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August 27, 2009
La Digitessa

They are beauties, but were not a "fun" knit for me - I'm not sure why - twisted stitches don't usually bother me, I love multiple charts, new construction techniques are always intriguing and challenging in a good way, the design itself is beautiful - but all I wanted to do was GET DONE with them!
One major problem (that I didn't reconcile until I had started the leg) is that Knit Picks wooden needles and hot humid summer days don't mix! The needles swelled up and became so sticky that I had difficulty knitting regular stockinette - forget twisted cables!!! When I switched to metal 2.5 on the leg, I couldn't believe how easy and slippery everything became - I don't know why I didn't try switching earlier - mental block I guess.

La Digitessa

Yarnissima is a master at making a design flow - everything is thought out and all the patterns fit together like a perfect sock puzzle. A new heel for me - also a new and VERY simple bind off (all you do is bind off in 1X1 rib with the yarn held double.) I kind of wish I had used a slightly thicker or fuzzier yarn since my socks are a bit "holey", but I like and will wear them well!

La Digitessa

Pattern: La Digitessa by Yarnissima
Yarn: 90 grams Lorna's Laces Sock in Lemon Ice
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40"needle (used 2.25 mm for foot and 2.5 mm for leg)
Notes: There were MANY simple errors on my charts (downloaded English version - not the kit) the right gusset has 24 errors and the left gusset has 2. Chart 5A, back of leg has 8 errors - I don't know if she has corrected these yet, but it was a real pain until I figured out what was wrong.

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La Digitessa

Since they are so pretty from every angle, I had to show a few more photos. (and people always ask....I take all my sock pictures with the self timer or by contorting my body into weird positions - Dave hates to take sock pictures, so I don't even ask him anymore :-)

I wonder what the neighbors think when I pull out my chairs and books (for balancing the camera) and make a spectacle of myself in the back yard - I act like it is a perfectly normal thing to do - no one has ever commented.

blue binding
Binding the scrappy blue stars quilt - How about those mums on the back!!

geniusborderfabric
Fabric for the borders of the baby genius quilt - I love how this one is turning out!

zinnia
This Zinnia (and many more) greeted me this morning - they stand at eye level!

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August 6, 2009
Checking In...

Here's what's happening in my fiber world ...

The man socks are finally done - only took 5 months :-)

Jawoll Socks

Pattern: My own - cuff down 6 X 1 rib over 70 stitches.
Yarn: 1 skein Lang Jawoll Silk - color 130.0035 (such a lovely name!)
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" 2.25 mm needle
Remember how excited I was about having this little spool of reinforcement yarn ? Well I was halfway down the foot before I realized I forgot to use it in the heel and then had the sock toes kitchenered before I realized I forgot to use it again for the toes! Oh well - the yarn is 55% wool/20% silk/ 25% Nylon - should be plenty strong!

La Digitessa

I have wanted to make La Digitessa since the 1st time I saw the pattern - such a beautiful design! The yarn is Lorna's Laces Sock in Lemon Ice. You can see how the gusset is going to flow smoothly from the side cables - SO PRETTY! They are slow, but since this is the only pair of socks on my needles, it shouldn't take forever to finish them. There are multiple errors on charts 2 and 3 of the English pdf download - it took me forever to figure out what was wrong - I have notified Yarnissima, but she is at Sock Summit and will fix it when she gets home. So if you download it before that...beware!

genius blocks

Here are the blocks for a bright fun baby quilt I am designing - this time for a friend that is having a baby in the late fall. I struggled for days trying to figure out how I wanted to use the blocks for the center portion of the quilt and after playing around with many different ideas, I decided to just frame them in bright colors. I'm working out the borders now which will liven it up even more - it's going to be VERY bright and colorful!

genius center

A peek at the tent flap on the camping quilt - this one is getting near the quilting phase and is turning out just as cute as I had hoped.

camping

My renewed love for quilting is still in force - besides these 2 quilts, I am working on the Mystery scrap quilt, 9 patch scrap quilt and the scrappy blue stars quilt (which is sandwiched and partially quilted!)

Cape

We had a wonderful trip to the Cape and are now headed to Campton, NH for some hiking/canoeing/kayaking -ahhh the life of a teacher and independent contract nurse in the summer :-)

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