Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fall Socks?

It's nowhere near fall here anymore, but I did just finish my fall inspired socks!

I picked up my sock blank while on my trip to Seattle and Vancouver BC with my mom in Sept. 2017 (This was a phenomenal trip that I posted about awhile back). The blank is from GingerSnap (a new to me Canadian dyer) and I loved the yarn the blank was knit with. I usually find sock blanks to be a bit thinner than a traditional hank of yarn but this was a plump three-ply that made delicious socks.

I adored the fall theme and they were exactly what I needed to start when the cooler weather started to come.

My contrast cuff is Knit Picks Stroll  and it totally makes the socks! I love how they knit up but they wouldn't be as standout without the contrast.


My mom and I bought ten balls of Stroll last fall (2016) and split them so we could use them as contrasts for our socks. I love having that little extra to add to my knitting. Stroll is totally affordable and comes in 50 gram balls so you are purchasing a ton. I think when I buy my next lot of Felici I'll be purchasing matching heels/toes/cuffs yarn. 

Happy Knitting! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#2018makenine

I hopped on the bandwagon this year after seeing my feed flooded with so many new (to me) awesome knitting and sewing patterns from #2018makenine. If you haven't visited this tag on Instagram GO NOW (Link provided) I have so many new patterns I want to give a try.

Mine is just knitting patterns but I definitely have a few sewing projects on the brain as well. Here is my nine makes I would like to get started/done this year!


1. Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund
2. Round Cove by Amy Herzog
3. Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier
4. Antonia/Antonio by Julie Weisenberger
5. Georgetown by Hannah Fettig
6. Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer
7. Stay Soft Shawl by Veera Valimaki
8. Hope Cardigan by Amy Christoffers
9. Exploration Station by Stephen West

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Myrna

Happy New Year!

As soon as the first hint of cool weather hits NorCal I fall into sweater love. I want to dream, knit, wear all the sweaters.

My wardrobe consists mainly of high waisted skirts, 40's fit and flare dresses, and my trusty denim jeans. When I (and my mom) found Andia Satterlund's patterns I new they were going to be a staple in my wardrobe and I needed one ASAP.

I raided my stash and came up with six skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the pumpkin colorway to knit Myrna!


 I had just the right amount of yarn and the gauge was perfect! My gauge is never perfect, I always have to adjust (usually a needle size us) but I just got to knit! So Excited!


I love the added detail of the keyhole opening in the back of the sweater, gives a really unique twist on otherwise a fairly plain sweater. This was the first time I've knit a set-in sleeve and it fits my body to much better than a raglan. Whole new world of sweaters here people!


 As you can see, the color works amazing with my button skirt. I have already worn my sweater with a few other skirts and dresses. I have another Andi Satterlund pattern finished that I'll show you soon!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Potholes


Potholes 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies: 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Plymouth Happy Feet used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations: 

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SKP: Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass Slip Stitch OverSSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side 
RS: Right Side 
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Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 1, Purl 1 for 20 rounds

Knit one round 

Left Sock:

Round 1: Knit 22, [YO, SKP] 4x, knit to the end of the round 

Round 2: Knit

Right Sock:

Round 1: Knit 2, [YO, SKP] 4x, knit to the end of the round 

Round 2: Knit

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated for 3.5 inches, the leg length is now 5 inches from cast-on)

Heel Flap:
 
(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain) 

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn  
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1 

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches. 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the g
usset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK 

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A 
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 2 inches less than desired length.  

Toe: 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles) 

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round 

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. 

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials) 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 4

It's been awhile since I've finished TDS but I still wanted to update on the other patterns that we competed with. This round we used mosaic knitting, it looks like colorwork but it's really only one color per row with strategically placed slip stitches.


The pattern is Mosaic Marbles and I used stash yarn, which was my goal for this challenge. These are going to be for my sister for Christmas. They were just slightly too large in the heel and a little long in the toe for me to wear but Logan was happy with them. I'm still going to have to rip back the toe some for my sister and re-knit but I'm not too worried about that, I just need to get the motivation to do it.


The past few weeks I've been reading The Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal which is a memoir about his childhood before and during WWII and how he found his way back. I found that in this time of cultural adversity and race problems this book had an interesting perspective on forgiveness and not laying blame. I enjoyed the unique view of the Holocaust from a child's perspective and the greatness that came from his experiences and life.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Seattle and Beyond

In September my mom and went on another adventure and drove up the west coast USA and went to Seattle and Vancouver BC! So much knitting, driving, music, yarn and laughs happened on our 11 day trip.


Yes, that many yarn shops and Fiber events in 11 days (that includes all the driving too). Crazy fun!


Seattle is my favorite US city I have ever visited, usually cities give me major anxiety (Honolulu I'm looking at you) but Seattle was bright and open and super easy to navigate. I can't wait to go back and visit again along with Bainbridge Island.




We spent hours in Churchmouse looking at all their amazing samples, gadgets, and trinkets. All the women who were working were helpful and lovely, it made me so happy. 

After our visit to Seattle we headed up to Squamish BC and then down into Vancouver. We spent our evening on Granville Island and had a great time exploring all the individual shops and found a great fabric shop. Our last full day in Vancouver we headed to Knit City and about exploded with excitement.




I've spend quite a bit of time at fiber festivals and I appreciated the laid back vibe that came with Knit City. All the designers were mingling and checking out their designs on knitters. It felt like a small local festival but had the choices closer to a Stitches event in the US.


I have a finished object from my trip and that is my Seattle Socks! They are subtly Seattle Sea Hawks colors and my mom and bought and started them in Seattle. I love having these little memories in my everyday life.



I can't wait to show you more projects from my Knit City and West Coast yarn adventures!

For reading, I just finished Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and really enjoyed it. The novel was based on real women and their experiences but with some artistic interpretation by the author. It was the first book I'd read that focused on women and their experiences during WWII and not men. I cannot recommend it enough!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Village Socks

The Village Socks are an easy to memorize squishy rib pattern that will fit multiple size legs/feet without having to change the stitch count! These socks are easy and fast to knit, perfect for catching up on your favorite tv show or making for holiday gifts. The pattern is needle ambiguous and easy to customize with your own heels and toes preference. I found them perfect to break up the funky color spiral I was getting from my Madtosh.


Village Socks 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup



437 yards fingering weight yarn (Madtosh Twist Light used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5 / 2.5 mm 
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back 
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Cast on 64 stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. (Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round) 

Knit 1, Purl 1 for nineteen rounds

Set-up round: Knit in 1x1 rib until last two stitches, P2Tog

Farrow Rib

Round 1: * Knit 2, Purl 1 * repeat across row
Round 2: * Knit 1, Purl 2 * repeat across row 

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated for 3.5 inches, the leg length is now 5 inches from cast-on)

Tip: The top of the foot will have an odd number of stitches, the heel flap will have an even number.

Starting heel flap. (You will be working flat on half of your stitches) 

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

 Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2: Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 



Starting the heel turn:

Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, ssk, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn

Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot) 

   Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot 

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one extra stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 83 stitches on your needles, 31 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK 

Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm marker, knit to three stitches before marker A

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, knit (You are only decreasing on one side)

            (You now have 31 stitches between each marker)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. Cut yarn and start knitting the toe with contrast color. 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles) 

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round 

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)