Makers and Making.

I have this amazingly colorful collection of sock yarn that is stored neatly in shelves on the main floor of my house.  I gaze at it everyday and on most evenings.  I find myself pulling out skeins and placing them on my desk or displaying them in different ways so that I can just look at them.  But, that’s what makers do, right?  We enjoy being surrounded by all our creative things, because they inspire us to keep on making.  Its this fantastic cycle that the non-makers in our lives just don’t understand.  But how could you understand something that isn’t ingrained into your very existence.  You can’t.  And that’s totally OK. Really really.

So the last few days I spent my free time doing just this- making.

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I drank a new to me tea, wrote nine millions little lists and finished this beyond perfect green sock.  I am so utterly in love with this extra long giant green sock- and can’t wait to make the other so I can wear Jolly Green Giant socks on St. Patrick’s Day.

I used a double knit sock blank from my shop,  Oh! Loops , and my Knitpicks US 0 (2.0 mm) 24 inch circular knitting needle to make this sock of total awesomeness.

After sock knitting madness, I moved on to some major foot related Christmas gifts.

I managed to get a jump on the 7 pairs of Christmas house slippers Ive insanely decided to make, and knocked out one and a half pairs.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.

I used Cascade ECO Wool for the gray in both pairs- however I decided to add a random skein of some crayola type colors that I found in the deep stash.  Honestly, I’m not sure what it is, and that’s a bummer because its quite sweet.  And beyond perfect for the little boy who will be getting them.

I’m using the Simple House Slippers pattern by Simone A.  This sweet pattern is a free one on Simone’s blog and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.  It is written for only one size, but I found that it was super easy to adapt to any size foot- child through adult.

So, after finishing these slippers, my making brought me back here-

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back to pulling out random skeins of yarn to look at, and imagining what they will become.  Probably socks- but maybe not.  Maybe that awesome Burgundy one on the bottom right will become a shawl for next fall…..

What is your creative process?  Does it start with gathering all the beautiful or necessary supplies you need?  Or does it require complete and utter quiet and a blank canvas to work with, devoid of stimulation or color?  Maybe you just need to take a walk outside and it all comes to you.  No matter your process, it’s yours and as unique to you as the art you create.  No maker has the same creative process as another- and that’s what makes the makers in the world that much more amazing.

And that delights me.

 

 

#KNITMYBUCKETLIST…..

Every year I sit down and write a list of goals for the up and coming new year.  Every year I write the list and come March I no longer look at said list anymore.  So this year when Lydia came up with this hashtag-  I wanted in.  I may have a shot at sticking with this list.  What is this list you ask?

A knitting bucket list.

Say no more, right?

This idea was PERFECT, in every way.  Why?  For exactly 4 reasons.

  1. I knit almost every day for my business
  2. When I ‘m not knitting for my business I’m knitting for myself or my family
  3. I really really want a few more classic-go-with-everything handmade items to incorporate into my wardrobe
  4. I love knitting

I felt like this new plan was almost foolproof, so I went through my Ravelry queue and wrote twelve down- 1 for each month of 2016.  I’m beyond excited about this plan and really wanted to share it with all of you.

So here we go.

Operation #KNITMYBUCKETLIST2016

  1. Solaris  by Melanie Berg

2. Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond

3. Shaken or Stirred by Thea Coleman

4. Drachenfels by Melanie Berg

5. Sunbleached by Alicia Plummer

6. Antler by Ankestrick

7. Tau by Melanie Berg

8. Lady Sunnyside by Tanis Lavalla

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9. Summer Festival by Georgie Hallam

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10. Backshore by Alicia Plummer

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11. Arctic Wrap by Purl Soho

And last by definitely not least

12. Roads of Corsica by Garbrielle Vezina

I am SO EXCITED about these, and cant wait to get started.

How about you.  Do you have a knitting bucket list?

I would LOVE to hear about it, and you can join in on the conversation over at the Oh! Loops Ravelry group HERE

Until next time,

Happy KnItTiNg!!

 

 

 

 

It’s The Final Countdown….. and a half

When you read this, it will be exactly sixteen days until Christmas.  That leaves only fifteen days of making and prepping and wrapping little packages of awesomeness to place under a Christmas tree.  To be more specific, MY Christmas tree in MY living room.  Oi Vey!

