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DestashChallenge: Round 5 Complete!

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Round 5 is now complete!

Which means, I used up 50 skeins/hanks/balls of yarn since November! Woohoo!

By the way, the small bits and scraps from the challenge less than 50g are collected in a little suitcase in Logan's room, so that when he's here and I'm exhausted and can't really knit on big stuff, I'll just be making tube socks for him :)

Round 5 completed items:

Friend's Legwarmer (1)
Marty's Flamin' Socks (1)
Cleckheaton Hat from their Kit (2) - blocking now; photo coming soon!
Toil & Trouble Socks for Boston Knitter KAL (1)
Foxie & Wolfie Hat (2)

And at last week's knitting group meetup, I gave away 24 balls of yarn to the ladies. That's destashing too right?!  It was my desperate attempt to get rid of yarns, and losing a little bit of knitting mojo after getting that upsetting news about mom's health (although I've found out later that knitting really is the only way I'm coping with this), and wanting to shop for more yarns to make myself feel better.

So for the round 5, I got rid of 30 balls of yarn from my stash. It feels REALLY good to be able to say that. 

WIPs & FOs: Sock it to me KAL & Marty's Flamin' Socks

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Last week, I finished the Fork in the Road socks for Sock it to me KAL - Revenge of the Stripes. I tried the heel technique for Marty's socks last time, but these are all for me, and this time I used the same technique for the toes as well, and I really really like the fit. Usually, I go for the "common" side decreases for the toe but I find this hat toe to have a better fit for my very tapered (aka Egyptian) toes. 

The yarn I used is from Toil & Trouble's Maleficent Purple & Yellow sock yarn. It's very soft, but still feels sturdy enough. 

Marty's Flamin' Socks.

Marty's Flamin' Socks.

Currently, I'm working on Marty's socks in Lorna's Laces Solemate in "Flames" colorway. I adopted Inside Out Sock pattern, cast on 60 sts on Sz 1 DPNs, and worked the ribs for the leg, did 1" Stockinette rounds then did Fish Lips Kiss heel, then continued on in Stockinette St foot. I might have to re do the toes, because it came out a little too long. 

So far, I'm really liking the yarn. It's really soft, and feels like it's going to insulate really well. Feels cool in my hands, but wool should still make them pretty warm. 


WIPs & FOs: Improv Sweater, Sock It To Me KAL!!

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Last Friday I finally finished a sweater for myself. I totally improvised the sweater as I was knitting so I don't have a pattern for it.

The yarn is Vintage Wool by Erika Knight --

I have a hank of Flax and 1.5 hanks of Lilac leftover. When I was knitting with it, I thought the yarn was a bit too harsh, and didn't think I would be able to wear the sweater without wearing something under it.

But after a wash in a Soak solution, the yarn really bloomed and got softer. Over the weekend, I wore the sweater over bare skin and didn't feel itchy at all.

It's a simple Stockinette st with drop shoulder and minimal shaping. It was super fast and easy knit, in US 9 (5.5mm) needles. 


Currently on my needles is a sock knit-along project. Boston Knitter is my newest favorite blog, and her Ravelry Group is hosting a knit-along where everyone uses Fork in the Road by Lara Neel pattern, to try the Thumb-joint Hat Heel pattern. 

Did I tell you this hat heel is my favorite for self-striping heel now? For this project, I chose Toil & Trouble self-striping yarn, in Purple and Yellow. 

The first sock is done, and the second sock has about 2" left until the heel. 

The KAL continues until February 15 so I'm planning on doing more of these!