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August 8, 2019
Additional Gray Yarn from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The extra skeins of gray yarn that I ordered for Vince’s sweater arrived a day or so ago. They’re very close to matching but it isn’t a perfect match. That’s a chance you take when it’s almost two full years between dye lots. I kinda feel like my eyes are deceiving me. Do you see...

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Less Than Accurate Lace Knitting from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I need something to keep my hands busy while I heal from Monday's dental work so easy lace socks it is! One of the rows seems to have become a combination of two different patterns but I wound up with the right number of stitches and no one is  going to be looking at the top of my foot that closely. 


If it all goes horribly wrong, I can just unravel and cast on again.


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The Big Sock from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You’ve probably heard me talk about the big sock I made for Vince. Well . . here it is compared to one of my own socks. I hadn’t been knitting socks long so this happened probably in 2007 or 2008. I looked at Vince’s feet, I looked at my feet. I didn’t have a pattern...

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August 7, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I knit this pair last week. One on Tuesday, and the other one Wednesday. So many socks waiting to be finished.
I managed to finish sewing up the toes on a couple pairs from last week. This pair with the contrast heels and toes came out great!
Then, I tried to knit some socks and it just kept not working. I don't know if it was the yarn, or the tension, or what. But I used all three set-up bonnets and made a big mess. 
In the end, not one single socks. All of it ripped and wound up ...

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August 5, 2019
Hybrid Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I'm sock obsessed. It's summer. I don't want to go outside. I don't want to sweat. I would rather sit in the air conditioning and knit socks. At least I'll be ready for gift giving this winter.

I've been working on these hybrid socks (partially machine knit and finished by hand) for a couple weeks now. 
I managed to finish the heels over the weekend. They fit as well as hand-knit socks made with afterthought heels. A fine project if you like take-along projects.
I even started another pair of hybrid socks ...

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August 3, 2019
Vince’s Cable Sweater from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Sybil is correct – a few months back, Vince did choose yarn for a sweater. It’s a pullover and even though he says he likes pullovers better, I think men look better in cardigans. To me, cardigans are so much more wearable because (1) We just don’t get enough warm weather here to put on...

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August 2, 2019
Progress on Test Knit from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Maybe today I’ll finish the body of this test knit. As of last night, I only needed to knit 2″ more before I can start the short rows to make the back of the sweater a little longer. Then just two sleeves to go and this sweater will be ready for soaking, blocking and as...

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Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Contrast heels and toes

During the learning process I've avoided some steps just so I can be confident with straightforward sock knitting. This means I focused on setup and consistent tension. Then I focused on technique, meaning being able to consistently knit heels and toes on the machine. Now that I have those things master to the point I'm not ripping back every-other sock, I can play with changing yarn along the way. This was my first go at a contrast heel. I totally messed up the toe and had to rip all the way back. I joke ...

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August 1, 2019
The Button Book from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It seems weird to me how difficult it has become to find buttons. I have a few mail order sources but sometimes, you just want to see them in real life and match them up to the project. There used to be a little sewing shop here in town and they had a fair selection...

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July 31, 2019
Anniversary Gifts from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince and I don’t buy each other gifts for birthdays, Christmas or anniversaries. I know that would bother a lot of people but it works for us. I really dislike buying gifts for adults, unless it’s just a little surprise – like a pretty nail file for Nicole or if I see that she needs...

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Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

So many socks! As I work through the learning process, I'm getting more proficient at heels and toes. You have no idea how many times I've watched some of these instructional videos. This was my second pair on Saturday. 
Update: I finished the toes and started working on the afterthought heels of my hybrid socks. I promise I'll stop cranking long enough to share some tools.

2019 sock knitting count:
  • Cranked socks: 2 pair (one still needs the toes closed up)
  • Hybrid socks: almost 1 pair (partially cranked and partially hand-knit)
  • Hand knit socks: 1 pair

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Pink Fair Isle Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This was more yarn from the Hobby Lobby 2019 clearance sale. I cast on eight-five stitches and knit it up in stockinette with a garter stitch border. Happily, that guess at the stitch count was enough to make the self-patterning yarn do its thing.

Yarn: Yarn Bee Fair Isle 

Despite a knot in one of my skeins, I kept the pattern more or less consistent. That required losing some yarn from middle of the skein so I didn't have two stripes of the grey and white pattern right next to each other.


It's a shawl.  Hopefully after a ...

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July 29, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I don't usually have much time during the week to work on projects. Between work, dinner, family time, and sleep there isn't much time during the week to practice on my knitting machine. This week I squeezed in a solitary turned heel. I was overly proud of it even if it is destined to be ripped back and put into a different project. 
Later in the week I decided to try again. This tangled mess is what happened to the toe. I don't recall what went awry, only that it did. That ball winder of mine is ...

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Interchangeable Knitting Needles from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Through the years, I’ve done several posts about interchangeable knitting needles. People have a love/not love relationship with them. I don’t like the “hate” word, except when talking about scorpions. This will be a long post. Hopefully you can skim down to any brand you’re interested in buying and skip over the rest. Top row,...

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Shades of Green from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday while organizing my yarn . . you can probably count on weeks and weeks of posts about yarn enthusiasm as I go through this re-organization phase . . but as I was emptying one tote, I came across this bag of yarn that definitely went into the “deserted island trip” bucket. The color in...

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The Yarn I’m Finding from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The first yarn I added to the spreadsheet this afternoon was this: That is maybe the prettiest yarn of all my yarn. I wanted to stop right then and there and cast on a project but I said . . no, there’s a job to be done and it is NOT starting a new project....

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July 28, 2019
The Yarn Organizing Plan from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

If anyone has any suggestions, I’m happy to listen. Here’s my plan, and I’m not totally sold on this plan but it seems to be the best I can come up with. Sort according to weight – for all the miscellaneous, especially single skeins, I’m putting them in tubs according to weight – fingering, sport,...

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A Little Progress from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

So much help; so little progress. Boots is a rascal and, as almost always happens when I overstay my welcome in his room, or after about 10 minutes, I end up with him biting and me bleeding and then I grab my spray bottle of water and one little squirt and he finds a place...

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July 27, 2019
Cream baby blanket from Granny Maud's Girl

I am a granny! This is actually old news because little Lachlan, who was due in mid-July, was born a few weeks early in late June, but I have been a bit too distracted to post anything here. I think you can understand why.

The big project I was working on before his arrival was a baby blanket. I had more than a dozen balls of Rowan baby silk merino DK, which I bought on sale and stashed a while ago. The pattern I chose for them, ‘Dolce’, is a fun knit that is worked in the round from the ...

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July 26, 2019
Yarn Arrival from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I think this is the last of yarn I have ordered except for one box of Plucky yarn that had to be dyed. This one is Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers and it’s to make a cardigan called Tudor Windows. This is to make a shawl, Clandestine. Last, and probably the first of these three...

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