Sunday, December 14, 2008


I made an error on my Winterscape Socks pattern--actually two. The first was a PDF file that had the pages backward; that wasn't too bad. But the second was on the gusset instructions. I wrote the incorrect number of stitches across the instep. It should read 30, not 32, but I'm sure you eagle-eyed knitters have already caught it. In case you haven't read the pattern yet, please download it again here so that you have the corrected version. Thanks! And thanks to James, who pointed it out to me in such a kind way!

The PDF file has been corrected!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

They're Square!

Have you seen these square knitting needles? Yes, square!

Here's a closer look.

Kollage Yarns' Square needles. They are touted as more comfortable and easier on the hands. I am inclined to think it is so. But since I just started these socks, I'm reserving judgment on that. They are nicely lightweight and don't have sharp corners as one might expect. I like the color of the needles (how fashionably important) and they seem to have just a little grab--not too much. Gauge doesn't seem to be an issue, but since I don't usually swatch before socks, it could be. I think my gauge may be a little smaller, which should be okay in these socks. The web site says that most knitters go up a size in needles, so I must keep that in mind for next time.

Still knitting...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Noro Socks #8 - A Winter Landscape

Remember my Winterscape Scarf?
These Socks are similar in colorway, but not the same as the scarf. They blend nicely, though.

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock - Colorway #S269
Pattern: My own, again. See link for free pattern at sidebar.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns

Comments: Well, since this is my 8th pair of Noro socks, I've pretty much knit with most of the Noro sock colors--at least all of them that I favored, which leaves out very few. It's time to come out with new colors, Noro people! How about a blend of blues in the same vein (almost solids)? Or green? Or red? Or yellow? Pink? Gray? Is anyone at Noro listening?

If you knit socks with Silk Garden, you need to be aware that each 100 gram skein has only 300 meters of yarn, and that's on the skimpy side for socks. However, with the coloring as the star feature of this yarn, you might want to choose a sock without too much patterning. These are knit top down for a size 9 foot, and see how little yarn remains! Also, it would be virtually impossible to try to match both socks in this subtle colorway, so I went with fraternal and am liking the results.

There were NO knots in this skein, folks! None.

Of course, you can't take just one photo of your Noro project. There's just too much depth and wonder in their colorways.

Still knitting....

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Drawings

Mom had a scrapbook of her drawings done when she was in high school which she showed me only when I was older. I felt honored to see it for the first time, and I'm so pleased to have it now.

She was shyly proud of the drawings she had made as a young girl.

She dated them, and somehow that feels important to me.I love you, Mom.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Noro One-Skein Stole

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn, 70% wool, 30% Nylon, colorway #S229
Needles: Size 8 Straights
Pattern: One Skein - Stole! by Katja Jordan (Ravelry Link to pattern)
Comments: The pattern is really cool--one page and uses only one skein of yarn! If you decide to knit the pattern, though, heed the instructions to use circular needles--the ends of the straight needles tend to get tangled in the stole holes (heh-heh, stole holes).

And of course, since this is Noro, you can't take just one photo of any project made with such a mesmerizing yarn.
It's to be a gift for someone who lives in a warm climate. I hope it's just right!

The Judge's Giant Boot Socks

Maybe they don't look so big on the small screen. But, trust me, these socks have to fit size 13 feet that the Judge walks around on. Knitting socks for him is a commitment!
Yarn: Lana Grossa Mega Boots Stretch, 70% wool, 23% Poly, 7% Elastic, Colorway 714
Needles: #1 (2.5mm) Knitpicks dpns
Pattern: My personal pattern
Comments: The yarn is of a dark enough color to possibly cause blindness while night knitting. Most of these were knit during daylight hours.
He wore them promptly and pronounced them warm and comfortable. He likes them! He really, really likes them!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Mom

1920 - 2008

Here we are on the front steps of our home.

Mom and Dad.

Me with Mom, Syttende Mai, Hanska 1998
I will carry her in my heart forever.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A(nother) Noro Scarf

Noro, your colors are endless. And so was this scarf.
Pattern: Just a simple seed stitch over 29 stitches--and a whole lot of rows!
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, colorways #52 and #91
Needles: US #8 (5.0 mm) addi TURBO circulars
Comments: This was knit as a Christmas gift, and I'm happy to have it off the needles. It's long, long, long, as it took 4 skeins of Noro Kureyon. But it washed and blocked to a lovely and soft scarf.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nearly Kinneared

As far as I know, I have never been Kinneared.  But then, the whole idea of Kinnearing is that the person being Kinneared is unaware.  The word was coined by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on her blog, Yarn Harlot.  It went from here to here and here:

 and possibly further.

But I have had a shout-out from the famous Yarn Harlot!  

Today Yarn Harlot was talking about how she had resisted doing the Brooklyn Tweed striped Noro scarf, well, just because she "wasn't like that."  Meaning she wouldn't want to make something that 8,000 people had made just because it was a fad.  Well, she got to looking at all the scarves and realized that they were like fingerprints--no two were alike!

To make a long story short, she listed 24 of those projects, and one of them was mine!  See Yarn Harlot's post here.   You'll see my little three-lettered name on her very famous blog. 

 Thanks, Stephanie! I feel a little less invisible today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Twilight Zone

My book club's selection this month is one written for junior high girls. It's called "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer.I'm listening to it as I knit this:

Knitting holes. I'm truly in the Twilight Zone.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Geek Alert!

Every once in awhile I find something really off the subject of knitting that I need to share with you because it's so very geeky/cool.

