21 socks

This weekend I finished yet another pair of socks, most likely destined to be a present. As I was taking photos of them I had the thoughts that, maybe I’d knit 10 pairs of socks by now. I went to check, and lo and behold this was my 21st pair! Knitting roughly 3 pairs a year since I began in 2010.

Clockwise:
1. Birthday Socks in Plymoth Yarn Happy Feet
2. Winter Quarter Stress Socks in Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn
3. Matt’s Diamond Socks in Knit Picks Stroll
4. Crazy Socks in Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
5. Belated Charade Socks in Knit Picks Gloss

 

6. Never Ending Sock in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock
7. The Bees Knees in YorikoHand Dyed
8. Monkey Business in Malabrigo Yarn Sock
9. Vanilla Tree Fort in Knit Picks Stroll
10. Mother’s Day Socks in Malabrigo Yarn Sock

11. Grey Skies Socks in Miss Babs Yummy
12. Brunch Socks in Malabrigo Yarn Sock
13. Grandmother’s Socks in Malabrigo Yarn Sock
14. Vacation Socks in Anzula Squishy
15. Everyday Socks in Anzula Squishy

16. Red Charm Socks in Unkown
17. Winter Travel Socks in Knit Picks Stroll
18. Purple Monster Socks in Malabrigo Yarn Sock
19. Vanilla Dipped in Anzula Squishy
20. Rose City Rollers in Anzula Squishy

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21. Fika in Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock

Some socks didn’t fit right, others were not machine washable… but went in the washer anyway. Some lost their mates, but continue to wait anxiously for their return. Some were gifts, both by choice and because they maybe came out the wrong size. All are well loved, and worn on the faintest chance of a chilly day.

But what would 21 socks be… without some d3 powered metrics?

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Pairs of socks knit per year

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Most popular yarns

 

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A Year in Knitting

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Sometimes I wonder if people buy yarn to look at or actually knit. My collection has been growing steadily over the past decade, and while it’s beautiful to look at, there hadn’t been much knitting movement this year. Busy with getting married and changing jobs, I haven’t had a whole lot of free time. So what have I knit this year? Two hats and a pair of socks.

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Traveling Cable Hat in Misti Alpaca. 

This is one of those projects that probably should have been done in a solidly solid colorway, but did I mention I have a yarn problem? I’ve had this yarn sitting around for years, so I’m feeling pretty proud to have successfully used it all up! The hat itself is squishy and soft, it will be very cozy on cold windy days.

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Bodhi Brim Hat in Kinit Picks Stroll

Another successful use of stash yarn. This hat called for worsted weight yarn, but I didn’t have any in a color I wanted to knit this hat in, so I doubled up some previously abandoned sock yarn, win! This hat came out a little large, but fit the recipient perfectly.

Simple Socks in Malabrigo Sock

Sometime you just need a project to get you out of a knitting rut. I hadn’t knit in almost 6 months when I picked these up while on vacation. There is really nothing like wearing hand knit socks in the winter.

Sweaters and Pasta

It finally happened! I finished that closet monster of a sweater, and it only took nine months! About a week before Christmas last year I decided it would be a really great idea to knit my brother a sweater for the holidays. It was his first year in college, and living in a place that seasons, most specifically snow, I decided an Elizabeth Zimmerman Seamless Hybrid was the way to go. Boy was I naive. While there was never a stage of the sweater that was particularly difficult (unless you count my hatred for kitchner) it takes a lot of faith to work your way up a bottom up seamless sweater. Especially when your subject is 3000 miles away. But I persevered, ripping it twice, and banishing it to my closet more times than I like to count. But it happened, I finally finished that beast of a sweater this weekend, I even managed to get my kitchner stitch right on the first try. I am 95% certain it will fit, and if it doesn’t then at least I have someone here at home that it will fit on. When it comes to sweaters, I’m not one to turn down some not-so-sloppy seconds.

Behold!

Now all there is left to do is bake a batch of mouth watering ginger cookies and make my way down to the UPS store.

Now that this project if off my needles and conscious, I am ready to start some new ones. As of now, I’m thinking of giving double knitting a try to whip up some adorable elephant pot holders. Although to be honest, more potholders are the last thing I need. I had been toying with the idea of a double knit blanket, but I’m not sure I have it in me. Aside from that, I recently cast on what looks to be a beautiful sea-glass green silk shawlette. Of course I always have a few socks working on the side, but none of them are terribly spectacular at the moment. I was going to make some awesome man sized vintage cycling knee socks, but I realized a little too late that that I wouldn’t have enough yardage, and that particular yarn was discontinued. sad face. I’d like to think that it just wasn’t the right time to knit them.

Outside of knitting, it’s been a fairly exciting few weeks here. I started a new job, made some kick ass tomato sauce for pizza and pasta, and soccer season is just about to go into full swing. I was trying to get as much sauce canned to have at hand when I was too tired to cook. Yet someone the smell of simmering tomatoes and onions lured me in and forced me to make pizza. and then some pasta. and then more pizza. So I’m down to one jar, and I have a feeling it wont last very long.

Forceful Pizza Sauce

  • 1 28oz can of San Marzano Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can of San Marzano Whole Tomatoes
  • 3 medium sized Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 small Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Tbls Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp Fresh Basil chiffonade
  • 3/4 Tbls Honey
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt

In a sieve separate the whole tomatoes from their juices, setting juices asside for later. Next clean the tomatoes by removing the tops and stringy cores, as well as many seeds as you can manage. In the same sieve strain the juices from the diced tomatoes, also saving the juices. You should now have two bowls, one of whole and diced tomatoes; the other with their juices.

In a heavy bottomed sauce pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and allow them to fry for 30 seconds before adding the onions. Allow the onions to cook until they begin to turn translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and allow them to stew for about 15 minutes, or until they have softened. Now add half the tomato juice you saved as well as the salt, honey and basil. Stirring often, allow the sauce to cook down slowly. You may add more of the saved juices if you want, or if you accidentally let the sauce thicken too much. When you are satisfied with the consistency, pour the sauce into a blender, pulse for 2 seconds, only just enough to incorporate all the ingredients while still leaving small chucks. I’m a sucker for subtly chunky tomato sauce, but you can make it any way you like.

You are now done! Make a pizza or some pasta and enjoy!

Oh Canada!

After a full week away from my computer, it’s quite nice to be plugged back in again. As far as Canada goes, it was a week of relaxing and exploring. We stayed on Granville Island, which meant plenty of excuses to take aqua buses (Hello, On A Boat Badge!), but also limited our movement at night. Regardless, I managed to make it to all the parks I wanted as well as explore the local architecture.

Unfortunately I have nothing to report food-wise, Vancouver was a disappointment as far vegetarian food goes. It was not all a wash though, I managed to pick up quite a bit of locally dyed yarn, including my first silk purchase! I’m very excited to find some silk scarf projects to start, however I find my free time will be drastically cut in the near future as I am now part of the employed population. Yipe! I did manage to finish a pair of socks on the plane though, they are for myself and my favorite to date.

They are made from a Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball that I bought on impulse. Originally destined to be a pair of gift socks, once I started I couldn’t bear the idea of parting with these awesome socks. So they are mine, a tad to small, but oh so cozy. The white stripes are done with Dalegarn Baby Ull.

More Vancouver picture can be found here