Sockupied, Fall 2015

When Amy Palmer, editor of Sockupied and Knitscene, asked me if I would like a review copy of the Fall issue of Sockupied, I jumped at the chance! I loved the Spring one and was very curious to see what the this issue had in store for me.
This issues contains six patterns, with the photo shoot taking place at The Loopy Ewe (one of my favorite online yarn shops. Hooray!). Once again, I was not disappointed with this digital magazine. The whole thing is great, but here are some of my favorite parts....

I enjoyed the Eye on Design Feature with Debbie O'Neill. She talks of her "epic yarn stash" and her love of texture and lace in sock patterns. Her top-down socks, A Walk In the Woods, do a fantastic job of combining texture and lace. I want them!
I'm also intrigued by Mone Dräger's Checkers Socks. They are also worked from the top-down and you work in the round and back and forth, but in a different way than a regular  sock. I think they would be a fun challenge.
And then we get to Jennifer Raymond's Electrostatic Lines Socks. Jennifer definitely knows how to come up with interesting sock patterns (I talked to her about her Karner Butterfly Socks in the last issue here). 
Not only are these toe-up socks so beautiful, but Jennifer also provides good information on how to get socks to fit your calf perfectly. As a lady with beefy calves, I appreciate this information!

The other sock patterns are lovely too! They include patterns for beginner sock knitters, cables and more. And, if you love the history of knitting, you'll definitely want to check out Donna Druchunas' feature on socks from the Russian Empire. So interesting.

You can get your copy of Sockupied from the Interweave Store. If you love socks, you definitely need it!

Disclaimer: I received this issue of Sockupied for free in order to review it. My review is 100% my honest opinion. I did not receive any payment for this review nor did I agree to publish a positive review. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Photos courtesy of  Sockupied/Harper Point Photography.


FO Friday: Andromeda Peplum Vest

I finally finished it! Just shy of 5 months after I started it, here's my Andromeda Peplum Vest:

I am so in love with this piece. The whole reason I wanted to learn to crochet was so I could make super lacy stuff like this. I'm glad I kept at the crocheting over the last couple of years so I could get here.
I made a few minor changes to the pattern. I attached the bottom part to the top part (instead of the belt holding them together) and I added a little length to the bottom as well. I stitched this in Shalimar Breathless DK, one of my very favorite yarns!

The pattern comes from Doris Chan's Convertible Crochet. There are so many beautiful patterns in the book. I will definitely be making something from the book soon. I'm thinking maybe a Titan Top.

Have you finished anything lately? :)


Castine Pi Shawl

Happy Monday! You now can get my pi shawl pattern originally seen in Love of Knitting magazine as an individual pattern on Ravelry. I've renamed it from "Pi Shawl" to "Castine."


This shawl uses two balls of Done Roving's Frolicking Feet Transitions. The first ball you knit from the center out and the second ball from the outside in. It makes for some lovely and interesting color transitions.

I love a good pi shawl. You can wear it different ways and it's sure to keep you nice and warm. I've been known to use a pi shawl as a blanket in a pinch too.

My Castine is knit in the Coastal Cruisin' colorway. With lots of Frolicking Feet Transitions colors to choose from, I look forward to seeing a rainbow of Castine shawls popping up on Ravelry soon! :)


The One Where the Knitters and Crocheters Make Me Cry

Last year at Stitches Midwest, I donated around 60 hats to Halos of Hope for cancer patients around the country. I was so proud of how the knitters and crocheters came together for a good cause. It gave me all the feelings.

This year at Stitches Midwest, people dropped off hats to Erin.Lane Bags, Buffalo Wool Co., and Sun Valley Fibers for me to donate to the cancer center where my dad was treated. The Interknit Machine Knitters Guild, a local guild that has a booth at Stitches each year, spent some of their weekend making hats for me too. Sandy here helped me in getting everything set up with the booth collection. She also had been picking up hats from different events throughout the year and brought them to Stitches for me.

Hats are still coming from people who live far away and joined up with my hat KAL/CAL on Ravelry.
Today I sat down and took in what we've accomplished so far.
Sunday afternoon, as I drove home Stitches Midwest, I might have shed a tear. The outpouring of love and stitches from people I don't even know is incredible. My dad wanted to be able to give back to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in some way. I'm beyond thrilled that everyone has come together to be able to do that for him. I was trying to get 150 hats. So far, I have this....

