Pat's Knitting and Quilting
October 28, 2009
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!
Pattern: Classic Socks by Kristin Spurkland from The Knitting Man(ual)
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).
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.
October 20, 2009
Pattern: Spruce Mittens from "Favorite Mittens" by Robin Hansen. (My 3rd pair of mittens from this excellent book!)
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...
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!)
October 14 , 2009
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 :-)
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. )
For the backing I used very soft cuddly flannel....
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???
October 5, 2009
As if I need an excuse to knit more socks!
Pattern: Southwestern Socks (link to pdf file) by Wendy D. Johnson
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!
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.
I promise next post won't be socks - I have a baby quilt and some mittens to show you.