Sunday, July 31, 2016

Another Pair of Socks; Slow Knitting Progress; Another Prize!

My July socks for the YOSSRATS201 KAL are finished.  That and another Vivid blanket square are the only completed knitting for the month.  Here's a couple pictures of the finished socks.

I won another prize from another group I had spun along with during Tour de Fleece.  It's eight ounces of a Merino cross fiber in a pretty taupe/lilac color.  Of course I had dear hubby pick me up another quick pick ticket.  lol  You never know how long the good luck will last.  :)

Now the Tour  is finished, I'm hoping to get a few more projects off the needles for Stash Dash.  I'm at 4408 meters right now and know my August socks and another square should push me over the 5K level.  I would love to make it to the 7K but don't see that happening since Stash Dash ends August 21st. 

Here's a picture of the yarns I plan to use for two pairs of August socks. Plans are Lamby Toes "Mix Ins"  for "Fine and Dandy" socks (the whole sock in this yarn), and Cascade Heritage Prints "Cotton Candy" for a vanilla pair.

I did start my Big Island Wrapper, but, had to order more yarn for it. There have been several notations regarding running out of yarn in each color.  The designer must be a very tight knitter.  I plan to make it a little bigger if I have a lot left over at the transition points.  Here's a pic of the first part in progress.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tour de Fleece Spinning; More Prizes; Sock Knitting

Tour De Fleece 2016 has finished as of today.  I am happy with my accomplishments.  The "Tuscany" as a chain ply, 12 ounces, 455 yds.;  "Vineyard Haven" as a 2 ply, 8 ounces, 626 yds.; and a Loop batt "Sweeeeet" as a chain ply, 4.2 ounces, 188.5 yds.  I had hurt my leg and was happy to have the Hansen so I could finish my spinning goals.  Prior to that I had been using my Minstrel for the first two projects.  I had to ply the Vineyard and do the Loop batt on the e-spinner while elevating my leg.  (It's much better now, but still a little weak). 


Knitting was also completed.  My June "Kick in the Butt" socks and the "Ziggy Cowl" were both done before the end of the month.  Right now, the only knitting I'm concentrating on is my July socks, "My Cup of Tea".  I like the pattern but the sock is a little snug to pull on.  It might be the yarn (old Knit Picks Memories) and needle combo, or the pattern part draws in a bit. Sock one is done and sock two is at the gusset.  Plans are to get that part done and motor on down the foot and toe before the end of the month.  The socks on the right are my June plain vanilla ones.


I won another pattern last week and some fiber this week.  My luck has not been so good with Powerball though.  :)

My plans are to knit another pair of socks and a Big Island Shawl  in August.   This is yarn for that.