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FO – Stripey Socks, Springtime Bandit, and Post Project Blahs

Rhinebeck felt like it came and went so quickly and almost like I didn’t have time to do everything I wish I could have! I had a great time and got to meet some wonderful folks, but I’ll save all the details for another post since I haven’t had time to go through all my photos and upload them yet. 🙂

With all the travel time I had, I was able to finish up a pair of socks and was about 10 rows away from finishing Springtime Bandit when I arrived home on Monday. Friday, on the bus to NYC, I finished up my stripey socks. I started back on them Thursday, about halfway done with the foot, and by the time I’d landed in DC, I’d already finished the heel. Next thing I knew, they were done!

Pattern: Plain Vanilla Socks (My Ravelry project page.)
Started:July 11, 2009
Completed: October 16, 2009
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn, club colorway “Open Flame”
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks DPN’s
Notes: I used my own pattern. 64 stitch sock with round toe and short row heel – my “standard” for plain vanilla socks for myself. These seemed to take so long because I kept putting them aside for other projects, but I’m happy I’ve finally finished them and can add them to my growing collection of Vesper socks!

Open Flame Socks
Open Flame Socks

Open Flame Socks
I love these colors together!

I started Springtime Bandit on Tuesday last week and after I finished the Open Flame socks, I picked it back up. I worked on it non-stop over the weekend. I had decided to change the needle size to a US 6 (pattern says US 8) because the yarn I chose wasn’t worsted weight and I thought it looked too loose on US 8’s, so I knew it would probably end up smaller. Since it was looking like I’d have yarn left over, I decided to add an extra repeat in the body chart to give it a little more length. Even with that, I have about a skein and 1/3 left! Probably could have added more repeats, but I think it ended up big enough, even pre-blocking.

Spingtime Bandit, pre-blocking
Springtime Bandit, pre-blocking

I’ll be washing and blocking this either tonight or tomorrow. Unstretched, it measures 37 inches across and 18 inches from the center top of the shawl to the center point. Pretty decent size without blocking! I used Tilli Thomas Pile for this, which is 100% silk. I’m anxious to see how much it grows with blocking. The Shetland Triangle I made with 100% silk ended up growing quite a bit, so I’m sure this will, too.

Now that some of my projects are off the needles and I’m working on mostly small things, I don’t find myself super excited about any of them. I think it’s post-big-project syndrome. I’ve finished Starlight (which still needs FO shots), which felt like the Epic Sweater That Would Never Be Done, so without any nagging project needing to be done, I feel rather blah about what I’m currently working on. I’ve gone back to the Sooper Seekrit Project for my TLE swap pal, which is gaining my interest again. Half thought about ripping out the Snapdragon Flip-Tops and iPhone Mitts, but I’d still like to finish them, so I haven’t yet. I think I just need some time to recover from finishing things before starting anything big again. I’ve already got my eye on a few sweater patterns, though I’d like to finish some of the smaller things I’m working on before casting on just yet!

Ever feel kinda blah about things you’re working on after finishing a big project? What helps you to get your knitting mojo/excitement back?


I’m a thirty-something who lives 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)

2 thoughts on “FO – Stripey Socks, Springtime Bandit, and Post Project Blahs

  1. I like starting a new, small project that will help me learn something new. Right now I’m working on the Inga hat to practice my colorwork skills.

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