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  • knitting1105 2:13 pm on December 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Counting up, 1/2 way there 

    I have now finished through Day 12 of the Advent box, yarn sets and striped sock yarn, I want to find a pattern for the Advent mini-skeins. School is winding down, and I think that I will have time now to start one of the Advent mini-skeins. the Hue Loco one is calling me. My afternoon is searching for that perfect pattern.

    Day 9

    Day 10

    These were Alpaca socks that I bought at the Michigan Fiber Fest last summer. Will be very cozy for the winter.

    Day 11

    Koigu skein of yarn, pretty Christmas colors. Destined to become a pair of fingerless mitts.

    Day 12

    I have not finished the 12th Advent stripe on the socks. Normally I knit top down socks, and have my lengths down to a science. Starting at the toe is not my go-to and I am not sure where exactly to put the salvage yarn to do the after-thought heel. I am thinking mid-point of the day 11 stripe. Still muddling this over. And the Herman the German roasted almonds are one of my favorite treats!





  • knitting1105 8:17 pm on December 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    I need to catch up on my Adventing. I continue to surprise myself with what I put into the Advent re-used box.

    Day 5

    And the Advent self-striping socks from Cozy Knitter. This is absolutely the best Advent item. It is a very busy time of the year for me, and I can always find the time to knit 4 rows on the 2 pairs of socks. By Christmas, I will have a pair of socks to gift out. As a bonus, this yarn will make 2 pair of Advent socks. I still have the remainder from last year to knit up.

    Day 6

    Yummy caramels

    Day 7

    Needle point guards, and more beautiful mini-skeins.

    Day 8

    One of many Coco Knits products, stitch markers. And the Moonglow rainbow continues.





  • knitting1105 10:01 pm on December 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Last year I participated in Knitting Advent for the first time. I did the Advent socks by Cozy Knitter, and the beautiful Advent box by Twice Sheared Sheep. I knew that I wanted to participate again, and was not sure I would find a knitter’s box for Advent, so I chose to take the box from Twice Sheared Sheep last year, and refill it myself. I started in the Spring, hoping to fill all of the 25 boxes. I planned on surprising myself by forgetting what I had purchased.

    And then, I signed up for the Cozy Knitter Advent socks again. I truly enjoyed this last year, the perfect knitting challenge in this hectic time period. and the bonus, on December 25th, I had a pair of handknit socks that could be gifted out.

    Next I was sucked down the rabbit hole. First it was Hue Loco and their Advent yarn collection, I thought that was enough. And then, Moonglow Yarns had to go and post their rainbow Advent. I was hooked again.

    Here are all my Advents together. This is giving me something to look forward to during these busy times.

    Day 1 & Day 2 together.

    The project bag was purchased last summer at the Michigan Fiber Fest. I love the sheep fabric.

    This is the Advent yarn all spun up. I was not able to start knitting until today, but was able ot catch up on both socks. I opted to start toe-up, which is not my preferred method. I find it very fiddly to get the toe started, but it worked. I figured that this would be easier to make the socks the correct length and use all of the yarn. Aren’t the colors so pretty!?

    Day 2

    Day 3

    I surprised even myself with the CocoKnits needle gauge for Day 3. See, just a few months and I even forgot what I had purchased to surprise myself.

    Day 4

    i am finally caught up. Some Eucalan for my handknits, and more beautiful mini skeins that I am still at a loss as what to do with.

    More Advent to come. I will attempt to blog on a more regular basis.

    Happy Advent everyone. To those who do not celebrate, please have a safe and Peaceful December.





    • Pamela Moriarty 7:39 am on December 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant idea to gift yourself. I am using my 12 Days of Christmas boxes to make a calendar for my daughter to begin on the 25th. Her husband came home from work with an Advent calendar from Bonne Maman. So she is the only one without an Advent calendar.

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  • knitting1105 4:30 pm on September 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    I finished these socks using yarn from MoonGlow Yarn Co.

    I really struggled with a simple motif to put on the socks until I landed on the butterfly pattern. I had a bit of white MoonGlow yarn left from my previous socks.

    Really happy how these turned out.

    And now I am finishing working on the Chicken socks.

    This past week someone decided to “gift” me with 2 boxes of yarn. No name, no note, no text or email. The yarn was a box of small remnants and a second box with more salvagable yarns (for someone), and a 1/2 finished narrow garter stitch scarf. Many not natural yarns. So this meant that I had to take an hour out of my time to throw most of it away and deliver the remainder to a resale shop. Took about an hour of time total that I don’t really have right now. It was not a pleasant surprise to see on my steps. I guess someone thinks that I would be happy with any yarn. They have obviously not seen my stash!


    • dianehamilton4444 7:54 pm on September 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Love the butterflies, such pretty socks. Funny about the drop off, they must have seen all of your pretty socks hanging outside.

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    • Maria 5:00 am on October 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It might have been worse. Somebody who’ll remain anonymous once gave me a large bag of Shetland wool yarn, which should have been the perfect gift, but it was riddled with moths and their larva. Each hank that I picked up fell into short pieces. I quickly got it outside and buried it several feet deep. I then put the handknit cardigan that I was wearing in the freezer for several days. Fortunately none of the moths seem to have escaped, but I was very vigilant for weeks afterwards.

      Lovely socks by the way!

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      • knitting1105 2:36 pm on November 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Oh that sounds awful! Makes my experience pale. People do not understand that yarn is any old yarn.


  • knitting1105 3:56 pm on April 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Sweetheart Socks 

    I finished my Sweetheart socks, and could not be more pleased with them. They are so fun and playful. I have not decided yet if I will keep these or not.

    I reversed the color sequence to make them a bit more interesting.

    There were a lot of ends to weave in! When doing the heart section, I had woven them in as i knit, but it still required some more fastening.

    And, there is enough yarn left for some anklet socks. I think that I like the rainbow in this sock using less rows better.



  • knitting1105 10:50 pm on March 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Sweetheart Socks 

    I have been working away on my Sweetheart Socks, but did not finish in February. I used size 1 needles, and 64 stitches. The socks looked beautiful and I love the heart pattern that I designed. I started with small hearts, but they just didn’t look quite right.

    I enlarged the hearts and worked with a 16 stitch repeat. One heart open and one solid. On the solid heart, I added an extra row with the open center stitch.

    I knit one entire sock with size 1 needles for the colorwork, top sock. It looked too tight and did not fit well when I put them on. Before ripping that one out, I knit the second sock using a size 2 needle for the colorwork section, bottom sock. I think that it turned out much better.

    I adore these colors, and the feet with have solid bands of each color. This has been a fun knit, wish that I had more time for them. I will finish soon.



    • knittingissofun 9:07 am on March 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Love the open and closed hearts. Since I use US1 needles for socks , I do 68 stitches. Since I knit anklets, no one is going to notice the 2 stitch stripe going up each side of the sock.

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