Thursday, October 23, 2008

Recent Knitting Accomplishments

Pattern: Maelstrom by Cookie A.
Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in Valkyrie
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) two at once magic loop
They are a little big on the leg, but I love them!

Pattern: Lyceum Vest by Ann S. - this is the back panel only, and it is slated to be a Christmas gift (shhhhh).
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Mauve
Needles: Denise circulars in US10 1/2.

Pattern: Dragon-Skin Wrap by Angela Hahn.
Yarn: Berroco Comfort - This is an amazingly soft yarn and believe it or not, it blocks pretty well. This pattern was written for a bamboo yarn, and the bamboo would certainly give it the drape it needs. Although the substitute yarn worked OK, it is not ideal.
Needles: Denise Circular US8

I hope Catherine Loves it!

ps I did finish a pair of mittens but they are for Mom for Christmas, so you'll just have to wait to see a photo. :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lovely Fall Day!

A wonderful nature walk at Gates Pond Reservoir.
Click on collage to view full screen and enjoy.

I hope everyone is enjoying their respective Fall/Spring!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Socks

I really need to knit some sweaters, hats and mittens, but the socks keep getting in the way.
Pattern: Francie by Rebekkah Kerner of Bowerbird Knits
Yarn: Shibui in Chinese Red
Needles: US1 circular
Lovely pattern, filled with 2x2 ribbing, increases and decreases creating a cozy shaped sock.

I really have to tell you about the current Mystery Sock. If you enjoy mystery socks, you should join this one. It is lovely. There is a plain version (not really too plain) and a version with a wandering cable incorporated into it. I have chosen to do the cabled version with a sport weight yarn and it is such a fun knit.
Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops is a lovely designer and has started a mystery knit along through Ravelry. If you are interested, you can find the group here.

This is my sock after 2 clues. One is a side view and the other is front/back view. Depending upon the number of stitches you choose to cast on, the look changes a bit.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Maine in October

A Weekend Away!
My husband and I got a wonderful weekend away in Maine. It was a most magical time, the weather was gorgeous, the accommodations perfectly acceptable, beaches fantastic, shopping galore (Freeport & Kittery) and the companionship cannot be beat!

Of course the first thing I had to do upon arrival was step out on the deck and call my children. My most generous and kind Mother was watching them for the weekend so Gwyn and I could get away. Everything was just fine, now on to all the fun.

Another view from our room.

Me at the beach proclaiming, "OK so the water IS cold!".
(oh and sporting my new jacket and shoes)

And finally some lobster! It was too funny, the first restaurant we went to says "Sorry we are out of lobster tonight". Are you kidding? We are in Maine!!! By Sunday, as we were traveling South toward home I saw a sign "Lobster Pound", and I yelled TURN! What a good find. Delicious. Then in Kittery we found a place to buy fresh Lobster at a killer price, and we brought home one for everyone for dinner. Yummy!

In Kittery we found some everyday dishware the we really needed. The old set was broken and mismatched, it is time to bring in some new.

Oh and will you look at that, since our return I have found the time to finish a pair of socks...
Pattern: Cloning Anemone Rib
Yarn: Rockin' Sock Club kit 2008 Tide Pooling by Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Needles: KP Harmony US1 (2.25mm) 32" circular