Winding Up Christmas Knitting…

by Kristin Longacre on December 13, 2012

… or trying to!

It has been another busy week filled with a variety of knitting! It makes me realize how “out of it” I got these past few months with my knitting projects and how much I have missed it. We are 12 days from Christmas and I only have five projects left to finish before then… we won’t discuss that I haven’t started three of them.

Secret Perfect Day Yarns ProjectFirst things first. The “secret” knitting project. This is a Christmas present and I am still working my way through it. I made a little bit of progress this week  so you could call this project about 65% done. Yes, I know I have a ways to go.

Quick Details:
Yarn: Perfect Day Yarn (Link to Destash, No Longer Dying)
Colorway: Chocoberry Tart
Needles: Signature US Size 2

Halloween SocksI am continuing to work through the striped socks from last week. I was really hoping to have them done but I haven’t spent as much time on them this week as I did in the weeks past. I’m hoping to call them finished this weekend, even if they aren’t a Christmas gift. They are a simple pick up and knit at any time project to keep with me!

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

Hitchhiker Pattern in Socks That Rock LightweightThe only other project I have going on actively right now, I just started last night. It is a gift for a friend and really isn’t due until “after” Christmas, but it will make for good on-the-go knitting for the upcoming weeks. I officially jumped on the Hitchhiker bandwagon and cast on my first Hitchhiker scarf!

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

As for the Christmas Stocking you saw last week, check back later this weekend. I will only be sharing finished objects that are Christmas presents once they have been gifted. Good luck with your holiday knits! Until next week, what are you working on?

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Weekly What’s On My Needles

by Kristin Longacre on December 6, 2012

In an attempt to get my blog up and going again (sorry for the lack of content lately) I’m going to try and do a weekly “what’s on my needles”. I’ve been pretty slow and producing anything finished lately, which is a big part of why this blog has slowed down. Hopefully by committing to updating the blog each week it will encourage me to try and finish different pieces of knitting.

So, I am introducing a new weekly (hopefully) blog that will keep things a little more up to date.

Monster Mash SocksOne thing I always have going at some point or another is a pair of plain stockinette socks. I started these around Halloween and have been carrying them around since. They don’t get worked on every day, but when they do I tend to make pretty good progress.

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

I would like to actually finish these up in the next week or so, since I have a very pretty skein of “The Holly and the Ivy” Vesper Sock waiting to be cast on as my next pair of stripey socks.

Cameron's Christmas StockingMy first “deadline” knitting has a deadline of around a year ago. (Seems to be a common theme over here at Confessions of a Sockaholic). Every year (at least I try every year) I make Christmas stockings for the new members of one side of my family. We had a new little one join our family last year, but in the midst of my crazy life I was unable to complete his stocking. Have no fear Cameron, your stocking is coming this year! The name was already complete I just need to finish the white stripe, a heel turn and a toe.

Quick Details:
Yarn: Red Heart (YIPEE!)
Colors: Red, White, Green
Needles: US Size 10.5

Secret Christmas KnittingThe last thing actively on my needles right now is a Christmas present for someone who doesn’t know what it is or when they are getting it. So with that being said. I will show you the pretty yarn and pattern it is making but that’s about all you are going to get for now.

Quick Details:
Yarn: Perfect Day Yarn (Link to Destash, No Longer Dying)
Colorway: Chocoberry Tart
Needles: Signature US Size 2

Until next week, what’s on your needles?

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Socks for My Husband

by Kristin Longacre on November 18, 2012

Aaron's SocksThere is a “curse” throughout the knitting world about never knitting for a man until you are married… Actually there is even a book called Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You’ve Got the Ring!).

One thing I said I would never do was knit for Aaron until we were married. Last year, not long before our wedding I ordered some sock yarn from KnitPicks and set it aside to cast on after our wedding. They were going to be one of his Christmas presents.

Two days after our wedding I cast on a pair of Hermione’s Every Day socks… I had done this pattern before and knew I liked it…

For Christmas he got half of a cuff of a sock with an “IOU” attached to it. The socks sat in timeout until March.

I picked them up again and realized they were way too big.

They went back into timeout.

This summer I finally picked his socks back up, DETERMINED to finish them before our first anniversary. At this point, all I had knit him was a hat… he deserved more than that.

I finally decided to try again with a ribbing pattern, 3×2 rib… 75 stitches… size 2 needles. Crossing my fingers after turning the first heel, they FIT!

So, they went back into timeout and I knit the Eunice socks for myself (no comment).

When October rolled around I realized I didn’t have much time left. I cast on the second sock and knit away. They were FINALLY finished November 3rd, just four days after our anniversary. He now has his own pair of hand knit socks.

