Thursday, December 27, 2007

Campanula sock

As promised, here's the new sock I'm working on. This is Mezzodiva's Campanula for the Cure pattern. It's a glorious lace sock, and I'm loving every second of knitting it (and would honestly rather be knitting than posting this, but feel obligated to my blog-readers).

One pattern repeat into the sock:

Campanula again

Now back to knitting it.

Knitting updates

I finished one of the rainbow socks, and am into the second.

Here's the side detail:

increase/twist/heel detail

And a view of the top:

Top view

Beautiful. Stunning. Riot of color. I love them. I'll have the other one finished soon. Yay! AND each sock only takes 1oz of yarn. Exactly. So I'll have enough left to make a second pair of anklets. Woohoo!

I also started my Campanula socks, but will have to post pics of those when I get some taken.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Talking turkey

So the other day Amber comes screaming at me to look outside, and I see this...

Why did the turkey cross the road?

Wild turkeys in the front yard! They skittered off to the pond as soon as they heard us, but it was still pretty cool.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Random update (Must read knit-speak to understand this one)

A tease, if you will...

Rainbow socks are being knit in a modified version of the "Fallen Leaves" pattern from Knitty. The original pattern is far too wide for my feet, so I cut 12 stitches off the sock. I started with Judy's Magic Cast-On, and increased to 30 stitches per needle (magic loop method). For the pattern, I centered two repeats of the pattern in the middle. Had 60 stitches total on the needles, 32 on instep and 28 on foot. I took the 4 stitches on each side of the pattern to do a mini cable/twist type stitch (k2tog, k through first stitch again, slip off needle) with a purl on either side. It looks very cool, and basically outlines the sides of my feet.

I made a mini-gusset sort of, adding 4 stitches to each side so the bottom of the foot had 36 stitches on the needles (original pattern number) before I started the short row heel. That way, I could knit the heel exactly as stated in the pattern. It was def. a different sort of short row heel, using YO's instead of the usual W&T method I'm used to. It worked, was interesting, but don't know if I'd do it again. Once I finished the heel, I decreased 2 stitches per row (k2tog on one side, ssk on other) at row ends until I was back to my 60 stitches. By this point I'd stopped knitting the leaf pattern, but kept the mini cable on each side. Now I'm working essentially stockinette stitch around, and adding the mini-twist in two spots in the middle. Then once I have about an inch or so of leg, I will do the cuff in the mini-twist pattern (p1, twist, p1). The twist is a 4-row pattern (twist row 1, knit the stitches for next 3 rows, repeat) so I figure I'll do a 12-row cuff. I plan on a sewn bind-off.

And now that you're trying to wrap your brain around all that, I'm going upstairs to finish knitting the sock so I can take a picture of it to share.

Awww... I feel guilty...

Here's the start to give you an idea.

Pretty Rainbow Sock

Those are Entrelac Stitch Markers there, by the way. Itty bitty ones I'm testing for Ana. I love them. They're pretty and don't get in the way. I hope she decides to make them for sale. I may ask her for more to use on some of the other stuff I'm working on. Only work up to 2.5mm needles (which is what these are). Awesome.

Now I'm really going.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Yay hooray!

I will now be able to blog much more easily, as my favorite blog-posting software (Semagic) works with blogger. Yippee yahoo! (no, not Yahoo!, just yahoo). Um, knitting related news...

I finished the first Anastasia sock. I'm going to finish Rainbow of Falling Leaves before I cast on the second, and my Father and Son socks that were for my step-dad are now for my step-dad-in-law since I found out step-dad is allergic to wool. Which reminds me, I need to call around and find Wick yarn.

Okay. I should knit. I have fuzzy feet to work on too. And my son's slippers. Yeah.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I found the *best* lighting this morning...

