Monday, December 4, 2017


A few weeks ago I was scrolling along on Facebook when I came upon a post by knitwear designer, Ambah O'Brien. At first, I thought I was just looking at a re-post of another knitter's really pretty finished shawl using the designer's pattern, but then I read the text and discovered that the design was actually a new pattern that was going to be released in late November. A pretty, colourful, and most importantly, very wearable (to me) shawl? Hmmm...

I was intrigued. 

A few clicks later and I learned that this new design was not your typical shawl/wrap pattern. Yes, the shape is considered to be one of the typical shawl shapes out there (a parallelogram, in case you're wondering), but what made it stand out to me? What made it become the pattern of my obsession ever since I laid eyes on it? Simply put: the wrap is knit solely from the mini skeins of an advent calendar

That's right, Ambah O'Brien's ADVENTurous Wrap was designed with a yarn advent calendar in mind! And trust me, this year I saw SO.many. advent calendars out there for knitters! But not only is this pattern great for using up those mini skeins from advent calendars, it's also a perfect way to use up all those leftovers that are taking up valuable space in your stash.

I'm totally sold.

I can honestly say that I'm always thinking about how I'm going to use up my ever-growing collection of minis and the leftovers that I refuse to get rid of. I've already come to terms with the reality that my Beekeepers Quilt will most likely never reach king size...or even lap size (at least not in the near future!), so I've stopped collecting minis in the name of hexipuffs. But what's a knitter to do with so many minis and bits and bobs?

Now I know. This wrap is the answer. And I'm so excited and beyond obsessed. Now the hardest part, what colour scheme should I go with? Should I do a fade? Or should I simply use up the minis left over from last year's Opal advent and supplement with a skein of a tonal colour to make it all gel together? Luckily, I have a few things on the needles that I need to finish before I can allow myself to cast on this wrap, so I've got a little bit of time to think and figure it out. But I better make a decision soon...this obsession is starting to take over and it's becoming all I can think about!

What do you think of the ADVENTurous Wrap? Do you partake in advent calendars? Chocolate, tea, or yarn? Speaking of which, I think I need all three of those things now! 

♥ Happy knitting! ♥

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life happens

Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Artifact

Once again I've been super quiet on the blog and a bit mum across social media. I wish I had exciting reasons for my silence, like secret projects and whatnot, but sadly, no, I don't. I can't even say that I've been knitting up a storm either as I really haven't been able to knit that much. I did manage to whip up a couple of small custom orders but otherwise, my knitting time has been a little sporadic. It's a good thing I'm not really gift-knitting this year! 

I have been sewing though! I've been filling custom requests for bags in fabrics that I've used in the past (and have limited quantities of), which is exciting as this will make room (literally) for some new fabrics and possibly new shop items! But all this is not what has been keeping me quiet, so what gives?


Yes, life happened. I won't go into the details but the gist: a career change (happy face!) and health related stuff (sad face). Exciting AND frustrating times! So many changes all at once and they just keep coming, it most likely won't calm down until after the holidays. Eep! But we're rolling with the punches and we're keeping on keeping on. I might be able to catch a break after the weekend (which I'm hoping will be filled with some much needed knitting time!!) and I'm excited at the idea of being able to do some more sewing. I'm so giddy at the thought! 

For now though, while my energy is currently at a so-called "normal" level, I'm trying to sneak in as many rows as I possibly can on my shawl WIP. A few weeks ago I cast on a Free Your Fade with a gorgeous gradient set by Zen Yarn Garden and I'm happy to report that I'm on my last colour! I'm also hoping to cast on a baby knit that will be gifted at Christmas, but first, I need to decide which pattern to knit up! Do you have any recommendations? Are you knitting gifts?

Ok, speaking of knitting, I have some free time before I have to go pick up the Kiddo. I better try to get some knitting in!

