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March 30, 2019
Red Chili Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Yarn: Drops Fabel, Red Chili

I started knitting these with Valentine's Day in mind and wound up finishing them a lot later than that, but the nice thing about knitting for myself is that there's no deadline. And I've got pretty red socks that will keep my toes warm...and a fair amount of leftover yarn to incorporate into a future pair! 

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March 17, 2019
"Kongrosokker" Wool socks from Monas Creativity

Yarn is "Fjord" by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Wool/Nylon Sock yarn; Off-white (Color 100), Medium grey (Collor 115) and PinkPurple (Color 520)
This big new knitting book is inspired by old knitting products, in a new and modern form.
The book is published by Font Forlag

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March 13, 2019
Slow Smocked Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I don't know why I'm knitting so slowly these days. Smock Madness is going much more quickly than Finding the Yellow Brick Road, but it didn't seem like I could possibly get them done in two weeks even under the best circumstances. This past week hasn't been the best circumstances.

I'd forgotten about the Sock Madness cheerleaders. As long as I can get the first sock done (properly) by the deadline, I'll keep receiving the patterns and can keep knitting along. I just won't be in the official competition.

Half a foot an ...

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March 7, 2019
Smock Madness from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I don't know if there's any chance that I'll finish these before the deadline, but I'm going to keep knitting and see what happens. 

Pattern: Smock Madness
Yarn: Drops Fabel 

I hadn't done smocked knitting before. It's reasonably easy and looks pretty once it's stretched. Just hanging from the needles, it didn't pucker nearly enough to get the right effect. 

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March 2, 2019
Hey, baby! from Granny Maud's Girl

Now that my work and study commitments have eased, my craft plans for 2019 were to try to finish some of my UFOs and tentatively dip my toes back into the world of dressmaking; however, the year barely began before these priorities changed. The focus for 2019 is now going to be baby things because my stepdaughter is expecting her first baby in July. Yes, I am going to be an evil stepgranny!

The knitting needles have already been given a workout, and I have more projects planned.

Debbie Bliss is limiting her yarn sales to online, and her yarns ...

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February 6, 2019
Sock Madness is Starting Soon from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I was going to take a picture of my new red socks in the snow, but by the time I got motivated enough and bundled up enough to venture outside it had mostly melted. I hear there's going to be more snow tonight.  

The pair is in Drops Fabel's Red Chili colorway and, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought the yarn would be a festive choice. They're just something to pick up and work on when I can't count.

I swear -- my sons were working in unison last night to ruin the ...

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January 31, 2019
Dark Water Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This is what happens when I buy sock yarn because it's on sale and looks good in the skein. It's pretty, but there's no way I could have predicted those triple blue stripes. And there's no picture of socks knit up in this colorway on Ravelry or anyplace else I could find...not that I actually bothered to look before I started knitting. 

Yarn: Premiere Serenity Sock Yarn, Dark Water 

They were meant to keep my fingers busy and they'll  definitely keep my toes warm. I'm just glad I knit them in plain ribbing ...

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December 31, 2018
Socks for Addie from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Since Addie needs socks, I brought several skeins to make socks for her. I showed her three skeins of yarn, one had a lot of pink, one had pink, yellow and green, and one was mostly green. She chose the green. It’s Spun Right Round Sport Sock and the color is Lucky Charm. This is...

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December 30, 2018
The Last Pair for 2018 from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This colorway didn't have a catchy name.  I think it's "blue and turquoise mix" or something like that, but it made a very pretty pair of socks. 

This project was just a little bit jinxed. I had the stitches fall off of a needle in my purse. A week or so later I snapped a needle in half. Last night, I completely lost a different needle. I'd been working on them since late November, which is a lot longer than a pair of socks that I'm actively knitting should take. 

After all of that, I'm ...

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November 29, 2018
Back to normal from Notes from Studio B

I've settled back into my normal routine after the busyness of the past few weeks and it feels so good. We had a wonderful busy few days with family celebrating Thanksgiving and for the four youngest grandkids also Christmas since we won't see them then. Our only group picture (minus my hubby who was home smoking the brisket and turkey)is after the 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning we always stop for a bit of beverage before driving home and always find someone willing to be our photographer.

