Monday, October 30, 2006
My plans for Lacevember include finishing up Glascow Lace, and knitting 2 more Christmas Lace scarves. I'm doing the scarves first, since they have a time line, and the sweater is for me. I cast on for my Green Skulls scarf at 11:45 Sunday morning, expecting to get a little into it, before Lacevember officially commenced. Well, I knit, knit, knitted, and ended up casting off at 12:30pm! And I drove around, ate meals, watched tv..... all in all, it only took me about 10hrs! sweet!
yarn: Lanett Superwash fingering weight, color #9544
needles: KP options, size 4
pattern : I made it up, but I used a modified "Skull & Crossbones Lace" from www.knitting-and.com , and knit it "longways".
Frankly, I didn't use the chart as written because I didn't like the crossbones part.
I really like this yarn! I might use my second ball to make a scarf for me. It is so shiny after it is blocked! although... I already have a Branching Out in nearly the same color...
Aw man, Les is going to love it! Skulls are so "in" this year. I've seen lime green skull print scarves all over the designer houses. As Les is not a silk scarf kind of gal, I think she will really get a kick out of a knit scarf!
So, since I finished "green skulls" I cast on for my last christmas lace scarf last night. The "Falling Water Lace Scarf". It is a pattern graciously put up for free on bluepeninsula's blog. http://bluepeninsula.blogspot.com/ I am making mine out of Plymouth Suri Merino, color #791. It is a worsted weight, so the scarf is coming out wideish. The color is a lightblue with green, purple, and pink fibers blended in. You can't even really see the other colors unless you really try. I am 5 reps in, and loving it. This is good tv lace. (I didn't mess up even though I watched Prison Break and Heros - both shows which I find it hard to look away...)
Pictures tomorrow of the progress!
I finished wrestled with the idea of starting another pair of socks during Socktober, but I decided that I'd met my goal - 4 PAIRS!, and S.E.X. would be a better use of my time.
With that in mind, I spent my Saturday at the "Frankin County Fiber Twist" in Deerfield MA. This was a really cool, albeit tiny, festival. It was all Franklin County Fiber artists and crafts people! There were lots of bagged fleeces, hand dyed roving, hand dyed yarn, hand crafted fiber items - like blankets - and Bosworth's Journey Wheel!
I talked my DH into going by saying it was going to be a nice drive, free admission to the local history musuam, etc. Well, it rained, and frankly, neither of us wanted to see the museum. (sorry Deerfield) DH was disappointed at the lack of live animals, and if we would have gotten there sooner, we could have toured all of the vendors' businesses. I thought that was pretty cool! Like a giant fiber open house!
Back to the S.E.X. ...
My fist purchase was this:
It is rayon laceweight yarn, dyed an amaing array of muted greens, with a tad of pink, that you can't see because of the way the skein is wrapped. guess how much... $5! The artist had a basket of "lone skeins", which is where I found my new lovely. I must now research knitting lace with rayon...
I walked about some more, then stopped to stare longingly a the journey wheel booth. Now, I am not a spinner. I know how it works, I've tried it in Grad school for class, but I don't really know what I'm doing. I must have watched for 20 mins, as the owner spun with a spindle and talked with the customers. I needed one! (Recently, I'd bought the new "Spin Off" magazine for DH. (research for his book) Of course, I read the issue too. In it there is an article about Mr. Bosworth and Journey wheels. I was intrigued...) I hemmed and hawed. Watched and Asked questions. DH told me I should get one. SO I did...
Now, the yarn did not come on the spindle, I put it there. It is a "mini" drop spindle, and it turns FOREVER. My other spindle is one that you can get when you go to a "ye olde tyme history place" for kids to learn about "historical crafts". Let's say it's.... rustic. I learned it so that I could sayI'd tried it. I didn't see what the hubbub was.
I get it now.
Check out my very own poorly spun yarn!
