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This morning I reached into my sock drawer and pulled out a pair of Jaywalkers that I knit a dozen years ago. They haven't gotten much wear and they still look really good, but... I couldn't get the sock cuff over my heel. And then I remembered the last time I tried knitting a pair of Jaywalkers. My feet have grown. Dangit.

I guess I'll be reclaiming this yarn and making something else. Something not Jaywalkers, this time. What a great excuse to spend my morning exploring fingering-weight knitting patterns!

A pair of handknit socks with chevron stripes in purple, gray, white, yellow, pink, and tan.

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Happy happy new year! As usual, this tally is more for myself than anything else, but you may find it interesting as well. If you're coming from FB/Twitter/other social media, click through to see the full post:

INCOMING YARN: 3492 yards
I was very good about not buying yarn and then a friend announced that she was expecting, so I had to buy this Lion Brand Mandala in the Troll colourway. I mean... there isn't a more perfect colourway for this kid's baby blanket. (1770)
One ball of Lang Super Soxx in Neon. (459)
Then I went to MD Alpaca and Fleece with mom and came home with two half-SQs of sock yarn to match skeins I already had. (1663)
Mom gave me ~200 yards of sockweight mini-skeins, too. (200)

Many skeins of fingering weight yarn, split into two sets. Each set is enough to knit a sweater. Both sets fade from darker to lighter. The first set goes from dark greens and blues and a few pops of oranges and yellows here and there, to a pale green. The second set runs from a dark purple to a lighter purple-pink with hints of orange to a lighter pink.

OUTGOING YARN: 3380 yards
1 ball Lang Jawoll, one of the oldest sock yarns still in my stash, became another pair of mindless socks. (459)
I made a little baby sweater to practice machine knitting, using up a ball of Sockotta that I was never going to knit by hand. (414)
The Scrappy Sibling Socks used up a bunch of leftover Trekking XXL. (458)
Rainbow. Socks. RAINBOW SOCKS. (437)
Usually Thunder comes before the rainbow, but these socks came afterwards. (325)
A pair of half-fingerless gloves (144) that were going to be the liners for Fleeps, but then I decided to keep them as-is and knit new liners...
Sold some Louet Gems Fingering that I was never going to knit because it was bright red - why did I even buy it? (925)
Gave mom a skein of 100purewool singles that I've had forever, for her knitting group's "Skein Swap" (218)

A wrap-around baby sweater in tonal aquas and blues, with two bright yellow crocheted buttons.

IN PROGRESS
The third of the Twisted Trilogy socks: Aviation.
Re-measured and re-mathed for the lounging pants.
In theory, my first handknit sweater, the Graphic Pullover. I started a sleeve-swatch and got no further.
Began a pair of Warmer Fleeps - because the ones I've made before aren't good for the depths of winter.
The brioche baby blanket, which is due in April. I'll probably knit a Baby Surprise Jacket from the third ball of the yarn; what else would I do with it?
Plus a new pair of mindless socks that I started on the car ride to and from Christmas in Connecticut.

The beginning of a sweater sleeve, from the cuff up. The cuff is ribbed in black yarn for a few inches and the sleeve is a zig-zag pattern in black and white.

INCOMING FIBRE: 20 ounces
4 oz "Rose Petals" merino
16 oz "Cabbage Rose" merino

Across the top of the picture, four braids of merino fibre in a gradient of colours from a medium pinks/purples to a darker blues/purples. Along the bottom, a coordinating solid in pale pink.

OUTGOING FIBRE: 8 ounces/894 yards
8 ounces Hipstrings Invincible, spun into a random 3-ply (894). It is the best handspun I've ever made.

A full-size swatch of handspun yarn, mostly in burgundy. There is a penny on it for scale, to show how small the stitches are. The rest of the yarn ball sits on the desk above the swatch.

I'm thinking that 2023 might be the Year of the Sweater... goodness knows I have enough socks already!

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Mom's knitting group is doing a skein swap, and I contributed a soft skein of merino singles that I've had in my stash forever. Perhaps we all go through that singles phase, I don't know - but I do know that I didn't really want this yarn anymore, and I'm happy for it to go to a new home. And "hooray," I thought, "that's another 218 yards OUT for the year!" But then I got skein-swapped!

A collection of 20 mini-skeins of yarn in multiple colours, heavy on the blues/greens/purples range, with a few pinks and one soft yellow.

