Thankful

Hi everyone! How was Thanksgiving, USA friends? We had a lovely holiday. I’ve enjoyed the time off of work, taking it easy and crafting like a fiend!

I started another pair of Zombie Vixen mitts. Some of my coworkers were quite enamored with mine and asked if I would be so kind to make them mitts. Normally I am the complete selfish knitter, and such requests would be denied. But these were so fun and fast to knit and these ladies are sort of like the sisters I never had. They are officially knit-worthy! So I agreed to make a few pairs with no deadline in mind. I’m not knitting them in color order. I’ll knit one gray one, then one rust-colored, etc. Just to keep it interesting. I’ve also started a new book. It has me mesmerized and spooked.

I also made a new project bag that is currently holding another new WIP, Clincher. I used the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s hoop travel bag pattern. Now I can tote my Walking Dead extreme geekdom with me everywhere I go. The fabric is from Spoonflower. This was my first order from them. I’m happy with the fabric. It didn’t fade in the wash, and it is sturdy (not soft, I guess that could be a good or bad thing).

Lastly, on Thanksgiving, I decided to start a new pair of handspun socks. They are sort of in time out at the moment. I’m using some old size 0 Addi’s where the cord is so kinked up and stiff it’s nearly impossible to knit with. Some Sock Rockets are on the way to me and then I will pick these up again.

That’s all for now. Did you start any new projects over the holiday?

Zombie Vixen

Can I share with you my new, most favorite mitts ever?

These are my Zombie Vixen mitts, a free pattern designed by Susan Claudino (you may know her by her super cute plush designs). This pattern has made me love mitts. I’ve made several pairs over the years but I’ve never been enamored with them like I am this pair. My pair only used 42 grams of sock yarn…182 yards! Less than half a skein! With the short yardage and addictive cable design, they really fly off the needles. I love the look of cables but I usually don’t enjoy knitting them. Not the case with this pattern at all!

I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine for these, which is a strong, beautifully heathered yarn, a wool/nylon/alpaca blend. I love how the alpaca gives it a fuzzy rustic quality.

And most importantly, kitty approves of my new mitts. ;)

For the Kids

With the temps dropping and the kids running off to school needing to keep their ears warm, I decided to whip up a little ear warmer.

I have three skeins of this Madtosh Chunky that I really don’t know what to do with. Since this project is done, I now have 2.5 skeins I don’t know what to do with. Chunky yarn makes me uncomfortable!, there, I admitted it.

Making one of these is super simple… I’ll walk you through what I did.

A size 9 needle, provisionally cast on 16 stitches and knit all rows until desired circumference. (I just kept wrapping it around her noggin until it looked like a good fit – snug, but not too snug. Undo the provisional cast on, and graft to your live stitches.

Now for the “bundle” part – I used a size 7 needle: cast on 8 stitches, knit stockinette for 2.5 inches and bind off leaving a tail. Wrap this little piece around the headband (I placed it over the kitchener to cover, but you can do whatever you want), and seam the ends together. Voila!

Little miss was also lucky this week to have her momma make socks for her. She picked the yarn (Regia) and I knit away. Toe-up, stockinette, and can you guess the heel? Do I even need to say it anymore?

They are a little hard for her to pull on, but the fit is good once she’s wearing them… can someone explain to me how my 6 and 8-year-olds have a 56-stitch sock, and I have a 60-stitch sock? And hers is tight? My feet are by no means small either, I’ll have you know. What is the deal?

I think my next priority is to finish my Lightweight Pullover and some other old, languishing WIPs. It’s time to clear out and make way for new things! Speaking of “clearing out,” now may be a good time to go through your stash, before the holidays. I went through mine this week and felt a bit sheepish by the size, but thankfully 2014 hasn’t been a big stashing year for me. I’m having fun working through the stash I have and really haven’t felt much an urge to buy yarn this year. What about you?

Darla, Take Two

Do you remember my first Darla? I was happy about it, but it was a little too short to flip up the brim. Well, take two ended up much more successful in that aspect.

I used Dragonfly Fibers Traveller DK in the Winter Woods colorway. I lengthened the pattern by two inches to be able to flip the brim. What is ironic about this Darla is that if I try to wear it without the brim flipped, it looks silly. I guess you can’t win them all! I’ll blame that on my hair being at a weird length for hats. I’m growing out the pixie cut and I have days where I look in the mirror and go, “What the heck am I doing?!” I guess you have to accept the awkward phases with the cute ones.

Let’s talk some socks! I started these over the summer. These socks are all Andi’s fault really, because I first saw the pattern on her blog, and she sent me this gorgeous Hazel Knits skein for my birthday one year. So thanks Andi, for the yarn and inspiration!

The pattern is called My Cup of Tea and it’s a freebie. This pattern is so beautiful! I will give you a little tip if you are planning on knitting these, just from my perspective. The stitch pattern does not have very much give – I wish I had made mine one 1.5 needles instead of 1. That may just be me, but there you go.

Any sock patterns have your heart skipping a beat? I normally stick to my plain ole vanilla socks, but I do enjoy a little patterned sock every now and then.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

All the New Things

Finally, a new week and a moment to catch my breath. I’ve decided to spend this week catching up on all the yarny goings-on in my life. Knitting is a constant, and though I tend to disappear for a week or so from Instagram or Ravelry or wherever, my needles are always working in the background, whether I am riding shotgun in the car or on my lunch break or simply staying up too late watching Netflix. Knitting is rarely just knitting, it’s a companion to my everyday.

I know Halloween is far behind us now, but my finished object to share today was knitted for Halloween, and finished the night before the holiday. I picked up this yarn at an early Halloween update from Desert Vista Dyeworks… honestly, when this yarn arrived I could not stop admiring the colors and thinking about how special the yarn in my hands was. All the work she must put into dyeing each skein! And looking at the skeins just makes you happy. Perfect pick-me-up yarn. Having a bad day? You have my permission to splurge, because you should.

This is the “Franken Zombody” colorway, 60 stitches, size one needle, toe-up, and Fish Lips Kiss Heel – are you surprised? ;) I went for a super long cuff (and could have made it longer, seriously this yarn goes on forever) and ended up having to do a super stretchy bind-off (used this one here with great success).

I’ll be back a bit here and there this week to share my other finished objects!

And now some fancy things I’ve come across worth sharing…

+ Have you heard about the Graceful Pullover? This beautiful pattern also comes with a beautiful story. It’s something I would love to make and my daughters would love to wear.

+ The new pattern Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan is the perfect marriage of femininity and coziness. I want one!

+ The Fjordgirl blog has completely stolen my heart. The words, the images, and the beauty of her yarny life in Montana all make me want to pack my bags and move up north.

+ If you run into me in person, I sort of feel sorry for you because all I can manage to talk about lately is The Walking Dead. I just started watching after Halloween and am OBSESSED. My zombie fascination has spread like a virus (ha, ha) and I’m currently reading this sassy zombie novel – thoroughly enjoying every minute.

And that’s all! Check in with you soon.