So I've been feeling generally cruddy lately. Betcha couldn't tell *that* from my blog post yesterday, could you? Well, it culminated this morning at about 3:40am when I woke up feeling major pressure in my chest and had a huge coughing fit. And there was some blood in the phlegm. Ick. Not a lot, mind you, but enough to concern me. Because, well, I had a step-uncle who died because a blood clot from his lung passed to his heart when we all figured he just had a nasty cold. So I'm a little paranoid about these things.

So I got myself around, remembered to grab the insurance card, woke hubby up enough to tell him where I was going, grabbed my rainbow sock in progress, and headed to the Emergency Room of my preferred hospital. Which, oddly enough, I pass 3-4 other hospitals to get to. But this is the one I like, and it's actually the Brand New hospital, open for maybe a month now. Great opportunity to check the place out. I got to the hospital, loving the new easy access from the highway and such, headed in, past security, and towards the triage area when I was stopped and it was pointed out to me that I was leaving a trail of yarn behind me. The ball had fallen out of my purse, and the sock was still in it... so I follow the trail all the way out to the parking lot where I picked it up, helped an innocent bystander get untangled, and re-wound it back through the lobby and ER waiting area. (Don't worry - the yarn was unharmed)

We get through everything, get chest x-rays, and as I was waiting for the doctor to return, I knit at the sock a bit. Then I tried it on my foot. And held the foot up in the air to look at it a bit. Because hey, there is a MASSIVELY bright light in the room. And you know what? I didn't like it. At all. I love the pattern, love the yarn, they just were not meant to be together. So, then and there, I frogged it and re-wound the ball. Tucked my DPN's away in my wallet and was happy to see they fit. About then the nurse came back with an inhaler, a couple prescriptions (steroids and antibiotics - woohoo!), and my discharge instructions. And then I was on my merry way. I have a sinus infection and viral bronchitis. Lovely.

So I got my prescriptions at a 24-hour pharmacy on the way home (was still roughly 6am) and got back in time for house to wake up. Ugh. Haven't been able/allowed to go back to bed either. Because if I slept all day, I wouldn't sleep at night. But hubby has been forcing me to knit, so it's not all that bad. 2 1/2 rounds of Monkey pattern plus a toe, and I'm done with the pair! I even managed to save what was pulled out without losing my mind, and knit it back up in record time.

So if I seem a bit more off than usual in my posts for the next week, I swear, it's the meds. And also, thank you to those who read my blog and commented on my last post. It did make me feel a bit better to know I'm not the only one. Zyllah - honestly, when I get on here and post, I kinda just type what I'm thinking, let it all out. I do a bit of self-censoring (many things that do *not* need to be shared) but I think the strong emotions I felt yesterday had to be let out to an open audience. Thanks for reading. Sometimes I almost forget that people look at what I type here. :)

Oh, if you're wondering about the future of the Rainbow Yarn, I'm considering being daring and knitting the Rainbow Socks out of October's MagKnits with it. Fee says it's her pattern, but her yarn is still on my desk. :) At least until next week. Okeys. Enough for today.

Friday, November 9, 2007

In which I generally whine about things...

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I realized last night that my best friend in the world has been dead for over two years. In that time, I've had no one to take her place. I have 3 people I consider good friends. Two of them are moderately local but have definite other people who they consider to be closer friends, with whom they go out and do things and plan things with etc. The third lives farther away and has her own social group there. I'll call her and we'll talk for hours, but it's not the same. I have not a single soul who is close enough to be able to come hang out with me at a moments' notice, who would call me before anyone else when she needed something or had news to share, or anything of that nature. Kellie and I hadn't seen each other in several years when she died, but we still kept in touch like that. While she had other friends, I was generally the one she contacted when she needed to talk to someone who knew the real her.

I have a wonderful family in general. My husband works hard and is an amazing partner... but there are some things he just doesn't understand. My kids are great, but they're kids. My mom and I get along fabulously but again... she's my mom. And even there we have the issue that my ex has been living with her for about a year and a half now (when his stay was supposed to be limited to a few months). I don't even want to get into that...

