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October 28, 2009
Socks and Blocks

I've always been bad at titles, but this might be an all time low :-)

I've been waiting for Dave to be home when the sun is out so I could get a good picture of his new socks in action, but it's just not happening. If I want to keep this blog in "real time", I have to give up and post them without the benefit of Dave's feet - you'll have to take my word that they fit him perfectly - possibly the best fit ever!

Classic Socks

Pattern: Classic Socks by Kristin Spurkland from The Knitting Man(ual)
Yarn: 77 grams of Dream in Color Smooshy in Night Watch (my 1st knit with DIC - yes I'm a little behind the times with sock yarns - Great yarn....I'm a new fan.
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" circular 2.25 mm needle
Size: 72 Stitches - rearranged stitches for symmetry at the heel flap/instep -down to 70 stitches on foot
A super simple 4 row repeat on the legs and plain stockinette feet - Perfect man socks - He loves them!

If you ever get tired of knitting the same old socks - bored - not challenged anymore - I've got the answer for you - TSOCKS! There is something new to learn with every one of these unusual, creative, fun patterns. Here is the start of my artichoke socks - Blessed Thistle by Lisa Grossman ( link to her post about this sock pattern).

Blessed Thistle Kit Blessed Thistle Leg

The little stem leaves are knit right in - no need to attach, and the leaf lace pattern increases in size (just by eliminating a decrease) to form the "sort of" gusset/instep. I'm squishing these in between my other 2 pairs of socks/mittens/sweater, so they are not going fast, but they sure are fun.The heel structure is going to be new for me, so I'm waiting for some quiet alone time to work on them. Gotta love that little bit of butter for the toes!

Quilting is taking a back seat to knitting right now - something about the season I think. Here is the Block #1 and the fabric selection for Block #2 for Galactic Explosion . One block a month is about right for me at the moment.

Block 1 Fabric block 2

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October 20, 2009
Spruce Mittens and Rhinebeck

Spruce Mittens
on Pat

Pattern: Spruce Mittens from "Favorite Mittens" by Robin Hansen. (My 3rd pair of mittens from this excellent book!)
Yarn: Artyarns Handpaint Stripes in color 115 leftover from these and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Dove Heather.
Needles: Knit together on 1 40" US 5 circular needle
Size: Cast on 52 stitches and followed directions for WS, but because of my bigger gauge, I used the length directions for WM.
Here's one more picture.

I really enjoy knitting (and wearing) worsted weight mittens - this pair starts out with the wonderful "Maine Method" of casting on for a nice firm strong edge, followed by a simple 4 row pattern repeat. I love the anatomical thumb placement on these mittens and especially like the centered increases for the thumb gore. A perfect pair of warm wooly winter mittens!

As you can see they fit both Dave and me...so whoever gets to them 1st...

Spruce Mittens
on Dave

We had a blast in Rhinebeck!! Bought lots of yarn, saw friends, touched fiber to our hearts content - a wonderful day all around! I hardly took any pictures - here are a few. (Linda was a better photographer than me!)

rhinebeck Bob
sheep haul

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October 14 , 2009
Tadpole's Quilt

No one in my family is anywhere near the baby stage, so thank goodness I have a wonderful blog friend who is having a baby this fall! I had so much fun making this baby quilt for Kelly's baby to be...Tadpole! Kelly (Celtic Cast On) and I have been friends since 2006 when we both jumped into the blogging world. It has been such a joy watching her young adult life blossom into being. I am so envious of her beautiful acreage in New Brunswick - I want to live THERE! Well now she is having her 1st baby and yahoooo - I got to make a baby quilt :-)

Tadpole's Baby Genius Quilt

Pattern: Designed by me - (cut blocks to 7" square - surrounded by 1 1/2" frames - 3/4" yellow border - 1/4" red border - 4" final border made with 1 1/2" strips - red binding - specifics for Kim who has the blocks and wanted to know what I did. )
Fabric: Baby Genius squares with bright stash scraps
Size: 40" X 50"
Method: Machine pieced and machine quilted (gentle curves with feed dog up)

For the backing I used very soft cuddly flannel....

Tadpole's Baby Genius Quilt

I hope Tadpole likes this quilt and I sure hope it's not too bright and wild (It's certainly not very restful or quiet) I don't want to be the cause of over stimulation!!

Wishing you and your new family the very best, Kelly and Moose - such a lucky baby to be born into so much love!

I'm off to Rhinebeck on Saturday with Linda and Marcy - If we split up the driving we will each have 4 hours of car knitting - which I need if I'm going to get any of these socks done! See you there???

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October 5, 2009
It's Socktober :-)

As if I need an excuse to knit more socks!

Southwestern Socks

Pattern: Southwestern Socks (link to pdf file) by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: 82 grams Posh Emily (80% Lambswool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Angora) in Arcadia Colorway
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" 2.75 mm needle
I can safely say, these are the softest cushiest socks I have ever made! If you want a quick pair of pretty socks, this is the perfect pattern - a simple 8 row lace repeat with sport weight yarn knit toe up on 52 stitches - these are now my constantly worn house socks - my feet are in heaven!

Southwestern Socks Southwestern Socks

I have a few more pairs going too - Doubt I'll get them all done during Socktoberfest, but I'm having fun celebrating the season!

Dave's Socks

A pair for Dave - He even picked out the yarn (DIC Smooshy in Night Watch) - Classic Socks by Kristin Spurkland from The Knitting Man(ual). Plain enough for his taste and just enough of a pattern to keep my interest going - a fun quick little 4 row repeat.

Snowy Woods

My morning coffee knit - Snowy Woods by Robyn Gallimore in Lorna's Laces Tahoe and Cream. I'm knitting these for the Red Bird Knits Fall KAL and loving every minute of it!

TTL Mystery Cuff

This is clue 1 of Through the Loops Mystery Sock '09 . I'm so happy that Kirsten has decided to play again! The clues come out each Thursday in October - I really like this cuff!

I promise next post won't be socks - I have a baby quilt and some mittens to show you.

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