Details:

Needles: US Size 2
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn
Colorway: Ash
Timeline: Technically September – November 2012

Needless to say, the Christmas knitting list is cut WAY back this year. No more IOUs.

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Eunice Socks by Cookie A

by Kristin Longacre on September 23, 2012

Very rarely do I sit and spend months (literally) trying to find the perfect pattern for a skein of yarn. Every once and awhile though, socks will get ripped out 5 or 6 times before I find the pattern that they want to be. These socks were a prime example.

I bought this yarn in mid-March at A Good Yarn Sarasota while we were on vacation. For awhile I wanted to come up with a pattern that perfectly described the beaches of Siesta Key… After ripping them out about 10 times I gave up and decided to find a pattern that would fit this yarn.

A number of the yarns at this wonderful yarn store (if you are ever in Sarasota, Florida or around that area… I highly recommend stopping by) have a unique back story. The owner’s husband is an underwater photographer. He takes pictures of various under water climates and sends the photos to a few different yarn companies around the country. The yarn companies dye yarns to match some of his photos and they are for sale exclusively at a Good Yarn Sarasota!

I immediately fell in love with the colorway Midnight Pass from Madeline Tosh yarns. The photos both here and on their website cannot do this yarn enough justice. The colors are BEAUTIFUL and I’m pretty sure there are a few orders coming from Northwest Indiana soon.

This pair of socks got started 5 or 6 times, I lost count at the number of different patterns I tried and finally I put them down all together.

My knitting energy hasn’t quite been there for most of the summer. Granted, NONE of my energy has been around this summer. With a little one growing in my stomach suddenly the idea of sleeping at 6:00pm sounded a lot better than knitting.

During the Olympics I spent a lot more time staying awake, mainly because I can never get enough gymnastics. I picked up this yarn and Cookie A’s Sock Innovation and flipped to the perfect pattern for these socks, Eunice. Within the first week of the Olympics I finished the first sock. Then I stalled out.

Finally a few weeks ago I picked back up the second sock and knit away because I couldn’t wait to have a new finished pair of socks. It had been WAY too long.

Last weekend as Notre Dame took on Michigan State I finally got the toe of the second Eunice sock done. I love these socks, this yarn and had a wonderful time knitting the pattern.

These socks were knit on size 2 (signature) needles over a span of about a month and a half. Had I had my normal energy they would’ve been done much quicker!

I cannot say enough about Cookie A’s patterns and if you haven’t tried one of her patterns or have been too scared to TRUST ME it is not that bad! I used to say I would never be able to knit a Cookie A sock… and now I can’t knit her socks enough.

 

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Baby Blanket for a Soon to Be Little Girl

by Kristin Longacre on July 15, 2012

There are rare occasions when I run into non-knitters who truly truly appreciate the time and effort that goes into a hand knit project. Over my years of knitting I have come up with lists of people who I will knit an extensive project for and people who won’t think twice about whether a project took two hours or thirty-two hours.

7 months ago I got a text from my husband with some exciting news, our friends were expecting! They are people who appreciate the time and effort that goes into knitting a project so I had no hesitation what so ever when the idea of a hand knit baby blanket came up!

Their baby girl is due in mid-August and today I was able to gift off her sweet little blanket.

The details:

Pattern: Sunny Baby Blanket
Yarn: Baby Bee Hushabye Solid – Sugar Plum
Needles: US 10

I absolutely loved knitting this blanket and nothing makes me more excited than seeing someone who is beyond excited to see what the finished object looks like!

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Why Hello….

by Kristin Longacre on June 7, 2012

Dear Blog -

I promise I’m not trying to abandon you… life has been, well busy would be considered an understatement. Somewhere along the line of “I’m going to finish something every month” resulted in “no longer posting anything on this blog”. Unfortunately, the reality is, my knitting time has not been much.

After a crazy March filled with the flu, traveling and even finishing some socks, April got busier. I really didn’t think it was possible. If you asked me what caused all of the crazy in April…. I really couldn’t tell you… it flew by!

In May we bought a house and started renovating the kitchen. To say it was easy dealing with banks would be a lie. At the end of the day, knitting was just not going to happen.

Somewhere in the middle of all of this I snuck in a few pairs of baby booties for some friends and I finished a pair of Chicago Bears socks. I wish I had pictures to share with you, but that was another knitter fail on my part. See, I’m failing you blog.

In honor of this post, I took a picture of what I am actually on…

Shhh It's a Secret Baby BlanketBet you wish you could see the full thing huh?

