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Ok, so I am a sucky blogger, no treats for me.

I’m still here, survived the long, long, LOOOOONNNNNGGGG OMGPLEASEMAKEITSTOPAUUUUGHGHGHGHGKILLITWITHFIRE winter. Seriously, we had over 6 feet of snow on our lawn and it only really went away about a week ago.

Yuk.

I’ve been doing a lot of socks lately. Here’s the most recent pair, just finished this morning.

Vanilla Stripes

I like these because I got the yarn on the cheapity-cheap from this bizarre little place (Cambridge Fibres if you happen to be anywhere near Cambridge Ontario). I had no idea what it would look like, but it was $3 and I’ve got loads left to make at least a scrappy pair or something. And they are crazy weird stripes, always fun. I’ve been stuck in some kind of ribbing rut. Not solid ribbing on every sock, but some everywhere. Not sure what that’s all about, but there you go.

It’s actually inspired a new pattern that I made for my friend Dennis, they are called (creatively) Dennis Socks (so creative Heather, way to pull out all the stops.) At any rate, it’s a free pattern, lots and lots of nice ribbing, including on the heels and toes if you are so inclined. Or not if you don’t want to. I’ve even done it in three different sizes, first time for that, let me know what you think ok? Good mindless stuff should you be looking for that kind of project. Also good for that really crazy coloured skein of yarn that you have that doesn’t go with any other pattern, you know the one I mean.

Dennis Sock

 

The yarn is Lion Brand Sock-Ease, the colour is called Taffy (really Lion Brand, where are you getting grey, yellow and orange toffee? Ew.) The cuffs, heels, and toes are just Paton’s Kroy, can never go wrong. Dennis really liked them, so yay!

Ok, kids, I’m going to be better about posting here. Really. Joey has some cool motorcycle stuff going on in the garage, so I’m going to go out and do some fun shots out there, you can see the new bikes and bike pieces. Assuming the sun stays.

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It seems I have some knitting catch up to do here on the blog!
Guess what I’ve been making? Heh.

I showed you the beginning of a sock back in… oops… March:

Sock WIP

Which finished up look like this:

Spice man

These were toe-up socks for Joey using the Spice Man pattern. Just a plain foot and ribbed cuff, but what else are you going to do with that crazy yarn! It’s a good easy pattern if you’re looking to give toe-up socks a try I’d recommend it. The yarn is Lang Yand Jawoll Color Aktion, colour 132.0289. (Do you think they have 131 other striped yarns?) Not super soft, but very sturdy and very machine washable.

I got into the gift knitting spirit too. I often knit for Christmas and fall birthdays during the summer. I know some of you are cringing at the mere thought of winter holidays, and likely think I’m nuts, BUT! when I open that drawer in December that has all the accumulated knit presents in it? Don’t I feel awesome! Oh look, a whole whack of presents that just need wrapped! HA!

First up, socks for my mom!

Old Joe for Mom

This is the Old Joe pattern, knit in Indigodragonfly Merino Sock, colour West Side Story 2: Jumping the Shark. They are a very mom blue, I think she’ll like them. And if you like a sock with an easy to remember pattern that results in some nice texture then this is the pattern for you. Just knits and purls, not much counting; looks spiffy in the end.

Next, socks for Brenda. Brenda often asks for really crazy coloured socks, but as I was working on these I couldn’t help but think that they looked like something she would pick. That’s how it goes sometimes, right? Check out the awesome cables.

So many cables!

There are more on the leg too, little knots that drip around the leg as you knit. Hence the name of the pattern, Drip Drip Drop.
This was one of those patterns that I had know intention of making, but as I saw others working it up in a knit-along I just had to try the cables, they were so pretty. I’ve not done a lot of cabling, so it was a bit of a challenge, but not as hard as I was afraid it would be. The lovely green yarn? A Socks that Rock Rare Gem from Blue Moon Fibre Arts.

