Fish Lips Kiss Heel

I’m back! I was sort of surprised when I started to blog today and realized it’s been about two weeks since we last spoke.  I didn’t mean to take a break, and it certainly isn’t for a lack of knitting.  In fact, I’m more inspired and excited about knitting right now than I have been in a long time… perhaps ever?

One reason I’m such a happy knitter at the moment is because… I finished my first pair of socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel method. I’m pretty sure I am a permanent convert to the method now. Let’s talk details:

Pattern: None (but using Fish Lips heel)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Pickle Family Circus – I bought my skein here
Needle: Addi Sock Rockets, 1 (2.25mm), magic loop

I’ve found that 60 stitches is the perfect number for my feet using the size 1 needle.  I did these toe up, using the awesome template method recommended by the Fish Lips pattern.  I’m telling you, this will change your sock knitting forever!!  You basically make a cardboard cutout of the foot of the person you are knitting for.  You take a couple other measurements, and you are done.  No more asking your loved ones to keep trying on socks to check fit.  You knit using the template as your guide.  I have done heels for this pair as well as one for my husband, and the fit is SPOT ON.

So the heel… I love it!  The special stitches she teaches you are easy and fun.  This heel rocks because: no gaps, no counting rows, you can adapt it for any number of stitches easily, you can do it toe-up or cuff down, two at a time or one at a time, doesn’t mess up striping patterns in self striping yarn… I could go on.  Bottom line, I will be surely plugging this heel into most sock patterns I make in the future.  I urge you to give it a try.

A couple of other exciting things happened this week….

I started a new sweater.  This is going to be a Reverb.  I’ve wanted to make this pattern for so long, with this yarn – it’s Patons Classic Wool Worsted.  I’ve never used this yarn before, but it is crisp and heathered so I think it will work well as a substitute.  It’s heavily cabled (but not difficult) and it’s fulfilling my extreme obsession with cables at the moment.  Having so much fun with this sweater already.

Lastly, this arrived at my door this week:

This arrived as a surprise for a test knit.  All I knew was a package of yarn was to come to my door sometime this week… little did I know it would be PLUCKY in about the most gorgeous colors you can imagine.  This is her Primo sport weight, in an MCN base.  I never have bought from The Plucky Knitter before – mostly because I am terrible at shopping for yarns where you have to stalk the updates because they sell out so quickly.  So I am feeling like quite the lucky girl this week.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

Warm Winter Woolens

Happy Friday!

One of the first things I decided to do when I got back home from  Florida was finish my cross stitch project.  I feel a little self conscious about showing my stitches this close up, but whatever, here you go:

I am pretty happy with it!  It seems to skew a little bit on the linen, does anyone have any tips on how to fix that?  I’m afraid to wash it, because the floss clearly says “not colorfast” on the label and the last thing I need is dye bleeding all over my finished project.  I do love stitching on linen now!  I just need to figure out what my next project will be. Pattern & materials here.

Last week I started a new pair of socks – I finally decided to try the Fish Lips Kiss Heel everyone has been talking about using Socks that Rock in the Pickle Family Circus colorway. I have since done one heel on this sock and it’s pretty cool. It will take me awhile to memorize it, but let me say this pattern is so full of information for being $1… seriously… what costs $1 these days!! I won’t say too much but it does involve tracing a foot template onto cardboard for whoever you are knitting for. My entire family has Sharpie marks on their feet now. ;)  I’ll share what the finished heels look like soon, as well as my opinions on the fit and such later.

Lastly I’ve started a sweater.  Mostly because I am so tired of being stumped by this yarn!! I bought it to make a vest and was hating it. Frogged the thing and now I’m making an Effortless. I’m short on yardage so will be playing a bit of yarn chicken… I will be shortening some things here and there to compensate. We’ll see. I’ve also realized this will be my 4th yellow sweater. I need to take a break from the yellow garments for sure after this!

