Category Archives: Knitting

Union Square socks

Union Square socks
5/17/2017

You can find details of this project on Ravelry.  A few weeks ago, Kathleen Mary asked what Ravelry was and I thought I’d take a moment to explain in detail.  Unless you are a knitter or crocheter, you probably aren’t aware of it.  Ravelry is a website – ravelry.com – and I can be found on it as mellies1000needlz.  It’s where knitters and crocheters gather.  I think spinners and dyers too?..  In a nutshell, we can post projects, find/buy/keep patterns, manage the yarn stash, etc.  I’m relatively new so I don’t use it as extensively as it could be used.  I watch a bunch of knitting podcasts and it seems that having a Ravelry group is a must have for knitting podcasts.  It’s a way to take part more actively in the community.  I enjoy the project pages as I can keep my project, who its for, the needles I use, the yarn I use, with the pattern and add any notes I want to add without fear of losing it.  This is especially useful with socks as I haven’t yet found my sock recipe and I’m still tweaking it with every new sock I make.  In addition, you can search and find different patterns.  You buy them and keep it in your library for whenever you are ready to use the pattern.  I would like all my yarn to eventually be listed on the site.  I have a stash, it’s not as big as some people’s and it definitely not as big as my fabric stash.  But it’s overflowing the small basket I had originally assigned to contain my yarn.  I’m trying to knit as fast as I can (I’m a really slow knitter) and use up what I’ve got but I keep buying more yarn.  I’ve already bought yarn from all the indie dyers I wanted to buy yarn from so the buying is slowing down.

Anyway, I’ve been participating in the Knitting Expat podcasts “New York Sock Club” and this month she released the Union Square sock.  It was a bit challenging for me and it took me awhile to get the right side pattern look right.  I was able to get the left side looking beautiful but I had to rip the right side a few times before I figured out what I was supposed to be doing.  I love the yarn and how it is knitting up.  I’ve just finished the heel for both socks so tomorrow I’ll work on the next step.

~happy knitting!

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 2/28/17

 

Magenta/Gray socks

Last time –

magenta/gray socks 2/14/17

magenta/gray socks
2/14/17

Now:

magenta/gray socks Done! 2/28/17

magenta/gray socks
Done!
2/28/17

And they’re done!  yay!  I’m so excited.  Here they are pictured but have not yet been blocked.  I can’t help but wear them first.  Anyone else like that?  Just as a reminder, these were knitted with #1’s and I decreased every round.  I’ve since tweaked my personal sock preference and will continue to tweak until I find the perfect fit.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 2/14/17

Purple/gray socks
2/14/17

Purple/gray socks 2/28/17

Purple/gray socks
2/28/17

Now that the magenta socks are done, I’m working primarily on the purple socks.  Sock #1 – I’m working on the foot.  Sock #2 – I’m working on the heel flap.  I’m using #2 needles, a shorter heel flap and I’m decreasing every other round instead of every round.  So far, I like how these are looking better than the magenta socks.  I hope they fit better as well.  The magenta socks were a bit on the tight end but I believe that once I block them and use them a bit, they’ll loosen up.

Snowberry socks

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

Snowberry socks 2/28/17

Snowberry socks
2/28/17

These are for the girl and we are both loving the yarn!  They remind me of birthday cake ice cream from Baskin Robbins.  These are my purse knitting since it’s in the simple stages at the moment.  I’ve been carrying them in my purse and they are officially my “purse knitting”.  I love how far I’ve gotten on them.  The bulk of the work was done in the past week.

 

Kimono Sweater

My first sweater Kimono 2/14/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/14/2017

My first sweater Kimono 2/28/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/28/2017

That’s about 15″ high now and I need to knit it until it is about 27″.  I’ve got a long way to go especially since I’m doing about 5″ every 2 weeks.  This is a long term project but as long as I keep working on it each week I’m happy.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 2/14/17

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Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 2/7/17

magenta/gray socks
2/7/17

now:

magenta/gray socks 2/14/17

magenta/gray socks
2/14/17

I am loving the sock knitting right now.  I know last week my hands, wrists, arms, and elbows were hurting so I took a short break.  I still knit every day I just didn’t knit as much as I was knitting.  Even so, I am progressing nicely in all my projects.  For the magenta/gray socks I was able to get the decrease done and now I’m back to easy knitting until the toe.  For this project my decrease was done on every row.  I think it is too abrupt and on my purple socks I am decreasing every other round.  It takes a little more managing as I have to write down which row I’m on and what I’m doing but so far I’m loving it.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 2/7/17

Purple/gray socks
2/7/17

Purple/gray socks 2/14/17

Purple/gray socks
2/14/17

As you can see, I started the decrease on the left sock and the right sock only has a few more rows before I start the heel flap.