I got twenty hand-dyed mini-skeins, roughly ten yards each. Most of them are on the same base, a two-ply sockweight. What shall I do with them?

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This is just a post to test the ActivityPub plugin. If all goes well, the blog is now federated, and you can follow it if you like at @Pirate@www.knittingpirate.com :)

A mug with lots of different pirate flags on it.

In other news, the brioche blanket is cranking right along, and is now large enough to keep me warm while I work on it. Progress pictures soon!

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It's been some years since I've gotten to go to a yarn festival. Mom and I were rained out of MD Sheep and Wool this year, and couldn't get up to Rhinebeck in October, but this past weekend we went (along with friends Monica and Jen) to the smaller, less frantically crowded, Maryland Alpaca and Fleece festival.

The night before we went, Mom and I looked through my stash of fingering weight yarn. I had two sets of two yarns that went together, but they didn't go together together. My goal was to find the other two skeins to bring each set up to a sweater quantity... and I had great success!

On the left, I already owned the top two skeins - one of them dates back to 2007, yikes - and supplemented with the minis and the pale green. The second one isn't as much of an outlier as it looks with that yellow; the top one also has pops of gold in it. And on the right, I had the first and third skeins already, and bought the orangey-purple and pale pinks to fill out the set.

I guess I'm finally planning to knit some sweaters, huh :)

Many skeins of fingering weight yarn, split into two sets. Each set is enough to knit a sweater. Both sets fade from darker to lighter. The first set goes from dark greens and blues and a few pops of oranges and yellows here and there, to a pale green. The second set runs from a dark purple to a lighter purple-pink with hints of orange to a lighter pink.

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My team at work is planning an offsite event on the other side of the country, which I am anticipating with about the same amount of excitement as an impending root canal. It's in February, which is an ideal time of year to be planning a cross-country flight.

As a consolation prize, I went to the yarn shop and bought a ball of sock yarn. Now I'll have something to look forward to about this trip, instead of just being grouchy about it.

A ball of Lang Super Soxx yarn. It looks like it will stripe into a neon rainbow alternating with black.

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New socks, new socks! I really had hoped to have these done in time for Pride Month, but hey - there'll be another one next year. Yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in the "Rum Raisin" colourway, which I bought in Lake Tahoe in 2019. Pattern is... just a plain ol' 64 stitch sock. I kind of wish I'd thought of knitting these toe-up so that the toes would have started (or ended) at the beginning of the rainbow, but it's not that big a deal :) I did break the yarn after turning the heel, skipping ahead to the next red stripe so that the rainbow wouldn't be interrupted over the ankle, and that was a good decision - even if it did mean having a few more ends to weave in.

A pair of rainbow-striped socks. The colours are more like jewel tones than actual primary rainbow shades, but the effect is still that of a rainbow.

The same day that I finished these, I immediately started on the next pair, this time using Cascade Heritage Paints. The colourway I'm using is called "Thunder," which seems sort of appropriate to go next to a pair of rainbows. This past weekend I turned the first heel and am working my way down the foot. It'll be another plain stockinette pair (it's good knit-night work!) but with a navy contrast yarn in the cuffs/toes/heels. Also, I'm putting a Sweet Tomato Heel on these socks in hopes of not disturbing the spiral pooling of the yarn. I really like how it looks in the contrasting colour.

A partially knit sock. The cuff and heel is dark navy blue, and the leg of the sock is a spiral of grays and blues. The foot isn't yet knit.

Maybe there's something about the whiff of fall in the air that's gotten me re-invigorated to work on my knitting projects. This morning when I sat down at my desk I saw the yarn for the second of my Aviation socks (the third in the Twisted Trilogy that I've been procrastinating on for a while) - and instead of just nodding at it, like, "yeah, I see you," I picked it up and knit for a while. Once this sock is done I'll write up all three patterns in a nice way and then get them published, finally! I'm trying not to give myself a hard time for not finishing this project sooner, because what good would that do now? Instead I'm going to try to remember how much I actually do enjoy knitting this pattern, even if I'm a little intimidated by the thought of writing up patterns for publication :)

The very beginning of a purpley-pink sock. The ribbed cuff transitions into a twisted stitch pattern that makes an interesting texture of columns.

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Mom and I had planned to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool last weekend, but the sheer volume of rainfall was going to turn it into Muddyland Sheep and Wool instead - so we stayed home. It was a disappointment to miss the festival, but I think we made the right choice.

