Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Mishmash

I had my highest Words With Friends score the other day:
That would be 155 points right there!  Had no idea GLAZIEST was even a word, but I threw that G on there at the last second, which ended up being a good decision.

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I've been remiss in posting my knitting pictures - time to remedy that.  First up is this one:
Henry attacked my sock yarn!  He's never done that, and I don't want him to get the idea that this is OK, but he was so cute I had to take a picture before I untangled him and made him stop playing.

Socks!  Can't stop won't stop knitting socks!  Here's one pair:
Yarn is Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect, colorway 7125, pattern is just a basic cuff-down sock pattern.

So the deal with this yarn is that you are supposed to make a matching pair of socks out of one skein, because it has a yellow "lead" yarn that tells you where to start.  I'd read about this yarn and was happy to find it at a yarn shop when I was in Oregon last November, so I bought a couple of skeins.  As you can see, my socks are not exactly matching, despite keeping track of rows, etc.  Plus, I knitted these cuff-down, as recommended, but I don't like doing that because I never know how far I can knit before starting the heel, as I don't want to run out of yarn before I hit the toes:
 
At this point, it was too late to make any changes - I'd turned the heel, and there was no way I was going to rip back the yarn that many inches.  But these socks ended up being shorter than I usually knit - I prefer mid-calf.

I'd forgotten how to do the toe decreases, so I relied on my famous knitting bestie's book for tips:
The iPad was helping to hold the book open...expensive book stand, LOL!

I have another skein of this yarn in a different colorway, and I think I'll wind it so that I can knit that pair of socks toe-up.  Live and learn...

Here's another pair of socks that I finished:
 
Yarn is Knitted Wit Victory Sock, colorway is PDX Carpet, pattern is my standard toe-up sock with fish lips kiss heel.

I bought this yarn several months ago, online, from a yarn shop in Oregon.  They made it as a tribute to the carpet at the Portland, Oregon airport that was familiar to so many travelers...the carpet was replaced about a year ago, but the colorway lives on in this yarn.  I planned on knitting the socks while I was visiting my mom, so that I could try them on her feet as I went to make sure I was on track with the right size.  I cast on as I waited to board my flight from College Station (airport code is CLL), knitted while I was in Oregon, and continued knitting them as I waited to board my flight in Portland (airport code  is PDX) for home...hence the name of the socks.  I really like how they turned out - the yarn knit into a solid fabric that I'm hoping will hold up with wear for several years.  As it happens, I have another skein on hand, waiting to be turned into PDX socks for me, so one of these days my mom and I will be matchy-matchy.

I'm also attempting to fix a moth hole in a hat I made for my Dad a couple of years ago.  I have the leftover yarn, and I've looked at darning tutorials on YouTube, but I haven't quite figured out how to make it happen.  It's a challenge, but I will not let it defeat me ::raises fist-clenched knitting needles in air:: - surely I can make this work, right?

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Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Those socks are beautiful. They remind me of the Cabin socks we buy at Dick's Sporting goods store!

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    1. Thanks! I just looked up Cabin socks - yes, they look similar. :)

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  2. Nice socks!

    Awwww Henry probably wanted to help :) but he's a cat and cat loves playing with wool so his intentions were probably something else LOL

    Have a great weekend my dear friend.

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    1. It surprised me to see Henry playing at all - except for Cat Fight Club, he's pretty sedentary.

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  3. I just love seeing your socks. Do you sell any of the ones you make? My daughter and sister are comfy sick obsessed!

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    1. No, I don't sell my socks - they take me way too long to knit, plus the yarn can cost anywhere from $10 to $30/skein, so I'd have to charge something like $100/pair to cover my yarn and time...and who in their right mind would pay that for a pair of socks? ;)

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  4. You know wool socks wick, right? When we were studying up on hiking in the Grand Canyon, it was actually suggested to choose wool over other types of wicking socks. Must be nice to know you can whip yourself up a pair whenever you'd like.

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    1. They wick, and they don't need washing after every wear (well, I'm not hiking in them, either LOL).

      And yeah, I love that I can knit my own socks...choosing which pair to wear each morning makes me very happy.

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  5. Henry is so cute!! But yeah I wouldn't want him to begin thinking that is okay either! I couldn't imagine working on a project and all of a sudden it begins to unravel.....the horror!!

    All of your socks look so warm and comfy!!

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    1. Thanks you! And yeah, Henry is strongly discouraged from touching my yarn now...

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  6. I WANT to knit those first socks!!

    I knit them cuff down but I agree that toe up would be better

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    1. Knit them! But I'd rewind the yarn and start toe up so you can get all the stripes placed better.

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  7. Your socks are absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. having my second magic loop sock knitting class tomorrow - as for magic loop, can we just say annoying as hell loop? this will be the last loopy socks I make, may be turning to you for expert advice! LOVE your socks (and toes) and kitty.

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    1. I agree with you on magic loop being annoying. I use 9 inch circular needles for my socks and it's awesome. No messing around with extra cable, no fiddling with dpn's. I only need a longer cabled needle for the toe cast-on (I use Judy's Magic Cast On for that), and to do the increases. I'm convinced this is why I like knitting socks so much!

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  9. I kind of like that the socks are not matchy/matchy, although I know that drives you crazy. My daughter would have ripped it out and started all over! :P Happy Friday!

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    1. It took a lot for me to not restart the socks - I've done that many times with my knitting projects, and I'm trying to give myself a little leeway with perfection. I don't always succeed (haha, I'm not perfect at being imperfect...) but I'm trying!

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  10. Your socks are so beautiful! I really think it's the slight imperfection that makes them that much more adorable.

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  11. You mean you have never asked for the glaziest donut in the display??

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    1. LOL. I had to scroll back to see what the heck you were talking about. I have never asked for that, but I have certainly wanted to 😊

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    2. Dang, I have been ordering donuts wrong all this time! ;)

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  12. And then there's some words that don't count...I don't get that!

    OMG love those socks. Want them.

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    1. WWF is definitely frustrating with what words they accept. Why some foreign ones but not others?!?

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  13. Wow! That's a great word! I think 109 is my highest! I love those socks!

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