Just when I'd get pretty even, blap another thick spot. Oh well, practice makes perfect I guess. I now must research how to remove it from the spindle, and how to "set the twist".
we stopped next at a used bookstore. That's a whole other post.
Then we went to Webbs! I wasn't going past it with out stopping. Don't be silly. As it was still Socktoberfest, I told DH to pick out some sock yarn. He picked grey Regia 4 fadig. I didn't take a picture. It was grey sock yarn.
I also got this:
Granted, also grey, BUT it is Alpaca Silk! It is a lovely pewter version of my Mystery Stole Yarn. I think I officially have enough lace weight yarn to knit for the rest of my life.
But, It's ok, because it is LACEVEMBER (almost)!
Lastly, a look at my current progress on Glascow Lace:
I'm about 2/3 through the back. I totally put this down for Socktober, so now I should pick it up again.
Tomorrow we'll talk about Lacevember goals. I'm all written out for today!
Friday, October 27, 2006
Get down on it!
I finished pair #4 for Socktoberfest.
Now before ya'll get huffy 'bout these not being "socks", I think they count. If baby socks count, pedicure socks count. so there.
The matching Manicure mitts are mighty fun too!
Easy peasy Christmas present, if I do say so myself...
To make this lovely set, you need:
2 100 gram skeins of any TWO colors of worsted yarn (I used Red Heart SOft Yarn in Grape and Leaf)
1 pair of size 7 DPNs
1 yarn needle, and some waste yarn
CO 36, work in 2x2 ribbing for 5 rounds.
Knit in St Stitch for desired length of leg
work heel of your choice over half stiches - I used a short row, w/ 6 unworked stitches
Knit across top of foot, when you get back to the heel, begin to work in reverse stockingette for sole of foot.
knit until foot is 1.5" less than desired length.
Change to contrast color, and knit 5 rounds, maintaining pattern
change back to MC, and knit one round in pattern.
Work in 2x2 rib for5 rounds.
Bind Off in stretch BO of your choice
CO 32, work in 2x2 rib for 5 rounds
Knit in St stich for 2.75"
1. *K8, M1* around (36)
2. K1. PM, K around
1.k1, m1, Knit to marker, m1, sip marker, knit around
rep gussett rows 1 and 2 until you have 13 stitches between markers.
Knit across gussett stitches, place on holder
knit around, increasing 1 stitch when you get back to the gussett, join in the round
k one round mc
change to CC, and k 5 rounds
change to MC, Knit 1 round.
work in 2x2 rib for 5 rounds.
Bind off in Stretchy BO of your choice.
Place held stitches on needles.
Knit across, and PU 3 in fabric above gussett (to fill the hole)
Dec by two stitches at the "corners", on the next two rounds (12 stitches)
(look for the little holes created where you added new stitches)
work in 2x2 ribbing for 3 rounds.
BO in your stretchy BO of choice.
I hope everyone had as much fun as I did during Socktoberfest! I am definately participating next year!
Look out Lacevember, here I come!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wow. That is some ugly toe action going on.
This is sock #1 of my Pedicure socks. I decided to add the contrast band around the toes, just for fun. The mani mitts will be in the green color, with a band of the purple.
This is a super fast project. I frogged the whole thing last night and started over. I orgianlly cast on 44 stitches, but it was a tad to big, and I had a split stitch staring at me in the ribbing, and I had a little hole in the heel. All together to many issues to live with. I suppose that is what happens when you knit in the dark with yarn larger than your normal "knit in the dark knitting". SO I started over. It's ok. I frogged at 8:15 pm, co 36 stitchess, knit for about 30min., drove to work, knit for another 30min., drove home, and knit for another 2 hrs, and TADA! One finished pedi sock.
I would guess that if I knit solid on this gift, I could complete all 4 pieces in one day. This may be my christmas gift for the staff next year..... Shhh! Don't tell them!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Someone is going to ask the color # of this yarn. I don't know. I thought I had put it in a previous post, but I didn't. And I took the ball band out of my bag, so tough luck.
