Wednesday, July 25, 2007

finished

Well, yesterday I finished up both my Trekking socks and Harry Potter. I'm sad the series is done, but I'm happy with how things wrapped up.

The Trekking socks are off the needles - and they look great, if I do say so myself. They match almost perfectly! You can see a spot where my guage must've changed momentarily after the gusset. The brown and cream fairisle-y section is a little wonky - but I love it. It wasn't as hard as I thought to make them match - in fact, knowing that I started in the same place helped me make sure the socks turned out the same length - which I tend to have a problem with when doing plain stockinette or ribbed socks. I can't wait until fall, so that I actually have a reason to wear these!
Pattern: Basic Sock from Ann Budd's Handy book of Patterns
Yarn: Trekking 126
Needles: size 1.5 bamboo dpns
Time: one week

I just cast on for my next pair as well - Jaywalkers using the purple Sassy Stripes yarn. I clearly am the only knitter to have not knit these. When I added them to my ravelry notebook, I suddenly had one more project in common with almost all my "neighbors!" Several months ago I started some stockinette socks in this yarn, but they were tiny - I am recyling them for the Jaywalkers - I think the stripes will look good. I'll post pictures once I have more done. I'm having fun with this Summer of Socks - I don't have a specific goal in mind, but would like to use up a lot of what I have stashed away...no more new yarn for me!

My poor skirt has been sadly neglected. I didn't want to take it while traveling, and I just haven't had the time to sit down with something that needs concentration. Hopefully there will be updates soon. I'm out of town again this weekend, for another wedding.

In other news, I have a job interview tomorrow! I'm a little nervous, but just getting the interview makes me more optomistic. I really need a new job, though I'll be sad to leave the kids. So, wish me luck!

Monday, July 23, 2007

back to the grind

This weekend my roommate Mickenzie and I went to Georgia for a little mini-vacation. We stayed with her family, and then stopped to have dinner with my uncle on the way home last night. It was a fun trip, and quite relaxing. Mick has the cutest little neice, and she and another little cousin provided tons of entertainment.
The car ride there and back provided tons of knitting time, and my
trekking socks are moving right along. I'm almost done with the guesset decreases on the second one. They are matching up very nicely. Since they are just stockinette, they are super easy. I finally picked up Harry Potter this weekend and after dinner I'm sitting down with it - and maybe the socks, since they require very little attention.



I've been doing a lot of dishcloths this summer, too. I made some for my Mom and Grandma, and now all my Aunts want them too! They are so quick - a little instant gratification, anyone? Also, dishcloth cotton is so cheap, and it gives me a chance to use all the fun colors I'd never wear. I picked up some yarn for my Dog Days of Summer pal, and now I need to pick out a pattern to go with it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ice Cream

Well, so far this week has been exceptionally quiet with the kids, so much knitting has been done! K had a friend over this morning, and they played with J very nicely...so I had an easy morning. They're both just up from quiet time and we're putting in a dvd, so I'm good for another hour and a half :)

I finished my Knit Picky Socks last night! They went pretty quickly and I'm very happy with them. The colors are not something I would pick out on my own, but I really like it - very cheerful! I love the way the yarn worked up - no pooling or flashing, just a very nice variegation. (Great job, Laura!)The socks fit well - I'm finally getting to where my socks fit, and aren't too tight. In fact, I probably could've made these a teeny bit tighter, but I think they'll be good. I had a little yarn left and I made a sock for my keyring sock blocker while watching the British/original version of The Office last night.
Pattern: My own, sort of cobbled together from other patterns
Needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
Yarn: FootPrints by The Painted Sheep - Knit Picky Colorway :)
Time: just over a week

This morning I cast on for a new sock in Trekking XXL. I'm trying to keep socks on the needles at all times to keep up steam for Summer of Socks - and to pare down my stash a little. My last socks looked like rainbow sherbet, and these look like Neapolitan Ice Cream...yum! I'm using my Chrystal Palace dpns for the first time, and I really like them.


I'm moving along on the Ogee Lace Skirt as well. No new pictures, but I'm about halfway done with the body of the skirt. It's a really fun knit, but I'm enjoying having a simple stockinette sock that requires little thinking and no eye-crossing charts.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sleepy Sunday

After a quite busy weekend, I am sitting down to relax a little this afternoon. I've been catching up on my knitblogs and such, and just uploaded some new photos to share.

I've made quite a bit of progress on my Knit Picky socks! I've got the first one done, and am ready to start the heel flap on number 2. They are really going quick. I took them by Knit Picky on Saturday to show them off during Laura's launch party of The Painted Sheep! Mimosas, cake and knitting buddies - doesn't get much better than that.


I've also made good progress on the Ogee Lace Skirt, which I am falling in love with. I've made it through the first (of three) pattern repeats, and one ball of yarn. I can't wait to wear it. In fact, I'm planning to sew up a white a-line skirt to wear under it, and I may swing by a fabric store today and pick some up.

Well, I'm off to finish reading blogs and then off to the grocery store...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

monkeying around

The monkey socks are off the needles and on my feet! I think these might be my favorite socks - they fit perfectly, and the look couldn't be better. I had a hard time getting a true color picture, but these ones came out alright.

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A.

Yarn: Miss Bab's Superwash Sock Yarn in Chocolate Roses

Needles: size 2 bamboo dpns

Time: about 2.5 weeks

Mods: none really - only did 4 pattern repeats for the leg. Fantastic pattern - I want more monkeys!
I've cast on for my next pair of socks too. I got my first kit from the Knit Picky sock club last week, and started a ribbed sock with my new yarn from the Painted Sheep - in the Knit Picky colorway! I can't wait til Laura is open for business. This will probably be my at work project. I've also started the Ogee Lace skirt from the Summer IK - it requires a bit more attention. I hope to have pictures soon.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

long weekend.

I've had a long weekend off work this week, but it has been busy. I finally put on the Rusted Root this morning, and hit up Mick and my Mom for their photography skills....s0 here we go!(ps - does anyone know how I can make my pics appear side to side, so my post isn't sooo long?)
Pattern: Zephyr Girls Rusted Root, size small
Yarn: Cascade Sierra in Charcoal
Needles: Size 7 addis
Time: a little over 2 weeks
Mods: Started with neck ribbing instead of picking up stitches, and made the bottom ribbing a little shorter.

I had a lot of fun with this pattern - it went pretty quick, and I loved the yarn (although I think it was improperly named - chocolate would be better, don't you think?)

I'm still working on my Monkey socks - I'm starting the gusset decreases on the second one now. I still can't get over how perfect the yarn is for the pattern. I am babysitting tonight, and should make good progress once the kids are in bed.
My family recently went to New York to visit my Mom's family. I was unable to go, what with moving and work. Maybe next time. However, my Grandma, a former knitter, sent me a big box of fun! :) She sent a very cool vintage project basket, and a ton of vintage needles, hooks and notions. I have had so much fun playing with them. Well, I'm off to search for a birthday gift for my Mom...any ideas?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

woo hoo!

I am finally, officially, all moved out of my house - keys turned in and everything. Whew. I'm still getting settled into Grandma's, and my parents garage is full of my stuff - I have no idea where I got so much STUFF. It took me all last week, and a very long weekend of packing and cleaning - and hardly any knitting!

I have Wednesday and Thurday off this week for the holiday, and I am looking forward to some lazy knitting and tv time. I did finish off my Rusted Root last week at Knit Night, and I weaved in my ends a few days ago. Hopefully there will be photos coming soon. I've finished the first Monkey sock, and cast on for the other - as soon as I finish this post I'm going to work on that.

Well, I finished my Chickami a while ago, but didn't have very good pics. These aren't so great, but they'll do. (It looks much better in person.) This was a fabulous pattern - easy and well written. It has the best underarm shaping ever! I will definitely make this again - I have some red Berrocco Ultra Silk that would be nice.


Pattern: ChicKami by Bonne Marie Burns of Chicknits
Yarn: KnitOneCrochetToo's Wick
Needles: KP's Options 6 and 8
Time: about 2 weeks?
Modifications: none!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Dishcloth Exchange Questionnaire

I promise I'll write a real post soon - The move is finished as of today. Anyway - I joined another swap, and here is my questionnaire....

Do you knit, or crochet, or do both? I do both, although primarily knitting
How long have you been knitting\crocheting? I've been crocheting for about 3 years, and kniting for 2.5 - although only seriously knitting since December.
Have you knit dishcloths or dishtowels before? yes - many dishcloths
What are your favorite cotton yarns? For dishrags, I like to use the Peaches/Sugar n' Cream - it holds up well to use. For bathroom Washcloths I like to use KnitPicks Shine.
Is there a cotton or linen you’ve been dying to try but have not? I'd love to try the Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille.
Are there any cotton yarns you don’t enjoy knitting with? I don't really like mercerized cottons very much- but I'm open to trying more.
What type of needle do you prefer using? (Metal/Wood/Plastic) both metal and wood, though I find metal is better for cottons.
What other projects do you enjoy knitting and crocheting? I love to do bags, socks and sweaters.
Do you have other hobbies or enjoy other kinds of crafting? Quilting, rubber stamping/papercrafts, sewing, Reading
What kind of treats do you like? Chocolate? Candies? Nuts? I love any sort of chocolates, can't have hard/sticky candies due to in-progress dental work. I dont' really like nuts, except peanuts and cashews.
What colors are your kitchen and bath decorated in, if any? I'm in the midst of a move, so I have no idea what things will be like when we get settled.
What are your favorite colors and what colors do you dislike? I love pinks and reds, blue/greens and purples. I don't like neons.
Do you drink coffee? Tea? Other beverages? I drink both coffee and tea - my favorite summer drink is cheery koolaid.
Do you have any kids (human or pet variety!)? nope
Do you have any allergies? cats
Please share 3 tidbits about yourself that you think your pal and other swappers might find odd or interesting. hmmm
1. I love panda bears - I have several stuffed ones.
2. I'm addicted to office supplies, especially post-it notes.
3. I love to watch tv on dvd.

I'm so excited for this swap. I love dishcloths - instant gratification! and this sounds like a fun one.