Three Pairs Down – Sneak Peak

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Well it’s January 17th and so far…..I finished one pair that was nearly done, one that had from the heel up, and a full pair so far this month. Oh yeah, and a blanket!

Not too bad so far! My goal for the rest of the month is to get some heels into a pair of tube socks I finished back in November and possibly knit a whole ‘nother pair that I’ve already cast on for. Hopefully this sets a great tone for the rest of the year!

No Sock Standing 2015

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I can’t even begin to think of the amount of socks I have shoved into various project bags around the house that I’ve started and made just one sock or started and never finished. I guess I should find them all before I do what I’m about to attempt.

This year, 2015 will be the year of No Sock Standing. Any socks in progress in my house (or car) that I can locate – will be finished. By December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm I want to be able to break out the needles and cast on a fresh pair of socks with yarn purchased for the occasion as a reward – and have those as my ONLY socks on the needles.

As tempted as I am to join the Instagramers that are doing a mystery sock club, I need to be responsible and finish what I’ve started. I haven’t counted but I’ve knit around 20 pairs alone this year and hopefully another one will be off the needles by tonight (maybe two if I can get working). I have a pair of Firestarters I started in 2008. Just one sock!

This is going to be a huge feat for me if I can pull it off between school, work, and working with Arcane but I need to set myself some knitting goals and stick to them for once. I would also like to get both sweaters off the needles and finish at least one of my blankets that I’ve been working on forever.

Official Knitting/Spinning Goals:

1. Any pair of socks cast on in 2015 will be finished in 2015
2. Any pair of socks already started must be finished by December 31, 2015 at 11:59PM EST (or PST if I’m visiting either of our families out there).
3. Finish Boxy & Tinder
4. Finish at least 1 blanket that I’ve started.
5. Spin at least 15 minutes a day either on one of my wheels or my drop spindles.

I am going to be working on new socks, because I can and I want to. I plan on knitting along with the Desert Vista Dyeworks Sock Club. I’ve got January’s yarn already wound and ready to go. Three more skeins are on the way and I’ve got one more in my stash so I’m good for the first five months! I knit my first pair of socks with her yarn this year and I love how squishy the yarn was and how well they’ve worn. I’ve been keen to knit some more but a certain horse has taken most of my yarn budget, but I couldn’t resist some of her holiday Zombody color ways.

If anyone wants to join No Sock Standing feel free to join in on Instagram and Ravelry #nosockstanding2015.

Riding and Knitting Along

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I’ve been doing lots of knitting lately. I’m not knitting for Christmas gifts with the exception of some ornaments. Anything I’m giving that’s handknit has been knit throughout the year.

I’ve finished about 20 pairs of socks this year. I swear it’s been the year of the socks. I wish I had spent more time working on my sweaters in progress but it just didn’t happen. I even started a second Featherweight hoping it would go as quickly as the first.

Arcane has been a wonderful distraction as water to know each other. He’s got an attitude on the ground but is all business under saddle. I rode him this past Monday at just a walk for a little while. He was excellent and even carted Mike around for a little bit.

I’m so excited to see what this next year brings. I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately on my wheel and drop spindles. Working through my fiber stash and the two fleeces in our garage. Both should be enough for a sweater and now seems like the perfect time to start in on them.

I’m working on Christmas once again but this time voluntarily since Mike will be as well. Here’s hoping it won’t be too bad but every Christmas has been different. Have a very Merry Christmas!

My latest WIP

So I’ve been a bit busy lately. I’m still knitting when I can but school, work, and my latest WIP (which is rather large) has been taking up most of my time. Ready for this?

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Meet Arcane! He’s a five year old Thoroughbred gelding out of my favorite racemare EVER. And thanks to his awesome former owner, Turning for Home, and Maui Meadow Farm, he’s all mine! Now I haven’t owned a horse in a long time and it’s been a few years since I’ve ridden but I’ve missed being around horses. I never realized how much how until I was grooming Arcane just a few hours after he arrived. He’s incredibly sweet and very laid back. It’s been amazing getting to know him and learning all his little quirks. I introduced Mike to him the first night and Mike, not being a horse guy at all, instantly fell in love with him. Every night when we get off work we’ve been heading over to visit and groom Arcane. It’ll be a little while before we see how he is under saddle for various reasons but I’m enjoying the time now bonding with him and letting him be a horse.

Iknitarod..fail

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Well, between life and the fact that a lot of mushers dropped out I did not finish this year. I still haven’t finished and I moved on to finishing my 5th and 6th pairs of socks for the year. The weather started to get nice and I figured I wouldn’t wear the sweater for awhile anyway. It’ll get done just not now. I’m also sans internet right now while we wait for Windstream to set up service tomorrow so iPhone photos will have to do.

The top pair of socks are made from Knitpicks Stroll in two different tweeds (have to check on the exact names). I love how these came out. I missed the Stroll tweeds when they were discontinued a few years ago and immediately ordered these two balls when I saw it back in stock. I switched colors every two rows and they just make me so happy. I used the Fish Lips Kiss heel and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The second pair is a plain vanilla sock with a FKL heel out of Must Stash Yarns Perfect Sock in You Had Me @ Rainbow. This was my first time using this yarn and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I’m halfway
through another pair in Chocolate Bunny Cake. Hopefully those will be done by Easter. I finished another pair in between in Desert Vista Dyeworks that are blocking as I type and I’ll show those in my next entry.

Seven pairs so far this year and by the end of the month it should be nine! Either way I’ve been keeping busy. I’m hoping I have some good news to share soon about a new edition (no, not pregnant!). Until then happy knitting!

In Over My Head: aka Iknitarod 2014

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Last year I knit the wonderful pattern Color Affection as a challenge for the Iknitarod 2014 KAL on Ravelry. I finished easily enough before the last musher crossed the finish line, but this year is an entirely different story. In my defense, I did pick a bigger challenge. Much bigger. Not to mention I didn’t realize the race started until about four days before the start and didn’t have a pattern until the morning of the race.

I chose the Tinder cardigan by Jared Flood. I had six skeins of Cascade 220 that I purchased from a closeout on Alapca Direct about a month ago and they’ve been burning a home in my knitting basket. All I could think about lately is which pattern these beautiful blue skeins wanted to be. Since I managed to knit an entire sweater last summer for Camp Loopy, I was hoping to repeat some of that magic during past two weeks. Although the Iditarod isn’t over yet, I doubt I’ll be making it in this year. I’ve got the back and most of one front done, with a long ways to go. I blame it on lots of school and work. I’ve tried to knit on it here and there, and I’ve made some great progress, but I doubt it’ll even be done to wear before Spring comes along.

I will say this – it’s amazing what you can get done when you focus on working on only one project. With the exception of a couple of rounds of a sock on the bus this morning, I’ve barely glanced at my other projects during the past week and a half. I have a sock that’s at the bind off row sitting in my knitting basket that’s been ignored. This year might have started off as the year of the sock (4 pairs!!!) but I think it’s going to become the year of the sweater.