Not All the Socks

I’ve come to the conclusion that if you’re going to make a goal, it should involve something you like doing. Of all the goals I set in 2016, this is the only one I managed to achieve. But I crushed it.

 

The remainder of 2016 is going to involve reading (I picked up the biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the Hamilton musical because I’m obsessed), mitten knitting, and the madness that is Christmas. Thankfully, we’ve been gone and back for my family Christmas (a wonderful time even though family members were dropping like flies with one illness or another) and that leaves Jesse’s family celebration and our own little family. Can I say creating the “we don’t go anywhere Christmas day” tradition was the greatest thing I’ve ever done? Seriously. I either make crock-pot steel cut oats or french toast casserole for breakfast (yay for meals you can make the night before) and then we get to spend all day in our jammies, playing with toys, listening to favorite Christmas playlists, watching movies, and being lazy. It’s delicious.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the day?

*With the crazed time of year, I wanted to give you all the heads up that my plan is to be MIA from now until mid-January. I’m hoping to maybe get a post about my word for the year and some goal planning up on January 1 (because if I don’t I’m afraid someone with take away my blogger card), but my first priority is to enjoy this time (and then the next couple of weeks of catch up) without too many outside obligations. Which is basically my long winded way of saying, no need to worry if I’m missing for a few weeks, I’m just loving the season with my family.

Wishing you a happy everything!!!

Still Standing, But Barely

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This week has been an absolute whirlwind of awesome.

On Wednesday, my parents came into town so we could go to dinner and see Paul Simon. Such a great show. On Thursday, my parents stayed in town to watch the kids while Jesse and I went to Country Fest (hence the pigtails and cowboy hat). Neal McCoy, Randy Houser (I hadn’t heard of him before), and Dierks Bentley (swoon) played excellent shows. Friday I hung out with my parents until it was time for them to head home and then I stayed up way, way, way too late to finish a special pair of socks for a special lady’s graduation party (in purple because it is both her high school and future college color). Saturday we celebrated Abram’s birthday with the four of us before heading to before mentioned graduation party. Sunday morning we had bagels, donuts, and cake with family for Father’s Day and the two birthdays we had this week.

Today, I am doing nothing. Except working on my Desert Vista Dyeworks sock club socks because I’m way behind schedule and have very limited time to get them done. Especially if I’m going to finish Violet’s fluffy unicorn socks before her birthday in July. (All socks, all the time)

If you want details on the purple pair of socks you can find them here. And I ordered the cute care instruction tags (the instructions are on the back) from here.

What’s new in your corner of the world?

2016 Knits (So Far)

I think I can well and truly say that I found my hobby.

I joined the Desert Vista Dyeworks Unofficial Sock club this year. Basically, you knit one pair of socks using DVD each month and earn discounts on DVD yarn, other yarn-y notions, and if knit one pair each month for 12 months, you get a free skein of special yarn. I really, really wanted to knit a lot of socks this year so I thought I’d try it.

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For March, I decided to share the sock love and offered Jesse a pair.  He picked out the colorway called Slinky. We had a good laugh once I started knitting it up. Everything in our house seems to be gray, blue, orange, and yellow lately.

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I’ve also managed to finish two cowls and a pair of socks.  The cowl I’m wearing was knit using the Purl Bee Big Herringbone Cowl pattern. I used two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in colorway Alpine Pearl that I purchased at The Yarnery when I was visiting the Twin Cities (that place is packed with lots of good yarn – I love to visit).  My bind off isn’t great – and it rolls a little at the edge – once it’s wrapped around my neck, you can’t even tell.  And I love how the variagated yarn looks with the herringbone pattern.

The other cowl was one I finished in about four hours of knitting time.  I had just finished my March DVD socks and was staring at my stash trying to figure out what to do next when I spotted these two skeins of gorgeous Tanis Fiber Arts Gray Label in Margarita.  I wound them, cast on 135 stitches in the round, and just used a simple seed stitch (alternating skeins) until I was out of yarn and then bound off.  I love how it turned out.  And it’s perfect for the spring season.

The other random pair of socks were supposed to be a present, but they didn’t get done in time so I added them to my own sock drawer. I used Simply Sock Yarn Company’s Poste Yarn in Christmas Island. I purchased a couple of skeins of Poste and I’m not 100% on how I feel about it. Do you have a favorite sock yarn?

So that’s my quarterly yarny review (brought to you in large part to the first 4 seasons of Breaking Bad).  I have a couple more projects I’ve wound and I’m impatiently waiting  for April 1 to start so I can cast on my DVD socks.