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March 29, 2007
Blue, Gray, White

My February/March Project Spectrum Knitting

Spectrum Socks
Tweed Sweater
Norwegian Star Hat
Big Sven
Whitby Socks
Troubadour Mittens
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I love these colors, so this was easy for me, though I must admit, I am very ready for the upcoming March/April spring colors!!!

I think I am on a sock binge...Sock patterns are swimming around in my head and all my sock books and sock yarn are spread about the house. There are new choices coming up for KALs too. I just started some very cool colorwork socks in black and red..... should have waited for June Spectrum colors (which are black and red) , but I couldn't!!

Look what I just got for $12.95 plus shipping!

Beth (Baseball Knitter) is so thoughtful, that she remembered a comment I wrote on her blog a long time ago wishing I could find this book for a good price (right now it is $95.00 at Amazon). When she happened upon it in a LYS she got an extra one and offered it to me! (she could have sold it for MUCH more on Ebay!!) Thank you, Beth!

And on top of that - just when I thought things couldn't get better....I won 2.....yes, 2 contests this week.
From Adelle's (Girl is Crafty) Hawaiian vacation contest - I won sock yarn!!
From Lori's (Yarn Beans) 100 subscribers contest - I won a gift certificate to Blue Moon Fiber Arts!!
What fun it is to win a prize - THANK YOU!!!
I'll put pictures up of both when I have the yarn in hand, but I am so excited that I had to at least tell everyone! Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket while I'm on this roll......


March 25, 2007
Whitby Socks

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I finished the Whitby's just in time to squeeze them in for Project Spectrum. They are beautiful of my many favorite Nancy Bush sock patterns. It is such a simple cable pattern - you don't even have to count between cabling rows ....just follow the front diamond and on the row with no purls- twist the cable! So easy that this has been my "take along" sock for the past few weeks.

Whitby Socks

Pattern: Whitby from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.
Yarn: Sheep's Gift in Denim colorway from Joslyn's Fiber Farm.
Needles: 2 socks on 2 circular 2.75mm needles.

I followed the pattern EXACTLY as written as I always do with Nancy Bush patterns.

and a little Dulaan hat made from the scrap basket....

Dulaan Hat


March 21, 2007
Easter Egg Socks

OK - I am ready for spring! I decided that if I'm ever going to knit a pair of socks with this yarn, it should be NOW. All I can think of is Easter Eggs when I look at it. Beautiful Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Happy Valley (Easter Egg) colorway....what better yarn is there to use at this time of year?

Lorna's Laces Happy Valley
Peak Experience Angel's Rest

I bought Fiber Trends "Peak Experience Socks" pattern 3 or 4 years ago when I first started knitting socks and have never used it. The lacy look of "Angel's Rest" (one of the 2 patterns offered on this leaflet) seemed perfect for my pastel yarn. I had planned to finish the Whitby socks before starting these, but couldn't wait to see what the Lorna's Laces hand dyed would do ......looks like fun striping to me!

Now that I have my preview of coming attractions, I'll be disciplined and go finish the Whitby's!


March 18, 2007
Monsoon Inside Out Socks

STR Inside Out Monsoon Socks
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Pattern: "Inside Out" (February Rockin Sock Club Kit) design by Kaci Kyler Hays
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Medium Weight in"Monsoon"
Needles: 2 socks together on 1 40" circular needle US 0 (2.0mm) and US1 (2.25mm)
(I used 2.0mm for the foot, heel and 1st repeat of the leg pattern and 2.25mm for the toe and remainder of the leg) - I know others have had problems, but these slide right on my feet beautifully!

I have an abundance of pictures for all the Rockin Sock Knitters who want to see finished socks (everyone else who has seen enough of these socks can skip right over them)

Here are some close ups of the "outside" and "inside" of the cabled leg pattern

STR Inside Out Monsoon Socks
STR Inside Out Monsoon Socks

and pics of the whole sock - both sides ...

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Finally on my feet with shoes...we are heading out to do errands....perfect socks for a cold snowy day like today. They fit like a dream and are so soft, warm, comfortable and cushiony!

STR Inside Out Monsoon Socks


March 15, 2007
Sucked In by a Sock

STR Monsoon foot

STR Monsoon foot

STR monsoon heel
Everything else has stopped and I am obsessed. My STR Monsoon "Inside Out" socks are taking up almost all my knitting time. They are different (in so many ways) than any socks I have ever knit....which makes it a little bit of a challenge and FUN! One part of the pleasure of knitting with handpainted yarn is the surprise of it knits up - I like this striping.
I have finished the heel (which is worked EXACTLY the same as the toe) and am just starting the leg. The consensus is that the leg needs to be worked on bigger needles because the cables pull it in big time....but I'm hesitant to go up in size too much. My current plan is to continue in 2mm (US 0) for a pattern repeat or so and then reevaluate and go up to 2.25mm if needed. I hope I'm not messing up because I'm knitting them 2 at a time - so if I have to frog, I'll be frogging both socks.

These should be done soon and I'll be back to my regularly scheduled knitting....


March 11, 2007
Swallowtail Shawl

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl designed by Evelyn A. Clark from IK Fall 2006
Yarn: Elann Baby Silk (80% baby alpaca/ 20% silk) # 1805 Aubergine...used JUST over 100 gms (4+ skeins)
Needles: Denise circular - US 6 (4.0 mm)
Size: 60" X 32"

Oh What a beautiful and elegant shawl! I do believe that the Baby Silk is the softest yarn that has slipped through my knitting fingers and the finished shawl reflects that wonderful heavenly softness. Size ideal fit for me. The pattern is intricate, yet easy and fun to knit up....I had no trouble with the nupps - I think a perfect combination of yarn/needles made them easy to execute.

