2022: Wk of 9/18-24; Socks, Sweaters, and More Favorite Things

HUBBY’S SWEATER UPDATE

I do love knitting with this cotton/silk Berrocco Summer Silk yarn. Just so soft! Since it’s all stockinette for 17″, it’s a nice mindless knit for TV watching now that the network series are starting their new seasons.

AUTUMN SOCKS

These socks are getting the majority of my attention since it’s already autumn. I want to wear them NOW! I think the fit is going to be okay. I’m making them a little shorter than normal to help pull in the extra width at the ball of my foot. I love this yarn too. (Seems to be a pattern). I’m ready to start the heels today. Orange and black are also the colors of our local football team so hopefully they will get to be worn into the playoffs.

BABY BLANKET UPDATE

My great grandson’s baby blanket got a little knitting attention and is going to need to get a lot more. I’ll be traveling back to Indiana in four weeks for my granddaughter’s first birthday so I need to have the blanket done by then. Hubby’s sweater will have to take a back seat until I can get the blanket finished.

FAVORITE THINGS – CHRISTMAS IDEAS??

A few weeks ago I posted how I like clear containers for all things knitting so that I can see what’s inside my “tin”, notions pouch, yarn “bin”, and even knitting tote bag. Another thing I like to help make knitting more enjoyable is “fun” stitch markers/progress keepers. These can range from cheap to somewhat expensive. Here’s some ideas to put on your Christmas list or as a gift to a knitter you know.

I love using my colorful o-rings that come in lots of sizes on Amazon. I bought small ones for my sock needles, medium sized for my Size 4-6 needle knits, and large ones for my Size 8 and up needle knits. These are available via Amazon. I like to place them every 10 stitches when I’m casting on and every 20 stitches while knitting. I like to use these on big projects where I use one color for the front stitches, a second color for the back stitches, a third color for the right sleeve, and a fourth color for the left sleeve. I also recently bought stitch markers from Katrinkles that literally say front, back, and sleeve for added clarity on what the heck I’m knitting at the moment.

I have numbered stitch markers from Twice Sheared Sheep that I also like to use while casting on or tracking my stitch count while managing increases or decreases. I love my M1R/M1L sweater stitch markers for top down sweaters although for my bottom-up sweater I’ll be using my SSK/K2T sheep stitch markers. These are both from an Etsy seller. Sadly I have found that the black printing wears off too fast if you don’t put a drop of clear nail polish on them to protect the printing.

Finally, it’s fun to have seasonal or just cute charms for progress keepers. I made these from charms and lobster clasps I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Etsy also has lots of cute progress keepers. I like to put a “fun” pair of stitch markers in the center of the top side of each sock and a square stitch marker in the center of the sole side of each sock especially when knitting 2 at a time socks. Helps me keep track of which sock is the “first” one and which side gets the heel.

Hope you have a wonderful week of crafting. This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

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12 thoughts on “2022: Wk of 9/18-24; Socks, Sweaters, and More Favorite Things

  1. Yay, a notions post! I love stitch markers and have loads of different kinds. I have sets with a Supernatural and Firefly theme among my favourites and I also like a good seasonal stitch marker. But the ones I use most are my simple, metal, no snag o ring ones. I love your seasonal socks!

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  2. Love the colors for your husband’s sweater. Look at those gorgeous autumn football cheering socks! The Browns would be proud to have you wear them on game day. The baby blanket is coming along quite well. It is so bright and cheery. Love that for a baby. Notions!!! I love notions for knitting. I have stitch markers, progress keepers, knitting pins, and row counters galore. Everytime I see something unusual, I grab it and buy it. I have had to stay off etsy for that reason LOL.

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    1. Excellent point. For the most point I love all my yarn except 100% acrylic that was gifted to me. I use it for baby blankets only. I’m thankful that I’m able to afford non acrylic, hand dyed yarns.

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  3. Your husband’s sweater is going to be so awesome looking. Great colors you picked. Thanks for the notion tips. I especially like the ones that signify where you are with what stitches. You’re a great grandmother? Hard to believe! The blanket will be loved for sure.
    Have a great week!

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  4. Love all you are doing! I am a beginner and have really only done scarves so far. I need to get out of my comfort zone and try harder things! Thanks for the encouragement and I will read back further to see more of your work and ideas. 🙂

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    1. Oh, so glad to hear you are wanting to try more things. I too started with scarves. Socks really aren’t that hard and are great to wear and to gift. You might want to try cowls or shawls as a way to learn increases. I was lucky to be able to take classes at a local yarn shop as I way to learn with an instructor how to knit both socks and shawls plus meet other knitters.

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      1. I belong to a small knitting group that meets monthly and everyone has various skill levels. It’s a lot of fun and I get some good help there. Sadly we don’t have a yarn shop nearby! I remember my mom making argyle socks for my dad when I was young!

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