Monday, March 31, 2008

Warholize Yourself

With apologies for the title, I present to you this little piece of "art."I found the site after reading Vicki's post on her very cool blog, Knitorious. She did a wonderful self-portrait photo, too. It looked like fun, and it was. This drawing is not of me, but something I did on my Pocket PC a few years back.

I also did the Warholizer with a photo of myself and cropped one of them for my Ravelry photo. Thankfully, it pretty much ignored my well-earned wrinkles!

Get your photo Warholized here.

Slowing Down

Saturday was a lovely day for a drive. Temps were at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit and we drove over to Three Kittens in St. Paul. (Check out their web site and blog.) You know what happens when sock knitters get into a yarn shop. More Sox Appeal yarn--I really like its stretchiness!
Here is the sock I am now knitting. It will be finished soon, with photos and details. The blending of colors in this yarn is really gorgeous. These are intended to replace the second pair of socks I knit (some fondness there) which were a burgundy color and were left in a hotel room last fall. Hope whoever found them used them to keep their feet toasty!
Today's spring weather is supposed to bring us up to eight inches of what the paper called "heart attack snow", meaning wet and heavy. That's Minnesota, folks!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

It's All in Black and White

As you may know, Project Gutenberg has an amazing selection of out of copyright books available for your use. The following are pictures from "Beeton's Book of Needlework," by Isabella Beeton. It has an interesting selection of knitting, tatting, crochet and embroidery patterns. Originally published in 1870, the patterns are written a bit differently than today's .

This sleeping sock caught my eye...
And what about a knee warmer for next winter...or not.

The Judge wears suspenders--do you think he might like these?

I'm not sure about curtains...
Fascinating, eh? Check out the book (or print it out) here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cosmic Purl Socks - Finished!

Yarn: Trekking Hand Art, colorway #503, called Karibik.
Pattern: My own
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns

Comments: The yarn is hand dyed, and I took advantage of the intermittent dashes of lighter blue by purling these stitches. It gives a slubbed texture to the sock and helped to keep me from nodding off as I knit my usual stockinette socks.

Knitting dark colored yarn is hard on the eyes, and photographing it is another challenge. I do like the finished product, however.

Here's a closeup of the purled stitches.
I did not purl the soles and toes.
On the feet they feel fine!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring in Minnesota!

When the calendar turns the corner to March and it moves past the "ides of" to the 20th day, it's officially Spring, right? Guess again. What you see is typically Minnesota weather around the middle of March.Thankfully, I no longer need to shovel the stuff since a young neighbor boy enterprisingly offered his snow shoveling skills. Still, I sneak out there sometimes and take a turn at it.
That's the only way one can play in the snow when you get to be a grandma. Making snow angels all by yourself could get you carried away in a tight, white jacket.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Embossed Leaves Socks - Finished!

The Embossed Leaves Socks were finished yesterday and after showing them to an admiring Judge, they languished on the ottoman overnight. These socks were on the needles for a week.
They look fairly interesting without blocking and off the foot.
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Weight yarn, 100 grams, colorway Pewter.
Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks by Mona Schmidt from Interweave's Favorite Socks book.
Needles: US #2 (2.75mm) dpns, the recommended needle size in the pattern.

Comments: This is a beautiful and well-written pattern. It was the first time I had done a 1 x 1 rib cast on, and quite possibly I didn't do it correctly because it certainly doesn't have the stretch that I would like. I normally use #1 needles for my socks, and these are done on #2, so they are plenty roomy for my feet. Because they aren't too snug, the pattern shows itself without being stretched--a nice effect.

Also, the ribbing is supposed to be worked for 1-3/4" but I stopped at 1-1/4" because it looked more like the photograph in the book.

If you haven't done any lace socks before, this might be a good one to start you on the lace-knitting path.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Perfect Fit

The Judge and I went out for a casual dinner last night--he in his 3-piece suit and me (I?) in my jeans and Noro socks. Afterwards his car balked at starting. We ended up at our local dealer's waiting an hour for a new battery. I was happy to be dressed for the occasion for at least part of the evening.

