Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cedar Dancing (because I cant think of a more intersting title)

Pattern: Cedar Dancing socks By Cat Bordhi (New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One)
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici color: coastal
needles: 2.0mm (us 0)
started: July 10
finished: July 22

My first Cat Bordhi pattern. I'm not totally impressed with this book, but have hopes for the series. I'm more interested in the designs that "start somewhere in between".

For this construction you start at the cuff and work down. The cuff itself was different for me too. I cast on twice the number of stitches I needed using Judy's magic cast on (common cast on for toe up socks). Knit 3 rounds then folded it in half and knit the two sides together. Ending with the correct number of stitches for the sock. You then knit down the leg then do a series of increases for what we know as the traditional gusset. Then you do some short rows and turn the heel. What we know as the traditional heel flap is worked across the bottom. Then you incorporate stitches from the "gusset" until you are back to working in the round. Finished with a star toe. Not sure I'm sold on the design. But it is interesting, and does fit. I fear for the heel. This one is called "master reinforced" but when I Incorporated the stitches it looks really weak. You do ssk's and p2tog. And it just looks weak to me. Maybe if I did it tighter or tbl it would help.

I got pretty close to matching up the stripes. They are only a row or two off. Which is really surprising since I re knit the toes half a dozen times. Having to re-attach yarn several times. I finished the first sock and took it to "group" and got several "you should make it at least 1/2 inch longer". So when I knit the second I took the advice and knit it longer. Must be the design. Because when held up to other socks I've knit these are super long. But fit fine. Where the others look short compares to this one but also fit perfectly.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

voting time!

Ok guys I'm in desperate need to cast on something new. I have the blue and black mittens that are getting very little love these days. And my Cat Borhdi socks that are almost finished (I'm most likely going to go back and add 1/2 inch to the first one but lets not talk about that right now). So do I cast on another lace project or a sweater?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

dishcloth distraction

So this is what my dishcloth drawer looked like before I got on the dishcloth kick. Now these aren't the only ones I've ever made. I gift them a lot. These are just the ones that I've kept. As you can see they are well used. We use them daily. We love them. Some are stained and all are faded. but really they are in pretty good shape considering.

These are the ones I've made recently. Minus the 8 I mailed to my cousin last week. There are 14 in that first picture (and I actually just noticed that the center one in that picture should be in the second picture. its new but used already). There are 12 in the second picture. So in the past couple weeks I've made 21 dishcloths.

6 mitre square
6 gma's fav
6 ball band
2 basket weave
1 garterlac

This is a lot for someone who doesn't like knitting with cotton. But they are nice quick projects. And like I said I gift them. Very few of these new ones I've made will stay here. They will most likely all find new homes. My aunt and cousin love them. In addition to the 8 I recently mailed them. They both have pretty hefty drawers full as well. I think out of all the dishcloths I've made the garter stitches one do best. And these are nice patterns that take pretty much zero concentration. Which is what I was looking for. A distraction.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July Stash Socks

Finished my July Stash socks!

Pattern: Simplicity by Janel Laidman
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino Sock 2/6 color: vintage
needles: 2.0mm (us 0)
started: July 5
finished: July 9

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Busy busy

Wow, so I never get to post anymore, even though I have Internet access at home now. I never have time to knit! I get half a row here, a few stitches there and that's about it.

I honestly can't think of anything interesting I've been working on. I still need to finish up Jess's stole and send it to her. Long sad story there. It was almost finished, and snagged on something in my bag...two feet from the needles...I couldn't fix it. I had to rip back. So poor Jess didn't get her stole in time for my wedding, and she still doesn't have it yet. I promise you will, Jess.

And for the record, the matching stole she knit for me is BEAUTIFUL. As is the Swan Lake she just posted. I'm in awe over that one. I'm buying her leftovers so I can knit an identical one. Yeah, I know, here I am saying that I don't have time to knit and turning around and buying more project stuff. But I can't help myself. I have to knit it. As soon as I finish some other things.

Let's see, what else...I started a pair of Bayerische to work on here and there. It's going slowly. I've done, oh, I think 31 or 32 rows since I started. I'm about halfway done with the leg of one sock. It's been about a month. It's looking great, but I'm never going to finish.

Sadly, I still have no pictures of anything because we still don't have a digital camera. I have my web cam, but it's never even close to accurate on color and it's not very detailed. I'll post some pictures when I can get good ones. I'm not sure what I'll post pictures of, but I'll think of something. I've got a lot of projects planned, a lot of projects laying around half-finished.

Oh, upcoming projects, just so I have a list somewhere:
Cigar gloves for Luke
Swan Lake for me

Of course, now my mind goes blank. I'll add to the list when I remember more.



So its finally finished. The knitting was actually finished several days ago. I just had to finally get around to blocking her. Looking back on the project I'm proud. I'm proud that I finished it. There was more than one occassion when I wanted to quit. The first clue was the hardest for me. And took so much concentrations. I think this project made me grow as a knitter. I learned a lot, while still having fun. Now on to the pictures!
First a bath:

And here we are all pinned out. blocking with the aid of Carly's blocking wires. Thank you so much Carly. We started out attempting to block this without wires and wow! So glad I have knitting friends to bum tools off of.

Now to just let the pictures speak for themself.

Pattern: "Swan Lake / Mystery Stole 3 by Melanie Gibbons"
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare - Merino Wool Lace Weight. I used one (880yards 100g) with 16.3g leftover.
needles:3.25mm (us 3)
started: sometime in Dec. After Justin got home from deployment. Not sure what day.
finished July 5