Snowberry socks

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

I progressed a little bit by putting a bit more rows on the left sock but it doesn’t look much different than this picture so I didn’t bother taking a new picture.  However I did want to say that the little progress was in no means my fault.  I bought another #2 hiya hiya sharps 9-inch circulars.  I love these for sock knitting and I only have 1 right now.  The sock on the right is on them.  So I bought another one to put the sock on the left.  I like knitting socks concurrently because it helps prevent the second sock syndrome (which is when you finish 1 sock but never the 2nd one because of boredom or just because).  Anyway, I got the set I ordered and started using it.  Within a couple of days I was not happy.  There was something wrong and the yarn kept snagging on the join between the cable and the needle.  I was not pleased.  I contacted the shop I purchased it from and I already sent it back to be returned but that’s another $$ in S&H that I had to spend.  Obviously they recommended sending it regular mail for 46 cents but I wanted to be able to track it.  That’s one reason I should buy my needles at the LYS.  Unfortunately my LYS didn’t have 9 inch circulars the last time I was there and I didn’t want to wait for their next shipment.  I think next time I’ll be more patient.

Regia Socks

Kayla's Regia sock 2/7/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/7/17

Kayla's Regia sock 2/14/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/14/17

I frogged the first sock from the last picture and with my hiya hiya order came #2 hiya hiya sharps on a 32 inch circular.  I now have 16″ and 24″ which are two needles I’m not sure I’ll be using again.  But we’ll see.  The 32 inch circular works well putting two socks on the needles.  It feels slower than doing one at a time concurrently as there is a lot of yarn managing.  But, I am enjoying the process so far.  We’ll see if it continues.  I’m not entirely sure how I’ll be doing the heel and other stuff on 1 cable at the same time but we’ll see.  I think I may have to take them off and do them on separate needles concurrently.  If that is the case, I’ll need to either get more #2 9 inch circs, or use the 16 and 24 inch circs.  We’ll see. 🙂

 

Kimono Sweater

last week –

My first sweater Kimono 2/7/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/7/2017

My first sweater Kimono 2/14/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/14/2017

It’s about 10 inches now.  I’m enjoying this.  The color is grayed out above but you can see how much I’ve done from last week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 2/7/17

 

Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

Now –

magenta/gray socks 2/7/17

magenta/gray socks
2/7/17

I am progressing pretty nicely on my socks.  I’ve got the heel flap and I turned the heel on sock #2.  Now I just need to do the decrease.  Since that will take a little effort I will work on the foot part of sock #1.  I like how it is looking and I like knitting it.  But I’m knitting so much that my hands, wrists, and elbows are starting to hurt.  So, I need to slow down on my knitting.  I’m hoping I don’t have to stop completely but can just do a bit at a time.  I find that sock knitting is really hard on my hands because I’m gripping the needles so tightly.  So I’m going to try knitting on other projects and see if that helps.

Kimono Sweater

last week –

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017

Now –

My first sweater Kimono 2/7/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
2/7/2017

I am supposed to do this stitch for about 5 inches but I am fine with it being at 4 inches.  I started the next part and I’m enjoying this project.

Here are updates on my other sock projects.  It’s been a few weeks since I last posted pictures and I’ve actually been working on them a bit at a time.

Purple/Gray Socks

Purple/gray socks 1/17/17

Purple/gray socks
1/17/17

Purple/gray socks 2/7/17

Purple/gray socks
2/7/17

I turned the heel for sock #1 and I’m working on the leg for sock #2.  Right now sock #2 is my easy knitting that I pull out just to work a bit on each day.  It doesn’t require much thought.

Snowberry socks 1/17/17

Snowberry socks
1/17/17

Snowberry socks 2/7/17

Snowberry socks
2/7/17

I really like this yarn.  It’s so soft and I love knitting on it.  The problem is I only have 1 hiya hiya sharp #2 9inch circulars and the sock on the right is using it.  The sock on the left is using hiya hiya sharp #2 -24inch circs.  It’s not fun knitting on these.  I ordered another 9 inch circ and as soon as it gets here I’ll be replacing the needles on the left.

