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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 33

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

FOs

  • Bradley Afghan by Toni LipseyThe final xmas gift!
    • Craft Smart Value Yarn held double. Mushroom, Navy and Clay colors
    • My gauge is way off, 12 sts over 4” not 10. Still using 10mm hook. Wondering if the hook is mislabeled. 
    • Added more stripes to length and changing up the order for the finishing 
  • Draft Stopper
    • 360 rows on my addi machine
    • Single ply black acrylic and a papatya self striping cake. 
    • Stuffed with mainly towels and some polyfil to attempt to round it out
  • Machine Knit Hats
    • Started by using Shenandoah Valley Hat by Heather Moore
    • But they were turning out very long (will probably have to rip back) so I switched to doing a 40/40/40 row color switch
  • Persian Dreams Worsted by Jenise Hope (ravelry link)
    • Also using expansion pack, 27 hexes total. mostly 2 hexes from each chart
    • Wool of the Andes, US 5, 3.75 mm needle, magic loop then 16” circ
    • Using the weavin stephen technique to weave in ends as I go
    • Changed the construction from original pattern. I kept all my hexis on waste yarn and used a 3 needle bind off to seam them together. On the wrong side
    • Doing a 5 stitch icord bind off. Not doing anything special for the corners. Doing a little decrease between the hexis though.

WIPS & Future Plans

  • Vanilla Socks
    • 56 sts, 2.25mm
    • Deep stash from Mineville.

Sock Box 2021

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2022 Knitting Goals & 2021 Reflection

A new year means a time for setting new goals! It’s not necessary but I find it very helpful to focus my energies a bit. But before I set new goals I need to look back on 2021 and see how I did.

My main goals last year were to complete my make 18 list (which included my major 2021 project of a Persian Dreams blanket), wrap up some old WIPs and work from stash. I think I was mildly successful overall. My persian dreams blanket is an icord border away from being done and I only have a few WIPs left from this time last year. However, my make 18 list was a major fail. It did help me realize that when I am obligated to work on something I lose all motivation, even if it’s a pattern I want to make and it’s for me. All in all I was only able to finish 5 of 18 patterns. All the patterns are still in my queue and I still want to make them just didn’t happen this year.

So in 2022 one of my goals has repeated itself and that’s to stash down. I didn’t really set up anything last year to work towards it but this year we have Stash Down 2022. My goal for the MAL is to use up at least 30,000 m of yarn. I recently got an Addi Knitting Machine kingsize and it’s going to be the key to really being able to eat up that extra yarn. I plan on adding to my knitted gifts stash a bit but there will also be a lot of charity knitting. Making hats and scarves on the knitting machine is a breeze and it makes me feel like a speed wizard. I can’t wait to crank out some tubes. Also debating trying to make a scrappy blanket on the machine as well.

At the end of every year I do an inventory of my stash to see where everything is and to make sure no creepy crawlies have taken up residence. Somehow I managed to increase my sock yarn stash even though I don’t really remember buying that much sock yarn. Last year I was at enough yarn for 105 pairs of socks and this year it’s at 122. I think I officially qualify for sock yarn dragon status. So along with my machine knitting, I am aiming to get at least 20 pairs of socks knit, hopefully more.

I am also planning on starting a slipper basket. When I used to live in the Yukon my mother had this basket of slippers that would live by the door for guests to use when they visited. Although we are still not in the visitor stage of the pandemic, now feels like the time to start working on it. I have a decent acrylic stash that would make some very fun slippers. There are also so many fun patterns out there that I have been meaning to try.

My word of the year was nurture and I think these goals will help me nurture my creativity and rediscover the love for the yarns I already have.

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 32

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

Wearing my Julgran Sweater

FOs

  • Solstice Ornament
  • Machine Knit Baby Hats
    • 75 rounds total, various yarns
    • Knit Quick machine from Michaels. Loved it but it started making weird noises on the last hat. Returned and am going to get an addi king for myself after xmas
  • Slytherin Scarf and Headband
    • High Desert Worsted in Riverbend (green) and Quail (grey)
    • Followed youtube tutorial for headband
    • Scarf was made up as I went
      • 20 rows in green
      • 4 rows grey, 4 rows green, 4 rows grey
      • If I was to make it again I would make the 20 rows of green longer.
  • Quick Mittens for Men
    • Pattern (R) by jane richmond
    • Legit my go to mens gift knit
    • Making for a friend of mine that lost one of his originals
    • Charisma tweed in grey tweed
    • Only thing I changed about the pattern was adding a button and loop
  • Mittens
    • School Mittens (R) by Janis Kristjansson
    • Sock yarn 3x, drops fabel 
    • Xmas gift for my mother in law. 
  • Gift Bags
    • Connecting Threads Peppermint Please panels 
    • Ribbons were a value pack from michaels. Lined in plain white cotton.
    • Used lined drawstring bag pattern by jeni baker. Left out accent fabric and freehanded the size to fit the panel. Boxed corners are 3”. Sure there was an easier pattern to use but I wanted to line the bags and ive used this pattern a lot. 
    • Gift tags and fabric wrap also made.
    • Spool of thread peppermint fabric just needs to be hemmed to be made into wrapping

