Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Finally, Leyburn!

Remember almost a year ago when I finished the first Leyburn sock? I started the second one right away to combat the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.

Well... it didn't work. But this past weekend I finally completed one of my more pathetic over-a-year WIPs.


Pattern: Leyburn Socks (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in Carbon Dating
Started: 1/6/09
Finished: 1/18/10

Yes, the Leyburn socks are finally done! The pattern is pretty easy to memorize, easy to knit even while watching TV, and cute. I really liked the yarn...

When I first started it the floats threw me off a bit and I thought it wouldn't be a good idea to try these guys 2 at a time, so I didn't and that was the trouble. I don't know what it is about knitting single socks but I never get them done in anything close to "normal" time. But here they are and I can cross another WIP off the long list. :)

Other than a secret project and a non-sock gift, the best contender for next FO is my Twists and Turns twin socks with MJ. That or the stockinette Mini Mochi sock that lives in my bag for bus knitting.

I'm also making good progress on Blurple Waves - I'm on the 5th ball at the moment and making a goal to knit a full ball of yarn or more each month this year.

I've also been taking a photo every day this year for Project 365 (those are all my pictures there). The theme this week is clutter and that's brought a couple of knitting-related pictures, so I thought I'd share.

Monday night knitting group, with the aforementioned Twists and Turns WIP:

Jan 18

And a bit of the stash:

Jan 20


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


My first FO of the year is not socks. Shocking, I know. There are a few pairs of socks close to being finished, but this little project took precedence.


Pattern: Pea Pod Baby Set (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash
Started: 11/16/09
Finished: 1/10/10

Making this sweater was actually kind of fun, but it reminded me why I like socks so much. First there's the separate pieces all with their own ends. Then there's the blocking... before seaming. And the seaming. And then the blocking after seaming.

Honestly it wasn't so bad, and I did promise Stephania that I would knit this for her baby oh so long ago. Way before November. Way before the baby was even born!

After I got out my big Vogue book and looked up the proper way to seam (wouldn't seam without it!) I ended up very happy with the final product. And I can even seam while watching Deadwood on DVD. :)

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Starting the New Year off right!

Yesterday I went out for coffee with some friends, which turned into dinner, which turned into getting up before 7am on a Sunday to take a knitting class with Jared Flood. An unexpected but delightful series of events.

I've been reading Brooklyn Tweed for a long time, mostly because it always has beautiful pictures. Maybe between my new interest in photography and my start at lace today I can emulate them sometime!

I enjoy taking knitting classes, even though most of the time I don't learn a lot. There comes a time when you have tried most things, and after the variety of projects I've made and the number of knitting classes I've taken (and taught) there isn't a lot that's really new to me. But there's almost always *something*. Today it was a variation on the Russian join.

Even if I don't learn much, it's still enjoyable. I like hearing from designers about what their process is, getting a sense of the person behind the patterns, and just getting motivated to start something different than my usual parade of socks.

Today it was Girasole. I've never knit a shawl or large lace project. (I did knit the Horseshoe Lace Scarf for Fiber Gallery, but that's a very simple lace pattern with only one motif over the project and no edging. I've knit lace socks that were more complex than that.

It's not that I don't know how to knit lace, or that I was afraid, it's just that I don't wear shawls. But I've wanted to knit one for a while, even if it just ends up decorating my couch. Maybe I can scrunch it up and wear it as a scarf...

girasole start

Now I can pretend to be a "real" lace knitter and tell you how hard it is to photograph unblocked lace, although this one is small yet. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Cookie's Deep Dark Secret.

And now it's time for the promise I'll probably regret. I will finish this shawl before the end of the year. Oh yes, my first shawl in 2010... we'll see how it goes.

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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