A YOP Post Week 21



At least *I think* we are starting week 21..


So I was laid off of work on the 11th and that explains why I wasn’t up to posting last Sunday.  I also didn’t much feel like knitting this week.  Or rather I did but I was busy resume writing, LinkedIN updating, applying for unemployment -on advice of several people who told me that job hiring tends to be on hold during holiday season, and applying for jobs as well.  I haven’t heard back at all from those.  Not even a thank you for applying auto response.

A thing about me is that I really like shopping when I am feeling a bit blue.  I don’t think this is particularly unusual although I realize it is not the best reaction to anything, negative or positive.  Still my inner magpie likes something new and shiny and pretty on a semi-regular basis and I have had an overwhelming desire for nail polish.  Other than yarn, cosmetics totally snag me in and just like yarn, I will never, ever get through all my nail polish or lipstick or perfume.

This weeks picture is more nail polish than knitting.  I finished the first sleeve and despite my gauge reading as being seriously off the finished sleeve matches schematic.  I am almost done with the second sleeve and I shot a picture of my nail polish which was kinda matched my little kitty cat stitch marker and my lopi yarn.  I will not be finishing this sweater this month as I had hoped but que sera, sera.


Glitter Daze Chemise A La Reign polish, what I recall being my first fancy stitch marker, and Lopi in progress

Glitter Daze Chemise A La Reign polish, what I recall being my first fancy stitch marker, and Lopi in progress


Okay so its a little thing that made me smile this week.  Wishing  you all

yarny days and knitterly evenings~ Elka

YOP Week 18



Last week I knit a pair of socks for my husband.  Unfortunately I misread how long the foot is to be, I keep such notes on Ravelry, and did 7″ from back of heel instead of 7″ from end of heel shaping.  Socks are now for Tyler who has scored 3 pairs of socks since YOP goals were assembled.  This pair, and the last pair, are to be Christmas gifts.

This August we went to MidAmericon in Kansas City and I purchased Tyler a piece of artwork from art show.  It was a relatively expensive gift and he was told to not expect anything for Christmas so the socks are all the unwrapping he will be doing this year.

So the yarn is an oldie from my stash.  There was a time, say 11  yrs ago or so, when I purchased several hanks of Mountain Colors Bearfoot sock yarn and I am down to 3 hanks after this one called Moose Creek. For some reason it always looked like a brownish plum color but honestly it is a brown and my eyes were just drawn to the flashes of plum or burgundy in it.  Here is the hank wound up into a yarn cocoon:

Mountain Colors Bearfoot Moose Creek yarn cocoon.

Mountain Colors Bearfoot Moose Creek yarn cocoon.


See the plum and reddish tints?

Here is the finished sock, overexposed and unwashed.  You can see how the colors pooled but it isn’t nearly as obvious in the actual sock:

Finished sock

Finished sock


One nice thing about Bearfoot sock yarn is the mohair content which makes it super warm and cushy.  Usually whenever I wash a pair I reach inside and take out yarn pills.  Sometimes I let them gather for a while and it is extra padding on sole of foot.  For some reason it just pills inside the foot.  I have knit textured socks and the texture is basically lost after several washes.  But these have made my warmest and longest lasting socks.  I have  pair going back 8 years.  My Mad Color Weave socks.  I also have a couple of pairs even older than that but I don’t have them saved anywhere handy picture wise. Most were Michelle’s Basic Sock pattern.

Another awesome thing about this sock yarn is that it is slightly heavier than fingering weight.  I think it is the mohair again.  The yarn feels dense and plush and fills in any place that would normally have a gap such as the gusset area.  Here is a close up of heel and gusset to once again show color of socks {not overexposed}:

Sock heel and gusset

Feel free to click to embiggen 🙂

The pattern is A Classic Sock from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks book.  I purchased my copy when Zoe was a baby so about 21 yrs ago and it is falling apart at this point.