Despite my fashion faux pas at dinner, don't you just think these shoes are the perfect compliment to the socks?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Lace Socks!

Embossed Leaves in Progress

I was sure I wouldn't care for lace socks. But this pattern might have changed my mind.

Some of us have to pay attention when working from a chart. One reader commented that she couldn't memorize this pattern and so the second sock never happened. It's a lovely pattern but I couldn't memorize it, either.

There are 16 rows to this pattern, and by the time one remembers the pattern to a row, it's on to the next row. And there are no rows in between where you can cruise (like a straight knit row). Maybe if you are a veteran lace knitter or if you have done the socks several times you might know it by heart. Even so, it's not a difficult pattern.

And here's a view of the sock on my foot. Notice the garter stitch patterning on the flap, a nice touch.

Will I like the holes? Maybe.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

A New Start on Embossed Leaves

I have restarted the Embossed Leaves Socks in a different yarn. The color may not be as attractive for the pattern, but I'm on my way. A lighter color might have been more pleasant.

I made the ribbing half an inch shorter than it said in the pattern. To follow the pattern would have made the socks slightly different in appearance than shown in the book's photograph, even stretched over my foot. I didn't search for errata, though, and that's something a person might want to do before starting a pattern.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Curses--Frogged Again!

I really like the Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave's Favorite Socks book.

But I used the wrong yarn. The yarn I chose was not fingering weight, as I thought, but light sport yarn (whatever that is) It felt pretty firm--but my brain was not firm--just dense--when I started these.

Here it is before the plunge into the frog pond. As with lots of things in my life, it's been a "learning experience." Look for this pattern at this site again soon! Only with sock weight yarn.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Here's the Pattern!

This is a first for me. A pattern for the socks in my previous post. Even though it's a very simple pattern, it is a pattern! I have not had it test knitted, so there is the possibility of error in the writing or even in each knitter's interpretation.

See the side bar for a link to the PDF file called Purl Trax.

I hope you like it!

Red Soxx Appeal - Finished!

I'm a gal who likes neutrals, and now and then a bit of RED!
Yarn: Soxx Appeal, colorway 9228
Pattern: Purl Trax - My own - See side bar
Needles: #1 US - 2.25mm

From this angle, egad, my feet look like flippers. Makes me think of family photos of everyone lined up on the couch with the most noticeable thing in the foreground--camera-induced disproportionately large knees and legs!
Comments: This yarn photographed as a brighter red than it is. It's more muted as it looks in the photo below. This is all the yarn I had left *gasp.* The yarn is 96% superwash Merino wool, 3% nylon, and 1% elastic, with a recommended needle size US #2 for 32 stitches/4". The ball band said there were 208 yards, and I just squeaked by with two 50 gram balls. That may be due to the elastic in the yarn, my quirky tension and use of smaller needles.

As you would imagine, the socks are extremely comfy, with the combination of Merino and elastic working together. These might not make it to gift status.
I have made these socks before (see here) and gave those to my grandson, who proclaimed them the most comfortable socks he owns! But most hand knitted socks are noticeably more comfortable than store bought, aren't they? Am I preaching to the choir here?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tip of the Proverbial Iceberg

"Today I opened one of my sock yarn cupboards and just inhaled the lavender and squeezed various yarns and thought of new socks. "

I wrote the above to a Ravelry friend who is spending the week at home after a few days in the hospital. She asked what I used for my lavender and if she could see a photo of my sock stash (WHAT?). So, Sally, to make you feel a bit better, the doors to this cupboard are open and you can click on the photo to get a closer look at this jumbled mess. You'll have to imagine the lavender scent.

Of course, I could have straightened it before posting, but all you knitters might not have believed that as normal anyway.

One can add yarns individually to their stash on Ravelry and display them neatly to the world. But I double-dog-dare ya to open your doors, drawers, cupboards and totes to the blogknitters of the world.

And that ain't all, folks!

Get well, Sally!