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

I was in the mood to crank out some socks. This is a shot of the cast-on bonnet loaded up and starting with the waste yarn. 
This is another fun hand dyed from Into the Whirled that I picked up at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. 
The colorway (on the right) is "Radioactive" and I couldn't leave it there because I love purple and green together. 
Here is the turned toe with the waste yarn started for the cast-off. 
The stripes on this yarn are just delightful! I still have to finish the Kitchener on one ...

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March 19, 2020
Finding the Yellow Brick Road from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I started this socks at the beginning of September, back in 2018. They've been on my needles and in my project tracker ever since. Now and then I'd pick them up and struggle through another few rounds and remember how tedious they were, then I'd shove them back into their projects bag.

As of last night, they are DONE! And they fit, which is an extra bonus. (There's no reason they shouldn't have fit, but with as much trouble as these gave me I didn't have high hopes.)

The problem wasn't with the ...

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What's Up 3-18-2020 Sewing -KAL-Socks and baking bread from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

It's been a while since I had something to show that's up on the design wall.
Up on the wall is one of three tops.

When my stepmother passed away she had been trying to make a quilt for each of her granddaughters. She has 5 granddaughters and was able to complete 2 quilts 

and was working on the other 3.
I had cut out all the squares she needed because she was unable to. 

So I collected all the squares, partial blocks and completed blocks to go ahead and put them altogether

I had to frog some ...

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

Last Saturday I wasn't in the mood for quilting. I was in the mood to crank some socks. I grabbed some Knit Picks Felici and Stroll and got cranking.
I didn't get far before I found this knot. There may have been some choice words at that point. I cut the yarn, switched back to scrap yarn, and started another hung hem. This is often what I do when I make a mistake. I just skip past it. I can wind that yarn back up later. I wanted to make socks!
There was a small miscalculation when I ...

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March 6, 2020
One goal for this year from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

One of the goals I have for this year is to make a dent in my yarn stash and one way is to knit a pair of socks each month.

This is most of my sock yarn but do have some solid colored sock yarn in another box.

I was working on this pair of socks that I started in December.
Had one sock done and close to half way done with the second.
But Monday while out running errands,  which one was getting the oil changed in my car,  I was knitting on the sock while waiting. But sometime ...

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February 22, 2020
The Worst Pair of Socks Ever from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I cast on for this pair of socks FIVE MONTHS AGO and I've been working on them fairly steadily the entire time. A normal pair of stockinette socks takes me two weeks or so if I do most of the  knitting at night while we watch television. 

What went so wrong with these? 

Part of it was my own schedule. I was doing more stitching than knitting in the  evenings. I also spent a lot of evenings actively avoiding these socks because the yarn, a skein of Mary Maxim Tropical Breeze in the Toes in the Sand colorway, was ...

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February 12, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I grabbed this blue and green Felici by Knit Picks to make a pair of socks for a friend (this color has been discontinued). I realized the colors match my Frolic Mystery Quilt.
This is the first pair of socks I made on my circular sock knitting machine. 
See how well they match! Well, they don't match each other but they match the quilt. I think perfectly matching socks are terribly overrated.
I even made a label for the socks. Because sometimes labels matter.

If you are interested in having sock yarn knit into a tube to knit hybrid ...

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February 7, 2020
Sock Progress from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Before I show my sock, I want to speak to those of you who want to knit socks or have tried to knit socks and failed or made socks but were unhappy with either the fit or the heel (holes), you owe it to yourself to tri Sockmatician’s Toe Up Sock pattern. There’s a bit...

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January 17, 2020
Blue from Granny Maud's Girl

My favourite colour is red, but there has been a lot of blue in my life recently.

I knitted a simple blue cowl from a single ball of Lang 4-ply (fingering) baby wool that I found in the sale bin. It was such a pretty colour and all on its own.

Hand-knitted cowl

The stitch pattern forms a pretty texture.

Hand-knitted cowl

The wrong side of the knit looks nice, which I think is important when it is likely to be visible.

The cowl pattern I used, ‘Sea Oats Serenade’, is small rather than loose and drapey, but it works perfectly to create the ...

