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Unbox with me! Fiber of the Month Club | Paradise Fibers | June 2018

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.3.1″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.3.1″ make_fullwidth=”on”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_video src=”https://youtu.be/cOxz4swtUio” _builder_version=”3.3.1″][/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.3.1″ custom_padding=”|30px||30px”][et_pb_row custom_padding=”12.921875px|0px|12px|0px|false|false” _builder_version=”3.3.1″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.3.1″] Join me as I unbox the June 2018 Paradise Fibers Fiber of the Month Club! This month’s box was all about the sea, sailing, and reuniting a lost love. Watch as I unbox it and then let you in on my thoughts! The box includes spinning fibers and other goodies! Please note, this video may contain spoilers. If you have not yet received your June 2018 Fiber of the Month club and do not want to be spoiled, please do not watch! You’ve been warned. 😉 [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.3.1″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.3.1″]

Make sure to subscribe to my weekly podcast to see these gorgeous fibers getting spun up! 

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Stash Dash 2018!

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Stash Dash! What is it? What are you even talking about? Check out the Ravelry Thread from the Knit Girllls or better yet, their YouTube video that explains all the rules!

Mamainamanse tipped me off to this and with the ridiculously amount of UFOs I have and the big plans for knitting over the summer.

I’ll have to do a bit of calculating to figure out which FL I’m shooting for. (I’ll update this blog post once I’ve decided!)

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My UFOs

  1. There Is Room For Everyone Socks ~ 30%: just completed the first heel flap & gusset
  2. Jager Bomb Socks ~ 25%: Ready for a heel on the first sock
  3. Zweig ~ Just completed the lace yolk
  4. Wisteria Lane Socks ~ 65%: past the heel on the second sock
  5. Exploration Station ~ 90%: On the last section
  6. Summer Sock Club – June Sock (Scout) ~ Not yet started
  7. Countless other projects that are languishing at the bottom of the pile.

 

Things I Plan on Casting On Soon

  1. Blooming Brioche
  2. Tegna
  3. Frozen Skies
  4. Probably more socks!

 

Spinning

  1. I have a couple spinning projects on the go and will likely be introducing more because I want to participate in Tour de Fleece this year.

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You can follow along with my Stash Dash on Ravelry! >> theLoftyLoops on Ravelry

 

xoxo,
Allison

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Episode Nine | Lofty Loops Yarns Podcast Show Notes

Episode Nine is up! I’ve been really terrible about adding show notes.

Announcements

Rockbrook Village Craft Fair 2018 – Omaha, Nebraska – May 5th 10am-5pm

LYS Day 2018:
ImagiKnit – Omaha, NE
The Yarn Shop – Lincoln, NE
Knit Paper Scissors – Lincoln, NE

What I’m Wearing

The Girl from the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli in Tosh Merino Light “Mandala” and Heritage Solids “Como Blue”

Finished Objects

Haha, yeah right. 😅

Works In Progress

  • Wisteria Lane Socks: Using Lofty Loops Yarns Wisteria Lane on MCN Sock, Socks on a Plane pattern. Toes are a Lofty Loops Yarns coordinating mini (size 2 US)
  • Exploration Station by Stephen West
    Color A: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Samara
    Color B: Lofty Loops Yarns – Overdyed OOAK
    Color C: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Impromptu
    Color D: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – “Abiquiu”
    Using US 7 4.5mm HiyaHiya

Stash Acquisitions

Bag Makers

Sushi Bag by SugarTots on Etsy

Exploration Station bag is from Mari-Ann (@rockislander on Instagram)

Favorites

1. Mama in a Manse Podcast

2. Westworld (season 2!) on HBO

3. Silicon Valley on HBO


HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!

Shusui Shrug-a-Long KAL || #OURKSS18

BadWolfGirlKnits, TheCornerOfCraft, DragonHoardYarn, yarncafecreations, and myself all want to knit the Shusui Shrug so we decided to host a KAL! Whee!

It is going to be a very informal KAL where all you have to do to win is participant! Get involved in the chatter threads, use the #OURKSS18 hashtag on Instagram, etc. Completion isn’t required, we just want you to knit along with us!

 

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Episode Six | Lofty Loops Yarns Podcast Show Notes

Finished Objects

2 Sample Socks knit up by my friend Aimee. Yarns used are Dinna Ken on MCN Sock and Blue Heart Lily on Sock (Lofty Loops Yarns). See more info on her Ravely project.

