Sunday, January 31, 2010

Because I am a sheep

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So there's this little knitterly trend about 'make your own sock club'....basically, you go find a dozen patterns, match them with a dozen skeins of yarn, put them in a dozen zip locks, and voila, sock club.

And (fill in title here), I did this today. I thought it would help organize my stash and would also help in some of those frozen 'what do I knit now" moments. The only rule is that the pattern couldn't be a mindless sock pattern. Which really would mean not a pattern at all.

The picture is my club....13 little kits (because I can't be a total sheep) that I'll randomly pick out and start this year.

I wasn't too imaginative...six of these are the yarn/pattern combos that I received as part of the Woolgirl Sock Club . But the rest are things that I've saved over time as wanting to knit, and then I went through my stash and matched with yarn. I laid it all out on the floor like this so that I could be sure I wasn't making too many pairs of purple socks (and note, only one purrple skein in the bunch). There look slike a lot of pink but there's actually two pinkish, two peachish, and one glow in the dark pink and orange. I've even thrown in some green there, even though I'm not a big green person, but the sock pattern has a tree on the back.

So that's it. It's all in a giant bag...I think I'll probably generate a random number and pull things out til I come to the number. But we'll see.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lack of Sog

We are having a very soggy winter here in the Pac NW. I know, I know, you're thinking "it RAINS there, what is she talking about?" But we have had lots of rain..the ground is really very, very saturated. It's also been unusually warm...I haven't had to scrape my windshield this entire month. So wet and warm and everything is mud. Except for the sandbox at the park down the street. It's a little swamp.

So how lucky were we today to have a brilliant, sunny and warm day? We took the dogs on a walk, a good long one, and ran into lots of other people with the same idea. What a surprise! Then a quick trip to the library and to lunch at one of our favorite brew pubs, the Rogue City Brewery, where we had Kobe Burgers. Then home, where I spent a good hunk of time clearing out the front gardens. I should do that in October, but the rains came a-early this year (what am I saying? I'm sure I was just too lazy to do it in October) so today was the day that all of last summer's garden leftovers got pulled out.

It was a bit (just a teeny bit) like Christmas, where every handful of wet leaves uncovered more green shoots pushing up and getting ready for spring. The crocuses are in pretty full bloom, and I expect to see Grape Hyacinths in the next few weeks.

So two good things about this winter: so much rain looks like it is really going to produce beautiful spring flowers, and wet leaves are easier to pick up than dry leaves.

I've been knitting on a chunky sweater that should be done tomorrow. I am a chunky girl so chunky knits aren't exactly my thing, but I needed an instant gratification (well, not instant, it is knitting) so I did this sweater. I think it will be good. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So the Holla Hoody?

That I'm not that crazy about?

I got it out of the closet yesterday afternoon and discovered that somehow the cast on edge had started to un cast on itself.


Can a sweater be haunted? Or maybe cursed? Or maybe Pilot-ed?

Monday, January 18, 2010


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For some reason, I rarely get gifts of yarn. Everyone in my family knows I knit, so while it seems a no-brainer to me to get me yarn as a gift, it almost never happens. And honestly, I'm not picky. I love just about all kinds of yarn, and am happy to give anything a try.

So how happy was I when a good friend was off on a two-week cruise to South America, and when he asked "do you want anything?" and I said "yarn!", he actually remembered and bought a ball of thick thick thick...almost pencil roving...cream colored SOMETHING. I'm guessing it is some type of wool/llama mix.

I first tried to knit a floppy beret with this. It looked like crap. I dreamt one night of a cap knit like a headband with a top. So I tried has a bit of a wavy cable o the band, followed by the top.

It's being modeled by a hedgehog.

I really like it, it is wonderfully warm and I'll think of Steve and Patty whenever I wear it.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Use Your Imagination!

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These socks...which are beautiful...are at a very hard to photograph stage. Here's why.

They are socks from Janel Laidman's "Enchanted Sole" book...the ones where you're supposed to knit a little pocket in them but I didn't do that...and you knit the pattern on one needle and the other needle is just stockinette. Well, then when it comes time to turn the heel, you move the stitches around so the original 'pattern' needle has 15 pattern stitches and 15 plain stockinette, and vice versa. So the pattern goes on the OUTSIDE of your leg, not on top like other patterns do. Does that make sense?

OK. Now. Try to photograph the side of your leg. Not easy, is it?

And you can't just lay the sock down to photograph it, since only half of the pattern is on each needle.

I'm sure there is a very simple way to address this but I have yet to found it.

And yes! There are beads!

The yarn: mongolian cashmere. It is swoonworthy.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cookie A Cable Socks

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I finished these Cookie A socks, finally, and I like them but don't love them (hello, 2010 theme!). I like a more aggressive cable myself (and I only write that because I know that my good twin will laugh at that). But you know what I mean. I like a cable that is a little bit more, well, cable-y.

