The time has come…

The time has finally come to tell you all what has been going on the last few months.

In a few short weeks we will be leaving our home on The Ridge to start a new chapter of life in a new house which will hopefully become home once again.

At first I had mixed feelings about leaving our country home but this move seems to be the right thing to do for our family at this time in our life.

There are definitely things I will miss but also things I’ll be glad to leave behind.

It has been a long couple of months and at times we thought everything with the sale of our house was going to fall apart.

We had 3 failed water tests and no water for a month, that was definitely an interesting time. Just when things were all starting to pile on top of me and  I could take no more things all started to get better and work out THANK GOODNESS!

It has been an interesting summer to say the least but we are hopeful things will only look up from here on out.

I think the transition will be the most difficult for the dogs….. there will no longer be free roam on 44 acres and copious amounts of bushes to explore in. Then again they are getting older and have definitely slowed down in pace, maybe they won’t mind at all….

I did start these plain vanilla socks which is about all my brain can handle right now. I’m using Knit Picks Felici in the Lighthouse colourway. My super cute bag was a prize I won on aplayfulday’s blog. The bag is made by That Clever Clementine and won through Lisa of Indie Untangled. Her site features new Indie dyers and makers and when their store updates will be so you will always stay in the know. The bag I won is actually a notions bag but it fits a sock wip in it so that’s what it is currently being used for. It’s the perfect small bag to throw into something else as you are heading out the door.

I have a few things I would like to show you before we make the move but if I don’t get around to it you will know I’ve just got my head stuck in a box somewhere.

You can keep tabs with me on Instagram if you so wish until I get back.

I’m truly hoping the rest of this move goes smoothly!

Happy Patina Socks

I mentioned before that I finished my Patina Socks and I finally got around to getting some pictures of them.

Pattern: Patina Socks by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Kona hand dyed by me

I have said it once and I’ve sure I will say it a million times more but Tanis just does socks right. Not too plain, not too futtery *yes that is a word*, just perfectly awesome.The little details that she adds all come together to make one cracking pair of socks!

My Patina’s are definitely my favourite pair of socks to date. Partially because I hand dyed the yarn myself in the most perfect shades of sunshine yellow and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. But also because I paired the yarn with this gorgeous pattern.

It really makes them sing!

 Although it took longer than expected to knit these, there were a lot of interruptions along the way, they never reached a point that I felt like they were dragging on. I’d pick those needles full of sunshine up and knit along my merry way.

It is no surprise that yellow is my favourite colour but it still amazes me how our emotions  can be so strongly tied to certain colours. There is a house in the town closest to us that is painted a similar sunshine yellow. When I cross the bridge and my eye catches sight of that house looking so bright and cheery between all the others it just fills me with happy and I always remark on how much I love it.

I think I will have a similar reaction every time I reach for these socks from my drawer.

I may even break out some dancing to this…

Delight in the small things!!

I don’t think I could top these Happy patina’s if I tried but I just might have to knit this pattern again it was that much fun!

Pavilion Socks

Pattern: Pavilion Mystery KAL by Rachel Coopey

Yarn: Wandering Cat Yarns Alley Cat BFL in English Toffee

I finished my Pavilion socks! I kind of lost momentum on the second sock and the foot seemed to take forever but I pushed through and finished them. It then took a while for me to get pictures…

Mods: I knit these on 2.25mm’s instead of 2.5′s but when up a sock size and knit the medium to compensate for my smaller needles.

I also added two more slipped stitches to the sides of the heel flap because it wasn’t quite long enough as written.

This was my first time knitting with Wandering Cat Yarns and won’t be my last. Valerie and Rhonda really nail their colours, this is english toffee to a T! Alley Cat BFL is one of those thinner sock yarns that are becoming more and more popular. I really enjoyed knitting with it and I’m interested to see how these wear with their nylon content.

Rachel designed these socks as one of the knit alongs for Unwind Brighton, a fiber festival that happened in Brighton, England just over a week ago.

The Royal Pavilion or Brighton Pavilion as it is now called was Rachel’s inspiration. A little research tells me that the Pavilion, built in three stages,was once a royal residence.

During the first world war it was turned into a military hospital for 14,000 wounded and now is a tourist attraction. You can see the picture of the hospital here.

I love learning about buildings with so much history!

