Hand Knit Sock Love

by Kristin Longacre on March 8, 2014

Van Gogh Sunflower SocksIt occurred to me that I never shared my newest pair of hand knit socks. I know I don’t have much to share these days (this is slowly getting better), but finishing these socks really did bring a sense of accomplishment. Remember when I used to finish a pair of socks a month… ah those were the days, HA!

A year ago December my friend had given me a skein of the Van Gogh sock yarn, Sunflowers. For those of you who missed this series, Opal put out a series of yarn that was based off of Van Gogh portraits. This one was based off of his Sunflower portrait. I started these socks not very long after she gave them to me.

Along came the little man, a hitch hiker and very little knitting on my part! A few weeks ago, I finally finished up these socks! I can’t tell you how good it felt to put on a new pair of socks! I forget so quickly how amazing a new pair feels!

The Details:
Pattern: 72 Stitches, plain vanilla sock
Yarn: Opal – Van Gogh
Colorway: Sunflower
Needles: Signature Size 1, DPN
Timeline: Well over a year!

I won’t lie, Starry night is one of my favorite portraits and I MIGHT just have to hunt that yarn down at some point!

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Hitchhiker Part Two

by Kristin Longacre on January 1, 2014

Hitchhiker ScarfWell I think it’s safe to say that knitting took a backseat in 2013. In fact, it took a major backseat. You might even find a little déjà_vu in this post. My last post was February 3rd and I can officially say I have finished one project (other than two baby hats for the sweetest little man) since then.

On February 27th we welcomed my little man into the world. He has been the biggest joy but also a lot of time and energy! (Don’t worry, I love every minute of it… even at 3am!). What used to be knitting time is now little man time…

Back in October one night I had the desire to cast on a hitchhiker scarf again. It was an awesome project I did for a friend last year and I loved how it could be very mindless, yet at the same time was a little bit more interesting than the same vanilla sock I had been knitting since New Years Eve (2012-2013, which for the record is still on the needles).

I had picked up this skein of Three Irish Girls (LOVE THEIR SOCK YARN) at Stitches Midwest 2012 and knew it would be perfect. I honestly have a shirt in every color that would match (of course, I didn’t match it for my photos!)

At first the hitchhiker flew by, eventually as it always does the rows got longer and I got busier with a crawling/half walking little man. Each time we would go visit my mom I would hope that he would be distracted enough to not care that mommy wasn’t giving him undivided attention :).

This last trip to my mom’s house she sent me into the other room and kept saying KNIT!!!! So I finished my scarf!

Hitchhiker Scarf

Quick Details:
Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Points: 38, I probably could have pulled of 39 though.
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock
Colorway: Bryn
Needles: Knitpicks US Size 5
Timeline: 3 Months. Finished December 26, 2013

I love this pattern and could knit it over and over again. For now I’ve cast on a Lintilla and should probably work on that sock again. My New Years Resolution is to darn the 20ish pairs of socks that have holes in them… I should probably go get started on that.

Happy New Year Friends!

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Mitered Square Blanket… Finally Finished

by Kristin Longacre on February 3, 2013

DSC_3761Once upon a time… I decided I liked knitting blankets (insert laughing noise here). I often read other knitting blogs and the “Madness” on January One’s blog caught my attention. (Note the date, 2007). In my mind I thought “oh I could knit one of these blankets… no problem… it will be good mindless knitting…”

Finally in May of 2009, I started knitting the Mitered Square Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitter’s Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures. My goal was to knit it out of Cascade 220. At some points throughout the project I considered doing 16 or 20 squares, but I knew I would get to 12 and see where it would go from there. I ordered enough yarn for the 12 from Web’s anniversary sale in 2009 and got going.

At one point I could tell you all of the colors of Cascade 220 I was going to use…. half of them are currently missing tags and may or may not have gotten used along the way. I do know that they all are Cascade 220… color wise, sorry I did a horrible job keeping track.

Somewhere in 2009 or 2010 I gave up. I got distracted by other pretty knitting things and walked away from the blanket.