I always slow up dramatically as I get toward the end of a shawl and this one was no exception ....but this time, the completed gorgeous shawls of (check out these Swallowtails!) Beth, Maud, Monika, and Trish (who all started their shawls at about the same time I did) gave me the incentive to keep going....and I'm glad that I did!

Here are a few more pictures - a little off color in a bright purpley way, but lovely anyway...


March 8, 2007
Hodge Podge

In no particular order ......

dulaan mittens

A cute little pair of Dulaan mittens that I made from quadrupled (yep 4 strands held together) patterned sock yarn (?Elann - not sure) on US 8 and 9 needles. 2 mitts together on 2 circular needles in 1 evening using The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd.
They are bright, soft and toasty warm.

cams hat
Do you remember these pictures?
cam knitting cam mitts
Well Cam decided he wanted a matching hat. I told him I would knit the ribbed edge if he knit the rest. He is working hard....Head cropped off at Cam's request.
swallowtail blocking

My Swallowtail Shawl is blocking.
It is 60" X 32" which is just perfect for me!
I should have some completed pictures soon - maybe this weekend...

My plan with the Rockin' Sock Club was to make each kit exactly as it came....a little push to venture out of my rather small knitting/color box.
WELL this 1st kit is testing me. I NEVER would have bought this yarn....It is way out of my comfortable color range. Connor said it looked like algae and I agreed! Olive green/ grey/brown ...very beautifully dyed, but not "my" colors in any way. The pattern is a toe up, short row garter toe/heel, ribbing and cables....I've always knit cuff down...
SO, I'm following my plan and knitting the kit exactly as written.


The colors are starting to look like a forest floor - subtle and beautiful. The yarn is perfectly spun, soft and squishy. The toe construction was fun and easy (I just got this kit at 4:00 yesterday afternoon and knit up the toe last night) I can't wait to continue so I better end this blog post!


March 4, 2007
Raspberry Socks

The final product from my own hand-dyed yarn ......beautiful socks!!

Raspberry Socks

Pattern: Scale Skin Socks ( August 06 pattern from the Six Sox KAL )
Yarn: Hand-dyed Knit Picks Bare Superwash Fingering
Needles: 2 socks on 2 2.25 circular needles

My socks looked more and more like raspberries as I went along. The actual color is less pink/more red than these photos - also less blurry....I have not perfected my photography skills yet.

As I was knitting these socks, the pattern seemed more and more familiar to me.....and then I remembered ...about 3 years ago, I knit a pair of Schiaperelli Slippers (Pattern by 3 Trails Handknit Designs)which I now recognize as the exact same pattern stitch!
Raspberry Socks
Raspberry Socks close up

For my never fail/never flare picot cuff, I use a knitted cast-on, twisting the stitches as I put them on the needle (makes beautiful loops to pick up). I work the hem rows on a one size smaller needle (in this case 2mm) then after my turning round ((yo, K2tog), I change to my regular needle size and knit the same # of rows before picking up my easily seen cast on loops and knitting them with the live stitches.

I think I am the only one that still hasn't received my STR Club kit ....I couldn't wait and cast on a pair of Whitby Socks, from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road, to hold me over. I am using Sheep's Gift (Denim Colorway) from Joslyn's Fiber Farm on 2.75mm circular needles....another pair of Project Spectrum socks.

Starting Whitby

and Swallowtail is nearing the end.....


March 1, 2007
Tiny Swatcher

I usually don't swatch at all - NEVER for socks/hats/scarves/mittens....just seems like such a waste of my limited knitting time.....Don't get me wrong, I have gotten burned by my no swatch method! But for sweaters, I sometimes make a teeny tiny swatch just to see if I'm in the ballpark - and then I adjust from there. So here is as big a swatch as I ever make.... ooops that's a picture of the back of the swatch - oh well, you get the idea.

Sweater Swatch

The scary thing about this upcoming sweater is that NO ONE else seems to have made it. When I am going to make a sweater, I always google to check and see what others have done.....what yarn/needles used, any errors, finished pictures....ANYTHING that might help me along the way. But there is NOTHING for this one.
The sweater is "Cable Sweater" (now there is an original name!) by Kathy Zimmerman (so at least I know it is a great designer) from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2006. Here is a picture I took of the magazine model since I couldn't find a picture online.

cable sweater cable sweater

I decided to start with the sleeves since my swatching was questionable....the base is a welt rib stitch. The front and back of the sweater also have a beautiful center lattice cable that melts right into the rib. I am using Tahki Cotton Classic #3774 - Sea Foam on US 5 needles. So far I like it!
Has anyone made this pullover?? or do you know anyone who has made it??? Am I the only one in the knitting world that likes it??

Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes - I had a great day! As for fibery gifts....My daughter Kate (who works next to a lovely yarn shop "Knit Purl" (no web site) in Sudbury, MA) gave me the most beautiful giant hank of yarn....

schaefer esperanza
This is handpainted Schaefer Esperanza (70% lambswool /30% alpaca) - the color is "Mary Breckenridge" ...8 oz. of bulky weight yarn . I have no idea what to make with it, so for now I just hold it, smell it and wear it around my neck as is! There is enough for a scarf or a hat/mitten combo .....

I also received my prize from SAM2 KAL.....

Autumn in Oregon autumn in Oregon

The yarn is Mama-E's C*EYE*BER FIBER in the gorgeous Autumn Harvest colorway and the pattern is designed by Chrissy and available at Gardiner Yarn Works. BEAUTIFUL!!!


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