Since my husband is a truck driver, that leaves me more or less alone with the kids all week long. Which is kinda okay. But lately I've been feeling the need to have some sort of social outlet... find somewhere I can go to meet someone who is also looking for that really good friend, who has also been deemed an outcast by other parents at the school, who generally would be willing to go out of her way to help when the need arises. I've considered trying knit nights at a semi-local LYS, but that would require finding a sitter and such. And even then I'd feel like an outcast because really, I have NO friends around here.

I used to be so good at making friends. I don't know what happened. Somewhere along the way I seem to have forgotten how to be social. I love where I live, I love my family, but there is just no opportunity to meet people without feeling like a total yutz who is trying to weasel into someone else's life. I feel as though I'm in a constant state of jumping up and down yelling "Hey! Look at me! Pay attention to me!" when I'm truly very good at listening and being an incredible friend. Paranoia sucks.

I suppose, much like the fact that I believe there's a lifemate for everyone out there, I believe that there is also that "perfect friend" for everyone. I know I had mine in Kellie. I just hope there's another for me somewhere, because I'd hate to live the rest of my life without that.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My first missed day. And a ramble on yarn presentation

See, I missed blogging yesterday. But I'm not giving up, because much like your typical diet, slipping up once does not mean one gives up entirely. So I'm on again today. I had a good reason to not blog yesterday. Right about the time I was sitting down to post, I remembered that a good friend had gone to a funeral. So I called her to see how her day went. It was her best friend's mom who had passed, someone she called mom. We talked for nearly two hours. So I think it was time well spent, and a good reason to miss a blog post.

And I'm back today.

I'm on the heel flap of the Short Monkey in a Prom Dress sock #2. And once the heel's done, finishing the foot is nothing. 5 pattern repeats and the toe decreases. Easy peasy. It's getting past the heel that's the challenge (and getting through the gusset). So hopefully I'll get through that tonight.

I finally settled on something to do with my Bearfoot and Schaefer Anne. I was originally gonna use the Bearfoot for hubby socks, then for a hat. But I have a better idea. I'm making myself a pair of convertible gloves holding both yarns together. Should be very warm and toasty and classy. Because the Bearfoot is pure black, and the Anne is a black/brown/burgundy mix that looks much nicer in a ball than it does in the skein.

Which brings me to a major pet peeve. I really don't like it when dyers don't re-skein their yarn after dyeing. Because looking at the yarn and seeing the individual colors all separate as they were when dyed does not come close to showing what it's gonna look like knit up. I've become accustomed to Artsygal's yarn that is always re-skeined before she takes pictures of it. And I seriously think it gives a MUCH better idea of how the colors will all blend together and how it will knit up. Much more visually appealing. One of the reasons I've yet to purchase any of Lorna's Laces is because I hate the way her yarn is pictured. It's sitting in lumps as if someone tossed it to the corner and didn't care how it looked. The skeins aren't even nice and evenly skeined. Seems like the yarn was just dyed, dropped on a table, and picture taken. Awful presentation. At least Blue Moon Fiber Arts, home of the ever-popular "Socks that Rock" makes their skeins look decent. They re-skein theirs, so you can see the blends next to each other, instead of looking at a mass of color.

My Shaefer Anne was like that too... a very short skein that was in its original dyed state, with all the colors separate. It just wasn't appealing. I was considering selling it or trading it until I saw a picture of the same colorway in a center-pull cake. The colors blended together so well, and it just looked wonderful. And that's when I could see just what the colors looked like together, and decided on my glove project.

So dyers out there, both commercial and indie, take this as a word of advice: If you want your customers to be happier with their yarn purchases, please take the time to re-skein your yarn. We'd really appreciate it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Knitting In Progress!

Okay, so that was the shortest delivery-to-knit time I've ever had for ANY yarn. Except maybe the cashsoft, but that yarn was bought for a specific pattern, and it's not socks, so it doesn't count. Anyhow, as soon as I got off my computer yesterday, I took the yarn upstairs and started winding it. I wound it into two 2oz balls. Which both miraculously ended at the purple. So I'm knitting toe-up and the rainbow will cycle through and end with purple at the toes. If I'm good, I'll bind off at red. That would be cool.

