Super Secret Socks

Friday, January 10th, 2014 | blah blah blah, FO's, Holiday, Miscellaneous, socks | No Comments

This morning, as I was getting ready to sit down to breakfast, I walked behind my son to give him a hug as he was filling out his reading chart for school.

Me: So, you’re wearing your special shirt, huh?
T: Yup.
Me: Does it give you super powers?
T: (Nods)
Me: Ya know…I have secret socks that give me super powers.
T: Really?
Me: Yup. Every time I wear them I get super secret super powers. I made them myself. Do you want to see them?
T: Uh huh.
Me: (Whips off my boot and sticks my foot up on the table in front of him.)
T: Do the people you work with know?
Me: Nope. They can’t see them because I’m wearing boots.
T: Yeah! Super secret powers! (High Fives me)

It was seriously cute.

My Christmas Balls Socks… Why didn’t I think to wear them at Christmastime? Oh wait, maybe because it was, like, 80 degrees out.

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Halloween is coming…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 | blah blah blah, crochet, knitting, sewing, socks | 1 Comment

I hate secret projects.

I hate them because I feel that my lack of sharing makes you think I am not doing anything with all this free time I have on my hands.

Soon (hopefully), all will be revealed.

In the meantime…unedited…

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This makes me happy…

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 | At the office, blah blah blah, socks | No Comments

I live in Southern California. I can’t say there are many occasions for me to wear my wool hand knits. I rely on the winter rainy season for an excuse…



It’s rainy and cold here today. A perfect day to wear my docs. And if you look real close, you might see my hand knit wool socks. Warm toes = happy Stacy.


My knitting “Oops”

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 | FO's, Mishaps, socks, start to finish, UGH!, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ok, so you folks that follow me know that, not only was I working to get that coat done, but I was also working on a pair on insane striped stockings. I have to admit, I didn’t have enough time to finish them before my trip. I was in full-on coat mode and wasn’t sure I would get it finished…so that was my top priority.

I also was afraid to try and take my knitting on the plane. After a phone call to Virgin Atlantic, I wasn’t willing to risk taking almost-done stockings through security only to have my needles ripped out of them, or worse, have them confiscated and have to try to send them home to myself. Forget that nonsense!

I did, however, decide to pack them in my luggage. I was glad to see they were safe and sound when we got to the hotel.

So on a couple of the nights we were in London, I would pull them out and work on them. I was staying up very late watching television and was having a really hard time sleeping. Sure enough, I got them done!

But the story doesn’t end there…

I decided they would look super cute with my dress. I put them on bright and early…I wore them on the tube, at the train station, on the train to France, to Sacre Coeur, and then to the dinky hotel we decided to stay at. Once we got to the hotel and started to put down our things, I just happened to glance down at them to see I HAD SLIPPED A STITCH.

Ugh. Luckily, that stitch had only run a little bit (maybe 4 stitches down). That is when I took them off and tucked them ever so carefully into my overnight bag. How sad. I didn’t get a single picture wearing them.

I didn’t wear them again on my trip. I wanted to try and get them home safely and then concentrate on repairing them. I rolled them up, stuck them in a plastic bag and tucked it away in my suitcase.

I went to knitting for the first time in weeks and while Kate and I hung out in a Starbucks, I gently picked up my stitches and did a bang-up repair job.


Can you tell where the repair is?


All done!

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Busy times, they are a-comin’…

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 | blah blah blah, knitting, sewing, socks | 1 Comment

I have this problem in that there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get anything done. Take that and couple it with the fact that my life is a little weird at the moment and you get a very nutty girl.

I keep on keepin’ on, despite whatever weirdness life has to throw in my direction (and don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s all bad).

So here we go into the end of the week/weekend…and I have plenty on my “to do” list.

I am still working on my socks. I imagine I would get them done faster if I would quit stopping to try them on.


Hopefully I can get these done and get to wear them while it's still chilly out.

