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- My July socks came off the needles just in time! Man guys, July has been quite the month, one I definitely don't want to repeat. There have been a lot of doctor's offices, lots of blood draws and IVs, lots of confusion (still lots of confusion actually), stacks of medical records and insurance information and medical history forms, four MRI's between June and July, and then at the end of all that push, a last minute cancelled trip. It's funny, with June having it's share of curveballs too, I grabbed thicker dk weight yarn thinking I'd give myself a break and get these done within a couple days. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Or 31. I did love this Knitcol yarn (color 073) though which was kindly given to me by a friend. I had been hoping I'd be taking on some sock challenges by now (at least an afterthought heel or two), but obviously July was a much needed mindless vanilla sock month. And I think just to be safe, I'm going to stick to a vanilla sock next month too.
- My July socks came off the needles just in time! Man guys, July has been quite the month, one I definitely don& #39;t want to repeat. There have been a lot of doctor& #39;s offices, lots of blood draws and IVs, lots of confusion (still lots of confusion actually), stacks of medical records and insurance information and medical history forms, four MRI& #39;s between June and July, and then at the end of all that push, a last minute cancelled trip. It& #39;s funny, with June having it& #39;s share of curveballs too, I grabbed thicker dk weight yarn thinking I& #39;d give myself a break and get these done within a couple days. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Or 31. I did love this Knitcol yarn (color 073) though which was kindly given to me by a friend. I had been hoping I& #39;d be taking on some sock challenges by now (at least an afterthought heel or two), but obviously July was a much needed mindless vanilla sock month. And I think just to be safe, I& #39;m going to stick to a vanilla sock next month too.
- My July socks came off the needles just in time! Man guys, July has been quite the month, one I definitely don't want to repeat. There have been a lot of doctor's offices, lots of blood draws and IVs, lots of confusion (still lots of confusion actually), stacks of medical records and insurance information and medical history forms, four MRI's between June and July, and then at the end of all that push, a last minute cancelled trip. It's funny, with June having it's share of curveballs too, I grabbed thicker dk weight yarn thinking I'd give myself a break and get these done within a couple days. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Or 31. I did love this Knitcol yarn (color 073) though which was kindly given to me by a friend. I had been hoping I'd be taking on some sock challenges by now (at least an afterthought heel or two), but obviously July was a much needed mindless vanilla sock month. And I think just to be safe, I'm going to stick to a vanilla sock next month too.
- Doug's Father's Day socks are finally done, knit in this wonderful local merino/yak/silk blend. Doug is such a good dad, and ends up helping me out more than either of us expected he would have to. Most recently, he's been waking up at 4:30 every morning and working before we all wake up which makes his work day end nice and early. He's also been doing all of my AIP cooking since I abruptly jumped into the elimination phase more than a month ago. He's wrestled the kids and brought them outside on days I felt like I would shrivel up and die in the heat, coming up with useful things for them to all work on in our tiny little yard. He's also meticulously worked on a vegetable garden from seed to help us get fresh, amazing produce every single day. These socks may be a month late, but he's still the most knitworthy person I could ever imagine.
- Doug& #39;s Father& #39;s Day socks are finally done, knit in this wonderful local merino/yak/silk blend. Doug is such a good dad, and ends up helping me out more than either of us expected he would have to. Most recently, he& #39;s been waking up at 4:30 every morning and working before we all wake up which makes his work day end nice and early. He& #39;s also been doing all of my AIP cooking since I abruptly jumped into the elimination phase more than a month ago. He& #39;s wrestled the kids and brought them outside on days I felt like I would shrivel up and die in the heat, coming up with useful things for them to all work on in our tiny little yard. He& #39;s also meticulously worked on a vegetable garden from seed to help us get fresh, amazing produce every single day. These socks may be a month late, but he& #39;s still the most knitworthy person I could ever imagine.