I finally settled on the Cloverleaf Eyelet Cable pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. Only I'm making them toe-up. I'll decide on a heel when I get there. So far it's absolutely incredible. And as soon as I find batteries that cooperate with the camera I have, I'll take pictures. I promise. But this is cutting into my knitting time, so away I go!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Rainbow Yarn!

Very short post! I got my Artsygal Sing Me a Rainbow yarn today! It's all deeply saturated colors that just cycle through the colors of the rainbow starting at red that drifts into the orange and then to yellow and slowly becomes green then blue and then purple... which just blends back to red. No drastic changes, almost imperceptible color changes. Aaaahhh... The color sections are roughly 3" long, the whole cycle takes a little over 60". Whee! I must go wind and start knitting!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Strange Days

So the time change was last night. Which meant when I woke up at 8:15am, it was really only 7:15am. Which was quite nice. Because it was daylight. So at least for a little while, the kids will have light to walk to school by.

So I set about being Useful and made coffee and breakfast and prepped the sauce for Butter Chicken that was for dinner... All was going well.

All was still going fairly well into the afternoon. Until about 2:30pm. At that point it felt like something had invaded my head. Completely and utterly. My whole body ached, my throat hurt, my ears burned. It was excruciating. I took a couple decongestants and Ibuprofin and curled up into the fetal position on the sofa. And managed to knit at Monkey for a while. Amazing.

Of course, this is the part where hubby decides it's time to play with the kids and be incredibly loud and obnoxious. Screaming children, loud husband, stupid movie on TV. And me, wishing it would all go away. The goof even started throwing macaroni at me and stealing my blanket. He's lucky I was so weak, or he may not have survived.

About 3 hours later, I started feeling semi-human again. It was the strangest thing. Because really, that's too long for me to say "Well, the meds kicked in". But it was rather brief for the kind of pain I was in. So we'll see what the next couple days bring. If it happens again, I'll go see the doctor. Otherwise I'll chalk it up to my body doing what it's supposed to do - fighting the infection and (hopefully) prevailing.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

In which I lament my lack of organization...

So tonight hubby and I will be sleeping on the mattress on the floor in the living room. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked.

See, I have ONE completed Monkey in a Prom Dress sock. It's taken me forever to get to the second one, because at first I lost my size 2 DPN's. Then, I got a set of Knit Picks Harmony sock needles, and at that point I couldn't find my yarn. Here's the already knit sock...

So tonight I was determined. I tore my room APART. Took stuff and threw it on the box spring of the bed after taking the mattress off so I could see underneath the whole thing. I finally found the darned yarn... between the dresser and the wall. Go figure. But my room's completely trashed. So I just put the mattress in the living room on the floor, because I am not in the mood to clean it up.

So now I can finish monkey.

Except for one thing...

I can't find my pattern printout. Mind you, there's nothing preventing me from looking it up online. But I am currently lacking printing abilities. So I get to write the flippin' thing out and work on it from there. Gah.

Anyone got an HP inkjet printer for me?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Short but sweet

NaBloPoMo day two! Just a quick post because I'm getting ready for hubby to come home. I did knit a bit on socks last night. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, and remembering what I love about socks. On the other hand, I am suddenly itching to work on my stole. We'll see what I feel like doing later (if I even have the opportunity to knit this weekend). Posting on weekends will be a challenge with hubby home. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

NaBloPoMo day 1

So it's November 1. I have so many things OTN right now, I'm gonna endeavor to finish a bunch of SOCKS this month. Yes, that means my SotS and my sweaters are gonna languish briefly. I need to finish at least one or two pairs... which also means finding my other ball of Prom Dress yarn. I could get that other Monkey off my back quickly with that.

