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Socks are a good projects. Very straightforward and useful results. I have enough sock yarn stash for more than half a dozen pairs of socks. Even though I've stopped making my Barn Raising Quilt, I need to keep using sock yarns. I wear them a lot when running in the cold months. I actually need to darn some handknit socks at some point. The pattern is interesting with the Guernsey pattern. I did not memorize…

Originally, I had bought this yarn for Sylvi, a big cabled coat. I started it, but it was on hold for years. In the end, I decided to frog it and use the yarn for other things. I usually think of sweaters first when I have an abundance of yarn. I wanted a cozy, easy house sweater. This is an easy and straight forward pattern. It's a top-down raglan with pockets. I even made it…

This project took me nine years to finish. I knew that it would take awhile going in as it's made completely from scrap sock yarn that I either used myself, were gifted, or samples. I made 57 squares for this blanket. I used 54 in a 9x6 quilt. Many of the squares were doubles and they are represented twice on the quilt. All of the yarn had a wool or alpaca percentage at 75% or…

A fingering weight top-down raglan that took many months as I expected but could have been done faster if I didn't have a lot of other things going this past winter. I usually choose more fitted sweaters but I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and Veera is one of the few pattern designers I trust with sweaters. Originally, I was going to make a Featherweight Cardigan with this yarn, but I thought…

Books and Reading My goal for 2018 was to read 32 books. 2017 was not a good reading year, but 2018 was much better. As of this writing, I read 45 books! The following are books that I dumped: Georgette Heyer mysteries - I read the one that I owned then I tried to read one more from the library, but gave up. I enjoyed Heyer's Regency romances, but her mysteries were rather flat.The Queen's…

I am knitting a lot of socks lately and will continue too. I do have a lot of great sock yarn including this one that I one from a Ravelry group in 2013. The tweed and yellow colour is sweet. I do like some yellow socks. Eternal Spring Socks, started May 1, 2018, finished June 18, 2018. Pattern: Eternal Spring Socks by verybusymonkey Yarn: Younger Yarn Shire String in Second Breakfast - 85% Merino, 15%…

Awhile back, I made my friend Mark a cowl and for his May birthday, I would knit him a hat in time for the Australian winter. I had three skeins of this Briggs & Little yarn creating two mens' hats and one cowl from it. I love a nice blue. The knitting of this project did not take three months, but I did put it aside for some socks in between. I modified it to…

Things have changed a lot for me the last couple of years. I am busier, work more, and generally, have less time for my personal hobbies and interests. I still have many interests and with them continuing goals to exercise more, be grateful, spend time with those I care about, etc. I bake and cook a lot these days, but I do not post about it here on this blog. These goals and other more…

Having knit almost 30 pairs of socks in the last ten years, I had never actually knit a pair of socks for a man. My father didn't really want a pair and his wearing of the knit hat has been sporadic at best. Other than him, there was no man in my life to knit socks for until recently. This was the Christmas present I gave my partner. He selected the yarn in a wonderful…

This nice blue hat was made for my partner for his summer birthday. He selected the pattern amongst a number of hat patterns I showed him in early spring. He was a fan of M Cousteau growing up. This popular pattern has been in my queue awhile. Looks great and I made a lot of mods from the pattern including using an worsted/aran yarn and another needle size. I tried 120sts on 3.5mm and it…