And I started another sock project.  This one is actually for the girl but I started it so she could just knit and purl to her heart’s content and not worry about getting it started.

Kayla's Regia sock 2/7/17

Kayla’s Regia sock
2/7/17

This is using Regia’s self striping yarn and Kayla and I are loving it.  This is on hiya hiya sharp #2 – 16 inch circs.  Of all the needles I’ve tried, I love hiya hiya sharps #2 on the 9 inch circulars.  I do want to try magic loop at some point so I think I will be able to use the 16 inch and the 24 inch at some point.  I did order myself 32 inch circs also.  I’m not sure if I will like it as I did fingerless mitts on magic loop and I didn’t enjoy knitting those.  But that was a couple of years ago so I’ll try it again and see how it goes.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

February’s Crafty Focus and things…

Okay so for January I said I wasn’t going to list out my goals each month like I did last year.  I don’t think that is going to work.  I’m very much a planner, a creator of lists, and I tend to live and die by those lists.  Okay maybe not that extreme.  My lists help me keep myself organized and on track for getting things done.  And while my lists may seem similar from month to month – especially since I’m slowly working through my WIPs and enjoying the process, I plan to list those tasks that will move me forward in each of the projects.  So while I still plan to focus on Celtic Solstice and finishing the top and back of this project, I do want to get Missing Ivy quilted.  And once I get Celtic Solstice finished, I plan to start working on Have yourself a quilty little Christmas again.

Missing Ivy – I really want to get this quilted so I need to trim the batting and prep this for quilting.  I hope to get this quilted in February.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

Celtic Solstice – I’m working on Border #3.  Once that is done, I’ll work on putting together a back.  I am contemplating pulling all my leftover scraps and using that to create the back.  We’ll see how that works.  Usually by the time I get to the back, I’m so tired of a quilt I just want to get it done.  That may still be the case but I don’t want to buy more fabric and I’ve still got a bin of scraps in oranges and blues and bits of pieces that didn’t make it into the quilt.  I don’t think I want to make a hot mess but I might just throw something together and call it a modern back. ;0

Celtic Solstice Inner Top completed 1/30/2017

Celtic Solstice
Inner Top completed
1/30/2017

Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The inner top is done and all I need to do is piece the border.

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! 10/16/2016

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas!
10/16/2016

Those are my top three projects that I plan to work on.  I’m not sure I’ll get to all of those this month but at least I’ve got a game plan. 🙂

In regards to knitting, I plan to focus on my magenta/gray socks and my first sweater.  I’ve got a hat I’m working on for the boy that sits in the car whenever I find myself waiting for a kiddo but that’s car knitting.  Maybe next month, I’ll be pulling that out to start the decrease.  I’ll work on my other 2 socks if I get the urge to work on them.  Here are the latest pics I’ve got of my projects –

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

 

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017

 

 

 

 

Knitting Tuesday, 1/31/17

Pink/blue socks …

Last week –

1/24/17

1/24/17

Pink/Blue Socks My Second Pair 1/31/17

Pink/Blue Socks
My Second Pair
1/31/17

All the ends are weaved in and I’m wearing them now! woot!  I love them.  These are technically my second pair of socks.  The first were these:

My First Socks 11/2/2016

My First Socks
11/2/2016

I gave them to my mother when she came to visit me last November.  They were practice socks.  The yarn was just some yarn I had lying around.  It’s much bigger than sock yarn and I used  #7 DPNs.  They were bamboo DPNs and I can’t remember the company.  Probably Clover as I didn’t want to spend money on this at that time in case I wouldn’t take to it and just used whatever I had on hand.  Now that I’ve finished my second pair and working on my 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the same time, I’m loving the sock knitting.  I’m just doing plain vanilla socks as taught by Lucy Neatby in her Craftsy class, My First Socks.  I’m learning how to modify the socks so that they fit me best.  Those first purple socks were too big.  The second pink/blue socks I just finished are still a little too big.

Magenta/Gray socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/24/17

magenta/gray socks
1/24/17

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

I have about 1.5 inches left on the second sock before I start turning the heel.  I’m a slow sock knitter.  I would love to knit a pair of socks a month.  I hope I get there someday.  But I’m happy to be where I am right now as those first socks took me forever!  I believe 6+  months. I wasn’t really keeping track back then and I didn’t knit as much as I do now so it really isn’t a good comparison.  However I am faster and I hope that I get better as I go along.  I did discover this past week that the yarn I have been using is not Malabrigo.  lol.  I have a few skeins of Malabrigo and this colorway matches closely with one of the Malabrigo skeins I have.  But it is not.  Rather the yarn I’m using here is Crock-O-Dye sock yarn color #224.

