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KnitCrate and Soft Serve Socks

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A few months ago, the folks over at KnitCrate got in touch and kindly asked if I’d like to try one of their knitting subscription boxes. Although I’ve had my reservations about subscription boxes in general, I was curious to see what the boxes were like.

The yarn in the boxes has, in the three I’ve received so far, been high quality and something new to me. The patterns are usually well-matched and the extras are cute. I was hesitant about the subscription box model because I’m fairly picky about yarn type and colour, which has thus far not been an issue. That being said, the yarn in the boxes is high enough quality that if there was a colour I didn’t like, I would have no qualms about passing a skein along to a friend as a gift. The only other negative consideration I’ve encountered so far is that the boxes take awhile to ship from the United States to Canada, so if you’re outside of the US, plan for your box to arrive towards the middle or end of the month. I would also love if there were a natural fibres box, or a box for yarns made in North America.

My first KnitCrate sock box was February, and I’ve just finished the socks from it. I did use the pattern included, which turned out nicely, although it did contain some errors (I believe the designer may have released corrections recently). The yarn in this box was Mrs. Crosby Plays, a sock blend. This was my first speckled yarn, which I loved, and I really liked the colours in the yarn. I probably wouldn’t purchase this yarn again because of it’s high synthetic content, but I was pleased to get to try a new-to-me indie dyer. All of the project details are on my Ravelry page.

Although the kind people at KnitCrate sent me my box, I was under no obligation to blog about it, and wouldn’t recommend it to you all if I didn’t truly love it. If you’d like to give it a try, the code SAS20 will get you 20% off your first crate.

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My soft serve socks, using Mrs. Crosby Plays, which were the yarn and pattern in my first KnitCrate this month (I’ll be talking more about this in an upcoming post). Although the yarn isn’t necessarily something I’d have chosen for myself – it’s only 55% wool, the rest being nylon and viscose – the colour is very pretty, and it is knitting up nicely in the pattern.
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Reading :: Still working my way through Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi, and also reading Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford, which was recommended to me. I’m enjoying it more than I expected, it’s not very preach-y, and the stories about the author’s life are well written. I’m hoping to have a bit more time to read this weekend and to finish both of these books, I’ve got a little stack of books from the library waiting for after these.

Happy Wednesday!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Socks and Mittens

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I’m finally uploading these pictures, which I took just after Christmas! I finished both these socks and fingerless mittens earlier in December, but I couldn’t share photos without risking the surprise. The socks were a gift for my dad, using one of my favourite sock patterns. The stitch pattern on the leg and top of the foot is simple enough to knit, but is quite striking when many repeats of the pattern are done in a row. The yarn I used was more of the cone yarn from Romni, in a green this time. I like this yarn but it’s quite thin for a fingering weight, so I will likely hold it double next time (I’ve still got some blue and green left).
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The gloves were a last-minute knit for my little brother, using Leslie‘s great pattern. I used some leftovers of Briggs and Little Regal from other projects, and wound up a new skein of the grey to do the contrast tops. I’m hoping these will be good for him to wear while waiting for the bus in the winter, so he can still use his phone. To size the gloves up a bit, I just used 5mm needles instead of 4.5mm, and heavier aran weight yarn instead of worsted, then knit as written.
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I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! If you have or will be marching for women’s rights, please enjoy and be safe! The Toronto march this afternoon was exciting and inspiring.

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Friendsmas

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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, so I hope you have all had a lovely and festive December, and are enjoying a relaxing holiday in the last few days of 2016! I’ll post some pictures of all of our Christmas celebrations soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share pictures from our ‘friendsmas’. We had our annual Christmas party the weekend before Christmas, then a Christmas morning (complete with stockings, gifts, cinnamon rolls, and coffee), and a Christmas walk through the freshly fallen snow.

In preparation for Christmas morning, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, and I can now share pictures! I’m including all of the projects in this post, so use the Ravelry links if you’d like yarn or pattern details for any of these.

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Felted Slippers for L
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Socks for S
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Scarf for J
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Wilson Wrap for H
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Bon Echo Socks

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I started these socks on our annual family camping trip this summer, and set them aside to work on some other projects with about half a sock left to go. I finally picked them back up a few weeks ago and finished up the second sock. Now they’re ready to be added to the pile for Christmas (they are for D).

