After listening to my boys fight all weekend over who’s GI Joe got to wear the only pair of pants they own…I decided to knit them a pair (or three or four). I could not find any knit patterns so I made one up.

Hopefully, this pattern will save some other mother of boys’ sanity πŸ˜›

GI JOE PANTS

Yarn: Scrap yarn
Needles: Size 8 dpns
Darning needle
3.5mm crochet hook

Cast on 36 sts

Knit 2 rows.

Next row: *K4, K2tog, yo, repeat from * around.

Knit 10 rows.

Divide sts in half, placing 18sts on a scrap piece of yarn using a darning needle. Rearrange the remaining 18sts on the dpns, join & begin knitting the pant leg in the round.

Knit in round until pant leg reaches 4.5″.

Purl 1 row around.

Knit 1 row around.

Purl 1 row around.

Bind off.

Place the stitches saved on scrap yarn back on the dpns, join yarn and knit in the round until pant leg reaches 4.5″.

Purl 1 row around.

Knit 1 row around.

Purl 1 row around.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Using crochet hook & scrap yarn, chain 65. Weave the chain in & out of the yo holes for a belt.

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I am on a sock knitting binge. Actually, I’m on a ‘start a new project every 5 minutes’ binge. I’m going to fast, I don’t have time to update my WIPs thingy on the side there.

I’ve started my very first pair of jaywalkers using the Sockpixie yarn I purchased few weeks ago. They are lovely. I love how the striping is so even and neat. Like I planned it that way. Well, at least until I get to where I do the heel flap. Then the stripes get smaller, then on the foot where the stitch count goes from 84 (for the leg) to 76…the stripes get more tiger looking than I’d like. I’m about 5″ into the foot and I think I’m going to (gasp) rip it out back to the bottom of the leg and try a short-row heel instead. I’m thinking that might help keep the striping a little more uniform. I’m not all that fond of heel flaps anyway. Any advice?

I am loving the yarn though. It has a shine that makes it look like it has tencel in it, but it doesn’t. It’s 100% superwash Merino and oh so yummy soft.

I finally made my mom the pair of socks I’ve been promising her for months. I decided on the Thuja pattern from Knitty. They were such a quick and easy knit!! I started the first sock around 3:30 in the afternoon and finished it by 9:30 that night. That’s with lots of starts & stops (remember, I have four kids home on vacation who for some reason feel the need to EAT, several times a day…three dogs who need to go out ever 15.3 seconds or they will DIE…and three cats who think my knitting needles & yarn are on this earth purely to entertain THEM). I started the second sock the next morning and finished it before lunchtime. They are sooo super soft & comfy, even though I used Moda Dea Sassy Stripes (mom’s choice) which is 100% acrylic. The color is “Crayon”. I also managed to make them twins. No small feat considering the striping on different skeins does NOT match up at all even though the dye lots on the label are the same. Found that out when I made “My Socks” a while back.

I also started a pair of Cable Footsies from my “One Skein” book. I’m using Artyarns Supermerino #103. It is so soft, I can’t wait to get them on my feet. I’ll try to forget that it’s July and eleventy billion degrees outside. I started the first one last night (while contemplating frogging the jaywalker) and am already onto the foot part. I’ve been working on another Booga Bag for my niece, who’s birthday is NEXT WEEK (eep!). I’m using Patons SWS in “Natural Geranium”. The girl loves pink! Practicing my continental while doing the boring round & round knitting every row for eternity (it seems).

What else? I’m getting my Sockapalooza Four pal’s package ready for sending off in about 2 weeks. I decided on some stitchmarkers made by me, some soak wash from the Loopy Ewe, maybe a Bee Bar. Of course, I’ll send some yummies. It’s just a matter of deciding. I’m not too keen on sending chocolate to where I have to send it in this heat. Still thinking.

It’s very quiet. I wonder what my children are doing…..

The rules are to go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post 3 events, 2 births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.Β 

My birthday is July 31.