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December 27, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Christmas Eve I decided I needed a couple pairs of socks to gift on Christmas day. I grabbed some of my Felici from Knit Picks and got cranking.
I used a ball of solid for the cuffs, heels, and toes on both pairs of socks.
Here is the sock train. One long piece of work joined by waste yarn.
After I pulled out the joining yarn, you can see the socks ready for toe grafting. I spent some time closing the toes with the kitchener stitch and had socks to gift by lunch time.

2019 sock knitting count:
  • Cranked ...

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December 12, 2019
Stitching a Tree from Notes from Studio B

A short quick post this week, it's been a little stressful here but some stitching has been done.

2019 Weekly Leaf, week 50(already!)

SolarFast on silk

2019 Daily Stitching #5

I'm stitching a tree. This time of year I get a tiny bit obsessive about bare naked trees, I take pictures, lots of pictures, but this year I decided to actually stitch one.
This is the sketch I drew.
So far I've outlined the trunk and main branches.
There's a whole lot more stitching to do and I'm not even sure how I'm ...

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December 6, 2019
Another Project Done from Notes from Studio B

I would like to Thank all those who left messages of support for my husbands surgery. It's over, we are back home, there were a few problems but he got through it and is doing fairly well. He has about 4-6 weeks for recovery and I can see an improvement everyday. Next step is in 10 days we go back to Boise for another test and hopefully catheter removal, step by step to get healthy again. Cancer sure changes your life. This was the view from his 6th floor hospital window, the bear sculpture on the roof of the ...

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November 1, 2019
Socks for me from Granny Maud's Girl

When two skeins of discontinued blood-red sock yarn appeared in the sale bin, I pounced on them. They were labelled ‘beef’ by the dyer, Fleece Artist. The colour does look like raw meat, but in a good way. I like a dark red.

The yarn is a mixture of bluefaced Leicester and nylon for strength. I feel an affinity for bluefaced Leicester (and their bendy noses) because my family kept border Leicester sheep, the source of the bluefaced Leicester, in my childhood.

I used Wendy Johnson’s toe-up sock pattern ‘Lace and Cable Socks’ to knit one skein into a ...

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October 28, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I cranked up this pair using Uneek Sock by Urth Yarns. I purchased this yarn locally from Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville, MD. I loved the many colorways of Uneek Sock so I picked one with purple and that was it. The colors are amazing. I still need to kitchener the toes closed but these are going to be great!
I finally caved in and bought the 72 needle cylinder for my circular sock machine. It's been on my mind for a while. I ordered it, marked the needle positions and loaded it up. The machine was ...

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October 21, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for another sock update.

I've been meaning to add to my sock machine workbench for a while now. I finally picked up the right materials and fashioned a panel to put on the workbench. This was a precut piece of lumber from the local home improvement warehouse. I had the 1x3 stock leftover from another project. I clued the small stock onto the back of the board, clamping until dry. This piece won't be moved about very often, so adding another physical fastener (such as nails or screws) wasn't necessary. 
Then I adjusted my workbench (Black ...

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October 13, 2019
Slow Blue Lace Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

It took me almost two months to slog my way through this pair of socks, despite the fact that I was actively knitting on them. I'd understand if I'd shoved them into a project bag while I was working on something else, but I was actually trying - and failing - to get these done.

I can't explain how or why they were such a hassle. I had good needles. I've knit probably a dozen pairs in this same super easy lace pattern. I've used this brand of yarn before and even though I don't like ...

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September 22, 2018
Oh my... from Quilternity's Place

It has been so long since I posted that I barely remember how it works.

We took our annual trip to Mammoth Lakes and it was as relaxing and lovely as always. I can always feel the stress and worries drain from my body as we spend time in nature. It might be just a tad on the quiet side, only because we've done it so often, but we always manage to find something new-to-us to see or do.

I was working on these socks while we were there and they are still not finished. I'm almost to ...

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December 1, 2015
A Return! from The Crooked Banana Quilts

Did anyone else have a crazy November? I don't know what happened to that whole month. It seems like I had an event of some sort planned every weekend and the time just flew right on by...

I was also participating in National Novel Writing Month. I've participated a few times now and won 3 of those. If you're not familiar with NaNoWriMo, "winning" means I wrote 50,000 words or more in 30 days. It's a lot. At the end of it I have a big, messy pile of words that will need to be ...

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