I do like the XO cable on the back leg of this sock, which is hard to see unless you click on the picture and look at it really big.

The reason why the picture is so dark is because, darn it, my digital camera does not appear to want to take pictures of purple things so that they look, indeed, like purple things. Even this, taken wtihout a flash, is much bluer than the socks really are. Frustrating.

So on the needles: entrelac socks, a beautiful pair of cable socks from Janel Laidman's latest book, and a mindless sweater. Pics a comin!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Zauberball socks!!

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I don't think there is a sock yarn more deserving of an exclamation point thanZauberball. If under duress, and having to pick only one sock yarn to knit for the rest of my life, I might actually pick this one. I've only knit with this one color...that goes from purple to red and back again, but I do love it.

You may remember these socks. I had turned the heel on the first one and then we brought Pilot home, and we discovered he loved the Zauberball too. This is one of the first yarns he chose as part of one of his favorite games, "Chase Me". So by the time we were done with that round of the game, the poor Zauberball was totally unwound and in a few varied hunks.

Luckily, the yarn hadn't fallen off the needles, nor was the yarn broken, so Tim wonderfully spent a few hours one night detangling the mess. So then I just hurried up and finished them. Zauberball!

I like saying it too. Go ahead, say it three times with me: Zauberball, Zauberball, Zauberball. It almost makes you want to sing, doesn't it?

You can find this at Web's, Pacific Wool and Fiber, Simply Socks Yarn Company, and Woodland Woolworks. And maybe at your local LYS too.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Cable Socks

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Getting to the home stretch of this sock designed by Cookie is in her book and has some twee name that I'm too lazy to look up right now. I had put the sock away during my 'too stressed for cables' phase but now I'm in a better place, cable wise. So these are almost done, as are the socks made with Zauberball (which I love! If you need a great stripey sock yarn, try Zauberball!).

The term has started, and with it the usual craziness. I had to write a ton of letters of rec this week as well as read a 265 page dissertation on communication policy in Ghana. Just to make the dissertation even more obtuse, it was written from a feminist perspective. Gah! But that defense is tomorrow, and then I'll feel a bit more in control.

Pilot is down to two periods of craziness and 1 or 2 anky-cranky moments each day, with crazy periods lasting 10-15 minutes and anky-cranky periods lasting about the same amount of time. We're getting there.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A Holla Hoody

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So yes, I finished something this break. This is 'Holla" from of those patterns where I saw the pattern, knew I had to make it right then and there, and so did.

Did being sort of a relative term, I guess, since it took me a while.

Why did I like it? The cable is my favorite one..a braided cable. There's braided cable around the hood and down the center of each sleeve. And I like hoodies. And I like raglans. And I had Rowan Calmer in the stash to make it.

So here it is. I am in like but not in love with this sweater. If I make it again, I'd make it much longer, because it is sort of short..not cropped short, but short enough that I can't wear this with most of my jeans. It is also a little low-cut, but I think the actual neckline looks good, and I could always wear something under it.

The instructions are pretty good, but it was unclear what to do with the hood, although once I had finished knitting the hood (which is knitted separately) it all kind of makes sense.

So that's it. I'm glad it is done and I'll wear it soon. Just not as I hoped to wear it.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

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Well, here we go with '10'. I hope the New Year finds you happily ensconsed (sp?) with loved ones, recovering from a very festive holiday season.

It was a busy yet happy one for us. Having Pilot is like having a baby around...we had to be careful about everything and while that made the holidays a little less relaxing than they usually are for us, we wouldn't trade them for anything. Even though I've had a few weeks off, I haven't felt like I got a lot of reading or knitting done. But I do have some things to show you.

This is a great in-the-round, no-seams cardigan that I made with Rowan Soft Luxe that I got on sale. The pattern is from Webs...a Valley Yarn pattern...if you want to know more let me know and I'll dig it out for you. It has a pretty shawl collar and was just a pleasure to knit during those 'I need a mindless project' days.

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I have gosh-knows-how-many socks on the needles, but I did manage to finish one pair of mindless socks (yes, sensing a theme here?). These are believe it or not from the same skein of yarn. I really don't get the physics of pooling, and if you do please let me know. Anyway...this yarn is from Fleece Artist...I think the colorway might be called Firebird...but again I'm not is from a long time ago.

So right now, I have a pair of mindless socks, a pair of cable socks, a pair of lace socks, and a pair of entrelac socks on the needles. I'm also finishing up a hoodie, have the back of a cable sweater, and just cast on for another sweater with a fair isle yoke. So I think I need to focus. Don't you? I smell a resolution!