 So there you have it!

Another pair of socks complete which means its time to cast on another pair!

I really must get up to date with my picture taking though, things are getting finished before I have even pulled the camera out.

Such is the busyness of summer!

FO: Groovy Socks

Pattern: Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks

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My Groovy socks were actually finished in December I could just not get the right lighting to snap some pics of these. Turns out my bro has tons of natural light at his house so I took advantage the last time we visited and got pics of a couple of pairs of socks. My Smokestack pics were taken there too, looove that shaggy rug!

I knit these on 2.25mm’s but the pattern yields a pretty tight sock. I’m sure they will stretch with time but I would definitely knit another pair with 2.5mm’s so they aren’t so hard to get on.

This pattern was one of those addictive patterns. A two row repeat and one of those rows is plain knitting…. can’t get easier than that. Perfect socks for on the go and the self striping makes you never want to stop.

I learned this week that Knit Picks is discontinuing Knit Picks Felici.Here I was excitedly waiting for their new colours to arrive. Insert sad panda face here! This is such a hard wearing yarn and really held up perfectly with my hardwood and tile floors. I wears socks to bed, heck i’ve even walked around on my rock driveway with these. Basically if I can’t do what I would in a pair of store bought socks, they just won’t last in my house. There are still and handful of colourways available before they are gone for good so if you want some I’d suggest you get it now! I may have some on the way.

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get some of the older colourways before they were gone too. Maybe someone will decide to destash and I will be able to get them.

This was the last Felici colourway I had in stash and I’m going to have to make the ones coming last all the longer.

At least a have a handful of beautiful felici socks to keep me going for a while.

If you have older Felici colourways in your stash that you’d like to sell lets talk.

If you need me I’ll be groovin’ in my new socks!

Smokestack Socks

Pattern: Smokestack Socks by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock in the Dove colourway

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I recently had the pleasure of testing another pattern for Tanis Fiber Arts.

The Smokestack Socks pattern is another timeless classic, a unisex pattern that will suit absolutely anyone!

Smokestack is the sock version of her Brixter hat, genius and works perfectly in sock form. I love the simple mix of purl stitches and cables.

I got to try out Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock for the first time with these socks.            Merino/Cashmere/Nylon…. need I say more??

It was like knitting with fluffy kittens, so soft and scrumptious!.

The Dove colourway is a popular pick when it comes to Tanis yarn and rightfully so. A beautiful mix of light and dark grey paired with the perfect purples. Not only a unisex pattern but a unisex colourway too!

More of the varigations in the colourway show up when a bit more natural light is used. I love seeing those little strips of colour.

My favourite part of these and Tanis’ Patina socks that I’m currently knitting is that she carries the pattern down the heel. While knitting my Smokestack heels I just kept thinking “that is such a pretty heel” while stopping to admire them. In my opinion this little design feature adds so much.

 I don’t know how Tanis always manages to create those “potato chip” sock patterns. Betcha can’t knit just one??

I’ll be knitting another pair of these for sure because I ended up gifting them to my mum yesterday. I just keep thinking “It’s ok that I gave away the cashmere socks, It’s ok that I gave away the cashmere socks”…. hehe

I have been promising her a pair of socks for over a year now so it was time and they will be all that more special in cashmere.

FO: Carolina Socks

I finally got pictures of my finished Carolina Socks.

Taking self portraits of socks in ‘just the right light’ is incredibly hard and frustrating! After 3 weeks of trying this and that I finally caved and let Moose take these ones for me.

Pattern: Carolina Socks by Monkey Toes

Yarn: Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Ewephoric Sock in the Wild Thing colourway. **This company is no longer in business but you can still find their yarn on destashes.

I was a little bit anal with these socks….. ok I was a LOT of anal on these socks. They started out perfectly fine. Each repeat included 2 purl rows and everything was matching but then I got to the heel….at first I just kept knitting the skein but it was breaking up my perfect patterning that I had achieved on the leg.I cut out the next couple of black stripes and used those for the heel and the first repeat, hoping I would have enough to do both heels black. I wasn’t exactly getting the foot to pattern like the leg so I started having to chop out a couple of inches once the new colour started so it would all be even. I pushed my luck even farther by knitting the toe in cut out black stripes as well.

