Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Knitting

2008 Knitting

Well, it's time for the year-end summary, but first I have a couple new projects to blog about.

For the holiday gifts I gave these to my mom, these to my middle sister, and the socks from the previous entry to my little sister, as I mentioned. However, we had two other guests that got knitted gifts this year...

The honorary 4th daughter in our family got these "Zom-bees"


Yarn: Yarn Pirate in Killer Bees
Pattern: plain ol' socks
Started: 12/18/08
Finished: 12/24/08

And I whipped out a quick hat for another more spur of the moment guest:


Yarn: Wool Ease Thick & Quick
Pattern: an improvised hat
Started: 12/24/08
Finished: 12/25/08, in the wee hours

That provided a much-needed non-sock item for my end of the year count, which is as follows:

28 pairs of socks
2 hats
1 monkey
1 TP teepee

It was actually kind of a pitiful knitting year. :( Maybe I'll do better next year... I have a feeling it will depend on my ratio of knitter to non-knitter friends in Seattle.

Listening to: Bullet with Butterfly Wings ~ Smashing Pumpkins, #1 Crush ~ Garbage

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

May your days...

be Crazy & Bright!


Pattern: plain ol' socks
Yarn: Perchance to Knit in Primarily
Started: 12/14/08
Finished: 12/18/08

My little sister is getting socks - she knows because she picked out the yarn. And what a yarn she picked! I won it from The Loopy Ewe blog contest a while back, and it's always nice to knit with a new type of yarn.

The extra guest I mentioned earlier is my little sister's best friend, so I decided that both of them should get crazy socks. I'm currently turning the heels on the Zom-Bees! socks (Yarn Pirate in Killer Bees) for Cortnie.

Otherwise, I've pretty much just been at home - both because of the snow and I've had a sniffle. I'm feeling much better today, though. Too bad the snow had to get even worse now!

Listening to: New Moon ~ Cave In, Rusted Wheel ~ Silversun Pickups

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

I can knit pretty fast when I want to...

The Snail Marriage? socks are finished (as of Wednesday) and mailed to their recipient. In fact, she received them today!

This slightly blurry picture (no flash) shows the texture quite well.

Wedding Monkeys - texture

Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Cool
Started: 12/2/08
Finished: 12/10/08

Finished in 8 days, and I didn't even work on them full time. There was a day or so when they sat waiting for the verdict on the length of the leg. ;)

And now... back to the end of the gift knitting. I had an extra project sprung on me at the last minute in the form of an additional guest. I know the recipient will appreciate it and I'm happy to do it, but now I have a bit more knitting than I expected.

Listening to: Sorrow ~ Flyleaf, From Your Mouth ~ God Lives Underwater

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Casting on some more...

So, as I said in the last post, that wasn't all of my casting on frenzy.

Freeing up those size 1 needles allowed me to rescue these little toes which had been hanging out on 2.5mm needles for a few months. (And that was after being the Reversi socks for Sock Madness which I just didn't like and ended up frogging) I started the toes intending to do the Jacobean socks while coming home from sock camp last April (I know, I know...) but since toe-up socks aren't my favorite and I needed my size 1s for much more pressing sock concerns... well they got neglected.


Now that the size one needles are free they're back in action using the Anastasia Socks pattern that I've been meaning to make for about forever. Overall a success... so far.

And of course getting the 2.5mm needles out of those toes allowed me to cast on for a much more important pair of socks!

Snail Marriage?

My friend Rachel bought this yarn long ago and I promised to make her socks with it. And I tried, really I did! First I started the Canal du Midi pattern from Knitting On the Road, but I just hated knitting it so much I knew it would never get finished. The socks sat around for about a year until I frogged them, then I moved 3 times in 2 months and the yarn got misplaced. I found it and started one of the patterns from Knitting Vintage Socks, I honestly don't remember which one, but it also was not a winner.

So now it's been easily 2 or 3 years and Rachel is getting married in January and asked if I could pretty please make her the socks for her "something blue" and really, how could a friend deny a request like that? Especially since I've owed her these socks for years now and have made about 100 other pairs of socks in that time. I am really a bad friend. So I have started the Monkey pattern which is perfectly mindless and never fear, the socks are already much farther than when I took this picture a couple days ago.

And last, but certainly not least, I present Blurple Waves:

Blurple Waves

I thought up this project quite a while back as a solution to all my gorgeous 1 or 2 balls of worsted-ish weight yarns in blue and purple. I got many of them as gifts from the many secret pal swaps I participated in, and a girl can only use so many hats. Plus, as you may have noticed, I don't knit many hats. These are really beautiful yarns from Lorna's Laces Worsted to Colinette to yarns from little farms across the US - and they really deserve to be used.

So I came up with this idea... I could knit a blanket in a chevron pattern with all these yarns, since they are all blue and purple and go well together. I can knit up what I have and add to it when I get special gift balls of yarn, and if I start doing SP swaps again I can ask for yarn for it too. :) I had the forethought to buy the needles a few months ago so it was all ready to go, and after casting on 299 stitches (eek!) I'm off!

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Casting On

I finished a rather large secret project and figured it was the cue to begin one of my phases of frenzied casting on. The truth is, I hate casting on. I'd much rather knit and knit and knit some more, so when I feel like casting on I like to run with it. And run with it I did...

We all know I've been waiting years for the Ribby Cardi, and I even swatched already, so I cast on and left it in the "yarn room" by my DVD watching chair. It's on a cone so I don't anticipate taking it anywhere. Instead I've surrounded it with all my knitting accoutrements and left it in a convenient place to grab while I'm watching Bones on DVD.

Ribby Cardi

Of course that wasn't enough so on Saturday I headed over to the bead store, bought some beads, and started Ice Queen.

Ice Queen

Ok, not that impressive yet, and I haven't even started the beading. But a provisional cast on of 156 stitches! I haven't worked with Kidsilk Haze before, and I'm not sure I'm a fan - I actually really don't like silk but it belonged to a friend who is allergic to mohair and was up for grabs. I figured I could use it to knit something for a gift and I had just seen the Ice Queen pattern... But it's kind of like knitting with fuzzy dental floss.

Of course, when starting lots of new projects it's important to finish older ones to free up needles.

Shooting Stockings

Pattern: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Universal Yarns Ditto
Needles: 2.25mm
Started: 11/12/08
Finished: 12/1/08

This is a nice relatively mindless textured pattern. The texture is much more visible in real life than in the picture. I modified the pattern for a 72 st cast on and no calf shaping (because of the shorter cuff) for a woman's L size.

So if I were sane that would be the end of it, but I'm not so I went on a mission into the garage to try to find that Christmas stocking I was knitting for my mom last year and finish it. The mission was unsuccessful - unfortunately I think I put it "somewhere safe". I have a tendency to do that with things and then forget where that safe place was. In fact, during the search for the stocking I found some great cherry print fabric I bought to make a sundress with and put "somewhere safe" over a year ago - I've been looking for it ever since.

But I think you've had enough for one night so we'll talk about the rest of my new projects another day.

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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