- Doug's Father's Day socks are finally done, knit in this wonderful local merino/yak/silk blend. Doug is such a good dad, and ends up helping me out more than either of us expected he would have to. Most recently, he's been waking up at 4:30 every morning and working before we all wake up which makes his work day end nice and early. He's also been doing all of my AIP cooking since I abruptly jumped into the elimination phase more than a month ago. He's wrestled the kids and brought them outside on days I felt like I would shrivel up and die in the heat, coming up with useful things for them to all work on in our tiny little yard. He's also meticulously worked on a vegetable garden from seed to help us get fresh, amazing produce every single day. These socks may be a month late, but he's still the most knitworthy person I could ever imagine.
- A Lopapeysa is excellent for using up scrap yarn, and as you can tell, I'm kind of on a Lopi kick! I think I could have made two with all the leftover yarns from my recent sweaters, but I'm gonna give my hands a colorwork break for just a bit. I've forgotten the name of this sweet little sweater pattern, but I'll just have to update this later (hiding with my phone until one of my kids finds me. Yay summer! 😂). This sweater is also soft and washable, which I'm deciding is kind of a must for little kids. Or at least my kids. Edit: The name of the pattern is Kambur by Védís Jónsdóttir from the book Knitting With Icelandic Wool!
- A Lopapeysa is excellent for using up scrap yarn, and as you can tell, I& #39;m kind of on a Lopi kick! I think I could have made two with all the leftover yarns from my recent sweaters, but I& #39;m gonna give my hands a colorwork break for just a bit. I& #39;ve forgotten the name of this sweet little sweater pattern, but I& #39;ll just have to update this later (hiding with my phone until one of my kids finds me. Yay summer! 😂). This sweater is also soft and washable, which I& #39;m deciding is kind of a must for little kids. Or at least my kids. Edit: The name of the pattern is Kambur by Védís Jónsdóttir from the book Knitting With Icelandic Wool!
- A Lopapeysa is excellent for using up scrap yarn, and as you can tell, I'm kind of on a Lopi kick! I think I could have made two with all the leftover yarns from my recent sweaters, but I'm gonna give my hands a colorwork break for just a bit. I've forgotten the name of this sweet little sweater pattern, but I'll just have to update this later (hiding with my phone until one of my kids finds me. Yay summer! 😂). This sweater is also soft and washable, which I'm deciding is kind of a must for little kids. Or at least my kids. Edit: The name of the pattern is Kambur by Védís Jónsdóttir from the book Knitting With Icelandic Wool!
- I realized I never posted about this sweater, even though I've been wearing it most days since I finished it. It's a little bit of a Garment House/Brooklyn Tweed Hawser mashup. I've knit the Hawser pattern three times already because I love it so much, and each time I've modified it just a bit. On this one, I added raglan sleeves since that fit is still my favorite. This is knit in a completely washable wool blend which is why I wear it constantly. Kids are messy. Life is messy. And sometimes I hesitate wearing my best sweaters simply because it's hard to be hand washing sweaters left and right. The fact that it's not completely wool makes it extra soft, too. Nothing beats working with wool, but inexpensive wool blends still get a thumbs up from me!
- I realized I never posted about this sweater, even though I& #39;ve been wearing it most days since I finished it. It& #39;s a little bit of a Garment House/Brooklyn Tweed Hawser mashup. I& #39;ve knit the Hawser pattern three times already because I love it so much, and each time I& #39;ve modified it just a bit. On this one, I added raglan sleeves since that fit is still my favorite. This is knit in a completely washable wool blend which is why I wear it constantly. Kids are messy. Life is messy. And sometimes I hesitate wearing my best sweaters simply because it& #39;s hard to be hand washing sweaters left and right. The fact that it& #39;s not completely wool makes it extra soft, too. Nothing beats working with wool, but inexpensive wool blends still get a thumbs up from me!
