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April 28, 2009
Vilai

We had a fantastic vacation! I was not very good at remembering to take pictures, but here are a few ... virginia

I did finish Vilai - Beautiful socks from every direction!
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A close up of the 2 stitch patterns

Vilai

Pattern: Vilai from Sock Innovations by Cookie A.
Yarn: 83 gms Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Lilac
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" 2.25mm needle
I followed the pattern exactly as written - even the pretty gusset pick up and twisted heel flap stitches. A beautifully detailed chart and excellent directions - couldn't go wrong!

Vilai

As for my top down v-neck pullover...I worked on it all week and it is right back where it was the day I left! How could that be?? A few unfortunate events - Worked on it in the car all the way to VA finishing all the raglan increases and then realized I had missed one V neck increase - tried to figure out a way to "live with it", but just couldn't do it - ripped back 26 rows! Got it back on the needles and started knitting again right away so as not to let it languish and die -THEN while sitting in the car on the way to Busch Gardens, Dave elbowed me while I was holding a full cup of coffee and SPLAT the cup flew out of my hands and the coffee all landed right in my lap - my sweater was the bucket that caught it! I screamed like a crazy woman - knowing my sweater was doomed. Dave immediately pulled into a grocery store parking lot (he understood the severity of the situation) and I ran into the bathroom holding my coffee dripping sweater on it's 40" circular needle. I washed it in the sink (there were several people there watching and no one said a word - definitely not knitters!) The only water that came out of the faucet was very hot and I knew the heavenly soft angora/cotton was not going to survive even if I got the coffee stains out. I left the wet heap of pullover in the car all day while we ventured through Busch Gardens and when we got back 10 hours later the sweater looked PERFECT - I couldn't tell anything had happened! The story doesn't end there (another missed v neck increase - how could I do the same thing AGAIN?)), but I realize this story is getting too long and I won't bore you anymore - if you want to see what it looks like, just look at this picture from the last post - exactly the same! I'm determined to continue on - I can't let this simple sweater get the best of me!

When I got home this is what was waiting for me....

yarn kit Loopy kit
Chevron Love Mittens Kit in Tulip Garden from Julia of Knitterly Things Consolation sock kit from The Loopy Ewe with a beautiful knitting bag (offered to those that didn't win the sock club lottery this year)

I've also pulled lots of blue - all blue - fabric for a new quilt - will show you that next time...

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April 16, 2009
On the Road Knitting

My plan is to finish Vilai. I've started the gusset, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get them done with the abundant car knitting time. Here are the 2 different views...I think they are awfully pretty

Vilai
View from the front/back

Vilai
View from the side

I started another easy vacation knitting project in Artful Yarns Serenade a soft and beautiful pima cotton/angora yarn - I just keep touching and putting it up to my face - so so soft! The pattern is "Pink" from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard - it is a top-down raglan v-neck pullover with 3/4 sleeves - something I can see myself wearing on spring days and summer evenings.
So - these projects, in addition to 4 rows a day on my shawl (I haven't missed a day yet) and Dave's socks for backup should do it! I don't even think I'll need to take an extra skein of sock yarn....or...maybe I will - just in case :-)

V neck pullover

When stepping out the door to take Cam to school this morning, this is the 1st thing I saw - I ran back in to get the camera - spring is here!

daffodil

We'll be back a week from Sunday - see you a few days later....

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April 11, 2009
Curlicue

It wasn't fast, but what fun it was watching this tessellating mosaic pattern develop!
The yarn - Lana Grossa Seta Cashmere is possibly the softest sock yarn I have ever used - wool, silk, cashmere and that very important polyamide! Robyn Gallimore knows how to design beautiful patterns and choose gorgeous yarn....Heavenly knitting!

Curlicue

Pattern: Curlicue by Robyn Gallimore (Patternfish download) of Red Bird Knits. This was the January SOTM from my quarterly sock club membership.
Yarn: Lana Grossa Seta Cashmere -45 gm red/ 60 gms black
Needles: 2 socks on 1 2.25 mm 40" circular
Modifications: The main change I made was on the heel/gusset/sole. The original pattern didn't flow well (to me) in this area, so I worked out a striped gusset that perfectly kept the patterns all in place and didn't disrupt the tessellations. I changed the edging between the front and back patterns on the foot to be the same as the edgings on the leg. I love my mods :-)

Slip stitch is much slower than stranded colorwork since each pattern round is worked twice. The good news is that only one color is used at a time (2 rounds of red/ 2 rounds of black etc.), which is nice for those who don't like to strand colors. There is also more texture in slip stitch patterns than in fair isle or stranded colorwork - I love the texture in these socks!

Curlicue

a few other angles....

Curlicue Curlicue

We leave on Friday for a family vacation in Virginia where we are hoping for lots of warmth and sunshine - I don't know if I'll get another post up before we leave, but I've figured out my very important knitting plans for the trip, which include a new sweater that I just cast on last night.

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April 3, 2009
Salt Water Taffy and Cookies

In the spirit of spring.... a simple and fun batik lap quilt.

Saltwater Taffy

Pattern: Salt-Water Taffy by Amy Walsh
Size: 40" X 50" (finished blocks 5" X 5 1/2")
Fabric: All batiks - the kit came with 30 10" batik squares and I added fabric from my stash to make 80 blocks (instead of 56)
Method: Machine pieced / machine quilted (gentle curves with feed dog up)

It is just one repeated block with spacers on the right and left sides - no need to match up any seams - just fun color play!

Saltwater Taffy

The back looks like the ocean

Saltwater Taffy

I got my Cookie A book and have already started my 1st sock - Vilai (such a pretty pattern!!) in Lilac Lorna's Laces. See the cute little "cookie" project bag? It fits 2 yarn cakes, the socks, the chart - everything in one place so I can grab it and go. My talented friend Linda made this for me and I love it! She is on a roll and has made even more of these fun project bags, and as of yesterday was setting up an Etsy Shop to sell them (along with pretty stitch markers). So if you want your own cookie bag....

Vilai

They look complicated, but the chart is simple enough that I was able to work on them after a glass of wine last night with no problems at all! (at least none that I've discovered yet)

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