Kidlets had a blast last night and brought in much loot. half of the total filled my biggest bowl to overflowing. We combine everything and put it out of reach. The elder kids get to keep their school loot separate. That way we're able to avoid the whole "S/he got more than me!" deal, as I distribute it regularly. It also means mum and dad get their share of the loot. Which is more than fair, as I carried Caleb's big butt around all night. Rick was home to take us out for the first time in three years. The kids thought that was cool, because he grew up in the town we live in and knew where to go for the good stuff (including a stop at his step-dad's house where they were giving out full-sized candy - 3 bags/pieces together in a baggy!).

All in all, a good night, and a good start to today, because waking up with hubby is always a good thing, even if it's at 4:15am. At least I got to go back to sleep. Heh.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tarot Me

You are The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Pattern for Posterity

My grandmother has been knitting the same slippers for everyone in the family (as well as craft shows and the like) forever. She's 88 now and not knitting quite so much, and has passed the pattern along. I've received it at least 3 times (because I keep losing it). This time, I put it into PDF format so it can be easily viewed. In re-typing it, I think I managed to make the instructions a tad bit more clear. I will update the file with a picture as soon as I make a pair.

Right now I'm m making a pair out of this random Sherlock yarn I got from April during a de-stash by her. They'll be Philip's, turning out rather cool and tweedy looking.

The ever-helpful Sade has made the pattern available on her server. Thank you darling!

In other news, I have posted tons of photos of knit items (including a finished Icarus) to my flickr account, so you should go to my photo page if you want to see them.

Also, my computer got a major memory upgrade today (from 128mb to 1GB), so I will be able to do more from this point on. Yay!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Things become fun after a break...

Like Icarus. I stopped knitting for a while, and when I picked it up again, I realized I was closer to completion than I thought. So now I'm roughly 20 rows from being done, which, all things considered, is pretty damned close. I'm actually waiting for emergency backup yarn from April, as the yarn she sent me is almost out, and I don't want to run out in a less convenient spot. So soon I'll be blocking and such, and I can't wait!

After that, I'll get back to knitting Peacock Feathers. I couldn't knit that as much as I wanted over the summer, as it requires a certain amount of focus, and the kids are quite disruptive to my knitting plans. I'm sure it will seem extremely fresh to me at that point!

I'm also knitting my beaded cami again. Much like Icarus, I picked it up and realized that I was almost done with the front panel. So I should have that done tonight. Then it will be on to the top pattern section and after that off to the back panel. All of which will undoubtedly go much faster than the first part (because it always works that way).

And I would have mega pictures to post, were it not for the fact that my 3 year old threw my camera on the ground right after I took pics of the kids for their first day of school. Thankfully, it's digital, and the pics are intact, but the lens is all screwed up now inside. You turn it on, and the image looks like it's melting. Kinda cool, but not very useful. This is why I bought a relatively inexpensive camera.

Oh, for my next project (once Icarus is off the needles) I'm going to be participating in Secret of the Stole! I'm using the Alpaca Cloud in Autumn Heather for it. It's even one of the recommended yarns and shades for the pattern. Whee!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

What I did on my Summer Vacation

We had our internet connection disconnected on 19June, and reconnected yesterday. This was muchly due to a need to leave the house during the summer. So I'm back, and will make an effort to return to regular blogging soon. I knit bunches o' socks, and am approaching completion of Icarus. However my 3yo is fussing, so I am going to finish this on Monday or somesuch when it's quiet here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Alas, Elfinesocks is no more...

I hate to say it, but I had to rip out Elfine's Socks. I was going nutzoid knitting it on DPN's, so I ordered a 32" size 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needle from KnitPicks so I could knit it in Magic Loop. Well... that made knitting easier, but I could tell the difference between the dpn knit part and the ml part... and I wasn't thrilled with how the colors were working out anyways... SO I decided to rip it out and start a different sock. I finally settled on Shimmer, and it's working out well!