- I realized I never posted about this sweater, even though I've been wearing it most days since I finished it. It's a little bit of a Garment House/Brooklyn Tweed Hawser mashup. I've knit the Hawser pattern three times already because I love it so much, and each time I've modified it just a bit. On this one, I added raglan sleeves since that fit is still my favorite. This is knit in a completely washable wool blend which is why I wear it constantly. Kids are messy. Life is messy. And sometimes I hesitate wearing my best sweaters simply because it's hard to be hand washing sweaters left and right. The fact that it's not completely wool makes it extra soft, too. Nothing beats working with wool, but inexpensive wool blends still get a thumbs up from me!
- June socks are done! Using this beautiful @woolberryfiberco sock dk wool in "Cocoa Cream" made these fly off the needles! I considered saving this yarn for a hat since I'm always in need of washable dk yarn, but in the end I couldn't resist using it for a pair of extra comfy socks. I used Regia 6-fädig yarn for the heels and toes, and knit them on @chiaogooinfo US3 9" circulars - my jam. If anyone is interested, I cast on 44 stitches and used the @susanbanderson #howimakemysocks recipe combined with the @arnecarlos "how to knit a short row heel" tutorial. These turned out to be perfectly comfortable, but in the future, I think I'll be able to drop down to 40 stitches on my next dk weight socks.
- June socks are done! Using this beautiful @woolberryfiberco sock dk wool in "Cocoa Cream" made these fly off the needles! I considered saving this yarn for a hat since I& #39;m always in need of washable dk yarn, but in the end I couldn& #39;t resist using it for a pair of extra comfy socks. I used Regia 6-fädig yarn for the heels and toes, and knit them on @chiaogooinfo US3 9" circulars - my jam. If anyone is interested, I cast on 44 stitches and used the @susanbanderson #howimakemysocks recipe combined with the @arnecarlos "how to knit a short row heel" tutorial. These turned out to be perfectly comfortable, but in the future, I think I& #39;ll be able to drop down to 40 stitches on my next dk weight socks.
- June socks are done! Using this beautiful @woolberryfiberco sock dk wool in "Cocoa Cream" made these fly off the needles! I considered saving this yarn for a hat since I'm always in need of washable dk yarn, but in the end I couldn't resist using it for a pair of extra comfy socks. I used Regia 6-fädig yarn for the heels and toes, and knit them on @chiaogooinfo US3 9" circulars - my jam. If anyone is interested, I cast on 44 stitches and used the @susanbanderson #howimakemysocks recipe combined with the @arnecarlos "how to knit a short row heel" tutorial. These turned out to be perfectly comfortable, but in the future, I think I'll be able to drop down to 40 stitches on my next dk weight socks.
- I love the month of June! Can you believe we are halfway through 2017?! Apparently, it's been a productive knitting year for me thus far. Most things in my life are a total mess 100% of the time, so I can assure you that this right here is the most organized accomplishment for me of the year. Almost all of these projects have been started since January, with the exception of a few things that have been completed in 2017. I'll add the pattern names if anyone is interested, but most are in my thread if you scroll back.
- I love the month of June! Can you believe we are halfway through 2017?! Apparently, it& #39;s been a productive knitting year for me thus far. Most things in my life are a total mess 100% of the time, so I can assure you that this right here is the most organized accomplishment for me of the year. Almost all of these projects have been started since January, with the exception of a few things that have been completed in 2017. I& #39;ll add the pattern names if anyone is interested, but most are in my thread if you scroll back.
- I love the month of June! Can you believe we are halfway through 2017?! Apparently, it's been a productive knitting year for me thus far. Most things in my life are a total mess 100% of the time, so I can assure you that this right here is the most organized accomplishment for me of the year. Almost all of these projects have been started since January, with the exception of a few things that have been completed in 2017. I'll add the pattern names if anyone is interested, but most are in my thread if you scroll back.