WIPS & Future Plans

  • Bradley Afghan by Toni Lipsey
    • The final xmas gift!
    • Craft Smart Value Yarn held double. Mushroom, Navy and Clay colors
    • My gauge is way off, 12 sts over 4” not 10. Still using 10mm hook. Wondering if the hook is mislabeled. 
    • Added more stripes to length and changing up the order for the finishing 
  • Granny Square Advent Blanket
    • Spin Your Granny Square by Kylie Moleta
    • Advents I’m using are Tofino Knit Co (disney), Polka dot creek, gingersnap, corner of craft/chromatic yarns and now adding in Fibre Arts Studio

#stashdown2022

  • This is a challenge against yourself to focus on using your stash in 2022! Love the collection you have spent so long currating.
  • We are going to use meterage to calculate how much stash is used. You can set a goal of a certain amount of meterage to use up but it’s up to you.
  • Runs from Jan 1 2022 to December 31 2022. Timezone is your own.
  • Yarn that is considered stash will have come into your possession before Jan 1 2022.
  • Meterage counts once a project is fully finished.
  • WIPS can count as long as you have to do some actual work on it, not just finishing.
  • Any craft that uses stash counts (knitting, crochet, tatting, spinning, weaving, machine knitting, needle punch). As long as you can count the meterage you are good to go.
  • Post in the shared google sheet with your name, instagram handle and quarterly totals! Every quarter I will do a random draw from the people who have entered their totals in the quarterly colums.
  • If it helps I have made a google sheet for myself to track my totals. You are welcome to save a copy! Its pretty basic but it works.
  • If you share on Instagram use #stashdown2022.
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30 Christmas Sock Patterns

As the gift knitting (hopefully) comes to an end my heart wants to cast on festive socks. This time of year the self striping festive options seem endless. But sometimes you need to work with the yarns you have, enter Christmas Sock patterns! There are so many options out there but below are 30 of my favorites. Most of them are colorwork but there are other techniques mixed in as well. The levels of colorwork also vary so there should be something for everyone. Happy sock knitting!

Note: I have tried to find links to all patterns that don’t connect to ravelry but if the pattern isn’t available anywhere else the link will be marked as (R). Also the photos used are from the pattern pages.

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 31

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

FOs

  • Socks
    • Regia Stadion Clor in 5397 picked up at Romni Wools
    • fleegle heel but planning on pulling the heel flap yarn from the senter of the yarn ball
    • Moved back to 32″ circs mainly because the tiny circs disappeared in my car

WIPS & Future Plans

  • Mittens
    • School Mittens (R) by Janis Kristjansson
    • Sock yarn 3x, drops fabel 904
    • Xmas gift for my mother in law. 
    • knitting the adult small
    • cast on 3 stitches after thumb divide
    • Living in Longview Creations Bag
  • Granny Square Advent Blanket
    • Spin Your Granny Square by Kylie Moleta
    • Tofino Knit Co (disney), Polka dot creek, gingersnap (gradient), corner of craft
    • Also have 12 day fibre arts studio advent that i am saving for the 12 days of  xmas
    • Will join as you go at the end to add a border and hopefully make it look consistent.
  • Gentle People Shawl
    • CWM 2 ply in Fox
    • US 8

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Quick & Easy Gifts

Tis the season for last minute late night panic crafting! I have combed the internet to pull together some suggestions to get your gift knitting done quickly. In order to help with speed, everything on this list is at least a light worsted weight/gauge and is fairly uncomplicated. I also focused mainly on accessories since speed was our goal. A lot of these patterns are my personal go tos when I need presents so I hope they also help you. Patterns are also a mix of crochet and knit so there should be something for everyone!

Note: I have tried to find links to all patterns that don’t connect to ravelry but if the pattern isn’t available anywhere else the link will be marked as (R). Also the photos used are from the pattern pages.

Hands

Head

Feet

Neck

Miscellanious

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 30

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

Trying to be a monogamous knitter to try and clear my needles before December advent madness kicks in. Have been getting distracted by my planners though and getting into more paper crafting.