I finished the pair of socks I started this ...

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November 24, 2018
Salt and Pepper Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Look -- another pair of socks! Now that the weather has started getting colder, I'm really appreciating the fact that I've knit myself more warm wool socks than any reasonable human being needs. 

Yarn: Drops Fabel, Salt and Pepper 

I really like this yarn. They're the same shades of black white and grey as another pair I knit at the beginning of the year, but the pattern is a lot more random. 

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November 7, 2018
More baby socks from Granny Maud's Girl

Knitting baby socks is the perfect portable project, which can live comfortably in a handbag and be worked on in orthodontists’ waiting rooms or in those rare moments when I take a proper lunch break at work. They are also wonderfully quick to make, which is great when you are as short of free time for craft as I have been recently.

I have now knitted up all five of the patterns I bought as a set from Char Kohl. The first pattern I knitted remains my favourite, but there is not a bad one among the bunch.

The pattern ...

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October 20, 2018
The First Frankensocks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I don't understand how this pair can possibly have taken as long as it did (I was definitely in a knitting black hole for days and days) but here they are -- 

These are made from the leftovers from three other pairs. They're a little more coordinated than I thought I was going for, but they're a respectable pair of socks.

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October 10, 2018
Violas Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Why didn't I knit this yarn up into socks sooner?! 

Yarn: Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight, Violas 

It's Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight, which I bought dirt cheap at a Joann's sale years ago and thought I'd knit up on road trip. If I'd known how gorgeous it was going to be when it was knit up, I wouldn't have waited.

Too bad the local stores don't have this in more colors -- Ravelry lists more than thirty options.

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October 5, 2018
two pairs of socks! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This is my 25th pair of hand knit socks that I've made to date. They had a lot of issues (like me, hahaha!), so they went into time out for about a week. After that time, I was able to frog back and fix the mistakes that I had made. (This was my first time doing partial frogging successfully, which was a big deal!) I'm so pleased that they are finished, and more importantly, finished well. I LOVE THEM!! They are warm and happy...perfect for these dreary fall days! The yarn ...

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September 26, 2018
Tension and Decisions from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Maybe I'm not the kind of knitter who can do Frankensocks? It wasn't working with the three colors I showed you last time...or I don't think it was working. I'm definitely overthinking the whole process! 

There wasn't enough of the mostly brown yarn to make more than a single decent stripe or a couple of narrow stripes in each sock. I know I've probably got other yarn scraps that will work, but I want to knit not hunt for yarns that might not exist.

Then I remembered that someone (apologies for not remembering ...

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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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September 17, 2018
Purple Socks and Green Socks from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I've got two pairs of socks in progress, a pair that I have to focus on and a pair I can knit with my eyes closed.

The green is kind of ugly, but well suited for Wizard of Oz inspired socks. And the purple is so pretty I'm afraid that I'm going to regret not using it for something lacey or cabled or otherwise fancy.

There will always be more gorgeous sock yarn to play with, even if I somehow manage to knit up all that I already have. Please remind me of that.

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September 9, 2018
Frankensocks? from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I  thought I'd use the leftover sock yarn from this pair, along with the solid brown that was left over from the last pair and might have originally been left over from my Owlie socks to make a third (or fourth) pair. 

There was definitely enough for anklets... except I don't love wearing anklets so now I'm pulling other leftovers to see what might coordinate into a pair of Frankensocks. 

I think I'm worried too much about making the colors coordinate. But it's a fine line between "That could work" and "That's totally and ...

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September 2, 2018
Pretty socks from Granny Maud's Girl

A few months ago, I impulsively bought a skein of MadelineTosh sock yarn because it was such as gorgeous fuchsia colour. My plan was to make socks for me, but I gave them to my stepdaughter because they ended up the tiniest whisker too big for me and the perfect fit on her.

'On hold socks' patern by Wendy Johnson knitted in MadelineTosh sock

The lace pattern is interesting enough to be fun to knit without being a complicated chore.

I knitted the two socks together, using the inside of the ball for one and the outside for the other. I ended up with almost no leftover yarn because I was ...

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