Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Little Cables - Again

Sometimes I just get stuck on a pattern. I really like this one, from an old booklet. I just love the way the little cables meander down this anklet.A few people have wondered about the Strong heel that I have used on several Noro socks and a another I've made. A basic sock pattern using this heel technique is found in Knitter's Magazine, issue 72, Fall 2003 (now out of print), but I just noticed that it is also used in the Roman Rib Socks in the Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott. The box of socks is really a nice selection of patterns, and I recommend it not just for the Strong heel, but for most of the patterns.

Still knitting...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer's Almost Gone...

More photos of the very simple Bellini shawl after blocking. They don't show the purely decorative purl stitch I added down the center back as well as I would like, but you get the idea.

And below is the cotton sweater that was supposed to be finished in time for summer. Summer? Did I blink and miss it?

There's just one side seam to finish. And you know how much some of us don't like finishing.

I'm sort of uneasy abut the neckline. It looks so unfinished, but I saw a sample knitted up and hanging in Three Kittens yarn shop and it looked much the same. I have a little bit (possibly not enough) of the taupe yarn left and maybe, just maybe I could do a reversed stockinette rolled neck. I am undecided. I need help to finish this number.

Here's another timid venture into knitting with really, really skinny yarn--taking small steps toward lace, perhaps. Not that fingering weight for socks isn't skinny yarn, but in comparison this stuff is like knitting cobwebs!
I do like the fabric that emerges, though. I think I want a sweater out of it. Um, yeah. After the next gazillion projects that loom and haunt my dreams.

Still knitting...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Every Way Socks - 7th Pair Noro Socks!

Yup, more Noro socks. I started knitting them like this:

And realized that they might look good inside out as well (which really looks like the right side anyway):
You can scarcely tell the difference, even side by side.
So through bleary morning eyes, I could get a pair like this:
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, colorway #245, 40% lamb's wool, 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% kid mohair.
Pattern: My own serendipitously reversible, convertible sock/anklet pattern.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: I cast on 60 stitches instead of my usual 64 after I read the label noting that there was only 300 meters of yarn on the skein. The sock is plenty large, even with the decrease in stitches. This yarn felt thicker and more difficult to knit with than the Kureyon sock yarn. And I have two more skeins of it in my stash. Oh my.

Here's a closeup of the wrong and the right sides of each heel, both done using the Strong heel method. Note the large slubs.

Again, I made these convertible to anklets.

Here's the yarn I had left. Not much, huh?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Bellini Lace Shawl - Modified

I'm really not a shawl person. It's not the "little old lady" thing that bothers me. When you get to a certain age, you mostly accept that you are one. It's that with it on I feel like I do in a hat--sort of pretentious--as if I'm trying to be someone else. Maybe that's not a bad idea these days.
Pattern: Bellini Lace Shawl (A Morehouse Original)
Morehouse Merino Lace (Saffron, I think) and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in colorway #582
Needles: #9 circulars
Modification: Added the Kidsilk Haze along with the Morehouse lace.
Finished, but NOT blocked. If it looks better after blocking, I'll get photos of it.

Notice the hair ornament as a closure?
This is my mini-collection of hair ornaments. These would slip out of my fine hair even if it were long, so wearing them there is not an option. But all of these work for closures on knitted garments. My fave is the one in the middle with "diamonds." Oh!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A little organization here?

This is non-knitting stuff, and I hope you don't think I'm such a neat freak after you read this, because it just is not a label that applies.

My laundry room is small, and I have been looking for a solution to the "sorting mess"that always accompanied laundry day.

Enter these bins from Target. They serve the purpose nicely, because we usually have three loads--whites, colors, darks--and the whites go right into the washing machine. So the other two loads are concealed in the bins. When I'm done washing, the bins fold up neatly and get stored beside the washer.

So, no more stepping on clothing and it's now easier and more pleasant getting the job done!

Aren't you glad you stopped by today?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sneak Peeks

Here's what's on the needles now. Noro Silk Garden.After purchasing three skeins of the stuff, I noticed that each skein has only 300 meters of yarn! Holy Moly, Batman...that's only 328.084 yards! This calls for short socks (and me with my size nines). So I cast on 60 stitches instead of the 64, thinking that might help some. Stay tuned for the final outcome.

Also, there's a new free online knitting magazine that you knitters will enjoy! I heard an interview with Kate Gilbert on the Webs Ready, Set, Knit! podcast, and it sounded wonderful. It's called Twist Collective and features some really fine designers offering their patterns for sale. Here's the list of the people who make it possible.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Narragansett Bay Socks - Finished!

Yarn: Briggs & Little Durasport (80% wool, 20% nylon), Coloway Oatmeal.
Pattern: Narragansett Bay Socks, by Lisa Lloyd, from the book "A Fine Fleece.")
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: Seriously woolly yarn. Hope it's as sturdy in the sock as it feels in the hand. I love its rustic ruggedness and the oatmeal color. The reasonable price (about $6) and ample yardage (430 yds) were great selling points, too.
This is a lovely pattern. But some of us just can't resist changing them(who, me?). I started with the seed stitch at the top, but found it to be too loose, so I started over with a 2x2 ribbing and then did the seed stitch, only a shorter version of it. Also, I spaced the Gansey patterning evenly, rather asymmetrical as in Lisa's pattern. When I got to the flap, Heaven help me, I thought it might look good to carry the seed stitches down the sides of that as well. It was a somewhat unrewarded exercise. Also, you might notice that I added--as I sometimes do--a few rows of stockinette on the heel side before I begin the flap, having the hopeful notion that it might reduce the bulk of the sock at the ankles.And now, for something completely different...
Here's a new project from yarn and pattern purchased online, where I either clicked a colorway different from one I wanted, or they sent me the wrong color. I started the small shawl in the yarn (at left) and wasn't liking the result. So I added some Kidsilk Haze, and - Viola! This changed everything, with softer look and a decidedly different color. This is something I've done before, with a sport weight yarn and a bulky, with fascinating results. If you haven't experimented with adding this Rowan yarn to another lightweight yarn, give it a try. You might be happily surprised.