Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shorty Sock Season

With the temperatures rising now is the time for shorty socks! I've just finished two pairs, one dubbed the ugliest socks every featured in this post and this lovely spring pair I just finished out a 50 gram ball that I had in stash.


This first pair done is Regia that is the perfect colors for spring! So bright and happy but very warm for short socks. I like the sturdiness of a Regia sock, I don't worry about what shoes I'm wearing and they always look great even after tons of wear.



Look at how cute these socks are! They scream spring! I think they'll be coming to Europe with me in a few weeks. I really love these socks because the gusset increase runs along the bottom of the foot (these were knit from the toe-up) and they fit like a glove!


And my ugliest socks ever are done too! My mom and I had a good laugh because we checked her stash and she has a hank of this too! LOL! We are so predictable, we have very similar tastes and usually end up with the same yarn. She's going to try and sell hers.


I've just started The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes for my yarn shops book club. Joining Frontier Dreams for her along this week. So but also happy to note Ginny from Small Things is stopping her along. Enjoy your life Ginny, I'll be following along!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ugliest Socks Ever: A Saga on why Not to buy Sale yarn

Sale yarn is so appealing. All that fiber! At 30% off! What!?! But really folks, take a step back and evaluate that yarn. Is it something you would really buy if it wasn't on sale? I say this because I love me a good sale and it has come to bite me in the ass.


Behold, the ugliest socks ever. Provided to you by sale yarn from my local fiber festival.


I'm not linking the dyer because I don't want you to think they don't have great yarn. They do, they really do, but this one just did not knit up well. I tried other patterns, different stitches, any thing to make these look better and they are just as ugly.

But they make me laugh! They are so ugly I just can't wait to wear them and laugh at how ugly they are! I just need to cast on the second one and giggle while I do.


So just remember people, do you really want that sale or is it just a great bargain?

Also on today's agenda, the first book club meeting at my yarn shop! I just finished The Friday Night Knitting Club for the second time and I'm excited to discuss with the ladies. Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams  for their make "Alongs" this week.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

#transformyouryarn

This month I'm participating in Aroha Knits  #transformyouryarn monthly photo challenge. It's been interesting looking at how people are responding to the posts, some very similar to mine and lots completely different. Here are my photos for the week.

1. #mystory


Joining in #transformyouryarn prompts for this month by @arohaknits this is #mystory. My name is Sierra, I'm 24 years old and yarn/knitting is my whole life! I work full time at a yarn shop and absolutely love it. When I'm not at the yarn shop I love to travel! This is a photo of me in Scotland this summer! I loved being able to walk with the sheep #johnogroats and see the amazing sights with my family. I have plans to travel back to Europe this spring hitting up Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. I will be traveling with my trusty sock projects and waiting to find new yarn! This May I'll have known how to knit for 11 years! I will forever see the knitting class my mom gave me for my birthday as my best gift ever. Who new that my life would revolve around it and we would have an amazing bond over this art. Thanks Mom!

2. #whyiknit

#whyiknit because this is my form of art. #knit #knitting #shawl #newdesign #handknit #stitcheswest


3. #specialplace

This is the shop where I work full time and this is my #specialplace here I help knitters find their confidence, solve problems, and speak the yarny language all day. I am so thankful for my job. #knit #knitting #yarn #yarnshop #LYS#work @arohaknits


4. #dailyinspiration

Walking past my sock baskets every morning is my #dailyinspiration I always want to add more to this amazing display of color. #knit#knitting #socks #handknitsocks #handknit#socktawk #operationsockdrawer#transformyouryarn


5. #knittingmagic


6. #meditation


7. #selfcare

This is my #selfcare I know myself, every six months I start to resent my job a little. I know that I need to take a little time away for just me, get out of my norm and explore. That's why I'm one month I'll be in  #Malaga #rome and #amsterdam for three weeks! #reservationconfirmed #transformyouryarn #travel #europe #europe2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Trip to Stitches!

The last weekend in February my mom and I made the trip down to Santa Clara for Stitches West 2017! If you haven't heard, Stitches West is a knitting convention that takes place on the west coast (though there are others around the country). This event is hosted by XRX Knitting Universe and is one of the largest knitting conventions, with a fantastical amount of indie dyers and larger dye companies.





This is the fourth year my mom and I have made it out to the event and I love the weekend we get to spend together. We drove down Thursday night and attended the market place Friday and Saturday, and for the first time we attended the fashion show and dinner on Friday night.




Stitches is magical because you are surrounded by yarny people who love and practice the same thing you do! Here are a few photos of what the market place looked like and the fun my mom and I were having while we shopped and attended.




If you ever have the opportunity to attended Stitches West DO IT! Don't even hesitate to say yes, it's worth it to see and experience.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stripy Socks!

Finished up a new pair of socks last night! I love them!


This slip stitch pattern isn't something new but I had never tried it before and it looks so dang cute! I'm also in love with these socks because I dyed the yarn!


Of course Andrea and I dyed it together, she is the self-striping sock yarn queen! I just get to be part of the entourage that follows along and plays with the colors. I will definitely be wearing these while it's still cool enough to wear hand knit socks.



Reading Friday Night Knit Club for my yarn shops book club and joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams this week. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Baby Gifts for Cora

My childhood friend is having her first baby within the next week! Which gave me the perfect excuse to make some awesome baby gifts, I used my new sewing skills and pumped out quite a few sewn pieces before the baby shower.




All the fabric was purchased from the shop where I work and all tutorials were from Pinterest and Ravelry.



Links to the projects/tutorials are at the bottom of the post!



Taggies Toy
Elephant
Bunny Lovey
ABC Book
Puppy Book
Baby Sweater
Baby Pants


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

All The Memories.

It's Done! My sock yarn scrap blanket (after almost three years!) is complete! All the ends are woven in and I slept with it on the bed last night!


I absolutely love looking at all the squares and reminiscing about the projects that came from certain yarns. I have a fantastic group of friends who also added scrap yarn to the pile so its been great fun seeing them look for their yarn in the blanket.


I have no immediate plans to start another mitered square blanket but I do have a few granny stripe blankets started.


My squares "formula" was a US 3 needle, casting on 32 stitches. Slip the first stitch, knit to the last two before your marker, K2Tog, SM, SSK, knit to the end. The second row is Slip the first stitch and then knit across.

The randomness of the colors and textures makes me so happy! Thanks for appreciating!


Still enjoying Man in the High Castle and joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams in their "Alongs" this week.