Monday, July 30, 2007

Treasure Bag

Work knitting is not just for socks anymore! I knit, ripped, and reknit this treasure bag last week at work. I had a necklace that was in need of its own special place of wooly coziness! I took a little ball of sock yarn that I dyed with koolaid, a set of size 1 bamboo dpns and had at it till it looked a reasonable size. It started with a short row heel, then knit in the round, add YO eyelets, and end with a ruffle. Too easy!

Treasue Bag

KnitPicks was kind enough to send me some of their new sock yarn. In all my favorite colors even!

Knit Picks Essential sock yarn

L-R: Meadow Multi, Blue Violet Multi, Peacock Mulit, Shale Multi.
Meteor Twist and Dune Twist in the back

I am still knitting on the Chili Pepper Scarf, 37 inches and growing. And the Waterfall socks are almost done.

We had interesting weather this weekend!
The clouds made for a great photo op!

A Storm BrewingA Storm BrewingLimb Day Picnic 2007
A Storm BrewingA Storm BrewingA Storm Brewing

Friday, July 20, 2007

Trying to be good

Like many knitters that I know, I have several unfinished projects. Normally I am okay with that, but lately it has been bothering me. So I have gotten them out and set a couple in my knitting area to get some air. Outside of their project bags and everything! I am pondering them. They are staring at me.

What started this was the weekend of the Brown Sheep Trip, I could not find my Chili Pepper scarf. I was going to take it along on the bus ride to Nebraska. I was so upset that it was misplaced that I searched as soon as I got home that evening and found it after about 10-15 minutes (maybe an hour) of frantic searching. My DH thought I had finished it since then because I had not mentioned it or worked on it. So I took it out and did a few rows....that was a week ago. I have added over a foot to it. Today it measured in at 28 1/2 inches! I want to have it done before fall. So I am setting some very flexible goals! I am NOT making a pledge to finish all my projects before starting new ones or anything crazy like that! I know myself, come on now! But I should make some progress on the not-so-instant gratification knitting. Yes, even the Blueberry Shawl may someday be complete! I beleive in miracles! It could happen!

Chili Pepper Scarf

Chili Pepper Scarf
Yarn: KnitPicks Memories Daffodil & Flower Power
(both now discontinued)
Needles: Brittany size 6
Pattern: ZigZag Stripes from Scarf Style pg 33
Pattern mod: slip stitches knitwise

I have been working on my Waterfall socks as well. I love the way the Gloss feels with the rosewood needles - so luxurious!

Waterfall Rib Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, Dusk
Needles: Colonial Rosewood 2.25mm
Pattern: Waterfall Rib, Sensational Knitted Socks p48
Cast on 64 stitches
increased to 36 stitches for front
Short row heel and toe
increased to 72 stitches after heel

Let me follow up regarding the comments from the last post. Okay, I should not have called my work socks boring, maybe, "using a vanilla pattern" would have been a better discription. I really do like them! They are colorful and fun, but I use the same pattern because I can do them on auto pilot on my lunch break while chatting with coworkers.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Palette Shawl

I finished the hand dyed palette shawl!
I am really happy with the way it came out.
My DD has claimed it for a belated birthday present.
It will visit knit group tomorrow, then get mailed off.

Hand Dyed Palette shawl

Yarn: MJ hand dyed palette (here and here)
Needles: KnitPicks Options size 10 1/2
Finished size: 72" X 30" unblocked
Weight: 112g

Since my last post, several yarns have found their home with me!

Claudia Hand PaintedApple LaineFleece Artist Amethyst
Knit Picks sock yarnMeilenweit Meeting

From top left:
Claudia Hand Painted Strawberry Latte; Apple Laine Apple Pie Grape Harvest and Army Surplus; Fleece Artist Amethyst
Bottom: Knit Picks Felici Pebble and Risata Dusk; Meilenweit Meeting color # 7710;

The new Knit Picks sock yarns are yummy! The Felici is SO SOFT! I was concerned about the elastic content in the Risata, but it is nice also, not overly stretchy like some cotton sock yarns that add elastic. Speaking of Knit Picks, I see they have added some new colors to some of their yarns. Check it out here.

And finally, here are some boring socks that I knit while at work.

Work Socks

Yarn: OnLine Beach 943, Regia Cotton Surf 5410, Sockotta 03
Needles: Crystal Palace 2.25mm
64 stitches short row toe and heel
3 inches 2X2 ribbing
Russian bind off

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

american flag flying

Today is a holiday that Americans celebrate our Independence.
Here is a video detailing the history of July 4th.

Since I had the day off, and hubby did not, I met Chery at a local coffee shop to knit. She kindly brought me a present. I won 2 skeins of Koigu (colorway P113) from a drawing that she had to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


I love them! Just my colors, like I picked them out myself - LOL!
Thank you Chery!

I Won Koigu!

I worked on a new pair of socks:

Waterfall Rib Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, Dusk
Needles: Colonial Rosewood 2.25mm
Pattern: Waterfall Rib, Sensational Knitted Socks p48
Cast on 64 stitches, short row toe
increased to 36 stitches for front

Hope you are enjoying your day!
And celebrating your freedom!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Spring Plain and Fancy socks

I finished another pair of Plain and Fancy socks yesterday. This is my third pair of socks from this yarn (first two pairs here and here.) I also made a pair of mittens with some leftovers. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this yarn. It is not commercially available. Grace sells this lovely wool at a few local festivals or via email/phone orders. I score mine at Estes and Taos.

Spring Plain & Fancy socks

Yarn: Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool, Variegated dye lot #2
Needles: KnitPicks DPNs 2.5mm
Pattern: Thuja from Knitty
60 stitches, short row heel and toe
increased to 64 stitches after heel
Cuff: 4 inches, 1 inch 2X2 ribbing
Russian bindoff

Next on the dpn's? I want to knit up some Gloss. I have several skeins of this super soft yarn, but I have not knit with it yet. I am sure it will be wonderful. There are not many color choices with this yarn, but a bare gloss has been added to their line so we can dye it ourselves! That makes for unlimited color choices.