Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: March 2007

Socks Come, Socks Go

Socks Come, Socks Go

I have learned a very valuable thing about myself: I am not a lace sock-wearing sort of girl. I think lace socks are beautiful, and I don’t think less of women who wear them, but they are not for me. I wish I had known […]

WIP Revisited

WIP Revisited

“I may not be multi-colored, cabled or lace, but I still think I am a good knit.” Aran Pocket Shawl Poor intermittent WIP! How low its self-esteem has sunk since I started it last November. I’d pick it up every once in a while, knit […]

Chevron Scarf the First

Chevron Scarf the First

Thanks to all my readers who left an opinion on my chevron scarf options! More of you thought the Cherry Tree Hill yarns of option 3 were the yarns they would go with. But my original choice didn’t fare badly. I think I may do a version with each (as that still leaves a lot of sock yarn in my stash for socks). There are a lot of stitch patterns that make a chevron shape, and many of them can be knit as a rectangle or a triangle, so I don’t intend for identical patterns. Theme and variations!

As it was, this weekend when I wanted to get started, M, my swift, was off running errands. This left Option 1. Now, I don’t own Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and my LYS doesn’t really sell books, and my local bookstore didn’t have a copy. I had seen the stitch pattern on blogs, and I have knit Feather and Fan, so I pretty much understood the game plan. But I decided to mess around on the web and see what other sorts of chevron stitch patterns I could find. At Yarnover I found a chevron edging from nineteenth century Denmark that I liked (really pointy). I charted the pattern, changing a few decreases so they would be directional (all were K2tog in the original), added 2 edge stitches to my chart in garter stitch and cast on 47 stitches. At least, 47 stitches was the goal. Since I made 2 set up rows where I didn’t have to count, it wasn’t until the first pattern row that I realized I had miscounted the cast on as I cast on and when I recounted after casting on. I ripped and cast on again. Then after counting wrong again, I ripped a second time. The third time was the charm, and I was able to count to 47 twice and start my scarf. Whew!

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The colors are better in real life!

I got home from lab too late to take pictures outside, so the colors are much richer and better in real life. Trust me, these yarns look great together. Although I can tell I am going to want to knit a burgundy tweed sweater to “go with.” Ever since seeing Neither Hip nor Funky’s sensational Sunrise Circle sweater in glorious orange tweed, I have been coveting tweedy yarn.

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It was not a happy weekend for sock knitting. Two pairs were ripped due to fit issues and pattern frustration. I do have a successful sock in the works, which no one but Elsie (who doesn’t blog) has seen. I think I will wait until the first sock is done (I’m on the foot) before showing a picture. I’m feeling a little jinxed at the moment.

I leave you with a picture of the delicious dinner M made (well I made the rice and vegetable–they were easy) on Sunday. It was a lovely evening for our first outdoor meal of the year. He made Cedar Plank Cooked Salmon from The Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cookbook: Wine and Recipes to Celebrate Every Season’s Harvest.

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Thanks, M!

Evil Eye Candy and Indecision

Evil Eye Candy and Indecision

Aren’t they pretty? Don’t they look sweet and innocent? Innocent like Brigitte’s Gandalf! Deep within their flowery hearts lurks an insidious evil. I speak of pollen. Actually, I don’t know what these flowers are, and if in fact their pollen causes seasonal allergies, but somebody’s […]

Overheard: A FO Story

Overheard: A FO Story

Saturday evening I finished up the knitting on the much anticipated Fleece Artist Merino Parrot socks. Today I grafted the second toe (Knitty directions work more than once!) after lunch so I could get them into the light-colored delicate load of laundry. But first the […]

Swamped

Swamped

First, thanks for all the wonderful compliments on the VLT scarf I knit for my Grandma Adeline! Now if I could just get it packaged up and mailed off to her.

Work has been very busy this past weekend and week, and I have had to do quite a bit of work at home. This seriously cut into my knitting time. It wasn’t until Wednesday evening that I thought I could knit without making a mistake. Last Saturday, I procrastinated with the work stuff and managed to finish knitting the piecrust basketweave scarf. It still needs blocking.

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Mmmm….soft alpaca…

I also started a sock in Tofutsies. Since I hadn’t knit with this yarn before (and because my brain was goo), I decided on a simple 4×4 rib, but after 8 rounds I had two needles of pink/purple (16 st each) and one needle (24 st) of blue/purple. I wasn’t getting pooling, I was getting vertical segregation! I can be OK with pooling in some instances, but this was goofy looking. So I ripped. Last night while paging through Vogue Stitchionary 2: Cables I found “zig and zag” (#10), and I thought the twisted stitches might fix the color segregation problem. I think it might be working. It appears to be spiraling the hot pink; it’s on all three needles. I’m keeping my fingers metaphorically crossed.

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Last Friday I tried the Lenten Rose pattern from Sundara’s Petal Collections while watching Monk and Psych. That proved a mistake. After two repeats of the pattern I wondered why it didn’t look like Sundara’s picture. My double YO eyelets did not line up like Sundara’s. So I ripped. I tried again last night. I think this time I got it right. It helped for me to chart the pattern!?! That is so unlike me, I don’t know what to think of that, so I’m just knitting instead.

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The Fleece Artist Parrot (guacamole) sock is waiting patiently for my hair appointment on Saturday afternoon. I’ve promised to work on it then, and get it done very soon.

VLT Scarf FO

VLT Scarf FO

Finally, I found time and space to block the wide-bordered “Scarf” from page 80 of Victorian Lace Today. The patterns in this book were obviously not named with blog posts and knitting bloggers in mind! Before beginning, I had trepidations about the orthogonal changes in […]

Sock Stories

Sock Stories

I am very happy to report that the errant second Gingerbread Cable Sock and I have completely reconciled. In fact, the GCS have gone from a WIP to a FO! We are both very pleased. “I can’t believe she finally finished you, my lovely sock […]