After two solid socks I was in the mood for some crazy coloured yarn. I’ve had this Candy Sprinkles from Studioloo in my stash for the longest time. I’ve tried a couple of patterns with it over the years, and never loved what I got. I’ve done this spiral idea on crazy yarns before, it always seems to work, and it’s fun to do. I ganked it from Cat Bordhi’s Coriolis socks – I didn’t use her construction, just the spiral.

Twisty Sprinkles

There is one other pair of finished socks, but they require their own post, as I have quite a bit of info to go with them. Scrap lovers keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

Currently I have two pairs in the works. A cabled pair for my mom that uses a cable I made up:

Moms socks

The yarn is Indigodragonfly Merino Sock, colour Grr… Arf! (Mutant Wheaten)

And of course, I needed a new project for camp!

Caterpillar sock

Bright socks against the trees of Algonquin Park. The yarn is Wildfire Dreams, which doesn’t seem to be available any more. The socks are inspired by  Cookie A’s Lateral – I thought the ridges might be good for the wild variegation. I’m loving how they’re turning out, and the texture is very squishy!

That’s it for the sock round up!

Tune in next time for… uhhh… another sock!

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Well, spring is supposed to be on the way, but right here, right now – not so much. There is still a lot of snow outside, it has in fact, been snowing most of the day. things are still grey and beige and blah. Also cold. Time maybe for a little colour boost?
Yes, I think so! Please let me introduce Ciel, the newest monster at Joey’s House!

Coming soon!

Knit from a super-squishy (seriously – you want one of these!) Babycakes DK kit from RainCityKnits, she is sweet, colourful and very fun!

Babycakes Rainbow

I couldn’t help but get into some colour work with all of the pretty colours I had available. Don’t fret, it isn’t too difficult. If you’re really not into it, maybe just some stripes?

Rainbow monster
The pattern is available on Ravelry, of course. I hope she brightens your day! If not maybe this will: use the code nomoresnow to get 20% off any of my patterns from now until Friday! Whee!

Ciel monster

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It is Labour Day – the official “end of summer” for many, at least around here.   The kids go back to school tomorrow, and the weather is always unpredictable from here on out.  This weekend has been typical of many Labour Day weekends – rainy and on the chilly side.  A good weekend to stay inside and snuggle up with your knitting under a nice blanket.  Or maybe cuddle up with your knitting that IS a nice blanket.  It would be pleasant to have someone to keep you company in this snuggly venture, wouldn’t it?  Well, let me introduce you to Draggo, the newest creature chez Joey.

Draggo

Draggo is all the things we’ve just been thinking of – a bit blanket, some knitting to do and some company while you do it.  Draggo isn’t very chatty, more the grumpy, silent type, but that just means he won’t comment if you make a mistake.

Draggo close up

Now don’t get too concerned that you have SO much to do – kids to get ready for school, lunches to pack, laundry, etc etc.  Draggo is flat and cuddly, but he is not as big as a blanket – he’s only about 40cm/16″ tall.  He is knit mostly in the round, so there is not a lot of seaming to be done at the end.  And he has only minimal stuffing, so even that won’t take long.  His pocket and the little baby that rides in it (his name is Blob) are optional, but really, you want a Blob don’t you?

Blob

Of course you do!  Draggo is now available for sale, either through my Ravelry shop, or at Shall We Knit , should you happen to be out New Hamburg way.  Karen will also have Draggo kits available at the K-W Knitter’s Fair, next Saturday September 11.  I’ll also be at the Fair, so if you see good ol’ Sock Monster hanging from my bag come on over and say hi!  I may even have some swag on me!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have laundry to ignore, lunches to not think about, and a kid who is happily playing, not thinking about school tomorrow.  I think I hear my blankie calling.

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Manly man socks

I am happy to have another pair of Christmas socks off the needles!  These are not particularly newsworthy – plain ol’ stockinette socks, with a contrasting cuff, heel and toe.

