Posted in FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, Socks, WIPS

Thoughts on Thursday – Sock Knitting

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (I could check, but why go down that rabbit hole?), I LOVE the idea of knitting socks, but can’t stand to knit socks. To be fair, I haven’t had much luck with sock knitting. I get weird, loose tension when using sock yarn (only for socks, shawls are okay….). BUT. I still LOVE the idea of knitting socks, so I just keep trying different things.

I decided to use 2 strands of sock yarn held together on this pair of socks.

I did basically the same thing for these socks, except, I decided to do stripes. Since I knit socks two at a time, I had 4 skeins of yarn going (what a MESS!).

This Spring, after I completed the Knitting on 2 Circulars class (mentioned in this post), Julie from Simply Notable offered a Video Sock Class, I decided to sign up for the class, because, HEY! I need some sock knitting help!

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We were going to be knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. Top-down. ONE at a time. On 2 (size 4) circular needles. I’ve always knit socks (or anything that comes in pairs, sleeves, mitts, etc.) two at a time. Why? In a word……Second Sock Syndrome (okay…..three words… )!!! It was going to be alright, I could do this for the sake of learning!

Here’s what I learned…..

  • Casting on over 2 needles makes a nice, stretchy edge!
  • Reading the instructions helps…..that way you do the correct rib, instead of the k1 p1 rib I did.
  • Even with worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, my tension is still “sloppy”.
  • I cannot do the Kirchner stitch without instructions.
  • I still prefer two at a time.
  • I also think I might prefer toe-up.
  • After-thought heels are my favorite.

Here’s how I adapted for my second pair….

  • Bought 2 new size 2.5 ChiaoGoo needles (just so you know, ChiaoGoo are my new favorite!)
  • Cast-on for toe-up
  • Did the correct k2 p2 rib
  • Since casting on over 2 needles worked so good, I decided to try binding off over 2 needles would be good. Yeah, I’m still struggling with that. Here’s a peak at that process…..
  • If I ever get the bind off done, I plan on doing the After thought heel again.

As you can see, it won’t be long before I join the ranks of the Sock Knitters….. What knitting challenge are you overcoming?

Happy Knitting!


Posted in Embroidery, Excuses, FOs, Knitting, Mug Cozies, Ramblings

Why I Didn’t Get Another Stitch Pattern Knitted This Week.

Well… happened again. Just like last week (this post), I didn’t get a Stitch Pattern block started (I might be a bad KAL host….). BUT. I did get knitting done! The above photo is the mug cozy I knit while participating in Simply Notable’s Knitting in the Round on 2 Circulars Challenge. This project was the perfect little break I needed from the 3 HUGE projects I have in the works currently. Plus, I picked up some knitting/finishing tips along the way (win. win.).

I made one tiny mistake. The photo above shows the self-striping yarn I had chosen to knit the cozy out of. Isn’t it beautiful? The only problem was, the color change repeats were so large, I ended up with a GRAY mug cozy. What to do? I’ve always wanted to play around with embroidery on knitting. That plain, gray mug cozy made the perfect place to start! I may need to add embroidery more often!

How are your projects coming along?

Happy knitting!


Posted in Blankets, Dishcloth/Washcloth, Kal, Knitting, Ramblings, Scarves, Stashbuster, Stitch Patterns, Tutorials, Winter

Thoughts on Thursday – A Beat the Winter Blues KAL

When I decided to start my Stitch Pattern Saturday¬†series, I had a thought (watch out, that’s how it starts!). I’ve always wanted to make a sampler blanket. Maybe other folks would like to make a sampler blanket too? Wouldn’t it be fun to have a KAL?!?! But. I don’t want to have a really structured KAL (I’m not even sure I know what structure is in my crafty life…. ūüėČ ). I want to have a “maybe I don’t want to knit a blanket….could I just knit a sampler scarf or maybe just try some¬†Stitch Patterns¬†on dishcloths” type of KAL. Just a group of crafty people getting together during the winter and knitting, chatting and maybe sharing their favorite recipes. Does that type of KAL even exist? Maybe it should! My plan is to officially start the KAL on December 21st (the first day of winter as I want to name the KAL “Beat the Winter Blues”). Although, I know many knitters will not be ready to start knitting until December 26th (that whole gift knitting thing….). In the next few days, I’ll be setting up the Facebook group and letting you know some of the unstructured details. Deal?

Happy Knitting!



Posted in FALL!, Holidays, Ramblings, Thanksgiving, Thoughts

Thoughts on Thursday – So Thankful!

On this Thanksgiving, I feel particularly thankful for so many things. I thought I would share them with you….

