Sunday, June 29, 2008

DYO Done

These socks were really difficult to photograph. It was hard to capture the colors and the lovely pink and gray striping. It was also tough to capture the sock design, but trust me I like them, they are lovely.
Pattern: My own design (not planned though)
Yarn: J.Knits superwash me sock - color AC#142
Needles: US1 (2.25mm) circular
Construction: Started as a k2xp1 rib. I did not like the yarn knitted as a rib so decided to slowly reduce the ribbing and viola a fun pair of socks designed by me.

One the left you see the heel and the back of the leg, on the right is the front of the leg. I really was looking for a tulip design, but this was fun and fast anyway!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wonderful Weekend!

Wow what I weekend I had! First off I am thrilled to say that I made it to the top of Mt Washington in the 48th ANNUAL MT. WASHINGTON ROAD RACE. My time was not as bad as I expected, and was certainly not my best, but I am happy with the 2:11:41 time. It is always such a huge accomplishment just to make it to the top. I felt GREAT and am looking forward to next years race!

During the drive up, I finished Catherine's "A good stripe" Tank. Which is an abbreviated form of the A Good Stripe Dress by Mareike Sattler, in the Spring 2008 IK. Then I started a Baby Cardigan for a friend who is due in August. Then later in the weekend, between having too much fun I started a pair of socks which have been just flying along at a good pace. Enjoy the photos!
Pattern: A good strip Dress...uh tank
Yarn: KP Shine Worsted in blush and grass
Needles: US5 Denise circular.
Pattern: Basic Raglan Cardigan
Yarn: KP Shine Worsted in grass
Needles: US6 & 8 Denise circular.
Pattern: Design Your Own (DYO)
Yarn: J.Knits Superwash Sock color AC#142
Needles: US1 KP Harmony 32" circular.
These started out to be a basic K2,P1 rib sock, but I did not loke the ribbing in this yarn. The yarn has a lovely stripe and is best represented as stockinet, so I proceeded to reduce the rib with a cable twist and viola, I had invented my own sock. Not done yet though...stay tuned for the "leg".

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sigrid Done.


This sock was great fun to knit! Alot of work, but always interesting, I really enjoyed watching it "grow"

Pattern: Sigrid by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill in Amethyst and ka hand-dyed in Fresh
Needles: US1 for non-stranded work, US1.5 for stranded work
Construction: 2 on one 32" KP nickel circular needle. Knit from toe-up, rather than cuff down. Had a little bit of trouble with the heel flap and it ended up a bit longish, but all in all these are a lovely pair of socks I will enjoy wearing (in the winter!)

Friday, June 13, 2008

NO! I'm not addicted!

I started knitting socks for the first time May of 2007. By the end of the year I had knit 21 pairs of socks. Now it is Mid June and I have already knit 21 pairs of socks. Oh my goodness!

I still feel I don't have enough, although I have given a good many away to my wonderful, deserving and appreciative Mother.

Do you think I can do another 21 before end of year? Summer is coming, and although socks are quite portable, I have kids that need entertaining.....hmmm how many museums, parks, beaches, playgrounds, pools can I knit at???

HANDKNIT SOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here I come "Summer of Socks 2008"!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Austrian Diamonds

Pattern: Austrian Diamonds by Candace Eisner Strick
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential in Grass 100g
Needles: US1 (2.25mm) 32" circular KP
Started: Feb 28th 2008
Finished: June 12th 2008
Construction: 2 at once on one circular needle.
Wonderful socks!
I took my time with these as they are quite a lot of work. And well worth the effort!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Just an interesting tidbit.

I don't know how many of you use Bloglines, but I do. On the feeds tab, where I have my blogs I like to read, there is a section on the bottom called "Additional Features". I usually just ignore extras, but today I felt like checking it out. I clicked on "Top 1000" and was flabergasted to see some knitters there. The Yarn Harlot made the top 50 and both WendyKnits and Grumperina are in the top 100. WOW that is pretty cool. I'm sure there are more, but I was just amazed to see that, I thought we knitters were in the minority.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hat & RSC Cleopatra's

Finished a few things, but nothing really exciting.
First I needed a quick knit, and made Amanda's Hat.
Pattern: The Amanda Hat by Gina House
Yarn: Malabrigo (the yummiest yarn I have ever knit with!)
Needles: US9 Denise circular
Comment: I love the hat except that it seems tight at the crown to me, next time I would switch to a larger needle when knitting the crown.

Next is Cleopatra from the Rockin' Sock Club
Pattern: Cleopatra's Stocking by Marjan Hammink. Currently only available to sock club members.
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber's Socks that Rock in Lightweight.
Needles: US1 (2.25mm) Harmony 32" circular
Comments: Pattern was great fun to knit. Colors are a bit garish and certainly don't photograph well. Had fun making these though!