For the last 3 years, I kept saying “I will finish this blanket by the end of the year.” I pick up and knit a few little mitered squares and back to the yarn closet it goes.

A few weeks ago, while knitting with my friend Laura we were talking about knitting through stash and finishing up old unfinished objects. She is MUCH better at the using stash thing then I am and the mitered square blanket came up. I mentioned that, once again I wanted to finish it this year and she laughed and said it will never get done. I told her she was probably right but I was going to pull it out of the closet anyways.

I pulled the squares out of the closet and took a look… 11 completely finished squares, yarn wound up for 1 more square. Shock, it was almost done! I knit up the last four miters and started the “putting the blanket together process.”

Last night while IU ‘upset’ Michigan I crocheted together the last squares! It’s OFFICIALLY DONE!

Mitered Square Blanket - FINISHED

Somewhere along the line I realized, I am not a blanket knitter. No matter how hard I want to believe that I love knitting blankets, they will take years on end to finish. I will stick to socks, hats, fingerless mitts… things that I know I will finish.

Finished Mitered Square Blanket

I love having a pretty new blanket to cuddle under, don’t get me wrong. I am loving the finished object. Knitting the squares wasn’t really that bad either. I just ran out of steam with them.

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Wrigley and I have already taken two naps with our new blanket. It is now blocking on the floor to straighten out some of the center joins. The edges roll a little bit and at one point I considered adding a border, but I like the unevenness of the squares being joined together.

I also considered pulling out another UFO to finish from deep in the stash… but then I decided to start a Mystery Sock Knit Along from Lala Knits.

Happy Superbowl :)

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Oldest UFO

by Kristin Longacre on January 25, 2013

Last Saturday morning I dug deep into my yarn closet and pulled out my oldest UFO (unfinished object) that is still a potentially “finishable object”. This came up in a conversation a few weeks ago with my friend Laura. She told me I would never finish it… I told her it was probably true but that I had a goal of finishing it this year. She laughed and told me I’ve said that before… definitely true.

When I pulled out the blanket last Saturday I was one square short of a blanket… Throughout the week I’ve been planning and working here and there on it & tonight my piles look like this:

Mitered Square Blanket

Then I set myself a weekend goal of a completely finished blanket… we’ll see how distracted I get.

What is your oldest UFO?

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Keeping Up With the Hitchhiker Trend

by Kristin Longacre on January 15, 2013

HitchhikerI get behind on the knitting trends from time to time. I was a little delayed in understanding why the knitting world had a Stephen West obsession, then I knit a Daybreak and it made sense. Most recently I got behind on the Hitchhiker trend. I kept hearing about what a wonderful and easy to knit pattern it was, so I finally dove in to check it out.

I understand the obsession.

This was my last and final Christmas present I knit this year. It was a present for my friend Laura. We decided that 35 is the new 42 since with a skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight I only got 35 points instead of 42. It was the thought that counted right?

It was another one of those “just one more point” things. It was hard to put this project down and I have turned on a few others to knit the Hitchhiker since starting it. If you are looking for a good scarf pattern that uses one skein of sock yarn this comes highly recommended. I loved it!

Hitchhiker

Quick Details:
Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Yarn: Bluemoon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway: Firecracker
Needles: Knitpicks US Size 4

Have you found this obsession yet?

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Green-Eyed Monster Socks

by Kristin Longacre on January 1, 2013

Monster Mash Striped SocksBack around Halloween I decided I needed a pair of Halloween socks… I had some Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber sitting around and decided to cast it on. Somehow I managed to lose the tag for these socks, but I believe it is in the Ewephoric Sock yarn with the Green-Eyed Monster colorway.

I cast on 68 stitches and did an afterthought heel. They quickly became the socks that ride around in my purse.

As you can tell, the socks did not get finished for Halloween. In fact I think I was still on the cuff of the first sock on Halloween. Then came Christmas knitting that needed to be done.

My poor socks took a backseat.