I know they don’t look much farther along then the last photos, but trust me…they are. I am not stretching them to within an inch of their lives. I have finished my calf increases and now I am starting the decreases to the knee. I know I have a lot of work to do on these. My plan is to make them end above my knees, but I think I can get them done soon.

I still haven’t swatched my coat yarn yet. I may wait until Friday night because there has been way too much going on to even bother trying to dive into the knitting bag to retrieve the right needles.

I also am taking measurements and need to still sketch some ideas on how I am going to put Bigfoot together. Right now, his hulking foam under-structure is now chillin’ in my living room.

Hellllllo Bigfoot.

This weekend…along with everything else I need to get done, I will be doing some draping to get a feel of how this thing needs to be constructed.

The thought of all this is making me exhausted…I think it’s time for bed…

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Killing time…

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 | socks | 1 Comment

So while I wait for my lovely yarn to arrive from Germany, I have been killing time with other thoughts and ideas.

One thought that keeps popping into my crazy brain is that I would love, love, LOVE to own a pair of just-over-the-knee socks. Ya know, something cute to wear with a skirt and mary janes. I also have quite the sock yarn stash…I would even go as far as saying that about 80% of my yarn stash is sock yarn. Of course, I have a bunch of “one skeiners”. One skein will hardly get me a pair of stockings…but who says I can’t mix and match?

So today, on the recommendation of my friend Kataish, I purchased a knee sock pattern.


Delicious Knee Socks by Laura Chau

The cool thing about this pattern is there is a little extra. It also has directions for these…


Love the little cable up the back!

This is exactly what I am going for!! Now if I can get my hands on some black, I can make some solid stockings…but for now, I will have to do some mixing/matching/striping. Maybe I might get my sock mojo back? I haven’t knit a sock in a very long time…

Speaking of socks…way back in the day I charted up a sock pattern. I did the cuff and set it aside. Well, I was it such a weird place last night I decided to work on it. I only did one row and set them down again. I am having a hard time “seeing” how they will turn out. There is a lot of purling involved too…and I am much slower at purling than knitting.


Mystery socks...

I dunno. Maybe I will start working on them again at some point. If they look halfway decent, then I will write up the pattern. It’s not a priority.

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Cookie A!

Friday night was so much fun! I had missed a few Friday Night meetups for various reasons, but I couldn’t miss this past Friday. Cookie A was at Unwind and I was going to hopefully get my sock mojo back. The place was hoppin’…

Everyone hanging out...

Everyone hanging out...

Not only was Cookie there signing her new book, but Pagewood Farms was also there selling different types of sock yarn. It was all very gorgeous and I just couldn’t decide what to get…then Stephanie walked by and whispered “They sell roving” and it was like the room zoomed out and I started talking a mile a minute. It was that whole fiber crazy thing that happens to me. I showed much restraint and only ordered 8 oz. of “Fruit Freeze” merino. They are sending me a BFL sample too so I can check it out.
Pagewood Farms!

Pagewood Farms!

Of course, later on I was sitting with one of the ladies from my regular Friday Night Knitting group that scolded me a little for my fiber stash. I told her my folks had just gone to Frankenmuth and my mom had called to tell me she had gotten me 2 3/4 pounds of fluff. She may have mentioned an intervention, but I am not certain.
So we spent the evening hanging out, I got Cookie to sign my book, and I even worked on a pair of socks that have been sitting since February (for the record, I am still working on them).
Cookie A!! Oh...and me...

Cookie A!! Oh...and me...

But there is bigger news. Since Cookie was here for the weekend, she was teaching classes at the shop. I signed up for Sunday’s “Top Down Sock Design” class. Wow! I am so glad I took it! I have knit plenty of socks in my short time knitting, but now I really feel like I can design my own socks. We got to chart out patterns and now I am test knitting my chart! OMG! I am so excited!!


