The sockies are coming!

An invasion of socks actually seems pretty appealing to me. There’s just something about them that is almost like knitting crack to me. There are about a billion patterns, almost to many options for yarn with different patterns (self striping is nice) and lots of different techniques (top up, toe down, after thought heel, dpn, circular needles, ect.) The best part(s) you get great bang for your buck, which could be as many as 20+ hours of knitting fun for $10 or less AND it’s portable. Who doesn’t like a project they can tote anywhere! Oh, and an added bonus, those little bits of left overs can be used for hexipuffs to make your own Beekeepers Quilt.

I started knitting socks before Christmas last year and man did it take off. I knit my first pair of socks for Ji, then my grandpa got a pair for Christmas, as did Ji’s dad. I’ve started a pair of self striping socks for my sister and now I’m working on my first pair of knee high socks for my friend Sierra. I also have plans of knitting my dad and mom a pair for Christmas. The only problem is, is that I don’t yet have a pair of hand knitted snugglyness for myself! I’m spreading the hand knit comfy foot love, but have yet to experience it myself.

I think my problem with knitting myself a pair of socks is that there are just too many options! I think I’ve narrowed my first pair for myself down to a Cookie A. pattern, probably from Knit. Sock. Love (and probably Monkey) OR an Alice Yu pattern, probably Farmer McGregor from her book that I’m going to buy soon because I love all the patterns.And there’s also the yarn. For Peter’s sock, I splurged and got some wonderful Malabrigo sock and it was heavenly to knit with. I won some Malabrigo sock and some Malabrigo lace from the wonderful Flannelberry Fiber and am afraid to use it! I’m afraid to knit the wrong pattern with this yarn since it’s so amazing.

There’s also the shawls that will be coming. It almost seems criminal to knit up my precious fingering weight into something other than lovely warm socks. But, I have found a shawl that’s just calling for me and I’ve got enough (I hope) yarn for it as well. The Haruni shawl is gorgeous and makes me excited to start. But, alas, I am moving and am afraid of losing it or the stitches falling out. I also have to finish those socks for Sierra so I swore I won’t knit anything else (except hexipuffs) until I finish her socks.

So there was my little rant or my gushing about my love of sock yarn and what’s going on with my stash of sock yarn. It turns out that after I emptied my big plastic bin of acrylic yarn, it was full again with all of my sock yarn and I still don’t have enough.

Happy Crafting!

*Knock knock knock* Housekeeping!

I haven’t blogged in quite a while, but not have I crafted either, and that’s a bit of a sad thing. But I really feel like the March Hare and you may even hear me scream “I’m late, I’m late!” And this is due to an overly large amount of stress. And usually I knit when I’m stressed, but I guess there is too much stress and not enough time to actually get anything done.

What’s causing all of this stress, you may ask? Well I’ll tell you! I’m getting married in June and have about a billion and 2 things that needs to be done, checked, double checked and confirmed finished. I’ve got invitations to finish up and a seating chart to go about and other wedding-y stuff. There’s also the move. Ji and I are moving at the beginning of April and that means packing is involved BUT some things can’t be finished until after the wedding stuff because we might need it. This makes the packing job extremely complicated and a pain in the arse. But there are some upsides to all this packing and moving.

Because we’re moving into a slightly smaller place (which we don’t mind since the layout is better and we don’t and can’t use all the space in this house) that we need to downgrade a bit on the stuff. It’s kind of nice to throw out the crappy containers we got when we first moved in and barely stayed closed, or the papers we won’t need as we’ve changed our majors and other random stuff like that. And I know you must be thinking, “but what does this have to do with crafting?” and you must have already thought “oh no, not the yarn!” Yes, yes the yarn.

At the beginning of the year, Ji said I wasn’t allowed to buy anymore yarn until after the wedding (saving for rings and all that) At first I was mortified. How was I supposed to go almost six months without buying any more yarn!  I thought it was impossible, but then I remembered that our friend Gord had given me a KnitPicks gift card and that for Christmas, Ji has given me an IOU for any amount of yarn I needed to make a sweater. (This IOU is because he’s such a sweetheart and felt bad that my first sweater was out of terrible Bernat Alpaca yarn, that I bought when I was still young and foolish about fiber and other knitting goodness, and that the yarn was almost too itchy for me to knit with never mind wear.) So I decided that I would accept his challenge.

About half way through January I decided I had to use my coveted gift card to buy some sock yarn for my friend Sierra who is making my bridal party jewellery in exchange for socks and a hooded scarf. So I bought 2 balls of a grey Stroll Tonal called Thunderhead, 1 ball of Gypsy (she only wanted about 3″ worth of red in her socks so I figured, yay! a pair of red socks for me) and a ball of Nevermore for me because it was on sale and was being discontinued and always wanted to try it. Plus, I can never shop at KnitPicks without getting myself some sock yarn as well. When the yarn finally got here I wound it into center pull balls and put them all into ziplocks so they’d be safe and then started the first sock. I got about 4″ finished of a toe up sock when it happened. I got so busy with school and wedding planning that I didn’t have the tie or energy to knit so I couldn’t.

By now you’re probably confused as to how all this related to knitting or moving or even how this post relates at all to housekeeping. Well I decided that since my new craft room is going to be a lot smaller than this one, that I had to gift some of my yarn away. I went thorough my stash and decided I was more into knitting garments and snuggly things and acrylic just wouldn’t do for that sort of thing. So I got a garbage bag (the only thing big enough to hold all that yarn) and filled it with almost all of my acrylic yarn. I kept a few colours for myself that I knew I might use for a kid’s item but now my stash looks so bare and empty. But that’s ok because my stash of sock yarn was getting too big to live in the living room any longer and needed to start moving upstairs eventually. And now I have room to rebuild my stash with yarn I actually want to have and will knit with. It was actually quite liberating.

Back to packing up my craft room for me. Hopefully it all fits into the new place!