Sunday, June 22, 2008

I already posted this in my head...

I finished a pair of socks, finally!

Pattern: a highly modified version of Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: ONline Supersocke Savanne-color
Started: 5/25/08
Finished: 6/18/08

I'm still working on my goal of knitting all the socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, but from the start I decided that modified versions were fine since I have very few males to knit socks for. This is one of those cases - I took the Ringwood stitch pattern and plugged it into a pair of socks that is me-sized. The yarn is one that I bought on my trip to Seattle for sock camp and also a new one for me. While I was knitting I got a lot of comments on these socks - the color combination really is gorgeous!

The yarn itself is a fairly standard wool/nylon blend, and it's a bit scratchy compared to the 100% merino hand dyed yarns I've been working with lately. But - like the Noro socks - I think it will be perfectly comfortable on the feet and almost certainly hold up very well.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Knitting In Public

Saturday was WWKIP day. Since this post is a bit late I'm sure you all already know about it. I was working so I couldn't attend the Boston gathering, but I managed to KIP on my way there and back - it ended up being great for my trip home which was complicated by some sort of subway issues.

Quite a bit of knitting is being done but nothing is getting finished. And some of it isn't blogable at the moment, but these socks are:

I can't believe how many comments I've been getting on them! The yarn is ONline Supersocke Savanne, and the colors are very nice. The stitch pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks - the Ringwood socks in the book are mens' half-hose, so I just made a regular sock size with the stitch pattern.

Yesterday I finished the gusset and have about 2 inches left to go before starting the toe. Hopefully I'll finish up this week.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Socks and A Meme...

The socks-in-progress are numerous and, thus, kind of slow. I'm on the heels on my current simple pair, though, so those should be done pretty quickly.

Catherine tagged me for this a good long while ago, but then I never did it...

So here goes:

“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

10 years ago I was in high school. And I was doing what all high school students do - going to class, studying, not getting into (much) trouble... No really, I was a really good kid! I was also dying my hair tons of different colors.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Hmm, well I didn't really have a to-do list for today. I mean, at work, but that's no fun.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

I have trouble telling what foods are "snacks" since I tend to eat snacky foods for meals. But lets go with chocolate covered raisins, tortilla chips with salsa, and popcorn.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Well, first off I would buy a house. With a pool - a big one that I could swim laps in. And people to clean it for me. And then I would promptly leave my house and go travel around the world. And in fibery pursuits, I would get a portable wheel and a drum carder and a circular sock machine.

And of course I would make sure my family was comfortable and donate money to charity.

5) Places I have lived:

Seattle and surrounding areas, WA
Oslo, Norway
Boston and surrounding areas, MA

I don't tag people, but if you're reading this and wishing you were tagged go right ahead!


Thursday, June 05, 2008

A Library Adventure

Last weekend while looking through Knits from a Painter's Palette I fell in love with the Daydreams Stroller Blanket (ravelry link). Not that I know many babies, but I just really really want to knit it. Maybe for me. Plus, I have that Koigu that I was using for Charlotte's Web...

Who am I kidding? I'm never going to finish it and I'm certainly never going to wear it, so small lap-sized blanket it is! Notice that there is only one project that's finished on ravelry... I'm thinking this is maybe not the greatest omen, but she doesn't have anything bad to say about it...

Hello re-purposed Koigu!


In any case, it is pretty much the only thing from that book that I'd have any desire to knit, save the Charlotte's Web - which I apparently don't have any desire to knit, but that's another story - which I already have the single pattern for. So off to the library with me!

The actual trip to the library was made a bit more complicated by the fact that there are two commencement-like events, a Red Sox game, and a Celtics game tonight. After I finally arrived at the library I had to attempt to find the book, which took me over an hour. See, it wasn't in the normal knitting section like the call number would suggest - then I went down to the "New Nonfiction" section and couldn't find it there either and then I finally discovered that it was out on a table in a pretty little display of crafty books. Darn you BPL! But my trip was ultimately successful and now I can knit the Koigu blanket, just as soon as I finish....

Yeah, we'll see.

Listening to: Triangle ~ Dredg, Soul On Fire ~ H.I.M.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hey, that's me!

Today I went by Borders on my way home and saw it - How to Knit In the Woods with my sock patterns in it! The thing about designing patterns for a book is this: you design the stuff, you knit the stuff, you furiously mail the stuff, and then you wait. You wait so long you've practically forgotten that you even made it and of course during this whole time you can't show it to anyone and then FINALLY the book is out and you're like "Wow, there it is!"

Today it finally became real, and so I proudly present some socks:


Pattern: Twists and Turns Socks
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in Jade

These, affectionately know as "the girly socks", are actually the second pair I designed. MJ was nice enough to crank out a pair on very little notice in her own yarn, and those are the purple ones also pictured in the book. In fact the picture on the pattern page shows a more "artsy" version of mine and a more detailed version of hers. They're gorgeous.

And now for the "manly socks":


Pattern: Cougar Mountain Socks
Yarn: Trekking Pro Natura in #1600

Unfortunately the picture of the second pair is not very good. I think my photo taking skills have improved in the last 10 months. ;)

So there they are, my socks. Now onward!

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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