Events Why are almost all of these about men, disasters, deaths or wars?? I tried to pick some that weren’t…:
1930 – The radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
1975 – In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. My actual birth date πŸ˜‰
1976 – Viking program: Viking 1 – NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo.

Births:
1860 – Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist (d. 1940)
1966 – Dean Cain, American actor
1981 – Matthew “M. Shadows” Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold)
Not listed on Wikipedia, but I also share my birthday with HARRY POTTER πŸ˜€

Holiday:
La Hae Hawaiβ€˜i – Hawaiian Flag Day.

Tagging…no one because this is an old meme πŸ™‚

They are finished! Phew!

These were a little harrowing. I bought two skeins of Knitpicks Essential in “Dusk” a while back . They were purchased with the intent on making my husband socks. They were purchased before I realized just how BIG my husband’s feet were. It took me a while to find the perfect pattern for dh’s socks. I finally settled on the # One Husband Socks from Whimsical Knitting Designs. I loved the pattern, dh liked the length (another discovery…he likes his socks relatively long…eep!). Even though the pattern called for 150g and I only had 100g, I forged on. I figured, if I ran out it would be towards the end of the second sock and I could buy more yarn (and an excuse to buy extra to get that free shipping offered by Knitpicks ) and finish the foot. I wouldn’t worry about dye lots matching because it would be hidden by his shoe.

I finished the first sock with literally less than 1 yard of yarn left from the first skein. It was close…and knowing that yardage on skeins are not exactly the same for each & every skein, I was worried about sock #2. But I kept going. I finished sock number two last night. They are twins πŸ™‚ With this pattern, I have learned the value of keeping notes as I knit. I made note that on the first sock, the foot took 9 pattern repeats before decreasing for the toe so that when I came to the second sock I could just count pattern repeats rather than pull out my measuring tape to see when it hit 9 inches. This made the foot go by much faster. I am thinking of making a smaller version of these socks for my sons. Although, not with the yarn leftover from dh’s socks because this is all that was left after sock #2

Eep!

In between socks #1 and 2, I needed a break from socks and tiny needles. I cast on for the Anthropologie Inspired Capelet. I used the LionBrand CottonEase recycled from my frogged attempt at the All Season Shell (aka A.S.S.).Β  It was a very quick knit, probably took me 5-6 hours of knitting all told. I love that it’s very easily adaptable to all sizes. Just keep knitting/increasing until it fits πŸ™‚ My kind of pattern! It took about 1.75 skeins of CottonEase. The color is “Lime”. I did decide that the closure (for me) should be at the bottom rather than the top. I have this claustrophobic thing about my neck. I’m thinking I will do some i-cord and just sew them for a tie closure. It’s just pinned in the picture:

Now I think I will cast on some Jaywalkers with my new SockPixie yarn “So 80’s”. Can you believe I have never made a pair??

I’m thinking this once a week blogging is about as good as it’s going to get for the summer. I swear, my children have blog radar (and phone radar and bathroom radar and mom’s eating food radar…). Every time I start typing, all you-know-what breaks loose. So far, so good. They are quiet. Almost too quiet. Must investigate.

No one is dead/hurt/bleeding/unconscious. All is well. Blog on.

Although they don’t seem to like me to blog, they have no problem letting me knit. Which is good. I think it’s some built in survival mechanism. They know if mom can’t knit their lives will NOT be pretty. I’ve knitted baby socks. I used some scrap yarn from the striped baby blankets I made earlier in the year. I like the way they turned out.

And I’m doing cancer caps for my Yahoo Group, Knitting Hope. This month we are doing Caps for a Cure. I’ve gotten one done thus far. I used Mary Maxim Ragg, a little less than one skein. Pattern from Headhuggers

I’ve also been plugging away at Summer of Socks, although I may get the award for the least amount of socks knitted over the summer. I had such high hopes, I have SO so so many pairs of socks I want to make and it’s just not going fast enough for me. Probably because I decided to make dh’s socks first and he has a size 11 foot! They are taking me forever! I’ve finished sock one and am about 2.5″ into sock #2. I hope to be done with the pair by the end of this week. I’m using the # One Husband Socks.