I finished the socks this past Saturday and while I love the way they look, they don’t quite fit right. I have used the afterthought heel tutorial from TheKnitGirllls a few times and I never manage to make the foot long enough before starting the toe. I am determined to get it right eventually.

For now I stand by the “the yarn will stretch” mentality, but overall they worked great for the one day I wore them.

Quick Details:
Yarn: Three Ewes Twisted In Fiber (Link to Destash, No Longer Dying)
Colorway: Green-Eyed Monster
Needles: Signature US Size 1

Happy 2013! What were you knitting at midnight?
(I was sleeping)

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Sunshine Socks by Cookie A

by Kristin Longacre on December 29, 2012

Sunshine Socks by Cookie AI got a little behind in updating with all of my Christmas knitting. Actually, I got behind in general with updating! The holidays got the best of me and I’m still playing catch up in some areas!

All of my Christmas deadline knitting was done by Christmas. I do have one more Christmas present in the works but it will get done when it gets done and I’m not too worried about it being after Christmas.

I took the easy route this year and I really only knit for three people. My cousin’s Christmas stocking, the Hitchhiker I am still working on and socks for my mom!

This summer on our way back from Stitches Midwest I told my mom to pick a pair of socks out of the book Sock Innovation. She flipped through and settled on Sunshine. So, the socks for my mom are in the Sunshine pattern by Cookie A from the book Sock Innovation. The yarn was Perfect Day Yarn (Link to Destash, No Longer Dying) in the colorway Chocoberry Tart. They were knit on my Signature US Size 2 needles.

I can’t ever say enough good things about the patterns that Cookie A writes. I’ve knit more of her patterns than any other knitwear designer and I have yet to come across a pattern I wouldn’t knit again. (I’ve knit  5 or 6 pairs of Monkey socks!) The book Sock Innovation rarely actually leaves my knitting bag. Even if I am not knitting a pair out of it at the exact moment there is a good chance I will be again soon in the near future.

The Sunshine pattern was great and I would knit it again if I came to it. For now I am going to finish knitting my way through Sock Innovation and cleaning up some stash yarn!

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Merry Christmas!

by Kristin Longacre on December 25, 2012

From Wrigley

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One of Those Weeks…

by Kristin Longacre on December 20, 2012

Every have one of those weeks where you fully intend to knock 100 things off your to do list, yet as the week wraps up you still haven’t tackled two of them? That is my week this week.

At some point I had the brilliant idea to knit three coffee mug cozies for a few friends. That was scratched when I found this awesome idea of a chalkboard coffee mug. Needless to say, that didn’t work out. So, instead of coffee mug cozies I have nothing to share for my knitting this week.

The secret Christmas knitting is about four rows farther than last week, so there wasn’t much point of bringing it up again. My hitchhiker is about 2 points farther, than it was last week.

Impressive huh?

I blame my lack of knitting on the fact that in Northwest Indiana it currently gets dark around 4:00, so despite 7 hours in the car last weekend it was pretty hard to knit a lace pattern in the dark.

Unless the world ends tomorrow, I have a lot of knitting to finish in the next four days.

How is your Christmas knitting coming along?

 

 

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Cameron’s Stocking

by Kristin Longacre on December 15, 2012

Cameron's StockingWhen we were kids my grandma knit us all stockings that matched our parents. They were red, white and green and for the most part matched. Keeping in mind that a lot of them were knit at different times and with different types of yarn, they all followed the same general theme.

A few years ago my cousins and I reached that age where marriages started and kids joined the family. Despite not having my grandma around anymore I decided to take on the tradition.

For the last four years I’ve been knitting Christmas stockings as we add to our family.

Last year in the midst of chaos, I failed our newest family member Cameron.

Despite the fact that he is now a year old, Cameron will finally get his stocking today!

The Details:
Started: December 2011
Finished: December 9, 2012
Yarn: Red Heart
Needles: US Size 7
Pattern: Christmas Stocking by McCall Patternwork Company – McCall’s Needlework and Craft, Winter 1980

Cameron's Christmas Stocking

Sorry it took me so long Cam!

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