My First Pattern!

Today has been quite the day. I had the day off of work for yarn dyeing and other fiber-y goodness. Tomorrow should be much of the same. This morning I dyed a whole bunch of yarn (most of it will soon be making its way to The Yarn Stash):
After all that dyeing, I thought about taking a nap, but instead I worked on writing up the pattern for these:

It's the Faux Cable Socks I finished recently. I had been thinking about writing some of these sock patterns I have been doing down, and now I finally did it. And, can I just say, holy crap that is a lot of work. Mine is probably the worst sock pattern ever written and I was still sitting at the computer for hours trying to get it done (well, of course, Ravelry was distracting me a little bit).

You can get the pattern for free right here (it's in PDF form).

Please keep in mind that this pattern is free, and it is my first time writing a pattern. If you find any errors, please send me an email at jenATknittinglikecrazyDOTcom or you can message me on Ravelry (I'm knitlikecrazy).

Oh, by the way, the secret knitting project is actually almost done. If you are on Ravelry, you can see it. If you are not, that's good, because I don't want you to see it. :)

Happy Knitting!


What's This? Knitting?

Wow, I feel like I have fallen off the face of the planet for a minute. Things have been stupid busy here the last couple of weeks. You know the kind of busy--it keeps you up at night thinking about it yet somehow it is hysterically funny that you are so busy because you mostly did it to yourself. Ah, the life of me--stupid busy.

Anyway, among all the busy, I did manage to get some knitting done.

I will start at the beginning.

The other week, me and some of the ladies of the Northwest Suburban Knitting Group went over to Mosaic for a day of knitting. While there, I managed to finish my Faux Cable Socks. Hmm, I can't find them right now. Hold on. . . .

Ok, found them. Here they are:

And, here are the specs on these:

Pattern: Faux Cable Socks, made up by me on several post-it notes which are now all over the apartment
Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Wool, two skeins (I got this yarn in the Ravelry Yarn Gift Exchange)
Needles: Size 2
Result: Another nice pair of socks. I enjoyed the faux cable a lot. I may explore them more soon! These socks are super soft and super warm.

While at Mosaic with my knitting buddies, I was talked into (not like it was hard) getting one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for another pair of Fetchings by Tasha (Rav link there). A day later I had these: The second picture is the actual color of the mitts. I did these with just one ball, but I had to cut out two rows on each one. I think I might be addicted to knitting these things. I find myself at work thinking about how I can get to a yarn shop to get my hands on more of that yarn for more Fetchings!

A few days later I met up with some more knitting buddies (this time Jenni and Tia) for some learning of the magic loop method. None of us had done it before, and we thought some hand holding would be good. So far, I find this method a little fussy, but I am still practicing. When I first started knitting toe up socks I hated it, and now I adore it so. I think this will be the same way. Here is what I have so far:A couple of toes. Not too bad. I am going to try to work on these some more this week. Jenni, the fastest knitter I have ever seen is already to the heel. I better get crackin'! I would have been a lot further if not for this:
An Unoriginal Hat. I couldn't take it anymore. I just had to knit one. I knit the whole thing yesterday. The hat is too small for me, but fortunately I have a friend with a small head. Some specs:

Pattern: The Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Yarn: Patons Chunky Shetland Chunky Tweed
Needles: Size 10
The Result: I love love love it. I am going to knit one to fit my head very soon. Probably if I would have used the right needle size it would have been fine for me. But, I laugh in the face of gauge swatches and reading patterns for correct needle sizes, so that's what I get.

There are other things on the needles too. I have started another Pinwheel Baby Blanket. It's not much right now, so I don't have anything to really show. And, things are being planned for the needles too. There might have been yarn ordered today for a secret knitting project. I can't talk about that now though. Oh, it's going to be good.

I am still destashing on my etsy site. The latest addition is one skein of Colinette Jitterbug: The yarn seems great, I just thought it was going to be a little darker. Get it before it's gone! You can find the details here.

If you are still reading, I am super impressed. Happy knitting! :)


Look who's destashing. . . .

Two posts in one day! Gosh, I must be crazy...crazy for yarn, that is!! Ok, enough of that.

I just wanted to let everyone know I am starting to destash a few things. Part of my New Years plan is to get rid of stuff I don't need. There has already been a bunch of paper shredding and closet cleaning. I didn't really think I would try to get rid of yarn, but if I get rid of the stuff I am not going to use, I will have more room for yarn I will use.

Anyway, you can find all of this yarn in "Destash Yarn" section on my Etsy site. My etsy site will include the shipping in the order, so if I know you in real life and you would like some yarn, just send me an email, so we can take care of delivery dates and all that. I am shipping to US and Canada and will take paypal, as with all purchases on the etsy site.

The pics of the yarn here are the ones I am destashing so far. There is a little bit more, and I will be updating my etsy site with it throughout the week.

C'mon, you know you want some yarn! :)

That is all. Happy knitting!

ETA: The Double Chunky Wool and Mountain Colors is gone, but I currently still have the NY Yarns Tweed. It is a wonderful yarn, and would make a nice hat or something. You know you want it! :)

Do the Dragon Dance. . . .

I have been one busy knitter over the last week. Sunday morning I finished my Serendipidity socks. I am totally in love with these socks. I have loved other socks, yes, it's true, but for some reason these socks make me super happy.
(look at that non-wonky short row heel. a miracle!)
Here are some specs on my new favorite socks:
The Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Dragon Dance colorway
The Pattern: Serendipity (that's a ravelry link there)
The Size: Medium (64 sts around)
The Needles: Size 1 dpns
The Results: Like I said, these socks have captured my heart. I am pretty much in love with the heel of the sock too. It just turned out great. I have some more STR Lightweight in the stash so I may have to use this pattern again sometime soon.
I love my socks so much I don't even want to wear them because I know as soon as I wear them they are one day closer to having a hole worn through them. :)
Well, the sock knitting kick has continued. I finally picked my Faux Cable Sock back up this week and there has been some heel turning on sock number too:

So, those are coming along nicely. I am hoping I can get them done over the weekend, when I have many knitting group events to attend.

Sunday, during the Super Bowl, I started these: What? More Bears socks? Well, these aren't actually for me, but, yeah, I am so knitting more Bears socks. These are going to be for a coworker's wife. He asked me to knit them as his wife loves the Bears. I am just doing a plan sock here. I don't usually get to fancy when knitting socks for other people because sometimes it's hard to know if they want lacy socks or if something is going to fit their foot. Plus, I think the stockinette shows off the Bears colors in the yarn nicely.

Well, that's it for today. I am off to work now. Then it will be back home to watch all that snow that it supposed to come from inside the apartment.

Have a good day. Happy Knitting!

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