As you can see, I didn't even try to match the stripes. I don't think it's possible, and I like them this way.
I like this shot. It makes me feel artsy.
So I am on to pair #4 of Socktoberfest fun. I've been inspired by Knitty.com to make a pair of Pedicure Socks for my Mom. The ones on the web site are very cute, but not really her. She's not a stripey kind of girl. I am making them with a ribbed cuff, shortrow heel, and princess foot - afterall my Mom is Princess Theodora. She'll get a kick out of the "Princess foot".
All please feel free to oooh amd ahhh over the inside of my Pedi Sock, with it's transistion to the Princess foot.
I am also making companion Manicure Mitts. A little Mani/Pedi set as a side gift = happy mom. I should be finished with the Pedi socks by the end of Socktoberfest, but I'm not sure about the Mnai mitts - maybe. It depends on how much I get to knit this weekend. I want to try to go to MA to the spinning fiber festival thingy, and I'd like to go to the Farmhouse Yarns Sale. I'll be really busy I think.... buying yarn..... (evil grin)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I love thee because thou art useful;
and I love thee beacuse thou art pretty.
Visions of Socks dance in my head as socktoberfest starts to wind to a close. I'm excited to move onto Lacevember, as I have three more lace scarves to finish for Christmas, but frankly, I am not ready for October to be over. I love this month. It is the last bit of warm, the last bit of green, and the last bit of dry feet for a long, long time. I love the pretty fall colors, but it somehow harkens the sad greys of Winter. I look forward to the bright spring greens a lot more. I'm not ready for the yicky slush yet.
In that spirit, I have one more Socktoberfest pair of Socks left to do. I am finishing the toe on my second Jaywalker right now, (so pics tomorrow!) and am ready to make my Mom a pair of Pedicure Socks - a pattern from the Knitty.com archives. My Mom is a Mani and Pedi princess, so I am making matching Pedicure Socks, and Manicure mitts. In purple, of course, as it is her royal highnesses favorite color.
The yarn is (deep breath) Red Heart Soft Yarn. I can hardly even type it. I decided to use acrylic because I don't want her to worry about washing them, and this yarn is pretty nice. Well, for acrylic. The plus side, this project will go fast - it is worsted weight. I will only have to briefly play with the Red Heart.
let's move on to other things...
I had a S.E.X. trip yesterday. I went to fabric place (WHY MUST YOU CLOSE!) and got some nice 40% off yarn. 3 skeins of100% black angora for ME - I'm making a neck cozy thingy (drool); 2 skeins of sport weight wool, filitura dicrosa zara in a gorgeous bright turqoise - I think this will be gloves for my Grandma; and lastly a needle case - for which I payed$3. $3! It had no tag, so the cashier just made up a price. I wasn't going to argue....
THEN I went to Sit n' Knit, in West Hartford. I love Sit n' Knit. It is really hard not to go crazy in there. Yes, I bought more Misti Alpaca Lace Weight. But it's a color I don't have! Pretty coffee colored yarn. Do I know what it will be? .....no. Of couse not. But I have enough for a triangle shawl.
THEN I went to Borders. I used my Personal shopping day. I got a Chai and the Interweave Knits Christmas Gift special issue. Pretty cool issue, I must say. DH got a magazine and a CD. Oh yea. He was along with me.
THEN we went to Red Lobster. Let me explain. I love Red Lobster. I LOVE Crab legs. In my sad poor person world, Red Lobster was THE fancy place to eat. Where I live now, great individually owed restraunts are everywhere. 4 and 5 star places. We still go to red Lobster. I will be rich and famous some day, and still go to the RL. That is just the way it is.
On another RL note, I read a quote on "Overheard in New York". "My man's got to give me roses, and bling, and take me fancy places like Red Lobster."
sweet. It is all I ask for in life.