The only thing that makes them manly is the colours – although I am sure there are lots of girls out there who would wear these too.  The yarn is good ol’ Patons Kroy in the colours Burnished Sierra Stripes, and Gentry Grey.  I know there are lots of fun and fancy yarns out there that people rave, rant and get crazy over (hello Wollmeise, I’m looking at you!) and I do enjoy a good snobby yarn at times.  But really, if you want some nice looking socks that will wear well and feel nice and warm and wooly on your feet its hard to beat Kroy.  The yarn for these socks cost me under $15 – and would have been under $10 if I hadn’t purchased the contrast colour – and I have enough left to make a kids hat or pair of mitts or something of that sort.  Now that’s a good deal!  I do love a good deal,  don’t you?

ETA: reader Faye (hi Faye!) has asked what pattern this is.  It’s my own standard cuff down sock pattern.  It has been cobbled together over the years from a couple of different sources, including the Yarn Harlot’s  basic vanilla sock recipe from her book Knitting Rules.

 

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Hey look, I finished something!

The ripping streak I posted about last time continued to haunt me.  Sigh.  I ripped the same sock AGAIN because it was far, far too big.  You would thing I would notice that before reaching the toe, but sadly, no.  I gave up on all fancy patterns for it and just went for plain old ribbing.  I knew it would fit, and it always looks good.  Finally, success!

All done except the toe grafting.  I could have knit at least 1 other pair of socks in the time I took screwing around with these.  I am glad they are done, and that I like them.  they are going into the Christmas pile and that makes me happy too! 

We visited my brother and his lovely bride-to-be in Barrie a couple of weeks ago, and Annie was lovely enough to put up with taking me to Knit and Quilt, Barrie’s LYS.  I was happy to find yarns I had never even heard of (yes, apparently such a thing exists) and this little number followed me home.

It is Punta Yarns Merisoft Handpaint, in the luscious colour HP71.  So soft. So squishy.  You so need some.  With it I made this:

John Brinegar’s Bouce.  Aptly named if you make it in some sort of squishy yummy yarn like this one.  Quick and easy too, two of my favourite attributes in a pattern. 

Coming up next?  Well I’ve been into the dyes again, and it seems there is a small monster in my head just awaiting his birth.  We’ll see how much ripping  THAT requires!

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So.  Last week I started a new sock. (I see you rolling your eyes.  Stop it.)  It went great!  The fastest sock I have ever knit!  I loved the colours and the yarn, and how I was knitting it (top down, after thought heel) and all that good stuff.  I was so excited when I got it done.  Four days!  I knit a sock in four days!!  That means I could have a pair of socks in just eight days!  Right? Right??!!?  Absolutely!  Except…

Neighbours are just in the process of adopting a baby.  He came to live with them this week.  Clearly that calls for some sort of celebration, and we all know that a new baby needs something knitted!  What sort of neighbour would I be if I didn’t welcome the little guy properly?  The fact that I love, love, love knitting wee baby stuff has nothing to do with it, of course.  So, also quite quickly, the required hat fell off my needles.

A nice stripey little hat, meant for next winter, made out of some soft stripey scraps I had in the bin.  One was Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit yarn, and the other was… ummm….  something else stripey.  No idea, sorry.  Cast on 80 sts, rib for a bit, alternate yarns every 2 rows a la the Turn a Square cap , standard swirly decreases on the top, add a tassel and lookie here, you made a hat!  Nice.  I love patterns like that.

And now that the hat is done I can get back to my super fast sock, right?  Sure, yeah, that was the plan for today.  Until I saw these, and these, and went to look at the swap pictures here .  Aren’t they pretty?  I know, some of you are saying “pot holders, Heather?  Really?  Potholders?Lame!”  Ok, so potholders aren’t high art, but they are a wonderful exercise in colour, texture and shape.  You can cram all sorts of colours onto a potholder, just to see how they look.  And if its not so great?  Well, it’s a potholder, not a blanket, or a sweater, or something else that has sucked up a lot of time and effort.  It’s really just for fun!  It’s a great summer project!  It’s quick and easy!  It’s… so easy to get sucked into!  Pattern books have been requested from the library.  Yarn ahs been purchased.

If you need me, I’ll be in the corner with my hook.

Oh, the socks I mentioned?  They are a gift, can’t post the pictures here.  But here’s the Ravelry link if you want a peek.

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