Thursday, March 31, 2011

WIP Week (Part Two)

I am finally getting around to a pattern I downloaded from last Spring's Sockupied.  This skein of Ruby Sapphire will be the passerine socks (cookie a.).  It actually is cast onto the needles, you just can't tell from this photo.

 These are the Cachoeira by Kristi Geraci from the Spring 2009 Knitty.  Tiny needles and lots of purling.  This would get my vote for putzy sock of the year.

Guess what!  Next you get to see a FO!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Hardware (that I love!)

This stitch marker came in one of my sock yarn kits.  I am not sure which one (I mean which kit).  It's gorgeous and I plan on doing a little shopping at this Etsy shop. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Putting Together Sock Kits

There is a lot of wishful planning going on here.  I am really off of my pace of last year - 2 pair/month - but things could change!  What do you think of this pretty, pretty Malabrigo?  Madtosh!  I am an idiot.  And lazy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

WIP Week (Part One)

I have many pairs of socks on the needles.

Here is pair number two from the Cookie A Sock Club.  This pattern is entitled Haleakala Socks- and the pattern came in a straight and twisted version.  I went for the twisted version - look to see this pair finished first.  String Theory Caper Sock (they just put a bunch up at the Loopy Ewe, in case you're interested.  Yummy cashmere sock yarn.)

 This second pair is SKA March Mystery Sock by verybusymonkey.  Look for this pair to take a little longer because I had to wait for clues to be released.  Also, I believe this pattern was intended for solid color yarns, but I like to ignore directions.  The yarn definitely distracts from the very clever pattern, but I like them anyway.

There are two more pair on the needles, but they didn't get posed for their photo.  I'll show those to you later this week.

We've been busy this week with HS Lacrosse tryouts.  The fingers are crossed for Puck.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Artisan Sock

Macro Time!

Pattern:  Gentian by Lisa Stichweh (free Ravelry download) Yarn:  Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Color:  Band is lost - it was a club color Needles:  US 2 - 2.75 mm  Started:  February 25, 2011  Completed:  March 9, 2011
Note:  This pattern repeat was so long I only had to knit it twice on the leg and twice on the foot, the yarn is a little heavier than my usual yarn so the whole thing finished up really quickly.  LOTS of cabling in this sock pattern, but can I tell you how much I love these socks?  I feel like I knit two miniature Aran sweaters.

Evidently the Wild and the Gophers were terrible last night, but our HS team won their semi-final round and there will be a Championship game tonight.  Eagles v. Hounds!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pretty in Pink

Cliche?  Probably.  Polar opposite of green?  I don't know, I'll have to check a color wheel.

As you may have guessed, given my penchant for knitting socks, I jumped on the Cookie A Sock Club when it was announced.  (I know! Expensive!  I have forgone birthday and mom's day gifts for the year!)  Anyway, the first shipment arrived last week, and the patterns came via email around the same time.  It was a 25 page leaflet that included cookie recipes and two sock patterns (actually, two sock patterns and the second sock pattern had two variations!)  We only received one skein of yarn, some yummy String Theory Caper Sock (in the Solas colorway).  We did get a discount code from String Theory, and I promptly ran off and ordered a second skein of Caper (pictured above - in the Lotus colorway), so I could knit both patterns in Cookie's intended yarn.  Also?  Cashmere.

I have finished the first of the two patterns that I chose to knit:

Ripple Leaf Socks: 

Pattern:  Ripple Leaf Socks by Cookie A   Yarn:  String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock  Color:  Solas  Needles:  US 1 1/2 - 2.5 mm  Started:  February 21, 2011  Completed:  March 9, 2011


Note:  Really, I have very little to complain about.  The pattern was great, the yarn was lovely.  My brain did not cooperate when I started the second sock and forgot that there was a left and a right (mirror image) to this pattern.  So there's that.  Somehow I think I am the only one to do anything about that.  I have moved right on and cast on the pink yarn to make the second pair from the Cookie A Sock Club - Haleakala Socks.  Yep - say that one three times fast.

The kiddo's high school won their quarter-final state championship hockey game last night, so we are moving on to watch another tonight.  Yay!  Good thing I love hockey.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Drinks Anyone?

It's funny to me; when I look at the older, hand-dyed yarn in my stash, to notice how I have gravitated away from the multi-colored yarns.  Don't get me wrong.  I am still happily knitting away with my variegated and self-striping yarns.  But I have some serious love for these shaded, single-color skeins.

And really, how could I resist a color named after a colorful cocktail.

Pink Squirrel anyone?

Yarntini MCN sock.  80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon, 420 yards.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A Very Slow Project

Maybe it's the needle size after so many socks on size #1s.  Maybe it's the slipperiness of the Addi needles.  It has taken me forever to get this far on this project.  However, I believe it still qualifies as a WIP!

I've taken to setting myself a goal of ___ inches, then I can knit some socks.

This is the Evergreen Vest by Deborah Newton:

This is from Interweave Knits Winter 2010.  I am making some changes to the pattern - mostly I am leaving the pockets off and I am going to lengthen it a little bit.

In the meantime, we are still living the hockey fan lifestyle at our house, but I do have multiple FO's to recap.  If I could just get that cardigan blocked - I'd have a big one to show you!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Deciding Where to Start

Should I show you an FO, or some pretty yarn, or the latest WIP?

All right, FO it is.

Pattern:  Nuppy Diamonds by Chrissy Gardiner Yarn:  Yarntini Variegated Sock Color:  Cosmopolitan Needles:  US 4 - 3.5 mm  Started:  January 21, 2011  Completed:  February 24, 2011
Note:  My first two pair of socks for 2011 took forever to finish.  I don't know why.  I'm already halfway through my second two pair.  Part of it might be the quantity of purling in this particular pattern.  They are finally done, and I love them.  I noticed a lack of pink socks in my sock drawer.  I know that I knit with plenty of pink, where do they all go?  I am suspecting my nieces of sneaking all the pink out of the sock basket.  Well, these are mine.  No sock basket for these!  Oh, and this pattern is part of the Indie Socks CSK - so this pattern will not be available to the public until July.

In the meantime, It's been hockey all the time  (watching) over here.  The Wild are hanging on, barely, but they've been fun to watch this year.  The high school is trying to battle their way into the State Tourney and the Gophers are trying to look like a good team.  Still, hockey seems to be the only option this year if you want to see your team win once in a while.

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