  • I’m thankful for my hubby (known as Mr. Muddling or sometimes, the co-muddler…). He’s my best friend and my rock. He can make, build and fix anything (I’m constantly amazed at this….). There is no way the property we live on could have been developed on our budget without him. Period.
  • I’m thankful for where we live. A beautiful area in the¬†great state of Oregon, in the good old U.S.A. Sure, every place, anywhere in the world, has it’s problems, but I’m convinced the good still outweighs the bad.
  • I’m thankful for¬†our church, our pastors and prayer. All a major part of my spiritual journey.
  • I’m thankful for family, friends and neighbors. Even though we don’t always get together as often as we’d like (why is life so crazy busy?), we can always depend on each other to¬†help out, cheer us up or even celebrate the joys in life.
  • I’m thankful for the blogging community. The sharing of this community has enriched many areas of my life. I’ve learned many crafty things, new recipes, new skills and different perspectives on many things.
  • I’m thankful for all the readers of this blog. Even though we’ve never met, I consider you friends. I have valued your advice and encouragement. I hope I’ve shared something of value to you (even if it’s just my quirky attempt at humor…. ūüėČ ).

This list is FAR from complete. There are just SO MANY things to be thankful for! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to take a moment and reflect on all the things you’re thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted in Crochet, FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

Knitting (and Crochet) Reflections 2017


It’s almost 2018, can you believe it?!?! That means it’s time to reflect on the knitting (and crochet) of 2017. What went right? What went WRONG? Where do we go for 2018?

I started out 2017 by doing something new to me….beading. This Diamond Shawl¬†to be exact. This was a win! I learned something I had never done before (beading) and I enjoyed it. I’ve learned that if I don’t enjoy something in knitting, I get easily distracted to a new project. But. I liked beading and I plan on doing more of it for 2018!

Then there was the Temperature Blanket¬†(yes, it’s crochet and since I do so little crochet projects, I’m going to include them…..). This went really well right up until about March (which is also about the time I get REALLY busy with my job…..), well, let’s¬†just say, I have about a month’s worth of crocheting to finish this blanket…..

These Toe-Up Doubled Yarn Socks¬†went well. There were some things I didn’t like about them, so on the next pair, I made some adjustments….

These Chocolate and Pink Socks¬†are probably at this same exact length (and something I NEED to finish!!!). While I love the¬†IDEA of knitting socks, I hate to knit socks! Knitting with 2 yarns held together helped, but, I’d really like to be able to get something more like a bulky sock. I might have to work on that (you know, in my spare time….).

A Red Lady Kina. Well, it’s a sweater, so there’s that…..¬†¬†¬† I have to say, though, it started out good. AND. I do plan on finishing it (Ha! I ALWAYS plan on finishing things….)!

This one cracks me up (I’m easily entertained….)! It Started Out As A Sweater, But Ended Up A Cowl. I should have known this would happen (I did start a sweater…..), but, I avoided another WIP to do something with in 2018 by finishing this off and making a cowl out of it instead. Pure brilliance I tell you! ūüėČ

This little Strange Brew Toddler Sweater gave me the confidence I needed to feel like I have it in me to knit an adult-sized sweater! It was such a fun knit! I may need to knit more kid-sized sweaters for the little people in my life!

Swatch it up Hats¬†and A Family of Hats. I just can’t get enough of knitting hats! And. The Fair Isle was just SO MUCH FUN! DEFINITELY more Fair Isle in 2018!

Of course, there had to be dishcloths! LOVE These Dishcloths¬†are so much fun to knit! I also LOVE that they look like a flower when they’re finished! There will definitely be more of these in 2018!

Let’s see what our plans for 2018 look like…..

  1. Harvest. I plan on ending my sweater phobia with this sweater!
  2. Eagle Island Cardigan. At some point in 2018, I want to knit this (minus the eagle motif maybe?)!
  3. African Flower Slouch. I have a TON of African flowers I crocheted in sock yarn, just waiting to be made into something….
  4. Design and knit an adult-sized¬†Strange Brew Cardigan. I’ll have to steek! EEK!
  5. I also want to try knitting/crocheting with wire for making jewelry (like this¬†and this)¬†. I’ve owned the wire (and am accumulating beads) for awhile now!
  6. Cables! I don’t think I knit a SINGLE cable in 2017! That needs to end for 2018!
  7. Cowls! I ALWAYS forget about cowls! Not going to forget them in 2018!
  8. Beads! I tend to think about beaded shawls (which tend to be a BIG project for me….), but maybe beaded hats and COWLS!
  9. Fingerless mitts! Again, none in 2017….why? More mitts in 2018!

That’s not much knitting for a year (if you say it fast….)! What are your knitting plans for 2018?


Posted in Fair Isle, Hats, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

I’m Over It!


Here’s the current project I had been working on. It was a hat that I¬†hoped to get finished before Christmas. Yeah! That’s not going to happen! I’m now ripping it back and re-claiming the yarn. I had 2¬†MAJOR failures with this project.

  1. I decided to cast-on 84 stitches to make the hat a little snugger (instead of the 96 I usually cast-on-which can be a little looser than I think they should be).
  2. I FORGOT to change needle size after the ribbing.

Now, here’s the thing….How on earth can one continue knitting (a full 9 inches of length) clear up to just beginning the crown decreases and NOT notice the hat doesn’t seem quite right? Here’s the point where I decided maybe I should try on the hat and see how it fits. AND. It’s too TIGHT! ARRRGH! And so I began the frogging process! Which also means one less Christmas gift. Maybe I should have followed my 2017 goals a little closer!