Today, I went to an antique store. That is not unusual. I love them in an unnatural way. But I got quite a haul. I got a bowler hat for $7, a 1960's cashmere coat with fur collar and cuffs for $95, and for One measly dollar, I got this:
It has 60 (!) patterns in it! Perfect comdition, no missing or creased pages! Aw yea! Socktoberfest is working for me!
Finally, here is a Picture of the show I opened on Friday:
A staged reading of "Franklin in Love", a new play by an up and coming playwright. I wish I had gotten better pictures, but I had to sit in the balcony. Overall, a very rewarding experience, for which I recieved much praise. Can't beat that!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Starting tomorrow evning, I'll be BORED though. Tech is always so dull. At least I have plenty of time to knit, even if it is in the dark. I'll be working on my Jaywalker socks. I am nearing the end of the gusset decreases, ready to start the foot. I am going to SnB tonight, so I'll probably be pretty far into the foot by tomorrow night. I might even have this pair of Socks done by next wednesday. Or Monday, for that matter. After doing complicated lacey socks, or the constant counting of RPMs, these Jaywalkers fly off the needles.
and...just because Trekking is SOOOO pretty, here are a few pics.
the color transitions! The softness! The wonderfullness!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Of course I joined. Don't be silly.
Clicky on the "Lacevember!" on the side bar to check out the blog. It isn't much yet, but I'm sure the hosts will have it looking spectacular soon! I got a few pm's expressing their toughts on why I should host. Well, thanks everybody, but no way. I barely know how to make this blog work, let alone host anoter one. Let us let that up to the technically aware.
I also updated my sidebar to include a "socktober" link. TADA! (Like I said, I can barely keep this sad blog going...) It only took me until nearly the entire event was over.
I am on the heel of sock #1 of Socktoberfest Pair #3, the trekking Jaywalkers. Woo! I hope to finish a good amount tonight while at my friend's place. We are watching the Project Runway Finale. I don't have cable, and I am really missing out with this show. EVERYBODY in my field watches this show. I had to catch up. Ahh marathon tv watching. Iam now totally up to date, and super excited to find out who comes out on top, and what becomes of the sewing scandal.
I sent the RPM's off to their recipient, "Princess Evangaline". Hopefully she will love her "custom royal foot coverings". I suspect she will. (grin)
That is it for now. I have a fitting coming in, and a fur hat to make. The fun never ends!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Well, the needles came yersterday. I, of course took pictures immediately!
They are absolutely gorgeous size 1's, in SOLID brass. OMG! The pictures look "silvery" but in real life, they are a beautiful brassy brass. The one needle is stamped with the size, and the artist "signed" her work. The middle bit on each needle is swirly and twisty, like a churning sea. Frankly, these are a work of art. You almost feel like a musicain whe you pick these needles up. The artistry wants to flow out of your hands and into the yarn. Sort of like a great violin player... she can play beautifully on an violin, but give her a Stratavarious, and the world stops to listen. My DH even thought they were really awsome.
I started knitting with them right away. The socks I just started were on us 1's! I switched over. The swirly bits help keep the stitches in the middle of the needles, yet the yarn slides over them when you want it to, and the points are nice. Now, they are not the usual razors I like to work with, but I'm, doing double descreases with them on my Jaywalkers just fine. The points are similar to addis, imo. As a matter of fact, think I will go back to that now...
IF you are interested in some fancy needles of your own, or would like to buy me another pair, (grin), you can find then at:
Monday, October 16, 2006
It's Lang Jawoll, in a pretty dark brown color. AS you can see, I also broke down and bought Sensational Knitted Socks. I had a Borders coupon burning a hole in my pocket. I cannot wait to try some patterns!
Also in Honor of Socktoberfest, I submit my RPM's!
They aren't even dry yet. I had to post the picture, though.
