Monday, January 20, 2020

Fall Socks

I like to knit to the colors of the season or nearest holiday, it gets me in the spirit and makes me happy. This past year I focused more on designing and started my Christmas sock knitting fairly early so my fall socks weren't actually finished until January. But as I'm writing this post I get to wear them so at least their done!

The yarn is used is SweetGeorgia that was given to me by a knitting friend and finishing client. She didn't remember what she had purchased it for and gave two hanks to me. Out of these two hanks my mom and I were able to knit three pairs of socks! Two are regular height and my shorty pair.

When I knit shorties to make sure I don't run out of yarn I add some sort of contrast to them, usually the heel but this time I added a cute little gold toe! The gold is a different yarn but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. If I was striping them the gauge would have been an issue. This is my regular US 1.5 needle, 9", 64 stitches with Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and this formula fits my feet perfectly!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Polka Spot

Happy New Year and Decade! The last decade was crazy, life changing, and tons of growth for me. My decade in recap, 2010 I graduated High School and went to college, 2012 moved into my own apartment, 2014 graduated from College (UCM) and went to Europe of the first time. 2015 I went to Ireland, 2016 Germany, Austria, Scotland, and England, 2017 Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, 2018 I went to China. Through all of that I moved back home, became a nanny, worked at my local yarn shop, quite my first job as a server. My parents got separated and back together, I traveled to New York for Rhinebeck and Canada for KnitCity, I was diagnosed with anxiety and started medication that has forever made my life better. There was so. much. more that I don't even know how to write it all.

The start of this decade has me taking a step back at the yarn shop so have more time to design and releasing my first hat pattern!

Polka Spot was my first release of the year and the new decade. With yarn purchased on my first trip to Europe! Lana Gato Misina was purchased while I was in Italy and is the most luscious worsted weight wool. This wouldn't be the perfect wool for everyone, it definitely has some tooth to it but it shows the stitch pattern perfectly for Polka Spot.

Polka Spot is fun and quirky and very quick to knit. I was able to work both my samples up in one day each. There are five sizes to it's the perfect winter accessory for anyone in your life! I especially love it on kids:) Any worsted weight yarn with some body to it would be great for this hat. Wool, Wool/Acrylic, Acrylic would all be good choices. 

This fall when we visited Apple Hill (a series of apple orchards/farms) I brought along quite a bit of knitwear and was able to get my sisters to model. The child model is my co-workers daughter (she was paid in knitwear:))