I really needed and wanted a new knitting bag for my sock knitting. I have a box bag that I got years ago on Etsy. This time I wanted a different shape that would be a little easier to slip on my wrist to carry. I came across this sushi patterned one from Starknits on etsy.
It's great! It doesn't look like it would hold a lot, but it does. All my notions, needles and yarn fit in it without issue. I haven't had a chance to take it out and about as I've been sick. However, it has a large loop handle that will easily hang off my wrist and allow me to carry it anywhere...and even walk and knit!
I love knitting bags. I could easily use another three. I especially need notions bags! Perhaps the birthday fairy will gift me some for my birthday!
I recently found Stranded Dyeworks Podcast on YouTube. Amy is such fun to watch and I love the things she knits. Plus, she dyes and sells yarn!
Her website sells out quickly, but I really wanted to try some of her yarn. In particular, her Anti Valentine colorway that she only dyes once a year in February. The shop update that she had that would carry this colorway was at 10 am GMT. That meant I got up at 4:55 am my time in order to be online and ready to purchase yarn at 5 am. Yeah, I did it, and I got a kickass sock yarn for my troubles!
It took about a week and a half to get to Michigan from the UK. Not bad. Unfortunately, I caught the horrible cough/cold thing that the kids were passing around. My knitting energy was/is very lacking.
BUT!! I finished the socks Friday night! Yay! I absolutely love them. I am calling them my birthday socks because I plan to wear them when I got out for dinner on my birthday. I may have even planned an outfit around them ;-)
I did just buy another skein of yarn from Stranded. I have non-sock plans for this new one. Can't wait for it to get here!
I totally recommend checking out Amy's podcast. You can find it buy using the search tool on YouTube and putting in Stranded Dyeworks Podcast. Also, check out the yarn at www.strandeddyeworks.co.uk !!
Look! Finished Ziva socks! This is yarn from SeeJayneKnitYarns. It's 400 yards of 80/20 superwash merino and nylon. The colorway is Ziva.
I used the same vanilla sock recipe I always use, BUT! I am knitting a new heel on my socks. You can't see it in this picture (and what a crappy pic I took!) but I am using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I detest the name of this heel, but I love the actual heel. The pattern is a bit ridiculous with 16 pages of instruction. I literally only use three pages of it. Still, I guess I would rather have too much info than not enough. I haven't quite memorized the heel pattern yet, so I am still carting around those three pages in my sock bag.
SeeJayneKnitYarns is available on etsy.com
Fish Lips Kiss Heel is available on ravelry.com and only costs $1
Because I am a lazy lazy-person I have not been doing a very good job at updating here. Shockingly, today I feel like writing. Which is weird since I have finally caught the cough/cold that everyone in this house has had. I feel like hell and my head may explode at some point. Until that time we'll carry on with the writing about knitterly things.
For Christmas I did get a fantastic knitting bag. I'm not sure if it's the medium or large size, but I'm going with large. It is currently housing a sweater I'm making for myself. That's a lot of yarn. The bag is from Bags by Awesome Granny. She sells on etsy.com and has a great selection. The zipper on this bag is so smooth. I always expect it to catch, but it never does. Weird thing to really love about a bag, but it surprises me every time.
I also got yarn for Christmas! What kind of holiday would it be without yarn?! The yarn is from See Jayne Knit Yarns and is available on etsy.com. I've made multiple socks out of her yarn before, so if you've seen my socks you've probably seen her yarn. Anyway, the blue yarn is Ziva and the brown-with-color is Coffee and Donuts.
I also received some money to be used for yarn. I bought myself a three month gift subscription to a sock-yarn-box-of-the-month type of thing. What a raging disappointment that turned out to be. Ugh. I've written it off as a bad choice on my part because I had used the company before (3 years ago) and didn't have an issue. I should have checked to see if they were still doing as well. I'll write more on that at a later date.
So! An update about goodies received at Christmas. My head hurts so much right now...I hope this wasn't too muddled.
In the two weeks leading up to Christmas I decided that I HAD to knit socks for the kids to have on Christmas morning. Normally, not an issue...if I had planned a month in advance. Instead, I tried to knit three pairs of socks while doing the regular kids/school/house/life of everyday, PLUS the added extras of the holidays looming. I managed to get Gavin's done (the red pair) and started Irene's. I was still knitting Irene's on the Saturday before Christmas. We were in the car driving out of town to have early christmas with my family and I was frantically trying to knit as fast as possible.
I finally admitted that the kids didn't NEED socks for Christmas. The holiday would still happen and still be great without knitwear. I did get Irene's socks finished Christmas Day, but Henry's socks didn't even get started until well into January.
They all have socks from me and they all love them. That's the important part. And next year, I'll plan much better....hahahhahaha!
The yarn is Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes. Apparently, I bought it at the variety store here in town (according to the price tag) however, I have no recollection of doing that. Still, it seems like a good, hard-working yarn for the kids.
Hello! Welcome to my knitting (and other odds and ends) blog. I grew up watching my Grandma knit. It seemed like she was always with needles and yarn. It must have made an impression on me because now I knit as much as I can.
Stay a while. Check out the knitting and watch out for stray bits of yarn.