Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Grand Duchess Laura the Disheveled of Bumpstead under Carpet
Its quite ironic really. One of my former principals used to tell me that I could be disheveled at times (we think she thought it meant stressed.) I just had to share.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
And a mess, but pay more attention to the sock. Just in time, too. Becky called to tell me she completed her second pair of socks last night. Did I tell you that the loser of our little competition has to knit the winner a pair of socks? I think I had better get knitting.
The Sock Details:
Pattern: My own, in that I've made several modifications to the Jaywalker pattern from Magknits (different stitch pattern, stitch count, and toe)
Needles: Size 1
Yarn: Yarntini Grape Ape bought from the Loopy Ewe
Notes: I love the striping pattern on the yarn (I'm even thinking about making identical socks, it'll be that easy to match up) Plus there is a ton of yarn here. I started with a 110 gram ball and I still have 70 grams left (keep in mind that I wear a size 10 women's shoe). I'm thinking one of the baby presents may be socks made out of this yarn. The yarn did tend to want to split a bit, but overall a great find (I'm glad I have another skein in Loopy Blooms in my stash)
Yes, I know the stash is getting a bit cramped these days. I know more skeins have been arriving than have been leaving and that makes it hard to breathe, especially if your neighbor is mohair. But, I have had a very busy week judging reading fair projects, processing books, looking at fifth wheels with Wheezy, and playing My Little Ponies with Julie. I would have taken you to some of these places but Muggles seem to frown on that sort of behavior. I also know that you are planning a revolt if you do not become the many hats, booties, and socks required for gifts over the next month. I am planning on knitting and watching season 11 of MASH today in an attempt to catch up. I will also be going to Tuesday night knitting this week. I might even take the car in to get the windshield wipers fixed (even more knitting time). BUT I will not give in to your ridiculous demands that say I should keep up with my sock clubs. I'll knit all those Sweet Sheep skeins when I'm good and ready (The same goes for the Lenten Rose Socks).
That is all.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I liked this yarn for it's price (it was around 6.99 a ball) and the yardage I got from it (219 yards). Anderson (the recipient of the scarf) had accompanied my to my LYS and she picked it out. So it was easy to get and I knew what I was getting.
What I don't like about it is it's a bit harsh. I probably wouldn't want to wear it next to my skin all the time (but I'm not a girl who likes to wear pure wool sweaters unlayered). I have seen it used in felted projects and they came out beautifully. I'm a fan of superwash yarns for sweaters that I'm making for myself. If I was looking to make a sweater in the similar gauge for a similar price I might go with one of the Cascade 220 superwash.
In other news, Becky and I have decided to run our Linneman Family Sock Knitting Race through the end of February (Becky's working on a sweater and I'll have baby gifts to knit, so that will give us more time). I'm still winning (insert gloating laughter here) but I know I'm going to need a huge lead through January to carry me through February (at least baby gifts are a fast knit).
I also figured out why my Jitterbug sock looks like it's made for Bigfoot. 1. I didn't swatch. 2. I was going by US needle sizes and not European. Third time will be a charm (maybe) I'm also going to switch over to the basic sock pattern in the Yarn Harlot's book. Maybe that will get my head on straight.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
One thing I can't blame on lack of sleep is the ginormous nature of the socks I've been knitting lately. The Collinette Jitterbug pattern tells you to knit 33 rows for the heel flap. That seems huge now, but at the time I didn't question it. Needless to say, the Jitter bug sock is getting a rip back (I'm too lazy for pictures of anything right now). I've spent the last hour listening to knitting pod casts and knitting swatches with the thought that some socks I knit this week may turn out right.
The Loopy Ewe updated with lots of cool yarn I'm lusting over, including lots of yarn pirate. I bought my yarn for my Martha Socks (Check out Sheri's blog) and can't wait to get started on them. I'm thinking a jaywalker pattern, but I need to ponder that when my brain cells can function.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
are my Re-Re socks. One is black with lots of color and the other is gray. I was a bit disappointed. I loved the yarn itself but the drastic difference in color did not make me want to buy more of this yarn. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided to email Sheri and see what her opinion was and if she had had this happen to her before. I was amazed at the quick and friendly response I got from her. Within 8 minutes she had emailed me back and emailed Kathryn at Fleece Artist. To make a long story short, Fleece Artist is sending me a new skein of yarn (They recommend dividing your hank into two separate balls and using the knit every other row approach to blend the two different looks that can occur with hand-dying). I'm excited to be trying their yarn again and grateful to Sheri for her super fast and friendly customer service. You can bet that she'll be receiving a good bit of my sock yarn allowance.
Mom has claimed the Re-Re socks for herself since I "have never knit her a pair of socks" and she can wear them with her motorcycle boots (Keep in mind that this is the woman who started me knitting when I was 8 and my first project was socks).
In other knitting news, I've cast on a pair of socks out of Collinette's new sock yarn called Jitterbug. I had finished a Monkey sock out of this over break, then weighed the sock and discovered I did not have enough for a second sock. The first sock was promptly ripped out and I'm going to make some short Stockinette socks with a twisted 1x1 rib edge. I'm off on Monday so I'm hoping to have the Jitterbugs and Becky's STR done by the end of the week.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Rock on ladies!
Monday, January 08, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
I finally finished Nikki's Irish Hiking Scarf (Look at Hello Yarn if you want to make your own). I really like the way it all turned out. Here it is both far away and up close. I didn't space my cables evenly (House and Scrubs were more interesting than counting rows), but I think it adds character. My friend who now owns the scarf is a muggle and couldn't care less about the spacing between the cables. She loves her scarf (Thank goodness, I was a bit worried) and I love the Jimmy Stewart collection of DVDs she got me (I want my own Pukka named Harvey when I grow up).
Alrighty, now for the specifics of the scarf...
Pattern: Hello Yarn's Irish Hiking Scarf
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic in a light green
Amount of Yarn Used: 2 full skeins made around a 60 inch scarf
I really liked this pattern and I now understand why people can't seem to stop at knitting just one.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
In real knitting news, I finished Nikki's Irish Hiking Scarf without stressing out about it to much. I'll try to remember to download the pictures off my camera and blog about the project tomorrow.