Monthly Archives: August 2006

What to do? What to do?

I need help. I’m juggling 3 projects in my mind and can’t decide what to cast on first. (This is the exciting part! Pictures sprinkled in for fun.) Here are my choices:

  • Hand Maiden Sea Silk in ivory to make into the Lace Wings Shawl. Here’s a picture that shows how sumptuous it is.

Even though I have swatched for the Simple Knitted Bodice, it will take a while to complete and we have until November, I think, to finish it. So, I think that gets pushed back in the queue.

Here’s the problem: I have about 3 inches done on Picovoli and it has been sitting for a while. It’s heavy worsted and I am using Addi Turbos size 3 to get gauge. I like how the fabric looks so far, even though it’s a tad thick. Honestly, it kinda hurts my fingers to knit it. I really feel it in my fingers the next day. Those are the only size 3 needles I have (right now), so I would have to use them if I wanted to cast on the Lace Wings shawl.

  • Do I send this Fabled Picovoli to the frog pond
  • Should I look for a pattern better suited for the weight of Fable?
  • Should I suck it up, tough it out and finish Picovoli at a later point?
  • Should I start the Lace Wings shawl?

I’d love to hear your opinion. Please tell me what you think.

The Crazy Socks are Done!
Sweetie Girl is getting ready for first grade with a little bit of light reading. Okay, I’ll admit it. It’s just about the only thing that she can read right now, but we have high hopes for this school year.

That’s right; I finished Sweetie Girl’s crazy socks just in time for my first month of Sock-a-month 2. Only 5 more socks to go. But who’s counting? Here are some better images of the socks themselves.

Project: Priscilla’s Dream Socks from IK 2000
Yarn: KnitPicks Simple Stripes in Snapdragon (?)
Needles: Addi Turbos US 1, 2 socks on 2 circs

Thoughts: The short rows almost killed me, folks. It was definitely a challenge and I spent WAY TOO MANY hours on the heels and toes. I turned the first heel and did it completely wrong, so I got help with the second heel from the wonderful, amazing Beth who walked me through it with the patience of a saint. She’s Saint Beth to me now. A few nights later after finishing the length of the foot, I sat down and did a perfect short row toe on my first try. Oops, then I realized I did it on the top of the foot, so the seam would be under the toes. Wrong! So I ripped it. That would turn out to be the first of many froggings. Between the toes on both socks, I think I ripped it apart at least 5 times. 5 times! Crazy. Yes. I am. I’d lose count and end up with more yarnovers on one side than the other. Or I would accidentally drop a k3tog or sssp and it would unravel too much. Then the yarn split. I have this problem with yarn splitting on me, and I’m sure it has to do with my technique. My final tale of woe… I was moving the last yarnover on the second sock’s toe to the needle on the other side and dropped it accidentally. Short rows and stitches began unfurling before my eyes. I tried to pick them up and do fancy things with them. It looked bad. B.A.D. So I frogged it one last time and determinedly got through the short row toe one last time. Phew, I am done.

Bad heel!

Good heel!

Through all that pain, I do love the look of a short row heel and toe and will do it again on the next sock in September. Isn’t it September at the end of this week? I need to go lie down.

Summer Boredom at Its Best!

Here are the Sweeties, bored with nothing to do so they decided to wash the dishes for fun! They’re playing so nicely together; nothin’ like a sink full of soapy bubbles. I couldn’t resist a picture because this might be the last time I see them washing dishes for a long time.

(Fast forward to later that day… ) Fighting, fighting and more fighting… sheesh. Is it time for them to go back to school yet?

Way to go, Jackie!

Here’s my Sweetie Niece, Jackie, and her recent FO… her first felted bag. Jackie is 13, and she knitted this up last summer when she was 12. It only just got felted but it was worth the wait. This purse, knitted without a pattern, is her first big project, not counting scarves, of course. It’s awesome, just like her.

This summer, she’s working on her booga bag, made with Noro Kureyon in pinks, yellows and oranges. I can’t wait to see how that project turns out. She’s definitely ready for the next level of difficulty, as she’s a bit bored with knitting in the round. She’s a crafty gal, so I know she can handle harder projects. What’s next, Jacq… the chullo hat?