With one sock down I knew it would be smooth sailing from there on out but I was soo wrong. On this sock my stripes weren’t playing nicely at all. At every colour change I was having to chop bits out so that it would match sock #1 and line up the pattern properly. I thankfully had just enough black to complete the heel and toe but ended up weaving a lot of ends in before this pair was complete.

 They turned out perfectly!

Thank goodness this pattern was really addictive because it definitely took a lot of ripping to achieve these beauties!

Patina Party

I have been oh so patiently waiting for January to come so Tanis could release all her 2013 club patterns into the wild.

Tanis designed this gorgeous sock pattern Patina at the start of the year and I knew right away I wanted to knit them so when it arrived in my inbox upon release I squealed with delight. *Thank you Tanis!*

Of course I couldn’t wait to cast on but I had just cast on for my Carolina socks and needed to get those ones off the needles so I could use them for my Patina’s. *Note I need to get another pair of Karbonz!*

I bound off those socks this weekend and cast on lickety split for Patina.

To say this pattern is addictive would be an understatement, I had to drag my butt to bed before I stayed up insanely late *in my books* working on them. I dug deep into my stash for this yarn. I needed something that wasn’t going to obscure the overall pattern and with the January thaw we’ve been having I thought yellow would be a perfecty warm colour.

This yarn is a Kona base that I dyed myself many years ago. I’m glad that I am finally getting the chance to use it and see what my dyeing efforts produce.

So far I’m really liking it!

Carolina Progress

Well my Rye socks came off the needles pretty quickly *pics to come shortly* and I immediately cast on for another pair of socks…..

The pattern is called Carolina by Monkey Toes. Its a free pattern and another one of those easy repeats. I’m loving it so far.

The yarn is from stash, (I am going to be seriously using up stash like crazy this year) from a company called Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber. The colourway is Wild Thing and the base is Ewe Look Great in Stripes, 75% sw merino 25% nylon. As far as I can tell the company is no longer in business, I purchased this one from a destash.

I may have an extreme case of startitis so you may see some more new projects very soon….

Getting Down

Pattern: Partying Up and Getting Down Socks by Megan Williams

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in High Tide

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 I finished my Getting Down Socks. The pattern for these socks is actually one toe up sock *thats the partying up part* and one top down sock. *the getting down part* A genius idea of Megan’s!  She very kindly gifted me the pattern which I had been eyeing for a while and I cast on right away. I really wanted to do these top down, still not in love with the fit of toe up, so I did both socks in the same pattern.

 The design itself was very easy to follow and once you do the set up rows it is smooth sailing. This was one of those patterns that is very easy to memorize and so enjoyable to knit. A great way to use self striping that isn’t plain vanilla socks.

I used Felici once again. I really love this yarn, it wears extremely well and comes in fantastic colours that make sock knitting a little more fun.

I can’t wait to see the new Felici colour line this year!

I was a bit worried when I tried these on after finishing the second sock.

They seemed tight, a bit too tight I thought, but I’m happy to say that wearing them around the house and taking them on and off a few times has loosed them up to fit perfectly.

Getting Down in these socks is definitely going to help me get through the rest of winter!

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you all.

We survived yet another dumping of snow, receiving 12 more inches and thankfully no more power outages. We are now settling into a deep freeze with temps with the wind chill at -39 C. Brrrr!!!

Pretty soon T will be walking level with the roof of her play house!

During December I worked hard to finish most of my WIPs. I succeed in finishing all but one! All I need to do is get some pictures so you can expect some FO’s coming shortly.

T had the chance to try out her new snow shoes on a family trek.

She did well and made it all the way around the loop with only a little bit of whining…

Since I was good and finished off my old projects I allowed myself to cast on a new project. While my winter boots are still in good condition on the outside, the insides are getting rather worn down and cold on the tootsies. I am going to try out some felt insoles to see if that helps but I also want some thicker socks.

I forgot just how quickly worsted socks work up!

The pattern is Rye by TinCanKnits and I’m using some Patons Classic Wool that I have had in my stash for a long time. The colourway is Bright Red.

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Rye is a free pattern and would be excellent for a first time sock knitter.

I cast on New Years Eve and cast off the first one New Years Day. I’m hoping to have the pair finished in the next day or two. I can just feel those toasty toes!

 Have you started a new project for a new year yet?