♥ Happy Wednesday!! ♥

Friday, November 10, 2017

Manos Del Uruguay Serpentina :: Review

A few months ago I was asked if I would like to try out and review a new yarn line by Manos del Uruguay. I've never knit with any yarn by Manos before and after taking a peek at what the new yarn line looked like, I was intrigued. Squishy thick and thin handspun? That type of yarn was my very first yarny love! Then I read about how Manos is actually a non-profit organization that assembles skilled artisans in women's cooperatives throughout the countryside of Uruguay with the aim of bringing economic and social opportunities to rural woman in their hometowns. It's awesome that each skein of their certified fair trade yarn is helping a woman in Uruguay support her family. 

Ok, I'm in. Sign me up!

So let me introduce you to the newest yarn to the Manos Del Uruguay line up, Serpentina:

» First Impressions «
When the yarn arrived on my doorstep I immediately ripped open the package and pulled out the skein. I was expecting the yarn to be squishy (and it is! So, so squishy!!) but I wasn't prepared for just how buttery soft it would be. It's so soft and smooth that I couldn't stop squeezing and hugging my skein! It didn't surprise me when I learned that the wool is an extra fine, superwash merino top. What did surprise me, was the colour. I couldn't decide which colourway to pick - it was a toss up between this one, which is called Coco, and two others. At the last minute I panicked and went with Coco because who doesn't love a beautiful grey?

I learned that every shade within this yarn line is named after a woman of consequence and achievement, like Malala (Yousafzai), which is a mix of yellows, oranges, red, pinks, purple, grey, and black (so, SO gorgeous!! Look it up, it's just stunning!); Pina (Bausch, a highly influential German dance performer/choreographer/teacher), which is a mix of pinks with some grey and black - I thought might be too predictable of me to pick; Frida (Kahlo), Petrona (MartĂ­nez), and Mother Theresa, to name a few.

Anyways, the colouring surprised me because when I opened up the skein the grey was intertwined with the natural white wool so randomly that you couldn't see a set pattern of colour like you would normally see with hand-dyed yarn. That's because the fibre is hand-dyed first and then spun by hand on a spinning wheel. The yarn got its name, Serpentina, from the way the colours spiral and twirl together that's reminiscent of the paper streamers thrown at the Carnival parties. How fun! I love hearing stories like that, of how things are named or created. And because the colours are totally random throughout the skein, they technically won't stack or pool! That's perfect for knitters like me, knitters who get anxious about not being able to control how the colours will play out in their knitting.

Also, how's this for super cool - since every skein is a unique work of art, it's signed by the spinner!

» The Swatch «
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this fact numerous times before but I'll say it again, I'm not a fan of swatching. I know, I know. It's weird. You would think that for someone who loves the act of knitting would also like to knit swatches since it's basically just, well, knitting. But I don't. I just want to skip ahead and get straight to the knitting on a project. There are times when I do knit a lot of swatches and that's when I'm trying to sort out colour combinations, knitting new-to-me stitch patterns, knitting with unfamiliar yarns, or when the stitch gauge called for is really far off from my own. I'm definitely not one of those knitters who knits swatches for fun. Since I was unsure of what to knit with this skein of Serpentina and since I'm a little rusty at knitting with thick and thin yarn, I decided to (gasp!) knit a swatch.

Serpentina is classified as an Aran weight yarn, making it a versatile yarn - perfect for cowls, hat, mittens, or any other next-to-the-skin item. The thinnest parts, in my skein at least, I would say never went thinner than a thick fingering weight. I was a little skeptical as to how even the gauge would be and how the finished fabric would look with the varying thicknesses but after a light blocking, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my swatch turned out rather consistent.

This might be shocking to hear but I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this swatch! The yarn is just so lovely to work with. Aside from the softness, the yarn is also smooth and glides wonderfully through your fingers and from needle tip to needle tip. Whenever I knit with a single ply yarn I find that I usually split it somehow (mostly on the purl side) and tend to pull little bits of fibre out of place several times throughout the project. I didn't do that once with the swatch! And the colours...I absolutely love how subtle the various shades of light grey sneak in and out, sometimes so light that you have to look closer just to distinguish it from the natural. The darker grey stitches are my favourite bits!