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017

And I started on my first sweater.  I’m still at the very early stages and I can only knit a couple of rows a day.  I do not have a lot of time so I just do a bit when I can.  My local yarn shop has knit night tonight and every Tuesday. I’m hoping to attend and work on this project each week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

Knitting Tuesday, 1/24/17

Pink/blue socks …

Last week –

pink/blue socks 1/17/17

pink/blue socks
1/17/17

Now –

1/24/17

1/24/17

Sorry the lighting is bad.  The toes have been grafted but I still need to weave in ends.  I tried to get them done for this post but apparently I hate weaving in ends.  I got through half of one sock. Next time I’m going to weave in throughout the project and not wait until the end.

Pink/Gray Malabrigo socks

Last week –

magenta/gray socks 1/17/17

magenta/gray socks
1/17/17

magenta/gray socks 1/24/17

magenta/gray socks
1/24/17

I got a lot of progress done and I decided to start on the second sock so that I don’t get second sock syndrome.  I love how these are knitting up.

I do not have much progress on the other knitting projects so we can touch base with them next week.

~Happy Knitting

~Melanie

2016 Goals – November Update

 

Time is flying by way too fast! 🙂

My OMG goal for November was to finish Missing Ivy! But I didn’t do it.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

The top is finished and the back is ready.  I need to press everything, trim the batting and get on the long arm at my local Bernina dealer.  But I haven’t done it yet.  I really want to get this done soon.  So I’ll be able to accomplish my #1 goal for 2016.

#1 – Get 6 quilts done in 2016

Quilt #1  – Tell It To The Stars – finished 2/20/2016

Quilt #2 – Scrapitude,2015 ==> finished 4/3/2016

Quilt #3 – Moon Glow – finished 7/30/2016

Quilt #4 – Hampton Ridge – finished 9/29/2016!

Quilt #5 – Raining Cats and Dogs – top was finished on 4/9/2016.  Keep going on the hand quilting.  I’m working on quilting the backgrounds with the cream thread.  My goal is to get the second row done.

== Not done.  I haven’t touched this in a long time.  Not sure why other than I haven’t been interested in doing hand quilting.

Quilt #6 – Missing Ivy – Press the top, press the back, trim the batting and quilt it.  Then I got to bind it.

== Not done.  I need to schedule time on the long arm and get going on this.

Quilt #7 – Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The scrappy border kit will be released while we are in Colorado so as soon as I get back I will be heading to the LQS to pick it up and start working on it.  My goal is to get this top done this month since I want to get this quilted in December.

== I did pick up the kit but haven’t gotten started on this.  I’m hoping to get going on this this week.

Quilt #8 – Celtic Solstice – My plan for the rest of the year is to get the top done and then have this ready for quilting in January 2017.  For November I want to get the inner top done so I can work on the borders in December.   That seems like a lot but I’m dreaming big.

== I did not get the inner top done but I’m very close.  I plan to get the inner top done for December and get started on working on the border.  I hope I could get all the borders on so I can quilt this in January but I haven’t looked to see how much border I need to do.

Quilt #9 – LQS 2012 BOM “Provence” – My goal is to get the the alternative blocks done and maybe have the alternative blocks paired up with the main blocks.

== I did get the alternative blocks done and I started pairing them with the main blocks.  But I’ve got about more to pair them together.

Quilt #10 – 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Mystery Quilt – Area One – Work on the blocks I have fabric for on the 2 available Fridays before Bonnie Hunter releases the first clue of En Provence!

== I’ve got 2 of the clues finished for this and I’ll be holding off on this until January.

Quilt #11 – Scrapitude 2016 – I pulled this out and started working on clue #1 as my leader/ender.

== Yes… I am working on this project as my leader/ender.

#2 – Continue to count my stash, with a true effort to not add fabric on a whim.  

As of 10/31/2016, I’m at net ADDED 36.972 yards for the year.

As of 11/30/2016, I’m at net Added 37.972 yards for the year.  I’ve only added 1 yard for the month!  Can you believe that?  I’m amazed and I know it’s entirely because I’ve been counting the fabric I bring in and the fabric I use up.

