Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The charcoal grey mentioned in the last post is going back to the store. Most of you know I have a wool allergy. While I can deal with superwash as it's been stripped of all lanolin, regular low-processed wool sets me off into hives, stuffed nose and asthma. Well that Plymouth Yarn is 25% wool and I can't be near it for long. Why did I buy it? I don't know, in my enthusiasm of yarn shopping with a friend and to actually have sweater yarn that was pretty and soft, I never looked at the fiber content! Ugh! (I have ordered some Swish Worsted (superwash merino) from Knit Picks that I have used before, no problem, in Merlot Heather)
Second Lesson: Always wrap the yarn for short-rows
The socks below are finished, very quickly, about a week because they are just stockinette and DK weight so not as many stitches. Now, at one point I thought that I didn't need to wrap the stitches on the heel because "hey this yarn is thicker". Wrong! See the holes? That's what happens.
Here's the second sock heel, I did the wraps and no holes. I'm only planning to wear these around the house, so no big deal but glad I learned on this pair and not one I was working hard on!
Finished pair on the sock blockers. (Kitten loves the smell of cedar and likes to nuzzle those!)
Off to work! -DFly
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I picked up some yarn for Mojave Sis, mostly baby yarn that she requested and then a surprise yarn. She can post those when she gets them.
For me, I got enough charcoal grey Plymouth Yarn to knit a cardigan I've been eyeing up. Now I don't have an excuse not to start! It's not super exciting yarn but I want a cardigan that I can keep at work because it's cold there and I wanted something that's fairly durable because I'm not one to baby my stuff too much. I actually picked up 8 skeins but didn't feel like photographing a big pile of grey matter.
Then for the exciting yarns! Two colors of JL Yarns Vinca. This was new at the Ewe and Jan (owner) had a sock knit up and it was a really pretty gradual color shift. Not standard striping so I'm really looking forward to seeing how they come out!
At Ruhamas I picked up a skein of Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn, beautiful bright peacock blue color! It's one of Sis' favorite colors but she can't have this one
Oh, exclusively at Just 4 Ewe (at least I'm pretty sure she's exclusive) I also picked up these two shawl pins today because they'll work for the cardigan (it doesn't have buttons). And now I've actually met Kim the designer so that's more fun. The cat and sheep pins were bought on a previous trip but I never blogged about them. I had sent a cat to Sis and didn't want her to have a clue and then forgot!
And I realized I totally missed posting about my my Fearless Fiber sock yarn and sock blockers. I went to her shop for the sock blockers but fell in love with this Earthenware color.
So now we can all guess that DFly needs more knitting time! I have been working on a pair of "quickie" socks, they are a thicker weight so I started them over the weekend and they should be done tomorrow. Needed some instant gratification. I'll post pictures of those shortly after I get them done and then tell you the lesson I learned....
Last but not least, cards. First a card sent by my hospital knitter friend, just to say hi. I though it was very sweet.
Next is a card created by Sis, inside, matching the card are little sock sized stitch markers. If you click on the picture to make it bigger you can see better and they are worth the look.
Til next time! - DFly
Monday, March 10, 2008
It wasn't too bad and he had two weeks to do it. So one of the first things I had him do after we had the supplies was think of all the things that needed to be done. things like "paint the styrofoam ball" or "write labels and definitions". There were only about 8 different tasks and individually they were all about 20-30 minutes so every couple of nights he'd have to pick one off the list. He actually finished it a few days before it was due but the teacher didn't want them brought in early. Anyway here's the finished product, with the name blurred to protect the innocent.
eta 3/11 - realized birthday sock was a huge pic instead of a smaller sized compressed one