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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | blah blah blah, FO's, knitting, UFO's, yarn | 3 Comments
Spooky Monkey Socks

Spooky Monkey Socks

This past weekend I got a lot done. I was knitting like there was no tomorrow in every free moment I had. I was a knitting robot.

Friday morning I went into work and had a good 20 minutes to finish my Spooky Monkey October KAL socks. That makes for a good workday…getting a project done before work starts. They turned out really nice. I think they would look pretty cool as a pair of knee socks or stockings, but I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around how that would work with increases in the pattern. I think if I think about it too much my brain might just explode. I haven’t entered the world of anything-bigger-than-a-normal-sock sock. I have too many other projects in my queue.

I have to say, I wasn’t really in love with this pattern while I was working on it, but I am really pleased how they ended up. They are pretty cool. I may even do this pattern again sometime (maybe in a light colored yarn, I have some Ghillie Dhu Spirit Colorway yarn in my stash).

So I worked real hard all day Friday knowing that I don’t have much time to get things done at my job before I leave. I was thankful Friday night’s are stitch ‘n’ bitch. I got a lot done there too.

The Mystery Beret

The Mystery Beret

Ta da! Friday night I knit like the wind and made it through clue #2 on the Wooly Wormhead Mystery Beret for the Ravelry KAL. I had a few people ask me what the mystery is, well, basically Wooly Wormhead releases the pattern in bits and pieces. Each clue gets you through more of the beret. I am basically knitting something without knowing what the next part of the pattern is like, or what the finished product will look like. So far it looks as if it is going to be incredibly slouchy. I think my gauge was pretty dead on, and I am just doing the slouchy version and not the extra slouchy version. I can’t imagine what the extra slouchy one would look like, especially if you block the hell out of it.

I do have to come clean with a little review here. While I really like the yarn I am knitting with, the yarn is very fragile and the skein I bought had a ton of knots (at least 8 knots and I have only gotten through half the skein). I had it break twice on me while doing the long tail cast-on. That bummed me out. I soldier through it though because the yarn is so pretty. I know it is recycled, so I am hoping that is the reason behind all the things that are making my stomach do flip flops (in a bad way).

So then, this weekend, I started my November KAL socks. I decided to knit the Interlocking Leaves pattern on with yarn I purchased from my friend kata on See this picture on the left? This is what it looked like from my desk at work Monday morning. This is before the girl that is taking my place came in for training…and before the stomach bug that seemed to attack our family finally got to me too. Yup… That is when the knitting stopped entirely. I spent the morning training, then about lunchtime I went home and curled up in a ball in bed and stayed there. I slept through most of it luckily, and didn’t get it nearly as bad as my son…but it was bound to happen since I crawled into bed with him a few nights before (right before he started showing symptoms) thinking he had a nightmare. Really, I think it was just this funk coming on. I am happy to say we are all on the mend though. It no longer sounds like I have a dozen angry ferrets ripping each other apart in my stomach. Yay! Of course this all had to happen my last week of work. Luckily, I should be healthy enough to go back and put in my last day and a half.

Now back to the knitting…

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The dust settles…

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 | blah blah blah, knitting, UFO's | 5 Comments

So my parents left last night to head back to Michigan after a week long visit here in southern California. We always plan a ton of stuff every time they come out, and this time was no exception. The week was full of running around and big dinners and not a lot of quality sleep time because the kids wanna wake up the grandparents and play.

Halloween was fun. I decided to dress up for work. There were really only two of us that dressed up. I couldn’t pass up the chance to post a photo of our costumes…

Alice and the cow...

Alice and the cow...

I dressed up as Alice in Wonderland. I would say about 50% of the people that came in to the office actually figured out who I was. I had a bowl of candy with an “Eat me” sign and a “Drink me” sign on the water cooler, but people asked me if I was just about everything BUT Alice. I heard everything from “Snow White” to “Swiss Miss”. The latter would have been pretty close if Mr. Cow would have been at my desk at the time.