» The Knitting «
For days I couldn't decide what to knit with this lovely skein of squishiness, then I remembered that a few special babies will be arriving early in the new year! A baby knit, of course! And from what I've seen on Instagram, babies in handspun handknits make the perfect combo.

I decided a cute and whimsical pixie hat is what this skein of Serpentina must be, and went with the Pixie Tadhg pattern by Dee Bryant. The pattern was easy to knit - once you get the stitch marker placement and ribbing sorted out. I found the wording of the stitch marker placement to be super confusing and the notes the designer made on the subject on the Ravelry pattern page wasn't that much more helpful. As for the ribbing, well, first of all, I used the alternate cable cast-on method that was recommended in the pattern. I had to do a few attempts since I had never done this cast-on before and had no clue how to join it in the round. I was impressed with how well the yarn held up to my constant ripping and frogging back and didn't look like it was going to turn into a strand of fuzzy matted fibre like I've seen other single ply yarns do.

A few searches on Google and I finally found out, via Woolly Wormhead, that when you use an alternate cable cast-on in the round, you have to knit a row flat THEN join in the round. It would have saved so much time, effort, and headache had the pattern just added that note somewhere in the directions. Once I finally got going, the rest was easy peasy and voilĂ ! A super cute pixie hat! 

I decided to do braided ties rather than icord ones just in case the recipient's parents wanted to either cut them off or cut them shorter without running the risk of the ties unravelling. I absolutely love how the hat turned out, I adore that little nib at the crown! I love how the stitches are so defined and how the thicker parts of the yarn add a little texture and interest in the simple stockinette. The grey really does knit up randomly and is distributed throughout the project evenly. Not once did the grey pool, flash, or stack up unevenly. I can't wait to see a little wee one wearing it!

:: Hat Details ::
Pattern: Pixie Tadhg by Dee Bryant
Yarn: Manos Del Uruguay Serpentina
Colour: Coco (P1562)
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony Wood (now called Rainbow Wood) Interchangeable Circulars in 5mm (US 8)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Serpentina Pixie

» Final Thoughts «
I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed knitting with Serpentina, and that my very first experience with a Manos yarn was a delightful one. I can't recall the last time I've knit with handspun, it was such a treat for my hands! The soft merino felt so luxurious and even if this wasn't a baby knit, the Aran weight makes for super quick knits. Perfect for holiday knitting...hint, hint! 

Unless it's for socks, I normally shy away from variegated yarns but after learning and then experiencing it for myself how this yarn doesn't get me all anxious when it comes to colours pooling and whatnot, I feel more comfortable to knit more with this yarn. I would stick to accessories though, like hats and cowls, until I can see for myself how this yarn wears and if it will show that wear a lot or not. Because of its superwash characteristic, I do feel comfortable knitting and gifting baby items made from this yarn, but again, would stick to patterns that wouldn't require the item to be washed a lot (like baby hats!).

Thank you so much, Fairmount Fibers (the North American distributor of Manos Del Uruguay yarns) for giving me this opportunity to try this heavenly yarn! I might not have picked it out myself, as I'm a creature of habit and tend to stick with what I've used before. But now I look forward to picking up a skein or two to knit myself a cowl to go with my new raincoat. I seriously can't stop thinking about that Malala colourway!!

If you would like to give Serpentina a try, or would like to know more information about Manos Del Uruguay, please check out the following links:

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:: Disclaimer ::
I am not affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. I received no monetary compensation for my review. I was sent yarn for review purposes in exchange for the possibility of posting a review. The wording and opinions I've written are my own and I will not be receiving any commissions from the links provided in this post.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Project Trifecta

Way back in the day it used to be my goal, my mission, my rule, my thing to always have a sweater project, a sock project, and a shawl project on the needles at all times. The three S's. That way I would always have a nice variety of knitting to work on that was supposed to prevent me from getting bored and to theoretically keep Starteritis at bay (HA!). In my mind, I thought by constantly keeping the three S's on my needles I would not only get through my knitting queue faster but I would have a steady and an ever-changing supply of what I deemed the "knit necessities". I was excited at the thought of the knits just flying off my needles.

