Autumn is in the air

September 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

Paulie cardigan

Although the leaves haven’t really started turning yet, I’ve definitely been in the mood for some autumn knitting.  This is my very first top-down sweater.  So far so good!  The pattern is Paulie and free.  The yarn is Rauma Finullgam, a fingering weight yarn that I found at my LYS. It’s made in Norway. It starts out kinda stiff and scratchy, but I was assured that it gets softer with washing and wearing. The sturdier yarns seem to wear longer while the really soft luxury yarns tend to pill badly and just look ratty in a short period of time. I’ve sorta ditched my sock knitting for the moment in favor of a nice autumnal sweater. oops! Next month is Soctoberfest so socks will reemerge again.

Lisette skirt pattern

And what seems like forever, I’ve been longing for a wool skirt to wear with a warm sweater and tights and boots. Well, all the ready-made ones I’ve seen in stores are ridiculously expensive for what they are.  When I ended up at JoAnn Fabrics for a new cutting mat, I noticed that the wool fabrics were on sale.  I’ve also been wanting to try out Liesl’s new women’s line of sewing patterns called Lisette.  I’ve heard amazing things about her children’s patterns and am curious about these adult patterns.  I really, really need want to do some clothing sewing. But it seems like the last few things I’ve intended to make never got finished.  That needs to change!

Autumn outfit

On top of the desire for autumnal creating, I’ve got this HUGE urge to completely clean, organize and repaint every room in the entire house. Spring cleaning in the fall?

And completely random… a friend of mine posted this video below on Facebook. It is so charming and endearing. I’m hoping that my hubby and I can be so fun-loving and cute when we are that age. Heck, I wish we were right now.  My thought for the day is love your life, take every opportunity to have a little fun and enjoy learning something new!  You can read the rest of the their story over here.  They are just too cute!

Success & Failure

April 28, 2011 § 12 Comments

"Pinked" at the halfway mark

Success

~ Once I switched to Addi Turbo Lace needles, these socks seemed start flying along. For a month now, I’ve been trying to knit this sock and it felt so painfully hard.  And it was coming out a little tight on my 2.25mm Hiya Hiya needles. So I finally broke down and bought a 2.5mm Addi Lace needle. Why oh why didn’t I try these needles earlier??  They make fairisle knitting so much more enjoyable!  And I have been faithfully knitting along on this sock in the evenings. I just might get both socks done by the end of May yet.

~ Well, this one could fall under both the success & failure category. But I’m counting it as mostly success…  Success that we didn’t give up and that it mostly works.  I am nearly done with my horrible Civil War quilt blocks that we have been making at work over the last year.  I’m not going to tell you the pattern because it has been a nasty bugger to work with and I don’t want you to face the same challenges we have been having. But I am happy to have completed the last block and now be able to sew the top together.  I think it will look better than all the trouble it has caused. Maybe I’ll snap a pic of the finished quilt before I donate it to a good cause.

~ I’ve got two UFO quilt tops ready to quilt!!

~ I heard that the bride loved her quilt!!

~ I actually made it to the gym this morning and it didn’t kill me!

It's supposed to look like asparagus.

Failure

~ My asparagus looks like poo.  Our challenge this month in my Flickr quilting bee is vegetables.  I think I may have to find a different vegetable to sew.  What a waste of a perfectly fine background fabric.

~ One of the trees we planted last year to cover up our neighbors horrible eyesore deck has died. I need to go buy another one to replace it.

~ I haven’t been exercising much since January for various reasons and it is depressing how quickly all strength and stamina is lost.

Don’t let the failures drag you down.  And enjoy the successes. I hope your weekend is filled with more success than failure!

Sock.Knit.Love

March 25, 2011 § 5 Comments

Diagonal Lace Socks

I just finished up the Diagonal Lace Knit-Along socks last night.  And a week early to boot!  I can’t say that I’ve found the love for the toe-up method even though these are my 2nd pair of toe-up socks.  It just seems too awkward. And I don’t really understand how to alter all the sock anatomy parts to make them fit better like I do on top-down socks. I guess it just takes time to gain an appreciation for this method. None-the-less they are a nice pair of socks. And I’m going to give them away to my best friend who recently commented  that the other pair of brown socks I made her had shrunk in the dryer.  These should fit much better!

Pattern – Diagonal Lace Socks from Socks From the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson
Yarn – Cascade Heritage, color Brown
Needles – 2.25mm

Eunice Socks

And… last week I finished the Eunice socks.  I love how these turned out even though I’m not a big fan of knitting cables on teeny tiny sock needles.

Pattern – Eunice from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.
Yarn – Dalegarn Baby Ull, color Black
Needles – 2.25mm

Next up in our knit-along:

April/May = Jagged by Through the Loops (Ravelry link) OR alternately Pinked from Interweave Knits, Winter 2010 issue (Ravelry link)

I also started knitting the Turkish Bed Socks because my sister-in-law gave me the pattern for Christmas.  Plus, they look like good summer socks to have on hand, don’t you think?

*We watched the movie Eat. Pray. Love. and it wasn’t much better than the book.  My apologies to anyone who liked it, but I just didn’t enjoy the book and the movie didn’t improve the story for me.

Gold Toes

January 25, 2011 § 9 Comments

Two Weeks Later

Started on January 12 and two weeks later… a pair of finished socks. It was like I was a knitting fiend.  I couldn’t put these down.  Sock knitting is relaxing to me.  And I think that when things get busy I need to have a pair of socks to knit on to unwind from the day.  Nearly every evening these were in my hands.

The yarn was frogged from another pair of socks that were a wee bit too big and I had only worn a couple of times. But I didn’t quite have enough to finish the toes. So a little leftover yarn from another pair was used to finish them off. The leftover yarn has a touch of gold running through it and so my husband started calling them Gold Toes.

Pattern ~ Ariel by Debbie O’Neill from the book Sock Club

Yarn ~ Sundara and Lorna’s Laces

Needles ~ 2.25mm

There’s just something about having a freshly knit pair of socks to wear…

Gold Toes

And now I am sick

November 11, 2010 § 7 Comments

One Pi sock done, one to go

There’s nothing like coming home and then promptly getting sick.  So, what have I been doing between moaning & groaning & whining about how I feel?  Knitting socks.  This was my airplane knitting to and from Houston.  One down, one to go. The second sock was started but not finished.

Jogless Join in the calf

They have given me lots of opportunity to practice my jogless join.  Before I really knew what I was doing, I kept the join in the same spot on the leg section. It doesn’t look quite as good as the foot section where I switched to the traveling join.  Unintentionally.  My first I thought was that I had to keep the join in the same place so that the heel would come out right. But  in hindsight, I think the traveling  jogless join looks better and I don’t think it would have effected the heel at all.

Traveling Jogless Join in the foot

These are for my hubby  and the geek in him.  We are calling them the Pi Socks.  Each stripe represents a number in Pi:  3.1415926535897932384626433832.  They will be finished in plenty of time for National Pi Day.

Project notes:

Yarn – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (50% Peruvian Wool, 20% Super Fine Alpaca, 30% Nylon) – and slippery than the dickens to knit.  I almost lost it when I dropped a stitch!

Needles – 2.25mm

Pattern – basic sock anatomy using Pi as the stripe sequence, 1×1 ribbed cuff, s1 k1 heel and toe in all the same color (just because that’s how the colors fell)

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