Monthly Archives: March 2007

March Socks are Done!

And I didn’t wait until 11:45p on the last day of the month either. What a surprise. I finished these last night, a whole 2 days early compared to last month. These were a delight to knit. I loved almost all of it, especially the pattern, the yarn, the colors. I did one sock one dpns and the other sock on 2 circs to see if I preferred one method over the other. Thing is, I didn’t. I got bored with each method by the end of the sock. Hmmm, what gives? Am I destined to never be happy knitting socks on tiny needles? I’m curious about the Clover mini circular needles, so I’ll see if I can scare up a pair of those in size 4s, the smallest size, and try them out with heavier yarn. Maybe I’ll like that better. Maybe not.

Project: Hedera socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight in Lemongrass
Needles: Inox dpns US size 2 (that are really size 1 according to the needle gauge) for the first sock, and Addi Turbo circs US size 1 and KnitPicks Options classic circs US size 1 for the second sock
Start: Feb 24, cast on at Stitches West
Finish: March 29

Thoughts: This pattern rocks and that’s because Cookie is a freakin’ genius. Of course, I have no clue about lace or sock patterns; I can only follow the directions and even then it’s a challenge for me. I am amazed that I was able to do lace and socks at the same time! The socks are a little bit big, and maybe that’s because I knit loose. Doesn’t matter, I still love the socks. I’ll wash ’em in the washer and toss them in the dryer for a bit to see if it tightens a little bit.

This was my first experience knitting with STR and I really enjoyed the feel of it. I tend to split my yarns easily from picking at my yarns and it seemed as if I split the STR less than other yarns. The exception was when I was using the super pointy KnitPicks Options. I really had to make an effort not to poke into the yarn and to be sure to grab the whole strand.

I really didn’t mind doing the top-down sock construction as much as I thought I would. The lace pattern was easy to remember and helped pass the time as you zip down the leg. Even though I knit loosely, the stockinette bottom doesn’t feel too loose or flimsy. In fact, the fabric feels like just the right amount of tightness for durability without feeling too stiff. I have a little bit of leftover yarn, just right, I would imagine, after finishing socks, without feeling like any of this wonder yarn is wasted.

Next up, I’m thinking I’ll try toe-up Jaywalkers. Or Wendy’s toe-up sock recipe. Or maybe a Socks Soar on Two Circs Cat Bordhi pattern. Or…

Advertisements

Yummy

On Thursday, the Sweeties and I went to the new Beard Papa that opened up near us. Food and Knitting Guru Patty told me about it, and I had read a great article about the Japanese chain in the LA Times. Imagine my surprise, when I came home armed with digital pics, ready to blog and saw Ellen had scooped me with her Beard Papa post. No problem! Just call us the cream puff army spreading the love. So here are the pictures taken with the goal of making you drool.

My kids claimed to not like them. I have these pictures to prove otherwise. And the cream puffs were even more delicious than they look. Patty was right; the chocolate custard cream was grainy. The vanilla cream was divine.
I swear I don’t know where she learned this stuff-food-into-mouth technique.

Who taught this boy how to eat?
This morning, Sweetie Girl participated in Nordstrom’s Kids’ Fashion Show. Seems they have these every season or so, and she did this with five other Brownie troop friends. Here she is strutting her stuff down the runway.

Aaaaaand there she goes.

She didn’t stop on the stage long enough for me to snap a picture of her. She’s been a jumpin’ bean from excitement these past two weeks up until the Fashion Show, and got nervous or scared when the actual time came. Huh. Go figure. At the end, they had all the kids line up and walk through one more time and pose for pics.
What did we get out of this? 15% off kids clothes at Nordies. She picked a skirt, but the best thing IMHO she chose? These.


Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Hers are more orangey. She’s my kinda funky gal.
Have a great weekend y’all!

The Beginnings of CPH
I am about 8″ into it and have 6″ more before I start the underarm shaping. My right cable looks a bit wonky, but I have checked and double-checked that it’s turned corrrectly. It may be the Black Water Abbey, since it’s a bit rough and grippy. Hopefully it’ll block out fine. I’m on a bit of a break from this right now, until I can finish my March sock for SAM 3. Just my luck; I’ll spend all of March working on one pair of socks on size 1 needles. Now I remember why I like making footies on worsted weight yarn. Here’s a close up picture of the double cable running up the back. I like this picture because I think it shows the texture of the yarn and cables really well. Madge and Marie are also making CPHs and are way farther along than I. Be sure to check theirs out.
Tricky Tricot blogged about this tremendous yarn sale at Knit Happens Online. Like a fool, I had to go and check it out. Hours later, I have purchased waaaaay too much yarn, but who can resist deals like Cascade 220 for $3 a skein (especially when the Fitted Knits book features some rockin’ sweaters made from this yarn?), Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky for $3 a ball, Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk for less than $4 a ball, Koigu KPPPM for $4.50 a skein. Oops, did I just tell you everything I purchased? Well, I might be holding out on a couple of yarns, but it’s definitely worth checking it out.
Wait! Before you click on their site, I have to give you some navigational advice. Be sure to click on the second Yarn button on the left hand bar. Then, you can select how you want to have the yarn presented to you by brand, weight, or gauge. Then you’ll see all of the yarns. If you just click on the What’s New Yarn, you’ll only see a couple of yarns. It’s kind of hard to navigate this site, but I know you can do it. I also know you can give me a run for my money when it comes to buying yarn. Be sure to let me know what you got!