FOs

WIPS & Future Plans

  • Spooky Sweater for my husband
    • Using Craft Smart and KP Might Stitch for color work accents
    • Pattern is Fall Favorites Collection (ravelry) by Megan Regan
    • Multiple chart options in pattern but going with the ghost chart.
    • Living in spooky iheartewee bag
    • using his old Tenderheart sweater as a comparison sweater for measurements etc
    • Quick update, ripped out the neck and now its too wide. Became frustrated and has been paused for now. 
  • Cryptids SAL
  • Socks
    • Regia Stadion Clor in 5397 picked up at Romni Wools
    • will have a fleegle heel but planning on pulling the heel flap yarn from the senter of the yarn ball
    • Moved back to 32″ circs mainly because the tiny circs disappeared in my car
  • Future Gift Bag Sewing
    • Unsure what pattern I’m going to use but I got the panels from Connecting Threads
    • Peppermint Please Collection by Sarah Watts of Ruby Star Society

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 29

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

It’s my Podiversary!! Officially a year of me being back podcasting. Considering I didn’t make it a full year the first time I’m stoked! Going to start a new playlist called season 3 for the third year.

FOs

WIPS & Future Knitting Plan

  • Spooky Sweater for my husband
  • Cryptids SAL
  • Spinning
    • Working on Second Bobbin of rainbow unicorn fluff
    • will be a 2-ply of some kind of weight
  • Socks
    • Regia Stadion Clor in 5397 picked up at Romni Wools
    • Have moved them to 9” circs and because I have switched to continental knitting I am loving them! Some small tension issues but otherwise amazing
    • Have been taking these on walks in the evening.
    • will have a fleegle heel but planning on pulling the heel flap yarn from the senter of the yarn ball

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 28

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

FOs

  • Fold in the Cheese Teatowel
    • Pattern by Lion Brand. Comes in both knit and crochet
    • Part of their Schitts Creek Collection
    • Black and Grey are Bernat Handicrafter, Yellow is Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/8 in sunny yellow
  • Yetsas Bolero (also available on ravelry digitally)
    • Yarn is briggs and little regal in grey and sport (doubled) in natural white)
    • Pattern is written in a very strange way. Wording about picking up stitches didnt make sense to me.
    • You can figure it out with experience for the most part but beware
  • Candy Corn sweater
    • Reworked the collar, picked up every stitch slipped and on the back neck. Just put in a regular 2 stitch button hole. 2×2 rib for 14 total rows. Used icelandic bind off
    • Inspired by knottymermaids sweater
    • Douglas Cardigan by Andrea Mowry
    • Was able to just use stash. Mostly fingering held double. 
  • Snappy Halloween Hat
    • KP Wool of the andes (black, poet, peapod and solar flare) held double with a mohair. 
    • Last of the halloween spooky yarns from KP
    • Snap Hat by TCK
  • Good Vibes Blanket to Pillow
    • Decided I didn’t want to keep working on the blanket, so I took what fabric I had and made it into a pillow. Nothing wrong with the pattern I was just over it. 
    • Took what I had and whip stitched it onto an ikea pillow (16×26) form

WIPS & Future Knitting Plan

  • Persian Dreams Worsted by Jenise Hope (ravelry link)
    • Also using expansion pack, 2 of each hex
    • Wool of the Andes, US 5, 3.75 mm needle, magic loop then 16” circ
    • starting to do 3 needle bind off on wrong side.
    • calling it at 27 hexes, i have just kinda burnt out. the original pattern only calls for 25 so im good size wise.
  • Spooky Sweater for my husband
    • Using Craft Smart and KP Might Stitch for color work accents
    • Pattern is Fall Favorites Collection (ravelry) by Megan Regan
    • Multiple chart options in pattern but going with the ghost chart.
    • Living in spooky iheartewee bag

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Coffee and Craft Podcast Episode 27

Hey lovely humans! My name is Bernadette and welcome or welcome back to the Coffee & Craft Podcast.

FOs

WIPS & Future Knitting Plan

  • Gentle People Shawl by Softsweater
    • Custom Woolen Mills 2-ply in Fox
    • Sized up to a US 8 needle
  • Cryptids Stitch Along
    • 1 mystery cryptid a week (ish) to be finished in January
    • Frixon pens are amazing
  • Fold in the Cheese Teatowel
    • Pattern by Lion Brand. Comes in both knit and crochet
    • Part of their Schitts Creek Collection
    • Black and Grey are Bernat Handcrafter, Yellow is Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/8 in sunny yellow
  • Festive Jelly Roll Blanket (ravelry link)
    • Using Festive Socks scraps and various minis
    • US 7, 4.5 mm needle
    • Following pattern as written except for slipping edge stitches to make picking up easier.
    • Slipping has led to a cute joining technique
    • Aiming to make a throw size,50ish x 60ish
    • Perfect reading knitting