Socks, Stash, and Stockings- Oh My!

Happy Sunday- I hope it’s a scrappy one!

This week I finish four projects, share a massive stash enhancement, highlight food from a graduation party, and pray for a new church.

Finished Objects

As the end of the month approaches, I’ve got a finish objects parade! I plan a lot of my knitting and crochet by month. This year I’m starting a pair of socks at the beginning of the month and finishing them before the end of the same month. I’m also participating in the Down Cellar Studio #slaythestash2018 where you pick out one unopened skein from your stash and completely finish it before the end of the month.


My socks this month are Oblivate by Sarah Stevens. I love this Woolen Boon color- Robin Sparkles paired with Lolodidit‘s Princess Peach. I shortened the leg, did a FLK heel and changed the pattern spacing in the foot to match the leg. {That way I didn’t need to look at my pattern.} I love these socks and I wouldn’t be surprised if I knit them again!

The Flatiron Shawl by Toni Lipsey is another pattern I think I’ll make again- possibly soon. It’s a simple crochet triangle with maximum wear-ability! Mine blocked out wider than a queen bed, but with a depth of 27″, it’s perfect to wrap around your neck and stay put. I used a beautiful OOAK gradient from YOTH in a yummy merino/cashmere/nylon blend.

“Float Tote”- my crochet bag pattern made for colorwork.

I finished a second Float Tote- my crochet bag pattern that will be released in July {now available!}. This one is massive! It’s made to fit five different colors, along with a colorwork projects, in its depths. I’m pleased that the tote still stands up even with its size.

Dishcloths as a wedding gift for my friend.

Finally, I made a few dishcloths as a wedding gift for my friend getting married next weekend. The Monogrammed Alphabet for Knitters pattern by Heather Kate is always my go-to for wedding dishcloths. For $16 you get the entire alphabet- so worth it! The second pattern I used is free- Gramma’s Dishcloth by PJ Allen. It’s the classic corner-to-corner cloth that includes a variation without yarnovers. I got the idea to stripe in scraps from the Yarn Hoarder.

WIP’s- Focus Projects

One of my goals this summer is to knit a Christmas stocking for myself and my husband. I came across the Steamer Train stocking on Instagram and fell in love. The designer, Ursula Almeida, had a second, similar design and I knew these were the right stockings for us!

Mountains developing on my “Steamer Train” by Ursula Almeida

I had Kent help me pick out colors of Knitpicks Palette. We settled on Clover for the green, Pimento for the red, and Cream for the white. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy knitting colorwork!

“Steamer Train” stocking in my “Float Tote”

I’m working on the Steamer Train out of my pink Float Tote– a crochet bag pattern that I plan to release on Ravelry July 10th, 2018  {now available!}.

Something New

I came home with beacoups of yarn from my Oregon trip. Some were gifts and many more were purchased. Here’s where I went and what I purchased!

Malabrigo Mechita

These skeins are birthday gifts from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. WHAT?! They went somewhere and picked out three beautiful skeins of Malabrigo Mechita for me. My stash was in desperate need of more single-ply. These skeins will likely become shawls.

SweetGeorgia superwash worsted and handspun wool!

My mother-in-law also had some surprises for me. She got me this beautiful hank of SweetGeorgia yarn and these handspun cakes on her spring break trip to Canada. I love receiving yarn from non-knitters, especially when they go out of their way to find me something special and local.

Spun Right Round SW Sock in “Dusty Roses”

Of course I had to do a little shopping while in Oregon. I really didn’t plan to go anywhere but the local shop in Eugene… but my husband {sweet, sweet Kent} had other plans! We flew into Portland, OR so he made sure we stopped at a shop on our way out of town- The Knitting Bee. It was a marvelous store- I had to really restrain myself to buy just the two skeins of Spun Right Round. I’m thinking about making a Tegna by Caitlin Hunter.

Alexandra’s Crafts in “Chocolate” and Knitted Wit in “Crater Lake”

A few days later we drove to Roseburg, OR to visit Knotty Lady Yarns. My mother-in-law picked a skein of Knitted Wit Victory Sock in the “Crater Lake” colorway for me to make her socks. {Knitted Wit has a whole line of National Park colorways.} I picked out two skeins of Alexandra’s Crafts merino/silk/yak blend for a sweater. Both are Oregon yarns!

The Yarn at Home Mom in “Kalmiopsis” and “Pictures of You”

The next day we journeyed to Corvallis, OR to Stash Local. There I got two skeins from The Yarn at Home Mom {another local dyer}. I think I might pair one of these colors with the chocolate above to make a Zweig by Caitlin Hunter.

Sunrise Fiber Co in “Briar Rose”, Knitted Wit in “Go Nuts for Donuts”, and Three Fates Yarns in “Manic Panic”

Lastly I went to my favorite local shop in Eugene- Cozy. I happened to go in on their knit night, so I stayed and worked on my Float Tote until they closed- it was so much fun! I got a sparkly pink skein of Three Fates Yarns. I might put it into a second Flatiron Shawl by Toni Lipsey. I bought another hank of Knitted Wit called “Go Nuts for Donuts”. I also got a stunning colorway called “Briar Rose” from Sunrise Fiber Co– sadly, I believe she is only dying for local stores right now.

What God’s Teaching Me

“Go back to church.”

This is the God whisper I’m getting as I sit on Sunday morning… not at church… again.

I can’t remember the last time I went to church, which makes me sad. This time a year ago I couldn’t remember the last time I missed church. What’s changed in the past year?

Moving. Marriage. New job. New house. A lot has changed, but I think my spirit towards church has disintegrated with the move.

I have talked about this before on the blog. I miss my church in Dallas immensely. There I felt needed. I felt community. I felt accountability.

The churches in our current neighborhood aren’t to blame. There are some amazing groups around here. My issue with finding a new church is me.

I’ve started praying for God to reconnect me with my desire to find a church. I’m praying for a community to meet Kent and me and embrace us. I’m praying for my God to rekindle my husband’s ambition to volunteer at a new church {he applied at one of the churches we tried and they never reached out to him}. Will you pray for me too?

What We’re Cooking

We traveled for my brother-in-law’s college graduation this week. Blessedly, I didn’t have to cook a thing. I’m kicking myself to not taking pictures of all the delicious meals we enjoyed out- we like to go to local places when we travel.  We had everything from seafood to Asian to Italian to an iconic pizza place. Next time we take a trip I’ll be sure to get pictures!

Dessert spread at the graduation party.

What I do have is a few pictures of the graduation party spread. We journeyed all the way to Oregon to enjoy Texas barbecue. {I don’t try to keep it a secret that I’m a Memphis- BBQ-girl at heart, but brisket is growing on me.} The dessert table kept me coming back. Enjoy!

Homemade Key Lime Pie
There is brisket, pulled pork, pasta salad, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, rolls and more under that foil!
Graduation cake from a local bakery.

What I’m Reading

I’m one night away from finishing See Me by Nicholas Sparks. Last night I stayed up until 2:00 AM trying to get to the end because it’s just that good. There are twists and turns and thrills that I didn’t expect from a Nicholas Sparks book… then again, I really should have. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something romantic, interesting, and easy to read.

see me

I think I’m going to re-read Jurassic Park in the spirit of the movie coming out next weekend. I own an audio copy on Audible, but maybe I’ll try truly reading it… maybe.

What I really need is another series to get into. What would you recommend?

Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

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