- Doug's Riddari from the book "Knitting With Icelandic Wool" is done! I gave this sweater to him yesterday as an early Father's Day gift since it's definitely still cold enough to throw this on in the evenings. Even though I just cast this sucker on May 11th, I felt like this project would take me forever to complete. I ripped back so many times to get the colorwork just right and my numbers always seemed to be off. It took me only until the last couple rows of the yoke to realize there's an extra column in the chart that throws all the pattern repeats off! No wonder... I still absolutely loved knitting this though. I used Paton's Classic Wool, with the exception of the navy "Paris Night" Malabrigo. I forget how much I love this all purpose wool and Doug seems to love it too! In the future, I might drop down one needle size on the colorwork since I tend to knit at a more relaxed gauge with long floats to avoid puckering. Or I just need to knit another lopi for myself to work on those stranded knitting skills 😏
- Doug& #39;s Riddari from the book "Knitting With Icelandic Wool" is done! I gave this sweater to him yesterday as an early Father& #39;s Day gift since it& #39;s definitely still cold enough to throw this on in the evenings. Even though I just cast this sucker on May 11th, I felt like this project would take me forever to complete. I ripped back so many times to get the colorwork just right and my numbers always seemed to be off. It took me only until the last couple rows of the yoke to realize there& #39;s an extra column in the chart that throws all the pattern repeats off! No wonder... I still absolutely loved knitting this though. I used Paton& #39;s Classic Wool, with the exception of the navy "Paris Night" Malabrigo. I forget how much I love this all purpose wool and Doug seems to love it too! In the future, I might drop down one needle size on the colorwork since I tend to knit at a more relaxed gauge with long floats to avoid puckering. Or I just need to knit another lopi for myself to work on those stranded knitting skills 😏
- Doug's Riddari from the book "Knitting With Icelandic Wool" is done! I gave this sweater to him yesterday as an early Father's Day gift since it's definitely still cold enough to throw this on in the evenings. Even though I just cast this sucker on May 11th, I felt like this project would take me forever to complete. I ripped back so many times to get the colorwork just right and my numbers always seemed to be off. It took me only until the last couple rows of the yoke to realize there's an extra column in the chart that throws all the pattern repeats off! No wonder... I still absolutely loved knitting this though. I used Paton's Classic Wool, with the exception of the navy "Paris Night" Malabrigo. I forget how much I love this all purpose wool and Doug seems to love it too! In the future, I might drop down one needle size on the colorwork since I tend to knit at a more relaxed gauge with long floats to avoid puckering. Or I just need to knit another lopi for myself to work on those stranded knitting skills 😏
- I hope all you moms had a great Mother's Day! I had a nasty migraine, but was so well taken care of by my sweet family, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of being so blessed to do what I do and have the kids that I have. Mother's Day can run the gamut of emotions for me from grief to gratitude and yesterday's headache had me feeling IT ALL, but there's no doubt about it, marriage and motherhood have been two of the greatest gifts of my life. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I truly love it. Once I'm feeling a little better, I hope to join these sleeves to the body of this Riddari sweater, using my mom's day gift from Doug and the kids - a beautiful set of Lykke Driftwood needles!
- I hope all you moms had a great Mother& #39;s Day! I had a nasty migraine, but was so well taken care of by my sweet family, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of being so blessed to do what I do and have the kids that I have. Mother& #39;s Day can run the gamut of emotions for me from grief to gratitude and yesterday& #39;s headache had me feeling IT ALL, but there& #39;s no doubt about it, marriage and motherhood have been two of the greatest gifts of my life. I have no idea what I& #39;m doing, but I truly love it. Once I& #39;m feeling a little better, I hope to join these sleeves to the body of this Riddari sweater, using my mom& #39;s day gift from Doug and the kids - a beautiful set of Lykke Driftwood needles!