Pattern: RPM from Knitty.com
Needles: size 1 KnitPicks circulars
Yarn: Regia 4 fadig Jaquard , color 5270; 2 balls
For: Vangie's Birthday.
I took a sock hiatis... shameful, I know, and worked on my Glascow Lace sweater. I progressed quite a bit, but it is in the dull stage, so no photos.
Then I felt guilty, and started Socktoberfest socks, pair 3. They are the ever famous Jaywalkers, from magknits.com. I am using Trekking XXL, for the first time, I must add, and I love it! SO pretty! Unfourtunately, i think they might be too big for me. All of the online chatter points to these socks being **tight**. I decided to make the larger size. They seam huge. We'll see. It might change when I get to the heel. This is the progress, thus far.
I love Socktober, but I can't wait for Lacetember!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Just becuase I can, and my projects are still in the state of boring, I give to you, some new stash excitement!
3 skeins of Knitpicks gossamer in "blue Jeans". Much "blue-er than the picture suggests. I want to knit a candleflame stole from this.
4 skeins of Knitpicks shadow in "jewels". Tis is destined to be a circular shawl from "A Gathering of Lace". I'm not sure which one, but I am leaning towards shetland...
My newest find... Cervina Londra - 30skeins for $30! It is so soft! I think this will be a sweater for DH. (It is heavy worsted weight).
Lastly, in honor of Socktoberfest, I have a new Ball of Trekking! It is a blue and grey. This will probably end up as a pair of socks for a guy - a brother maybe? Or DH?
Wow. That's a lot of blue! I seem to be exiting my purple phase and entering a blue/grey phase. Interesting....
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I started knitting socks last November - almost a year ago! I taught myself using a magazine and the knittinghelp.com video. Frankly, I learned to knit socks to "show up" a person at work. He is always making such a big deal about his fun fur scarves, I had to shut him down. How better than to make - what I thought was - the "most complicated knitted object ever"!
ps... it worked. Shut him up but good.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My first pair was a woolease sport weight ribbed cuff, top down, reinforced heel, rounded toe sock. I ave them to my Dad for Christmas. I don't know how they hae held up. My Mom says he never wants to wear them, as I made them, and he doesn't wantto ruin them. aww.
What would you have done differently?
Made them from fingering yarn. I think they are too heavy.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
hmm. KPM - drool. I used it for a pair of socks for my mom. CTH - so soft, so pretty. I could be biased, as I just had my newest pair on my feet hot off the blockers. i enjoy petting my Schaefer Anne everytime I open the basket, and I am sure I will enjoy kntting it. Actually, there is only one sock yarn I have HATED thus far - Silja. Blech.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I like DPN and ML. DOn't like 2 circs. Too many ends. I use ML the most, but not always.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I like both! The short row fits my foot best, but flaps just look so cool.
How many pairs have you made?
um... 18? I think?
1. Dad's - woolease
2. dh's - regia
3. my regia
4. sara's - sockotta
5.carol's - sockotta
6. rebecca's - sockotta
7. denise's - sockotta
8. joy's - sockotta
9. leah's - sockotta
10. DH's SU socks - local handpaints
11. my Child's First Socks - KP essential
12. Mom's CFS - KPM
13. my Multiringel's
14. my Mystery Socks - Viv's Lacey Socks in Wildfoote
15. Nate's Birthday socks - sockotta
16. Mystery Socks #2 - smocked socks - Gedifra Fashion Trend
17. Socktoberfest -CTH Elfine socks
18. My Ripple socks in Fable - I forgot these earlier. They should be around #5
*19. Socktoberfest RPM's in regia - in progress
I feel as though I am forgetting a few pairs.
When I finish the pair OTN, I will have 18 pairs this year, and counting. maybe my goal should be 24? 2 a month? Maybe. I'd have to do two pairs of anklets to make that happen I think. we'll see.
The intention was to knit a little bit on the sweater, then to work on the RPM socks. yeah. I fell asleep. So, no progress past where I was yesterday.
