One down, ?? to go!

June 26th, 2008

I finished my first pair of SOS socks last night:

 

 

 

 
 Quick and easy – great sleeping socks.

 

 Now I’m off to cast on for my third pair, and work on my second pair – looks the same – haven’t worked on it all week. Remember that life getting in the way thing? Yeah, you can always count on that!

 

 

 

 

Summer of Socks 2008 has begun!

June 23rd, 2008

Well, want take a wild guess as to what I did this weekend? The Summer of Socks knit along kicked off at 12:01 am Saturday morning. I made it to midnight, cast on, knit one row, then went to bed – yes, I can still party with the big boys! I knit on and off all weekend, and here’s what I accomplished:

 

Pattern: Toe-to-Cuff Lace Rib Socks, Heartstrings
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino
Needles: Size 5 addi lace circs

 

 

One sock done, the other growing quite steadily.

 

Pattern: Rainy Day Socks, Yuliya Sullivan
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Needles: Size 3 addi lace circs

 

 

Just finished the gusset decreases and am cruising down the foot.

 

You didn’t think I could just cast on for one pair of socks did you? Though the patterns are similar, both are easy to work. When I get bored with one, I switch to the other. Hopefully I’ll have both completed by the end of the week – don’t quote me on that though – life has a tendency to get in the way sometimes.

 

Knitting at Caroline House

June 16th, 2008

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to help my mother teach a knitting class at Caroline House. It was such a great experience, and many of the women have now caught the knitting bug. Of course, I forgot my camera, but Jennifer always has hers glued to her, so I’m borrowing them from her (thanks Jennifer!) She’s not in any of the photos because she was behind the camera, but her love of knitting was infectious, and we can credit (or blame) her for bringing a few women over to the dark side!

 

Caroline House, located in Connecticut, is dedicated to enabling women and their children in need of English-language skills to reach the fullness of their potential through education. Caroline House was founded and is staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. They are such a lovely group, and have created a serene, welcoming home that facilitates and encourages learning and living.

 

Here I am with my mom showing off some of our knitting.

 

 

Joanne, another knitter sitting here on the right, brought her beautiful sampler blanket – here we are admiring it – the students were in awe – it is just gorgeous.

 

 

Maria, one of the students, is showing off some of her knitting. She claimed she couldn’t knit, but really didn’t know how to increase or decrease. That has since been remedied, so now she can add some shaping into her sweaters. Here she is with sweaters and matching hats with cables and textured stitches. Just beautiful!

 

 

All of the students took to knitting naturally – here are a few photos of the classes.

 

 

 

 

 

We has such an incredible experience. I’d like to thank Jennifer, Joanne and Kathy for helping me with this project – you are all phenomenal, and have passed on your love of knitting to such amazing women! Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a knitting group going at Caroline House!

 

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!