Saturday, October 27, 2007
Yarn: Yarn Pirate Merino in Rum Runner (Booty Club exclusive)
Needles: US #1 cirs using magic loop
Notes: I made the larger size since I was using #1 needles and thinner yarn and it really worked out perfectly. They're not too tight nor too loose. I think they may be the most comfortable and best fitting socks I've ever made. The only thing I did change was I just lengthened the leg by several pattern repeats.
The other fun thing I did last week was a little yarn trading. Library Liz saw that I had my Yarn Pirate Booty Club yarn in the Calamity colorway up for trade on Ravelry and offered something up from her stash. It worked out so perfectly! I ended up with her Pure Knits Yarntini club yarn in the Mint Mojito colorway! Ravelry is just so cool like that!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Monday, October 22, 2007
So, yeah, the Socks That Rock.....it rocks! I guess because it's mediumweight it is sooooo fast to knit up! I'm using size 2 needles and the fabric is quite nice and dense. And YAY for no weird pooling that STR is notorious for.
Oh and I wanted to thank Maryse for tagging me for the 8 Random Things meme! I did a 7 random things a while back, does that count? Those are so fun! Feel free to snag it and play along. :)
Thanks for all the nice compliments on my Bluebell Perdita! I gave it to the birthday girl on Sunday and I think she really loved it!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The bead selection was definitely lacking there but I think these purplish ones work pretty well with the grey. Oh, and those US #1s with cotton thread...ouch! I never get sore hands from small needles or knitting with cotton but I guess when you combine the two it creates the perfect storm so to speak. I'll tell you, those special beading needles are amazing and an absolute must. Thanks for such a fun little pattern Elizabeth!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I think I started Ester months ago.
It was going really good until I discovered I screwed up a row. It's been so long since I've touched it that now I don't remember exactly what was messed up. I remember it was at the same time I discovered I completely forgot the waist shaping on the front piece of Josephine and was so disgusted I threw both Ester and Josephine down and haven't touched them since. But now I'm all inspired to get back to work on Ester after seeing a beautiful version on Ravelry. The cable pattern is actually very simple (when you're not in a knitting slump) and I've been cabling without a cable needle which make the knitting quite fast and fun. Hopefully, I can figure out where I left off!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Once again, sorry for the absence lately. I blame it on Ravelry. I've been busy knitting though.
First off is my test knit for The Plucky Knitter.
Pattern: Just the stitch pattern from Jaywalkers plus a 2 st garter border to prevent rolling.
Yarn: 1 skein of The Plucky Knitter Merino in the Kicky colorway and 1 skein of The Plucky Knitter BFL Suri Alpaca in the Vivi's Dress colorway (actually I think I only used about half of each skein)
Needles: US #5
Notes: There are really only good things to say about this project (and I'm not just trying to suck up here ;-)). The pattern was simple yet interesting and the yarns were wonderful to work with. My pictures really don't do the yarn justice at all....the colors are much more vibrant. I actually loved the BFL/Suri Alpaca yarn much more than I thought I would! It's very silky and not at all itchy (on my sensitive neck that is saying a lot!). And of course the 100% merino is the absolute softest yarn you can get. The finished dimensions ended up being 6"x75" which I think is the perfect length to wear it doubled or just a simple wrap around the neck.
Now, for my second FO (can you believe it!):
Pattern: Cable Twist Socks
Yarn: Interlacements Tiny Toes in the Southwest colorway from The Loopy Ewe
Notes: Unfortunately, this knit was not nearly so enjoyable as the scarf. There was just something about the combination of the slipped stitch pattern and the somewhat splitty yarn that did not mix well. The yarn itself is perfectly soft and lovely and I'm sure would do well in a simpler pattern. I modified the pattern by adding one stitch repeat so as to adapt to fingerling weight yarn. They fit well and I'm sure I will enjoy wearing them this winter. I'm just glad they are finally finished!
I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!