Weekend Wrap-Up: Memorial Day

This weekend was action packed. There was some traveling, some knitting, and some great company.

On Friday, we headed down to Santa Cruz, CA for a wedding. We went a day early to take advantage of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  I am not a roller coaster/crazy ride person, but I enjoyed watching my fiancé. We also took a stroll on the beach and checked out the sea lions.

The wedding was a rustic affair set on a beautiful ranch. The scenery was perfection. I had whipped up a shawl prior to the weekend. California (especially Northern California) is notoriously chilly when the sun goes down. By 6:00 pm I was so thankful for a warm wooly layer.

On Sunday, we headed home and just relaxed. We have been binge watching Game of Thrones and it is getting good. While watching I finished my Little Neon Cowl (Yarn: Twisted Owl’s “Birds of a Feather”). Inspiration for this cowl came from the Simple Ribbed Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn. My version is much smaller and thinner as a bulky cowl is not needed in San Francisco. Can’t wait to add it to my growing neckwear collection.

On Monday I headed to the pool with some of my friends from my book club. The day couldn’t have been more ideal. The sun was glorious, the margaritas were flowing, and of course I had my knitting in hand.

All and all a thoroughly relaxing weekend before the rush of the end of the school year. I couldn’t have asked for anything better 😊.


3 Ways to Incorrectly Knit Anastasia Socks

For some reason the Anastasia Socks did not come together for me. Having about a dozen handmade socks under my belt you would think that whenever I picked up my DPNs magic would happen. That was not the case in this scenario. These socks did not knit up the way I planned.

Here is my finished pair:

So what went wrong?

  1. I didn’t take the chance on the short row toes. As a result, the toes ended up being a little pointy. You can’t really tell when the socks are on, but in hindsight I should have gone with the pattern.
  2. I mis-read the pattern at several points. Due to this, I had to remake the first 2 times before getting one complete sock. One of the biggest errors I made was not reading the chart properly. I overlooked that the chart was numbered by even rows and I was suppose to knit on every odd row. The knitted row between the eyelet rows really made a difference.
  3. I ran out of yarn. At first I just couldn’t believe it. How did that happen??? Well because I used a smaller knitting needle that the pattern called for. I thought it said US Size 1. Whoops.

Overall, I am not happy with these socks. To be honest I finished them just to finish them. They are still wearable, but not my finest knitting accomplishment. I hate it when you make something and it doesn’t work out.😒

What Is Your Sock Style?

The above headline on Craftsy’s Blog got me wondering do I have a sock style?

I took the quiz and the results were… ADVENTUROUS.

Just like your sock knitting, you are adventurous. You like to try knitting different types and colors of socks, just like you enjoy trying different foods and traveling to different places. You love anything that’s bold and stands out from the crowd.

So…What is your sock style? 

WIP Wednesday

As I anxiously await some recently ordered yarn, here is what is on the needles:

My Orange Socks are working up nicely. I decided to use an afterthought heel. I have never made socks with this type of construction and am eager to see the finished result. 

I got a little bored with the socks so I pulled a skien of Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Purple out of my stash and started a hat. This is totally a process pattern. I just started knitting and let it take me places. What are you knitting today?

What Next?

So I am so conflicted as to what to make next. I am using my Orange Socks as a “keep my hands busy project” for the time being while I decide on my next big project. I did buy all the yarn needed for this beauty a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason I am not dead set on starting it.

I have been thinking a lot about shawls lately. I usually don’t make them, but for some reason I have really wanted to make one now. I am thinking the Seashell Shawl by Francoise Danoy. (Whit’s tip: Sign up on this designer’s website for the newsletter and get the pattern for free as well as the chance to peruse her other awesome patterns and tutorials) It is so my style. Simple with elegant touches. That lace…gets me every time 😊.

But then I remembered that I wanted to make this tank top for my summer vacation. Agh!

See my dilemma? Too many choices! And that isn’t even mentioning these socks or these socks.

What is a girl to do???

Knitting the Stress Away

I have been under a lot of stress lately. Not only from work (see last post), but from just feeling like I don’t have enough time in the day. Thankfully I have knitting. It is my go to. Whenever I am all frazzled, I find at least a few minutes to knit a couple of rows. I pick up my needles and get in the zone. I really like this excerpt from Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch by Betsy Greer (excerpt found on Daily OM). It perfectly explains the power of using your hands to eliminate the stress.

Perhaps one of its most unexpected effects is its ability to help me focus my thoughts and quiet my mind as I create. Somehow my daily tensions start washing away with the rhythmic movement—hopefully this is true for you too. I find that I am able to focus on the stitch, when at most other times in my life I find myself constantly distracted. When I’m knitting, I can focus my thoughts on something refreshingly simple: wool and wood. With my hands at work, my mind and creativity are free to roam and explore. I find this state is less about completely forgetting the world and more about letting all the annoyances and worries that rack up each day slink off and disappear as I make stitch after stitch after stitch.

So this morning I am going to use my knitting as motivation to get all I need to get done completed. I set goals with my students all the time…why not with myself? My goal: Get all my paperwork done so I can have at least 15 minutes of Zen. Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to get you through the day. 😉

Capital City

We headed to Sacramento for Mother’s Day to treat my fiance’s mother to a nice afternoon downtown.  First, we headed to the Capital Mall for a stroll. There we saw the Vietnam Memorial, California Firefighter’s Memorial, the International World Peace Rose Garden, and the Capital Building. I had never visited this area so it was a lovely walk. Afterward, we went to a nice restaurant for a yummy lunch. 

Sacramento is about 2 hours away from San Francisco so I made sure to pack a car project. I am making some basic socks using the Double Magic Loop Method. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On to begin the toes. I have tiny feet, therefore I started with 30 stitches and only had to increase to 62 stitches. I knitted about 2.5 inches throughout the day. I do not have a pair of handmade orange socks, so these will be a nice addition to my growing collection. 

I hope all of my USA readers had a lovely Mother’s Day!