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Grace’s Socks (FO), Juno Regina, Decimal, and Mini Mochi

There’s something I really love about plain stockinette socks. They call to me above any other projects I’m working on. I could have a deadline to knit something by and if I have plain stockinette socks on the needles, they will win out, no matter what. (Okay, that may not be 100% true, but it’s not often I’m on any kind of knitting deadline!) It’s no surprise that these socks took me hardly any time to knit. I liked knitting them, they called to me to knit them, and as luck would have it, I was on a deadline to get them done in time for Grace’s birthday!

Socks - DONE

Pattern: Grace’s Toe-up Socks (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: May 6, 2009
Completed: May 11, 2009
Yarn: Vesper Self-Striping Sock Yarn in the “Seashells by the Seashore” colorway
Needles: US 1 Knit Picks Nickel Plated DPN’s
Notes: Cast on 8 stitches, increased to 64, worked until it was long enough, did a short row heel, worked until it was time for ribbing, worked ribbing, then did the sewn in bind-off. Easy ;o)

Grace loved them and they FIT! I was excited because I wasn’t sure of her foot measurements, but I knew that her foot was probably about as wide as mine and that she wears a size smaller then me, so I knit the socks as if they were for me except making them about a half inch shorter. She loved them! I was worried she might not like them or they might not fit, so it was a relief that they fit and she thought they were great. The day I gave them to her, I was wearing my Sweet Water socks and Matt got a picture of our feet together. I’ll have to get it from him and share it with you all!

I have some sad news. Juno Regina is no more. Okay, I’m not that sad over it! I was really bored with knitting it and I don’t think that having regular Addi’s (instead of the Addi Lace needles) helped at all. I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So I frogged it and cast on for the Fountain Pen Shawl from the Spring 2009 Interweave Knits.

138/365: Fountain Pen Shawl

I had to get a pair of the Lace Addi’s because I simply couldn’t do the nupps with regular Addi’s. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. I did manage to do them, but it was the biggest headache and when I finally got the first one done, I didn’t even want to THINK about doing the second one. One pair of Lace Addi’s later and I’m through the first chart and part way through the second chart. I think this will keep my interest enough that I won’t get bored and want to quit knitting it like I did with Juno Regina. The yarn is Malabrgio Lace and it’s very nice to work with, so that’s a bonus!

I’ve been working on Decimal off and on. At one point, I was a few rows from what I thought was being done with the sleeve, when I took a closer look at it. It didn’t seem right, so I re-read the pattern for what felt like the millionth time and realized I didn’t follow it correctly. I had only knit ONE row between the decrease rows instead of 7 (or 5 for the last few). Needless to say, I had a lot to rip out. I was NOT happy at all. I was so upset I didn’t even want to see it for a long, long time, but I decided it would get me nowhere to stick it in the UFO pile, so I ripped it out, picked up the stitches and started knitting the pattern the correct way. I’ve got 3 more decrease rows to do, then however many rows until it’s the right length and done. I’m over half way done, so I don’t think it will take that much longer. I’d like to have this sweater done before it’s too hot to even consider wearing it!

139/365: Decimal Sleeve

Last week I stopped at Yarns & Fabrications to get the Lace Addi’s and I saw that they had Mini Mochi! I knew it was coming soon, but wasn’t sure when, so it was a nice surprise to find they’d got it in already. Of course this meant that I had to take some home with me! Very pretty yarn and quite soft. I think the resulting socks will be warm and perfect for the cold months.

Mini Mochi

I did start a pair of plain socks (toe-up) with it already and I’m loving them. I got to the heel, did a short row heel, then rejoined to work the leg of the sock and realized that the color change was pretty dramatic. I didn’t like it at all, so I ripped back to before the heel, put in waste yarn and continued knitting on. This will be my first ever afterthought heel! Should be interesting. I’ll share pictures next time :o)

I have a few other things I want to show you, but I’ll save it for next time. This post is already long enough! Happy crafting!

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

One thought on “Grace’s Socks (FO), Juno Regina, Decimal, and Mini Mochi

  1. Ahh… I do the same thing. Frog it if you’re done with it!! Can’t have a project laying around if you know you’ll never complete it. I know some people can’t seem to frog even if they know it will stay that way for eternity. Me – nope – I want my yarn back!!!
    I do love the Mini Mochi – Gorgeous.

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