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January 8, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

 

I was very productive the first three days of January. On the first I made this pair of socks. 
On the second I made this pair.
On the third I made this pair. Then, the next day was Monday and I went back to work and didn't make any socks on Monday-Friday. Maybe I'll make a couple more this weekend. We shall see. 

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@beccascrazyprojects) and my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects to get updates on what I'm doing and when listings go live. 

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December 25, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

 Happy, merry, joyous holiday!

I wanted to try a mock ribbed sock. I think it turned out nicely for my first try. Granted, I've made dozens of socks so this was really just learning about the process of skipping needles. I'm really enjoying this cone yarn from CSM Supplies. Totally check them out the next time you want to buy 500 grams of superwash yarn. 
I'm still working on socks to give away, too. I should give my ribber another chance. Maybe I'll be better at it than the last time. 

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December 18, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been cranking out socks for my darling husband. Slowly I'm building up a collection of socks for him.
I'm trying to use as many different yarns as possible so he can easily pair them. 
Even though I generally think matching socks are overrated. Are you still crafting for the winter holidays? I certainly am. 

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@beccascrazyprojects) and my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects to get updates on what I'm doing and when listings go live. 

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December 11, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been making more socks! I know, this surprises no one. 
I knit up and then finished two pair. One for my darling husband and the other pair on commission. 
These came out great!
I did some black Friday shopping on Knit Picks and my yarn showed up this week. Here is my collection. I'm going to have to go on a yarn diet next year!
Came across this on my afternoon walk yesterday. I'm not sure if this is a statement about 2020 or just a normal thing. It could go either way at this point ...

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December 4, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ordered several cones of sock yarn from CSM Supplies a few weeks back. It took forever to get here. It shipped the day after I ordered it. Thank you, Jamie! But then that box spent way more than the 3-5 days with the postal service trying to get from Missouri to Maryland. 
This one was so could make my Darling Husband some wool socks. Because everyone needs more socks. 
The first one worked up great. A test wash of the first pair and I will be cranking out his holiday socks in no time. He isn't the only ...

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November 27, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been cranking up socks for the holidays. This is one of the sock trains I made last week. Four socks knit one-right-after-the-other. 
Two pair ready for finishing. 
I love these little stacks of socks. 
Monday I knit a single after work. 
Thursday it found its partner. 

I won't be adding more socks to my Etsy shop until 2021. I still have a few pairs ready to ship so order soon to get them by the holidays. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@beccascrazyprojects) and my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects to get updates on ...

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October 16, 2020
Etsy Shop Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I did a big shop update a couple weeks ago and plenty of great things are still available. Socks and knitting project backs for that hand-knitter in your circle. 
This one is one of my favorites. 
These are lightweight, soft bags that close with a zipper. Wrist strap for easy carrying. 
There are also some great quilted bags. 
These have a little more substance and so great.  
I have three or four of these that are always drifting around with a new project inside. 
They aren't really bigger on the inside but I can dream.

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September 25, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This pair was made using the leftovers from a couple of Knit Picks Duos. Both gradients paired nicely with some Uneek Fingering I used to make myself a pair of socks last year. These are just wonderful!
This pair used some different purple yarns from Knit Picks. I really like how these came out. 
So no one thinks I save all the matching socks for myself, here is a pair I knit last week using Knit Picks Static (the same fingering base as Stroll). These were a fun surprise and I'm glad I gave the yarn a try. I ...

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September 18, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

What it looks like when I'm knitting monster socks. The little ball of yarn on the left is the alternate yarn. The little hank on the right (just above the number 225) is the main yarn. I switch back and forth between the yarns every two rows of plain knitting.  
The heels and toes are knit with only the main yarn. This is to ensure I can keep good tension while knitting the short rows for the heel and toe. 
No two are the same! I love these more than I should admit. Want to check out the socks ...

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September 16, 2020
Knit Picks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I swear the people that wrote the new Blogger drafting tool had no idea how the old one really worked. So many features I relied on are now gone. Thanks for the "upgrade"

Last weekend I received my latest order from Knit Picks. I should stay away from their website because there are so many good things. 
This small box was packed with delightful yarn. 
Stroll Tweed was on sale and I have a soft spot for sales. This yarn is as soft as the rest of the Stroll line and perfect for socks, mittens, and gloves. 
Then there was ...

