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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.

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Halloween Birthday

Halloween was my mom’s birthday and I thought I’d share what I made for her since it has safely arrived and is in use.

She loved it! And I had a lot of fun making it. I finished it months ago so I wouldn’t be rushing when it came time to mail it. I did rush though and still didn’t finish another gift I had planned on sending and I’m still working on that (it’s still a secret!). Just didn’t get the time I was hoping for to sit down and finish it. Happy Birthday Mom!

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Sandy

I’ve haven’t brought this up but I’m absolutely heartbroken over what Hurricane Sandy has done to my old town in New Jersey and the destruction and chaos she’s brought upon my friends and former classmates who still live there. From the pictures, the actual road that ran through my town was completely covered in sand and debris. I know those who live there now are strong and tough and will rebuild. Thankfully my family in Delaware made it out safely with just a lot of leaves that came down. I’m keeping everyone affected in my thoughts right now.

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I love fall

Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year. The changing colors of the leaves, the slight nip in the air, there’s nothing like it. I don’t even mind what feels like the constant rain we’ve been getting, like clockwork on Fridays. I think I’m going to pick up a fireplace log soon and get a fire going soon. I look forward to the first one every year but I’ve been putting it off this year and I think it’s about time. However, what’s with the Christmas commercials already? I just saw one for IHop. It’s only October 27th! At least wait until after Halloween

I’ve been working on a bunch of stealth knitting so no pictures right now but I’ve almost got my Hemlock Ring Blanket cast off so I’ll post that soon. I’d like to get it done and blocked before my new roommate moves in so it’s not in the way or smelling like wet sheep (I don’t mind it but I can promise she will). I’ve got one gift on the way to it’s new owner and I’ll post pictures when it’s been received.

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More FO’s

Two more FO’s for today and even more tomorrow!

Trekking Socks I cast on for these socks within hours of recieving this yarn in the mail. I’d been stalking without buying for awhile and finally broke down. These only took a couple of days and I made them pretty matchy matchy within a milimeter or two.

Yarn: Trekking XXL – 126
Pattern: None
Needle Size: 1

Brainless #1 These are Brainless (Rav Link). My mom and I had decided to do a KAL together. When she got the heel she bailed and I kept going. These are only my first pair of this pattern and I really enjoyed it. It was simple but kept me interested the whole time. It was a fairly quick knit and I would knit it a third time in a heartbeat.

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Thin – Mermaid’s Song (from my very first The Loopy Ewe order)
Patttern: Brainless
Needle Size: 1

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Silence

Gah. I hate not having my voice. I’ve sounded horrible the past two days, it gets better and then runs away again.

I had my “Aha!” moment with spinning this evening and got it down. I was so proud of myself. I could tell when I was starting to get tired when the fiber kept breaking and figured I better turn in. Then my lovely Pumpkin jumped up on my knee which would have been fine, had she not shocked herself from static in the process and then dug her back claws into my leg. She did nearly the same thing two nights ago when she cut my arm with her back claws. Bad Pumpkin.

We had a gorgeous snowfall this evening right after work for about an hour or two and then what sounded like an ice storm. Too bad by the afternoon all the pretty snow will be washed away by the coming rains. I’d like to enjoy it for more than a day. It doesn’t seem like it snows here like it used to just a few years ago. I hate driving in it, but I love looking at it and dealing with it minus the cars.

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Weekend Full of Knitting (and some spinning)

Hello. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend (all zero of you since that’s how many read this). I’ve been working hard on a pair of socks and been attempting to do some spinning. I’m horrible at it so far and I really don’t want to frustrate myself to the point of not wanting to look at it again so I’ve been taking it slow. After my laundry is done I plan to give it another go for a few hours and hopefully things will start to click.

I’ve been sick for the past month or so with a sore throat. My doctor thought it was a virus and gave me some antibiotics which really didn’t do anything. He might be right and it could be allergies, but my voice has been slowly going the past week and it’s starting to scare me. I couldn’t yell at my cat to get her off the counter the other night. It was more of a hushed command and she could have cared less. So in hopes of regaining my voice for this weekend, I’ve stayed in as much as possible lately and rested to give it a chance to come back. Monday starts the busy season at work until June/July so I’m also enjoying having <b>nothing</b> to do.

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Awaiting my new toy.

If I told you I would finally fix my problems in WordPress this weekend, that would be a total lie. Why would it be a lie? Because my new wheel is set to arrive today! After the disaster that turned into my Christmas wheel that my mom got me, we settled on a Louet S17 to replace it. It’s a good starting wheel so I think this will all work out well for me. Did I mention I’m excited?

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Mom’s Rolled Brimmed Hat

Note: I guess I’m having some HTML issues on this blog. I’l look into it when I get home and get the photos of the hat up.

My first FO when I picked up the needles to learn again in September was a rolled brim hat. I really want to make a hat I could wear through the fall and I chose Noro Silk Garden without knowing much about yarn or even knitting. I struggled through, finally getting help from the wonderful Robyn at Rebelle, who showed me how to finish and that I was knitting through the back loop. Ooops. Once she corrected the problem I was good to go and once I finished off the hat, I knit the correct way from that point on. I thought maybe I had done it on my own when I picked the needles back up after nearly two years since my little scarfcapade (the three scarves I knit as Christmas gifts since I was broke that year.), but then at Christmas my mom asked if she could knit a row on a pair of socks I was working on. “Wow that’s tight!” She said trying to start, and then I saw it. <b>That’s where I got the backwards knitting from!</b> We sat down and I showed her the correct way to knit and then she revealed her mother had taught her like that. Three generations of back loop knitters. Eek! I showed her my backwards hat and as soon as she put it on, I knew who I made it for. Iit really looks good on her too! Who else deserves your first FO than your mom?

Mom's Rolled Brim Hat