I am going to miss my co-workers….

Which leads me to my big news. I have been having some serious writer’s block with all the excitement swirling around me. For a few weeks now I have been keeping a big secret, but now that it is “officially” out, I can post it here. I somehow landed a new job! I am freaking excited beyond all belief! I wasn’t actively looking for it, I had just heard about it from a friend. I had agreed to interview really not thinking they would hire me. Surprise, surprise!! My last day at my current employer is next week. Eek!

Back on the knitting track…while my mom was here, I dragged her to the shop twice. The first time we stopped by was to pick up some yarn I had ordered and do some looking around for yarn I need for the Wooly Wormhead Mystery Beret KAL on Ravelry. Oh yes, casting on another project before Christmas. Holy crap, I haven’t even started any Christmas knitting. Should I just give it up?

Sock the Vote in Sarah colorway

"Sock the Vote" in Sarah colorway

Himalaya yarn - wool and recycled silk

Himalaya yarn - wool and recycled silk


The second time I took her to the shop, she was a real trooper and sat through our usual Sunday Sock KAL and class. There was only one student…and two people showed up for KAL help. Mom spent here time catching up on scrapbooking magazines. I am almost done with a project though! Those monkey socks are almost done….toes are all that is needed! Oh, and I started legwarmers, and ripped them out, and have every intention to start again. I just received an e-mail from my friend titled “Operation Leg Warmers 12/5/08”. That is when I need them by…not a problem, I can multitask….

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Another busy weekend…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | blah blah blah, crafts, fiber, knitting, spinning | No Comments

So far so good this weekend. I have a cold…and now both kids have a cold. Poor things sound all raspy. My son sounds exceptionally bad, like a little old man or something. They still want to play and jump around though. They have their toys and all is right with the world.

Pink Elephant Princess
Pink Elephant Princess
 Blue Elephant Robot

Blue Elephant Robot

So, Friday night was the stitch n’ bitch. I brought my wheel again to try and get my spinning done. I ended up finishing my rainbow colored yarn and spinning a full bobbin of worsted weight wool in yellow and blue. I have been taking a little break from knitting because I have so much fiber to spin and the fiber, once it’s spun into yarn, takes up less space. 
Supeman Ice Cream

Supeman Ice Cream Seascape Wool

 Seascape Wool

Seascape Wool

I got 400+ yards out of the 6 oz. of Superman Ice Cream roving. It is a little overspun, but I think it will look cool knit up. The little bit of Seascape wool I spun got me about 98 yards. I still have an entire bag full of that stuff. It looks like I barely put a dent in it!
Early Saturday morning I went to go get my hair done. I went to Floyd’s Barber Shop. It was a cool place. I ended up getting some color done and had the girl lop off about 4 inches.
Trying to contact alien lifeforms...

Trying to contact alien lifeforms...

A friend was texting me while I had my foil on and said that he thought it would make a funny pic, so I took one. The guy getting a shave next to me asked me if it was helping me get better reception on my phone. I also whipped out my knitting while I was wearing my shiny hat. I got a whopping 2 rows done on my monkeys! So….sad….

At that rate…those socks will take years to finish.
So, today the kids woke up early. They haven’t been feeling well and none of us got a good night’s sleep. They were super cranky and nothing seemed to make them happy. They kept telling me they wanted to watch the shrinky dinks we made last night. They love to sit on the kitchen floor with me and watch their drawings get all curly and small. They weren’t even done with breakfast when the oven was preheated.  
The Shrunken Head Collection

The Shrunken Head Collection

My daughter loves to draw faces, so we are calling this the “Shrunken Head Collection”. I made sure to punch holes in them so I can make them into stitch markers to use with my knitting projects. I also got to test out the shrinky dinks to make other stitch markers. I have my paisleys, and I made a set of letters I haven’t baked yet. The letters will be for using with the patterns in Cat Bordhi‘s New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I want to try out the Coriolis Socks!

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