Yeah. No. 

This WIP system did work out for a good chunk of time and I was whipping up a steady stream of FOs but then life happened and things started popping up. All of a sudden babies galore were being born and my projects fell by the wayside as baby knits took over my needles. Then a shiny, more exciting knitting pattern (or two) popped up on the Ravelry Hot Right Now charts and I just had to knit it. Before that must-knit-NOW project was even done, I jumped into a sock knitting kick. Then BOOM! Just as fast as I got on that sock knitting kick I was suddenly on a new mission to knit every single elementary teacher and EA I knew a dazzling shawl. 

Talk about going crazy with yarn fumes!! As you can guess, I went completely off track and the WIP system was no more. I was now being all willy-nilly with my knitting projects. Well, after months and months (maybe years?) of feeling really discombobulated with my projects and feeling slightly overwhelmed with the sheer number of WIPs in my knitting bag, I think it's time for me to step back, pare down, and really focus on what's on my needles and to stop looking too far ahead in my queue and planning for the next project before the first is even a quarter of the way completed. It's time to go back to my rule of three. Annnnd time to revisit all those long forgotten about WIPs while I'm at it.

So the three S's on my needles: the rainbow striped knee-high Skew socks that I had started six years ago; the Fireside Pullover that I had started last October; and a new project (so I don't go completely crazy!), a Free Your Fade shawl that I had cast on last week. I'm so happy to report that I just need to knit the cuff on one of the socks and then the pair will be finished and that I only have the sleeves to knit (again!) on the pullover. I'm going to have two FOs in no time! Sweet!

I would've had the Fireside Pullover completed a long time ago had I just paid attention to my knitting. I do it all.the.time when it comes to sweaters. I'll sit there and knit and knit and knit and when all is said and done I've realized my mistake. I've once again made the sleeves too long. You would think I would know by now that with the majority of patterns I usually always have to modify the sleeves to fit my T-Rex arms. I can pretty much guarantee that for every sweater I knit, I probably knit two pairs of sleeves for it. For this pullover, I had knit the sleeves as written in the pattern, which made the sleeves about three inches too long. I wish it was as simple as frogging back and re-knitting the cuffs but no. This entails me having to frog both sleeves, do a little math, and re-knit the sleeves and decrease accordingly. So that's my mission this week. Hopefully, by next week I'll have a fresh off the needles new pullover, just in time for fall!

Trifecta WIP system, I won't fail you this time!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Frogging Back To The Truth

There comes a time in every knitter's life when they must face some hard truths about their knitting project. Or projects...plural...because sometimes you can go through a phase where you cast on and knit all the things and then nothing seems to work out! For instance, maybe the marriage of yarn and pattern just isn't the dynamic duo that you thought they would be yet you convince yourself to keep knitting on, completely ignoring that nudging feeling at the back of your mind. Or maybe you chose the wrong size or your gauge is suddenly way off (stupid swatch lied!!), but you keep hoping, with every stitch, that maybe blocking will sort it all out and the knitted item will miraculously just end up perfect.

Whatever the issue may be, sometimes you just got to face the music and say, "yeah...this isn't working". For some, that's a tough cookie to swallow, especially if a lot of time or money was already put into the project. For others, it's either a learning experience and/or all about the joy of knitting. Or, if you're like me, it's all the above. Due to my carpal tunnel, I feel like my knitting time is precious and must be used wisely but I thoroughly enjoy the simple act of knitting. And if the yarn is a complete joy to work with, well then it makes frogging and re-knitting not so bad.

So what am I getting at here? Well, my friends, I'm going to be frank, two weeks ago I had to face some truths about my What The Fade?! shawl and those truths have led me to do something drastic. I'm frogging the whole thing. I know, I know...the past two posts I went on about how much I was enjoying the knitting and how much I was liking my colours and how they were fading. I was excited about what the last two clues were going to be and what direction the shawl design was going to go. 

