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WIPs & FOs: Marty's Flamin Socks, Foxy Hat, and a baby hat.

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Foxy & Wolfie Hat for Logan.

Foxy & Wolfie Hat for Logan.

I'm trying not to put too much time into baby knitting, but when I saw this pattern on Instagram, I had to knit one (or two, or THREE!). Now that I think about it, I should've knitted a Wolfie one which suited the name Logan more :D

I cast on and finished in less than 2 hours, and used the Vince buttons I had (just flipped them over so that the Vince logo wasn't visible). The smallest size on the pattern is for Toddler, but I think by the time it's chilly enough for a hat in So Cal, Logan would be able to wear this, or maybe even earlier if he takes after his dad :)

I used scraps of Patons Classic Wool for the face, and Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted that I overdyed a long time ago for the ribbing, nose, ears, and back. I love this color combination better than orange with white, which was my initial plan.

Marty's Flamin' Socks

Marty's Flamin' Socks

Marty's socks out of Lorna's Laces Solemate in "Flames" colorway are done done done! Marty says they feel very comfortable, and they feel like an open window on a cool breezy day. I think that's a good thing! :D

Finally, an WIP for Logan.

knitcap

I know that the hospital will most likely provide a knit cap for the newborn baby, but this is what it is like to have a knitter as a mom I guess. I decided to make a handknit cap out of some scrap sock yarns, and make it all fancy. These are leftovers of Anzula Cloud, which was used in my Gurum Socks, and Plymouth Dye For Me Dancing Toes yarn, which was in my Lady Sybil socks. So basically, they're cashmere blend and alpaca blend--so soft, and so luxurious! 

The pattern I'm using is a free pattern from Purl Soho, Heirloom Hats for Newborns. I could probably make two with the leftover yarns.... OR, make matching baby booties! We'll see. 

 

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. 

#DestashChallenge Update: Round 2 Complete!

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My reward for Round 2 of Destash Challenge!

My reward for Round 2 of Destash Challenge!

I am happy to report that my Destash Challenge is going really great!

Round 2 is now complete:

1) Christmas Socks for Marty (2)
2) Stripey Sock (1)
3) Worsted Vest for Marty (4)
4) A Quick Hat (2) Free Pattern Availalbe
5) Anzula Hat (1) Pattern coming next week
Total: 10!!

So as a reward, I bought a skein of Lorna's Laces Solemate in "Flames" colorway. I think these will become Marty's next socks.

Round 3 is well under way!  I still have Hermoine Socks and Christmas socks to finish for myself, I cast on for Aidez earlier this week, and Lady Sybil socks and Gurum socks (which, by the way, are still on sale with the coupon code: cloud9) are hibernating right now.. as well as Marty's Hugo and Sam socks. So lots of shopping to do ;)

I'm also happy to say that I feel like I now cleaned out 1 cubbie worth of yarns from my Ikea shelf. I also organized the yarns into 3 different bins, 1) Socks, 2) Accessories, and 3) Sweaters and all the yarns neatly fit into those Rubbermaid bins. The Ikea shelf now holds only the yarns for designing. IMPROVEMENT!