#3 – Create a hobby budget and stick to it!  

My budget for the year was $3,000 and I surpassed it.  I’ve adjusted this goal to simply continue tracking how much I spend on my hobbies.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 10/31/2016 is $4,499.85.

==> Current crafty spending for 2016 as of 11/30/2016 is $4,571.73

#4 – Knit weekly

I’ve started several projects and haven’t taken pictures or listed any of them.  In addition to knitting each project a bit at a time, my goal this month is to show them all to you every Saturday.  I started a new set of socks, a beannie, and a shawl.  The socks are my TV knitting or just daily knitting, the beanie is my Clipper basketball game knitting, and the shawl is my car knitting.

==> I finished the Clipper beanie.  In addition to the socks mentioned above, I started 2 other pairs of socks.  The first one is pink/blue and the first sock is practically done.  The toe part needs to be grafted and then I can continue on to the second sock.  I also took pictures of things and posted about them here.  It’s a little dated now but gives you an idea of what things look like until I have a chance to post another update.

#5 – Cross Stitch weekly

Continue progressing. ==> Not much progress here as this was a busy month and I got caught with the knitting bug that took up a lot of my cross stitch time.

Mama's Bukid 10/20/2016

Mama’s Bukid
10/20/2016

Mama's Bukid 11/26/2016

Mama’s Bukid
11/26/2016

Continue working on the new project…

A Rose Fairy 10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy
10/20/2016

A Rose Fairy 11/2/2016

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

#6 – Scrapbook

Now that we have a date for the crafty girls’ weekend retreat.  I need to book a place.  I will probably not do this until January since we scheduled our retreat for the weekend after Easter 2017 and that’s in April.  I’m thinking of renting a small house in San Louis Obispo or some coastal CA town.

Here’s a link to my original 2016 Goals.

Here’s to a great year!

~Melanie

 

 

My knitting adventure

Today is mi madre’s birthday.  So Happy Birthday to her today!

I’m supposed to go up north tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with the norcal family but me and the kiddos are not feeling well at all.  I’m not sure we’re going to make it but we’ll see how we feel tomorrow.

Besides that, finally, here are the pictures of what I’ve been doing while I was gone!

Short socks 11/22/2016

Short socks
11/22/2016

This is the first sock and I’ve got the second sock started.  I plan to continue with the pink up until the toe and will do the toe part in blue.  I do not have much of the blue left so I had to start the second sock to make sure I had enough for two socks.

Here are my first socks that I finished a few weeks ago:

My First Socks 11/2/2016

My First Socks
11/2/2016

I don’t think I ever got around to posting a picture.  These are my first ever socks so please don’t judge them too harshly.  The girl loved them and took them with her on her trip.  She said that they were warm and perfect for the colder weather of the East coast.  When she returned I ended up gifting them to my mom who absolutely loved them.  I love my family. 🙂

Another sock project 11/22/2016

Another sock project
11/22/2016

This is the yarn I got from our Florida/Georgia/South Carolina trip last June.  I actually got further along than this while we were in Colorado but it was too small for me and when I got home had the girl try it on.  It ended up being too small for her too so I ripped ripped ripped and started all over again.  The picture is not great and I couldn’t get the camera to focus properly.  Here’s another picture and hopefully you can see the colors better:

Sock project 11/22/2016

Sock project
11/22/2016

Purple is my favorite color and I’m loving how the gray, dark purple, and pinky purple all blend together nice and stripey.  I’m enjoying knitting these up as I go along.

I am also working on an infinity scarf but that’s in the car and I’m too lazy to go out and grab it for a picture.  It’s my car knitting when I go out in the morning and warm the car up for 10 minutes before I take the kiddos to school or while I’m waiting for them after school.  It’s slow but that’s okay.  Every bit at a time helps me move forward.  Otherwise I’d just be sitting there irritated that I have to wait for them. 🙂

Clipper Beanie 11/18/16

Clipper Beanie
11/18/16

And I posted this picture last Sunday of the Clipper Beanie. But it’s not blocked yet.  I really do not know how I’m supposed to do that with a hat.  I figured it out with a shawl or flat object but I do not know how to do it with a hat or sock.  Is it okay to just spray water on it and leave it flat to dry?   For those knitters out there, please help.  I’m a new knitter and really confused about this.

Have a great quilty or knitty day!

~Melanie