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September 11, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

What's going on here? The purple is my setup bonnet (used to load onto the needles to start the work), yellow is my waste yarn (usually a cheap acrylic of the same weight as the sock), and the black is the cuff of a monster sock. The hung hem is quick and easy and makes a great cuff. I make the cuffs on both socks in a monster sock pair the same so you can tell which one goes with which, not that it really matters with monster socks. 
Those tails will be trimmed when I finish the sock ...

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September 4, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Sunday I attempted to knit a sock to pair with one I had knit earlier in the week. I made it to the toe and realized I had made an error. This little collection of re-wound balls shows how that sock ended up. Sometimes I get more out of my yarn than a single use. 
On my next attempt I managed to finish that second sock. I love these scrappy monster socks.

If you would like a pair of socks machine knit just for you, stop by my Etsy shop and send me a note. I'm sure we ...

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August 28, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is where my alternate ball of yarn rests while I work the heel on a monster sock. This little epiphany has really helped me knit the heel faster and more accurately. This is possible because the yarn guide for the mini mast has slots for the entire yarn path.
What makes a pair of monster socks a pair? Usually the only thing that matches is the cuff. Otherwise, they are made with one to two row stripes of scraps of Knit Picks Felici in whatever color I happen to grab. No two socks are alike.
Sunday mornings, after we ...

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August 21, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I post my fresh-off-the-machine socks with the waste yarn still on the toe I often get asked interesting questions like "I'm so confused!

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August 17, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished these fun socks made with a couple leftovers from other socks. These were made of leftover semi-solid black from the middle of a ball of Knit Picks Duos, colorway Rocket Ship. I didn't know if I had enough for the sock but it worked out great with two row stripes of each color. The other is a speckle leftover from an Into the Whirled, colorway Captain Tight Pants. These came out so much better than I could have hoped and I love them.
I worked on my Ard-ri shawl some more. The fabric for this one is ...

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August 14, 2020
Cranky Cranker from Becca's Crazy Projects

This what my Erlbacher Gearhart looks like when you break it down to parade rest. This is where I ended up when I couldn't figure out why it was dropping stitches because it wasn't doing what it should do.
You can't see the grub screw in that hole. Because I screwed in in until it was well inside. I can tell you that if it sticks out far enough it will cause all manner of problems.
While I was in there, I wiped everything down and added some oil. Smooth operator!
I think putting those 72 needles ...

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August 10, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Friday I cranked out another monster sock. These are so much fun to make. 
My machine and I had a bit of a disagreement while I was making that second sock. The second sock took all Saturday afternoon. I'll share more about that on a different post. Let's just say I learned a little more about my Erlbacher Gearhart circular knitting machine and I'll be ready for the next time it happens.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars 7 Inch Softgrip Student Scissors (snipping yarn)
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August 3, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

It took all week to finish these. I can usually only squeeze one in after work. 
Made with Knit Picks Stroll for the hung hem and Knit Picks Felici for the rest. 
These came out great!
Wrapped up and ready to send to their new home! Where is that? Well, I don't know. This pair was listed on Etsy. Check them out if you like the colorway. Want your own pair? Stop by my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects and send me a message. I can knit you a pair in any of the current Felici colorways from ...

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July 31, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

Don't forget to change your rotary blade! I realized I was working entirely too hard to trim up my fabric and quilt blocks. It was time for a new rotary blade. Happiness is a new rotary blade.
I had an abundance of half-used Knit Picks Felici that needed to be wound into balls. This is when I love my Stanwood Needlecraft large ball winder. When I bought it I thought it an extravagance but it really is the last ball winder am I likely to ever buy so it was totally worth it.
I even cranked another pair of ...

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July 29, 2020
Cranky Socks: Monster Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

The view from my cranking chair. It doesn't look very scrappy from here. I make these colorful, scrappy wonders (some people call them monster socks) using two or more colorways of self-striping yarn. I mostly buy Knit Picks Felici. Felici is released in limited colorways throughout the year. This means the colors I have are likely no longer available. Sometimes the yellows (or greens, or whatever) from two different colorways line up. This is completely by accident.
When I knit these, I lost count on  the one of the right. It is four rows shorter than the other sock ...

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