Ok, before I go any further, I really contemplated about whether or not if I should blog about this because I don't want to offend anyone or come off as disrespectful, and I definitely don't want to create a stir or turn people off, but I wanted to be upfront and honest and didn't want to be that blogger that claims to looove everything. In public. I decided to just go ahead and blog about this as I've already mentioned that I was participating in this MKAL and about my shawl several times on the blog and on social media. 

Anyhoo, where was I? Oh yes, the anticipation of where the shawl direction was going to go. Needless to say...I was disappointed when the last two clues were released. I had expected...more. To the clues, to the overall design of the shawl. I know, I know, it's a mystery knit-along and you signed up for the surprise and nowhere does it state that the design had to be out of this world extraordinary, but in my experience MKALs are usually interesting and is a time when the designer experiments, tries something new or plays with stitches and/or techniques. I feel like I didn't get that.

As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love the colours I chose and really like how the fade was turning out, but I most likely wouldn't wear the shawl. Maybe once or twice, but that's it. My shawl, even without clue five and only halfway through clue four, was already massive. I contemplated stopping where I was in the pattern and just binding off, or maybe frogging back a bit and not have so much garter but then the shawl wouldn't have the fading colours - which is the main point of the whole shawl. Overall, the shape of the shawl, a traditional triangle shawl, just isn't my cup of tea. Triangle shawls are generally too long in length and shorter in wingspan, and I feel like my short frame would be overwhelmed in such a large shawl. I immediately think of that Lenny Kravitz wearing a blanket as a scarf meme, cause that's how I imagine I would look if I were to wear this massive shawl if it were knit to the very end.

Aside from the immense size of the shawl, I also couldn't justify the total cost of the yarn used for a shawl I was never going to wear. If I had used commonly found yarn that you can get at any craft store (like Lion Brand) or a yarn shop staple (like Berroco) or even Knit Picks (which is readily available to me at a very good shipping price as I'm located in North America, not so convenient or affordable in terms of shipping if you live overseas), then I would normally finish the project and then gift it. Yeah, not this time. I had to wait for a shop update, took advantage of a free shipping opportunity, and spent hours online trying to find a Canadian supplier in Canadian currency to find all the indie-dyed yarn that I had used.

As much as I hate wasting knitting time, I don't mind frogging the whole project if it means being able to use the yarn for something I will wear. I'm thinking of either a So Faded pullover or a Find Your Fade shawl (both by the same designer as The What The Fade?!), or maybe a Sprouting Brioche shawl (the shaping and use of increases is stunning!). I won't be casting on anything any time soon though, I made myself promise that I would get at least two or three WIPs off the needles AND I have some priority knitting to do first. 

Maybe one day I will return to this pattern and knit it again. I think it would look lovely in a long gradient (and less ends!!) with either a reverse of the gradient or a contrasting yarn for the brioche part. But for now, I'll just admire the shawls that other MKALers finished and take notes on the fades and the colours used. Ok fine, I'm making a list of yarns I want. After all, while this design was a miss for me, there are a few that involves fading from the same designer that are a hit for me.

Anyone else frog their shawl or any other mystery knit-along? What did you end up using the yarn for?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Progress Report: Still Fading Along

Hedgehog Fibres Sock, Truffle colourway

** SPOILER ALERT: Please note that this post contains photos of my completed second and third clues and I talk about design features of the pattern for the What The Fade?! MFAL. **

As of late, I've been working on nothing but the What The Fade?! MFAL shawl. I haven't touched either my sock WIP or even my Rainbow Hue Shift afghan! Hence why I've been so quiet on the blog and on social media. Mind you, I've also been taking a lot of knitting breaks to give my right hand time to rest. And it needed it, clue two was such a doozy! Holy smokes! At first, I thought it was just me and the fact that my hand was acting up a bit but after reading the forums and talking to a few other participants, I discovered that nope, I'm not alone on this one. Clue two is definitely a long one!

