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I haz a FO! I haz a FO!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Wow things have certainly been busy here.

Jermaine and I are packing up our lives to move into our new house at the end of the month:

What fresh hell...
 We’ve been packing up all our stuff…picking up paint colors, searching for sales, going to liquor stores for boxes and Home Depot as well. Oy!

But in the midsts of all this craziness, I finally have a finished object. My last one was from April.

In and Out Socks

Pattern: In and Out Socks by Cookie A’s Designs from Knit. Sock. Love.
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Skein with No Name, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from November, 2010
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: July 4, 2011
Casted Off: August 7, 2011
Modifications: none

This was one fun pair of socks to knit! The winding, cable-like pattern is what attracted me to the pattern in the first place.

In and Out Socks

And something I found particularly interesting was the way the heel flap was developed:

In And Out

The winding cable-like pattern then POP a heel flap!! That part of the sock almost made me giddy as I was knitting it.

I enjoyed this pattern very much. I seem to be on a sock craze of late. And a STR and Cookie A. one as well now that I think of it. Explanation of socks–well I guess that’s pretty easy. It’s summer and gross out. Socks are portable and small and most likely I’m finishing up someone’s Christmas present so that’s a win win right there. I’m inspired to knit with Socks that Rock sock yarn of late because I’m drawn to many patterns that are friendly to multi-color colorways, which also explains my draw to Cookie A. patterns as well.

What will be next is Cookie’s Raven Swirl Socks with March, 2011’s Rockin’ Sock Club installment:

Rockin' Sock Club - May, 2011

On a personal note, I won’t be back for a while we move. I look forward to showing off my Autumn Rose Pullover  with all the ends woven in and a lovely neck band:

Autumn Rose Pullover

FO – Another Pair of Gumdrops

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I’ve since finished two projects that I wanted to share but this week, I’ve been getting over a cold with one wicked cough I’m feeling better but the cough certainly isn’t gone.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day, I finished a pair of socks for my buddy, Debbi.

Gumdrops Pattern: Gumdrop Socks by JC Briar from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club
My Ravelry Page
Yarn(s): Socks that Rock, Heavyweight
Colorway(s): Ms. LaRock
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: January 12, 2011
Casted Off: March 8, 2011
Modifications: I just did a round toe. That was the only modification I did.


Debbi had said she wanted a pair of thick socks but not a pair that was too high. Sure I had more yarn to make them taller but it’s not what she would have wanted. I knit the smaller version of this pattern because the yarn is so thick and it turned out well. Luckily, we’re the same shoe size and these fit nice and snug for me and for her too.

I made this pair of socks super snug because Socks that Rock Heavyweight has a tendency to grow.

Gumdrops as you can see I made a Sl1/K1 and K1/Sl1 sole. That makes for a super squishy sole but you’ll also notice that it’s about three inches, not that very long. I hope Debbi didn’t think they were too short.

And speaking of Rockin’ Sock Club Patterns, I started Dusty Corners from 2010’s sock club. They’re just flying off the needles. I absolutely love this colorway too

Dusty Corners

Final Two FOs of 2010

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

OK OK I’ll finally post my last two finished objects of 2010–a cowl and a pair of socks for Rose.

(Pardon my defensiveness..God knows I’ve been meaning to post this just finally got to it now.)

FO #1 – A Cowl for me

Candle Flame Cowl

Pattern: Candle Flame Cowl by Julia Allen
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Cascade 220
Colorway(s): A Purple? I know that’s really not helpful seeing as how Cascade has about 30 or so purples but….
Needle(s): US 8 – 5.0 mm
Casted On: December 18, 2010
Casted Off: December 18, 2010
Modifications: none

I originally made this for a Jermaine’s Secret Santa he had going on at his job. It was either that or he was going to give his Secret Santa some “smelly lotion.” I know –to each their own but I know that I’m pretty sensitive to smells. “Smelly lotions” have a tendency to give me some of the worst headaches ever. So I was like “oh no hon…you’re not doing that to this poor girl.” Turns out, she doesn’t work at his store any more so yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I haz a cowl now!

Candle Flame Cowl It’s a pretty easy pattern. I learned it after maybe one repeat?? Very stretchy fabric results too. So if you’re scrambling for a quick present for someone like I was, this is a good bet. It’s a pretty pattern too.

And, finally, Rose’s socks.

This girl looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooves socks I make for her. She gets them dry cleaned bless her heart, which is more than I can say about hand knit socks I’ve made.