See! It's purdy. Yay! Mom will be so happy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Peacock Feathers Shawl

Okay... So I've been naughty. I've been uploading to my flickr sets and have not blogged lately. So here is a quickie...

Here is a WIP piccy. I'll take another one soon. It is the Peacock Feathers Shawl, from Fiddlesticks. It is definitely not a mindless knit. Every flippin' row is different. But wow. It's gorgeous. It is made with Artsygal laceweight yarn. Being knit on Addi Lace size 4's purchased from the wonderful people at City Knitting in Grand Rapids, and being marked with Entrelac stitch markers. It's heaven on needles, I swear. I'm loving it. I'm actually intentionally taking my time with it.

I shall leave it at that, as I have more pics in the WIP set on Flickr. Look at 'em there. For now, I've a house to clean. Will knit for cleaning services... seriously.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Random Yarn Pics

I just realized I have some yarn here that I never blogged. So here it is, in all its glory...

First we have some Shaeffer Anne. Isn't it lovely?

Next we have Bearfoot in Raven. This will be socks for Himself, eventually.

And This is some Lana Grossa I originally picked up for Mumblefee, but decided I liked too much and kept for myself. It's actually a deep purple and pale pink, perfect for my girly girls.

This one is the Knit Tin I purchased. I have since sent the actual tin on to Bumblefee, but I still have the yarn, needles and pattern. I'll likely use a different pattern, but I did use the needles for Amber's socks!

I think that's all for now. If I find more, I'll post it.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mother's Day Pressies to Myself!

Since I knew my hubby wouldn't think to get me anything for Mother's Day, I went to the Glorious LYS and bought myself some stuff. I went in determined to get something *other* than sock yarn, but kept getting drawn back to the sock yarn wall... *sigh* So I finally caved in and bought some Panda Wool Yarn.

The colors are so lovely and calming. They just called to me. I kept getting drawn back to them, so I finally picked them up. It's a bamboo/wool/nylon blend.

I also picked up my Addi Turbo Lace needles they were holding for me, and a set of size 1 Bamboo DPN's. Whee! Now I can knit socks in comfort. I think once I get a set of size 0's and 3's, I'll be fairly set for sock knitting. I have metal needles in 000-1US, so I have those as a backup. I just really don't like knitting on metal. Ah well. The lace needles, of course, are a different story entirely. I have Icarus on my 3's I picked up last time I was in the store, and it's flying along now. The 4's are for the Peacock Feathers Shawl. I ordered another copy of the pattern so I can get the full-sized charts. I have my stitch markers waiting. Hopefully I'll finish Icarus in the next few weeks and get moving on the new shawl. Woohoo!

Last but not least, I bought Sensational Knitted Socks for myself. I figure if I'm gonna be knitting socks all the time, I should have a good basic sock book. Now I can combine patterns and make my own fabo designs!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Amber Sock

So I have ONE of Amber's socks done. I'd start the second, but I really should frog the toe and lengthen the foot by 1/2-3/4". They just fit her now, and she's a growing girl. I just can't bring myself to do it. I have the sock here, and the needles, and the yarn, but don't wanna mess with it. Oh well. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:


I did it! I completed a pair of socks for a full-sized person (namely me)! I wore them the day I finished them, washed 'em and dried 'em with everything else in my laundry, and wore 'em all day yesterday and still have them on. :)

I should probably take them off so I don't wear them completely out.

But HERE they are! Aren't they beee-you-tee-ful? And they are very warm and fuzzy. The pattern (in case you haven't read the 10 other posts about these socks) is Interweave Knits' Seduction Socks knit on size 2 bamboo Crystal Palace DPN's in Artsygal Sock Yarn in Wild Berry Knittles color. You can't get the yarn right now, but she was given some back so she can attempt to repeat the basic colorway. And the socks only used 1oz of yarn a piece, I could knit another pair with what I have left!

Monday, April 30, 2007

WIP Update

Since hubby has declared that I can NOT order more knitting supplies until such a time as I have finished ONE project, I've decided to post updates of my projects.

