Socks for The Boy (And His Man-Sized Feet)

He wanted black socks. I confess that I might have shuddered with dread. Then I remembered this gradient sock yarn that I had been hoarding for an eternity. He was cool with it, as long as the blue was tucked inside his shoes.

His feet are not boy feet anymore – and knitting socks for 11″ of foot is no joke. But the yarn was fun and watching the color gradually change from black to teal was entertaining enough to keep me going as I knit 2, purl 2 around and around and around…

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No pattern was followed, here. I cast on 72 stitches, knit a 2×2 rib in the round for 7″, switched half of the stitches to plain knit for a smooth sole, and then, after a very long time, worked a standard toe, keeping the ribbing pattern to the end. Then, I went back and put in an afterthought heel.

This was my first experience making a true afterthought heel. I didn’t use a waste yarn, no, no, not me. I prefer to live on the edge. I followed these instructions here, cut my knitting and daringly tried a new technique. And I am glad that I did. Not only did the heel turn out amazing, but I enjoyed the challenge and the thrill. And I love being freed from the waste yarn method.

So, the black eternity socks became a pretty fun knit after all. And The Boy is pretty happy. He even makes sure to dry them flat when he does his laundry, that knit worthy son of mine.

Alpaca, My New Obsession

My sister gave this gorgeous chair to me over the summer. I was so pleased to find that it it the perfect height for my spinning wheel. I usually drag a chair from the dining room table, which is higher and much harder, and then my discomfort limits my time at the wheel. But now! I can sit and spin for hours upon hours (as long as no one needs their diaper changed or food or a referee for the fighting, which is sometimes what my job description seems to be. But I digress…).

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So, what fiber did I pull out of the stash for this momentous spinning marathon? Alpaca. Black, gorgeous, fluffy alpaca. Which I don’t have a picture of, so you’ll just have to believe me that the locks were long, kinky, and luxurious. And the yarn practically spun itself.

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I thought at the beginning that I was spinning a lace weight single, but, as fiber often does, this stuff told me it wanted to be 2 ply lace.

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TWO PLY LACE! Swoon.

I was so hooked on this alpaca that I wanted more, more, MORE. The stash, however, was pretty light on alpaca, so I had to go shopping. And I struck gold!

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This scrumptious alpaca is from WoollyDelights on Etsy (there is more if you want some!). I bought 12 ounces and spent the next few weeks spinning up this glorious, 2 ply lace weight yarn.

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Now I have a sweater quantity of handspun, 2 ply, alpaca lace weight in black and natural that I get to knit up into … what? I don’t know, yet. As I spun, I dreamed of a round yoke, color work sweater, but now I am leaning toward a large lace shawl. I know inspiration will strike soon enough. For now, I just like to pet it and rub it on my face and gaze at it lovingly.

Alpaca is a great fiber for spinning. I will most certainly be stocking the stash with more.

Knit-Worthy Momma

My mom brought her socks to me with a request to darn them. DUDE! I knit these for her, like, for.ev.er ago. I totally forgot about them! So, let me rummage around and see if I can dig up the stats and a badly composed picture of the socks.

Ah. Here we are…

I made these socks for my mom six years ago for her birthday.

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This means that it was early in my sock knitting life. This means that they are terrible. The pattern is Esther Socks and the yarn is Mackintosh Yarns Skye. I decided to put a sweet tomato heel on them and it makes this weird shape out of the lace. bleck

And they have felted a bit. And they had several holes. Which made me think,

Have you ever received so great a compliment on your knitting that the item you made got used to death and a repair is desired so that it can be worn even more?!?

So, of course I fixed the runs and the holes.

But my momma is getting some new hand-knit socks very soon. And they are going to be so much better than these old ones ever were. Because my mom is very knit worthy!

Dino Sweater… Finally

She finally got her Dino sweater. It only took about a billion tries.

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I was inspired by a sweater that I saw on Instagram. (If that was you, raise your hand. I’d love to give credit where credit is due. I scroll through too much and can’t remember where I saw it.)

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The entire Dino is duplicate stitch. Which is fine. But it is a little too thick. And it was a pain to make. But The Princess is so pleased and she won’t take it off, and I am so glad it is finally done. So we are all happy here. YAY

Yarn is Malabrigo Arroyo in Black and Yarn Love Rainbow minis. Pattern is purely made up on the fly. Shout out to Elizabeth Zimmerman who set me free from pattern reliance! It’s been coming in handy in this post-ravelry era.