Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Flat Feet Finished

A while back I got some Flat Feet from my amazing SP Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady and started a pair of Undulating Rib socks with it, promising to chronicle the progress. Well I fell down a bit on that last part, but the socks are now finished!

The yarn to the right is what was left - quite a bit actually. As you can see the Flat Feet didn't knit up all that differently than any "normal" hand dyed yarn. It still has the characteristic spirals, as I said before this is probably because of the way this particular flat was painted. In any case it made a very nice pair of socks!

Pattern: Undulating Rib from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Flat Feet
Started: 3/16/08
Finished: 5/24/08

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Noro Socks

Yesterday I enjoyed my last day in Seattle by heading to the U-district for their street fair. I finished the Noro socks while waiting for some bubble tea.


Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock #40
Started: 5/11/08
Finished: 5/17/08

There was actually a second knot in the yarn on the same sock right before the toe, but thankfully this one kept the color sequence.

Other than the knots I didn't mind knitting with the Kureyon Sock. The yarn is not particularly soft, but the knitted socks feel much softer than the unknitted yarn, and I'm assuming a couple of washes and wearings will soften them up a bit more. I certainly don't think my feet will have a problem with them. The colors, as usual, are gorgeous.

After that I headed out to Ballard with some newly cast on RPMs to meet up with Chelc and watch the 17th May parade (Norwegian Constitution Day). I don't think I've ever actually *watched* it - in the past I was in it. It definitely seems longer, or maybe it is longer since that was a few years ago. In either case it provided some good knitting time.

After a bit of Rock Band I headed back to home base, packed my bags, and flew back to Boston.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

I'm back!

I returned to Seattle today after a week out of the loop on Sea Socks '08. Surprisingly I didn't get all that much knitting done. I did a few heels for the classes, a bit of swatching, and worked quite a bit on my plain ol' Noro socks.


As you can see, being totally obsessive about starting the socks at the exact same point in the color sequence didn't really help. The socks were matching up pretty well until the heel when this happened:


Yup, a knot cutting out a good portion of the color sequence - about 3 inches. That and now there are going to be ends woven in on the bottom of my heel.

But there was a lot more than knitting going on this past week! I went to Ketchikan, AK where I saw totem poles (and rainforest, and an orca, and bald eagles...)

I saw (and heard) the Hubbard Glacier:

I went to Juneau, AK and went on zip lines in the rainforest - at this time of year actually more of a snow forest.

And last night I was in Victoria, B.C. and had tea at the Empress Hotel.

I had an awesome time! In fact I'm secretly plotting a way to move to Juneau and work on zip lines - how cool would it be to do that every day?

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Socks On Vacation

I figured my vacation to the west coast would be the perfect time to clear out some of those sock WIPs. So far I've finished two pairs, and I'm a little afraid that I didn't bring enough! Thankfully there's a bit of spare yarn as well.

The first pair I finished yesterday was the test knit I was working on for MJ. They're pink and beautiful and I will post again with the pattern info and pictures as soon as it's available.

Then today I finished the Simply Cables socks that I started a while back:


Pattern: Simply Cables from Sockamania
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight in Blue Brick Wall
Started: 3/7/08
Finished: 5/7/08

It's a pretty and simple cable pattern that adds interest to socks but still works with a more variegated yarn. These are one of the prizes for my contest winner Weezalana. It took me a while, but here they are!


Now back to that knitting thing so I can finish some more socks!

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs