Thursday, May 29, 2008

Shaped Lace Tee


Shaped Lace Tee
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
It's done.

Finally.

It's not blocked yet but I am so glad it's off the needles.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Kool-Aid Dyed "Pixie Loves Dirk" Socks

Not a great picture; I'll need to take a better one. But this is how the socks are turning out.

I love the tie-dyed look and Dirk thinks that are so neat -- he even asked if I making them for him. Sadly, I told him no, but that I would knit up some fun colored socks for him.

I asked if hot pink cabled ones would be OK, he said that would rock.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Finished Jaywalkers


Finished Jaywalkers
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Socks done.

Started them May 7, finished today. Not to shabby considering I work full time, work at the shop and need to set aside at least 2 hours a night to snuggle with my boxer dogs.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Kool-aid Dyed Wildfoote


Kool-aid Dyed Wildfoote
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
!!!Wow!!!

Pretty cool, eh? These are destined to be one of the most KICK-ASS pair of socks in the world! This is my take on the "Flat Feet" yarn. I'm calling them my "Pixie xoxoxo's Dirk" sock yarn

Tonight's Sit 'n Knit was a small crowd. My friend Joy and I took advantage the owner not being at the store to stop the madness. Joy ran to Wal-mart for Kool-aid, then we purchased all the white Wildfoote sock yarn in stock.....

I did however email the owner to tell her that we had fun even with her absence, we DID clean up after ourselves and some how there is no more plain white sock yarn in stock in the shop........

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jaywalker Update

To avoid the dreaded SSS issue, I immediately cast sock #2 on the day after finishing sock #1. Last night I turned sock #2's heel and am working my way down the foot. The Jaywalker pattern is extremely easy to memorize, I've enjoyed the DPN technique. However, I'm convinced that two socks at a time is the way to go. Sure, it seems like it takes longer since you don't see any finished socks until the very end of BOTH of them -- but then presto! you are done with BOTH socks -- no one cold foot while you finish the twin.

Speaking of twins, I was fascinated as my two Jaywalkers are turning out within 1 row of matching stripes -- very odd considering the long repeats on the Trekking XXL yarn that I am using.

Once these socks are done, I really MUST devote time to the shaped lace tee....it's just taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Stalled Project: Mystery Stole 3

This project has been stalled for months and months...I just can't seem to sit down and work on it. So on Saturday night, I made myself make time for it.

I worked two rows (each 99 stitches of laceweight), held it back to admire my handiwork, studied it, looked at the chart, looked at the knitting, wondered where the row with three beads was, looked at the chart again, looked at the knitting again...and realized last time I worked on it I had pulled out 15 rows and had just knitted those two rows that should have had 15 others rows completed in front of them.

I ripped the two rows out and shoved the whole project back in the bag which was then shoved to the back of my knitting stuff.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Triva Question #2 Answer

That last question was tricky and to everyone else the difference is really subtle while to me the difference is HUGE.

Did you notice that the picture wasn't fuzzy? That my sock looked crisp? I got a new-to-me digital camera! Dirk upgraded his camera and I got his old Nikon CoolPix 4300!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Triva Question #2


Jaywalker Sock
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Ok, this one is a bit harder.

There is something different about this photo.

What is it?

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Triva Question Answer

Both Amelia and Marsha had correct answers!

The sock is cuff down, not toe up which is my preferred method of sock construction.

And I'm using double pointed needles -- something I've never done with socks. Yes, that's the truth! A zillion pairs of socks and I've never used DPN on a pair!

These are Jaywalker socks, which means I have a 50-50 chance on them not fitting and being totally wanked off that I have to it rip it out.

I'll keep you posted.

Triva Question


A Jaywalker
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
There is something unusual about this sock,

Can you tell me what it is?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Wool


DCP02222
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
My spinning to date has been frustrating, to put it mildly. It was always slow-going and a struggle.

The first go at it was hampered by the wheel I was using. It is a handmade antique that we purchased at an estate sale. The price was *excellent* but it doesn't spin true and is difficult to treadle.

Next, came the gorgeous Lendrum double treadle for my birthday. MUCH easier to treadle, better bobbins, soother uptake....still crappy results.

This weekend at the Alpaca show I got $6.00 worth of wool roving. Last night I burned through 3 oz in about an hour with fantastic results.

Success at last. Previous spinning was practiced on alpaca which apparently isn't for beginning spinners.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Maxwell and the Yarn


Maxwell and the Yarn
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I've had this lovely Cascade Sierra Quattro in my stash for awhile and wanted to make something with it. I thought a nice cotton lace hat would fit what I wanted.

I started a hat on Saturday afternoon, knitting on and off through two movies and cast it off that night.

It was too big.

You're looking at it neatly frogged into a cute little green yarn cake.

However, if nothing else, I'm persistent.

Yesterday, Dirk and I stopped at YarnArts to pick up some US 7 DPN and I re-cast on and I knitting through some mindless television, knitted through "Life with the Kombai" and knitted through the evening news...


It's a crappy photo, but Dirk did get a new digital camera yesterday, so as soon as I recharge the battery on his old one, I'll get better photos.

The pattern is "Halley's Comet"

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Embossed Leaves Sock

I'm one pattern repeat into these socks and I'm having doubts about this project.

I'm using a creamy lightly heathered sock yarn and I'm not feeling the pattern in this color; then I pulled the sock on to see what it would look like on my leg and the cast on is a bit tighter than I like. (and I'm goofed it up to boot).

....sigh....

Just putting these two things into print makes me realize that these socks are destined for the ball winder....and since I'm currently at YarnArts, working this afternoon, it's very easy to just rip them out and not worry about digging out my own swift and ball winder....

Be right back....

Ok, the socks are off the needles and back into tidy little sock yarn cakes.

Hum, now I'm thinking I have a *wonderful* excuse to go cast on new socks with the lovely JoJoland Melody yarn that I have been eyeing up for the last two weeks. What? You agree? Well, alright then, if I must....

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Shaped Lace Tee


Shaped Lace Tee
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This project keeps getting put aside. If I would just sit down and work on it consistantly, it would have been done awhile ago. It's easy mindless knitting.

However, last night I was lulled into casting on a new pair of socks -- are you surprised? I've had the "Favorite Socks" by Interweave Knits forever and I bought it specifically for the 'Embossed Leaves' pattern, so I cast on last night with some cream colored sock yarn from my stash.