A trio of dishcloths

April 29th, 2007

I finally put down the socks and picked up some cotton for a quick gift:

trio.jpg

I used 2 balls of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in color 00211 – dalmation colors, in memory of the giftee’s two great dalmatians, Pirate and Marci. That, and her kitchen is black and white. On top is the Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting. On the left is the Garterlac Dishcloth from Criminy Jickets. On the right is the Spiral Swirl Dishcloth from Bearwoods Knitting. Such a quick and easy gift.

gift.jpg

Here is Susan, the giftee, with one of her four big dogs (yes, four!), Pumpkin, who graciously modeled the swirly dishcloth for us:

pumpkin2.jpg

Here’s Pumpkin’s “get this thing off my head” look. How cute is she? And she thinks she is a lap dog! Sweet and loving, and oh so tolerant!

pumpkin.jpg

Happy Sunday!

Good Koigu, Good, Good Koigu

April 24th, 2007

I’ve fallen in love again…with Koigu! No more pooling; absolutely gorgeous colors; happy, happy knitting.

I picked up my koigu pillow that has been sitting alone unfinished for quite a while. It had almost one side finished, and the very beginning of the other started. Here it is now:

koigupillow.jpg

One side down, about a half of the other to go! This pattern is interesting to knit. I’m not looking forward to weaving in all the ends, but they’ll be hidden on the inside, so I’m not going to worry about it now.

I also picked up Koigu in color P122 – nice bright, springy colors. I started the Seduction Socks from the Spring Interweave Knits:

seductionsocks.jpg

The colors appear brighter in the ball then when knit up. And it stripes. Check out the Koiguy goodness:

seductionsocksc.jpg

Oh, I also finished one Uptown Boot Sock:

1uptown.jpg

As Heather said in the comments, Opal on acid! Gotta love it!

Rain, rain go away!

April 16th, 2007

Well, I survived the monsoon that was our April Nor’easter. It started raining Sunday morning around 5 am, and finally stopped this morning for a bit. I worked at Knitting Central yesterday – it’s amazing how knitters brave downpours and 40 mph winds to get their yarn fix. We are a strong bunch, aren’t we?

I haven’t gotten much knitting done this week – work, work and more work. I did start these socks on Easter:

 uptown.jpg

They’re the Uptown Boot socks from Favorite Socks. With this yarn, I knew there was no chance of pooling – I think if I started another pair of pooling socks, I would definitely have thrown them out the window – and that’s just plain cruel – it’s not the yarn’s fault. The yarn is scheepjes invicta colors – 75% wool, 25% nylon. It’s working up quickly and the pattern is interesting enough without clashing with the colors. Perfect for Spring – if it ever gets here – according to a certain weatherman, the first 15 days of January were warmer than the first 15 days of April. Go figure!

I’ve also been swatching some new designs. Here is a peek at one:

secret.jpg

Lace and RYC Cashcotton 4 ply – yum!

I also signed up for

sockapalooza4_button.jpg

Did you? Have a great week!

Bad Koigu, Bad Bad Pooling Koigu

April 7th, 2007

I love Koigu; I really, really love Koigu. Being on a sock kick from Nancy Bush’s class, I pulled out some Koigu that has been in my stash a while. I cast on for the Embossed Leaf Socks from Interweave.

Well, one side of the sock looks good:

koigupool2.jpg

And the other side, not so good:

koigupool.jpg

I have never seen Koigu do this. I like the spiraling of colors on the cuff, but the leg—it’s ugly. I said it. I never thought I’d ever say ugly and Koigu in the same breath, but guess what? This Koigu sock is ugly.

The only other time I have seen Koigu come close to striping/spiraling is on these socks:

koigustripe.jpg

They are the Diagonal Rib Socks from Interweave Webknits. They have been sitting since August (yes, August). I didn’t like how the second sock was pooling on the foot, so I just stopped. I think I need to just finish them – I’m so close to being done.

Back to the drawing board for the ugly Koigu. I’m thinking plain stockinette or simple ribbing for this yarn. I think I’ll throw put it back in the stash for a while.

I also started a sock with the Lucy Neatby Celestial Merino Sock Yarn I picked up last week. I fell in love with the Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. I fell in love with the yarn. Match made in heaven, right? Wrong. These socks are pooling too:

lucypool.jpg

At first, I thought they we’re turning out kinda cool. Then I absolutely didn’t like them. Then I thought they we’re kinda cool. I’m at the point where I don’t like them. I’m going to put them aside for a while. I still love the pattern. I still love the yarn. Just not together.

Tune in next time for the continuing sock pooling saga that seems to have taken over at Danni Knits.

Vintage Socks rock!

April 2nd, 2007

knit_vintage_socks2.jpgAnd so does Nancy Bush. This weekend was all about Nancy at Knitting Central. She was kind enough to teach two classes this weekend – Knitting Vintage Socks and Traditional Estonian Socks. I had the opportunity to sit in on the Saturday class – Knitting Vintage Socks. Nancy is a wealth of information on Vintage Socks. It was so interesting to hear about her research into vintage socks – mostly taken from Weldon’s Practical Needlework series, published in England in the late 1800’s. I could have listened to Nancy talk about the history of vintage socks all day.

nancy.jpg

Since it was a knitting class, we did do some knitting. Here we (a few of the girls from Knitting Central) are knitting away. Yes, we do get to knit sometimes!

class.jpg

At the end of the day, I had this:

lilsock.jpg

A mini sock – Nancy taught us the double tail cast-on, the welsh heel and the french toe. (The heel is on the right, the toe on the left!) Now I just have to decide which sock to knit from the book first – you see, I want to knit them all. Decisions, decisions.

Sunday’s class, Traditional Estonian Socks looked very interesting. I had to work, so I just caught bits and pieces, but it seemed to be very interesting.

And I can’t wait for Nancy’s next book – Estonian lace. Just my cup of tea! Some of her estonian-inspired lace designs include Ene’s shawl from Scarf Style, the Lily of the Valley Shawl from Lace Style, and Madli’s shawl from Interweave Summer 2004 – all on my list of to knit patterns.

I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to meet Nancy – she is truly an amazing woman and an awe-inspiring knitter and designer. The highlight of my day was when Cynthia was telling her about my designs, and I showed her one of my sock patterns, the twisted lace leaf socks, and she liked them – she really, really liked them! A perfect ending to a perfect day. I knew it would be a good day when I woke up to this sunrise:

rise.jpg

Happy Monday!