Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Forgive for no posts - I have FOs!

Things that have occupied all my time, leaving me no time to post.

1. Spending a long relaxing Mother's Day weekend with my mom, dad, and sister in South Florida. I even knit a bit, but devoted most of my craft time to....

2. Finishing my sister's Weekender Bag, her v. belated xmas gift. Before leaving for Florida, all I had left was to handsew the lining which I finished the last night of our trip in the hotel room. I'm one of those last minute types. Unfortunately I'm also a dumbass and took not one picture of the finished bag - which came out much cleaner than my version. I envisioned a J. Crewish beach photoshoot with lots of sand and my sister frolicking around. Just imagine instead. Ahhh, beach! Amy Butler! Sun!

3. Packing. Did I mention we bought a house? We close on Friday and although we're surrounded by boxes, we've barely started packing. Luckily, our new house is only a mile away!

4. Passing my insurance test. Check that one off the to do list!

5. Hanging out at this real ale festival with Lobstah and other cool people.

6. Finishing these Knee socks...



Pattern. 48 stitches, toe up. I used
Diana's method of increasing, as I did with these socks.
Yarn. Yarntini Sport in Luxury, 1 350 yd. skein from Pure Knits. Plus a little Dale Baby Ull when I ran out.

Needles. Size 3 Addis.

Time Knitted. A month or two. These have been finished for awhile....
Comments. Sportweight yarn flies! Even with the added thickness, these socks are cozy and well-fitting. See for yourself ...


Miles thinks they're cozy (notice in the vesper knee highs, he's also digging the socks. too funny)

In the interest of full disclosure, I must say I have yet to wear these. It's been pretty warm, so I can blame it on that, but it's mostly because they fall down. I just have to figure out the best method of adding elastic.


Because I'm a dork.


7. Keeping Zoe off another FO, the Big Bad Baby Blanket



She crawled up on this the second I layed it flat.

Pattern. Big Bad Baby Blanket
Source. Stitch 'n Bitch Handbook
Yarn. Blue Sky Alpacas, Organic Cotton in Nut, 4 skeins
Needles. US 8 Addis
Time Knitted. 4/20/07 - 5/3/07
Mods. Subbed yarn, larger finished size.
Comments. This is a great baby shower gift. Great yarn, easy peasy blanket. My only complaint is that the ends were a bit obvious (to me anyway) after they were weaved in. The yarn is a bit rugged, so hopefully non-knitters won't notice.

Okay, back to packing and knocking more stuff off the to do list.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Another Cast On

Thanks everyone for the comments on the baby blanket beginnings. I wish I could email everyone individually - I realize this has become a common complaint around here - but blogger doesn't make it too easy. I think I might need to download haloscan or a similar application. Anyone have any luck with this type of program?

I cast on for another project, but it's socks so it doesn't count. And I actually cast on a while back, like in March. Oops, who knew I was such a secret keeper? They just haven't been on my mind too much because I've spent so little time on them - mostly during some t rides in Boston.

Here's where I was at this weekend:






I'm about halfway down the foot now, but this is my latest photo. The yarn is the important part now anyway, right?





Ooh la la! I'm such a sucker for bright, bold colors. I was once referred to as "the girl who always wears bright colors." This is Sundara Yarn in Cirque purchased about a year ago - before it was cut throat buying her yarn. I must say I understand why. This is my second pair of socks knitted with her yarn, and it truly is fabulous. The color saturation is unbeatable* and the finished product handles quite a bit of wear and tear. Not quite the sproing or softness of STR, but I dare say I think it wears a tad (just a tad!) better - and I machine wash. At least with the base yarn she was using last year.


I hope to finish these off, so I can cast on for the latest STR Rockin' Sock Club shipment.

*I actually cast on for a Chevron Scarf with this yarn and some leftover Fairgrounds from these socks, but decided the colors needed to be on their own to fully show off the rich, jewel-like colors.