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My Sock Knitting in 2020

New sock for September
Geeky Girls Knit
5th podiversary

Last week, I finished my most recent socks. The ends have not yet been woven in and I have not yet taken a picture so that will have to wait for another day.  But I picked my new sock project and got it started.  As it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned here what I do, I’ll go into detail as to what I’ve done.  For the last 2-3 years, around October or November I sit down and pull all the sock patterns and single skein sock yarn, match them up together and kit them up.  The very first year, I pulled all my knit picks Felici. I was part of Knitting Expat’s Sock Clubs (she had 2 that year). So it was easy, every month she had a new sock pattern and I would pick one of my knit picks felici yarn and start knitting.  I still have Felici yarn in my stash. Then that October/November, I printed all my sock patterns that I hadn’t knitted, chose yarn to go with the pattern and stuck them in a project bag with a number.  That first year, I had 15.  At that point I had been purchasing or getting free downloads of sock patterns I loved and I wanted to knit them. It was a shame to keep them in my Ravelry library and never actually knit them. So I made my own little club.  Every month, I would ask Siri to pick a number from 1-15 and I would knit whatever it chose. I do not remember how many socks I knitted that year. While part of the Knitting Expat sock club, I challenged myself to knit each pair within the month so that I could stay on track with each pattern as they were released.  Most of the time I was able to stay on track. Every once in awhile I slipped.  But as long as I knit a few rows (at least 5 sometimes more) every day, then I was able to get the pair done each month.  When I started my own mini club I tried to stay within the monthly challenge. This ended fairly quickly mainly because I now have a ton of socks and not enough drawer space. I even sent a lot with my daughter when she went away to college.  Anyway, I don’t need 12 socks every year so I do not push myself to knit a pair a month.  I think 6 weeks is a good time frame. Any longer and I get bored.  At the end of that first year, I think I had 5 projects remaining from the 15.  Then last November I did the same thing, I still had the 5 projects from the previous year and somehow I had more patterns.  So I kitted up more and I started 2020 with 13 kitted sock projects.  Now I have 5 in my project bin. So I’ve got the 1 I started for September, the 1 I still have to weave the ends in so I must have finished 6. I’m pretty sure I didn’t take pictures of all of them and post it.  I will try to do that one of these days.

I’m currently formulating my plan for next year but I do not have as many sock patterns to knit in Ravelry like I’ve had in the past.  My LYS closed this year and I helped buy all their remaining sock books.  I am thinking about picking one of those books and working my way through it and I’ll probably do that until I’ve gone through all the books.  I’ll let you know what I end up deciding. The end of 2020 can’t come soon enough. I’m done with it. I’m hoping for a better end to the year along with a great 2021.

The socks I started last week are from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast. I haven’t watched it in awhile so I’m out of date with them. But when I was watching, they were a mother-daughter team. They were based in Edinburgh when I started watching them but then moved to the Pacific North West.  It’s been a few years since I got this kit and it was sitting waiting for me to get to it.  One of the reasons why I love doing my socks this way is because it means that I will knit the things I want to knit, even when I forget about it.

~Happy knitting to my knitter friends out there.

Melanie

 

 

Knitting Update, Week 15, 2018

 

  • My April Socks

Nestled Socks
Knitting Expat
Cosy Sock Club
4/12/2018

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
4/12/18

 

  • Land of Sweets Cowl
    4/12/2018

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

Knitting Update, Week 14, 2018

My March socks:

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March, 2018

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
    3/31/18

Scrappy Vanilla Socks #1
Twisted Owl minis
Row One, 10/2017
3/31/18

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

Knitting Update, Week 12, 2018

My March socks:

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March 17, 2018

I still have a few pattern repeats to complete on the foot before I can start the toe.  MyPOA for this week is to finish these socks this week and as long as I keep working on these every day that should happen.

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
3/17/18

As you know from my POA post, I finished the cuffs.  Yay!  I am loving this sweater and I can’t wait to be finished.  I plan to mattress stitch the sleeves and sides together and then finish up the neck part.  Depending on how the neck part goes, I’m hoping this will be finished this week? Okay, maybe that’s dreaming so it will probably be more like a couple of weeks.

  • Land of Sweets Cowl

Land of Sweets Cowl
3/17/2018

I haven’t made as much progress on my cowl as I’d like but a bit of progress is better than none at all.  🙂

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

Knitting Update, Week 10, 2018

Here’s an update on my current set of priority knitting projects. Last month, I finished 2 projects on my knitting priority list.

My February socks:

Warm and Snug Socks
Knitting Expat
Cosy Sock Club
February, 2018

and my Martine Hat:

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

I have 3 priority projects that I work on each day and I think 3 projects is a good number for me.  I can generally do a little bit every day on each project.  I know if I was monogamous I would get a lot done on one project and do it faster but I get bored working that long on one project.  So I get a bit done on each and I don’t get bored.  Right now those projects are:

  • March Socks

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March, 2018

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
2/28/18

  • Land of Sweets Cowl

Land of Sweets Cowl
2/28/2018

I have prioritized 3 projects to work on each day because I have a lot of knitting WIPs and I want to get them done. I’m not very good at working on one project at a time so I try to do a little bit every day on 3 main projects.  The socks is my number one project as I’m part of a KAL (Knit A Long) and need to get the pairs of socks done within the month to enter it in a drawing.  But like I said I don’t have the wherewithal to work on just the socks so I know where I should be at each week of the month in order for me to be finished by month end.  The sweater doesn’t have a deadline but I want to get it done as I’m going to be making a Weasley sweater for each of us (my family).  I have this insane idea of taking our holiday pictures in our Weasley sweaters.  I think it will be so cute and the hubby is willing to go along with it.  I do not think that I’ll get it done for this Christmas but I’m hoping that it will be done in the next few Christmas’.  Anyway, so I need to keep working a bit on these each day and one day they will be done.  The cowl is the same in that I do not have a deadline other than I want to get it done and pushing it to #3 on my priority list means that it will get worked on regularly and it will be done one day soon.