Dionysus Socks

Pattern: Dionysus Socks by Abby Frelich
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Happy Go Lucky, The Socks That Rock Rockin’ Sock Club Installment for January, 2010
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: September 25, 2010
Casted Off: December 22, 2010
Modifications: Originally, this pattern called for a 72-stitch cast on. Upon looking at the pattern, I noticed that some of it was going to be ribbing on each side of the sock, so I got rid of 8 stitches of that ribbing to make a 64-stitch sock. I also did a short row heel. The cables used were 3×3 so I thought it would be too thick to have that much fabric on the heel.

This was one fun pattern to make. I thoroughly enjoyed making these, even if 3×3 cables on size ones sometimes proved difficult.

Dionysus Socks

And plus, these socks are a little sentimental for me. I knit them on our wedding day.

Knitting at my wedding I look like I’m about to cut a bitch, no?

Well….there’s a funny story behind this.

(Fist off, this was taken the morning of the wedding. I had to wear a button down shirt, of course, because I couldn’t pull a shirt over my hair without messing it up. Kai fine. The only button down shirt I owned used to belong to Jermaine so yeah….I was dressed like a dude for a majority of the wedding morning and early afternoon)

The caterer was running late. I was freaking out. Turns out she was freaking out too waiting for a delivery (we laugh about it now but during that time, panic.)

Jermaine’s best man, who has known me since I was 12 was trying his best to calm me down as I was panicing about the caterer not there yet. He goes “Laura, you’re getting married in the boonies. There are plenty of squirrels, worst comes to worse. All I’d need, then, is a grill.”

Bless his heart and all but NO!

I call that my “If-you-say-‘squirrel’-one-more-time” look.

And I just so happen to be knitting Rose’s socks too One of Jermaine’s aunts, after seeing me get panic-y was like “um…laura….you should knit a little to calm down.” and that was the project I pulled out. I think the fact that someone had to remind me that knitting has healing qualities proves just how panic-y I was.

Anyway, these socks pull at my heart strings Not only are they for a wonderful friend of mine who loves her handknit socks more than anyone I know but I also knit them on a very important day in my life.

Here’s a pic of Rose and Debbi in their shawls I made them and gave to them on our wedding day too.

Rose and Debbi

I saw Deb's necklaces and it was like she KNEW she was getting a blue shawl that matched it perfectly. haha

Ok I think I’ll wrap this up. Coming up next – All the finished objects of 2010. I might be late in doing it but I still want to get reflective. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd my first FO of 2011, Jess’ shawl.

Socks! And Oh Yes, I’m GETTING MARRIED!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I seem to be in a sock mood of late. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that Christmas is coming up so I have to get a start on some presents…like what I haven’t already done this summer was enough :-)

Socks! The first is the free pattern off Ravelry named Dionysus Socks. I love the crazy cables zig zagging left and right down the sock. My Snow Under Cedars socks satisfied an itch I was having to do some fair isle. It, of course did the trick! Finally, I love the lacy vines in my In the Peaceful Forrest Socks, made with the warmest sock yarn I think known to knitters – Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I loooooooooove this yarn!

Socks make great traveling projects too.

Why did I mention traveling?



Wedding Bands Yes after about a year of planning, some tears and a ton of laughter, Jermaine and I are finally getting married this weekend and heading off to our honeymoon soon thereafter. These lovely projects might just be completed after we get back.

I know I’ve been quiet of late. Been busy planning this little shin dig  but also I don’t want to post a blog with just saying “Look….this sleeve grew three inches since last I blogged.

When I get back, I will be finishing up Hallett’s Ledge and hopefully made more progress on my Lattice Lace Pullover.

More to come later, this my last blog entry as a single lady! :D

FO – Slip Jigs

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

I finished my first Christmas present for Rose–Slip Jigs from this March’s Rockin’ Sock Club. When I first got the skein, I wasn’t a big fan:


Then I thought of Rose and these are so her colors. So I started a Christmas present very early.

Slip Jigs

: Slip Jigs by Irishgirlieknits from the 2010 Rockin’ Sock Club
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Socks that Rock, Mediumweight
Colorway(s): My Wild Irish Girlie
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: April 10, 2010
Casted Off: July 11, 2010
Modifications: I didn’t do any. I followed the pattern exactly as written, even did the heel flap.:)

Slip Jigs

But if I could change one thing, it would be the toe. There are a lot of stitches between the decreases making the toes a little…bunchy. But then again, the slip pattern does go up the side of the socks so I am not entirely sure how I could edit the  pattern.

Slip Jigs
It was a fun knit though. I know Rose will love these socks to pieces. One Christmas present down, plenty more left to do. I’m trying to get a head start on Christmas knitting, if you can believe it, because I will be spending a better part of  September and October  running around like a chicken with her head cut off because of our wedding

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