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September 11, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

It's been a couple weeks without any socks. This post will be full of them. These were made with Corrie Sock SW Wool/Nylon from Flying Goat Farm. The colorway is Fire Opal.
These were made using a sock kit from Brediculous Yarns. I'm head over heels for sock kits right now. I made the heel by switching to the contrast yarn a couple rows before the heel turn, then continuing a couple rows after the heel was completed. I think this will work great for striped socks, too.
This pair was made with a fun colorway called ...

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August 16, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I spent some time cranking socks.
On Monday, I cranked these wild socks with some yarn I picked up during the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May. It's so much fun seeing how different yarns knit up. I paired it with some highlighter yellow for the toes.
On Tuesday I put together this cart for told hold my yarn.
I'll fill all those levels with yarn shortly.
I even worked on my next pair of hybrid socks.
Wednesday I cranked these socks using Knit Picks Felici in the colorway called Time Traveler.

2019 sock knitting ...

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August 12, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I promise, the blog will not become all socks, all the time. Even if it feels like it right now. Sitting down to learn a new skill takes time and dedication. You won't get good at something doing 15 minutes of it once a month. You have to practice consistently to get good at something. Crafting is like that, too. I've focused a great deal on the machine sock knitting, and I think I've learned the basics well enough to somewhat reliably get a sock when I try to make one. Not all the time, but most ...

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August 9, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

All aboard the sock train!

When I'm trying to accomplish something I roll from one sock right into the next. This is what I call a sock train. Knit a sock, add some waste yarn, knit another socks, add some more waste yarn, repeat. This way I really only have to set up to knit once. From there I can just keep adding to the train. This was my Saturday afternoon sock train. It looks like four socks, but there were only two good ones in there. The other two were wound back up and are ready to be ...

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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 2, 2019
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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July 31, 2019
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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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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July 26, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

My first pair of cranked socks are almost done.

Because I wanted to have something to show for my first week with my sock knitting machine, I grabbed a single 50 gram ball of Knit Picks Felici and got cranking.
I decided to go with hand-finished heels and toes but wanted to give the hung hem a go. I put in waste yarn for the afterthought heels (that's what the strange red strand is all about).
I picked up for the toes and got knitting.
I knit in the car.
And I knit waiting for dinner.
I almost finished ...

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July 22, 2019
Awaiting Fullfillment from Becca's Crazy Projects

After returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do some internet research, choose Erlbacker Gearhart to manufacture my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a reproduction machine manufactured in the United States. What I wasn't expecting, in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world, was the long lead time. Once I started investigating the lead time, I learned most people were saying 8-10 weeks. Then, when I started asking people in circular sock knitting groups when they had ordered their machines -- and ...

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July 19, 2019
Crazy About Yarn from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my Awaiting Fulfillment Socks. Today, I'm going to share the sock yarn I bought to be ready for that sock knitting machine.

I discovered that Knit Picks was offering their Summer 2019 Felici at 20% off. How could I not invest in the new collection of striping yarns? I added two of those to my shopping cart, then started adding Stroll Sock in solids for contrast heels and toes. I think Knit Picks changes their Felici colors once or twice a year, so if you see one you like you should pick up a couple ...

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July 15, 2019
Awaiting Fulfillment Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

On May 6th, after returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do serious internet research, select my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a high-precision machine. What I wasn't expecting -- in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world -- was the long lead time. I'll talk about that experience when my circular sock knitting machine ships and arrives at my door. Until then, I decided I would hand knit some socks with the same stitch count as the cylinder I ordered so ...

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July 8, 2019
Desk Upgrade from Becca's Crazy Projects

My IKEA desk has been collecting things for a while now. One of the downsides to this desk is that sometimes I wills spend entirely too much time sitting. I decided it was time to upgrade to a felxible workstation where I could sit or stand. I did some poking around and settled on the FlexiSpot Standing Desk.
I opted for the VIVO Dual Monitor Desk Mount for my monitors. This was the part that took the longest to assemble. It includes cable management which is always great. The FlexiSpot Standing Desk was mostly assembled when it arrived. I do ...

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July 3, 2019
Lucky Wallet from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up this cute little wallet pattern from Michelle Patterns a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I grabbed some fabric, designed a simple embroidery and got cutting. 
This was a quick project and a great use of scraps, even all the pieces of interfacing were leftovers from some other project. I see a scrappy version of this wallet using the quilt-as-you-go method. So many options. 
I used coordinating Kam Snaps to close the flap.

PatternTwo Pocket Wallet from Michelle Patterns.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle

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June 12, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

This is going to be so many parts. I'm still working through my collection of batik fabrics. I didn't expect the hair to read as red as it does in this image but I really like it.
Building up the layers from the bottom.
I finished up the hair. 
I don't know if I would have picked these fabrics at the fabric store, but when you shop your collection of fabric you make do. 
The applique is finished. Next up will be the quilting. I'm going to let her hang so I can think ...

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June 3, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

It's been a month since I first shared this project with you. You can read the May 1st post here. I finally decided it was time trace the design onto my background fabric and start gluing pieces in place. I use Elmer's Liquid School Glue to attache the applique pieces. Full list of supplies at the bottom of the post. 
I wanted to break up the tail into several sections and work through several colors. 
Here is the tail cut and laid out before gluing. 
I would pick the one pieces I wanted to be in ...

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May 29, 2019
Toe Up Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

For some crazy reason I was compelled to start knitting a pair of socks. I wanted to try a toe up version so I did some poking around and found the Trusty Toe Up Socks pattern (free) over on Ravelry from Tanis Fiber Arts.

Casting on for a toe up sock is always an adventure. I was on YouTube for a little while until I could get my stitches cast on correctly. As for going toe-up, I'm not afraid to Kitchener, and even have the directions printed up for my travel knitting kit, but I wanted to try something ...

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May 22, 2019
Maker Bracelet from Becca's Crazy Projects

During one of the great Designs by Little Bee sales I picked up a blank bracelet design in a stack of sizes.

I had a little bit of time on Sunday, so I designed a label and got stitching. I didn't put a bunch of planning into this one. I grabbed a piece of vinyl I had on my cutting table, picked a contrasting thread color already on the machine, and started stitching.
Machine embroiderers can pick up their own copy of the Blank ITH Bracelet Set. The KAM snaps and tool like is at the bottom of the ...

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May 13, 2019
Hello Internet! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm back on the net!

Okay, I never really left, but there was a short period (a couple hours) while I realized I couldn't get to the internet, did some troubleshooting (if you can't see any connections, and you usually see several, chances are the adapter is bad), and got some hardware to hold me over until the part would arrive. You can read all about that fun time in this post from a couple weeks ago.

Last week, my WiFi adapter arrived from Dell. It came as quite a shock that I couldn't buy the ...

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