Saturday, September 29, 2007

Stagnant Projects

Of course I started a new pair of socks as soon as I finished the Purple Splendor Wildfoote ones...Trekking XXL color #163.

The stitch pattern is 'Crosshatch Lace' from C. Schurch's More Sensational Knitted Socks.

In hindsight, not the best yarn and stitch pattern combo to compliment both to their best, but I like my variegated socks to have some kind of texture and I liked the look of this pattern.

I now realize that I have oodles of variegated and self striping sock yarn in my stash and not enough plain colors. (insert magical sound) I predict a shopping splurge with KnitPicks in my future. (exit magical sound)

You can see to the right that my Mystery Stole 3 and my Knitty Branching Out scarf are both stagnant. I'm to the beginning of Clue 4 on MS3, but just haven't been able to put the necessary brain power into working on it. The scarf is just irritating to me, but I'd like to finish it and give it to my mother-in-law for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, I need to think about what I'd like to make for my mom as well. Maybe I'll pick a different lacy scarf -- any suggestions? I'd like the pattern to be fairly simple so that I can get it done quickly.

Well, I better get in to the shower and cleaned up so that when my friend Mardi gets here I am ready to head out to kiss on some alpacas.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Socks: Done

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
1. Yarn used: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn
2. Needles - size and type: 1 40" US 1 (foot) & US 2 (cuff) Addi Turbo
3. Method: Toe Up, Two at a Time, Magic Loop with gusset heel
4. Size: Women's Small
5. Recipient: Me!
6. Date completed: September 20, 2007

The pattern is my standard sock pattern but I used a mock cable stitch.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Turned the heels on my socks!

I got the heels on my Purple Splendor Wildfoote socks on Thursday night. For me this is the most exciting part of sock knitting.

This morning I printed out information on The Red Scarf Project. I'm going to ask the two other women in my office who knit if they would like to make scarves for the project with me.

Tomorrow I have the first part of my Beginning Knitting Workshop with 6 students. :)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Toe Up Socks - Brown Sheep Wildfoote

Photo of the most recent socks on the needles.

I love Brown Sheep's Wildfoote yarn.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Why I should not hang out at the yarn shop


I am so easily influenced by others.

When I walked into the shop on Saturday a few people were knitting on their neck down raglan sweaters -- and before I knew what was happening I tossed my sweet little in-progress toe up socks to the floor and had 10 skeins of 'Highlander' by Alpaca with a Twist piled in front of me as I mused on how to center a cable on the sleeves of a neck down raglan...

I did however break tradition and did NOT purchase this yarn in the lovely green that was also available.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Cast on yet another pair of socks....

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at YarnArts hanging out. I cast on and ripped out "Branching" from at least three times. I was having a disagreement with both the pattern and the yarn - apparently they were not meant for each other. Instead I sat socializing and teaching a friend how to knit and started her on a garter stitch scarf.

Last night I spent hours pouring through books, patterns and Ravelry before I grabbed two skeins of Brown Sheep Wildfoote (in SY17 Purple Splendor) and cast on a pair of toe up socks. I haven't yet decided on what foot/cuff patterning I'll use if any. That is one thing that I love about toe up socks, I can make it up as I go. Once I get the toes to a good size I can fiddle with the number of stitches to work out a lace or ribbing pattern.

This afternoon I'm heading to a friend's house to sit on her deck and knit. :) Life is good.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Secret Pal 11

Secret Pal 11
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
What a wonderful package to be presented with last night when I got home from work!

It was a "garden" themed package with pressed flower cards, tea bags, a little floral address book, flower stickers, a knitted/felted Gerbera daisy kit and some really cool seeds for my garden!

Thank you SP11. I *love* everything. My husband thought the Gerbera Daisy kit was the best, he brought it up in conversation again this morning at breakfast. :)