My First Hedera

Here they are, the first Hedera sock is done. I finished it yesterday and hurried to cast on the second sock. I made the first sock on dpns, and I started the second on 2 circs. The jury is still out on whether I’m going to keep going on 2 circs or switch back to dpns. Both are different kinds of fiddly, but fiddly all the same. I might have to order a pair of those clover mini circs and see if I like those. Sigh… will I never be satisfied? That’s not exactly true. I am satisfied with the lace pattern on these socks. Here’s a close up view of the lace. The color is a bit washed out; it’s limey-er, more like the picture above.

Robyn, my Secret Pal hostess with the mostest is holding a contest. What’s your favorite knitting notion. Behold!

It’s my silk fortune cookie that holds my stitchmarkers. I love that it holds all of my beautiful stitchmarkers and opens wide enough for me to see them. I love that it just takes a little squeeze to even open them, but they stay closed and secure in my notions bag. I especially love that it’s just a repurposed coin purse but has that asian dim sum vibe going for it.

I definitely wrestled with this question. Would it be my Susan Bates needle gauge? My clover ka cha just because I love that darned sound it makes? (So do my 6 year old daughter and 81 year old mother, both of whom love to pick it up and click away without any thought about its purpose.) My second favorites are my stitchmarkers that are really size 8 jump rings. These little gems cost $1 for 100 of them and are the easiest things to slip from one needle to the other without having to flip the dangly (beautiful but fiddly dangly)? Don’t get me wrong. I so love beautiful stitchmarkers. I love having them, their beautiful colors, gems, beads and motifs. I love looking at them and imagining using them on grand projects. I also love these jump ring stitchmarkers because there’s something beautiful in the simplicity of the plain ring. Melise turned me onto them about a year ago when I was doing lace for the first time. I bow down to her knitting wisdom.

Finally Wicked!

Here she is in all her glory. No, not me. I’m talking about the sweater. The Sweater. Wicked. I ran out of yarn and was getting distracted with the idea of a new project, so I didn’t make the kangaroo pocket. I really like this sweater and will definitely wear it when the weather cools down. Too bad temps in the LA area have been in the ’90s lately.

Project: Wicked
Yarn: Colorado Yarns Durango in a burgundy color (I can’t remember the color number and the label is somewhere I’m not.)
Needles: KnitPicks Options US Size 5
Start: Feb 5
Finish: March 12

Thoughts: This sweater is so comfortable. I know when temperatures drop, I’ll be reaching for this sweater time and time again. It felt like miles of stockinette but I adore making top-down raglans, especially with worsted weight yarn. I’ll tell you a secret. I didn’t swatch (gasp!); are you shocked? And since I committed such a knitting sin, I got smacked by the Knitting Goddess. My initial thoughts were that I always knit loose, so I’ll go down the customary 2 needle sizes. Since it’s a boatneck, it should fit around my big head (which it did! whew!). After several inches of knitting stockinette in the round, I got curious and checked my gauge. My gauge was a bit smaller than the pattern called for, so I did the maths, and ended up following the numbers for the next size up. I didn’t worry about it, because I knew I could just knit the increases until it fit comfortably around my chest and arms before setting aside the sleeve stitches. I could have started the waist shaping decreases a little earlier than the 3″ called for in the pattern, but it turned out fine. Because of my smaller gauge, I actually ran out of yarn after 6 balls. Marie came to the rescue with the 7th ball and I ended up using about half of it. Would I make it again? Absolutely! In fact, I already have the yarn for it. Thanks to Jillian for snapping the pics.

Breaking News!

I cast off Wicked today, after having to frog one of the sleeves. Watching TV late at night when you’re tired and doing crossover cables just didn’t work for me last night, so I frogged and reknit the last sleeve today. I just need to weave in the ends, wash and block and it’s ready to go! Of course, now that we have weather in the ’90s here in LA, I’ll wear it for a picture. Then, I’ll promptly fold it up nicely tuck it away in a drawer until Fall or Winter. I’ll post pictures in a few days.

Just so you have something nice to look at, and there are lots of pictures already being posted of the STR sock club installment, here you go. A little eye candy:

Pinkie Promise

Sweetie Girl was lamenting the other day about how I *never* knit her anything… well, at least not for the past 2 months. The last bit o’ knit she got was the Drive Thru Sweater. She made me pinkie promise that I would knit her washcloth before I started any other project. Since Wicked is stalled until I can get more yarn, and I have swatched for the Central Park Hoodie, there was nothing else to be done except the washcloth.

Project: Washcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille in Chartreuse
Needles: KnitPicks Options US size 8
Start: 3/9
Finish: 3/10
Thoughts: I love making this washcloth! I had made one for Beth’s baby and had forgotten how quick, easy and fun it is to knit up. It only took about 2 or 3 hours. The bobbles and eyelet holes at the beginning add just a dash of panache and keep things interesting. I have 3 more skeins of the chenille in my stash to knit more up for the family. In the book, they also show these knit up with kitchen cotton as a potholder or washcloth. These would great little gifts for friends for various occasions, so I might need to add some Peaches and Cream cotton to the stash to whip these out when needed. Promise kept!

I swatched for CPH with the Black Water Abbey 2 ply in pink heathers, and here’s the little gem. I used the suggested size 8’s, washed the sucker and hit gauge. I’m afraid of my gauge growing in the middle of the sweater, as it is wont to do, so I’ll have to be extra dutiful to keep my eye on it. The yarn is a bit rough and sticky (is that the right word for it?), so my stockinette stitch looks quite rough. I’m used to the nice, smooth stockinette stitches you get from merino, but I think this yarn is still gonna rock the house. I’ve read all over that the pattern runs small, so I’m planning on following the 40″ directions. I picked up 2 balls of Durango from Saint Marie this afternoon, so all I gotta do now is finish up the short sleeves on Wicked and I’ll be ready to start CPH. I promise.
Who else is working on CPH right now?