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November 27 , 2007
Chevalier Mittens

I rarely see a pattern that I have to make instantly, but when I saw this pattern on Jennifer's queue in Ravelry, I immediately printed it off, pulled out some beautiful heathered Wool of the Andes and cast on! They are thick luscious cabled mittens that have a nice long cuff - perfect for New England winters!

Chavealier Mittens Chavalier Mittens

Pattern: Chevalier Mittens designed by Tikru
Yarn: every last bit of 2 skeins - Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather
Needles: 2 mitts on 1 40" circular 3.75 (US 5) needle

I knit the pattern exactly as written, but color coded the chart to make it easier for me to read. I have never come so close to running out of yarn on a project. I realized part way into the hand that it was going to be close....by the time I was knitting the thumb, I actually got so concerned that t I measured how much yarn it took to do each round (12") and measured my vertical gauge. I needed 10 feet to finish and had 10 feet 5 inches of yarn left!

A few more pictures....

Chavalier Mittens Chavalier Mittens

Next mittens to be made...

Bosnian Yarn

My fingers have also been getting quite itchy to knit some lace, so when I saw Anne's new incredibly beautiful Irtfa'a Faroese Lace Shawl pattern. I quickly bought, downloaded and printed it off . Now to decide on yarn... I really should knit a black shawl - For the 1st time in several years, I had an opportunity to dress up this weekend. The only nice clothes I have would have needed a black shawl....guess what? I've never knit a black shawl and none of the 6 shawls I've made worked - what a WASTE of a dress up opportunity!!

BUT - I don't WANT to knit with pure black - I'm thinking of using one of the Raven colors, but I'm concerned they won't be dark enough...STR isn't always true to the color cards - Has anyone bought Raven Lace weight?? Decisions, decisions...

1 hour later.....Decision made.... 1750 yards of "Corvid" is winging it's way to me!

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November 21, 2007
Lenore

Sorry about the flash photography, but there was no sun in the forecast and I didn't want to wait to show you my Lenore Socks!

Lenore Lenore

Pattern: Lenore designed by the Yarn Harlot for the October Rockin' Sock Club kit.
Yarn: 1 skein BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight (Raven Clan) in Lenore colorway
Size: Medium (60 stitches)
Needles: 2 socks together on 1 40" circular 2.25mm needle

After the cuff, the pattern is just a 2 row repeat that is easy and fun - a perfect take along sock! I loved knitting these socks and I love wearing them too - the only socks I've made that actually match with black pants! (edit: I take that back - Fair Game are beautiful with black pants too!)

Look at this pretty little scalloped cuff...

Lenore cuff

(After this kit, I'm a little sad that I didn't sign up again for next year - oh well... I sure won't have any trouble finding pretty socks to make....there are so many gorgeous skeins of sock yarn out there and more beautiful patterns than I will ever be able to knit up!)

Speaking of pretty socks - isn't this a nice heel flap?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

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November 16 , 2007
All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap

You'd think she could have come up with a better name than that! But it DOES describe exactly what this hat is. I love the beautiful all-over pattern and it is a very soft, warm and highly wearable hat.

Thank you to my bodyless head for modeling this hat since I couldn't take a good picture on my own head and I had a very small window of sunshine!

All-Over Two-colr Patterned Watch Cap

Pattern: All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch*
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed - 1 50 gm skein #403 and 20 gm #416 ( a lush wool, silk, cashmere blend) The tweedy yarn made the pattern a little more obscure than it would have been in smooth yarn, but I like it anyway.
Needles: 16" circular - 3.25mm for cuff and 3.75mm for body and crown
Size: I knit the "small" size (120 stitches), but started the chart and used the length measurements for the medium size since I wanted a deeper hat. I love the finished look of the cuff edging with the yarn-over tubular cast on.

*If you are making this hat - there are big chart errors and no errata that I could find anywhere. The first 6 rows (starting at the medium row on the chart) are wrong and the 6 rows just before the crown decreases are wrong. The small foreground crosses are not symmetrical within the pattern repeat and need to be recharted. You will want to take the time to do this as it looks terrible if you don't!!

I did not have this hat off the needles for more than 3 minutes before I started these mittens...

Chevalier Mittens

This is the cuff of the Chevalier Mittens - beautiful cable architecture with more cable fun to come!

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November 11 , 2007
Ongoing Dilemma

What to work on....

WIP

I'm fairly certain I will be the last knitter in Blogville to finish Tangled Yoke. The problem is that I am drawn over and over again to pretty little knits (a quick fix) and I leave my sweater to languish in the corner hoping it will magically get done.

 

It's hard to make myself pull this out...

Tangled Yoke
When I want to turn this heel... lenore heel
or see how a brand new colorwork pattern will unfold...
all over two colored watch cap
or unlock the mystery of a sock ...
NMS

or what about these 2 pair of mittens that I want to start RIGHT NOW!
(There are many more mittens calling me, but they are not such easy links!)

I have a plan - we'll see if it works...

At Cindy's request...my sock drawer (straightened up for the picture!)

sock drawer

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November 5 , 2007
Fair Game

I can't imagine that anyone has as much fun picking out which pair of socks to put on in the morning as we sock knitters do!

Fair Game

Pattern: Fair Game (August SOTM) beautifully designed by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits
Yarn: 1 skein Lana Grossa Meilenweit Bosco #3516(background); 1 skein Lana Grossa Missoni Stile #8002 (foreground)- used only 1/2 skein (50 gm) of each so I could make another whole pair from these 2 balls :-)
Needles: 2 socks together (yes there was a bit of tangling) on 1 2.25mm 40" circular needle.

Fair Game Fair Game

There are 5 beautiful colorwork patterns in this sock. The motifs are Egyptian and Anatolian (the back of the leg, which is my favorite, is called "Sheep's Eye). The faux Fair Isle is created with 1 variegated and 1 almost solid yarn - extra bonus...almost no ends to weave in - I love these socks!

Fair Game

This opens up a space for another colorwork project....I have cast on the All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch (my 4th hat from this GREAT hat book!) I have 5" of 1X1 ribbing to go before it starts getting picture worthy!

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November 2, 2007
Kyla, Lenore and Starting Mystery Socks

Kyla Mitts
Pattern: Kyla by Monika Steinbauer (free PDF download on her sidebar)
Yarn:Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in "Wild Cherry" left over from these socks....and I STILL had 22 gms left - the never ending skein of yarn!
Needles: 2 mitts on 1 40" 2.25mm circular needles.
Modifications: Increased thumb gusset length and hand length to fit my hands.
My ONLY regret in making these beautifully designed mitts is that I didn't use a solid yarn. It is difficult to see the pretty design through the mottled colors (although in real life the pattern shows up better than in the pictures).I am wearing my Kyla mittens right this minute as I type up this blog post in my freezing cold office! Thank you for a fun pattern, Monika!
Kyla Fingerless Mittens

I'm sure you've already seen many pictures of this sock....It is the current Rockin' Sock Club kit...."Lenore" by Stephanie Pearl McPhee...I love everything about this pair of socks...the yarn is deep, dark and beautiful, the pattern is wonderful - both easy to knit (2 row repeat) and pretty too....my current take along socks.

Lenore

Is anyone else making Mona Strickt's November Mystery socks??? This is one of the options for November Sockdown on Ravelry's Sock Knitters Anonymous Group, but it is also available on her blog. I have a tiny bit of the cuff done. Lovin' it so far!

mystery sock

The Fair Game colorwork socks are done....Yahoo!! I'll take pictures soon.
Have a great weekend!

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