I’ve decided I’m not going to whine about this hat failure any longer (I might wine over it though…..). I’m just taking this as an omen that Christmas knitting is OVER for 2017 (there were really only 3 days left anyway) and I’m going to cast on¬†a Harvest cardigan for me. Even with my sweater phobia (as explained in this post), I’m DETERMINED to knit a sweater! I’m going to officially proclaim 2018 the year of the sweater! We’ll see how that works out for me…….

Posted in Knitting, Ramblings, sweaters, WIPS

I Should be Knitting on that Sweater…..

Wa-a-a-a-a-a-ay back in June, I mentioned I had started knitting on this shrug sweater (this post, if you want to read about it). It was going pretty good too. Right up to the point where I realized I should get my act together if I was going to have anything ready for craft fairs this fall. Here’s the post¬†where I talk about starting projects in January……I crack myself up sometimes!

So from June to September that shrug has grown from cast-on to about 7 inches in length. Not bad, right? EXCEPT, I calculated it should be about 28 inches in length total. If it took me over 3 months to get 7 inches and I need another 21 inches (it’s a dreaded story problem y’all….), won’t that take me another 9 months just to get the length? That doesn’t even include the sleeves and finishing…..This is why I have sweater phobia!

When I first learned to knit as a 9 (or 10?) year old kid, (way back in the 70s….), my mother found a boat-neck garter stitch sweater for me to learn to knit on. Not a dish cloth or scarf or something easy to start on. Nope. A sweater. To be fair though, that’s all my mother ever knit was sweaters. Not hats, scarves, mittens, dishcloths or anything else…..just sweaters.

I knit on that sweater for what seemed FOREVER! When it was FINALLY finished (and I’m SURE I¬†wasn’t the one who finally finished it), it was too small for me,¬†so my sister wore the sweater! I concluded knitting just took too long, so I learned how to sew (which I LOVED, but that’s another story).¬†The sweater incident caused me to never pick up knitting needles again until 2006 when I¬†taught myself how to knit dishcloths (I also realized there was MUCH more to knit instead of sweaters).

In a strange twist of fate, I’ve recently been knitting dishcloths (my favorite dishcloth is¬†The Almost Lost Dishcloth¬†)¬†.¬†Kind of ironic that I would abandon the¬†item that took me away from knitting and return to the item that brought me back!

A Few Changes to the Blog….

Because I can, I decided to choose a different format for the blog. I think I like it MUCH better (and any feedback here would be appreciated….)! Now, if I can just get something (other than my own blog posts) to link, I’d feel much more successful. Still working on it….


Posted in Ramblings

2017 Goals


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I had intended to do a post on Christmas day, but we had some minor Christmas “emergencies”….like a dead car battery and broken water pipes/water issues. Needless to say, our time was spent on fixing those things rather than writing blog posts. It happens…..

I’ve started setting some crafting goals for 2017. Mostly because a friend had asked if I wouldn’t want to sell some gift items at a craft bazaar with her next year. Actually, she wanted me to do that THIS year, but I really didn’t have any items to sell (or the time to make any….). I thought if I committed to this bazaar idea in 2017, I’d have a whole year to get some things made up. AND. If I didn’t sell anything, I’d have gift items already made up to give!

It’s genius really. However. I have to tell you, EVERY year I say….”I’m going to craft all year long and have a bunch of gifts already made up for Christmas”. AND. It never happens. I get a bunch of stuff started and then don’t get it finished before Christmas. Or. I decide the project isn’t really right for the recipient. Or. I fall in LOVE with the project and after dedicating the time into the project….well….I’m not going to lie, I can’t give it up. I have to keep it for me!

Here’s how I’m going to make this different for 2017….

  1. I’m going to knit/crochet/sew/quilt small projects.¬†Projects I can finish rather quickly.
  2. If using yarn, I will NOT use anything finer than worsted weight yarn. I might even use bulky yarn.

Well, that’s the goals. I’ll keep you posted on my progress….

Posted in Knitting, Ramblings, Shawls

A Knit-Along for 2017

The local knitting group has decided to knit Elizabeth’s Diamonds Shawlette from Cascade Yarns (and if I could get the link to work, I would have linked….) starting in January 2017. Actually, some of them are starting now, but I should finish my current knitting project first.

Besides, I’m going to have to find a yarn. Hopefully, I have something in my stash. I don’t really want to buy new yarn right now. Let me re-phrase that….I WANT to buy new yarn….I probably SHOULDN’T buy new yarn….I should probably use something in my stash. That is, if I can find anything that will work. It’s knit in a DK weight and I’m almost positive I don’t have any DK weight.

That leaves Worsted weight….would that be too heavy for a shawl? OR. Fingering weight…..I probably have some sock yarn that might work. But. Then I’d have to adjust the size to accommodate the smaller yarn. I wonder if I could add some extra repeats to make the pattern larger….Guess I’m going to have to read the pattern closer.

Then there are beads. Something I’ve never done yet. I’m pretty sure I can do beads, I’ve just never done them. That’s something I will definitely have to buy. I KNOW I don’t have beads!

Good thing I’m not starting this project until January. Looks like I have a few things to work out first!