Saturday, January 29, 2011
A New Way to Look at WIP's!
Really, really closely! Can you tell I've just figured out how to use the macro feature on my camera? I am such a dork.
Friday, January 28, 2011
First Pair of 2011 Finished Socks!
For once - the color in one of my photos is actually very true to the real thing. At least on my monitor!
Note: I started these socks just before I started on the Sockhead Hat Binge before Christmas, and they never really got going until after the holidays. As much as I love the colors in STR, I really do not like knitting with the Mediumweight yarn. The socks that result are often too heavy for most of my footwear. I will say that this pattern was fantastic for the pooling that usually occurs with STR. I may even be able to find a boy to wear these.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Speediest Sock Yarn Club. Ever.
So - I'm sitting here listening to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline because I'm feeling some retro country today.
At the end of last year, I kept clicking onto Plucky's
updates just a few minutes or a couple hours too late. I really just wanted to try one skein of her sock yarn, but was having no luck whatsoever. (She's actually got a few odds and ends up today for sale!) Finally, I lucked upon a three month sock yarn club membership. These three skeins arrived in my mailbox so fast and furiously that I never got around to showing them off. So up above we have Sisters
, the red is Queen of Hearts
(Alice in Wonderland) and ROUS
is named for Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen as the sister act in White Christmas and ROUS
is ROUS (Princess Bride). They are three different bases - but they are all wonderful. Merino Lite, Primo and Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend, respectively.
Oh, and in case you were wondering - the inspiration for Sisters is pretty darn clear:
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Note: Well, I was very curious about this yarn, pictures I had seen showed a gorgeous range of colors. Let's say I was not disappointed in the two skeins I ordered. I would say the amount of vegetable matter is comparable to that of most Noro yarns (not my favorite, either vegetable matter or Noro). Let's just say I'm not sure I would pay the price for a sweater's worth of this yarn, although I should never say never. Also, 5 may have been a bit small for knitting with this yarn. I've got to say that the hat did block out beautifully.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
A (New To Me) Yarn Club
I saw a shipment of Hazel Knits Sock Club*
back in November and I really wanted the Coleus/Meadow
shipment. I joined for the minimum amount of time. My December shipment was really quite breathtaking. However, Collegeboy nabbed one of the skeins for his Sockhead hat as soon as I had it out of the package. The little sheepie bag is delightful and I would like about a dozen of them. Some day I hope to have a picture of the finished Sockhead hat I made for CB. I won't be seeing him until April though, so it may be a while.
*If you are looking for a Sock Yarn Club that is a good deal, I highly recommend Hazel Knits. You pay for two shipments that are mailed approximately three months apart. Each shipment contains two skeins, dyers notes and an additional goodie. I have been in some sock yarn clubs that advertise "goodies" that are pretty junk-y, with little perceived value. I do not believe that is true of the items I have received from Hazel Knits. This is just my opinion, and I received no compensation for my good review.
Friday, January 14, 2011
What's Goin' On?
There are a couple things on the needles and I managed to collect a few, not great, pictures!
Yes, I know. Not a great picture. This is the beginning of Flint
. That is a Ravelry link. Back in Novemver, I joined the Sweater For All Seasons
pattern club, I plan on using these patterns to meet my goal of 4 sweaters this year! I bought the yarn for this one (using the club discount), from Blue Moon. The plan is to use stash for the remaining three patterns. Progress has actually been made to 1/2 of the first sleeve.
This is a second sock. A very boring second sock. Simple Skyp Socks
. I may have overdosed on socks last year. Luckily, my goal is only to knit one pair/month for 2011. I think I can handle that. Also, that is Mini-Chef on my iPod. It's a free app and it takes minimal attention and I can play and knit at the same time.
The boys are off boarding in Michigan for the weekend so the dogs and I get to take care of my volunteer association's year-end books. Yuk.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Second post of 2011!
Note: I started these as part of a November KAL, however I got sidetracked by half a dozen Sockhead hats for Christmas gifts. This was the final pair of 2010!
I've made no progress on the Flint this week, but I cast on a Brambles Beret with some of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter last night (I'm using the Long John's colorway). Chalk it up to curiosity, I just wanted to experience the yarn....
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Yet Another Unexplained Absence...
Please accept my apologies. In the meantime, the family Christmas looked like this:
I know, it looks crazy doesn't it? Two are mine, three are my sisters and SIX are my brothers (three are only temporary). The age range is 2 1/2 to 19! You can see the evidence of my knitting on several of these young people, and they were quite happy to receive. At the end of the day, I had requests for two more Sockhead hats. One hat is finished and living in Vancouver already.
2010 Knitting Roundup
posted a spreadsheet about her 2010 knitting mileage. Well, that's just a personal challenge in my little brain, so I pulled some numbers from my Ravelry
- 1 baby gift
- 12 hats
- 26 pair of socks
- 2 sweaters
- 1 wrap
I used a total of 16,988 yards of yarn or the equivalent of 9.65 miles of yarn! Many of the socks went into my sock gift basket and very few remained after Thanksgiving. I picked out one pair to keep and the rest will be donated. With the exception of most of the Sockhead hats, I also donated most of the hats.
My goal this year is to continue to use up my stash yarn - I hope to knit at least three hats in January. I am participating in Samantha' Roshak's sweater KAL this year, so I plan to finish at least 4 sweaters and I hope to complete 12+ pair of socks. Flint
is the first sweater in this KAL and I am just about ready to start on the sleeves. Hopefully, things will settle down a little so I can get some photos taken and share some WIP and an FO! I barely got photos of most of the finished Sockhead Hats - believe it or not!
Well, the sun is shining, so I think I am off to take some photos!