Other things I’m geeking out about right now:

+ This awesome inside-outside house.
+ Rebecca Artemisa – I love her artwork. I have this print in my home and it makes me smile. I only wish I could buy everything in her shop!!
+ This hat pattern – I have to make it.
+ My husband’s recipe for raw chocolate coconut macaroons is a favorite treat right now.
+ Socks that Rock, checking for new colorways all the time!

Thanks for reading guys!! See you soon!

A Summer Yarn

Hello friends!

It’s officially summer in the US.  I’m learning to love summer slowly over the years.  I used to despise the sticky southern heat, but I’m learning to live with it for now.  It’s just part of the package deal that includes hours and hours of sunshine and more time with my girls.  Can’t complain too much.  Plus the 4th of July is right around the corner, and I find the holiday just irresistible.  Love it.  Explosions and good food?  Yes, please!!

Do you like my new handspun?  It’s the latest Moonrover club shipment, the June braid.  I am so excited I joined her club.  When her package arrives at my door, I can’t wait to see what colors she has put together.  My brain usually goes wow then preeetty and lastly what?!? because there always is a color in there that blows your mind.  It’s unusual and stunning at the same time.  You don’t think it goes together, yet somehow it’s wildly cohesive.  Awesome!

The colors this month reminded me of salt water taffy and honey and the ocean.  A summer yarn.  I spun it from braid to finished 2-ply yarn in less than 24 hours.  About 225 yards of worsted to bulky.

Spinning feels like a total treat.  I’m so thankful I’ve gained this skill in my life; it brings me so much happiness.

I’m cooking up all sorts of new projects.  More on that next time!

Color Me Sprinkles

Hi everyone! I’m back from the beach & how I’ve missed you all.

We had a fantastic time in Perdido Key!  Perdido Key is where Orange Beach, Alabama meets Pensacola, Florida.  It was perfect weather (low to mid 80s most days), with cool evenings wearing long sleeves for night walks on the beach.  One day there was a big storm (see the photo of the blackish sky above) which was still awesome, watching the storm from our condo playing rummy and poker.  We ate fantastic food (the mahi tacos!) drank lots of good beer and worked on our tans.  Everything a fantastic beach trip should be, right?

Now I did try to visit some craft shops while there.  I never expect beachy locales to have yarn shops (though I wish more would – the linen yarns would fly off the shelf!) My phone told me of a cross stitch shop in Pensacola, as well as a spinning shop.  We drove out to both locations – gone!  I was so sad.  My phone is a liar.

I did knit quite a bit on this trip!  I mainly worked on the Woodpile Socks for my husband as my beach knitting. My car knitting was 100% these – and now they’re finished!

I did my favorite – toe-up, two-at-a-time, afterthought heel. The hot pink is Malabrigo in the Light of Love colorway, my absolute favorite pink on the planet. I’ve used this yarn in three projects now, and I think I still have enough to make another pair of socks! Score. The main color is Spun Right Round in Color Me Sprinkles. I love this corriedale yarn base, I know I’ve said it before, but it really is a wooly treat.  I decided to add a couple stripes towards the ankle to change things up a bit – I had time in the car so I figured why not?  Gives them sort of a classic sporty look.

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.  Check in with you soon!

A Wild Yarn

Crazy handspun!

I looked at these two Inglenook Fibers batts and thought they surely went together, so very well, without a doubt.

When I started spinning the singles, a little bit of doubt began to creep in.

By the time I was plying, I knew I was making a crazy yarn. Oh well.

I kind of like it! It’s quirky for sure. I ended up with 470 yards of fingering weight. The batts were a little wild to spin – they had merino, alpaca, silk, bamboo, sparkle, sari silk, and other things I can’t even remember at the moment. It was fun! I think this would make some really awesome socks, don’t you?

Now for the things I’m obsessed with this week…
+ This Etsy shop – especially this sweatshirt… awesome.
+ Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. I’m knitting some of this right now and it’s like BUTTER. My favorite colors? Sandalwood and Braeburn.
+ I want to be knitting & wearing this shawl NOW.

That’s all! See you soon!