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WIPs & FOs: Spud & Chloe Popsicle Socks, First sock knitted!

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There's only one WIP that I am currently working on these days and that is these Popsicle Socks.

I just cast off the first sock on Sunday afternoon, but haven't had a chance to cast on the second sock yet. These days, all of my time is spent on sewing! (more on that coming tomorrow)

Popsicle Sock pattern is still on sale - Use the discount code: Stripey when checking it out on Ravelry. It's a $9 pattern, and you get 50% off so it's a REALLY good deal.

Also if you've missed my review on last Friday, check it out here --> Review & Giveaway

The sock has good memory, and has very different texture from all the other socks I have in my sock drawer. It's not cashmere-soft, but it's not scratchy at all, it's stretchy, and warm, but not TOO warm. I am probably going to start the second sock tonight and slowly finish it over the next few weeks.

I'm glad I got at least the first sock done this week. Things at home are getting very exciting and busy. Figuring that I could still knit with a newborn baby (hello, babywearing!) but not sew that easily, I have been sewing at least 3~4 projects per week since D-21. This is also a way for me to ensure I have stuff to share with you guys after the baby is born. I still want this space to be sewing & knitting/fiber arts space, not a personal/motherhood blog!


WIPs & FOs: ...and Spud & Chloe DISCOUNT CODE! (..Giveaway?)

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I have a quite of bit of things to show you, since I took a week off last week. I have some things I made for Logan, and a thing I made for myself, and at the end of the post, there's a DISCOUNT CODE for a Spud & Chloe pattern!

Last week's FO projects first!

Last few weeks have been extremely hot in Southern California. 85+ degrees almost everyday! So naturally, I just couldn't bring myself to even touch the other projects that I was working on in thick wool, especially sweater projects that are half done so that they would cover my lap. 

So I picked up this wool blend yarn called Vincent Rich 8-ply, from KnitLove. KnitLove is the company I met at TNNA a couple of years ago, and they graciously gave me some samples to try. 

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The yarn has 95% wool and 5% acrylic, and because it's mostly wool, it doesn't feel cheap or plastic-y at all. The 5% acrylic does make the yarn a little more splitty, but in Stockinette st it just worked out fine.

The pattern is Striped Boatneck Sweater, from What to Knit When You're Expecting. I omitted the sleeves part so that Logan can wear it over his shirt without getting too warm. 

 

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Again, in warm weather, I like to work on small projects that I can finish knitting in a couple of days. 

I improvised on this one. I used Berroco Comfort DK I had, and made a really cute bow for the finishing touch! I was able to cast on and finish in a few days. I'm going to have to wait until the weather cools down a little bit to wear it, but I really like this impromptu project. 

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This one is another one for Logan. I just knitted a regular yoke cardigan in the round, but added random scraps of yarn for the top portion. I made the sleeves a little longer so that Logan can wear it for a long time. I have NO IDEA how big/small babies are so I'm just hoping that these all fit him well. :)

The buttons are of course, from my haul last year. These are Vince buttons, probably from their factory in LA. They look so mature, and match perfectly with the tweed yarn I used for the MC.

The tweed yarn is Tahki Yarns Sedona in "Burgundy" colorway, and I used some leftover worsted weight wool from other projects.

Now onto the WIP project!

This one is currently on my needles - it's Popsicle Socks, by Susan B. Anderson. They were originally designed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn, but recently Spud & Chloe came out with new line of yarn, Stripey Fine. It's in the same base, 80% Superwash Wool and 20% Silk, but dyed in variegated shades. The one I'm working with is Cherry Sundae! It's cheerful and sweet. 

The Stripey Fine's each colorway is comprised of colors from the solid-colored Fine palette! This means, you can mix-and-match Fine and Stripey Fine for stripes and colorwork for more interesting effects. GENIUS.

DISCOUNT CODE &... and a GIVEAWAY:

From today until March 7, 2015, you can use this DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey to get 50% off the Popsicle Socks pattern (the code only works on Ravelry)! I'm also going to be giving away 3 skeins of this Stripey Fine yarn so that you can make your own Popsicle Socks! Stay tuned for the review and the giveaway contest this Friday!