Works In Progress

  • Wisteria Lane Socks: Using Lofty Loops Yarns Wisteria Lane on MCN Sock, Socks on a Plane pattern (two at a time, toe up) Toes are a Lofty Loops Yarns coordinating mini (size 2 US)
  • Zweig Sweater: Using Lofty Loops Yarns Neptune on Singles and Hedgehog Fibres Urchin on Skinny Singles  (size 3 & 5 US)
  • Sugar Plum Fae Socks: Using Lofty Loops Yarns Sugar Plum Fae on Sock, plain vanilla using my Toe Up Guide (size 1 US)
  • Brioche Mitts: Still working out the pattern and the name. Using Lofty Loops Yarns Sunday Morning Remix on DK.  (size 4 US)

Stash Acquisitions

Dream Knitting

I want to cast on a Birds of a Feather Shawl using Lofty Loops Yarns Mermaid Lagoon on Sock and Mohair. Swoon!

Shop Updates

I have been playing around with a new-to-the-shop Kid Mohair and Silk base. I’m trying to determine if it is something I’d like to start carrying, but it sure is fun to throw color on!

I have had multiple requests for a Sparkle base so I think that will become a reality in the near future!

Colorways shown: Neptune, 700 Jumps Ain’t Healthy Boy, Raspberry Creme, and Sunday Morning Remix.


HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!

Shusui Shrug-a-Long KAL || #OURKSS18

BadWolfGirlKnits, TheCornerOfCraft, DragonHoardYarn, yarncafecreations, and myself all want to knit the Shusui Shrug so we decided to host a KAL! Whee!

It is going to be a very informal KAL where all you have to do to win is participant! Get involved in the chatter threads, use the #OURKSS18 hashtag on Instagram, etc. Completion isn’t required, we just want you to knit along with us!

ImagiKnit Yarn Shop | Omaha, Nebraska

I had SUCH a blast at the Peacock Party at ImagiKnit Yarn Shop! I think I want to just move in and stay there FORVER.

I had so much fun chatting with all the amazing knitters, especially @joyfiberarts @mamainamanse @aimeeperez73 & @c.m8land1966 (& Karla of course)!  My heart is so full!

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Podcast | Episode Four

Works In Progress

Exploration Station by Stephen West
Color A: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Samara
Color B: Lofty Loops Yarns – Overdyed OOAK
Color C: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Impromptu
Color D: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – “Abiquiu”
Using US 7 4.5mm HiyaHiya

Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer
Casual Fashion Queen — Jessica Jones
Cascade Heritage – Charcoal

Mystery Socks [Feb]
Cat Sandwich Fibers – “First Bloom” in Trustie Sock [February Mystery Club]
Vanilla Sock with Slip Stitch Heel
Using US 2 Chiaogoo – Magic Loop

Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer
Lofty Loops Yarns – OOAK Grey
Using US 8 5.0mm Clovers (for now)

HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!

Shusui Shrug-a-Long KAL || #OURKSS18

BadWolfGirlKnits, TheCornerOfCraft, DragonHoardYarn, yarncafecreations, and myself all want to knit the Shusui Shrug so we decided to host a KAL! Whee!

It is going to be a very informal KAL where all you have to do to win is participant! Get involved in the chatter threads, use the #OURKSS18 hashtag on Instagram, etc. Completion isn’t required, we just want you to knit along with us!

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Podcast | Episode Three

This week is the HO Show! (or Half Objects as we knitters call them) I have TWO HOs and plenty of WIPS, so grab a cup and enjoy. Plus, a special guest is joining me towards the end of the podcast to share what she’s been making.

Finished [HALF] Objects

Mystery Socks
Cat Sandwich Fibers – “Mr & Mrs B” in Trustie Sock [January Mystery Club]
Modified Socks on a Plane with an Eye of Partridge Heel
Using US 2 Chiaogoo – Magic Loop

Sugar Plum Fae Socks
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Sugar Plum Fae” & coordinating mini
Using a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Using US 1 2.25mm DPNs (Chiaogoo)


Works In Progress

Exploration Station by Stephen West
Color A: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Samara
Color B: Lofty Loops Yarns – Overdyed OOAK
Color C: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Impromptu
Color D: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – “Abiquiu”
Using US 7 4.5mm HiyaHiya

Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer
Colors Shown:
Plank & Stella — Tropical Fruit Cup Yui Fingering, Festivus Miracle V.2 Yui Fingering
Casual Fashion Queen — Jessica Jones
Hedgehog Fibres — Urchin

Crochet Scrappy Granny Stripe Blanket
Using fingering weight scraps.
Beginning chain 239
Size G Hook // Double crochets


Stash Enhancements

Mermaid, Narwhal, and Unicorn bag from @brianna_lentz — etsy shop coming soon!

Voolenvine Yarns
Voolenvine No.9 in Nouveau
Gothday Cake in Nouveau


HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!


Shusui Shrug-a-Long KAL || #OURKSS18

BadWolfGirlKnits, TheCornerOfCraft, DragonHoardYarn, yarncafecreations, and myself all want to knit the Shusui Shrug so we decided to host a KAL! Whee!

