Tuesday, May 27, 2008

An Old Sweater

Back in about 2005, I purchased this little box of patterns. I would recommend to the producers of this product that they put thumbnail views of all the patterns on the back of the box. If the box is sealed, you feel like you're buying a "pig in a poke," as my southern friend used to say.
And I really liked the top down sweater, so I knit it! Really!
Another view that is more indicative of the color of the Rowan kid classic yarn:Even though this sweater is supposed to be a man's, it works for me, since I don't like snug-fitting clothing, especially sweaters, and I like to wear a shirt under them. I highly recommend this yarn. It's a dream to knit and beautiful to behold when finished! There's another like it, in a different color, still on the needles but I knit the sleeves in the round rather than flat as the pattern was written--probably so that I didn't have to sew up the sleeves!.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

What? A Sweater?

It's just a simple sweater made with organic cotton. The fiber is organically grown (without pesticides) and naturally dyed, producing a fine stitch and a soft drape. Plus, and this is the best part, it feels good.

I know, it's been awhile since I've tackled a sweater. I do have a couple unfinished ones hiding out amongst my stash, and perhaps that's the reason for my apprehension about sweaters.
Also, I'm working on socks I've done previously, but I wanted to knit them once more before I offer the pattern. These are cotton, too. But not organic.
Summer knitting! What's your summer project?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More Lake Geneva Sock Photos

Here are a couple more photos of my Lake Geneva socks after blocking.

Here you can get a better idea of how the patterning blends when the socks are worn as anklets. Love 'em with these shoes...
And here's a closer look at the patterning...These socks seemed a bit snug after I knit them but after washing and blocking, they feel wonderful and aren't at all tight.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lake Geneva Socks

Yarn: Soxx Appeal (96% superwash Merino wool, 3% nylon, 1% elastic) coloway 9692.

Pattern: Lake Geneva Socks - My own design, and there could be a pattern posted after I make a couple changes to it.

Needles: #1 (2.25mm).

Comments: The yarn calls for #2 needles. I should have paid attention. They are a little more snug than I usually make my socks. These socks took almost every bit of the two balls of yarn, and this has been my experience with Soxx Appeal, even with a mostly stockinette stitch. If you are going to do a patterned sock with it, you might want to consider getting extra yarn.

Although I really like the yarn to knit with and to wear, getting the tension right can be a bit tricky because of the elastic content.

I'm happy with the way the overall patterning turned out. It's reversible so that when the cuff is turned down, the effect is very similar to the right side of the fabric.

The pattern is situated evenly across the instep, allowing the edges of the pattern to both be the same. But those edges are the areas that need a bit of tweaking to give a smoother overall edging.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tiny Buildings

Tiny Buildings is a fascinating look into one family's collection of little buildings made from business cards, wedding invitations and other interesting paper. What started out as a husband making Christmas tree ornaments for his young family's enjoyment turned into a collection after his death. Fascinating.

On another note, in the comments on my post about my fourth Noro Striped Scarf I was asked about the pattern for it. I believe the commenter Corella is a knitter I met at Rainbow Foods when she asked me about the reversible cable scarf I was wearing. We had a lovely conversation and she apparently now reads this blog. She has asked where to get the pattern for the Noro Striped Scarf. It is available here; happy knitting, Corella!

She Who Shops...

Oooooh, Mountain Colors Bearfoot...
Briggs & Little Durasport...has anyone out there knit with this Canadian yarn? Any advice? Please comment about this if you can. And check out the little goodies that The Yarn House in Elm Grove, WI tossed in free...
Opal and Cascade Heritage sock yarns...
...and a mixture of other yarns--not all sock yarn. Do I see Noro Kureyon peeking at me?
Oh, the pleasure of it. And the guilt.

And some buttons I just had to have. A couple of them might go on this old Lucy bag...
Like this...

Oh yes, and these...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Noro Striped Scarf - Finished (Again)

We just got back from a road trip to Lake Geneva and this was my driving-in-the-car project. A pair of socks (and possibly another pattern) is also in the works, and maybe even a vest.

For those of you who never get tired of looking at (or knitting) the Noro Striped Scarf, here's my fourth Noro Striped Scarf, unblocked:Just whatever possesses one to knit the same scarf over and over?
It's the colors.
It's the happy surprise of the combination of colors.
Nobody can take just one photo. For some reason the scarf seems to seep into the red jacket (well, I suppose it was the flash and not some sort of spell). But together they really please me.
Wisconsin is filled with lovely yarn shops and knitters I'd like to befriend. One goodie-filled shop was out in the country. My purchase was written up in longhand. Ten miles down the road I was calculating the tab in my head and, upon checking the bill, discovered that she had undercharged me by $20. I told the Judge we had to turn around and go back and pay her the correct amount. Of course, he immediately turned the car around (just like the husband in "Keeping Up Appearances") and we drove back to do the right thing. I think they were surprised.

Coming next: my yarn purchases.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Socks Again

Here's what's on the needles now. The socks are made with Soxx Appeal yarn (one of my favorites) and I added the Panda Cotton for a bit of color in the photograph.

The geometric lines on these socks would be attractive for both men and women.

The Panda yarn popped into my hands on a recent yarn shop visit. Aren't the colors playful? Haven't a clue what they will turn out to be, but they would make great children's socks.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Design Inspiration

For all of you who are designers at heart, if not by occupation, (and that includes every knitter on the planet, I'm quite sure) here is a blog to spark your imaginations. It's called The Sartorialist, and he photographs style that he sees on real people on the streets. Many of them are sporting scarves (have I got your attention yet?) worn in such stylish ways that it makes me want to enhance my already burgeoning scarf pile.

He has a good eye, to say the least, and has had a lot of press. He also write a regular article in GQ and has videos on Style.com.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Noro Socks - The Fourth Pair

It's a landscape of color...Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, Colorway #185 - 70% Wool, 30% Nylon
Pattern: Shadow Rib Socks from The Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott
Needles: I used #1 (2.25mm) dpns, but the pattern called for 3 skeins of Gems Sport yarn and size 3 (3.25mm) dpns.

Comments: Despite a minor frustration (a knot that abruptly interrupted the colors and dared me to match both socks) I still like this controversial yarn. After my best artistic effort, they match--sort of. Someone wrote on Ravelry that it's nearly impossible to match socks perfectly with Noro because of the irregularity of the striping.
Even with careful counting and attention to consistent tension, my socks often look different sizes on the foot due to my mismatched feet. Well, that's a plausible excuse, no?Yup, Noro sock yarn is bumpy, with thick and thin areas to worry the perfectionist in each of us. And it tends to stretch out a bit like cotton yarn when you wear it. It's somewhat like a wild child in those respects. Ah, but did I mention the color?