Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally & a Chug

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I knit some of a toddler sock on the way up to Pismo Beach from Santa Barbara for the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally. We have a 1965 Field & Stream Travel Trailer that we are renovating, so I’m calling Trailer Rallies hobby stuff.

I like how small some of them are! I prefer the smaller 10-15′ trailers to the 20+ versions.

And then on the way home we stopped at the foster mom from Central Coast Pug Rescue and adopted a Chug/Pughuaua (pug + Chihuahua).

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She’s about 10 weeks old and seems to be fitting in fine. We’ve dubbed her “Maggie Rose.”

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No Way Sock

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I have frogged the linen sock. It was becoming less & less pleasant to work with. And I know, linen softens up after washing to become a delight. But it also stretches. I’d made a bracelet from a cool knitty pattern & wasn’t thrilled.

Plus, I’m trying to pare down projects that aren’t bringing me joy, as well as the over-all WIPs. I don’t mind 2, 3, maybe 4 WIPS (I’m currently at 4 according to my Ravelry page.) but more and I start feeling itchy and like nothing is getting done.

So now the yarn is free. There’s roughly a skein or so of this Knitpicks Lindy Chain left. Do I have options other than some washcloths?

And that bracelet? I snipped the button off & put it back in the button box, used the tag to hang it from the faucet and am calling it a narrow washcloth.

The linen sock. Of doom.

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I’m still not enjoying this sock. I want to enjoy this sock. It’s grey & yellow, which is obviously a great color combo, it’s everywhere right now. But it continues to just annoy me. Part of it is the linen yarn, it’s just not that great to knit with. And part of it is that socks go so much slower on size 0/2mm needles.

You can see in the picture that I bound off the middle six stitches on what is now a toe up sock. The fit isn’t bad at this point. And this should go on & off my foot, which is a good feature in a sock. And I don’t mind that bit of garter. Except that the garter should have gone across 18 stitches, not just the center 6. I was trying to be fancy and wanted a smooth gradation up from the 6 stitches to the 6 stitches on either side. Except that’s way to fancy for this practice sock. And yeah, only doing one at this point.

So last night I pulled out the needles and carefully re-inserted them just below where I started the garter. This time with the 18 stitches in garter. I’ll still lose the center 6 but I’m hoping that doesn’t make a terrible look.

I’m going to persevere. There may ever only be one sock if this linen continues to fight with me. but I’m gonna get through this.

Feeling the sock mojo

2014-09-12 (1)I have finished the mullet socks & they are winging their way to Seattle via the USPS. I hope the recipient likes these little monsters.

And now I’m free to start more socks! I’ve finally cast on a pair of Autumnal socks. These are for me & they’ll be plain vanilla anklets, though I’m going to try a short row heel. I’ve been pretty committed to the forethought/afterthought heel for over a year now. Time for something new. I’m going to rely on Silver’s Sock Class once again. She’s got awesome tutorials.

Funny thing is, despite picking these colors & finally casting on years later…they’re really not my favorite. I’m not much for orange or yellow. Though apparently I had some sense of self & went with the green for the toes/cuff. The yarn I bought recently, which is pinks/greens/beiges is so much more my colorway.

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