Friday, September 29, 2006

The "Poncho" Socks are Done!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Thanks to my husband for taking a picture of my feet. Though the socks are actually much lighter in color than they appear.

They are a top up, stockinette foot, short row heel with K2P2 ribbing on the cuff on US1 (Magic Loop). No pattern, just winging it as I went.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Teeny Tiny Preemie Baby Hats

Teeny Tiny Preemie Baby Hats
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Making these for the Knitting Guild Charity Project. I love a project that takes less than an hour or two.

Two Socks on the Needle

Two Socks on the Needle
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Back when I was learning to knit I made a poncho -- very badly. The poncho had dropped stitches, my gauge was off by a mile, the tension was all over the place, it didn't fit well and in a nutshell was as a disaster.

However, not being a wasteful person I recently carefully ripped out the poncho, balled up the yarn and tucked it into my "to be knit" stash basket.

When we left on our most recent road trip I tossed this yarn into my travel bag and started a pair of socks with it on the way home. :) They are *way* nicer than the crappy poncho. The yarn is an acrylic blend by Encore in worsted weight. But I am using a 2.25 mm/ US1 needle (magic loop) so they are a super tight knit and looking great.

I won't talk about how I'd ripped the heels out no less than 4 times because the yarn was splitting on me since the heels are now done and have no holes in the short row wraps.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Little Pink and Sparkly Socks

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here are the little anklets I made on the drive down to Las Vegas over the weekend. As always it's nearly impossible to take a good picture of your own feet and capture the colors as well!

The pattern was 2 socks on 2 circs toe up with aloha long tail cast on and the 'crazy toes and heels' heel with side gussets and a slip stitch patterned heel. I also stopped the ribbing around the ankle so that the stockinette would make a nice little curled edge.

Yarn is a Fortissma in pink with stripes and a silver metallic fleck that was gifted to me by a friend who had part of a ball left over from her anklets. In hindsight I should have kept going up the leg since I still have yarn left over, but honestly, I'm impatient and just wanted the socks off the needles and on my feet.

Missing in Action, but Still Knitting

I have been trotting around Colorado, Utah, a bit of Arizona and into Nevada with friends from Britian over the past week and a half. However, this did not prevent me from starting and finishing one pair of socks and casting on another pair. :)

A friend gave me the leftovers of some sock yarn from a pair of socks she just finished and was able to make a pair of anklets using the yarn. So, now we have matching socks. How sweet...

I also cast on another pair of "Fetching", but didn't do something right on the pattern and wound up getting to the final rows on the second one and realized they did not match. (rolls eyes). I ripped out the second one, THEN realized that the first one is the wrong one. Twice I've tried to recreate what I did wrong on glove one with no luck. To keep down my frustration, I'm going to rip out the first glove as well and tuck away the yarn for another project.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Knitty's "Fetching"

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
On Friday night I saw one of the these gloves that someone else had made and thought they were so cute I had to give the pattern a whirl myself!

I learned two things with this pattern:
-- cabling
-- thumb gussets with waste yarn.

The pattern is so easy to read and these knit up uber fast. I made the first one in just a couple hours and then cast on and made 1/2 the second one while watching a movie last night. I just finished up the second glove this afternoon in about an hour.

I'd like to experiment with using beads in this pattern -- and make myself another pair in the cashmere/merino I was oogling on Friday night.

EDIT: I used Encore yarn, a wool/acrylic blend.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The socks are done!

Picture 001
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Cute, eh? However, now I have nothing to take to tonight's 'Sit and Knit' except my mystery stole and that is nearly impossible to work on when I am too busy running my mouth to count.

Guess, I'll dig around in my little stash and take a look at some of the new MagKnits patterns in the issue that came out today.