It is going to be a very informal KAL where all you have to do to win is participant! Get involved in the chatter threads, use the #OURKSS18 hashtag on Instagram, etc. Completion isn’t required, we just want you to knit along with us!


Other Things Mentioned

Amazon First Reads: Neighborly by Ellie Monago

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Podcast | Episode Two

This is a podcast about my knitting and yarn obsessions, with occasional other fibery goodness.

Finished Objects

Summertide Shawl by Helen Stewart
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Overdyed Mauve” in MCN
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Silver” in Singles

Lianna Hat by Hypnotic Yarn
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Red Pill Blues” in DK


Works In Progress

Mystery Socks
Cat Sandwich Fibers – “Mr & Mrs B” in Trustie Sock [January Mystery Club]
Modified Socks on a Plane with an Eye of Partridge Heel
Using US 2 Chiaogoo – Magic Loop

Sugar Plum Fae Socks
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Sugar Plum Fae” & coordinating mini
Using a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Using US 1 2.25mm DPNs (Chiaogoo)
You can find this sock kit here if you’re interested!

Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer
Lofty Loops Yarns – OOAK Grey
Using US 8 5.0mm Clovers (for now)

Coziest Memory by Kemper Wray
See my project page for details


Stash Enhancements

 

Artistic Lilly
“Grandpa’s Farm Truck” in Yay! Singles

Valentine’s Day Yarn & Bag Kit, purchased at Yarn Charm
Bag by TwentyEightStreet
Yarn by Indigo Boulevards


HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!


Other Makers & Things Mentioned

Crazy Sock Lady | @thecrazysocklady
SugarTots
TeeTurtle

FiberShare.org

Overdrive
I am on the list for Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan which is now a series on Netflix that I started watching. I’m currently attempting to finish Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin in the A Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones).

 

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Podcast | Episode One

Thank you so much for watching my hot mess of a first podcast! 🤗
This is a podcast about my knitting and yarn obsessions, with occasional other fibery goodness.

Finished Objects

Girl from the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli
Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids – “Como Blue”
madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – “Mandala”

Oracle Shawl by Voolenvine
Color A: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Mamanuca” in Sock
Color B: White Whisker Studios – “Dyrholaey” in Glittering Luxe
Color C: Yarn Ink – “Have I Gone Mad?” in Sparkle Sock

Thanksgiving Socks (no pattern)
Lolodidit – “Hippo for Thanksgiving” & “Sweetness”


Works In Progress

Sugar Plum Fae Socks
Lofty Loops Yarns – “Sugar Plum Fae” & coordinating mini
Using a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Using US 1 2.25mm DPNs (Chiaogoo)
You can find this sock kit here if you’re interested!

Exploration Station by Stephen West
Color A: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Samara
Color B: Lofty Loops Yarns – Overdyed OOAK
Color C: Lofty Loops Yarns – “Impromptu
Color D: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – “Abiquiu”
Using US 7 4.5mm HiyaHiya

Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer
Lofty Loops Yarns – OOAK Grey
Using US 8 5.0mm Clovers (for now)


Stash Enhancements

Plank & Stella
Festivus Miracle V.1 Tomo DK (giveaway winning),
Delirium Akame Sock,
Tropical Fruit Cup Yui Fingering,
Festivus Miracle V.2 Yui Fingering

Hypnotic Yarn
Peppermint Chocolate Mocha Gold Sparkle,
Gingerbread Man Gold Sparkle

SugarTots
Gingerbread Girl


HypnoLoops Sweater-A-Long KAL

Join Cheryl and I as we knit sweaters and cardigans!
Info and chatter thread is in my Ravelry group Lofty Loops Yarns and the FO thread is in the Hypnotic Yarn group. We’d love to have you join us! There will be prizes in the hand-dyed form. 😉
Use the hashtag #HypnoLoopsSAL on Instagram!


Other Makers Mentioned

Rockislander / Mari-Ann


Shop Update

Shop update was on February 2nd at 7pm CST. Two new colorways were introduced for Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry Creme

 

Tulips for Lovers
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My Go-To Simple Toe Up Sock Guide

There are a million of these floating all over the interwebs, but I’ve been asked multiple times how I knit my socks. I hope this helps! This is in no way tested by other knitters or perfect — it is just my method that I either stick to or tweak a bit until I’m happy with it. This is not so much a pattern to follow, but more of a guide. Enjoy!

Full disclosure, I’ve tried TAAT and can’t stand it. I knit my socks one at a time or otherwise concurrently, but never on the same needles. Feel free to adjust this to work with TAAT if that is what you prefer!

