Month: June 2018

feet flirtin’ | sock journal no. 2

It’s hard to believe that it’s June. It’s also hard to believe that I’m still knitting socks!

At the time that I published sock journal no. 1, I had only knit two socks. Not two pairs, just two, not matching, socks. I have since knit five (!!!) pairs and am halfway through my sixth, keeping me on track for the Box O Sox 2018 KAL! I’ve tried new techniques and explored different yarns and I’m still excited to delve deeper into sock knitting!

You might remember my January Shot Room Socks knit with a yummy hank of Candy Skein I got in San Diego. I’m so pleased that I ditched the textured pattern and went with plain ol’ vanilla for this gorgeous yarn!

I’ve also discovered that a Fish Lips Kiss Heel is just my favorite. It is my preference to knit but it also fits really well on my feet. I ended up getting three socks out of one skein and still have quite a bit left! I’ll probably frog the textured sock and incorporate it into something scrappy.

I’ve already shared my Hippity Hop Socks, but here’s another link and photo. I did an afterthought heel on these and am not a fan of the fit, so I probably won’t be doing that regularly.

March’s socks were the Old Fashioned Sugar Frost Socks. This dreamy skein was a gift from my friend Christine and I absolutely love these socks!

Pattern: Sugar Frost Socks by Marianne Heikkinen; Mods: C/O 60 sts, 2×2 rib for 15 rounds. 7″ leg.
Yarn: The Fox and The Fawn’s Doe in Old Fashioned
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Rounded toe, decrease to 24 sts, k2tog around, (k1, k2tog) around, then kitchener the 8 remaining stitches.
Special Techniques: N/A
Thoughts: I did a 60-stitch sock on size 1 needles, but have since learned that 64 stitches fit me better on that size needle, so these are a little snug. This yarn is so luxurious! These are my favorites so far.

April socks: Peach Waffle Socks

Pattern:  Bluberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner; Mods: C/O 60 sts, 2×2 rib for 20 rounds. 5″ leg
Yarn: Fiber for the People Gilded in Peach Pit
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Same as above
Special Techniques: N/A
Thoughts: 60 stitches wasn’t as snug because the leg is shorter. I enjoy this length, but like 7″ a bit better. I’ve definitely found the way I like to knit socks – cuff down, 2×2 rib, FLK heel, rounded toe – so I’m not branching out as much as I’d hoped. On the other hand, I’m glad to have found my vanilla sock 😉 This was my first yarn with gold stellina and I really enjoy it!

Finally, my May socks… the fun and interesting IfThen socks! I was intrigued by this pattern the first time I saw it. The idea is to use a self-striping yarn and if the color changes, then you do a certain stitch pattern; thus, IfThen! I think it’s a super interesting concept and I really, really love how these turned out!

Pattern:  IfThen by Shanel Wu
Yarn: KnitPicks Felici in Spaceman; madelinetosh 80/10/10 in Shadowplay for contrast heel/toe/cuff
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss
Toe: Same as above
Special Techniques: Toe-up!! Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
Thoughts: I finally tried toe-up socks and I must say, I really enjoyed it! Between that and the stripes, these flew off the needles (well, at least the first one did… hah). The bind-off turned out a little wavy, but I don’t mind 1×1 rib as much with toe-up because the bind off is stretchier than most cast-ons. I love the fit of the toe-up and think I’ll definitely knit more in the future! Also, Felici is sooo soft!

Don’t you think taking pictures of your own feet is so awkward?! I always feel like I’m “feet fliriting” with the camera! 😉

new pattern | holston shawl

I’m so excited to announce an exciting collaboration with Brim Collections! Brim Collections is the brainchild of Alyssa Latuchie and Amor Esperanza Valdez, two knitter-friends. I have followed Alyssa on Instagram for a long time and adore everything she knits! So when she and Amor launched Brim Collections, I just knew I would love it… and I was right! Their first pattern collection coincided with the launch of their beautiful yarn, called Breakfast (which totally gives me waffles/Parks & Rec/Galentine’s Day vibes)!

I am completely honored to be part of their second collection with my shawl, HolstonThe Holston River flows from my home of East Tennessee to Knoxville, where its confluence with the French Broad River marks the beginning of the Tennessee River. I grew up visiting the river’s dams and reservoirs, among them Boone Lake and Fort Patrick Henry Lake, where the sample photos were taken.

Holston evokes strength, peace, and comfort. The shawl comprises alternating sections of squishy garter, stockinette, and a textured diagonal stitch pattern. Contrasting crochet detail and luscious fringe add a casual and carefree vibe to the shawl – just like a day on the river!

 I’m so thrilled and grateful that Brim and I teamed up to design this piece!

Oh, let’s talk about that yarn! Using Brim Collections’ Breakfast Sport weight, I chose the Earl Grey colorway, which turned out to be the perfect dove grey that I envisioned. It was also important to me to not waste yarn, so this shawl uses nearly exactly two skeins. The fringe and crochet detail were added using the Creme Fraiche colorway. I just love the pop of contrast and drama it adds to the shawl! The 100% Merino wool is bouncy and has great stitch definition. It was truly a dream to work with and I’d love to try more from the line!

Thank you to Alyssa and Amor, who were an absolute pleasure through this process! And a big thanks to my friend Katy Sergent for taking these photos for me last fall!

I hope you all love Holston as much as I do! It is the piece I’m most proud of. Keep an eye out for the rest of Brim Collection’s new patterns, which will be releasing over the next couple of months!

To purchase the pattern, check it out on Ravelry here.
You can find kits in some incredible color combos here! That Sun Baked colorway is calling my name!

Also look out for a pattern giveaway coming soon over on my Instagram page!

xoxo,

Andrea