Well blog, here is the thing. It’s a baby shower present for a friend. She knows its coming, she knows what color it is but the design in it is staying secret. So for now, all you get to see is a bored. In mid-July when I have more than 4 repeats of the pattern done, I’ll show you the whole thing.

Until then… I guess you will just have to wait. I wish I could say I’ll blog again before then, but I can’t make that promise right now. We’ll see what my knitting free time brings before I make that promise.

What have you been up to while I have been gone?

Love Always,
Kristin

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Socks Anyone?

by Kristin Longacre on March 24, 2012

Wow I failed at getting back into blogging now didn’t I? I swear things are back to semi-normal and I really will be posting more updates! I’m also back to a little more knitting time in life!

I’m continuing on my goals for 2012 in finishing one project from 2011 or before a month. February and March became sock months as I wrapped up two of the six pairs of socks I had on the needles. (We won’t talk about the pair I cast on last weekend).

First up was my Christmas Socks.

I swore up and down that I would not cast these on as soon as I got them in the mail. Yet, I did. They were the November 2011 Rockin Sock Club! They are the Candied Cufflet Comfort Socks in the Colorway Comfort and Joy. It’s not currently available on the site but it will be NEXT year!

I loved the colors and I loved these socks. It is a little odd that a Christmas sock would have a short cuff but I don’t really mind. I wear them anyways!

The other pair of socks I finished was  “just another pair of socks”. One thing I tried to do a lot in 2011 was expand my knitting skills. Part of that was I switched and tried Wendy’s Toe Up With Gusset sock from Socks from the Toe Up and did it on magic loop. In the end I determined I hate magic loop so I won’t be going back to that with socks. I did do two full pairs of socks to determine that I hate it!

These were done out of an Opal yarn whose colorway I have lost the tag for! They were fun socks and they are very comfortable now that they are done!

For the rest of this month I’m wrapping up some baby projects I’m behind on for some people and working on my husband’s socks that I gave him an IOU for at Christmas! :)

What’s on your needles?

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Watching the ‘Daybreak’ on 2012

by Kristin Longacre on January 31, 2012

Daybreak by Stephen West

Just a warning: this is a long and semi-personal entry. I’ve been thinking about it for close to a month so it is long and I talk a lot but it explains where I have been and where I am going :) If you don’t feel like getting the details, look at the pretty pictures.

When I first started knitting, I knit scarves for a bunch of my friends. It was my freshman year of college and “fun fur” was cool. I knit a lot of fun fur that year. I wouldn’t have called myself a ‘selfish knitter’ by any means but I tended to split my knitting time about 50/50 (except when it came to socks. I’ve knit baby blankets, baby hats, booties, sweaters, hats and socks for other people. It was kind of just what I did.

2011 was a very eye opening year for me. Over the summer I took on some knitting for some friends who needed some baby knits and I knit for my amazingly beautiful new niece. In the midst of it I threw in my wedding knitting. Overall my knitting time was limited. I was trying to figure out my career, working a bunch of extra hours, planning my wedding and facing some tough realities that I wasn’t ready to deal with.

In the end 2011 turned out to be the best and the worst year of my life. I married my best friend and I lost my dad.

In the midst of the stress with my dad being sick, switching jobs and getting married I kind of put my knitting aside. I took on too many Christmas knits (and failed to get some done) and left people hanging who I owed presents for their children and other people’s children. I hit a point where I just didn’t care about my knitting. None of it was for me so I didn’t care about the deadlines.

Let’s just say December got stressful and in the end I kept putting my knitting down after casting on a bunch of new projects. The first week of January I spent with my mom and my husband planning my dad’s funeral and dealing with the fact that we walked in the hospital to say goodnight and had to say goodbye without even realizing it until it happened.

That week I decided to set my knitting goals for 2012. A number of podcasts were talking about it so I decided why not. That’s when I decided to change it up. This year I’m going to be selfish. 2012 is all about me when it comes to knitting.

There are projects stored all around my house that need to be finished. There are blankets from 5 years ago that need to be finished. So I decided that 2012 is the year I’m going to do that. (okay one blanket is my goal… two is pushing it!)

Each month I’m going to focus on one or two projects that were cast on prior to December 31, 2011. This may be socks, this may be shawls, this may be blankets and there is even a sweater in the mix. They are to be finished up by the last day of the month.

I need to get some of it finished up. I decided not to participate in the Rockin Sock Club this year. It is the first year in 3 years that I’m not doing it and while I’m sad, I need to get some of this stuff knit up before I can justify joining. Next year :)

Let’s talk about January

For January I decided it was time to finish the shawl I cast on while in Cleveland for Content Marketing World. I LOVED this shawl when I saw it hanging up at stitches but it took everything in me to get my wedding stuff done before casting it on. Then I put it down.

