No Second Sock Syndrome Here!

March 29th, 2007

The Rib and Cable Socks are finished!

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Check out the cabley softness:

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I can’t wait to wear these – they’re soft and squishy, and warm and cozy. They will make their debut on Saturday at Nancy Bush’s class at Knitting Central. Can’t wait for that class – Saturday can’t get here soon enough.

It can be very bad when you work at your LYS and open the new boxes arriving daily. You get a first look at yarn and such that you really shouldn’t be looking at. Case in point: Lucy Neatby is teaching next month. She sent a box full of her Celestial Merino for the Cool Socks class. I opened the box. I really shouldn’t have opened the box. I immediately took the box into the back room so I wouldn’t be disturbed while sorting the colors (and trying to justify buying the whole damn thing!). I think I was pretty restrained. I walked out of the back room with just one skein – the Sugar Maple colorway. Look at those colors. I love those colors. Those are my colors.

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The yarn went into storage until the class, but I was able to sneak away with this skein. (It is also bad when you do the receiving at your LYS, and you can easily add new items into the computer so a coworker can check you out for said new items.) I did volunteer to store the yarn until the class, but Cynthia didn’t think that was a good idea, even though Lucy said she could send yarn more before the class.

Now I just have to find the perfect sock pattern!

Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful spring weather! Can’t believe we has a snow storm not two weeks ago! Spring in New England – gotta love it!

Quick afternoon project

March 25th, 2007

I took advantage of a lazy weekend afternoon today and knit. This is what I completed:

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Pattern: Blue Sky Alpaca Fingerless Gloves (modified to wrist warmer length)
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Royal – less than one skein (left overs from these gloves)
Needles: US 5 dpns
Began/Finished: This afternoon!

These wrist warmers measure about 5″ from ribbing to ruffle, so it’s not that I knit really fast, they’re just not that big. And I thoroughly enjoyed this pattern and this yarn. The Alpaca Royal is so soft and warm. I definitely want to knit a full-sized pair. I just really needed some instant gratification today.

The second silky sock is moving along – I completed the gusset, so it’s down to the foot and toe now. The second sock is pooling a bit differently than the first. I kind of like it.

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And I got a little further along on my lace shawl – I’m on the 8th repeat – only 21 1/2 more to go. I’m a bit bored with the pattern, so I’m not working on it all that much. I figure if I don’t pick it up very often, I won’t get as bored.

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There’s still a whole lot of yarn left on that lace ball, and the shawl will take all of it. I will finish it eventually.

One down, one to go.

March 21st, 2007

I finished the first of the rib and cable socks. This sock fits perfectly! It’s warm and snuggly, and I can’t wait to get the second one finished. Let’s hope SSS (second sock syndrome) doesn’t kick in.

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I also completed the front of the aran baby sweater. I’m now in SSH (seed stitch hell) as the sleeves are completely seed stitch. You’d think I’d notice before starting the pattern, but I was distracted by the lovely cables.

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I’ve also been working on something for the Snuggles Project (Hugs for Homeless Animals). I’ll post about that when I’m further along. If you have some machine washable/dryable yarn marinating in your stash, head on over to the Snuggles Project and see how you can help!

Happy Spring!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!

March 18th, 2007

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Yes, we have a winner. The Rib and Cable Socks by Nancy Bush from Interweave Fall 2005. I spent Friday night swatching and figuring and plotting, and decided on cables for this silky sock yarn. But I really didn’t want to write my own pattern, so I perused my sock patterns and chose this one. It also seemed appropriate as Nancy Bush is coming to teach at Knitting Central in a few weeks. I’m sitting in on the Saturday class, butI am working on Sunday, so that class is out. Of course, I’ll try to pop in as much as possible to see what bits and pieces I can pick up!

Here is the sock basking in the beautiful morning sun. Look at the cabley(word?) goodness.

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In weather news, we survived the ice and sleet. The sun came out yesterday and began to melt everything. Just 2 seconds before I took this picture, there were 2 little birds sitting on the edge of my balcony this morning enjoying the sun. I didn’t mean to scare them off. I tend to get lots of little birds on my balcony because a neighbor a few floors down leaves crumbs out for them. Looks like spring is really on the way – time to dig out the pinwheels to keep them away! I have this irrational fear of the little birds flying right in – this is due to a time way back when I was in high school, which involved a bird that flew into the house through an open window, a broom, and my mother shoving my sister into the room to swat the bird out, and then promptly shutting the door behind her, leaving my sister to face the bird alone. Birds kind of freak me out now. Go figure. It doesn’t help that my sister brings up this traumatic event every chance she gets. My mother claims she was teaching my sister a “life experience.” It’s been over 20 years now, you’d think we’d get over it.

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And these icicles looked so darned pretty sparkling in the morning sun.

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Now I’m off to work. I do like working at Knitting Central on Sundays. We get a whole bunch of people in that we don’t see during the week. It’s always so great to see what others are knitting (and crocheting)! It’s such an inspiration! Enjoy your Sunday.

Going to the frog pond..

March 16th, 2007

Here is where the retro rib stood as of this morning:

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I turned the heel and started the gusset. Things were moving right along, and then I noticed this:

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How beautiful does this yarn look in stockinette? The rib pattern is ok. But oh the stockinette! So I decided to rip it out and start over with a different pattern. This is where it stands now:

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And you’ve got to love spring in New England. This is the view this morning before leaving for work:

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And this is the view this afternoon when I got home from work after it has been snowing/sleeting all day:

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We’ll see how much more “sneet” we get before it ends tomorrow morning. I’m going to curl up under a warm blanket, with my yarn and needles and search for the perfect pattern for this incredible yarn! It will be something stockinette-based, I’m thinking maybe a little lacy. Tune in tomorrow for the continuing journey of the silky sock yarn.