Sock Madness

I’ve been collecting sock yarn for the past few months, and funny thing is, I’ve only knitted two pairs of sock before, the last pair was during the Knitting Olympics. I have this dream of becoming a kick-butt sock knitter but haven’t kicked it into gear yet. So what does one crazy person do to make herself become more proficient at sock knitting? She signs herself up for Knittin’ Mom’s Sock-a-Month 2. The idea is to knit at least one pair of socks each month for six months, starting in August. I justified it by committing to using stash yarn, and that they would be Christmas gifts. I have a gift for justifying just about anything.

OTN: a pair of socks for Sweetie Girl that I had starting working on a few months ago and languished in the abandoned WIP pile. I’m using KnitPicks Simple Stripes in some discontinued color (Snapdragon maybe?) to make Priscilla’s Dream Socks featured on the Interweave website, as recommended by Patty. I’m doing 2 socks on 2 circs, and enjoying it as always. I had started on US 0s but it was too tight, so I switched to US 1s. I’ve finished the gobs and gobs of ribbing for the cuff and just started on the little bit of stockinette before I work on the heel. It’s a short-row heel and toe pattern, so I’m looking forward to learning a new technique.

Here are the few rows of stockinette on each of the socks before starting on the heels. The beginning of each ball of yarn started at a different color, so the striping is off. They’re crazy and will be all the better for Sweetie Girl. I love watching the white on the yarn become a fair-isley pattern. Definitely prevents the doldrums from setting in!

What other socks do I have in mind for future months? Simply Lovely Lace Socks from IK Spring 2006 with a skein of Louet Gems Opal. I’m also looking forward to knitting a pair from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. Can’t forget the Cabled Footies from One Skein. Gotta jump on the Jaywalker bandwagon too. See how quickly I begin to obsess and get all hyper and excited for new projects? Must. F-O-C-U-S.

Won’t you join me in the Sock-a-Month 2? I was able to convince Madge to do it with me, as she wants to become sock-knitting proficient too! She’s the best and definitely my knit-sister. It’s gonna be a kickin’ good time!

It’s a Warshrag!
I’ve been a mad WIP-buster and lovin’ it. Nothing soothes the knitting soul like finishing a project. I had to jump on the warshrag bandwagon, what with all the bright colors and funny rectangles popping out from the middle of the cloth. This was my first attempt, so I didn’t try a third color but that’s next. I’ll just have to squeeze these in here and there between projects, like picovoli (still OTN), koigu wristwarmers, slouchy cardigan and socks socks socks!

Project: Ball-Band Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Yarn: Elsmore-Pisgah Peaches & Creme, Yellow (#10) for the background and Fiesta Ombre (#175) for the stripes, less than 1 ball each

Needles: Addi Turbo’s US7
I can’t wait to make some more of these! Sweetie Girl said she wanted to model it, so here she is in all her beauty!

(Blogger is doing weird things and giving me these double spaces, so please ignore them!)

For my downstream One Skein Secret Pal

This is the third and final gift for my One Skein Secret Pal. It’s the Single Cable Scarf from the One Skein book. I hope she likes it!

Project: Single Cable Scarf
Yarn: Blue Sky Organic Cotton, a little less than 2/3 skein of sage green (#83) and a little more than 1/3 skein of bone (#80)
Needles: Denise US8

Thoughts: The book shows it all in one color but this pattern was one of the rare times that I had a vision to change it from the original. I thought the cable would really pop in a contrasting color, so I took a chance. I’m glad I did because the stitch definition is better. Even with this straightforward scarf, the blocking was really necessary to let the scarf drape correctly. I used my scunci steamer and was so pleased to watch the stitches relax before my very eyes.

Before blocking

After blocking

The softness is incredible. I know I have waxed on … and on … and on about the feel of this yarn, and all I can say is I love it even more now. I hope my OSSP loves it too!

My friend watched me work on it at Sweetie Girl’s soccer practice and she got a chance to fondle it. She just called to ask for the pattern because she has been obsessing over it. At practice, I showed her how easy it was to cable, and genius that she is, she went home and figured it right out without any additional help. In the sage words of Jillian, world domination continues!