While insanely long, clue two did bring a pleasant surprise: I fell in love with the Truffle colourway by Hedgehog Fibres (see photo above). When I first purchased the yarn I thought it was pretty but truthfully I liked it simply because it went well with the rest of my fade selection. And it looked much different in skein-form. I was a little nervous of how the poopy yellowy greenish browny colour would knit up (sorry, not really the best description!) but after the transition into knitting with Truffle fully in the brioche section, I was absolutely taken with the colourway. I marvelled whenever a magenta stitch popped up and got weirdly excited when an ombre of purple stitches appeared below my needles. Even the poop colour grew on me (what IS that colour called anyway?? Dijon mustard? Dark goldenrod?). Maybe clue two took so long because I kept stopping to admire the colours when really I should be knitting, knitting, knitting! I mean, can you blame me though? These magenta stitches are my favourite:

I've learned to be careful about what you wish for, after knitting all that brioche in clue one I was hoping clue two would have more of it. Boy, did that wish ever come true! By the time I finished that section I became a brioche pro. I no longer had to look at the instructions to see which side my yarn had to end on (that's how scatterbrained I can be sometimes), and I rarely had to tink back because of a missed increase at the end of the row (like I did so often in the first clue). 

I really love how the fade was knitting up on the pink side, even though for a while there I wasn't so sure about the darkest colour being introduced so quickly in the game. Now, I think it really highlighted the lightest colour on the pink side and made the eye look up and down rather than just drawing your attention to the bold pink. I also like how the other side looks like a tan to brown gradient:

Clue 2 - Sorry for the crappy photo quality, it was getting late when I finished the clue!

There's not much to say about the knitting of clue two, other than the fact that the top middle of shawl where I started with the I-cord cast on and had to pick up stitches looks really wonky to me. I keep looking at all the photos that other knitters have put up of their shawls and have yet to see anyone's top look like mine. Did I pick up my stitches weird? Did I mess up from the very beginning? I really hope that blocking will cause some magic to happen and will sort that all out. For now, though, it bugs the living crapola out of me.

As for clue three, it was nice to see that we're getting a break from the brioche and get to do some mindless knitting in that it was all squishy garter. Although, while the knitting was easy, I found I had to take several breaks from knitting due to how heavy the shawl was getting. I tried to find ways to alleviate the weight by placing a pillow under my work if I was knitting on the couch, or by putting the shawl on the table or desk. I think it helped.

I really love how Truffle and Artifact look together, so much so that I'm considering on purchasing them again to make either another shawl or maybe indulge and knit a garment. But then I started knitting with Film Noir again and I've been dreaming of knitting a sweater in that colourway too...

Clue 3 - when Truffle surprised me & made me really love the colour on its own

Clue three was pretty straightforward. I just managed to finish this clue before the fourth clue arrived in my inbox. I'm still knitting away feverishly on this current clue and am a little over halfway done. I don't think I'll get it completed before clue five is sent out later today but that's ok. I have to remind myself that it's not a competition and no one is going to care if I'm caught up or not, other than me. I don't want to stress myself out, especially since I'm trying to get over the flu and I need to prepare for the Kiddo's birthday this weekend (yes, that means no Knit City for me this year!!), so I don't want to make myself even sicker than I already am. It's just not worth it! 

There are only two more clues left, with the last one being a bonus (whatever that means?), before the big reveal. I'm excited to see what the last two clues hold! I really hope we get to use the very first colour again, more so because I absolutely love how bold and bright that pink is. But before I start daydreaming about the possibilities and what else I could knit with these colours (oh, Truffle, you're so pretty!!), I better try to sneak in a row or two of clue four before I have to rush out the door for a parent-teacher meeting tonight!

