Introducing Wavy Lace Socks

September 1st, 2008

 

You’ ll have a fun time knitting these toe-up socks as the lace
waves up the foot and leg in an hourglass shape! For the
adventurous knitter, these socks are much simpler than they
appear!

 

 

Knit in Shibuiknits Sock with a gauge of 7 sts per inch on size 2 needles.

 

 

$ 5.00

 

 

SOS training

June 9th, 2008

The Summer of Socks is set to begin in a few weeks, and I’m in training.

 

I started these socks Saturday night – Impressionist Socks – using, what else, Koigu.

 

 

Easy lace pattern, 2 circs, and Koigu – what else do you need for socks? I know these wouldn’t count towards SOS, so I wanted to get the hankering to make them out of my system. I changed the picot top to ribbing, and used a Japanese short row heel.

 

 

I love how Koigu pools while using US 2.5 needles. The color is more accurate in the second photo.

 

I also started a second pair of my new sock pattern in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I’m liking the solid much better with the pattern. The Schaefer Anne I started with was just to play.

 

 

 

Again, the color is more accurate in the second photo. And of course, I matched my knitting bag to my project. Yes, dorky. But I’m ok with that.

 

And I leave you with this:

 

 

Last week, thunderstorms blew through. It got really dark, then lightened some, and out came this beautiful rainbow. What a treat! Then it downpoured. Boy do we need that today.

 

Happy Knitting!

 

Sometimes you just have to knit a scarf (or two!)

May 25th, 2008

Ever need to start a project and finish it the next couple of days? Instant Gratification. Scarves will give you that.

 

 

First up – the Kombu Scarf. I had 2 skeins of Noro Aurora just marinating in my stash. I wanted a scarf to challenge me, but not be too difficult. I’ve always wanted to make this scarf, so I cast on and finished it in a couple of days. The Aurora was a bit rough to work with, but after a bath in knit wash, it softens up nicely.

 

 

Next up – the Palindrome Scarf. Mindless. Just what I was looking for. I received 3 skeins of Patons SWS Soy Wool Stripes last year for Christmas, and this is the perfect pattern to show off it’s yumminess.

 

 

Doilies rule!

October 1st, 2007

Yes, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been knitting away on a few things. The first – this blob:

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“What is it?” you ask. Well, lace. All lace looks like this until you add a cool water wash; many, many pins; and about an hour crawling around on the floor getting it just right:

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It’s the Hemlock Ring Blanket courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

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Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket, Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Wool brought back from South America, approx 800 yds
Needles: US 9 dpns for center and US 10 1/2 addi turbos
Modifications to pattern: added rows 87 – 104 (4 lace repeats)
Size: Approx. 5 feet in diameter
Began: September 16, 2007
Completed: September 20, 2007
Recipient: Me

The blanket is in it’s new home – the back of my comfy knitting chair. I love the way it looks basking in the morning sun here. This was such a quick and easy knit. The lace pattern was easy to follow after setting it up and provided the mindless knitting needed right about now.

Blue…

September 3rd, 2007

…the color of choice these days.

First up, the Lacy Butterflies Scarf designed by Shirley Paden for Vogue’s 25th Anniversary Issue. When I saw the photo, I thought “nice.” But then I looked at the chart, and thought “oh my god, I have to make this scarf!” Shirley has done it again! This is an interesting and challenging knit. I had the opportunity to discuss this pattern with Shirley, and she generously sent me her notes to her knitter, along with a copy of the pattern. She is an amazing designer and teacher, with a kind and generous nature. Her passion for knitting shows in each of her designs. I only hope to be able to do this pattern justice. I chose Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca & Silk. I’m working on size 5 Addi Lace Needles. And I’m loving every minute of it!

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Next up, French Girl’s Daphne Shawl. This is my current easy, mindless knit. I chose Be Sweet’s Bamboo – such an amazing yarn. And the deep rich hues are meshing with the pattern. I should have this finished just in time for chilly fall nights that can’t come soon enough!

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Lastly, some charity knitting – mittens for Caroline House. I’m using odds & ends. Another easy, portable project. And such a quick knit!

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I’ve also been working on a super secret project for Knitting Central.

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The Knitting Central Sock Club has just been announced. It features an entire year of socks designed by staff members at Knitting Central (aka the sock junkies!), and features the best hand-dyed sock yarns available today. Here’s how it works – every other month of the year you receive an original design and sock yarn (and maybe a few goodies along the way!). A Yahoo Group will be the place to go for support and to see what others in the sock club are doing. The designers will be available to help sock club members through the journey, and will give tips and tricks along the way.

My sock design is up first at the end of September! We all got to choose the yarn, and then design the pattern specifically for that yarn. You’ll just have to wait until the end of September to see what I chose and why. Some of the great things about this sock club are: all original designs exclusive to the sock club; you can give us one color you absolutely do not want on your feet, but we will choose the most beautiful color for you; and sock club members will receive different colors of the same yarn so you can see how the pattern compliments any color of the chosen yarn!

Go to Knitting Central to check out the sock club and sign up today! Membership closes September 29th, so hurry up!

Hope you all had a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend! Happy unofficial beginning of Fall!