Saturday, March 29, 2008

Wedding Ring Quilt Socks

What more socks done? Well, yeah, these are for Mom and.....well....I needed the USO needles for another pair of socks, so I busted butt the finish them today. And the kids having a playdate helped!
Pattern: Wedding Ring Quilt Socks by Jeanie Townsend.
Her Yahoo Knitalong Group is Here.
This was a test knit, but the pattern should be available soon.
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential Sock yarn in Gulfstream (discontinued color)
Construction: Followed the pattern. It is lovely and fun, I especially like the Mock Cable along the sides. I started with 2 50g skeins of yarn and still had 28g left over, so I would assume one could easily do another repeat on the leg if they like a longer leg and still be fine for yarn.

Hope you like them as much as I do Mom?!?!?!?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Ooh la la - lots to show

Lots of things to show! Had fun taking photos today :-)
Where should I start? Hmmmmm.....
Let's start with Mom's sweater. It has taken me almost a year to complete this sweater. Between learning from mistakes, learning in general, frogging, and just plain discipline to finish, it is done. I love it. The yarn has a wonderful drape, and completely softened up upn washing. The cables relaxed and it has nice clean stitch definition. The zipper installation is not as "perfect" as I would have liked, but certainly not bad, not bad at all. Enjoy the photos, my models (my daughters) enjoyed showing off this sweater.
Pattern: My own (mostly) with ideas from here and there.

Yarn: Peer Gynt color #228 (brown)

Needles: US 10 1/2 Denise Circular

Contruction: Top-down Raglan, steeked zipper, cables, etc.

Started: Last April, one of my very first sweaters (started knitting in February 2007).

Pattern: Urchin by Ysolda Teague in Knitty

Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky

Needle: US 11 Denise Circular

Great Pattern, hat fits my daughter quite well, but is too small for me. I'll try again with a bulkier yarn next time.

The new Socks that Rock, Rockin' Sock Club Yarn, called Lucky. And look how beautifully it knits up!!!!!

Pattern: Just a basic Hat, no pattern

Yarn: Some scraps I picked up on sale at my LYS that is simply fabulous!

Needles : US8 KP Harmony 16" circular.

Construction: cast on 80 sts using alternate rib cast on (using a crochet hook makes it easier!) K1xP1 for 5 rows knit rest of hat as follows. Knit colorA for 20sts, Add color b and knit for 20 sts, add color c etc. Then knit a spiralling color stripe. Great, fantastic process I found at Grumperina. Check it out!

And last but not least:

These are not complete, but they are a test knit for Jeanie Townsend. It is called the Wedding Ring Quilt Socks and are still under test at this time. But you can see her other patterns at her Yahoo site here. I believe next months sock challenge lists knitting a Jean Townsend Sock.

I hope all of this has been fun to read and look at, it has been too much work for me to blog, but it is always worth it to have a log of what I am doing, and always fun to share it with my friends.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Santa Fe from KotR Done

Pattern: Santa Fe from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill in Burgundy and Blue
Louet Gems in Goldilocks
Needles: US 1 1/2 / 2.5mm circular
Construction: 60sts around
Notes: Nothing unique, followed pattern, love socks, the CTH makes lovely socks!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Passion Stripes Complete

I steeked Mom's Cardigan, then realized 2 things, the lighter colored zipper was just not going to work, and it was too long. So I will have to go zipper shopping, with the hopes that they have increased their stock since I was last there. So instead I took the time to finish up these fabulous socks!Pattern: Hidden Passion Socks by Jaya Srikrishnan.
From Favorite Socks by Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock in Blue (50g) and
left over STR Dragon Dance (30g).
Needles: Size US0/2mm circular.
Started with KP Harmony 32" circular, but it broke so I switched to HiyaHiya Steel 40" circular.
Construction: This sock is so much fun to knit!
Although I must admit, I did not want to do the XO theme, and instead I did a 2x2 stripe with blue purled, I think I would have gotten even more enjoyment out of knitting this sock had I just gone ahead and did the pattern as designed! Wonderful pattern. I also would have liked a more substantial cuff....but I ran out of yarn! I might go back and do another cuff in the blue.
Love these socks!

28F, windy and brisk, but....

I still got a run in! Yahoo! I set myself a goal on Feb 1st that I would add in Thursdays to my runs. But it has been too snowy/icy/dangerous to run out there, never mind the sub 20 degree temps. Well, finally I have started my goal. It was brisk, but clear and safe! I feel good and ready for a shower. Another goal I have for today is to Steek and install the zipper in Mom's Cardigan. Pics soon!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Ann Budd's Lace-Cuff Anklets

Pattern: Lace-Cuff Anklets by Ann Budd, from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks.
Yarn: America's Alpaca, Classic Alpaca (mustard) and some Cashmerino DK (green)
Needle: 3.00mm 40" circular Addi Turbo
Construction: These were a nice quick knit. I used the green yarn behind the lace so the lacework would really show up. Alpaca is not very stretchy and I would not recommend it for socks.

Check out the crochet edging *pat self on back*, I love they way it came out. Although I had to read instructions on how to do it, something in the way back of my mind rang bells. I think my Mom must have taught me to crochet when I was a child. I don't recall anything specific, but the feel of the crochet needle in my hands was "familiar".