The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials, which I don’t believe is sold anymore (I got it from a Raveller in a destash last year). I just did the striping myself, because I only had one 50g ball of each colour. I used smaller needles than usual for these (US0, as recommended by a friend). I wasn’t sold when knitting them – the fabric seemed so dense! – but they did relax a bit in the wash and I’m pleased with them now. I’m torn about whether the extra time to knit on smaller needles will pay off in extra durability – what size needles do you prefer for socks?

(Rav link – thanks to JP for your help with these photos!)

P.S. The countdown to Rhinebeck is on, and I am so excited! Please let me know if you are going so we can try to meet up!

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Twenty two

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I turned 22 at the beginning of the week, and I had such a wonderful few days! I was lucky enough to get together with a bunch of friends for dinner the week before (so many conflicting schedules makes this a harder feat that it might sound, so I really enjoy it when we manage to make it happen!). I spent the weekend visiting my parents, and I had lots of time for knitting, petting the dogs, wandering downtown and at the conservation area, and eating good food. In keeping with previous years, my mum made me a cheesecake with a sauce made from freshly picked berries. 21 was such an interesting and challenging year – I can’t wait to see what 22 has in store.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians.

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The second of my Bon Echo socks, which are nearly done! I’m about halfway through the gusset decreases and then I’ve just got the foot and the toe to go. The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials (which is discontinued, but I got it from a local Raveler’s destash). I should use up almost all of the brown but I will have lots of the green leftover to add stripes to another pair. I’m not using a pattern for these, but I have made very rough notes on my project page.
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Reading :: I just started The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur, which is a summer mystery type novel. I love the atmosphere so far, although I’m finding the juvenile voice of the narrator a bit distracting. Fortunately I think the story is told by several narrators, so that should improve.

Watching :: I’ve been rewatching some of the old episodes of Midsomer Murders, which is on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this show, I’d especially recommend the early seasons – it’s a crime drama set in small English villages. Each episode is a bit longer than one and a half hours, so they’re really mini-movies with lots of time for good plot and character development.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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Lately, camping edition

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I was camping at Bon Echo this weekend (more pictures to come), and while I was there, I was…

Knitting :: A pair of plain striped socks using Knit Picks Essentials, purchased from a local Raveler during a destash last year. No pattern, just top down with a heel flap, 72 stitches around on US 0 needles. These are my first socks on 0s, as per Nika‘s suggestion, and I really like how the fabric is turning out – it’s not too stiff, but I think the density will add some durability.
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Reading :: I finished all of A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, which I really enjoyed. It was a perfect beach and camping read, very summery, but it actually had content and a pretty engaging plot, which I sometimes find “beach reads” are lacking. I loved the historical setting as well, and the seaside sounded just dreamy.

What have you all been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along (congrats, Ginny, on your baby girl – she’s beautiful!).

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Very Late Socks.

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These might be the latest Christmas gift I’ve ever given… I actually finished them back in February, but between my schedule and J’s schedule, we haven’t seen each other that much, and I wanted to make sure I got pictures of them before giving them to him. Oh well – he has them now! The pattern is Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis, and it’s definitely one I’ll be using again. It’s simple yet striking, and the stitch pattern is really easy to memorize and keep track of. The pattern also has lots of sizes, which I find really helpful when making socks as a gift. The yarn I used was a coned yarn from an LYS (Romni), who gets it from a mill – so it’s not branded. It’s an 80% wool, 20% nylon blend. This yarn will be great for making lots of socks, but it’s only 2 ply, and really a light fingering weight. I will definitely be using smaller needles and possibly doubling the yarn on the next pair I make, as I have lots of this yarn left in this blue and a forest green.

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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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Lately

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Knitting :: A new sock pattern in my sock yarn. This colour was one of the ones I introduced in the fall, but I’m realizing now that it’s quite spring-like too! I’m excited about this design – it’s going to have a cute little cable and lots of texture.
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Reading :: I haven’t even started it yet, but I picked up The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha from the library since I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book feels a bit more preachy that his others, but I’m hoping to go see him give a talk at my library in a few months and I think he’ll be speaking about this book, so I thought I’d best read it.

Watching :: The Lady in the Van, which I saw in the theatre on the weekend. Maggie Smith is marvelous, as you’d expect, and the rest of the film was quite good. I didn’t love the double-narrator thing – I felt it just detracted from the rest of the movie.

Waiting :: For my Knit Picks order to arrive… I’ve ordered some yarn in this lovely grey colour (finnley heather) to make a spring sweater for myself. I’m going to use this pattern from Swoon Maine, which H got me as a Christmas gift.

What have you all been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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