April 28, 2011 § 12 Comments
~ 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!
~ 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!
March 25, 2011 § 5 Comments
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
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:
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.
January 25, 2011 § 9 Comments
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…
November 11, 2010 § 7 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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)
October 14, 2010 § 11 Comments
One quilt top finished. Pattern coming soon.
Another quilt started. For the neighbors who always so graciously take care of our furry 4-legged children when we are gone.
Some sock knitting. For a birthday gift. I hope they aren’t too bright for the recipient! The pattern is Spring Forward on Knitty.com
And more sock knitting. For Socktoberfest. Free mystery pattern over here on Ravelry. Which isn’t so much of a mystery any more if I’m showing you what mine look like. We are on Week 2.
A little Oktoberfest celebrating in between. I love the giant pretzels~ with mustard! Prost!
What are you up to?
May 27, 2010 § 8 Comments
At least domestically, it seems that knitting needles are passing through airport security with no trouble. It’s a good thing, because look at how much knitting I got done! Well, a little bit was done while visiting my family. But most of the longest one was done on the flight out. On the flight back, my book had me totally engrossed so I didn’t get much knitting done.
Between quilting, I’m almost always working on a pair of socks. These two below are fairly recent finishes. I’m thinking that many of my friends are in need of socks for their birthdays or Christmas. The only downside to sock knitting is that my Dear Jane blocks are feeling neglected.
Pattern ~ Monkey by Cookie A. (free on Knitty.com)
Yarn ~ Enchanted Knoll Farm Superwash Sock Yarn, color Tia Dalma
Needles ~ 2.5 mm
Pattern: Wanida, from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.
Yarn: Fibernatura Yummy, color Mojave Dessert
November 22, 2009 § 7 Comments
Since we are joining friends for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, we decided to make our own Turkey Dinner at home tonight. It just seems like a necessary part of the season to have left-over turkey in the fridge and freezer. We like to make Turkey Tetrazzini and Turkey & Rice Soup throughout the winter. We lit a fire. And I dug out an old knitting project. Aaaaaaah…. a perfect day!
I’ve been trying to work on my quilting UFO’s but it’s been a struggle. I’m not sure that I am going to be able to meet my goal of 6 done by the end of the year. We shall see. But I have finished a couple of pairs of socks. Since there was so much yarn acquisition from the Sock Summit back in August, I thought I should attempt to knit a pair of socks each month. So far so good.
Gary’s Chai socks above were finished in October. He likes his socks Plain Jane. The yarn is from Frog Creek Fibers and the color is Chai. He loves the color! He says it reminds him of autumn.
These socks were finished for September. The pattern is Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin. And the yarn is from Enchanted Knoll, color Treasure Chest. I’ve been working on the Through the Loops Socktoberfest Mystery Sock for November. I just have a toe to finish!
Let’s cross our fingers and maybe we shall see some quilting crossing the finish line. I’m ready to sew the binding on a Block-of-the-Month quilt for a Christmas gift. It’s not a languishing UFO, but an unfinished project none-the-less. How are your UFO’s doing?
*line from “You’ve Got Mail”. Kathleen Kelly is in Zabar’s in the cash only line and Rose, the cashier says, “Happy Thanksgiving back”. We had to break out the movie and watch while eating our Turkey Dinner. There are just too many good one-liners in that movie! Another one of my favorites is near the beginning. George says that “The Internet is just another way to be rejected my women.” Or another time he says, “I’m going to the Nut Shop where it’s fun!”