FO Friday

FO = finished object

Yay!  One more pair of socks for the gift pile…or myself.

This is the Handmade Sock Society Season 2 first sock: Shell Cottage.  If you’ve ever knit anything from Helen Stewart, you know how well written her patterns are.  She lists each row and the stitch count so it’s easy to put down the project and pick it up again.  I still kept track of my rows on the sock foot so I could make they were both the same length.  I learned the hard way to count my rows rather than just measure the length as it is easy to stretch an item to make it fit (and hurry the knitting along).

The second sock in the series will be released next month.

Knit Picks Stroll fingering yarn in Basalt Heather, 69 grams.  Size #1 (2.25mm) needle.

I really like the texture.

Have you finished anything lately?

My last FO for 2018

Yes, I realize there are still six days (including today) left of the year though I’m pretty sure I won’t finish any knitting projects between now and January 1st.  Especially since I only have one on the needles and it’s been in a timeout for a l-o-n-g time.

In fact, I’m desperately trying to find a project I can work on.

But back to the title of this post…

…ta-da!  The latest in the series of Dorothy’s SSSK socks knit in Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.  

I liked the yarn, however, the bluish-grey color was not a continuous ball.  I found four, count ’em, FOUR knots with cut ends and I didn’t even use the entire ball!  Good thing a continuous color was not integral to the pattern.

I was lucky to semi-match the brighter color ball between the pair so the two socks almost match.

Gotta get them ready to mail.

PS  I hope you all had a peaceful, loud, calm, joyful, bright Christmas.

 

HD bag

Most hotels offer hairdryers in their guest rooms.  But many times when staying with family or friends, a hairdryer might not be available when you need it.  So when Mr. Aitch and I traveled across the country this past summer, we bought a small hairdryer to take with us for those times when we didn’t stay in a hotel.

The hairdryer was attached to the wall in some hotels but some were in a cloth bag on or under the sink area.  That gave me an idea for our “travel” hairdryer.

I made a simple drawstring bag to protect it in our suitcase and make it easy to find.

Two fat-quarters and a length of cotton cord later and I called it done.

Cotton for the outside and a piece of heavy flannel for the inside.  French seams keep it neat (no exposed seams).  A piece of batting sandwiched between the outer and inner fabrics and/or quilting would offer more padding but I didn’t think of it at the time.

This will stay in our guest bathroom when we’re home but can go with us at a moments notice.

Foxy

A fox is the school mascot for three of our grandkids so I gravitate towards those pattern charts if I want to knit something for them.  These Foxy Friends mitts by Fiona Alice fit the bill and were so quick and easy to knit as I began them Friday evening and finished both mitts by Sunday afternoon.

The worsted weight yarn made for the speed and using the larger needle size for the stranded colorwork helped keep the tension looser.

If I knit these again (and I’m sure I will as three kids can’t/won’t share one pair), I will continue the thumb pattern on the palm side as there will be shorter yarn floats in which fingers could get caught.  These mitts are super warm with the double layer of wool used for the fox faces.

Yarns used: Cascade Heather in Jet and Japanese Maple.  Brunswick Germantown Knitted Worsted in Ecru.  I used less than a fourth skein (I need a yarn scale!!) of each color.