- I hope all you moms had a great Mother's Day! I had a nasty migraine, but was so well taken care of by my sweet family, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of being so blessed to do what I do and have the kids that I have. Mother's Day can run the gamut of emotions for me from grief to gratitude and yesterday's headache had me feeling IT ALL, but there's no doubt about it, marriage and motherhood have been two of the greatest gifts of my life. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I truly love it. Once I'm feeling a little better, I hope to join these sleeves to the body of this Riddari sweater, using my mom's day gift from Doug and the kids - a beautiful set of Lykke Driftwood needles!
- Another Brooklyn Tweed Hawser, this time modified to be knit on my beloved machine. This was a fun experiment. I've been wanting to use up the couple sweaters quantity of yarns I have on hand, and knew I needed to figure out how to use these 50 gram skeins before I started losing them one by one in the black hole that is my house. Once you find that pattern you love that fits so well, a knitting machine is such a useful tool for making another sweater while the pattern (and my inevitable modifications) are fresh in my mind. I almost gave up on this one though. I've had some problems translating hand knitting patterns to machine, especially when it comes to getting the gauge and the fit right. I was convinced this sweater was too small, but it came out better than I could have imagined! It was such a fun surprise after a hard week of pain. The yarn is @knit_picks #wooloftheandessuperwash worsted in Haze Heather.
- Another Brooklyn Tweed Hawser, this time modified to be knit on my beloved machine. This was a fun experiment. I& #39;ve been wanting to use up the couple sweaters quantity of yarns I have on hand, and knew I needed to figure out how to use these 50 gram skeins before I started losing them one by one in the black hole that is my house. Once you find that pattern you love that fits so well, a knitting machine is such a useful tool for making another sweater while the pattern (and my inevitable modifications) are fresh in my mind. I almost gave up on this one though. I& #39;ve had some problems translating hand knitting patterns to machine, especially when it comes to getting the gauge and the fit right. I was convinced this sweater was too small, but it came out better than I could have imagined! It was such a fun surprise after a hard week of pain. The yarn is @knit_picks #wooloftheandessuperwash worsted in Haze Heather.
- Another Brooklyn Tweed Hawser, this time modified to be knit on my beloved machine. This was a fun experiment. I've been wanting to use up the couple sweaters quantity of yarns I have on hand, and knew I needed to figure out how to use these 50 gram skeins before I started losing them one by one in the black hole that is my house. Once you find that pattern you love that fits so well, a knitting machine is such a useful tool for making another sweater while the pattern (and my inevitable modifications) are fresh in my mind. I almost gave up on this one though. I've had some problems translating hand knitting patterns to machine, especially when it comes to getting the gauge and the fit right. I was convinced this sweater was too small, but it came out better than I could have imagined! It was such a fun surprise after a hard week of pain. The yarn is @knit_picks #wooloftheandessuperwash worsted in Haze Heather.
- Another pair done! I'm on such a short row heel kick and wanted to cheat and go the easy route on these, but was afraid a short row heel wouldn't fit Doug. Am I wrong about this theory? At least I got to tell him I love him "a gusset heel much." 😂. This yarn is Regia Pairfect Sock in color 7113. I highly recommend it. Those stripes at the top go so fast which eats up a good chunk of knitting these babies. Also for future reference for myself, I cast on 68 stitches for the ribbing, decreased down to 60 stitches on the first two stockinette rounds, and knit these on 9" circulars size 0's.
- Another pair done! I& #39;m on such a short row heel kick and wanted to cheat and go the easy route on these, but was afraid a short row heel wouldn& #39;t fit Doug. Am I wrong about this theory? At least I got to tell him I love him "a gusset heel much." 😂. This yarn is Regia Pairfect Sock in color 7113. I highly recommend it. Those stripes at the top go so fast which eats up a good chunk of knitting these babies. Also for future reference for myself, I cast on 68 stitches for the ribbing, decreased down to 60 stitches on the first two stockinette rounds, and knit these on 9" circulars size 0& #39;s .