The clock is ticking and if I’m being 100% honest with all of you, I haven’t purchased a SINGLE gift yet.  Or made one, or wrapped up a something from years ago to re-gift.  Hmmmmmm.

Honestly, it’s not because I’m going all Scrooge on everyone this year, it’s because I could not, for the life of me, decide on what I wanted to do for anyone in my family.  It was getting ridiculous.  SO

I decided to pull out the big yarns and get to the making as quickly as I can.  I have my eyes set on these- Simple House Slippers by Simone A.

They are perfect looking and take DK weight yarn, and I think I have enough in my stash to make the 7 pairs I’m setting out to make.  Lets be honest though, will I make 7 pair?  I don’t know.

But because I know me, I brought in back up this time, and decided on these too: North Country Mitts by Andrea Mowry

These sweet looking mitts take a whopping 75 yards of Aran weight yarn.  So bring it on procrastinating self- I’m about to take you down.  Waaaaay down!

On another note- the new podcast episode it up, you can find it on the menu drop down or right HERE

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Until next time,

Happy making!

Knitterly Such & Such

Hello!

Do you see those sweet little hands holding that tiny leftover ball of yarn?  Those two things are on my top 10 favorite things list.  Do you have one of those?  I started a top 10 list when I was ten- because what else do you do when your ten.  My entire life after,  I have made lists.  List to check off,  lists to just keep, bucket lists, one day I will read lists…favorite things lists.

Most of these lists I write down.  However, some of them I get selfish with and just keep in my head,  Like my favorite things list….

My top ten is simple for me, and in no particular order.

  1. I love little feet and little hands.  Specifically my little’s little feet and hands.
  2. I love the smell of wet asphalt and freshly cut grass.  To me these are the freshest and cleanest smells, and bring an all over calming to my soul.
  3. Sock yarn and hand knit socks.  All colors and fibers.  Oh the possibilities!
  4. Little balls of leftover yarn.  When I see these sweet little packages of leftover fiber, I know a maker was busy making, and to me- that’s magical.
  5. The smell of men’s cologne.  Specifically my husbands.  And Old Spice, because it reminds me of both my grandpa and my dad.
  6. Cooking my grandmothers old southern recipes that aren’t written down anywhere, but live inside my head from the many, many times I helped her in the kitchen.  Knowing that as my little’s stand beside me as we prep and prepare meals, these recipes will continue to live on for another generation.
  7. The feeling of my bare feet on the ground.  There is something about feeling connected to the earth I stand and dance on.
  8. Stories.  Memories of what used to be and might have been.  The good ones where the story teller gets that long lost gaze in their eyes as they are taken back in time to the very moment they are talking about.
  9. Dancing.  Twirling. Letting go so you feel the every beat of the music in the bones of your body.
  10. Community.  Being a part of something bigger then me.  Specifically, the knitting community.

That’s my list, and it’s perfectly mine.

This past week, I plunged myself into number three above and ended up with number four.  Bliss!!!

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These socks.  I knit these absolutely fantastic socks in about 5 days, mostly because stripes are seriously addicting. These simple striped socks used a new to me Indy dyer, Knitterly Things.   You can find the shop HERE

I knit these out of their Vesper sock yarn in the Kiss Me Deadly colorway.  Vesper is 400 yards of 100% Superwash Merino Wool and jam packed with awesomeness.  I decided to do an afterthought heel as to not interrupt the striping and use some 2-ply High Twist from Oh! Loops in a semi solid gray.  I’m so happy I did because I think they turned out perfect!

I was so thrilled to have a little left over to knit a square for my Cozy Memories Blanket.  My blanket squares take about 10 grams, and I have more then enough to knit a square AND make a mini skein to give away.

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I would love to hear about some of your favorite things.  I’ve started a post in the Ravelry Group if you would like to join along or maybe leave a quick comment here.

Until next time,

Happy knitting!

Monday Maddness

Hello fiber enthusiasts…. It’s MONDAY!

If your like me, then Monday comes WaY tOo QUICKLY, and then leaves just as quickly as it came.  I tend to stay fairly busy on Mondays, more so then one would ever hope.  Mondays are my class prep days, school days for all three little’s, podcast prep, and catch up on all the things.

This Monday, its raining, and with rain comes my need to sit by a fire with a cuppa tea/coffee in hand and watch podcasts while I knit all day long- this is not a productive way to go about my Monday.