First we have Icarus, who will probably be relegated to the "work on it when I get bored with other projects" pile. Because I like it, but there are others I want to work on so much MORE. Icarus is coming along okay, see? In the next pic you can even see Ana's lace stitch markers marking my center stitches.

Next we have Amber's sock. It's being knit in Sweet Georgia's Coal Harbor color. Very pretty blues and purples. I'm going to make a matching pair for Melissa, too. And who knows what I'll do with the rest - perhaps matching gloves or a hat? We'll see! I got this yarn from Sobe while she was de-stashing. I think she still has some stuff for sale, even though I liberated her of 2 skeins of Bearfoot, 3 skeins of Twizzle, this Sweet Georgia, and a hank of Schaefer Anne. I have much sock knitting to do!

And last, but most certainly not least, my Seduction Socks. These are made (as you are probably aware, dear reader) with Artsygal sock yarn in the Wild Berry Knittles color. She still has laceweight available at her shop, by the way... and I know for a fact that in a few weeks she will be working on more sock yarn to fill her shop. It just depends on how long it takes for her supplyer to get her the yarn to be dyed! I love this yarn. It's so soft and the colors are so deep. I managed to get 2 skeins of her latest batch (Ocean Water and Laffy Taffy), but neither are for me. Ah well... Artsygal knows what I'm waiting for.

In any case, these are my *official* WIP's. I'm going to rip out the Magic Stripes sock and re-knit it on larger neeedles. I'm planning on finishing Seduction (I'm actually a couple repeats further down the leg already) today or tomorrow. Because tomorrow I'm going to the the Glorious LYS to pick up my size 4 Addi Lace needles to start the Peacock Feather Shawl with! I have Artsygal laceweight to work with - beautiful Moody Blues color. I figure Zephyr yarn (that's the base yarn) plus Addi lace needles plus Ana lace markers will be knitting heaven. I can't wait to start!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

It's Seduction, and one is done!

See! I finished a sock! Just one so far, but it only took one ounce of Artsygal's sock yarn, and it actually FITS! I screwed up the kitchenering/grafting, but I was using a little hook to pull yarn through as all of my actual needle needles seem to have gone on sabbatical. But it's done! Now to get the second one. :)
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Friday, April 13, 2007

It's growing!

The gussets are done! I now remember why I never cared for the whole heel-flap concept. It just seemed to take FOREVER to get done, but, well, I guess it accounts for almost half of the total sock at this point. Now I get to knit in the round with the pattern on top until I get to my toe decreases. Yay!

And the other side of the sock... note the intense striping at the gusset and heel sections. I wasn't sure about it when knitting it, but it turned out just fine, and is sorting itself out now.

See how lovely the sock loooks on my foot? It fits quite comfortably, and I'm sure will be even more comfy once there aren't toothpicks stuck through it.

And here we see the heel. The bit o' rainbow gradient is just beautiful. It makes me want to sit and look at the bottom of my foot. It will almost be a shame to walk on. Almost.
After this sock, I've decided I do NOT like doing heel flaps. They'd be okay on a solid color, but it just is bizarre with a handpaint AND a patterned top to the sock. I'm not one for harsh lines. However, this is a lounging sock, so I was aiming for comfort. And even with toothpicks stuck through them they are already quite comfy. Yay!
And when I'm done with the pair, I shall send a bunch o' the leftover yarn back to Artsygal so she can try to replicate the color. But my Wild Berry Knittles will still be the original. Heh.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Close-up of Seduction Socks

I tried on the sock-in-progress, and it looks AMAZING. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the pattern and the color. Artsygal's sock yarn colors are just working up way too well for this pattern. I may make them longer than the 5" called for in the pattern. We'll see how it goes.

By sheer coincidence, the sock is almost identical in color to my favorite sweater. See:

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Artsygal socks!

