Sock Knitting Mojo

As I continue to slog through my Granito sweater by Joji Locatelli, I’ve started dream knitting some socks. And I looked at some of my favorites to get ideas of what I should be knitting, when the mojo comes back.


Notice they are all ankle socks.

Starting with the rainbow pair at top, I like the round heel.

I like the sibling/not identical’ness and the pink/green combo.

I love the Star Wars reference.

The fit and sibling-ness of this pair is amazing. Plus, I love the Kroy I used in the one sock.

The cable on this purple pair is just enough to mix up the vanilla.

Again, green and pink, plus sibling-ness.

Not shown are my pair of Opal socks that I’ve darned a number of times. Those were my first socks knit on 0’s and used the Fish Lips Kiss heel. So many good things to try and incorporate in my next socks. For me!



I try not to knit every gift. Especially now that my children and their friends are getting older and don’t necessarily appreciate hand knits. But some kids do. We’ll be attending a Princess Tea in a few weeks, and having knitted for the birthday girl’s mother and had those gifts stolen (a bat and a ghost), I figured she’d be the kind of kid who liked knitted gifts. So I checked in with mom about her current favorite animals (my own kids like list and have first, second, and third favorite animals. For one that is Panda, Koala, Seahorse and Dolphin & the other is Snow Seal, Penguin, Fox). This little girl likes cats. Perfect! I’ve knit a cat before.IMG_20170203_072521_medium2

And while the pattern was cute, knitting toys, I’ll have to admit, is not my favorite. So I turned to crochet. I followed a super cute little pattern for a bunny, planning on making the ears shorter and more pointed.


Objectively, it’s not terrible, right? But my husband says it looks like a bear. And it’s just not…quite. Right?

Besides, I was hoping to fit it into a mint container similar to the bears I’d made before.

So back to the drawing board.


And I’m so glad I did. This time, the crochet went much better. I hailed back to the basic shape of the Dumpling Kitty.dumpling

But smaller. And I added some accessories. And I LURVE IT!


I knit a female Tomten/Gnome character for a friend for BlogHer. I love the idea of these protective little sprites. And this year I was, once again, faced with what the heck to give my father for Christmas. I decided to embark on yet another Gnome. I love the ones by Alan Dart…but the “I can do that” spirit is strong in me.

Getting started took forever and the little boot/socks sat on my desk for weeks before I made progress.

Then the rest of him came together in a day! I stuffed his body with rocks in a sock so that his little legs could hang off the edge of a shelf and he (hopfully) won’t fall over.

The original plan was to just do the nose and beard and sew the hat down so you couldn’t tell I hadn’t done any face. But as I got going, I just loved the idea of some little eyebrows.

& I gave him a little fringe all the way ’round his little head.


Kumi-what now

Kumihimo has become quite the thing round these parts. And now that we’re all stuck inside thanks to the Thomas Fire here in Santa Barbara, we’ve been upping the game.

We’ve moved from the basic circle of cardboard with 8 slots and 7 strings to a square with 12 slots and 8 strings. This makes a half round braid with a “heart” in the center. Maybe next time we’ll add beads!

So glad my sister loves doing these, too! Next year I’m dragging her to the Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Frolic!

I can make that…

Have you gotten caught in the “I could make that” trap?

I totally do. All the time. Funnily enough, the last time this came up, a videocast by Margaret Olander popped up discussing the issue 🙂

Here’s how I look at the problem:

  • Do I actually want the thing or is it just a cool challenge?
  • Am I actually going to make the thing?
  • Why am I doing it?
    • Save Money
    • I can do it better/more to my liking
    • build skills

When I attended the 2017 Griffin Dyeworks Fall Fiber Frolic, I took a class on art loom weaving. We got to borrow some of the hand looms from her booth. They’re made of wood. Which I do sometimes work with 😉 There were also some fun tools, weaving needles and beaters. I also took a kumihimo class. Several booths sold kits and pieces for making your own weaving circle.

I’d admired the looms at last year’s event, but talked myself out of them. This year, taking the class and getting a 20% discount, couldn’t say no. But! While the loom might be a little out of my depth, both my husband and neighbor are better wordworkers. But would I get around to asking, arranging time, setting up tools? Nope. So I bought the loom. The beater and the needles looked more do-able. But the beater is maybe just a little longer project than I’m going to address right now (what with gift knitting, crochet, kumihimo, embroidery, oh not to mention kids and life). The needles, though. The needles were both within my scope and my ability.

I even had scrap wood! And I only broke one of the proposed needles. They’re not perfect. They need some fine tuning, sanding, maybe just some playing in my hand to really make them nice. But they are totally functional and I get to try several different lengths to see what I like or what I need per situation. Total love.

Kumihimo, on the other hand. Different story. The disc we used in class (lower right & lower middle) was paper. The kits for sale (at a very reasonable $15) were foam, as were the single foam you could buy ($3). I wanted to make it, though. So today at Michael’s I got a thick piece of foam & a thinner piece with one sticky side for $2. I should be able to make two pieces out of it of roughly the size. And maybe a smaller one. Plus, new skills and I get to play around.

Anything you’ve said “I could make that” and actually went home to make?