Pat's Knitting and Quilting
September 28 , 2007
I'm using this last week in September to ONLY work on projects that are already started. I will wait patiently until October to start my Socktoberfest socks and the 2 hats that are calling me .
So here is where I stand today...
Tangled Yoke is started and will be my only "big" project until it's done. Right now, I am working on this sweater only when mindless knitting is needed. I was worried that my yarn - Rowan Felted Tweed in color #149 which does not seem to exist anymore (OLD stash yarn) was too dark, but the garter rib shows up nicely so I hope the cables will too.
Mystery Socks AKA Scherherazades Slippers are done through clue 3. This is a very different sock pattern - not easy to knit 2 together on one circular because of the ongoing need to move stitches toward the sole from the instep. I have managed to do this though, using my toothpick method. This heel is new for me - it has little holes, but it is still pretty and very easy. I love how the pattern swirls around to the back of the leg.
I am also SLOWLY working on the red quilt - I won't bore you with anymore pictures until it is more than just a pile of blocks.
September 24 , 2007
The Fingerless Mitts for Fall KAL sucked me right in! Here are my first ever pair of fingerless mitts, made for and modeled by my husband, Dave. (for Seinfeld fans - I think Dave is better than George as a hand model any day!)
Pattern: Chipman's Check Wristers designed by Robin Hansen from Favorite Mittens
Robin Hansen explains all of her methods in wonderful detail. I learned some new things making this pair of mitts ...
Now Dave wants a pair with the convertible top that pulls over the finger tips when needed! I've found some good patterns, but want to finish what I already have going first.
September 18 , 2007
No one is more surprised than me....I didn't even think I would "like" them!
Pattern: Summer of Love Lace designed by JC Briar for BMFA Rockin Sock Club.
As you know, I didn't plan on liking these socks - in fact, they were made with my Dugly-uck yarn (remember Dave's definition?) . I don't know if I would consider them swans, but they are at least really cute ducks!
and pretty walking away, too!
September 14 , 2007
Is this a big enough swatch for Tangled Yoke? I think so, but I wonder if Marguerite would agree (Look at these swatches and these swatches and don't forget this giant swatch, all for her beautiful current Autumn Song sweater) I am humbled by your swatching Marguerite....but I just can't do it!
At the same time that I was having my own blogiversary celebration, Whitney (while you're there look at her Demi!!)was having hers...we are almost blog twins (started our blogs 3 days apart). Well, I won her contest and was lucky enough to be able to pick out my very own skein of Socks That Rock yarn - Isn't this "Metamorphic" colorway gorgeous? Thank you, Whitney - I think it is going to be socks from my new Cat Bordhi book...
September 10 , 2007
Look at this pretty yarn combo for the current Red Bird Knits Sock Club...
I dropped my other socks to start them immediately!
This beautiful pattern is called Fair Game and was designed by Robyn Gallimore. The above picture shows the back and front of the leg - 2 different motifs (Egyptian and Anatolian) The sole and gusset have different stitch patterns, so it definitely won't get boring! The background yarn is Lana Grossa Bosco and the foreground is Lana Grossa Stile.
Clue #1 of Maia's mystery socks - Scherherazade's Slippers in Posh Yarn "Emily" Arcadia colorway (lambswool/cashmere/angora) - These are going to be comfy!! This is a heavy fingering wt. yarn, and I'm using 2.25 mm circulars for a nice dense fabric. The only change I made was to make my increase to 31 stitches on row 23 (instead of row 25) by inserting the YO in the middle of that row and adjusting row 25 accordingly (somehow with the chart as written my YOs weren't centered between the cables - and this way they are perfect). The next clue should come today....
I'm enjoying working on socks, but am getting pulled by a certain sweater and mitten/ hat patterns - Selbuvotter, Knitting in Estonia, Knitting Marvelous Mittens, Favorite Mittens, Folk Mittens, and Hats On,all have my attention lately, so I think I know what is next....
September 5 , 2007
Pattern: I L0ve Gansey Socks by Janine Le Cras. This is the August/September pattern for the Six Sock KAL group.
I do love gansey patterns, so it was fun to play with them on a sock canvas. I really like the way the large side cable splits off to form the heel and foot ribbing on these socks. Fun to knit, pretty, and a perfect fit...Silja is a very durable warm wooly sock yarn, so my toes will be toasty this winter!
Guess what? Much to my surprise, I am thoroughly enjoying the STR club kit socks - Summer of Love Lace. The cuff is knit flat like this.....
Then it is overlapped before starting the anklet and pretty heel.
I am still adjusting to the colors, but they are growing on me...
I joined Sock Knitter's Anonymous in Ravelry and quickly jumped on the SOCKDOWN challenge. For September, I started Maia's Mystery toe up sock called Scherherazade's Slippers - using some of my luxury Posh Yarn (The pattern is also available in weekly increments on Maia's blog). I'll take some pictures when I have more than the tip of a toe done!