Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Embossed Stitch Summer Socks Complete

Pattern: Embossed Stitch by C. Schurch from More Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Summer Sock
Needles: US0 40" KP nickel circular
Started July 14th
Finished July 29th

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer of Sock 2008

SOS08 has created a monster (many I am sure). It is a competition to see who can knit the most socks during the 3 months of summer. I got talked into joining and have enjoyed every minute. No prizes yet for me, and there is even one person I know of who has already knit 18 pairs. I am up to pair #9. Check out the photos below.
Warning: if you are a Rockin' Sock Club member, there is a spoiler below.
Pattern: Stansfield 196 by Charlene Schurch from More Sensational Knitted Socks book
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Apricot
Needles: US1 circular
Love these socks - finished on July 17th

Pattern: Friday Harbor by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill SportSock in purple
Needles: US2.5 circular
Finished: July 20th

Pattern: Whitby (my second pair) by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Sportsock in Red and Black
Needles: US2.5 circular
Finished: July 24th

Pattern: GumDrop by JCBriar from the Rockin' Sock Club
Yarn: BlueMoon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Goody Goody
Needles: US0 circular (no matter what size I chose I could not get rid of the pooling, I tried US0, US1 and US2)
Finished: Today

These socks can even be worn inside out. On the left you can see the inside out sock.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Beautiful bouquet of flowers sent from my in-laws in the UK. What a lovely surprise for her.

Out to dinner at "Charlie Brown's". Mom showing off gifts from her son Peter and Family.
(I just happened to be sitting next to her)
And the socks that were planned for her Birthday gift from me are more work than I intended. So they are still on the needles.
I finished these the day after her birthday and she loved them - thus gifted.
Pattern: Vertical Waffles by C.Schurch from more Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Sport Sock Merino
Needle: US2.5 (3mm) Addi 40" circular
Finished: July 16, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Summer of Socks and a productive day...

Pattern: Summer 2008 Socks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Silk Color #0189
Needles: US1.5 (2.5mm) HiyaHiya 40"circular.
Construction: 2 at once, toe-up. 56sts around on the foot. The sock is largish and slouchy so at the heel flap I reduced stitches to 24 on the back of the leg (52 total). I think the slouch is due to a combination of the pattern and the silky yarn. They are lovely summer socks!
Started: June 26th
Finished: July 9th

Lucky Baby Fern socks

Lucky Baby Fern
Pattern: baby fern from mSKS by Charlene Schurch
Yarn:Socks that Rock in colorway Lucky
Needles:3mm addi turbo 2 socks on one circular
Construction: Set up the pattern repeats so that the ferns would be centered front back and sides. Knit Toe-up using Judy's Magic cast on, and plain sts heel flap, and an alternate rib bind off. Loved making these socks, can't wait to wear them.
Started: July 6th
Finished July 9th

Monday, July 7, 2008

The fix - so far

Well, an over dye worked fairly well for the socks. Liked them better in natural, but now I can wear them with Jeans and not look like such a geek. The white/pink sweater is just loving it's new color. No matter what I try I cannot remove the pink. So now I need to decide if I can "live with it" or if I want to try to over dye it too. Although to be safe I would go with a darker pink or a red if I did decide to dye it. Right now I'll hang with it and see how I feel. I am still really upset about that one!

Hey any suggestions for a new spring to fall sweater pattern?????? Yarn?????? Share some of your favorites!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Accidents Happen!

That's what I tell the kids all the time. But you think I would have known better. I have not had a laundry accident in many years. I was doing a cold water, handwash cycle for my hand knits. Then I saw this rayon, dry clean only dress in the laundry and said to myself: "that should survive a cold water, handwash cycle". And it DID! Looks good as new, but, it had the temerity to bleed all over my precious handknits. I immediately tried to then bleach them, and that didn't do a thing. Oh well, enjoy the photo and try not to have an "accident" while rolling on the floor laughing.
My favorite White Cardigan
Sarah's white and purple striped tank
My new New England socks (the yarn bloomed nicely).

New England Socks are done.

Pattern: New England by Nancy Bush from "Knitting on the Road"
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill in Natural
Needles: US0 2 at once on 40" circular
Construction: One less diamond repeat on the leg and 2 rows short on the toes.
Started: June 23rd
Finished: July 4th

Pattern: basic Top down Raglan Cardigan
Yarn: KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Grass
Needles: US8 Denise Circular
Started: June 20th 2008
Finished: June 30th 2008