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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