Concurrent Socks with KnitPicks Felici

THE TOE

The Cast On

I start by casting on 14-16 stitches using the Turkish Cast On method, which I’ve found to be the easiest to remember — not only to do. Nine times out of ten, I’ve started with 14 stitches, but recently have bumped it to 16. It is really personal preference and in my opinion, doesn’t make a huge difference. Just be sure to note it for the second sock!

I should also mention that I am always magic looping the toes. I’ve tried and failed miserably with DPNs because they just weren’t long enough.

I’ve often been asked what my favorite needles are and I will always choose Chiaogoo Red Lace knitting needles when using the magic loop method. The tips are very pointy and the cord is heavenly. I use a US 1 (2.25mm) for most of my socks — your results may vary.

An adorable toe. Colorway is my Sugar Plum Fae.
The Increases

Once you’ve finished the Turkish Cast on and you have live stitches ready to go on both needles, you can begin your increases. If you’re following along with the video linked above, I increase the exact same way. However, I add an additional row of only knit stitches after completing the cast-on. No reason other than it feels more sturdy in my brain. (That is probably completely false.)

Mark the ‘front’ or ‘top’ of the sock with a stitch marker so you can remember which side you started your increases on. Knit the first stitch and then yarn over. Continue knitting until there’s one stitch left on the needle, YO and knit that last stitch. Turn your work and repeat on the other side.

Once back to the side with the marker, knit all stitches for a round — knit the YOs through the back loop so it does not create holes. Your rows should look something like this:

Row 1: K1, YO, k to last st, YO, k1 (for both needles)
Row 2: K1, ktbl, knit to last 2 st, ktbl, k1

Repeat those two rows until you’ve increased to your preferred number of stitches. Most of the time this is 64 (32 on each needle), but it will depend on the size of needle and your foot circumference. There are loads of resources out there to help you figure out your magic number.

I want to mention that there are a number of ways to work the increases. For a long time, I would do the Make 1 method of picking up the ladders and yada-yada, but I always had to remember the difference between a M1L and M1R, which drove me bonkers. You also need to pay close attention to whether you’re on an increase row or not. With the YO method, it is really obvious so there is no remembering. Genius!

THE FOOT

If you’ve managed to complete the toe increases, you’re off to the races! Assuming that you’re planning on knitting a plain vanilla, stockinette sock. Obviously, if you were knitting any kind of pattern, you’d be following along with that and not this silly guide. 😉

The beauty of knitting toe-up socks is the ability to try on your sock as you go. Is it too loose? Decrease a couple stitches. Too tight? Increase a couple more. Once you’re happy, just knit. Turn on some Netflix, grab a tea/coffee/beer, and just knit. This would be a great time to set down your finished toe, grab a second set of needles, and repeat to work the socks concurrently.

I will also tend to switch over to use my KnitPro Zing DPNs at this point, too, but again, you do you.

Knit. Knit. Knit until you reach the spot where you’re ready for a heel.

THE HEEL

I would highly suggest purchasing the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern. It is only $1 US and the first few pages show you how to measure your foot for the length of each segment. I went along and created my cardboard foot cut-out (HELLO 2nd grade art!) which has been an invaluable resource as I’ve learned to knit socks.

I jump back and forth between the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and the Cut-in Afterthought Heel. I prefer the fit of a FLK heel just a smidgen more, but honestly they’re pretty interchangeable in my mind. I have a pair where I did a FLK on one sock and an Afterthought on the other because I was movie theater knitting and went right on past the heel. They wear the same in my opinion.

The photo below has a FLK on the left and an Afterthought on the right. Similar construction fit-wise, but they do look a bit different.

Yarn is Lucille by LoloDidIt with a mystery mini for the heels

If you’re knitting an Afterthought Heel, skip past this section and continue on to the leg of your sock. If you’re knitting a FLK heel. This is where that happens.

Some people are terrified of cutting into their yarn – and understandably so. It is an adrenaline rush, for sure, but once you’re past the first one, you’ll be good to go. 😂

THE LEG

Nothing to see here… just more knit, knit, knitting! Knit that baby until you reach the desired length. I shoot for around 5″ from the heel before starting the cuff, but it is entirely up to the person knitting and/or wearing them. Time for another Netflix binge.

THE CUFF

I like a 2×2 ribbed cuff. It is completely personal preference. I’ve done a 1×1 ribbing and a 1×1 twisted ribbing, also.

2×2 Rib: Knit 2, Purl 2 all the way around.
1×1 Rib: K1, P1 in the round
1×1 Twisted: K1tbl, P1 in the round

Continue working the cuff in your preferred method for as long as you’d like. I typically knit a 20 round cuff.

When you’re happy with the length, cast off using the Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.

That’s it! Sit back and admire your HO (half-object) Sock. Take a photo, Instagram that baby, and tag me in it if you’d like! I’d love to see them!

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