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the sock mojo, she is back!

I feel like 2014 was the year of the sock for me. 2015 was mostly shawls and some sweaters. 2016 looked like it was going to be the same, but all of a sudden I want to cast on all the socks! maybe not buying yarn and actually ‘letting’ myself use the yarn in my stash actually works. I don’t want to sound like I don’t want to knit sweaters, because I want to knit every sweater out there it seems. but all the sweaters I want to cast on require decision making that I’m not quite ready for. socks, besides choosing a single skein from the stash, are pretty mindless.

warning! I go on and on about yarn and needles.

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friday favorites (one of those weeks edition)

any week that includes downed trees in your yard needs to end right away. so I’m just looking forward to staying in and knitting. maybe with an adult beverage or two. I have one more sleeve to knit on my put the kettle on cardigan and I have two different socks on the needles, so let’s see what else I can get into trouble with.

I thought this week’s theme was going to be simple and relaxing, but it jumped into cable world pretty quickly. I think that’s still relaxing though.

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drive by friday favorites

this one will be a quickie! I thought I’d share a couple of upgrades in my knitting life and some yarn I’ve been drooling over.

my poor royal winder started its death march so I started to look for what else was out there in the yarn winding world. I ended up getting one for christmas, but I didn’t like how wide it was and I found it a little fiddly to use. I ended up splurging and ordering a nancy’s knits knacks heavy duty ball winder. I don’t regret this purchase at all. yes, it’s expensive but I can tell this is the last ball winder I will have to buy. I love that I can wind giant hanks like cascade eco and it’s nothing to it.

since I got a new ball winder, I had to get a new swift that I could use on the same table. I always had an umbrella swift, but this time I went for a table swift so I wouldn’t have to worry about clamps. I wanted something that would last me the rest of my life when I found hornshaw wood works. I love its simplicity and beauty. I’ve been using it the last two months and, with the new ball winder, my yarn winding has become fun and pleasurable. oh, and super quiet! before, with my royal winder and plastic Japanese swift, the whole neighborhood knew when I was winding yarn. : /

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riptide back

friday favorites

if you actually made it all the way through yesterday’s video, thank you! I guess I can go on and on about my projects and chicken wings apparently. the poor black cardigan did get a little more attention since and I finally joined the fronts to the back. I’m already two inches into the body and I’m definitely not going to make it in time for this artic blast we’re having this weekend. but sitting by the fire with a drink and some bulky yarn in hand isn’t so bad either.

in the video (I have this mental block on calling it a podcast) I wonder why no one knits brioche blankets. and what pops up today but a BRIOCHE BLANKET!!  Continue Reading