Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sunday Go to Meetin' Socks - Finished!


Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Merino Wool, color P708.
Pattern: My own remix
Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver #1 (2.25mm)

Comments: These socks remind me of the white ruffled socks I wore as a child with my best patent leather Mary Jane shoes when I went to Sunday School. I plan to do more of them for summer. I have some Panda Wool (should have gotten the cotton) that might be very pretty in this format.

Again, I forgot to reinforce the heel and toe. Must write myself a note!

Love this hand painted Canadian yarn. It feels wonderful and is just lovely to knit with. Surprising that it doesn't stripe or pool...it's unique in that respect.



In the past I rarely wore short anklets, but am liking them more and more lately. They just are so summer.

And here's the Panda Wool that might make a couple more pair of my Sunday Go to Meetin' Socks!

And this makes my 30th pair of socks within a year's time frame! I need to get onto other things, ya think?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Flowers







Few things seem as right as flowers. They are used universally to convey all sorts of feelings. When they show up in your garden, it's a wondrous gift.



Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monkey Business

Yes, you have seen this scarf before. My sister glommed onto the first one, so I'm making another. It's Morehouse Farm yarn, which I love. It sounds strange, but this wonderful Merino wool smells heavenly! I haven't run across another yarn that has the same aroma. I emailed Margrit at Morehouse and asked her to tell me I wasn't the only one who loved the fragrance of their wool. She emailed back that, indeed, I was not alone.

I have known lots of knitters to rub yarn on their necks to gauge the softness, but smelling?

Any other yarn sniffers out there?


This just in...Two sock yarns from Fearless Fibers, and they are luscious!

Here's a really great thing: this yarn has 550 yards in each skein! You could actually make some socks with patterning on the leg and not experience yarn shortage anxiety.

I have not used this yarn before, but I can tell you that ordering was painless and the yarn was shipped immediately. You can see before ordering if the yarn is in stock, so no undue waiting for the shipment because something is out of stock. But I have a feeling the yarn goes out quickly, so if you go there, speed up that mouse.




And my favorite monkey adorned in the latest linen washcloth made of Euroflax Linen.

The washcloth almost disappears, doesn't it? Still, I love the linen color and texture.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Silkies in the Wild Tide

On the feet...

and on the flat.

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie yarn in the colourway "Walking on the Wild Tide"
Pattern: My own remix
Needles: #1 (2.25) Double Points
Comments: I started the Rockin' Sock Club's "Grasshopper' pattern and got halfway into the foot area when I realized they were too big. It was my own fault; I started the large size. But although I thought the "Grasshopper" pattern was lovely, I felt a plain stockinette would really let this beautiful yarn shine. Hence the result.

I still want to make the "Grasshopper" pattern in another yarn. But this yarn was fabulous to knit with and feels like heaven on my feet. Over time, it will be interesting to see how it wears.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Knitting Bags, cont'd.



This beautifully made bag has leather handles and trim, nicely appointed pockets inside and out, including an internal zippered pocket and a matching zippered case with leather trim.

It's made by Ali BaBa in Rochester, New York but I could not find an Internet presence.

Does any knitter have too many knitting bags?

Friday, May 25, 2007

Did Andy Warhol Knit?



Since some of the blogs I like to read have shown their knitting bags, I thought a glimpse of mine might be fun.

As knitting bags go, this is one of my favorites. Of course, it's just a tote, but the interior sports pockets for two cell phones and a pda plus a key holder. The tag said it was from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Look closely at the inside of the handles and you will see two of Andy Warhol's famous quotations:
  • "In the future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes."
  • "I am a deeply superficial person."
When his work was first popular, I lived in a small town in Iowa. I read of his work and also his social life in my magazine subscriptions. The subscriptions were my window to the world. The soup cans were very popular, but I also liked his portraits of famous people.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Must.Get.To.This.Stash


Oh, Lorna's Laces. You have been stowed away so long but you haven't lost your touch. One of these days you will be knit up into the sweetest pairs of socks.

Right now I'm working on socks using the current Rockin' Socks Club yarn. Will it be the current pattern or not?

Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Summer Knitting

Just started this linen washcloth from Theresa Gaffey's patterns in Knitter's Stash. Theresa is one of the managers at The Yarnery in St. Paul.

After the last wild socks I made, this seems more like it. Some of us are just more comfortable with neutrals. I could live with all neutrals, but they would need pleasingly proportioned texture to keep them from being too boring even for me, and these washcloth patterns have that.

At the LYS where I purchased my linen yarn, one of the staff told me that he makes tee shirts out of this yarn. I think I would like one of those. If I could get a discount.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would let you know how the Plain Vanilla white cotton socks washed and wore. I wore them a whole day and have washed them twice. They wash beautifully and keep their shape while wearing. And feel great! Time will tell how quickly they get holes.

Wild & Crazy Socks - Finished!



Yarn: Opal Sock Yarn
Pattern: My own remix
Needles: Susan Bates Silvalume #1 (2.25) double points

Comments: I decided to make the toes in the dark color because they just seemed to need an anchor, rather than trailing off into green/turquoise infinity. I can hardly believe I bought this yarn; it's so wild.








After eking out almost all of the dark yarn to finish the toes, here is what is left of the dark yarn (that little bit at the bottom).


That's a bit close. Who says knitters don't live dangerously?

Friday, May 18, 2007

On the Needles Now

I'm not sure how I feel about this Opal sock yarn. It almost looks like two different skeins of yarn, doesn't it?

This yarn feels a bit rough, so I hope that it softens after washing.

And here is a mug I picked up the other day. But life has been anything but daily. Recent family illnesses have tossed me into a tizzy, physically and emotionally. Here's to daily life!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

From the Stash

The Neutrals:
Top two neutral skeins from Morehouse Farm
Bottom neutrals from Blue Hills Alpacas & Fiber Mill



The Brights:
Both bright skeins from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill

We went to the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival on Mother's Day and came back with all except the Morehouse Farm yarn, which arrived via my postal carrier. Both brightly colored yarns are sock yarn, but only one of the neutrals is.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Plain Vanillas - Finished!

Pattern: My own remix
Yarn: Katia Mississippi 3
Needles: Susan Bates Silvalume #1 dp's.

Comments: This yarn is 60 cotton, 40 acrylic, and it knits up very nicely. The socks feel wonderful to wear, although I haven't worn them a whole day yet, so they might possibly stretch out after a bit of wear.

Will try to comment later on their washability and shape retention.








And here they are on my feet:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Summer Anklets in Progress


You might think that socks so ordinary and plain would have been one of the first that I made. Somehow, white cotton just doesn't jump off the shelves at you; there's just too much color competition. It took a trip to Florida for me to notice this mostly cotton sock yarn.

Although I have some concern about how they will wash--and wear--I really like the way it is knitting up and suspect that these socks will become favorites. It's soft and has quite a bit more resilience than I thought it would have. I liked it so much I bought it in another color just the other day and plan to do another plain pair.

Egad! What if I end up doing only plain vanilla socks for the rest of my life? Will I be shunned by the knitting blogosphere? Will no one subscribe to my RSS feed? Who would comment on my lovely plain offerings?

Monday, May 07, 2007

AK Socks - Finished!



Yarn: Free Style Dalegarn
Pattern: AK Socks by Lynnetter Holzer
Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver #2 dp's
Comments: I made a slight change to the pattern, doing the ruffle and then switching to stockinette where the pattern called for more ribbing. And I used only one size needle, rather than two as designated,



The whimsical nature of these socks is great and so is the fit! Might adapt the pattern to fingering weight one of these days.