Pat's Knitting and Quilting
April 29 , 2007
Notice the shadow of the camera and my thumb trying to press the shutter button without shaking , arm out and around to the side, hoping that my feet are in the field of vision.....the trials and tribulations of taking your own sock pictures!
Pattern: Basic cuff down 60 stitches
Next up - from my new More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch - I am using the Crosshatch Lace stitch ( an easy 6 stitch/8 round pattern) with a new favorite sock yarn....Crystal Palace Panda Wool ( 46% bamboo,43% wool, 11% nylon). I think it is a perfect combination of yarn and pattern!
But I am putting the Panda Wool socks on hold because my 2 sock club kits arrived a few days ago (on the very same day - nothing like spreading it out a bit) and I wanted to start them even though it goes against all my knitting rules about only 2 socks going at once...
I promise the next post won't be on socks!
April 24 , 2007
Oh how I loved making these socks!! When I was a few pattern repeats in....I went back to Red Bird Knits and joined Robyn's sock club, at 1st with the every other month option, but 2 days later I went back again and changed to the EVERY month option so I wouldn't miss any socks.
I made only a few minor changes to this wonderful pattern, centering the sole pattern and knitting a plain round before starting the toe decreases so as not to distort the pattern. My stranded knitting is getting even enough so that I didn't even need to block these socks and the fit is perfect!!!
We had a great vacation despite the lousy weather - it is just fun to be someplace else! Here are a few pictures (as you can see - a lot of indoor experiences since outdoors it was cold, windy, rainy most of the time).
April 11 , 2007
We are leaving tomorrow - a trip to Virginia, searching for SPRING! It's a car trip so there will be some knitting time. I plan to work on my in-progress projects ....
And I'll be taking my brand new STR "Fire on the Mountain" just to look at - Thank you again Lori - It is unbelievably bright and beautiful!!
Well, that is the fun part of packing - now I have to go pack boring things like clothes and toothbrushes.....
April 8 , 2007
A very simple 2 row repeat lace pattern (and one of those rows is "knit") Not my favorite socks, but they will be worn ....at least on Easter!
I have 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM that are the same color in theory(P143D) , but when they arrived (about 3 years ago while coming up with a combo for Charlotte's Web) , there was obviously a difference in color - (one MUCH lighter than the other!) so they went into the pile....I pulled the 2 skeins out today and decided to use them for my mindless project and just alternate the colors....and here is what I have so far. More pink.....
and to continue on the Easter theme...
and NO Aimee, we didn't use the leftovers for yarn dyeing!!
April 4 , 2007
Here are some of my stash options for the next 2 months of Project Spectrum - most of my pink, yellow, and green....
and 2 of my current works in progress fit right into the color scheme ....
The minute I stopped the sleeves, I started the front/back of this sweater ( a point at which I have let sweaters fall into UFO status in the past.) I am knitting them at the same time on a long circular to ensure that they both get done. Ahhh, knitting outside on a sunny day!!
* I had jury duty yesterday and they WOULDN'T LET ME KNIT!!! I was actually looking forward to a day with all this knitting potential.....Sat there ALL day (never actually had to be on a jury because my # was 30 and they only made it to 24) -I didn't even bring a book because I figured I could knit with my teeny 2.25 mm bamboo circular needle - what possible harm??? It would be much easier to stab someone with my pen (which they let me keep) than these needles which would break upon impact with anything.....can you tell I'm still fuming about the injustice?
April 1 , 2007
A few weeks ago while I was visiting Nanette's blog - Knitting in Color.... actually, let me stop right here for a minute. If you haven't been to her blog, you have been missing a wealth of knitting information and some of the most beautiful colorwork knitting I have seen. On her right sidebar there is a link to "See a gallery of all my knitting" .The first time I clicked on that link, I didn't come out for a long time!!! On top of that, she has several wonderful stranded color knitting patterns and booklets - and has just finished a new glove booklet.
The pattern is called Bird Foot and is based on old Turkish designs. I have chosen Cherry Tree Hill Supersock (that I got with a birthday gift certificate from my daughter - Thanks, Kate) in black and wild cherry. There are several more pattern changes as you get to the ankle, instep and sole of this sock....enough to keep the knitting very interesting. I stop every few rows just to admire the evolving pattern. I'm guessing it won't be a speedy knit, but the great thing about stranded color knitting is that you can see progress even with just a row or two!
In answer to the question I got from several people......After very little deliberation, I chose Fire on the Mountain as my STR Gift Certificate purchase and cannot wait for it to arrive. When I told Lori ,from whom I won this GC, which skein I had chosen....this is what she said." Wait until you see Fire on the Mountain! It's like every awesome color in the universe in one skein, but in a good way!" Thank you Lori!