Thursday, July 28, 2016

SM2 - Rose and Thorn Socks

Round Two of Sock Madness was the first competition round. So, after completing the Qualifying Round, and giving some background to the organizers, participants are sorted into "teams" of about 50 people. In theory, all the members of your team should knit at roughly the same speed, factoring in life situations as well as actual knitting time.

Then the pattern for round two drops. As with all the other patterns, you must knit the socks to be a minimum of 9" long, and follow various minimums in the pattern. However, on this one, only the first 40 people on your team make it to round three. You also have a minimum of two weeks to complete the pair, meaning even if there are five spots left on your team, the cutoff is two weeks.
Spoiler alert: I made it to Round Three!
Ravelry Project

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


After completing the Slip Stripe Spiral Socks for Sock Madness, I had just enough time to finish up a shawl I had started - Emiliana! The moment I saw this pattern, I knew I had to have it, and I bought yarn for it at Stitches West 2016.

This is a mosaic knitting pattern, and I used Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply yarn in Naked and Russett, along with size 7 needles, to get such an oversized shawl.
I wear it all the time and I am absolutely in love!
Ravelry Project

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stitches West 2016 - Haul!

Once again, I spent a wonderful weekend in February at STITCHES West - the local festival for all things fiber related. While I was there, I took a class on custom fitting a sweater, which I really loved. I also hit up the market pretty hard core.

Pictured to the left:
-Amish swift (in bag)
-Ball Winder (in box)
-Black Trillium Fiber Studio Gradient Set in Lilt Sock: Olive
-Black Trillium Fiber Studio Gradient Set in Lilt Sock: Gingersnap
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Russett
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Naked
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Stonewashed x4
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Raisinette
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Romy
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Oyster
-Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply: Taurus
-A Hundred Ravens Iachos: Lothlorien
-Miss Babs Wowza: Corset


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SM 1 - Slip Stripe Spiral

This year, I participated in something called "Sock Madness." This is a competitive knitting event, very loosely based off of March Madness - there are seven elimination rounds, and participants are sorted into teams or leagues. All of the patterns for the socks are sent to the participants by email, and as soon as the pattern "drops," it is a flurry of knitting to be earn a spot to advance.
The first round is a qualifying round - you simply have to knit a pair of socks in two weeks. The socks were called "Slip Stripe Spiral," and relied predominately on slip-stitches and two contrasting skeins of yarn. I completed them using Black Cascade Heritage yarn, as well as my Black Squirrel Yarn, from the Kickstarter for the Black Squirrel Fabric and Yarn Shop.

In general, I'm pleased with how they came out, though I rarely get to wear them, since it's almost always too hot for socks here.
Ravelry Project

Thursday, July 14, 2016

October Mittens

I recently fell for a KnitPicks sale. You know how it is - they send you the pattern for free, and before you know it, you're buying the kit. Well, I bought the kit. It's for the Woodland Winter Mittens, a set of six patterns of colorwork mitts, one for each month October through March.
Jumping right in, I made the October mittens in the large size, and once blocked, discovered they were far too big. No trouble! My mom would love them - and so to her for her birthday they went, and as predicted, she fell absolutely in love.

I used the colors called for in the stormy colorway, as seen on the project page.

Ravelry Project Page

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Shortly after Christmas, one of the knitting forums I'm a part of on Ravelry was doing a shawl knit-a-long, and one of the patterns that was suggested was "Reyna" by Noora Laivola. Now, they didn't actually end up using that pattern as a main pattern, but I still participated (just not for prizes), because it was a pattern made for self-striping yarn, and boy did I have a lot of that.
I used a Socks that Rock Lightweight skein that I had inherited from a lovely friend that was moving and didn't want to move all her yarn, and I love they way it turned out. However, as you may know, Socks that Rock Lightweight is still an extremely heavy fingering blend, and despite the fact that it's a 115g skein, it doesn't have nearly the yardage usual sock yarn skeins do. I had to leave off the last 4 rows of eyelets on the bottom of the pattern, and the shawl ended up being more of a neckerchief. However, with a shawl pin, I can still make it work.
This project also marks my first ever serious knitting injury. I spent over 12 hours knitting this straight one Saturday, a feat which is not unknown to me, but I've never done it before with bigger needles and heavier project, and I strained my left wrist to the point of needing to stop knitting for over a week, and then monitor the progress due to pain.
I sure learned my lesson.

Ravelry Project

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bathroom Accessories

While we're on the topic of the bathroom, I thought I'd show you another quick project set I whipped up. Right next to my bathroom sink is a little ledge, and this is where I usually set my makeup brushes to dry after I've washed them. I had some fuzzy yarn to use up, so I crocheted up a quick liner for that area to help the brushes dry.

Ravelry Project: Brush Liner

While I was at it, I also made a little hanging basket. I roll my clothes instead of folding them, and then I put a rubber band around them to keep them rolled. What I love most about this is that I can rustle around in my drawer looking for the exact tank I want without messing up all of the others and leaving it a mess. However, I also end up with a pile of rubber bands as I take them off the clothes I wear. In our current apartment, my closet is right next to the bathroom sink, so I hung the matching basket there to hold those unused rubber bands.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Face Scrubbies

Before I headed off to Christmas, I really wanted a quick project that I could call a success, and so I knit up these cute face scrubbies. I use them at night to take my makeup off, and they're quite useful. I would definitely do this again - but for now, I'm on a rush to get next year's Christmas gifts off the needles, so these are sitting on the wayside.