- Another pair done! I'm on such a short row heel kick and wanted to cheat and go the easy route on these, but was afraid a short row heel wouldn't fit Doug. Am I wrong about this theory? At least I got to tell him I love him "a gusset heel much." 😂. This yarn is Regia Pairfect Sock in color 7113. I highly recommend it. Those stripes at the top go so fast which eats up a good chunk of knitting these babies. Also for future reference for myself, I cast on 68 stitches for the ribbing, decreased down to 60 stitches on the first two stockinette rounds, and knit these on 9" circulars size 0's.
- Bonus @a_homespun_house Easter Egg Hunt Socks done! I may have accidentally made one cuff longer than the other, but they're going to stay that way. It adds to their charm. I didn't get a chance to wish everyone a Good Friday or Happy Easter, but I am so thankful for this holiday. I read and heard a lot of things this weekend, but Sally Lloyd-Jones' Storybook Bible account of the crucifixion of Christ spoke straight to my heart. "'You say you've come to rescue us! people shouted. 'But you can't even rescue yourself!' But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side - if he'd called. 'If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!' they said. And of course they were right. Jesus could have climbed down. Actually he could have just said a word and made it stop. But Jesus stayed. You see, they didn't understand. It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love." Happy Easter, everyone! He is risen!
- Bonus @a_homespun_house Easter Egg Hunt Socks done! I may have accidentally made one cuff longer than the other, but they& #39;re going to stay that way. It adds to their charm. I didn& #39;t get a chance to wish everyone a Good Friday or Happy Easter, but I am so thankful for this holiday. I read and heard a lot of things this weekend, but Sally Lloyd-Jones& #39; Storybook Bible account of the crucifixion of Christ spoke straight to my heart. "& #39;You say you& #39;ve come to rescue us! people shouted. & #39;But you can& #39;t even rescue yourself!& #39; But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side - if he& #39;d called. & #39;If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!& #39; they said. And of course they were right. Jesus could have climbed down. Actually he could have just said a word and made it stop. But Jesus stayed. You see, they didn& #39;t understand. It wasn& #39;t the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love." Happy Easter, everyone! He is risen!
- Bonus @a_homespun_house Easter Egg Hunt Socks done! I may have accidentally made one cuff longer than the other, but they're going to stay that way. It adds to their charm. I didn't get a chance to wish everyone a Good Friday or Happy Easter, but I am so thankful for this holiday. I read and heard a lot of things this weekend, but Sally Lloyd-Jones' Storybook Bible account of the crucifixion of Christ spoke straight to my heart. "'You say you've come to rescue us! people shouted. 'But you can't even rescue yourself!' But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side - if he'd called. 'If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!' they said. And of course they were right. Jesus could have climbed down. Actually he could have just said a word and made it stop. But Jesus stayed. You see, they didn't understand. It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love." Happy Easter, everyone! He is risen!
- April @a_homespun_house socks done, with plenty left over for a second pair! Here I thought I'd avoid the fuss of doing contrasting heels and toes on the first pair, but it turns out they really break up the knitting and make me go so fast. The first sock on this second pair was done in a day! I'm really loving short row heels again after finding a dead simple YouTube tutorial by @arnecarlos I might have to work on the fit a little to make the heel deeper, but it sure looks nice!
- April @a_homespun_house socks done, with plenty left over for a second pair! Here I thought I& #39;d avoid the fuss of doing contrasting heels and toes on the first pair, but it turns out they really break up the knitting and make me go so fast. The first sock on this second pair was done in a day! I& #39;m really loving short row heels again after finding a dead simple YouTube tutorial by @arnecarlos I might have to work on the fit a little to make the heel deeper, but it sure looks nice!
- April @a_homespun_house socks done, with plenty left over for a second pair! Here I thought I'd avoid the fuss of doing contrasting heels and toes on the first pair, but it turns out they really break up the knitting and make me go so fast. The first sock on this second pair was done in a day! I'm really loving short row heels again after finding a dead simple YouTube tutorial by @arnecarlos I might have to work on the fit a little to make the heel deeper, but it sure looks nice!

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