Thank you!


Craft Fair Find

Yesterday afternoon, after a morning spent knitting in the air conditioning comfort of my home, I ventured out to the local arts & craft fair just down the road. It's been going on for years and I've lived here for 6 years now, but it was the first time I was free and able to go! Alex and I walked around for a bit, trying to see if anything unique or super cool caught our eye. When I came to Marie's Crochet Bouquets (she doesn't have a website), I knew what I was coming home with - a crochet bouquet!
Isn't it cute? It's on my bookshelf in my office now. Definitely adding a little cheer to the room!

Did you have any crafty fun this weekend?


Armada Makes for Good Craft Time

Earlier this week when Ernest Cline's new book, Armada, was released, I stopped everything to listen to it. I loved Ready Player One and was so excited for Cline's next book!

I took about a day and half to get through it, happily working on some projects while listening to it.
My knit and crochet group is having sort of an unofficial striped sweater knit/crochet-along. Those knitting are making Briarcliff, from the most recent issue of Creative Knitting. It's beautiful and going to be a challenge for me (my first sweater with seaming and intarsia) but I think it's going to be worth it. I'm knitting away on the back.
I also broke out my spinning wheel a little bit too. I think seeing all the beautiful spinning on Instagram during the Tour De Fleece gave me spinning envy.
It was a fun couple of days of listening and crafting! I really enjoyed the book too. I definitely look forward to reading/listening to more of Cline's books in the future!


A Good-Smelling Shawl is Important to Me

I love a good-smelling shawl.

That's kind of a weird sentence, but it's true. When I block my shawls, I love adding wool wash to the water that adds a nice scent to my finished piece. I realize that's not for everyone, but it works for me!

When I got a sample of some Eucalan at Marly Bird's Designer Dinner at TNNA a few weeks ago, I was excited to try it.
I had a small shawl to block, so I decided to use the individual packet of the lavender scent.
Here's what I really like about it - the scent wasn't overpowering. While I like my shawl to smell nice, you don't want it to knock you over, you know? This lavender was very subtle. You could definitely smell it, but it wasn't crazy 'I can smell your shawl from a mile away.' That's good.

The other thing I liked about this particular wool wash is that it didn't get super sudsy. When I am blocking stuff I always fill my bowl/sink with warmish water, add the wool wash, then swirl it a bit with my hand to mix. I've tried other washes that at this point get super sudsy. It's fine, but when you are using something that says 'no rinse' on it and you stick your shawl in and it gets covered in sudsy bubbles it just seems like it needs a rinse. This Eucalan had some bubbly action, which you want to see, but it wasn't too much. I didn't rinse out my shawl at the end and I didn't need to. Success!

I wish I could show you the shawl...but I can't (right now). It blocked out beautifully and I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

I look forward to trying the other bottle (it's Jasmine Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl and it smells awesome) in coming weeks. And, if a scented shawl isn't your thing, Eucalan's Natural Wool Wash is unscented.

If you use a wool wash, what kind do you use? I'd love to know!



Yesterday I arrived back home after a long weekend away with Alex and some of our friends. We went to Wisconsin Dells - a staple of my family for many years. It was fun to change it up and go with some of my closest friends.

We spent the weekend in a condo resort on Lake Delton. I love being on the lake!

We also did the usual Wisconsin Dells things, like mini-golfing and eating at Paul Bunyan's. Yum.

A few off us headed off to Mirror Lake State Park and hiked around for a few hours. It was super fun.

Mostly we just hung around, swam in the pool and played hours upon hours of One Night. I hated this game when I tried to play it a few weeks ago. Now I'm completely addicted! Of course, there was some knitting:

It's a hat for the Hat KAL/CAL! It's currently almost done and then I'll be finishing up a crocheted hat I started on the trip up to the Dells.

So that was my weekend. How was yours?


Oops. More Sock Yarn.

I didn't plan on buying more self-striping sock yarn. I've been knitting through my stash, and I still have plenty to chose from.

And then Knit Picks posted new colors of Felici, my favorite of the inexpensive, self-striping sock yarn. What's a knitter to do?


But aren't they so so pretty? Those are going to be some happy socks one day!

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