Today Off My Needles…

Sock Pair #3 is D-O-N-E. I am amazed at how fast socks are flying off my needles! I have a 1.5 hour commute during the day, so socks are the perfect project. They are small, portable, and these socks did not require a lot of looking at the pattern.

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No worries I am not knitting and driving!

I made these lovelies with a skein that I found at my former LYS (Princess Animal).I say former as the store just closed. It is such a bummer, but I bet it is super difficult to be a yarn store today.

The yarn is a lovely 100% Superwash Merino Wool that was hand-painted.The yarn was made by a local company called The Royale Hare.  I really enjoyed working with this yarn. It feels great to the touch and the colors are so vivid.

Sock Info:

Pattern:  Simply Socks Pattern (Great pattern to try!)

Needles: Size 2

Yarn: The Royale Hare’s Rockpile in Bohemian Shadows

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What are your knitting while commuting? 

To Swatch or Not To Swatch?

I hate making swatches. They just keep me from diving into a new project. 

I am beginning the One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill ( Interweave Knits Spring 2015) today. Yay! I purchased  a worsted weight 100% wool yarn (on sale at Stitches West) and the pattern calls for DK weight. I could just make the x-small size to compensate for thicker yarn and bigger needles. However, since I will be spending a lot of time creating my garment, I have convinced myself to do it right. No cutting corners! Hopefully, my gauge matches as I really hate to do the math. 



What are you working on this weekend?

Finished Object (FO): New Socks

This is the third pair of socks I have made since January. I don’t know what is about socks, but if I start with one pair I end up making 10 pairs. I think I need to learn how to magic loop two socks at once. Why is this? Well look at the picture real carefully and you let me know…



 Did you spot it? The aqua color is most certainly NOT even at the toes. Whoops! That is what I get for not counting rows properly. I could frog one back, but I am kind of too lazy to do it right now.

I knitted these from the Basic Sock pattern from Learn to Knit Socks by Edie Eckman.  The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn in Deep Plum and the aqua is an alpaca blend that was in my stash (sorry no yarn info). The pattern is a cuff down pattern with a heel flap construction. I haven’t used this pattern in awhile, and I remembered why. 1) I always cast on too tight and then have to jam my foot in the sock cuff and 2) I hate picking up the stitches around the heel flap.  I  defiantly going to shelf this pattern and look for some more complex socks to make in the future. 

What is your favorite sock pattern to make? 

The Knitty Gritty

I love Instagram! It has opened my eyes to so many amazing fiber artist that I never would have known about. A few nights ago I saw this image… 



What a beautifully rich orange! The cabling is amazing! Wait… Did I read the comment right? This amazing piece is going to be a jockstrap??? Well a couple of clicks later I was on the Knitty Gritty NYC Site and discovered this amazing piece of knitwear (caution: may not be work friendly). I laughed, but then had to admire the  creativity. I mean 100% hand dyed merino wool for the nether regions? Sounds pretty cozy to me 😉. Kuddos to Michael Richman the creator. 

Make sure to follow Michael @knittygrittynyc and me @fabwhitty on Instagram

 
Who do you love to follow on Instagram or other social media sites?

A Fiber Lover’s Heaven

As I exited the light rail door and saw the Santa Clara Convention Center, I knew that I was about to enter one of the most fantastic yarn events I had ever been to. The excitement was mounting and my quickened heart rate and speedy steps were a testament to it. Finally, I was getting the chance to attend the Stitches West Convention! If you don’t know, Stitches West is a 3-day event celebrating all things fiber. There are classes, fashion shows, and of course the marketplace. Unless you are going to a class or are a vendor, I think one day to hit the marketplace is enough.

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Entering the Marketplace was initially overwhelming. Actually it was more like sensory overload. I wanted to clone myself so I could run down each aisle and touch as many beautiful skeins as I could. However, it this type of situation one must exhibit some self-control (haha).

How to Shop the Marketplace at Stitches West:

1) Bring a Friend. It is essential to bring a friend that will reel you in. Thankfully, I had a veteran Stitches West attendee with me. She really helped me focus my attention and develop a plan of attack.

2) Do a reconnaissance lap. Take your time to go up and down each aisle. You never know what you might stumble upon!

3) Bring a pen. During your initial lap you can write down which booths you want to re-visit. (or if you are tech savvy put the names in your smartphone)

4) Save your purchasing until your last hour of being in the Marketplace. Unless it is the last of something truly amazing, do your purchasing at the end of your journey. Not only will you then purchase what you really want, but it is less to carry around with you during the day.

5) Make sure you bring sustenance. You are allowed to bring in food and drinks. Make sure you are well hydrated and fed. There is a lot of walking and shopping to be done. You don’t want to loose steam too quickly.

6) Bring your own shopping bag. Not too many shops were including a bag with the  purchase so make sure you bring a reusable bag.

See how amazing it was?!? Some of my highlights included spotting Stephen West (sorry I didn’t ask him for a picture) and also being introduced to Miss Babs yarn. Wowzers! The yarn is to die for! After much debate, I ended up purchasing a  rainbow varigated skein to make some socks. The yarn is so soft it feels like a box full of fuzzy bunnies. photo

I also purchased a giant cone of 100% wool from the WEBS booth. I plan on making a sweater with it. I could resist as it was only $30. I mean $30 for a pound of wool?!? Who could say no? I am also in love with this coral color. It most certainly screams springtime.

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I am really glad I stuck to my “list” and didn’t go outside of my yarn budget. Stitches West is such a great way to discover new yarn and other goodies. There is a very good chance that the yarn buying could have gotten out of control. However, my wonderful fiber buddy kept me in check and I am really happy about that. I am sad it is over, but I look forward to Stitches West 2016!

Stitches West Excitement

IMG_5459 I may not be Christmas, but tomorrow it will sure feel like it. I am jumping on the train and heading to the Stitches West Convention in Santa Clara, CA! This will be my first time going. I cannot wait to caress some beautiful yarn and check out all of the fun knitting accessories. I hope I can contain myself and stick to my “shopping list.”

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