WIPs & FOs: Shibui Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel & Hermoine's Everyday Socks

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Plain socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel, in Shibui Sock "Orchid" colorway & Kroy Sock Yarn "Black" colorway

Plain socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel, in Shibui Sock "Orchid" colorway & Kroy Sock Yarn "Black" colorway

I finished two sock projects last week - my Christmas Socks in Shibui Sock and my Hermoine's Everyday Socks

Shibui Sock was one of the first non-acrylic yarn I ever worked with. It was when I sample knitted a hat for Anne Kuo Lukito, of Crafty Diversions back in 2009. I was so amazed with its elasticity, so I bought myself a couple of skeins when I really got into sock knitting.....but then I made myself a pair of fingerless mitts with one skein just because. =X

So I had one 50g skein left in my stash, as well as some 15g leftover from the fingerless mitts. I decided to use them all up in my Christmas socks, and use a contrasting yarn for the toes, heels, and cuffs.

This was taken when I was almost done with the first sock. I tried to use short-row heel on it, and as the result, the front of the sock showed that black contrasting yarn. I didn't mind it too much since the socks were for me and not a gift for someone else. 

Then I learned about Fish Lips Kiss Heels, and I decided to try that on the second sock. The result was amazing. I never really hated the short row heel but these were perfect since it didn't require me to go around the sock after the first half of the heel, which mean no black contrasting yarn showing on the front! 

After some consideration, I decided to rip back the first sock to the heel section, and re-knit the heel with the new technique. I'm so glad I did! I love them, and they feel so warm!

Pattern: No pattern, just plain Stockinette.
Needles: US 0/2.0mm Chiaogoo steel DPNs.
Yarns: Shibui Sock (now discontinued) in "Orchid" colorway + Patons Kroy Sock Yarn in "Black" for toes, heels, and cuffs.

 

Hermoine's Everyday Socks in my own handdyed Cascade Heritage Silk.

Hermoine's Everyday Socks in my own handdyed Cascade Heritage Silk.

A while ago, I overdyed some yarns in my stash. One of them was this Cascade Heritage Silk sock yarn in "Citron" which is a lime green colorway. I overdyed with some orange and green, and the yarn came out perfectly autumnal. 

Finished Hermoine's Everyday Socks!

Finished Hermoine's Everyday Socks!

I think this pattern is just perfect for variegated yarns like this. The texture is really squooshy and interesting. It does get a little monotonous after a while though. I used the stitch pattern only, and improvised for my own short-row heel and sizing (I have skinnier ankles and feet, even though the WIDEST part of my feet are still 8").

Pattern: Stitch pattern based on Hermoine's Everyday Socks; number of stitches and heels are my own pattern.
Needles: US 0/2.0mm
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk in "Citron" overdyed with orange and green.

 

WIP: Plain Stockinette Socks for Marty

WIP: Plain Stockinette Socks for Marty

Currently my favorite WIP is these plain Stockinette socks for Marty (He's been getting a new pair of socks from me almost every week since last month!)

I tried this new heel technique, "Thumb-Joint Hat Top Heel" by Lara Neel. It's in the free pattern that is supposed to be used with her new book, Sock Architecture. I just purchased this book last week! I haven't really sat down to read each page yet, but I flipped through it and the book has SO MUCH information and different techniques that you can try on socks. It even comes with patterns, so I think I'm going to work on the patterns and read the parts of the book that are applicable for each pattern at a time. 

Anyway, this heel technique is supposed to be perfect for self-striping yarn. What do you think? It was super simple, and fun way to do an "afterthought" heel before the foot section. 

Marty just looked at me funny when I just measured his thumb joint without any explanation while he was playing his video game. He didn't ask. He looked at my knitting, my face, and back at my knitting, gave ma an awkward chuckle, and then went back to playing his game. =D

I can't wait to try other types of heels from the book!