2021: Wk of 11/7-13; FO, Cast-ons, Florida Packing


Finally finished my Advent 2019 socks. I can’t wait to wear them. The feet are an eclectic mixture of leftover Christmas sock yarns. Adds to the fun of the stripes I think. They will be too hot to wear in Florida but I’m hoping to wear them on the drive to Charleston, SC the end of the month on our way to Florida. Then I’ll bring them back with me when we fly back to Cincinnati for Christmas. I’ll get to wear them at our Christmas party for hubby’s church choir.



I got to cast on a pair of Christmas sock yarn. Sadly I don’t like the yarn at all! It is the cheap Mary Maxim yarn. I’m learning I’m very spoiled by hand dyed yarns. The Mary Maxim yarn is very “wooly”. I can’t image wearing the socks and it certainly is no fun knitting them. I am using Cinnamon’s Say Yes to Pie pattern so I’m looking forward to how it knits up. I plan to complete the pair and block them to see if the yarn softens up.

Say Yes To Pie Christmas Socks


I cast-on the baby blanket for my niece. It’s the Western Hills pattern – a free pattern on Ravelry. I am making myself knit it Continental to give my shoulder a break from my usual English (throw) method. I’m enjoying knitting it this way. I use the Norwegian purl which is a bit slow but let’s me keep the yarn in the back for both knits and purls. I want a nice easy pattern to knit in the car or while visiting our children on the drive down to Naples, FL. I’m using the multi color minis my daughter-in-law game me last year for Christmas. Not much to see so far.

Western Hills Baby Blanket

Don’t know that I’ll get much car knitting. I typically have to do all the driving. I’m thankful that we are able to break up the 18 hr drive by staying a full day with my daughter in Charleston, SC giving me a day off from driving. Then this year we will stop at my son’s near Orlando, FL spending the night before making the final 3 hr drive to Naples. So a 2 day trip becomes a 4 day trip but we get to visit with kids we rarely see. I haven’t seen my son and his wife in person since pre-Covid, so almost 2 years.


Not surprisingly I’ve got my knitting planned for wintering in Florida before what clothes to take. Can’t believe we leave in 2 weeks. A goal for 2022 is to knit a pair of socks per month. That will be aggressive for me. Even so, I’ve caked and packed yarn to make 4 pairs of socks in addition to the Christmas yarn socks I’ve just cast-on. I also packed the yarn to make my hubby’s sweater plus a tee top for me. I will be casting on a tank top for the wife of my oldest stepson before we leave as well. I’m hoping to finish it by the first of the year. I have no doubt all these projects are more than I can complete during my winter in Naples. But I’m looking forward to completing some and starting others.

Time is really rushing by as annual doctors exams, Christmas shopping/gift making and Florida packing is cutting into my knitting time. I’m currently making vegan “soup in a jar” kits to give as Christmas presents to my daughters. Plus I’m making a candy and nuts Advent Calendar garland for my SC daughter.

Soup In A Jars

Today was our first official snow flurries making us that much more anxious to get to Florida!! Have a great crafting week.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.


21 thoughts on “2021: Wk of 11/7-13; FO, Cast-ons, Florida Packing

  1. Yay for a FO! Those socks look fabulously festive. I do hope the others soften up once they’re blocked, it can make all the difference sometimes. I’m jealous of your lovely, neat, organised project bags, what a great way to take knitting on the move with you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have all these bags that I’ve made or bought so it was fun to actually use them. Plus it makes a nice way to store the projects at our rental condo where I won’t have my nice knitting set-up. I really like those reusable project tags I got for Katrinkles so that I know what’s in the bag!!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Your advent socks look amazing. I love your soup in a jar xmas idea (I may have to steal that for my son’s present. How exciting to be off to FLorida, and looks like you packed all the necessary things – aka knitting projects!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I bought some “soup in a jar” last year from Etsy and my stepdaughter loved them. But they were so expensive because of shipping glass jars. Since we are visiting her before Thanksgiving, I decided to make my own this year and deliver her Christmas presents early. They really are fun and easy to make.


  3. Your Christmas socks are brilliant. I hope you and your family have small feet and like shirt socks, 12 in a year will be an amazing achievement. Don’t forget to enter them into the Grocery Girls sockalong KAL 😀. You soup kit idea is brilliant. How exciting to be seeing your kids after so long. I can’t remember if I mentioned but my host mother in Michigan (who I au paired for 35 years ago), she and her husband are building a home in Naples, Florida. They too will be snow birds. I hope your week goes smoothly with all you have to get done and getting ready for the big drive.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the reminder about the monthly GG KAL. Extra motivation! I do wear shorties as does a knitworthy son-in-law so at least those can be short “legs”. Naples is wonderful. Not “big city” which as a person who lives in the woods I prefer.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Love LOVE LOVE your Advent socks – enjoy wearing them; they’re so cheerful and holiday spirit-y! I’ve got a goal of a pair of socks a month in 2022 as well, so I will attempt to cheer you on and motivate you for your plans as well. Good luck with the drive south. I hope the weather is nice at all your stopping points along the route 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Your advent socks are the bee’s knees! I want to make some too. I just love them! I had to laugh about packing your projects first before clothes…I would do the same thing. Your project bags are all so cute too. I like the Mary Maxim sock yarn. It is really pretty but then I am not knitting with it. Thanks for the idea for soups in a jar! One more Advent gift idea! Have a safe trip! Don’t forget your needles and accessories! LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, the needles are packed too – just not in the picture. I even bought a special needle case to hold all my circular needles this year. I need to talk to the condo owner about turning a wall of the “den” into a knitting wall 🙂 Hmm – I think I’ll buy a cheap bookcase and do just that.


  6. What a bummer that the yarn for your socks is unpleasant to work with! I hate when that happens.

    I hope your extended drive to FL is wonderful! My parents are headed south right after Thanksgiving dinner, and extra early family X-mas (all rolled into one).

    I love the dried soup jars! Your fabric toppers make a great touch. And the advent socks will be so FUN to wear all holiday season (while not in FL).

    Liked by 1 person

  7. This is our first year to go to Florida for December but I suspect it will become our new normal with flying to Ohio for the week of Christmas. My dad did that for many years while the kids were growing up. The jar toppers gave me something to do with all that mask material I have on hand. 🙂


  8. Your Advent socks are breath taking. I think I could look at them for hours and continue to notice little details. It is so funny that us knitters/crocheters always plan our take along projects before worrying about what clothes to pack. Cute idea on the vegan soups. The baby blanket is going to be very pretty. I watched the video on the Norwegian purling. Since I only knit English, it was kind of hard for me to grasp. I purl Portuguese style and it is quick and easy to do. Have a safe trip this year.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank for the compliment. I too really enjoy the socks and can’t wait to wear them. I loved using up leftover striped Christmas sock yarns for the feet. I have trying Portuguese knitting on my goals for 2022. The Norwegian purl takes a LONG time so purling every other row on the baby blanket is REALLY slowing me down.


  10. Love the advent socks! They came out great. It’s a shame the Christmas socks yarn is not soft, the colors are beautiful.

    I’m making a bunch of soups in a jar for my brothers for Christmas. I’m putting them in bags to get around the added weight/possible breakage issue during shipping. It might not look as pretty, but my brothers don’t care what it looks like as long as the soup tastes good, lol.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s