In a few days Wovember starts.  I have been anticipating Wovember for weeks.  I have cast on Strokkur and am hoping I don’t have the same tension woes that caused me to rip and reknit this sweater 3 times so far.  I have switched from my Trusty Grays {aka Aero needles} to bamboo ones hoping that will help.  I am also planning on measuring every 20 rows or so which is annoying but should end up with a finally FO.  It is expected to be in the mid-80’s on Tuesday, not the least bit Wovemberish at all, but such is St. Louis weather.  Winters here tend to be relatively warm and drizzly instead of snowy.  It makes me sad but home is where the heart is and I do heart my family.

yarny days and knitterly evenings



Hunter Hammersen

Hunter Hammersen has been on my radar for a while.  I first noticed her due to her then free sock patterns Slant and Popped. Note they are no longer free but Hunter has gone from a one size pattern to multi-sizing and gauging which understandably requires more work. Then, my green love, had me drooling over Propitiate and if you peek into the comments section I was begging for the pattern to be written up.  It was and has since been taken offline.    Back then I used to download all the patterns onto my computer and print them out, remove the download so as to not clog up my computer, and begone.  Or even not do anything at all since the pattern was free and I figured I could just open it up whenever. Since then I have learned to save everything into my Ravelry library.  I never did buy her Silk Road Socks book, being unemployed at the time with 3 children, but I have purchased her self published Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Vol 3.  I think it was just about this time of year and I discovered the joy of having an electronic version of a pattern to work on while on the road.  I signed up for her newsletter, I believe, after purchasing her book.  I really tend not to subscribe to feeds or newsletters or anything else because I am bad about reading my emails and great about shopping 🙂  I mention this because Hunter frequently offers a discount code for patterns through her newsletter and this week she is offering a free pattern to subscribers!

Welter Pattern is a cowl worked in worsted weight yarn and looks like it would be good for gift giving.  I think this is a nice way for those who are not familiar with Hunter’s work to get a feel for her patterns.  So consider this my PSA of the week 🙂 Her blog/website is Violently Domestic which is easy enough to remember.  If you are a sock knitter I think her work is worth looking into although she has branched out and offers smaller shawls and fingerless mitt type of things… basically nothing too yarn or time consuming that would be perfect for wrapping up and giving to others….last year I gifted a secret pal some fingerless mitts and they were very fun to knit.

yarny days and knitterly evenings.


One Sweater’s Story

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My very first blog post, from Feb 5th 2004, mentioned that I was a sleeve shy of finishing Reef.  A sleeve shy and over 2 years into Reef.  My most recent blog post mentioned that, although I finished knitting the sweater proper on May 5th 2004, I had yet to sew on buttons.  In addition to the powerful knit blog mojo that shamed me into finishing the sweater the interesting thing is I was wrong.  Totally wrong.

I pulled out my jars of shetland bits ‘n bobs to find matching bits or bobs needed for repairs:

bits 'n bobs of shetland yarns

bits ‘n bobs of shetland yarns


There was a nasty rip in the cast on edge, what appeared to be a dropped stitch on the back near collar, and a small hole on button band:

nasty tear in cast on edge

nasty tear in cast on edge

I was very confused by these areas needing repair since honestly one would think the sweater had been worn.  Also I felt super guilty because the intended recipient had been very excitedly following sweater progress:

Reef in progress

Reef in progress


The above is the Reef in Progress Shot from Onward Ho post.  My middle child has since changed name from Ashley to Tyler and identifies as a male.   I was interested to note, while pulling out buttons, that I had put the buttonholes on the ‘boy’ side:

button jars

button jars

Mama guilt over never finishing the sweater caused me to text my child and tell him about the buttonhole snafu hoping it would make him smile.  He wrote back perplexed.  He had worn the sweater often to school and was gutted to have lost it.  So when my children came back from visiting their father I directed Tyler to the kitchen table.  Not only does he want another larger sweater in same pattern just because BUT  the old one supposedly still fits:



Still Fits...

Still Fits…




It is nice to see that a hand knit sweater is still able to make my child so happy after all these years.  Now to actually repair the sweater.  And then hope to complete an adult sized version before he goes off to college.




yarny days and knitterly evenings, Elka