Bought some sock yarn. I just couldn’t resist. I don’t know how, but I stumbled upon Sockpixie (I think I was looking at the new patterns at Knitting Pattern Central). I wanted to buy soo soo many, but I resisted. I only got two. Ladybug and So 80’s. I think they had to be dyed because they took a little while to be shipped. Also, the tags on the two yarns were switched which made me think someone was in a hurry to get them out to me. No complaints here, it made me smile. Aren’t they purdy?

I really am sucking at this part of Project Spectrum. It’s so hard to find red/black/metallic in the summer time. Plus I don’t knit with those colors much. This is as close as it gets.

Back to my regularly scheduled summer.

the dog days of summer

Today I went to an estate auction with dh. He was looking for old toys, me knitting stuff lol. I scored at least as big as I did with the swift last week. No swifts or ball-winders, at least not that I saw this time. I did manage to get A LOT of stuff!! A few bags of yarn, wool, wool blends, mostly acrylic baby stuff. But it will be good for charity knitting. The mother load was in the needles & notions. For $6, we got:

  • 18 pairs of circs from size 2 to 10 (except US6 – none of those), including 2 pair of Addi Turbos and 1 pair Inox
  • 5 stitch holders of various sizes
  • 3 tape measures
  • 1 needle gauge, sizes from 000 to 16
  • homemade pom-pom templates
  • 2 pair steel scissors
  • 1 row counter
  • 1 pkg plastic stitchmarkers
  • 2 leather buttons
  • sewing/tapestry needles of all shapes & sizes…at least a dozen
  • a child’s hat pattern
  • 4 baby blanket patterns
  • various old buttons
  • yarn bobbins
  • steel crochet hook w/ ‘cap’ to protect the hook
  • dpns galore, sizes 000 to 10 (except US 6, 7, or 9 – none of those) in various lengths. 11 full sets of 4, plus a few sets put together with mismatched (although the same size) needles
  • 2 wooden crochet hooks

Also in with the knitting stuff were needlepoint frame thingies. I don’t do needlepoint, so I’ll be passing those along to someone who does. There were two baskets as well as 1 plastic tote as well.Β  And you know I got pictures πŸ˜€





I also bid on this picture. There were two others, but they were in OLD frames, so they went for BIG money…just for the stinkin’ frames. All I wanted were the pictures (of ladies knitting). Here is the one that I did get, it was only $7:

While at the auction I worked on some socks for dh for the “Summer of Socks”. I’ve had a bit of a late start because I was finishing my Sockapalooza socks. Then I had a few false starts with the Pomatomus and the Thuja socks 😦 But I’m on now, making the # One Husband Socks. (links to be added later – children destroying the house….)

I have decided that any pattern that has a chart as opposed to written words is NOT for me. I’d rather poke my eyes out with a dull knitting needle than read another chart. My first attempt at charts was Pomatomus. Beautiful pattern, beautiful socks. Really.

But after just two rows of reading the chart I was SICK & TIRED of looking down at the chart, back up at my knitting, down at the chart, back up at my knitting. No thankyouverymuch. Why can’t they just be written in words? Writing a pattern out in charts can’t be any easier than words….doesn’t the pattern have to be in words before it’s put in a chart first anyway?

Ugh. Just frustrated, cuz I really wanted to make a bunch of socks this summer and quite a few of them are charts only. Unless I go through and translate each & every one, which is way to much work for me right now lol.

I finished my DreamSwatch Headwrap. It’s not as long as the pattern called for, but it used a whole skein of Artyarns Supermerino and it’s long enough to tie under my hair πŸ™‚

This was very fun to do. The pattern is easily memorized and very portable. I actually finished this at my sons’ first t-ball game of the summer.

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