivated to keep at my socks. I don’t want to get too far behind!!!

Therefore, while yesterday I was merely here:

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As of 10:10 this evening I’m here:

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And this includes a setback in which I had to frog the entire blue section and redo it. (I was forgetting my ssks at the beginning of the RS rows!).

Now it’ll be put on a holder until the second sock looks similar (but with different color sequence- I’ve decided to let them be fraternal).

I happen to know that my knitting friend attended a baseball game tonight, and it may even have been too cold to knit, so maybe I’ve caught up? Or will she read this and go to turbo mode, leaving me in the dust? :0

Sock update

My wild and crazy Pole Dance socks are coming along! This evening I finished the first section and picked up stitches to start color #2.
Does this look like a sock?

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How about now?

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After a few rows of color #2, it’s starting to resemble a sock.

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Now that I’m filling in the sock, it’s pretty fun! I think it also helps that I had to switch to knitting one sock at a time. Progress appears faster this way.

Other FOs from this pattern are more high-contrast, but I think these are crazy enough for me!