Pat's Knitting and Quilting
October 29, 2006
Knitting these socks was so enjoyable. The yarn is soft from the aloe vera and jojoba oil, yet still nice and wooly. I used my regular sock pattern and sized it up a bit for Dave. I drove him crazy as I made him try them on every few rows to get the toes just right......they fit perfectly! The plan is that these will be his hockey coaching socks - toasty warm for those cold rinks.
Pattern: My Own - cuff down on 68 stitches
These are most likely my last pair of socks for Octoberfest....I just turned the heel on the Traveler's Stockings...(They are really pretty socks!)
October 26, 2006
I really wanted to post a cool socks picture like Aimee - I LOVE her "wash day" photo! but alas I am not a great photographer and this is the best I could do. This is a picture of all the socks that I have made that I still have.... Missing from this picture are a whole bunch of Wisconsin Winter Socks which I made as gifts 15 years ago. After that run, I didn't knit socks again until a few years ago and this is what I've made since then (minus some gifted socks) .
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I have tried many sock yarns and have many more to try. On the right hand photo from front going left to right are...
Has this distracted you from the fact that I have, so far, only completed one pair of socks for Socktoberfest? I have the distinct possibility of finishing the Austermann Step socks in the next week, but I don't know if the Traveler's Stockings are going to make it this month. I'm working on it!
Here is Cam working on his own mittens. He picked out the yarn (Plymouth Galway) last week and started right away...using Penny Straker's Basic Mitten Pattern .
October 23, 2006
Little Aran Jumper
About 6 years ago I went through a non-knitting phase and decided to clean out and donate a bunch of knitting books to the library. OF COURSE I started knitting again as I always do and now I have to go to the library to get some of my books.....
Pattern: Aran Jumper from "Knits for Kids and Teddies Too" designed by the Australian Country Spinners
I have one more tiny sweater almost done...A Mission Falls Cotton Cardigan. I have woven in the ends and it just needs to be sewn together and edged which is NOT my favorite part of knitting.
October 19 , 2006
Slowly But Surely
I haven't completed anything, but I am diligently working on my current projects.
Dave's basic socks (Austermann Step) with the soothing Aloe and Jojoba Oil in them are moving along at a little faster pace. I only work on them while out and about. Most of the progress on these has been while waiting for Cam at karate class and while in the PT waiting room - amazing what can get done in those little bits of time here and there!
If you look real closely the last smaller cable on the upper left side is backward. I noticed this mistake when I spread it out for this picture- I frogged and re-knit and now it is perfect. Right now I am working on the sleeve tops and hoping they are going to match the sleeve holes. I love this sweater and can't wait to wear it - hopefully soon!
I just got buttons for an adorable baby sweater I knit a few months back - I'll take a picture when I get them on....That's all for now.
October 15, 2006
I Have Warm Hands
Now these were fun to knit!
Pattern: Rainbow Mittens by Lucy Neatby (Kit available at Shelridge Farms)
Here's what the boys are working on.
October 12, 2006
I didn't know I had so much BLUE until I spread it out. I am currently on a complete yarn diet so am exclusively using stash sock yarn for all sock projects. Originally my plan was to use up ALL stash sock yarn before buying anymore. I may alter the plan a little ......use up at least enough to make room in the sock bin for more. At the minimum, I don't want to spill into another bin. Whenever I get to buy more it WON'T be BLUE .
Take a look at my sweater yarn stash!
October 10 , 2006
I have FINALLY finished hand quilting and binding the 1930s quilt. My one and ONLY adventure into 1930 reproduction feed sack fabrics and quilts. It took me 3 days to sew the quilt top together - that was about 3 years ago! I then decided that to continue with the 1930s theme I should hand applique and hand quilt it.....Well here it is 3 years later - Most likely the last quilt that I will ever hand quilt. Dave is patiently holding it up for the picture - by this time his arms are getting very tired! This is the only quilt I've ever made that he doesn't like - It looks "like a grandma quilt". I like it though - something so innocent about those times and this quilt.
October 7, 2006
I've been working on my Traveler's Stockings almost exclusively for the last few days UNTIL my fingertips got so sore that I had to stop last night. I am using KnitPicks circulars size 0 and they are just perfect in their pointiness for moving those traveling stitches in this cuff, but boy oh boy, that pointiness is tough on the fingers. Here is where they stand right now.....
So ..... while my calluses get a bit tougher I will work on the fast and fun Rainbow Mittens.
October 3, 2006
Oh how I love an excuse to concentrate on socks! I finally completed my Friday Harbor Socks last night (the toes have been patiently waiting to be done for several weeks). These are comfy, cozy, soft, warm beautiful socks!
Next for this October sock celebration.....the continuation of the Austermann Step husband socks. Tried them on him last night and I have to continue that heel flap a bit longer - his heels sure are deeper than mine!
Last but not least is the October/November sock for the Knitting On the Road KAL and happily one of my very favorites.... the TRAVELER'S STOCKINGS. I am using Knitpicks "Gloss" ( a soft lovely comination of merino wool and silk) in the Woodland Sage colorway. This is the 1st time I've used this yarn and I am so pleased. It has that beautiful sheen from the silk and the softness of merino. I think the texture will show up nicely. This is also my 1st time using KnitPicks needles - doing 2 socks on 2 circulars, size 0 (2mm) and so far so good! I completed the lace edge last night as a reward for completing the Friday Harbor socks.
Ijust found out that my Estonian Garden Scarf is in Issue 2 of a fun wonderful blog carnival produced by Eve . I feel a little bit famous!