I did it I did it I did it! I finally split my Wild Berry Knittles yarn into two 2oz balls, and started knitting away! The top is a nice close-up, fairly color accurate. The bottom pic is how it's knitting up. Pics aren't doing the sock justice. It's the Seduction sock from the staff patterns in Interweave Knits Spring '07 edition. So far, so good! It's an easy pattern, nice and stretchy, but it doesn't detract from the color of the yarn. Woohoo!
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Saturday, March 31, 2007

More Artsygal Yarn Porn!

This first one is Artsygal Laceweight in Moody Blues. It's subtle variegation makes it perfect for the Peacock Feathers shawl, as it will seem to shimmer like real feathers. The base yarn is Zephyr, a delicious wool/silk blend.
This yummy bright shiny bit is more Artsy sock yarn, in Sunfire. But this is Mel's yarn, not mine (she WILL get it soon). I love the way the shades blend together.
This fun festival of color is Artygal sock yarn in Cinco de Mayo. It's also Mel's yarn. This picture is pretty true to the actual colors, and they are absolutely divine on the skein. I can't wait to see what it knits up into!
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Friday, March 30, 2007

Artsygal Yarn Porn Friday!

Ohhh... isn't it pretty? It's Wild Berry Knittles, hand-painted superwash merino fingerweight, dyed by Artsygal herself. It's from the quickly-vanished first batch of her sock yarn, and it's mine, all mine! It will become (someday) the Seduction Socks, but for now I like to pet it and cuddle it and then hide it away. I love all those rich colors!

I have more Artsygal Yarn Porn, but it shall have to wait until Sunday, when I can get online a bit more. For now, I get to go pick up more dropped stitches from Icarus (someone smack me if I set it down mid-row again - please?).
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Alas, the invasion is coming! I have UFO's all over the place. Well, actually, these are only two of them. I'll post more later. The first one is icarus mark 1. next is an image of the fuzzy bunny blankie thing I'm doing. After that is Icarus Mark 2 (after ripping out the first and re-starting - I'm now in my first repeat of the first chart). And then finally a closeup of the nummy cotton.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Yarn Pr0n Friday!

I finally have some yarn Pr0n! I went to the glorious LYS this week, and got the most wonderfully soft yummilicious cotton. It's Patagonia Nature Cotton by Araucania Yarns, in a luscious shade of blue, as seen here.
I'm making it into the Bunny Blanket Buddy. It'll be the perfect gift for a little boy who will have 3 big sisters when he's born in May. Very cuddly and soft and littly boy blue.

Next, we have the green laceweight in Eucalyptus. April sent it to me, and I'm using it to make Icarus. Here is a piccy of the full ball, all wound up, nice and close. It's a little sticky, but it's working well on my Addi Natura needles. A good way to start knitting lace, I think! And Icarus is the ideal beginners lace pattern. It's very basic at the beginning, giving plenty of time to build confidence before getting into the difficult stuff.

Here's Icarus so far, right now we have the Barbie shawl size. I like the way the variegation is working in the pattern so far. No real pooling, looks pretty good, I think! Not so bad for a lace-knitting-noob, eh?

Oh! I bought Knit-wit not too long ago so I could get the kid-sized pattern for Fuzzy Feet. After getting the book, I noticed that Cascade 220 was used in several of the patterns. So while at the LYS, I picked up a skein. And now I know why it's so popular!

My skein is a delightful shade of Heathers, a lavender-lilac-type color. It has some great spots of blueish-purple, too. And it's so soft and snuggly. I can't wait to see how it ends up working out in the socks! I'm making these ones for Amber, I think. Then once I get the technique down I'll make pairs for others in the family.

And finally, a ball of leftover sari silk that I bought from the amazing Stephanie at The WoolPeddler. I used it to make Unbiased, and have this ball leftover. I'm gonna make a camera-case-holder out of it. I just love the way the silk shines - the glow is simply the sun reflecting off the yarn in the picture. I didn't do any real modification of the picture at all! It's that wonderfully shiny.
Coming up next... Artsygal Yarn Porn!