♥ Happy Fading! ♥

Friday, September 22, 2017

Off The Needles: Skew Across The Universe

Yesterday was the last day of summer. Huge sigh. A part of me is still in denial about this. Have the summer months really flown by that quickly? I swear that it's still July. Wishful thinking, I suppose. You'd think I would be happy because now I can spend my evenings nestled on the couch with a mug of hot tea and the latest knitting project, and that I can start wearing more of my handknits again. I'm trying to push out of my head the memories of how epically cold I was last winter (which is why I didn't complain how hot it was this summer!).

Anyhoo, let's not get too off track. We're here for the knitting!! And I'm here to tell you about the last pair of socks to come off of my needles during my so-called "Summer of Socks". Today's show and tell is my newest pair of Skew. I call them my "Skew Across The Universe" socks because well, the pattern is called Skew (a freebie from Knitty) and the colourway is called "Across The Universe" (by Knitterly Things). Not really an original name but I got to identify them somehow from the other socks and most importantly, from the other pairs of Skews in my sock drawer. They're marvelous looking socks, don't you think?

I simply can't get enough of this pattern. I have two pairs of finished Skews in my handknit sock collection and if my memory is correct, I think I have about two or three on the needles in various stages from over the years that I never got around to finishing (for reasons unknown). One of those WIPs I have actually picked back up and are my current sock project (you can catch a glimpse of them in this post). Yes, I love this pattern so much that I was working on two pairs of them simultaneously!

Unlike the other pair though, I've knit this pair completely as written in the pattern. No mods. I contemplated knitting them a little longer in the leg just so that I could use up more of the yarn but then realized when I tried on the first sock that once I knit up the cuff the length would be just perfect, so I nixed the idea. I believe this is my second time knitting with Vesper Sock by Knitterly Things (the first was a pair of plain vanilla socks). While I have a few skeins in my stash that I've been wanting to knit up since their arrival, this particular skein was nabbed when one of my fellow knitters decided to generously give away and unload a bunch of yarn at one of our knit nights many months ago. At the time of casting on these socks, I really had no idea what yarn to use, I was simply itching to knit another pair of Skews and so I grabbed whatever skein was on top of the pile in my closet. I'm now glad it was this yarn, stripey Skews are the best! 

Learning from my experiences with my previous pairs, I knew that the fit of the sock would be super snug around the heel area and that it would be tight to put on and past the heel. I still used my usual sock needle size (2.25mm / US 1) though and just made sure I made a conscious effort to knit loosely when knitting the mini gusset and heel shaping. It worked because the sock fits just the way I like it and they weren't a pain in the butt to get on and off, AND it didn't compromise the aesthetics of the heel. The band still wraps around at the perfect spot around your ankle, where your foot meets your leg (as seen in the photo below!). The socks perfectly hug my narrow heels and never once do I feel like they're slipping off or shifting, and I never have to pull at them to keep them in place.

Aside from the ingenious of the overall construction and how clever you ultimately feel once you origami the heel together, I love that I don't have to worry about having to use a contrasting yarn (or use the other end of the cake) or whether the stripes will differ too much when knitting the heel. You just have to put trust in the designer and in the end, it all comes together so magically!

I love the details! And look at that heel!

I may have a lot of patterns in my sock queue but lately, I seem to want to knit nothing but the Skew pattern. Ever since my very first pair, I secretly wanted a huge Skew collection. There's a fellow sock knitter who I follow on Instagram who, I swear, finishes a pair of Skews at least once a week. I kid you not! I absolutely love her collection! For the curious, her Instagram is @justrunknit. Her name is Megan, you might recognize her as one of the hosts of the video podcast, Stockinette Zombies, and she's a designer, too (check out her designs here). Her Skew collection is seriously my sock goals.

Speaking of sock goals, I should knit a few rounds on the other pair of Skews that I have on my needles. I've been daydreaming about casting on a pair of Skew in a skein of Mudpunch self-striping yarn but I told myself that I couldn't until I get this second pair off the needles...I predict that you'll be seeing a lot more Skew action in the future!!

These socks did NOT look good on sock blockers! 

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: Skew by Lana Holden
Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock 2ply Superwash Merino
Colour: Across The Universe
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circular in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Across The Universe

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