Sunday, April 15, 2007

More pic's

Well, I do know how to move these pictures around. However, I find it to be a giant pain in the behind. So, I am simply going to comment on these in the order they are here now...

This is the 2nd incarnation of this sock. I had finishes it in a pattern similar to Grumperina's Jaywalker pattern but had started with 80 stitches and it was a little too big for either Mom or Dad. This is the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the color Mine Shaft that Mom got for herself at Loop. So, I had a formal "Death of a Sock" cerimony at work and then undid the tails (not an easy feat...ha ha unintended pun) and unraveled the whole sock...much to my boss's dismay. He could not comprehend how I could trash the whole sock when it would fit "someone". I explained that it was nice but not what I wanted. It is to be one of a special pair for Mom. If it is the wrong size what is the point?

This pair is now being done in a slip stitch pattern (rather hard to see in this photo). It goes like this:

Round 1: *K1, Sl 1 wyif (with yarn in front)*
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *Sl 1 wyif, K1*
Round 4: Knit

That's it! I did 4 rows of knitting and then 2 repeats of the above pattern, 4 rows of knitting, and 3 repeats, 4 rows of knitting and 4 get the idea. I am almost on the heel. I haven't decided how to do the foot yet. The heel will be the typical K1, Sl 1 but this time I will keep the yarn in front instead of the back so that it matches. I thing I might do the top of the foot in the slip stitch and the sole in regular knitting. But then again, the slip stitch makes a more durable fabric...perhaps the whole foot should be done that way? Any ideas??

This is a quick vest done in an extremely bulky yarn. It is about a size 12-18 months. I could get it on Jake when I had finished it (almost a month ago) but just barely and he hated it. It is rather thick. I think I will just save it to donate to the auction next year.

I tell you what, that auction is a pretty cool thing to have around. I can design and knit anything I want in any size and if it doesn't fit anyone I know I can just put it in the auction pile! Who needs guage swatches anyway? (I know I have just angered the knitting fates but I am feeling a little reckless today. Must be the tall raspberry almond late I had this morning...first time I've had any coffee in months.)

These are the entrelac socks made for Jake's birthday from the first self-striping sock yarn I dyed. The tutorial for the yarn is here at Eunny's site and the lesson on Entrelac (also by Eunny) is in the current issue of Interweave Knits (of which she is the new Editor--go Eunny, you rock!). We call these the "Silly Socks" and they are so cool for a toddler!

These are toe-up socks for Jake. The only reason they are for him is because this is a 50 gram skein of Regia and the only one I had. I can make a pair of socks for him and still have scraps left over. For anyone else in the family it takes more than that even for short socks. Carter's foot is now 8" long (compared to mine at 9" and Max and Addison at 12"!!)

These are toe-up for me. The completed sock is my first toe-up. I found it to be an interesting way to do socks. I used the tutorial from Knitty. It seems like it would be a good way to teach someone how to do socks because you only need to learn one skill (the toe and heel are the same) as opposed to 4 or more different skills needed for top-down (heel, heel-flap, picking up stitches for gusset, gusset decreases, toe decreases, etc.) The only problem I had with the whole thing is fixing errors. I am practically fearless when it comes to ripping back and fixing most things (cables, lace, fair isle...) but trying to fix a dropped stitch in the middle of wrapped or god forbid double wrapped stitches gave me the willies but I did a pretty good job of faking it.

I am currently working on a pair of socks for Carter (his birthday is the 19th) and I also had a request from a friend to make her mom a hat. When I asked what color she said, "Who cares, she's having chemo". I almost fell over! So, I have so far made a ribbed thingie out of a soft worsted weight acrylic and just started a sort-of lacy thing out of a cashmere blend. I want to make one other using Lion Brand Microspun. Anyone have any pattern ideas? Of course, knowing me I will probably just design something myself. I printed out a bunch of patterns from on-line. I'm not feeling the inspiration though. I do know that I want to start at the bottom. The one I did yesterday I started at the top and absolutely hated doing it that way. I am knitting this one in the round and so I think I want to do the third one flat. I also think it should maybe be cabled since the microspun shows the stitches so beautifully. I think it's time to get out the Nicki Epstein book and the Stitchionary book...

Monday, April 09, 2007


This is the hat I designed (one of them...I took the other one in without taking any photos...OOPS) for the school fundraising auction. There was no planning involved. I had the yarn (dyed by me), a set of circs (6 I think) and half an idea. I cast on and away we went. In the end it was about a 12 month size. I figured no matter what size I made the darn thing, it would fit someone....

I was intrigued with the idea of the spiral that decreases can make. This ended up looking like a large flower. Sort of reminded me of a sunflower. The socks behind are a worsted weight pair of women's slipper socks that were also donated to the auction.


This is Loop. A fabulous yarn shop in Philly on South Street.

I love the simple white "cubby-hole" shelving. They tell me they got them at IKEA. They have a very nice yarn collection. And an amazing array of sock yarn in particular with selections from Lorna's Laces, Schaeffer, and I forget what else...the Lorna's and Schaeffer pretty much did me in.
This was the final haul. I bought the book. Mom bought the yarn. All. The. Yarn. The two bright ones on top are mine (Anne from Schaeffer) as are the blue/green skeins in the front (Lorna's Shepherd Sock). The rest are for me to knit for Mom and Dad. Mom had some in her hands and was saying how she wanted socks out of "this". To which I said, "Are you going to let me teach you how to knit socks?"

Her reply was in effect a big NO but she would buy me my own yarn as compensation for knitting hers. Talk about a rough situation. She provides the yarn for me to knit I have to give the socks to her and Dad (most of my knitting is for other people anyway) AND I get 3 skeins of some of the most gorgous sock yarn to do what I please with....boy let me have that kind of rough day every day!

The blue/green skeins are for socks for Addison. The funky brights are for me. It's hard to see but the skein on the lower right is a wild mixture of purple and green (Anne by Schaeffer) of Mom's.

I can't wait to see what they all come out like!


Meet Jaspurr Furrest Gump. The newest member of the family.
at home on everyone's bed (except Jake who is apparently the official Cat Torturer of the family)
And very comfy on this Land's End blanket.

I adopted him a little over a month ago. He is very sweet. Unlike our previous cats, this one has a limit to the nonsense (Jake) that he will tolerate. And, also still has his front claws. That will change soon. He comes when I call him...he knows who his Mommy is, and likes to sit on my head. What else can you ask for?