Remember last April when I knit the Puppies wrap and I accidentally knit the first panel twice? Well, I asked Mom to bring over her ball winder so that we could reclaim the yarn. It took a long time to get both ends free, but after that it was smooth winding, and we only lost a yard or so of each colour... and now I have two more ounces each of gray-purple and white laceweight yarns - over 600 yards each. And I already had remnants of each colour on cones!

Some of this yarn is going be used in the swatch for a sweater; I had the thought that plating the laceweight merino wool behind the fingering weight alpaca would help keep the final garment from sagging too much, but of course that needs to be tested before I go ahead and order another full cone of yarn (or two). Perhaps for the rest of it, I'll follow one of the Knitology 1x1 videos and do something fancy with the ribber plating feeder.

Yarn is ColourMart Extra Fine Merino 2/30NM Lace weight, penny for scale to show just how fine it is:

Two hand-wound balls of laceweight yarn in white and purple-gray. One strand of yarn is over a penny to give a sense of scale. The yarn is very fine.

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A long time ago I had the idea to design a trilogy of socks with twisted stitches, and to name them for cocktails. I knit the Boulevardier Socks in 2018, the Sapphire Martini socks in - well, I started them in 2018, knit an entire sock very much too small, got frustrated, started over again while I was unemployed in early 2020, and finished the pair in 2021.

I cast on for the Aviation Socks right after... but here we are, a year after that, and I'm just finishing up the first sock.

It's not that they're hard to knit - they're not! I don't know what the problem is. I really like how they look, and obviously this one fits me (that's my foot in the picture!) so that's not my concern. Am I procrastinating on the knitting because I'm planning to publish the patterns and I'm nervous about how they'll be received? Maybe so. How silly of me.

A nearly complete purple sock with a fancy twisted rib design is modeled on a foot, with toes peeking out of the unfinished end.

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Happy happy new year!

As usual, this tally is more for myself than anything else, but you may find it interesting as well. If you're coming from FB/Twitter/other social media, click through to see the full post:

INCOMING YARN: 10,661 yards
4 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (576)
4 skeins of Cascade Heritage Sock (1748)
2 more skeins of Heritage Sock, grr miscalculations (874)
1 skein of Cascade Heritage Wave (437)
12 balls of Cloudborn Alpaca Fingering, for a machine-knit colourwork something (2412)
3 skeins of Berocco Ultra, for new Fleeps (645)
7 balls Patons Classic Wool Worsted, for a sweater (1485)
8 balls Universal DK Tweed Superwash (2272)

OUTGOING YARN: 16,284 yards
I gave the second skein of handspun yak/silk to my mom :) (138)
Plain Pink Knit Night Socks used up a ball of Austermann Step that had been languishing in my stash for years. (460)
The Puppies wrap. :D (8417)
Sapphire Martini Socks, the second in the Twisted Sock trilogy! (436)
I gave some Universal Sock Yarn "Ditto" to Lisa so she could try knitting socks (440)
The machine-knit Sanquhar Scarf used ~5 skeins of Heritage Sock (2185)
Seattle Slouch for MadameBadger (437)
Learning Sweater - my very first sweater! (1378)
Sold a skein of Tosh Merino Light (440)
Frustrated with colourwork, I knit a pair of Plain Blue Socks (460)
My own Buoy Blend Handspun got knit up into a shawl (320)
The first "Watch Me!" armwarmers took up 1.05 skeins of Kroy, so I knit a second pair with the rest and some scraps. (350)
Another pan protector... (153)
Fleeps the Third, to keep my hands warm (220)
Piratical Socks (350 red, 75 blue, 25 white = 450 ish)

INCOMING FIBRE: 0 ounces
Nope. None.

OUTGOING FIBRE: ~36 ounces, give or take - 2548 yards
8 ounces of Mohair/Finn blend, spun into a chain-plied gradient (472 yards)
4 ounces Into the Whirled Corriedale, spun into a chain-plied stripy yarn (242 yards)
8 ounces Southdown, spun into two-ply yarn (652 yards)
8 ounces Suffolk, spun into two-ply yarn (706 yards)
Some Fleece - 222g/476 yards of it, to be exact.

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:
Oh, man. I have so many plans. SO MANY PLANS. Trying new techniques on the machine, lined Fleeps, knitting a sweater (or two?), finally finishing and publishing the Twisted Sock Trilogy... It's gonna be a good year for creating things!

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