Daybreak by Stephen West

The first part of this shawl was frustrating. There’s a lot of “knit to middle of X.” Then I got to the stripes…. oh the stripes. That was the moment I fell in love with Stephen West (his designs… not him… but he’s pretty much awesome at writing knitting patterns). It was one stripe after another…

Finished Daybreak

I finished tonight just in time for the end of the month. It is blocking right now. I’m not sure it is supposed to curve at the top but I think my edge stitches were a little tight and I don’t care. I’m in love with this shawl. He did an AMAZING job and I can’t wait to get to wear it!

The details:

Pattern: Daybreak
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in My Old Blue Jeans & Art Yarns UltraMerino 4 in 132.
Needles: US4

What Else?

Starving ArtistIn the midst of my Stephen West Daybreak obsession, I did knit a hat for a high school friend who is going through chemo right now. It is made out of Cascade Chunky Baby Alpaca and it is the Starving Artist pattern. I love this pattern and the yarn and I hope she is able to get some good use out of it.

What does February Bring?

In less than an hour in central time zone February starts. So what does that mean? It means more blogging, more updates and lots more knitting.

My motivation is back and I’m having fun knitting again. This February I plan on finishing up two pairs of socks, one literally has 4 inches and a toe to go and the other pair has a little longer. I miss knitting socks so I figured I would pick them back up. I also have another hat to make for another friend getting ready to undergo chemo. Cancer sucks (just in case you were wondering).

One of my goals this year outside of knitting is to write every night. Right now it consists of letters to my dad but at the same time I do plan on writing more in my blogs. I have to move my other one and get it back up and running but I plan to make my knitting blog a more regular thing. Now that my life is starting to calm down (and stays that way for a bit) you will hear more from me. I also am hoping to get this blog slightly more interactive in the future. So please subscribe for regular updates :)

With that being said… What are YOUR knitting goals for 2012? Leave a comment, I want to know what everyone else is doing!

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Crazy Cabled Hat Pattern

by Kristin Longacre on January 20, 2012

Crazy Cabled HatMonths after initially writing this pattern it has finally been released!

I originally wrote this pattern up before Thanksgiving and I had a wonderful test knitter named Cathy who test knit the whole thing over Thanksgiving weekend. She sent me some awesome feedback, and then my life kind of went insane.

The hat pictured above was knit up with some of my handspun, which is around the same weight as Cascade 220. The hat will work with any worsted weight yarn and I can’t wait to see it knit up in more yarns.

The hat features 1×1 cables in a “crazy’ pattern to add a little bit of fun to your hat.

If you have cabled before, you can knit this hat. So head on over to Ravelry and buy now. It is a fairly simple pattern overall.

Make sure to tag your projects on Ravelry! Happy Knitting!

 

P.S. Regularly scheduled blogging returning in the next week :)

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What Not to do to a Knitter… the Week Before Christmas

by Kristin Longacre on December 17, 2011

We all know what “Santa” does The Night Before Christmas and we’ve seen lists from the Yarn Harlot of “What to Buy a Knitter for Christmas” but many people forget to warn non-knitters how to handle a knitter around Christmas time.

So, loved ones of knitters… with one week left until the biggest deadline of the year for knitters, here are a few things NOT to do your favorite knitter as this holiday approaches.

10. Hide their needles.
It doesn’t matter what else needs to be done that day, the presents will not be finished if the needles are nowhere to be found!

9. Reorganize their knitting closet.
We have our knitting closets organized JUST the way we like them!

8. Force them to destash.
Really? you can’t wait until AFTER the holiday to bring this stress?

7. Question the pile of laundry starting to grow.
Don’t do it, just don’t. You’ll be safer if you just let it be.

6. Give them a countdown till Christmas.
Please just let us live believing we really have more than a week… it will be better for you. Trust me.

5. Ask them if they will really have enough time to complete all of their projects before Christmas.
Keep it up and you’ll get yarn and needles for Christmas

4. Complain about the number of projects they currently have on the needles.
Having multiple items on the needles keeps them from losing their sanity over one project.

3. Hide their yarn.
You really don’t want them to finish their Christmas gifts do you?

2. Ban them from purchasing yarn.
Buying yarn is great stress relief and most knitters are fairly stressed at this point.

1. Ask for a “last minute knitted gift”.
Just hold off on asking ANY knitters for a gift at this point. If you really want it, ask for it for valentine’s day.

(To be fair, only one has happened to me and some happened to a few of my knitting friends. For the rest of the items, it is safer just to warn non-knitters now before the rest happen!)

How is your last minute Christmas knitting coming?

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