Here's a snazzy program that allows you to save clippings from the web, notes that you need to remember. It's called Evernote, and it's different from Microsoft One Note as far as I know, because it works on several platforms: desktop, phone and web--and can be synced across those platforms. And it's free.
Ever run across something on the web that you just want to clip out and save? Save it in Evernote. Want to upload your recipes so that you have them when you go to your sister's house in Dubuque? Put them in Evernote. It's a free service unless you add over 20,000 notes or 400 mobile snapshots, etc., per month. Free works for me, but if you find yourself doing more saving, it's only a nominal fee per month after that--less than a fast food lunch!

I find it very simple to add recipes from the web, PDF files, and other things that I want to save and have access to on any computer. Mine are all private, but you could share designated folders with your friends or co-workers.

Tech stuff over...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Mittens with Flowers

Pattern: Mittens with Flowers a Morehouse Original kit
Yarn: Morehouse Merino 3-Strand for mittens in the natural oatmeal colorway and Morehouse 2-ply variegated Merino for flowers.
Needles: Size #5 (3.75mm) and #3 (3.25mm) dpns
Comments: I simply love Morehouse Farm yarn. It's comfort yarn, somewhat like knitting with Malabrigo. Earlier I made a pair of socks out of this yarn, and they are the ones I favor on early Minnesota mornings--so soft and warm and unbelievably comfy that I'm wearing them right now!

Margrit of Morehouse Farm writes elegant patterns that are concise and easy to follow. I tend to lose interest when a pattern gets chatty, and hers are perfect. Just give me the facts, ma'am.

I did change the wrist area on this pattern. It called for a rolled edge but when it rolled, it went a bit too far and didn't cover as much of my wrist as I liked (see right mitten below). So when both mittens were finished, I picked up the stitches at the wrist and added a few reverse stockinette rows (see left mitten below). This lengthens the mitten and works better for someone like me with long arms and never enough sleeve length. If I had known I would have enough yarn to add this length at the start, it would have been done there.
I like the double-rolled effect that my alteration gave to the mittens.
Bet you thought I typed this while wearing them!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What is it?

It's a sneak preview. Of a project only half finished.
It'll be a few days before you see the final photo because there's much to do around this house before the snow flies.

Can you guess what it is?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sweatshirt Gray Socks

Sweatshirt gray.
One of my favorite neutrals is sweatshirt gray. You know, the one you always grab for in your closet. It's comforting. It goes with everything. Somehow it just works.

I can't seem to get enough of it.
Yarn: Fortissima Socka - 75% Schurwolle superwash, 25% Polyamid - Colorway #1056
Pattern: My own-inspired by this sweaterNeedles: Sizes 2 on leg and 1 (2.25mm) on foot
Comments: These socks were inspired by a black and white photo of a sweater I'd seen in a magazine. It was a man's sweater, smashingly bulky and lushly adorned with rope-like cables. The sweater would have made me (and many men I know) look like the Michelin Man. But, oh, it was beautiful! I opted for socks. What, you're surprised?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Reversible Socks?

Lately reversible patterns have been dancing in my head. By that I don't mean double knitting but patterns that look like either side could be the "right side." Especially for socks, but for scarves, too. Here are my socks shown on the "right side." Yarn: Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn. Nice, squooshy yarn!
Pattern: Personal pattern knit from the cuff down.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: I like the striping on both stockinette and the purl sides. The pattern would be suitable for either men or women and the Strong Heel by Gerdine Strong makes it more adaptable to being reversible than a flap heel might.

Here's the view of the "wrong side" and the right side of each sock.

Which do you like better?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall Retreat

Our book club does a fall retreat in Wisconsin. This is the view we wake up to each day.

We worked on a puzzle with 1500 parts...

and finished it with only one piece missing.

Of course, between eating, talking and puzzle-solving, there was some knitting among those of us who are knitters. At this retreat, knitters outnumbered the non-knitters 2 to 1. We have tried to convert the non-knitters, but they have their own hobbies, thank you very much! One of them jokingly made reference to her "knitting bag." We knitters take a lot of guff, doncha' know.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Little Cable Anklets - Finished.

Yarn: Opal, Colorway 1991, 75% wool, 25% Poly.
Pattern: Cabled anklets from from the booklet, "Socks for Men and Women." See this post.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns.
Comments: These are a gift for someone very dear to me. They are anklets, but with a 7" leg, they wear nicely with the cuff up.

Not sure about this project, as I've frogged, ripped, and redone it more than a couple times. The kettle dyed Malabrigo's softness is making my brain snooze. And as you can see in the background, new yarn in my favorite neutral colors.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Knocked Over First

October 1st. I had a brother who was exactly three years younger than I. When he was a toddler, we would ask him ,"When is your birthday, Jon?" And he would answer, "Knocked Over First."
Jon is not here to celebrate our birthdays any more--I miss him. But the Judge always makes sure it's a good day. A dozen American Beauty roses.

And a new stove with convection oven and combination convection/microwave was installed yesterday--woo-hoo! Now I have to do more cooking and baking! Anybody have some good tips or recipes for convection baking? And do I need to change the knobs on my cupboards to match the stainless? Burning questions.

But we're having dinner out this evening!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Socks on the Line

Here's how my laundry room looks when I do socks. Weren't you just dying to know?This was from the first week of cool weather--before our current Indian Summer! I have tossed out my hand made wire hanger sock blockers--too much fiddle-faddle and then there's the problem of where to store those unwieldy, tangley things. Now I only block socks right after finishing them on a proper sock blocker. After that, they're on their own.

A new project started. Although the yarn is beautiful, I'm not sure it's the right yarn for this pattern. Maybe a multicolored sock yarn would be better. I'm thinking about that.

I'm also thinking about this Pagewood Farm sock yarn that lives in my stash. Luscious colors! Have any of you knit with this 80/20 Merino/Nylon? It's nice and squooshy. Of course that's a word.