But today, I decided I didn’t care, and spent my morning coffee in hand, my cute pink sock and a new to me podcast I have been binge watching since Friday- The Junkyarn Podcast

I am hooked!  Kemper is sweet and funny and quirky, and loves to knit socks.  What more could a fiber addict ask for in a podcast.  Psh- DUH!  Nothing.  SO if you haven’t seen her podcast yet, click on the link, and check her out.  You wont regret it.

Remember yesterday when I posted about the yarn I received in the mail from Dana of Unwind Yarn Company? Well, I only showed you part of my haul..  wanna see the other part?  sure you do!

BAM!

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This.  I needed these because, just YES!  They sing to my heart.  I don’t know exactly what it is about these mauve flecks, or mauve yarn in general right now, but, YES PLEASE!

I already know what I’m going to do with them- in fact, the minute I saw this pattern I knew exactly the dying technique I wanted to use, and then I saw these in the shop.  They were perfect and obviously jumped into my cart before I could even blink.  My fingers reacted faster then my brain because, here they are.

Obviously, my brain would have been more logical and asked “does one need more sock yarn in their stash when they have well over 200 skeins?” But my heart says   “Ha!  Why yes, yes one does.” Stupid question.

So here we are.

I am going to knit the Roads of Corsica Shawl   by Gabrielle Vezina.

Seriously it’s amazing.  SO… my plan is to cast this beauty on January 1st.  I will be hosting a KAL in the RAVELRY GROUP for this pattern and  It will run the month of January. The only rules are, you have to be a member of the group and you have to start and finish it in the month of January.

The prize will be a gifted pattern of your choice.  WOOOHOOOO!

On that note—- I hope you all have a fun and fiber filled Monday,

Happy knitting!

 

 

Confessions of a Sock Yarn Junkie, part 1.

Well hello all you fiber enthusiasts out there!

This blog is mostly a knitting and fiber related blog chronicling my fiber journey, and so far that journey has taken me on more adventures then i could have ever imagined.

Ever.

I’m your host, Sarah, and you can find me on:

Ravelry as sarahstevens

or on my Ravelry group Oh! Loops

or my podcast on  YouTube

you can find Oh! Loops  yarn on ETSY until January 2016, then were moving over to a new platform HERE

Instagram/Periscope/Twitter as sarahstevens11

I’m half of the Oh! Loops team, knitting instructor, Indy yarn dyer, knitwear designer, podcaster, mom, wife, geeky girl at heart, fun loving dreamer with way too many day jobs, sock yarn junkie,  and prolific sock knitter.  That kinda gives you a picture of me, no?

I wanted to start a blog for a really long time – but I kept getting hung up on what I would call it.  Everything I thought of was already taken- until I actually took a step back.  I wear big black glasses, love Marvel and DC comics, and have more sock yarn in my stash then a small shop.  So with that, Geekly Ewe was born (yes, I do realize Geekly isn’t actually a word, but it’s too FaNtAbUlouS not to say, right?  Go on, you know you wanna embrace it too).

I knit socks.  A lot of socks.  I would bet to guess that most of the posts on here will be about socks, because- socks are my jam.  I don’t leave my house without a pair on the needles and tucked away in my purse.  They are my go-to commute/comfort knitting.  I always knit them toe-up and knit 65 rows for the foot and 65 rows for the leg and 25-30 rows for the cuff. it never changes.  For me, this is the PERFECT recipe for socks.

In fact, I just started a brand new pair this afternoon out of Unwind Yarn Company.

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You can find Dana’s shop here: Unwind Yarn Company

I am more then thrilled with my newest purchase from Dana.  Its a skein of her Honeymoon Sock in the Trunkless Elephants colorway.  It is 430 yards of 100% superwash merino wool and I am LOVING it.

I honestly don’t know that I have ever loved a Mauve more then I love this one.  Honestly.  It makes my heart sing every time I come to the next fleck of green or gold that she has added.  I want a sweater in this- like yesterday.

I’m knitting these particular socks, like most socks, on my US size 0 (2.0mm) circular knitting needles from Hiya Hiya.  They are my favorites and I almost exclusively knit with Hiya Hiya needles.  (I wasn’t paid to say that, they are just that amazing)

Pattern- TBPS (to be published soonly)

So, my question to all of you is, what do you want to read about?  Comment below and let me know, this inquiring mind wants to know!

Until next time,

Happy knitting!!