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

I think I have a problem…

 

Resfeber Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
January, 2018

 

While cleaning my craft table I decided to do my daily task of knitting 5 rounds for my Resfeber socks. And while I was doing that, watched the newest episode of The Crazy Sock Lady on YouTube.  And while I was doing that, she mentioned how she was using her Row One minis for scrappy socks.  You guys… a lightbulb went on in my head and I decided I needed to start one as well.  I’ve got 4 months of these minis.  One is in my cozy memory blanket project bag.  And the other 3 are just hanging out waiting for me to use it.  In addition, I just bought the Addi FlexiFlips and was dying to try them out!  So instead of cleaning my floor, I casted on one sock and did about 3 rounds before I got control of myself again.

The yarn is from Twisted Owl Fiber Studio which I received in my October, 2017 Row One Subscription. I picked this one because the minis are 5 grams and felt that these little minis – mini of the minis if you will – are perfect for scrappy socks.  I’m planning to keep going until I use up the mini and then switching out to another mini but I’m not sure how long 5 grams will go on a sock.  I do want them to be scrappy so if it goes too long I may switch it out after a few rounds.  At this point, I’d like both socks to be different but if I ended up switching the mini out before I use it, I may just put whatever I don’t use on the next sock and it will be a bit more matchy matchy.  On to my next task for the day…

I just made plans with a girlfriend to have dinner at OO-Kook, our favorite Korean BBQ spot in KoreaTown, so now I’ve got to get my sh*t together. 🙂 I’ve got a couple of errands to run and I do need to give my Luna some love. As a reminder, Luna is my beloved sewing machine. The big one that stays at home as opposed to my little Bernina that travels with me or Lola, my featherweight.

Have fun friends!

Melanie

 

Central Park Socks

Central Park Socks
8/29/17

Another pair of socks finished for the month!  This is part of Mina Philips of the Knitting Expat Podcast’s New York Sock Club.  The last pattern will be released on 9/1 and I’m happy to have gotten these socks finished and off the needles by the end of the month.  I haven’t chosen the yarn for the next sock yet.  I’ll wait until I see the pattern before I do so.  I learned through this experience that some pattens work with striping sock yarn or speckled yarn or more tonal yarn so when I see the pattern that’s when I’ll figure out the yarn.

Update on the car situation – I was able to connect with the service manager of the shop that needed to “release” my car to the shop that’s actually doing the repair and he said he was going to call the extended warranty after our conversation and do so.  Then the extended warranty is supposed to call the repair shop and authorize the repair.  All in all – I’m not supposed to pay for the repair!  woot!  I called the repair shop to give them an update and that was the last I heard.  Hopefully, everything is being worked on and I will get a call at some point today letting me know that my car is ready.  I have 2 appointments today.  One of which I will definitely not go because it’s just too far.  I’ll just stay home and get some work done.  The other appointment is more reasonable but I’m not sure it will work out time wise.  We’ll see how it all goes.  I’ve got a lot of work to do and I need the time to do it.  Waiting around for a driver to take me around is a waste of time for me.

~Happy knitting and crafting!

~Melanie

 

Knitting Update, 8/9/17

It’s been awhile since I posted pics of all my knitting WIPs.  For detailed information on my knitting projects, find me on Ravelry.com.  I am Mellies1000Needlz.  But here are the projects I’m actively working on this past week:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Socks – I pulled this out of hibernation since I had gotten a couple of socks finished last month.

St. Patrick’s Day Socks 
8/9/17

2. Starting Point Shawl – On one-half I’ve finished the first and second clue.  On the second half, I’m almost done with the first clue.

Starting Point Shawl
8/9/17

3. I pulled the Rickke Hat out of hibernation.  I’m not fond of the yarn and I am avoiding this project.  But I want to finish it up and give it to its intended recipient this Christmas.  I think the yarn is fine to wear but not to knit.  I am trying to do a bit each week.  We’ll see how far along I am in October and I’ll probably move this to top of the list until I get it done.

Rickke Hat
8/9/17

4. Since I have extra sock yarn now that I’m knitting up socks, I needed something to do with it.  I started with this cozy memory blanket but at 16 stitches per side, they’re tiny and do not use up much yarn.  I think the next one I’ll do will be doubled in size to use up more yarn.

cozy memory blanket
8/9/17

5. With any extra sock yarn, I’m putting them into a crochet scrappy blanket.  I just chained 200 and I’m doing single chains on the first row.  If I get bored of the single chain I may alternate it with double chain rows.  I’m not sure yet and I’m okay with however it ends up.  Right now, it’s just a crochet worm.

crochet worm
8/9/17

6. I started the St. Patty’s socks back in March and I was knitting socks one at a time then.  Now I knit them 2 at a time.  I felt like I needed to cast on a second sock and put them on the needles to get 2 at a time socks.  I thought it would be perfect to use a sock blank since I can only knit socks from sock blanks one at a time.  Here’s my Secret Mandala socks:

 

Secret Mandala Socks
8/9/17

Here’s how the sock blank looked like before I started knitting:

 

7. And finally, my Central Park Socks by Mina Philipps of the Knitting Expat podcast.

Central Park Socks
8/9/17

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

 

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