I am one repeat into the leg on the second sock, but I thought I'd show off the pics of the first sock. I like the way the stripes are obscured by the spiraling purls. QUite cool.
Well, off to actually work at work!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Amid all of the crazy things going on in my life, I actually managed to complete my first pair of Socktoberfest Socks!
Pattern: Elfine socks
Yarn: CTH supersock in Tropical Storm colorway
Needles: knitpicks size 0 circulars
Changes: I knit a ribbed cuff instead of the very delicate and, frankly, perfect garter cuff called for. The socks were just a **we** bit big for my leg, so a ribbed cuff made them stay in place better.
I started these so long ago, it's almost embarrassing.
My next Socktoberfest adventure is "RPM's" from Knitty.com. These are in honor of CBGB's. RIP. The list of bands that played there is like reading my list of vinyl. so sad. I am knitting them on size 1 needles, and with regia self "fair isle"ing yarn. SO far so good! One socky is finished... pics to come.
Lastly, I have a sweater OTN. Glascow Lace from the Fall '06 Interweave knits. I am kntting it out of a very grey purple alpaca yarn. For those of you who know this pattern, or have the inclination to look it up in the magazine, it looks quite awful on the model. It is either too short or too long. Either way, it hits her at a very bad spot. But, the length on me will be perfect, as I am short waisted. I started this last night at, like 11:30. SO I am only just past the edging, which I must add is very pretty. A bitch to knit, but pretty.
That is all for now. Everyone hug your socks!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Pictures of the next Christmas gift! Stand in amazement everyone!
Presenting the world's crappiest pictures of "The Bat Scarf"
It is knit in Classic Silk - black, on size 6 needles. I used Barbara Walker's CHart from her third book of patterns.
Basically, I CO 39 stiches, k 5 rows. Keep 3 stitches in Garter as edges.
Follow chart for bat.
Knit "spacer lace" 7 times. (row 1: K6, (ssk, yo, k1, yo, K2tog, k3) 3 times, k3. row 2: purl)
Follow CHart for Bat
Knit spacer lace 15 times
Follow Chart for Bat
Knit spacer lace forever - about 50 times
knit 10 rows in stockingette
knit spacer lace 25 times
knit 7 rows of stockingette - end with a knit row - do not BO, break yarn
CO 39 stitches, k 5 rows
keeping selvedges, follow chart for bat
knit 7 reps of spacer lace
knit 10 rows of stockingette
knit 15 rows of spacer lace
knit 1 row - do not BO!! Kitcher the two sides together.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I am a blog joiner though! I'm now officially a member of Socktoberfest. I wasn't going to join, but then thought - "What the hell." I'll do it. I'm not going to get many done this month, but that is ok. My goal is to knit a few pattterns that have been calling to me - mostly lace ones. I'm almost finished with the Elfine's I started EON'S ago. I just have been super crazy with work. Too much to do! I am modifing the cuff from a garterstitch to a ribbed, but overall, I've knit pretty much what is written.
On the work front - I am doing my normal job, hectic enough, but I've also taken on a few design jobs - kewl - extra money. The bad thing is that they are all on top of each other. The one performs at the end of October, the next in the beginning of December, the last is the end of December. Not bad, but very little time for knitting!! I'm going through withdrawl!
I was goig to say that I should be able to crank through the cuff of the second Elfine tonight - but that is so not going to happen. I have to pattern and cut two 1770's French gowns tonight. err. Crap. That means that I will be building tommorrow night. Thursday is SnB - good built in knitting time. Unfortunately, I end up helping others and really don't get much knitting done. Friday is fittings in the evening. Saturday I'm headed into the city for shopping and maybe a fitting for my lead actor.
Maybe I need to get up an hour early to get my "fix". Like that'll happen.
On the plus side, I finished anoter christmas gift on SUnday night. It is blocking now, but I hope to take photos this afternoon. go me! Only 2 more to go!