Monday, July 23

Done Deal and Moving On.

I finished my watermelon socks prior to the weekend and took all day Sunday to rekindle my relationship with Pretty Little Liars on Netflix and start a new pair of socks.

{Pattern: My adapted version of Hermione's Everyday Socks | Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in Watermelon}

I'm head over heels in love with this new pair - not only are the colors fabulous, the yarn is lush, and the socks are fitting like a dream. 

{Pattern: My adapted toe-up, smaller-sized version of Jeck | Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sock Yarn in Tiki}

That yarn would make an adorable baby girl sweater - I might buy some now while it's on sale and stash it away for the next baby girl to come along in the family. 

What are you working on this week?

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Tuesday, July 17

Summer Socks

I have been knitting up a storm this summer, and I have a few new pairs of socks to show for it.

This pair was a very long work in progress. The socks are made from the little remnant balls of yarn left from other sock projects. I knit two different yarns at a time, alternating rows, then swapping out one color for another, creating a blend of colors. It was a huge pain the bun, what with carrying around umpteen tiny balls of yarn and weaving in all those ends, but I think it was worth it. The Scrap Vomit of socks, if you will.

The pattern I used is called Charade, which I modified to work toe-up in a narrower size.

Next up was a very quick pair of toe-less, heel-less socks, perfect for those nights when I want something on my feet but it's just too hot to wear full-on socks.

I modified these Yoga Socks so it's just a straight knit throughout and smaller fit.

The yarn is Knit Picks Palette in Semolina *I think*

The yoga socks were really just a stash project to tide me over until a package arrived with new yarn. Included in the package was a couple skeins of Imagination - one of my favorite soft & squishy yarns. I have another pair in the Frog Prince colorway from years ago (now discontinued), and I couldn't wait to start knitting with this gorgeous Unicorn colorway.

I dove right into some late night bed knitting, as well as a few unusual spots.

The toes and feet were knit while waiting in line to see Ed Sheeran perform in Nashville. We waited outside in 90+ heat for about four hours. Needless to say, I got a lot of knitting done and the show was a-mah-zing.

The last half of these socks were knit in the car on our way to Gatlinburg, as well as while driving and hiking through the Smoky Mountains. The pattern in my own design - a simple lace in toe-up. I kept these anklets because I only had 219 yards of yarn :)

That brings me to my latest project, which is still on the needles:

The yarn is Stroll Hand Painted in Watermelon and the 462 yards goes a long way on my tiny feet. My plan was to knit until I ran out of yarn, but I think I might end up with weird knee socks if I do that.

I think I'm about ready to start the cuff, which will give the socks another inch or two and then I'll call it good.  

Congratulations! You made it to the end of this post about socks! Go pour yourself a cold one and get someone to pat you on the back. 

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Sunday, July 15

Excuse Me

Excuse me while summer just whizzes by and I'm left in the dust wondering where the heck the time went. Hows about I just update you via Instagram for a couple posts?

My family came to visit for a week and we made sure to jam pack in as much fun stuff as we could, including, but not limited to:

1. Father's Day feast complete with wine sampler
2. A winning baseball game
3. Ed Sheeran live in a very intimate concert
4. Hours long trip in the car to Gatlinburg
5. Amazing view of the earth
6. Hikes to see waterfalls
7. Scariest chairlift ever
8. Equally scary fall down the mountain after it absolutely poured rain on us

Not pictured: Honky Tonks, Scattegories, gardening, sewing, moonshine drinking, antiquing, nearly passing out on the Appalachian Trail, reading The Hunger Games out loud, hanging pictures, and watching old baseball clips on YouTube. All-in-all it was really quality family time! 

Have you taken any trips this summer? What's your favorite family getaway spot? 

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